When I moved to London, everything changed. Back in the Netherlands, I remember I never visited my University snack bar the entire time I was studying, I would prepare salads and bring them with me, I never ordered food and I’d work out 3-5 days a week.
But moving to London changed that. When I first got here my diet consisted of four energy drinks a day and a packet of cheese and onion crisps. My lunch was usually a microwave meal and salad. Even though I was skinny I was really unhealthy. I suffered from stress, was always tired and my skin and hair suffered too. I knew I needed to change it all, but I didn’t know where to start.
The Planner Changed Everything
I designed the Fit Is The Sh*t planner because as I was going on this journey and making these changes, I really wanted to track it. I wanted a planner that would help me track what I ate and how I felt. Since I couldn’t find one, I decided that it would be good to bring it in for CGD LONDON. During the journey I shared a lot of progress photos with my colleagues, after a month, seeing my progress really motivated me and helped me continue with my journey. And reflection is so important too, which is why I included all the elements in it that helped me.
By changing my routine I feel so much stronger. My skin looks so much better and I’m really comfortable wearing no makeup.
My clothes fit so much better and I’m happier in my own body at the moment. The Fit Is The Sh*t planner is such a personal project and I’m really proud of what it is, I know it’s going to help a lot of women because it helped me. I’ve been through that journey and I know how it helps.
I edited my life
First, I stopped smoking. I educated myself about what it was doing to my body and just decided to stop and go cold turkey. A lot of the time, when you educate yourself about what you’re putting into your body you’re shocked enough that you’ll stop. The first thing I noticed was that my taste buds changed which made healthy eating so much easier.
To stay motivated, I turned to YouTube. Watching videos of women who had similar lifestyles to me and were creating healthy routines inspired me. I loved to see what they ate in a day and thought that if they could do it, I could too.
I was inspired to cook again
I stopped being so lazy with cooking and groceries because I was inspired by YouTube. I write my meals in the Fit Is The Sh*t planner and take the time to plan it out which really helps. In London, everything is convenient, you only need your phone to get everything delivered to your door. That made me lazy. Now, Saturday is my day for going to the grocery store. I love to go to Whole Foods, it’s an hour walk for me, but a lovely walk. I walk through Hyde Park and have a meditation moment, taking the time to think about things that bothered me through the week.
Preparation for me is really important. I need to have a record of what I’m eating so I can make sure it’s good for me. That’s why I love whole foods, because it’s a trip to discover new things, and if I spend the time planning it out beforehand I enjoy it more.
I learned to push myself
Barry’s Bootcamp really kickstarted my health journey and really pushed me. It’s important that you push yourself really hard to get the results you want. Following a class, really helps me to get out of my comfort zone. It’s good for dealing with stress and keeping yourself on that healthy journey, you make better choices when you’re working out.
Barry’s is a workout of forty-five minutes on a treadmill and with weight training added in. On the treadmill, it’s basically HIIT training, so you really push yourself and the trainers push you too.
Learning to push myself has really changed my body, I push myself harder every single class and afterward, I’m so proud of myself. Before class, I do not want to go, but that’s normal, but when you see those changes you’re definitely more motivated. It taught me a good ethic for life too actually, when something is hard don’t give up, push harder.
I changed my life for the best
Another way this routine has changed my life is that I now know what I can and can’t eat. I write down what I’ve eaten in the Fit Is The Sh*t planner to see how I feel the next day and decide what I can or can’t do. Doing this helped me to discover I am sensitive to mushrooms, dairy, and gluten. Just having a diary and seeing how you feel after eating certain things helps you to be your best self.
I allow myself to cheat once a week (usually on Friday) so I’ll have fries or something nice to treat myself.