One of our most loyal SparkPeople members, EMMYOS, decided to create a journal to document her weight loss journey. Emmy was kind enough to share pictures from her journal, as well as talk about how the journal has been so helpful in her progress.
JEN: Where did you get the idea to create a weight loss journal?
EMMY: I love to scrapbook, and one day I started thinking that I wanted to document my journey to health—the same way I document trips and events that happen in our family life. I’ve learned that scrap-booking isn’t just pretty and fun. You do it to document your life and to give a piece of yourself to the people you leave behind. Losing weight is a struggle, but in the end it will be a success that I want to share with my family. If someone reads it and gets encouragement, or if someone I share my book with gets a “spark” from it and decides to change their own life, I will have filled a book with more then just a memory for someone to read. It will be now someone else’s attempt at a dream and success.
JEN: How has the journal helped your weight loss progress?
EMMY: When I am feeling unmotivated or down, I open up the book and read my original entry about why I started my journey. I go through old journal notes that I wrote and they strike a cord that gives me the boost I need to get off my butt and move. Sometimes it reminds me of the hard effort I have put into this. When I go through my journal, it gives me the encouragement all over again. I write my deepest feelings in it—the embarrassment of having to ask for an extender belt on the airplane, not being able to go on a ride at an amusement park, being called fat as a kid, being teased non-stop—those are all things that remind me why I am doing this. When you write down both the good and the bad, you can't take them away. It's there black and white. Continued ›
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