Update

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Hi y’all!

Long time no see! I wanted to post a few updates before but because I’ve been incredibly busy, I simply couldn’t find any time. I hate saying that though, it feels like I am making excuses. And that’s not me anymore, nuh-uh. So let me tell you what I’ve been up to lately.

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The biggest change in my life has been starting a new course. I am studying nutrition and dietetics in The Hague to become a dietitian. The first few weeks have been very overwhelming and I have my very first introduction exam this monday. I feel unprepared but I am sure everything will be fine. All the subjects are very interesting and will provide me with loads of information to talk about and use for my own weightloss journey.

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After the first week of school I felt this big urge to get back to my weightloss roots and sign up at Weight Watchers again. The last couple of months haven’t been very exciting weight-wise and I really want to kick some butt these last months of 2013. The first week went great and I lost 1,4 kg. But due to exam stress I haven’t tracked any of my food and I feel really bad about that. I am sure I’ve gained some pounds but I refuse to weigh myself (hey, give me a break will ya?). This tuesday though, I’ll get back on the sadle, because I’m on a mission. I want to get below 90 kg’s before the end of the year. And I am going to nail it! The holidays got nothing on me.

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And the last important thing I’ve got to share with you is that I’ve got a new job. And according to my mom a new job means we have to celebrate with pastries. I only at half of my pastry so I could save some ProPoints. I used to work as a call agent for an energy company (not the best job ever…) but in October I’ll start my new job at Primark. I am going to be a salesperson at the lingerie department.

As you can tell I’ve got a lot of changes going on in my life. And I haven’t even told you everything! But I will though, starting from now.

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Weekly weigh-in

Hi y’all,

So, it’s time for the weekly weigh-in! I haven’t been around a lot thanks to a death in the family and a lot of other issues I had to deal with. But I am back… back with good news that is!

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I’ve lost 1,1 kilograms in one week! I am so happy with this result. I finally feel like I am getting back on track. And you know the fun part? I’m not even working hard for it. I am simply eating less but I am still enjoying a few treats every now and again. And that is exactly how it should be. I can’t wait to get back to weighing 97,4 kilograms and less. I felt so good back then. Hopefully I’ll be able to reach that weight before I go back to college.

How was your weekly weigh-in? Have you lost weight or gained some? 

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Weekly weigh-in

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Hi y’all,

I know I’ve promised you this update yesterday, but I kinda forgot that I wouldn’t have any access to the internet. I know, who hasn’t got any internet these days right? But heck, I’ve got access now so here it goes!

If you’ve read my summer challenge post you know that I expected to weigh somewhere around 103/102 kilograms. Well, my body has decided to be good to me because yesterday I weighed 100,1 kilograms! Unfortunately it still means I have gained a few pounds compared to a few weeks ago.

It seems like I just can’t break free from weighing around 100 kilograms. Something tells me that it’s probably just a mental thing. I am in my comfort zone right now and I have no idea what will happen once I weigh under 100 kilograms. That’s the whole thing. I am anxious for what the future has got to offer once I’ve reached my goal weight.

Next week I would love to weigh under 99 kilograms. But I am having two weeks off which means that I will go on a few lovely road-trips. And you know what that means! Fast food and snacks everywhere! Hopefully I will be able to find some balance.

Important figures

Start weight: 121 kg’s
Goal weight: 72,5 kg’s

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Progress pictures – Then and now

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Hi y’all!

Today’s post is quite a difficult one for me. I am going to show you my before- and during pictures! I started my weightloss journey on 13-06-2012, 13 months ago, at a local Weight Watchers meeting. I will tell you the whole ‘before’ story pretty soon but at the moment I just don’t know where to begin. Let’s just say that the main reason to start my weightloss journey was because I was fed up with being treated differently. Being overweight does not make me less than a normal, slender or fit person! I am a human being with feelings, and that should always come first. I wanted people to see me for who I am. And that’s where the journey began. Of course I also had other reasons to lose weight but they weren’t as important as being treated equally.

In the last 13 months I have experienced a lot of setbacks. And you know what? I did not let the setbacks define me. I did not stop trying. I simply made a u-turn and tried again. And harder this time. That’s the key. It’s not about how much you want to lose in how little time. You need to be in this for the long run. Do you want to lose 20 kg’s in 3 months? I wish you a whole lot of luck. You might be able to succeed but I can almost assure you that the pounds will creep back on in a heartbeat. I don’t care if it takes me three years to get to my goalweight. It’s better than being overweight for the rest of my life. And I will continue, no matter how many setbacks are ahead of me, I’ll keep going until I reach my goal.

My official Weight Watchers start weight was 121 kg’s. I think I weighed even more before then but I’m not too sure. I currently weigh around 98 kg’s but I haven’t weighed myself in a while. I know, I know… I am getting back on it, I promise!

I’ve picked out a couple of pics that scare the living shit out of me. Pardon my French but it’s the truth. I weighed around 116 kg’s in these pictures. The last three pictures are from this weekend. I’m not happy with how I look (hello flabby arms!) but it sure is an improvement. Are you ready for the pictures? ‘Cause I sure ain’t!

