I was researching exercises to build self esteem. And I found a list of things, I don't have that list with me at the moment, but I took some of the things that I thought would work well to write in my daily journal. I find it best for me to write it at the end of the day or any time during the day that I have a moment. They are as follows...
1 - Daily accomplishments - I write down everything that I accomplished that day.
2 - Things I like about me - I re-write the same list every day and add any new things.
3 - Gratitude list - I write things I felt grateful for during the day.
4 - Reminders/Pep Talk - Why I want to stay sober/lose weight: feel happier, be happier, not feel depressed, live longer, make genuine friends.
5 - Struggles - Write down any struggles I had for the day.
6 - Goals - I write down short, medium and long term goals every day. I write the same goals every day and add new ones. I check off the ones I did for that day. I feel accomplished looking at the checkmarks and I don't beat myself up for the ones I didnt check off. My goals currently are;
-try a short workout
-try a new recipe
-eat a healthy breakfast
-look at motivation sparkpages
-track food today
-share my goals
-exercise for at least 10 minutes
-find a buddy
-take a walk
-create a motivational collage
-go shopping for healthy food
-check the nutrition facts
-ride a bike
-work in the yard
-take the stairs
-rack up sparkpoints
-listen to or watch or read something inspiring
-restart sparkpeople program if i fall off track
-measure my portions
-eat a piece of fruit
-slow down during meals
-play a sport or game for fitness
-learn new things
-read articles on spark people
-develop better rapport at work
-go to bed at a reasonable time
-lose 30pounds by 7/4/12
-look at likeabossfitness.tumblr.com
-visualize practicing a healthy lifestyle, visualize making healthy food choices and how those decisions fit into my daily live, where would i take myself right this moment if i walked toward my most heartfelt dream, what would my life look like, what would my body look and feel like, what level energy would i have, what would be my favorite activity, what would my daily life include
-contact 1 family member today
-take a 90 day chip at alcoholics anonymous
-take a 1 year cake at alcoholics anonymous
-repair credit score
-follow up with doctors/therapists
-avoid taking anything that isnt paid for or freely given
-watch or read something inspiring
-read a prayer
-read or watch success stories
-commemorate success with jewelry, clothes shopping, full body massage, tattoos
-join a gym
-take a cooking class
-find meetup groups
7 - Journal - Write any thoughts, feelings or events that occurred that day.
It may seem like a lot, but it doesn't take much time at all to re-write all these things every day. I also try to add new things each day or each week. I found that re-writing these things every day or as often as I possibly can, keeps my goals in check, I feel more accomplished, grateful, and it builds up my self esteem.