If you have been dieting for a while but not seeing the results you would like, try keeping a fitness journal for 30 days and you may see a big difference. I have been keeping a fitness journal for years and it has helped me go above and beyond the goals I have set for myself. It challenges me, or rather it allows me to challenge myself. I can set goals and write my way to seeing those goals become a reality.
If you have ever kept a journal, you have probably experienced the deep satisfaction that comes from writing your daily events and unleashing your inner self onto paper. The single most important instrument for nurturing your spirit is a personal journal. The most successful tool for encouraging your weight loss and exercise program is a diet and fitness journal.
For women especially, gaining or losing weight can be a complex matter. We over eat or under eat for various reasons. Identifying your habits, determining your own personal triggers and deciding on what action to take can all be recorded in your fitness journal. It’s one of the best ways to test your diet to see what is working and what isn’t.
Daily devotion to your journal writing can provide a support system when you need a boost of encouragement. Reading your previous posts and comparing them to your level of attainment today, will help you realize just how much your hard work has paid off.
Your fitness journal can be your own private story of your eating habits and your fitness level. As you write your goals each week, you are adding a very fundamental factor to your complete wellness program. The anticipation alone can boost your spirit. I love to challenge myself when I plan my fitness goals, sometimes I reach the goals and other times I don’t; but I have a lot of fun and get a lot of satisfaction when I try.
Remember to log everything into your journal, the foods you eat, the beverages you drink and all exercises that you engage in. Include any cardio activities, too, even walking. It won’t take you long to figure out what foods to eat and how much. Depending on your current calorie needs, you will want to make changes gradually so that they are much easier to adapt to. Tracking these changes in your fitness journal will help to keep you focused and greatly increase your chances for success.
~ Karen Ficarelli