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Nutrition Accountability at the Office

Do you work in an office? Do you make phone calls most of your day? Maybe you are on the computer 90% of your day. Heck, maybe all 3. Are you a “bored eater?” Or maybe you just like to snack. Is there a vending machine near your office or in the building? Its convenient, right?

Convenience isn’t always the best. It IS the best when you planned and prepared your “convenient food.” Yes, its easy to go to the vending machine or store foods in your desk that have a shelf life of 6 months because of all of the added preservatives. (PS did you know theres a Twinkie thats been in the same wrapper for 100 years and hasn’t deteriorated?) Its true. Think of that every time you think of those snacks with a shelf life or desk life of eternity.

Whats the answer to bored eating, snacking, and your snack drawer? Choose healthier snacks, thats it. Theres no magical answer.

Heres a list of 20 snack options with little to no calories, but also are not filled with artificial sugars, etc

  1. Watermelon
  2. Cucumber
  3. Celery
  4. Radishes
  5. Sugar snap peas
  6. Grape or cherry tomatoes
  7. Cauliflower
  8. Berries (natural sugars)
  9. Popcorn
  10. Kale
  11. Apples
  12. Apricots
  13. Broccoli
  14. Watercress
  15. Grapefruit
  16. Green beans
  17. Leeks
  18. Lemons
  19. Lettuce
  20. Rutabaga

Be sure and stay away from that Halloween candy!

-Accountability Addict

Nutritional Discipline – What is it?

We talk about accountability and being consistent being priority, but have you ever heard of nutritional discipline? Are you currently following a “diet lifestyle,” versus simply fad dieting? In order to be successful at the goals you set its important to chose an eating “lifestyle” versus “fad diets” or “yoyo dieting.” You just might be sabotaging all of your progress with bad nutrition choices.

This can also sometimes be called nutritional discipline. Its important to determine what kind of “diet lifestyle” would work best for your lifestyle and busy schedule. Do you make time to meal prep, count macros, count calories, eat intuitively, or focus more on portion control and making healthier decisions utilizing the food around you? No matter what lifestyle you choose its important to be able to be consistent with such in order to have the best chance at getting the best results.

Its also important to make a conscious effort to learn what foods help you recover from a strenuous workout and what foods may not agree with your body or your fitness and nutrition goals. Learning each of these things can help you progress quicker so you don’t feel like you are always starting over or have no true gauge of what does and does not work.

 

-Accountability Addict

How to Set Realistic Fitness Goals

We all have an overall big goal that we want to reach, but its important to break that goal down into smaller goals so it will be more realistic. We have a few tips to setting more realistic goals that can be sustained long term;

1. Set goals that are measurable, specific, and have time frames.
2. Make it YOUR OWN goal and not because of anyone else.
3. Be sure to focus on 1 goal at a time so you aren’t overwhelmed.
4. Understand the action plan to reach your goal.
5. Understand its a long process and will not happen overnight.
Using these tools to set realistic fitness goals will help you to make sure you are making changes that are sustainable and for long term growth.
-Accountability Addict

Accountability & Fat Loss Without a Gym

Fat loss without a gym is very much achievable. Having accountability will make your fat loss that much more achievable especially without a gym. If I had to describe how to achieve this, in 1 word, my response would be “circuits.” Circuit training or HIIT using your body weight will get you there as long as your hold yourself accountable.

Like any exercise you just have to make yourself move. If you do not have accountability and do not move, nothing changes.

Maybe you don’t have access to a gym and you don’t like spending hours on the treadmill, but still want to achieve fat loss, circuit training is for you.

To create yourself a circuit chose any 3-5 movements that you can do using body weight or dumbbells. Then select the number of reps or time that you will be doing each exercise. From there pick how many rounds of all exercises you will be doing and a timeframe in which you wish to finish them all.

If you look at this as a positive as you will not have to drive to the gym and you can complete these exercises just whenever you can fit it into your day. This will make it more achievable and easier to hold yourself accountable to complete. Also remember, dialing in on your nutrition is key is key for fatness as well.

-Accountability Addict

 

Do I Really Need An Accountability Or Workout Partner?

Not everyone likes having someone hold them accountable. Its not always “fun” or “comfortable,” but at the end of the day if you can’t hold yourself accountable for your goals it might just be the best option. Remember your “why” and the end goal.

Also, not everyone wants to workout with someone for various reasons, but you may just be overthinking it. Even if you do not want to have someone work in with you or are worried about doing their workout, you don’t have to. Sometimes it can be motivating if you have a workout/accountability partner that motivates you to get to the class, park, or gym (because we all know thats half the battle) and work out at the same time. This can sometimes help push you for that last rep or the last 5 minutes of cardio you do not want to do, just seeing them there with you.

-Accountability Addict

 

Accountable to a Bedtime?

Do you know how many hours of actual “deep” sleep you need? Most of us don’t.

