Foods that helped me lose weight!

Hi guys! Today I’m going to share with you the secrets behind the foods I’ve been eating during my new healthy lifestyle. They make me feel more fit, healthy and energized! They did not only help me lose weight and cellulite but they tasted very well! Here we go! You guys do need to keep in mind that there isn’t a magic trick that will help you lose weight. You need to adjust your lifestyle not only food-wise but you also need to incorporate workouts a few days a week! You can’t choose one of my food-tips and not change your unhealthy foodpaterns and think everything’s going to magically change. You need to just start eating healthy and nutritious foods.

  • A LOT OF WATER. Since I’ve changed my lifestyle, I’ve incorporated a lot of water in my life. It’s so healthy for literally everything you can think of! I try to drink at least 1,5 liters a day every day.
  • Green tea. Since I’ve been drinking this I’ve not only started to feel a lot more energized but I’ve noticed that it helped me lose some inches around my stomach. It also has a lot of other health benefits.
  • Apple cider vinegar pills. I’ve been taking these for a few weeks now and I’ve noticed that it really helps. I take the pills instead of pure vinegar because that could be very bad for your teeth. It helps boost your metabolism and it’s just so easy to do every day!
  • Apples. I’ve been eating a lot more apples because it boosts the function of your bowels. This is very good and that helps you to lose more weight. I switched to apples instead of cookies or other snacks! If you eat apples on top of unhealthy foods, it will not help you in any way!
  • Protein shakes and bars. This is also a new snack that I’ve been eating/drinking during the days. I do a lot of muscle training because muscle also burns fat and in order to let your muscle grow you need fuel. Fuel = Protein! BUT! Only eat or drink this if you work out on a regular basis and if you are building up muscle with your workouts. If you don’t do this and consume this type of food, it could have the opposite effect!
  • Every day for almost 2 weeks now, I’ve been eating an egg with some Spelt Bread in the morning. It’s full of protein and so good for your body! It also helps to keep the hunger away for a little while longer!
  • BEANS BEANS BEANS! They boost your metabolism, which helps you LOSE FAT! It’s also very delicious. You can make a healthy Chilli Con Carne for dinner and other bean recipes and you will certainly see the difference!
  • FISH. For a LONG time I didn’t like fish, but I’ve started to eat Tuna and Salmon the past month. It’s so good for your body and it’s also filled with protein. It contains of healthy fats and also boosts your metabolism. It’s very yummy in a salad or with some rice and vegetables! You can find a lot of different recipes online if you’d like to eat some more fish.
  • Chicken. I eat chicken almost every day. This is the food that has the lead role in my diet story.  It’s good for everything. Very nutritious, healthy and filled with protein yet again!
  • Olive oil and coconut oil. That’s what I’ve been using to cook my meals. It’s an easy change that can have a lot of effect! Leave the butter alone people!
  • My mom also makes a healthy variant of mayonaise with Apple Cider Vinegar to put on my healthy sandwiches (SPELT BREAD OR WHOLE GRAIN BREAD)
  • Dark chocolate. Whenever I’m craving something like candy I take a little piece of dark chocolate! It completely destroys my cravings and a little dark chocolate a day is very healthy.
  • Spelt everything. Spelt bread, Spelt Pasta, Spelt life. It’s way healthier than just plain white pasta!
  • Eat a lot of fruit! Especially before 16:00. It’s very good for your metabolism and for your body! Berries are a very good choice for example.
  • Greek yoghurt (natural) with some honey is one of my favorite snacks!
  • Avocado is just one of the best things you can eat when you’re trying to loose weight and above all of it’s health benefits, it’s extremely delicious aswell :O
  • Make everything a little spicier. It helps boost your metabolism which helps you lose more FAT

So that’s basically everything that has helped me in this journey. I hope my blogpost helped you guys a little and you can always ask me some other questions on my Instagram @lauralynnsworld!

