The Moleskine Passions Wellness Journal is the health-focused edition of the Moleskine Passions line. This particular journal is intended to help you track your diet and exercise.
The Moleksine Passions journals are relatively new and focus on all kinds of stuff that people love to get worked up about (wine, music, taxidermy, etc.). Moleskine is a believer in equal opportunity and offers a specialized Passions journal for a wide variety of hobbies and interests – “Journals for the loves of your life.” Awww.
I’ll take you on a little guided tour of the Wellness Journal and highlight some of the cool features. I’ll also point out how I’d improve this journal, if Moleskine ever gets around to asking my valuable opinion. I am, after all, their target market.
In upcoming posts, I will be covering a few other journals I’ve picked up recently related to health and wellness. Check back soon because those just might be your ticket to eternal youth and vitality. (At the very least they’ll provide a stylish spot to track your dietary transgressions.)
Without further ado, I give you: the Moleskine Wellness journal.
Oooh – it’s so pretty!
Moleskine Wellness Journal Cool Features
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Pretty Embossed Hardcover
The Wellness Journal is beautifully packaged – it is a Moleskine, after all. Oh, look – it’s healthy people doing yoga, right on the cover! Aren’t you feeling inspired just sitting here?
Blank Tabs for Personalization
This section features six blank tabs you can personalize with your own labels (or the labels included).
The included labels are not very useful — who keeps track of Facebook pages on paper or manually writes down web addresses? Not that there’s anything wrong with that, Luddite. There’s just… more elegant solutions.
But labeling the blank tabs with something meaningful to you is a great idea. And it may even help make up for the paltry Food log section since it can be used to supplement your diet tracking.
The back of the journal features a customizable index and a sturdy double expanding pocket. The pocket is pretty awesome and can hold quite a bit of stuff — like gym schedules, photos, or articles.
I’ve actually used up all these bright green stickers already, even though I have yet to write in my Wellness Journal. They’re fabulous when used totally out of context. Eye-opener?! Let your imagination run wild.
No skimping, here — THREE ribbons! And they’re all shiny. I may surgically remove these and implant them in my beloved Blueline notebook.
I heart stuff to put stuff in.
Moleskine Wellness Journal Contents
Here’s an outline of the specific sections of the journal.
Front of the journal contains:
2 Planning pages – event, date and notes columns – probably good for logging upcoming races, etc.
Food Calendar for the Northern and Southern hemispheres – showing what’s in season during which months – kind of irrelevant in this global economy but good for those of you following the 100 mile diet.
Food Facts – brief list of foods with calories, carbs, protein, and fat figures. It’s severely limited in the produce department but lots of info on beef, beer, donuts, and potato chips (did somebody say “wellness?”). Also has 2 blank pages for you to fill in your own foods. If you’re eating something other than Vienna sausage and sour cream.
International Sizes – shirt, suit, jeans and shoe size conversions for men and women. Most Moleskine journals contain information like this, which I can’t imagine ever being useful, unless you often find yourself traveling internationally to purchase your jeans. Which you might. I guess. Hey – send me a postcard.
Useful Measures and Conversions – liquid and dry measures, length, weight, temperature and speed. Another section I don’t see the point in with Google at my fingertips 24/7. But perhaps the liquid and dry measures could be useful in your food tracking or something.
Personal Goals Tab
An area to track weekly, monthly and annual goals. Super handy.
Many pages to track your workouts, what you did, the intensity, the weather. Lots of fun icons to use (and you can apply the stickers included in the back section to make notes about each workout).
This section is confoundingly slim. There’s more room to track the scores of your intramural volleyball games than your new gluten-free diet. I’m not sure why. The irritating part to me is that this section only provides 29 days worth of space to track your food. But the exercise contains over three months worth of pages. And the Personal Goals tab allows you to create goals for up to a year.
Since I bought this notebook mainly for the food tracking section, I’m very disappointed in it. And this section is the deal-breaker for me.
A place to track your supplement intake and lab test results. Which sounds good in theory but something about writing stuff like that down in a notebook with your name and address on it that could be easily misplaced or stolen just gives me the willies.
Games / Sport
This section allows you to keep track of games you played, who you played against and what the score was. I don’t know anyone who would actually do this. I also don’t know why you’d want to. But hey — here’s a spot if you feel moved. Who am I to judge?
I like the Inspirations section a lot — maybe because it’s most like journaling to me. This section provides mostly blank pages for you to paste images, copy down quotes, or spell out affirmations.
Overall I had high hopes for this journal. But it really leaves much to be desired. It feels like they created the product just to have something to market and sell, rather than to think about how it would actually be best used.
The quality is of course up there. At least that’s consistent with Moleskine’s other products. The cover is really cool with embossed images of people doing yoga and running. And it has three ribbons to keep track of your various sections.
My recommendations would be to triple the pages in the blank tab sections to allow for personalization, and to extend the diet section by 2 months so it at least matches the workout log in length.
Or even better – to make it an arty mini three-ring binder with refills.
So that’s it in a nutshell. They’re a little pricey, but you can pick one up at Amazon at a considerable discount – and support Journaling Saves in the process!
Do you have thoughts on this Moleskine journal? Speak your mind in the comments below. Also let me know if you’ve tried the other Passions journals and what you thought of them. (Especially the Taxidermy one.)