Let me get straight to the point with the article: I’m doing well! I’ve received a couple of questions over the past few weeks about whether I’m still following the Personal Body Plan program, so I thought it would be nice to give you an update on the subject. The short answer is: ‘yes’. But as you know me by now, my answers are never really short, so here’s the full story:
In June 2016 I started my own PBP journey (find all the PBP related posts I wrote here). I was excited but a bit scared of what was ahead of me at the same time. Would I be able to pull this off? Would I actually like training in this community-like setting? Would I be able to succeed, whatever that might mean? In six months I lost a lot of kg’s, gained strength and confidence like a mad woman and can really say I’ve made this my lifestyle. All the cliches are true (and cliches for a reason, don’t you think?): find something you like training wise (in my case: heavy weights, lifting, the occasional run on a Sunday), split up your goals in smaller bite-size pieces and – most importantly – don’t restrict yourself too much.
The not-restricting part seems like a no-brainer, but I truly believe that in the long term it’s always better to be patient, work hard, and ultimately see a permanent result instead of diving into one of these weird-ass crash diets – ‘loose 10kg within a month before Summer’ – and expecting it to last forever. Because – news flash – it never will. And even if it does: you won’t feel better for it. Just hungry.
‘So how did you not-restrict yourself, and loose 19kg (yes!) in the meantime?’ I hear many people ask me. Well, here you go. A quick list of all the things I don’t do:
- I don’t cut out entire food groups. We need carbs. We need fat. We need proteines. Lots of proteines ;)
- I don’t starve myself. When I’m hungry, I eat. Easy-peasy.
- I don’t eat ‘light’. I love salads, as long as they’re filled. I train a lot and I train with heavy weights. Also, I’m a 6ft tall chick with a strong body, I need proper food.
- I don’t freak out: I’m not that much into chocolate and all the sweet stuff to be honest (I’m more a savoury kind of person), but if I’m craving chocolate, I get myself a very nice piece of chocolate and I eat it. No guilt. Same for pizza. Or fries. If I want them, I take them, and no longer feel sorry for doing it. Because we all know: as long as you don’t do it every day, it’s completely fine to indulge every now and then.
- I don’t care too much about other people’s unsolicited opinions: there’s a shitload of information on the internet about health, fitness and food. Many of it is great advice, many of it is just bullsh*t. Because sometimes I was having a heard time filtering what’s right and what’s not, I decided to do what feels good for me, because in the end: My life. My body. My journey.
Even though many of the aforementioned seems nothing new, to me it was a whole new experience to be able to reach my goals without limiting myself. Without feeling like I’m on a strict diet all the time or being hungry throughout the day. Being able to surprise myself has been to most wonderful experience ever and I curious to see what the next months will bring me.