Be a Self-Motivator (Heart Health)
If you’re trying to lose weight, you can be your own best motivator. “Self-monitoring” can help. This means you’re observing and recording some part of your behavior, such as calorie intake, servings of fruits and vegetables, exercise sessions, medication use, etc., or the outcome of these behaviors, including changes in your weight.
Use self-monitoring techniques when you’re not sure how you’re doing, and when you want your behaviors to improve. This helps you change the behavior by producing “real-time” records that you and your health care provider can review. For example, keeping a record of your exercise can tell you how well you’re doing. When your records show that you’re exercising more, you’ll be encouraged to keep it up. Some patients find that using specific self-monitoring forms make it easier, while others prefer to use their own recording system.