totally shocked pleasantly surprised at how many of you signed up for MizFit Motivational Matches the first go around (who said we Bumbling Band types arent joiners?!).
As a result I thought it might be fun to do it all again at the *beginning* of the year. You know, to help keep our new found motivation from waning.
After mentioning the concept in the comments/twittering your overwhelming reaction was: tell me what the hell this Matchup thing entails & then Ill let you know if Im in.
So here goes.
All laid out.
In short snappy nonMizFit’y (if by MizFit’y you mean rambly—-which I do) prose.
* Im all about the accountability partners. Peeps whom we may not even SEE on a regular basis but who help keep us on track with regards to our goals (which are, all together now, really just DREAMS WITH TIME LINES).
* Because I have had such fantastic support from people Ive never met (you know who you are…) I wanted to set you all up with the same kind of encouraging dynamic. Random pairings of supportive partners (IMO we need NOT share goals in order to cheer each other on to success. Sometimes I think it’s better *not* to share goals so the other person can be impartial/offer insights not tarnished by her own mission/goal striving).
* SUPPORTIVE. HEALTHY. These words are key and, since we are all grown
ass women (no men jumped in the fray last time), I shall leave it at that, People. If you cant envision how this might become UNhealthy with regards to encouragement—–email me. Ill happily enlighten you.
* What does this entail? Whatever you want it to entail!
Emails, instant messages, twitters, text messages, phone calls, small tokens of motivation mailed to each other—it’s all up to you & your partner! What I do suggest is that you cut & paste the below (or generate your own similar missive) by way of introduction and then let the correspondence take on a life of its own.
*Clarification: DONT SEND THE BELOW TO ME. All I need is an email saying COUNT ME IN! When you receive your matchname please to, should you want, cut & paste & send the below to *them.*
My name is ____ , my friends call me ____.
Now, if I could only fulfill my lifelong dream & meet Vince Vaughn in person, he’d immediately give me a noogie & bestow upon me the coolfunny nickname of ____.
I have a blog (address: )/I dont currently blog.
My goals right now are pretty much A. B. C.
I wanted to have an accountability partner because _________________ but I almost didnt sign up because ___________. In my mind it would be perfect if you _______ because I tend to drop the ball when it comes to ___________.
That said, I do not respond well when people __________ so dont do that if you wanna motivate me. For reals.
OK. Im out.
YOUR NAME HERE
Want in? email me and keep your eyes peeled for update posts in the next week or so.
Completely confused? need clarification? Please to hit me up in the comments.
Hanlie saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 2:10 am
I’m totally in! I need all the help I can get!
Another brilliant concept brought to us by Mizfit!
Chantelle saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 3:26 am
The link to your email won’t work for me (something on my side, I’m sure) but I really want to take part. 🙂
Chantelle saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 3:26 am
The link to your email won’t work for me (something on my side, I’m sure) but I really want to take part. 🙂
Amanda saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 3:35 am
Jamie’s been my accountability buddy for a while now, and she’s just the best. 🙂
Thankee for the idea!
Rupal saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 4:06 am
MizFit saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 4:57 am
YAY, Chantelle! For once I think it ISNT on myside 🙂
the email is MizFit08 AT yahoo.com
(and just dont spell out the at)
Natalia Burleson saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 5:12 am
Yay!!! That’s all, just Yay!! 🙂
ali saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 5:18 am
more info please:
do I need to have a blog?
will you be telling us how often to keep in touch?
thank you MizFit I love this idea!!!
bea saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 5:24 am
I was wondering about the needing to have a blog too.
Also did you see that your videos are linked today at crankyfitness?
She didn’t link to your site but to you tube but it is pretty cool how they are all there!!
Emily saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 5:43 am
I went and checked out the links.
You need to burn them all to a DVD to sell here!
I’ve done that for people before so if you need a hand please email me.
I am also interested in the Matchups and can’t wait for you to answer the questions above.
what is happening with your tattoo?
Marianne saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 6:00 am
Ummm. But you already matched up the really cool people… Hahahaha.
Well, somebody has to arrange the matches,
Young people can’t decide these things themselves.
She might bring someone wonderful—-
SING with me!!!
(yes, feeling silly today)
MizFit saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 6:07 am
oh I love that.
And now am thinking I should rent it (is it on dvd I wonder?) and play it repeatedly for the Tornado until she learns all the songs.
