Need Help Losing Weight After 40? Get An Accountability Partner!

Accountability Is What Sets Beachbody Apart!

Losing weight after 40 is NEVER easy but having a support group of others doing the same is a tremendous help.

The story below is one from a few years back, before we had the big social networks. Since then, the bonds of new relationships and accountability partners has grown even greater, thus your opportunity for success! 

This is a unique time in history, where relationships are cultivated while sitting alone in a room at a keyboard. Some of my dearest friendships that I’ve developed in the past 10 years have begun in this way and if I hadn’t experienced it, I might be more than just a bit skeptical. Can you “hug” an email? Can you really call someone a friend whom you’ve never seen face-to-face? Some might say no, but that would not be someone who’s truly experienced the power of the Beachbody Coaching community!

I’d never been on a message board when I started posting in the Beachbody Boards (pre FaceBook days) back in 2003. I didn’t even know there WERE boards to find other people going through the program I was going through until I learned of them from a fellow Beachbody member. I logged on and started posting my journey and sent this question out into the internet abyss: “Who’s with me?” It wasn’t long before someone answered. And then another. A “Challenge Group” was born. We lived in different states, different time zones, our family sizes varied, as did our lifestyles. We had different religions, different backgrounds, some worked doing manual labor, some crunched numbers for big companies, and some (like me) were stay at home moms. It didn’t matter. What drew us together was the common goal of weight loss, reclaiming our health, and going through it …TOGETHER.

Some people would drop back in participation because life pressed in, and when they did the community would reach out and tell them they were welcome back at any time, and assured them that they were missed. Because of that we didn’t lose anyone. It was a safe place to come back to; where successes were celebrated and backsliding was forgiven. Every Challenge Group brought new friends into my life, and because we went through something so personal as weight loss together, bonds were/are created and in some cases, life long friendships are made.

Yes, if you workout consistently and eat well consistently you WILL get results. But when you add the third cord to that system – the cord of accountability – not only will you see the odds of getting results climb, but you’ll feel a part of something. Something new, something good, something that will make fitness and healthy eating a lifestyle and not just a passing phase.

Private Accountability Group on Facebook

I’m currently overseeing a private Facebook group of women who are trying to make exercise and diet apart of a lifestyle change.  What I’ve found is that these ladies encourage each other and give each other “virtual high fives” when they accomplish something.  They also feel like they can share their failures without judgement.  It also helps me when I’m not doing my best or seeing results.  They inspire me and help to keep me motivated.  Working out in with others or in a support group environment help people to reach their goals a lot quicker and their successes help to inspire others who may have quit had it not been for the support of their accountability group.

In addition to providing accountability and support, my private Facebook group also has monthly challenges. The monthly challenges have ranged from 30 day eat clean challenges, ab challenges and squat challenges.  The challenges are fun and as the days progress they get a little more challenging.  I always encourage them to do their best and work at the level they feel most comfortable.  The purpose of the challenge and group is to help them find a way to incorporate fitness into their hectic schedules and have fun doing it.

Interested in joining my private Facebook group? Contact me and I will be more than happy to add you.

That’s the magic of Beachbody. People need people, and with Team Beachbody’s Challenge Groups for accountability you WILL cross the goal line. And you’ll do so linking arms with those who ran the race with you! ☺

 

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One Response to “Need Help Losing Weight After 40? Get An Accountability Partner!”

  1. May 24, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Having an accountability partner makes the journey so much easier!

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