Weight Loss Support - My Visual Motivation and Rewards (Beads!)




Elladorine
10-20-2012, 01:06 PM
For a while now I've been thinking about putting together a bracelet or necklace with charms to represent my weight loss progress. I'd been looking at the charm bracelets at Target, but eventually decided I liked the idea of the Pandora-style bead charms like Kaplods has mentioned. :) I've found they have a good selection of inexpensive ones at Hobby Lobby, and I'll be checking out other craft stores as well as online.

I originally thought I'd do one for every five pounds, but have decided that one for every ten pounds makes a lot more sense in my case. I only wish I'd have thought of this idea ages ago because I've already technically earned twelve. :dizzy:

To ensure each of the initial twelve is special to me, I'm going to buy one at a time, take a photo of it, and write down what it represents to me and which set of ten pounds earned it. And any new ones I earn after the initial twelve will be super extra special and of course cannot be worn or even bought until I've earned them. If I gain the weight back, the corresponding bead comes back off the bracelet until I've earned it again. I might even splurge on the very last one and get something more expensive (like an official Pandora bead) when I reach my goal weight.

This is the very first bead I bought last night, which is for pounds 360 through 350:

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/227548_522122957816579_880535678_n.jpg

It may be hard to see, but there's a star on the side (I love stars), and the fact that it says Wonder Woman is just empowering (I've loved her ever since I had WW Underoos). :D It's the perfect start for me!

Others I've got my eyes on for the initial twelve are paw prints (to represent my pups!), an owl (to remember my mother), a little black dress (to represent my progress), a lock and key (because I've found the so-called secret), a devil heart (to represent my husband), a winged heart (to represent how I met my husband), and so on. I'm still trying to figure out something to remember my dad by, maybe a word-working tool. I may head off to JoAnn Fabrics today to see what kind of selection they have.

I just know I am going to have so much fun earning and picking out beads for my bracelet, and that wearing it will be a great motivator and reminder. And I wanted to share it here in case it gives anyone else great ideas of visual motivations and rewards that will personally help them out too. :)


NolaMama
10-20-2012, 01:41 PM
What a wonderful idea :) ... And what better way to remember the progress you've made than to have a constant visual reminder of how strong you are and where you're at in your journey. Love it.

fatgiraffe
10-20-2012, 03:25 PM
This is such a good idea! I need some sort of visual motivation and this is truly a good reward! Congrats on your progress so far, I think you are amazing!


Sheridan
10-20-2012, 04:46 PM
HI,
First of all what a great job at weight loss thus far. What do you do now that you have found the secret?

The idea of a bracelet is so clever. Could you give a bit more info.? What is the average price for the charms? Do you just put them on a chain bracelet or is a special type of chain needed? Will you post pics as you continue to succeed?

I am so excited to try this. I have never seen charms at our craft stores or JoAnnes either. I will check out target. Plwease advise on any tips for carrying this project through. Fabulous idea.

Good luck.

Sheridan:carrot::carrot:

Steph7409
10-20-2012, 09:25 PM
You always have such great ideas! It's no wonder you've had such great success.

kaplods
10-20-2012, 10:08 PM
HI,
First of all what a great job at weight loss thus far. What do you do now that you have found the secret?

The idea of a bracelet is so clever. Could you give a bit more info.? What is the average price for the charms? Do you just put them on a chain bracelet or is a special type of chain needed? Will you post pics as you continue to succeed?

I am so excited to try this. I have never seen charms at our craft stores or JoAnnes either. I will check out target. Plwease advise on any tips for carrying this project through. Fabulous idea.

Good luck.

Sheridan:carrot::carrot:


Had to jump in here, because I love my weight loss beads.

I've found large hole beads in many places and I rarely pay more than $1 per bead. I've found them at Michael's, JoAnn Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, Sunshine Discount Crafts (online), etsy (online) and Oriental Trading Company (online), Etsy (various sellers), and occasionally in resale and consignment shops.

I'll try to remember to photograph some of my beads (and remember where I got them and for how much), because I have two bracelets, and an assortment of beads 21 bead that I've earned (I lose so slowly that each bead represents 5 lbs lost). I also have some bead that I've bought that I haven't officially "earned" yet (so I can't wear them until I do, except for my single "inspirational bead," but the price was so good, and the colors so pretty, I couldn't pass them up).