(You and the Bag Lady are a perfect match, huh?)
Here’s the deal:
No blog needed but you may find you wanna start one?
One reader here (of whom I’m quite fond & won’t call out by name lest she cares) started her blog after responding to a CATCH PHRASE post & used her phrase.
I loved that.
No need for a blog but it may help to join twitter.
I shall be twittering nudges & prods & suggestions for the matches on a weekly basis.
However, if you aren’t into twitter if you glance up at the top of the page all the tweets are listed there as well.
For now all you need to do is send me an I’M IN! email & yer on you’re way.
Mara saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 6:23 am
I’m a major slacker… gotta get over that!
Linda/Hughsmom saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 6:23 am
Nuh-uhhhh. Yeah, I did.
And I’ve not regretted blogging. It’s fun. I’ve “met” so many wondrous people. And met some wondrous people fo’shizzle.
I’m in as well on this match up thang.
Make it a great day!
MizFit saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 6:24 am
3 cheers for FAT DON’T WRINKLE!
(Uh the concept, sure, but I’m thinking please to CLICK on lindas name above….)
kim saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 6:39 am
I am in too!!!
now can you help me to meet VV? LOL.
Kara from MamaSweat saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 6:40 am
You think of everything Miz. While I’m stocked with supportive WOPs (Work Out Partners) up here, I know for so many that is exactly what they need to keep going. You are the world’s Fitness Guidance Counselor.
MizFit saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 6:43 am
Alas, Kara, I may need to steal this:
it shall lessen the sting my mother feels every time she thinks about the post grad. counseling degree I HAD TO HAVE and am not using.
and she isnt even the one paying off the loans.
The Bag Lady saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 7:11 am
Umm, Miz? I can always mail you a copy of the amateur (and amateurishly taped) production I was in – the Tornado can learn the songs from that…..
And if the rest of your partnerships are as well-matched as my motivational partner and I, you are doing an excellent job!
Mara saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 7:18 am
Email on the way!
Sagan saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 7:18 am
Am in, it will be fun! Am glad you thought to do this again.
chiarunner saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 7:20 am
If there are any hot single men with a heart of gold covered with an ever-impressive chest/shoulder region, smouldering eyes, and smashing good looks that need an “accountability partner,” it would be quite the stretch but I’d certainly ensure he’s accounted for.
All. The. Time.
I’ll take mine in a size 6’3″. kthx. HANDS OFF THE REN MAN, SISTERGIRL! oh. wait. he’s only 5’10. **backs slowly away from the chiarunner**
MizFit saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 7:21 am
Call me nerdy but Im so excited about the number of you who have already emailed me.
no other questions yet?
oh, and BL? I laugh that you and your partner might be the ones where they have the FINE PRINT in the commercial so small you can barely read:
**results not typical**
chiarunner saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 7:26 am
Hey sis, I said single.
FLG saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 8:00 am
Very cool idea. I wish I wanted to join in, but I’m happy with my progress and stuff at the moment 🙂
Maybe when I focus more on fitness goals this could really come in handy. So hopefully you do another one of these!
Tricia2 saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 8:16 am
I think that I failed my accountability partner. Without going into too much detail, my life crashed and burned (although it was pretty to watch, like fireworks) and I just let her fall through the cracks.
So I’ll be holding off on this round.
D. saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 8:16 am
I’m very interested but shy/reserved.
I guess there’s no way to do a Match anonymously?
Sassy saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 8:26 am
I dunno… I go back and forth on this. Sometimes, I think it would be great, but on the other hand, I firmly believe that *I* have to be my own motivator, because I just get annoyed when people ask me how things are going. Like, “Why?!? You saying’ I’m fat?!?”
The only thing that I have found to be extra motivating (i.e., I went to class on days I wanted to go home and be lazy) was getting my girlfriend to start taking a step class with me.
But then again, I really want to get back in the groove again, having derailed myself over the holidays. Arrggg! I just don’t know.
Mary Beth saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 8:36 am
I would love to join in Miz be looking
For my email. I messed my knee up
Last week and it’s slowly getting better.
Jill saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 8:49 am
I love my accountability partner!! She’s awesome and we check in with each other about once a week. I’ve even been scheduling my workouts because I don’t want to disappoint her! =)
*waves to Eileen* Hi!
Jac saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 8:50 am
Totally in! (Sending an email right now!)
