Ever since I started this blog almost a month ago, I’ve found I’m pushing myself harder, completing workouts I really wanted to skip and cleaning up my diet wherever possible. Why? Because of all of you!
First of all, I need something to talk about don’t I? Secondly, if I share here that I’m going to do something, I better do it! And lastly, the female health and fitness blogging community is absolutely incredible! Following all these amazing, strong, fit women is hugely motivating. Workouts and healthy meals are shared across social media platforms and on blogs from all over the world, and everyone is so supportive and positive. These are the women that inspired me to start blogging in the first place and I continue to follow their experiences in living the healthy life, finding constant inspiration to push myself farther in my own. These are the women of healthy blogging, they’re FitFlutential, SweatPink and GirlGoneSporty, they’re Crossfit, they’re runners, fitness models, yogis, body builders, vegans, cyclists, and paleo, they’re raw and gluten-free, they’re fit. Their methods and preferences don’t matter, what matters is that they’re out there each and every day – just like me, doing what it takes to keep their body, and their mind, healthy and strong.
I’ve always kept workout journals on and off, but I’m the only one who looks at those, so there’s not much accountability there. Anyone can come and read my blog, so I better not slack off. Also I don’t want to post any workouts I can’t, or I don’t feel like finshing. If I’m gonna talk the talk, I gotta walk the walk! I’ve always walked the walk more or less, but it’s always been easy enough to talk myself out of a workout for this reason or that. Excuses, excuses. Luckily, I enjoy working out, so I wasn’t skipping that many. But if I want to reach my goals I know that each and every workout matters. So far blogging has held me accountable to numerous workouts I didn’t really want to do and many reps I didn’t really want to finish. I’m not saying that everyone needs to start a blog in order to stick to their goals, but it sure helps! However there are many other ways to help hold yourself accountable to your health and fitness goals.
Ways to Stay Accountable to your Health & Fitness Goals
- Share your goals. First take the time to clearly write all your goals down and then share some or all of them with a partner, a friend, a co-worker or even on social media. If you put it out there, you will feel more committed to it. It will feel more real and you’re more likely to stick to it.
- Keep a journal. This is particularly important if you’re trying to lose weight. It’s easy to eat more than you think you are, so if you write it all down you can easily keep track. It’s also important to write down your workouts. This way you can see how far you’ve come and easily track your progress.
- Go to group fitness classes. I go to a number of different group fitness classes at my gym and it tends to be the same group of people every week, I don’t want to miss out or let them down, so it’s really motivating to go back each week. You can also meet great people who have similar goals, it’s always a very positive and supportive environment for people of all fitness levels.
- Plan, plan, plan! This is one of the most important aspects of sticking to your goals. You should write down specifics. How are you going to achieve each goal and what are the steps you are going to take to get there? You should also plan your meals each week and write out your grocery shopping lists and weekly workouts. Put them on a calendar, put reminders in your phone, make them a part of your schedule just like any other important aspect of life.
- Find a workout partner. You wouldn’t want to leave your friend waiting at the gym in the wee morning hours would you?
I think Nike pretty much nailed it with their famous term, Just Do It. It’s that simple. And remember, whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right!
Thank you all so much for inspiring and motivating me each and every day!