Craft TherapyTo drop numbers on the scale, we’re quick to resort to a highly restrictive diet or 45 minutes on the elliptical. A healthy diet of moderate proportions and efficient exercise are essential for slimming down, but embracing creativity and adopting crafting weight-loss therapy may actually achieve desired results. Dana Hinders, Love to Know Crafts writer, says, “crafting may even be your ticket to permanent weight loss.” Therapeutically, creating releases feel-good endorphins, boosts your self-esteem and calms the mind. Rather than succumbing to boredom, anxiety or stress by opening the fridge, engage your hands with craft materials and your mind in a DIY project.
Curb your appetite by hand-crafting hardware jewelry. Visit your local hardware store and pick up pieces of small hardware, such as round washers, star tooth washers and nuts of various sizes. The hardware will be eclectic charms for your necklace. Paint the metal washers and nuts with spray paint primer in bright colors candy grape or yellow for summery jewelry or go for a glam look with metallic gold and chrome. String your hardware-charms onto a black rubber necklace cord or colorful string. Add a miniature skeleton key and large safety pins to your homemade necklace.
Homemade Cookbook & Journal Make your weight-loss process personal and decorative by creating a homemade cookbook and weight-loss journal. According to art educational sites specializing in online concept artist degrees, the “effective use of color to convey feeling and mood” and enhancing creativity can elicit an emotional response. That response can help settle stressful and self-defeatist thinking. Create a cookbook with low-calorie, healthy recipes and a journal to log your food and exercises using scrapbook materials. Engage your children in the project by asking them to decorate pages with pictures of their favorite fruits or outdoor activities. Gather color construction paper, markers, stickers, scissors, glue and glitter. Three-hole punch the construction-paper recipes and organize them by meals and snacks into a binder.
Chalkboard PaintTransform a refrigerator or cupboard-door surface with chalkboard paint. Not only is a chalkboard surface in your kitchen kid-friendly, it’s a fun and aesthetic space for holding yourself accountable.
In different color chalk, write:
- A list of healthy groceries for the week
- Fitness goals and a workout schedule
- Accomplishments and goals achieved
- Inspirational quotes