I’m so excited to announce that I’ve been accepted as a This Girl Can Essex Ambassador! The ambassadors are a group of women who support the national and local This Girl Can campaigns to celebrate being active and to inspire others to get moving too!
To explain why I wanted to be a part of the campaign – here’s what I wrote in my application:
I’ve just stumbled upon the Essex This Girl Can Ambassador info online – someone I follow on Instagram was talking about the opportunity and I instantly thought it was something I’d like to be a part of!
I’ve been supportive the national This Girl Can campaign and often use the hashtag on my exercise related photos or blog posts. But until today I wasn’t aware we had an Essex version – I’ll be using those hashtag too from now on!
My name is Becky and I’m a 35 year old mother of 2 living in Colchester, I work in student welfare in a secondary school by day and blog about plus size body positivity, self-love and fashion in my spare time. I particularly enjoy dance and zumba classes and have recently joined a street dance “crew” so will be performing in a show with them this summer.
Here are a couple of my blog posts to give you an idea of my perspective of plus size and exercise:
I also tweet (@bixxboxx) and use Instagram (@veryhungryfaterpillar). My ethos is about exercise being fun and accessible for all. I do it because I enjoy it. Not necessarily to change my body shape or lose weight. I’d love to help contribute to inspiring others to get involved in exercise. I believe that as a 30 something ‘fattie’ who manages to find the time and the confidence to shake my bootie regularly (and enjoy it!) that I’d be the sort of person who could inspire others to get up and try it! I would also be keen to link this with my role in school to encourage some of our students to take part and enjoy exercise.
After years of hating my body and being embarrassed about exercising I’ve finally managed to have the confidence to get out there and try stuff. If by sharing my story I can inspire others to give it a try and see some of the benefits of exercise (and not just weight loss – it isn’t always a good motivator!) then I think this is worth a try!
I’m off to a celebration event in a couple of weeks to find out more about the campaign, network with other local ambassadors and pick up my Ambassador t-shirt! Hopefully then I’ll be able to share more with you.
But for now – crack open the Ferrero Rocher – I’m an Ambassador! 😄