Accountability.

The next couple of weeks, for most people, will be difficult.

Temptations are everywhere.

Food pushers around each corner.

The holiday season is one of the most difficult times of the year to be healthy. Before we know it, all dedication has been discarded and we are left waking up on January 1st feeling guilty and full of regret thinking about our decisions and extra poundage. And that, is the beginning of New Year’s Resolutions.

But… you have the power. You are in control. You can reach out to your network and find people who can support you with your journey.

We all need to be accountable to ourself – but there is something comforting knowing someone’s got your back. Someone you can write to when your frustrated. Someone you can check in with when you just need to vent about how unfair it is that you can’t eat one cookie of every kind available during a cookie exchange. Someone who you can support in their journey because you want to return the favor they have done for you.

Accountability Partners.

You do for them and they do for you. Accountability – someone to check in on you and see how they are doing. And knowing they will check in on you.

Accountability Partners.

Do you want one? Leave a comment with a few sentences about what you are facing the next couple of weeks. Include your email address if you want. Or, scroll through the comments and respond to someone elses letting them know you will hold them accountable. I can’t be the middle person so take your accountability to each other off line. Exchange contact info and then,Β  do onto them as you would want them to do to you.

Ready…set…go

Comments

  1. I could really use extra support all year around. Lately i have struggled with being binge free because I am stressed out about finals for school and getting ready to go on vacation. I get to see my hubby who I haven’t seen since July. I know this weekend and next weekend before I leave will be hard because I have a few events that will involve food in conjunction of celebrating the holiday season.

  2. I really need support… I fell through last night after someone food pushed non chalantly calling my cheap for ordering a salad. So i also ordered one of the more expensive things on the fattening list. I was too tempted and caved. This year is really going to be hard since i am spending time with my cookie and cake loving family.

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s horrible! People should mind their own business when it comes to your food consumption at a restaurant. How do they know it wasn’t a calorie/fat thing?

      We’re going to my in-laws WITH my parents so that everyone can get to know each other before my wedding next year… I will be battling the stress eating.

      • I was a calorie thing that I was trying to do and it happened to be that all the healthy stuff was inexpensive. I was mad (at myself for caving like I did) and did 23 minutes over my 40 minute workout after the restaurant.. I had worked a game plan that I’d box the food instead of eating it and it didn’t happen.

        What are your comfort foods? I usually try to substitute my comfort food for something healthier… or I drink water or tea if I’m trying to make myself full before eating so I don’t overeat.

        • Sorry I need to add one more thing. Even though the water and tea may help. It doesn’t work every time because I tried the tea one last night but the water for the hot tea was in a teeny pitcher… so have another backup maybe?

  3. I’m lucky to have two accountability partners here in town… but I’d love a little online support.

    I’d rather not leave my email addy here as it has my full name, but if someone wants to email through my blog that’s cool, I’d be totally down with it!

  4. I would absolutely LOVE an accountability partner. Not just now, but even after the new year! For example, if I had a partner to text/tweet/e-mail this morning, I may have gotten boiled eggs and cottage cheese as planned instead of caving at the smell of a bacon egg and cheese sandwich!

    I am attempting Weight Watchers. I KNOW it works because I’ve done it before. I LOVE the program, but am TOO LAZY to stick to it!

    SOMEBODY HELP ME!

    P.S. LOVE the idea, Jen!

  5. I have struggled in my healthiness journey, and I still have a long ways to go. Sadly, I don’t have accountability partners near me (I live in Central Florida). Mine is thousands of miles away! But I wouldn’t trade her for anything! πŸ™‚ (Hi BBF!) So I know how important it is to have a person like that.

    I would always love more virtual accountability partners. All my contact info is on my blog, if you want to track me down. http://www.sabrinaisonthemove.net

  6. I really need an accountability partner. Ever since my boyfriend moved in with me, oddly enough I lost him as an accountability partner and instead he became an excuse. While he lived 100s of miles away, I didn’t see what he was eating, but I had better control of seeing his daily calories and activity numbers without knowing the details. Since he moved in, I adjusted the household eating habits to incorporate some of the things he ate… snack cracker were never allowed before, among other things. It’s become easy to just say, “Well we’re adjusting to his eating, he’s adjusting to ours.” rather than just say “No. We need to eat healthy and XYZ isn’t allowed.” Last time I tried that, he bought a huge box of candy bars and stashed them in his desk. I only found out when I happened upon a wrapper.

    Anyway. I think an online accountability partner would be one of the best things for me. I can be very cheerleader-ish for others, but I have a hard time being one for myself.

    My e-mail is citbean@gmail.com if you’d be interested!

  7. Food pusher. I like that. Very accurate. “Here, have a mini quiche … it’s delicious!” Noooo!

    I could use an accountability partner. Right now my goal is to get through the next few months without my son killing himself, so my weight loss is on the back burner. But I am starting to exercycle again. And once I put him on the yeast-free diet for autistic kids (the day after Christmas), I’ll go on it with him.

    Vee at http://veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

    DENISE: I could text you every morning, if you’d like. I’m up to milk the goat pretty early. Colorado.

  8. I’m a single gal, in her early 30’s, who battled my weight all my life. I’m also a gal, who lost 109 lbs only to gain 68 pounds back after my Dad received a diagnosis of cancer and passed away, now almost 6 months later I’m struggling to get back into healthy eating patterns and work out patterns. I would love, love, love to have an accountability partner especially one in the Frozen Tundra (I work downtown) area. My email is MandyJo013078@yahoo.com.

