I haven’t written on accountability lately. I have to admit that I have been struggling in this area for a while now. Several months ago I wanted to get back on track and to work on a few areas in my life that needed more discipline. In fact I need to practice denying myself a lot more than I do. Frankly, I don’t like to deny myself. I would much rather do what I want to do when I want to do it. So I am sure you can see how that causes a problem in the area of accountability. Nobody wants to admit they failed, willfully. Again.
I began keeping a food journal. I didn’t want it to get too complicated and I have tried using apps like My Fitness Pal before, usually I get very discouraged because I don’t always have the time or energy to keep up with all the details that are necessary for apps like My Fitness Pal. So this time I decided that I would simply write down what I ate in a little notebook. The biggest difference would be that this notebook would sit out on the counter in my kitchen. The idea behind this was so that my husband could take a look at the notebook and see what I was eating, and whether or not I was following the guidelines I had set for myself.
Well, I was doing pretty good at keeping the journal. BUT . . . my husband wasn’t so good about looking at the journal, he has been a bit too busy. When he did actually read it he really never said anything about it. (My husband has a tendency to indulge me, and it has led to many nights of ice cream before bed or a box of chocolates!)
So I ended up forgetting to write down my foods, and it wasn’t noticed. So I stopped the notebook journal all together.
As time passed the Lord has continued to talk with me about being more disciplined with my life. There are many areas where I do not deny myself. I simply allow myself to do whatever my heart desires. This might look like out of control emotions, or eating without thinking about it, or making choices that I know are not good for me.
I have a close friend who has been through a lot of stuff with me, and we have both struggled in the area of being disciplined with our food. One day I was on Instagram and found Clare Smith’s Spring Clean Challenge. I have tried many of Clare’s challenges before and usually I end up failing. (She has some great stuff!) I decided to try one more time and I tagged my friend in the post that Clare Smith put on Instagram. I was immediately wanting to back peddle and when my friend showed interest in the challenge I wanted to back out! My friend and I talked about the challenge, and my concerns about failure and decided that we would start documenting our food on Instagram via direct message. That way nobody else would need to see our pictures, and we could be sure we were getting what we needed. Each week we have tried to summarize our goals for that week. We are now in week 4 of our Instagram Accountability. It has been working for us. It doesn’t take long to take a picture and it also helps me to keep more up to date with my friend.
Being accountable is key for many areas of our lives. God has intended us to live in community and there are many ways we can work to get the accountability we so desperately need. I have put a few ideas in this free printable. Click the image below to download.
I also created this printable with verses to remind us that we are called to deny ourselves and not just do what we want to do whenever we want to. God has called us to live disciplined lives.
How are you keeping yourself accountable? I would love to hear your ideas.