March 10, 2017

Keeping It Real & The 20 Top Fitness Fibs

Around 6 months ago, I decided to change direction slightly with how and what I was sharing on social media. I was too concerned with only showing the highlights, only photographing the ‘heathy meals’ and not sharing the days that we sit down to cheese fondue. At the end of the day, it’s near impossible to be completely healthy and balanced all the time, after all I am only human.

I started embracing photo’s where I looked a little softer because guess what? I’ve gained some weight, it’s not a crime. I think we all know that very easy to ‘fake’ abs and a slimmer body online, just by taking a photo in certain lighting. Sometimes it’s hard to know what’s real and what’s fake…

Did you know?

A recent study by KP Peanuts revealed that 36 percent exaggerate how healthy they are on social media –and men are the worst culprits (43 percent)

I’m working really hard to have a healthy mind-set, to ensure I head to the gym with a really strong mission to achieve something, not just to burn calories. You know what? Sometimes the struggle is real when you’ve been set to that kind of mentality. On the other hand, training for a personal best (the key word here is ‘personal’) is far more rewarding than working to ‘burn off that chocolate cake’.


I started really thinking about how I was taking in my calories, I realised that I was ‘saving’ calories or craving sweet snacks because I wasn’t satisfied. My energy levels were up and down like a yo-yo and I wasn’t setting any personal bests, or having as much energy as I needed. I massively reduced my use of protein powder, to once a week or so and saw a very significant reduction in my bloating. I also realised that by starting the day with say 90g of oats, with the addition of a whole egg, almond and coco powder, this kept me far more sustained than 50g with protein powder, berries and all the toppings.

When it comes to protein, did you know that More than a quarter of a peanut is protein? Peanuts are an excellent source of protein, with just a couple of handfuls (or 25g if you’re watching your macros) providing around 7grams and helping to curb hunger pangs. Peanuts also contain essential vitamins and minerals; including Niacin (Vitamin B3), Vitamin B6, Biotin (Vitamin B7), Phosphorus and Magnesium. Vitamin B6 and Magnesium for example, contribute to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue.

With this in mind, I’ve created a recipe for a delicious nutty, broccoli salad which I’ll be sharing next week…

BUT that’s only what works for me, we are all so wonderfully unique and I do not agree with the concept of ‘one for all’. I strongly believe in honesty, so I spent the day sharing my ‘day of eats’ on my Instagram Story, just to prove that restricted eating isn’t always the way forwards.

On the other hand…

Are people really eating these perfect diets? Or are we still just very carefully sharing our photo reel? I’ve even heard that one very well-known blogger, made an extraordinary claim that she could run a 16minute 5km – The picture was actually taken on the cross trainer…

I was completely honest about the fact that my half marathon (that wasn’t actually a half marathon) took me over 3 hours. How can we share our stories if we aren’t willing to share the facts? I won’t preach about my ‘perfect’ health and fitness. I can’t lift more than I weigh, I don’t run very fast and I’m known in the office for eating a whole extra-large Easter egg in one sitting, after lunch.

Which leads me to health and fitness lies people tell…


  1. I drink more than 1 litre of water a day
  2. I don’t watch much telly
  3. I only drink at weekends
  4. I visit the gym regularly
  5. My kids aren’t allowed sweets
  6. I have a normal BMI
  7. I never eat takeaways
  8. I don’t really like chocolate
  9. I don’t like the taste of alcohol
  10. I’m not a fan of fried food
  11. My kids love vegetables
  12. I never eat fast food
  13. I lift really heavy weights
  14. I only shop at organic supermarkets
  15. I don’t eat any saturated fat
  16. I won’t have processed food in the house
  17. I have never tried a kebab
  18. I don’t eat carbs at all
  19. I’ve run a marathon
  20. My children never eat fast food

During the survey, they found that around one in four (23 percent) said ‘everyone does it’, while 35 percent agreed because ‘no-one can be super-healthy all the time’. As previously mentioned, I do agree that we cannot be perfect all the time and why should we?

Another one in five (20 percent) confessed their ‘crime’ for exaggerating a certain lifestyle but added: ‘I am nowhere near the worst culprit’. A comment that leaves me feeling disappointed, it’s almost like some of us are reverting to childhood and saying ‘but Joe Bloggs behaved far worse than me’.

I’m sure I’m not alone in this confession, whilst I’ve thankfully not told any of the above lies. My heart does sink when people say ‘you eat really well, I’ve seen your meals on Instagram’ and I have to explain my complex relationship with chocolate and nut butter. Thinking long and hard about it, I remember that around 6 years ago I quite clearly told someone I could comfortably run 10 miles, then the reality was that I was run/walking and it took me well over 2 hours.

