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:
- 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.