Better Together — Accountability Information

People in my life who have helped me--(left to right) Jan Tabrizi, my first Accountability Partner with Thin Within back in 2000! Pam Sneed, who mentored me in leading my first online Thin Within group, and Judy Halliday whose patient perseverance and constant gracious love kept me hanging in there! We are BETTER TOGETHER!

People in my life who have helped me–(left to right) Jan Tabrizi, my first Accountability Partner with Thin Within back in 2000! Pam Sneed, who mentored me in leading my first online Thin Within group, and Judy Halliday whose patient perseverance and constant gracious love kept me hanging in there! We are BETTER TOGETHER!

It’s time to get an accountability partner if you haven’t yet! I hate to think where I would be if I hadn’t experienced the loving support of others through the years. All three of the dear ladies in the picture above were online friends *first* before I ever met them in person! 🙂

If you have gotten a partner, please help us out:

  • If you posted to the Accountability page previously and are NOW paired up, please go back to your post and reply TO YOUR comment on the Accountability page and type: “I have a partner now.”  Or something like it in response to your own comment. I know that seems silly, but it will be really helpful. That way people will know you are already spoken for!
  • If you have not yet gotten an accountability partner, but HAVE posted to the Accountability page previously, please pray and then select someone on the page that you might like to connect with. THEN: EMAIL ME and tell me the name of the person that you want me to give your contact information to. I will contact them and let them know.

Please email me, though, or I won’t see your request, ok? I don’t do the pairing. You all do that and I just supply the contact information.

  • If you have a difficulty in your partnership (it happens) and it wasn’t meant to be for you with that person, please go back to the Accountability page and post under YOUR ORIGINAL POSTING a reply (I know it is weird to reply to yourself) that you are available after all so we know that you are still “up for grabs!”

If this doesn’t make sense, please post and ask me questions or shoot me an email. I won’t pair people up with one another, though. It doesn’t usually work for me to do that.

One of the first things you will want to do as partners is figure out what you want your accountability to look like. Will it be daily? Weekly? Scheduled (like each evening) or flexible (only when I feel like it…I don’t recommend that one!)? Do you want your partner to email you and ask how you are doing if she doesn’t hear from you? Will you send short reports to one another or will they be one word answers? Will you use the phone? Text? Email? What will your goals be for the partnership? I suggest you commit to this for 4 weeks…the rest of the study. I suggest three accountability points, but you can do what you like. I also suggest DAILY in email. That is just my preference.

Pray for one another, too!

Rather than post here that you are still looking for someone, please go to the Accountability Page and do it there! Thanks so much.

5 Responses to Better Together — Accountability Information

  1. Linda May 18, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    I just want to encourage anyone who is thinking “This accountability thing isn’t for me” to reconsider. I was hesitant to do this (right, Heidi?), but I am SOOO glad I gave it a shot! Michelle, my accountability partner, is such a blessing and I am really enjoying getting to know her better. It’s great to be in connection with someone else who is also doing this study and understands the struggles I have.

    • Heidi Bylsma May 25, 2013 at 7:34 am #

      Hi, Linda. I hope that you and Michelle are enjoying your partnership! I am SO glad, Linda, that you decided to go for it!

  2. Jamie May 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    Amen! Yes Linda it is a blessing having one another to share our journey with and pray with. God bless you. : )

  3. Becky McGeorge June 1, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Oh my goodness was I surprised to see Pam Sneed, of Cookie Crazie with a Mission, in your picture! I am a “Cookier” too, and have learned so much from this talented woman over the past few years. I knew she lost weight but had no idea she followed the Thin Within concept. By golly Heidi, that made my day!

    Becky McGeorge
    Sweet Rebecca’s Cookies
    Check out my FB page!

    • Heidi Bylsma June 1, 2013 at 10:45 am #

      Becky, that picture was taken years ago. I think Pam’s most recent significant weight loss was with another approach, I believe. But she is on some of the TW videos at my YouTube site.

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