Monday we discussed accountability. You are responsible for you. You and only you have the power to change your life, and you must take responsibility for your actions. The other half of taking accountability is to know your options. Now we are going to discuss possibilities. Again, you and only you have the power to decide your possibilities, but this is much more fun.
Many times I see people who do not understand they have lots of options. Yea, they may know about them, but they are not tangible in their lives so they rule them out. For example; if you feel you want to become more active, but do not have equipment, you may feel strength training is not an option for you. Many of us get stuck, we find a rut and we stay there. Why I ask you, why?
Once you have determined your goal, have made it a priority, and are ready to be accountable to yourself for following through, it is time to dream up all the possibilities. What do you want to do? How many different ways can you get there? Where will you go first? What will you do first? Who will be working with you? When will you start? The list goes on. Try this exercise: Begin by re-reading your goal. Remember, if you put something down on paper it becomes more real – write your goal down.
Then develop a list of prioritized actions that will help you reach your goal. For example: First priority – today I will eat well. I will make healthy meal and snack choices so I have the energy to make it through my day feeling good. You should become more specific and write down the items you are planning to eat for optimum adherence. Second priority – I will walk for at least twenty minutes today – best if you write down the place and time in your daily calender or where ever you plan your day or are journaling your goal. Third priority – I will make sure I get enough sleep tonight so I am ready to begin a great day tomorrow.
See how easy it can be. I know you are thinking, “Yea easy to say and write down; easy to do? I don’t think so”. That is where you call upon your discipline, your list of priorities, and your accountability measures to help support your efforts. Remember, no one is going to do this for you. It is all you!
People have all sorts of reasons why they can’t exercise more…or should I say excuses? Working out doesn’t have to break the bank, take tons of time, or cause you to stress more. Working out is about priorities and putting yourself behind your efforts.
Working out does not have to cost a dime. Many spend quite a bit on poor food choices, and then complain they have no money to spend on health. How much is your cable bill? What’s it doing for your body? What about your trips to the mall, eating out, the bar – how much are your habits costing you? Are they still worth the extra weight, poor sleep, added stress? See below for ideas.
Working out does not have to take much time. Ever sat through an episode of a TV show only to think it was dumb? Why did you waste your time? How about when you sit through one and because it ended you watch the one right after it? Half of many TV programs are commercials, so even if you like the show, you could do some activities during commercials, or better yet, you could do activity through the whole show! There is a half hour of activity and you did not spend any money or have to find any extra time.
Working out does not have to be a huge change. If you start it will snowball. What about working activity into your life? Quit driving around the parking lot looking for the closest spot – there is your extra half hour of time. Park as far away as you can and walk in. Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible. Walk instead of drive, sometimes it’ll take you less time to walk, than to get in your car, start it up, move it, sit at the stop lights, move through traffic, and find another spot to park. Get wild buy a bike. If you don’t need a parking pass for your car – there is your extra money. (Worried about winter biking, there are many who bike all year long, and I am sure they could help you get started. Not to mention the cool fat tires you’ll get to use.)
It is no one’s responsibility to get you moving. It is no one’s responsibility to make sure you are choosing actions that correspond with your goals, and it is no one’s responsibility to make sure you follow through with your goals – its all you. Make the choice today to be accountable for your actions and in control of your choices and ultimately your health.