A Change of Diet + 3 Recipes

Hi guys! Welcome to a new blogpost!

The last few weeks I have been very frustrated with myself. I’ve worked my butt of (literally haha) and I’ve eaten a lot healthier the past few months and it has brought a lot of change, but it hasn’t changed in a certain area. I really really want to get rid of my muffintops and lower belly fat. It’s so hard for me to get rid of it because the fat has been there for such a long time and it just doesn’t want to disappear. After doing a lot of research I found out that If you want to attack that area of your body, you really need to cut carbs. This was devastating news for me since I’m a carb addict. But, I really want to reach my goals this summer and I figured that feeling good about myself is better than pasta and bread every day. So I decided to give HIGH FAT LOW CARB a try. It’s also called KETO DIET but I don’t like the word KETO and I hate the word Diet. Some of you guys might know this, but I’d like to see my eating as a healthy lifestyle that makes me happy and healthy, not as an obligatory diet. You guys might be wondering what is this?

Your body needs energy to survive the day. It needs energy to for example get your heart to pump. Most of the time your body gets it’s energy from carbs such as bread, pasta, rice,… But too many carbs are not good for your body and that means that your body won’t  burn the fat that you hate so much to produce energy. It has enough from the carbs that you gave your body. When you cut the carbs and eat good fats instead, such as salmon and avocado, your body won’t get enough energy from the carbs! It’ll have to look for another resource… FAT! Instead of eating carbs, you eat more protein and good fat. Your body will learn to turn fat into energy! That means that if you eat less than your maximum calorie intake (in my case less than 1600), your body will have to use the belly fat and all of the fat that you hate to turn into energy!! Calorie deficit => Body uses fat storage from f.e. muffintops => body has energy again!

I was very very sceptical about this at first but since I saw a lot of people recommending this and since you need to cut carbs to get leaner, I decided to give it a try. Abs are made in the kitchen after all aren’t they! Last week I started this experiment! I found a lot of fun recipes and started to not eat bread during lunch! The carbs were also nowhere to be found during dinnertime. Instead I ate more olive oil, avocado, salmon, chicken with mayo, cheese, … After only one week, I’m already seeing a lot of difference. I’ve lost 1 kg already and I’m not bloated anymore, just no bloating to be seen anywhere. :O I also feel very light and my digestion is a lot better. At first it was hard to not eat bread, but if you eat something nice instead it’s not that hard! it’s actually very delicious and I look forward to lunch a lot more than I did before because know I need to be creative with my food and I love that.

These are a few of the recipes that I tried:

LUNCH

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For Thomas I made a Salmon Carpaccio. This is what you’ll need.

  • a sufficient amount of salmon, smoked or not
  • 1 avocado
  • home made mayonaise (you can find a lot of recipes online)
  • 1 spoon of mustard
  • olie oil
  • apple cider vinegar
  • pepper and slat
  • a few drops of soya saus

For me I made myself some Mozzarella and tomato! Not hard at all!

  • mozzarella balls
  •  small tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • basilicum oil
  • apple cider vinegar
  • olive oil
  • pepper and salt

I also made this recipe! It’s a very delicious chicken salad! I also added mango to it, which is not seen in the photo.

  • 1 onion
  • 3 tablespoons of dill
  • 1 rib of celery
  • 200 g pp cooked chicken
  • homemade mayonaise
  • mustard
  • pepper
  • salt

This was very good! I recommend to grill the chicken instead of cooking it!

  • minced beef/pork mix (500 g for 2 people)
  • 2 bags of cheddar
  • taco seasoning
  • a tan of tomato cubes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bag of cauliflower rice (Albert Heijn)
  • 2 avocado’s + salt + pepper => guacamole
  • salt + pepper for the minced beef
  1. grill the onion until they are golden
  2. add the beef
  3. add the tomatoes and the taco seasoning, let that cook for 3 minutes
  4. add the cauliflower rice and cook for 5 minutes
  5. put everything in an oven casserole
  6. top it all of with some cheddar and put it in the oven for about 10 minutes
  7. make yourself some guacamole to add to your dish

This was very good and I was very full very fast.

I’m looking forward to how this kind of eating will continue to influence my body.