I think this is something that could be VERY helpful in the long run!
Hannah saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 8:50 am
I e-mailed you! Since your last post, I have kinda found a good mentor in my brother. Who knew?
Marianne saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 8:51 am
Oh I think the fine print would go on a lot longer than “results not typical”!
I came out of the holidays in a pound deficit. Motivational Partners are so fun that you want to exchange emails with them more than you want potato chips!
We need a MizFit Mixer. Maybe at BlogHer?
Tena saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 8:53 am
I’m in! How exciting!
Miz, you ARE the world’s FGC!!
Marste saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 8:56 am
Ok, I have to give a testimonial! (*giggle* Now I feel like one of those silly infomercial people!)
I signed up on the last go-round and TA and I asked to be matched because we have similar mind-sets.
It. Is. Freakin’. AWESOME.
Like Sassy, I often can’t handle stuff like that because I get all rebellious, but this is working out beautifully. (IMO. I hope TA thinks so, too. LOL)
In our case? We set our own goals and sometimes we share specifics, sometimes not. Depends for me on how fragile the goal is in my head and whether or not it can stand being exposed to someone else.
And we email each other once a day. We talk about what we’re struggling with and offer encouragement and/or sympathy. Sometimes we email just to say that today sucked, and we hope tomorrow will be better – AND THAT’S OK. I think this is the first time I’ve had a partner where I really recognized that I don’t have to have a good day every day, and that even if I didn’t “redeem” my bad day somehow, it’s not the end of the world.
We also send each other a list of 5 things we’re happy about/grateful for that day. (Some days it is SO HARD to come up with 5 things, although other days it’s easier, LOL.) They’re not necessarily diet or fitness-oriented (though they are those, too), but *I* use it more as a way to remind myself that even when I’m upset and feel like I’m failing, there’s SOMETHING that went well that day. It helps reset my Crazy Head.
So. If you haven’t signed up, do it now! Operators are standing by! *dies laughing*
(And here I must confess that I missed last night’s email. Sorry, TA! It was a bad, bad day, and I couldn’t think of anything to say. :()
Melany saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 8:59 am
Just popping in to say that my randomly selected accountability partner from the last round is awesome. The matchup doesn’t seem random at all – we have a lot in common and I’m grateful for getting to know her!
Another word – I think it takes a bit to get in a groove and learn what you need from each other – so to people just starting – give it a little time, I think it’s a great thing! I recall being shocked at who you got, Melany, as you two are SO SUITED to each other and it was all entirely by chance.
MizFit saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 9:03 am
Im with you Marste & Sassy (and why, when I accidentally hired a trainer recently I went back to UNHIRED him as soon as I could…to leave a note…and he was THERE…and instead of UNHIRING I caved and rescheduled…when I know Ill be cancelling again…but that’s a different post)—-but since I will remind us ALL of THIS IMPORTANT POST (that’s clickable…it’s hard to tell) before we launch the matches usually work REALLY well.
it’s all about the language of encouragement, People.
oh and a reminder:
also, if you dont mind, add your questions *here* and not via email (even anonymously) as Ill get to em sooner.
IzzyBeth saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 9:27 am
Count me in!
mamarunswithscissors saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 9:36 am
first reaction….love this idea sign me up NOW!
second reaction….will i be a good partner??? i have a hard time even making it here each day…how good of support can i be??
anyone in the same boat? maybe we can be matched up.
thoughts? comments? do i just sound like a total non-committing loser??
Fitness Surfer saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 9:38 am
I’m pretty sure i have my match up. The hubby and i are fitness partners, business partners, and best friends. We know how to motivate each other and support each other in reaching our goals. That along with many supportive readers (like yourself). I’ve been able to reach all of my goals so far.
I love this idea and am a huge believer in a support team.
Thanks for all of your inspiration and support.
MizFit saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 9:38 am
thats me many days, mamaruns.
not in fitness but in life.
(*waves to accountability partners*)
I make grand I AM GONNA DO THIS AND PLEASE PROD ME announcements and then can get semiornery when reminded of my goals.
but it’s what I need.
oh and im a GREAT nagger even when Im not producing 🙂
methinks you might be as well?
dont forget that youre NOT IN if you DONT EMAIL.
joy saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 9:44 am
Email sent. Can’t wait. It’s like waiting to find out about penpals in elementary school.
