If you’re like me…and most of the population, you probably feel like you could stand to lose a few pounds or maybe even gain some weight or muscle. Either way, chances are, there’s probably some aspect of your body you wish you could improve upon.
Like many Resolutioners, I set out on Jan 1 of 2013 to better my health. Less junk, less alcohol, less excuses and more #selflove. I started an Instagram page to document my weight loss after following a few inspirational fitstagram pages. I didn’t care about gaining followers but figured it would be a good place to document my journey and follow some like-minded individuals for motivation and inspiration.
What I found, was an amazing community that help aid me in my weight loss in more ways than I could have imagined. So without further ado, here are my 4 Ways Your #Fitfam Can Help You Lose Weight:
When I first signed up and posted my initial “before pics” I had zero followers. It wasn’t for them, it was for me. But I found using hashtags such as #beforepictures, #weightloss, #healthy, and #getfit helped link me to a whole new world on Instagram for everything and everyone fitness related. Soon I had followers pouring in who all wanted to watch me succeed and people that I could relate to that I followed back and cheered on.
I soon was hitting the thousands in followers and was receiving messages daily with support and encouragement from all sorts of people all around the world that could relate to some part of my journey. People I had never met in real life were all cheering me on and it fueled my fire. I have a great support system at home and in the real world but there was something so empowering knowing that these random people found me online and believed in me. Like, hey, maybe I can do this thing!
Oh man, this is a big one. When people get used to you posting a #sweatyselfie after your workout or a snap of your oh so healthy green salad, and
you miss a day or two they notice! And boy do the comments start rolling in. “Where are you?” “Hey, still grinding?” “Hope everything’s okay!!” You start to feel bad! These people are counting on you and in a way are feeding off of your workouts and healthy meals to fuel their own. If they see a plain-jane regular girl actually losing weight with diet and exercises then they believe they can too…so why would you want to disappoint them?
There were times that I fell off the wagon and had a bad weekend or even a bad week or month, and then I would see the out pour of messages. People checking in or people sending words of encouragement like they could sense my self-sabotage, all encouraging me to get back on it. It became a thing…if you don’t post your workout did it even happen? Not to your #fitfam!!
When I first started, I had little knowledge of proper diet and exercise. You can search Google all day but one site will say eggs are the healthiest food out there and another will say they will kill you. I found doing my own preliminary research and then reaching out to my #fitfam on what worked for them helped me decide how I wanted to go about my weight loss.
If you search hashtags for keto, paleo, vegan, IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros), or any other diet you’ve ever heard of, you will find a whole community that stands behind it where you can go for ideas and motivation and most people are happy to help if you have any questions.
I wanted to try CrossFit but wasn’t sure if my plus sized body would be able to handle the impact and intensity. I started following a few larger women that participated in CrossFit and it opened my eyes to a whole world of plus sized athletes. I learned I could modify moves and that most CrossFitters are so happy to watch you improve that they aren’t even looking at how much weight you have to lose. This gave me the courage to join my local CrossFit gym whereas before I wouldn’t have had access to real life examples showing me I could do it.
This is the BIG one! Ever have those days where you promise yourself you are going to set your alarm for 5am and get that workout in before work? Before following fitness accounts, I would just get up, turn my alarm off, and head back into my duvet cloud for another hour of sleep. Once I joined Instagram, I would get up, immediately jump on Instagram to see all the people that I follow up and at it! And boy did that get me out of bed.
When you know your friends are out there crushing your goals, you just can’t go back to bed. Believe me, I’ve tried. Then that little nagging voice tells you that you’re never going to reach your goal or that it’ll take you so much longer than so and so because you’re sleeping while they are going after their goals.
So there you have it…the 4 ways my Fitfam has helped aid in my weight loss! Do I still have a weigh to go (get it?), of course I do! But every day I #riseandgrind with the support and encouragement of all those cheering me on online and know that one day I will reach my goal.
Some people don’t like putting that much of themselves out there on the internet, but personally, I’ve found that the positives have always outweighed the negatives. Would you feel comfortable reaching out online for support? Or do you prefer to find in person support systems, and why?
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