Runners run because it makes them feel good. Many of them reach for that runner’s high: that particular moment of not thinking about your legs. They just go. And they just keep on going. Others run because they want to stay fit. To keep their […]
Six months have passed since I started this experiment. I call it an experiment because I wasn’t really sure if this thing called Personal Body Plan was something for me. I’ve never really been the biggest fan of gyms, I’ve never really felt comfortable in […]
As you have already seen in this post, I started my Personal Body Plan journey last month. A bit scared, a bit sceptical, but most of all: very excited. I received quite some questions about how I experienced this first month, so I’m trying to give some answers to the questions that were asked most frequently. If there’s anything else you’d like to know or feel like hasn’t been answered properly, feel free to drop your question in the comment section below and I’ll do my very best to answer them. Small disclaimer: please keep in mind I’m by no means an expert nor do I pretend to be one. I just like to share my experiences with you and don’t expect you to feel the same as I do about certain topics. Here we go:
How do you like PBP so far?
Even though I feel like I just started, I can say that I got in the flow pretty easily. Might have had something to do with the fact that I always loved sports, I’m used to pushing myself to limits and further and I’m not afraid of some sweat (honestly, I look horrible during my work-outs and I couldn’t care less). I work out 3-4 times a week (mainly weight training) and make sure the days in between I do some sort of active recovery (think: running, walking, biking, yoga, you name it). One day of the week I don’t do anyhting, so that six active days versus one not-so-active day. Sounds like a treat, doesn’t necessarily feel like it (I don’t really do full days of couch-potatoeing to be honest). I already had this routine before I started doing PBP, so doesn’t feel very new.
What does a typical training look like?
Well, what is very new to me is the way we started out training. A lot of the exercises we’re doing now are based on balance (and I suck at keeping my balance, so you can imagine: that’s interesting) and building up strength, whereas I used to do a lot of cardio combined with strength, but in a complete different way. In The Hub, PBP’s very own super awesome gym, they taught me to do less reps, but with heavier weights instead of doing as much reps as you can, with less weight. May sounds super logical to some, wasn’t like that for me at that time.
I don’t think I can really speak of one typical training, but the composition of each training looks quite the same so far: I start out with some foam rolling, tabatha (what that means is that I basically race/run/cross train my ass off for a couple of minutes: 20sec. average pace, 20sec. so-fast-I-can’t-even-think-pace) followed by some super sets of 3 or 4 exercises per set, 8 or 10 reps per exercise. The exercises vary from lat pull downs, squats, and pulleys to hip thrusters (my fave!), bench presses and chin-ups. One of my short team goals? I want to be able to do a chin up without help. Or multiple, ofcourse. But hey: baby steps ;)
What about the food?
I can be very short about the food part: when I started Personal Body Plan I made it very clear to myself that 1. I wanted to learn more about food and what works for me and what doesn’t but 2. I didn’t want to become obsessed by weighing every single calorie I put in my mouth. Not because I’m that rebellious, but because I don’t enjoy thinking about food the entire day. Before I started Personal Body Plan I kind of expected the PBP coaches to tell me what I should or shouldn’t eat, but that’s really not the case. Of course, I’ve had some great tips on how to be able to eat the right things for let’s say after a heavy work-out – and I have to admit I eat pretty healthy stuff already – but no one ever tried to force an opinion on me in a pedantic way. My coach understands I’m not doing this because I want to become a body builder, but I’m doing it because it makes me feel good. Period.
Are you allowed to eat anything at all?
Yes. A lot of training means your body also needs quite a lot of food. The only tip for improvement I got so far is toe at a little bit more. Especially because the intensity of the trainings are going up next week (yay!) it would be useful to eat a little bit more than I do now. Sounds pretty easy for some, but apparently I don’t feel the urge to eat a lot more than a do now.
Did you notice any results already?
Yes. Even though I’m pretty sure most of the progress I booked so far happened in my head, I noticed some changes in my body as well: visible lines and loose jeans say it all. I don’t like to weigh myself, so I haven’t done that in a while. I’m a firm believer of that fact that the number on the scale doesn’t really have to mean anything.
