This post was written by Crystal.
I have not done so well these past two weeks. I didn’t keep up with my Weight Watchers points and I was stagnant. I should be at about 146 pounds based on the schedule I’m on, but I weighed in at 150.2 instead. That is obviously the wrong direction, so I am on the hunt for an accountability partner to walk with a couple of times a week.
Yahoo Meetup Groups
I usually use Yahoo Meetup groups to meet new people when I’m feeling extra social. That is how my husband and I found our current board gaming group. Well, I’ve been looking for people interested in exercising in my area, but the only groups I can find meet up at gyms. I rather not pay $20-$50 a month for the privilege of using sweaty equipment and walking on a treadmill. So I branched out to find a partner for motivation.
Posting on Craigslist
I met a great walking partner in the past on Craigslist, so I am trying that route again. I posted the following ad in the community section:
Looking for a Walking Buddy – I Need an Accountability Partner!
I am looking for an accountability partner – a dependable walking or exercise buddy. I will help you stay on track too. Honestly, I’ve changed my diet but NEED to walk or exercise in some way at least twice a week or more. If you are looking for someone to walk with regularly, please send me an email or call me to set up our schedule. I work from home and am very flexible with timing. I live near the Willowbrook Mall.
Just let me know, thanks! If you are calling, please keep it between 10am-8pm.
I thought it was an easy to understand post, but I have only gotten three responses so far. The first one sounded like a winner – a guy who just left the military and was looking for someone to walk with too. But he lived about 40 minutes away and mysteriously stopped organizing a meet up when I mentioned I was married. Oh well.
The second lady sounded very motivated and only lived about 30 minutes away, but she wanted to meet at a park that was 45 minutes away and would cost $5 roundtrip in tolls. Ten minutes into the call she was telling me about her abusive husband who was currently working off shore and that she was trying to leave. Between him and her trashy in-laws and step-kids, she sounded like she needed therapy more than a walking partner. My lack of love for drama and toll roads has ended this line of thought.
On Sunday, the same day I am submitting this post to be placed, I received a text from another guy who only lived about 25 minutes away. Even better, there is a great park between us, so we’ll supposedly be meeting there Tuesday and Thursday evenings. I’ll let you know if it works out.
Exercising By Myself
Whether or not I can find a walking buddy, I have started exercising a little more on my own. The 100 plus degree days make me prefer air conditioning, so I have been jogging up and down our stairs at home. We’ll see if I can start going the right weight loss direction on weigh-in days. By the next time I post here, I need to be at 145 pounds if I still want to hit 140 by September 30th.
How have you been doing on your exercise and weight loss goals?