Moleskine Passion Journal - Wellness, Large, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) Diary – Mar 31 2010
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For those still interested, here's what's included:
Food Calendar - Shows you what fruit/vegetables are available during which months of the year (both Northern and Southern Hemispheres)
Food Info - Gives some basic info for 7 dozen common foods (cal, carbs, protein, fat) with 62 blank spots for you to fill in your own (you can set the titles in this additional section to whatever you want, i.e. points, fiber, etc).
6 Labeled Tabbed Sections:
1. Personal Goals - within this section there are 3 types of pages: weekly goals, monthly goals, breakthrough moments. There are rows for up to 54 weeks (9 weeks per page). Each weekly space is enough to jot down a couple of sentences. The monthly goals start in January and end in December. There are 3 months per page, enough room for about 5-6 sentences. The breakthrough moments are blank versions of the weekly goals.
2. Exercise Log - 29 pages with 4 days on each page. The column headers are: date, exercises, time, distance/repetitions/workout notes. There is also a place to fill in intensity and cute little pictures to select the weather that day. If you're looking to fill in 4-5 workout items that'd probably fit, but you'd have to write little. If you're someone like me who wants to write, "Walking, 30 min, 2 miles, tired" then this will work well.
3. Diet - 29 pages with 1 day per page. This seems kind of dumb to me. Why would you only have 1 month of diet pages, 4 months of workout pages (assuming you workout everyday) and 1 year of personal goals. AUTHOR/EDITORS: Could you please fix this! Terrible, terrible design flaw.
4. General Health - 3 subsections, one for vitamins, herbs, other, one for healthcare, and one for body therapy.
5. Games-Sport - If you regularly play sports, this section allows you to record it: date, event, participants, result/score, challenge level. I don't play sports other than the Wii so I'd probably alter this section.
6. Inspirations - Blank pages to put people, places, photos, quotes, songs...
6 Blank Tabbed Sections - 12 pages each
Index where you can fill in the title for the included pages (all of them)
The journal is organised as follows:
Planning - 2 pages with columns for event, date and notes
Seasonal foods calendar split into northern and southern hemispheres, covers 4 pages
Food facts (calories, carbs, protein and fat) over 3 pages with a further 2 pages to add your own foods and info
International clothing sizes, 1 page
Measures and Conversions, 2 pages
Named Tabbed Sections:
Personal Goals - 6 pages of weekly goals, 4 pages of monthly goals, 5 pages of breakthrough moments
Exercise Log - 29 pages with 4 sections per page with columns for date, exercises, time, distance & reps, workout notes and places to input the intensity and weather
Diet - 29 pages where each page covers a day and has areas for breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, night snack and notes
General Health - 6 pages each for: vitamins, herbs and other; healthcare; body therapy.
Games/Sport - Similar in look to the exercise log with with columns for date, event, participants and result/score with areas to rate the challenge level.
Inspirations - 20 pages with a space to write the title of the inspiration and the rest of the page is blank.
There are then 6 unnamed tabbed sections for your own personalisation.
There is an index at the back and a double pocket on the rear cover which contains 3 sheets of stickers - some for personalising the unnamed tabs and some for decorating the pages of the journal.
The next section is a four page Food Calendar by hemisphere. I didn't find this part to be especially accurate, or maybe because I live in Florida our growing seasons are just different than the rest of the hemisphere. Then there are three pages of food facts including calories, carbs, protein, and fat followed by two blank pages you can fill in your own favorite foods. A few pages of sizes, measurements, and conversions follow and finally the journaling part begins.
The goals section has space for one years worth of goals by week and month, which I think is a great way to see progress throughout the year if you are on a wellness program. The exercise log allows for 116 entries, which might be typical of people who exercise 2-3 times per week.
The diet section seems to be getting the most complaints from other reviewers. I have to agree half-heartedly. Although I would prefer to use fitday (google it!) for something like that so I can see the breakdown of calories, carbs, and nutrients, I think that Moleskine could have greatly reduced the amount of space by 75. They give you an entire page to write your daily food!!! That is way too much space. I truly think they could have fit at least 2-4 days worth of food on one page.
General Health and Inspirations sections follow and then the fun begins. The last half of the journal is more like a true journal. It has six blank tabbed sections that can be completely customized for your goals. The final blank tab has several blank pages that I plan to use for photos.
I've read that people who journal their fitness and weight loss goals are more successful than those that try to keep it all in their head. For that reason, I'm excited to give this a try.
From the makers of the legendary Moleskin notebooks comes this glaring missed opportunity. There are far better Health Goal Journals out there. This one is a terrible disappointment.
Includes a 14Day section called "Games/Sports." 14Days? WTH? A 50(!!) entry section for "Body Treatments." So you can log all of your wraps and facials? All 50 of 'em that your'e gonna get within the 29Day Food & Exercise period. And, a 60 entry section to log all the vitamins and medications you are taking... Ummm Huh?
You'd be better off with a pad of paper from the grocery store, and think of all the healthy veggies you could buy with the money you saved by not purchasing this awful notebook.