If you follow me on social media you have likely been inundated with pictures of the meals I am eating and the workouts I am doing.
I'm guessing you may even be wondering what's with all the pictures. Well, here goes with my first Q & A with myself.
"Brenton, why do post pictures of your meals and workouts? And why do you have Balvin Get Fit accounts on Facebook (Balvin Get Fit page) and Instagram (@BalvinGetFit)?"
Thanks for asking!
There are a few reasons why I do this.
1. It keeps me accountable.
I have found that the more public I am with my fitness journey the more likely I am to stay on track. I am in a routine of posting meals now, and so when I am tempted to eat junk I ask myself, "Would you post this?" If the answer is no it is easier for me to say no to the temptation. Of course I eat some things I wouldn't post, I'm not trying to hide anything, but being in the routine of posting good meals helps me to keep in the routine of eating good meals. Same goes for the work-outs. Posting #GymPics means I am in the gym. Working out, Which is where I wanna be. The 'pressure' of posting helps keep me going.
2. It makes me a part of a tribe.
There is quite a community of fitness bloggers, Facebookers and Instragrammers. My participation in the social media stream joins me with these other folks. It makes me a part of a tribe of like-minded people that encourage and support and inspire one another. I pick up tips and tricks and ideas. I can then pass them along to others who are looking for the same inspiration.
3. I like to share good things.
The cleaner I cook and eat, the better I feel. My natural inclination is simply to share this with others. I hope that as other people see what I am eating, and see the positive effects it has on my body, they will be motivated to give it a try themselves. Maybe someone will see a meal I've made and try making it them-self. I do it all the time. I have tons of saved images and recipes from other people I follow that I plan on trying to make for myself.
4. It documents my progress.
I have always been a writer and journal-er and document-er. I like to take notes, and keep records, and chart progress. In today's digital age I can do this quickly and with photographic evidence. I still write my workouts down in a notebook I bring to the gym, but social media gives me instant access to see my journey from an entirely different perspective.
5. It feels good.
Of course there is an emotional aspect to this all too. It feels good when people like a post of share it with others. Enjoying affirmation from others for the hard work you do is natural. Posting and amazing meal or sharing the gains I've made in my lifts, and being cheered on helps keep me moving forward and pushing through tougher times.