As I mentioned last week, one of my goals for February was to keep a food journal. I decided I would step it up a notch and order a Fitbook, which I had been hearing about across the Web. Right after I posted about my goals, I ordered it. I guess I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was really happy with what I got!
In just a few short days — which made me happy, because I was eager — it arrived!
I was expecting a big notebook, but it’s actually rather small — about 5 x 5. It comes with a pen and a band you can use to hold it shut tightly. And I was expecting it to be mostly blank, but it’s totally not!
It’s filled with detailed logs and instructions on how to get the most out of it. Basically, you set a 12-week plan. I don’t normally set long-term goals like this, but I am definitely excited about doing this. It’s weird to think that in three months, it will be May! SPRING!!!!
I guess what surprised me most is how detailed it is. It’s broken down into so many parts. At the beginning of each week, you make a weekly plan for exercise — which includes strength training, cardio, and flexibility — and note when you’ll do it. You also enter weight, body fat, and any other stats you may want to track (like push-ups or heart rate). Then you note goals for workout, nutrition, and anything else that needs attention.
Then there is a page for every single day! One page has fitness….
….and the other has nutrition!
I was so surprised by how they fit every aspect of fitness and nutrition in there! If I tried to do this on my own, it would be a total mess, but this is perfect. It’s so detailed. On the food log, you can circle a face to correspond how you felt when you ate the meal. This is great for identifying if you eat more when you are stressed or if eating certain foods makes you feel sluggish. I also like how there is a nutrient tracker where you can check off your fruits, veggies, H2O, etc. This is something I’ve felt a need to do lately, as I don’t think I’m getting enough vegetables.
Last night I made my 12-week plan, which wasn’t easy for me. I don’t like planning that far ahead…I mean, I feel like I don’t know where my life is heading at this point! But it’s OK if some things change and if in April, for whatever reason, I start working out on Thursdays instead of Tuesdays. My overall goal is losing body fat. (I need to test mine later today to set an exact number goal.) My nutrition goal is to stick to a healthy eating plan — based on the one my nutritionist gave me back in September, with some of my own knowledge/preferences/common sense thrown in — that gives me energy and allows for body fat loss. My fitness goal is to strength train four days a week; I know this will help me decrease body fat and lose inches. Beyond that, I’ll just continue to set monthly goals as I normally do to determine how I want to go about the goals!
As much as I love tech stuff, there are a few things I must use pen and paper for — planner, diary, and fitness/nutrition journal! Whenever I’d try to download and print a food or fitness log, it was always too big to carry around and then would just end up getting smashed in my bag. It never worked. But this is great. I love how it’s just so compact and neat and clean. I fully admit I like buying shit I don’t really need, but I can’t believe how much this has motivated me!
Honestly, journaling really works. In the week since I’ve been keeping a food journal, I’m amazed at how much I like doing it. (I haven’t done it in quite a few years.) I was so busy last week, but by journaling in the morning, it meant I loosely planned my day…and it was less stressful when it came to thinking about what to have for dinner. And it really does make you think twice before you keep hitting the box of Triscuits for a few more crackers. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed not having a stupid Word document open all day. I am very excited to see how my 12-week plan goes!