I recently found out that I had made the shortlist for nominations for the Sport & Fitness category of the UK Blog Awards, (*insert shameless plug for votes*) where you can vote for me here. It spurred me on to think about the blog – why I started it and where I am now.
So I started the blog after embarking on a fitness and weight loss journey. In a bid to hide the fact that I was overweight and terribly unfit I would attempt to use humour to hide the fact that most of the time I was terrified of whatever it was I was doing and also hence the name of the blog. Some friends said I should write a blog and that is basically how it all began.
It is a personal blog and I am clear that I am not qualified in any way in fitness or nutrition but what I share is based on my experience and if I do give advice it is following what I have received from those who are qualified so I can make sure I am not sharing anything that is not misleading or with no understanding.
I would update a blog post every Monday and include a weigh in picture of a little board I have to show progress. Then I hit a plateau and this changed – no more weigh in board pics. This is not a negative as it actually taught me a valuable lesson as it meant I was putting less pressure on myself.
My blog is not necessarily the norm. It is not about the facts and detailing the specifics of a piece of tech. I like to add a bit of my personality to it and there is humour and sometimes some swearing. It is not intended to be offensive but it is me. I am trying to keep it authentic otherwise what is the point? I am who I am. I will not try and be someone or something else through this blog. This blog is not intended to gain approval.
I intend to be my own kind of strong, my own kind of fabulous and my own kind of beautiful. I am not in competition with anyone else. I will run my own race (or more than likely jog a bit and walk a bit). I fully intend to continue to embrace the glorious mess that I am.
There is a saying from JK Rowling asking is fat really the worst thing you can be? And many more about how the number on a scale does not define you. By focusing on weight was I sending the complete wrong message to anyone reading my posts? More than that I realised that the journey I was on getting fitter was about my health and that was my goal – to be healthy and happy.
And so with that you will see the change in wording of my blog strap line. It no longer says ‘An ordinary girl on a mission to get fit and lose weight’. Morale of the story – be fearlessly unapologetically you!