Lately a lot of people have been asking how I got my results. I love answering each one of you, but telling the same story over and over again is getting a bit dull. So that’s why I’m just gonna write it down here on my blog.
As you might have read before, I gained a lot of weight in my gap year, to be a bit more precise; 7 kgs (15.4 pounds). Somewhere in the end of September/ beginning of october I decided to make some changes. I did not follow any type of program or diet, so what did I do?
First of all I turned around my whole diet (used as in ‘a healthy diet’, not as in ‘dieting’!). I’ve always been a very difficult eater, I practically don’t like vegetables at all. In my defense, this seems to be a family thing. Growing up on pizza’s and pasta worked for me and somehow I managed to keep a nice figure despite of all the junk food. This changed though as I got older and started to eat more and more. Half a year ago I realised that this wasn’t a healthy way of living and I had to change it. Not only did my figure suffer from all the unhealthy foods, but my general health suffered severely from the consequences.
Eating this badly wasn’t possible anymore when I changed to eating gluten and lactose free. (read more about that here) Not being able to eat most pre-made meals forced me to cook and really think about what I put into my meals. That I’m not a real culinary or divers eater doesn’t mean I don’t like food, I love it! Often I’d refill my plate not once but even twice. 3 giant portions for one girl, you can see what went wrong.
Concluding, what I did concerning my diet is eating healthier and eating less. When I say less I don’t mean starving yourself, that is no good at all! What is important though, is learning to stop eating once you’re full. I used to keep eating just because, sometimes the food wasn’t even good. Believe it or not but there is actually some truth in the serving sizes they put on your food packages. I used to look at them and laugh, who did they make this for? midgets? Nowadays I think twice before I stuff my mouth with food, am I hungry of just craving something tasty?
Changing how you eat usually doesn’t just happen overnight, it takes time. Making small changes might make you feel like nothing is happening but once they all add up you’ll see how far you’ve come!
As said above I did not follow a particular training program or train with a coach, I did everything by myself. On average I went to the gym about 4/5 times a week. Most of you are probably imagining me running on a treadmill for hours, sounds like a real horror story to me. As a matter of fact in these months I’ve spent, all together, about 30 minutes on a treadmill or any other type of cardio machine. Clearly cardio is not my kinda thing but you and I both know that I must have done something. I lifted weights.
Somehow many women seem to fear weights and even more, lifting them. Many think that lifting makes you big and manly, in reality though, it is a great way to burn fat and shape your body! I am definitely going to explain you guys later how this all works exactly. My gym sessions didn’t include extreme sweating, tomatofaces and death wishes. They were actually quite relaxed. The most important thing to succeed is dedication. You need to want it, but you also need to be willing to work for it.
I’m not going to lie to you, every one has their ups and downs. I committed to my workouts and ‘diet’ but of course I got of track some times. There has been a month that I didn’t even go to the gym once, there was christmas at which I ate a lot, there have been birthday parties with the most delicious cakes, etc. No one is perfect, neither am I. ‘cheating’ or doing different as planned won’t keep you from succeeding. What will though, is drowning in self sorrow afterwards, feeling like a failure and giving up. We are all human, we make ‘mistakes’, don’t beat yourself up just for having a bad day/week/month or whatsoever!
More information about how I trained exactly will follow! At this moment I am actually following the Kayla Itsines BBG which means that right now I am doing cardio workouts regularly. Really hoping that this hard work will pay off because I’m not enjoying jumping around like a kangaroo that much. If you have any questions please let me know, I’ll be happy to answer them!