Hey, Bry! Welcome! I know that disgusting feeling, but you are a precious human being--never forget that. You're doing the right thing by reversing the gaining trend now! And you can do it! It's hard when one is a student because there are so many temptations and so much stress, but it CAN be done! Surround yourself with healthy low-calorie snacks so you always have something available and won't head for the Twinkies.
The journal sounds like a great idea.
Hope to see you succeed!