If you want to get more serious about your fitness, or, if you have a goal you want to achieve, you might want to start a training diary – and when it comes to picking one, the Daily Greatness Training Journal is one of the best I’ve seen.
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Why I Love It
Subtitled 12 Weeks To a Rocking Fit Body & Mind not only does it let you mark down how well you’re doing with your workouts – it also gives you heaps of motivational quotes; questions to ask yourself and things to check that will help you stick to your training – and overcome the stumbling blocks that might be preventing that from happening.
You start off by resetting your head – which I love.
You’ll only ever achieve what you want in life if your brain believes its’ what you truly want to do – the first pages in the journal help you start to get your head into a place where it can move forward.
You then define and choose your goals using what’s known as SMART techniques. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. Setting goals to this formula tends to make it more likely that you’ll succeed them.
You then get to the planner part of the diary where you write down what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it.
And every day you have some more mental exercises to do that will help keep you focused, keep you motivated and move you towards success. It’s not just a training diary, it’s a therapist you get to scribble on!
Here’s are four of my favourite quotes..
The Quote: I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy; I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.
Kind of relevant right now as I’m really having to force myself to do my training for the half marathon I’m running in a month. I’m behind and it’s going to hurt if I don’t pick up my weekday runs.
The Question: What did I enjoy about today?
Often we focus too much on the negative – find a nice thing every day and you will be happier. Find a nice thing about your workout and you will go back.
The Most True Comment: The difference between the body you have and the body you want is the choices you make.
Yep, it is -said the girl who had the jalfrezi platter and a Coors in the pub last night.
The Thing I Need to Work On: Who are your five closest friends?
No, this isn’t a sad, I’m so lonely plea; instead it’s asking about friends that are supposed to motivate me to train and right now I don’t have any in the same town as me. In fact, my closest running allies are in New Zealand and the USA – you can’t meet up with them on the weekend. I need to think about fixing this one.
In a nutshell, I love this journal – just don’t spend so long filling it in that you don’t actually get to do your training! Why not spend 10 minutes as part of your morning routine (and if you want some tips on how to create a healthy version of a morning routine, have a look at this post)
If you want one for your very own, you’ll find them at Amazon.
You can thank me when you hit your goal in 12 weeks!
Other Daily Greatness Planners to Check Out
Oh, and they also have other planners too –
If you’re starting a business: I’ve also got the Daily Greatness Business Planner which uses a similar approach to help you plan any exciting ventures (like running two successful blogs – and thinking about launching a third (gulp!).
I admit I don’t find it quite as motivating as the Training Journal – it doesn’t have the same ‘you go girl’ feel about it – but the structure goals and weekly check-ins do help you stay focused.
If You Love Yoga: Then you’ll be looking for the specific Yoga Training Journal. This doesn’t just help you plan the physical elements of your practice, it also helps you focus upon positive mindsets and spirituality associated with yoga. You’ll work with gratitude and self-enquiry techniques to transform your body inside and out.
Click here to check out Dailygreatness Yoga Journal: Your Masterplan For A Beautifully Conscious Life
Who is The Wellness Nerd?
My name is Helen Foster and I’m a health journalist and wellness author. Publications I’ve written for include Women’s Health, Reader’s Digest, Body and Soul, Good Health at the Daily Mail and more. I have also written 16 books on health and nutrition.