I will admit that, despite what it may look like, I am not a personal trainer who is obsessed with exercise or nutrition. In fact, the only reason why I am in this line of work is because my father dropped dead from complication that I believe were a direct result of his weight. The hurt was unbearable. I didn’t want my mom, my sisters, my aunts & uncles to fall dead because of their weight so I decided to make a change. The 20,000 members of my blog only came as a result of my documenting my journey to save my family.
The truth is… it’s extremely hard to take care of myself and control my own weight when I am so busy helping other people achieves their goals. I am extremely good at creating weight loss programs and motivating others to be better. I get more excited seeing other people reach their goals than I do about reaching my own goals. During my downtime, the last thing I want to do is workout. Well, it’s probably not the last thing I want to do but I could think of 1000 other things to do after I am done with clients. (Yikes, it sounds so bad when I read that sentence aloud). It’s like asking a chef to constantly come home to cook after cooking all day at work.
In other words, I am just like you. I need motivation. I do better when I am held accountable and I can always come up with an excuse not to workout. The only difference between me and most of my clients is that I study this fitness and weight loss stuff. I know firsthand the results of not being active and caring for myself. The framed photo of my dad is a constant reminder and because of that I have a little more will power to keep going even when I don’t want to.
I also look to the members of my fitness community to keep me accountable. I think that you should do the same. I use social media to help me with my temptations and log my progress not just for fitness but for my hair goals and my skin goals. It’s true that when you have people watching you, you will make better decisions.
If you aren’t a fan of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, or Instagram. I strongly advise you to put your hate for them aside and use them as a tool to help you win. Begin gathering followers and supporter to keep you on track. You don’t have to post anything other than what you eat or your workouts. It doesn’t have to be used to display every aspect of your life the way most people use them.
Here are some tips
- Use Instagram (www.instagram.com). Create a food log of what you eat and the day that you ate it. You can also take pictures of the workouts that you do including before and after pictures of your journey. Eventually, you will think twice about eating that cheeseburger (or whatever) when you know you have to post a picture of it.
- Use YouTube (www.youtube.com). Film your workouts and even create videos about what you are eating. This takes a lot of time and equipment. I’d prefer you use VINE (www.vine.com) or Instagram to record 7-15 second videos of your food.
- You can use facebook (www.facebook.com) and twitter (www.twitter.com) too but it’s more difficult gathers all of your photos and updates in the same place.
After you get used to using these platforms as your modern day journal, it can actually become fun, especially when you look back at how far you’ve come. Just make sure you vow to be honest and post everything you eat or do even if it’s bad.
Here is a screenshot of my hair growth journey. I use instagram to keep me on track. It might sound silly but growing my hair is very important to me not even for vanity but just because I’ve always been told that I can’t have healthy flourishing hair as an African American women. I want to discredit the nay sayers. These photos are constant reminder for me not to put too much heat on my hair, not to put any chemicals in my hair, not to do anything that might jeopardize it’s growth because I want to see progress. It’s been a crazy journey .
Tag me #kimfitness #KIMf #teamkimf in all of your progress photos.