Changing your lifestyle gradually

When you look at Fitgirlcode, I can imagine that you will think that we are all incredibly fit & healthy girls who have been like this for ages 😉 I’ll be honest with you, I am not that fit. I do not have visible abs (yet 😉 ), I am not going for a long run at 6am (yet?), and I will never reject a piece of chocolate cake (no, really, never). I am, however, getting healthier and on my journey to becoming as fit as I want to be. Changing your lifestyle does not have to happen overnight.

Before Aranka, the founder of Fitgirlcode, came on my path a couple of years ago, I practiced Taekwondo once a week and ate average-ish. Breakfast always consisted of two slices of bread with butter and chocolate sprinkles – don’t judge me, it’s a Dutch thing. I always ate bread at lunch and tried to eat a healthy dinner at night, while snacking (unhealthily) in between all these meals. Sometimes I tried to change my habits by eating more fruit or drinking more water, but nothing really ever stuck with me, which I personally didn’t mind that much because to be honest: I was not, and am not, overweight.

It was only gradually, from the moment I started contributing to Fitgirlcode, that small changes were made in my lifestyle. For example, I quit drinking sugary juices and committed myself to water. Then I switched my chocolate sprinkles to eating oatmeal in the morning. Eventually I signed myself up for the Ladiesrun in Rotterdam and I started running every weekend with one of my best friends. If you would have told me before joining Fitgirlcode that I would be working out at least 3 times a week and lifting weights, I would have probably peed my pants laughing.

My point is: everyone can do it. Excuses like “I don’t have time to work out” or “I really don’t like sports” are bullshit. With all the things I have going on in my life, I would love to have an 8th day in the week to get everything done, but I somehow still manage to squeeze in 2-3 serious work outs (which I like!) per week. You don’t have to radically change your lifestyle and transform every habit you have – you can start making small changes and eventually you will find yourself feeling healthier and more energetic than ever.

I promise you here and now that you will not regret it. I used to struggle with some problems with my digestive system for years, but since I have been living healthier and working out, they have vanished completely. Often during the day I had a big afternoon dip and I got really sleepy – guess what, that’s not a problem anymore. There are so many benefits to exercising and eating healthier.

Now if you will excuse me, I am going to release all this new-found energy into my 4th work out this week! 😉 You should go and do the same! 

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  1. Patricia

    Dit was net wat ik nodig had. Ik was goed begonnen met kleine stapjes maar door wat problemen ben ik laatste twee weken weer net zo hard terug gevallen als ik begon.
    Deze week weer vol goede moed beginnen 🙂

    • Shelley

      Goed om te horen! Het werkt echt goed om gewoon eerst wat kleine dingetjes aan te passen in plaats van radicaal je levensstijl om te gooien, zo kun je eraan wennen en voelt het niet als iets volhouden. 🙂 Veel succes en you can do it! x Shelley

  2. Demi

    This is so true and inspiring! Like!

    • Shelley

      Thank you Demi, that’s really nice to hear! 🙂 x

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  4. Margot

    De laatste 6 maanden loop ik echt heel intensief en ik merk dat beetje bij beetje een gezondere levenstijl in mijn leven opduikt… De laatste twee weken ben ik verknocht aan allerhande fruit terwijl de weken ervoor ik echt moeite moest doen om een stuk fruit binnen te krijgen… Alles heeft zijn tijd nodig zeker?