Thursday, August 14, 2008

Who are you holding yourself accountable to?

Yeah, those are actually full range of motion pull ups, not sure which set I'm on, but it was a tough workout regardless.

Time to teach yourself a lesson in accountability. We all have health and fitness goals, right?! So what's holding you back? Sure, some of us are right on top of it, putting forth our best effort, and conquering every last thing we said we'd do. Then there are the rest of us, who work really hard on all aspects (working out, nutrition, recovery) for a few weeks and then we start to slip. Then there is another group that works out consistantly with a lot of effort, but we haven't got out nutrition dialed in or we eat too much (yes, eating too much of good food is also bad.) The last group is those of us who actually eat really well and control our portions but haven't worked out in years (this is fake fitness.) I'm skipping the group that eat's like crap and doesn't workout.

For those of us who aren't leading the picture perfect view of what health and fitness should look like, what are you going to do about it? (Assuming you want to do something about it, that is.) If I have a goal for you, that you could care less about, chances are you aren't going to reach that goal. So...

What do you want to achieve?

What do you want to prove?

Start breaking it down, what are your short term goals, what are your long term goals? Develop an initial plan and stick to it, re evaluate the plan every few weeks and see if you're staying on track, if not adjust where necessary. Enlist the help of a friend who will be there to keep you on track if you start to slip, someone who's willing to give you positive reinforcement, to help you reach your goals.

Use this person to help you, set up some guidelines and rules that you both have to stick to, to get the job done. It's always a little easier if you have to answer to someone else.


Lanceman said...

We've got to want it - I want it! I'm accountable to me. It doesn't matter what everyone else thinks. It's about how I feel when I eat healthy and workout consistently. Have I slipped up? Sure. Am I on track now. Yes! I'm not that far off from where I want to be...this is just what I needed to hear to get myself fully back on plan.

Pamela MacElree said...

Lanceman, you are right, in the end it's all about doing it for yourself! Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the read.