No, not TREES! Logging information to track what I do, what I have done, and what I need to do. When I created a spreadsheet on the morning of March 2, 2009 I had no idea exactly what I was going to do. I knew I needed to start something to help ME and that I needed to start that day. This was my first entry:
Starting my weight loss program today. I am trying the 7 day weight loss diet to get moving. Today I am eating just fruit to get started. I need to lose weight for my health and quality of life. I do not know the final destination, but I do know I need to start the journey! I want and need to be more positive about myself and my future even with the things that are happening in the world and the economy. I need to take care of me so I can best help my family and community.
As I went to 'save' the spreadsheet I thought about what I needed to do take care of ME. I thought about what I would name the document that would help ME on my journey. Then I had two thoughts!
First, I need to identify my problem. I looked in the mirror and was staring at a 351 pound man with multiple health issues, taking at least 7 drugs to deal with those issues, using a CPAP machine, and he felt bad. His body, mind, and soul were tired and taxed from the 'tonnage' he was caring around each day. He looked old and felt old. How do I describe this guy? How do I put into one or two words what his problem is? He is a 'FatGuy'! He is so fat that he has created many issues for himself.
Alright, I have looked in the mirror and put a simple name on my enormous problem. How am I going to deal with it? LOGGING! This was my second thought. I had created logs to track the progress of many projects and individuals over the course of my management career. Although I had a tendency to stray off course in some things in life, logging helped me to do very well in business and in my volunteer work. So that was it, I would log!
And that is how I saved the document I still use………. Fat Guy Log. NOPE! That is what I said out loud while starting to name/save my document. Just didn't sound right for ME. It did not capture what I wanted to do. Log, Log, Log…….. what else could I name it to keep me in check?
Fat Guy Diary! I like that! I will save it as Fat Guy Diary and keep a record of what I am doing, where I am going, how I am doing, and build from it. I will look at what I am doing well and not so well each day and build the road to my journey from there. Logging the good and bad of it helps me to develop a journey I can travel the rest of my life.
Logging is very important to me and should be to many Americans struggling with Obesity. In researching MY problems I found that the average American underestimates their daily caloric intake by as much as 1000 calories per day. In 3 1/2 days you've got a pound of extra body weight, 2 pounds per week, 104 pounds in a year. It does not take long to get there! I am on Day 873 of my journey and I still log every day. I transfer the info to my website on a regular basis. I log because 33 years of adult bad habits have not been outdistanced by 2.4 years of good habits. Logging helps ME in Living, Loving, Losing, Laughing! THE PICTURE IS EVIDENCE OF THAT!
Note to ME and YOU: Log to LIVE! Find your journey!