Journaling the Journey

September 1st, 2016

Journaling the Journey

I have a secret weapon when it comes to me training plan and workouts. It’s not my shoes, my lucky headband, socks or a hat. It’s my training journal. You might be wondering-how does that make you better? What good is writing down what you have done? Keeping track of what you have done, having a plan for the future and finding motivation when you are feeling low are all great ways to use a journal or a workout log.

 

Each Sunday, I sit down, reflect on the past weeks workouts and then plan for the next week. I look and see what worked, sometimes I compare it with my food journal and see what didn’t work. With all that information, I make choices for the next week and form an intention for the next set of workouts.

 

Sometimes when I have a lull in my training or I am concerned about my progress, I look back and see just have far I have come. Other time, I look back to see what worked. For strength training, I write down the size of the weights. For running, I write down pace, distance and weather (and dew point for those who like to be super technical) . For fitness classes I rate my effort and how much I liked it. Having your journal to look back on can give the inspiration to keep going, even when you are worn out.

 

I also use my journal to motivate me. When I get a new one, I chart out my goals and make plans. The journal helps me to map my fitness journey out. Try writing your workouts down and see how far it can take you.

 

Nikkia