At Hobby Lobby I found a ring that holds a single bead - I've been using that as my "inspirational bead." It's the next bead I'm trying to "earn," so I won't be able to put it on a bracelet until I reach 284 lbs. Then I can put it on the bracelet and can choose my next inspirational bead (either from my stash of unearned beads that I've purchased or a new one).

Hobby Lobby sells the beads singularly and in groups of two or three. In Michale's and JoAnn's they usually come in bundles of five or so.


The beads really are very easy to find online and in crafting shops and the prices vary from $3.50 for 5 beads (which often goes on sale for half price) at Michael's and JoAnn's, to $15 per bead or more from Target and other Department stores, to $40 and up at jewelry stores.

The most I've ever paid for a single bead was a tad over $4 (and that included shipping and handling. I bought it from an etsy seller).

Some of the online sources:


Oriental Trading company (calls them large hole beads)
http://www.orientaltrading.com/api/search?Ntt=large+hole+beads



Sunshine Discount crafts sells them under the names A Bead at a Time, and Mix and Match Jewelry
A Bead at a Time
http://www.sunshinecrafts.com/dept_view.php?DPath=JEWELRY~BDABATKT&Page=1


Mix and Mingle Jewelry
http://www.sunshinecrafts.com/dept_view.php?DPath=JEWELRY~JWMXMNG&Page=1


http://www.orientaltrading.com/api/search?Ntt=large+hole+beads

Elladorine
10-21-2012, 12:54 AM
Thank you everyone! :hug: Now that I've found the "secret" I just keep just keep plugging away. ;) I basically watch my portion sizes and write down what I eat so I can make adjustments in my diet as necessary. Lots of whole foods, occasional treats, mostly avoiding simple carbs (especially added sugar). :) The main thing is not giving up! I've only had one major gain in my 7-year weight loss journey and I'm doing my best to make sure it doesn't happen again. :dizzy:

I bought a bracelet specifically made for the Pandora-style beads at Hobby Lobby; they have to be slim enough at the end so the beads can be threaded. They had several to choose from there (from $3 to $8 if I remember right), and I see now that they also have them at Walmart (go to their website and do a search for "beads" to get an idea of what they carry)!

The beads I've seen in the various stores (either craft stores or the craft section of the store) seem to vary in price from $1 to $5 each, and they often strand themed beads together so you can buy several at once for a few dollars. It's the official Pandora ones that get expensive, from what I can tell they're $25 and up each.

I hadn't seen the rings that hold beads yet, but I have been looking at the twist key pendants. I have my eye on one that has wings (http://www.sunshinecrafts.com/dept_view.php?DPath=GIFTS~GFTMXMNG~GFTMXKEY&Page=2). :) I just bought a set of metal beads with little hoops on them so you can add your own charms (a set of 5 for $3 at Walmart).

I haven't picked my next one up yet but I'm going to try to keep adding pics to this thread as my bead collection grows. :angel:

linJber
10-21-2012, 10:18 PM
I'm really looking forward to seeing all the beads you buy for this. I think it's a wonderful idea and am thinking of doing it myself - a bead for each 10 pounds lost and maybe a bead for each X period of time I keep it off. If I do that, maybe I'd do the inexpensive ones for the 90 pounds lost but splurge on a good one for each year I maintain. I'm going to think about this a bit. A bead for each month I maintain seems too much. A year seems too long to go. Maybe I'll pick special dates in the upcoming years. My birthday, major holidays associated with food, vacations, etc. If I maintain over those periods of time, I get another bead - maybe 3 or 4 a year.

Keep posting the pictures so we can follow along.

Lin

And same to Kaplods - I think it would be nice to hear about your beads, too.

Elladorine
10-22-2012, 12:46 AM
Kaplods, would definitely love to see photos of your beads. :)

And Lin, I think beads to celebrate maintaining for periods of time would be a great idea! If you're afraid of it being too many, you could always do another bracelet or even a necklace separate from the one that celebrates the losses themselves. Maybe I'll even do maintenance beads myself once I get down to a healthy BMI. :^: It's so much fun to browse the beads for ideas!

