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)

Road to my dream body #UpdateOne

Hi guys! It’s been two weeks since I’ve started working out and eating clean to achieve my goal. I still have 5 weeks to go until my vacation to reach my goal, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop after my vacation. Today I’m going to talk about my progress, my food and my struggles during the past 2 weeks.

To talk about my progress a little first. I haven’t seen any difference on the scale over the past 2 weeks. BUT (!) I do see a very big difference in my body. Once again the confirmation that the scale will never be a friend to you!

There are changes that are clearly visible. My butt is a lot firmer and you can start noticing a thin “ab” line on my stomach! My legs feel stronger and they also look the part. The saddlebags are vanishing and I’m loving it! I’m literally finetuning my body and it’s clearly working. The overall fat is starting to disappear but there is one place on my body where the fat is relentless. My muffintops! The fat around this area just doesn’t want to give up and go. But I’m going to keep destroying it until it disappears into smoke!

Changes in my workout plan

I’ve also started to do 40 minutes of treadmill instead of 30 minutes and I feel like this is very effective. I haven’t tried out any of the other machines yet because I really like walking. I’ve also started to walk at a speed of 6 instead of 5,5. I try to keep my heartbeat between 118 and 138. When I keep my heartbeat in between these two cut-offs I’ll be able to burn the most fat! And this is exactly what I’m trying to accomplish.

I also fine-tuned my butt workout. I use the exercises from the following Blogilates videos.

  • Lift your booty workout | 5 moves to your fittest Butt
  • 6 min to Sexy Booty
  • Butt lifting and Thigh sculpting workout | POP pilates for Beginners
  • I really like you squat challenge
  • Fat burn total body focus

Foods I’ve been eating. 

  • I’ve been drinking a lot more water but it’s still not enough! I need to drink even more water. The only thing I drink that’s not water is Cola Zero and coffee.
  • When I’m hungry in the evening, I eat some grapes! This really helps me.
  • I’ve eaten very clean the past few weeks! I’ve made a lot of chicken recipes and I’ve also tried two new healthy recipes
    • A Spelt pita with Tzatziki and Falafel! Very healthy and easy to make. I bought the spelt pita bread in ‘Albert Heijn’ just like the tzatziki and the falafel! I topped it off with some raw vegetables like carrots.
    • Spelt penne with chicken and spicy tomato sauce. I also bought all of this in ‘Albert Heijn’. It’s very easy to make and healthy but delicious.
  • I’ve tried not to cheat at all last week. The only fat thing I ate was a Spaghetti Bolognese and one Ice Tea.
  • I’ve also started eating one NAKD protein bar after every workout with banana flavor. It’s soooo good!

Struggles during the past two weeks

The biggest struggle I’ve been facing the past weeks is the craving. I sometimes have an enormous craving towards f.e. pizza or hamburgers. I get very annoyed when I can’t have it and it’s very hard not to give in to the cravings. This is proof of the fact that I’m a little addicted to fat and sugar! Thanks to my boyfriend, who is like a very strict fitness coach sometimes, I’ve been able to not touch these kind of foods. I’ve found that it works to drink a lot of water when I’m craving! Or just eat a banana of some berries. After half an hour the cravings go away slowly.

Another difficulty I’ve been facing is the workouts in the gym. When I need to do my squats and butt exercises, I find it difficult to just do my thing. I sometimes have the feeling that everybody’s looking at me while I’m doing my thing. And sometimes guys do stare, which is kind of annoying. But I’m ignoring it and I’m noticing it less and less every time.

I’ve also been having some problems with the scale. I know that it’s not the best way of measuring your progress but I have to admit that it’s very frustrating when the number on the scale doesn’t change. I need to realize that the number on the scale isn’t as important as the way you look in the mirror. I’m starting to learn this, but it isn’t that easy.

This is everything I wanted to share with you guys today. You’ll see a new progress blogpost in two weeks WITH before-after photo. If you have any questions or if there are any suggestions, you can ask them in the comments or you can send me an e-mail: lauralynnjoosten@yahoo.be. Work hard everyone! I hope you guys are working out with me! GO GO GO

XOXO

Laura(Licious)

My favorite pieces of the #LETSDENIM collection by Lidl

Hi guys! Today I’ll be talking to you about my favorite pieces from the new Heidi Klum collection by Lidl. I got a lot of clothes from Lidl one month ago and today I will be telling you which items from the collection I like the most. There are a lot of basics in this collection and I really like that because you can combine these basics with a lot of different styles and clothes.

To start I want to talk to you about the leather jackets. They aren’t expensive at all and they are very pretty. They are also made out of very good materials! I got the black and the brown one and I adore the black one a lot. It’s very nice with a dress but also with a pair of pants! This is definitely THE item I like the most from the newest collection. The brown jacket is also very nice and you can combine it with various styles.

