“IF you live to be 35 years old, your quality of life will be very poor,”
Well then. What now? I had attempted every fad diet known to man and owned every workout tape that promised buns of steel and 6-pack abs. Apparently that wasn’t working. So, a friend approached me and we decided to be workout buddies. Someone to hold me accountable and make going to the gym fun. We had aspirations of playing racquetball, attending classes, and doing cardio… every night after work.
The first week went great. The next week we skipped a few nights because of other obligations. When I would already start questioning my motivation, as the day would start to wear me down, all it took was for my accountability partner to call and say that she wasn’t feeling good or that she had to take her daughter to soccer practice, PERFECT! I could go home and crawl onto the couch. On the way home I’d stop for a hamburger and fries because...
November. Another trip to the hospital. And now the doctor is shaking his head at me as he tells me I’m diabetic. I went home defeated and that’s when someone suggested I try Weight Watchers. I went, not knowing what else to do. I went to every meeting after that for a long period of time, because I felt accountable to them. I felt that no matter what my BS excuse was for not being able to go, they would still be there. And my absence would be noticed.
That’s when it hit me. I compare it to someone starting a program like AA. They aren’t going to set you up with a mentor, someone to hold you accountable, who is on Step 1 as well. To make me accountable I needed to find someone a little farther along in the journey. Someone who already established that pattern of behavior and wouldn’t let my excuses detour them. And in that respect, I felt like my
“But a unicorn landed on my car and aliens abducted me”
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