My Fitness Journey: Update 2.2

Hi guys! Welcome back to another update blogpost. I decided to give you guys an update every month instead of every two weeks because that way I could tell you guys even more and show you if it worked or not! 

Food

These are the things that I changed up in my diet the last few weeks. I have to say, honestly, that I have had my difficulties and cravings from time to time. I sometimes also caved and ordered a very carb filled pasta. And every time I did this I felt good at the time of eating it but afterwards I felt so bloated and sometimes I even had a little stomach ache. I’ve noticed that last week that when I ate something not too healthy I felt a little sick and I slept so bad! So I guess that means that my body is getting used to the healthy food and doesn’t want anything else anymore haha. So, I’m basically doing the same things as I posted in my previous blogpost. These are some other things I’m doing:

  • I’m still not drinking any soda. I do sometimes drink cola zero, mostly in weekends, but I try not too! 
  • I’ve been implementing more fruit and different kind of vegetables such as broccoli. I have noticed that this makes me feel more energized and it tastes very nice with the right kind of seasoning. 
  • I have been trying to only eat one meal with carbs every day. Yes, that means that I have been eating something else besides bread as a lunch sometimes. (f.e. a salad) I also only eat whole grain foods and spelt everything. This makes me feel less bloated and it helps me to not get hungry to fast. Sometimes I eat bread as a lunch but I eat a big salad with chicken for dinner. 
  • I’ve been eating a lot more apples again. I feel like this really helps me with my cravings and it activates my intestines which helps me burn more fat.
  • I’ve been drinking 1,8L to 2L of water every day. I read that if you eat a lot of salt you need to compensate with drinking more water (’cause I will NOT be giving up my salt). At first I had to go to the toilet every 5 minutes, but now my body is used to it and it kind of craves water?
  • I told you guys before that I’ve been doing intermittent fasting. ( not eating between 20:00 and 12:00). This has been hard sometimes because my belly tends to make a lot of noise in class in the morning. But I noticed that when I drink a coffee when I’m feeling hungry, my belly goes to sleep again. So this is what I’ve been doing for “breakfast”
  • I’ve also not been depriving myself. If I want a donut real bad, I’ll just have one. But I decide that that’s going to be the only donut for a week. I want my body to be happy, so if it wants a donut I’ll give it one. But I just try to limit it and count all of my calories so that I don’t go overboard (I eat around max 1700 calories a day when I work out, 1600 when I don’t work out)
  • CHICKEN is my best friend at the moment. I really need my proteins to gain muscle and it’s just soooo good! You have different kind of chicken (Italian, thai, …) in Albert Heijn and they are really delicious! 
  • I’ve declined my pasta intake. This is the hardest thing ever because I’m a pasta addict but I do notice that I’m less bloated. When I do eat pasta it’s a whole grain version and a not too big portion. 
  • I’ve been baking everything in cocos oil and adding apple cider vinegar to everything that tastes nice with it. 
  • Greek yoghurt is my go to when I have a craving. It’s so healthy and it also helps to recover your muscles! 
  • I’ve also been NOT drinking too much alcohol. The only thing I sometimes drink is one glass of red wine which isn’t too bad for your body actually. 
  • DARK CHOCOLATE is my savior. I eat one little piece after my dinner to calm down the cravings and it’s just so delicious (and good for your brains as well!) 
  • I’ve also been eating a lot more healthy cheese such as feta and mozzarella. They have a lot of proteins in them and they fill you up very quickly!

 

Fitness

I’ve changed up my routing quite a bit.

