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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

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

Why and how I started practicing yoga

Like my instagram followers probably already noticed, I am often busy practicing yoga lately. But why is that so suddenly? That I will tell you in this blogpost.

During the exams I suffer a lot from stress. I thought it would be a good idea to try to practice some yoga before I went to bed so I could become more relaxed. I followed @debbe_the_chocoholic on instagram for a while. She is often practicing yoga and I asked her if she maybe had some tips. She recommended me to do the Kino yoga beginner challenge and so I did. Unfortunately I only managed to do half of the challenge because I stopped after the exams. At the moment I have exams again and I picked up yoga again. I started the beginner yoga challenge again and I am more than halfway now. I enjoy it more and more and I think I will go for it this time.

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Not only did I wanted to become more relaxed, I also wanted to become more flexible. I never stretch after a training which is very bad (yes I know). I think stretching is just so boring. That’s why yoga seemed like a good solution. I noticed very fast that my flexibility increased.

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I also saw yoga challenges on instagram very often. It seemed nice to join one but I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to do the poses so I didn’t. Eventually I began joining the challenges on instagram. I am happy to tell you that there are always alternatives for beginners when something wouldn’t work for you. If you are doubting to participate in a challenge I would say: go for it!

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Another advantage of yoga is that you need a lot of strength. I didn’t expect a few poses would ask so much strength! Sometimes I feel all my muscles shaking.

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The last advantage yoga gives me are beautiful pictures! At first I was a little bit afraid that my followers wouldn’t like my yoga pictures but I think it’s an easy way to be original. I also think it’s nicer to post pictures on which I show something I can do than all the ‘I do weightlifting look at my muscles pictures’. I train on my own most of the time so most of pictures were mirror selfies.

Are you doubting to start practicing yoga? I would say: give it a try. You only know if you would like it if you try. By the way, don’t give up immediately because the beginning is always a bit harder. Give yourself a few weeks time.

To conclude I can say that I am sold. Yoga helps me to relax and I have the feeling I am becoming stronger and more flexible.

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) 

  • 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

How I lost 9kg

In this blogpost I will reveal how I was able to lose 9g(20lbs).

I started working out with the Bikini Body Guide from Kayla itsines. I didn’t follow her meal plan but I tried to eat especially no candy. I got results but after a while, it didn’t seem to work anymore. At my ‘heaviest’ I weighed around 66kg (I am 1m67). I was never really fat but still I felt very insecure. Eventually, I decided to begin with weightlifting and I bought a meal plan. I followed this meal plan for 2 months. I think I lost around 2kg (4,4lbs) in those 2 months. I also lifted weights and did cardio everyday. In the weekend unfortunately, I still binged quite often.

After following the meal plan for 2 months, I started with Flexible Dieting. I looked up everything myself about it. Flexible dieting has really helped me with portion control. I learned to find a good balace betweed healthy eating and enjoying an ice cream sometimes. I still binged but less and less frequently. I still lifted weights and did cardio six times a week. In August I eventually reached my goal weight (57kg/126lbs). I needed seven months to lose 9kg(20lbs). I know the scale is not a good method for everyone to measure your progress but for me it worked and I never really had problems with the number on the scale. I just knew about how much weight I had to lose to feel good about myself. I also kept being realistic and looked at my goals weekly and not in the long term. A lot of small goals, can lead you to one big goal the easiest!

My goal was to lose around 500 grams per week. Later, this became 300 grams per week. I chose very consciously not to lose weight fast. I did this because it was more attainable and because I was going for a lifestyle, not for a ‘quick fix’. There were weeks I didn’t lose weight or even gained weight but I never let myself be discouraged. Every 12-14 weeks, I also took a break for one week where I just tried to maintain my weight. It always gave me new motivation to go for it again. A break is also good to turn your metabolism on again, so you will lose weight more easily.

When I reached my goal, I was just going off for a holiday so this was ofcourse ideal. Unfortunately, on my holiday, I didn’t watch my food and I gained some weight again. Luckily I already knew how to get it off again. I tried to never let myself feel guilty because I ate too much or cheated too much because I would eat even more when I get down. Also, I never did ‘guilty cardio’. I thought it was important not to hang on to a bad feeling.

In January, I decided to try to gain weight for the first time so I would get more muscle. In the beginning, I thought it was a unpleasant thought because I was scared that all my work would have been for nothing and I would become ‘more fat’ again. Nothing was less true.  I already gained 4kg(9lbs) and actually, I don’t see that much of a difference. I look a little bit ‘fuller’ now but not like I used to be. I can now see that my body looks more muscular and more thight. I don’t feel less happy at all than when I weighed 57kg, maybe I even feel  better! I enjoy eating a lot, haing energy which I can use for my training and I love the fact that my muscles are growing. Losing weight can make you feel better about yourself but mental progress is at least equally important. It is important that you find your balance and that you don’t exaggerate with anything.

My process of losing weight was very slow but I didn’t have a problem with that at all. I found my way to a healthy lifestyle and that’s the most important thing for me. I feel so much better about myself now! Do you want help to achieve your goals? You can always ask me tips, I really like to help people!

Love,

Jana

 

Flexible Dieting/IIFYM: what? how? why?

In this post I will talk about the diet I am following namely Flexible Dieting. There exist a lot of misunderstandings around this term and there a lot of people who never even heard about it yet! That’s why I will try to explain as well as possible how it all works in this blogpost.

First of all, I want to get out all the misunderstandings. A lot of people think that Flexible Dieting is about eating as much unhealthy foods in your macros as possible. Nothing is less true! I will tell you more about this later.

What is it?

Flexible Dieting is a diet where you don’t need to hold on to a strict plan and where there is nothing you definitely can’t eat. If I tell people I follow a diet, they think I want to lose weight but it isn’t always like that. You can also follow a diet without the intention to lose weight. A diet can be just a way to live healthy and to maintain your weight or even gain weight (for example when you want more muscles). At this moment, I am gaining weight but in May, I will try to lose some weight again for summer.

How does it work?

First of all, I am going to tell you something about calories. Everyone burns calories and eats food that contains calories. When you want to lose weight, you need to eat less calories than you burn so when you want to gain weight, you need to eat more than you burn. Besides calories, you also have macronutrients. There exist three macronutrients namely carbs, fats and protein. You need to look how many  from each macronutrient you eat per day. For that, I use an app where I enter all my food and then it shows how much from each macronutrient you ate and how much of it you can still eat. Flexible Dieting is seen as a protein rich diet so you need to eat a lot of protein.

Why Flexible Dieting?

When I really started watching my food, I bought a meal plan from a coach. First of all, I found it very hard to follow the plan, especially on the weekend. On the weekends my parents cook and I didn’t like that I couldn’t eat with them. Secondly, I found I was often hungry which made it even harder to stick to the plan (now I am never hungry). Another thing that bothered me was that everytime I wanted to eat something that was not on the plan, I ended up eating a lot. I made a cheat day of a cheat meal or even a cheat week. Since I started doing Flexible Dieting, I binge less. I know I can eat everything (in moderation) so when I want to cheat sometime, I just put it in my app and I fit it in. When I know I can’t have something, I want it even more. Now, that I am doing Flexible Dieting, I don’t have that problem anymore. Flexible Dieting DOESN’T mean that you can eat whatever you want. It means that you still need to eat at least 80% healthy and healthy means mostly unprocessed food, and low in calories.

Hopefully you know a little bit more now about Flexible Dieting now. In this post, I didn’t tell you everything there is to know about flexible dieting but I just wanted to show how it works. Later, I will post on my blog about how you can get started. Questions? Don’t hesitate to comment or contact me!

Love,

Jana