Here's my second bead, for pounds 350-340:

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/404699_523035517725323_855221876_n.jpg

So technically it's a charm, but I added it to a hooped silver bead. You can also see the Pandora-compatible bangle-style bracelet that I picked up in a specialty shop today. Even though I'd already bought a chain, this was cheap ($2) and I like the weight and feel of it. I'll still hang on to the chain as it's pretty by itself. :)

Anyway, about the choice of the bead: I've always loved art, as I grew up in a talented family that encouraged drawing/painting/sculpting/etc. My mom often bragged that all of her kids were born with pencils in their hands. However, I lost most interest when she passed away, and really didn't get back into it again until about 7 years ago.

Coincidentally, that's also when I was at my highest weight. :(

I was at a pretty low place around 2004 when my dad passed away, and after about a year of grieving I decided to pick up the pencil once again. As rusty as I was with drawing, that ended up being the very first step I needed to take in order to start healing emotionally and even physically. As it helped my confidence regrow, I decided that I cared enough about my life to start taking care of myself. I worked hard at getting healthier through eating better and exercise, sometimes going at great strides, sometimes just maintaining my progress (I've only had one major backslide, which happened last winter). I used to have trouble just getting from one room to another, could barely bend to pick up something off the floor, and standing in place for more than just a few minutes at a time? Forget about it! One flight of stairs would send me into an asthma attack worthy of an ER trip. The progress has been slow and difficult, but it's so much better than the alternative of losing more and more of my physical abilities. Even though I'm not yet at my ideal weight, I no longer have problems keeping up with others while shopping or on vacation. I'm flexible enough to bend and get up and down off the floor easily. And stairs are a breeze! Had I not started on this journey, with the direction I was going I honestly believe that I'd be in a wheelchair by now. I recently learned that I had undiagnosed diabetic issues for at least ten years, but my current bloodwork indicates that my blood sugar is under control thanks to my diet.

Crazy how drawing helped me gain confidence back in other areas of my life. Digital painting and drawing has since become an amazing outlet, and is actually the reason my husband and I met; he and I first started chatting online when he liked one of the drawings I'd posted. :comp: So I felt a little painter's palette would be a great reminder of how all this ties together for me. :)

Arctic Mama
10-22-2012, 12:49 AM
It's beautiful! I think it is a brilliant idea and though I've never been a charm bracelet fan, I'm quite drawn to the idea, too :)

Keep documenting the beads so we can see what you pick!

TPA sun
10-22-2012, 06:12 PM
I adore this idea! Im starting one right NOW!!! lol

Elladorine
10-22-2012, 11:50 PM
Have fun with it TPA sun! :D And thank you, Taryl. :) Here's more . . .

Here's my third bead, for 340 thought 330:

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/486955_523450934350448_203305350_n.jpg

I found the skull-shaped bail at a bead specialty shop and added a red beaded charm I found at Hobby Lobby. It feels very Día de los Muertos.

This addition is an acknowledgment of mortality: death is as natural as birth and simply a part of the life cycle; I've lost a lot of loved ones but they live on through my memories. It is also a reminder that life is short and precious, so now is the time to live and enjoy everything to its fullest. :)

Elladorine
10-23-2012, 12:03 AM
My fourth bead, for pounds 330 though 320:

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/282275_523451974350344_1985564381_n.jpg

The color's a little hard to see here, but this one is an amethyst. It not only happens to be my favorite color (purple!), but it's also my birthstone.

People used to believe shards of amethyst protected their owners from drunkenness. I very rarely drink these days, but once upon a time I was getting drunk off hard liquor on a nightly basis. This a gentle reminder that I'm stronger for having made it through those hard times and that I no longer rely on alcohol as an escape.

Elladorine
10-23-2012, 12:15 AM
My fifth bead, for pounds 320 through 310:

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/33848_523470891015119_1957045734_n.jpg

My mom loved owls. We used to have owl bookends, she'd painted some owl figurines, and I still have her vintage owl pendant that would be considered very trendy right now. It's been neat to see them make a comeback, and I think of her every time I see them popping up in new jewelry, and on shirts and purses and the like.

I added this owl charm I bought at Hobby Lobby to a hooped bead I picked up at Walmart. We lost her to cancer back in 1996; I still miss her very much and this feels like the best way to give her memory a place of honor in the bracelet. :^:

Elladorine
10-23-2012, 12:34 AM
And my sixth bead, for pounds 310 through 300; I've still earned another six but those will have to wait for more shopping trips. ;)

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/404200_523485174347024_1278753219_n.jpg

The winged heart symbolizes the user name I met my husband under. :angel: He's totally been my support system as well as my biggest fan. :) The charm is from Hobby Lobby and once again, the bead itself is from Walmart.

