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Record Keeping

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

I got one of those bullet journals and spent a week making a chart and copying out all my fitness minutes for the 7 years I have been tracking my fitness on SparkPeople. The chart is several pages long, but it lets me see everything at once even when my kids are hogging the computer, as well as annotating it with illnesses, vacations, and so forth.

Looking it over, it's clear my best motivator is my mental health. Nothing has kept me working out consistently like getting in "30-45 minutes of vigorous activity" every day to keep my depression under control. It works much better than losing weight, since I'm an endomorph and perfectly capable of actually GAINING weight while dieting and exercising. (Been there, done that, was not happy.) It even works better than classes. Thank you Harvard School of Medicine for that finding.

In the process, I've actually got a bit of definition in my arms, which now look lumpy instead of like a jumbo plastic baseball batt. And while my hip measurement is the same, less of it seems to be in the front and more of it seems to be in the back. I sure hope that continues.

My current goal is to beat my streak record for number of consecutive weeks I got at least 90 minutes of exercise. I'm almost halfway there. Yay!
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  • LADYBLU324FL
    Wow, that's a lot of record keeping! I have been journaling for years, but it's a bit on the chaotic side.. you have inspired me to try and keep it orderly.
    41 days ago
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