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I keep a chain of paper clips next to my computer monitor at work. Each paper clip represents one pound lost. They are always front and center to help keep me motivated. I remember to say "No thank you" to the office doughnuts.


Mine are fun little Japanese ones shaped like a turtle. emoticon Helps me remember that slow and steady wins the race!
- Submitted by THENORA 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 49 Comments
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NINERGAL63 3/26/2010 12:35:00 PM

    I love this idea! I just made myself a chain, and will keep it with me. I also found a bright pink one for the 10th pound ( I plan to have added by Monday). I'm going to find colored ones for every 10 pounds!

Thanks for the idea! emoticon
LILSKINNYLORI 2/28/2011 8:55:00 PM

    I love this idea! I think I am going to go to the craft store and do it with pretty beads then wear the necklace once I'm done!
ROYABOYA 3/26/2010 4:14:00 PM

    I do this too - it's hanging off of my computer right now. I went one step further and wrote "one pound lost, 2 pounds lost" etc, and attached them to every paper clip - and I keep the clips that I remove in their own little success pile. :)
GREENEYES2510 3/25/2010 7:35:00 PM

    I like this idea. I'm very visual so I like having that constant reminder right in my face. It motivates me to see how long I can make the chain!
SUESMITH73 3/25/2010 8:05:00 PM

    I have a paperclip chain too! I have it hanging beside my fridge. Great reminder.
LOVESLIFE48 3/25/2010 6:57:00 PM

    what a cool idea!!! I'm going to do this one and leave the chain in my pocket. I work in a school cafeteria, if I keep the chain in my pocket hopefully it will keep my from temptation!! Thanks!! emoticon
METALBABE 3/16/2015 10:19:00 PM

    I do this with marbles in two little jars on a shelf in the kitchen where I see it every day (especially when I go to eat something!). There is one marble for every pound I want to lose, and I move one to the other jar for every pound lost!
DONNACROSS28 12/12/2014 1:56:00 PM

    I love it. Going to do it now👏thank you
TRACI_3 10/2/2014 9:52:00 PM

    This is a very clever idea! I cant wait to get to work and build my chain emoticon
NEWPJMCGEE114 5/28/2014 9:44:00 PM

    I love this idea, since I am just getting started this week I intended to start this myself. Beside with having gone paperless at work I have a ton of paper clips with nothing to do, the poor things! emoticon
SMERKLINGER 5/13/2014 11:04:00 AM

    Starting my paper clip chain today - Thank you for the awesome idea!!! emoticon
ISSYMISSY 12/19/2013 4:01:00 PM

    I just made my chain today! But instead of the weight lost I did the weight I need to lose. Great idea!
BGIRL2000 12/12/2013 6:05:00 PM

    I love this idea too! Nice and you can see a visual of your weight. Starting on mine also... emoticon
DSTERCANDO 10/10/2013 11:30:00 PM

    This is a great idea. One for work, one for home. Thanks. emoticon
BEACHGRANDMAW12 9/26/2013 7:08:00 AM

    Great idea, will do !!!!! emoticon
WHITEFEATHERONE 9/24/2013 2:26:00 PM

    This is a Great idea! I am going to do the same & start on it when I go to the store Wal=mart & get some in color or shapes. Thanks!
MRSVB8505 8/1/2013 10:22:00 AM

    I LOVE this idea!!!
MRSVB8505 8/1/2013 10:20:00 AM

    I LOVE this idea!!! emoticon
SUSANPEI 7/29/2013 9:05:00 AM

    After reading this I put together my paper clip chain, and I LOVE it! I keep it on my dresser where I see it every morning. I have yellow clips for every 10th pound. I love getting to add clips to my chain, and seeing it each day reminds me of how far I've come. (And that I don't want to have to remove clips later, so I keep pushing forward!)
KIMBOURQUE 6/22/2013 12:39:00 PM

    Wow...this is a great idea!

