I put off my workout yesterday morning. We had some errands to run and by the time we got home I was too hungry to work out before breakfast. No problem, I thought; I’ll just do it tonight. Of course, I’ve been there before. I have genuinely good intentions but eight o’clock rolls around and I’m pooped. Once the kids are in bed all I want to do is pull out the chocolate, pour a glass of wine and sit with my husband chatting or watching our favorite shows. The absolute last thing I want to do is change into workout gear, go down to the basement and do a workout.
No matter how much I enjoy doing that workout in the morning, come evening it is like asking me to walk over hot coals or stick my head in a bucket of ice. I don’t want to do it unless there’s a substantial reward on offer. But guess what? Last night I did my workout. I really didn’t want to and I almost didn’t. So what got me into my workout gear and down to that basement? Accountability got me there. I’ve told all of you lovely lot about my fitness plans and goals. That means I’m now liable to be held accountable for my actions, or inaction as the case would have been. I’ll admit it, in the middle of my workout I was cursing the very idea of accountability. I was regretting the day I shared my goals with the world. But afterwards, it felt great.
I realized I’ve finally discovered the will power I needed all along. You see I’m a “doer” not a “sayer”; if I say I’m going to do something, you can be sure that I’m going to follow through. It might sound cliché but for me it’s true, and I think it’s what I’ve been missing all of these years when I couldn’t stick to a fitness plan for any length of time. I have never verbalized my plans to anyone for fear of not being able to stick with them. But all I had to do was write it down, send it out to the world, and bam, all of a sudden I can’t go back on my word.
Accountability is terrible because it makes you do things you really don’t want to do at that moment in time. But in the end it helps you to achieve goals you might not have accomplished alone. Some people are self-disciplined enough that they can hold themselves accountable without the need for outside help. When it comes to fitness, I am not one of those people, and am so grateful to have support and encouragement out there to help me.