I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I got started in power lifting. Out of every type of work out I have ever tried, this was the one thing that really stuck. What was the difference? And then it came to me…I started working out in a group setting, which led me to feel like I was being held to some level of accountability. There were several other wonderful ladies doing this with me, making it so much harder to back out or not show up, because someone would notice, and then I would feel like I needed to explain myself. Who wants to do that, especially if it’s for a silly reason? Not showing up wouldn’t even be a thought these days but sometimes you just don’t feel that confident in the beginning.
Accountability does not only relate to power lifting for me, but also to food choices. I try to make good food choices the majority of the time, but there are those times (admittedly longer than they should be) that I fall completely off the wagon. And when I fall of the wagon, I become the person hanging from the rope being drug behind it trying to pull myself back on. With that being said, when I am on that wagon I follow a mostly Paleo lifestyle of eating, but allow myself to have some indulgences now and then. But lately, “now and then” has become most of the time. Did I mention I have a huge love of chocolate chip cookies? These are one of the items that is making an all too frequent reappearance in my food choices.
So, I’ve decided that in order to feel accountable in the food fueling department I’m going to start entering my food choices in a food tracking app on my phone. I’ve done this on a couple of occasions and like the ease of use. The food tracking app I plan to use is “MyFitnessPal.” I feel like if I have someone watching me or have someone to report to that it will prompt me to make better choices. I would love it if you followed me on my food tracking journey and welcome all thoughts and suggestions. My username is “tumble1014.” I do promise to be completely honest with my choices, regardless of them being good or bad, and my tracking will be at least three to four days a week.
My goal in this endeavor is to make my dedication to good food choices as good as my dedication to lifting has become; It truly has nothing to do with weight loss. I know that when I fuel my body with the right foods that my lifting is so much better and I feel a lot more powerful in each lift.