Have you ever got so motivated to start an exercise program that it was so easy to plan out the future? That early morning workout at the gym Monday is just what you need to get back on track. You may be excited about it but then the alarm goes off and you actually have to follow through. It’s then you realize that all those things that motivated you a few days ago around suddenly nowhere to be found. So you might find yourself saying screw it and head back to bed.
Periodically along the road to wellness, we are tempted to stray, to stay in bed sort of speak! Missing a workout, making poor food choices, trying to burn the candle at both ends. This is when an accountability partner/group is needed.
What is an Accountability Partner and why is this person important?
It is someone who is also making lifestyle changes. This is the person you can report to and practice skills together. Having a buddy or buddies can help break the cycle of isolation. It can also be a fun way to make lasting changes in your life. Teaming up with someone to compare notes and share progress reports, can add motivation and enjoyment to your new lifestyle changes.
An accountability partner/group is someone who is part of your new journey and now you are part of theirs. The group connects several times each week to report on how they are doing and gives support to those who might need it. An accountability group has different partners, which can bring new ideas, recipes, and perspectives to help support your wellness goals.
I have been working with a group of women Phit-N-Phat for many years now. This group is my accountability group. These women are spread out all over the world. We are all different ages and have many different interest but we have one thing in common our health. We all want to improve our lives by changing our lifestyles and together we have and continue to accomplish this. Thanks to my trainer Corinne and PNP I get the support I need. Five years ago I didn’t know a single lady from PNP but now I have over a hundred friends that are spread out all over the world. I have completed races with these ladies, talked on the phone about struggles and mostly have found lifelong friends.
Without this support group I would not be where I am today. I would most likely still be unhappy in my own skin, probably drinking heavily and trying diet after diet.
This is why I am forming my own accountability group on facebook. So many people don’t have the support they need to continue their journey whatever that might be. This group will talk about struggles, will motivate one another and will hold each other accountable.
For example: I have a workout buddy from PNP. I txt her every morning and tell her I will meet her at the gym. Emily lives in Michigan, so as you can guess we are not actually meeting at the gym. But we hold each other accountable every single morning. This helps me get out of bed and get my workout in. I know if she doesn’t hear from me she will be on my butt, tough love sort of speak. Which is needed to help me get out of bed.
Attempting to get fit without a support group is like trying to fly a plane without a pilot and team that gets you safely to the ground. You need those people to guide you and support you to the ground. You can’t fly a plane alone, well of course unless you are a pilot. Just like flying a plane, you can’t get somewhere without the support you need. The accountability group is just that and more.
What can you expect?
I will provide a weekly healthy recipe. I will ask questions about your goals and then I will challenge you to plan a way to reach them. You will post questions; I or someone else in the group will answer them. You will set out a plan and we will make sure you follow it. I for one will make sure you follow your plan so you can reach your goal.
So why not join the group. Why not connect with the people that are working towards the same goals as you. If nothing else it will give you the motivation and the drive to do something. I challenge you to reach out and get the support you so deserve. If you would like to be part of this group send me a message and I will add you.
I am open to suggesting regarding the group. What can the accountability group do for you?
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