Accountability


In yesterday’s blog, I set out a plan for dealing with the mega-munchfest that I was facing last night that included being accountable to you Fabulous Readers.

The Plan

  • Eat healthy throughout the day.
  • Get in a workout.
  • Have a filling and nutritious meal before we go.
  • Look over all the food and choose one thing that I will indulge in. (This will probably be the crust-less fudge pie that my husband is planning to make. It’s totally calorie-worthy!)
  • Take a tray of vegetables and healthy hummus to give myself some nutritious nibbles throughout the evening.
  • Take some sugar-free gum along to chew if I start fighting cravings.
  • Go in determined to succeed and feel guilt-free.
  • Hold myself accountable by reporting to you all how I did.

The Report

It worked!

I ate clean all day, got in a 30 minute run/walk on the treadmill, and ate a filling soup for dinner before we left. I also included a serving of whole grain crackers and a low-fat cheese stick so that I would feel like I’d some “party” food.

Once there, I had a rye cracker out of one of the bowls of snack mix before I remembered my plan. After that I did great! I stuck to the carrot and celery sticks and home-made hummus, and avoided the cheesy, fatty dips that everyone else brought. (Mine was the only healthy dish there, so bringing something I knew I could eat was a life saver!) I was also pleasantly full, so I was definitely less tempted to stray.

I did promise myself a treat, and since David ran out of time to make the pie, I had three ginger-snap cookies that I spread out over the evening and 1 small chocolate covered strawberry. Another win was that I drank sparkling water with a squirt of lime-juice instead of wine or beer, and I did turn to the gum once when my stomach definitely wasn’t hungry, but my mouth still was.

So I did it! First time in months that I’ve left Bunco feeling good—and feeling good about myself.

Thanks for all your help! Knowing I would be reporting to you definitely helped me stay on track.

 

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8 thoughts on “Accountability

    • Thanks as always for commenting, Debbie. I would encourage you to think about actions that you take for others, when they may or may not even care or notice, when those actions may be harmful to yourself. Nobody even noticed that I didn’t eat any of the other foods. I was eating (carrots and celery), engaged, and having a good time. That’s all that mattered. Appreciate you!

  1. Hi Hanna, reading your post gives me the feeling that its not accountability that has worked for you so much as responsibility viz. your empowering ability to choose your response. What do you say?

    Cheers

    Shakti

    • You are off course, correct, Shakti. Recognizing that I have response-ability is a huge part of success. But accountability is a great tool for reminding youself of your response-ability. It’s very easy to talk yourself into actions that don’t serve you, but remembering that someone else is holding you accountability can help hold the reason you are making the choices in the forefront of your mind, making it easier to choose wisely. Thanks as always for reading and commenting!

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