Debunking Pinterest Fitness B.S.

Sometimes if I’m in need of a good laugh or something to raise my spirits, I’ll hop on to Pinterest and go straight to the “fitness” category. Sure there are some great, quality, informative posts on there, but the majority of the posts under the “fitness” category are straight up b.s. At first I laugh at how absurd some of these infographics are, but then I realize that people actually believe this stuff. I mean we’re talking about these “Get a Flat Stomach in One Week” pins having tens of thousands of repins. That’s insane.

Ever come across Pinterest fitness articles and don't know how to separate fact from fiction? Look no further!

Pinterest is a wonderful tool, and in fact I use it all the time if I’m looking for a circuit workout to do or if I’m just trying to switch things up. But, just like a lot of things on the Internet, the facts just aren’t there for some of the articles. I’m going to highlight some of the ridiculous fitness pins I’ve found on Pinterest over the past few weeks/months because we all need a good laugh now and again.

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Food Is Your Friend

Here’s the thing, y’all. I’m tired of hearing all of these ads for quick fixes, magic pills, diet trends, and juice cleanses. I’m tired of social media glorifying the idea that the less you eat, the skinner you’ll be. I’m saddened by the fact that so many girls are starving themselves in order to get that ideal “model” body that only those with the genetics, trainers, and nutritionists can barely reach. I’m tired of girls and women being afraid of carbs, afraid of fats, and thinking that 1,000 calories is enough. I’m tired of food being viewed as the enemy.

Food is not the enemy but your fad diet is.

Food is fuel. Food is energy. Food is vital to anyone’s health. FOOD IS NOT THE ENEMY. The other night when as I was in the shower being hit with inspiration for this post, I kept thinking of Bruce from Finding Nemo and how he says “fish are friends not food.” Anyways, it’s taken me a long while to develop a healthy relationship with food, and all I want is for you to do the same. Being flooded by the media about how food is the enemy doesn’t help, but I swear, once you start viewing food in a positive light, it’ll change your life.

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We’re Taking A Break

Good morning! Wow, Abigail you’re posting a blog post on a Monday? What is this, 2015 or something? I know. I know. But, I have some important news for you.

If you’ve been following Living the Gray Life for a while now, you’ve probably noticed that my posting schedule has been super inconsistent for the past few weeks, and my content hasn’t been top notch. There’s a reason for this: I’ve spread myself too thin.

Between classes, homework, work, the blog, the gym, boys, friends, and trying to figure out my life for the summer, I have no motivation. I’m exhausted, my creative juices have run dry, and blogging has become a chore which is the last thing I want. In order for me to regain control of my life, I need a break. I need a break from something in my life. And sadly that break is going to be in the form of blogging.

I will be back at the end of March or beginning of April, but until then there won’t be any updates on the blog. I’ll still be active on Instagram and Twitter so don’t think I gave up completely 🙂

I’ll see y’all soon!
~abigail gray

Rediscover Your Hometown This Spring Break

Are you heading back home for spring break? Not going on some crazy beach vacation with all your friends? Because girl, same. While I’d love to go to the beach or go on some extravagant trip across the country, that’s just not in the books or the budget for me this year. For spring break I’ll be heading back to good ‘ole Knoxville spending my days at all the doctors appointments I can squeeze in. While I’d usually be down about not doing something fun for spring break, this year I’m looking at the whole staying home for spring break in a new light.

Knoxville has a lot to offer in terms of the hipster vibe that I know and love. I’m talking local coffee shops, cute little restaurants, outdoor activities, and so much more. I’ve never really truly explored Knoxville in this way before, so while all my friends at UT are still in school slaving away at midterms, I’ll be falling back in love with the city in which I became who I am today.

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Life Lately: February 2017

Well hello, it’s been a while. You probably thought I was going to go all Adele on you there and be like “hello, it’s me.” It’s been a while for a lot of things – a blog post, my lack of inspiration, a life update post. If you’ve been a follower of Living the Gray Life for the past year, which thank you so much and I love you, you know that I periodically do these kinds of posts. I feel that it’s important for this blog to be a place for me to spill me emotions as well as helpful college, life, and fitness stuff.

I usually write one of these whenever I’m straight out of ideas or I feel like the direction of my life is changing, and that is why I’m here today. Well, to be honest, both of those reasons are why I’m writing this post. As I’m writing this, it’s February 2nd, I’m sitting in my operating systems classroom after a great shoulder session at the gym, and honestly I don’t know how I feel. I’m just a whole mixture of sad, happy, confused, hopeful, and excited. We’re already a month into 2017 and so much has already changed. Donald Trump is president (just gonna leave that there with no further detail), my friend group has had to make a huge adjustment, and school is way harder than I thought it would be.

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A Gift Guide for the Gym Junkie

Happy Holidays, y’all! It’s time for gift guides, Vlogmas, and holiday crafts, so brace yourself! Today I have the first of three gift guides I am releasing this year. If you’ve been reading the blog for any length of time in 2016, you know that I’m obsessed with fitness, so of course the first gift guide I am releasing is perfect for every gym junkie out there. All of these items are things that I’d love to get and stuff that I currently own, have tried, or have on my wish list for this year! Keep in mind that every gym junkie’s needs are different, but most of these items would work for anyone.

FITNESS GIFT GUIDE. Perfect gifts for the gym junkie in your life. All under $20! | Gym Junkie Gift Guide

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Make sure to stay tuned every week for a new gift guide! In the mean time, check out my gift guide perfect for friends. Have a specific gift guide you’d like to see on the blog? Let me know!

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