Small Price for the Help It Gives Me

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!!

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    Hi Jill you make me feel so proud of you emoticon you are doing almost everything to be successful at your journey, I absolutely enjoyed your blog and to recognize when someone has a plan and is headed in the right direction.
    All the best to you and do have a great weekend. emoticon
    3048 days ago
    Good for you! Journaling is so great. Even as I wrote everything down for the many months I WAS on a plateau, by writing everything down it kept me from quitting and giving up. I knew that something had to give eventually, because I could see that I was "usually" pretty close to the mark. So I never gave up. I track all food on my Weight watchers tracker and have a separate journal for feelings, observances, ah-ha discoveries, etc. Hope it continues to work well for you. It's all a learning experience, and what do we do when we're learning? We take notes!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3051 days ago
    That journal is a good idea. Especially taking the photos to document,difference before and after. I usually shy away from camera's but I think now how good it will feel to look back after I am thin and say, "that's where I use to be."
    3052 days ago
    yes much truth is spoken here . good job .
    3054 days ago
    Writing it down does help...especially if it is close at hand...*grin* and the diet minder journal sounds like a good choice...My dietitian got me started writing everything down in a notebook but recommended Calorie King which I like pretty well.....just ordered another one..but it doesnt' have much room to put much down, so I found The Ultimate Diet Log by Suzanne Schlosberg and Cynthia Sass, which I really like. As it turns out, I am using both of them, for the cool thing about the Ultimate Diet Log is that each week and each day focuses on two particular goals...and you can track how you do with them, as well as your food and exercise tracking. It is for six months and I really like it..and thought that I would just use it but decided when I ran out of space in my last Calorie King, that I would just use it, but the Calorie King is small enough to go in my purse and be handy.....though with my huge purse, I could get the Ulitmate Diet Log in there as well.:0 but whatever you use, just do it.....and write it down as soon as possible after eating, or you do forget.....I keep having to ask both my DH and my son, now what did we have for lunch.....now what did we have for dinner.....*sigh* not good.......and even worse when I really liked whatever we had for lunch or dinner.....*grin*
    3055 days ago
    This is awesome! I took a look at the journal on Amazon and looks great. I think that the biggest thing we can do for ourselves is just track what we eat. Because the knowledge of what we eat will allow us to make better choices when we can. Way to go! You are going to rock this thing along and have plenty of after pictures!!
    3055 days ago
    Writing really does help.
    You are a very inspirational person Jill. You are trying all sorts of ways to stick to your plan, and I'm motivated by all your efforts. TWENTY POUNDS is a LOT of weight.
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    3055 days ago
    You are going to have an amazing after pic!
    3055 days ago
  • GRITS46
    Jill, perhaps this is the piece I'm missing. Logging my food and exercise into Spark isn't the same as picking up a journal, a tangible and visual record of my habits, my changes, my goals. I'm heading to Amazon right now!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing your success using this concept.

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    3055 days ago
    Wonderful blog and congrats on the 20 # wt.loss---awesome. I have gained 4 pounds--yikes. I've had to eat things like mashed potatoes. I am starting to keep a journal for sleep. It is a Spark challenge for 4 weeks. Then I will do one for food and then exercise.
    I love your picture. You have such a great smile.
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    3055 days ago
    Hi Jill,

    I always have such good intentions when it comes to journals but I do them just so far and then forget to write all of a sudden. I do pretty well using this tracker as far as the food goes. But I do want to make a chart to keep track of the measurements. I notice that when I update the measurements here, the original ones go away. Maybe they're still on some report.

    I do have a gorgeous notebook that my sister made for me. It would be just right to start a journal in. My biggest problem is that I get all upset if I make a mistake in such a pretty notebook. I guess I just need to get over that and do it.

    Thanks for getting me thinking about this again. Best of luch to you with yours.

    We've both lost in the 20's ... we're on our way! emoticon emoticon

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    3055 days ago
    Jill, it makes me so happy to hear about your progress. A journal is a great idea, I know it will be very motivating and helpful for you. Twenty pounds is crazy-awesome!! Be proud, be very proud!!

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    3055 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    emoticon Jill you will not be sorry and the time and effort you spend focusing on yourself can only help YOU on your journey. It's a very nice way to see how much progress you've made if you go back and re-read the entries. emoticon

    Happy journaling emoticon

    emoticon Linda
    3055 days ago
    Jill, I really do believe in journaling. I have been keeping a journal for years. Used to do a diary, then when into weightwatchers they got me doing real journaling. SO, now , with sparks it was already in place. It is a good tool. YOU are right. I also forget if I fail to write something down relatively close to having eaten it. LOL SO, Happy journaling kiddo....have a joy filled weekend, Karen emoticon
    3055 days ago
    That sounds like something that everyone should do.
    So glad you are getting more motivated each day to fight on and conquer once and for all your battle with food.
    Part of my weight loss program, was keep a journal. I had kept a journal before. But I would forget and miss days.
    But this time I keep it by my bed , I write in it every night , sometimes when I wake up. It really gives you an insight to where you mind is.
    I look back on it now and it's almost like the early months were written by someone else. In a sense they were. For I am anything but that women I was 14 months ago.
    I wrote my last blog to remind everyone that change doesn't take place over night. There is no switch that clicks on and all the bad habits change to good ones. You have to reprogram youself. It taks time, some longer than others. But if you stick with it long enough, it willl happen.
    Good luck dear friend.
    Take care and stay strong.
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    Comment edited on: 3/4/2011 5:45:58 PM
  • CAZ5346
    Way to go Jill, emoticon
    20 lbs is a great start.
    I'm still fluctuating with that 1/2 lb. up one day and down the next. But I know
    eventually it either goes down or I kick the thing to the garbage can.

    Happy Journaling. emoticon

    3055 days ago
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