To Journal or Not To Journal…

So now that you know the steps in setting your goals, you’ll need more information about your current fitness and eating habits. Having goals is great…but knowing where to start to achieve those goals can be just as overwhelming as creating them in the first place! It all comes down to having accountability and knowledge.. ignorance is only bliss when it goes your way… and usually that’s only momentarily when indugling in the gloriousness of family cookouts, tailgating indulgences, wedding weekend celebrations, and the ever so popular: pintrest no-good-for-you-goodies from the “food-porn” section. Remember, not truthfully recording what you eat, will only hurt your progress, and does no good to anyone….so record the GOOD, the BAD, and those tasty temptations you wish you never knew existed (after the fact, of course)…

Studies have shown that daily journaling is one of the top 5 habits of successful dieters. It takes out the unknown, and gives you more control over knowing what you’re putting in your mouth. Most people I talk to don’t want to eat poorly, because, they don’t want to have to write it in their journal. Journaling will also allow your coach to help you help yourself. The more information we have as fitness professionals, about the “other 23 hours of the day” or the “80% that comes from the kitchen”, the better we are able to create an easy transition to success for you. Living a healthy lifestyle for most won’t happen overnight, and you shouldn’t expect it to. However, by journaling, you can find a solid starting point from which you can create goals to work toward.

Things to Consider when Journaling:

  • date
  • time
  • food: what, how much, how it’s prepared
  • water intake
  • how you feel after you’ve had your meal (satisfied or not, etc)
  • your workout: type and time.

It’s amazing what a little journaling can do in helping you get one step closer to achieving your goals. There are several smart phone apps out there now that will also help with the ease of journaling, so you don’t have to “write” it down, but rather record it all electronically. Some good ones that I’ve come across are: FitDay and MyFitnessPal; both are free.

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About kgretchen

Kaila is BAACKK.... in Delaware... since having left in 2007 to further her education and experience. She lived and worked in Greensboro, North Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; and Washington, DC working alongside some of the industry’s leaders before returning in early 2012. Kaila is an avid sports fan and enjoys fitness as part of her daily lifestyle. She’s been weight training since she was 14 years old, participated in advanced speed and agility training, and tried her hand in competing in NPC sanctioned bikini competitions. She also played NCAA Division II volleyball in Philadelphia during college and competed in volleyball, basketball and track in high school. Kaila enjoys the challenge of working with individuals who are looking to manage their weight, improve their coordination, strength, flexibility, and create an overall healthy lifestyle through exercise and nutrition. She’s worked in nutritional counseling since graduating from the University of Delaware, mostly in the fitness industry setting, though has also gained experience in a clinical setting as well. Kaila is happiest motivating others to willingly embrace a healthier lifestyle through exercise and healthy eating habits…watching their attitudes, perspectives, and personal drive in life completely change for the better! She has been instrumental in helping the morbidly obese discover new lifestyle strategies to create new, healthy bodies. She takes a special interest in those who have had injuries, have nutritional concerns, or special events for which they are preparing. She’s helped many women get in their best shape for their weddings, and assists those prepping for the armed-forces as well. Dave has been a mentor of Kaila’s since she first began in the industry when she was only 18 years old. Since reuniting professionally, they have teamed together to expand the Pulse business.
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