I'm most likely going to add some "meaningless" spacer beads to spread out pieces on the bracelet (you can also buy specific ones that will lock in place) while I work on earning the special ones. This is how it's coming together so far:

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/540_523471521015056_2144830053_n.jpg

I'm anxious to get all twelve bought and in place! The spacer beads will be a help too since these things are free to slide all over the bangle. And I can't wait to earn my 13th bead; I've only got about three more pounds to go. :woohoo:

Elladorine
10-23-2012, 10:57 PM
Here's my seventh bead, for pounds 300 through 290:

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/546924_523883407640534_1498595013_n.jpg

This one makes me think of the snow back home. :) It was part of a set I picked up at Walmart.

Elladorine
10-23-2012, 11:00 PM
And my eighth bead, for pounds 290 to 280:

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/30375_523884110973797_982469372_n.jpg

This one symbolizes being "lucky" with my new life in Vegas! And coincidentally, when I first moved to Vegas I weighed 285. Both pieces were separates I picked up at Walmart. :)

Elladorine
10-23-2012, 11:08 PM
Here is how the bracelet currently looks:

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/318947_523887137640161_1791898740_n.jpg

As-is, there are 12 pieces, one for each of the ten pound sets I've currently lost. Four of them are just filler beads for now though and have no special meaning, so they cover pounds 280-240 (I'm currently at 233 so I can add a 13th bead once I lose 3 more pounds). They'll eventually be replaced with specific-meaning, non-dangling beads so the hanging charms will be spaced out. The total number of beads will stay at 12 regardless until I've fully earned the next ten pound set. :)

I still need to lose about 80 pounds so I should have just about enough room on the bracelet. :D I'll update as I replace the "meaningless" spacers and as I add newly-earned beads. :)

LucyRic
10-23-2012, 11:12 PM
I love this idea and the meaning behind each bead you chose. I'll be following along as you add more.

linJber
10-24-2012, 01:47 AM
I just love the bracelet.

Lin

FunSize
10-24-2012, 01:59 AM
I am so stealing this idea!! (if i ever get around to it).. your bracelet is so beautiful. This is so cool!

shishkeberry
10-24-2012, 12:59 PM
I have a charm bracelet, too.
289-279 treasure chest with a baby tooth from DS
279-269 crystal ball for a bright future
269-259 cupcake to replace the real ones
259-249 infinity symbol because this is a forever lifestyle change
249-239 lion for the courage to change
239-229 a compass to guide me in the right direction
229-219 a pretty red dress for the clothes I'll be able to wear one day
.
I'm not sure what I'll get when I hit 209.

LockItUp
10-24-2012, 01:44 PM
I just love your bracelet and all of the meaning behind it. I'm SO doing this!

SarahJane88
10-24-2012, 02:44 PM
What a great idea!!! Have fun collecting beads!

mariposssa
10-24-2012, 02:51 PM
I have a charm bracelet, too. I got most of the charms at the craft stores. There really are a lot of inspiring charms to choose from and I try to pick ones that "speak" to me. I have some that say things like believe, peace, keep calm and carry on, etc. I also have a rainbow, a butterfly, a peace sign and a chuck taylor type converse shoe. I already bought most of mine and they stay in a little clear jewel case on my dresser until I actually earn them and add them to my bracelet.

Elladorine
10-25-2012, 03:23 AM
I love this idea and the meaning behind each bead you chose. I'll be following along as you add more.
Thank you! :)

I just love the bracelet.

Lin
Thanks! :D

I am so stealing this idea!! (if i ever get around to it).. your bracelet is so beautiful. This is so cool!
Steal away! ;) I'm having so much fun with it.

I have a charm bracelet, too.
289-279 treasure chest with a baby tooth from DS
279-269 crystal ball for a bright future
269-259 cupcake to replace the real ones
259-249 infinity symbol because this is a forever lifestyle change
249-239 lion for the courage to change
239-229 a compass to guide me in the right direction
229-219 a pretty red dress for the clothes I'll be able to wear one day
.
I'm not sure what I'll get when I hit 209.
That's awesome. :D I've seen several of yours at one of the stores and have thought about them, especially the crystal ball, the infinity symbol, and the compass. I was also thinking about the red dress (because it's a lot cheaper than the black dress one I've seen online).

