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Diet & Fitness Journal: Your Personal Guide to Optimum Health - Claudine Gandolfi
When it comes to exercise and diet I have been a bit lapse the last couple of months and unfortunately I have gained a couple of pounds. In an attempt to get rid of the extra weight in time for the Christmas party season I have invested in a couple of things, one of them being this diet and fitness journal. I have always done better at losing a bit of weight and keeping on top of exercise when I have something to record my progress and set goals.
The journal is a nice size (around about A5- ish), which makes it easily portable. It is pretty much the same size as the majority of regular yearly diaries. The journal itself is also quite discreet as when you remove the wrapper, it is all black with small white writing down the spine which states 'diet and fitness journal', you could easily carry this around without anyone ever knowing what it was unless you wanted them to.
There are a lot of good things about this journal, it is spiral bound so you can open it easier and importantly this makes it more comfortable to write in. It has an inbuilt elastic band which you can place around the day you are currently using, making it quick to open to the page you want.
To use this journal is straight forward and they really have packed a lot of information into a small space. This does mean that you have to write small, but I haven't found this to be a problem. You get a daily food log and fitness log, a page each on adjacent pages so you can easily track your day's progress. The food log is easy to understand and it is well laid out, I have a friend who also uses this diary in conjunction with weight watchers and she prefers it to their own standard log, it is more detailed. There is also a tick box section to remind you to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day as well as ticking off the fruit and vegetables you eat.
The fitness log again is well laid out and there really is space for pretty much everything. You can track cardio and weights as well as tally up total calories burned. The cardio section is the one I tend to use most as I record the readings from my pedometer, any gym activities as well as anything else. It makes me try and improve on what I have done the previous week and keeps me motivated to reach the goals I set.
As well as having the daily pages to fill in there is also a weekly section where you can chart any weight loss or inches lost. There is also room to make notes as well as chart any goals you have for the next week. On the opposite side of the weekly progress chart is the tip of the week, again just another little motivational tool.
You can enter the date and week yourself so it won't matter when you start using this journal, there is no need to wait until January. There are some fun aspects to the diary, there is room for a before and after photo graph, again another little motivational tool.
Even before you use this there are plenty of helpful hints and tips about staying on top of your diet, choosing the right food, eating slowly and watching your portion size. There is also a handy and quick calorie counter at the back, which gives you easy information to the majority of common food items.
I bought this from Amazon where it is currently available for £6.31 reduced from £9.45. For the price you do get something that will last you quite a long time, and if you use it then I am sure that it will make a good motivational tool. Personally, I have really enjoyed using mine and it has definitely helped me stay on target.
This gets a four out of five stars from me. I really like being able to track my progress, both weight loss and seeing how my fitness is improving over time. This journal really works for me, but I can imagine that it won't be suited to everyone. If you would use this then it does make a great motivational and weight loss tool.