How do you keep yourself accountable with your health and fitness goals?

For me, it’s using social sites like Dailymile, Runkeeper, Twitter and Facebook. The more people you tell about your goals, the more people you have to “disappoint”–even if those people are complete strangers. That may be putting some undo pressure on people without them realizing, but sometimes having that accountability keeps you, well, accountable. There have been countless times that I’ve been running, desperate to stop, and the thought of someone judging me on Dailymile keeps me going. Now, don’t get me wrong, the people on Dailymile are quite friendly but there’s just something competitive in me that wants to feel worthy of even being on that site. Maybe it’s wrong to be motivated by assuming people are judging me but honestly, I’m judging me. Running, especially, is way more mental than physical. Sometimes you just need that extra push to keep going. What are your tricks to stay accountable?

Meridith Oram
Meridith Oram is an ACE-Certified Health Coach at Below the Fork where she encourages women to love themselves towards healthy. She is married with two boys, and lives outside of Philadelphia. She earned a B.A. in Communications from Villanova University. Meridith writes about FASTer Way to Fat Loss, fitness, nutrition, Celiac Disease, and easy (but delicious!) gluten-free recipes at Follow her @belowthefork on all social channels.

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