Can you be accountable to yourself without all the fancy things? Yes. Without the fit bits, Apple watches, heart monitors, fitness journals, recovery bands, xyzzy trackers, fancy drinks, BCAA’s, ab belts, and the 1000 other gadgets the answer is still yes.
Most people that start their fitness/accountability journey end up buying all the fancy things, but then what happens? We never start, never use them, and it all turns out to be a waste of money. Start your journey by making small changes and focusing on consistency. Consistency is key to helping you reach your goals, without all the “crap.”
Use a pen and paper to track your food and workouts. Start with bodyweight exercises you can find on youtube, Pinterest, and google instead of paying for a gym membership right off the bat. Meal prep doesn’t have to be fancy, just do it over and over again. Being prepared and consistent are the things that will help you succeed long term. Ditch the “crap” and get consistent.