3 best ways to stay accountable to yourself and your health goals

Most of us see the beginning of the new year as the best time to set new goals for ourselves. But it happens almost every time, we start off strong and slowly lose our gusto as time progresses. Life can most certainly get in the way of course, but what truly stands between us and achieving our goals is ourselves. Food and exercise is not a resolution, it’s a lifestyle. Let today be different by using these 3 best ways to stay accountable to yourself and your health goals.

Plan.

Let’s face it, nothing get accomplished without a plan. It’s like going to the grocery store without a list; you end up confused, lost and buying things you don’t need. Being successful and keeping yourself accountable starts with setting achievable realistic goals and then putting a plan into action. If you’re looking to eat healthier, but don’t have time to cook a meal everyday, plan a day of the week to pull your food together. Exercising around a busy schedule also requires a plan; mark what time and what type of workout you will do each day on your calendar, like a dentist or hair appointment. Writing what you want down and setting an intension is the first step to staying accountable with yourself and achieving your health goals.

Know that every day will be different.

One of the misconceptions of those of us watching others living a healthy lifestyle is the belief that these people wake up motivated, excited and ready to take on the world everyday. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. The biggest reason why you need a plan is because you aren’t going to feel motivated everyday, or most days for that matter. Every day will be different depending on how you feel, what’s going on in your life, your work schedule, and the list goes on and on. So don’t let your lack of motivation get in the way of achieving your goals, expect it and continue on.

Stay mindful.

Making the decision to change your life in healthy ways is the first step and for that alone, you should be proud of yourself. The first few months may feel awesome as you start to have more energy, increase your confidence and maybe even drop a few pounds. But, as time progresses, it can be difficult to maintain consistency especially if you’re not seeing results. If you set a timeline attached to certain expectations and get disappointed, there’s a better chance you’re going to fall off the wagon and end up back to your old ways. So instead, if you’re disappointed in your progress, tweak your food or exercise plan and never give up on you. Checking in with yourself with mindfulness daily will also help to keep you accountable.

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