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Fitness diary #3

This week, I felt very bad. This had to do mostly with my hormones and with exams. This bad period affected my food intake but luckily, it was going better already near the end of the week.

Nutrition

Friday evening I went to a restaurant with my boyfriend for his dad’s birthday. I calculated everything in properly during the day, I didn’t eat too much and I had 1100 calories left. It was impossible to calculate everything. I had no idea which sauces were in the dishes. I didn’t worry about it too much. If I stayed within 1100 calories? I have no idea!
Saturday, everything went well. In the evening, I ate a scoop of ice cream at the Lokerse Feesten as a cheat of the day.
Sunday I wanted to start the day well with protein waffles but they failed so badly that I gave up. I had been tinkering for at least an hour to get the mixture off the waffle iron. After that, I just made a cheat day out of it because in the evening, we were having guests and it was hard to calculate my macros again.
Monday I started the day well but at night (you can guess it already), there was a party at my friends parents and I felt really bad that day. There was the second real cheat day!
Tuesday, breakfast were left overs from the day before and I didn’t even try to calculate because it was too hard. I still didn’t feel really good mentally, that’s why I decided that I wouldn’t be too hard on myself (yes you’re right, third cheat day)!
When I woke up on Wednesday, I finally felt better. I didn’t have a morning mood (like I have regularly) so that was a good start already. I calculated everything in and in the evening, I could even calculate an ice cream in (and that was also my only cheat)!
Thursday, my macros were perfect again. I have confidence in it again!

Training

Saturday I started over the beginner yoga challenge from Kino. Because I am a little bit more experienced now, I did four videos.
Monday, I went to the gym with my boyfriend. I always think it’s nice when I have a companion to go train. We did a full body workout and I had a sick pump in my arms! We were both sore the next day. Tuesday, I did day 5, 6, 7 and 8 of th beginner yoga challenge. I notice some good progress already in comparison with the first time I did the videos, yippie!

Life

Like I said before, I did very bad mentally at one moment this week. I had crying fits and after that I often binged. You can guess it already: I suffered from my hormones. Next to that, the studying is resenting to me but I don’t want to give up. Still I have to remind myself sometimes that life doesn’t consist of studying alone. I have to learn to not let it offend me so much.

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Before and after my post workout shower

Goals next week

Next week I want to try to keep calm mentally. I noticed that yoga really helps me to controlF myself better in more difficult situations. I then think to myself ‘it’s not worth it to worry about it because that doesn’t take me anywhere’ and then I try to, in stead of fretting, think about something else.
I am going to try to stay within my macros but to me, my mental state is more important at the moment so I won’t worry about it too much if I don’t succeed for one day. I hope to go to the gym three times next week and to do yoga almost every day.

My week didn’t went very well but that means that next week can only go better! I go into the next week with a positive attitude!

Love,

Jana

Recipe healthy chili con carne

This week I could chose what we ate for dinner for once. Although my family thinks differently about it, I think that heatlhy eating can be at least just as delicious. That’s why I chose a bit heatlhier variant of chili con carne. And you know what? My family even liked it! (except my dad but I think that’s just on principle, haha).

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The macros for one portion with one wrap are: 575kcal 37p/72c/14f

What do you need (for two persons)

  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 175 grams ground chicken
  • 2 teaspoons paprica powder
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon pili pili herbs
  • 200 grams kidney beans
  • Sambal (optional)
  • Wraps or couscous

How do you prepare it?

  1. Cut the onion and the tomatoes in pieces and press the garlic.
  2. Bake the onion and the garlic until they are starting to colour.
  3. Add the ground chicken, the paprica powder, the nutmeg and the pili pili herbs and bake the whole until the ground chicken is not pink anymore.
  4. Add the tomatoes, the kidney beans and the white beans.
  5. Let the chili stew for about half an hour. Stir from time to time
  6. Add pepper and salt to taste.
  7. Mix evertything well and put the lid on it.
  8. Serve the chili eventual with wraps or couscous. Personally, I think it’s most delicious with a wrap. If you want the chili a bit more spicy like me, put a bit of sambal on it.
  9. Enjoy!

Love,

Jana

Fitness diary #2

This week went well. Unfortunately, I am still studying. Luckily, I finally went to the gym again.

Nutrition

Unfortunately, Monday wasn’t a good start. I went with my friend to the Lokerse Feesten (unplanned) and I ate churros there. Very delicious but this didn’t fit my macros. Still I think that you need to eat what you feel like from time to time when you go out with friends. So I consciously chose to eat the churros and just eat less the rest of the week. This went very well.

