It’s all about the process. The irony is that the only way to get to your desired destination is to be fully mindful throughout your journey. Fall in love with the daily grind and you will eventually reach your fitness goals. In the meantime, be sure to monitor your progress by maintaining a journal. Log your activities so that you can have a record that you can look back on when you are feeling lost or searching for answers. This will provide you with inspiration to continue as you see all of the hard work that you have poured into the project.
Write all of the workouts that you do in this journal. Be as specific as you can be. If you are a runner, then include the time of day, the weather, the location, your mood, your shoes, and your effort level. Talk about any pain or soreness felt during the run and how you plan to deal with them. If you are a bodybuilder, then mention each of the exercises you’ve completed, the number of repetitions, the number of sets, the weight you were able to carry, the ease or difficulty of the workout, and so on.
Note the food items that you’ve eaten throughout the day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all the snacks in between. This will help you monitor the calories that you are consuming as well as the nutrients that you are feeding your body. Consider using one of the online trackers that can automatically provide information on nutritional content and add things up daily. You will be able to stick to your calorie allowance and develop balanced meals moving forward. It can be cumbersome at first but you only have to do this for a few weeks until you get a feel of what you need.
With everything that we have to do in a day, sleep often gets compromised in the name of productivity. This might seem like a good strategy at first but it is not sustainable in the long run. Our bodies need to recover from all the stress that we put it through. Sleep is vital in that recovery. We have to respect this and get ample hours every single day. Otherwise, our fitness will suffer as our body breaks down, our minds become less sharp, and our energy level plummets. Consider using an activity tracker watch or go manual, whichever you prefer.