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The “missing link” to having your best body - accountability

Once you have a good understanding about nutrition, training and recovery the missing link is no longer a new exercise program or the perfect nutrition plan. The one thing most people are missing is consistency and the best way to improve consistency is to become accountable. 

“Accountability is the acknowledgment of responsibility for your actions with the obligation to report, explain, and be responsible for the resulting consequences.” Accountable to someone or something. Accountable for your workouts and your nutrition. Accountability is more important than personal motivation for this simple reason:


No one always feels motivated to go to the gym or eat healthy.

 

But if we have someone who’s checking up on us, were going to get our butt into gear. Even if we don’t feel motivated in the moment we actually do the exercise, we actually eat the food needed to look and feel great. 

If you can’t be consistent, you can’t make progress. That’s why accountability is the missing link, not the perfect exercise or eating program.

 

How do you get accountability?

We often commit to too much, “I’m going to train 5 times a week and eat healthy 100% percent of the time”, this can last a week or two but soon enough we crack, “Its cold outside, I can’t be bothered to cook, screw it I’ll start again next week 100% I promise”. 

 

Option 1: Commit to more.

This is best if it can be done with  friend, someone who will be holding you accountable and even better you holding them, because your goals are the same as yours.

Agree to an achievable number of sessions per week and see who can go the longest without missing a training day or who can cook the most meals at home instead of eating or ordering in? Losers shouts a healthy lunch at About Life in Cammeray.

It’s not about achievement (who lost the most weight). It’s about doing, the weight loss will come with consistency. Think of what you could accomplish in 1 month or in the 6 months until it’s Summer and beach time again.

 

Option 2: Commit to less.

This can be hard because we know we can do more, but that little bit more often is what prevents us from getting to where we want to be and causes us to go off the rails. 

Before you commit ask yourself, “On a scale of 1-10, how confident am I that I can do this? If you score a “9″ or “10″ perfect, lock it in, if not make the goal smaller or easier.

I’ll cut out sugar every day - becomes - I’ll have 1 sugary food on Saturday night

I’ll go to training every morning at 6AM - becomes - I’ll train Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Reduce the requirement until you can answer “9″ or “10″ without even thinking about it. Those are the things that you can do consistently.

If you can do more on any particular day, then great, go for it. But don’t commit to it, it’s just a bonus. Consistency is the key but accountability is the missing link.

 

To Healthy Living

Daniel Christie

 

 


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