I'm Food Journaling!
Friday, August 20, 2010
I know it seems like such a small step but I'm so excited! I actually wrote down everything that passed my lips yesterday and have written in everything so far today (breakfast and coffee). This was such an important step I seemed to have been missing but never could convince myself to do before. I kept reading over and over again how successful weightloss people tracked their food but I'd always start and usually forget about it by the end of the day. I brought my journal (which I made many months ago) with me to school last night so that if I had a snack or a drink I could write it in there. I'm measuring out what I'm eating now, so instead of just pouring milk and sugar into my coffee I'm measuring what I add. Didn't know I used that much milk! If nothing else I'll have a more consistent taste in my coffee now. ;)
I have a book called essentials of nutrition and diet therapy that is for a class online that I ended up not taking so I'm basically using the book as a home study. I'm enthralled with it! It was the final step of me deciding to journal my food. It recommended in there that health professionals should journal to see how food effects them so they have a better understading of what clients are going through. I'm considering (again) taking some nutrition classes, maybe get a certificate or license. Many massage therapists go through nutrition classes to help round out the wholistic healing aspect of their business. I would love this!!
So I have a plan forming in my mind of what my massage business is going to be like now. I had wanted to focus on pregnancy, prenatal, and geriatric massage; but I'mthinking this is more up my alley. I'm going to present myself to my gym and see if we can do a mutually beneficial referral program. I have about 6 weeks left before I get my license so during that time I can do free massages for all the staff of my gym (I can't charge while in school). That way they can get a first hand feeling of how I massage. Then I can work with them and the work out program they give clients to keep the body working optimally. I know convincing them to do this will be a challenge and then actually getting the trainers to remember me and incorporate me into their cliennt's program will be an even bigger challenge, but it would be worth it. Then I'll not only be working with people who are trying to stay physically fit, I'll be working with people who want to lose weight. They have specific weightloss massage too that I can get a certificate in. This could be my nitch. I am way more excited about this than I was about pregnancy massage.