The importance of tracking your progress

It may seem a little bit OCD, but I track everything related to my wods and my diet, and I mean everything! 
It’s like anything else in your life.  How do you know where you’ve gotten to if you don’t know where you started?

Perfect example is today’s wod

‘Downhill Kate’
800m row
80 pushups (chest to deck)
600m row
60 pushups
400m row
40 pushups
20om row
20 pushups


Which in my mind I went ‘fuck”!  I really wanted sub 20, but then I went back in my log and found my previous time, 29:55.  Holy crap, in just a few months I dropped 8:41!!!

Had I not had my previous time I wouldn’t have ever known that I CRUSHED my previous time.

So what exactly do I track?
Everything I eat.  Litterally, anything I put in my mouth I write it down.
Every warmup, wod and cooldown

Why it works?
1. You can go back and redo a wod and test yourself. 
 Did you do it faster?
 Did you do it with more weight?

2. You will start seeing trends in how/when/why you eat
 ‘If I eat that (insert food), I’ll have to write it down.’ (so you wont)
 ‘what time do I eat?’ (are you eating too often/not often enough?)
 ‘what am I eating?’ (my theory…shit in, shit out.  Your wods will suffer or thrive on the food you eat)
 ‘why am I eating?” ( many people find that they eat to fill something like boredom, stress, anger, sadness)

Try it for a week.  You’ll be amazed how much you can learn from it.  One of our memebers realized that he was eating a bag of m&m’s a day.  He just snacked on them all day not realizing how many he was eating.

4 thoughts on “The importance of tracking your progress

  1. i track everything too! i have a spreadsheet that i like to go back to and look at how far i have come. i also track everything i put into my body. i post it on my blog. even if nobody looks at it that day, it is still on display. for me, it’s about accountability. you are doing great! see you in a little over a month!

  2. I never thought of a spreadsheet. I guess i’m still oldschool with my little notebook. I like it though because no matter where I am I can write down exactly what I ate right after I ate it.

    See you in a month…..I CAN’T WAIT!

  3. So Kate, I just began a tracking journal this week and so far I’m amazed at how my days go! Last night for example I decided there was no point in writing down my food near dinner time so I put “you screwed it up!” in big letters and moved on. I hate writing down the bad stuff so I’ve stopped doing/eating the crappy stuff! Nice job, girl, and thanks for the inspiration!

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