These six syllables are a huge factor in your success with me these eight weeks—and in every one of life’s twists and turns to come.
Accountability really works—and it’s not rocket science. When you have other people counting on you to follow through, you’re going be more likely to do what you said you were going to do. That’s true with work, family, friends—and it’s true with this ‘Lose Weight’ program, too.
Now that you’re a few weeks into this, it’s time to check in with yourself. How are you holding yourself accountable for kicking butt and staying true to your goals?
If you’re looking to create some accountability to motivate you through this challenge, you have a few options:
For starters, you can jump on social media. Go ahead, blow up your profile with the declaration that you’re going to complete these eight weeks and become your strongest self. Instagram is perfect for this. You can visually document and share your journey with others—and look back on it yourself when you need a reminder of how far you’ve come.
Use that #GoalGetters hashtag so other people in the same boat can find their own accountability and motivation in your story. I’m willing to bet you’ll get plenty of support and encouragement, too! And who knows? You might just inspire someone else in your network to start their own personal journey.
And if you want some accountability and support IRL (that’s ‘in real life,’ for all you non-millennials out there!), I highly recommend asking a friend, family member, or colleague to do this challenge with you.
You’ll have a teammate that you can call and text for support. You can even do the workouts together and cook up some delicious, healthy meals with one another.
You can also ask someone to act as your accountability partner. Just ask them to text or call you at least once a week to check in and ask how your workouts are going. I know it may sound like a bit of an odd request, but we all want to see the people we care about succeed, and I think you’ll be happy you asked.
Treat Yourself For A Job Well Done
And, of course, there are ways you can hold yourself accountable and keep yourself in the game.
One great trick is to create a series of rewards throughout this challenge. You’re basically gonna bribe yourself to stick to your plan! There’s nothing wrong with a little positive reinforcement—as long as it’s truly positive.
So grab your calendar and write down something that you’re going to gift to yourself for sticking to your clean eating and workouts at the end of each week. Follow through on your program and you get the gift. No follow through, no reward!
There are two caveats here:
- Don’t blow your budget for the sake of treating yo’self. It’s silly and unnecessary to spend a lot just to stick to this program. Even the smallest gift can encourage you to follow through. You don’t have to think ‘go big or go home’ here. Maybe it’s a movie date with a friend (or yourself!) or a manicure. Little things go a long way to keep us on-track.
- No unhealthy, off-plan treats. I don’t want you to reward yourself with something like an ice cream sundae or a bottle of wine! Ideally, your treat can even be something that furthers your healthy transformation and supports your mission, like a new workout top or a massage.
If you find you’re really careening off-track, email me. Seriously. Shoot me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I get a TON of emails, so forgive me if I don’t get right back to you, but I read every single one and promise that I’ll respond.