Maintaining a diet and fitness journal has been proven to be the number one motivator for helping you succeed with your goals. Writing down everything you eat and drink and all of your activities each day will help you track your progress as you move toward your fitness goals. So, what are your fitness goals and why are you participating in a fitness program?
Perhaps your goal is to lose weight. But how much weight do you want to lose? One of the best things about a fitness journal is that you can record your current weight and measurements so you’ll have a starting point of where you began. Once you have those numbers written down in front of you, ask yourself again, how much weight do you want to lose or better yet, what size would you like to be? Be specific with your goal planning by pinpointing exactly what you wish to change.
A great motivator to making changes is to identify what those changes will mean to your everyday life. Why do you want to lose weight or change your size? Is it so you can wear certain styles, look good in your clothes or are their health concerns with your weight? Write down all of the reasons that you desire to lose weight. This is a crucial part in goal planning. Discovering and documenting the why behind our goals really does make them easier and more logical to achieve. Remember this is part of the brain game and your mind must be able to grab the concept in order to play along.
Focus on how you will look when you have reached your desirable size. Visualize your self in that sexy black dress, a new swimsuit or your favorite tight jeans. Allow yourself to feel as if you are wearing those items now. How do you feel now that you have achieved your goal? Get emotionally involved with the result. Your subconscious, meaning your mind, will believe whatever you tell it, real or imagined. As I have said many times before, your mind does not have eyes to see or ears to hear, it can only react to the stimuli that you feed it.
Make short-term and long-term goals and strive to set specific dates as to when you will achieve these. For instance your short-term goal could be to walk an additional mile or two this week, while your long-term goal might be to walk 10 miles per week within a 60-day period. When you write all of your goals down on paper, you reinforce them to your sub-conscious and allow your mind to find ways of attaining them.
Keep updating your goals as you progress through your fitness program. Even if you are the perfect weight and size you can use the fitness journal to maintain your wonderful shape. Those athletes who are looking to step up their routine will find the journal indispensable for tracking your advancements. It’s a great way to challenge your own abilities and work towards higher goals.
Do your mind, body and spirit a big favor by starting a fitness journal today.
~ Karen Ficarelli
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