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
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!
The exact weight loss and fitness bullet journal template I used to get back on track!
We have created this really simple weight loss template for you to print! This weight loss printable is perfect for your bullet journal and helps spark some ideas about what to track, when to track it and how to track your weight loss journey. It also has space to talk your fitness and how to track your fitness in your bullet journal.
Let’s talk about some key questions I asked myself when I decided to get real with myself about the fact that I needed to lose weight.
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!
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.
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
71+ Featured weight loss bullet journal layout ideas:
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
- Weight Loss and exercise dashboards
- Quotes and Fitness Goal layouts
- Weight Loss trackers
- Exercise and workout trackers
- Step Trackers
Weight loss and exercise dashboards for your bullet journal
Quotes and Fitness Goal Trackers
Weight loss Trackers in your Bullet Journal
Exercise and workout trackers for your bullet journal
Step Trackers in your bullet journal