My total health journey: Summer 2019

Hi guys! Today is the day that I reveal my end results from 5 months of eating clean and working out! Let’s first talk about what I changed in the past month/ month and a half, that helped me reach my goal. I lost around 5 kg since January in a very sustainable way that gave my body and lifestyle time to adjust. This way I can maintain my lifestyle. It was not a CRASH DIET or something like that. Let’s dig in to the details!

Food

The last time that I posted, I was still eating carbs. But since then I changed up my diet. I decided to not eat carbs and switch my energy source to fat (healthy fats). This had a big influence on my body and the changes really started to happen from this point on. At first it was very hard to not eat any bread or pasta anymore, but now I’m kind of used to it and I also really like it. It also had a very positive effect on my bloating and I felt more energized. This probably because I also ate more vegetables. I also decided to drink 2 liters of water every day, at least, and drink as little coca cola zero as possible throughout the week. Besides all of this, I only ate berries as a snack and didn’t eat anything past 20:00. 

Fitness

I made the most changes in my fitness routine.

  • I changed up my cardio a lot more! I started doing 40 minutes on the elliptical machines and 10 to 15 minutes of walking on the treadmill. This turned out to be around 500 calories burned each time. If I still had some time left I’d also do some ab exercises. (Around 70 calories). I tried to do this 3 times a week, at least!
    • Usually I do my ab exercises in a 40-10 interval training kind of way. I changed my routine up a bit and included some more lower ab exercises and weights.
    • In total I did around 10 exercises
  • When I wouldn’t be able to go to the gym in the weekends I did HIIT workouts! I used to do exercises with blogilates on youtube, but since I wanted to change up my routine I made some HIIT workouts for myself. This is what I usually do:
    • HIIT workout example
      • 40 seconds on – 10 seconds off for each exercise!
        • Squats
        • Jumping Jacks
        • Burpees
        • Lunges
        • High knees
        • Lunge kicks right
        • Lunge kicks left
        • Soccer runs
        • Butt kicks
        • Squat to side kick left
        • Squat to side kick right
        • Plank
      • I did this circuit for 2 to 3 times depending on how much I could take that day. AMAP (As Much As Possible)
    • After my HIIT workout, I’d usually also do an ab routine HITT workout, as I mentioned earlier (You can also look at my other post for an example on this)
  • On the days that I didn’t have the energy to workout, I decided to walk with my dog. I tried to walk for about 5 km every time at a speed of just under 6 per hour. This turned out to be 300-400 calories per walk!

I noticed that doing a lot more cardio did the trick! It helped me burn that belly and muffintop fat a lot! But I also did a lot of muscle and body weight exercises to change up the cardio, this helped me boost my metabolism and not only helped me lose weight but made me look more toned!

These are my most pro tips for weight loss! 

  • Drink a lot of water (2L a day)
  • Try to cut the carbs when you want to lose belly fat! Change it up with healthy fats but don’t overdo the fats.
  • Don’t eat to much tropical fruits, they contain a lot of sugar. I eat a lot of berries instead
  • Cut the sugar intake
  • Eat enough proteins such as chicken, …
  • Do a lot of cardio if you want to loose fat, but don’t forget to also start with body weight exercises such as squats (f.e. implement them in HIIT workouts). This way you also build muscle and your body will look more toned and you won’t have loose skin.
  • Don’t overdo yourself. Try to find what works for you. This is what worked for me and I’m not a specialist so do a lot of research before you begin on what you would like to do!
  • Buy some fun sports accessories such as a fun workout outfit or a fitbit.
  • Try to walk at least 10,000 steps every day!

My before after photos

First of all: This is a before from last year, when I completed my health journey then. I weighed 65 kg then. 66171000_1151856291668747_5350271800355848192_n

As you can see, I lost a lot more belly fat and muffintop fat since then. I’m a lot more toned and I also feel a lot healthier!

Next up: This before photo is from january this year, right after the holidays. I let myself go during winter, also because of all the work I had for school and because it was so cold. I’m not planning on doing that this year haha :D! I also really changed my lifestyle and I can’t even imagine a lifestyle without HEALTH anymore!

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I lost a lot of fat around my belly, hips, legs, … basically everywhere. And the muscle increased. I also feel like I stand up taller because of my core strength. I also lost a little fat around my breasts, but not a lot. Besides that I feel a lot happier. I didn’t feel good about myself and also mentally I didn’t always feel that positive. That has changed a lot! I also fit into a small sometimes, which is super crazy for me! My weight is currently 62 kg. My goal was 61 kg. Maybe I’ll drop just before I go to Greece because I’m super close, but I’m already very happy with my weight loss journey and I also gained a lot of muscle!

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This is a photo from January 2018. My muffintops look like they are shaved off in this comparison (haha :D). I’m so happy with the things I’ve already accomplished. I’m planning on getting more toned and losing that last bit of fat around my belly and hips! I feel so good and healthy, and I can say with certainty now that I really changed my lifestyle to a healthy one, one that I can sustain and that I don’t want to give up any time soon. I’m planning on working out a lot more next year in Antwerp, to not only be even more healthy but to also help myself mentally! I’m even thinking about taking boxing classes next year.

So this is the last blogpost for a little while. I reached my summer body goal and I’m so happy about it. I didn’t think I would be able to cut carbs and to look like this. But I achieved my goals through hard work and perseverance. And the things about this is, that everybody can do what I did! You just have to go for it!

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

Have a nice summer!!

Laura

 

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