Free printable self care and wellness trackers

Hi again everyone,

So I’m not sure about you, but every so often I get in a real rut with life. I go from being super hyped and excited to chase goals and feeling amazing, to struggling to get out of bed and refusing to leave the house because my confidence is so low, all within the same week. It’s at times like these were I usually get frustrated with myself – I feel like I’ve hit a wall either with my mental or physical health, and I want to PLAN TO CHANGE.

The only problem with my usual plans is I usually come up with ways to track progress that requires way too much effort, and then feel worse afterwards for giving up after a week. Everyone is tracking everything these days – calories, macros, steps, weight, measurements, moods – with hundreds of different apps to juggle. So I thought I’d do it the old fashioned way and make some printable self care and wellness trackers, where everything is all in one place and moods are easily comparable to daily activities or foods consumed.

Here’s what is included:

Page one: Self care planner

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Here you can write down ways of self care that you would like to practice daily, weekly and monthly. For example, I’d like to get into the habit of meditating daily and drinking 2 litres of water daily. I’d like to have a face mask and exfoliate once a week, and once a month have a hair cut or get my nails done. This is for YOU to plan your treats and make sure you’re getting the self care you deserve!

Page two: Daily self care tracker

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I’m looking forward to using this one – I think it’ll be a great tool to develop healthy habits. Some of my goals will be things like ‘morning run’, ‘waking up before 6.30am’, ‘meditation’, ‘no tech day’, ‘read for 1 hour’ and so on. Of course some things will prioritise over others, and the idea isn’t to do as many things as possible – but rather a good way to build on healthy habits and become more aware of how your activities influence your mood. Speaking of…

Page three: Health & mood tracker

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For me personally, I’ll be tracking things like anxiety and bloating, low moods and PMS type symptoms. But anything you struggle with, write it down. You may find you see a positive change once you improve your nutrition and fitness, and be able to link good mood days to certain self care activities, foods or workouts.

Page four: Food & fitness tracker

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Food and fitness is an important part of my life. I’m an active person and I’m generally healthy with my food. But again, this is for you to develop healthy habits. I’ll be tracking things like yoga practice, raw and whole food consumption, ‘treat’ food consumption, sugar consumption, training, stretching and so on.

PLEASE do not fall into the trap of feeling guilty if you begin to notice negative patterns in your trackers.

These are here to help you and make you more aware in a quick and easy way. If you start to feel guilt for breaking a 4 day yoga or healthy eating streak, you’re in it for the wrong reasons. It is to help and motivate you to develop and grow, and practice acts of self love and care. You cannot grow through self hate, so maybe have that as a goal – to start working on that negative voice in your head.

You don’t have to use them all of course – you may find that one is enough and you want to focus on one aspect of your well-being.

Regardless of how you use your trackers, I hope you find them useful and I’ve given you some inspiration. If you have any questions or suggestions for future resources, let me know. I’m considering coming up for one for IBS/food intolerance tracking. What do you guys think?

Don’t forget, if you print these out and use them don’t forget to share them on instagram and tag me so I can see: @mind_body_millie !

Download your free self care and wellness trackers here

Enjoy!

Millie

It’s a journey not a race…end of the challenge update

Here’s some 8 week progress photos, taken 27th May:

And my Mind and body challenge actually ended on June 3rd, and I forgot to take photos! So I have a couple from this morning:

I’ve noticed a slight improvement in my glutes too! I seem to be struggling to get into size 10 jeans now more than I did before, so think I’m getting thicker rather than thinner!

My bloating still gets me down – this morning I was a bit bloated still – I was flexing in the pic on the left! And by lunchtime there’s no hope in my body looking like that again for the rest of the day.

What I’ve been trying to remind myself of recently is that amazing changes don’t happen overnight. I always cringe when I see the words ‘fitness journey’, but in reality, it’s a journey. There’s no way around it. To build something really strong, emotionally and physically, takes years! So although I feel down sometimes I have to remember that this isn’t a race, and my mental health is just as important as – if not more important than – my physical health. Too often recently I’ve been caught up in the negative self talk towards myself, and have to catch myself. Right now i’m at the stage where I stop saying anything negative, but struggle to convincingly say anything positive. So I’m working on it!

Slow and steady. I’ll keep you updated!

Climbing practice

It’s official…I have a new hobby – bouldering! I always have enjoyed scrambling along rocks but I’ve never tried indoor climbing before, and my friend Felicity is a bit of an enthusiast, both rock climbing and bouldering, so offered to take me along. It was so much fun, and although my hands were pretty blistered afterwards I was surprised by my upper body strength – I wasn’t expecting to find that aspect of it as easy as I did. Needless to say I want to go again ASAP. If I still enjoy it after a month or two I’ll invest in a chalk bag and some climbing shoes – eek!