I just love your bracelet and all of the meaning behind it. I'm SO doing this!
Awesome, I hope you'll post pics and meanings about yours too! :)

What a great idea!!! Have fun collecting beads!
Thanks, it is a lot of fun! I'm even enjoying browsing around for new ideas while I'm online. :)

I have a charm bracelet, too. I got most of the charms at the craft stores. There really are a lot of inspiring charms to choose from and I try to pick ones that "speak" to me. I have some that say things like believe, peace, keep calm and carry on, etc. I also have a rainbow, a butterfly, a peace sign and a chuck taylor type converse shoe. I already bought most of mine and they stay in a little clear jewel case on my dresser until I actually earn them and add them to my bracelet.
I've seen a charm that says "believe" that I've been thinking about getting. :) And I really like the idea of keeping them in a clear case until they're earned! It's so much fun to browse and see which ones speak to you, isn't it?

* * *

Oh, what the heck . . . one more photo. ;)

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/474_524149544280587_964831790_n.jpg

Sadly enough, I had to be in a huge rush earlier today when I went to my TOPS meeting. I had all these great plans to show off my bracelet and share the idea, but I have family in town and had to cut the meeting off. I still had to swing by and drop off some material, so I got in my weigh-in at least.

Anyway, I got totally distracted when I had a small dispute with the weight recorder (grr!), and I ended up leaving my bracelet behind (it's too heavy to weigh with and I had set it on a shelf)! :( I called around and got one of the other members to safely hold it for me, but I won't get it back for another 2 weeks, when we have our next meeting.

Heh, that's what I get for being rushed and annoyed. :p

Elladorine
11-29-2012, 11:59 PM
Time to catch up! :D

My ninth bead, for pounds 280 to 270:

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/249330_527972573898284_1949225429_n.jpg

I put together a padlock bead with a set of tiny keys, because I've found the key to unlocking a healthier me! :)

The tenth bead, for pounds 270-260:

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/155383_530171220345086_1317973668_n.jpg

This one represents the day planner I track all of my meals and other health-related events in, which has been an extremely important part of my success. And it's totally appropriate for the pounds it represents since I was at 267 when I started it in March. True story. ;)

The eleventh bead, for pounds 260-250:

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/599156_530172863678255_1447676458_n.jpg

This represents the octopus contest I won at TOPS. We were each given a yarn creature to decorate as part of the contest (we had to track our eating as part of it) and she's been my little mascot. I was kinda excited when I found the octopus charm to match her! Here's a photo of the actual octopus and my day planner/food and health journal:

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/523793_515584161803792_1174924786_n.jpg

I made her cape and top hat. :p

The twelfth bead, for pounds 250-240:

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/535560_530814713614070_1041728494_n.jpg

I forgot to take a photo of it by itself but it's the one with the aqua-colored rhinestones. I picked that one since it matches an old favorite tee that was my "official weigh-in shirt" until a smaller size began to fit me better. :)

And for the thirteenth bead, for pounds 240-230, I finally earned it a few weeks ago (I'm currently at 227)! I've got something specific in mind but have yet to pick up as I'm hoping it goes on sale soon. :p Once I get it, I'll be all caught up until I reach 220 pounds and earn my fourteenth one. ;)

gailr42
11-30-2012, 01:37 AM
Really nice!

lizarddau
11-30-2012, 02:00 AM
you could make an awesome digital scrapbook of all of your lovely photos too!...like a brag book!!...if you want to know how let me know!!...just google lizard dau designs and you will find my blog...you can find contact information on there if you like??....cheers liz

Mozzy
11-30-2012, 12:54 PM
This is such a fantastic idea!!!!

TPA sun
11-30-2012, 07:01 PM
I found this idea, and LOVED IT, so I started my own charm bracelet, so far I've earned 1 (10 lbs) and cant wait to put on some more!

forreal
12-09-2012, 09:13 PM
What a wonderful idea!! You should copy this thread onto the message board so others can get to see it. I once had a necklace I was making for my weight loss - I had a small red bead for every 5 pounds I lost, then a larger gold colored one for every 25 pounds -- it was nice, but certainly not as special as the bracelet you're building. I now have a charm necklace I'm building out of charms and pendants my SO has given me -- it's a silver snake chain necklace and I just ordered some spacer beads to add to it -- that will allow the charms to stand out more because now the charms all bunch together and you can't see them very well. But I'm definitely going to start a bracelet for my weight loss -- will check out the links that have been posted in an earlier post. THANKS for the great idea and sharing the photos of the beads you have to date.

