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.

Suit – H&M Trend / Tee – Maison Scotch / Kicks – Nike Air Zoom Spiridon Ultra / Bag – A.P.C. via Shopbop


  1. Ik blijf het bizar vinden, 19 kilo, is zoveel en jij was al gewoon een slanke!!!! Niet normaal, goed hoor.
    Ik blijf het altijd maar een ding vinden, ik vind het knap dat je je niets aantrekt van wat anderen doen, ik moet een voorbeeld aan jou nemen haha. Het blijft moeilijk, misschien moet ik het toch ook maar eens proberen PBP.

    In ieder geval gewoon respect en super gedaan!!!


    1. Ahhh vind ik superlief, maar ik was zeker geen slankie hoor! Ik wist het allemaal aardig te verbergen (nog steeds ;)), maar die 19 kilo mocht er ook echt wel af haha! Ga denk ik voor nog 10kg, maar vind het prima als ik dat niet helemaal haal. Wil ook realistisch blijven en gewoon accepteren wie ik ben (en dat is geen meisje van 50kg).

      Superlief bericht – as usual – en volg je eigen advies inderdaad maar goed op: niks van andere aantrekken: jij bent jij!


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