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13 Ideas for Weight Loss Accountability

Being responsible for your actions is the cornerstone of life. Starting at an early age, we are held to certain standards to “grow up.” How many of you remember a childhood incident that you will never forget because you did or didn’t do something that your parents, teacher, or friend may have been disappointed in you?

Common negative traits, albeit frequently unwarranted, are feelings of shame, humiliation, or self-criticism.

Think about your life in terms of school report cards. Sometimes you will do really well and get an A, sometimes a lower grade. However, as Erma Bomback said—those of us who are a bit older remember—life is not always a bowel of cherries.

That doesn’t mean that you cannot be happy with who and what you are, or try and improve any aspect of your life, especially issues of weight and weight-management

If you’re serious about gaining a healthy lifestyle, accountability is an important aspect of being responsible. Of course, you can be accountable to yourself, a friend, relative, or even to a stranger. But, the best person to be accountable to is someone who isn’t afraid to give you honest advice, support, and motivation.

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Men and Women are not an Island.

Have you seen the TV show, The Biggest Loser? The participants—who try and lose the largest percentage of body weight--feel obligated to try to work hard. They do so not only for themselves, but also for their coach and their teammates. They don’t want to let down the team, so they work harder to lose weight.

This is interesting because it is a metaphor of life. You want to set a role model for your children, wife, husband, boss, neighbor, pastor—you name it. But you are the one who wants to feel validated, first and foremost.

However, sometimes we just can’t go it alone or it’s hard to. We need assistance. That’s what Iowa Avenue provides—a friendly social community of people like you and me who are seeking our own way toward healthy lifestyles and provide advice, support and motivation to get there.

For today’s Iowa Avenue’s Thursday Thirteen we list 13 ways of accountability to help you on your healthy lifestyle journey:

1. Start a food journal

2. Maintain a positive attitude

3. Keep an exercise journal

4. Put a tracker on your website

5. Talk to your friends on Iowa Avenue for support

6. Start a weight loss blog

7. Create realistic short, medium, and long term goals, and track your progress

8. Post personal pictures

9. Make your measurements public

10. Get a “diet” buddy

11. Post photos of your meals

12. Create an online support group

13. Hire a personal dietitian or personal trainer

Remember the old saw, “Happiness is between your two ears?” So is a healthy lifestyle as it starts with your desire to improve yourself, because

After all, it’s about a healthy lifestyle!

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