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Health and Fitness Bullet Journal: A Fun & Flexible Planner for your Journey

Ready to get started with a health and fitness bullet journal? Good. Bullet journals are awesome. This will soon become the most flexible and used tool in your wellness toolbox.

Read on to find out why bullet journals make the best food and fitness journals and everything you need to know to get started!

How to start a health and fitness bullet journal

Why You Should Start a Health and Fitness Bullet Journal

I’m a big believer in setting goals. For me, writing down a goal is the difference between a passing idea and a real plan.

But fitness journaling is more than just laying down a plan.

It’s tracking all the little steps you take on your journey. about taking time to reflect on the obstacles you’ve overcome. recognizing all the hard work and little wins along the way. 

Why is a bullet journal great for health and fitness tracking?

Using a bullet journal for your food and fitness journal is a fantastic creative outlet, and it will give you the flexibility you need for a completely customized wellness plan.

  • Unlimited space for planning, tracking and reflection
  • You’re not locked in to certain dates or an annual calendar
  • Add as many unique pages as you want
  • Great for all kinds of fitness plans and special diets
    Health and Fitness Bullet Journal

A bullet journal is perfect for me because I’m a Weight Watcher. That means I’m tracking the food I eat at every meal, attending weekly meetings, and working on my overall wellness. A bullet journal will work for any health and fitness plan.

Confused about how a bullet journal works?

If this is your first bullet journal, take a look at a general layout on bulletjournal.comThen come on back, and I’ll show you how to make it work as a food and fitness journal… and make it a little bit cuter.

What to Track in your Health and Fitness Bullet Journal

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Your food and fitness journal is completely customizable and totally your own – you make the decisions what to put in and what to leave out. A few ideas to get the ball rolling:

  • Your WHY
  • Starting measurements
  • Long-term goals
  • Periodic stats tracker
  • Favorite healthy meals
  • Your ideal workout week
  • Weight loss tracker
  • Plan for the week
  • Daily tracker
  • Short-term goals
  • Rewards & achievements
  • Notes about what you’ve learned
  • A brain dump about your day
  • A list of obstacles and how to overcome them
  • Inspirational quotes
  • Journaling and reflection pages
  • A pen test page – essential for all marker lovers!

Bullet Journal Supplies

All you really need to start a bullet journal is a notebook and a pen. (Or a pencil, if you’re into that sort of thing.) However if you’re feeling fancy, I have some suggestions about how to take your bujo to the next level.

A Notebook You LOVE

You can bullet journal in anything from a .99ยข composition notebook to a $20 dot notebook, but the most important thing is that you choose a notebook you LOVE.

Things to consider when you’re shopping for a bullet journal notebook:

  • What size and shape are you comfortable writing in?
  • What colors, patterns, or fandom do you want on the cover?
  • Do you prefer dotted, ruled, or blank pages?

Find a notebook that you love, and you will be inspired to use it everyday.

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I use a Leuchtturm1917 Dotted Notebookย  as my food and fitness journal.

I love that I don't have to number my own pages and the paper is super smooth. The A5 is not too big and not too small - just right for daily planning and tracking. Most importantly, it lays completely flat on my desk.

I can't ignore my goals when they're staring me in the face!!!ย 
You can find great prices and tons of color options on Amazon.

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Pens You Don’t Want to Put Down

You can start a bullet journal with a white-barrel Bic, but I’m telling you – when you find a pen that makes you want to write, you will be motivated to pick it up!

Health and Fitness Bullet Journal

If you’ve looked at other bullet journals on Instagram or YouTube you’ll see some of the most popular brands used again and again.

Papermate Flairs – If you’re just starting out, these should be your first pen purchase.

These felt tip pens are fabulous for bullet journaling. The size and shape are familiar and comfortable for beginners, and they come in every color you can imagine. Flairs will become a mainstay in your bullet journal.

Pen Collection, AKA #penporn

Tombow Dual Brush Pens – I am so in love with these markers that they get a cup all their own.

