Written By: Sara Jensen
Last week I wrote about starting a path to a healthier you and the importance of beginning now. There will never be a perfect time to start, and it is so important to allow yourself the freedom to start today. So let’s say you created a vision/plan for yourself and set a long term goal. How are you going to keep yourself accountable to that plan?
Part of the beauty of wellness coaching is the support and accountability that it provides. Having someone to assist you in creating a plan and being accountable to that plan really is the recipe for success. The accountability that I can provide is not a “task master” approach. My approach is to help you find what works best for you. If exercise is what you are wanting to add to your life, experimenting with what time of day works best, which activity you choose, alone or with a buddy, all of these take a little trial and error until you find your routine. No matter the area of wellness you are working on, it is my job to encourage you to find your best fit. Having goals and having an accountability partner to help you reach your goals can truly be life changing.
Keeping track of your progress is also another way to help you stay accountable to your long-term plan. There are so many ways to do this, but it really does not have to be complicated. Electronic activity trackers are all really good, however journaling your activity, food intake, etc. can really be a helpful tool. There is something about writing down what you are doing that creates a little more accountability.
My good friend Kristin is training for a marathon and she shared with me her chart for keeping herself accountable toward her goal of running a full marathon. Kristin was kind enough to let me share it with you! I think you will find it a very helpful tool to keep you on track. Again, it all comes back to the idea of finding what works best for you. There is no “right way” to track progress, it is the process of tracking that will help keep you accountable and motivated to keep moving forward with your wellness goals.
The last two rows were left open for you to add something that’s important to you, such as doing something for your marriage or a chore.