On Monday of this week I started a food and fitness journal. Throughout the years, I have often logged my food and/or exercise, but have never logged the two together. My partner is a big proponent of fitness journals…and still has many of his from previous years. (Once again, he is my hero!) I jokingly say that I am “consistently inconsistent,” as I will try something and do it for a while and then slowly let it go. (Food journals often get axed after a bad day of mindless eating.)
As the saying goes, “If you change nothing, nothing changes.” So I have determined to keep plugging away at my food and fitness journal. As my friends and family can tell you, I have always been a list maker. Lists not only keep me on track for what I need to accomplish on a daily basis, but they also provide great personal satisfaction when I complete an item and check it off the list.
Fitness experts are also big fans of lists…as it relates to food and fitness. Fitness/food journals help hold you accountable for your workouts and nutrition, help motivate you to keep exercising and eating well and serve as a stepping stone toward your goals. How can you get where you are going, if you don’t know where you have been?
Another benefit I have found to keeping a fitness journal is variety. It helps me keep my workout routines from getting repetitive or stale. When I am working out at 5:00 a.m., my brain is not always fully functional, so having the ability to look over the week and see what I have done, the number of reps and the amount of weight used is extremely helpful.
I encourage you to get some accountability in your bag! I keep my little red fitness journal in my purse and take it with me wherever I go. But yes…I recognize this is also 2018, so you can also keep a digital journal on your phone or tablet or use a variety of apps to help track your progress. One of the most popular, and one I have used myself is MyFitnessPal, which is free in the app store.
Get some accountability in your bag! I would love to hear about your progress. Best of luck in your fitness journey.