Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Accountability partners

Have you ever had an accountability partner before? Have you seen them move on to another one and become more successful? I am a military wife and this has happened to me. My friend Molly is kicking ass on her pace while training for her first full. I ran with her during her first half, now she is surpassing me and has great running buddies. Oh and she has a killer bod now too. My friend Dee knocked 26 mins off a race she has done for 4 years in a row now! 26 whole mins off an 8 mile beach run. Dee and I would hit the Y together, was in a running group together but we also loved eating and/or drinking wine together. Sometimes we talked each other out of working out and having breakfast at Denny's or going there after 1-2 hours at the gym. Sometimes we make better friends than accountability partners.

It is intimidating finding a workout buddy, what if they are stronger/faster/have a better endurance than you. I recently started being envious of a gym buddy's facebook post at 8 am, she had already did 6-7.5 miles by the time I was crawling out of bed and logging on to FB. Ok time to reach out, I stepped out of my comfort zone and self invited myself to hit the pavement with her. First day I set my alarm for 530 and got to her house at the butt crack of 6 o clock (for a night shift worker, mornings aren't always fun for me anymore. I was a former early riser). She admitted if it weren't for me she would have slept in! Score that is the type of person you need to pair up with. I have ran/walked with her 3 times now. I love it. We are out there while it is quiet, still somewhat cool, and by 8am my fit bit flex has told me I have hit my goal. YAY!!! My goal is to drag my butt out of bed and be at her house to hit the road whenever I am not working!

Dee sent me this in a text message this week LOL. The benefit to having a running buddy that has lived in my little town for so many years she knows where the bathrooms are so we don't even up like this lady on MSN! Lawn vs toilet...

Have you had an accountability partner? Did it help or hurt?

1 comment:

  1. I had an accountability partner at the beginning of my journey. We decided together to start an exercise plan and change focus on that rather than a "diet" until it became part of my life. 7 months later, I started looking at diet. That was a year ago and I'm now down 99.6 lbs. My friend? Started an expensive program of shakes, lost about 20 lbs and has since (I'm guessing as she's never said) gained it back and rarely shows up at workouts. Oh well, this is MY journey and I need to be accountable to only me.