Dam. Maybe I’m just as bad as everyone else.

So tell me, have you told any of the above lies? Or similar? Your secret is safe with me…







13 responses to “Keeping It Real & The 20 Top Fitness Fibs”

  1. Christy says:

    I think I lie to myself more! I was convinced I led a healthy, active life day to day, until I got my Fitbit and realised some days it’s a struggle to hit 7k steps, never mind 10!

    This is why I love fitness blogs like yours – it’s real life and it’s relatable!

    • Katie G says:

      Ahhhh, don’t you worry – I honestly think we’ve all felt like this, I used to be convinced I covered 10k easily too and then I realised I sit nearly allllll day!
      Thank you xx

  2. Very interesting. I don’t post a lot of photos of food for all the reasons you listed above, just sometimes when something looks really pretty (usually not something I made myself 😉 and just yesterday I posted a photo of my backside without any twisting or tippy-toeing or shadowing so I think I’m ok 🙂 And no, my kids don’t love vegetables. But I make them eat them anyway.

    • Katie G says:

      The whole kids and veg thing is very normal, or so I hear – I hated them and now I cannot get enough…
      You see, I look at you and your figure and think you look great, maybe because I know you’re fit and able and that’s more impressive than a touched up photo?

  3. To be fair – I actually never have tried a kebab! I am much more of a cheesy chips with garlic mayo kinda girl (ha)

    I have been told at work a couple of times though that people are surprised when they see me eating something that bit more unhealthy- apparently I give off an aura of eating healthily all the time…which is ridiculous when they have definitely seen me buy and eat a whole bag of Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference cookies on MORE than one occasion. Clearly not doing it often enough to make it stick!

    I’m also a tiny bit (OK, quite a lot) selective about which running photos make it onto Instagram. I am not a pretty runner. I basically have enough to make an entire new Instagram profile called “ugly running faces” and this will never cease.

    • Katie G says:

      Oh I’ve totally fell into a greasy kebab! But, I have to say these days they don’t do much for me, I’d rather eat a burger!
      Also, my running photos are often terrible, If I’m honest I hide the ugly face/fat ones! 😀

  4. Bei says:

    Think i probably do it too, I’m terrible when it comes to carbs especially crisps can eat 2 or even 3 bags of crisps but everything else I post on instagram is pretty stop on. Certainly with recent health issues I like to watch what I eat. A little bit of what you fancy won’t hurt tho. Like a glass of red wine or two a week or the odd Chinese takeaway and even that I try to stay away from with the MSG they put in it. You have given me food for thought though.. We are all human no one is that perfect.

    • Katie G says:

      I think after what you have gone through you are amazing full stop! But, it’s great to hear that sometimes it’s not just one packet of crisp but two! We’ve all been there and it’s great to remind each other that it’s okay to be real/human 🙂

  5. Geraldine says:

    I am selective about what I post on Instagram, but more because I want to start a conversation – but I don’t think I lie! Hence why I like to mix it up and share my not so good days, my anxiety and the days my kids get in the way of my workouts! I love your Instagram posts! What I say on mine is true – I am trying to improve my eating, but I would never say I eat healthily all the time – my weakness is my snacking! Though truthfully I never have tried a kebab – they kind of gross me out! Haha! 🙂 xxx

    • Katie G says:

      I’m completely selective too! Maybe I should post more of the snacks, but those sessions are often when I’m in my pj’s scurrying around looking for nibbles (stay classy, huh?). I can honestly say, hand on heart you are not missing anything but avoiding kebabs – I’ve had a few back in the day but they honestly do nothing for me right now. xx

  6. Tamsyn says:

    I’ve never tried a kebab and I rarely go to fast food places, but only because I’m vegetarian… I make up for it with my consumption of sweets and chocolate! Likewise, I don’t share many food pics on Instagram because I don’t style my meals. Maybe I should be more honest!

    • Katie G says:

      I think you’re being very honest by the sounds of things – I have such a sweet tooth, maybe I should share a little more of that on my social media? Styling meals takes a lot of time and can be so frustrating!

  7. Rachel says:

    I have said some of the things on that list, but only because they’re true! I am guilty of only sharing the healthy meals on instagram though, they get many many more likes, so I just don’t share the unphotogenic ones, or the ones where I’ve had chilli for tea for the third night in a row…

    I would never judge someone by what they post on instagram, if you looked at mine you’d think I was mostly vegan, but I’m really really not!

    Rachel x

    The Inelegant Wench

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