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Recently, I had the pleasure of talking about my weight loss and fitness journey with a fellow blogger, David Domzalski from RunTheMoney.com. I thought I’d share a little bit of it with you, being that my April 2017 goal accountability check in is due (look for it next week). Health and weight loss have a lot of parallels to the personal finance sphere as well. Check out the basic points here and then check out the interview!
Set realistic goals
The first step to getting results is to actually set realistic goals. You want goals that are just outside your comfort zone so that you will have to work towards them. For me, this year I have set goals in seven areas of my life and am checking in monthly with all of you here to help motivate me to press on during the year and to help keep my goals in mind each month.
When you are setting goals, make sure to make them SMART goals:
- S – Specific
- M – Measureable
- A – Achieveable
- R – Relevant
- T – Time Bound
Tracking is essential
Tracking anything you want to do is how you meet a goal right? If you don’t track your progress in one way or another, how will you ever know if you’ve met your goal?
On the fitness and health side of things, I use the Fitbit Aria scale (Amazon affiliate link) to weigh myself, track my workouts using my Apple Watch (Amazon Affiliate link) and try to log my eating into MyFitnessPal. All of it works together and gives me a better overall picture of how things are looking. When I fall off the wagon and don’t track is usually when I start having the issues.
If you don’t do anything else to get started, it’s important that you find some sort of a way to start tracking things that are important to you to accomplish.
Accountability will help you strive further to be successful
Accountability is huge for me. It makes me feel that I have someone to answer to and will end up letting down when I’m not successful at making progress on my goals. Actually, that is part of why this blog even exists. I started it as a way to start tracking my progress and making it public so that I could hold myself accountable to all the readers of my monthly updates!
By knowing that people are reading and commenting, I feel that I owe it to more people to strive to make my story more successful. And to be more successful, I have to make better decisions to get the progress I’m striving for.
There are many different ways to hold yourself accountable:
- Join a group where you can check in with others on the same journey.
- Share your journey and goals on your social media accounts and ask others to check in with you regularly.
- Find someone that you can meet with on a regular basis.
- Start a blog and start tracking your results publicly.
If you’d like to read more about it and check out the interview, please click over to David’s site and check out the full interview here: Weight Loss Journey: How Steve Uses Accountability to Get Healthier.
Thanks for reading and I hope it helps you with your goals and journey! Speaking of which, what are your ways of making sure that you achieve your goals? I’d love to hear below in the comments!
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