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Confessions of a Health and Fitness Blogger…

Confessions of a Health and Fitness Blogger…

This post may be a bit of a shock to some of you… I am about to confess some serious health and fitness sins. One of my friends commented on a status I put up on Facebook the other day asking if I could let them know when I “gorge a load of chocolate”. But just because I have a health and fitness blog doesn’t mean I’m virtuous, oh far from it!

So here I go, sharing my flaws, weaknesses and vices. You may want to sit down.

I eat white bread.

Yes, you read that right – WHITE bread. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good old wholemeal seeded loaf, but sometimes the toaster just cries out for some thick white slices. With butter. And jam. Don’t hate me for it.

pb on toast

Granary’s great, but sometimes a white slice just does it for me.

I adore milk chocolate.

And white chocolate too. There, I said it. Dark chocolate has it’s place; deliciously bitter and rich. But the sweet and creamy milk and white varieties are just to die for. I won’t feel guilty about admitting that I have chocolate most days of the week. Please don’t judge me.

Chocolate... tasty in all shades!

Chocolate… tasty in all shades!

I snooze my morning alarm. Alot.

And yes, sometimes it does mean I miss a workout. So sue me. If I’m tired, I need sleep. If I feel awake, I will hit the gym. To me, there’s no point forcing myself to get up just to have a shoddy workout. But most of the time, that extra 5 minutes’ snooze time does the trick.

6am alarm calls sometimes NEED to be snoozed.

6am alarm calls sometimes NEED to be snoozed.

The term “clean eating” annoys me…

I mean, what does it really mean?! I wash my fruit and veg, that’s clean isn’t it? Ok, so I do understand the premise behind it, for the most part “clean” foods are foods that are in their most natural state, i.e. fresh, un-muddled fruit and veg, non-processed meats, whole grains and organic dairy. But no-one seems to be able to agree on what foods are “clean” and what foods aren’t. Some people restrict potatoes, because they’re a starchy carbohydrate, but potatoes are probably as natural a carb as you can get! Very contradictory. However, the thing that bugs me the most about so called “clean eating” is the negativity that comes with it, suggesting that some foods are indeed “dirty“. Christ, a little bit of pasta never killed anybody.

I'd quite like some "dirty" food anyway... sounds more interesting!

I’d quite like some “dirty” food anyway… sounds more interesting!

And so does “go hard or go home”.

Sometimes I just want to go easy! And let’s face it – sometimes you need to. Like for example when you’re marathon training, rest days are really important! Pushing yourself hard all the time is counter-intuitive and you’ll just end up injured or miserable. Or injured and miserable. Either way, it’s not fun. Sometimes you gotta take it easy and all you “go hard or go home” haters can… go home!

YOU go home!

YOU go home!

I don’t really like running.

Ok, so that one’s not really true. It’s the bit before that I don’t like. You know, the part when you’re warm/comfortable/dry/clean. Getting your running kit on and heading out into the cold and rain, to sweat it out, when you could just lay on the sofa with a good book. Yeah, that’s the bit I don’t like. Once I’m out the door I love it, I just sometimes need a bit of a push! Or a date with some other runners.

Once I'm out there it's ok!

Once I’m out there it’s ok!

I’m a procrastinator.

Big stylee. My “to-do” list is as long as my arm and I have about 100 different other ways I can fill my time when something really needs doing. This does often mean rushing at the last minute to get that report/blog post/email done, but I always give everything my best.

Procrastination in it's finest form.

Procrastination in it’s finest form.

I love a glass of wine… or two.

Glug glug glug glug, what a lovely sound as you pour wine into a glass after a long hard day. I drink a glass with dinner most days. In fact, I’d rather have a glass of wine with dinner than a dessert after. But who’s making me choose anyway?!

Need I say more?

Need I say more?

I’m addicted to social media.

This one isn’t so much of a confession as most people who know me know this anyway! I’m constantly on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. My fiance always rolls his eyes when I pick up my phone, but he supports me all the same. I just really enjoy the interaction. And I love blogging and sharing with all of you!

I think we're all a little guilty of this...

I think we’re all a little guilty of this…

So there you go. My health and fitness sins. Do you still love me…?

What are your #fitnessconfessions? Tweet or Facebook me, or comment below!

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10 Comments

  1. 21st March 2015 / 8:59 pm

    Love this post. As a health & fitness blogging newbie, sometimes I feel the pressure to be perfect (i.e. not admit that I have a weakness for Creme Eggs… and wine!) but I also love how human and honest the community seems to be — which is even more motivating to me! Thanks for sharing.

    • Georgina
      Author
      22nd March 2015 / 6:12 am

      Thanks Lesli. Oh I do love a Creme Egg! There is an awful lot of pressure on bloggers sometimes, obviously a lot of it is inward, but I do feel that sometimes if we were all a little more honest it could loosen off some of that pressure. That and help to encourage readers to just make small changes to be fit and healthy, rather than striving for an unsustainable perfection! Your blog looks great, definitely adding that to me read list.

  2. 22nd March 2015 / 7:13 am

    We love this post and appreciate all of your honesty and charm! In the fitness blogosphere it’s so easy to become captivated by filtered versions of reality. Posts like these are so refreshing to read. (As an office, our team tends to collectively eat too much candy) Progress, not perfection! πŸ™‚ Keep up the amazing work!

  3. Georgina
    Author
    6th May 2015 / 12:11 pm

    Thanks πŸ™‚ Glad I’m not alone!! Which Open University module are you studying? I’m hoping to study with them again from October! x

  4. Georgina
    Author
    6th May 2015 / 4:59 pm

    Sounds great! Is it going well?

    I studied four modules towards a Health Sciences Certificate including Understanding Human Nutrition, Health Sciences: A Case Study Approach, Challenging Obesity and Elements of Forensic Science.

    But I’ve just registered to do an Open Degree with modules in the Sports, Fitness and Coaching degree. I’m doing the same modules, except I’ve transferred credits from my year at Bedfordshire University so the Open Degree was more beneficial to me (I got 90 credits transferred rather than only 60). I’m starting with Sport and Exercise Psychology: A Case Study Approach πŸ™‚ Can’t wait! x

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