Mary

scoutycat
12-09-2012, 10:13 PM
I love this, and started my own bracelet too! Thanks for the great idea!

CircClerkJen
12-09-2012, 10:24 PM
Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing :)

kelijpa
01-05-2013, 08:30 PM
Elladorine, thanks for the wonderful thread, I found it very motivational and posted a link in the 40 something forum, thanks for sharing your wonderful story and the meaning behind each charm!
:sunny:
looking forward to making something for myself, how wonderful to have a beautiful bracelet with so much meaning, that must have been scary to have almost lost it!
I really liked the idea of the threat of having to remove something....

foucault
01-06-2013, 09:33 AM
This is such a super idea. I'm itching to go shopping for a charm bracelet now.

lunarsongbird
02-09-2013, 04:38 PM
I want more updates! Did you get the 13th bead and pick out what you want for the 14th?

RavenWolf
02-09-2013, 06:42 PM
I love this idea! What a great idea! I am going to do this as well! It's a great way to reward yourself for your progress along the way!

I've been looking for a great reward program!

KittieKat
02-09-2013, 09:23 PM
What a wonderful idea, and great work!!

Elladorine
02-11-2013, 06:52 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone! Goodness, I've fallen behind here . . .

Here's my 13th bead:

http://distilleryimage7.s3.amazonaws.com/d233b2fe56f411e2bc2222000a1f98f9_7.jpg

This was made from a charm I picked up at Target around Christmas (and an attachment bead I picked up at Walmart). I made mix tapes back in the day and still love anything audio cassette-related, even though I adopted MP3 players long ago. Music is so important to fitness for me and this is a fun reminder of my teenage years in the mid-90's. :)

Here's a shot of how the bracelet looks now:

http://distilleryimage11.s3.amazonaws.com/76e7d97a5b7c11e2826f22000a9f13e9_7.jpg

You can see there are new "filler" beads, but I'm more likely to call them "inspiration" beads. They were gifts from my hubby for Christmas, so even though I didn't actually "earn" them, I love having them and they're now part of the bracelet.

And here's a shot of me wearing it:

http://distilleryimage2.s3.amazonaws.com/b3ad194a56fb11e2a55d22000a1fbcd5_7.jpg

I'm about a pound away from earning my 14th bead. I haven't decided on it yet but I'm thinking about a Hallmark butterfly one I've seen at Walmart in order to symbolize transformation. It's a little more than I'd normally spend but I've reached a point where I feel I've earned a little something extra. :D

ryverthorn
02-11-2013, 07:25 PM
oh very pretty! I absolutely loved this idea so I started a bracelet too. Right now I have one little lonely bead on there but it gives me something to work towards :)

jewelergirl777
02-11-2013, 07:33 PM
Such a very cool idea! I love it and am going to do it! being a jewelry designer, I can hardly wait to dive into this project--thanks a million for posting this! I'll be back with some fun designs in the near future :)

RavenWolf
02-11-2013, 09:15 PM
Congrats on bead 13, going on 14!!

I ordered my bracelet and first two beads, since I should be at 20 pounds lost in a couple of weeks!

forkeeps
02-12-2013, 12:04 AM
Congrats on bead 13, going on 14!!

I ordered my bracelet and first two beads, since I should be at 20 pounds lost in a couple of weeks!

Me too! But only one bead, what I will call my starter bead. Though I think it's more of a charm than a bead; not being big into jewelry, I am getting quite the lesson in shopping for these things. I went with the bangle bracelet, though I saw there were other options.

This is such a fabulous idea!!!:carrot:

lunarsongbird
02-12-2013, 11:16 AM
Goodness, Ella! Are you going to have to get a new bracelet? You're almost out of room!

I'm just doing beads. The white 10 pound band is from the Metabolic Research Center. I wear it everyday and am looking forward to me 20 pound one.
http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag6/lunarsongbird/phptmFEQ8AM_zps2462fe70.jpg

Elladorine
02-12-2013, 11:40 AM
LOL, I might have to do a whole necklace or something. ;) Several of the ones I use now are "filler" beads, so I should be able to swap them out for ones I earn in the future. I don't plan on any more dangle-y charms because I'm running out of room, but I'm hoping I have enough space for 7 more beads. If not, I can probably swap out the bangle for a more traditional chain bracelet (the bangle has that big gap in it).

