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!

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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!

LUSH

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

 

 

 

 

 

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