Fitness Monday – The Power of Accountability

thibodauxteamThis week was awesome for so many more reasons than 2-a-day workouts. By regaining a level of fitness, this weekend’s searing heat was much more tolerable while spending time outdoors.

The Thibodaux Police Department kicked off it’s Jr. Police Fun Day, and despite the temps, I was able to keep up with the kids and the young officers.

I trust you Dads enjoyed your day, and today is a great opportunity to join us in Shaping UP!

Week 16

Here’s to holding each other accountable when the couch looks inviting and the snacks endless.


– Don’t know. Still not worrying about these numbers.


– Mornings with weights to lift and afternoons with miles to bike and jog.

– Lawn mowing IS crazy exercise, I just should not have started… at 1:00 with a 114 degree heat index. Responsibility was not my word of the day, but I wanted to get it done then go cycling. Guess what? No cycling, but plenty of laying around wondering why I had zero energy.



– Great week of moderation, but I’m not going to lie to you. I had donuts Sunday morning as my Father’s Day treat. They were so good until it all turned SO bad. It’s been about 10 years since my last one, and probably 10 years till again.

UNO Ring & BP

– BP was actually at 122 / 78 one day this week. Let’s work to make it consistent.

– The UNO ring slips on and off without hanging up on swollen knuckles or fat fingers.

Monday – Sunday Goals:

– 4 days of cycling.
– 2 yoga sessions. Yippie the Instructor comes back from vacation!
– 4 morning weight sessions
– bring lunches to work or prepared meal at home.
– Increase hydration.

How are your efforts going? Don’t just read this and dismiss it. Make a commitment today. You have peer support, expertise, and a champion fitness advisor all ready to help.

Our CopsAlive Fitness recommendation is that learn the power of accountability to utilize your commitment and the support of a team to help you reach your fitness as well as your life goals.

Just as Scott is using his personal commitment and support network to reach his goals you can do the same to achieve your personal and professional success.

According to the Merriam-Webster online Dictionary the definition of ACCOUNTABILITY is: the quality or state of being accountable; especially : an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.


Todd Smith author of Little Things Matter says: “When you take 100 percent responsibility for holding yourself accountable, your performance will improve, your relationships will flourish, your market value will soar, people’s respect for you will skyrocket, you will be a great example for others to follow, and your self-esteem will grow.”

CLICK HERE to read more on Todd’s website.

When we conduct our Armor Your Self™ on-site training program we stress how important it is for your to train your self physically, mentally, emotionally as well as spiritually. We also recognize that most of us can’t reach success nor survive our careers by working alone and that’s why we stress the Armor Your Agency™ concept that suggests your agency needs to put into place support systems to support everyone. This is built upon the foundation of accountability and commitment to ourselves and each other. So who’s on your team? and Whose team are you on?

CLICK HERE to download and use our “Life & Career Planning Worksheet” which asks you some questions about what you want out of your life and career and then gives you steps and a planning sheet to make a plan for your own success.

Use this worksheet to set up your own plan for personal or professional success and invite others to help you. People want to help each other but they need to be invited to help. You will be giving them a sense of satisfaction in that they could help you and you will be laying a very strong foundation for your own success as well.

Tell us how else we can help you and leave us your comments in the boxes below.

As we have mentioned, in addition to Scott and Kim, we are also following Rae Timme and the CNN Fit Nation promotion. Rae is a 57 year-old mother of three and a 25 year corrections officer who now serves as the warden of a medium custody men’s prison for the Colorado Department of Corrections. Every year CNN selects iReporters to race in a triathlon with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and the Fit Nation team. This year we’re giving six lucky readers a road bike (with all the necessary accessories), a wet suit and a gym membership to help them prepare for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon on September 8.

Rae said on the CNN site that she has read all the scary statistics about the mortality rates of people who work in corrections and found that they have the second highest mortality rate of any job; on average, a corrections officer’s 58th birthday will be their last. That motivated her to apply for the CNN Fit Nation team.

If you are following Rae’s twitter feed at you will see that she is having a great time riding her bike as well as riding with her husband and her family. When she started the CNN Fit Nation challenge months ago Rae made a commitment to herself and her team to work hard and improve her fitness in order to compete in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon and ultimately live a happier and healthier life. What’s your commitment and who are you accountable to?

Keep up the good work Rae we are rooting for you!

Photo Credits:
Photos Courtesy of Scott Silverii

EDITORS NOTE: Our Fitness Monday articles are an ongoing feature as follows Police Chief Scott Silverii, Ph.D. on his quest to lose weight and get into better shape, and Lt. Kim Lane as she prepares for the NPC Masters Nationals in Pittsburgh, PA. We are also keeping track of Warden Rae Timme with the Colorado Department of Corrections, a member of the CNN Fit Nation Team, as she prepares for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon on September 8. We all know that fitness is critical in law enforcement, but we don’t always do what we know is right. Over the next couple of months you can follow Scott, a Police Chief; Kim a Patrol Shift Commander; and Rae a Department of Corrections Warden, as they open up their lives to you. We invite you to also participate in any way that you choose to improve, your fitness and, your ability to survive a career in law enforcement. We also encourage you to support Scott and Rae with your comments, emails, Tweets and Facebook entries.

Follow Rae on Twitter at: ‏@TriHardRae

Follow Scott on Twitter at: @ThibodauxChief

Please encourage them and let us know about your efforts at improving your fitness in the comment boxes below

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John Marx was a Police Officer for twenty-three years and served as a Hostage Negotiator for nineteen of those years. He worked as a patrol officer, media liaison officer, crime prevention officer and burglary detective. Also during his career he served as administrator of his city's Community Oriented Governance initiative through the police department's Community Policing project. Today John combines his skills to consult with businesses about improving both their security and their customer service programs. John retired from law enforcement in 2002. When one of his friends, also a former police officer, committed suicide at age 38, John was devastated and began researching the problems that stress creates for police officers. He decided he needed to do something to help change those problems and he wanted to give something back to the profession that gave him so much. He started a project that has evolved into Put simply, the mission of CopsAlive is to save the lives of those who save lives! gathers information, strategies and tools to help law enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives.
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