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Recently, (oh the past 2-3 months or so) I have run into many people dealing with the same one or two issues. Most of these people are already well versed in exercise and nutrition in some way. Either they have tried a gazillion different things before or they have done it in the distant past.
1. They’re not being as consistent with their workouts and nutrition as they would like and are having a hard time sticking to things.
2. They’re not getting the results they should base on how much they know about working out and eating healthy.
Most admitted that when things get busy, it’s hard for them to be consistent. They frequently get off track with nutrition and skips workouts.
Most have tried a bunch of different workout programs and diets and knew what to do. But still something important was missing, something that could help make a difference.
They read articles on working out and nutrition. They exercise. They eat healthy, or at least try to. Most are the go-to “fitness expert” for their family and friends.
They’re people who should be in great shape — and maybe at one point, they were in great shape — but are now having a tough time. They’re frustrated with a body that’s not as lean, strong, fit or healthy as they know it could be. And I have worked with many experienced clients just like them — helping them get healthier and into the great shape — I know exactly what was missing. Once you reach a certain level of knowledge and experience, the missing link is no longer a new workout program, the perfect diet, or a new supplement to try.
The one thing they are missing is this: being accountable — to someone or something — for their workouts and nutrition.
“Accountability is the acknowledgment of responsibility for your actions with the obligation to report, explain, and be responsible for the resulting consequences.”
In other words, accountability keeps you consistent because you have to report back what you’re doing — or not doing — in the gym and in the kitchen to someone else.
In fact, accountability is more important than personal motivation for this simple reason: No one always feels motivated to go to the gym or eat healthy.
But if we have someone who’s checking up on us to see how things are going, we’ll get our butt in gear. Even if we don’t feel motivated in the moment.
We actually do the exercise — and eat the food — needed to look and feel great. And we do it over and over again, even when the going gets tough.
That’s why you can know exactly what to do. And you can even do it — exercise, eat good food, get 8 hours of sleep — for short bursts. But you can still end up struggling.
Simply put: if you can’t be consistent, you can’t make progress.
And that’s why accountability – not the perfect training or nutrition program – is the thing that turns everything around. (Heck, maybe it can turn things around for you.)