Since it’s the beginning of the year and most people are focused on weight loss and eating better, I thought I would share with you how I use my bullet journal to keep track of my health. I use my journal for pretty much everything so keeping track of my workouts, exercise calendars, meal planning, food log, grocery lists, weight tracker and water intake fits right in my journal. Late last year, I started getting into Blogilates and I loved it so much I did her more intense PIIT 28 program. I decided to do another round for January which I will start later this week since I unfortunately started off the new year with a cold.
When it comes to health, always remember that it’s more than dieting and it’s not a quick and easy fix. I have never dieted but in the past year I have been eating better, eating healthier, eating less and working out at least 4 days a week. I’ve gone from a size 14 to a size 6 and I have to say that it’s been pretty damn easy because I’ve taken my time and I found workouts that I actually like. I hate going to the gym, despite the fact that I have a free gym less than 5 minutes away from me so at home workouts are the way to go for me.
I started off with Cassey Ho’s free monthly workout calendars and loved it but I wanted something more intense so I am currently doing her PIIT28 program which is I’ve been loving. It’s a combo of pilates and high intense interval training moves, 7 of them, 45 seconds each worth a 15 second break in between, repeated 4 times. Sounds so easy but it’s sooo hard! Not in a ‘I can’t do this’ way but in a ‘omg this is kicking my ass’ kind of way. Still, I love that it’s so effective in such a short time. If you are interested, Cassey has a PIIT playlist available for free on her YouTube channel. Just do one video per day with one rest day and repeat 4 times. Anyway, here are some of my favorite health and fitness related spreads in my bullet journal:
This shows my starting weight when I first started to eat healthier and how much weight I have lost so far. My goal was 120, which am so close to but I may have to change that number since I’ve been gaining more muscle and toning up and muscle weighs more than fat. I may just stick to my current weight and just tone up, which I am fine with. I miscalculated the amount of boxes I would need so I had to keep going to 115…oops. On the right, I’m keeping track of body measurements and BMI. I just noticed I forgot to take my measurements for the end of December…
This was my tracker for the November Blogilates calendar. I’m a visual person and love writing down and being able to see my progress so this motivates me to keep going. On the right I added a tracker of body parts I was working on each particular day.
Sleep is very important when it comes to your health, something that I was very terrible at. I used to get about 4 hours of sleep and when I started tracking my sleep in September, I was still pretty bad. I’ve slowly been getting better and I get almost 7 hours of sleep most nights. My monthly habit trackers are some of my favorite pages in my journal each month. I love seeing my habits and seeing f and how they affect me. Since I started sleeping more and exercising, my headaches have pretty much gone away. I had chronic headaches that would sometimes last a week or 2 and now I have about 4 or 5 headaches a month which is a major improvement. No lie, this tracker has been a huge motivator for me. I sucked at washing my face at night and now I wash it almost every single night just because I don’t want to see any blank spaces in my tracker. I suck at drinking water so I started adding that to my tracker in December. For January, I added eating fruits and veggies at least once a day to my tracker.
It’s really important for me to not only keep track of my workouts but what I eat. Sometimes I track my workouts in a month, like I do above but other times I track them week by week. When I do, I love this layout because I can track my workouts, my food log, meal plan what I’m gonna make for dinner that week and have my grocery list all in the same spread. I have this layout pretty much memorized by now and I use it a lot.
Here’s another layout that just focuses on food. Meal planning, grocery list and food log. I love being able to change layouts depending on my mood.
I made this to keep track of my PIIT 28 challenge last month and it was so satisfying being able to cross off each day ad getting closer to finishing. I’m doing round 2 this month which has a variation of 2 new videos so I’ll be doing a new spread for that soon. On the right, I tracked the target areas that each day targeted.
My friend, who is doing the PIIT28 challenge with me challenged me to do this squat challenge too and I question our friendship every time I do it. I hate squats!
I’ve been doing dailies lately and I like this layout for keeping track of my mood, water intake, blog schedule, workouts, food log and what I read. On the right, I tracked my monthly PIIT and squat workouts.
This is my newest spread, I did my dailies a bit simpler this time around and I decided to add certain trackers in my weekly spread instead of on my daily spreads. I like this because I can see all my trackers for the week all at once.
As you can see, there are many ways to track your health and fitness in a bullet journal What I love about this system is being able to change things up all the time. I get bored easily so being able to try new and different layouts is fun for me. Keeping track of these things has really helped as motivation to do better, eat better, workout better and just be better. Remember, you don’t need a fancy journal or pens to bullet journal. You can use any journal or notebook or even a planner. I highly recommend PIIT28 or Blogilates! My best advice is to find a workout buddy so you can motivate each other and to stop with the excuses. I have a 9 and 6-year-old and I take care of a 2-year-old boy 11-12 hours of the day and I either do my workouts when he naps, late at night after my kids fall asleep or they do them with me. 🙂
Edit: for those of you interested in the Blogilates or PIIT28 workouts (yay!) and want more info here you go. The Blogilates monthly challenges you can get online for free at Blogilates.com, you will need to sign up for her emails to get the code to unlock the calendar but her emails are not annoying and you get like 2 a month. The PDF calendar is clickable and you can click right on the days to take you to the workouts for that day.
If you want to try her PIIT28 workouts instead, you can try a free version on this youtube playlist from her channel. You pick one video a day, repeat it 4 times and have a rest day. Repeat the videos at least 4 times. If you want the paid version which includes a lot more information and workout videos, you can check it out here. It includes 3 ebooks, 17 workout videos including warmups and bonus videos. It is $39 but worth it. (I am not an affiliate FYI).
Cassey also just released a full 30 minute workout video for FREE on her youtube channel a few days ago, if you’re interested in that:
Does anyone have any health or fitness related goals for the new year? What are your favorite kinds of workouts? Let me know in the comments.
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