Goals and Pounds in a Jar

Getting motivated to exercise and eat healthy to lose weight can be difficult. It takes 21 days to form a habit so it’s important to set and reach a goal for each day to help you in your journey.

The very first thing you should do is establish your biggest goal and then break that goal down into baby steps. The baby steps should be one goal for every day of the 21 days to help you toward your bigger goal. Ideas for your 21 goals are: a 30 minute walk with a friend, eat fruit for breakfast, drink 6 cups of water, make a new healthy recipe, throw out processed foods in frig, have a smoothie for breakfast, etc. Setting a goal for each day will give you something to be proud of.

The second step should be to come up with a visual reminder of your goals that you can look at each day. A close friend of mine uses two jars, one is labeled “Pounds to Lose”, the other is labeled “Pounds Lost”. She uses colored rocks to represent her pounds. When she loses a pound she pulls a rock from the “Pounds to Lose” jar and puts it in the “Pounds Lost” jar. It’s such a simple, yet EFFECTIVE way to reward yourself and also check yourself when you have to put the rock BACK into the “Pounds to Lose” jar if you gain a pound back. I thought it was so brilliant that I asked her to send me a picture which is above. It cost her just a few dollars at the dollar store!

Most importantly, focus on what you are gaining, not what you are leaving behind. Focus on the fabulous foods you can have, not the processed foods you are eliminating. Focus on how great you will feel! I’m always here if you need a little motivational push.

In Health and With Grace,




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