So awesome to see others joining in on the fun! Good to see all the photos so far and I'd love to see more! :carrot:

Here's another pic I put together last night to show off what I've got so far. ;)

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/31443_583207958374745_1118314016_n.jpg

I wanted to focus on the new owl and turtle my husband gave me. :) I'm sort of torn about those since I didn't "earn" them, but they're still special because he was thinking of me for Christmas. I'm not sure, I'm still thinking of them as "inspiration" beads (especially the turtle, slow and steady wins the race) but maybe I'll eventually count them?

Maybe I really do need a second bracelet or even a necklace . . . :dizzy:

forkeeps
02-12-2013, 12:17 PM
lunarsongbird: Beautiful! I like the idea of beads only, too. Knowing me, I will change my mind constantly, that's why I took the plunge right away and ordered my bracelet and first charm. :)

Elladorine: Great pictures! This is such a great idea, I think you've inspired a lot of people with this thread. :)


I think I will do charms for each 10 pound loss, and spacer beads for each 5 pound loss in between, if that makes sense.

lolloveschocolate
02-12-2013, 12:37 PM
wow thats a great idea, i love it. i might take a leaf out of your book and give it a go too- maybe a charm for each mini goal ive set myself, so i could end up with 15.:)

Elladorine
02-25-2013, 02:30 PM
I officially earned my 14th bead last week and picked it out on the weekend. :carrot:

http://distilleryimage1.instagram.com/466427a47ed111e294a422000a1f9874_7.jpg

I decided to go with a cute little kitty bead to remember the little buddy I had to put to sleep the Christmas before last. :( I actually adopted Koji right around the time I got in gear to start losing weight back in 2005. I love the dogs I currently have but I still really miss my Koji.

I know I said I didn't want to go for any more dangley charms but that part is teeny. :) I'm still thinking about getting a butterfly later, and also want to find a cute one to represent my dogs. But first I've got to keep working so I can earn them. :D

ryverthorn
02-25-2013, 03:07 PM
I officially earned my 14th bead last week and picked it out on the weekend. :carrot:

http://distilleryimage1.instagram.com/466427a47ed111e294a422000a1f9874_7.jpg

I decided to go with a cute little kitty bead to remember the little buddy I had to put to sleep the Christmas before last. :( I actually adopted Koji right around the time I got in gear to start losing weight back in 2005. I love the dogs I currently have but I still really miss my Koji.

I know I said I didn't want to go for any more dangley charms but that part is teeny. :) I'm still thinking about getting a butterfly later, and also want to find a cute one to represent my dogs. But first I've got to keep working so I can earn them. :D

Congrats on the 14th charm!

I loved this idea so much I started collecting beads too. I picked out the same kitty bead to remind me of my cat Gus that I put to sleep last Sept. (Actually my mom saw it and told me "you HAVE to get this one!") Losing a pet is just like losing a loved one... I don't think you ever stop missing them, and this way when I hit one of my goal weights I can carry a reminder of my awesome little furball with me. :)

Thank you for posting about this idea. It has really given me something to shoot for rather than the big picture of weight loss which is overwhelming and depressing.

LadyPetite
02-26-2013, 05:17 PM
I really enjoyed looking at all your charms and reading the history behind each of them. I'm not a very jewelry person but this thread has inspired me so much that I'm going to do something similar with plain colorful beads and add one to a bracelet for every ten pounds. What a wonderful way to motivate and inspire! Looking forward to more charms.

fujikochan
02-28-2013, 10:15 PM
I enjoyed looking through your story, and I so adore this idea. I might just steal it. Heck, it gives me an excuse to wear jewelry, considering that I have already earned five charms and am on the way to number six!

(Besides, I'm already in the market for a charm bracelet! I found a Vespa charm I couldn't turn down. I am, by the way, a big fan of Italian scooters, even if my own rides have been Japanese so far. The plan is to buy a Vespa once I reach goal!)