  • I’ve been doing 30-35 minute cardio sessions instead of 20 minutes every time I go to the gym 
  • I’ve been trying to go 3 times a week + a blogilates workout at home 
  • I’ve been implementing HIIT sprints. That means that I take a very fast sprints (as fast as possible) for about 30 meters, than I walk back for 30 meters. I do this 10-15 times. This tends to attack your belly fat very hard!! Not only have I been doing HIIT sprints, but I have also been doing it on my machine in the gym. I go very hard for about 1-2 minutes (around 120 steps per minute, heart rate around 180, resistance around 7,8), then I go really slow for about 2-3 minutes (85-90 steps per minute, resistance around 4-5, heart beat around 155-160). Mostly when I notice that my heart rate has calmed down and that I don’t have any problems working on the machine, I start going hard again. I do this for about 30 minutes! (it burns 330-340 calories)
  • When I do blogilates I mostly do 3 videos and then 2 Ab videos (f.e. ultimate fat burn workout)
  • After my cardio routine, I do one of three muscle groups
    • My butt routine 
      • 40 seconds on, 15 off: kickbacks (one set on each leg)kickbacks
      • 40-15: fire hydrants (one set on each leg)
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      • 40-15: heel kicks (one set on each leg)
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      • 40-15: bridges (2 times)
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      • 40-15: squats
      • 40-15: lunges 
      • 40-15: narrow squat step back
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      • 40-15: reversed lunges
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      • 40-15: squat to sidekick left + sidekick right
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    • My leg routine (I’ll explain this one to you guys in the next update!)
    • My muffintops routine (check out my previous update!)

After all of this I do my AB routine! I try to variate between all of my moves from time to time but these are a few of my favorites: (I’ll be making a video about my ab routine soon!) 

 

 

Before After! 

1 month difference:

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2 month difference:

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As you guys can see, I lost some belly fat and my muffintops/saddlebags have melted away a bit more! I have a lot more definition in my belly and muscle in my legs/butt! I feel so much stronger and healthier, and I’m not going to stop!! 

If you want some more information on what I eat in a day/what I do in the gym you can always check out my youtube channel: LauraLynnsWorld! Don’t forget to subscribe there and leave a follow om my blog as well. 

 

Greets

Laura

 

My Fitness journey: Update#2.1

Hi guys

I told you I would give you guys an update on my Fitness journey every two weeks, so here I am! Today I’ll talk to you about what I ate the past week and what I did in the gym in general. I’ll also give you guys my muffintop workout. I still feel it on my sides while I’m writing this haha. I won’t be writing a lot about the first week because I had a lot of difficulties at the beginning. Thomas didn’t have any time to go to the gym and I didn’t want to go alone, but I was also very lazy. I also wanted to eat salty and fatty things constantly. Not good. The second week I decided to just go for it, and I did!

Fitness.
This week I went to the gym on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. 

Week 1 (Tuesday) Here I did a lot of cardio and some of the weight machines for my legs and butt. My entire routine is described below.

Monday: Today was a big cardio day. 20 minutes on the space walker ( this is what I call the machine because I don’t know what the real name is haha). If you want some more information on this machine go check out one of my previous blogposts. I killed myself on this one for about 25 minutes. I also tend to do little walks/stairs on the machine. When I do this I don’t move with my arms and push the machine downwards. As if you’d walk up the stairs. This really activates your glutes. After this I decided to attack my legs. I used every single leg machine in the gym and put it on weight +- 30 kg. 15 times and 10 tiny pulses each time. Then I wait for about 20 seconds. I did this 4 times in total on every machine. My favorite machine is the leg press! I also have a lot of leg exercises you can do at home and I’ll make a separate blogpost about this! After the muscles I did a cool down on the treadmill. I walked uphill (slope: 8) and with a speed of 5,5 for about 10 minutes.

Tuesday: Today it’s time to sculpt my butt. I have a very nice butt routine that I combine with the two machines they have for your butt in the gym. But first it’s time for a cardio session on my favorite machine: Space Walker. I did this for about 20 minutes. After that I started with my butt routine. I have an entire list of exercises that I go through and I do each one for about 30 seconds with a 20 second pause. I do it in a HIIT kind of way so that I activate my metabolism whilst training my muscles. I will describe this routine in my next blogpost since I will be describing my muffintop routine in this one! After that I do my ab routine. This routine I do like my butt routine, 30 seconds on 20 seconds off. I’ll be explaining my ab routine on my vlog very soon! 

Thursday: Time to shred those muffintops. First some cardio, as per usual, but after that it’s time to handle those love handles and muffintops. I also like to do this one 30 seconds on, 20 seconds off. I’m planning on leveling everything up to 40 seconds on, 20 seconds off though. These are the exercises I like tried this week and I have the feeling that they really worked. 

