Weight Loss Accountability
I became accountable for my weight when I created 344Pounds.com.
Being accountable means stepping up to the plate and taking responsibility for your weight, while publicly declaring your desire to change. Granted, your accountability doesn’t have to be as public as a blog, nor does it have to be as elaborate — but it does have to be public for it to mean anything.
The people you open up with about your weight are called your accountability partners (if you’re reading this, you’re one of mine). While this is hardly a new concept, accountability partner(s) are people that you can open up to and share with anything related to your weight — past struggles, diets, workout routines, recipes, reasons to lose weight, and most importantly, motivation.
An accountability partner (or partners) is someone you can get in touch with on any random day, a day when you have absolutely no desire to go to the gym, and they should be able to talk you into going.
Here are a few ways you can become accountable for your weight:
Workgroups. A lot of workplaces have “Biggest Loser” competitions — these are great opportunities to find accountability partners. While you may not be broadcasting your desire to lose weight to the world, being in a group of 5+ people, all of whom are trying to lose weight, is great accountability. Best of all, it’s accountability you experience constantly, every work day.
Social networking. Considering most of your friends and family are probably already apart of your social network such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc., posting messages and updates about your weight loss progress should be a fairly easy transition for you to make. It would also be easy for your followers to post feedback, praise, encouragement, etc.
E-mail list. Just like with your social network, your friends and family are probably already in your e-mail address book. You could send out weekly or bi-monthly progress reports on your weight (with pictures, links to Youtube videos, stats, etc) on certain days. Your friends and family would start to expect and anticipate your weekly/monthly e-mails, much like some of you expect me to lose 10 pounds every Wednesday weigh-in.
Start a blog. I decided to let everybody I had ever met (plus some, apparently) know about my weight problem and my dedication to losing 100+ pounds, so I started 344Pounds.com. While I never intended on having thousands of people across the globe and members of the media contact me (Newsweek, to name a few), it’s been wonderful — it keeps me extremely motivated.
Trust me — I’m not good with the internets.
Keep it intimate. Weight is an extremely personal issue (gee, slight understatement?) and even when somebody is committed to losing weight, we simply can’t break the shell we’ve created over the past several years or even decades to protect ourselves from the harsh reality of being overweight or obese. If this is the case for you and you still want to be held accountable for your weight, try to find at least have one accountability partner — a significant other, close friend, coworker, pastor, etc.
If you still can’t find anybody, e-mail me and I’ll become your accountability partner. It’s the least I can do, considering you’re mine.