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Posted by Barry on Sep 16, 2011


How I continue to grow and learn about how to stay healthy and keeping physically active never ceases to amaze me.  When I first started out with P90X I was just trying to survive the hour and hope that I did not bonk or worse throw up.  Now this did not last long and before I knew it I was learning the moves and able to focus on my form and ‘getting the most” out of each exercise.  I feel sure it is a common path that most of you have also experienced.

Now that I have been working out for over a year and a half the things that drove me when I first started; being way over weight, feeling bad, health issues, poor self-body image, are not the same things that continue to dive me today.  I have of course improved in all of the areas that were causing me to “Push Play” in the beginning and what continues to motivate me now is very different from what made me start in the first place.

This is of course a very good thing as if I did not evolve and continue to work at new goals then I would stagnate, get bored, and eventually fall back into the lifestyle that got me in trouble in the first place.  What I find out now that keeps me going on my workouts is something that was present in the beginning, but was not even in the top five for reasons to keep working out and is now one of the most important reasons and that is Accountability.

I hold myself accountable in that I do not want to “lose what I worked so hard to get” so it will motivate me to go workout when I’m not in the mood.  Once you start to get in shape and feel the strength and the power you cannot take it for granted or you will go back to the way you were before.  I like being strong, I like being able to go through my day without getting tired, I like the way I look in my clothes, and I like the way others see me now.  When I “hold myself accountable” I think of all of the positive changes in my life since P90X and it helps me to go work out when I just don’t feel like it.

My family holds me accountable, especially my son.  If I start to “slack off” and miss a few days, or don’t make a point to work out when I travel (I find it the hardest to stay motivated when I travel as my time is so constrained) then I know my son or daughters will be asking me if I worked out today or not and if I did not I will get some good natured ribbing about what a “slacker” I am.  Of course that works both ways as I am on them to make sure they are staying up with their workouts as well.   Having someone work out with you and knowing when you miss a workout, and being concerned about you, and cheering for you to succeed is a very powerful motivator.

My Goo Burner’s team holds me accountable. You better believe everyday that I “Tweet” or post on our team page in Facebook that the last thing I want to do is put in that I felt lazy today so I just blew off my workout and sat around eating pizza all day.  I feel a sense of responsibility to the team to stay focused and to keep pushing toward my goals just as everyone else is doing on the team.  I feel them holding me accountable as they read my post and I am not about to let my team down.

So who would have thought that having a system in place to hold me accountable would turn out to be so instrumental in my fitness and healthy lifestyle.  Certainly not me when I first started out, but now I see that I cannot succeed without it.

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