Nutritious Nuggets: Who is holding you accountable?

Accomplishing Health Goals Through Accountability 

Do you have health and fitness goals? If your answer is no then go ahead and get that started. You cannot reach a goal that is not set.  Many times our health goals are an internal dialog that goes something like this…

“I am going to eat better on Monday,”  “I am going to give up sugar all month,” “I am going to cut out processed foods,”

…then on Monday evening we get invited to dinner with friends and we eat a whole basket of chips and salsa. And the internal dialog continues and we create a cycle that does not lead us to success.

One way to help push through these road blocks is to turn the internal dialog to an external dialog through accountability. When we are held accountable for our actions we take more responsibility and take things much more seriously. It’s okay to admit that you may not currently have the ability to succeed on your own. The truth is you do not have to do it alone. I’m sure we can all think of times we have worked as a team, relied on family, friend, spouses to help us accomplish something. Why not have this same mindset when it comes to your nutrition and fitness goals.

Finding Accountability

After you have stated (and written down) your goals, the next step is to find someone to hold you accountable. When choosing someone to hold you accountable you want to think about a few things:

  • Choose someone who will challenge you and give you some “tough love” when needed as you will hit obsticles
  • Choose someone you feel comfortable with sharing your goals and someone you will be honest with when you have skipped the gym for a week or eaten too many donuts.
  • Choose someone that has similar goals OR someone that has accomplished some of your goals so they can be an encouragement for you

These people may look different to everyone. Maybe it’s a coach, a friend, a family member, a fellow gym member. Reach out to them and share your goals to see if they are willing to be that person for you.

Ways to Stay Accountable

You want to make sure and provide structure to your accountability. Here are some steps to take to help you be successful.

  1. Write down your goals and give them to your accountability partner
  2. Pick a day, time, and form of communication (phone, in person, text, email) of how you will check-in with each other. In the beginning I would recommend at least a once a week check in!
  3. If your partner has similar goals you could make it a competition/challenge for each other. Set up some rewards for each other when you reach your goals.

If you have a friend that immediately popped in your head that you would like to be accountable with we have a structured challenge set up for you in the Summer Shape Up Challenge. You both will get even more accountability by your nutrition coaches as the rest of the participants. Sign up today with a friend and you even get a $15 discount!  If challenges aren’t for you no worries, don’t let that stop you from taking the next step of reaching out for help and sharing your goals with a trusted friend.