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Going… Going… Gone!

When you’re trying to achieve a long-term goal and it feels as though your destination is way too far in the distance, visual motivators can be a helpful way to stay encouraged throughout the process. Along these lines, an idea that I ran across on Pinterest caught my attention, and I thought I’d give it a try.

I present to you my “Going… Going… Gone!” project!

Going, Going, Gone

This set of jars turns my weight loss goals into something visual. The “Going… Going…” jar is full of pebbles that represent the weight I want to lose (one pebble for each pound), while each pebble in the “Gone!” jar stands for a pound that I’ve already successfully lost. Now, in addition to the weekly motivation of getting on the scale, I have the added incentive of being able to transfer more pebbles to my “Gone!” jar (and hopefully never move them back in the other direction!).

I didn’t spend any money on this project – I just used things I already had in the house. It’s not at all fancy, it might look a little silly, and you may even think it’s childish… but I love it. Sometimes I don’t give myself enough credit for my success, so to me, these silly little jars of pebbles are a visual pat on the back for how well I’ve done and how far I’ve come – and another way of reminding myself that I can and promising myself that I will succeed in reaching my goals.

Do you use visual reminders to help you meet your goals?
Please share!

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Cari
    July 18, 2012

    I think this is a very cute idea! I really love it.
    Would it be okay with you if I do something similar?

  • paboden July 18, 2012

    I think this project is Ingenius! I HAVE to lose weight once my travels are over and I will borrow your idea!

  • Tweetsmom July 18, 2012

    I love this idea because you can actually SEE your progress.  You are brilliant!!

  • CorinneRodrigues
    July 19, 2012

    Fantastic! So happy for you. I love the idea too. 

  • knitrunrepeat July 19, 2012

    I think I’ll start with 50 M&Ms, and eat one for each pound lost. Heh. KIDDING! This is a great idea. I, too, am a visual person. I’ve recently made a little bit of progress, this might be the kickstart I need to keep it going. Thanks!

  • Diana Pinto July 19, 2012

    This is great way of encouraging yourself and it’s self motivating.I’ve never done this before.however I’ll give it a try.Thanks for sharing this great project Dawn.


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