So I hope you all have had a productive week and are 7 days closer to reaching your goals.
Let’s jump right in today and talk about the “A” word, ummm NO not that one….ACCOUNTABILITY! We will discuss the other “A” word at another time. Seriously, we MUST be accountable for our actions or lack thereof. Accountability is so important as you embark on and continue on your fitness journey. Without it even our daily lives we would run amuck. If we were not held accountable for our actions we would speed (more), cut in lines, call out of work…daily and wish for a zombie apocalypse so we could just start shooting stupid people in the face, and that’s just for starters. It’s the same with fitness goals we would run amuck, unchecked and unchallenged. For those of you who lack accountability let me share with you some ways to hold yourself accountable. These are things that have been very successful for me.
First, I hired a personal trainer, he helps keeps me on track and task. And he’s someone I have to answer to when it comes to getting fit. I have to give an account for my diet, my training that I’m responsible for when he’s not around, as well as for the changes taking place with my body or lack thereof. A personal trainer is a great investment. The only catch with that is he/she HAS to be someone you click with. If not the PT won’t work at all.
Second, social media, I pimp the heck out of it. I post my workouts daily! Facebook is my ummm “Hoe” of choice. She’s my “Bottom bitch” ( Ha, got a lil street on y’all lol). What I have discovered is that my friends actually look forward to my post and have become interactive with them. And I have come to enjoy the feedback. Some have actually said that I inspire them. That for me is added motivation. I discussed that last time, motivation…it’s what keeps you going. That being said social media works twofold for me. (Motivation and Accountability)Choose which outlet works best for you. There are so many to choose from.
Third, journaling is also very helpful in holding you accountable; either online or the old-fashioned way with quill and ink well . If you are anything like me, you don’t want to document that you ate a snickers bar, 3 slices of extra cheese pizza, or 22 packs of sugar ( that would be a soda). And YES, there’s that much sugar in 20 oz soda. Soooo I don’t eat those things!! So it helps me think twice before I put something in my mouth, because if it goes in my mouth, it goes in the journal. It also helps with my workouts because I do love to document that I was “Beastin” lol lol. Who wouldn’t? The catch to that is you have to be honest/transparent and IF you do get off track you still need to document it. It will help you see how those foods affect your progress.
Fourth, tell a friend that you are embarking on a fitness journey and ASK them to check in on you. Now it has to be the right friend. She can’t be a hater (you know which one she is) because she will surely sabotage you…”Girl you can have that cake you gotta have SOME of the things you like” Or let’s go shopping and she KNOWs it’s your gym day; she’s the most dangerous hater. She’s a shady heifer…oops I mean hate, because she doesn’t want to put forth the effort and she certainly doesn’t want you to make her the “Fat Friend” . Trust, she will have NONE of THAT. This friend needs to be someone who has walked in similar shoes and will check you when you are getting off course. And help you to see the error in your choices. Now, I am not suggesting this person be your workout partner. In fact I don’t recommend a partner at the outset of your journey…because they can become your quicksand and drag you down. The excuses will start, “Well I can’t go to the gym today because”…She will have a laundry list of excuses and because you are not REALLY sure which direction to take just yet, you can easily allow that detour to become your destination, NOWHERE. So blaze your own trail for a while then entertain a partner if you would like.
Please know that ultimately you must be accountable to yourself; after all it’s YOUR health, YOUR body, YOUR mind and YOUR spirit that needs, no deserves to be taken care of and who better to take care of you than YOU!! Love yourself enough to treat yourself like the Queen…or King, you are. You are worth it. Until next time …It’s NOT about HAVING time it’s about MAKING time! Let that sink in!
Here are some very good apps for tracking your intake, exercise and progress.
My Fitness Pal- Free
Map My Run- Free
Pedometer by Viaden
Also heart rate a moniter could be a wise investment depending on how serious you are. They range from about $50-$200
Those are the ones I use.
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