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A big part of the #LETSDENIM collection consists of … DENIM. A lot of jeans came in my mailbox and I have to say that the materials are very good and high quality, and that all for not a lot of money! There is one of the pants that I adore the most. I’m very into boyfriend/mom jeans atm and there is one of the jeans pants that fits this style completely. This is my favorite jeans from the newest collection, by far!

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Not only does this new collection consist of some awesome jeans. Cute spring sweaters also made an appearance. There are different sweaters but I like the grey ‘Sunday’ and the purple ‘weekend’ sweater the most! These are also sweaters that can be combined with a lot of different styles. They are cheap and cute, what does a girl need more?

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These are my favorite items from the new Heidi Klum collection by Lidl! I was very surprised by the quality of the items I received by Lidl and I’m wearing some of them every day atm!

I hope you liked this post as much as I liked the new #LETSDENIM collection

Orange is the new Black Outfit

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One of my favorite outfits at the moment. I don’t know if you guys have noticed but there is a new hype in town, or in fashion stores at least. Pants with a nice colored stripe on the side! I adore this new style and I already have 3 different kinds of these pants. I found this one in ‘Bershka’. I also adore the new orange/yellow kind of colour lately so these pants were just destined to be mine. The stripe in my pants has the same colour as the shirt I’m wearing, which I bought online (Nak’d). I topped it all off with some white Puma sneakers (which are very comfortable btw) and my new black oversized jacket from Nak’d (Cheap Monday). It’s a very fashionable, but also sporty look that I just can’t get enough of. What do you guys think? Tell me in the comments below!

XOXO

Laura(Licious)

Food Diary: Rome

Hi! Welcome to a new blogpost that will make your stomach growl. Today I’ll take you on a culinary journey through Rome.

DAY ONE : 

People who have been following me for a while know that I like the occasional coffee from time to time. Especially in other countries, I like to try out the coffee hotspots. This one is definitely one of THE coffee hotspots in Rome. It’s called Tazza D’oro and The cappuccino was very very good! In Italy the people don’t tend to sit down to drink their coffees but they stand up next to the counter and they finish their coffees asap. Thomas drank a Granita di Caffe. It was iced coffee with whipped cream. And when I say Ice, I literally mean a kind of ice-cube with coffee taste. I forgot to take a photo of this one but you can go check it out in my vlog.

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The first day we had some good old pasta in a little cute place. It looked very cosy inside and the pasta was INCREDIBLE. We started off with a combination of different kinds of bruschetta. This was very nice. I had the Lasagna afterwards and it literally blew my mind. There are still pieces of my skull on the walls I presume (haha ha .. ha ..). Thomas ate penne with some kind of cream sauce. At first it took a bit of getting used to the pasta because it was cooked very al dente, but that’s how it should be cooked. He got used to it quite quickly and the sauce was mouth-watering. We couldn’t leave our chairs before trying out their Tiramisu. WOW. You can’t find this kind of Tiramisu in Belgium, you just can’t. It was in-cre-dible.

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DAY TWO

When In Rome you need to do as the romans do, and that means eat PIZZA. We found this cute little pizza place on TripAdvisor (Pizza & Sandwich da Pasquale) and decided to go and try it out. When we arrived the owner was very charming and he gave us a taste of one of his pizza’s. We immediately decided to eat there. I can’t describe how this pizza tasted. It was the best pizza I had ever eaten, and I’ve eaten a lot of them. Definitely worth the visit.

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For dinner we decided to go to this place called ‘Osteria del cavaliere’. It’s not in the city centre and we took a metro to get there, but it was seriously worth it. To begin we took meat and cheese platter. VERY GOOD. For the main course I went for a Pasta with a cream sauce and truffle (topped off with bacon) and Thomas had a Pasta with black pepper and cream sauce. Of course Thomas was jealous of my dish, because it was absolutely heavenly. I adore truffle in my pasta and this was one of the best truffle pasta’s I have ever had. Thomas also liked his pasta a lot, but my dish was definitely the winner. The tiramisu was the one that stole the show that evening. It was even better than the previous one. Just WOW.

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DAY THREE (last day, already).

When we looked for the best restaurant in Rome there was this one place that popped up in the top 3. It was a sandwich bar and we just had to go and try it out. It’s called ‘Pane e Salame’ and wow this was the best freaking sandwich that ever touched my mouth. We had one with truffle cream, brie cheese and ham and we had one with cream of artichokes, smoked cheese, eggplant and salami. We both liked the one with truffle the most, but the other one was very delicious as well. Definitely worth the visit.