See you next time babies

 

XOXO

LauraLynnsWorld

 

The Exam Survival Guide by Laura Lynn

Hi guys! It’s been a loooong time since I’ve posted. Yet again my apologies. But I have my reasons being studying and exams. Today I’ll be talking about my main tips to survive the exam period. It’s been a highly requested blogpost so here we go!

  • Put your phone aside! I know this is a very hard one but it’s the most important one of them all. Even tho you may not want to admit it, I bet that your phone is your biggest distraction during exams. I am 100 percent more productive when my phone is in the other room so that’s my number one biggest tip! You can only use it to watch my Live StudyBreak on Instagram at 16:00 every day. But that’s it guys!
  • Make a checklist. This is my number one strategy during exams. I make a very comprehensive checklist with all of the things I still need to do for a certain course. There’s nothing more fun than crossing of something of your to do-list during exams. It gives you more motivation and it gives you the feeling that you’re getting shit done and that you want to keep getting shit done. My checklist is very big, f.e. I make a checklist of how many pages I still need to read. 1-20, 20-40, … Each time I read 20 pages I can check of one of my to do’s! It’s great and it motivates me a lot! It also helps me to get an overview of what I still need to do. It helps me from panicking about what I still need to do and it helps me organize the chaos in my head. It also helps for procrastination! It’s a lot easier to finish a small task then to start with a big task that doesn’t seem to have an ending.
  • PLAN PLAN AND PLAN. Make a plan for yourself. If you need to finish those 50 pages that day, you will finish them because you need to finish something else tomorrow. It really motivates you if you have a plan because you’ll really want to stick to it! But don’t be to hard on yourself if you didn’t finish what you had to do that day because you’re still human and some days you’ll just have an off day.
  • Drink a lot of water. It not only helps you concentrate more because your brain needs water, it also helps your body be healthy. This way you can feel good about your healthy lifestyle and stay focused and energized during studying.
  • Coffee helps every time! But not too much guys!
  • Eat healthy! It helps you be more energized and more concentrated and it takes care of your body!
  • Get enough sleep. It’s very important to SLEEP during the exam period. It helps you stay focused during the entire month full of exams and it helps your brain remember everything better (scientifically proven fact guys, look it up!).
  • One of the things I like to do is work out. It keeps my stresslevels low and it helps me feel more energized and that helps me to study better and longer without being distracted. You don’t need to do a big workout of two hours because you know, AIN’T NOBODY GO TAIM FO THAAT. But just a half an hour workout can help a lot!
  • Treat yoself once in a while. Give yourself a treat if you studied well that day. Watch an episode of your favorite series or eat some ice cream. You deserve to enjoy life during exams and you deserve to be rewarded for all of your hard work. This refuels me at the end of the day and helps me to study even better the next day.
  • Keep a calendar. Cross of every study day you have and it will keep you motivated. This horrible period WILL END. Just kick ass for a month and you won’t have to study for another 3 months or so! Every day you cross of a day on your calendar, you are one step closer to freedom.
  • Tell yourself that you can do it. Hang up some inspirational quotes above your desk and tell yourself that you really want to succeed. If you just work hard this month and give it your everything, you won’t have to study during summer! Wouldn’t that be great!!! Keep in mind that it’s just a few weeks of working your ass of and after that you can lay your fine ass in a beach chair all day. After rain there is sunshine people. Keep a positive mindset and work hard to get a big reward afterwards.
  • Take a break from time to time to recharge your brain. It will only help you remember more if you take a break once in a while. Take a quick shower or go for a walk. Don’t check your phone as a break. Let your brain just rest for a little while.
  • If an exam didn’t go the way you planned and you don’t think you’ll pass, don’t get to worked up about it. It’s important to stay focused and to try and nail all the other exams coming your way. Don’t get kicked down by one setback but try to learn from your mistakes and kill the rest of your exams. Everyone makes mistakes, don’t be to hard in yourself and move on to the next one.
  • Try to have fun studying. Recite your textbook to your cat or make a color book out of it (the textbook, not the cat lol). Studying can be fun. Be positive and the exam period will be over in no time
  • WATCH @LAURALYNNSWORLD LIVE STUDY BREAKS EVERY DAY AT 16:00. This is the best tip I can give you lol.

