A few weeks ago I wrote about making a firm commitment to losing weight. The results were great. I had a goal weight to get to before I went to the beach on Saturday, and I hit it two days before we left. But it has been tough. Not eating sugar for 5 weeks has been no easy task. I was at my in-laws a few weeks ago, and when I opened the fridge there was a cold Dr. Pepper right in front of my face. It took every bit of restraint I had not to grab it. Ok, that probably isn’t the whole truth. I also knew if Angela saw me with it she would have taken it away.
Then comes my commitment to work out Monday through Friday. I’ve had to be very strategic about this. This morning it meant setting my alarm for 4:45am (thanks to snooze, I didn’t actually get up until 5:30) so that I could get up and workout. One day last week, I was working out past midnight so that I got it in. There is only one reason that I did that. I am part of a Challenge Group for Shift Shop through BeachBody. If it was up to me there is no way I’d be up that early or late working out.
So it sounds great that I made a firm commitment and it sounds great that I stuck to it, but there is only one way I did it. I had accountability. I’m not going to lie, without it there is no way I would have stuck to dieting or working out. There is no way that I would have hit my goal weight.
I am a huge advocate for accountability. It doesn’t really matter what kind of goal or commitment you have, accountability will help you get there. It can be health related, spiritual, school/work, or anything thing else. Having someone come along side of you and encourage (and push) you towards your goal will get you to the finish line faster. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”
If you need that extra push to help you meet a goal, find someone that can come beside you to help you get there. It won’t always be easy and it won’t be fun. A good accountability partner won’t let you out of your commitments when you feel like giving up. But they will also be there to celebrate the success with you as well.
Without accountability I would still be in a place where I was wishing I was losing weight. Since I pulled people beside me to help me stick to my commitments, I am well on my way to where I want to be. Accountability will help you keep your commitments firm.
until next time…