putting together my MMEL journal

I am so serious about reclaiming my good health this year. This chick is moving more and eating less
But in order to do that, I needed to do a couple of things- one of them being that I needed to get honest with myself about the state of my health. 
It's kinda a mess. 
I eat very well most of the time, its the moving more that's getting in the way. 
Whatever the reason, I need to do something about it now.

After purchasing and downloading the pages for the move more, eat less journal that Cathy Zielske designed, it took some time to figure out what I think is going to work for me- but I think I have found something that is going to be effective.

After writing my intention page, I printed out one month’s worth of pages and put them into the album.

Then I printed my "before" picture for the month of January. (eek) I used picnik to make the collage and add the text. 

I filled in my resources page as well as my numbers (double eek) 

After getting the journal together and doing a bit more thinking about how I can really make this work, I decided there were a couple more things I wanted to add.

First, I decided to set small goals for myself for each week. After I decided on 4 goals for the month of January I wrote them on post it notes and stuck them to each Monday page-that way I can tackle one goal per week. I am keeping a small stack of post it notes at the front of my journal for future months and for other notes I might want to add.

I also decided to print an extra journal page so that I can do a month end summary. I will probably end up scrapping one as well, but I wanted this in there to keep track of my thoughts in case I can’t get to scrapping when I want to. 

Of course, this journal is only going to work if I do- and if I stick with it. Both of which I intend on doing. It's only day 3, but so far I have done a good job of tracking everything I eat. I've even noticed that I eat far more after noon time and need to balance that out a bit. So far, so good.

Lastly, I have decided to set up a separate blog to keep track of this reclaiming-my-health journey that I am on. I grappled with the idea a bit, but then decided that having something strictly dedicated to this plan is going to help me stay organized. I will still be posting about MMEL here, but if you should wish to keep up with me on this healthy trek, you can find me here.  

So, who's with me? Are you doing MMEL this year? 
What’s working for you so far?


laurie said...

i love how organized and focused you are with this project! i am sending you much luck and positive thoughts for success. my dad could never understand diet crazes and always said, "just do more and eat less!" simple but true and sounds a lot like MMEL.
i would love to join in (and could definitely use it!) but have a few other goals for the year. maybe 2012. :-)

Liberty :) said...

good luck! im worried ill buy the stuff and not stick to it, so going to save my pennies. wanted to start properly today but it didn't happen on the food front :( HOWEVER, I did an awful lot of walking so whilst I feel the day has been a disaster food wise, I guess it has been a good one for exercise = cancelled each other out??!

Chey can cook! (and more) said...

you'll do great!! when i have the green light to exercise, i'll be looking to you for help! hehe...try using sparkpeople to track your food intake - it's wonderful!

Liberty :) said...

Kate here again from Liberty Cottage - could you drop me an email with your email address please so I can invite you over to my blog?? - dont want to lose my favourite MMEL reader! thanks hun x

cate said...

good luck with your journey, I'll be here cheering you on from the treadmill!

humel said...

Good for you! It looks beautiful, and it sure would motivate me :-) Cheerleading each other must burn off a few calories, right?!

sharyncarlson said...

Sending you good wishes!!

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