Years Resolutions came about for a good reason. The new
year gives us a fresh start on achieving the goals that are important
to us. Most of us feel the need to make some changes in the new
year. We are armed with fresh determination to achieve our goals.
Foremost on many minds will be the challenge to get fit and stay
fit in the upcoming year.
mentioned keeping a diet diary in previous articles. In this issue,
Id like to further explore the encouragement that daily
journaling of food intake and workouts can give you.
diet diary can be more than a place where you track your intake
of calories or count your fats. In childhood, most girls discovered
the magic of keeping a diary a safe and wonderful place
to write and keep your best secrets. That magic is still available
to us in the grown-up world. You can conjure it up to help you
get control of your eating habits and keep you honest in your
I want to focus on losing some extra pounds or bump up my fitness
routine, I often use a diary to help me get going and stay on
track. You can use it to plan your food intake ahead of time so
you are conscious of your food choices before you eat. You can
write down your thoughts, frustrations, or insights about your
progress. You can pat yourself on the back as you count up the
good results youve had so far or the great loyalty to your
gym workout youve displayed. Staple a photo of yourself
when you were most fit. Cut out inspirational snipets from magazines.
Make it your personal place to express the things that bounce
around inside your head and clutter your progress.
empty book that is pretty is an extra boost to keeping your diet
diary current. One with a lock is even better. It works best if
journaling is the only purpose for the book shopping lists
or to-do lists are better somewhere else. That way the magic and
the lure of the diary stays clear and uncluttered.
luck and remember to try and write as if no one but you
will ever read your diary. That way youll stay honest in
your writing, workout tally, calorie/fat counting, (no more, "I
ate so much I cant write it down!!) or whatever method
you choose to manage your food intake.