Okay so these were my best tips. i hope you got something out of them and GOOD LUCK during this study period!

XOXO

Laura Lynn

The BIG Netflix Laura Recommendation Post

Hi dudes and dudettes

Today yet another highly requested blogpost. My favorite Netflix Series. And I have a lot of them, so be prepared. I’m a very big series addict (I have already dedicated 5 months of my life to only watching fun episodes) and today I’m going to turn you into one. Let’s start this GINORMOUS LIST. (PS: I’m not going to rank them, because I just can’t choose which ones I like better than others)

Stranger Things

If you haven’t yet heard about this series… What planet do you live on exactly? This series is the best series I’ve ever watched, apart from Game of Thrones. It has kids, it has humor, it has suspense and most of all. It has 80’s. Yes, you heard it right. This series is set in the beautiful 80’S. I absolutely adore the 80’s. If I could be born in any timeframe I’d wanted, I’d choose the 80’s. This series is just everything you need and it’s very Binge worthy. It isn’t that scary, it’s more mysterious and you’re hooked from episode ONE. If you haven’t watched it yet, go to http://www.netflix.com right now. Screw my blogpost. See ya later.

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Riverdale

Hot people in high school confronted with the murder of a fellow student. What more do you need. This series is also one of my favs ATM. The characters are very interesting and they each have their own story. The characters decide to try and find the killer of the murdered student. This series takes you on a wild ride filled with suspense, teenage nostalgia, love and good acting. Definitely worth the try!

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Dynasty

I loved Gossip Girl and I love Dynasty. What do they have in common. A hot cast, money ( a lot of it) and a huge popcorn bag of drama. I wasn’t hooked from the beginning but I kept watching and now I’m totally hooked. It’s very binge-able and it has some serious plot twists in it. Some of the lines in the script are also very well written! I absolutely love this series.

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The 100

I didn’t like this series at first because I thought it was yet another SciFi series with teenagers in it. So I didn’t give it a chance for a long time, until I ran out of things to watch. I started looking at episode One.. Two.. Three.. Fourteen. F*ck. This series is AMAZING. It starts of as a typical series for teenagers but this was clearly done to get the first amount of views in. After a while it gets very good. The series has a lot of plot twists that are just heartbreaking. It takes a lot of guts from the writers to do some of this f*cked up shit with the characters. It’s like Game of Thrones for teens lol. The story line is very very original and it’s also kinda realistic although we’re talking about SciFi.
I LOVE IT.

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Shadowhunters

I have to warn you, this is a series fit for a particular niche. Only the people who like hardcore fantasy will be able to appreciate this series. People like me haha. If you liked the vampire diaries, you’ll love Shadowhunters. It has vampires, werewolves, warlocks, angels, demons and shadowhunters (surprise surprise). It’s based of a book series and that mostly means that it’s really good. I really like it, and maybe you’ll like it too? Go check it out and tell me in the comments.

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Orphan Black 

VERY VERY GOOD. Unpredictable and insane script with good actors to play it out. Hooked from episode one and still sad it ended!! GO WATCH

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Bates motel 

If you’re a serial killer obsessed weirdo like me, this is definitely something you should try. If you know Psycho and the story about Norman Bates, you should watch this series. It’s about the young Norman and how he turns into a monster. I think this is one of my top 5 series all time. The acting performance by Norman is out of this world, every episode is even better than the one before that and every season is mind-blowing. The editing and filmmaking of this series is incredible. It’s just WOW. Go watch it please, you won’t be disappointed!

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13 reasons why 

I think every single person on this planet should watch this series. It’s not only extremely good, it’s also very important that people hear what this series has to say. It tells the story about a girl who committed suicide and the people who pushed her over the edge. It’s very emotional and well-acted. A MUST WATCH.

