“I closed my eyes as I took that dreaded step. I braced myself as I peeked open my right eye and looked down. The number that flashed up at me read “271”. That was the moment I threw in the towel.”
She tried anything and everything to lose that weight. When she got on that scale after 6 weeks of the latest diet attempt, she found herself 11 pounds heavier than when she started.
“I felt like no matter what I tried, I would find myself after just a few weeks of no results, giving up. I would go back to my old unhealthy ways. I just couldn’t stick with these healthier habits when I wasn’t seeing results. Why go through all the hassle? I was just destined to be the fat girl. I was burnt out, lacked motivation, had zero support, overwhelmed by all the PCOS information out there, and didn’t know what to do.”
Does that sound familiar?
Losing weight with PCOS is possible!
We just need to get you set up with a way to know what you need to eat and how you should exercise. Then it is about finding the inspiration, motivation, and tools to stick with your new plan.
One of my favorite ways to do this are through Pinterest.
That being said, I have a confession. I am addicted to Pinterest! I can waste so many hours on that site looking through all the fitness, motivational, or home décor pins. (Are you on Pinterest? Follow me @thepcosnurse)
I hadn’t really thought about using it in this manner until one of my clients was talking about creating her vision board on Pinterest. Ever since then, I recommend Pinterest when my clients are having trouble finding the inspiration to put together their weight loss plan.
I mean, before reading this, did you think about using Pinterest for more than finding pictures or helpful resources…like to actually help you create a visually appealing plan to lose weight, get fit, and get more energy?
So, let’s be a little more strategic about Pinterest.
Here is my “Lose Weight the Pinterest Way” blueprint.
Step 1: Know your Guidelines.
Write down your own guidelines of what your healthy diet is going to look like. If you are a little overwhelmed with all the conflicting PCOS diet advice out there, stick to eating a whole foods, plant heavy diet. So the majority of your diet should come from 100% whole grains, vegetables, fruit, beans, and seeds, with a little from nuts. Cut out the processed food (like white bread, pasta, and sweets) and switch to just drinking water.
Grab my PCOS diet cheat sheet by clicking here.
When it comes to exercise, less is more. You definitely do not need hours upon hours at the gym. Aim for 30 minutes most days of the week with your workouts rotating between cardio, strength training, and HIIT. Yoga is great to do 1-2x per week.
You get brownie points if you create an image with the guidelines on them to upload to a board. Tag me in them on Facebook or Instagram so I can share with your fellow cysters over in the Cyster Talk Community.
Step 2: Create your Pinterest Account and 5 Pinterest Boards
Once you have a Pinterest Account, create 5 different boards to use to put together your PCOS Weight Loss Plan.
The 5 boards I recommend are:
What would your life look like if you were the weight you wanted to be? What would your life look like if you had tons of energy? This board is what will ultimately motivate you to put the rest of your pins into practice and STICK WITH IT!
Pinterest has so many different motivational/inspirational picture quotes to choose from about food, fitness, and everything you can think of! Visit my Pinterest Inspiration Board for some ideas to get started!
Looking for your 1st pin on this board? Try my monthly workout calendars which I put on my board (click here). Find Workouts that you are interested in trying out (at your fitness level…you can always add harder ones as you get stronger!)
Find some great recipes you can try. This can be a great way to keep ideas in one place so you are not always having to print off a recipe you find. Be sure you pin some breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, dessert, and drink recipes! Try my snack Recipe ideas to get you started!
Are you like me and in the process of learning to cook more from scratch? Pinterest has a wealth of how-to pins that will help you become a pro in no time! Find those instructions for recipes, workouts, or anything else you need to learn on your road to getting healthy and pin them so you have them all in one spot when you need them!
Step 3: Go on a Search for Pins
Find Inspiration by visiting websites of your favorite health websites to find some healthy eating and fitness ideas. Some great places to start:
Think about what inspires you when you are looking for pins. Does looking at pictures of other people who are at the weight you desire to be? Does looking at various recipes get you dreaming of having something new and healthy to cook at every dinner?
Find something that meets the “Healthy Cyster” criteria? Pin it to one of the 5 boards we talked about earlier…
Step 4: Support + Accountability
Upload your recipe, workout, inspiration, transformation photos of your own life. This is a great way to see how far you have come and keep track of your progress.
I have also created a collaborative board I would love for you to join. I want to know your favorite recipes that fit the Cyster diet guidelines I mentioned above, any workouts you have enjoyed, your personal transformation photos, or your main inspiration photo that keeps you motivated to reach your goals. This is a tool so you can not only keep yourself accountable, but you can help support your fellow cysters in the Cyster Talk Community!
Step 5: Set your Schedule
Log In to Pinterest Daily or at least on a predetermined schedule. Simple: Do this plan on a daily basis to form a habit and lots of healthy living ideas for those days you don’t know what to do! It is a great way to start your day off with some inspiration and a plan!
Are you thinking, “I already use Pinterest for finding information, how are these steps going to help me?”
When I started writing this article, I followed up with Ashley wondering if it had any effect on her overall weight loss plan.
“I have used Pinterest for a long time and was already pinning recipes, workouts, etc. I was no stranger to your concept of using it to help with my weight loss. I found that going through the steps and being strategic are what made the difference. It all sounded like common sense, but this plan definitely helped. I had the specific boards, a schedule, and the guidelines. When I would login, I would see everything that would actually help me. It wasn’t just a mindless activity. It kept me inspired and motivated to keep going when things would get tough.”
Pinterest is just a tool.
But using tools strategically are key to being successful.
Oh yeah. You also need community + support. Join the collaboration board on Pinterest. You also will want to come hang out in the BEST support group on Facebook (I’ll throw in my PCOS diet cheat sheet too!)
Remember: Only Pin to these boards if it meets the diet and exercise guidelines of a Healthy Cyster Plan. Be sure to grab the PCOS diet cheat sheet by clicking here.
What do you pin the most on Pinterest? Workouts? Recipes? Home DIY projects? Leave your answer below…