 

The bottom picture is a picture from when I ate salad before we went to the Lokerse Feesten.

Training

On Saturday I did the last yoga session of the beginner yoga challenge of Kino. Click here if you want to start as well. I began with the next classes the same day: the summer yoga course from Kino. These classes were only four days. Click here if you want to try it as well!
This week was also the end of the #backtobackbendz challenge. I loved the challenge but I think the level was a little bit too high for me.

 


On Tuesday I did a home workout from Abby Pollock. The workout was only half an our but it was super heavy! The next two days, I had a lot of muscle pain! Click here for the full workout.
Today, I finally went back to the gym. I did a full body workout. I was a bit afraid that I would have lost my strength because I didn’t go for weeks but luckily, I could still take the same weights! Only my triceps were a bit weaker.

Life

Mentally, I didn’t do very well this week. I need to retake a lot of exams and I hadd a meltdown, especially because I studied a lot during the year and my hard work was unrewarded. Still I didn’t sit in a corner and feel sorry for myself. I go for it. I used to binge when I felt bad but now I turn to yoga. It helps me feel more relaxed. This is very good progress for me because most of the time, a binge made me feel even worse.
Like I said, I went to the Lokerse Feesten with a friend. It was nice to say bye to my books for a moment and have a nice evening with my friend.
Another nice break was when I went to grab an ice cream with my boyfriend. I could never say no to an ice cream!
Today, I finally went back to the gym and it felt so good! Afterwards I went shopping with my mom. ‘You needed it during these hard times’, she said haha. She was right.

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Here you can see a picture of me with my new clothes (way too happy).

Goals next week

Next week, I think I am going to start over the beginner yoga challenge of Kino (Unless someone maybe knows something better I can do as a yoga beginner? Let me know!). I would love to become better so I still need to practice a lot. With my nutrition, I am satisfied. I want to try to look at my carbs and fats now because I have the feeling I am on the right track again. Next to that, I want to try to stay within my macros but in summer, I go out with my boyfriend or friends unplanned from time to time so I don’t think it’s a bad thing to go over my macros then and to compensate on other days.
I want to try to go to the gym a few times next week. During the exams I often do a home workout but I noticed that I really miss the gym. I really need a moment like that for myself (physically Γ‘nd mentally) and it feels good to go outside sometimes.

Conslusion: my week was ok but not super well. It will be better next week!

Love,

Jana

How I stayed fit during the exams

Yesterday I finally went back to the gym. Of course I was a little scared that I would have lost some muscles but you know what? I could lift just as much weight at each excercise and it even went very fluently! Why that is, I explain you in this blogpost.

For me, exams go before everything. Still I try to stay healthy and to work on my fitness when I can. Because I stayed home and the gym isn’t around the corner, I only went three times in a month. So what did I do to stay fit?

I think the most important thing during the exams is eating healthy. Not only because I wouldn’t lose my shape I worked so hard for but also because I feel way better then. Your brain should better get the right nutrition as well. In the beginning of the exams, I tried not to track. My goal was to maintain my weight or lose a bit if I could. At first, I studied at my boyfriends and I was losing weight slowly but when I came home, it went wrong. At my home, they eat way unhealthier than at my boyfriends. That’s why I started gaining weight quiet fast and that’s not what I wanted. I decided to start tracking my food again. Like that I could join dinner without gaining weight and I just watched my food during the day. Tracking was also useful because I could lose a bit of weight before we go on our holiday because who doesn’t like looking good on holiday pictures? I mostly watched my calories and not my macros because exams are hard enough already.

Next to eating healthy, I also stayed active. For me it’s always a bit searching what kind of sports I will do during the exams. I love going to the gym but I can’t run because I have a bad knee. I train at home sometimes but I get tired of it quickly. In the gym there are way more possibilities of course. When I do a training at home, I also miss having a goal a bit. Like you could read in my previous blogpost, I practiced a lot of yoga. Next to that, I also swam a few times (my boyfriend has a pool). The last week of the exams I followed the POP Pilates workout calender from Cassey Ho (www.blogilates.com). I found this a lot nicer than the normal trainings I do at home. If I had discovered the calender a bit earlier, I would probably have done mainly POP Pilates during the exams. Luckily I was able to go to the gym three times on days I had an exam in the morning. After an exam it’s always time to relax for me! By not neglecting my fitness completely, I was able to maintain my strength.

