If you have a pinterest account, you can’t deny you’ve been sucked into a crazy different world. There is anything you could possibly want on that site and I mean ANYTHING. After just checking my account, I have 944 pins ranging from food, craft ideas, school activities, and of course fitness. However, what happens with the pins after you add them to your board? Do you go back frequently and remind yourself what you’ve pinned? Thank goodness pinterest added the “you already pinned this” feature, because I’m sure I’ve got some recipes double pinned.
First of all, if you are trying to be healthy and stay on track, create a new food board that is for junk food or high fat items. This way, you can use them for special events or cheat days, but they aren’t constantly staring you in the face. Then create a second food board that contains healthy dinners or food tips and ideas that you can refer to frequently. (The fluffy egg white oatmeal I posted about a few weeks ago was from that board!)
Here’s another great recipe for the kiddos! http://undressedskeleton.tumblr.com/post/42764785751
Now that you’ve spent hours reorganizing your food boards, time to move on to the fitness/health board you’ve created. I’m assuming that you have pinned workouts ranging from sculpted abs, tone your butt and thighs, and 50 body weight exercises you can do anywhere! I have a plethora of workouts on my board that I have never even looked at or considered doing. Why did I pin them? I was assuming I would work up the motivation to pull one up and stick with it for a month. However, I quickly realized that I had no real accountability. No one was there to report to on my success, no one cared if I didn’t get up and work out, no one even knew I was doing it. That’s when I’d give up and just pretend like I completed the workouts. This is why your accountability partner is SOOOOO important.
There are amazing quotes on pinterest for motivation and encouragement. But, once again, if you don’t go back to them, then what’s the point of leaving them in cyber space? My suggestion is to take those motivational quotes and print them out. Then put them in places that you will see throughout the day. If you are a snacker, put them all over your snack cabinet (on the inside if you don’t want your kitchen to look tacky) and your fridge. That way, when you reach for a snack, you will see one of the quotes and remember all your hard work. You may still get a snack out of the cupboard, but I’m guessing it might be something a bit healthier than what you originally went after.
Although pinterest can be extremely addicting, make sure you use what you’ve pinned. Just like Facebook friends and emails, every once in a while you need to go through and delete things that are toxic. I am going to be spending some time this weekend deleting some of the junk food items that are on my food board. It will feel good to not see them every time I log on!
Here’s a few of my favorite quotes (found on pinterest)
Let pinterest work for you, not sabotage all the hard work you’ve been doing! Remember to always be confident! Be fit! Be you!
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