What if I asked you if eating healthy foods was important, what would you would say? What about if I asked whether exercise is key for health and wellness? I hope you would have said ‘yes’ to both! So knowing that nutrition plus fitness is a formula for living an exciting and healthy life, why don’t we always do it? Why prioritize one over the other? Why put one on the back burner and only get serious about it when we get that right-around-the-corner wake-up call, such as getting winded by one flight of stairs or a high blood-pressure reading?
In my experience over the years working with hundreds of individuals at MOEfit, the key is accountability. Often we’re willing to let ourselves down time and time again, but when someone else is counting on us…boom. We make it happen.
We don’t want to disappoint them, but yet we willingly disappoint ourselves all the time. We make excuses for why we can’t follow our nutrition plan, for why we have to skip the gym today and we follow it up with a promise to try again tomorrow—or, to start fresh on Monday. Familiar with that one?? All the while, we’re subconsciously cataloging the times we didn’t show up for ourselves as just another failure, and if we do that enough times, we begin to see ourselves as incapable or week.
It’s ok to rely on others to hold us accountable!—in the short term. We need that assistance when we’re just getting started. We need encouragement and support to help us develop good habits. At MOEfit, we have a system of accountability to help beginners. We check in with you, we acknowledge you every time you walk through the door, we fist bump, we follow up and we celebrate when you reach a milestone.
Our strong community of members helps in this accountability effort. That friend who is normally in class with you notices when you’re missing in action and sends you a friendly text asking how you’re doing. We let you know we miss you and we want you here!
Now here’s a truth nugget: No matter how much work it takes to keep you accountable, it still comes down to you. You still have to choose every day to make progress toward your goals. We will always cheer you on and help, but if you’re not sold on the process, it won’t work.
So! What do you do then? Glad you asked….
Here are 10 easy tips for keeping yourself accountable to your goals
1. Be engaged in the community. We want to help you! It is literally our business! Without engagement from you, you are missing out on a big piece of the fun. Who wouldn’t want a gaggle of like-minded weirdos cheering you on each step of the way?
2. Set phone reminders. Consider your workouts to be appointments you can’t miss. Set an alarm’s for meal prepping, realize you don’t have time and reach for something unhealthy out of convenience.
3. Love this one….tell a coach the classes you plan on coming to. By calling the ball like that, you have created an expectation that you will be less likely to not follow through.
4. Print a calendar and hang it in a good spot and physically cross off the days you hit the gym or followed your nutrition plan so you can visually see your success. It really is satisfying to see your efforts working and will encourage you to keep going!
5. Post your story on social media. There’s a lot to be said for putting it all out there! It’s possible no one on social media will follow up with you on your progress, but making the claim publicly will make you more likely to keep your word.
6. Progress pics. TAKE THEM. It’s super important to remember where we started. When we look back to our starting point and compare it to where we are now, we can effectively see the progress we have made since the beginning. This one really works. Do it.
7. Have an accountability buddy and schedule regular meetings with them. If you are a member at MOEfit, we try to schedule these meetings with you every quarter. If you aren’t a member here, find a friend who needs accountability and make regular dates to review your progress and set goals!
8. Remind yourself constantly “why.” A goal is wonderful, but if we don’t have a ‘why,’ then it doesn’t mean much. Why do you want to focus on fitness and nutrition. How will it better your life? Will it make you feel better? Visualization is a powerful too also. Imagine yourself as the person you want to be. Once you have the ‘why,’ remind yourself of it every day so you internalize it and keep it close at heart.
9. Don’t make your goal all or nothing. We all know that saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” and it’s true! This is a journey, not a quick trip to the Wal-mart. There are going to be ups and downs. There will be days when you fail. Don’t be strayed when these things happen. Acknowledge them, realize how you learned from them, and then continue on.
10. Reward yourself for hitting milestones. Everyone loves an atta-boy right? Set micro-goals along the way and reward yourself for hitting them. Here’s an example: Let’s say you want to lose 30 pounds, you can give yourself a little gift for each five-pound loss. If you are focusing on nutrition, you can reward yourself for each solid week you stayed on track or keeping your eating below an acceptable minimum for the week. These rewards don’t have to cost a dime, either—be creative and treat yourself!
These are only a few ways to keep yourself accountable, so find what works. If something worked once it might not work forever—change it every now and then and stay excited and motivated about your success.