Accountability. What is Your Method?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2018-06-25 18:30:13 -0500
Started 2018-06-03 13:21:56 -0500

Accountability is something that I hate, but absolutely NEED. It's just how I'm made. I do better when I am talking with others about my goals, my efforts, my plans. Just sharing with someone is more likely to make me reach a goal. Is it right? Don't know, but I know it works for me.

Times when I am not able to be here, seeing what others are doing, and sharing what I am doing, I will drift. Sometimes very off track. Being accountable for me can just be sharing or actually sitting down and partnering up with someone to achieve a mutual goal. Knowing that someone out there is going to ask me later how I am doing in a certain goal shared keeps it more on my mind. I am less inclined to forget or excuse my lack of effort.

I came across this article on how fitbit is now offering community settings in their app to connect people with similar goals.
I have never used a fitbit (or any of those kinds of devices) but I know many people who have. There is now a diabetic community there, and I was wondering if anyone here has used it. How did it help you reach goals? Was it helpful? Did you even know it was part of their app? I would enjoy hearing your feedback on it.

6 replies

Stuart1966 2018-06-25 18:30:13 -0500 Report

My wife loves her tech, I am not a fan. Finding a support(s) can work well, several supporters, probably better still?

What is the particular goal of your accountability? Does it guarantee/ensure the outcome…

Beara2002 2018-06-11 14:45:18 -0500 Report

This is where I need the most help as well. I struggle with staying on track more than anything. I am just now able to admit I get depressed and give up. Im not sure how to change that.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2018-06-07 22:33:55 -0500 Report

Gabby, that's a great point. Accountability is something I often talk about with my clients. Sometimes they ask me to help them be accountable. We set goals for the week and they tell me how they did. I make it clear that accountability is all about encouragement and strategizing about what else we need to do to meet goals, and not about criticism. I am trying to get in better shape, and that means losing some weight. I have a friend that I text my weight to on a regular basis. Knowing I will be soon sending that text is a motivator to avoid snacks. I love it when I get back that smiley face.

Pegsy 2018-06-07 09:49:55 -0500 Report

I am very self motivated so I don't really need accountability but I do appreciate receiving and giving encouragement as well as advice. Shared experiences really helps my motivation and progress. Were it not for what I've learned here and the encouragement I've received I doubt I would have been able to get off all meds and be totally diet and lifestyle controlled. I can't describe how good that feels.

msann 2018-06-04 10:17:55 -0500 Report

sparkpeople good app it track your food and exercise give it a try i have been member with them since 2009 i am accountable for me i control what goes in my body i know you did beeter when your hubby was living sorry about that any kids or close friends