I've been spending the past few weeks taking small, healthier steps, basically getting myself ready to get back into full weight loss mode. And I recalled that many, many years ago I found the most success when I took the time to record my progress in a day planner.
I tried doing that online several times but for whatever reason I didn't keep up with it. I know it's different for everyone, but I feel like having a physical book to hold in my hand is my personal key. I bought a small blank notebook and some new pens a few weeks back and finally feel I'm ready to make the commitment all around; in making the right choices with food, to do more exercise I can gradually increase upon, and to keep track of it all in my book. And since day planners are so expensive and I figure I can find more freedom with a plain, blank notebook, that's what I decided to start with.
I took that first, important big step this morning:
There's no turning back now.
It's not much to look at, but I'm looking forward to filling out the pages with my food details, my exercise, my emotions, my weekly weight record, my goals, and my overall progress. It's small enough to keep in my purse so I plan on taking it with me wherever I go. This will be my way to hold myself accountable so I have a place to reflect upon all of my decisions, both good and bad.
I think this will be a great motivator for me and will hopefully deter any bad decisions I can make. I also thought that sharing this might not only help motivate myself, but others as well.