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

 
 
If the sun's in for the night, so am I,

them's the rules
Long runs are a great way to justify 

binge eating after long runs
Therapist: are you sexually active?

Me: I'm running the Majors

Therapist: a simple "no" is fine

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Took me an hour and a half of motivational self-talk to make it to the gym for a treadmill run that lasted 44 seconds. How's your day going
Does anyone actually know what you're supposed to do when people are yelling "You're almost there" at mile 5 in a marathon?
Trying to get in shape and maybe  running 5 days a week, it's often  called OBSESSIVE.. So sitting  at home watching TV seven  days a week isn't?
If you think you can just win me over  with some running shoes and a puppy... you're damn right.
If you went on vacation and didn't  bring home a medal, did you even go  on vacation?
Do you ever try to breathe quieter while running up a hill so the others  couldnot hear you fighting for your life?
My therapist: Learn a lesson from your dog.. No matter what life brings you, kick some grass over that sh*t and  move on.
I don't know who needs to hear this,  but if your dog is fat, you ain’t getting enough exercise
FACTS. There's no place like home.  To poop.
I don't mind coming to work, but this eight-hour wait to go home is really starting to mess with my running schedule
I think it's weird how some days  I feel skinny and some days I feel like a busted can of biscuits.
I want to delete all my socials and  disappear but I'll be bored
If you believed me when I said  I'm not going to drink after my run,   that's on you
Sometimes I feel like giving up.  Then I remember I have a lot of people  to prove wrong.
Fitbit: Sore today, strong tomorrow  Me: Nope, still sore
Reasons why I'm currently alive:  1. Running  2. Coffee  3. Wine
Please tell me I'm not the only one  who measures time using songs. "oh,  it only took me 4 songs to get here"
You know you’re an ultrarunner when  you don’t finish on the same day as  the winner.
The truth is you can always run faster  but sometimes the truth hurts.
I ran... and my house is clean.  One of these is a lie.
You know you're a runner when...  You can run 6 miles nonstop and still  feel out of shape.
You either want to be a distance runner or you want skinny jeans. You really  can't have both.
There's a runner right now thinking "I'll stretch as soon as I get home"  That's the devil talking.
You know you're a runner when...  the thermometer says 45 degrees and  you think "Score! Optimal running  weather."
Just so you're aware... Between mile  20 and 26.2 I start to use the word  f*ck like it's a comma.
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