I've recently embarked upon an adventure--an accountability adventure. It's basically a group of women who are trying to make healthier lifestyle choices, support each other, and engage in some friendly competition at the same time.
There are 6 teams, of 3 women each, that are participating in this adventure. Each week we have the goal of getting 26 points. You can earn points by
*Working out 5 times a week (1 point each time, max of 5 points)
*Doing strength training exercises 2 times a week (1 point)
*Journaling what you eat each day along with the calorie count (1 point each day, max of 5)
*Eating 2 servings each of fruits and veggies a day (1 point each day, max of 7)
*Drinking 6 glasses of liquid a day, at least 4 of water (1 point each day, max of 7)
*Weight loss (1 point)
We weigh in each Friday, and then over the weekend the team leaders report their team's score for the previous week. Out of a total of 78 points possible, my team got 75 last week. We all lost weight, a combined total of 11.2 pounds! I lost 5.2 pounds the first week! Tomorrow is our next weigh-in day, I think I'll be down again, but I don't know that I'll be able to pull the number I did last week!
I still have about 10 pounds to go before I reach my goal. I'm not sure why this program is working for me when doing it on my own hasn't. I had been tracking my calories, as well as exercising 6 days a week, and eating all my fruits and veggies before I started this adventure. I wonder if maybe the water is doing the trick, I used to struggle to drink 1 bottle of water a day and now I can easily drink 3! I think having some competition is also beneficial as well as making sure I get all my points so I don't bring my teammates down. This accountability thing really works! :)