    Thanks for this Jen πŸ™‚

    An accountability partner is just what I need πŸ™‚
    Amanda

  9. I hate those food pushers! Especially when people get angry and DEMAND that you try some of the food.

  10. i’d love an accountability partner – but not only for the fact of the holidays being here, but also that i have 2 weddings i’m attending in january – in which i haven’t seen some of the people that will be there in about 5 years….i’m trying to make healthy choices these days!

    • Hey! I’ll be your accountability partner! My email is Lydsmyd@hotmail or you can FB Lydia (I’m a fan of PriorFatGirl)

  11. I work in higher education so when my students are off, I am off! That means I head home to visit with my parents and long distance boyfriend for over 2 weeks during the holidays–yikes! I would love an accountability partner as I make the efforts to maintain my wellness plan from a far!

  12. I would be happy to be someone’s cheerleader! I am actually starting back on WW since I’ve heard good things about the new plan.

    Anyone can email me at mybizzykitchen@gmail.com

    Great idea Jen! πŸ˜€

  13. I would love an accountability partner πŸ™‚ I’m 27 years old and I live in Colorado. I’ve lost 30 lbs since last January and I have about 15 more to go. I live with my boyfriend who is trying to GAIN weight (would love to have that problem). He’s supportive as he can be..but we’re in opposite boats. My best friend in real life got reallly upset with me for going to the gym and whatnot and talking about my journey..it was pretty awful of her..she has since apologized a hundred times but I still feel like she’s more jealous that I’m trying to get healthy and doesn’t support me on this …she supports me in other areas..but I feel I can’t talk to her about my weight loss struggles.

    If you’re interested SNMenk@gmail.com. I’d love to have someone to cheer along as well πŸ™‚

    • I’m about to email you, we sound like a great fit! I’m 26 years old, have lost about 30+lbs and am looking to lose 15 more. And my boyfriend is a tennis instructor who’s trying to put on muscle, yay.

  14. An accountability partner would be great! I am looking to lose about 40 pounds over the long term, but I am really looking to hopefully lose a little over the holidays. I know my struggles will be with traveling and unexpected plans, AND getting exercise. I am a college student so I will be on break.
    We can text, fb, email, whatever!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    rodneyre@vcu.edu

  15. I announced to Ben my goals so he can help me be accountable. Even if he doesn’t actually do or say anything to me, it makes it more official and harder overeat with him around.

  16. I think the idea of an accountability partner is a great idea. I would love someone to help me be accountable. I am also just starting out blogging again and writing some of my goals and some of my struggles. If anyone wants to help me out check out my blog. πŸ™‚

  17. I’m 28 years old, 5’3 and started out in April at 176 pounds. This past summer I lost 30 pounds by starting out with Weight Watchers and then training all summer for my first ever race—a half marathon. (Which I did on 09/05/10!!!!!). Since then, I’ve gained four pounds and I really want to get back on track so that I can lose 10 more pounds. I don’t do morning work outs but I do get up at 5 every day to go to work so I don’t mind texting a wake up call to someone. I would like someone to check in with me once or twice a week(email/FB). It’s so hard to find motivation to eat right and excercise in the winter. I can be reached @ chica3000@juno.com.

    P.S. Thanks for all the great posts Jen! You are such a special person and you are helping more people than you know.

  18. I would LOVE an accountability partner! I need someone who can keep me in check. I’m an italian girl who married into an even bigger italian family, food pushing is their specialty! I’m 24years old, from Upstate NY.

    I can be contacted at JSpears023@gmail.com

    PS- Thanks Jen for posting! Reading your blog is such an inspiration, reading about a real person and their real struggles & sucesss!

  19. I too would love someone to text, tweet or email to stay accountable. I’ live in Alberta Canada and this month is a doozy! It is my nephew, mine, hubby’s and my step dad’s birthdays, we have xmas eve and xmas and New Years!! Yikes!! I just rejoined ww this past Monday but am struggling to get back to the gym. Who wants to be my buddy? Any takers??? Anyone at all?? πŸ˜‰

    Natasha
    Girlstuckinarut@shaw.ca

  20. I would love to get up earlier and get to the gym. Wait a sec… I just said that ?! I can come up with so many excuses to not go after work. I’m seriously good at excuses. What if I got up early ? I’ve done it before.. Shoot, I had to get up at 5am for 7 days in a row last month. I would really love to start the day off right.

    I’ve lost 60 pounds over the past 2 years but, I’ve probably gained back 10 or 15. I’m looking at starting WW again. I need the accountability and structure right now.

    Anyone interested in a morning text, maybe a msg via fb or email every now and then ? I’m 44 and in central Florida. email me at: sarjeant@me.com

  21. I would love to have an accountability partner. I’ve already replied to a couple people but I figure I would do my own post as well. In my opinion, when it comes to accountability… the more, the merrier! I’d like support all year round, but I know the holidays are gonna be rough as well so I’m not picky. I’m almost halfway to my weight loss goal but ever since my great-grandma died last month, I’ve been struggling with getting my workouts in. Traveling and college stress have been distracting me. No more excuses, though!

    I recently was put on a gluten-free diet for the possibility of Celiac’s disease. It’s helped me change my lifestyle a lot, for the healthier. Is anybody else going through the same thing? It’s so hard to find support these days. I don’t have a blog right now except for my old livejournal, but my e-mail address is Jfhbabe01@aol.com. I also have a facebook and twitter if that’s easier for someone. I live in Orlando, FL.

    Anyways, enough rambling.. Happy Holidays everyone! I wish you all a great, healthy new year!

    P.S. Thanks Jen for this amazing idea!

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