ACCOUNTABILITY! WOW! Of course I get this question, when I have gained 9 pounds in the last 5-6 weeks! “How do you hold yourself accountable? Do you have accountability partners?”
Accountability plays a huge role in the implementation of any plan. It seems anywhere you turn, there are support groups, fitness trackers, and friends who can help to keep you focused on the temptation-filled path to success. Lately, my path has been filled with the temptations of Ampersand Ice Cream, inactivity, poor time management, and comfort food. SO, I clearly needed to answer this question because I have not been holding myself accountable for a few weeks now.
The last few months have been crazy for me! Job hunting, juggling some stressful things in my personal life, and insomnia have completely thrown me in to survival mode. Let’s be REAL here. I could have worked out my stress and frustration at the gym, but instead, I soothed my frustrations with the crutches to which I have always turned!
My accountability comes from the scale, my friends, or the Greatest Of All Time Trainer (GOATT) Coach Rob J. I know I am not supposed to, but I weigh myself daily and it helps me to continue to making good decisions, or so I thought… As long as the number on the scale stays the same or goes down, I am happy. AND since I just admitted I have gained a few pounds, I am not very happy with myself. I learned decades ago to not obsess about what I weigh but — Let’s face it, the scale doesn’t lie.
I am blessed to have amazing family and friends who are a great sources of motivation, mentorship, and accountability. I spend time with friends who are active and open to meeting for coffee and a walk on a Saturday morning, meeting up at the gym, or available to talk me off a ledge when I really want to take a flying leap off of the healthy wagon. The problem is, I have not been reaching out!
One thing about Coach Rob is that he gives me all of the tools to be successful and make our plan work. Having him as a motivator and coach has proven to be invaluable, but he can’t workout for me, or keep me from making poor choices. I clearly need to refocus!
To be honest, in the beginning, there were more days I wanted to quit than I care to admit. Due to my spine surgery and weight gain, I was in constant pain and could not keep my balance through even 10 lunges. I started to hold myself accountable by sending Coach Rob text messages of my cardio and workouts, no matter where I was! I need to get back to this!!!
As of last week, I have gained 9 pounds and I can tell you exactly what I have been doing wrong.
- I made too many exceptions on my nutrition plan.
- I allowed my life to control my schedule instead of keeping my appointments with the elliptical at the gym.
- I stopped sending texts and consulting to my accountability partners.
- I started drinking a lot less water!
SO NOW, I have to refocus and get back on my mission. 9 pounds can easily turn into 19 if I allow myself to settle in to a comfort zone. Time to hit it again. Stay tuned for my progress report!!!