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Staying fit during the exams isn’t always easy but it isn’t super hard either. It’s mostly important to find a good balance. There were a lot of days I didn’t do anything. I did yoga almost every day but working out not very often. When I had the time and I wasn’t too tired, I still tried to do a workout. Healthy eating isn’t always easy because I used to eat a lot whenever I had stress. Luckily I broke off that habit a bit already. Of course I want to say ‘fuck it’ during the exams and just eat what I want but I know now that that’s not what will make me happy. Some weeks I ate a little unhealthier and some weeks I ate very healthy and I am satisfied with that. During the exams, not everything needs to go perfectly but I think it’s important that I watch my health a bit. No one wants to be sick or tired all the time during the exams, right?

To conclude I can say that I find it important to find a balance between staying healthy but not to obsess about it too much so you can focus mainly on your exams. By training now and then and eating heathy, I feel better and that’s why I didn’t lose my strength as well.

Love,

Jana

Healthy sweet ice coffee

With the warm weather I sometimes need something cold. That’s why I make ice coffee sometimes. Delicious and low in calories! In this blogpost I share the super simple recipe with you.

Macros for one cup: 94kcal 10c/3f/7p

What do you need? (For 1 person)Β 

  • 1 ice tube tray (for 6 ice tubes)
  • 1 big espresso
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Stevia fluid

How do you make it?

  1. Put the espresso in the ice tube tray. Let everything cool down and put the ice tubes in the freezer.
  2. When the ice cubes are frozen, put them in a big cup.
  3. Pour the milk over the ice cubes.
  4. Put 4 drops of stevia in the milk (I prefer my ice coffee very sweet but of course you can put less or more stevia in it).
  5. Wait a moment until the ice cubes have melted a little bit and drink up! When I finished my ice coffee and my ice cubes are not fully melted yet, I put milk in it again so I can drink 2 ice coffees.

I hope you find it delicious!

Love,

Jana

Throwback FIBO 2017

Like most of you will know I went to FIBO for the first time two weeks ago. In this blogpost I will write what I thought of it.

Last year I already wanted to go to FIBO but I wasn’t into bodybuidling for a long time yet and I didn’t even know (or I knew too late) that FIBO existed. I was still a little jealous when I saw that other people met their fitnessidols on FIBO. That’s why I decided that I would go the next year.

I was looking forward to this fitness event for some time. I expected it to be very big. I went to FIBO especially to be able to meet my idols but I didn’t plan to stand in line for someone for a long period of time. I think those people are still normal people. Standing in line for hours to be able to meet someone once I think is a little bit too much. That’s the reason I didn’t go to Michelle Lewin. I also was a little afraid to be disappointed because my fitness idols might be feeling better than everyone else in real life. Luckily, this was not the case.

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The people I went to were Denice Moberg, Jessica Lauren and Anniek Van Keulen. I was expecting that I would have to queue for Denice but apparently, this was not the case! I thought Denice was really super sweet and cute. She even gave me a protein bar! Next to that, she put a picture from us together on her instastory with a heart and a little video where you could see me.
Like you see I am with Jessica and Anniek in one picture. Maybe it sounds a little weird but when I wrapped my arm around them, their waistes felt so tight! They looked amazing. After I had taken a picture, I told them I follow them on instagram and I thanked them for the motivation they give me on a daily basis. They reacted very friendly.
There were other people I wanted to meet as well like Nochtli, Savannah Prez and Yanita Yancheva but apparently, I just missed them all three.

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Next to my fitness idols, there were of course a lot of boots with whatever that has to do a even a little bit with fitness. I wanted to buy something from MyProtein and GymQueen but unfortunately, both boots were way too busy when I passed by. At Gymshark I maybe wanted to buy something as well but unfortunately, almost everything was sold. FIBO was very big but actually less big than I expected. In a few hours we had really seen everything and we quicly went to The Cologne Cathedral.

Do I want to go back next year? No doubt! One day certainly is enought but I am very happy I went. When I a home again, I really afterglowed for a little bit. Especially because I met some of my fitness idols. I suddenly had even more motivation to go for my goals, certainly now when I had been able to see in ‘real life’ what you all can accomplish if you work hard. In the past, I never understood how people can be so obsessively fan ofΒ someone but now I understand a little bit better. My idols accomplished things that I would really want to accomplish and it’s so motivating to see. I find it even more motivating when they even seem to have a nice character in real life.

Conclusion: I enjoyed it. See you next year, FIBO!