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

 
 
I wish everything was as easy as 

getting fat.
If running on a treadmill was the

only way to recharge ours phones,

we would be the healthiest 

people on the planet
Me after finally deciding what to 

watch on Netflix

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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
Only runners will understand... That nervous pee you get before a race  even though you've already gone to  the bathroom a million times...
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:
Running with someone with  the same pace as you is  actually important
"I could eat."  -Me, anytime I'm not running.
Someone:  the only time I run is when  i'm being chased Me:  . . . . suspicious
Funny how things change with time.  I used to hate running.
Being attracted to someone's pace is a real thing
Ugh my therapist blocked my number again.... he knows it's taper week for New York marathon and I call him for  any minor inconvenience
Finish Lines are where you realize just how beautiful is to be alive in this world
I suck at running on the treadmill...  6 minutes in and I'm like "So it's fuck me time huh"
* 1mile burns 100 calories * There is nothing worse than spending calories on disappointing food
*Friday mood* me to me at 10am: okay, now that  my marathon is over....  I'm  going out tonight  me at 7pm: haha oops
Being a baby–with a 'mother runner' must be traumatizing at times. Imagine going to sleep in your house and you wake up in the forest
It's one of those days where if I don't go for a run, you'll be lucky not to see me on the news
Just once I would like to make it  through an entire hill workout without having a WTF moment
If you love her, buy her running shoes.                        –Psalms 18:2
GPS : Connected Me : then fucking act like it
Me: I think I'm ready to call it a day GPS Watch: total distance 1.18 miles
Fitbit: Sore today, strong tomorrow Me: Nope, still sore
You know you're a runner when...  You can say things like "I'm just running an easy 6 miler today" and  you really mean it.
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