  1. Star abs: 30 seconds on, 20 seconds off. As many as possiblestar-abs-1-1.jpg
  2. candle stick dippers: Really love this one! On each side 30 seconds on, 20 seconds off (or 40/20 is you want to go more advanced)
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  3. knee to elbow crunches
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  4. Russian twists with 2 kg weight (if you are a beginner I would start with 0,5 kg or 1)
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  5. heel touches
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  6. toe touches: But I like to do it a little different => in stead of touching both toes at the same time, touch left than right than back to left. That way you activate your sides more!
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  7. Dumbbell side bend (30 seconds on, 20 seconds off on each side)
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  8. side lying rotation 
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After this I did a 10 minute cool down as I described before. I ended with my ab routine! 
I also try to take the stairs as much as I can instead of the elevator! 

I’m planning on doing a blogilates routine sunday. I love doing PIIT videos. If you want more information on the videos I like to do go check out this video!

Food.
Food is the most important thing when you want to loose weight! 80% of your healthy lifestyle must consist of healthy foods. These are a few things I changed in my diet the past weeks. If you want some specific recipes go check out my youtube channel and my week vlogs. In these I show you what I eat in a day!

  • I stopped drinking soft drinks, that includes Cola Zero! I really don’t like the way my belly feels when I drink too much fizzy drinks and I get a very bloated feeling every time. I started drinking water everyday and I noticed my belly being less bloat-y and it made me drink even more water, which is very good for your diet! 
  • I implemented more proteins in my diet! I started to eat a lot of chicken and other ingredients with a lot of proteins in them. You can always look this up on google and find a lot of different kind of foods with a lot of proteins. These are good to build muscle and very healthy. In general that means that I eat HIGH PROTEIN, LOW CARBS! But not NO CARBS because your body needs energy that comes from carbs and it’s just not healthy to never eat carbs!  
  • I bought some Whey Protein and I’m going to start drinking a protein shake from time to time to get very lean and to not loose my muscles to fast! 
  • I started to eat ONLY whole grain versions of food. No plain pasta but whole grain pasta or pasta made from lentils! Whole grain cous cous and rice, … Your body needs to work a lot harder to digest these kind of products and that means your body burns more fat whilst doing it. It boosts your metabolism and you get hungry a lot less.
  • I started to take my apple vinegar pills again, every morning.
  • I decided to do some intermittent fasting in the morning. That means that you don’t eat anything until it’s lunch, for example. That way your body is going to use fat to for example digest your food instead of the energy from your breakfast. 
  • I try to calorie count my food intake. This way I can track how many proteins and fat my body gets every day. I track this with the app called “Food”. I eat about 1600-1700 calories a day MAX.
  • I stopped snacking after 20:00. 
  • I introduced a cheat day to each week. This day I can eat whatever I want. This tends to boost your metabolism and that means you burn more fat. This week my cheat meal was a big bowl of BOCCA PASTA. SOO GOOD! 
  • I’m also planning on implementing more vegetables and fruit to my diet!
  • A VO CADOOOO  and other healthy fats such as nuts!
  • I’m planning on eating more greek yoghurt as a snack because I really like it and it’s so good for you!

In general:
As I said in a previous post, I try to see this as a new lifestyle instead of a diet. It’s just not healthy to see it as a diet and you won’t be able to continue this lifestyle if you see it as a restriction, not mentally and not physically. In the beginning I had a lot of difficulties. I craved so much fat, burgers, pasta, pizza, chocolate… But I just had to get through it. Sugar is an addiction and you need to not eat any to stop craving it.

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These are my very first before-after photos. As you might see my muffintops and love handles had decreased in size and my muscles are a little bit more visible. My belly fat is beginning to decline. My but is a lot more lifted since I’ve began fitness-ing again and I love it! In general I feel a lot healthier. My bowls began working in a healthy way again and I noticed that a lot. I feel very good mentally and I’m starting to get my energy back. I’m excited to see what the next few weeks will bring! 

If you have any more questions you can ask me on Instagram @lauralynnsworld or in the comments! 

Greets 

Laura

 

 

 

 

Our Greece adventure itinerary!

Hi guys! 

Since a lot of you have asked me what I’m going to do in Greece and where I’ll be going, I decided to make a big blogpost about it! I’m going to tell you guys day by day what we’ll be doing and seeing. If you have any tips for restaurants or cafés, let me know in the comments! I’ll add a little compilation of photo inspo to each destination we’ll be visiting!