I definitely must try it.
CAT-IN-CJ 6/6/2013 6:19:00 PM

    I have one too. . . . It's been hanging at my desk for 5 months with 17 paperclips . . . . I'm on my way to adding 10 more to it!!!! woohoo!
PURPLEDRAGONM 4/15/2013 1:18:00 PM

    This is a USEFUL idea, thank you. I'm thinking I'll get a box of colorful paperclips for this purpose. More eye catching and decorative, too. Probably I need this more at home than at work, so that's where it'll be. Thank you!
BEESONAMY 3/21/2013 12:36:00 AM

    this is the first time I've ever heard of this. What a great visual motivator!!!
WILZEENYC 3/7/2013 1:14:00 PM

    Just did it too. Thanks for the Spark emoticon
RH8787 2/1/2013 11:24:00 AM

    Just started my chain, thanks for the idea! emoticon
SADAMS7231 1/4/2013 2:10:00 AM

    Love this idea
MSPATOOTY 12/5/2012 10:13:00 AM

    What a great idea! I'm just getting started, so my chain is only 4 clips long, but now it's hanging on my bulletin board where I can see it all day long at work. Thank you!! emoticon
BRENDA7511 11/14/2012 8:14:00 PM

    What an awesome idea...definitely going to start something with this in mind...thanks for sharing... emoticon
PINKIE78 11/10/2012 1:29:00 PM

    Great idea!! Thanks!! Someone recently gave me a container of buttons for crafts. I now am thinking to use these in a glass jar on my desk at work and in my kitchen to remind me of pounds lost. Thanks!!
EADORRIS 10/7/2012 11:00:00 AM

    I like this idea! I do something similar at work. I printed out a bunch (the number of pounds I want to lose) of cute little pigs and color one in with a different color highlighter each time I lose a pound..kinda of like getting a colored star when you were in kindergarten. Its a good visual for me. I may use the colored paperclips at home and hang them on the fridge. Then not only will I have a visual but it will make a noise swinging on the fridge when i open it to also remind me!
PACIFICO2 9/18/2012 5:04:00 PM

    This Sparked me! I promptly made a chain and put it near my desk. Thank you!
MEW4039 9/11/2012 1:04:00 PM

    That's a great visual for your success! I think I'll "borrow" your idea!
MALA77 9/6/2012 11:47:00 AM

    That's a cool idea. I like that! emoticon
FRESHDAISES 8/29/2012 12:50:00 PM

    I seem to agree with the group! Great idea. Thanks so much for sharing!! I am looking for my first couple paper clips now. emoticon
GETMESKINNY121 8/27/2012 9:05:00 AM

    I started a paper clip chain when i was on weight watchers i think i should start that again and when i hit a 10 lb mark use a different color...thanks for reminding me...happy weight loss.
NHEMBERGER 8/22/2012 8:27:00 AM

    Great idea, mine would be 32. Trying to picture how long that would be
MOSTMOM1 8/22/2012 7:49:00 AM

    What a FUN idea!!
BARBIE176 8/12/2012 12:59:00 AM

    I love this idea! Thank you for sharing.
TREEBSKAAR 8/9/2012 11:51:00 AM

    I do this too! I love it and find it very motivational. I change up my color at 10 pound increments and use a silver paper clip to indicate 1/2 pound.
SANDRAYT 6/4/2011 10:32:00 AM

    Love it. I started one today too oftern we forget our accumplishments. I just started my journey. It will keep me focused
AARHTD 4/20/2011 2:51:00 AM

    Fantastic idea!! I think I'll do a similar thing with a bracelet so it's with me EVERYWHERE! emoticon
EVANSC3 10/16/2010 12:50:00 PM

    Absolutely fabulous idea! I'm going to try it! emoticon
CIVIAV 9/10/2010 9:04:00 AM

    What a fab idea for marking so many great accomplishments. It's like the notches on a bed or gun from the wild west but a whole lot more hale!
Instead of stickers, I'm going out for a box of coloured paper clips to begin my chain.
I love it! emoticon
SUNSHINEORRAIN 7/1/2010 2:52:00 PM

    Thats an awesome idea!
SKINNYGUY917 4/15/2010 9:55:00 PM

    What a great idea! Thanks! A neat visual reminder. 2-3 days a week I'm in other locations so I am not in my office. I have to find something that accomplishes the same thing and is portable. Thanks for getting me thinking!
TKUCIFER 4/6/2010 2:59:00 PM

    I love this idea! I think I'll make one tonight!!
DARKORANGE 4/1/2010 5:38:00 PM

    I heard of this one from Weight Watchers but did I try it I think it is time that I give it a go!!
RAVEN2FEATHERS 3/26/2010 4:44:00 PM

    That is awesome ! A great idea !
YOOVIE 3/26/2010 2:12:00 PM


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