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Scream

As I said before, I’m a big serial killer addict. And if you know the movie Scream and liked it. You’ll LOVE this series. It’s very suspenseful and I love the horror movie turned into a series thing. If you love horror and teens, this is the series for you! (If you like serial killers, you might also like Mindhunter)

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Degrassi: Next Class

If you like brainless teenage high school series full of love and nostalgia, this is the series for you. The acting performance is surprisingly good and the storylines talk about some very important topics such as teenage pregnancy, racism and suicide. I think it’s really nice to watch (and binge)!

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Other series on Netflix I watched and I highly recommend (this blogpost is getting tooo long otherwise haha):

  • Shooter (only S1)
  • Glitch
  • Manhunt: Unabomber
  • Alias Grace (ADORE IT)
  • Guilt
  • You me her
  • Ozark

I’ll keep you updated on new series I try and review them for you!

I hope you enjoyed my blogpost about my favorite Netflix series! What’s your favorite? tell me in the comments below!

XOXO

Laura(Licious)

Romwe Review (SWIM)

Well hello there

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything but It’s time to get back on that Blog Grind. So here’s a new, highly requested, blogpost about the Romwe Bikini’s I bought a few weeks back.

I was looking for some cute bikinis online and all of a sudden I found this website. Romwe Fashion. Never heard of it. I started looking on the swimsuit page and there were a lot of cute bathing suits and bikinis. And OMG HOW CHEAP. Was this too good to be true? Hell, why not give it a try and write a blogpost about my experience. So… Here we are then!

I decided to buy 3 bikinis on the website. The first one: a green-ish bikini with a crisscross waist. It looked very cute and as if it could mask my muffintops a bit. 12,99 US dollars. That’s very little. I didn’t expect a lot of this bikini because of the price and the reviews I’d already read about this website. But when I received it in the mail, I was completely blown away. I had never put on a bikini that fitted my body so well. I didn’t want to take it off and I ran around the house showing off my new bikini to everyone. It also has a very nice fabric and it looks more expensive than it actually  is. This bikini is currently my favorite bikini in my closet. Definitely a 10 out of 10.

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I also wanted a very CUTE bikini and I came across this blue one with watermelons. I just had to have it. I know it looks very girlie but it’s just too adorable not to have. 10.09 US dollars for this one. Okay, in my online bag. This one is also very very nice. It accentuates every nice part about my body and I don’t have to worry about a boob falling out when I jump into the water. It looks and feels like it’s made out of  good materials and I really love it. I survived a lot of aqua gym wearing this one. I give it a 9 out of 10.

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And then the final bikini. Or should I say three tiny triangles made out of bikini fabric. OMG, this was soooo TINY. I think it only covered one third of my boob and one butt cheek lol. This one was definitely not wearable. 0 out of 10.

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In general I think that you need to get VERY lucky when you buy something from this website. When you’re lucky, you can expect a very cute piece of clothing for not a lot of money. But when you don’t get lucky, well… You can expect basically nothing. I didn’t send my third bikini back (I think you can send pieces back, which is definitely a plus) because it didn’t cost much at all and sending it back would’ve just cost me more. But I AM very very happy with the two other ones. I think it’s best to not choose too complicated clothing/swimwear models and then you’ll probably be safe. No long sophisticated dresses or Triangle bikini sets. Shipping price is affordable although I choose the one which could get me my clothes the fastest because I left for Mauritius 3 weeks later. It promised me that I’d have my bikinis in 1 week time. I had it in 1 week and 4 days time. Later then expected, but I did get them on time and that’s what matters.

I would definitely give this website another chance and I think I’d even look at the other clothes on there when I have the money :p

This was my review of Romwe. Hopefully you enjoyed it! If you have any further questions, ask them in the comment section below. Also tell me if you guys like these kind of try out/reviews on my blog!

