“Growth means change and change involves risk,
stepping from the known to the unknown.”
~ Author Unknown
I have been back from Minnesota for a few days now, and it’s be almost a week since the Prior Fat Girl Get Together. Topics and discussion from the event are still ringing in my head. On a side note: I probably won’t do a full re-cap of the event, because so many things were touched upon. What I will do is talk about certain topics as they are relevant to my life and journey. If you want to read more about the event in detail you can visit Kris’s Blog. She did a STELLAR job taking notes and putting together 3 full blogs of info.
Both Jen and Paul (a Personal Trainer and Nutrition coach from Lifetime Fitness) both talked about how useful journaling can be to us during our journey. I believe it was Jen’s Carlos that said “Successful people track results”. Knowing where you have been and where you are now can give you a pretty good idea of where you will be in the future.
Since the event I have been thinking a lot about keeping a journal, what goes into it, and how it affects me. I remember how I used to journal when I was growing up. There are boxes upon boxes of my journals that are written in from cover to cover. I was good at it! But what happened? Over the last several years keeping a journal is something I have not done. Maybe it is something that went away with age. I have also noticed that my note taking skills and organizational skills have also diminished since my journaling days.
I use this blog as a virtual journal; writing my thoughts, struggles and success. It is not often that I write here about food and exercise. I use My Fitness Pal to track food, weigh-ins and weight; but even with all the support that can be found there, I still lose my desire to track.
Some people at the event mentioned that they use a number scale to help them track how hungry they are during the day. Am I eating because I am hungry? Or eating just because? How hungry am I? Many other people also take photos of everything they eat. Photographing all my food is a lot to manage, and I don’t know if I am there just yet.
So where am I going with all this? I have come to the decision that I am going to revert back to my journaling days. I am going to get a large notebook, weigh in every day, track hunger cues and desires, track my food and calories, track my water, and track my workouts. I am going to make it fun and colorful. I am going to make it useful for me!
Keeping a written journal will set me up for success and keep me accountable. But I have to be honest in my journaling or it won’t work. If I write it all down then my journal becomes a record. I can look back and see what worked or what didn’t. On certain days I can transfer my journal to my blog.
Paul told us to pick one or two things to do consistently and become good at. If we are consistent in our changes we will see results. The first change I am going to make and implement is journaling. I believe this change can make me more successful.
Question: You are on the same healthiness journey as I am and you need to implement a change to start doing consistently. What is that change, and why?