Day one to three: Athens
Athens will be our first stop! We decided to stay here for about two and a half days. It’s our first stop and we won’t be hiring a car yet. We want to just take it all in. This is the capital of Greece and you can see a lot of cool things here. The Acropolis being the biggest attraction. I’m a big fan of history and culture. I just love old things and imagining people from the old times walking around in certain places. This will be so beautiful! You also have a lot of other things to visit such as the Parthenon. Me and Thomas love strolling around in a city and getting to know it as well as possible so we’re planning on walking around a lot in the different neighborhoods, Plaka being one of the most beautiful ones. A lot of pictures will be taken here people. We also want to eat until we die on this trip so this will be a big part of our Athens adventure. I also would love to do some shopping and strolling around in the markets and we’ll have plenty of time for everything.

Day 4: Epidaurus, Corinthe and Nafplio.
After our great Athens citytrip it’s time to hop into the car and start our epic roadtrip. Our first stop is Epidaurus! Also here we’ll be able to imagine how the old greek lived. One of the most beautiful things to see here is a very nice and beautiful old theatre. 

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After visiting Epidaurus, we’ll be heading towards Corinthe. Here we’ll be visiting Ancient Corinth. This is a very nice archeological site. Today we can see ruins from temples to baths. To end our day we’ll be heading to Nafplio. This is a very beautiful city by the coast and it’s just the most romantic thing ever! We’ll be arriving here around 16:00 so we’ll probably stroll around a little and eat some delicious food.

Day 5: Nafplio to Mycenae to Sparta
Waking up in a beautiful, cosy and instagramworthy little beach city. Our plan is to walk around by the beaches and take a plunge in the sea. We’ll also be taking a lot of instagrammable photos and eating our butts off! After our mini beachbreak it’s time to drive to Mycenae. Here we find a big archeological site which used to be a military stronghold. As I said before, I LOVE archeology and ancient stuff so I’ll enjoy this A LOT!
After our jump back in time we head to Sparta. THIS IS SPARTA! It sounds like a very impressive city but it actually isn’t that big. There isn’t a lot to see here but it’s so legendary. It happened to be a 20 minutes drive from our next destination so we decided to pay this legendary place a visit!

Day 6: From Mystras to Olympia
Today we’ll be visiting a very big archeological site! We’ll be needing 4 hours to see everything so it will possibly be an early morning. 

After this and some food to fuel up (and maybe a car fuel up as well haha) we might be heading to some awesome waterfalls. We’re not sure if we’ll be doing this because it’s a little detour, but it looks so pretty and I think some refreshment will do us good. They are called the Polylimnio waterfalls and yes you can swim in them! 

We’ll end our day in Olympia, have some amazing moussaka and go to bed because the next day is going to be awesome! 

Day 7: Olympia.
You might think of the olympics when you hear this name and actually this is the place where the very first Olympic games took place!! WHAT!? That’s crazy and you can visit some insane ruins and shit here. It’ll be epic. After lunch we’ll be heading towards Delphi. Getting our bellies filled with fried greek deliciousness and strolling around a bit but then straight to bed for our next adventure.

Day 8: Delphi and Meteora
Delphi used to be one of the most visited oracles of Greece. Legend says that the oracle was made by the god Apollo. It’s situated on and between the mountains and looks amazing. The legend and history of this place makes me so happy and I’ll be so excited to visit this incredible ruin. 

Next up: Meteora. It’s time to get our legs moving and our hike skills activated because this is one of the most epic places to hike that I have ever seen (on photos at least). There are six monasteries that are built on immense natural pillars and you can do a big breathtaking hike to see all of them! 

Day 9/10: Meteora to Thessaloniki
The day after we’re planning on getting up early and hiking to see a sunrise! Or we’ll just do another hike in the area. After a lunch we drive to Thessaloniki. The second biggest city in Greece! It looks so pretty and yes you can do some shopping here. There are a lot of fun activities to do here so we’ll be staying here for 2 nights.

Day 11/12: Island time!
Big drive to Athens and hop on the ferry because it’s time for some island madness. Our first stop: Mykonos. One of the most famous Greek islands so we can’t skip this one. It’s famous for its white beaches, beautiful houses and nightlife. It’s time for us to relax here and soak up some beach, sun and cocktails. We’ll be gorging on so much food on these islands, you won’t even believe it. Chill mode is on!

