Little Mama On The Prairie

A life and weight-loss journey.

Accountability is KEY

on February 4, 2013

I don’t know why, but I don’t need anyone to keep me accountable to be successful at sleeping in, eating macaroni and cheese, watching TV or checking my Facebook 50,000 times a day. But I DO need accountability if I am going to be successful at changing my eating habits, my exercising habits, even *gasp* reading my Bible.

It’s weird when you think about it. It’s not hard to eat healthy. I love the Lord and reading The Word is not a punishment. Even exercise isn’t so bad and I always feel so much better after. So why is it so hard to create good habits and stick with them? I have no stinkin’ clue but I DO know that having you all read this blog on a regular basis is a big part of what keeps me going. It’s what helps me say no when I really want to say yes because I know I’ll have to ‘fess up at the end of the week when the scale doesn’t lie.

On the note of ‘fessing up…I ate potato chips last night. I know. But I did an extra 10 minutes on the bike today and went faster than usual if that counts for anything…

When I am accountable to no one but myself, I start to rationalize in a not very rational way. The brownie isn’t THAT big (have you caught on to the fact I like brownies yet?), I don’t live in the city so this cheeseburger won’t hurt, I can’t have it every day after all, etc. It doesn’t take long for me to be in the world of not eating veggies & fruit, overloading on carbs and thinking I’m too busy to work out.

On the other hand, when I am accountable to a person or group of people, knowing there will be consequences if I don’t follow through, I work so much harder to reach the goal. Knowing that my buddy is getting a chart each Saturday showing which days I tracked my eating and exercised, plus my weight loss/gain, makes me strive to make sure there will be a loss. I guess I have a little bit of a competitive side, just not with myself. Some have maybe wondered how I can stand to have my weight, the real numbers, posted on the web for the whole world to see. It’s all a part of full disclosure and accountability for me. If I don’t tell you the whole truth, be fully open and honest with you, then there is no way I can be fully open and honest with myself.

The hard cold truth is that I am fat. Obese. Overweight. Call it whatever you want, I am that and I fully admit to it. The other hard cold truth is that if I don’t do something to change it, my children may not have me around as long as they should, I won’t be able to lead as full a life as I should.

The warm, fuzzy truth? I have people like you in my life to keep me going when I want to give up, to kick my butt when I’m lagging behind, to coach me while I’m plugging forward. And best of all, to cheer and celebrate with me when I reach the goal! I’m so glad I’m not on this journey alone.

*WEIGHT LOSS TIP OF THE DAY*

Find someone you are comfortable being very open and honest with and ask if they will help keep you accountable. My accountability system with my weight-loss buddy includes us sending a weekly report stating the days we have tracked our eating and exercised. As well as our start weight, current weight, goal weight etc. We have each set up consequences for ourselves, mine being an extra 10 minutes on my bike each day for a week if I miss 2 consecutive days of not tracking/exercising. And then there’s the fact that I have this blog and I will disappoint many people if I don’t keep on keeping on. 🙂


2 Responses to “Accountability is KEY”

  1. Lana says:

    I have found such good success in accountability when it comes to personal devotions – a friend asked me to be her partner and check in every so often, either in person or via email. It has REALLY helped me on those days where I’m not naturally motivated!!

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