Goal Setting? How to Hold Yourself Accountable [VIDEO]

Christina Canters

You know I like challenges. Whether it’s eating Paleo, doing 100 burpees a day or a stand up comedy gig, I love to push myself out of my comfort zone and simply see what’s possible.

For my next challenge, I’m giving up sugar.

I’ve done it before – inspired by Sarah Wilson who now has a whole site dedicated to living a sugar-free life. But after 2 months living in Asia, where sugar is a common ingredient in even the savoury dishes, my addiction came back in full force. Now I’m back in Melbourne, I’m detoxing off the sweet stuff.

I could go on about why I’m quitting sugar, but I wanted to share with you what I’m doing to ensure I stick to it. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, so I asked my sister, Lizzay Canters, to be my ‘accountability partner’.

So how does this work? We’re doing a Skype call once a week to talk about how we’re going, what challenges we’ve faced and how we dealt with them.  Lizzay has successfully given up alcohol and smoking, so I know her support will be invaluable. And just knowing that I’m not alone in this challenge is a big help.

Watch the video below to discover:

  • Why we’re quitting sugar (again)
  • What types of sugars we are and aren’t eating
  • How sugar is more addictive than cocaine
  • The types of foods that contain hidden sugars

Do you have an accountability partner?

If you’ve never had someone hold you accountable for a self-imposed goal, I high recommend it.

For example, if you’re doing a food challenge – get a friend (or even better, the people you live with) to do it too. If you’re training for a fun run, join a running group or get an enthusiastic friend to sign up with you.

Can’t find anyone to help you? Try an accountability app like Lift, where you can connect with people with the same goals. I used Lift for my 100 burpees-a-day challenge, and when I missed a day I got a little reminder on my phone saying “You’ve got this Christina! Do 100 burpees!” Too cute.

So whatever your next goal is – step up, take responsibility for it and get the support you need. You’ll be more likely to achieve it, and much happier for it 🙂

We’ll be back next week with updates and reflections on the week!