But when you have no one, how do you find someone? That's a great question. Thankfully the internet is an awesome place, and trainers exist. Here are my favorite accountability tools, and hopefully one works for you!
1. A friend. I totally understand not everyone has one of these, so find one! I would be willing to bet the rec center in your town has group workout classes for cheap. I would be willing to bet someone in that class is just like you, looking for someone to become "workout buddies" with. Or maybe there is a meet up group (or 700) for people that share a common goal. Or a local pub has a running club where everyone runs a 5K then drinks beer. I don't live in a huge city and ALL of those are things available to me. Find out what is available to you. If you workout at a gym, having a physical friend to go with can often be the difference between success and that other thing.
2. Instagram. Fun fact- I created my instagram account to stay accountable to wearing and using my body bugg. It's true- if you are bored you can scroll ALL the way down and see for weeks all I did was post my body bugg screen shot. And I would hashtag #bodybugg and #bodymedia and I would follow other people using it. We became a little community. I still follow those people I met early on, and we are STILL friends. Instagram is an awesome tool, not just a place to stalk your favorite bloggers and celebs (tho I do that too ;) )
3. Diet Bets. I have been doing Diet Bets since I started this journey and I have to say I freaking love them. First of all, anyone can commit to 4 weeks. And 4% is such an attainable goal, everyone can do it. Second, I am competitive. When I have the chance to win money, I am motivated to do my best. I love that Diet Bets you aren't competing against other people, you are betting on yourself, and working to prove you can do it. My Labor Day Diet Bet starts today and the pot is over $1000 if you want to give it a shot.
4. Apps. There are TONS of weight loss/ fitness apps out there, and 99% of them are free. Some of my favorites are My Fitness Pal, C25K Free, Map My Fitness, Breeze and Weilos. I am still trying to figure out Weilos, but from what I can tell its like a fitness only instagram. I am also a HUGE fan of Rip Deck. I have talked about Rip Deck before, but I still use it when I am in a pinch. Its just a great app (but not a free one, but worth the money). (Obviously none of these apps know who I am, I just use them and thought I would share, in case that was unclear.)
5. Hire a trainer. This is #5 because its not free, and not the best way to go for some people. I 100% believe you can lose weight without a trainer. You have it inside you to change your life. And you don't need to become a power lifter or marathon runner to do it. If these are your goals, seeking professional help is totally advised, but not necessary. If you think having a personal trainer will help you, PLEASE go get a trainer. We are all on a different journey, and trainers are there to help.
I have used (or continue to use) each of these methods of accountability every day. I have accountabilibuddies, I have worked with a trainer, I use at least half of those apps every day. To be successful, you need to commit, and to commit you need to be consistent, and to be consistent, you need accountability. Pick one, or use all until you find what works for you.
What is your favorite accountability tool?