Get Yourself an Accountability Partner
Get Yourself an Accountability Partner

Who in your life is your accountability partner? If you don’t have a partner, find one! They can be as key to a successful fitness or nutrition program as a good meal plan and pair of running shoes. I have met so many great women over the past year who have shown how female friendship can help to push and challenge one another towards our fitness goals

How to find and create an accountability relationship.

  1. Find a Partner

Your partner may the neighbor around the corner who loves to run and you are looking to train for your first 5k. Or it may be a fellow “Instagrammer” who posts amazing recipes and you are looking to transition away from processed foods. Reach out and ask if they want to share in your journey!

Maybe you know of someone who has a desire to change their fitness or nutrition and you have some tips, tricks, recipes that you know are helpful. Let them know. Invite them to share with you their struggles, assure them you are there to walk alongside them.  I always picture a large web of motherhood- most of us are striving for the same thing. Occasionally we just need someone to step out and say “Hey let’s do this together!”

  1. Set your goals and expectations

Once you have your partner, what are you both looking to accomplish? Several months ago, one of my college roommates and I decided we both needed some accountability in our running. We each wanted to finish the I Love Running 100 Days of Miles. We started sending each other a message on Facebook whenever we completed a run. A simple note but it keeps me running. Makes me lace up when I would rather sit on the couch. When Jody posts that she ran 2 miles in the 90 degree Florida heat, I lose my excuse to run in the 75 degree Hoosier heat!

Chat with your partner about your goals. Will you meet in person 3 days a week to run? Will you share you food journal on My Fitness Pal? Text each other a picture of your empty water jug? In the age of social media, there are so many resources to connect us with friends both near and far.

Be sure to also share your expectations. How often will you check in? If one of you falls of the wagon for a few days, give your partner permission to call your fanny out! We all need it. I promise.

  1. Shared Celebration!

Make a plan for when you rock your goal. Will you go out for a celebratory pedicure together? Could we dream big and plan a girls’ weekend away? How about finally buying that outfit you had your eye on? Regardless of what choose as your choose together, celebrate together and help keep each other’s eye on the prize!

If you are in need of an accountability partner and would like me to be your gal…reach out! I would love to support new and old friends alike. Let’s get our nutrition in line, our bellies full of good wholesome nutrition and our support system strengthened!

 

Posted with Permission from Small Steps of Change

 
 
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1. I'll go for a run & do so much stuff

2. LATER, I'll do lots stuff

3. EVENTUALLY, I'll do some stuff

4. OH NO
No one: 

Me:  "Oh so you wanna race huh?"
Running on the treadmill isn't even

that bad. Most of y'all hate it because

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The four stages of my day off: 1. I'll go for a run & do so much stuff 2. LATER, I'll do lots stuff 3. EVENTUALLY, I'll do some stuff 4. OH NO
No one:  Me:  "Oh so you wanna race huh?"
Running on the treadmill isn't even that bad. Most of y'all hate it because social media tells you to
Not tonight honey.. I have my long run in the morning
"How was your run?" "A total waste of Body Glide."
Not to toot my own horn (fucking beep beep) but I just killed my workout
Life without my crazy running friends will be so boring
* 28F feels like 18F * It's begging to look a lot like  fuck this
When you just gave someone  directions and you just stand there and watch them taking a wrong turn
All runners have that one song that awakens the Olympian in them
It's not bragging when I tell you how  many miles I ran today... It's so you  don't judge when I devour a whole  box of donuts in one sitting.
I'm 40 but I feel like I'm 20...  Until I hang out with some 20 year olds for mile repeats. Then I'm like no,  never mind, I'm 40
You ever been in a race and think  to yourself  "i'm gonna miss this"
Some runners cuss too much....  It's me, I'm some runners.
My favorite childhood memory -eating junk food and thinking wtf are calories
* taper week * I'm either annoyed or annoying... There's no in-between.
November... the month when marathon season ends and eating season begins
Me after NYC Marathon: "this muscle  soreness can't possibly get any worse"  Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness:  "Ohhhh just wait bitch, there is more!!"
Don't let anyone bullshit you, running  a marathon is fucking hard.
YES! YES! I did it! I feel fabulous.I'm badass, I finished my first marathon!  I am amazing! This is the best  I ever felt in my entire life!  Umm, bring the car to me,  I can't move from here...
Therapist:  and what do we do when  we feel this way? Me:  buy running shoes  Therapist:  no
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If you're a NON-RUNNER and you're NOT BLOCKED YET congratulations on minding your own business
You could sleep in on Sunday. Or, you could drag your ass over five boroughs  just for a medal, t-shirt, and a beer. Welcome to the insanity !!
Me: "I have to go home, I have so much  stuff to do"   When I get home:
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