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Friday, March 2, 2012

Motivation Marbles

I ran into this idea the other day and thought it would be fantastic for someone just starting a diet or in the middle of it.

It's called Motivation Marbles.   Essentially, you create two jars - one for pounds to go and one for pounds lost.  You purchase marbles or decorative stones for the total number of pounds you want to lose.  As you drop weight, you move the appropriate number of marbles from the "Pounds to Go" jar to the "Pounds Lost" jar.

The idea is something similar to what we did to help potty train my granddaughter.  She had two jars.  In the beginning, she'd start with a certain number of marbles in the treat jar.  Each time she went to the potty and stayed dry, she got another marble.  If she had an accident, a marble was removed.   When her treat marbles got to a certain total, she got to take them to the store and trade them for a toy of small value.   Each time they'd start with less marbles in the beginning, so she'd have to work at it to get her treat earned.

Anyway, I like the ideas of the motivation marble jars, because it makes our goals and progress very tangible.  We easily get lost in the day to day battle of pounds or tenths of a pound or gains.  We then lose sight of where we started and how far we've come.  I had to chuckle at the thought of putting 349 marbles in some sort of container (the highest I ever weighed) and removing 218 of them to represent the total pounds I have lost from highest to lowest.  It really is sobering and uplifting.

I found some examples of jars people have made so I'm going to give credit where credit is due

1 comment:

  1. Great visual idea for any kind of goal, Beth. I had no idea you started out at 349 - thank you for sharing that. I tend to forget that just a few years ago, I was knocking on the door of 250 - I now whine about going back & forth over the 200 mark, forgetting the hard fought journey of just getting to 200 while being in my 50's (and my extraordinary great health numbers I have now - doc has NOTHING to bitch at me about except my weight! HAHA). Thanks for your selfless help on the hcg Forum, too - you are an inspiration to us all.