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peachiee77
04-27-2012, 11:51 PM
So I'm a visual person..I need to see things to understand them and for them to make sense to me. Turns out this also goes for weight loss and motivation as well!

So I thought I would share on here what I'm doing! I bought a couple vaes from the dollarstore and some sticky letters and labelled them "lbs to go" and "lbs gone" I put enough rocks in the "lbs to go" vase to be equal to one rock per lb i need to lose and as I lose I transfer the rocks over to the "lbs gone" vase...I know it may sound silly, but it's a visual reminder of my progress and if I start to slack, it's something that I'll see and want to get back to! it's all about the brain trickery for me! haha

ok, so I was going to post a picture of it, but it won't let me...my post count isnt high enough.. :(

Anyways, that's the gist and maybe it will help someone else get motivated! If you wanna see it feel free to pm me and I could tell you where you could see it!!

15 down, 92 to go..!!! :)


ElociN2392
04-28-2012, 12:07 AM
Love this! Such a good idea, I might steal your idea, or parts of it anyway. :)

Good job on the 15 down so far! Keep up to awesome work! :)

hazyl
04-28-2012, 12:24 AM
hey this idea is awesome! I would like to try as well. Actually I love to see myself fit in pretty dresses. So every time it motivates me if I manage to fit into the dress I like. :)


mariposssa
04-28-2012, 12:59 AM
That is cool!! I am a visual person, too. I made a weight loss ticker from bead and wire to hang in the bathroom above the scale. I slide the number of pounds lost across sort of like an abacus and then I have a little flower clip that marks my current spot between the beads.

sunshauna
04-28-2012, 01:15 AM
Love these idea's! Such a great way to have a constant reminder.

hatgirlie
04-28-2012, 06:48 AM
What a clever idea! Love it, and congrats on the 15 lb loss!

toastedsmoke
04-28-2012, 08:22 AM
That's such a creative idea! And decorative too! Congrats on the 15lbs! :carrot: :carrot:

redbird92
04-28-2012, 09:07 AM
that's awesome! i love the idea of being able to make your weight loss tangible. congrats on a great start to your diet

peachiee77
05-18-2012, 04:04 PM
well since I can now post pictures, I wanted to show you what my visual motivator looks like!

Here it is:
http://distilleryimage1.s3.amazonaws.com/1bbf5680901c11e180c9123138016265_7.jpg

It's actually really working - I love it!!!

Thistleberry
05-18-2012, 04:17 PM
I've been doing this since I started. It really is a great visual reminder! My vases are tall and curvy (I thought they sort of artistically represented the female form) so it's nice and easy to see the difference between the two. It was strange once I passed the 50% mark. Mine aren't labeled so I had to keep reminding myself that the less full vase was the lbs lost. :lol:

LeilaJey
05-18-2012, 04:59 PM
That looks great! I've been thinking about doing this, I just need to find some vases or glasses. The glasses I have are too small for the many many rocks I'll have :D

alaskanlaughter
05-18-2012, 05:04 PM
thats a really good idea....im a very visual person and learner also...i might have to create something like that...i would love to collect pebbles from our beaches or something for it...my weight loss is soooo slow that i often feel like i'm going nowhere, but at least not gaining lol...but very very slowly it creeps downward

some days i'll look in the mirror and realize that i've actually lost alot of weight...once i compared photos of my face at 230 pounds and now at 195 pounds and was shocked...but mostly i feel like i look Exactly The Same as before any weight loss...which i understand is a head game and not reality but still...

shapedself
05-18-2012, 05:26 PM
Creative idea OP, hope it keeps helping you.

scarletlily23
05-18-2012, 05:29 PM
So I'm a visual person..I need to see things to understand them and for them to make sense to me. Turns out this also goes for weight loss and motivation as well!

So I thought I would share on here what I'm doing! I bought a couple vaes from the dollarstore and some sticky letters and labelled them "lbs to go" and "lbs gone" I put enough rocks in the "lbs to go" vase to be equal to one rock per lb i need to lose and as I lose I transfer the rocks over to the "lbs gone" vase...I know it may sound silly, but it's a visual reminder of my progress and if I start to slack, it's something that I'll see and want to get back to! it's all about the brain trickery for me! haha

ok, so I was going to post a picture of it, but it won't let me...my post count isnt high enough.. :(

Anyways, that's the gist and maybe it will help someone else get motivated! If you wanna see it feel free to pm me and I could tell you where you could see it!!

