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Personal Accountability: unimaginably powerful for weight loss


Posted on March 30th, 2010 by Matt Schoeneberger

I’m a weight loss coach.  My job is to help people understand what they need to do to lose weight and help motivate them to do it. Over the years I’ve learned that different techniques work with different people and I’ve become increasingly aware of the psychological component of any weight loss endeavor.

At some point, however, personal accountability comes into play. Most clients meet with me for 30 minutes or less, a few times/week. Some less often or for less time. That leaves them a whole lot of time to be left to their own devices and during that time they have to hold themselves accountable for their actions.

Let’s turn this discussion on you. You’re trying to lose weight. I may be able to help you. I may be able to educate you. I may be able to motivate you. I may be able to hold you accountable every so often. But you are the only one with you 24/7.

Stop making excuses. Stop asking for help when you haven’t even applied what you already know. Stop looking for an easy way out. Either you want it or you don’t and no amount of effort on the part of me or anyone else is going to get you there. It’s all about you.

Figure out what your goals are. This should take a while because it’s something you want to get right. After all, you should be consumed with achieving them if they are truly important to you. Decide why you want to lose weight and make sure the reasons are good enough to make you put the fork down when you’re supposed to. Make sure the reasons will be good enough to make you make the right decision every time.

Once you’ve written them down, devise a way to make them available to you at all times. Put them on index cards and carry them with you. Have one set in your bedroom, one in your kitchen, one in your car, one at work, and one wherever you know you’ll need to be reminded of them.

Then, hold yourself accountable to them, because no one else can.

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2 Responses to “Personal Accountability: unimaginably powerful for weight loss”

  1. sandi says:

    Ouch! Man, the truth hurts. Like Galileo said: “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” The hardest part might be figuring out why we don’t stick to it. I like that you include the psychological aspect in your book. Too many people miss out on that and end up on the rollercoaster.

  2. Thanks Sandi! Sometimes I wish I could crawl inside people’s heads and move things around so they could re-wire their thought patterns. The psych aspect is the most challenging to get people to understand, in my opinion. It all starts with motivation.

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