The Beautiful Thing about Accountability

So I’m still doing my “Lean Body Bootcamp” three times a week at 5:15 in the morning.

In the fall, I had very little problem getting up in the mornings.  I was loving the routine I was in.

Then I hurt my back in December so I was unable to go to class for 6 weeks.

Now I’m back in class and things are a little harder.  When my alarm goes off at 4:45 a.m. I can think of a hundred reasons why I should shut the alarm off and go back to sleep.

Then I remember Crystal.

Crystal is my friend who goes to class with me. We alternate driving to class so either I need to pick her up or within 15 minutes she will be picking me up.

Oh, the beauty of accountability.

I tend to be of an independent nature.  I like to do my own thing.  I’m pretty self-motivated.  Except, of course, at 4:45 in the morning.

Let’s face it…we need each other. Sometimes we need to encourage one another. Sometimes we need to help one another.  Sometimes we need to hold each other accountable.

Especially at 4:45 in the morning.

 

What about you?  How have you found accountability to be helpful in your life? 

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One Response to The Beautiful Thing about Accountability

  1. Sandi Haustein says:

    Yes!! I find that I’m not always a self-motivated person when it comes to disciplines or things that I don’t enjoy doing. A friend of mine and I started a cleaning competition/accountability a year or so ago where each of us posted the list of what we wanted to get done each day. We got points based on how much we actually did, and then whoever won each round would buy the other a piece of cheesecake. Our houses had never been so clean! 🙂 (I won’t say what happened when we stopped the competition.)

    Then, I applied the same thing to building healthy habits — I needed accountability to start eating healthier and to lose weight and exercise so I got a group of friends together, and we had a healthy habits competition. The accountability and encouragement was the best part as we were sharing our food journals every day and all of our choices pertaining to food and exercise. The 8 of us who finished together lost an average of 20 pounds each over the course of 15 weeks, and we continued for 2 more rounds (with others joining at different times). Now, a few of the same girls are doing the Couch to 5K program (we just started this week) and we’re posting in a FB group whenever we complete a run.

    I find that I’m more motivated when I’m accountable to others for the things that I don’t typically enjoy on my own!!

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