15 down, 92 to go..!!! :)

I'm doing this exact same thing! I have 26 little glass pebbles in my 'pounds lost' vase and 88 in my 'to go' vase. It's great. I love seeing the pebbles pile up (ha! instead of the pounds piling on!)

Mountain Mamma
05-18-2012, 05:32 PM
What a great idea! Something we used 6 years ago when we had a Weight Watcher group at work - (maybe all chapters do this) - we made paperclip chains, and it was motivating because I hung mine on my cubical wall over my computer & could see it all the time. Of course, we got very fussy - the color of each plastic clip is so important when you know the work that goes into each pound! (And more than once I removed a clip & threw it across the desk. :tantrum:)

Pretty simple minded, which must be why it appealed to me ;) yet motivating & I was just thinking of doing that again. Now where did I put those plastic paper clips . . . or maybe I'll head out to the $ store for some vases . . .

luckystreak
05-18-2012, 05:41 PM
Pictures of Scarlet Johansson is enough for me to want to get my butt on the treadmill.

abetterme
05-18-2012, 05:45 PM
Love that idea!

linJber
05-18-2012, 06:48 PM
I did pretty much the same thing, except it was beads strung on a ribbon. I pinned it to the curtain in the bedroom right by the scale. Ten beads of one color, ten more of a different color, etc, - 100 beads in all. It was easy to see progress. I still have it pinned there with the last 10 pounds waiting to move over if I decide to lose more than 90. I don't move anything back and forth in maintenance as long as it stays in a couple pound range. I agree 100% that visual cues like this help keep us on track. Thanks for sharing the photo. And great job on the loss so far.

Lin

Ramra
05-19-2012, 12:33 PM
That's the coolest idea ever. I love it! Looks like I'm buying a couple vases on pay day. :)

fatbookworm
05-19-2012, 01:40 PM
I LOVE this idea! My sweetie and I are going mall-walking today (we are trying to do fitness dates. :val2:) and I think I'm going to stop by the 99cent store to get something similar . . . but purple because that's my color! hehe

As far as visual inspiration, I am finding Tumblr a great resource. I am following tons of healthy weight-loss Tumblrs (trying to avoid some of the scary thinspo ones or ones that are mean to fat people). I am also about to create a Digital Dreamboard at digitaldreamboard.com. I used to have a cork board in my old apartment, but since I moved I don't have one. So this is the next best thing for me to visualize my dreams. Another simple thing I have been doing is making my wallpaper on my PC something inspirational. I love lots of little visual reminders throughout the day. Thanks for sharing, peachiee77, I love this topic!

ETA: I made mine in purple vases from the 99 cent store, but it felt both good and kinda crummy because I couldn't fit stones in there for all the weight (150lbs) I have to lose. :S But I did get 120, so that's a start! hehe

highonlife
05-19-2012, 11:34 PM
This is a great idea! I'm a visual person as well so I might try this and see how it works. Thank you for sharing.

EatMoreCelery
05-20-2012, 09:35 AM
Stealing this idea, Thanks!

I think I'll keep my vases/jars in the kitchen! lol :p :D

collingwood
05-20-2012, 09:46 AM
If only there was a way to have someone who you can't have, but would love to see naked and they did a strip or removed a piece of clothing for x amount of pounds.... that would work for me lol :p

doahappydance88
05-20-2012, 09:52 AM
I love this! Maybe I'll try it with quarters and then at the end of it all go buy myself something fun!

Thanks for the inspiration! :-)

EatMoreCelery
05-20-2012, 09:57 AM
If only there was a way to have someone who you can't have, but would love to see naked and they did a strip or removed a piece of clothing for x amount of pounds.... that would work for me lol :p

Hahaha! Hilarious!! Best Chuckle of the Day Award, goes to collingwood! :lol:

Kahokkuri
05-21-2012, 02:13 AM
I really love your idea! I have to go to the dollar store (100 store) today, anyway, so I think I'll pick up the goods to make myself a nice visual display of my progress.

Natasha22
05-21-2012, 06:09 AM
It looks awesome!

What an inspiring idea! Do you have any tips on how I could visually motivate myself to work on my dissertation? :) I'm such a slacker.