50 Million Lb Challenge

I love those new Weight Watchers commercials featuring Hunger as an adorable orange monster. (And I’m not the only one!)

Hunger Monster

Not only does the furry little guy appeal to my ongoing Muppet obsession, and not only does he look exactly like Gossamer, the monster from the classic Looney Tunes cartoons… but he pretty accurately depicts how it can feel when you’re on a weight loss journey — temptation abounds, and for me it’s never ever for healthy snacks. I sit around fantasizing about awful-for-me white flour demon snacks, and it can be a challenge to resist their lure. Life isn’t like that equally funny 50 Million Pound Challenge commercial, where Dr. Ian is there to thwart a would-be dieter’s fast-food sabotage. When temptation comes a-calling, sometimes you have to find motivation from unlikely sources. That’s why I follow a variety of weight loss gurus, diet divas, and exercise experts on Twitter and Facebook. Every day they help me say GET BEHIND ME, hunger monster.

Daily reminders from them help to keep me on track, if I wind up skipping a workout day to camp out in front of the computer all day. Cause y’know, sometimes that happens. Allow me to introduce you to the wonderful and inspiring world of social media’s finest fitness motivators!

Twitter Bird

The remarkable thing about Twitter is, it’s becoming so enormous that literally anyone you dream up probably already has a profile on there. For example, the other day I wished aloud that Richard Simmons was on Twitter. And lo and behold — he already was! Richard Simmons, AKA The Weight Saint, posts daily affirmations and reminders. It’s a little scary that the man who works a pair of red-and-white-striped shorts like none other is possibly following what you eat, but I’ll admit – Richard Simmons’ tweets have made me think twice about what I was about to put into my mouth more than once before.

Livin The Fit Life, AKA DC’s Toughest Trainer has a rockin’ body and a great blog that covers all aspects of weight loss, diet, and fitness in a real and approachable way. Daily reminders like this help to keep you on your journey, regardless of where you’re at.

Gourmet on a Diet keeps me in the know with healthy recipes and snack suggestions. Her blog is brilliantly written, real, and very helpful.

Manifest Well Being — AKA Deborah Barnett, PHD, is a weight loss psychologist, Personal Trainer is straight outta Chicago and posts nothing but helpful fitness tips, Fitness Guy helps you keep your eyes on the prize, and you can find even more fitness gurus on WeFollow.

On Facebook I’m part of the Sati Life weight loss community, and Facebook gets even more effective on a local level. Through FB I discovered Free Yoga Miami, and I’m taking a class this Saturday! Thanks, Facebook!

Oh, and in case you didn’t know — The 50 Million Pound Challenge has a Facebook group! So you can join to meet others, share your stories, and get that motivation you need when you get sucked into social networking. All you need now is a fitness computer! What will they think of next?

Twitter and Facebook are what you make them. Online networking and socializing can definitely be a source of time suckage and a way for people to mind your bidness, sure. But they can also be an avenue for constant inspiration and motivation, or a way to
put public pressure on yourself to meet your fitness goals. Whatever works for you!

Do you have any favorite Twitter or Facebook fitness groups? Let me know – I’m always looking for more inspiration!


xXNelXx says:
April 23, 2009, 5:38 pm
Thanks for this twitter fitness guide.
nikki says:
April 23, 2009, 7:24 pm
OMG!!! I never knew that little red monster had a name. "My stars, that will NEVER do!! Such an innnnnteresting monster..!!" lol. I just got onto FB last summer and I can't really get with Twitter--Both are blocked at work. Boo!
Kindred Smile says:
April 24, 2009, 11:11 am
Thanks for this post, bella - I'm chugging along on the weight loss journey too, but it's great to have a community of support and affirmation. No (wo)man is an island!
Laquita says:
April 24, 2009, 11:28 am
Great post. I'm going to pass the links along to my mom. She also has a fitness blog Seeing Around the Corner with Lupus - she writes about her IsaBody challenge, WII fit exercises and trying to lose weight while having Lupus. http://seeingaroundthecorner.blogspot.com/
SoFrolushes says:
April 24, 2009, 5:33 pm
i love this post. i have added a few of the twitters to my follow list.
Mukho says:
April 25, 2009, 10:57 am
Hello, Afrobella Since its my first comment on your truly awesome blog, let me start by saying how much I appreciate the content on your site. I like the way you combine general life issues with beauty specific posts :) I'm Indian, and I'm also a fan of natural hair (never even used a hair-dryer in all my life) and I try to watch my weight too, just like you, by eating healthy and thinking positively :) Do keep up with the good work, bye for now.
DC's Toughest Trainer says:
May 2, 2009, 7:03 am
Thanks AfroBella for the shot out! I am glad my tweets are helping tame your "little orange monster":-) Love your blog-keep inspiring people to take on the challenge! Tweet you later!