excuses and accountability

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As I mentioned, I didn’t come up with a new list of resolutions for 2015; instead I’m letting my one little word guide me (and still working on that 25 for my 25th list). But a big reason why I record my other goals in this space is so I’m held accountable. Even if only one person reads this, he/she still knows I said I was going to do something, so gosh darn it, I better do it. Surely no one but myself will be disappointed if I don’t reach it, but throwing your dreams and ambitions out into the universe is at least a start in getting you motivated.

On my list of 25 things, I wanted to find a fitness routine that works for me. After the Christmas holidays, I finally set a routine in motion of eating healthier and exercising at least four times a week. Last week I was talking with my mother (and having the same weight loss/fitness conversation we always have), and instead of setting a time in the future to start, we agreed/ I told her that beginning that very day we would hold each other accountable to working out at least four times a week: any four days, but you can’t skip more than one day in a row. And to further prove we did it, we have to send a sweaty selfie to each other after the workout. We have been doing different FitnessBlender workouts, alternating between cardio and strength exercises, and having a different workout each day, so we don’t get bored.

Guess what? It’s working. Even if I feel like I’m holding her more accountable than she is holding me, I am still pushed to exercise because I’m making sure she does. For me, it’s difficult to have an exercise partner because everyone’s schedules are different, and I like the privacy of working out by myself (no embarrassment when I’m cursing huffing and puffing). I also thought I needed a gym membership (so that I would make the set class time), but if I didn’t get to the gym by 9:45, I just wouldn’t exercise that day. I’m actually really excited about this thing I’ve got going with my mother, and I’m so hoping I can finally cross this item off my list of 25 things. Plus, I’m talking to her more than usual, getting to see funny selfies, and helping her get healthier at the same time; that’s what I call a win-win-win.

Setting a deadline helps, but more than reaching a specific date, it’s just important that you are constantly working towards your goal. Because no one else is going to do it for you. We complain, and we envy others for what they have or are doing, but hey, guess what? We’re all human and we’re all capable of learning and doing whatever we want. How is that for a revelation?

So instead of making excuses in this new year, let’s just do it. Figure out what it is you want, and take the steps to get there. Those people you envy? They had to do something to get to that point. And so do you. And if you need to be held accountable, share it.

Just start.

-wonderland sam

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actress/texan kickin' it in los angeles. always searching for my next pizza. cia agent in another life.

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