Journaling is often suggested as a way for people to cope with many different conditions. The power of writing is a great one and can be very therapeutic. If you are starting a weight loss plan or program, no matter how large or small, starting a weight loss journal is a great idea.
You can use this journal to write your thoughts, dreams, ideas, goals and aspirations regarding your weight loss. Journaling can help foster long term weight loss and management by helping you self-monitor so that you keep a check on how you are coming along on your goals and expectations. You don’t need to focus so much on calories and weight but instead on healthy eating and your feelings and emotions.
Here are some journaling ideas for your weight loss journaling:
• Envision yourself at your goal weight
• Write a conversation between a thinner you and your significant other
• Write your goals for your weight loss
• Write about why weight loss is important to you
It is important that your journal contains honesty. If you can’t be honest with yourself, how can you expect to achieve your goals? Your weight loss journal can be your own private and safe place to express yourself and talk about your goals. This is a place to release your feelings and emotions and also monitor how well you are doing. If you didn’t lose any weight this week or you cheated on your diet plan, write it in your journal. No one else has to know but you must be honest with yourself to achieve success.
Your journal can be made of anything you want. The main idea is to have something you enjoy and feel comfortable writing in on a regular basis. It can be a regular spiral notebook, a binder and loose-leaf paper or a fancy journal or diary. It can even be kept on your computer if you prefer to type.
Remember that when you have no goals, you will achieve nothing. When you begin your journal, you should list your weight loss goals. Then you can track where you are at meeting those goals. If you feel you have failed in some way regarding your diet or exercise, write about that in your journal. For example, “I ate too much today because I was depressed” or “I skipped my morning exercise because I overslept.”
Refer to old entries in your journal often to monitor your progress.