Day 13/14: Paros
This is also a very beautiful island but slightly less touristic! We’re planning on renting a scooter here and discovering the island! Also some beach action and food madness will be present. And oh! A lot of Instagram footage will be shot here haha :p.

Day 15/16: Santorini
To end our Greek adventure in style, one of the most beautiful islands in Greece: Santorini. You have probably seen it all over instagram already and there’s a reason for that. The island is just so breathtaking! From the houses to the streets to the beaches. The perfect end of our amazing trip! Eating ourselves in a food coma while burning in the sun for the last 2 days and then it’s time to head home. 

ET VOILA! That’s our itinerary! I hope you guys got some inspiration and you can always give me some extra tips in the comments!! 😀 

XOXO

Laura

My fitness journey. PART TWO. The beginning.

Hi guys!

As you guys might remember, last year I started my FIRST fitness journey. I blogged about everything. The hard parts and the tips, everything. This year I’m ready to take it to the next level. I think this is the year that I will accomplish my dream body goals. I will not only look better (my abs will be visible guys) but I will feel better than ever. I noticed that working out and being healthy has a very good effect on my mental health. And so, I’m also ready to feel happier than ever this year! You guys might have a few questions so I’ll break down the game plan and starting point.

My goal: I don’t really have a weight goal. I don’t know what my ideal weight would be so I’m not setting a weight goal. I’m setting a body goal. I want to look tight everywhere. My belly fat needs to be gone and my abs need to be a little visible. I want the side lines and maybe the middle line to be visible (I don’t want to see the SIX PACK as in 6 cubes). My muffintops need to be very very gone. I want my legs and butt not to be extremely skinny, but to be muscly and also tight. And NO, I do not mean female bodybuilder type legs. This means that I want to lose weight but also that I want to gain muscle. This might, hopefully, help fight my cellulite aswell. I also want a little bit of muscle in my arms but not too much. And most of all, I want to feel healthy, have a better endurance and be happy with myself. This is the year I will make it happen

My training: At the moment I’m doing “blogilates” on youtube. I was doing the 30 day AB challenge but I had to stop because my exams were too much work. From tomorrow I’ll be continuing the ab challenge. I’m also doing a lot of body weight exercises (squats, lunges, …) and HIIT exercises. Usually I do a combination of HIIT and Pilates (around 3 to 4 videos). When school starts again, I’ll be going to the gym. My plan is to do some cardio for around 30 minutes, after that some weight exercises (with the gym weight equipment) for either my legs or my butt, a small PIIT (pilates intense interval training) exercise (15 min) and to finish I’ll end with some ab exercises (around 15 minutes). I’m planning on doing this AT LEAST 3 times a week. In the weekends I’ll do some blogilates.

My food: I’m planning on cutting a lot of the carbs. I know, how can one live without PASTA? I’ll be changing it up with pasta made from lentils for example. I will also not eat any more white bread, white rice or white couscous. It’ll all be whole grain from now on. I can not give up my bread because I love it so much and that would make me unhappy, so I’ll change it up with whole grain and a salad from time to time (lunch). I’ll also be making a lot more healthy fat (avocado, salmon, …) recipes, vegetables and good meat (mostly chicken, lamb, …). To change it up I’ll be having a cheat day every week. This quicks up your metabolism and I just need a pizza from time to time. I also tend to drink only water and no more (or less) cola zero. More fruit, no more eating after 20:00, every morning starting with a breakfast and no more in between snacks (unless it’s a fruit snack or a whole grain snack). Alcohol will be kept to a minimum.

My mindset: I’ll be doing everything to make myself happy this year. Being healthy is going to be a part of that. I want to change my lifestyle completely, not go “on a diet”. I want to be healthier, feel healthier and eat healthier. I’m also going to be more active and I’m going to try and not lock myself up in my house to much.

I want to reach my goal in July.

