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. I just try to keep a balance.
  • I’ve been eating a lot more apples again. I feel like this really helps me with my cravings and it activates my gut.
  • 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).  So this is what I’ve been doing for “breakfast”. I sometimes also switch it up with a normal healthy breakie.
  • 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 that 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 find a balance.
  • 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 of a big portion. 
  • I’ve been baking everything in olive 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. 

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  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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  9. side to side 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, LESS 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 couscous 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 stopped snacking when watching tv.
  • 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

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.