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Basics of Healthy Diet and Excercise | Workout and Excercise Journal

Updated on July 6, 2011

The Job aint over till the paperwork is done!

Ok so you’ve made a personal commitment to yourself to improve your lifestyle, either through diet, exercise, or (most effective) both. The personal struggle begins. You’ve gotten a couple of exercise and diet books, or DVD’s, or signed up for Jenny Craig or one of the others. What you find common to them all is this fundamental formula; Calorie Intake must be less than Calorie Output. It is just that simple for the basics. I personally do not recommend one program over the other, be it a particular diet plan, or work out plan or combination of both until I meet an individual and discuss their objectives.

I have helped a fair few folks with workout and weight loss programs over the years. What I have found common to success in this arena is that successful individuals have a realistic plan and document their progress. How do I do that? You ask. You keep a log or a journal. There are many different ones available but one in particular that I like and use myself, is the BodyMinder™ workout and exercise journal. It is a bound log book that will give you 91 days of journal entries, which is a good point in any program to re-evaluate and make adjustments.

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The Book starts out with ten solid tips for success. The daily pages give you plenty of room in the two page format for Cardio, Strength Training, Other exercise (like golf or speed walking) and Dietary notes as well as vitamin and supplement log. The organization is direct and clear and is useful for beginners to advanced people in training.

It has a section for weekly plans as well that is an exceptional planning tool for a beginner that includes plans for Cardio, Strength Training by body subsections like Shoulders, Abs, and Glutes to name a few. It also includes spaces for dietary goals that include slots for Calories, Fat, Protein, or Carb count goals; so how ever you chose to limit your intake you have a way to set the goals.

It provides 13 planning weeks that will cover the 90-day period. A helpful hint, use pencil in this area as once the dynamics and weight loss start to kick in you’ll want to make even more adjustments. The key here is if you fail to plan you have planned to fail.

Once you begin documenting your workouts and dietary intake, and recording your numbers in the Weekly Progress Section you can begin to tailor the workouts to your adjusted goals. This section includes a place to record Height, Weight, Blood Pressure, Resting Heart Rate, and measurements that include all the significant body parts.

Sounds like a lot of extra work right? I have two thoughts on that. The first being, it really doesn’t take that long write things down as you go on the daily page. Nobody is so busy and so pressed for time that you can’t jot a couple numbers in the book between each exercise. The second is this: Things that are worth doing are worth doing right. If you are serious about adjusting your lifestyle, getting or maintaining your fitness, or losing a few pounds; then do the work! Like I said at the top, The Job aint over till the Paperwork is done. Good Luck on your new commitment to you!

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DIETMINDER Personal Food & Fitness Journal (A Food and Exercise Diary)
DIETMINDER Personal Food & Fitness Journal (A Food and Exercise Diary)

If your objectives are more Dietary than excwercise oriented you may want to consider this one.



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    • joleenruffin profile image


      8 years ago from Tracy, CA

      I use the bodybugg which you can manage your calorie output and intake on an online program. When I can see it written there in black and white -- you've burned 1500 calories and you ate 2,000--that is when I have been most successful.

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Nice work. I have a friend who has logged every mile he has ridden on his bicycle. Hundreds of thousands of miles. I wish I had.

    • bettybarnesb profile image


      8 years ago from Bartlett, TN

      Enjoy your article.

    • Taleb80 profile image

      Taleb AlDris 

      8 years ago

      I agree "The Job aint over till the Paperwork is done."

      Following is so important to achieve more.


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