Recently I purchased an Moleskine 2011 12 Month Daily Planner: Dark Pink Hard Cover X-Small because, like a two-year-old, it radiates CUTE and PICK ME UP, HOLD ME! Yes, you can eyeball Laurie at Plannerisms as the most likely suspect in prompting this purchase.
Every object must have a purpose, so I decided , with a smug sense of cleverness, that this teeeeeny notebook might serve as a microscopic tracker of information I've had scattered about in multiple, larger, notebooks. To wit, physical activities, choices and conditions which affect my health and energy level. These, of course, affect my sense of well-being and self-confidence. I try to optimize both as a the basis from which all other activity flows.
First, a pic of the moleskine:
This thing is TINY and ADORABLE. It feels great in the hand. Now here's the stamp:
I ordered it through rubberstamps.net. Go to 'art-mounted stamps' and select your desired size. Mine was a 3" x 3" stamper. I created the image in Adobe Elements and then uploaded it to the site. Rubberstamps did a great job, I'm very pleased with the actual stamp and the turnaround time was quicker than I expected. Here it is from the top (it has a black, wooden, handle):
And, now, here it is in use in the pink moleskine, for which it was designed (note the bleed-thru; imperfection reigns):
Here is an explanation of the categories:
- Calories And, of course, shortly after this stamp arrived I decided to stop counting calories, at least for now; more on that another day.
- Offs Meaning days I eat foods not on the 'legal' list of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, which I've followed for four years. It is a real godsend in combating a chronic disease with which I'm afflicted.
- Sleep Number of hours.
- Alcohol Obvious.
- Exercise More obviousness.
- Pain I was born in 1962 so I'm on the wrong side of forty.
- Pre-hab Measures I take to improve chronic, recurring, or cameo appearances of pain. I have the attention span of a gnat and need to remind myself that, YES, there is a correlation between using my SpinalStretch and reducing the intense pain I feel along my right, IT band!
- IBD Symptoms of an Inflammatory Bowel Disease flare. I have Ulcerative Colitis, one of the two IBD diseases (the other being Crohn's). This is why I follow the SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Disease). Dx'ed in 1996. What a nightmare, prior to SCD. Now it's just very hard, but not a living hell.
- Mood Track as a way to see the correlation between mood and behavior and vice versa.
My hope is that tracking these behaviors will automate them, positively, to the point I no longer have to track them. It's a type of behavior modification. However, even if I have to use this current approach FOREVER, it's a short form and beats the pages-long journal writing I used to do to get to this point.
I've been using it like this for a few days, but found the space too cramped (very little room to write any extra bits and pieces I may want to add) and I dislike having to track/carry/remember/reach for yet-another notebook as part of my organizing arsenal. Reluctantly, I'm abandoning the pink moleskine - sacrifices must be made. Instead, I'm incorporating the stamp into my messy, dirty, Moleskine Plain Cahier Journal Kraft Pocket: set of 3 Plain Journals which I use as a daily planner (pulling the bones each day from my weekly planner). Here's a pic of the controlled chaos:
You can see that I pulled out an old date-stamp and played with that, too. It took me awhile to realize that I had stamped '2017' instead of '2011'.
For now, I'm going with this. It's not such a bad little Christmas tree, after all.