Am I a Health and Fitness Blogger?

So here’s the deal. Lately, I’ve been having a bit of a wobble. Those annoying, niggling self-doubts have been creeping into my head, undermining everything I believe in and am working so hard to achieve. These doubts have been making me question my ‘niche’ on the Internet. I’ve been calling myself a health and fitness blogger, but am I really?

I don’t have abs. I once bought a packet of spirulina, had one mouthful and then threw the bag to the back of the cupboard (it was bloody dire). I’ve reverted back to eating a ‘normal’ diet, instead of being gluten/dairy/sugar free. My stupid fringe makes me look like a tit when I’m trying to get a decent workout done. Try as I might, I hate running.

I feel that when I introduce myself as a ‘health and fitness blogger’, people look me up and down, as if to question ‘is she for real?’. I know that this is just in my head (mostly, anyway- I can’t account for the internal thoughts of other people), but it’s a bit crappy all the same.

 

Lost the chin, gained some brows…

 

I’m just a normal girl, trying to better her mind and her body. I’ve banged on loads about my mental health and my plight to lose weight, what’s worked for me and what definitely hasn’t worked for me; but one thing I do know is that my physical fitness is the best it has been in my entire adult life (Christ, I just referred to myself as an adult). Not to sound clichéd, but health and fitness has changed my life, whether that may be for the better or worse. I’m not a naturally slim person, and I’ve worked damn hard to look the way I do, even though I still don’t match up to the goals that I have in my head.

My friend Jess knows that I’ve been having these blogging worries, so she sent me this the other day after finding it amidst her revision for our final exam. ‘The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt’, which I think is something a lot of us could do with listening to (cheers for the advice, Sylv). If you enjoy something, then run with it (unintentional fitness pun, sorry guys). It doesn’t matter what you look like or where you come from, it’s not as simple as fitting into specific categories: if you know your stuff, then what’s stopping you from creating good quality content?

 

Wise words from Sylvia.

 

So no, I might not be the athletically-built, abs-of-steel, flicky-haired fitness gal that I constantly see plastered all over the Internet (although I am in no way knocking you people!). I’m a young woman that’s struggled with her weight and the side effects of losing that weight, which I just so happen to be documenting on my blog. I would say that I’m a ‘health and fitness blogger’, just not in the conventional sense. And who wants to be conventional anyway?

Soph x

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18 Comments

  1. May 23, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Your ideas in this post really resonated with me. Just because you’re not the typical embodiment of a certain group doesn’t mean you can’t be in it or that you’re doing something wrong. Great post – if you know your stuff be confident!
    Rebecca | Notes From September
    Xx

    • cockaaz
      May 23, 2016 / 8:53 pm

      Thank you so much! Exactly, no point shying away from what we’re passionate about just because we don’t look a certain way xxx

  2. May 23, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    Ahh I love this! Health and fitness has totally changed my life too, and I always find it so inspirational to see people who have stuck with it and love it like I do. That doesn’t mean we have to be perfect Instagram fitness girls! Be proud and don’t let any else stop you from feeling great : )
    Steph x.
    marvelsteph.blogspot.co.nz

    • cockaaz
      May 23, 2016 / 8:51 pm

      Thank you so much ☺️ it certainly doesn’t, I’ve realised that I’m not the athletic build and I probably never will be, but I’m coming to accept that
      What a lovely note to finish on, thank you so much Steph xxx

  3. May 24, 2016 / 6:44 am

    I love this!!! As someone who had an aversion to fitness blogs because of my on mental health struggles, it’s good to see a blog that’s realistic and healthy. A lot of them dress up to be that way but are actually using toxic food habits. Keep it up and be you! 🙂

    • cockaaz
      June 4, 2016 / 10:38 am

      Thank you so much! I set this blog up because of my own mental health struggles surrounding food, so for someone that has (unfortunately) been through a similar thing to say that means a lot! 🙂 x

  4. May 24, 2016 / 7:48 am

    Just read this while stuck in traffic on the way to work and it’s put a smile on my face! I’ve never been enthusiastic about sport until this year and everything I see on TV and the Internet has made me feel like there’s something wrong with me. And what even is that green smoothie everyone drinks anyway!? You are wonderful

    • cockaaz
      June 4, 2016 / 10:37 am

      Aww Em! Hahah I HATE smoothies, I don’t like the bits in them! Thank you for reading lovely 🙂 x

  5. May 24, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    I think it’s important to have examples of health and fitness that aren’t just abs and kale. Health is about more than muscle!

    • cockaaz
      June 4, 2016 / 10:36 am

      Precisely 😀 Just because you’ve got baby biceps doesn’t mean you’re not clued up about stuff 🙂 x

  6. May 26, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    I have a separate Instagram dedicated to my fitness posts and I love it! Everyone starts their journey from a different pint and moves along in their own way at their own pace. Just because people don’t think you look the “type” doesn’t mean you’re not a fitness blogger. Keep doing what you’re doing because I guarantee you are inspiring someone! 🙂

    • cockaaz
      June 4, 2016 / 10:33 am

      Thank you so much for this comment! You’re right, it’s important to remember that everyone moves at their own pace 🙂 x

  7. June 1, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    I completely understand and agree with everything in this post! I call myself a ‘book blogger’ and a ‘bookstagrammer’ but my posts vary in topic and I don’t always stick to my ‘niche’ and I get worried that people think I’m a, I think fraud is the wrong word, but you know what I mean? Like not what I say I am! So I try and stick to an umbrella term to describe my blog and such, something like Lifestyle because that covers so so much and gives me a bit more of a range and variety on what I feel comfortable posting! I love this post so much lovely, you’re doing a great job and you shouldon’t doubt yourself!

    • cockaaz
      June 4, 2016 / 10:29 am

      I know EXACTLY what you mean! It’s so hard when you get an idea, but you feel that you shouldn’t write it down because you don’t want to step outside your niche haha. Thank you so much for reading 😀 x

  8. June 1, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    Aw you’re cute! 🙂 I’m actually struggling with weight quite a lot too, but since I changed my diet to plant based only I’ve seen massive improvements!

    Followed you , love your blog 🙂

    • cockaaz
      June 4, 2016 / 10:27 am

      Ahh i don’t think I could go completely plant based, I’m too much of a carnivore 🙁 I’ve done a lot of research around it though and it’s very good for you, so no wonder you’re seeing massive changes! Keep at it, and thank you for following 😀 x

  9. June 6, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    What an inspirational post! I am going through a lifestyle change at the moment and have quite a bit more weight to lose, but you look amazing well done! xx

    • cockaaz
      June 8, 2016 / 12:05 pm

      Thank you lovely! ☺️ I do too, just got to keep at it I guess xx

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