Let’s admit it, when it comes to taking on healthy changes in your life, there always seems to be an excuse around the corner to sabotage good habits. We can set ourselves up to achieve all we’ve set out to, but then a bad day, sleepless night or even a heavy rain storm can throw a wrench in the plan. It’s easy to skip that workout class you set your alarm an hour earlier than normal to catch. An extra hour of sleep for a caregiver is a pretty big thing to sacrifice. In order to make positive changes in your life, you have to give up the excuses and start to hold yourself accountable. This sounds a lot easier than it is though. Here are some tips on how to hold yourself accountable and keep up your good habits!
- Find an Accountability Partner – Some things are easier, and more fun, when shared. For me, working out is one of those things. I find that having someone to wake up early and meet me at that 6AM yoga class always makes me get out the door. There could be a friend or acquaintance in your circle of friends that is trying to achieve the same goals you are. Be open to finding someone to achieve your goals with. The support will give you that extra push when you need it the most.
- Try Out an App – Fitness apps are vast these days. It seems there’s something for everyone. Check out what apps would help you achieve your goals. If you are focusing on losing weight and/or exercising more, I recommend My Fitness Pal by Under Armor. It gives you a daily food diary where you can count your calories by recording your meals. They have a library of foods and ingredients to choose from that makes tracking your meals a breeze. There is also a fitness tracker that counts how many calories you’ve burned daily, either from your health tracker on your phone (ie how many steps you’ve taken) or what you record. It’s a great way to see what you can do more of or eat less of to achieve your goals.
- Set Micro-goals and Reward Yourself – Setting up small goals with rewards when achieved is a great way to stay on track when trying to make changes in your life. If your trying to be less negative, lose weight or meditate once a week, let benchmarks for success. If you meditate once a week for four weeks in a row, treat yourself to something you love. Achieving goals takes accomplishing many small steps. Congratulate yourself along the way!
- Make Your Goals Public – Now you don’t have to go on social media and post twenty times a day about what you are eating and how many steps you’ve taken in order to make your goals public. That is one way to do it though! Talking about your goals with friends and family is a great way to hold yourself accountable. Informing the people that support and love you of what changes you are trying to make in your life makes your goal real. It’s not just something you are tackling on your own anymore. When you bring in the ones you love, you invite them to hold you accountable by checking to see how it’s going, or maybe even joining you on your journey.