This is what I’ll be doing, in a nutshell, for the next months. I’ll keep you guys updated with “update blogposts” and “before after pictures”. I think I’ll be trying to post every two weeks. I’ll share my tips, food diaries etc. you will be able to watch how I make this all work from day to day (f.e. how I make my recipes, how I do my workouts) on my youtube channel. I’m vlogging every week and posting a week-vlog every sunday. You can also follow me on Instagram to not miss out on any small tips and workout ideas (@lauralynnsworld) I hope you guys will join me in this journey and that you’re ready to go for it! LET’S DO THIS!

youtube: http://www.youtube.com/c/LauraLynnsWorld

 

Christmas Wishlist 2018

Hi guys! 

As a tradition it’s time to write a blogpost about what I’d love to have for Christmas. I have a very big list this year so hold on to your reindeers! Hopefully you can get some inspiration if you don’t know what to ask for yet!

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As usual I would love to have some Lush bathbombs! I always love to get the christmas collection. It’s the perfect way to relax after a long day of studying during exams. A nice BODY OIL from RITUALS is also something I would love to have! 

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LAPTOP/IPHONE CASE 

I would love to have a cool laptop case to put around my laptop as a protection, but also a case to put my laptop in when I travel. I would love some marble/palmtree/instaworthy vibes on my laptop! And I also think it’s time for a new Iphone case! I love original cases that stand out but I haven’t had the time to look for one. Surprise me guys.

I really like the cases from the brand Wouf by the way :O

 

FITBIT ROSE BRACELET 

This is something small that I would really like to have. It can make my Fitbit Versa look a little bit more fancy! Not a lot of explanation needed on this item 🙂

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A LOT OF HOME DECO

Since I’m moving to Antwerp next year, I’m dreaming of a lot of deco stuff! And I really mean a LOT! These are some of the things I would love to find under my christmas tree! 

  • A cool Welcome Mat with a nice quote on it! 
  • A pretty velvet pouf in grey/brown/beige/dirty pink 
  • A vintage drinking cart! 
  • Some ceramic bowls 
  • Hip and cool placemats to eat food on 
  • A Nespresso machine 

Everything even remotely Scandinavian Dark brownish would me smile! 

GYM STUFF 

I go to the gym a lot, or I try to as much as I can (lol), and I would love to have a pretty girly gymbag in which I can keep my towel, gym card, earphones,… It can’t be too big tho. It needs to fit in my locker :). I would also love to have a new yoga mat with a cool quote on it to kill my abs on! I want the mat to be as thick as possible because I have a fragile back. Some cute girly weights to train my arms would be amazing too. Some gym clothes are also ALWAYS WELCOME! I really like the ones from gymshark and the new collection by sarah’s day on White Fox Boutique! OH. And maybe some chocolate whey protein. Okay that’s everything… I think :p

 

THE COMPLETE HARRY POTTER BOOKSET. 

Do I even need to explain this? In English obviously. 

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A NEW SMALL HANDBAG AND WALLET 

I would really like to have a nice winter-y new bag from Guess or Ted Baker. But I would love to have a new wallet even more! My old one is like… very old so it needs a replacement. And I mean a big wallet for all of my money… #IWISH

 

HP SPROCKET

This is just so cute! You can take it with you everywhere (in your purse or something) and you can print out little photos and hang them up and shit. I would really love to have this!

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ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH

This might sound to you as the lamest gift in the history of christmas gifts. But I would really like to have it so give me some slack.

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I think that’s all folks! I hope you guys enjoyed my wishlist and got some ideas yourself! Have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS SWEETIES 🙂 ❤ 

Oh! I forgot. Some jewelry like a cool necklace would be lovely. K that’s all. Bye.

Autumn Q&A

Hi guys! 

Normally, I was going to make a video in which I would answer all of your questions. But I thought it might be nice to make a blogpost about it for once! That way my English followers can also read my answers! So here we go! 

If there would only be one fruit left in the world for you to eat, which one would you pick? 
This one is soo hard!! I love fruit so much! But if I need to pick one, I think it would be strawberries. I really love the taste of them and combining them with some ice cream is just da bomb!

My favorite thing about fall?
Also a very hard question! Fall is my favorite season and that’s because of many reasons. I think I like the colors in Fall the most. I really love how the orange colors can make everything feel warm, even though it’s getting a lot colder. And I just LOVE wearing those colors as well! 

