Pay It Forward Fitness and Health: Buddy Up!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Buddy Up!

How many times have you started a new fitness or weight loss program with a lot of energy and strong intent, only to end up quitting because you really had nobody but yourself to stay accountable to? I know I have.

If it weren't for my husband being my Accountability Buddy during my 20-pound weight loss journey, I wouldn't have made my goal. So do yourself a favor, and get an Accountability Buddy to ensure you meet your fitness goal.

Getting an Accountability Buddy during your weight loss program can be like having a personal GPS to keep you on course! Most people cannot achieve their weight loss goal as lone rangers.  You might have to reach out to someone beyond your household who shares your desire to adopt a wellness-based lifestyle.
Your commitment to daily workouts and improved nutrition can be challenging to maintain on your own, especially when no one is watching or cheering you to the finish line!
Here’s the definition of what it means to “Buddy Up” with someone.
  1. to become friendly; be on friendly or intimate terms
  2. to work closely together
Identify at least three possible candidates to be your Accountability Buddy during your weight loss journey. Contact each person and let them know about your commitment to change your lifestyle and find out if the time is right for them to do the same.
Once you’ve found your Accountability Buddy, the two of you need to decide how you will best support each other, how and when you’ll communicate, and what your expectations are for helping each other stay on track.
For example, you and your Accountability Buddy might decide to start each day with a phone call, text, or e-mail announcing the start and end time of your workouts. You can exchange photos of each other at the beginning, during, and at the end of your respective weight loss journeys. You could also send cards or make audio and/or video tapes of encouragement for your Accountability Buddy to use when you can’t make a live connection.
Use these four questions to help you and your Accountability Buddy communicate clearly:
  1. What’s working?
  2. What’s not working?
  3. Where do I need support?
  4. What’s my commitment until the next time we communicate?
You’ll be amazed at the positive energy you can create with a strong Accountability Buddy!

Team Beachbody Coaches like us make fabulous buddies. We're ready and willing to help you achieve your fitness goals.  You can start by joining our free Facebook group called "Fitness and Health Group" and/or join our free Team Beachbody Club for access to an online workout scheduler and tracker and a huge online community of workout buddies.

We're glad we're in this together!