Tombows are the most versatile, smoothest writing, and most vibrant water-based markers you can find. They don’t bleed or stink, and they don’t cost an arm and a leg.

Paper-Mate Inkjoy GelThis is my go-to for journaling and notes. Get the fine point, labeled 0.5.

I love these because they write like a super sharp pencil. And if you normally use ball point, you’ll love gel. They don’t accumulate that wad of gunk at the end when you store them pointing down, and you don’t have to make a scribble to get them going. Just put it down and start writing. So smooth.

Other Accessories

I love a decorated bullet journal. You’ll see stamps, stickers, and washi tape in mine. But there is one accessory that I couldn’t be without.

I use a custom bullet journal cover from Woodland Cottage Farm. First of all, a fabric cover is sort-of like dressing your bujo up for a Saturday night. It’s lookin’ fine. It feels good. But! You don’t have to worry about it getting wrecked if you take it out on the town.

More importantly, this cover gives me tons of extra space. Pockets in the front and back hold my Weight Watchers booklet, stamps, photos, and bookmarks. Plus there’s a roomy pen holder that even holds the fat-barreled Inkjoys.

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>>>Find Woodland Cottage Farm on Etsy

Setting Up Your Health and Fitness Bullet Journal

You’re pumped to start working on your bullet journal – like right now! I’m excited for you, but hold up a sec –

If you are dedicating an entire journal to health and fitness, I want you to take a beat and consider the best way to set it upto set yourself up for success.

Start with an Index

There are no sections in a bullet journal, so it’s important to keep track of your page titles in an index. Then you will always be able to find what you need quickly.

Some notebooks come with numbered pages. Others you will have to number as you go.

Write Down Your Page Ideas

Use a page to write down all the things you want your journal to hold. This will help you start to organize your thoughts – and get a plan going for your new planner!

Make the Front and Back Pages Special

Front Cover for Heath and Fitness Bullet Journal
Inside front cover of my bujo – with all of my weight loss stickers, bravos, and a note from my WW leader.

I don’t see all of the pages in my bullet journal regularly, but I do see the inside front and back covers almost every day. (Of course, I see the back because I’m always opening it upside-down.) Some ideas to make those pages special:

  • Paste in a picture that inspires you
  • Write a quote that motivates you
  • Give yourself a sticker there when you have a little victory
  • Add something of your own that will make you smile

Just GO!

When you have the basic idea of what you want, just GO! Get started! Don’t be afraid to mess it up or make a mistake. Don’t worry if pages are out-of-order. (That’s what your index is for!) It’s time to put your thoughts down on paper and start moving toward your goals!

A Health and Fitness Bullet Journal Alternative

If you’ve gotten this far and are thinking, “Holy Guacamole, this is far too involved for me.” You’re probably right.

Bullet journaling has taken on a life of it’s own. The original idea was great for people who love making lists – Hey, I get it! I love lists, too. My lists have lists of their own.

Bullet journaling is essentially making your own custom planner, and plugging away at it day after day.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed about setting up your own health and fitness bullet journal, I’ve got an alternative for you.

Printable Food and Fitness Journal

I’ve created a printable food and fitness journal inspired by my own bullet journal. You’ll find a 15 page PDF ready to print-and-go on letter sized paper.

Hole punch and insert these into any standard size binder. Or resize to fit your needs.

Printable hand drawn wellness journal available on Etsy

These hand drawn, full color pages and include:

  • Weekly Menu Planner
  • Breakfast Ideas
  • Lunch I Love
  • Delicious Dinners
  • Go-To Snacks
  • Treats
  • Favorite Fruits/Vegetables
  • Weekly Planner and Habit Tracker
  • 3 Daily Planning/Tracking Pages in different designs

Ready to get started with a printable health and fitness journal? >>>Find it on Etsy

Bullet journaling is a great way to create your own, personalized heath and fitness planner. Plan, track, and reflect on the habits you are building on your journey to wellness.

Enjoy it. Revel in the process. Growth is beautiful!

Now all that’s left is getting started!

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