Before the awesomeness of GPS, you probably have had the experience of trying to find a place and getting yourself all turned around and disoriented. Neighborhoods can be the worst. Like in some of the new suburb type neighborhoods where the house colors are very similar and the houses are all designed by one builder so they have a similar style, you can get lost very easy! You keep turning, driving and looking and quite possibly sighing or cussing, I suppose. You spend a whole bunch of time driving in circles trying to find your destination. Fun? Not so much.
I see people do this at the gym every single day. They come to the gym “to exercise”. So, they hop on a few machines and call ‘er good hoping that what they did was effective. After a few weeks, if the scale doesn’t move or their pants aren’t looser, they blame the treadmill! “Running doesn’t work for me. I have tried it and I didn’t lose any weight!” The problem is not the treadmill my friends, the problem is that you didn’t have a map of where you were going and how you were to get there so you are truly running in circles!
If you want to lose weight, it’s all about the goal setting and planning. The planning includes your road map for exercise! It includes how much cardio, how hard, what kind, how long, and when you’ll do it. It includes your strength workouts that lay out your exercises, how many times you did them, how heavy/light, and how often those exercises are done. Planning includes WRITING and SCHEDULING! Take 1 day a week to plan your workouts. Then, each time you workout, write down what you did, how it felt and any other notes you might need. By doing this, you will keep an accurate account of what you did so that you aren’t guessing the next time you try that exercise. You are also keeping account of what works and what doesn’t work for you. Keeping a daily exercise log helps you to stay on the path towards your goals so you aren’t running in circles and getting no where! It’s another accountability tool and success tracker. It’s very motivating to see your body increase in fitness like having the ability to go longer or harder or heavier! These fitness gains can almost be as motivating as your weight losses.
Here’s a free DAILY EXERCISE LOG for you to download and use. Keep them in a binder and refer back to them when you plan your workouts for the week. They will be your exercise GPS so that you don’t get lost in a sea of forgetfulness and find frustration by the never ending, non-effective circle.