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I have been serious about losing weight for two months now. That is 62 days of dieting and exercise (minus a few cheat days here and there). It’s hard to stay motivated sometimes. I get tired of the diet, I miss junk food, and I really miss lazy days. So how do I keep going? I made this handy little DIY weight-loss tracker.
I’m a total planner addict, so I wanted to make something pretty for my fitness planner. I am also a visual person, and I need to see progress. I see smaller numbers on the scale, but the physical changes are so gradual it’s hard to see them every day. I love seeing progress on paper, and that’s where this weight-loss tracker comes in. Every time I lose a pound, I get to color in a square.
It reminds me of a kids’ board game, and the stickers and washi give it a whimsical feel. Whatever adds in a little extra fun, right? Plus, I can see my planned rewards, and that’s always a little extra kick in the butt to get going.
How to Make Your Own DIY Weight-Loss Tracker
You don’t need many supplies to make this, and what you do need is inexpensive. (I love crafty projects that don’t break the bank!)
- Graph paper. I actually didn’t have any on hand, but my printer has pre-made forms. With a few button taps I had graph paper printed onto cardstock to make it a little more durable.
- Paper cutter (if your paper isn’t the same size as your planner).
- A fine-tipped permanent marker. You won’t want it to bleed and run everywhere when you color over it later.
- Decorations! I used some washi tape and stickers.
- Hole punch. If your graph paper isn’t already punched, you’ll want to do that so you can add it to your planner.
- Your planner or bullet journal! Or another way to display this amazing work of art you’re about to create.
- Markers or colored pencils to color in all those squares.
Cut your paper down to the size you need for your planner. Since I use a Happy Planner, I cut my paper down to 7” x 9.25”.
Figure out how many squares you’ll need for your path. Start with the number of pounds you want to lose (for me that’s 32), add in extras for planned rewards (every five pounds, so +6 squares), and add two extra squares for the start and the finish. So I needed a total of 40 squares.
This is the step where you get to play with your creativity! Using your permanent marker, start drawing your path. I made my squares outline a 3×3 grid on the graph paper. Draw one 3×3 square at a time, and wind your path across the paper, up and down, around it, however you want it to go. If you want to experiment a little, you might use a pencil on a spare piece of graph paper before you reach for the permanent marker. (Total honesty: it took me a few tries with the pencil before I got this to look the way I wanted!)
Now that you have your path drawn, we need to fill in your squares. In the very first square write “Start Here.” Then number the squares 1 to however many pounds you want to lose, and skip the squares where you have planned rewards. For instance, since I’m giving myself a reward every five pounds, I number the squares 1-5, skip one, 6-10, and then so on. In the last square write “goal,” or “I did it!” or something fun. Now you can go back and fill in those last few blank squares with your rewards. For losing 5 and 10 pounds, I rewarded myself with washi tape, a new sticker book for 15 pounds, etc. You can read all about planned rewards in my Fitness Success Plan workbook that I made for the before post here.
It’s time to decorate! Add some washi tape, give it a title (I called mine Lose It!), and add some stickers. I found some pretty decorative stickers at Walmart, and I used some stickers from my fitness planner. I also used a washi tape hack I mentioned in this post about planner decoration.
Punch holes in it and add it to your fitness planner. You could also frame it (without the glass cover) and hang it on the wall. Tape it to your fridge. Put it somewhere you’ll see it when you need a little extra encouragement.
Every time you lose a pound, color in a square. Don’t worry about how long it takes you to color in the full path. As long as you are making progress, that’s what matters.
So what does mine look like all colored in after two months of hard work? Are you wondering how much progress I’ve made? Before I tell you, let’s flash back. Two months ago I stood on the scale and wanted to cry because it was the highest non-pregnancy weight I’d ever seen. Here’s my progress so far:
Nineteen pounds down! Nineteen**!!! And my after photos:
Let me tell you, it’s a lot easier to share these than it was to share to the before photos! I had no idea there was such a difference until I put them side by side. My clothes fit better, and I feel amazing already. I still have 13 pounds to go, but I’m so happy with my progress. See that smile? That’s the face of someone with her lowest weight in a really long time!
How I Lost 19 Pounds in Two Months**
I followed my fitness success plan. I ate healthy foods, and I drank a ton of water. My Fitbit has been keeping me moving constantly, and I’ve been making an extra effort to get in some workouts (walking, spinning, and yoga).
As I mentioned in my before post, I’ve also been taking alli® weight loss aid. It’s the only over-the-counter weight-loss aid approved by the FDA. I take one capsule with my meals (containing less than 15g of fat), and it blocks up to 25% of the fat from being absorbed by my body. For every 5-10 pounds lost, alli® weight loss aid helps lose an additional 2-3 more*. The startup guide explained everything I needed to know. At the end of the day I take a vitamin. You can find it at Walmart when you’re grabbing your pretty stickers!
alli® weight loss aid has made me a lot more aware of how much fat I actually consume in a day. Now when I prepare meals, I flip the package over to check how much fat is in each ingredient. I’m learning how to cut back or make substitutions (low-fat dairy products, lean meats, etc.). I’m okay with this because it’s all part of adapting to a healthier lifestyle. That’s what’s important in the long run.
And of course, this weight-loss tracker has been an amazing encouragement for me. Every morning when I get to color another square, a jolt of joy runs straight through me. I may not notice the physical changes every day because they’re so gradual, but I can see how close I’m getting to reaching my goal when I look at this tracker.
What’s your favorite way to track your success? Tell me below in the comments, and then grab this alli® weight loss aid coupon, and go get what you need to get started on your weight-loss journey! And I’d love to see the weight-loss tracker that you make!
*alli® (orlistat 60 mg capsules) weight loss aid is for weight loss in overweight adults, 18 years and older, when used along with a reduced-calorie and low-fat diet. Follow label directions.
**In studies, most people lost 5-10 pounds over 6 months