Track Your Progress

Track Your Progress
When I only see clients occasionally, it’s hard for me to know what’s going on in their “fitness lives.” Some journal their time in the gym, which is great. It gives me a better idea of what they’re doing, which helps me to fine-tune our time together. I strongly recommend it!
Yes, yes, it’s hard to write everything down. I’ll soon be up with a “Get Movin’ with Jaime” hot list of things to get you on your way. But until then, a few tips on how to make a fitness journal that works for you.
For starters, the raw materials: There’s no shortage of journals and journaling books on the market. An search produced 423,542 results! From workouts to calories to enlightenment to parenting, journals exist. Such resources can be very useful — but you don’t need to spend a pile of money on a journal. A spiral-bound notebook is just as effective. The important part is to put the pen on the paper regularly.
Next: What to write. The basics include notes about your workouts, exercises, diet. Goals, achievements, ideas. Your energy goes where your mind goes, so keep it positive – if you’ve had an off week, filled with commitments and perhaps more food/drinks than you’d like, don’t beat yourself up about it.
Why did I eat that ice cream cone (or drink that extra glass of wine) when I didn’t need it? How do I work out when life is such chaos? It was cold and rainy and I just wanted to stay in bed – these things happen. Life isn’t perfect, fitness isn’t perfect. The trick is to just keep going. Then write it down.
For me, journaling is almost an out-of-body experience. I write it all down – what went well, what didn’t go well. It’s a release of stress (good and bad!). It’s an internal feedback mechanism, which helps me to make adjustments. Refreshing older goals, and setting new goals.

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