Weight Loss Wednesday: Accountability
Hey Mamas (and Papas),
Welcome to the second installment of Weight Loss Wednesday. If you didn’t read the Introduction to this series, check it out. It will fill you in on the what and why.
When was the last time you skipped a dental appointment? How about lunch with a friend? Do you skip work if you “just aren’t feeling it”?
If you’re like me, you do whatever it takes to make your scheduled appointments, but tend to be a little more lax with your exercise schedule. A long day at work would never cause me to “no show” my hair stylist, but my evening workout is the first thing on the chopping block when the day gets crazy.
One of the most effective ways I’ve found to keep on track with my workouts is to find an accountability partner (or partners). I’ve got a great friend who will make work out dates with me and keep them, come hell or high water (or teething toddler). If the day is truly on it’s way to ruin, we might switch our plans from Yoga to a power walk with the babies, but either way, we’re getting our sweat on.
When you make plans with a friend, you are much more likely to follow through than if you just plan to do something on your own. The same is true for exercising. Odds are good that at least one of you will be motivated to work out, and the other will follow along out of the kindness of her I-don’t-want-to-be-the-lazy-one heart.
It’s also probable that you’ll look forward to a sweat session more with your BFF and all the great conversations you know you’ll have. A good chat with a friend is way more motivating than the same stale iPod playlist you’ve been using for the past 6 months.
If you don’t have anyone in your life that can motivate you to get you behind in gear, or if your bestie is more likely to text a sad excuse than you are, try finding online workout or accountability partners. There are a ton of websites online that connect people either actually or virtually, with similar fitness goals. (*** Please be very cautious when meeting strangers. Find public spaces during high traffic times of day if you ever plan on meeting someone you don’t know. Also let a loved one know where you are going and when they should expect you back again. Be SMART, mamas.)
Running stores and bike shops have groups of people that go out for runs and rides, respectively. Check out your local store and see if they have a weekly meet-up. Most places have groups of varying ability levels, so you won’t be trying to keep up with Lance Armstrong (I need a new bicycling reference, I’m way out of date. Anyone?)
This week, make 2 sets of plans (either with the same person or two different people) to get out and exercise. It doesn’t have to be boring. Do something, anything, fun, just get moving. Put the dates on your calendar. Set a reminder in your phone. DON’T BAIL!
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