Today’s homework for the September Blogger Writing Challenge is to describe the tools I use to maintain a food, massage and workout blog. Well this is a pretty easy assignment for me because my logs are quite simple.
Let me just begin by saying if you’re not doing this, you should. I learned a great deal about myself when I started logging my meals and exercise. And one of the first things I noticed was that was diet included too many carbs (pretty typical). I am good about making healthy choices it’s just that too many of those choices include some form of carb.
For example, I love the fresh, organic food you can get at Chipolte but my favorite dish, a chicken burrito bowl, is served over a bed of rice. Since becoming more aware of my carb intake, I have learned to eat the meat and veggies off the top and leave most of the rice untouched.
Food Log – I keep my food log in this great little mini spiral notebook.
I love this system because not only is a pen attached to the notebook but it’s small enough that I can throw it in my purse. I found early on that if I didn’t keep my log with me, I would forget some of the little things I might pop in my mouth during the day like a handful of almonds.
By keeping this little guy in my bag, I can lay it on my desk when I get to work in the morning to make sure I record my snacks correctly.
Workout Log – I keep track of my workouts in both my massage log and on Daily Mile.
You might have noticed that I record my exercise at the top of my food log. I do this because I tend to forget (or run out of time) to log my workouts each day. But my jotting them down in my food log, I can go back on the weekend and bring my Daily Mile page up to date. As you can see, I have a little catching up to do.
I am a huge fan of Daily Mile not only because it is a very easy and user-friendly way to track my workouts, but also because it offers useful statistics like weekly totals, calories burned, etc.
You can also set up a community of friends to share your progress and exchange encouragement as you work to reach your fitness goals.
Question of the Day: Do you keep a food and workout log? And if so, what tools to you find most useful?