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Tiny Tummy Tips, Issue #55- Ready, Set, Accountable.
April 10, 2024

Ready, Set, Accountable.

Tiny Tummy Tips, Issue #55--Accountability is KEY to success.

Maintaining long-term success hinges SIGNIFICANTLY on being accountable!

So make a game plan for how you’ll stay responsible for what you do, AND what you don’t do! Your long-term success is riding on it.

Top Strategies for Accountability

It's not only what you do, but also what you don't do... for which you are accountable.

Regular Check-ins….with SOMEONE

Everyone does better with another set of eyes on them. Of course it’s a good idea to regularly see your bariatric team, including your surgeon, therapist, or a dietitian,

(like me!)

But you could also regularly check in with a spouse, a friend, or even a Facebook group. Simply be willing to have honest discussions about your choices (not your weight).

Say what you’ll do. Do what you say.

You know what to do. Your accountability partner is there to hold you responsible for your choices, reflect on them, and help guide you back on track when you stray.

So, who is YOUR accountability “buddy” (or team of buddies) gonna be?!

Dear Diary

Yup, the food diary.

I know, I know. It’s no one’s favorite. BUT…it’s one of the most valuable tools in your weight loss toolbox!

Does this sound familiar: You reach for that food you “shouldn’t” be eating, and think to yourself, “I’ll just get back on track tomorrow, or "I'll just workout extra hard tomorrow."

But let's face it, “tomorrow” never comes.

That's why keeping a food diary is essential. It’s a form of personal accountability…for what you do…and don’t do. And it doesn’t matter whether you show it to anyone or not.

When you make a choice, “good” or “bad,” own it, by writing it.

Check out my suggestions for alternative ways to keep a food journal here.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Practice self-reflection and evaluation: Take time to reflect on your progress, challenges, and successes regularly. I suggest doing so weekly. Monthly at a minimum.

Self-awareness is key to understanding your triggers, behaviors, and areas needing improvement. Conduct honest evaluations of your choices.

If you’ve worked with me, you’ve likely heard me repeatedly say, “There’s never failure, only learning.” Acknowledge any setbacks without self-judgment, learn from them, and recalibrate your strategies moving forward.

So take a moment to gaze into the mirror and give yourself a big ol' high-five! Reflect on your journey so far, from the highs to the lows. Celebrate your successes, embrace your imperfect choices, and give yourself permission to laugh, cry, and everything in between.

Keep in mind, holding yourself accountability is not about perfection but rather about consistency, resilience, and the unwavering commitment to your goals.

Embrace accountability as a powerful tool on your path towards a healthier, happier you!!

Now...How will you stay accountable?

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In Health,

Suzette Kroll, RDN

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