Since January, I’ve gained about 15 pounds. Add that to the 15 pounds of additional weight I’ve put on since I was in college, and there’s a noticeable difference in photos of me now versus five or six years ago.
Coming Up with a Catalyst For Change
That all being said, I was ready for a change and this time, to make it stick. I’ve chronicled my weight loss efforts in the past on the blog, but the closest I ever got to my goal weight was on Weight Watchers in college. The second closest was a few years ago on the Slow Carb Diet.
However, what doesn’t make these two eating styles work for me is that they are too restrictive. For me, WW has the unintended factor of making myself feel guilty about every single thing I eat (there’s more about that in Intuitive Eating [aff link], which is a good read). And the Slow Carb Diet is too restrictive– I keep failing, because it’s more like falling off a cliff rather than tripping in a pothole.
The Snapchat Weight Loss Plan
All this brings me to my idea to utilize Snapchat as a healthy eating tool. I knew that I wanted to be accountable to someone for how I ate, which is much harder for me than exercising. I had the idea to ask a friend who is planning her upcoming wedding if she’d be my accountability buddy.
I then suggested something that has become key to our plan: we should share snaps of our meals and selfies after workouts. This helps keep us accountable and also provides motivation to the other person, as they are seeing what you are doing and don’t want to disappoint.
Results So Far
We’ve only been snapping for about four days, but the results have already been amazing. I haven’t eaten fast food for about 9 days now (a definite win since I used to do 1-2x per week) and knowing that I have to share my meals with my friend definitely makes me second guess what I’m going to eat.
When it comes down to it, I want to be proud of what I put in my body. Every day gets easier and easier, and this type of accountability will help both my friend and I with our goals to get healthier.
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