Accountability Partner or Nah?

Be your accountability partner by Heathermelton

Many Americans begin the year with a list of goals and beautiful vision boards. Surveys show approximately 73% of Americans set fitness goals yearly and I would safely say 50% of those people give up on their goals within three months. I often wondered how this could happen and then I decided to reevaluate my own lifestyle because I fall into that 50%. While I workout throughout the year, there is no consistency in my workout regimen. I can go for months working out daily and then I fall into a slump. Now, I’m at an age where maintaining my weight and eating a more balanced diet is vital. I need to become intentional with staying active and monitoring my caloric intake.

A couple of years ago I gained a great deal of weight in a very short period of time. I struggled with carrying the weight and as soon as June rolled around and school ended, I got to work. I was able to shed almost all of the extra poundage in a two month time span. It was easy maintaining once school started but there is a season called winter that rolls around yearly. Winter is the time of year I find myself backtracking. Cold weather is a burden for me so I don’t exercise often, if at all.

I’ve done the trainer before and I thoroughly enjoyed having someone to push me and hold me accountable. But when my trainer moved, I realized just how much I lacked self-discipline when it came to working out. As a result, I decided I wanted to take control of my own health and fitness and become intrinsically motivated to regulate my eating habits and challenge myself to exercise regularly. Whelp, it’s not working. Last week, I only met my target steps one day. Why? Because it was cold and my working out didn’t impact anyone or influence someone else to be as trifling as I was in that moment.

So now the questions? Should I seek an accountability partner and/or trainer? Should I continue working on becoming more disciplined in my own standards and practices based on my personal goals? What are the benefits of a trainer? Do you work out alone or with a partner? What are the pros and cons? And how do you stay motivated to workout regularly?

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