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The Benefits of Journaling and Tracking

The benefits of the use of tracking in your journaling routine are obvious from the huge market of devices being sold, such as the Fit-Bit and the Apple watch. These devices are fun and they give us information to track our progress, diagnose our food and keep track of the nutritional categories. So why would you need to put a pen to it? There is a certain therapeutic value to writing that can’t be captured from a a device. The action of writing the information down inscribes it to memory in a way that ingrains the ideas into our psyche.

Writing down your daily food intake, calorie count, exercise routine and overall daily regimine helps you to understand your lifestyle and get an idea of what your body is going through during the week. This is the idea behind the concept of journaling, and the way you can apply it towards weight loss, heath maintenance, exercise fitness and many aspects of your daily life.

A weight loss journal can be anything you want it to be, however, it should be a resource that helps you work towards success. It is a way to take time for personal connection and to understand your daily habits. You can learn about your weaknesses and strengths and begin to discover strategies that work for you. Journaling will help you find your vision of a healthy lifestyle and understand what kind of behavior motivates you for success.

You should go beyond documenting the choices of calories, portions and excersise and think about how you feel, what your mood and energy are like, how much sleep did you get, what is your stress level, did you have a fun hike, was the Zumba class uplifting?

When you do this on a regular basis , you will begin to see patterns and connections that will guide you toward making better lifestyle choices.

A good idea is to document the way you thrive in the new choices and elements you’re adding to your life.

That is what journaling is about! It’s about learning to focus on yourself and to reflect on your own health and fitness journey. You can use your journal to appreciate your investment into genuine self care and to understand your efforts and the choices you have made. This is a tool to help you become connected with yourself  and achieve your goals.

As you become used to the idea of journaling you can begin to use the exercise to decide what you will do in situations to come. A busy week can bring choices in activity planning and meal preparation. Stressful situations can cause changes in eating habits and exercise plans. A journal can help you look into the future and make decisions about what is best for your health and well being.

This becomes a way to write your destiny!

 

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Overcoming The Mental Barriers

Weight Loss

What’s the secret to overcoming mental blocks in your weight loss journey?

It’s patience, perseverance and self-discipline. It’s the commitment to losing weight and becoming as healthy as you know you can be. For most people, losing the proper amount of weight will take weeks, months or even years.

What will keep you going?
When we address these psychological obstacles – all other obstacles can be brought into alignment.

If we don’t address the major mental barriers that manifest in our quest then losing weight may remain forever out of reach.

What can get in the way of your desire and discipline to get fit and healthy?

1. Disbelief

Many people simply don’t believe they can achieve their goals. They have tried to lose weight before and it just didn’t work. They begin their program with inner doubts about losing weight and secretly don’t believe the idea is realistic. Then why would this time be any different?

By confronting their mental pre-conceived ideas about their health quest, people who are overweight can begin to deal with their frustrating sense of defeat and start to achieve success. Learning about psychological barriers helps people to develop the skills to move towards their goals.

2. Peer Pressure

It is interesting that our friends and family can have such a powerful effect on our lifestyle and health. The pressure to eat and drink in social environments is one of our most difficult hurdles to maneuver. Some people even feel that they need to keep on weight to satisfy the perceived desires of their mates or friends. By doing a self-examination of our own thoughts on health and fitness we can begin to overcome the judgement of others on our own eating habits and choices. Sometimes this can cause distance in previously close relationships. Remember though, it’s your body and health!

3. Falling Off The Wagon

Since falling off the diet wagon is almost a given, it’s important to realize that sometimes, “life happens”. It might be because of stress, maybe it’s a craving or it could just be that the diet is tiresome. What’s important in this issue is the knowledge that something triggered the setback and that it can be recognized and overcome. By assessing the situation and remembering your motivation for your program you can learn to keep the relapses from becoming chronic.

 

4. Enough Already!

Sometimes we just get tired of the idea and rebel against the whole concept. We don’t have time for all of the exceptions we have to make and our lives are already full of pressure and problems. There are certain triggers for this, especially in today’s busy world where there is little time to think about making that healthy choice. The idea is to stop and consider the long term effects of these choices and evaluate our desire to live a life that is health, active and happy. The structured diet can be hard to work with but the rewards are worth it.

 

5. Fear

Sometimes it’s just a matter of being afraid of change. People make comments about the changes in your body and your clothes fit differently. You might feel vulnerable to statements about your choices and have second thoughts. These are real concerns and skills are needed to manage these situations and address the fears that may arise. These too can be overcome with the knowledge that you can succeed.

 

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