Sunday, November 18, 2012

Today I had a realization. Sure I can always improve in the eating habits. Sure I can always do more in the exercise department. Sure I can do all the meditation and stress-reducing things that come my way. I can even give a list of goals and other things that helps to motivate me along my journey. However, what I realized I don't have is...someone to whom I can be accountable.

Naturally, I encourage and coach others on to their successes. I don't do this for myself. Why? Because I can always find a way to wiggle out of it if it's just me. Also, I'm a natural people pleaser. If I'm only accountable to me, then there is no one but me to help me through the tough times. I don't do well in tough times. Tough times to me can range from being alone and in a depressed mood from not losing weight to Thanksgiving and other large holiday meals. Having someone to whom I'm accountable (because of my people pleasing nature) allows me to stay on track by choosing better, doing more and thinking smarter. Having someone to call my bluffs and to ask the questions helped me lose 80 pounds the last time so I know it's part of my recipe for success again.

So I'm going to have to find me an accountability partner. Someone who's wanting to lose weight too as well as can respect the fact that my journey may be longer than theirs. So far that's what I'm looking for in an accountability partner. Is there anything else I should ask for in an accountability partner? Leave your answers below!
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    Oooh you sound just like me. We can push others to do their best, but fail to push ourselves. I hear it within my running group - "Thanks for pushing me" or "thanks for being the cheer squad" but I think in the back of my mind...where's my pusher?

    For me, my accountability partner has to be someone who has made it over the hill. He/she who has stronger will than mine and can call me up and say, Hey, did you count your points (track your food) today? did you pack your lunch? Did you skip the fast food crap? Choose the skinny latte over the whipped cream (food is my issue - not the workouts).

    Like Penny said - someone who wont sugar coat the situation and tell it like it is.

    Wishing you the best
    3072 days ago
    I also think it is easier to be accountable to someone that you see regularly. Do you have a friedn, family member or co-worker that is looking to lose wieght as well?
    3072 days ago
    I hope you are able to find the right accountability partner. Definitely find someone who isn't going to "sugar coat" the situation for you. I haven't been successful in finding a good accountability partner. I've tried the email thing. I need someone that can actually meet with me in person on a weekly basis. A good exercise buddy would seem to make a good accountability partner. emoticon emoticon
    3072 days ago
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