How often do you hold yourself accountable?
Holding yourself accountable is not easy. For me, there are weeks that I work out 6 days and there are weeks that I’m lucky to even get 3 days in. We all have busy schedules filled with work, our social life, appointments and other commitments. BUT- if you make it a priority, you can fit it in your schedule. I know this may sound cliché but, how many times have you regretted working out? Now how many times have you regretted not working out? There’s your answer.
This blog was created by Sotiria and I as a way to hold ourselves accountable. It has given me more reason to workout on the days that I’m not feeling well. It has served as a creative outlet to share my thoughts and feelings about wellness and fitness. Although it’s helped in many ways, it’s not the type of accountability that I am referring to. Accountability that will stick around comes from your main purpose and from the people that care and are affected by your choices.
Yesterday, I had a super long day at work. Projects, meetings, training – you name it. I decided to go against my regular workout routine and head straight “home” instead of the gym. After all, I was tired.
Rather than resting, I somehow ended up at the mall and after what seemed like an eternity, I was home at 8:15 P.M. By this time I am usually already done with my workout, showered and ready for dinner. Instead, I was now home with nothing accomplished and more exhausted than ever.
After some thinking, groaning and debating I dragged myself to the gym. What I thought was going to be a “miserable” workout ended up making me feel accomplished. The best part? I saved myself from a day filled with regret, guilt and a negative mindset for the rest of the week.
Today, as I’m writing this I realize that Sotiria has held me accountable when I needed it most. As a partner, a sister and a friend, she is someone that I have always been able to count on. Her ability to balance her work life, social life and develop her strength through fitness is something that I envy and continue to work towards. On tough days like yesterday, I remind myself of someone like my sister, who has held me accountable since day one. Moral of the story – have a purpose and get yourself a Sotiria in life.
Here are a couple of things that will help you get started:
- Find someone that will hold you accountable. Sotiria and I meet regularly every week to catch up on the blog, our fitness goals and life in general. She is the main reason we started our blogging journey! She’s also a beast at the gym, and will kick your ass in a partner workout. I know this from first-hand experience. Stay tuned…
- Track your progress. Whether it’s managing a workout calendar or taking progress pictures to compare before and after photos.
- Take action. Instead of hoping for progress, make small changes that will help you maintain your goals. Start by going to the gym 3 days a week. As you progress, alter your weekly schedule.
- Keep a positive mindset. I used to work myself up over a single chocolate bar and for “cheating on my diet.” One chocolate bar would then turn into a week long binge. Make sure that even if you slip up, you get right back on your gym grind the following day.
Check out our partner workout from this past weekend. Through many failed attempts and laughter, we finally finished the final product. Here is the breakdown:
Exercise #1: 4 Sets x 12 Reps *Switch w/ partner
Exercise #2: 4 Sets x 20 Reps – Mountain Climbers *Switch w/partner
4 Sets x 15 Reps – Sit-Ups
Exercise #4: 4 Sets x 15 Reps *Switch w/ partner
Exercise #5: 4 Sets x 20 Reps
Try it with a friend and let us know what you think!