Right, I was hesitant to write a post about weight loss – and especially nervous to write about it in my bullet journal! It was like a Bridget Jones diary of weight loss! I wasn’t really prepared to put my thoughts on paper in a weight loss diary. I was in DENIAL! I was also really scared about writing about it because of all the body shaming stuff that happens. Yuck. So this is step one in a series of posts about weightloss fitness and other things you can pop into your bullet journal!
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Last year, this time, I did a short video around how I set up my weight loss tracker. I’d put on a couple of extra pounds and I had put together a plan on how I was going to get rid of those. This year, however, I have signed up with a personal trainer and I’m going once a week. And this time is a little bit different because now I’m holding myself accountable by going to the personal trainer. I’m getting pretty serious about my goals. And it’s not as though I want to lose weight or I want to grow some muscle, essentially, I just want to become fitter. Because I’ve noticed that as I’m getting older, my fitness is declining and I’m finding I’m out of breath a lot more often. So this is my way to make sure that I’m refilling up my self care space, and making sure that I have that kind of fitness level that I’m expecting and I’m not finding right now.
So! Have you been wanting to use your bullet journal for weight loss? But are unsure how? In this video I will walk you through setting up a weight loss tracker, a dashboard to track your fitness, and wellness and also remind you to take time to practice self care and recovery!
By showing you how to set some really basic fitness and wellness goals we can start tracking how you are engaging with those goals! I also give you 11 different ideas on how to track wellness and fitness in your bullet journal, just in time for the new year! So take time to use your bullet journal for wellness and not just weightloss!
So in this video, I’m going to walk you through how I’ve set up my goals, what kind of fitness things we’re going to track in my bullet journal, the exercises and food related things that I’m also going to be tracking, also how I’m going to be keeping track of my wellness and mental health and all the things I’m doing around self-care as well. Because being a healthier me doesn’t just mean that I’m getting fit, it also means that I’m getting mentally fit as well. I am definitely not a trained personal trainer or a fitness guru. So I’m just sharing my experience and the journey that I’m on. That doesn’t mean that you need to follow it to the letter, it’s more important for you to find something that works for you and also for you to speak to a professional if that’s something that you need to do as well.
Starting the weight loss bullet journal journey!
So let’s go back a couple of decades. My mother. Bless. Was morbidly obese. I was blessed with skinny genes and she always commented on it and commented on my height and weight and gave me positive reinforcement.
This was great! But at the same time, I was alsp really conscious of the fact that one day, my metabolism might give up on me and my luck might run dry.
Fast forward to February 2019 – I went to put on my jeans and surprise – they DID NOT FIT! At all. I almost put a hip out trying to juggle myself into them. Yuck. I looked in the mirror and it was clear. I had put on weight. But not having a scale in the bathroom at home meant that I had no idea how bad the situation was. On the “Jean-fitting scale” – it was bad.
I found a scale later in the day and hopped on. FFS. FML. 20kg over my usual weight. I had been 76kg from 18 to (insert my old age now). Now I was heavier than some rugby players!
NO! I didn’t admit it to myself at first and now here I am – September – writing about my woeful story on weight loss. Or the start of of my weight loss journal.
Admitting I needed a weight loss diary was the hardest!
Now the reason I was nervous to even admit that I was in fact way to unhealthy to even talk about, was, the grief online personalities get for talking about weight and weight loss and all that other stuff. I get it. My mother was obese.
So I am sensitive to that, and loving myself the way I am, but the fact that I can’t run, or climb a flight of stairs without huffing is not healthy nor good.
Luckily I bullet journal – and this means I had the tools and ability to track meaningful change. So in about July, I started tracking my health over tracking weight loss to see how I was feeling and what foods triggered me to eat more. What I discovered was that – while I was still eating really well, a lot of plant based diet, I was doing little to zero exercise. Granted being a single mom doesn’t help you come up with good fitness time!
Where did I start my fitness and wellness journey?
Now, the first thing we’re going to do, is we’re going to set a goals page. I’m going to be working from the back of my notebook to the front of my notebook. And I want to set up at least a couple of goals pages so that I know what it is that I am working towards. So, I’m going to use some stickers to make it as easy as possible for myself, and I’m going to choose some really bright pastelly colors to make it look really cute as well.
The other thing I’m going to do to make this look a little bit more fun, is I’m going to add a couple more stickers. Easy. Now lets put this into our monthly calendar. All right we’re going to set up a calendar first. I’m going to put out 12 weeks, maybe even 16 weeks, just so that I have a little bit of extra time upfront. Then what I’m going to do is, once I’ve got my calendar drawn into my journal, I’m going to go through and I’m going to pop in the days that I’m seeing the personal trainer, which is gym days, and then they’re giving me a workout for home, so I’m going to pop those in as well. I’m also going to state which days are holidays and which days are rest days, just to make it easy for myself as well.