Have a nice summer-y weekend people

XOXO

Laura(Licious)

Healthy Snicker Bars

Hi!

Last weekend I made healthy snicker bars for the first time! They were so delicious and they didn’t taste very different from real snicker bars. Today, I’m going to share my recipe with you guys! This is what you’ll need for 8 small snicker bars.

  • Non salted peanuts (one small bowl)
  • 2 big spoons of peanut butter
  • 7 dates (DUTCH: Dadels)
  • Pure chocolate 150 gr
  • one spoon of coconut oil
  • a sprinkle of vanilla aroma and a sprinkle of salt

First of all you need to find a small glass casserole. Make a first layer out of peanuts. Melt the oil in a pan and mix the oil, peanut butter, dates, vanilla and salt into one smooth mixture. Use this mixture as the second layer.

The third layer consists of another layer of peanuts. After this, melt the chocolate and pour this above everything (4th layer).

Now put the casserole in the freezer for about an hour. To get the frozen snicker mixture out of the casserole, pour some hot water over the bottom and shake the casserole until it comes out. When this is done, cut into bars and enjoy!

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I hope you enjoyed my blogpost! Comment below what you thought of the healthy snicker bars!

XOXO

Laura(Liciouss)

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Road to my Dream Body: Update #2

Hi guys! I know that I should’ve given you an update a week ago, but because I was sick that week and I couldn’t work out I decided to wait one more week. Today is a special blogpost because for the first time I will share some before-after posts with you.

First of all I want to share with you my biggest before-after post. The first pic is a pic from 2 years ago. I wasn’t healthy AT ALL and I didn’t work out, like ever.

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As you can see there is a BIG difference between the both of them. I’m very proud and I feel a lot better and healthier. I’ve been destroying myself in the gym so it’s very nice to see that the hard work pays off.

There has also been a change in my weight over the past 3 weeks. It has dropped from 67,5kg to 66,2 kg. That’s still not a lot but because I train my muscles a lot and because muscles weigh more than fat, this could be expected. I AM very glad with the drop in weight though. It’s finally some proof that I am losing fat. But I still like to work more with before-after pics. Speaking of which. I have 2 more pics. One of them is a pic from December (the day I decided to change myself for the better for good) VS March. The other one the progress I made until mid February  VS my body in March.

December VS March

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February vs March

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As you can see there is a big change in my belly fat, saddlebags and muffintops. My legs are a lot leaner and they have a lot less cellulite aswell. You can’t see this in my pic but it’s happening guys. The cellulite is disappearing!

Now it’s time to talk to you about what I’ve experienced the past weeks and what I’ve changed in my workout and diet.

Workout

I’m still doing the same exercises for my abs, legs and butt as I described in my previous blogpost. BUT, I have discovered this new machine called a leg press. It’s very fun to use and my butt burns so much during these leg presses, OMG! I get the feeling that this is very effective. I also started using the other machines available for butt-training in my gym and the results of that are clearly showing.

I’m still walking, walking and walking (uphill) for 40 minutes but I’ve added another machine to my workout plan. A very deadly yet fun and effective one. I call it “the Space Walker”. It’s real name: Elliptical open stride.  

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With this machine, your legs will be ON FIRE. It’s super fun to do and you lose a lot of calories in a short time! I use this for about 10-15 minutes and I burn 130 cals on average! I love this machine because it does not only burn calories (and it lets you sweat like a pig), it’s also a great leg exercise!

I’m also going to the gym 4 times a week now instead of 3!

Food.

