#happylife: How to hold yourself accountable to the goals you’ve set for 2020

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Copyright KXLY 4 News Now 2020
A local accountability expert shares tips for ensuring you keep your resolutions

SPOKANE, Wash. — New year, new start! While over half of Americans set resolutions to do things like lose weight, be more financially responsible and work-out more, Forbes magazine said only 8 percent will actually achieve their goals. Life gets in the way and resolutions are put on the back burner, but they don’t need to stay there!

Darius Howard is an expert in accountability who helps run Spokane-area MUV Fitness gyms. His number one tip for setting resolutions and sticking them is to choose SMART goals; that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-oriented. For example if you want to lose 60 pounds in the New Year, set smaller, weekly goals to help get you there. Don’t try and do it all in one month. He added that it is also important to expect that there will be setbacks, but to acknowledge them and move forward.

Keeping track of your progress in a journal is a great way to chart your progress and determine areas for improvement.  Finding a buddy, asking a spouse or a coworker to join you, is a great step on the road to success. Use each other as motivation to get off the couch or choose the healthier option on the menu. Joining a challenge at work, your gym or on social media is another powerful way to stay accountable.

Being prepared also helps a great deal. Meal prepping and setting up workouts like you’d set up an appointment on your calendar are good. On days where you forgot to go to the grocery store or are overwhelmed with your workload, it’s handy to have a drawer at work already assembled with healthy snack options like nuts, granola bars and dark chocolate. Howard added that if you’ve got to go the fast food route, there are always healthy options on the menu. Order a salad with the dressing on the side or a grilled chicken wrap. To incorporate getting exercise into a stressful day, he said it’s important to always be on the look-out for ways to move, whether it’s taking the stairs instead of the elevator or using your lunch break as an opportunity to get outside and go for a walk.

A little can go a long way!

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