You know…some people say that you should have an accountability partner… I would veer to say that you need a strong support system more than an accountability partner. Here’s why: an accountability partner will help keep you accountable to the goals that you set for yourself, but a support system will hit the pavement with you. I wanted to share with you a practical way of how this very thing played out in my life this week.
I know that in last week’s weigh-in post Non-Scale Wins, I was telling you that I was a little nervous about accomplishing my goal of walking 10,000 steps and drinking 1/2 gallon of water on both Saturday and Sunday because weekends are challenging for me. The word “weekend” just screams relaxation… at least to me anyway. I contribute a lot of my success in accomplishing my step goal this weekend to my support system, which is my husband. I told him that I thought this weekend may be hard for me because weekends usually are and especially because I knew that we would be out all of Saturday and a lot of Sunday.
Pushing to meet the goal…
This weekend was my grandma’s birthday so we had a family lunch. It was really nice. We went to a cute little restaurant in Jacksonville called The Brick. We got home on Saturday at around 7:30 PM. When we got home I asked my husband if he wanted to go to the outside mall by our house to walk, at that point I had less than 3,000 steps and the LAST thing I wanted to do was go on a walk, but I thought going to an outside mall would be a lot more interesting than walking in my neighborhood like I always do. My husband agreed to go with me and did it with a smile, although we were both sooo exhausted by this point.
To make matters a little bit (who am I kidding… a lotta bit worse) was it was “that time of the month” for me and all I wanted to do was snuggle on the couch with a blanket and watch a good lifetime movie. Have you been there?
Although I did not want to go walking, I knew I had a goal that I wanted to reach. We quickly changed and went to the outside mall and walked for about an hour and a half until I reached my step goal. Funny thing is: as we walked we did feel more energized, which helped us to keep going. It was nice just to talk and laugh and get some exercise in. I was so grateful to him for doing this with me.
On Sunday we went to church and then went out to lunch. It was really hot (about 90 degrees) so I thought it would be a good idea to find an inside place for us to walk. I chose an inside mall that was not too far from our house. We went home, changed quickly and left right away for the mall (because we thought that if we sat down it would be even harder to leave).
We realized pretty soon after getting to the mall that walking in an inside mall was QUITE distracting.. every 5 minutes we wanted to stop to look at something that was on sale. The struggle! ? We finally said that we would just keep walking until we reached our step goal, and after a little over an hour and a half later (15 minutes after the mall closed.. yes, sadly we were “those” people ?) we reached our step goal. I was so ecstatic! I survived my first weekend! BUT, I know without my support system it would have been sooo much harder.
Why having a support system is more important than having an accountability partner…
If my husband was just my accountability partner he would have encouraged me to get my walks in, but because he is my support system, he got out on the pavement with me and stood by my side until I accomplished my goal. I saw the difference between an accountability partner and a support system play out so clearly in my life this weekend and I now see the importance of having a strong support system.
Who’s your support system? This is the person that is always in your corner… the person that will do whatever it takes to see you succeed in whatever you set out to do. This person doesn’t have to be your husband. It could be your friend, sibling, or even coworker. Just that person that will help to push, encourage, and stand by you. If you don’t have a support system I highly, highly recommend that you find that person. I think it’s so important.
How everything played out…
In the end, I was able to accomplish the overall goal that I set for myself. Seven days straight of drinking at least 1/2 gallon (64 ounces) of water and walking at least 10,000 steps! I did not miss a day and I’m so proud of myself!
As for my weigh-in this week…
I stepped on the scale this morning and I was down 1.4 pounds since last week. I’m so happy about that. I’m really proud of myself for staying consistent. All in all this week has been pretty good.
THIS WEEKS WEIGHT LOSS NUMBERS:
Starting Weight in January: 253
Week 1 Weigh-In: 230.0
Week 2 Weigh-In: 227.6
Week 3 Weigh-In: 226.2
Weight Lost this week: -1.4 lbs
Total Weight Lost Since January: -26.8 lbs
Just wanted to check in and let you know how things went for me this week. How did your week go? Any challenges that you are facing? Any wins you want to share? I hope you are having a great week and that you finish it off strong!!! Talk to you later!
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