Hello, my name is Jenna and I have diagnosed myself with “FOMO.” The overwhelming disease that runs rampant through many extroverts or aspiring socialites—the Fear Of Missing Out.
I find my FOMO symptoms are exacerbated when it comes to social media. I can’t tell you how many times I almost canceled my Facebook account in search of simplicity or how often I feel the need to compete for the coolest picture on Instagram to prove I am liked and have a life.
While keeping up with The Joneses on social media can be overwhelming, I found it can be useful in the realm of health and fitness.
Tone It Up
I’m someone who has tried it all to get in shape and lose the weight. I’ve attended Weight Watchers meetings, injected hormone shots after doctors’ visits, and invested hundreds of dollars in books telling you what to do. I lost weight doing all of those things, but if you’ve been in my position, you know that to make it last it has to be a lifestyle change and not a quick fix fad.
I recently joined Tone It Up.The Tone It Up business model is around social media—a free outlet for weight loss and fitness advice. The brand started with two women who live in California and used social media to build their business. They posted workout and food tutorial videos on YouTube while having followers create Twitter and Instagram accounts and use hashtags to connect with others.
What really motivates me to follow along are the social media accounts. It’s incredible how you can be at a complete loss for motivation to go to the gym while staring at your goal bikini hanging up on your bedroom mirror that’s suppose to work as the inaudible “Hey, get up and go workout,” but then a quick tap on your smartphone on that Instagram icon changes that attitude around. I have dedicated a separate account to following people on the same journey I am on with weight loss.
Yes, that means my FOMO or Fear Of Missing Out symptoms returned, but instead of fighting it, I have let it push me toward where I want to be. I don’t want to be the one who didn’t get my workout in or make good food choices while Brianna from Utah or Amy from California commit to a change and look better in a bathing suit than I will. I’ll admit to being driven by competition, but it is also my motivation.
The inspiration on social media seems endless. Companies have spent years and millions of dollars developing concepts for weight loss books. In this day and age, social media is a new way of motivating others and keeping them accountable while giving them instruction.
Engagement is inherent to social media. Outside of the encouragement of a like or a comment from your followers, the TIU brand encourages meetups in your city to get to know people who are on the same journey. Mutual encouragement has been incredibly helpful on my journey and it’s kept me accountable.
Gone are the days of finding motivation on the cover of a magazine or seeing someone you know shed the pounds. While those still great motivators, there now inspirational tools on your phone.
Of course, looking at picture of a decadent, brightly colored salad is not going to make you thin. It requires work and discipline, but support is more accessible than ever.
I am still on my weight loss journey and so I can’t say social media has made my efforts more successful. However, it has made this process a lot cheaper and I have a community of other Millennials shedding the pounds. I encourage you to try to Millennial Diet and let social media inspire you for weight loss. For inspiration, support, or should you want to continue the conversation email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.