Food & Exercise Journal

Dear Diary, umm, okay men don’t keep diaries, they keep journals.  Ugh, there’s just no easy way around this topic that women have it right when it comes to keeping a diary.  Granted I’m not talking about the type of diary you keep when you’re a teen girl, what I’m talking about is a Food & Exercise Journal.

Seeing what you do in writing everyday is a very sobering experience.  If you’re honest in your journal and you’re just starting out it might read like, “Dominos Pizza, one whole one, a 2 liter Coke, and my exercise consisted of answering the door and giving a tip.”  Now I won’t lie to you, when I first started keeping a food & exercise journal, it wasn’t so far off that entry.

Why do it?  It makes you aware and it forces you to track your progress.  Everyday you can say, “I’ll start tomorrow” and there’s no accountability for the time you spend in life.  Make yourself accountable for your actions by keeping track of them.  Right now I record what I eat a few times a day, I write down my exercises, I write a brief to do list, and check them off throughout the day.  Heck one of the things on my To Do List is write a post for webterrace.

There’s many ways to keep this journal, if you’re addicted to your smart phone, keep it there, or if you are constantly online use a site like myfitnesspal.com, but for me there’s nothing quite as powerful as using a pen and paper.  Any book will do, you can get a marble notebook and just slap a date on a page and get going.  Right now, I like my Essentials Ruled Notebook, 2 per $17…basically they’re a knock off of a moleskin journal, and $17 for 2 isn’t that bad, but even if I eventually go and buy moleskin journals, I would still think it’s worth the price because of the powerful motivating factor a journal can bring you.

When I was stalled on my diet after losing 100lbs, I was kind of confused, it was all working so well up until then, that’s when I looked at my journal and saw that those calories were creeping up and the exercise wasn’t as vigorous as before.  I had that written account of what I was doing, it wasn’t some guesstimation of why I wasn’t losing weight, it was there in black and white in my own handwriting.

Exercise is one of the best things to write about, week 1 you walk a block and you feel like crap, week 10 you’re walking a mile and considering running it…these are motivators you can see, it shows how amazing your progression is, and it inspires you to go further seeing how much you can change your life in a short time.

Accurately record your calories, accurately record your exercise, and start reading your life like a novel where you can control the outcome.  If you’re not emotionally feeling all there, write about it, it’s cheaper than therapy.

Here’s a quote for you:

“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.” Graham Greene

Start writing about your life, it’s the best way to analyze what’s wrong with it, from food, exercise, relationships, and just about everything else.

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