Big, audacious goals like losing weight and getting in shape are never easy. If they were, they probably wouldn't be worth doing. It takes plenty of hard work and persistence, often over long periods of time (especially if you have a lot of weight to lose).
You start out excited and determined, because the desire to do something about your weight has been building for a while. But over time, your willpower fades and it becomes easier to make excuses not to drag yourself out of bed to work out, or to constantly watch what you eat.
When actress and writer Amy Huberman reached out to us for help with her fitness goals, we immediately identified what was holding her back. See if you can figure it out, too:
"I joined Fitness Together almost three years ago and I can honestly say it was life-changing. Before I joined I was nearly allergic to exercise… going for a brisk walk, or attending the odd, very infrequent yoga class was about as far as I was willing to push myself.
When someone suggested I join Fitness Together, I thought I was going to hate it, but within a few short weeks I ended up loving it… It helped me address my overall well-being, my diet and even my posture.
It is also the greatest motivator in the world to be booked into a fitness session, knowing you can't really cancel and let the trainer down, so it really is a brilliant incentive. If it was left to me to go the gym off my own bat I would honestly never go!"
Can you see what the problem was, and how she got past it?
Amy was suffering from the same issue so many of us face with our biggest goals: she was resistant to challenging herself, even though it would bring about positive changes in her life. But once she got started with us, it immediately became almost impossible to bail out on her exercise sessions.
See, it's the easiest thing in the world to talk yourself out of doing something difficult and to quit on your goals. But when you have to explain yourself to someone else, at the risk of letting them down? That's another thing entirely. We have a word for this in the fitness community, and it's an important one:
When willpower is fading and motivation is at an all-time low, it's accountability that will carry you through and keep you working towards losing the weight you want. When you share your goals with someone else, a sense of obligation takes over and you instantly become more motivated to eat healthy and work out. It's an incredibly powerful effect.
Accountability is what helped Amy Huberman and so many others achieve their health and fitness goals, and it will help change YOUR life too.
Want to see the benefits of accountability first hand? Request a free consultation here and share your goals with us, and we'll help you make them happen.