Been away for awhile. Nothing major . . . it’s just multiple shows back to back and all the craziness a schedule like that imposes on life.
And it’s partly because I’ve been learning so much abut myself and a new approach to life and I’m not sure how to share it all! But here goes nothing.
I’ve begun a new workout regimen. I know, I know. Working out, trying to lose weight, . . . everyone tries, everyone fails. Here’s the thing – I am 4 days into the SECOND WEEK of a workout program that I got through Beach Body (it’s called CIZE and if you have seen the infomercials, it is just as fun as it looks. Maybe more!) and I’m loving it! I don’t think I’ve ever made it four days in a row with ANY work out plan before, much less being four days into the second week! Nothing crazy with my eating habits; I’ve just been watching my portion sizes and making smarter choices (fruit instead of junk food when I want something sweet, for example) and being very intentional about my water consumption. Since it’s a Beach Body program, I have access to a coach online and my coach happens to run an accountability group on that site plus a Facebook page.
I’m still working on the reading challenge that I started earlier. Turns out that taking 10 minutes a day to read is a FABULOUS form of self-care for yours truly! I’ve read genres I don’t usually venture into and found some of them rather enjoyable. A friend of mine created a group on Facebook for others doing the same challenge so I even have a group of people to help keep me on track.
Accountability. It’s kind of becoming a theme for me lately. From an intellectual perspective, I’ve understood the value of having others partner with you for various activities. But the true worth of accountability? For some reason, I never appreciated it or valued it much until now. I don’t mean someone pointing their finger saying, “You had better . . . ” or “Don’t you dare. . . .” I mean a person – or small group – that will be there to say “woo hoo” when you get it right, reach a goal, or finish a task OR that will help you brush yourself off and get back at it if you stumble.
We weren’t meant to do life alone. If we are wise, we will seek out others who will serve as accountability partners for us. I don’t mean sycophants who will tell us what they think we want to hear. I’m talking about individuals who will cheer us on when we get it right or help to redirect us when needed. These people need to use authentic praise where it is appropriate, words of encouragement when we’ve stumbled, and words of honest correction when we are out of line.
As important as it is to find people like this, I also want to learn how to a person like this. Here’s to being more intentional about both.