There are a few things I’ve discovered and that I’ve been adding to my diet lately:

  • If I have a craving for fat or candy, I tend to eat a piece of BLACK chocolate! A little bit of this is very healthy and it destroys your cravings! It also makes me drink more water, which is great!
  • I’ve been eating apples when I’m hungry. It gets your intestines working which gives your metabolism a boost which HELPS YOU BURN FAT FASTER! And it’s very delicious and it makes you feel like a healthy butterfly when you’re eating it.
  • I’ve also switched a lot of my coffee consumption to GREEN TEA with a spoon of honey. It’s soooo good and it has an enormous amount of benefits. It’s good for your health, for your brain, for your fatloss. It can precent cancer for god sakes. Start drinking it guys, just do it! Since I’ve been drinking it, it seems like I’ve been losing more fat (and kilograms on my scale). I don’t know if this is one of the reasons, but it can’t be just a coincidence right?
  • I’ve been eating a lot of healthy fats and I’m also going to start cooking with coconut oil instead of olive oil. Chicken is the main ingredient in most of my meals and I don’t have any problems with that because I’m addicted to chicken. I also eat a lot of Eggplant, the best vegetable in the world. Don’t believe me, try it.
  • ISOSTAR PROTEIN BARS with hazelnut flavor. I eat one of these after every workout. Extremely delicious and full of healthy proteins that help your body recover.
  • I’m still having one cheat day a week on average. I’ve had four big cheat meals the past three weeks: One pepperoni pizza, One evening of Spanish tapas, Five guys and Poule et Poulette burger. I’ve also eaten cake for my brothers birthday. So I’ve been able to enjoy life and food inbetween workouts with results.

In general

So. To talk in general about my diet and exercise. I’ve been noticing that my cravings are a lot less than before. I honestly don’t mind eating healthier and eating clean. I’m even starting to like healthy food more than fat food. I can’t even believe I’m saying this. I’m also really enjoying the gym. When I’m not able to go due to f.e. school, I’m a little pissed because I like it so much. I’ve also been listening to music a lot during my workout which seems to help me push myself even harder. I’m beginning to love this lifestyle and I feel a lot more energized! I haven’t had any big problems with living this new lifestyle and I’m not going to stop with it any time soon. I’ve also been noticing that the muscle training I do with my legs and butt are making my cellulite less visible, which is something that makes me very happy. I’ve been struggling with this for a long time and it’s finally going away!

I also quickly wanted to say that I’m not dieting to look better in the eye of society. I’m doing all of this for me. When I wasn’t working out and eating clean yet, I got “depressed” very easily. I didn’t want to go anywhere, I didn’t want to get out of bed (I sometimes just didn’t), I had a lot of back pains and I felt like a loser very often. Thanks to these workouts and this diet, I’ve been feeling a lot happier. Not only with myself but just in general. I have a lot more energy and I have a lot less problems with my little “depressions”. So, I’m not doing all of this to look good for my Instagram or something, I’m doing all this for me. I feel stronger, better and happier. That’s the reason for the journey I’m going through, nothing or nobody else. I don’t want to promote the ONLY SKINY IS PRETTY society bullshit. If you have curves and you are happy with yourself, don’t let society push you into workouts you don’t like doing. The most important thing is your happiness. This is just my experience with workout and diet, it isn’t what every girl should be doing. It’s just what works for me and what puts a smile on MY face. If you want to go through this journey with me, FINE. If you don’t, FINE. I’m just sharing my lifestyle, not promoting it. ❤

This was my second update. If you guys have any further questions, you can send me an e-mail : lauralynnjoosten@yahoo.be or you can contact me on Instagram. Keep going babes, you can do this! 

 

Sporty Springy Outfit

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Hi babes!  Spring is almost in town, or I’d like to think so, and that means it’s time for a little more sunny vibes. It’s time for Spring Fashion. This outfit is one of my favorites atm! I found this outfit in Berhska and I just had to have it! I’m adoring these two trends and combining them is just THE BEST. Pants with a fashionable stripe on the side and a croptop. What more does a girl need nowadays. This outfit had to be combined with some sporty sneakers and an amazing handbag. So that’s what I did. The handbag is from Mimo and the Sneakers are proud Puma’s. What do you think? Tell me in the comments! (Oh, and I just had to wear Shades with this outfit, it was a must.)

XOXO

Laura(Licious)