Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Weight Loss Inspiration Jars Tutorial!

As mentioned in the Tuttle's To-Dos for 2012, I'm trying to be healthier. I saw a similar project on tumblr here and thought I could give it a try! To be fair, this idea has been floating around all over the internet, so here's my version.

 1. Gather your materials. I used two jars that I think were pickle jars. (I cannot throw jars away. It seems like a sin or something to me.) You'll need two jars, some Goo Gone to get any sticky stuff off of the jars, glass marbles, ribbons, a hot glue gun, and some paint.

2. Clean the jars with soap and water and then remove any nasty sticky stuff from the labels with Goo Gone! It works wonders!

3. I decided what I wanted my jars to say and then wrote them on the jars with a black paint pen made for writing on ceramics and glass. I always like adding a little extra color to things, so I went back with a paint brush and added some blue and red dots on the tops of the letters.

4. Once the letters are dry and they were looking good, I attached ribbon to the top edge of the jar with my hot glue gun. Be careful! I managed to get hot glue stuck in a deep cut in my thumb, and it hurt like crazy.

 I placed mine in the window, so I can see them every day and remind myself of my goal.

 I used blue marbles for the pounds and when I reach a five pound mark, I throw a red heart in the jar.

This project is really easy and easily personalized for your goals. For example, if you wanted to reward yourself with a trip to the movies after you've lost ten pounds, throw a pair of scrapbook tickets in the Pounds to Go jar and when you reach your goal, throw them into the Pounds Gone jar and head to the movies. You can include any kind of symbolic item in your Pounds to Go jar and use them as part of the reward system like a new bathing suit, a great pair of shoes, etc. This project is EASY PEASY no matter how large or small your goal is!

Since I didn't have to buy anything to make this project, it didn't cost me a penny!

I hope your version of this project inspires you! Good luck reaching your goals!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Things I'm Thankful for this Morning

My life is pretty much wonderful, but here's why it's wonderful lately.
  1. I started trying to get a bit healthier and in the process I've gone from 169.0 to 160.2 since January 2nd. It hasn't been too hard either. I've been following The 17 Day Diet (which sounds stupid and faddish, but it's legit and more of a lifestyle change than a diet) and instead of eating junk and drinking a 2 liter of Dr. Pepper each day, I've been eating fresh foods and I feel so much better. I even sleep better!
  2. Jared. He is always wonderful, but lately he's been even more so. He has done a couple of really big projects lately that we've been talking about for a long time all while working full time, running his own computer business, building commissioned sub-woofer boxes, reselling guns and stereo equipment, playing in the worship band etc. I can definitely say that he is a hard worker and an excellent provider. The deck and the fire pit are incredible and I hope to do a couple of posts about them in the near future! 
  3. I've been getting to spend more time with Mama and Katie. When we're on the road playing music every weekend, I get to spend some pretty quality time with them, but lately we haven't been traveling as much because of the holidays and the fact that we're always slower in the winter time. Lately, we've been hanging out every weekend, checking out thrift stores, going roller skating, watching movies, etc. It's been really  nice and I've missed that opportunity to hang out and see what's going on in their lives and tell them all the stuff I'm excited about or working on!
  4. Jesus loves me. This one needs very little description because if y'all know Him, then you understand why my life is wonderful.
Are y'all thankful for anything this morning?