Amy1313
04-07-2013, 02:41 PM
Love this!! I am a jewelry fan and also enjoy making jewelry, so this is right up my alley. Thank you, for the great idea. I'm excited to start this. I love the beads you've chosen and the meanings behind them you have done an amazing job, congratulations! It's great that your husband is so supportive, too an so sweet that he got you some beads for Christmas (especially knowing th meaning behind your owl bead).
I think w must be about the same age. I'm about to be 36 and I remember making the best mixed tapes! Did you record songs off th raio when you were a kid? The hosts would always talk over the first 10-20 seconds o the song :)
Anyway, I'm off to Amazon to start my collection. I may do a bed for 5 and a charm for 10....
Thanks and congratulations on your incredible weight loss!!

Elladorine
04-07-2013, 06:28 PM
Thank you everyone! :grouphug:

I'm only 3 pounds away from earning my next bead! But it seems I hit an issue I hadn't anticipated . . . a few weeks ago when I was about to eat out with some friends, the bangle fell right off my wrist as I was getting out of my car! I was in shock; the way the bangle works it definitely has a gap (and is how I was getting it on and off without trying to having to slide it over my entire hand), but I've always had chunky wrists, right? So how was it possible it just slid off by itself, did it break? I spent a good five minutes searching the floor and even seat of my car trying to find the thing, and it wasn't until I gave up and started to walk away from the car that I realized it fell right into the top of the boot I was wearing! :lol: I took this set of photos that night while sitting in the restaurant.

http://distilleryimage7.ak.instagram.com/949a765a816d11e2b6f822000a1f8cdf_7.jpg

So yeah, it slides right off me under its own weight now. :dizzy: I decided to pick out a new chain bracelet from Michaels so I won't have that problem again. Not much of a change, but here is how it currently looks with the new chain.

http://distilleryimage11.ak.instagram.com/0d63a04495d611e283e322000aa8200d_7.jpg

Since it completely closes, I definitely have more room for future beads now. I can't wait to pick my next one, hopefully before the end of the month. :)

Amy: We are close to the same age, I just turned 37 in February. :) I totally used to record songs off the radio as well! :D I even remember diving to the floor as soon as I'd hit the record button in order to decrease the amount of static we'd get from the station (certain stations were fussy and would get really bad static depending on what area of the room you were standing in). :lol: You're in Chicago? :) I'm currently out in Vegas but I grew up in the Chicagoland area.

forkeeps
04-08-2013, 11:10 AM
Elladorine: What a great "problem" to have, skinny wrists! Congrats again on your amazing progress so far. I grew up near Chicago too, and made tapes (I'm 43). Best radio station in the world (really, the only good one left anymore) is XRT. Some of the djs have been there longer than I've been alive! (Oh, and I moved from Chicago to Vegas for awhile too, weird :) )

crazynette826
04-10-2013, 12:19 AM
I love this idea!! What a great way to showcase your losses, and remember your loved ones at the same time. Beautiful choices on the charms. Looks like I'm going to have to head to Hobby Lobby tomorrow! I've decided I need one!

Tina239
04-10-2013, 09:56 PM
Such an awesome idea! I hope you fill that bracelet and have to move on to a new one!!!! Good luck and thanks for sharing!!!

MonteCristo
04-11-2013, 12:57 PM
I love this idea. I think I'm going to do the same thing...now to plan a trip to HobbyLobby. :D

namaste984
08-14-2013, 08:11 PM
This is so wonderful! I design jewelry myself and have a ton of beads I could use. I am excited to begin my own bracelet! :)

cheeriloos
08-17-2013, 09:31 AM
I love that your bracelet is beatiful and serves a purpose

HuggerBunny
11-02-2013, 05:15 PM
Sorry to drag this up, but I really enjoyed this thread! Elladorine, have you added any other beads to your bracelet? I see that you're pregnant right now (CONGRATS!) so maybe that will resume after the little one is born :)

Does anyone else have photos of/stories about their bracelets to share?

I got a Pandora bracelet a couple of years ago and really treasure it. I'm not much of a jewelry girl beyond the occasional pendant on a necklace and my Pandora bracelet. In 2 years, I've only collected 4 charms. Two were gifts from my mom, the other two were purchased by me because they remind me of my deceased grandmothers. I plan to slowly add charms for significant life events/things/people I want to remember, and I really like the idea of adding a charm when I get to a healthy weight, both to celebrate that happening and so I'll remember the importance of "staying the course" whenever I look at my bracelet.