Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Do You Need Accountability When Losing Weight?
I recently heard about Weigh-In Wednesdays from Barbie of My Freshly Brewed Life. Each week those who are working on their weight check in with Kim of At Home With Kim. It's a place of accountability, encouragement and information. I need to lose 20 pounds. Although I know exactly what to do, I thought I could use some accountability.
I've always been very self-disciplined with diet and exercise. You see, for 25 years I worked as a cardiovascular nurse specialist. I had to work with heart patients and motivate them to adopt healthier lifestyles. I always felt it was important to walk your talk.
Fast forward ...
I've experienced several years of extreme stress. After selling our home, including all of the furniture and exercise equipment, I didn't exercise on a regular basis. I was depressed and it was too hot to walk outside. After all, I live in Phoenix. I began to recite many of the same excuses I'd heard from others over the years.
Lately, I've been feeling better. I'm enjoying my job. We moved into a condo that is closer to town and my work.
I'm ready to get back in shape.
I want to be able to fit into the clothes I now have stored away. I want to be able to get dressed quickly in the morning and not have to change because my outfit doesn't fit well. I think I took those years for granted but never again ...
I've already begun losing a few pounds since I started exercising. I was thrilled when I was able to purchase back my original treadmill. Woo hoo!
This treadmill is key for me.
In Phoenix, the weather can often be too hot to walk outside. I need something that is convenient. I don't like to go to a gym. I don't like to have to depend on another person to go exercise. So having access to my treadmill makes all the difference.
A group at my work are joining together to help and encourage one another in our weight loss. We are each contributing $5 at the start. We will weigh in every Friday and record our weight in the nurses' office. The ending date we set is November 21. The person who loses the most percentage of their weight gets all the money in the kitty.
So, I figure between my work group and Weigh-In Wednesdays with Kim, I should be able to hit my goal of losing the extra weight. There's something to be said for accountability.
I just finished reading a book "Every Body Matters" by Gary Thomas. I would highly recommend this book as the author puts things into proper perspective about how proper eating and a fit lifestyle impacts how we serve Christ. Gary talks about our bodies being instruments and not ornaments. I liked that. When I am fit and healthy, I have more energy and feel better.
How about you? Do you need some accountability to lose weight? Maybe you simply need to become more fit and strong. If you'd like to come along on this journey with me, please feel free to add your comments. You can also read Kim's Wednesday posts on At Home with Kim. I will write about my progress. After all, I write about the choices we make every day.
Getting fit and healthy is a great heart choice!
Blessings and love,