In my opinion accountability is the factor most important to being fit. Now there are 2 types of accountability im talking about: workout accountability and nutrition accountability. There are several effective ways to be held accountable. You can hold yourself accountable, have a friend hold you accountable or theres even online sites that help hold you accountable for your workouts and eating.
When deciding to get in shape- you have to be fully committed to eating right and working out properly. Hold yourself accountable to workout on schedule and to eat properly. If you think this may be a problem - announce to friends and family what your goal is, ask them to help keep you accountable.
Another great way is to find a workout buddy, preferably someone who has the same goals as you. Ive trained hundreds of clients over the years and those who have a workout buddy tend to stay more focused than those who don't.
Of course, having a personal trainer is probably the most effective way to reach a fitness goal. Personal trainers, like myself, not only walk you through the workouts, but hold you accountable to show up, complete the workouts and to eat properly. I like to give my clients food journals, which they write down every single thing they eat. If they don't show up to a scheduled appointment - im calling and texting them- holding them accountable.
Make working out part of your daily routine. Would you skip brushing your teeth everyday?- then why skip working out or eating correctly? Your physical fitness and nutrition are very important. Your health is something that once it goes bad-its very hard to get it back. Maintenance your body just as you would your car. You only have one body in this life- so take good care of it.
Its easy to NOT workout. Its easier to sit on the couch and watch t.v. than to take a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood. We all have to find something that motivates us. Whether its a dress you fit into 5 years ago or a picture of the body you want - keep that goal in mind and remind yourself of it often. Try hanging the dress you want to fit into somewhere you will see it everyday.. or a picture of yourself when you were in better shape in your car.. keep your goal in mind and let it motivate you to succeed.
Hold yourself accountable. Have a friend hold you accountable. Have a trainer hold you accountable. Stay focused on whatever goal you have and don't stop until you achieve it.