Accountability: The Secret to Lasting Success
‘Staying motivated’ is one of the biggest struggles I hear from my community when it comes to staying on track with their health and fitness goals. I feeeeeeeel you. Not only do goals constantly change and evolve, but so does what keeps you motivated. What worked yesterday or last week may no longer be driving you. Believe me, I’ve been there. But, by conquering a healthy and fit lifestyle (read: not perfect all the time, but committed to the journey, despite the ups and downs) I’ve found that there are some key accountability hacks to help you stay focused on your goals.
Accountability Hack #1: You Need an Accountability Partner!
I recently shared this video on Instagram and it really resonated with my followers.
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Just a few thoughts going into our week! ☺️ If you don't have an "accountability partner", I suggest you find someone (who you actually like to talk to 😜) asap! If you already have one, TAG them below and tell me why they're your go-to and / or how they help to keep you on track! 😊 This really doesn't have to be anything dramatic… simple check-ins via text do wonders… or if you're feeling more creative, then consider bi-weekly smoothie dates or trying new fitness routines together! 🙌 The only way this stuff works is if you do what's right for you… so experiment with it! ❤️ . . #ResetWithSonia #fitness #health #wellness #journey #selfcare #teamchallenge #goaldigger
When it’s cold outside, when you’re busy or tired or spread too thin, it becomes harder-than-hard to self-motivate. And, if you’re practicing the art of self-compassion (like I am), then it also becomes a mega blurry line between needing to push yourself and needing to give yourself a break.
This is why you need an accountability partner who is a friend you really trust. Pick a person who knows you well and is in your corner. They will share in your journey with you. This doesn’t mean that your accountability buddy needs to like exercising or join you every time you do a workout. Instead, choose someone who:
- Understands what you’re trying to accomplish
- You can check in with at least once a week
- Is aligned to and invested in your goals
- Is great at pushing you past roadblocks
Believe me, having cheerleaders in your corner is the ultimate driver to keep you going! And the awesome part is that the more cheerleaders you find, the more you will start to attract around you.
Accountability Hack #2: Involve Your “Real” Partner
It’s important to share your fitness and health goals with your real partner, so they can help you feel supported along the way. The truth is that it’s incredibly tough to find yourself in a scenario where you’re living on kale salad while your partner is eating French fries four times a week (#truestory).
When your partner buys-in to your lifestyle and regime, you can both share the responsibilities and successes of healthy living. Even if they’re not on the same regime as you, you can discuss an approach that will minimize triggers and sabotage… for example, “please eat your fries outside the house, husband”. This is true for your broader family too, share your goals and share the ways in which you need support. Yes, you are strong. Build an amazing support system to make you even stronger and the path to your goals even more direct.
Accountability Hack #3: Scheduling Your Workouts & Meals
Scheduling workouts and meals is absolutely NOT a must, but it sure as hell can be helpful, particularly in the beginning when you’re trying to break bad habits and form new ones.
For some people, scheduling workouts doesn’t make enough of a difference because let’s face it, actually getting your butt to the gym can be hard regardless of if it’s written down in your calendar. If this is the case, signing up for a group glass, where you meet friends, you’ve paid for the class, and the instructor will notice if you’re not there.
On the nutrition side of the equation, I always do a weekly grocery shop to stock up on healthy ingredients. But, during the week, life gets in the way. What do I do? I rely on my pre-determined snack options to keep me on track. I’m talking about things like almonds, protein shakes, Simply Protein bars, tuna, veggies, and fruit!
The bottom line: There are tons of distractions when it comes to healthy living so your resolve HAS to be stronger! Rely on your friends, your family, and knowing what you need in moments of weakness. Practicing accountability will help to make sure your goals shine brighter than temptation.
What drives you most when it comes to accountability? What are your biggest challenges? Share with our community on Instagram!