Tracking is so important for me when I'm trying to lose weight. I have to keep a daily record of what I'm eating, my exercise, and how I'm feeling. However, it's not always easy to do this. Sometimes I just don't feel like it. I have to make it fun.
The first step is to find a journal that I really really really like. It has to be adorable. And the paper needs to feel good to write on. This is what mine looks like.
The second step is to get a really nice pen that feels good to write with, some colorful markers and a bunch of happy stickers. I try to find stickers that are related to healthy eating. I have some veggie ones and fruit ones and some of My Little Ponies eating apples. Look at that cute Lettuce Head!
On the inside cover of my journal I have a spot where I put a sticker for every day I have stayed on plan. It's a nice way to look and see your progress. The more those stickers pile up the happier I feel.
The front page is labeled *My Weigh* (Like Frank Sinatra....."I did it myyyy wayyyy"...get it? Never mind.) This is where I record my weigh-ins.
Each week I write what I have planned to eat that week. This might sound silly, but sometimes the calorie deficit affects my brain and I can't remember what I bought at the grocery store and I am standing in my kitchen thinking "There is NOTHING to EAT." I grab my journal, flip to this page and remind myself that YES there IS healthy food to eat in this house.....step AWAY from the car keys. No fast food for you!
Each night I jot down what I ate and when, my water intake, and my exercise. I also write down how I am feeling that day. I slap a sticker or two on that page as a *good job* reward.
I use a whole page to record my weekly weigh-in and give myself space to write about what I liked about the week and what I didnt't.
At the end of the week, Hubs writes me a little note with his observations and thoughts on how I did that week. (Awwww....he's so cute.)
I often go back and flip through it to look for any connections between how I'm feeling and how I'm eating. If I had a good week I flip through and see what helped. If I had a bad week I flip through to see where I may have gone wrong.
It really helps keep me on track.
What about you?? How do you keep track? How do you make it fun?