If you’re anything like me, you’ve struggled to find a way to stay on track with fitness, eating the right food, and making progress toward your goals. I’ve searched for a good fitness journal where I can track food and workouts, but I’m picky. I can’t just go into a store and pick any calendar, journal, or date book. I’ve got certain criteria that need to be met.
- Good design
- Easy to use
- Easy to customize
- Look cute
- Helps structure my day/direction
- Look cute
- Ink doesn’t bleed onto the back of the page
- And did I mention…look cute?
I searched and searched for one that fit all my criteria and no dice. So I just decided, why don’t I create one?! A fitness journal that everyone can use no matter what their fitness goals may be. I believe that anyone can use it. My friend and I have been using the journal for the past month, and with a few minor updates I think I’ve got the layout and design that works. I’m planning to post some more detail as time goes along, as well as how I’m using the journal to achieve my fitness goals. But in the mean time here’s some information about the design and why I set the journal up the way I did.
I decided to create the journal in a perpetual calendar style. This means we didn’t date each page so that you can start and stop using it whenever you’d like. I found this helpful for me because there are times where I’d forget to write down what I ate in my journal (especially on days I don’t work out). What I do when that happens (not that I’m condoning that type of behavior :P) is I could take those pages and move them so that they could still be used. I used to be so discouraged where days would go by and pages in my planner go to waste. Being that this is for fitness, the last thing I would want is for people to feel discouraged because they didn’t log their food for some time. I’d want people to feel like they can start fresh with no issues!
The layouts you see in the images below are of our weekly and daily page layouts. When the sheets go on sale this coming Friday we’ll be selling the sheets in 90-day and 180-day increments. The journal pages are 8.5″ x 5.5″ in size and fit perfectly in many mini-binders (aka junior binders) that they sell at Target, Office Max, etc. My good friend bought me the adorable binder in the photo from Target!
There are 1st of the month pages where you can evaluate last month vs. this month, what your goals for the month are, where you can input your measurements and weight, etc. There are also 1st day of the week pages that help you break down your monthly goals into the week, help you set up a meal plan, and has a big space for your grocery list.
The daily pages are set up so that you can list out daily goals, celebrate little victories, log your meals and meal prep for the next day!