This is how much more likely you are to achieve your goal if you are accountable to someone about it.
When it comes to health goals, particularly, staying on track is tough. There is so much in your life that comes in the way, if you let it. Family obligations. Work stress. Societal obligations. Horrible bosses. Unsupportive colleagues. Rising expenses. Lack of time because of your daily commute. Expensive diet and fitness options. And so on, and so forth.
Despite all of this, however, staying healthy is vital to leading a good life. You don’t want to add weekly runs to the doctor, or extra days off for sick leave, or tiredness and unproductivity to the list above. It will only make your life worse.
Here’s our prescription for achieving your wellness goal: Get a wellness buddy, or a bunch of them. If being accountable is what will make you more likely to achieve what you need to, be accountable. It’s really simple.
Say, you need to lose 10 kgs, and keep the weight off because you have PCOS. Your gynaecologist is concerned about it, your GP is not too happy, and you just feel awful. That feeling of not being in your most vital state translates into you being less productive in your life. Which means, your stress levels are higher. You may be binge eating, or going on a yo-yo diet every month. There’s that vicious cycle again.
Now, say, you ask someone in your life that you are close to, to help you. It could be a parent, a sibling, your significant other, or a close friend. You sit down with them, explain why you need to lose weight, and by when. (It will help if you consult your doctor and a qualified nutritionist about setting a regime and timelines, which you can share with your wellness buddy.)
Draft a set of goals. Share them with your buddy.
Figure out how you will stay accountable. You may send them a picture of your meals, so they know what you’re eating. Or, you may call or text them when you feel a craving hit you, and they talk you out of it. They could sign up for an exercise class, or a gym with you, or come with you on your daily walk. If not, you can text them as you head out for it, and, again, if you’re tempted to skip, they will remind you not to. Ask them to give you some tough love when you need it. Track your achievements with them, and celebrate your milestones.
This is a big ask of someone, so be careful who you choose to be your wellness buddy. Make sure that they are as committed to it, as you are. At the end of it, get them a lovely present, or treat them to a meal, or weekend away to express your gratitude for their commitment.
By getting someone on board your plan, you will know that you’re not alone in this. And that makes the biggest difference.