My “Getting Healthy” Secret Weapon


 
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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made a goal to finally get healthy: to take control of my diet and increase my fitness level. I always start out so strong, but there within a few weeks, I have slipped back into my old ways.

But, I’m so excited this time, because this time has been different. THIS time, I’ve stuck with my goals. I’ve taken control of my diet, increased my fitness level, have more energy, am sleeping better, and feeling great! I’m sure you’re thinking that this is where I’m going to pitch a new weight loss shake or “magic pill”, but, you’re wrong!

I do have a secret weapon, but it isn’t anything like that! My secret weapon and what has made the difference in me sticking with my health goals and not sliding back into my old routines is the 12 Week Food Journal and Fitness Tracker. This nifty little tool is so amazing because it causes me to be intentional with everything that I do. I hold myself accountable each day and I record everything that I eat/drink and all exercise that I complete. Being able to track my progress and making a point to document each day helps me to stay focused.

This is how it works:

Set Goals

In the beginning of the 12 weeks, I identified my goals. I made sure to set S.M.A.R.T. goals. Which means goals that were specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and trackable. I didn’t just focus on the things that I wanted to lose {weight, inches, fatigue, etc}, I also focused on things that I wanted to add in {more activity, quality sleep, more confidence, etc}.

Set Targets

In addition to setting goals for myself, the 12 Week Food Journal & Fitness Tracker had me set daily food and lifestyle targets for myself. This included:

  • daily calorie target
  • daily carbs target
  • daily fat target
  • daily protein target
  • daily sodium target
  • daily servings of fruits/vegetables target
  • daily cups of water target
  • daily hours of sleep target
  • daily exercise target

Record Beginning Statistics

We have to know where we are starting and in order to do this, I recorded my current position and goal for measurements of weight, upper arms, chest, waist, hips, thighs, calves. Again, when I set these goals, it was important that I used the S.M.A.R.T. method of goal setting. I needed goals that were realistic and attainable.

Putting a Plan in Place

Finally, after determining my goals, daily targets, and finding my starting points, I developed a plan for achieving my goals. I tried to make this plan very specific and included things like: the type of diet that I would follow, types of foods that I would completely eliminate, determining what time of day was the best for me to exercise, setting a bed time each night, etc.

Finally, I was ready to plan my meals for the first week! The meal planner in the 12 Week Food Journal & Fitness Tracker made this SO easy! It gave me spaces to plan breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for each day of the week! I have found that meal planning was a key ingredient in helping me obtain my goals. On the days when I strayed from the meal plan, I was much more likely to eat junk. The old adage “failing to plan is planning to fail” is SO true for me!

Once I had everything all planned out, it was time to jump right into Day 1. I will say that it took me some time to get used to recording each and everything that I put into my mouth, but the food journal really made it quite easy. The food journal portion of the Food Journal & Fitness Tracker is divided by meals and gives you space to record each food along with it’s calories, carbs, fats, and protein. At the end of each day, there is space to record your daily totals of calories, carbs, fats, proteins, sodium, cups of water, fruits/veggies, and hours of sleep. You are also given space to record any exercise activities along with the duration and calories burned. At the end of each day, you are asked to rate how closely you met your goals for today {from 10%-100%}.  This bit of self-reflection each day allowed me to see where I had opportunities for improvement for the next day!

At Day 28 and Day 56, you have check-ins, where you revisit your goals and make necessary adjustments, record current stats, rate yourself on your goal achievement percentage, and adjust plans going forward. I LOVE these mid-cycle check-ins. They definitely helped to keep me motivated as I was able to look at my stats and see the progress that I had made since the beginning of the 12-weeks.

I haven’t followed a specific diet throughout this journey. I’ve simply tried to make better food choices. I’ve eliminated soda and many sources of empty calories from my diet and increased my daily water intake. I’ve also been using the Homeschool Mom Fitness program for the exercise portion of the program because it is SO easy to fit it into my daily routine. I’ve seen wonderful results. I’ve watched the number on the scale decrease and I’ve lost many inches, but more importantly, I feel good! My energy levels are up, my stress level has decreased, and I’m sleeping like a baby again. If you’ve found yourself starting “healthy eating” and exercise plans again and again and never following through, maybe you just need a different approach. Check out the 12 Week Food Journal & Fitness Tracker and see if the daily documentation and accountability help you the way it has helped me!

My Secret Weapon for Getting {and staying} Healthy

 


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