Nope, not preggers. Not buying a puppy anytime soon either. Before taking over responsibility for another life, I decided to radically change my own. Having moved into our own place, I suddenly find myself in a position where I have to decide on almost everything. And when you are in charge, you might as well make great, well thought through and responsible decisions, which is exactly what I’m doing. Less ranting, more info? Well, here we go!
Nee hoor, niet zwanger. Een puppie kopen staat voorlopig ook nog niet op de planning. Voor ik verantwoordelijk word voor een ander leven, wou ik het mijne radicaal omgooien. Nu we alleen gaan wonen zijn, moet ik opeens over allerlei zaken beslissen. En als je de touwtjes in handen hebt, kan je net zo goed doordachte, verantwoordelijke beslissingen nemen, en dat is nu precies waar ik mee bezig ben. Minder blabla, meer info? Wel, daar gaan we dan!
1/ Getting my shit together.
I haz plans, my ladies. I do. I even have a lot of them. But plans need time to grow and they most certainly need hard work to realize them. I have the plans, now I need to organize myself to make it all happen. Which means: prioritizing. Concretely:
- I can’t put valuable time into everyone I happen to like. I’m picking friends that care for me too and am surrounding myself with happy people that make me a better version of me. That immediately frees up time that would otherwise be spent feeling bad about myself. Who wants that now?
- No more sleeping in. (Except for the occasional lazy Sunday that is.) Time spent sleeping is time lost. So much to do, so little time. Plus, I always start regretting my lazy morning halfway through the day when it seems I’ll never get to the end of my to do list.
- Which brings me to my next point: to do lists. Every now and then I tend to give up on them, but no more. Every night, before I go to bed, I jot down 3 things I want to accomplish the next day (5 if I have a day off). And it works, I feel so productive getting things done.
2/ Getting healthy.
Spring has sprung. Sun is shining, the weather is sweet. Ideal weather to dust off my trusty Nikes and go for a run. Every other day. Forever. After participating in detox February, I feel so much more in touch with my body. It’s like I actually hear what it’s telling me and I love it. I gained a lot of extra energy, lost a few pounds and have far less mood swings. How?
- Cutting (down) processed food. Avoiding pre-made and packaged meals and ingredients. That means going grocery shopping a bit more often but I love my fridge filled to the brim with healthy and fresh ingredients.
- Taking breakfast seriously. I like to make myself something tasty and filling every morning to avoid cravings later that day. Fruits, greek yoghurt, smoothies, chia seeds, oats, homemade granola, boiled eggs,… you name it, I make it.
- Eat 6 small meals every day. This helps to avoid being hungry and keeps you going all day long. The key to this is a lot of preparation. Weekends and evenings are made for making small snacks so you don’t lose time during the day.
- Drink loads of water. Get rid of those toxins and get hydrated!
- Give yourself a small cheat moment every now and then. Nobody can be healthy ALL the time. Eat that birthday cupcake, organize that pizza girls night and down that tasty cocktail, but do it all with moderation. Choose your cheat moments wisely, when there is actually a reason to enjoy a treat and avoid comfort food.
3/ Getting fit and toned.
I want to be happy with the way I look and I want my clothes to look good on me. And who does not want a bikini body for summer? Plus, I would like to be able to actually run when I’m running late without having to catch a breath in front of the venue so that in the end I’m still late… So here’s how I intend to get there:
- Enter the squat challenge. More info here.
- I’m running every other day. Currently 5,5kms but in two and a half months, I’m planning on running a 10 km race with my fellow fitstagrammers. (More info at the end of this post)
- I have a water logging app on my phone (called Waterlogged) and also have one that traces my steps (Pacer). No better way to get my bootie off that desk chair to grab myself a tasty glass of cucumber water!
- Ab excercises. No way around this one. Always a ‘pleasure’ doing this in front of the tv with the boy downing down a pint of ice-cream with chocolate topping in the background… But, no pain no gain, right?
That’s it for now, I’m challenging you all to join in. Because getting it all done is hard on your own. Which is exactly why I teamed up with my girls Jemke, Eva and Natasha to get fit for summer. It will take great planning, hardcore motivation and a lot of character, but we’ll get there. In order to keep each other motivated, we started the hashtag #bloggersgofit so that we (and all of you) can get inspiration from there. Plus, a good old guilt trip always does the trick to get off your bum and put back the chocolate, right? You’ll find updates on here and at my lovely girls’ blogs. And of course you are all invited to take part in the comment section of the “Bloggers go fit” posts and to post your own contributions on instagram and twitter with #bloggersgofit. I’m curious already!
All my love,