MDCK99 saidHey guys. Just a question about how you keep yourselves accountable working out, eating right, and that kind of thing. Lately, I've been plateauing at the gym, and occasionally find that I'll sometimes cheat more than the once per week I allow myself.
What do you do to keep yourself on point?
One way I did it before though we kind of disbanded after which time I gained 5 bad pounds, was a group of us tracked our workouts online in docs.google.com. The requirement was that we each had to work out a minimum of 4x a week, and a minimum of 15 minutes each time (the idea was that if we did 15 minutes, we would probably do the whole workout), unless we were sick.
This was done on the honor system but the rule was you had to record the workout out including the stuff you did within 24 hours or else it would be as if you didn't go at all. For each workout missed, there was a $20 penalty that was to go into the pot which would eventually be spent on a group dinner periodically. So theoretically it could cost up to $80 / week if you didn't go or record.
Over time, we changed a few of the rules such that on vacation weeks we just had to work out a minimum of 2 times during that week. Also we allowed that if you did miss a minimum of one, you could earn back up to $20 lost in the following week by working out two times more than the required 4 ($10 each time). e.g. work out 6 times a week you didn't pay a penalty + you could apply $20.
Basically I couldn't afford not to work out during this period which lasted about 8 months. I think we're probably going to start it up again in the next few weeks - especially over the holidays.