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“Smug Twat-itis”

Dear Reader,

I appear to have developed a case of what I’m calling, Smug Twat-itis. Even if you haven’t heard the term (likely – given that I just coined it. How do I go about getting a trademark on that…?) you’re likely to have encountered people who are afflicted with it. You know the type – the ones who post relentless details of their healthy lifestyle on social media?

The first thing I do after a run – even before having a shower – is post an update on Instagram. If it’s a particularly good run, I’ll post my time. Otherwise it’ll be a picture of my muddy trainers, or the view from my run. Either way, I make sure people know that I HAVE BEEN EXERCISING THIS MORNING. I also go a step further and post completely shameless photos of my abs. I even posted a picture of my bicep the other day for goodness sake. Add to that the photographs and ingredients of my homemade healthy juices and I’m totally living in smug-land.

I am often cringing internally when I’m posting these updates, but I still do it. Why?

Despite what I’ve mentioned above, it’s not (only) to be smug, although I am an innate show off. I follow a lot of fitness accounts on Instagram and rather than finding their updates irritating, I find them inspiring and motivating. And I hope that mine have a similar effect on the people viewing them. As well as on myself. The thought of being able to post these updates inspires me to keep going. I don’t want to have to tell people that I had a crap run, or that I failed to do a workout that day. They’re a source of motivation for me. The fitness world – both online and offline – feels like a community. One to which I am slowly starting to feel I belong. This is my way of facilitating that, and joining in. Sharing my successes, failures, struggles and advice.

And do you know what? I’m actually really bloody proud of what I’ve managed to achieve – that I’ve managed to get back into shape after having a baby and that I’m achieving fitness goals that I never thought were possible. I’m proud of my body and of what my determination and bloody mindedness have helped it achieve. So it’s only natural that I want to share that with the people in my life. And the rest of the world… I imagine that reaction to such posts falls into two camps – those who find it irritating and those who find it motivating. I’m also willing to bet that those who find it irritating don’t share my passion for working out and aren’t a part of the fitness world, so I do understand if you do find it annoying, but please know that they’re not actually aimed at you (which I mean in the nicest possible way!)

So in summary, if I do come across as smug, please accept this as my apology for that; but also my promise that I’m not going to stop.

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