In other news I’m on week six of eating healthier and still feeling great. I went a bit off the rails on Sunday morning and put Nutella on my otherwise very healthy protein pancakes ….oops! (no regrets). But other than that I’ve stayed on track. Looking forward to seeing more progress, and also gaining more upper body strength. One of my goals for this year was to be able to do pull ups, and now that I’ve been introduced to climbing I have a great opportunity to develop my strength out of the gym. I also felt like it helped my self-confidence, I was a bit shaky when I started as I kept doubting myself, but I ended up feeling pleasantly surprised by how strong I felt. I also usually feel pretty daunted and get anxious in situations with a lot of people, but everyone was really friendly and it was a good crowd.

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Taken 6 weeks ago

Has anyone got any tips for a novice climber?

Progress photo from Day 1 – Day 7

Left: Morning of Day 1

Right: Morning of Day 7

(Both relaxed, and both after the same breakfast – as in exactly the same, measured portions).

 

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The level of inflammation has gone down so much, I’m so much happier for it. I haven’t actually weighed myself in a while but it doesn’t bother me as long as I look healthy, stop bloating and tone up!

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Anyway thought I should probably post an end of week 1 progress shot – no doubt will do the same after week 2!

Till next time!

Reverse dieting – one week in

Tomorrow is day 7 so I’ll have reached the one week mark for this whole clean eating malarky! Only 7 more weeks to go…heh…heh… 

For those who are following me on Snapchat/Insta, you may have guessed that my diet/gym regime has had a bit of an uphaul recently.

I mean, I was on my own little mission anyway (See my mind, body, soul 80 day challenge), but also decided to enlist the guidance of online personal trainer, Lukas Duncan, to give me a bit of a kick up the butt diet-wise, to get myself body confident for summer.

My problem is, although I’m pretty clued up about nutrition, I also am a big believer in ‘treat yo-self’ and have always rolled my eyes when people won’t eat something nutritionally good for them when they’re hungry, because ‘it doesn’t fit their macros.’

Now I’m one of those people! I’m meal prepping (which I did a bit before anyway but never to this scale) and weighing everything I eat down to the last gram. I figured I would give it a go for 8 weeks. But this is seriously ‘clean’ eating.

And although I’m on a ‘diet’, which I consider to be pretty restrictive in the sense of measuring macros and strict eating times/portions, I’m not hungry. I’m actually eating more than I have for ages – I’m up 300 calories a day, and most days I can’t even use up all my calories.

Here’s what a general day looks like:

Day 1: was pretty easy. I was motivated. I was doing this. Gym in the afternoon.

Day 2: was a little more annoying, purely because I felt like I’d spent the majority of my afternoon meal prepping and was not happy about this. Also felt like I needed a wee nap in the afternoon.

Day 3: could not wake up. Just couldn’t. I tried to have a black coffee but I HATE black coffee so took two sips and didn’t bother with the rest. Almost threw my Tupperware pot against the wall at work. Didn’t feel able to work until about 12.30pm. Went to the gym that night. Passed out in bed.

Day 4: seriously tired and slight headache all day. Although not as tired as day 3. BUT as I was eating my 3rd bit of dried chicken and broccoli that day I did want to cry and run to get some chocolate. Possibly the most down I’ve felt the entire process so far. Went to bed for 8pm. Good night sleep.

Day 5: woke up naturally at 6.30am and stayed awake all day. No usual ‘slump’ around 2/3pm that I usually get. Also not craving sugar as much. Lots of energy in the evenings after work – cleaned the whole house before going to the gym in the evening. Meal prepping does have it’s perks when it means you rarely have to cook dinner as it’s already done – free’s up some evening time. Oh, and had a bit of a peanut butter binge in the evening before bed.

Day 6, today: Despite not sleeping that great, I woke up again at 6.30am and stayed awake all day, no brain fog. Even motivated enough to write a blog post! Muscle aches almost everywhere on my body, but I have a rest day this evening before arms tomorrow.

If one thing is clear, is that cutting out refined sugars/carbs/gluten/dairy has done wonders for my gut already. That’s what’s keeping me motivated – the fact that I haven’t gone this long without being bloated/uncomfortable since…I can’t even remember.

Also thinking about it, I do feel considerably less anxious and more ‘on top’ of things. But that may fade the longer I go without chocolate!

Watch this space! No doubt I’ll post a progress photo soon and reassure myself that I can do this!! for 7 more weeks (and 1 day)!