Keep On Track With Your Health And Fitness Goals Using Your Bullet Journal

Posted by Hayley Remde on

I’ll be honest with you, I’m definitely not the stereotypical person to be talking about health and fitness. Many days I’m too exhausted after studying to do exercise, and I won’t even go into how much chocolate I consume whilst I work at my desk. But I think that’s also exactly why I want to talk to you about it! When I decided to try to be a little healthier, I was extremely intimidated by the perfect physiques telling me health and fitness is a lifestyle and I can never eat chocolate again. It took me a little while to realise that this stance isn’t for everyone. For me, just making a few changes and implementing some new spreads in my journal to track them, helped me be more active and make healthier choices. No matter your starting point or reasons for wanting to be healthy, I believe these spreads could help you too! So, whether you’re a long-term fitness fanatic or hopeful to make some changes, here’s some spreads to encourage you to keep going with your goals!

 

Recommended Supplies:

  • Journal – As always, it will be no surprise to you that my pick is the Archer and Olive Journal. The lovely and thick pages have no bleeding or ghosting, so you get a clean start for every project spread! Also, it means you can decorate the spread without worrying about it.
  • PencilTo carefully plan out your ideas so you can make sure your spread has everything you need.
  • Fineliners – My favourites are the Unipin fineliners as they’re waterproof, affordable and have a strong nib.
  • Decorative Touch (optional)This could be anything from washi to watercolour, or of course, nothing! I usually like to add a personal touch to my spreads so they’re more fun to use and look at.

 

Habit Tracker

Habit tracker image

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The first place I started to introduce some health and fitness goals was in my habit tracker. I personally already set this up each month, but if you don’t it’s really easy to add a few trackers to regular spreads too.

Close up on habits

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I found this extremely helpful because I always want to try tick all my habits each day. So, incorporating a few to encourage me to be healthier really worked, and actually I STILL include them in my tracker to this date. Some habit ideas related to health and fitness could be: stress, steps, sleep, eating well, daily exercise and many more.

 

Food Logs

Meal log spread

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I personally use online apps to track my food, but I know writing it down each day or even planning meals ahead really helps some people make healthier choices. For example, it can make sure you’re actually eating your required meals a day.

Meal planner

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Also, if you’re changing your diet It can be really useful to look back at days/meals that went well and those that didn’t. One thing I love about making healthier choices is the new foods I discover and trying to bring variety into my meals.

 

Workout Tracker

Workout spread

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If part of your plan is to start up some form of exercise, one of the things I really recommend is having a dedicated spread to plan out your routine. When I first joined up to the gym I would turn up and not know what to do. This meant I was far less comfortable with going, or I just ended up on a treadmill. Once I did some research and actually found a plan that worked for me, I was way more motivated to do it, and it took out all the wasted time thinking about what to do rather than just DOING it.

Exercise planner

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Furthermore, having a plan like this can mean you’re way more likely to stick to it, as you feel motivated to complete the workout schedule you’ve created. I also want to mention this doesn’t have to be anything too adventurous. Simply having a schedule for yoga or walking is just as useful. Pick a routine that’s at your fitness level and achievable for you. You can always make a new tracker when you outgrow it!

 

Measurements Tracker

Getting healthy isn’t all about the numbers. But if you do want to keep note of your progress, I found it really helpful to track different types of measurements – not just weight. Whether you want to see your lines go up or down, this can be a great way to keep you motivated.

Measurement graph

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For me, I felt like I was making a lot of changes, but the number on the scale wasn’t changing. Once I started cutting down the amount of times I checked to once a month, and instead looked at a few body measurements, I was seeing the progress and feeling much less focussed on it. I think however, it is more important to focus on the health benefits and improvements in mood that these changes can bring other than just this.

 

Make Changes For You

Finally, I just want to really emphasise that you shouldn’t feel like you have to track any of these things, and if you feel at any point like your health is deteriorating then please reach out for some professional help from a nutritionist/trainer/mental health specialist. Tracking can be a rewarding and motivating part of your health journey, however, it can also become negative if you start to feel really focused on the numbers. Just remember that the smallest of changes can make the world of difference for your health, and slow and steady wins the race. Furthermore, getting more active and eating better is most importantly about feeling more energised and confident in your own body.

Overall, I hope I’ve given you some help and inspiration on how to use your bullet journals for any health of fitness goals you may have. If I have, I would love to see, so tag me on Instagram (@hayleyremdeart) and use #hayleyremdeinspired to get the chance to get your creations featured in my stories!