Tracking Steps and Weight Loss with a Habit Tracker

Tracking Steps and Weight Loss with a Habit Tracker

This month, I made a separate page in my habit tracker just to log daily steps. I used to be really on top of the 10,000 recommended daily steps goal, but noticed that in the past few months I haven't been paying enough attention to how much I am moving everyday, and frankly, I am still fighting to peel off some of the holiday pounds because of it! The fact of the matter is, if I am not paying daily attention, my health will suffer for it. 

Blue means I nailed it! Green means I came SO close that I really consider that to be a "win" for the day; and red means I flat out failed the goal that day. Dang!

Blue means I nailed it! Green means I came SO close that I really consider that to be a "win" for the day; and red means I flat out failed the goal that day. Dang!

I have read so many articles over the years from nutrition and fitness experts that recommend keeping exercise and food journals as one of the top ways to stay motivated and keep progressing with weight loss, and I have found it be true in my personal life time and time again. It's a journey. We're all in it for the long haul. Just take care of yourself and keep your records, and keep yourself focused and on track to hit your goals. You get what you pay attention to. You get what you feed.  

It doesn't feel good to be caught by surprise. I have a small frame, and I like to stay at a certain weight so that I feel my best. If I get on the scale one day and suddenly find out I weigh 5-7 pounds more, that's a ton of extra weight for a 5'2" middle-aged woman! That's the difference between fitting into my jeans vs. having to wear yoga pants because nothing else will fit. I do not need these types of surprises in my life anymore, and so now I am back to tracking the daily steps to stay on target! I have to do better than that for myself. I have to be in the best shape possible so I can do everything I need to do every day!

Lastly, not pictured above, is the column I have just made in my personal journal with the entries of my weight listed out beside the daily step tracker. Hey, some things need to stay off the internet! But, suffice it to say that the system is working. I am motivated, focused, and can now see irrefutable proof of correlation between increased steps and weight loss.  

I am back on it again and feeling more in control over the results already!  

-- Jamie Whitmer

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