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The mommy journalist

Writing down your feelings regularly is a great way to get rid of stress, tension and anxiety. Sometimes it may seem that the only way to give your mind a rest is to record your thoughts on another source. Creating a baby journal is also a great way to record your thoughts and your baby’s milestones for future use. The words you choose are always better than simply filling in a blank. Regardless of the method you use, journaling is a great way to use your creative energy in a medium that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Whether you are a new mom or if you have more than one little one, there is always that desire to lose the unwanted baby weight. Journaling your progress may just be the push you need to successfully lose the weight and keep it off. Keeping a daily record of what and when you’re eating has been proven to help people shed the unwanted pounds. Double chocolate fudge cake doesn’t seem so appealing when you have to record it in your journal nor does returning to the buffet line for a second or third plate of food. Serving sizes tend to be used more accurately when you stop and actually think about how much you are eating. But the journaling doesn’t need to stop there.

Try recording your measurements as well as your weight. These logs are extremely helpful when combined with a record of your various workout routines. You will be able to analyze your results alongside your workout and make any changes you deem as necessary for the desired outcome. For example, maybe you are losing body fat but not toning your muscles as much as you would like. Being able to refer to past workouts recorded in your journal may give you clues that perhaps too much emphasis has been put on cardio and not enough on strength training. On the other hand, if your weight loss doesn’t seem significant but your measurements have lessened, look into adding more cardio to your workout. Muscle weighs more than fat and, by tracking your measurements, you have a record of why your body measurements are decreasing even though the number on the scale may not reflect such amazing results.

Weight loss is not the only endeavor that will benefit from your newfound journaling. Emotional healing seems to progress more significantly when a person has a creative outlet he or she can use. Being a mom is one of the most difficult jobs a woman can have. Logically we know this. However, all moms, especially those of us new to the job, never fully realize just how physically and mentally demanding it is being a mother. It’s very easy to get caught up in constantly trying to accomplish everything on your own while consciously or unconsciously comparing yourself to every other mother with whom you come in contact. Taking a little time each day to write down how you’re feeling may seem entirely too simple to come up with solutions for your feelings. However, being able to look back and read your past thoughts and feelings in comparison to how you’re feeling now is priceless. You will be able to truly get a picture of your own emotional evolution in your new role as a mother. This will give you a way of enjoying your own personal growth and reveling in your many accomplishments over the months and years.

Keeping a journal for your baby is one of the most intimate records you could present to your child. It is a narrative of your baby’s growth and development complete with stories of the many discoveries and adventures you had together along the way. There will be many days when you can almost see the light bulb go on in your baby’s mind as he or she learns something new. These are the entries that cannot be noted by simply filling in a blank. With a blank slate, you are free to log every challenge met, every milestone achieved and every light bulb moment your child may have. From every new tooth to the adventures in potty training, you will be adding to your baby’s book of life. Enjoy it and keep the pen moving. It will be the most valuable book you’ll ever have the pleasure of reading when your baby becomes an adult. And, who knows. Maybe one day you’ll even publish it.

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