Be Accountable & ThriveDecember 16, 2020
Accountability – “The willingness to accept responsibility for our own actions”.
Accountability factors into many areas of our lives, especially our health and wellbeing.
How many times have we said “I’ll start exercising tomorrow” or “my healthy eating plan will begin next week”. We are all guilty of this at some point in our lives.
Why don’t we just stop kidding ourselves and commit to a fitter, healthier lifestyle?
Remember, we have only got one shot at this life, so let’s start now and make it count.
By creating and implementing achievable exercise, eating and lifestyle choices you can take your health and fitness to the next level.
Let us show you how, don’t let the following pesky excuses stop you from achieving your goals!
Say goodbye to your old friend Laziness
This one always lets most of us mere humans down.
What is the worst that can happen when your alarm goes off and you don’t want to wake up and get out of bed? The reality is you may feel tired for two minutes, then you get up, start moving, and by the time you finish your workout you feel fantastic and are ready to take on the day. That’s when you discover your new friend – Motivation!
The way you were feeling when you wanted to throw the alarm clock across the room is a distant memory. If you struggle with the snooze button, why not put your phone/alarm clock in the next room or your bathroom so you have to get up to turn it off?
Ok, so maybe you are, “just not a morning person”? We’ve heard this many times from our clients and surprisingly this can be turned around in an instant if you simply commit to waking up at the same time every morning. Your body clock will very quickly adjust and soon you won’t even need your alarm to wake up to get to your early morning class.
We love nothing more than seeing our clients turn around their lives by making small changes and feeling 100% more positive for doing so. You can be one of them too, remember consistency is the key!
The Over Commitment Bug
People also tend to over commit themselves when beginning a new fitness or lifestyle plan. You know, the ‘all or nothing’ types (are you one of them)?
It usually goes something like this…
“I’m going to stop drinking coffee and alcohol and do 2 classes every day, then fast for 12 hours and have a salad for dinner every night!”
We recommend starting slowly with a realistic goal (or two) in mind. Then there will be less chance of disappointment or feelings of guilt when you can’t stick to your plan.
What you want to focus on is creating new healthy habits to assist you in reaching your goals. Be kind to yourself, build up to exercising daily and making healthy eating choices.
If you enjoy making small changes and stick to them, this new way of living will become a habit and you will see and enjoy the changes in your health and body.
Remember, “Rome wasn’t built in a day!”
DIET is a dirty four-letter word as far as we are concerned.
Don’t fall into the yoyo dieting trap! Instead, think of adjusting your relationship to food.
Our eating habits are a big contributor to how we feel, so getting your nutrition needs right is so important to making positive lifestyle changes. Feed and fuel your body with all the good stuff to ensure you feel great and can enjoy moving your body.
As soon as we deprive ourselves of anything we enjoy, it usually results in us wanting it even more and before we know it, we end up consuming double the amount. Chocolate comes to mind here, like a whole family block!
By making small, sensible changes that you can easily commit to, you are more likely to achieve some consistency and make positive changes. Perhaps you might commit to only having a wine on the weekends or eating meat free 3 days a week. You can always up the anti when your bodies in tune to the small changes first.
When you choose healthier eating habits and commit to regular exercise you will be surprised how your positivity will shine through and how much more structure and direction you will have in your life.
How can you begin making positive lifestyle changes?
- Start by writing down 3-5 achievable lifestyle and fitness goals. Keep these goals in view every day, whether it be on your fridge or mirror as a reminder.
- Remember to be accountable to yourself, first and foremost. If you feel like you need an accountability partner, ask a friend and help each one another.
- Be consistent and be kind to yourself!
- Keep a diary (old school or try an app like Daylio) and record all your wins, this will help build your motivation.
If you don’t get to your fitness class or you find yourself not making responsible food choices, ask yourself ‘why not’? Focus on your end goals, think of how you will feel when you’re living the healthy lifestyle you want to live.
By taking positive action now towards achieving your goals, your moods, your wellbeing and your overall health will thank to for it.
Start now, be accountable for your actions and break through to enjoy a happier, more confident, and healthier YOU. That can only be a good thing right?
As we come to the end of what has been a crazy year for a lot of us, why not start off 2021 by stepping up to a better version of yourself. Join the 30-day Lifestyle Reboot Challenge!
You’ve got this…
Matthew and Brett