Chapter 9: Commit to being Accountable
As I write this, I am sitting at home after cancelling a gym session with my coach due to bad weather. Seems kind of strange then that I would like to talk to you this week about commitment and accountability in terms of your health. But I am going to go ahead and do it anyway.
Making commitments and holding yourself accountable to them is one way to keep yourself motivated to continue on your health journey. I know I made a commitment to myself almost three years ago now that I was going to make positive changes in my life that would both help me mentally as well as physically.
Once I made the commitment to myself, I had to decide how I would be accountable to that commitment. Some people are great with doing these things on their own. That is not me. The first thing I did was seek out a trainer/coach at a gym. Having regular appointments that I've paid for is one way I know will help keep me accountable.
The key thing for me to remember throughout this process has been to retire the all-or-nothing, must be perfect type thinking that has plagued me for most of my life. What happens when you think this way? Well, for me, I would miss one gym appointment, or "cheat" on one meal plan and then totally derail myself.
It is okay to miss an appointment/work out. There will be times when you simply cannot make it for myriad of reasons - all of which are valid. You don't have to make excuses, just be honest with yourself. Here's the key - miss that one appointment, avoid feeling guilty about it, then go to your next appointment as planned. Don't let yourself fall into the "I already messed up, so I might as well totally tank any progress and blow up my commitment to myself entirely" trap.
What commitments are you making to yourself this year? How are you holding yourself accountable to them? Let me know in the comments!