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 I'm not sure how or when it happened in our culture but somewhere along the line we decided that we needed to be a sort of one-woman army. That we had to be a “do it all ourselves”, “don't need help from anybody”, “I can handle everything on my own” kind of Amazonian warriors. We started to believe that asking for help is a sign of weakness rather than a sign of strength. And I think this strange cultural idiosyncrasy is just one more thing holding each of us back from reaching our goals and our true potential. Think about it. It’s impossible to do everything on your own, right? Instead of trying to “reinvent the wheel” wouldn’t it make more sense to use proven methods, have others help you and not to do it all by yourself? The old saying “many hands make light work” actually applies to health and fitness goals as well.

Imagine a scenario where you've decided you're going to go and workout 5 days a week for an hour at the gym. Suddenly, the first day, you have an extra project pop up, you have an unexpected phone call, you have some extra emails to write or fires to put out, and before you know it, you're way past your date with the gym. You decide it's just too late, you're going to go home and put it off until tomorrow. Except, tomorrow doesn’t get any better and this happens day after day after day. A month goes by, then a year goes by and you still haven't made that very first gym date. Sound familiar? This happens to so many people, you're not alone.

What if, instead of making a date with yourself at the gym, you made a date with a friend or a trainer? Would you have let yourself put it off just to get through more emails on that very first day? Would you have not shown up to somebody who is there waiting for you? Absolutely not! The plain and simple thought of knowing someone is expecting you makes you hold yourself accountable and gets you to the very first step of where you need to be. On those tough days the best asset you can give yourself is a friend, a coach or somebody else to hold you to it.  

 Accountability is another major reason we hear people have trouble reaching fitness and health goals on their own. It's not that we don't know what to do. It's not that we don't want to change. It’s that we are just so busy with our lives that we get distracted and let ourselves off the hook or skip out on these important dates we make. My advice as we wrap up this month of self-love and doing positive things for yourself is, if you really want to change something about your health or your life, find a buddy or an accountability partner or if you're able to, go ahead and hire that coach. That will increase your odds of success exponentially. Because when it comes to health and fitness, showing up is half the battle. And sometimes it's the most important half.

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