Got a goal? What is it? How are you doing with it?
We set those lofty goals in January and by February, we’re struggling with the follow through.
Or maybe that’s just me.
So this week, I’ve decided to add some extra oomph into my weight loss efforts.
It works like this. My sister is supposed to check with me at the end of every single day to find out my calorie totals. It’s OK if I’m over my goals, as long as I have a total when she texts me each night about it. But chances are, if I’m calculating calories, then I’ll make the extra effort to actually reach my goals on most days.
Because I’ve got apps. I’ve got an app for calorie counting, an app to keep up with my runs, and a Fitbit & app to keep up with it all. But an app can’t make me get out of bed when I don’t want to. And it can’t make me keep up with what I have eaten. And it sure can’t stop me from getting one more cookie.
It’s like that expression I’ve heard about children. One of my old pastors used to say that children don’t always do what we expect. They do what we inspect. I’m really no different than my kids, and I know that one of the keys to weight loss victory is having someone inspect my progress.
It can work this way with anything. If you’re tackling a Whole 30, joining Weight Watchers, or eating Paleo, grab a partner to do it with, or at the very least, find someone to keep you accountable. Trying to read the Bible every day? Find someone to check up on you. Want to stop yelling at your kids? Get a group together and join the Orange Rhino challenge. Starting a Couch to 5K program or a new exercise program like T-Tapp? Get a running buddy or find a friend to do the video with you. Or email me and I’ll help you stay accountable.
But don’t give up because it’s almost February. Stay the course. Keep fighting that battle.
Knowing someone is going to check up on you means you’ll actually follow through. But talking to God about your battle and asking for His help in the battle?? I can smell the victory already.
No more I’ll do it tomorrow (and eat what I want today). Nope. With someone checking up on us, we nearly always follow through.
That’s the way God designed us, and that’s the way He designed accountability. I think this is part of the building up one another and encouraging one another that we see talked about in scripture.
Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. -Galatians 6:2-3
So what are your goals for 2015, and who is keeping you accountable for them?