I saw this on pinterest the other day, and thought it was a great idea, so I made one for myself.
So I went to the Dollarama, and picked up a few supplies:
I picked up 2 glass vases (I realized afterwards, I didn't have that many marbles to put in these ones, so smaller vases would have been fine). But these are going to be useful in the future,, so it's all good! I picked up some sticky letters in a font that I liked, and I raided my stash of mosaic supplies where I have a ton of glass marbles. These are easy to find at the dollar store too. Total cost for the whole lot should be $5 or $6.
and here's my motivation. I'm a very visual person, so this kind of thing works very well for me. I prefer the pretty pink colours in the originals that I found on pinterest, however this matches my kitchen, and I thought the kitchen was the best place to keep this project, so every time I go in there I see them, and might think twice before eating something I shouldn't.
My weight loss journey has been going on since August. I haven't written about it here yet, so here's the story: In August, my husband started training with a personal trainer. I have had a personal trainer over the years quite a bit, but had taken this summer off to stay home with my son. I had been struggling with losing excess weight for awhile, and although I was good at getting in my exercise, I was NOT so good at eating properly. I was my own worst enemy and I knew it, but I couldn't seem to change. My husband on the other hand has willpower of steel, and when he sets his mind to something it happens! He didn't really have any weight to lose (although he did anyway!!!) but he wanted to get into better shape. And he wanted me to join him. I was skeptical, but I thought I'd give the eating plan that his trainer had given him a try.
Well, I don't know what happened, why suddenly it "clicked" for me, but I started to lose weight, and it happened pretty easily. I think having him doing it with me was really the key. By the time I started working out with his trainer in October, I had lost 30 lbs, just from cleaning up my eating, and the occasional Pilate's and yoga class. We really revamped our eating, and started to eliminate carbs (not totally, but I really cut down) and just started to eat healthy. When I started training with this new trainer, I stalled. I don't know why, maybe I was scared of the change, but the weight wasn't falling off of me like it had in the summer. But it's steadily moving down, and so far I have lost 43 lbs. I think I was plateauing a bit, and not trying as hard, because HEY, I HAD LOST 40 LBS!!! That felt like a big accomplishment to me.....it WAS a big accomplishment for me. But now I'm refocusing, and starting to lose again, I have about 30 more to go. I feel really good now, but I don't want to lose sight of my ultimate goal. So maybe blogging about it will help. Here's a before and after:
I can't remember what year this was, but I know this was basically me at my heaviest weight, which I hit again this past summer. I am NOT revealing that weight here, maybe when I hit my ultimate goal, but I'm just not that brave right now.....baby steps......
This is me this past October, 30 lbs down. I have lost another 13, but don't have any current pics. It amazes me how over the years I have not allowed myself to be photographed without my purse (or my kid) in front of me! Trying to find a before picture was difficult, because all the pictures of me were either deleted, or from the head up only! I've been hiding....but no more. The weight is coming off, and it's time to stop hiding.....I don't want Limefreckle Jr. to look back and wonder why there are no family pics of his mom!
So stay tuned for my weight loss journey, and if you are on one, please share your story!