Health Update and Habit Tracker Freebie
At the beginning of the month, my daughter had an appointment at a Weight Loss Management Clinic. They recommended I start tracking her calories to reduce her intake.
And as a family, we made a choice to get healthier together, so I also started tracking my own.
I already know that I do better when I track my calories, so I asked for recommendations for calorie counting apps from my friends. The majority of people recommended My Fitness Pal. I had previously used another app, but went with their recommendations. The first couple days I tracked my calories just to see how much I was eating, but I was also aware of how much they recommended I take each day and definitely ate less than I would have. I think that simply by knowing how many calories they wanted me to take, I was subconsciously eating less.
According to their calculations using my weight, height, activity level, and desired weight loss, they gave me 1,550 calories per day. 1,550 calories sounds like a big number, but when you are eating crap food, it goes fast!
As you can see in the image above, I started keeping track on the 13th of March. I went way over the recommended calories those first two days, but did better the next day. Also, make note that I kept going over.. by like 300-500 calories each day! Some days I went even beyond that. Some days it was less.
The crazy thing? I’ve already lost 7 pounds!
That may not seem like much, but when you have 40+ pounds to lose, 7 is a lot!
And I’ve done it only by keeping track of my calories. One day I walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes, but have done nothing else.
Out of the 16 days picture, I was only under my calorie limit 4 days. A few days I didn’t go over by much.
Doing this, I have learned that simply by tracking, I am making a difference. I got to wondering what else would change if I started tracking my habits? I created this habit tracking printable to help give me insight into some areas of my life.
The cool thing is that this habit tracking worksheet can track anything you want. There are enough spots to track a habit for 30 days.. and they say it only takes 21 days to form a habit.
I’ve made these habit tracking worksheets available for free download by clicking on one of the links below. You can choose from pink, green, blue, or black and white.
What habits would you track to form, or break?