Ms. Turtle saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 9:53 am
YAY! I have been waiting for this opportunity to come up for aaaaages! Ages, I tell you. Thanks, Miz :).
Eileen saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 9:54 am
My accountability partner from the first round is the best! We definitely keep each other on track.
*****waving back to Jill!*****
Crabby McSlacker saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 10:28 am
Since I’ve already got a Lobster to keep me on track, I’ll let others do the matching up–but I think it’s a totally, totally, awesome idea.
Much cheaper than hiring a professional! And there’s really motivating about inspiring others too–it’s really a win/win.
Lara saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 10:35 am
I am IN MizFit.
Thank you for being my FGC.
I like that concept (thanks to commenter #17!).
I will email you.
MizFit saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 10:39 am
Im *so* excited by the number of people who have emailed me already (I know, it doesnt take much for me—but I like it that way).
Im going to wait a week or so and then do the matches…. so no rush.
LOVE THE IDEA.
I do think I may go to blogher this summer although it’s semiunderprotest.
any of you heading to chicago in july?
Dr. J saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 10:46 am
We all need some help from our friends. Friend!!
suganthi saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 10:52 am
Great idea Mizfit. I love my forum buddies at videofitness and they have helped me stay motivated through several years now. Some of it is indirect, just reading the collective energy from their posts is very inspirational to me. I have many accountability partners at forum.videofitness.com where I participate in check-ins.
I have figured out that for me.. staying off the internet is crucial to managing time, getting my exercise in, planning and organize menus so I include more salads into my diet. With that said, I will get off the internet.
Have a great weekend.
tokaiangel saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 11:01 am
I am so happy I got matched up! Like Marste says, we mail more or less every day, but there’s no bitchin’ if it doesn’t get done, which is par for the course for our whole understanding, there’s just no pressure but on the other hand there is always support when it’s needed….
Personally I think we just help ourselves to be accountable to ourselves, rather than to each other. Does that make sense? It is excellent! And doing our Five Happy Things has been a revelation for me, it’s snapped me out of many a negative thought spiral!
Nina saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 11:04 am
I am waffling. Are you thinking that this is a once-a-year matchup opportunity, or maybe again in six months? Because I would like to do this, but I am worried that my life is still too crazy to make me an accountable *anything* since I owe email to nearly everyone I know.
Lynn C saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 11:08 am
Oooh, oooh, sign me up for another one! me and my last partner hit it off really well!!
MizFit saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 11:17 am
Personally I think we just help ourselves to be accountable to ourselves, rather than to each other.
so true, TA.
and when I ask people to prod me about
shitchickenbus to which Im not yet wholly committed NO AMOUNT of encouragement will get me moving.
Nina? Id say more than once a year if people are interested? (how is *that* for a vague response…Ive no clue really.)
I do know that people emailed me between matching asking when they next go around was and I just matched THOSE PEOPLE UP!
so you’re never SOL (do people even say that anymore?).
runjess saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 11:51 am
I’ve never used Google Calendars, but I think it would be a great tool for this. From what I understand, you can set them up to be viewed and edited by multiple people. So, you could set up workout schedules and track each others progress.
Quinn saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 11:51 am
Oooh oooh oooh! I just found your site – can I be in too? I’ll shoot you an email now!
Ms. Turtle saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 12:05 pm
I’m pondering BlogHer, Miz! I have a big of an inferiority complex, and then there’s the cost but . . . it sounds like an invaluable chance to meet some awesome people and learn a lot!
Ms. Turtle saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 12:05 pm
“Big of an inferiority complex”? Hrm. I meant “bit.” Maybe I don’t actually feel inferior after all ;). What would Freud say??
BigGirl saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 12:21 pm
I think this is a great idea, but I think I’m going to take a pass on it. Right now, I’m a bit frightened to try and take on one more thing.
MizFit saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 12:26 pm
Ms.Turtle? That made me laugh…and you can feel free to hide with me in my hotel room should you take the blogher plunge & rethink upon arrival 😉
And BigGirl/all of you who say you’re just too tapped out right now? Smart smart.
There’s nothing worse than taking on an extra thing which is supposed to be *fun* and, well, loathingresenting it.
(Not that I’d know *anything* about that…)
John saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 12:50 pm
Best of wishes getting this up and running.
chris saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 1:39 pm
How many people or partners reported success?
Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 1:40 pm
Great idea Mizfit, and it looks like you’ve gotten quite a response! I have several accountability partners in my life – love them!
MizFit saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 1:44 pm
I was supposed to get reports?
Canuckchick saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 2:27 pm
Can I be partnered with someone who can be my accountability partner and teach me how to use Twitter? ((blush))
Mark saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 2:34 pm
Have a fantastic weekend!
Jen saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 2:36 pm
I’m in and need a twitter tutorial as well.
Pathetic, I know.
MizFit saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 2:46 pm
or not pathetic at all, Jen, judging by the number of people who emailed saying they were in but not sure how to twitter.
I should do a twitter post.
the title will be: THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND.
Lindsay saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 3:00 pm
charlotte saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 3:18 pm
I love this idea!! And am looking forward to the twitter explanation as well. Not that I need one more thing to keep me on the ‘puter but it does seem like one of those things I ought to know about…
bobbi saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 3:56 pm
Count me in!
Ashley saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm
Wow what a cool idea. I don’t think I am ready for that kind of a comitment right now, but I would be in the future. Are you going to do this again?
Juliet saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 4:29 pm
That is a very cool idea! 🙂 I think it will help a lot of folks… I’m not in yet, although maybe I could be convinced. 🙂
Dara Chadwick saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 5:42 pm
What a great idea — love the community you’re building here, Miz!
MizFit saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 5:59 pm
and, should you decide in a month or so you are IN and I havent mentioned another round EMAIL ME.
that goes for everyone as I continually get people emailing and asking if Im doing a match soon and, well, there’s the unofficial MizMatchTime!
Bella saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 6:17 pm
This is a great idea. Thanks for putting it out there. I actually have an accountability partner already (and right now 1 person is probably enough), but this is an awesome thing you’re doing for people.
Find Niches Online saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 8:58 pm
Excellent content here and a nice writing style too – keep up the great work!
Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer saysJanuary 9, 2009 at 9:03 pm
Love this – as accomplishing things does take help and having someone to partner with and be accountable too makes all the difference in the world…
FrayedLaces saysJanuary 10, 2009 at 12:51 am
What a great idea! You are such an awesome asset to the online fitness community!
MizFit saysJanuary 10, 2009 at 5:50 am
updates coming soon & perhaps with a BASICS ABOUT TWITTER post.
Just a reminder that all my tweets (twits? :)) are HERE ON SITE as well so if you are an avowed nonTWITTERER (and theres no shame in that) you can just read em here.
the tweets will only be SUGGESTIONS and REMINDERS about your matchup.
questions you might use for launching pad of discussion and challenges you might wanna issued for each other.
Im really excited by how many of you emailed yesterday!
Valerie saysJanuary 10, 2009 at 8:45 am
Just popping in (I always have to come back four or five times to read all the comment-versation as it’s always so rich in information and fun) and had to say – I adore Twitter. I love hearing what people are up to all day long. Perhaps it’s just feeding my ADD or a way to escape my boring job…but I love it. 🙂
Michele saysJanuary 10, 2009 at 1:05 pm
I’m am very excited about this!! I’ve been following your blog and love it. I’ve signed up with twitter but it looks like I need to go play in it and figure it all out…lol
Andrea saysJanuary 11, 2009 at 5:39 am
I also have to echo the comment above about you being my fitness guidance counselor.
I think all good guidance counselors realize that they can help you and urge you to succeed but can not do it all single handedly.
I love your guest posts and now this.
Sign me up!
amy saysJanuary 11, 2009 at 9:05 pm
Thinking and thinking about a match – and then it came to me – YOU are my match. My daily read is a motivator, a reminder to check in with myself and my goals, an opportunity to learn and to laugh. So thanks. Looking forward to checking in with you tomorrow.
BEE saysJanuary 12, 2009 at 8:56 am
Too late to join??
I’m in!! So excited!
PS- do you need to know anything about my goals- i.e. I’m in the crossfit/paleo aspiring group of people, and my blog has done wonders for my goals and meeting people! Can’t wait to meet even more!
Cyn saysJanuary 12, 2009 at 8:56 am
I’m late to the game, but please count me in!
misszippy1 saysDecember 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm
Love, love, love the way you put this together. And LOL at the unhealthy way to go about it. Kudos for putting this together!
PavementRunner saysJune 13, 2012 at 10:59 am
Yes, that’s it. Read my brain.