“Losing weight” just saying these words are enough to cause many negative thoughts. Many of us tend to be very critical of our selves making the process of losing wight even more difficult. Learning how to change our thinking about exercise and dieting will dramatically help us in our goal to lose weight. Believe it or not the power to succeed or fail is locked within our own self. No one can make us a failure, we do that all by our selves. When we carry these negative thoughts and views with us it tends to poison our efforts this is where journaling comes in.
Keeping a journal has may great advantages but lets start by talking about what kind of journal do we need. The answer to that question is as vast as the ocean. It comes down to personal preference. You could decide you want a blog that you can share with the world or maybe you want a three subject notebook. If you love to journal maybe you will spoil your self with a beautiful new journal to hold all the things you need it to hold. No matter how you chose to keep your thoughs make sure you can keep it on you at all times.
Now that you have your journal now we need break it to three parts. Part 1 is your work outs. This is where you are going to keep track of your work outs. You need to write down every day you work out including what you did, the intensity of you work, and how you feel when your done. All this information at first will not make much since but as you get to month three and you see how you are progressing, it really helps you become proud of you accomplishments. It also shows the areas you are growing in and areas you need to improve.
Part 2 of your journal needs to be you food journal. You have to list everything that you put in your mouth. No matter if it’s a stick of gum or glass of water. The more accurate you are the more this will help you to make better choices. When you have to hold yourself accountable for what you eat it really makes a difference. If you can list the calorie on each thing you eat if possible and look up what you don’t. You never want to go over you limit for each meal or snack. When you look at what you ate and changes you can make it becomes easier to say no to the cookies you are letting you children have. The best part is once you start eating better it gets easier to say not to the bad things and you start to crave the good things. In the margins of each of the foods jot down how eating those foods made you feel. If you start to see a pattern of a food making you feel guilty you will want to adjust your eating accordingly.
Part 3 of your journal is your thoughts, views, failures and successes. All your thoughts that you may have, include the good the bad and the ugly. If it’s in your head put it on paper. The more you can do this the better off you are in the long run. Many times letting your self just feel, be happy, sad and everything in between don’t limit yourself in any way. If you find that karma has touched someone that called you fat write it down. If you are sad because you did not reach a goal you thought you should be sad but leave it on those pages. Get all those feelings out on paper and use them to refocus on the things that really matter. Above all be truthful to yourself
With all of these things put together you have all the keys to keep yourself on track and in the right frame of mind to accomplish all your goals. Learning to acknowledge all your feelings and move on. Each day is a new day and start it that way the failures and negative feeling of yesterday leave in the pages of journal and enjoy the new day. Make each and every one of your choices count.