Are you going to show you before and after photo’s?
No. Just no.
You can still join me, and start your own PBP journey if you register before June 29th here.
In this fourth article for the Happy Thoughts section I’m going to give you guys the occasional update of random things that make me happy. Because you know.. they’re happy thoughts for a reason. This can be anything, literally anything, from personal stuff to something that […]
I could have started this post by saying I’m not a firm believer of new year’s resolutions. Not because I think there’s something wrong with them in general, but mostly because I fully believe in the fact that if you’re not satisfied with something, you can change that at any time. You don’t need a new year to start working on your goals, right? But I found myself reminiscing the past year lately and looking back and looking forward to me are never two entirely seperate things. I can’t think about the past – successes or things I would have done differently – without thinking about solutions on how to accomplish these things (again, or better) in the near future. Re-solutions, so to speak. So here I am, writing down my new year’s resolutions. Only three of them, but I think that these are three things that are challenging enough for now, so here we go:
1. Deep cleanse.
I already started this last month, but I really, REALLY want to shrink my wardrobe. I’ll probably never be the girl with a small rack of clothes and 2 pairs of shoes to wear, but the amount of clothes, shoes, jackets and other *&^%$ I currently own is insane. Every now and then I donate bags full of clothes to charity, friends or family, but for the new year I’m thinking about organising a huge closet sale, perhaps together with some fellow bloggers, and drastically scale down that wardrobe. I even thought of starting to live by the ‘rules’ of the 5 piece French Wardrobe system, but I already know this is not something I will persevere in – given the amount of stuff I also receive for collaborations with brands etc -, so I’d rather not set a goal that’s not reasonable. The system might be a good idea to keep in mind when sorting out my wardrobe: what kinds of things might need a replacement (black skinny jeans, a grey pair pair of trousers, a navy thin knit, just to name a few)? What kinds of things actually do add something to my cleaned-out wardrobe? What’s is the cost per wear of some really awesome items I already own, but somehow never wear? Would it be better to sell them too? All in all: deep wardrobe cleanse, stay tuned.
2. Get back into my work-out routine.
I’ve always been a sporty type, and I can’t remember not feeling good about getting sweaty every now and then. From the moment I could hold a ball properly (I was 4 years old..) I played korfball. Let’s call it the Dutch equivalent of basketball, to keep it simple ;). Not a single day went by without spending time on the fields (at its peak I trained and played matches 6-8 times a week). Besides that I’ve tried many other sports, like fitness, rugby, swimming, mixed martial arts, kickboxing, spinning and running.
To be honest, I never found a type of sport I liked doing as much as playing korfball (I practised it for 20 years), so when I decided to quit playing it (no time, I moved, didn’t find a club I really liked, etc) I found myself trying all new sort of things. All very nice, but all without a purpose. Not that I’m always looking for a purpose (to be honest: sometimes the ‘health-bloggers-world freaks me out from time to time, but that’s a whole other story), but I want to find my love for sports again. I don’t want to go out for a run because I feel obliged to run 10km within 48 minutes. I don’t want to drag myself on that spinning bike because I can count how many calories I lost by spending 50 of my life on that thing afterwards, and I certainly don’t want to compare myself to all the ab-picture-posting chicks on Instagram. I just want to rekindle my love for sports because I used to enjoy them so much.
3. Spend time with people who matter the most.
Juggling a full-time job, a business and all the things that come with these two jobs, don’t necessarily leave much time to spend on the people that matter the most to me: my love, my family and my close friends. Friends come and go, that’s super normal, but I really cherish the few friends that tend to stick around. The ones that are always there for you when you need them and the ones you’re always there for when they need you (interesting sentence ;)). I feel lucky to be able to say I have a bunch of amazing friends, but I’ve also come to the frightening conclusion that sometimes your ‘friends’ aren’t more than just acquaintances. Sometimes friendships mean different things to each and everyone of us, and that’s ok, but I just want to be more aware of that given fact. Real friends know they are your friends, right? For 2016 I decided to start focusing on people who wanted nothing but my time. Time we can spend together.
Tell me, can you relate? Any new year’s resolutions yourself?