As you know, I have struggled to lose weight for some time now. It’s actually been a little over four years now… I started Jenny Craig the summer before my senior year of college. Of course, I got super sick on the Jenny Craig food… so I only lasted about five months. I lost a lot, but then went on birth control before my wedding and well… yeah.
Then in 2012, I joined Weight Watchers online when they were having one of their recruitment specials. I did great, but then plateaued and did all the things one was supposed to do for breaking it… and still got no where. So I gave up, and gained it all back, and then some.
Last summer, I finally bought the Primal Blueprint and we made the commitment to go primal (paleo, but we still allowed ourselves dairy.) Two weeks in, we discovered I did react negatively to gluten. I thought it was just some minor intolerance… until a few months later I had a terrible reaction that lasted a week. Yep, I’m a celiac, and that explained partly why I never lost weight when I was a calorie counting nutjob, I was eating grains that caused my body to be even more malnourished.
Since then, my health has never been better. But, I’ve only lost 18lbs. No fault to the primal concepts, total fault to my sabbotage. If you’ve followed along, you’ll know that I did the 21 Day Sugar Detox to kick my sweets addiction. And it totally worked. The first time, it helped me to stay good during the holidays and I lost 7lbs between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The second time, it kicked my cravings.
Then Valentine’s Day happened. And, I’ve been struggling ever since.
It finally hit me — my problem isn’t just eating right, or exercising enough — it’s having someone to hold me accountable.
This is a never-ending journey, I know that for the rest of my life — especially with how high risk I am for developing Parkinson’s Disease — my health and fitness need to be my priority. Finding someone to keep you accountable, to commit through the milestones, is hard. So it’s also a matter of continuing to build up that accountability team, you can’t rely on just one person, we’re only human. Jeff’s an amazing husband, but he’s not the best when it comes to being my accountability partner. Let’s be honest, what woman wants her husband to tell her she needs to stop eating chocolate?
So, I’m focusing on putting myself out there, for accountability. It’s easy to ignore the problem when you’re not being honest with yourself or others. Accountability really is the strong point to Weight Watchers, if you attend their meetings. Online, I had their forums, and when I was participating in those forums I stayed on track. But, their forums aren’t paleo friendly even though they’re open to non-paying members.
I joined the community at Nerd Fitness, and have already found one accountability partner through them. They have six-week challenges where you set your own goals, and your guild backs you up for accountability and motivation. The guilds are broken up by things like your eating and exercise philosophies. That excites me! I can’t wait until the next challenge starts in April. I did try out the Mark’s Daily Apple community… but eh, a little bit too much ‘paleo police’ and not so much fun. Yeah it’s a serious topic, but I’m not a serious person ;P Plus, I like being among my people. I might not be even a fraction of nerdy as most of the members at Nerd Fitness, but I am a nerd at heart.
I’m going to keep on working on building up multiple accountability sources and partners. When one fails, I’ll have another to back me up. I hope to keep blogging about it too, a sort of passive? source of accountability. So if you’re reading this, and I suddenly stop talking about my fitness journey… send me a comment and get me back in line!