Have you ever loved someone else besides Thomas? 
Yes, I have had one other serious relationship in the past. I really loved him but we were too different and things took a very bad turn. I’m much more in love with Thomas though. I don’t think I could survive without him. 

Who are your favorite Instagrammers?
The instagrammers I look up to the most and who I really enjoy following are:
@xeniaadonts, @sarahsday, @leoniehanne, @debiflue, @jannid, @jonolsson, @doyoutravel, @limaswardrobe, @lottefeyen, @queenofjetlags, … But I also really like following celebs such as Lili Reinhart from Riverdale f.e. to follow their adventures! 

What is your dream job? 
My absolute dream job is to travel the world with my Instagram. I love creating content for you guys and making people happy through social media. It would be a dream come true to be able to live off that love of creating. Making vlogs and instagram photos for a living is hard, but I would be the happiest girl alive if I could pull it off one day. I do try to stay realistic though. I would also be very happy helping people with my psychology degree! I don’t know what the future will bring. Who knows… Maybe I’ll be able to partly do psychology and partly do Instagram one day? The future will tell I guess!

What’s your favorite clothing brand? 
I have a few. I really love Mango but I also really like Pull&Bear and Bershka. Every clothing store that has a very nice streetstyle/jeanswear collection but also has some very cute dresses/jumpsuits is a fav to me!

Do you live in a studio apartment in Ghent?
Yes, I do. But it’s the last year that I will be living in a small apartment. Next year, I’ll be moving to a bigger one with a separate room, kitchen, living room and desk area!! I’m so excited and I’ll be filming everything so that you guys can go through it with me!

Are you planning on studying something else after your masters degree in psychology?
I might opt for an extra degree in Psychotherapy. That way I can actually help people recover and give them therapy! I’m also thinking about a social media marketing degree, but I’m not sure about this yet at all. I don’t know where I’ll stand in life after the next two years, but I try to keep every option open! 

I always have problems organizing a trip? How do you do it? Where do you get your inspiration?
There have always been a lot of countries on my bucketlist. I try to write all of the options down and then me and Thomas go over all of the options. Is it expensive, what can I see there, how’s the food over there (I look on tripadvisor and such),… I always take a look at group tours for young adults on Gadventures or Intrepid. Or I try to calculate the costs of a solo trip with Thomas in detail. At the moment we’re thinking about Mexico or Croatia depending on budget and when I’ll need to start my internship. If you guys ever have any questions about planning a trip ,you can always send me a message on IG or an e-mail!

Do you know a nice shop for wollen sweaters? 
I think you can find some very nice ones in a Mango store/ And Other Stories store or maybe in a Monki store!

Describe yourself in one word? 
Dreamer.

Advice for Instagram growth? 
Try to be yourself and to differentiate yourself from other bloggers on Instagram. Try to be your beautiful, open and honest self and take your followers on a journey through your world. Try to create high quality content, try to post every day and try to find the perfect filter for your feed and personality. Make your personality reflect in your pictures and try to find original ways of creating content. Always try to improve yourself and ask yourself what you can do better. You also have to be active on Instagram. Like other people’s pics, comment on someone’s instastory or new photo, or follow people who you like. They might follow you back! ( don’t be a spammer tho 😉 )
I also think instastories are very important. It’s a way of showing your followers a behind the scenes of your life. Try to be as genuine as possible. If you’re naturally funny, be funny. If you’re not wearing make-up, don’t put it on for the gram. If you have a certain accent, don’t try to hide it. People see right through the fakeness. I think being real and original will get you super far, but you’ll also need to put the hard work into it. Try to shoot for new photos every week, try to find new places to shoot (new outfits to shoot), take high quality photos, try to find good captions, ask your followers questions, make good instastories every day. Always have your Instagram in the back of your head. If you’re drinking a coffee, you should immediately be thinking: “I need to take a pic of this that way in that angle” or “I need to make a Story about this amazing coffee!”. Followers won’t come by themselves. It takes a lot of work, creative thinking and dedication to get far on Instagram these days.  If you really work for it, you’ll get there. Just believe in yourself (and BE YOURSELF), do what you love and create what you want!

This was my Q&A! I hope you enjoyed it! If you have some other questions, you can always ask me on my IG. See you later babes!

 

Greets

LauraLynnsWorld