4 years ago, I started a fitness blog. FITnancials started out as a hobby blog and it was never meant to become anything serious. I was doing it for fun to keep track of my fitness journey. I ended up losing over 50 pounds and eventually became a certified personal trainer.
Not until a year ago did I attempt to take the blog seriously. I started putting in 15-30 hours of work a week into it while going to school full-time.
I was also nannying full-time on the side, pushing 40+ hours a week.
I hustled. I was basically working 3 jobs and going to school. A little less than a year later, I started making a steady $5,000 a month from my blog.
It's been a crazy journey that I'm pretty dang grateful for every single day.
However, there are some major drawbacks to having a fitness blog that a lot of people don't know about. I can almost guarantee that every fitness blogger deals with what I'm about to say.
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There is an insane amount of pressure fitness bloggers deal with when it comes to body image.
This post was actually inspired by a YouTuber I follow called The Wandering Wyatts. Blaire (one of the YouTubers of the channel) recently published a video about this exact topic I'm talking about.
She says she feels like she needs to uphold a lean body in order to feel validated on social media as a fitness influencer. She said she feels like she's letting people down when she's not competing in bodybuilding competitions. She even states that when she's in these competitions, she's not in a good place mentally.
I totally understand what she is saying because that's the reality of the online world.
I've gotten comments on my blog saying I am too fat to give people advice on health and fitness. So, since I have a fitness blog, I start to think I better lose some weight.
And, sadly, I do know for a fact that online influencers that have rock solid bods are more likely to gain an audience than someone like me, who has a curvier body with no visible abs at all. I don't have a huge butt from squats or poppin' triceps like those girls on Instagram.
I end up beating myself up because I feel like I could be way more successful if I would just lose 10 pounds and spend more time at the gym.
As a fitness blogger, a battle starts to form inside your head. You start to ask yourself if you should be eating a certain junk meal or skipping a workout.
I mean, I'm a FITNESS and HEALTH blogger. I'm preaching to people about eating healthy and working out regularly, yet I've skipped a whole week of doing either? On top of that, I have an eating disorder and body dysmorphia.
Should I be giving health and fitness advice after all?
There are times when I feel like in order to get verified as a fitness blogger, I need to be as lean as possible, which means taking unhealthy risks. Or the fact that I hate going to the gym, is not something the average fitness blogger would admit.
As a fitness blogger, you're supposed to love lifting weights. Not me! I rather sit my ass on the couch and read a book. I love being active, but lifting weights is one of my least favorite things to do. I rather hit the trails on my mountain bike or go rock climbing.
There are people that are way more qualified than me to give you health and fitness advice. If you think I'm too fat or not lean enough to help or inspire you, that is completely fine. There are thousands of other blogs that will help you on your journey.
However, I aspire to be a blog people can come to who want real advice from someone who suffers from an eating disorder. Or body dysmorphia. Someone who is trying their damn hardest to love their body and treat it well.
I'm not going to sugarcoat the journey of weight loss or healthy living. Going from hating yourself and eating junk food to living a healthy lifestyle is damn HARD. Especially when you have a fitness blog where your body is basically your selling point.
I hope to inspire women and men all around the world. Healthy doesn't mean six-pack abs and constant healthy eating and exercising. Healthy living should be a lifestyle that makes you happy and is sustainable. Learn to make your favorite junk meals into a healthier version. OR just eat those damn meals and not feel guilty about it.
Life is too short to hate and sabotage yourself. Focus on your mental health and start meditating.
Get involved in exercises that you enjoy.
If you hate the gym, try out yoga, Pilates, mountain biking, climbing, kickboxing, dancing, or pole dancing. Live in the present and learn to love your body for what it is now. Because one day, you'll look back at your life and wish you could do what you could do now with your body.
If you're a fitness blogger, can you relate?
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