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Fit Tip: Keep a Diet and Exercise Journal

Now that it's December and 2008 is only a couple weeks away, I'm sure New Year's resolutions are on your mind. Many people have the general goal to be fit, or to exercise more, but they are not quite sure how to make that happen.

Might I suggest keeping a diet and exercise journal? Keeping track of what you eat and how much you exercise can really help you stay on top of your goals. It pays to be organized. You can also write down your fitness- and health-related New Year's resolutions. Most importantly, you can write down your successes, too, like how much weight you've lost, or how you can run 20 minutes straight.

I like to use a blank book like this Moleskin Sketchbook ($16.95), because it allows me to write freely about anything I want. If you need a little more organization, you can get a BodyMinder Workout and Exercise Journal ($10.17), so you can keep track of all the details of your workouts, like how much weight you're lifting or how many reps you've done that day. If you love coloring, you could also get the Streamline Colors Fitness Journal ($7.95). It's a calendar that is color coded, so each day that you take a walk, you can color the box in yellow. If you do weight training, put in a dot of red. It's a creative and visual reminder to help you get moving. Sounds like a great gift idea for the health nut in your life (and you can even add it to your Christmas list).

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ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
veronicaraye....i TOTaLLY agree!! But I should do this to know what I'm eating cuz I tend to forget and eat a lot more.
caramelqtee75 caramelqtee75 8 years
I get crazy when I keep a fit and eat journal.
Pixie462 Pixie462 8 years
I do this at and it actually works. I really eat less and make sure I work out more because the numbers are right in front of me.
almost-famous almost-famous 8 years
Well I think it's a bit obsessive... I'm on a diet and currently lost 100lbs... And I don't follow those irritating fab diets. All you need is motivation... that's always been the key. If your motivation fails, find three good reason to stay fit! JUST SAY NO!!! ---->
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
still won't make me lose weight..
rivrchild rivrchild 8 years
I started doing this in October. It has definitely helped me keep track of what I'm doing. I love being able to tally how much I've worked out through week, and especially what I've eaten because then I can pick out what my bad habits are and work on eliminating them.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I've done this before and it helps a lot. I think is a great site too.
superfoxml superfoxml 8 years
I do this! Lol, and with this exact moleskine notebook. Are you sure you don't have a spycam in my apartment, Fit? Haha. This is a really great way to track your habits and moods and it's portable and you can just stick it in your purse and go.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
Hmmm I used too and its funny I have been thinking about starting one up again...good idea!
SassyRedhead SassyRedhead 8 years
I don't keep a journal, I keep a private blog which really helps me keep track of reason why I eat (emotions, boredom) and my common excuses. It's really really helped me and helped keep me accountable for myself.
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