When I started to get serious about my weight loss and goals back in 2004, I needed to have a clear plan of attack visualized. I also wanted to keep myself accountable, so I decided I would track my workouts and note the days I didn’t workout…and what my excuse was.
My workouts calendars were born and I’ve kept one a month ever since.
I would track my workouts in black and my excuses in pink so they stood out – I wanted as little pink on the calendar as I could. I noticed it was also helpful to track my period since that could affect my weight, so that went on in blue (and now I track my cycle days and medication with that as well – I have PCOS and I know that a delayed cycle or a certain medication may make me lose/gain and my results may not be what I expect).
Over on the right (not pictured here because I was just talking about my workouts when I posted this on Facebook) I track my weekly weight loss and set goals at the beginning of the month.
I’m obsessed with numbers, obsessed with beating my personal best every workout, and this gave me a way to track all of that. It has also become a really neat way to see my fitness progress over the years.
As I started to post different images of my calendars on my Facebook page, I always got asked where I got these calendars from – I make them because I never found anything that had everything I wanted so I just made my own. I decided to start offering them for download last year and everyone seemed to like them, so I will make them available every year.
You can use them in the exact way that I do, or you can decide what works best for you. I’ve also added a “Tracking, Notes & Accomplishments” section at the bottom so you can track anything you want. In 2012, I started noting at the bottom of each page how many miles I walked/ran because that was part of my big yearly goals – so you can set your own goals and see what you can accomplish.
You can download these all now or you can download a couple months at a time. They will be up and available for you all of 2016, and expect another set in 2017 and every year after since I’ll be making them for myself anyway. These have helped me so much and it’s great to sit down and look back over all of my progress.
And a little tip – I set weekly goals for myself and put them on sticky notes. I can visualize the whole month of progress at the very beginning and have a clear direction of where I’m going, but I also know that life happens and every week I may not meet my goal. That allows me to track my progress and move the stickies around as needed. Here’s an example of how I set them up each month.
2016 Printable Progress Calendars
To download, right click on each of the months below and save the linked file to your computer (each is in PDF format). You can also click on each month to preview the calendar. Depending on your printer, you may need to adjust the printing size by selecting “fit to page” or selecting a percentage – my old printer was fine at 100%, but with my new printer I had to scale it to 98% so it wouldn’t cut off part of the month.