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Weight Loss Jars: Looking for some Advice

Friday, November 23, 2012

I've been intrigued by the idea of making those "weight loss jars" I've seen around. Most of the jars are pretty similar. One jar is filled with beads, stones, or rocks to represent the amount of weight you want to lose. It can be one stone for every pound, 2 pounds, half a pound, etc. As you lose weight, you move the stones from one jar to the next.

I've been very set on mini goal weights rather than one large goal. Currently, I have four mini goal weights to coincide with my personal calorie goals (my goals to go from being obese to overweight to being at a healthy weight and then the last few "vanity" pounds fall in each range as well).

I would love to do something where I can use my mini goals rather than just the one large goal to lose 60 pounds or so. I was thinking four smaller jars with stones to represent the smaller amounts of weight loss (the jars would have no more than 25 pounds represented), but how big should the jars be? Would 3 or 4 inch candle holders be the right size for the smaller jars if I decided to do one pound per stone? What about the larger jar for the "Weight Lost" stones? There will be 60 or more stones in there at the end- and that doesn't include larger pretty stones if I decide to do extra stones for every 5th pound or something like that.

So, what do you suggest? I'm open for ideas.

(I was thinking that I put a little note that I reached each goal on the back of each small jar. When I empty a jar, I can turn it around and see the little "Goal Reached" message.)
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KRISTEN_SAYS 11/24/2012 2:36PM

    I like the idea of weight loss jars myself, I've never done it, but personally I would do one big jar for the BIG goal. Once you reach your goal and look at all 60 or so stones/marbles/whatever that moved from one jar to the other, don't you think that that would make you feel absolutely awesome??

ORRR another idea is to create a jar or bank where you put a dollar in every time you lose a pound, and when you reach your weight loss goal, buy yourself something lovely in a much smaller size using the money!

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SCCRSTTR2 11/24/2012 12:04AM

    The point of the jars is a type of reward system too. So the jars not only represent a pound lost but also maybe $5 to a spa day or 1 jar equals one day at the beach or whatever works for you. The point of the beads is to represent something tangible. In this way you feel more motivated to fill or empty the jars. so say for example you have 3 jars every time you empty one you get a small reward with the big reward coming when you fill the largest jar. I like the idea, since you only have 60 lbs to lose of even smaller jars than your thinking like baby food jars and doing 6 of them.
1 Jar = 10 lbs = 1 reward different for each jar
The final large jar = 1 BIG reward!.
I also love the little note idea.
"You have lost TEN pounds looking go buy yourself a new wrap dress!"
------I say wrap dress but it can be anything you want. However, wrap dresses are awesome they are a staple and work with your body as you continue to lose weight.

Anyway good luck and keep yourself motivated!

Comment edited on: 11/24/2012 12:05:21 AM

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