I’m a woman who knows what she wants, sets her goal and doesn’t stop until that goal is reached. That has been my mindset since years; it has brought me quite far. And… in many difficult but interesting situations. But I’ve never been into “easy” anyway.
When I shared my weight loss on facebook last week, “how did you do this?” was the most frequently asked question. So it was only logical that I’d share my story with you. My goal is to lose 8-10kg. I’ve currently lost 7, so that means I’m almost there. I can hear you think “wow” but in fact achieving it isn’t the difficult part. To stay on this target weight, that’s where the challenge lies.
An intensive diet was never part of the plan. I didn’t want to starve myself for temporary results. So the only way to have lasting results was to adjust my lifestyle, this through sport and a different way of eating.
My sports activities include running, abdominal exercises, hometrainer sessions and since a week bicycling. Swimming & lifting weights are definitely sports that I’d love to add to the list in the near future. My focus is currently mainly on running.
- Running : 2 à 3 times a week – mostly in the morning to start the day with a clear mind. I’ve built it up slowly and currentely running 6-7k per session. *IMPORTANT women better eat carbohydrates before they start exercising to burn more fat, while men better wait until afterwards.
- Abdominal exercises : 2 times 30min/week. (in a next post I’ll give you a better view on the exercises + programs I use and which ones gave me the best results)
- Hometrainer session : a good alternative to have some movement & exercise when I can’t go out for a training session. (Single mom life, baby!) You’ll catch me in the garden with a headset and some good music while giving my all.
- Bicycling : I’ve started a week ago and it goes well. Currently lookin’ for some beautiful routes from at least 10 to 15k. Oh and I love cycling uphill!
These exercises have given me more muscles in my legs, my bum and my tummy is flatter too. As you can see I’m not training for hours, but I do it regulary and that seems better and easier to sustain.
This is one part but what about my eating habbits?
As breakfast I eat porridge with sugar and/or fruit – bananas and strawberries work the best for me. We eat a lot of vegetables too, spinach is the absolute favorite of my boys. My dishes consists mainly of poultry or fish, since I’m not fan of red meat. And you will always, and I really mean always, find a lot of sauce on my plate. I’ll never get rid of the sauce, never!
So, what I eat didn’t change, how I eat did.
Instead of eating a lot at once, I now eat smaller portions and this 4-6 times a day. And because of the smaller portions, I’m less hungry anyway. I also eat quite early and take my last snack at least 30-45 minutes before I go to bed. Not because I believe in those stories of “you will get fat purely from eating late at night” Believe me, that’s just a myth. As long as you don’t consume the majority of your daily calorie needs, there’s no problem. It’s more because it’s unpleasant to go to bed with an uncomfortably full stomach, you’ll still be satisfied in the morning and that will result in skipping breakfast. This will disrupt your metabolism.
Is there no more room for candy? Of course there is! Thanks to all my workouts I’m perfectly able to eat candy. And I enjoy it even more than I did before.
There’s still a lot of work to be done but I’m proud of what I achieved in those 2 months. Can’t wait to see how my body will transform in the next weeks. I’m off now, running! Talk to you soon. Love always, sporty spice 😉
::: I’M WEARING :::