Truer words could not be spoken when it comes to the heart app on my iPhone. I didn’t even know it was there until a few weeks ago when I had lunch with good friends from my Semester at Sea trip who pointed it out after I’d inquired about one’s fit bit bracelet. I knew I wasn’t going to shell out $100 for one of those. At which point her daughter said, “You don’t have to. Your phone counts your steps, even if you’re not aware of it.”
Now that I am, I find myself walking instead of taking the shuttle up to Broadway every morning. Knowing that I’m short 1500 steps at 5pm for my daily 10,000, I’m opting for walking versus hopping on the next bus or subway. This little app is making me happier and healthier by scoring me and recording my steps every day. My accidental accountability partner.
I’m a sucker for this kind of reinforcement. For health reasons, I knew I needed to let go of wheat and dairy. I began rewarding myself with a gold star for each day’s abstinence and didn’t want to mess up my three day streak. That was 8 years ago.
I’m a huge proponent of accountability as my goal buddy will attest. What serves you best? I promise that if you put out your desire/goal to another equally motivated partner and have a repeatable method for marking your progress, you’ll get to where you want to go with excitement, momentum and exhilarating results.