Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Journaling

I have recently surrendered to the fact that I need to commit to Journaling to complete my transition to a healthier lifestyle. I am a food addict and I need to utilize every tool available to me. I read recently: The August 2008 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, published about a powerful tool people can use to lose weight. Dieters in the study who used it lost twice as much weight. That tool is a food journal. Fellow blogger, Sally's Journal has already discovered this tool and contributes much her success with her lapband to her journaling.

What should I include in my journal? Here is a list for me to start with:

1) food quantities (ok I'm going to do some measuring, at least for a time)
2) measurements, maybe once a week
3) my moods, (stressed,hurried,angry,depressed etc)
4) my exercise

I am committed to doing everything I can to overcome this terrible addiction.

I would be very interested in your thoughts on journaling. Do you journal? What do you record in it? Is it helpful to you?

p.s. I do not have a desk job and I am very mobile during the day. I decided to make use of my smartphone and I started a separate blog to use as my journal, I can sent posts to it from my phone and update it whenever I need it. Wish me luck!

2 comments:

  1. I totally agree that journaling is an effective way to add to your weight loss.
    But I would NEVER call it a SIMPLE way... I have never been able to consistently journal, though reading Sally's blog kind of gives me the sense that it would be extremely helpful.
    I am going to try it once I return from my vacation b/c it will be pretty simple for me to start with journaling my protein shakes several times a day and the occasional salad!! I am hoping that a few weeks of such practice will put my in the right mode of capturing that info.
    Go ahead and commit to ONE WEEK of journaling everything that goes in your mouth... the transition could be powerful.

    And: maybe also commit to transcribing the journal (or photographing it) and posting it on your blog. That makes it a fun thing and something you can share.

    Anything you need to do to jump start.... good luck.
    Vanessa

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  2. Your right Vanessa, I do not think journaling is easy. I have been there and done that with WW and several other of my failed diets in the past. But the evidence seems to be that it does help and maybe if I really commit to it, it will become habit. Just like blogging has become!

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