#GetReal is my first campaign/mission on the blog and I reckon it’ll be an ongoing one rather than the short-burst viral campaign vision I had in my head (mainly as I have no idea how to create a viral campaign).
The inspiration for “Get Real” came from two things: very annoying (and often hurtful) stereotypes aimed at women and the excuses people make when it comes to improving health through food and/or exercise.
“Real women have…..” “Real women are…”
I am so very tired of seeing these phrases. While I’m certain that there are plenty of wonderful women out there that do have curves or are size whatever but, just because I don’t fit that particular brief, it does not mean that I am somehow less of a woman. Real women have and haven’t got lots of things, in my eyes, if your heart tells you’re a woman, then you are woman, you need to pass a checklist to join the club…
“Weight lifting makes women look manly”
All I’m going to say is: No. No it does not.
The Plan: What it #GetReal going to do?
Well, let’s be honest, this campaign needs to give you something worthwhile as it’s most likely you’re reading this because you’re:
- Interested in fitness/nutrition and just like t follow other people who are too.
You want to lose weight/get more active/eat healthier
- You’d like to change up you eating/activity to improve health but you dont really know where to start
- You’re just curious to see what I’m going to write
- You know me personally and I have guilted you into reading my blog
My main aim is making “being realistic” a part of your own plan when approaching change. I know that sounds negative but long term success comes from long term change and this is by far the most difficult aspect of any plan, it’s not just a few weeks kind of thing. There is no quick fix to changing your lifestyle and at times it’s really bloody hard, so setting realistic goals can make a big difference.
However, by being realistic we can create goals that suit our own needs (your plan needs to be about you, no one else) and make changes (big or small) that make you feel good and motivated to keep striving for more.
So! Finally these are my goals for #GetReal:
- Using my own story of getting into shape to highlight the realities of making a lifestyle change. We very seldom see beyond the”Before and After” of most peoples stories so, with no idea of what happened in between, it’s hard to understand just how that person succeeded. So I’ll share the good, the bad and the ugly, the challenges, successes and failures, in a bid to help you see the truth behind the end result.
- Share simple steps that you can take to help you in reaching your health/fitness goals
- Build a community for everyone to share their story – I would absolutely love to create a place where you can go to share success, stories, motivate and be motivated. Recently I’ve found Facebook groups to be such a great help to me and it’s my ultimate goal to bring the benefits of a community to as many people as possible. If you’d like to share your story, please get in touch through our Facebook/Instagram page!
There will be take-away tips for help with planning a lifestyle change however, as always just make sure that you always seek professional (GP, personal trainer, Dietician etc) guidance before trying anything new or if you have medical conditions/requirements/concerns.