Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Summer & Accountability

Well, I've finally got a moment to myself to blog without someone asking where are their headphones, socks, football gloves, shoes, etc or ask for money! The life for of a mom with now 3 teenagers and 2 tweens has officially sent me in "Ain't Nobody Got Time For That" land.

Since my last posting, My 'baby' is now a young lady & has graduated from elementary school, I gained a teen from tween land as my middle son turned 13 & is owning every ounce of teenage-dom now, I work out in the middle of the night & I lost my great aunt whom I grew up with in my childhood home. I'll get back to all of that in future blogs. I have promised myself to be committed to blogging this summer so I don't end up committed for real!

Now, to why I wanted to make this post. Accountability.

I'll first talk about it with the fit girl perspective. As I've stated, I work out in the middle of the night. With my husband on 2nd shift, I go to be trained by him at a local 24 hour gym when he gets off of work. It has a lot of benefits to it, but being up during the night and day with small sleep sessions can take it's toll. With summer in effect, I've contemplated taking one of the teens with me in the mornings to the gym to help them burn off some of the energy. That would mean no husband trainer. It's a rare thing for me to workout without him. He's more than my trainer, he's my accountability partner. I know when I'm with him, I'm going to give my workout my all. I can talk myself out of that last rep on my own sometimes, I can tell myself that the chocolate cupcake will not hurt my workout. But with him, I'm on my A game. I want to show him I'm a beast when it comes to this fitness thing. So my mission is to have accountability for myself being healthy without him babysitting me. I also have my facebook & instagram post to keep me on track though.

Every time you post your progress and post as much healthy stuff as I do, you kind of have a following. So you feel weird if you slack up on your workouts and let your gut hang in a picture. My friends who see me regularly that are on facebook with me, I'm the same girl that is on the social networks, so they won't see me on my second cup of a fattening cocktail or third hamburger. When I'm home, I practice what I preach. I teach my kids to read the nutrition labels in the store with me. I'll sit & watch my daughter's fave shows with a big bowl of baby brussel sprouts....and like it! We make salads together & create healthy recipes. I have 2 boys on the verge of their college years in a couple of years & I want them to be able to make healthy choices on a couple of dollars...especially my athletic kid.

I'm saying this to say, you don't need a husband trainer to be accountable, but you are surrounded by people & things to make you accountable for you. You shouldn't want to let you down. Seeing my before pictures motivates me when I have a case of the frumps & frustrated with the slow process of rebuilding a body. Everything I eat, I think about how this will help or hinder all of the progress I've made these past two years. It's become a habit, an obsession, a lifestyle. I can't give up this healthy kick. I've embraced that it's not a phase anymore. I'm that annoying person on facebook who always talks about their workout and what they eat. I'm the girl at the store reading the labels & examining my produce. I'm the instagrammer that posts motivational pics and quotes. I have online albums of my workouts....And I'll be damned if I feel ashamed of it. Because with my search to be accountable to myself & wanting to detach from my trainer, I found that the only person I was trying to prove anything to was myself. And that makes me proud.

 Accountability is everywhere. You just have to look around, identify it & embrace it...if you can't, look in the mirror.

There's a 2nd part to this. I want to delve into accountability with everything else...I'll post it in a few days. But in the meantime, here's me doing something that little short stay at home moms shouldn't be able to do: workout like the pros & squat 225 lbs! Time to go & feed my crew!

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