Recommitment & Accountability

by | Nov 17, 2014 | personal journey

Recommitment and accountability. Two words I’m choosing for my life today.

recommitment:  a renewal of a commitment

accountability:  the state of being accountable; responsible for; answerable for

recommitment & accountabilityAfter my daughter inspired me last night through Twitter, of all places, a journey to a healthier me began today.

I haven’t been taking care of my self very well lately. No consistency in my workouts. My eating has been awful. I’ve been drinking more coffee and less water. And I’m not getting enough rest. This is nothing but a formula for disaster.

I’m done with all of that.

I have recommitted to taking my health serious again, and I’m needing accountability. So, in sharing this here, I’m hoping I’ll find some.

My husband just finished 12 weeks of eating right and exercising, and has lost 30 pounds because of his efforts. I’m so proud of him! He has inspired me as well, and I’m glad my unhealthy habits haven’t deterred him.

While making these positive changes in my life, I need to know someone is counting on me out there to keep going, especially on those days when I don’t feel like working out, and instead, feel like finishing off a bag of Doritos. (Yes, I’ve been known to do that.)

Will you help me stay accountable??

So, here I go.

My plan?

–To work out five to six days each week, alternating between upper body, cardio, and lower body workouts.

–To eat balanced meals containing both protein and carbohydrates.

–To drink 8 glasses (or equivalent) of water each day.

–To get 7 hours of sleep at night.

This isn’t going to be easy for me, and I know it isn’t the perfect time of year to start. Or maybe it is. I’ll still enjoy our annual Thanksgiving meal, and all the goodies at Christmastime, but maybe this year I won’t go overboard. Maybe. And as I mentioned in my post on Friday, I don’t want to get run down during the holidays, as I so often do.

Day 1 is almost complete. Workout was done early this morning. I ate pretty healthy today. Didn’t do so well with the water intake. And I plan to get seven hours of sleep tonight.

I’d love some company in this! If you’ve been wanting some accountability in becoming/staying healthy, would you consider joining me? Pick a couple positive ways to better your health. Ones that you can feel good about. I’ll be sharing more at my other blog, Live Laugh Linger, throughout these 12 weeks. I invite you to join me over there

Here’s to finishing 2014 healthy!

Julie

 

 

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9 Comments

  1. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    I’ll be here for you.

    In a previous job (security contractor) my fitness level had to be on a par with the SEAL standard, and I kept it up until felled by illness. So I do know something about exercising when you REALLY don’t feel like it. (I do maintain an exercise schedule even now, but I wouldn’t recommend it…it’s called Work Out Till You Pass Out From Pain…I figure that with good muscle tone and cardiovascular fitness, I have further to fall, so to speak, and the disease will have a harder time killing me. But doing situps till the blood flows, that kinda sucks.)

    Good eating…can’t help you there, unless you agree that the five basic foo groups are beer, pizza, Diet Coke, Powerbars, and beer.

    So…what can I…can WE…do to help you?

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    • Julie Lefebure

      Thanks, Andrew. I appreciate your support. About ten years ago I let fitness and health take over my life. I took my body fat percentage to an extremely low level. I can have a tendency to take things, especially being healthy, I little too far. Trying to stay in balance. But it helps to know my friends are cheering me on and holding me accountable for doing what I said I was going to do. Your five basic food groups made me smile. If I may ask, what is your illness? I’d like to know how to pray for you.

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      • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

        Glad I could give you a smile!

        I was pretty hyper on fitness, and exceeded my brief. I ran ten miles a day and worked out for another two hours every day I could, for about 20 years.

        The illness…my pancreas was damaged in a surgery gone wrong, and I’ve had chronic pancreatitis for many years. The likelihood is that it is now early-stage pancreatic cancer. I was told to expect this. It’s something in common with Patrick Swayze and Luciano Pavarotti, anyway!

        Can’t afford treatment, since my career went away, but I intend to beat it. My doctor’s somewhat shocked that I’m still here. he thought the pancreatitis alone would do me.

        But he’s outranked by another Doctor.

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  2. Kim

    Hmm, you have both inspired me and made me want to encourage you. First, I have a goal of exercising more days than not – 4. But, lately I have been doing more like 2. Why? Because my yoga teacher moved and I do not like the replacement classes offered. (not yoga) Sad, but true. So, now I am only running/biking. I need to just go do it and get used to it. But, thinking now, I may do a couple of hour long walks instead. Or, maybe one of each…

    The best advice I can give you? Drink 12 oz. of water first thing in your day. Makes meeting your goal much easier.

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    • Julie Lefebure

      Kim, there are so many options, aren’t there?? I think if we just stay active, that’s a big key. I love long walks and biking, too. Hopefully it’s warm where you are so you can keep doing what you enjoy through the winter. Great suggestion! I try to drink a glass of water each morning before I even take a sip of coffee. Some days it’s a struggle to get all my water in. Tonight I’m enjoying warm lemon water. Thank you for your encouragement! Much appreciated!

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  3. Kathryn Shirey

    Way to go! I know I need to do more of this – less coffee, more sleep, more exercise – just a hard season of life to do it… More water – maybe I’ll start there. Can’t wait to hear more about your journey – maybe I’ll be inspired to do more 🙂 Cheering for you and wishing you all the best!

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    • Julie Lefebure

      Hey, thanks Kathryn! It’s been a good week. I’ve found I have more energy and am feeling better already. The water thing is still something I’m trying to get better at. Yes, just start with one thing. I appreciate your encouragement, as I certainly need it! Blessings, friend.

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  4. Betsy

    I kept seeing your tweets! Thanks for the link to this post. It strikes a chord with me. My hubby was gone two weeks in October, (he left two days after my two weeks with houseguests ended!) I started eating terribly, and I’d been so careful in September! Want to get back: low sugar, low carbs.

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    • Julie Lefebure

      Your words here blessed me, Betsy. Thanks for cheering me on! It’s helpful to know someone else is making positive changes for their health. Helps me stay accountable. Glad you are wanting to get back on track. I feel better already with a week under my belt! Have a blessed day, my friend. Low sugar, low carbs…

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