In my previous article, Reevaluate and Be Real With Yourself, I spoke about some issues you might be facing on your fitness journey. In this post I'd like to expand on one of the issues mentioned in that article. I want to talk about finding some accountability. After all, I am in the middle of Mission Accountability and feel like I should share some tips with you.
Why Do You Need Accountability?
Even the best fitness plan in the world will fail if you don't follow through. That's just a fact. By being an open book about your progress you force yourself to make better decisions. I personally do the best when I am publishing my progress in a public place (ie. a blog, forum, etc.). When I know people are watching I make better decisions. I think several times before giving in to something. My planning is better. My consistency is better.
Five Places to Get Accountability
- An accountability blog. You could start a real time accountability blog where you publish very short posts about what you ate that day, the workouts you did, etc. You could even go so far as posting daily pictures. Whatever it takes to ratchet up the heat, you can do it with a blog. Adam Waters seems to have invented this concept via his Real Time Physique Transformation blog. You don't have to go as far as he did, but you can certainly learn alot from his approach. Have a look and see what ideas you can pick up. I have learned alot from his approach. At one point I had the time to do daily posts, but that has all changed. Now I utilize other means of accountability, but if I was in dire straits, I would go back to the blog format. If you choose this format, please leave a link to your blog in the comments below.
- Facebook. You can post your progress on Facebook. Post your goals on your Facebook wall and you instantly let all your friends know your intentions. Make it a point to start a Facebook note about your accountability needs. Update that note (with new notes) that outline the progress you are making on your plan. Ask your friends to check up on you. Publish your daily eating for everyone to see. By doing so you will think 2 and 3 times before making the wrong decisions. If you would like, post your Facebook link in the comments below and I will follow your progress myself.
- Twitter. Admittedly, this is a tougher way to go, but you can tweet what you eat (use the hashtag #tweetwhatyoueat) and what your workouts are. Let your followers know what you are after–accountability. They will most assuredly hold you accountable. Used in conjunction with a blog or Facebook, this is a very effective way to be held accountable.
- Tumblr. I have a Tumblr that I use for personal issues. On this Tumblr I post a video from time to time (at least weekly) giving an update on my progress. I don't like Tumblr for blogging much, but for short posts it is more than adequate.
- Personal friends. Talk to the people closest to you–family and friends. Tell them what you are trying to do and ask them to hold you accountable. You will find that there is less pressure on you when you go out with friends. By virtue of them understanding what you are after they will be less likely to ask you to make bad choices. They will be right there to hold you accountable.
Encouragement and Transparency
Accountability is all about the encouragement you will get from others as you achieve your goals. Your transparency will force you to think before you act. There is no better way to assure your success, so get going on this now. Don't wait another second. Pick one or more of the accountability methods I list above and do them now. Let me know in the comments below what you've chosen to do. I will be right there to support you along the way.