JOURNALING FOR WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS
One way quite a few people are able to keep their weight “under control” is to become accountable for everything that they do. There are many ways to do this, and one really effective way that does not cost much is the simple art of JOURNALING. You can start by purchasing a small or medium size note book, a fancy leather bound journal, OR for all you techies…you can use an APP!
Below I have listed my personal favorite app I use on my iPad, and one I use on my Samsung Galaxy phone (Android). Apps these days are so cool, you can add pictures, videos, locations, privacy lock codes, etc.
Why use a journal? Writing down things help to hold you accountable, you actually SEE what you have or have not been doing according to your goals. You should start your journal by writing down what your goals are, long term and short term.
Break down your long term goals into short term goals. Then ACTUALLY incorporate those goals into your permanent schedule each day, week, month:
I am going to lose 50 lbs by December 31, 2014
I am going to lose approximately 8.5 lbs each month
I am going to lose approximately 2.2 lbs each week
I am going to run 24 miles each month
I am going to run 6 miles each week
I am going to run 2 miles on M, W, and F after work
Put your grocery shopping in your schedule permanently on your favorite day. Choose two days and time frames for doing your food prep and put it in your schedule permanently. Do not allow anything to get in the way of these days and times, they are important to your success.
Write down what you are eating and how much exercising you are doing each day…be HONEST with yourself even if you deviated from your meal plan. You can use this food journaling as a way to also be accountable for what you are or aren’t doing to reach your goals.
Write down ANYTIME you feel a craving coming on or just want to deviate from your meal plan. In that moment, STOP…write down what you are saying to yourself to sabotage your meal plan. Write it down BEFORE you eat the unhealthy food. Sit with whatever feelings you are having and actually experience them instead of masking them with food. (I want you to look back after several months entries and see if there is a pattern of a certain type of behavior).
Write down anything you want about how you feel at anytime.
Write down when you are feeling at your lowest each day. Say why/what/who made you feel this way…even if it was YOU.
Write down when you are feeling your best each day. Say why/what/who was involved in making you feel good even if it was YOU.
DO THIS EVERYDAY.
At the end of each day/week/month check off everything you have accomplished. Each month you will soon see that you are closer and closer towards reaching your weight loss goals. Each month you will continue breaking bad habits and increasing your good habits.
REMEMBER THIS: WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN DOING IN THE PAST HAS NOT BEEN WORKING FOR YOU, SO YOU MUST CHANGE WHAT YOU ARE DOING OR YOU WILL KEEP GETTING THE RESULTS YOU HAVE BEEN GETTING.
Weight loss is more of a MENTAL CHALLENGE than a PHYSICAL CHALLENGE. Journaling helps you to knock out your mental challenges.
Contact me ASAP and I can help you on your journey.
Tamara Barbee Savoie