So many people have asked, “Why would you do that right before the holidays?”
Well, that is the perfect reason to join an accountability group! I think that eating good food and adding on some holiday weight should not be mutually exclusive. The past couple of years, I haven’t kept track of my weight before, during, or after the holidays for comparison; however, I do know that my eating and drinking patterns were drastically changed in the past at this time of the year.
What holiday weight?
This is the biggest thing that I want to prevent. Since I have been transforming my life in so many ways including getting into shape, I want to take extra precaution when it comes to those extra pounds some tend to gain this time of year. My goal is to actually continue to lose throughout the holidays, and an accountability group will keep me on that track. I want to make it through the holidays moving forwards rather than backwards, and I know I can do this with the right tools.
With this challenge, there comes meal plans and recipes as well as personal training and new workouts. I think just having a constant contact with a personal trainer would be enough to propel me forward, but it is so much more than that. We have a group Facebook page, we have unlimited communication, we have assessments, and we have a support system of each person on the team. This is how we will be holding ourselves accountable.
I, also, signed up for group fitness classes for an extra expense that will be so worth it. They are geared towards fat burning or cutting, which are both beneficial to stick with my holiday health goals. This will be another way to hold myself accountable and make sure I am sticking with my workout and meal plans.
Beating the Resolution Crowd
We all know that gyms get more and more crowded in January and February because people have made New Years Resolutions and are getting their butts in the gym. While I think it is awesome for people to start their fitness journey at any time, I am not looking forward to the overcrowded gym.
Also, why wait? Why should I wait until after the holidays to move forward? I want to start now and not be held back by the idea that I will do it tomorrow!
Boosting My Confidence Before the New Year
I think by pushing myself harder now will give me the resources and creativity to maintain my workouts even after the gym packs up. I want to build on the progress that I have made already. I want to be prepared for having certain areas of the gym full and having to come up with a different workout on the spot. And I want to feel confident in communicating with other people at the gym.
I tend to avoid talking with people at the gym because I do have a ways to go to reach my fitness goals, and I think that makes me so self-conscious. In every other area of my life, I am not shy at all. Getting to know other people at the gym that I have been going to since high school will be a good change in my life and make me feel more comfortable there. Don’t get me wrong, I sweat and get gross, and I don’t wear makeup to the gym. I feel comfortable enough to do that. What I am seeking to gain is confidence in my technique and my presence at the gym in general. I always say, “At least I am here trying to make a change.” But I want to switch that to, “I get to be here and improve my health and fitness!”
This is, also, a new way to challenge myself and push myself out of my comfort zone! I want to be working my booty off everyday in that gym and I know that this will push me to do so. When you are working out by yourself, your workout routine can become just that: a routine. You can begin to feel complaisant and then, ultimately, you aren’t getting the maximum benefit any longer.
I know that by stepping up and trying these new classes and workouts, I will be pushing myself harder than I have been on my own. These classes have a pace that you are kind of set at and I am one to rise to a challenge. That being said, I am excited to work harder than I have before!
Overall, by being a part of a 60-Day Challenge, I will be keeping myself accountable and working throughout the holidays on my weight-loss and fitness goals. Just because it is that time of year, I don’t want to fall back into poor habits. I know that having weekly progress reports and monthly assessments will push me to stay on track! I am so excited to see where the next 60 days take me!
What are you grateful for today? Let me know in the comments!