Do you know one of the best ways to stop eating foods that are bad for you? Start a food journal and write down everything you eat and drink for a day. Then continue the practice for the whole time you want to lose weight. Why you are at it, write down how you feel. You may notice a pattern of tiredness after your weekly lunch at your favorite mexican restaurant. Or maybe you are working out and noticing that the protein shake you drank before your workout gave you extra energy. I recommend at least six weeks of following your food intake. Remember it takes 21 days to change even a food habit. When you record for at least six weeks, you have a record of what weight you started at, what days were the best and how you felt, and a record of how you are improving as you eat your way to better health.
Along with recording your food, it is a good idea to record your exercise. I know for me, I don’t like to see blank spaces on my exercise tracker, days when I didn’t get any kind of exercise in. I like to know that I walked, did an exercise DVD, yoga, etc. Creating this blog post reminds me that I have a ways to go with my exercise, but I am committing to you that I won’t leave any blank spaces on my tracker. Even just 20 minutes of yoga is an amazing way to release daily stress.
If you look online, there are hundreds of different ways to track food and exercise. I like just a simple chart all in one that includes breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner, along with a space for how I feel and what my exercise was that day.
Journals/notebooks are great for keeping track of your health progress so you can celebrate when you achieve your weight loss/fitness/health goals.