Holding yourself accountable is not always an easy task, but it will help tremendously with your progress, self-confidence and ability to sustain the program in the long run. While your revolutionize nutritionists will always be there to hold you accountable, at the end of the day it’s up to you, and at the end of the day, your actions play the largest role in terms of accountability! Here are our top five revolutionize nutritionist approved accountability tips:
While a weekly weigh in and bimonthly scans assist in progress monitoring, monitoring on your own time as well has proven to be helpful and may help you stay motivated and focused throughout the entire week. Our top three progress monitoring techniques include taking progress pictures, weighing yourself on your own scale first thing in the morning multiple times weekly and taking the average at the end of the week, and of course trying on your clothes and seeing how they fit!
Planning ahead is absolutely essential. Plug in your macros ahead of time, planning out your meals to facilitate a complete day with balanced macros that are within your ranges ensures that you won’t be scrambling to find specific sources of proteins, fats, and/or carbs. If something changes, you can simply swipe certain foods out and add new ones in, changing things as you see fit to complete the day with the correct macronutrients. Pack your meals ahead of time as well, this will help tremendously with morning rushing. With workouts, you can also plan these ahead! Map out your week of workouts so you know what you need to do each week. If you have to get up super early, you can even sleep in your gym clothes and just pop out of bed and make your way to the gym first thing.
Sometimes when you don’t have healthy foods on hand to reach for, it’s much more difficult to stay on track. Trying to meal prep some simple foods such as lean proteins, steamed or baked veggies, grains, hard boiled eggs, sliced and portioned fruits, overnight oatmeal, etc., will help you in the long run and save you time! Keep those prepped foods at the front of the fridge and you’ll find yourself gravitating towards those foods much more. No excuses J
This is especially helpful if you’re particularly busy, or a bit scatterbrained. If it’s difficult for you to remember and/or prioritize aspects of your plan, set reminders or alarms on your phone (make sure the volume is on!) so that you’re directly reminded what you need to do that day.
At the end of the day, it isn’t about having time, but it’s about making the time. Waking up earlier, staying up later, changing around your schedule slightly to fit in what’s important for you may very well be necessary. At the end of the day, we all have the same 24 hours in the day, and while our schedules and commitments vary, at the end of the day, your health and happiness should be a long-term commitment that you dedicate some time each day to! It may seem tedious initially but is worth it in the long run.