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First Impression: Fitspiration Journal

July 6, 2016

In the constant search for a way that works in my life to track my health goals, I was given a journal that I am really excited about. As part of a work wellness program, my friend Tessa was given the Fitspiration Journal, but she passed it along to me as she knew it would give me more joy. It retails for $19.99 and you can find it here.

Thoughts on Exterior (5 out of 5)

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I love the exterior – the slick black look, with a nice ribbon to hold your place. It feels high quality, sturdy and keeps the pages inside safe from damage. I love the “goal getter” in gold on the front. This doesn’t necessarily call it out for a “fitspiration” journal, which I like because I don’t necessarily want my colleagues to know I’m writing in any type of food or fitness journal. It also makes me smile. 🙂

The size (about 8 in. wide x 6 1/2 in. long) is perfect for me to carry, write in, and have at my desk.

Thoughts on Interior (5 out of 5)

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The quality of the pages themselves in good, they feel sturdy and when you write in pen, it doesn’t bleed through. They are easy to flip and visually appealing.

Thoughts on content (4.5 out of 5)

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Each page has the same layout. There is no “pre-work” or goal setting in a separate section. Each page has space for you to write the date, list 3 things you are grateful for, your goal to “live life fit” for the day, something you appreciate about your “strong bod”, rate your date in terms of a move goal, nourishment/ energy and reflect on your mood. There is also a health tip and inspirational quote on each layout, space to journal or write and a box labeled “this inspires me.”

First of all, I love the content, the tips and quotes. I love that it doesn’t come with strict instruction (write a recipe, shopping list, workout or journal about your feelings… whatever you’d like), yet it also incorporates structure for goals and reminds you to appreciate your body.

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I also like that you can write the date at the top, and do not necessarily need to write every day. I’ve found a rhythm in writing every few days, or when I need to refocus on my goals.

The reason I give it a 4.5 out of 5, is because I do feel as though I wouldn’t necessarily want to write every day, each page is exactly the same. Sometimes I have something new to say (and definitely to track eating, feelings, workouts), but somedays I don’t have something to journal, that inspires me or my goals haven’t changed. I personally have a hard time with the “one thing I appreciate about my strong bod today is…” section is repetitive day to day. I ran out of things to say after a week, mostly listing that I loved my body’s ability to help me walk/run/jump/play. While I recognize that this is part of mindfulness and helps me reflect on the good in myself, I think having a few different prompts would keep it interesting.

Overall 14.5 out of 15

Overall, I love the fitspiration journal. I would recommend this journal to those who are looking for a way to journal about their healthy lifestyle and set goals more often. It could also help those with lower self-esteem, to be reminded to take the time to find things they love about themselves. I also recommend this journal for those who are inspired by motivational quotes and those who would like to start being more mindful of their journeys. With the mood tracking, you are also able to track what activities and food combos make you happy and energetic.

What do you think? Have you tried tracking in the fitspiration journal, or something similar?

 

 

*Disclaimer: This was given to me as a gift from a friend! I am not getting compensated for this post. My opinions are my own personal truth.

Kathryn McFarland

Organization is imperative for a healthy lifestyle. My goal is to write articles that will inform and inspire you to leading a healthy lifestyle. It’s easier than you think – you just have to get a little organized! Whether it be wellness at work, organizing your desk or organizing your mind (both of which go hand-in-hand), I’ll bring topics to your attention that will make you healthier and happier.

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