How many times have seen the top lists of books to buy for the coming year? Here’s a fresh idea during this downtime between Christmas and New Year: buy yourself a book with empty pages and start your eating and activity journal today! Check out my ebook, Skinny on Slim, The Little Black Dress of Diet Books that explains how to do this in detail. You cannot change what you do not realize. Awareness is bliss after all, right?!
Many studies have been done on the benefits of journaling your weight loss journey. Writing down everything that passes your lips, every crumb, sip and nibble makes you aware of what’s going down the hatch. One study followed 1,700 people on a weight loss program and found participants who journaled lost twice as much weight within 6 months as those who didn’t. Who needs to join a boot camp when you can be your own leader which could lead to a smaller booty?
These days eating happens in so many places: on the fly running to work, to working at the computer, to nibbling at your secretary’s desk, during food preparation, watching television and more. So much eating happens when people are concentrating on other things resulting in missing out on its ultimate enjoyment. Consider the following:
- I Spy with My Little Eye – Train your eye and measure initially as you jot down the details, plus add your baseline activity each day
- Let It All Hang Out - Jot everything down to get a clear picture, after all it’s for your eyes only
- Daily Double – Do it daily either keeping your journal with you or by your bedside to complete before you turn your lights out before you lay your head down to sleep
- Follow the 3 R’s: Review, Reflect and Reframe – This will heighten your awareness, get you thinking about what you truly need to adjust and get you on your way to making small goals each and every week as the days and weeks unfold in 2015
It’s helpful to take stock of what you eat and drink when you’re trying to lose weight. Once you get in the groove of journaling it’ll become second nature. These days you can track your intake electronically or the old fashioned way with pen and paper. Each page will hold the personal clues to what you need to change. Start now, why wait for the New Year….
Commit to creating a love affair with your eating and activity for the coming year… truly a noble goal that will enrich your life for years to come. Start today!