Amber: “So how’s #BF4ME going, any updates?”
Me: Intentionally nervous laugh: “Haha, what’s #BF4ME?” (If you’re not sure, read more here)
Amber: “I have to ask, there hasn’t been a blog or update in a while.”
Nobody’s been asking, so I haven’t been telling, plain and simple. I haven’t actively participated in my commitment to healthy eating or getting ready for a running challenge, in about a month.
My eating habits have improved some, but not as significantly as they need to. The frustration mentally is that I know how to eat healthily, and I used to be known as a healthy eater and how nutrition impacts my wellbeing. So, what’s the deal?
Since that conversation with Amber, I’ve had some inner dialogue, some good and some not. I knew when I started talking about registering for a run, that if I didn’t go public with my commitment, I likely wouldn’t follow through. I went public and I’m still not making much progress. The truth is, after we chatted, it jerked my chain enough to get me going.
Over the weekend I got out my Simply Fit Board, watched the DVD, got on it and found out I actually really enjoy it! I’ve stopped eating before bed, and I’ve realized that some of my eating is purely to keep me company. Sure, it’s only been a few days, but I already feel better physically and I’m also aware that someone is going to ask. Maybe not Amber, but someone will.
I also officially registered for the run I’d committed to way back in November. If you are interested in participating in the Cypress Hills High Altitude Trail Challenge, or in supporting me by being present, check it out [here].
Definition of accountability
: the quality or state of being accountable; especially : an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions
What exactly does accountability look like to me in this situation, and how do I ensure its success?
- I accept that I am responsible for my actions (or lack thereof)
- I am willing to be asked about my progress and am willing to answer honestly
- I will ask for help when I’m struggling
- I will adjust and improve as needed
- I will attend the race and run in August, to fulfill my commitment
One of the things we discussed early on in the #BF4ME campaign, was that we would find ways to get healthy and active at minimum cost.
I am not a big believer in diets per se but in eating and lifestyle changes. I do believe that in order to succeed, we may need a kickstart, and I’ve found something I’m going to try. I’ve had the tab open on my computer for a couple of weeks now but given that I’ve been brought to task on my progress, I am going to take the plunge and follow Dr. Oz’s 21 Day Weight Loss Breakthrough Diet! Yes, it has the “D” word in it, but for me, it’s about finding what will work to change habits and three weeks is the average time it takes to create new ones. It’s a starting point for me, for a lifestyle change.
I’ve also been made aware of a free walking/running track about 15 minutes from my home, so will take advantage of that.
I’m sincerely looking forward to having some positive updates within the next couple of weeks, and I am grateful that someone kept me accountable. Thanks, Amber!