Choosing the Right Accountability Partner
By Meggan Larson
I’m re-reading the book Made to Crave for probably the 5th time because it is truly an amazing book that has helped me get over every single stall I’ve had with THM. It’s such a powerful book that helps deal with the mental, emotional, and spiritual battle of weight loss. I highly recommend reading it if you haven’t and if you have, I’d highly recommend you read it again! Anyway, in the book it talks about the importance of an accountability partner and I realized that I don’t have one at the moment. I used to and it made such a big difference to my success.
We were both on a similar journey having gained weight after kids and struggling to get it off. Our goal weight was the same, we were the same height, lost weight at similar rates, and spent a lot of time together. We brought each other on plan snacks and drinks, tried out new recipes together, and talked each other out of off plan choices. It was incredibly helpful to have that support as we embarked on this journey. We celebrated each other’s successes, laughed at our confessions, and encouraged each other to stay on track to get to our end goal.
Not having that this time around has really left a void for me. I have an amazing online support group that I lead and I adore the ladies I’ve gotten to know in it but we live so far from each other that it’s not feasible to share recipes and bring each other drinks.
Honestly I’ve struggled a lot more this time with staying on plan and remembering why I’m doing this and why I don’t really want to be eating a giant DQ blizzard because it’s just bringing me further away from where I want to be.
So I’ve decided to get an accountability partner again. And the point of this week’s article is that I think you should get one too (if you don’t have one already). Having done the plan with one and now without, I can honestly say it was a breeze in comparison to do the plan WITH someone versus doing it alone.
There are a couple of things I would advise when choosing a partner and this is just from my own experience. I would choose someone who is coming from a similar place. Meaning someone with close to the same amount of weight you have to lose. It can be frustrating when you have 75lbs to lose and your partner has like 10lbs and already weigh less than your goal weight. Any complaint they have makes you want to ring their skinny little neck. 😉
I would also caution you to understand the plan yourself instead of relying on your accountability partner to get it. I was using the wrong protein powder (and several other things) for over a year because I was told they were the right ones when that person was actually mistaken. I just assumed they knew what they were talking about because they’d been on plan longer than I had. Don’t do that! Check things for yourself so that you know you’re doing it correctly.
And lastly, I’d find someone who isn’t wishy washy and is going to quit in 2 weeks when they get tired of prepping. Find someone who has the same commitment level you do so that you can reach your goals together and finish together as well.
Hopefully these tips help!
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Meggan Larson is a wife, mom of three, and challenge overcomer! Being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and undergoing aggressive chemotherapy when her second born child was only three months old, gave Meggan an expected twist to her life. Dealing with pregnancy weight gain and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy, Meggan’s weight soared to over 228 pounds. Feeling humiliated with no desire to socialize, Meggan was desperate for a change. Shortly after losing 20 pounds with the Trim Healthy Mama program, Meggan found out she was pregnant with baby number three, which ended in an emergency C-section and unexpected hysterectomy. Despite the challenges she faced, Meggan has just celebrated her one year “trimiversary”, and her success of releasing just over 60 pounds! Meggan is confident that her success on plan is “doable” for anyone looking to gain back their health and wanting to live a trim and healthy lifestyle!