One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in my healthy living journey is that making myself accountable is key to creating any type of change. Letting others know about my goals and strategies has helped me progress greatly over the years. It keeps me on track, encourages me, and reminds me of the fact that I am the only one who can put in the effort to make my life successful.
“Accountability breeds responsibility.”
Of course, life would be so much easier if I decided not to tell people about my goals (no expectations mean I can never fail, right?). But in order to truly push myself and create change, I know that one of the best things I can do is tell everyone close to me (which includes my blog readers now!) about what my plans are. That way, when fear or doubt sets in [sometimes it comes in the form of ice cream and other times as a job interview], I can remember that everyone is supporting me. And while it’s sometimes easy to let myself down, it’s incredibly difficult to let my closest friends and family down.
I know I’ve said it before (and I will probably always say it), but SparkPeople has been my greatest tool for accountability on my weight loss journey. I joined the free online community over three years ago and have gained incredible support and friendship through the site. I stay accountable to myself by tracking everything I eat and all the exercise I do online; I stay accountable to my friends by blogging on the site and contributing to the fitness and nutrition forums; I keep my friends accountable by offering support; and I push myself by joining challenges.
One of my greatest supporters in my wellness journey is one of my closest friends, Alexis, who I met through Spark over a year ago. We’ve seen each other through the difficulties of plateaus, emotional eating, and even the Couch to 5K program. And then, last August we finally met face-to-face and ran the Lake Union 10K together!
She is definitely my soul sister . To this day, when I’m on a run that feels impossible, I think of Alex and being able to keep up with her for our next race together.
Other great tools for accountability include joining sites like DailyMile, which is an online site that allows to you track your walking or running mileage while keeping up with your friends’ mileage as well, or even creating your own blog!
Of course, you don’t need technology to be accountable for your actions. The simplest and best thing you can do is talk to people, especially those closest to you, about what you’re doing, what you’d like to be doing, and how you plan to get from here to there. Tell your partner, your family, your friends, even—and especially—your coworkers [you work for eight hours a day – make sure those around you don’t let you fail yourself!].
Above all, stay accountable to yourself by keeping a log or journal of what you’re doing. What is working and what isn’t and most importantly, how you feel about it all. Being able to write things out/say things aloud brings clarity and acceptance for what is.
Start here! Tell me one of your goals and what you are doing to fulfill it. I’ll do my best to support you on your perfect journey .
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