Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Accountability

As I told you last week, I'm currently training with a team to complete the NYC Urbanathlon at the end of October.  One of the keys to this training has been accountability and working with other people.  I wrote about the need for public accountability back at the beginning of the year, and I still think that is hugely important to my weight loss.  But, with this particular training (which is hard and takes a lot of time) it's been really key to have others training alongside me.
 
I love, love, love my training team!  And not just because we all have pink running shoes.  But really, that is pretty awesome.
 
I love my team because they are so encouraging.  We are all at different places in our life journey, but we all have the same goal in mind with this race - finish it.  We all want to finish the race and prove to ourselves that we can do things we've never done before.  Each of the women on my team came with a different challenge, and we're all meeting those challenges and surpassing our expectations.  A big part of this is because we have each other.
 
We meet up at least once a week outside of our scheduled training class to workout together.  We text or email each other to share our workouts.  We cheer each other on, and inevitably when one of us doesn't feel like doing something, the others do - so we push each other!
 
Another piece of accountability that I LOVE is the GymPact app on my iPhone!!  This app is a free download, but it could cost you big time!  You set up a pact saying that you'll work out X number of times per week, and that if you don't make those workouts - you're willing to pay X number of dollars. At the end of the week, they take the money paid in by those who didn't meet their pact, and divide it up amongst those who did.  I end up with about $2 a week in earnings, which isn't much, but the fact that I would have to PAY money if I didn't meet my pact is what keeps me going.
 
Here's a shot of my pact as of this morning:
 
See that "Total Earned"?  You actually earn REAL money if you complete your pact. When you earn $20 total, you can deposit your rewards into a PayPal account and use them! I've done this twice.  Once I spent it via PayPal, and once I had it transferred to my checking account.
 
 
Just a few weeks ago, GymPact integrated with RunKeeper, another app favorite of mine.  Now you can count outdoor workouts too!  I love both of these apps because they help hold me accountable, plus they track how far I've come in my workouts.

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