1.Have a Plan & Resources
Having a plan is one of the most important tools in being accountable. Having a plan should include a plan for your diet, workouts, goals, and how you will keep track of all There are many nutrition, food, and workout trackers out there in the form of apps like myfitnesspal or macro tracker. Pen to paper options like printable/downloadable food and fitness journals you can buy online from etsy to ebay, and even some fitness professionals, like Kaelin Tuell Poulin, have created their own for purchase. Several of these resources also offer a section to write down your progress and goals.
2.Self Discipline & Writing it Down
How to stick to the goals you set for your nutrition and workouts are key. Of course this starts with having a plan and resources, but also having self discipline for when you can’t fit that cinnamon roll or late night snack into your nutrition plan is most important. You can always say you will start tomorrow, but that will get old, time will pass, and you will be in the same place a year from now. The same goes with your workouts. Whether you write your workouts or a coach does this for you remember why you are doing it. Find your why and constantly remind yourself of this whether it be on your phone, computer, sticky notes make it a constant in your life. You are more likely to be self disciplined once you find your why AND write it down. This will also allow you to go back and review it later.
3.Motivation vs Commitment
Understanding the difference between motivation and commitment is key in accountability and reaching your goals. You always hear everyone wanting to know where you find motivation and how you keep that flame burning. As there isn’t a magic pill to become skinny, there isn’t a magic pill for motivation. This is where finding your why comes into play again. It can help keep you motivated, but no one is motivated 100% of the time. Once you find your why, whether its for your children, yourself, or your spouse/significant other turn it into a commitment. You already know getting started and staying motivated are the hardest things. A commitment is something you obligate yourself to do moving forward no matter how difficult it may seem at the time. You will thank yourself later.