Fitness Mistakes – Advice To My Younger Self

The many fitness mistakes that I thought would change my life. I’m sure you can all relate. Looking back over the years, trying those awful fad diets to try and loose a few pounds quickly for a holiday. Or fit into a dress that’s a little bit too snug or foolishly believing that eating 800 calories a day is sustainable.

Growing up as a dancer and performer, I was exposed to a lot of body shaming. Eating disorders, competition and a constant expectation to be small, never bloated and lean.

Where Did It Start?

One of my earliest memories at stage school, age 10/11. Was when I naively complimented an older girl in our show that she had put on a bit of weight and looked good. She was anorexic and reacted very badly. She immediately started making herself throw up! I couldn’t believe it. Stood silently in the corner of the bathroom feeling very bad for saying anything while her friends ran to her side. I thought she would be happy to look healthier but nope! So I started to believe that you had to starve yourself to be happy.

fitness mistakes - advice to my younger self

Luckily I have a supportive family that noticed I had developed a slight eating disorder and tried different techniques to make me eat. I would not eat all day then only eat a ham sandwich. Which is RIDICULOUS but at that age, it was what I liked to eat if I got super hungry. This didn’t last very long maybe 6/7 months. My head looked huge compared to my body and my skin was very pale. I had 0 energy and would spend long hours out the house at friends to cover it up.

My point in telling this story is just to highlight how easy it is to influence younger girls and how impressionable we are at that age. Iv made so many fitness mistakes throughout the years and it is actually funny thinking back. Iv only in the past two years realized how ridiculous these fad diets and silly detox teas are.

Fitness Mistakes Throughout The Years

  • Detox Teas – They are more harmful then we realize. I tried the Bootea before a holiday. Quick fix, however, it just gave me the shits uncontrollably and made my pill ineffective I later found out through research. I felt ill the whole time and couldn’t understand why anyone would want to do that again!
  • Fad Diets –diets found in a magazine or on Instagram most probably won’t work – I read in Now Magazine that an egg diet was a sustainable way to lose weight and stay full. However, eating 6 eggs a day is seriously bad for your health! Luckily again I only tried this for a few days. And nope it didn’t work.
  • Cardio Craze Burn Out – I once spent sooo long on the treadmill that when I finished I passed out. I think I spent about 2 and a half hours, uphill and down. I then hated cardio until I realized there were lots of other ways to get your heart rate pumping. Weight Lifting, body weight exercises, Hitt workouts, dancing. Wayy more fun.

  • Low Calorie – Low-calorie diet does not mean low nutrient or low protein. I tried this also and was just eating tuna salads every day and a banana for breakfast. I had 0 energy and was so grumpy. Never again.
  • Fat Burners – An ex-boyfriend introduced me to fat burners when I was about 17 years old. He was hooked! I remember trying them a few times in a dance class and almost passed out. The headrush really wasn’t worth the extra kick to workout. Just have a coffee!
  • The Bigger Picture is what matters – If you’re doing a diet that you don’t enjoy or a workout plan that is making you miserable. Change it up. Do something you enjoy. There is no point putting yourself through that for however long. Fitness and a healthy diet should be a lifestyle in order to maintain. Choose a lifestyle you enjoy.
  • You Can’t lose weight from a certain place – IE Waist Trainers. I’m SO glad the waist trainer craze is gone. I had one and wore it for a whole 24hours once. I felt like I’d broke a rib! Seriously not fun. And it did NOT work. Scientifically you can’t actually lose weight from a certain place. So those waist trainers are a complete fraud.

Fitness Mistakes – We All Have Made Them

I’m sure reading this you may think some of these crazes are unrealistic but I promise you. I have tried all of them and I’m actually glad I made these fitness mistakes and followed this misinformed information because it made me want to do research and find out facts to support my training and lifestyle.

Its very easy to be misled and follow Instagrammers or your favorite celebrity’s advice but you also have to look after your body, health and well being. If something does not feel right or is making you feel sick it most probably is not good for you. Different things work for different body types and genetics play a huge part also.

A little article I found amusing which backs up my points in this post Waist Trainers Are A Scam, Personal Trainers Are Not

We only have one body lets take care of it the best way we can just as it does for us.

How I Transformed My Body Without A Gym Membership.



  1. January 29, 2019 / 3:15 am

    I have made many of these same mistakes.

    My biggest mistake was waiting till I was in my late 30’s before I got serious about working out. Then I jumped in to hardcore and paid for it with knee and back injuries. My advice would be “fitness is a marathon, not a sprint”

    • Natalie Rose
      January 29, 2019 / 6:54 am

      Thanks for your comment. Yes I can totally relate too much too quickly. But yes so true. Build up the strength and endurance daily and be proud of your results.

  2. January 29, 2019 / 9:17 am

    I knew iiiitttttt!!!!! Detox teas are up to no good. Thanks for sounding the alarm on them.

    • Natalie Rose
      January 30, 2019 / 5:34 pm

      Yes they are!! They are soooo bad and lots of women have actually fell pregnant from using them while using the pill. People need to do more research before taking such risks with their body

  3. January 29, 2019 / 9:42 am

    All of this kind of reminds me of me a bit. I’m 21 Y/O, but until now I have managed to do huge mistakes when it comes to weightloss, all starting when I was about 14 Y/O or so. Also, eating maybe once a day and getting ill all the time. I’m so happy to have left that part of my life in the past and now I have a healthy meal plan and workout routines and I’m happy to read this too to spread to word out on how things should really be! Great post!! 💜

    • Natalie Rose
      January 30, 2019 / 5:35 pm

      Thank you for sharing. It’s so important to do the proper research. I’m glad you’ve moved on from that part of your life now 💕

  4. January 29, 2019 / 12:46 pm

    Thank you so much for this post. It is so important to learn from fitness mistakes and sharing the info will help others avoid the same mistakes.

    • Natalie Rose
      January 30, 2019 / 5:36 pm

      Thanks for checking it out. Hopefully it does or just sheds some light on all the many fads out there

  5. January 29, 2019 / 1:36 pm

    Thanks for creating awareness, you’re right we’ve all had our fitness mistakes in the past, I was all about the fad diets but thankfully I learned through the years

    • Natalie Rose
      January 30, 2019 / 5:36 pm

      Glad to hear it 💕

  6. February 5, 2019 / 6:50 pm

    This is such an important message to share, I definitely agree with all of these points x
    It’s strange to think back to a time where you continued to make mistakes because you thought it would make you look better at least, even if it wasn’t healthy. So glad you’re sharing this, it’s exactly what our younger generation needs to be reading!

    • Natalie Rose
      February 18, 2019 / 11:06 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Yes it’s so true. I just hope my mistakes encourage others to not make the same. However it’s a personal journey.

  7. February 6, 2019 / 2:45 am

    It’s so hard to not fall for the quick fix stuff like detox tea -I know I did multiple times. Still working to find a good balance of movement I enjoy!

    • Natalie Rose
      February 18, 2019 / 11:04 am

      Your so right, its very easy to try a quick fix. I focus on what makes me happy. Good music and then you forget your even working out x

  8. dani
    February 10, 2019 / 10:21 am

    I wish you saw me nodding so many times while reading your article. This is what I would also tell myself about my weight loss journey that lead me to having psychological issues with food and body image.

    • Natalie Rose
      February 18, 2019 / 11:05 am

      So sorry to hear this. I hope your through the other side. Self love and care is so important. Focus on that rather then weight loss. xxx

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