A month ago we wrote about making fitness goals and holding ourselves accountable using the buddy system [original post here] because apparently in your 30’s you can’t eat whatever you want consequence-free. Honestly, I didn’t think I’d make it. I’m queen of goal-setting one minute and the-diet-starts-tomorrowing the next minute. But having an accountability partner has definitely helped us both to stay motivated and focused.
Our rules were simple:
- Exercise three times a week.
- Take a picture for proof and send it to accountability partner.
- If we make it through a month, we get a prize.
I have to say, I’m really proud of both of us. And we must be on to something because we got the stamped seal of approval: my husband didn’t think our ideal was moronic and asked if he could join our accountability team. So here’s our assessment of the past month:
I was raised Catholic, so you need to understand that guilt is extremely effective on me. There were a couple of days when I really was feeling too whiny and lazy to run, but that pic from Erinn’s workout would guilt me right into my yoga pants. And the whole incentive at the end of the line didn’t hurt either. I was at the end of a week and needed to get one more workout in to hit my quota, but a last-minute meeting with a colleague deprived me of valuable running time before I had to get the kids. When I looked at my watch, I had a decision to make: just go pick up the kids or run as hard as I could in the twelve minutes I had to spare. Usually, the latter option wouldn’t have even occurred to me, but knowing that this decision could put my prize in jeopardy, I hit that pavement like it was my job.
The results: Out of the four weeks, I worked out three times a week for all of them except one, but I think I should get that week because I traded a run for a full weekend of loading and unloading boxes onto and off of a truck, so my legs and arms definitely got a workout. I’ve lost 3.6 pounds, which I know isn’t the whole point [but it really is a big point for me], so there’s that. And now it’s time to collect my prize! I decided that my prize should be a new pair of high-waist pants because my fave pair is now too loose. Bonus! Here are some I’m eyeing:
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