Pick the things you know would help improve your health and fitness level when done consistently:
Broccoli Marathon of Orange is the New Black 8 Hours of sleep
Ice Cream Fish oil Wonder Bread
Deadlifts Fried chicken fingers Coconut oil
Sprinting French fries Squats
Chicken Breast Mobility drills Cereal
Salmon Sweet potatoes Cheese-steaks
If you picked 11 things out of the 18 listed I would argue you know what to do. And so does about 80% of people. Then why are there alarming numbers of people who are unsatisfied with their current physical and health situation?
It isn’t because they are missing a magic supplement or some secret about nutrition or working out – in other words they aren’t missing any of the knowledge. They are missing the “do” .
And the doing part is tough. Even myself, a fitness professional struggles to do the necessary things to maintain or further my “in shape-ness”. That doesn’t mean we are dumb or a deficient, but human.
So then how to we make the doing part something we actually do and do consistently, because that is where results lie?
Precision Nutrition, the system we use here at Impact Performance, defines accountability as the acknowledgment for responsibility for your actions with the obligation to report, explain, and be responsible for the resulting consequences.
In other words it keeps you consistently doing the things you need to because you know you have to report back on what it is you are or are not doing, the results you are or not getting to someone else – both in the kitchen and the gym.
Motivation wavers. You know that and so do I. It is where the cycle of “I’ll start again on Monday” happens. HOWEVER! Knowing that you have to answer for you actions will keep you on track even when we don’t feel motivated in the moment.
So how do you get some?
Get help from another person. Throughout life there really isn’t too much we can honestly say we have done on our own – without any help, guidance, or support from someone else. So why would this be any different.
Find your person. It can be another serious friend (who wont take your excuses or bullshit), a mentor, or a coach. The next step would make yourself accountable to THAT person.
Naturally I would argue to opt for the coach. The coach is there to be the person to tell you what you need to hear, when you need to hear it – then steer you in the right direction. Because your goal is their goal. Friend sometimes will let you get away with whining, making excuses, or giving up on yourself because – well, they’re your friend.
But even better, try to find a training facility that has both. By both I mean a community of like-minded people to train WITH (friends) to keep you accountable, as well as coaches to keep yourself focused.
A new program, app, workout plan, detox, nutrition plan – no carb, low carb, or bro carb is not what you are missing. What you are missing is the community and the one person that is actually going to be expecting you to hold your end of the bargain. Internal motivation doesn’t last but your person will!
If you’re looking for a little piece of accountability you know where to find us =p!
Barbells & Broccoli,