I am the worst when it comes to writing things down. My office at Fit After Fifty is awash in papers, from receipts to unread magazines to paper scraps with phone numbers and no name. It is a wonder I get anything done.
Unsurprisingly, I have not committed to any of my fitness goals in writing.
I have been following the motivational tips in this blog and others for years, and they all tell me to write down my goals. So why haven’t I done that?
I think that in my mind, not writing it down means that I don’t “really” have to do it. Couple that with a flurry of activities in my business and personal life that I have chosen to make a priority, and there is just no time for exercise.
I know, I know. The dictionary is the only place where “success” comes before “work.”
I am still experiencing changes in my body and in my energy levels. I have not been on the scale since I declared that I would not be obsessing over those numbers, so I don’t know whether I have lost any more weight. For that matter, I don’t know how many calories I am taking in, or how many days a week I am exercising, or for how long. You can’t track what you don’t measure.
It seems like now would be a good time to revisit what I hoped to accomplish in January and find a better way to hold myself accountable. Would you be willing to join me?
I would like to get about 10 other people who are serious about losing weight and getting fit to join me over at StickK.com, a website developed to help you actually set and achieve your goals by creating “Commitment Contracts.” Behavioral research shows that people who stake money or reputation when they make a commitment to accomplish something are far more likely to actually achieve the goals they set for themselves.
One would have thought that baring my soul on the Internet would have been accountability enough! But evidently I need something more.
I am selecting two goals: the first is to be on the treadmill five times a week, building up from 1 to 3 miles over a 16 week period that ends October 19. The second is to lose 20 pounds in that same time period, just over a pound per week. I have to select a referee who can verify whether I actually succeed each week. I will probably make that my husband, who will badger me if necessary. I also have the opportunity to select a “stake,” which in my case will be an amount of money per week that I do not want to have to shell out. I will also designate a recipient for this money. Every week, the folks at StickK.com will charge my credit card, and at the end of the challenge will send the money to the designated recipient.
So will you join me? I have to have some StickK.com members to be my cheering section, and I sure would love it if we could figure out how to achieve our fitness goals together. What goals could you achieve if you had a way to be accountable and measure your goals with friends? Staking money is optional, so please don’t hesitate because of that. Please comment below and let me know if you would be willing to participate. You can also email me at [email protected] Next month we will report back with our progress!
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