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It’s 2018 and you’ve got goals. If fitness and weight loss are on your list of New Year’s Resolutions, we got you covered with 2 secret weapons for success.

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In fact, we want to share two secret weapons that are sure to help you stay on track. The good news is, they can remain with you at all times. As a result, it’ll increase your confidence, accomplishments, and consistency in sticking with your fitness goals.

And these two secret weapons are—your trusty journal and the Sworkit Apple TV app.

Let’s break it down.

Secret Weapon #1: The Bullet Journal

You’ve probably heard of the bullet journal phenomenon, but it’s not just a fad. And before you roll your eyes and think you’re not a journaler, a bullet journal is a very liberating way for many people to track their goals.

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You see, it provides structure and allows for boundless creativity. We found some really inspiring examples of how runners have used bullet journals to help them achieve their goals. You can tweak the ideas to fit your own resolutions.

What is a Bullet Journal?

But first, if you aren’t familiar with the term bullet journal, according to their website it is a

“customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and dairy, but most likely, it will be all of the above.”

It was created by a digital product designer, Ryder Carroll, who came up with the idea after many years of trial and error. The pages consist of a grid of dots you can make yourself. So, you can use the dots to provide you with lines or however you please.

How Runners and Fitness Enthusiasts Use their Bullet Journal

While bullet journals are just one way of journaling, Runner’s World recently shared how runners are using bullet journals. Author Jenny McCoy explains,

“because this organizing system is specifically useful for goal setting and advance planning, bullet journals have been catching fire with runners—who record everything from training plans, to miles run, to shoes worn, to sore muscles—and then some. “

One runner, Kristen Saling, shares her journal with the magazine. Over several pages, she establishes her goal, records her training milestones and her motivations to run. These reasons range from having her clothes fit better to being in a great mood after a workout.

Saling uses her journal to create a calendar with her training program. This includes scheduled runs, cross-training, and rest days. After each workout, she journaled how it felt, what soreness she experienced, what shoes she wore, and anything else noteworthy.

Other journalers featured in the article used less conventional methods to track their workouts. Runner Kyle Scollin shows a page scattered with small sketches of trees. Each tree represented a running course he completed and then recorded the mileage in the middle of each tree while training for a race.

When it comes to a fitness journal, anything you can imagine is appropriate for tracking your New Year’s resolutions. It’s easy to see how this format is super convenient for documenting your diet goals, daily workouts, and more.

Secret Weapon #2: Accountability Partner

Studies show you’re more likely to achieve your goals when you have communicated them to someone you respect or groups with public visibility. Here’s how you can do it.

Step 1: Make a list

Step 2: Tell them twice

Literally… Once in the beginning of your message and once again at the end. Be sure to clearly state the fact that you would like help achieving the goals that you have set up.

Step 3: Schedule check-ins

Create regularly occurring opportunities for you to update your network on your progress. This social pressure is a great source of motivation once the original excitement of your goals fade away and the weeks following your New Years celebration.

Step 4: Start over if you have to

Some of you have most certainly already deviated from the gameplan that you set out for yourself at the first of the year. It’s completely okay to restart your progress today. It sure beats waiting over 365 days to try again.

If your resolution involves fitness it’s a good idea to understand why exercise plans fail, and how to overcome them. Increase your chances of crushing your fitness goals with the 3 reasons why your exercise plan may not be working for you.

 

 

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