Years ago, every time I hired a trainer to help me to lose weight, they were always talking about keeping a daily diet journal, and I had no clue what they meant. Well, they were talking about writing down everything you eat throughout the day, and all the physical activities that you do, so that you have a record of what you need to change in order to achieve your goal to lose weight. But let’s be real, who wants to do that?
After having my daughter Mia, I was determined, but not committed, to lose all the extra 57 pounds that I gained before & after my pregnancy. The truth was, I was spending the hour with my trainer whining and complaining about the weights and exercises that he gave me – “oh my neck hurts”, “oh my back”, “I can’t lift too much”, ” I have a headache” – all types of excuses to get through the hour fast. Then I was doing cardio for 45 minutes – Spinning – and of course my friend was sitting next to me so we socialized the whole time, or I wasn’t paying attention to doing it the right way. I never listened to my trainer’s suggestions and of course never ever opened my book to write anything down.
When I weighed myself at the end of the week hoping for the scale to go down, I was surprised to see I weighed the same or even more! I got even more frustrated and the next time I saw my trainer I complained “why am I not losing any weight?” thinking that it is his fault and he is not doing his job! But I always got the same answer – “Let me see your journal” – and my response was always that I don’t need one. He said “Ok, tell me what you ate this week.” When I start to remember how many times I went to Starbucks, and how many times I skipped a meal, and never forget to have “happy hour” almost every day, I found the answer to my question!
In these days, after committing myself to the most important person in my life – me – I have learned that keeping track of what I eat, and how much exercise I do, helps me to improve my eating habits and my routines in the gym to be successful with my weight. I HIGHLY recommend to everyone to start a journal, and review it each week, to help you reach your weight loss goals.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, it can just be a notebook. You can start by writing down what you have for breakfast, snacks and dinner.
BUT – you have to be honest and write down absolutely everything you eat throughout the day, I mean everything.
In these days you can track your calories intake with your phone. Some smart phones have free apps (like Lose It for the iPhone) that you can use to keep track of your daily activities and food that you consume. If you don’t have one of those fancy phones, you can get examples for free on the internet. Some famous trainers include excellent examples of daily journals in their publications, like Jillian Michaels “Making The Cut“.
Having a daily journal will help you to know what you’re putting in your body, and how much effort you are really putting into your commitment to lose weight. Don’t waste your time and money, you don’t need a trainer or a fancy nutritionist to take control of you weight. You only need to be in charge, to change those bad eating habits and manage your weight without spending a fortune.
No more excuses, stop your laziness and start living your life more healthy and looking fabulous – You Can do It!