Using a new notebook for weight loss journaling
Having a separate bullet journal for weight loss and tracking my fitness was also something I wanted to do, so that I could laser focus in on the stuff that kept me motivated and what didn’t! I also wanted to keep a diary of my weight loss journey and how it affected my mood and energy levels. I found this weight loss diary extremely confronting because I have never had an issue with weight before until now.
Something that made it really easy for me to track workouts and to track the weight loss, was through using simple planner stickers. As a result these helped me to easily track workouts and fitness goals in my bullet journal! You can see how I used stickers to track these fitness goals in the video below!
I also wanted to add some prompts about weight loss journaling Ideas, so in the bullet journal weight loss template I created – I added in some clever prompts to get you thinking a little more out of the box!
As I got through this weight loss journey in my journal, I am sure I will share more lessons! I will definitely be doing a future post on calories and food – we have a couple of great posts about meal planning, but this is more for budgeting reasons and not for fitness reasons, but it could also work for that. So another post I will be doing is one on meal planning for fitness and weight loss in your journal.
Q: How can I start Fitness Journaling
Well start today. Personally I am a Monday start person. Therefore things usually stick when I start them on a Monday, so make it a start date that works for you. Being fit isn’t just about being at your goal weight. As a result, for me, it is definitely not just about weight loss, it’s about how I feel physically. How puffed am I, after walking up stairs? How far can I cycle with my son? It’s the small things.
Q: What sort of weight loss journals can I use to track my weight loss journey?
There are so many amazing weight loss journals on the market at the moment, many of them focus on well being and not just focusing on fitness journaling or weight loss.
One that I personally love, is the happy planner inserts, you can get a 6 month extension pack which can help guide your workouts and focus over 6 months. A couple of others probably include plum paper, and Erin Condren!
I’m also including days that I’m going to go for big walks, and days we’re going to go tramping or hiking. Again, comment below with the way that you track your health and wellness. I’d be fascinated to know. And I hope that we can all learn from each other and really create a warm community to discuss it. We’re onto the final stage of the setup. And what we’re going to do here, is we’re going to set up a tracker for December.
This is going to include mood, energy levels, sleep. This is also going to include the things that I’m supposed to be doing. So, eating breakfast, which I’m terrible at, as well as some of the other mental health things that I’m finding really important, and making sure that we’re tracking all of those so that we can have really a good overview of whether or not I am practicing the self-care that I’m setting myself those goals for.
Q: How can I track my workouts in my bullet journal?
It depends what part of the workout or fitness regime you are wanting to track in your bullet journal. You may want to track minutes you exercise, or if you have a fitbit or wearable you can use the data from that in your fitness tracking. Usually, if using an app, you can also track your calorie burn and other really clever things from the data you might get from the workout apps.
I’m going to put the two fitness plans that my personal trainer has given me. I’m going to put those on the spread and I’m going to have a full week at a time versus a full all of December, full all of January, et cetera. And she’s given me two home plans to focus on. So, I’m going to write down the first one, as well as how many reps or seconds I need to do the activity for. And then we’re going to track that over the four weeks, and just make sure that we are keeping track of those and letting her know if I’m able to do them at home as well.
Q: How can I start a weight loss journal?
Simple! Just start one! You don’t need much from what I have gathered and tracking things that are not relevant might just make you unmotivated to keep a weight loss journal.
Furthermore, all you need is a pen and paper right. And some things you might want to keep a record of your weight loss journey!
Likewise, if you do not want to set up a whole new weight loss journal or fitness tracker, you could just include it as a page or layout in your current bullet journal. It could very well be a page or layout at the front or the back of your monthly bullet journal set up.
So here is my video on how to make and keep and weight loss journal!
Finally we get to the good part! Have you been wondering how to make your own weight loss journal tracker in your bullet journal? The way I set up my bullet journal for weight loss was as follows:
- How was I going to achieve my core weight loss goals and track them through to completion?
- What were simple things I could do to maintain my weight loss journey?
- Are there any specific sorts of exercises, work outs and fitness should I be tracking in my journal?
- What is the best way to create a bullet journal weight loss spread?
Getting Real! Setting up and maintaining a weight loss bullet journal with fitness trackers and layouts
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I can find a ton of amazing bullet journal weight loss ideas that can really help get you motivated to get back into shape!
So here are just a few bullet journal weight loss and fitness layouts, that I thought you might like to see. Take inspiration from them. Do not use them as competition.
Take control of your weight loss journey. Start today with these amazing featured fitness, work out and weight loss bullet journal layouts!
We have taken the guesswork out of creating new fitness spreads in your bullet journal or happy planner by dividing the styles up into
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