The Value of Journaling
Thursday, October 06, 2011
I have not been a big journaler in my life. I don't feel compelled to write down my feelings about everything that happens, but there are people who do.
My father has been keeping daily journals for years and his father before him. They are very factual: we went here, we did this, so-and-so came to visit, etc. He doesn't write about what he feels, but going back in the journals and reading about what we did 24 years ago can evoke those feelings and memories. It's a really cool resource and I wish that journaling gene had come to me.
Since I started my weight loss journey, I have been keeping a journal. Just a spiral notebook with the date and a few feelings, happenings of the day and of course, my daily weight. It too, is a great resource for me to go back through and remind me of all I have done to get where I am.
But I've reached the end of the spiral notebook. And I've reached my goal weight. So the question is, do I dig a nice, blank spiral notebook out of my closet stash and start a new one? Or do I close the journaling chapter in my life?
There are pros and cons, like anything else. Maintaining my weight is going to be as much or more of a challenge than losing it. The discipline of writing down my weight and the emotional state that goes with it is good for me. But I also have this blog, and other places to write those things. How many places do I need to record this stuff?
Are there good reasons to keep going? Reasons to set the journal aside? What do you think?