Holding yourself accountable to being in bed by a certain time can be much more important than you may think. Getting enough sleep can help the following:

-improve memory

-can help curb inflammation

-reduces stress

-and overall helps your body repair itself

While you sleep the damage caused by stress, working out, ultraviolet rays, and other harmful exposure is being repaired. If thats not enough, it has also been known to help in weight loss as well.

 

So before you click start on season 3, episode 1 on Netflix give it a second thought.

-Accountability Addict

 

5 Reasons to Keep a Health Journal

Finding out what works best for you is very import and an easy way to do this is keep a health journal to track what goes on in your daily life to analyze later. A few additional reason

 

  1. Pattern Recognition

If you occasionally have a reaction to food, get rashes, or get what seems to be allergies keeping a health journal can help tell you over time what may be causing these things so you can make changes.

 

    2. You Can’t Change What you Don’t Recognize

There is a reason fitness minded individuals keep track of their food and workouts. This allows them to better determine what does and doesn’t work for them. If you don’t know what works or doesn’t work you cant duplicate it for success. This is why tracking what you consume, your workouts, and even daily things you do every day for long periods of time is important. Tracking your medications, new and old can also be very helpful as well.

 

    3. Noticing Foods that Cause you Discomfort

If you are tracking what you consume you are more likely to be able to determine what may be causing discomfort, rashes, or any food allergies you may have without food allergy testing.

   4. Prevents you from Continuing the Same Pattern

Keeping a journal will help you notice when foods or certain lifestyle factors are getting you off track or causing you to binge. This can help you in the area of the foods you consume and the amount of sleep you may or may not be getting.

  5. Easier to Stay on Track

Even if you just keep this journal by your bed or in a public place and you take 10 minutes to write things down before bed this adds an additional layer of accountability to yourself.

-Accountability Addict

 

Where and How to Find an Accountability Partner?

So by now you are probably wondering how and where would I find an accountability partner? Where would I even start?

 

Whether you are looking for someone to keep you accountable along your fitness journey or just life goals. Having someone to keep you accountable is another way to keep you honest with yourself. It eliminates some of your ability to take short cuts.

 

There are “accountability groups” or “accountability clubs” out there that you can research on google and find to be part of. We are also partnered up with an app called Gymcollab that is currently only in the ios store, but is a great start to help you find a workout/accountability partner that could also transfer over into your daily life. The app is quite new so be patient as more users get in on the excitement nationwide. Just know that you are not the only one out there looking for this and the more the word is spread the more people that we can help hold accountable and achieve their goals. So don’t wait, look for those accountability groups or checkout Gymcollab in the ios apple store! (Don’t let the name fool you, its for every level of fitness no matter what kind of fitness you are into.)

-Accountability Addict

Tired of Starting Over?

We’ve all experienced it at one time in our fitness journey. When you do so well for a week, maybe 2, or even a month, and then you fall off of the wagon. Maybe you decide to give it a go after a few days pass.

1. Stop Dieting

This couldn’t be more true. JUST STOP DIETING. STOP RESTRICTING. Whether you have someone create your meal plan or you follow one you’ve created yourself it’s important to remember that the changes you make in your diet should be sustainable for you and your lifestyle.

Make a plan to start eating more nutrient dense food. Food that is less processed and that can be found on the outside perimeter of the grocery store. If you start out with small changes in your diet you are more likely to succeed long term. Eat more whole foods and less frozen or processed foods. Do not completely cut anything out cold turkey.

2. Does the gym make you nervous?

The gym can be nerve racking for all of us at times. Whether it is a new setting or not. Make a plan so you know what action to take before you even show up. If the gym isn’t for you, find a park or even in your living room.

There are many body weight exercises out there that are very effective and you can even incorporate HIIT circuit training and light dumbbells.

3. Motivation VS Accountability

Sometimes it’s not motivation we need, its accountability. No one is motivated 100% of the time. Finding an accountability partner can be very important when you have new goals to reach especially along your fitness journey.

Accountability partners can’t always be your friends as sometimes our friends may tend to give in or be more lenient on us at times. Find a true accountability partner or coach that will push you and help you stay on track to meet your goals. Be sure to do your research and ask questions when looking for a coach and forking over your hard earned money.

If you would like to find an accountability partner in your area ho would be new to you check out our app GymCollab on the ios store. This app can help you find a workout and or accountability partner.

-Accountability Addict

Small Changes that Lead to a Healthier You

Its much easier than you think. Making small changes to your habits can get you started not he right track to be healthier and feel better.

  1. Losing 1LB a week means you’ll be 52 pounds lighter in a year. Losing just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can improve your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugars, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
  2. Once a week take a trip around your local big box store and you will add an extra 12 miles a year.
  3. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, you will burn double the calories. 
  4. Olive or coconut oil instead of butter- This can reduce your risk of heart disease.
  5. Cut your tv time by a few hours- it’s been said that those who watch tv  6 or more hours a day live shorter lives.
  6. Go to bed 10 minutes earlier- Most of us need between 4-6 hours of sleep a night. 8 isn’t always necessary.

-Accountability Addict