In my reflection that comes with the end of a year, I decided to address weight loss once and for all with my bullet journal weight loss tracker.
This spread was originally part of my 2018 New Year bullet journal setup, which you can see in its entirety here.
A Growing Problem
It’s time to admit it – I have put on weight. This is not a fun thing to admit to myself or share with the world, but there it is. In the past two years or so, I’ve gained about twenty pounds. Now I struggle to fit certain clothes, and I find myself searching for new outfits that help me hide my tummy a bit more. In my reflection and introspection that comes with the end of a year, I decided that I was going to address this problem once and for all with my bullet journal weight loss tracker.
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Time to Address It
This weight is not recent – so why address it now? Well, I recently completed my Level Ten Life and came to the hard truth that I am not pleased with how my body has developed. I want to feel confident and sexy and powerful in my skin, but the body I currently have just ain’t cuttin’ it. I stopped exercising over four months ago, and though I keep saying I’ll start again, I just haven’t gotten around to doing it. So I’m putting my foot down.
I don’t want to ignore this pesky weight until it gets to a critical point. I want to address it now when it is still within my grasp to trim my extra pounds without a massive life overhaul. This new year, I want to focus more on taking care of myself – both body and mind. I’m already making changes to my diet with the help of my wonderful husband, Jon. We’re taking big steps towards whole grain bread, veggie substitutes, and vegetarian meals. But a few vices remain, and I want to get back on the exercise wagon. There’s no time like the present, so I want to start ASAP – at least, as soon as the holidays are over. I can’t ask too much of myself, c’mon.
My Bullet Journal Weight Loss Tracker
I decided to create my bullet journal weight loss tracker to help guide me to success. This tracker is extremely simple, which is exactly what I need right now. I’m not trying to set up a ton of intricate rules and regulations for myself. The more complicated I make this process, the more likely I am to toss it aside after a few weeks. Simple is sweeter.
Anyway, I’m treating my bullet journal weight loss tracker very similarly to a habit tracker. I aim to make my weight gain and loss more transparent, so I can see what’s going on under the hood. If my weight stops being a mystery and starts being a part of my daily tracking, then I won’t be able to hide from it any longer. Tracking something forces you to think about it every day, which makes it nearly impossible to sweep under the rug.
How My Bullet Journal Weight Loss Tracker Works
The way I plan on using my bullet journal weight loss tracker is easy enough to follow. I have one hexagon filled in with my current weight. I will weigh myself every day and note it in my dailies or perhaps on a Post-it Note stuck to my weight loss tracker page. On a certain day each week, I will average out the numbers for the whole week to come up with a single weight, which I will write in a hexagon with a date. This method will allow me to see my weight every day without living and dying by the daily number alone. It will also provide me with a simple framework to follow, which will keep me from messing it up after only a week or two.
Building Better Habits
My bullet journal weight loss plan isn’t going to massively change my life in the span of a few short months. Instead, I hope it gives me the ability to keep an eye on my situation and bring the subject to my mind. I want to stop avoiding the scale and wondering if I gained weight. That’s a frustrating and anxious way to deal with my body on a regular basis, and I’m done with the stress. With my bullet journal weight loss tracker, I can finally begin to lay down the foundation for better, healthier habits.
With my bullet journal weight loss tracker, I can keep my drive and focus alive well past January and into the rest of the year without asking too much of myself on a daily basis. Every day is progress toward my goal of a healthier, happier life with more confidence and joy. While the work ahead might be tough, I know that with the help of my bullet journal, I can push through to a brighter future.