We have big goals we are trying to achieve. We know what specific strategies we need to take to get there. Now how can we keep reminding ourselves of these strategies? To keep doing them and evaluating how those strategies are working? By using a habit tracker.
What Is A Habit Tracker?
A habit tracker is either something in paper form or through an app. It helps you to visually see how you are doing with a habit you are trying to master. This could be set out visually through a graph or in a table format. Something you fill in each time you complete that habit.
A Habit Tracker For Weight Loss
While on a weight loss journey, there are a number of things that you could track to monitor your weight efforts.
- daily weights
- monthly measurements
- water intake
- steps per day
- circuit training schedule
- minutes walked per day
- fruits and veggies per day
- processed foods free day
- hours of sleep per night
- following morning/evening routines
When trackers are filled in regularly, you can see how you are progressing. You may see yourself making excellent progress. Seeing that progress literally “before your eyes” can give you even more motivation to keep going.
Trackers can also give you a little nudge if you need it. Perhaps you are not doing as expected. Use the tracker as a method of changing up your approach. Are you not walking the 40 minutes a day that you have set out? Try your tracker at 30 minutes and see how that works. If you are filling in your tracker consistently, you can increase your time or intensity and work on that habit. Habit trackers are meant to be a source of motivation. If you are not able to achieve what you have set out, reevaluate and build up again.
Types of Habit Trackers
As I mentioned earlier, habit tracking can be done on paper or through online apps. For the purposes of this article, I will be covering habit tracker printables and creating your own in journals. If you are interested in apps, check out your app store of choice.
I am including a few examples of habit tracker printables here.
Habit trackers on paper can be set up on your own and can be as simple or as intricate as you like. There are also a number of free printables you could find already created through a Google or Pinterest search. You can also get some different examples of printables through this article! By signing up, you have access to my weekly newsletter, all the latest news at The Journey, and all the freebies I offer. You can sign up below.
Habit Tracking In A Bullet Journal
Bullet journaling is a method of keeping your life in order. Very customizable to meet your specific needs, bullet journals can also keep track of your habits. Below are some examples of habit trackers that people create in their own journals. These ones are very minimalist in style, but if it’s your bullet journal, you are in charge. Make it as creative as you like. If you would like more information on bullet journaling, you can read my article on “An Introduction to Bullet Journaling (and How It Can Help With Weight Loss)”
Monthly Bullet Journal Habit Tracker
Weekly Bullet Journal Habit Tracker
Stay Motivated and Track Your Habits
A habit tracker can keep you motivated. You have visual proof in front of you that things are progressing well. You want to see that graph going in the right direction or those boxes filled in. It gives you a great sense of accomplishment. When you do something that feels good to you, you just want to keep on doing it. That’s how habit trackers work.
In order to get the full benefit of habit trackers, they must be maintained. You must update them daily. Also be aware that habit trackers are also a good tool to see spots that require improvement. They can be an indicator that you might have set your goals too high and you should change your gameplan. Make that habit more attainable. Also, if a habit is working very well, you should consider adding a bit more challenge if needed! You may also be in a place where this task is now indeed-a habit! Tracking is no longer necessary!
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Frequently Asked Questions
You can do a simple google search. Look for images specifically that can give you a visual. Pinterest also has lots of them. just put “weight loss tracking” in the search bar.
Keep it going until the habit you are trying to achieve is second nature. If you are repeatedly filling in the blocks, it just may be telling you that the habit is ingrained. It honestly depends on the habit you are trying to attain. Some will take longer to ingrain.
After years of weight issues, I have finally found the formula of combining healthy food choices, regular exercise and positive behavior change to lose weight for good. Coupled with, exploring self-development, being productive and living simply, I am now maintaining a healthy lifestyle and in a good place. I enjoy writing articles to help my readers to become the best they can be!