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Strong, healthy and happy
This is when I decided to specifically watch my food intake and workout routine in order to try to gain weight. I understand it might seem ridiculous to some: first losing weight and then trying to gain it back? Though there is a big difference between how I was before, during and after this decision. I went from ‘skinny but not healthy and no muscle’ to ‘too skinny’ to arrive where I am now: strong, healthy and happy. I know there are countless girls out there that are simply ‘build athletic’ and therefore easily lose weight while doing cardio or eating mostly ‘clean’. You might even have had a problem with eating disorders in the past but now made the decision to change. No matter what your reason is; you’re ready to get strong, healthy and kick some ass. With this article I hope to make you realize that also for you, gaining (muscle) strength and obtaining that fit, healthy and strong body really is possible, as long as you believe in it yourself too! It may require sweat, tears and discipline but believe me when I say it’s totally worth it.

Tons of peanut butter
Now what did I do in order to gain 5 kg’s and increase my lean muscle mass in only such a short amount of time? The answer lies for 80% with my food intake: I started eating, a lot. Normally, someone of my height, age and weight at that time would need only 1700 calories per day to remain at a constant weight. I made sure my daily intake was about 1000 calories above this amount, varying from 2500 to 3000 calories a day. Secondly, I reduced the running and joined a gym close to home, where I at least spend 1.5 hour twice a week. Once a week I do strength training with the equipment I have at home, meaning I do strength a total of 3 times a week. My focus still lies with running (obviously- I’m Runninglau ;-)) so I chose to visit the gym a limited amount a week. You, however, could obtain even greater results when going 5 to 6 times a week while training different muscle groups at a time! In the beginning eating such large amounts of food can be quite a challenge for someone with a small tummy, but don’t worry, your body will get used to it over time. May I give you another tip? Eat peanut butter. Peanut butter is your best friend and goes together perfectly with pretty much everything edible. In this case, you are allowed to call yourself a lucky bastard. Tons of peanut butter are on every women’s wish list, am I right?

Last but not least: don’t judge a women (or men) on just the outside. He or she might look healthy, but from the inside turns out to be the opposite. It could also be the other way around: that skinny girl might be trying her ultimate best to gain weight and kick some ass. The outside does not always define what’s going on, on the inside.

Keep in mind: as long as you want to be fit and healthy, you can be. Believe in yourself, focus on your goals and train HARD. You will get there before you know it. And always remember that peanut butter is your best friend.

Lots of love,

Lau

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  1. Es

    This story could be mine! Always was just a normal girl, who didn’t like sports.Started running, and lost a lot of weight. Saw people staring at me and asking if i had a disease…. Last year i started to build some muscle. Now i’m strong, healthy, have a better body. Find my balans between running and weights. I think it’s about balance: eat healthy (80/20), do some cardio and heavy weights. And be happy!

    • Laura

      Weird right, how things just change over time without even noticing it yourself? I’m happy to hear you’ve found the right balance, Es. Keep it up & stay strong!

  2. Marjolein

    Amen to that!

  3. Marit

    Mooi geschreven Laura! Ik heb inderdaad een tijdje gevonden dat je erg dun was en je moet mensen niet op een verkeerde manier inspireren, maar juist door dit te doen inspireer je des te meer mensen. Je ziet er nu veel gezonder uit op foto’s, maar ook stralender! Goed bezig en ga zo door!

    • Laura

      Hi Marit,

      Wat een lief berichtje! Het doet me goed om te horen dat mensen van buitenaf ook verandering zien. Ik voel me beter en zit lekkerder in mijn vel. Jouw ‘inspirational’ IG posts helpen daar natuurlijk ook bij. Thanks girl!

      Veel liefs,

      Lau