Keeping a health journal is a powerful Habit of Health, but we often find that new clients are hesitant or skeptical. Many people have the idea that keeping a journal is a long laborious process along the lines of writing classic literature, which either feels silly or like too much work. In our system, journaling is a tool to increase mindfulness and reinforce positive behavior, and it does not have to be an intense commitment of time or creativity.
Recently, I had this same conversation with a client, and I asked her, “Can you write 10 words a day?”
Up until that point, she was resistant to journaling, but when we put a clearly attainable goal to the action, she lit up.
“10 words?” she asked, “Yes, I can definitely do 10 words a day.”
In 10 words, you can start to make your journal a useful part of your journey toward optimal wellbeing. This micro Habit of Health—something so small it’s almost impossible to fail—is a big step forward. Before we talk about how you can get your start with a health journal, here’s a quick overview of why you should keep a health journal.
“I have always struggled with weight. I’m the girl that would eat a whole box of strawberry frosted PopTarts… and shove the wrappers deep in the trash can to hide the evidence. Yep, the closet binger. Who was I kidding? I was wearing the evidence on my body! I had yo-yo dieted my whole adult life and tried every diet out there! I hid from pictures and owned no full-length mirrors. I was pretty good at denial!
One day, at Universal Studios Orlando… I was mortified when I didn’t fit on a roller coaster. I couldn’t believe it! Something clicked in my head that I knew I had to change my relationship with food. I needed a healthy lifestyle. My family is filled with diabetes, and I knew was next in line. I went on our Optimal Health™ program as soon as got home from Florida. I was afraid it would be one more failure to add to my pile…. but I saw results so fast and I was never hungry! I even got to eat chocolate and go out to dinner! I was hooked and fell in love with my new lifestyle!
I broke up with my toxic relationship with food. I changed my life and have maintained over 3 1/2 years now! That’s NEVER happened before! I lost 54 lbs in 5 months. I went from a size 20 to and 8/10!”