Sunday, February 23, 2014

Run or Dye & Stay Accountable

Have you ever wanted people to throw gobs of dye at you while you are running a 5k? Then you must sign up for a Run Or Dye event!

I did one with my friend Evelyn and it was crazy fun. I never thought I'd actually enjoy getting paint thrown at me.
But clearly I had a good time.
I think running with friends always makes everything better anyway. 

Would I do one again? Definitely. I was really grateful to have someone else drive us home though. I don't think I would have liked to drive home with all of that dye on me.

Accountability is one of the hardest yet most important facets of sticking to a workout or diet plan. Someone e-mailed me recently asking me if I had any tips or tricks for staying accountable so here's a few tips:

1. Write down your goals, don't just think them 
Putting goals on paper makes them more real than if they are just ideas in your head. Once you have the goal(s) written, write down the steps you'll need to get there. Focus on achieving one step at a time.

2. Have an accountability partner 
Maybe your hubby or one of your best girlfriends. Knowing that someone is going to check in on you may help you stay on track. A strong support system is such a blessing! If you have one, don't ever lose sight of that. 

3. Plan and prepare
Make an effort to be proactive about your goals. Set out your gym clothes the night before. Prep your meals for the week on Sundays. Throw out the junk food in your house. Write down your workouts ahead of time. There are so many ways that you can do a few little extra things that take MINUTES to help keep you on track!

3. Use your phone
We may so much money for these darn things, might as well use them to help us stay accountable as well! There are so many fitness/diet apps out there now and many of them are free! Maybe you could make it a goal to record your meals for a week using your phone.

4. Surround yourself with positive 
Keep the attitude around you positive whether it be with positive people, music, motivational books, inspirational Facebook pages, anything that will keep you in a positive mindset. Good mood = much more likely to stick to your goals. Bad mood = greater chance you'll throw in the towel

**If you aren't that open or don't feel as though you have someone close enough to open up with, e-mail me. I would absolutely love to help you reach your goals. 

Anything I missed?

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