Looking for more motivation to lose weight? Then you may want to start keeping a weight loss journal! Whether you’re looking to start a weight loss blog or an actual journal to write things down the good old fashioned way, you’ll want to read on for some innovative and fun ideas that can work for you and help reach your weight loss goals!
Keeping a weight loss journal is definitely a great way to track your progress and among other things, your goals and feelings. Why? Emotional eating can totally sabotage your weight loss and healthy eating lifestyle. Many of us do it. Just think about it – job promotion? You celebrate with a great meal out on the town. Just broke up with your boyfriend? That carton of Ben & Jerry’s will probably look really inviting to you. By keeping a journal, you can begin to accurately track these feelings and identify the ones that cause you to overeat and rake in added, unnecessary calories.
Choosing the Right Weight Loss Journal Format
To start off, you’ll need a free blog website such as WordPress or Blogger. They’re really easy to set up and you can have your first blog post up in minutes. Not ready to start blogging? Open up a new word document and use that. Or, if you’re looking for a more traditional option, find a pretty journal a favorite pen and get started with that.
When selecting a journal format, you definitely want one that will work for you. If you don’t spend too much time on the computer, then a real journal would probably be best. If you plan on logging every single calorie you consume, then you will need something portable, but you can always upload that information to your computer as time permits. Lastly, there are some weight loss journals that are diet specific that may be of interest to you, as well.
Figuring Out What to Write About
Some people find it very beneficial to track every single calorie that they eat while on a diet. If you think this is what you need, then go for it. I might suggest trying it for two weeks to see how it works for you, but certainly don’t feel obligated to do this.
The first post:
Write an entry of why you want to lose weight. This can be for more than one reason (in fact, I encourage you to write as many reasons as possible!) They can be vain, practical or a combination of the two. This is your private journal and you’re doing this for YOU!
The next post:
Try to journal at least once a day. At the very least, always make sure to jot down the emotions that you’re feeling when you “stray”. As cliché as it sounds, getting in touch with your emotions is incredibly important, especially for weight loss!
More post ideas:
Blog about milestones that you have reached; write down your positive feelings so you can return to those pages or blog posts when you need more encouragement. Believe it or not, you can be your best source of encouragement!
Make a list of your favorite activities that you can do instead of emotional eating. Taking a bath, getting on the treadmill, watching a movie, etc. This list will be in your journal and you can refer back to it as needed.
Make a list of your favorite low calorie ideas. Refer to your favorites when you’re looking for a snack that is low in calories.
Write down low calorie recipes or clip them out of magazines and store them where they’ll be easily accessible when you need to cook something for dinner.
Journaling to Your Ideal Weight
Want to track what you eat but don’t want to write it down? Take pictures of everything you eat with your cell phone. Some people claim that this really works for them. You can upload these pictures to your blog. Chances are, you’re not going to want to eat that Twinkie because you’ll have to take a picture of it and show the world what you ate.
Decorate your physical journal with stickers when you make an accomplishment, no matter the size. Lose 1/2 a pound on your weekly weigh in? Hey – you didn’t gain anything!
If you will be utilizing an online blog as your weight loss journal and have other friends who are focused on eating healthy, too, then link your blogs together for a fantastic support network! Create comments and share inspirations as a group.