Document Your Weight Loss Activities Every Day
Documenting your daily weight loss activities is one of the best habits to create in order to see your goal come to fruition.
This involves writing down exactly what you eat, what exercise you perform and what supplements you take every day. It is also worthwhile writing down how you felt that day. This may include your energy levels, appetite, general well being, muscle soreness and mental state.
To make the documentation exercise even more beneficial, every evening set goals for the weight loss activities you will perform the following day as well as rate how well you stuck to your weight loss activities for that day.
By documenting your daily weight loss activities you become consciously aware of what you are doing rather than simply 'going through the motions' of the day. You are far less likely to unconsciously react to a situation by emotionally eating or mentally talking yourself out of a workout because you know you have to write it down.
Plus, the act of writing down your activities makes you far more accountable. You can easily see where improvements can be made and this ensures you stay on the right track. It may also help you identify reasons why your progress may have stagnated.
By identifying what's stopping you from losing weight, you can take positive steps rather than becoming despondent about your lack of progress.
Setting weight loss activity goals for yourself each evening before bed focuses your mind on the positive steps you need to take. It plants a 'motivation seed' in your subconscious mind so when you wake up in the morning there is no need to wrestle with thoughts of pressing the snooze button and staying in bed. As the Nike saying goes you, 'just do it!'
It is amazing how much of an impact simply documenting your weight loss activities, your feelings and your activity goals can have on your commitment to do the right things every day. It seems to add more fuel to your 'motivation fire'. The act of putting pen to paper after each meal and exercise session as well as at the end of each day re-inforces the positive habits and helps you stay focused on your weight loss goal.
Whenever you write anything down relating to your daily weight loss activities it is essential that you are as specific as possible. Rather than simply writing down: a chicken and salad sandwich for lunch; write down: 2 slices of multigrain bread, 100g of chicken breast (no skin), 2 slices of tomato, 1/4 cup of lettuce, no butter.
In the early stages of documenting your daily activities it may seem like a real chore. However, very soon after creating the habit you will be amazed at how easy it is to incorporate the habit into your lifestyle.
Better still, in a very short period of time this habit will have an enormously positive impact on the daily activities you choose to perform. This discipline will influence everything you choose to do and will pay you dividends by helping you dramatically change your body in a relatively short period of time.
Make a commitment right now to create the habit of documenting your daily weight-loss activities and get ready to be amazed at the changes that will occur in your body.
If you would like to go through a full goal-setting process, please read Chapter 2 of my e-book, Look Good, Feel Great!
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