Get Fit to Fight Fascism: Workout Buddy

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Hey friends! Mel and Liz here to talk about how we help each other with our exercise goals. It’s hard to things on your own sometimes and having a buddy to cheer you along the way can make a world of difference. Come this way and see how we do it and how it might help you!

new-key-avi-liz-50x50I have a terrible self-destructive streak, and for some reason it most often manifests when I talk to other people about the goals I’m trying to accomplish. You would think being accountable would be a good thing, but that’s just not how my brain works. When Mel and I were first working out how to keep each other on track we both decided that constantly talking about what we were doing and how much we were accomplishing wasn’t going to be effective for either of us. Weekly check ins where we’re honest with each other and encourage each other NO MATTER WHAT is what we eventually decided on and y’all, it has been SO HELPFUL.

Just knowing that there is someone in my corner whether I’m doing super well or getting off track, someone who will support me and cut me slack, has made me WANT to do a good job. And Mel is so upbeat about things, even when I’m having a bad bingey week, that it’s hard to feel down even when I’m not getting quite as far as I want to.

I’m about to start serious half marathon training, and I know I wouldn’t be able to do it without my Team Sparkle teammate. She’s been a HUGE part of my journey so far. If you’re worried about taking on a “get fit” goal, find yourself a buddy or two but make sure they’re on the same page as you are as far as HOW you’ll work together. Hopefully you’ll mesh as well as Mel and I do.

new-key-avi-mel-50x50We came together because Liz was an angel and granted my Keysmash “Share the Love” via 2015  wish. We talked about what we were looking for and set up a schedule we’ve mostly stuck to. The biggest thing for me was I needed to be held accountable by someone. I was easier for me to get on my bike when I knew I would report my progress to Liz. I didn’t want to disappoint her really. Not that she was ever mean about my slump times or anything. (It’s the opposite really.) I just feel like we’re a team and if I slack I’m letting Team Sparkle (Our team name) down.

Now we give leeway to one another because life happens. Kids get sick, it’s winter for her, or summer for me.  (I live on the Sun) However we’re always cheering each other on which, for me, helps me want to be better. We share triumphs like when Liz ran her fist 5k, or when I FINALLY figured out my PMDD. Or it’s super fun to work on the same challenges together. (Squat challenge I WILL CONQUER YOU!) My point is, it’s easier to keep going when you know you have someone in your corner to help you fight but who will also help you up when you fall. No one wins a war by themselves. We do it together!

 

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