I was the type of girl who tried every diet on the market today. Low-fat, low-carb, diet pills — you name it, I tried it. Sometimes I would lose weight, but I ultimately gained it all back after I stopped whatever quick-fix scheme I was on.
I was an emotional eater and hated the way I looked. I used to get ready in the dark, never looked in mirrors and wore really baggy clothes to hide what I was ashamed of most — my body. One day, I finally looked at myself in the mirror and didn’t recognize who was looking back at me. I couldn’t believe I had let myself get to this point. I knew I had to do something.
In October 2014, I found an online trainer and bought one of her programs for $50. I thought to myself, if it doesn’t work, it’s only $50. No big deal. Part of the program required taking and sending in "before" photos. It was one of the hardest, most embarrassing moments of my life. I stared at those pictures and bawled my eyes out.
Seeing those before photos was a big kick in the butt — but I knew I’d need a little extra support, which is why I turned to social media. Here are a few reasons how Facebook and Instagram helped me zero in on my goal to get healthy, for real this time:
1. Announcing my fitness and weight-loss goals on social media helped me hold myself accountable.
I wanted to prove to myself and everyone else that I could do this. Everyone around me called me lazy. They didn’t think I could do it. I wanted to show them that they were wrong, so I shared on Facebook and Instagram that I was starting a new workout program. I was nervous to make the official “announcement” post, but I knew it would encourage me to post daily updates about my progress.
And it did! Every other day I would post a picture of myself at the gym so I wouldn’t be tempted to fall off of the wagon. It became part of my daily routine — just like my workouts did, and if I didn’t post a photo, I felt like I was letting everyone down.