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To finish our trip we decided to go get a good pasta. We went to ‘Saltimbocca’. To start we took one of their most famous dishes. Bread with all different kinds of tomato salsa. We also took a little cheese platter. As a main I decided to take some penne with a tomato sauce and parmesan and Thomas took a Spaghetti Pomodore e basilico. I really liked my dish and Thomas enjoyed his meal but couldn’t help being a little jealous of mine. Think he should listen to me more often, no? I liked this restaurant but I would recommend the first two more!

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This was my Food Diary from rome!! Hopefully you enjoyed it a little. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel and Go check out my vlog as well!

XOXO

Laura

 

PS: Here’s a little pic of me and my bf. K bye.

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My Workout Plan

Hi guys!

I’ve decided to share my road to a more healthy body with you guys. I’m going to Mauritius in about 7 weeks and I’m going to try and get a beach body (or something close to it) in those 7 weeks. This is going to be hard, but I’m going to try. I thought it could be nice if I’d share my workout plan with you guys, not only because many of you are interested in it but also because I’d like you to work out with me! I think it would be very fun if we do it together. I’m going to keep you guys up to date with my workouts on instastories (@lauralynnsworld). I’m going to give you guys an update every week or two weeks about my progress and my difficulties that week. I will also make some videos about what I ate that week and maybe I’ll even try out a workout? Healthy food recipes will appear on the blog as well.

This is the first post I will write about my “Road to..”. I’m going to lay out my workout plan in general. So here we go.

I’m going to do a workout each monday, wednesday, thursday and saturday. I don’t think I’ll be able to workout every day because I’d like my muscles to recover as much as possible and I also have a busy school schedule that I have to combine with blogger activities. However, if I find the time on one of the days that I’d normally not workout I’ll do some ‘Blogilates’ videos.

First of all, I’ll always wear a fitbit charge 2 when I workout to track my calories and my heartbeat. This isn’t a necessity but I really like wearing it because it motivates me to kill myself during my workout.

On Monday, Wednesday and Thursday I will be going to the gym. Each of these days I’ll start with 30 min of cardio. I really like walking “uphill” on the treadmill. I normally walk at speed 5,5 and my hill will be around 6%. The last 10 minutes I walk with a slope of 7%. I’m also going to the other cardio machines and I’ll tell you what I think about them in a blogpost. But at the moment this is what I will do as cardio. You can also do something else like running or on the elliptical machine.

On Monday I’ll focus on my legs. I’ll do 4 reps of each 10 lifts on each leg machine in the gym I go to. There are about 4 machines that train my upper legs and these are the ones I use. I put on a weight of about 18-24 kg but if you’re a beginner you should start with the minimum. After each sets of 10 reps, I wait 30 seconds before I move on to the next set. After my leg workout I’ll do a ab workout with my boyfriend. I do this PIIT (pilates high intensity interval training). This means that I’ll do one movement for about 45 seconds and then I get to rest for 15 seconds. After these 15 seconds I move on to the next movement. The total of movements I’m doing is 7. I got the different moves from the “Extreme Abs” videos on the Blogilates youtube channel. I will put them below but you can also make your own version with the ab videos you can find on the Blogilates youtube channel. If you don’t understand which kind of exercises this are, you can find out easily by searching them on Google.

  • Criss cross
  • Full Sit-up
  • Crunch with legs and arms twisted
  • Ankle reach
  • Corkscrew
  • Heel extension
  •  Earthquake

On Wednesday I’m going to do a big butt and thighs workout. I will also be doing this PIIT style like I described earlier. I’m going to try and change up my exercises each week and I’m going to chose exercises from the following videos.

There are a lot of other videos with a lot of other exercises so if you want to try something else you will definitely find it on the ‘Blogilates’ Channel.

After this I will also repeat the ab workout from Monday.

On Thursday I’ll also start with a 30 minute cardio workout. After that I will focus on my saddlebags and muffintops. Guess what, the exercises I use for this are also from Blogilates. Again I’ll do this PITT style like I described to you earlier. I really like following exercises and I will be changing them up each week. These are only a few examples! I will post the exercises I’ll do each week on my instastories and on my weekly progress blogpost (@lauralynnsworld)

On Saturday I’ll be doing a full Blogilates workout. I’ll start with 28 minutes of PIIT/HIIT/CARDIO. I mostly do the following videos:

Cardio beat workout, Ultimate fat burn workout , Wonder woman workout 

You can also use videos from the PIIT calender which you can find on this website: https//:www.blogilates.com/

After these 30 minutes I’ll be doing a combination of abs and legs workouts with her videos.

This is my workout plan in a nutshell. Hopefully you guys like it and want to join me in my journey to a healthier body and lifestyle.

Tell me in the comments below what you’d like to see on my blog or youtube about this!

XOXO

Laura