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23 Journal Prompts for a Fitter You

When I was little, I read The Princess Diaries books and loved the Anne Hathaway movie version. They sparked a thought, hmm… maybe I can keep a diary and then PUBLISH it one day. Actually, there were a lot of fiction diary books I read. The Princess Diaries probably stood out, because I had this whole princess thing, but that’s another story. Nowadays even I don’t even want to re-read my journal entries, let alone share them with the world. But oh my goodness…

I LOVE JOURNALING! I just want to shout it from the rooftops. This habit is probably the number one thing that keeps me sane. For all it’s amazing benefits and since there’s endless ways to go about it, I feel like it’s truly for everyone. 

My favorite way to journal is just doing a stream of conscious mind dump onto the pages, with a 3-page daily quota even when I don’t feel like it. Usually it’s unguided, but when facing a challenge, I’ll prompt myself to focus on a particular something. This is especially helpful since my knee-jerk response to stressors is to distract myself from them… unproductive.

If you need some prompting or would like to buckle down to give special focus towards your goal of getting your fitness shiz together, I’ve got you here. The following prompts will help you to dive deeper into…

  • Uncovering your goals
  • Strengthening your motivations
  • Identifying unhelpful patterns
  • Understanding what you’re doing well
  • Figuring out what you would like to do
  • Problem solving to kick bad habits and self sabotage
  • Gaining a broader perspective
  • Becoming more intentional and control of your thoughts and life
  • Managing overwhelm
  • Processing your emotions in a healthy way
  • Coaching yo’ damn self 😉

Plus! By adopting such a feel-good habit and making journalling a new non-negotiable, you’ll strengthen your commitment to yourself and ability to follow through. You’ll get as much out as you put in, so dive deep into these prompts. They’d be great to work through daily, in order, but you can pick and choose whichever call to you at your leisure.

Not all the prompts fit on the pretty Pin-able image above. Check below for more!
  • How important is my health to me on a scale of 1-10? How much of a priority am I making it on a scale of 1-10? Is there a disconnect? Why?
  • What does a healthy lifestyle look like?
  • What would my ideal life look like? How can a healthy body support that vision?
  • How could I invest in this vision for myself?
  • How would maintaining a healthy lifestyle affect how I show up in the world?
  • I’m doing a great job taking care of myself in the following ways…
  • In terms of my health and fitness, wouldn’t it be cool if I …
  • I would need to get consistent with these habits to reach my goals:
  • What holds me back from making the healthy changes I want? How can I get creative about overcoming these challenges?
  • When I self-sabotage, it usually looks like ____, and afterwards I feel _____. 
  • What typically triggers me to self-sabotage?
  • If I continue in my same patterns, what will my health look like in 6 months? In one year? In 5 years? Are there any changes I’d like to make to reroute to a different destination?
  • Do I have any habits that aren’t serving my ideal vision for myself? How are they serving me? What else can I do to fulfill those needs?
  • Who is affected by the choices I make?
  • Which people in my life would support any healthy changes I want to make?
  • How do I feel about my body?
  • Do I approach health and fitness to manipulate my body or to love on it? How does that feel?
  • What do I love about my body? What do I love about myself?
  • Does my relationship with my body hold me back in any way? Does my body reflect my self-worth?
  • What advice would I give a friend in my shoes?
  • How do I typically deal with stress?
  • What is everything I can think of that bring me joy? How can I incorporate more joy into my life?
  • How have these journaling prompts helped me? What have I learned about myself?
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There you have it. I’d love to know how this goes for you, because dang, this is powerful stuff. If you really work through the prompts above, you can have a break through!

 

Thanks for reading!

Caitie

P.S. Sadly, when I’m shouting its praises from the rooftops, a common argument I hear against keeping a journal is being afraid someone will invade your privacy. I’ve been through that, it totally sucks in a major way, but I’m telling you to do this anyway. Go ahead and destroy the evidence. You don’t need to save your entries to re-read.

P.P.S. Grab a cool freebie here!! I wrote a post about what “before” measurements you should track to stay motivated and created a little downloadable/printable tracker. I’ve got a bonus journaling prompt on the last page 😉

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