On Fridays I will be posting my take on “Fit Friday”. I know that there are a MILLION blogs and posts that are dedicated to this subject. The idea of being fit verses just losing weight has really exploded in the last few year. I’m in no way a personal trainer, coach or expert in the matter but I have learned a few tricks over the years that have helped me maintain a healthy life style and I would like to share them with you.
Today I want to talk about accountability.
I have been struggling since end of last summer to be motivated and hold myself accountable for my eating habits and lack of exercise. I happens to the best of us. For me as soon as September hits here in Kentucky, I have complete tunnel vision to jeans, long sleeves, boots and scarves. Once my tummy and thighs are in hibernation, I begin to think it’s ok to eat 4 donuts and miss every other day of cardio. Which brings me to Jan and the struggle to get back on track is REAL!
This time last year I was on a mission to lose 10 lbs before our 1st lake trip, which is in May each year. I was dedicated, had a plan and was willing to execute. What happen to her!? So I started to reevaluate what I did then verses what I’m doing now. I realized its something as simple as; I don’t have a calendar…I haven’t bought one or hell even printed one. (FYI the internet is full of free stuff. Especially printables.) Last year I used a calendar to hold myself accountable. For every day that I walked at least 10,000 steps and worked out for 20 mins I would mark the day off the calendar in a bright cheerful color for the month. For the days I did not make it 10,000 steps and 20 mins of working out I would mark the day off in black.
It doesn’t sound like much but if I noticed for a week I was going to have more black days then color it made me want to try harder for the next week. At the end of the month seeing more of that bright cheery color was motivation. It made me feel accomplished and even if in the 1st few months when I couldn’t see the results I knew by that calendar was on my way to making progress. I hung this calendar above my treadmill so it was a constant reminder of my goal. It also provided motivation when I needed to get in that last 1,000 steps for the day.
Its hard to believe something so simple can be so powerful. You don’t need a drill sergeant yelling in your face to push your self harder.
I should probably go now and print a calendar. Its a snow day here in Kentucky and if I needed any day to be lazy it would be today. Its just so COLD! But I guess nothing can warm you up quiet like brisk pace walking on a treadmill…*rolls eye*
I’m interested to know what are some ways you hold yourself accountable??
See you soon,
a.k.a Suzy 🙂