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As you can see I used my bag to ‘cover up’ my stomach. How many of you do this too? I used to do this all the time. With my bag, a pillow, a blanket… whatever I could get my hands on! I sometimes catch myself doing it on days where I feel like the old me. But if you do this too, take a good look at that picture. Don’t I look weird? It draws so much more attention to that area than necessary. Seriously people, let’s stop covering up our flaws.

And below you can see what I looked like last Saturday:

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I can’t say I am very happy with how I look right now… I hoped I would have lost more weight by now. But I am proud of how far I’ve come. I have never, ever been able to keep going for such a long period of time. And I will reach my goals, I just don’t know when.

What do you see when you compare pictures of yourself from last year to today? Do you look better or worse? If you think you look worse, what is holding you back to take charge? A year from now you’ll wish you’d started today.

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How to – Make a motivation board

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Hi y’all!

If you need to lose more than 15 kg’s, keeping up your motivation can be quite a difficult challenge. At one point during your weightloss journey you will, most likely, lose your motivation and forget what you’re doing it for. A motivation board with inspiring quotes and pictures can help you to stay focused. I have one Pinterest board with all kinds of amazing quotes and pictures to help me keep going. But for me, that’s not enough. I need a constant reminder of my journey so I made two physical pinboards. One hangs in my room and is dedicated to a healthy lifestyle, being disciplined, etc. The other board hangs in the attic, thé place where I workout, and pushes me trough Insanity, 30 Day Shred and all that other craziness. Since it works so well for me I though you guys might be able to benefit from it as well.

So, what do you need to make your motivation board? That is totally up to you! You can start one on Pinterest, make a collage and us it as a screen saver or you can buy a pinboard/magnetboard and fill it up. It’s what I did and to tell you the truth it kinda makes me feel like a teenager again. Instead of hanging posters of Westlife and Hilary Duff on the wall I get all crafty with this healthy living madness.

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There are millions things that you could hang on your board and you can make it as pretty (or ugly… I mean, who’s judging?) as you like. Just do whatever works for you! Here are a couple of ideas you could pin:

  • A workout schedule or challenge
  • A list with clean products (there are no excuses)
  • Your daily and/or weekly menu (abs are made in the kitchen after all)
  • Your weight goals
  • Inspiring quotes
  • Pictures of bodies which inspire you (I am obsessed with P!nk and how great she looks. Other faves are Gwen Stefani and Vanessa Hudgens)
  • Tickets or discount coupons for events/classes you would go to or take once you’ve reached a certain weight (the spa, hot yoga or perhaps a surfing camp)
  • A bathing suit, dress, jacket or anything you want to fit into (again) and feel comfortable in
  • If you are going to participate in a race or have something major to look forward to: make a little calendar or countdown list (or better yet, just use your race number!). Make sure you keep an eye on that important date! Time seems to fly by these days…

My pinboards are far from perfect and I tend to change them every once in while. I’ll keep you updated when I do. I’m sure I’ll get creative again very soon. Below you can find pictures of the motivation board which hangs in my room.

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The image you see above was taken from a Dutch magine, Flow. It’s a quote from Paulo Coelho, an amazing writer. The quote says:

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end”

The two tickets you see hanging on the board are discount tickets for a spa. I can’t wait to go but I simply don’t feel very ready for it at the moment.

About the the other board which hangs in the attic… yeah, I’m not sure about this one… But it’s only fair to show you. My ultimate fitspiration is P!nk. Whenever I think about the video for ‘Try’ I simply want to move my (big) butt. And of course I decided to pin a workout schedule. Though I have to admit I didn’t really do anything with it. Ah well, you know what they say, right?

“Reach for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars”

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Since I am absolutly loving motivation boards I decided to create a board on Pinterest for it: Healthy Lifestyle – Motivation Boards. Below I’ve posted a couple of pics pinned on there. It might give you a little extra inspiration. When you click on the image it will bring you to the (original) source.

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What would be the very first thing you would hang on your pinboard?

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Getting back on track

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Hi y’all,

Writing a post on how you screwed up the last few weeks (and months) isn’t exactly easy. I have no idea where to start so… let’s just begin, shall we?

The last few weeks have been real hard on me emotionally speaking. And when I am dealing with some type of strong emotion I tend to eat it away. Though I have already lost over 20 kg’s, I am still struggeling with this on a daily basis. Truth to be told, I don’t think it will ever go away. It doesn’t matter how much weight I will lose, it’s about how I feel on the inside. And I need to get back on track nów so I will believe in myself again and present myself with pride.

What’s the plan?

The most important thing right now is that I don’t go overboard. I am not going to be able to do Insanity every single day. It’s just not going to happen. I need to take it slow so I will feel enthusiastic again and actually stick with it.

For the last two weeks of June I have set the following goals:

  • Stick to the Weight Watchers program
  • Work on the blog when I feel the need to eat
  • Work-out six times
  • Lose 2 kg’s or more (in other words: weigh 98,1 kg’s or less)

Of course I will update you on my progress through-out the upcoming two weeks. I hope to get back in touch with my enthusiasm so I can kick butt this summer!

Tell me, do you need to get back on track too or are you doing better then ever? If you do need to get back on track, what goals have you set for yourself?

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