Sunday, January 11, 2015

I Quit Instagram and Twitter!

Like the title says…I quit Instagram and Twitter! I haven't actually deleted my accounts, but I did delete  the apps from my phone and iPad. Just in case someone needs to find out how to contact me :) 

Why did I do it? I had finally been attacked ONE too many times. I've been criticized in the past for following Tone It Up and commending them on their awesome nutrition guide and recipes. People said "you're a dietitian--why would you support a NON-dietitian." Well I supported them because they created a large community of supportive women, helping other women, to be confident and try new foods. In today's digital world where you can find BAD INFORMATION everywhere…Tone It Up has quality, science based information. There is nothing wrong with me supporting that.

Now that I am a Beachbody Coach I have been attacked a dietitian on social media (Twitter, Instagram). Yesterday one comment in particular offended me and I just said "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH." I was accused of being unethical.

NOPE. TOO FAR. NOT GONNA PUT UP WITH THAT.

My ethics as a Registered Dietitian is to uphold high standards of practice with an obligation to protect the public and and my clients. Through my business I help people start working out, eating healthier and believing in themselves. I am passionate about these programs and KNOW that they work. Insanity, P90X, The 21 Day Fix, the 3 Day Refresh and the rest of the Beachbody catalog of programs all WORK. I am very clear with customers that although I'm a dietitian, my advice and meal plans are things that I am just sharing. Not to be replaced by an in-person consultation should they have serious nutrition issues. I cannot assess or diagnose anything without an in-person consultation. The meal plan that I share is just an example, not a prescription. I have always been very open and honest about this because I take my profession very seriously. My team members appreciate this and trust me. For a stranger to accuse me of being unethical was taking it too far.

Well lets just call it what it was--the elephant in the twitterverse--she was a network marketing hater. To her, all I want to do is sell product. She doesn't see the hard work that I put into checking in on my challengers, creating tracking sheets to help them be organized and trying to motivate them when I KNOW they're tired and sore. She doesn't see that I create recipes, meal plan suggestions and REAL relationships with my customers. She doesn't know that when I have people join me as a coach, it's to help them earn more freedom for themselves by helping others. She jumped to conclusions and judged me, which I really don't like! I'm not perfect. Yes, I'm a Registered Dietitian and don't have my goal body. I still have more fat than what I want, I still struggle to follow through day after day and I can't do a pull-up. But DAMN if I'm not trying my hardest everyday to be better than I was the day before. Nobody can take that away from me.

So after I got upset and worked up over it, I wondered why I was wasting my time? I think some people appreciated my posts but I never used Twitter or Instagram as a platform to connect with my coaches and customers. So, I quit :) I will still be updating my Facebook page and this blog, where people are more POSITIVE than negative. I think when someone can hide behind a keyboard on IG/Twitter, they grow a huge ego and don't feel bad about tearing you down.


Hope you still follow along and can't wait to see where my new journey takes me :)

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