I usually don’t post a lot of “opinion” posts on this blog – mainly because I find that there are so many depressing things happening in the world, that having to discuss them all on this blog would just make me sad and miserable.

But, it has been 4 days since I saw the ad below and the first time I got absolutely outraged but thought this rage would slowly go away.

However, it seems that every time I now see some sort of sports ad or any sort of sport/fitness related post/tweet/image/whatever, this ad pops up at the back of my mind and I feel like breaking shit.

So go on, have a look…

Now, after 4 days of getting angry I felt like I had to reflect on WHY I was getting so pissed off and the truth is that it’s not the “This Girl Can” movement itself that makes me angry as hell.

If you know me, you know that IM ALL ABOUT women inspiring women, women getting into fitness, women helping women out, women feeling safe/ comfortable/ happy to train or do whatever they want no matter what they look like, what level of fitness they have etc etc etc – I am totally all about GIRL POWER!

I am a proud feminist and in short, all I want is for everybody on this earth (NO MATTER WHAT!) to be seen as equals.

So what pisses me off is the fact that we even need this ad and that it requires to use slogans like this:

I jiggle therefore I am

when other current fitness inspiration I see on the regular that is more geared towards a male audience use slogans and images like:

Just do it Ronaldo

Even before this ad I was fed up with the fact that I apparently need to justify to society that parts of my body “jiggle” when I move, or that I sweat when I do exercise (or god forbid even SMELL OF SWEAT), or any other bullshit that men get to somehow own and be proud of.

So to add on to the everyday disappointments and rage I feel as a woman of this world, imagine how I felt (if you can?) when I saw this ad for the first time.

I mean, you’d never ever see an ad like that on national TV featuring only men (maybe as a parody but never as an “inspirational ad”) – and I suppose at the end of the day – that is why I felt like smashing up my TV when I first saw it.

Because not only am I bombarded with images, ads, films, stories etc about how I should be all day long, but now there’s an ad like that as well that to me patronises (probably without meaning to!) so many things that I hold very close to my heart.

So Im happy that there’s an initiative like “This Girl Can” because I am all for women inspiring and helping other women – but so many other things surrounding it makes me genuinely sad and angry.

I know many badass, inspirational women who have motivated and inspired me to get fitter – and they have done so by owning every aspect of the reality of doing a hard workout without making excuses or making it feel patronising.

So what’s your take on it? You feel a bit like me or you think Im totally overreacting?

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Well hello there my friends,

You might be pleased to know that this crazy chest virus that I’ve been having for over 4 weeks is FINALLY on its way out. Was talking to an old friend to mine earlier today and realised that I’ve pretty much been ill 8 weeks out of the last 16 – which isn’t like me at all!

Anyway, I figured that due to the way the holiday days fell between Christmas and NYE, my new year would come into effect 5th January, and it kind of did.

Last week I started off with organising my life as much as I could (think planning, budgeting, making a start at creating new habits etc) but since I was still feeling weak and had a pretty bad cough, the plan was to get back into the whole fitness thing today… but it hasn’t really gone to plan.

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If I have learnt anything these last few years, it’s that you should let your body rest when it needs to rest, otherwise you’ll just end up taking forever to get better, or even worse, you get injured.

So taking my own advise, I have been a good girl and listened to my body and not done any exercise for over a month now because I didn’t want to start the year feeling like shit or with an injury (to be fair, only last week I was getting a bit dizzy and sweaty just from walking to the train station, so it was a good call…).

HOWEVER, fast forward a week and I am feeling much better! So much better in fact that I could have gone to the gym today (as planned!) and been fine.

But instead I snoozed all my alarms in the morning and gave up on going after work because I finished 1.5 hour later than usual and I just couldn’t face going to totally full gym with loads of newbies on my first time back since forever.

Of course now, 2 hours later, I’m regretting my lazy decision and I have made the grand plan of going tomorrow morning instead – but will I actually go or will I bail?

I can usually be pretty good at motivating myself, but it seems that since I lost my training buddy back in October and then went on having a rather irregular training schedule due to holidays or illness in November and December, I’ve somehow lost my training mojo.

I don’t feel like I have put on too much holiday weight over the last 4 weeks because my virus didn’t really allow me to indulge too much, but I do feel like I have become weaker and more sluggish – something I definitely want to change!

Plus, I have so many races and fitness goals this year – things that I am genuinely excited about!

So why is it then that despite being excited, Im somehow still feeling BLAH about it all?

Any of you felt the same way or have any tips on how to get “back on it” after such a long time off? Or is it as simple as “Just do it!”? (please don’t say that…!)

A new year – a new set of goals!

Sharing my goals on the blog have become a bit of a tradition, although it seems that I keep aiming for more or less the same things… ;)

But what can I say? Change can be a slow and difficult process at times.

These were my goals in 2013 and 2014 – and I’m very pleased to say that I achieved more or less all my goals for 2014!

Some I will reuse for 2015 because Im not 100% satisfied with how they turned out last year, but there will be some new ones as well!

My goals for 2015

HEALTH:
– DRINK MORE WATER! (same as last year)
– Train for 3 half marathons with the aim of doing a sub 2 hour one in Amsterdam
– Do more weight training whilst I run
– Become better at stretching
– Take better care of myself (wash my face, moisturise & floss daily!)

LIFE:
– Explore London & the world more (same as last year)
– Make more time for friends and family
– Go out at least once a month to some event
– Try to waste less time on pointless things
– Listen to more music & radio (same as last year)

WORK:
– Work on expanding some of my own business ideas incl. the MIC
– Create better content for this blog including more music, food and fitness posts
– Become better at doing my own regular radio shows
– Try to DJ out more
– Try to develop Jazzman Records online presence further

And there you have it! Anything I missed? What are your goals for 2015?