AEIOU: The miracle journal prompt

miracle journal prompt

AEIOU: The Miracle Journal Prompt

Anyone who knows me well knows that I can’t stand exercise.  My kids like to joke that I will only run when chased!

I have never been at a healthy weight until the last few years.  I guess losing 75 lbs will make a person look thin and fit, but an exercise plan wasn’t a part of my weight loss journey and I am not strong even if my jeans are a single digit.

So when I say that I have exercised every day for the last 6 days it is a big deal.  For those of you who love exercise feel free to laugh at my tiny miracle.  I take comfort in the fact that I know I’m not alone in my dislike of all things sporty!


The true miracle is that a simple journal prompt, AEIOU, changed my habits this week.  To the point that one night when it looked like it could rain any minute I still took Spencer on a 30-minute walk at the lake while Tyler was at baseball practice.

So, without further suspense:

A- Avoided Flour and Sugar (Feel Free to sub in whatever you want to avoid in your life or your diet)

E- Exercise

I- What did I do for myself today?

O- What did I do for others today?

U- What new understanding do I have for my life?

I write these under my 4 G’s on my to do list journal.  Here is an example of what my 4 G’s and AEIOU looked like yesterday.

4 G’s:

Good-family time with the kids- love summer break!!

Grateful- good kid day- very little drama- one of the drawbacks of summer break is kids who get bored pretty quick.

Glitch- not getting much writing done, feeling discouraged about the blog

Goal- blog catch up!  


A- yes I avoided sugar and flour

E- yes- 30-minute walk with Spencer

I- Took time to write

O- Made breakfast for Thomas

U- When I get discouraged because my weight has been fluctuating more lately by 2-3 pounds I need to remember where I started 2 years ago.

Maybe it’s the perfectionist in me or some OCD kicking in, but I hate seeing every line except that E filled in.  Who knew writing the letter “E” in my notebook would be so motivating?  I don’t know if it will last, but I am sure I will exercise today because I have my AEIOU written under my to-do list.

How do you stay motivated to exercise?  Does it come naturally or do you need an outside motivator like me?

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