Friday, March 04, 2011
In the back of my mind I knew along with the SP website I also needed a Journal to write down my goals, measurements, before & after pictures and feelings along the way. I track my food, exercise, calories, etc. online and in this Journal. I knew if nothing else I would be more accountable and could keep track of every bite that goes in my mouth and wouldn't have to wait until I had time to get on the computer or sometimes I forget to add it in as I've read you should try to put them down within 15 minutes or you might forget. It's especially good to use when you are away from the house or at work or on vacation.
So, I went to the Amazon website as I've been pretty lucky finding just about everything I need on there. I read through the descriptions of each one and finally decided on the DietMinder Person Food & Fitness Journal. It is a 3 month Journal so only costs about $4 a month. That way I can easily look back at my Journal at the end of the day, week or month and see the areas I need to work on. I love writing at the bottom how my day went. This little green Journal even fits into my purse if I'm going to eating away from home.
At the beginning of the Journal there are a total of 6 pages to write down your Personal Goals with a start and end date. I had written them in a binder but this way I can keep them close by and I do look at them every day to start the day focusing on my Goals and how best to achieve them. Also, I don't know why, but I've never taken my measurements and now they are recorded in my Journal to be retaken every week--hopefully they will go down, and not up--LOL. There are graph pages in the back where you can start a graph of your weight loss
So far, I only have a before picture as I've only lost 20#s and for a really heavy lady, like myself, that doesn't even really show yet even if a few people did tell me my face looked thinner. There are places in this Journal to put in 3 sets of before and after pictures. I sure hope by the end of 3 months I've lost enough weight to warrant an after picture--LOL.
I'm hoping in 3 months I'll need more space to record my exercise time and will need to order a Workout and Exercise Journal!!
Studies have shown that people who write down what they eat and drink have greater success losing weight than those who don't. So, hey, Happy Journaling here I come!!