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Without before, there is no after

Yep, there it is: my before- and after picture. Damn, it’s insanely scary to share this with the rest of the world. Even though I showed it to a few close friends before I decided to post it on FITGIRLCODE, it’s still a huge step. Some of you might wonder why I would share something personal like this on the world wide web. I have two reasons:

  1. I’m amazingly proud of the results I achieved. I honestly did not expect myself to be this persistent.
  2. I love to inspire and motivate other women to become someone who is comfortable in her own skin.

I have doubted whether I should post this picture already or if I should wait a few more months so the difference would be more ‘shocking’. But then I decided that it’s important to tell you guys that I feel super confident and proud of myself looking at this picture.

Don’t compare yourself to others
I want to emphasize, that you should keep in mind that you and your body are one of a kind. So don’t compare yourself to others. Everybody responds totally different to food and exercise. I, for example will never fit into a size 36 EU/8 UK like Aranka or Chris (only if I’d starve myself). It’s simply not possible because of my bone structure. But that doesn’t mean that my body is less beautifull or fit. Everyone is georgious in their own unique way. That’s what makes the world an interesting place.

The road to transformation
I gotta tell you, that the changes I have undergone lately didn’t happen in two months. Physicall yes, but mentally no. I have prepared myself for this new lifestyle over the past year – step by step. Like Shelley wrote in her article: changing you habits doesn’t happen over night.

After preparing myself all this time, I was ready to change a few things radically. This is what I did to achieve my goals:

  • Accept the fact that I need to make sacrifices. I can’t have both: drink loads of wine, eat cheese AND look like Beyoncé.
  • I work out 4 times a week: 3 times strenght training and once a week I go for a 8k run.
  • I drink a lot less alcohol. And if I do, I stick to some ground rules to limit the damage.
  • I found myself a few Fit Friends For Life to keep me motivated.
  • I try to eat as clean as possible. Check out 6 healthy tips to starting eating clean.
  • I quit drinking soft drinks and fruit juices and committed to green tea and (flavored)water
  • Last but not least: when I slacked I tried not to panic. Sometimes I just want to eat chocolate, cookies and A LOT of potato chips. But I don’t trow in the towel. I tell myself that every day is a brand new day for me to work my ass off in the gym and eat super healthy.

The key to succes
I`ve been training with Georgios from Sixforty for over a year now. Before, I didn’t get the results I was aiming for at all. So I asked him why he thinks I am succeeding this time around.

Georgios: “Succes has everything to do with the choices you make and how much you are willing to sacrifice to let them succeed. Anna chose what’s most important for her: becoming a woman who’s comfortable in her own skin. And because she comits to this choice there’s nothing in her way to reach her goals.”

Anna & Georgios Kleur
photo credits: Vivienne Magalie

A little thank you

I didn’t reach my personal goals yet, but when I started this journey I’d never thought I would get this far, this fast. But you should all know that I have couldn’t done this without a few important people in my life.

Shout out to my boyfriend (also my Best Fit Friend For Life), the most amazing trainer in the world: Georgios, my close friends and ofcourse everyone in the FITGIRLCODE community. Thanks ya’ll!

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  1. Daphne's Notes

    Good job! You look great! Really inspiring story 🙂

    • Anna

      Thanks Daphne! I’m glad I inspire you! 🙂 Thanks for reading my story! XO Anna

  2. Renske

    You go girl! You look amazing!

    • Anna

      Thanks a lot Renkse. Really happy with your compliment 🙂 XO Anna

  3. Jelka

    You look amazing! Truly something to be proud of! You go girl!

    • Anna

      Thanks a lot Jelka! Great compliment 🙂 Thanks for reading my story! XO Anna

  4. Justine

    You look amazing! And what a very inspiring story. Thanks for sharing <3

    • Anna

      Thank you so much Justine! Really happy you find my story inspiring 🙂 XO Anna

  5. Evelien

    Wow, you look wonderful, well done!!

    • Anna

      Thanks a lot Evelien! I feel wonderful as well 🙂 XO

  6. Eline Kemp

    Just, wow! Super knap! Je straalt:)

    • Anna

      Lief berichtje van je Eline! Ik voel me ook geweldig. En deze reactie zijn echt fantastisch. XO Anna

  7. Stephanie Roest

    YOU ROCK =)

    • Anna

      Thanks! Anders jij wel Stephanie! 🙂

  8. Bregje

    Anna!!! You rock!!! Ben zo trots op je! X

    • Anna

      Thanks lieverd! <3

  9. Demi

    Wow, wat een resultaat, en dat in twee maanden. Jeetje, looking good! Volgens mij zit dat maatje 36 er echt wel in hoor. En hoe denk je over koffie? Drink je dat nog wel?

    • Anna

      Super bedankt voor je reactie Demi! Dat doet me enorm goed 🙂 En de komende maanden ga ik er gewoon weer tegenaan. Het is beter om groene thee te drinken in plaats van koffie. Maar iedere dag één kopje koffie kan geen kwaad hoor. Zolang je er geen suiker in doet is het prima! Nogmaals, leuk dat je onze blog volgt!

  10. Lisette

    Wauw!! Superknap! En thanks voor de motivatie 🙂 Fijn artikel om te lezen, vooral met alle info erbij. Hou vol, jij komt er wel!

    • Anna

      Graag gedaan Lisette! Dat vind ik het belangrijkste van dit artikel, anderen motiveren 🙂 En ik ga het zeker volhouden! I’ll keep you posted 🙂 XO Anna

  11. Lisa

    I love this post Anna – you look amazing and I really enjoyed reading about your experiences and your top tips for how you got the results you were looking for this time around. You’re right to take things a step at a time and you should be damn proud of your progress!!

    Lisa x

    • Anna

      Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂 You really make me smile! I am glad you enjoyed reading my article. XO Anna

  12. Lenneke

    Very inspiring and extremely brave to put yourself and your story out here. I have tons of respect for your strength and determination, and you have every right to be proud of your accomplishments! Well done & keep it up!

    • Anna

      Hi Lenneke, thank you so much for your kind words. I never expected to get so many super great reactions to my article. Thanks again! And i will definitely keep up the good work 🙂 XO

  13. kirsten

    Anna! Well done! Such an inspiration!!!

    • Anna

      Thanks Kirsten! But I have seen on Facebook you are doing really well yourself! Proud of you! XO

  14. aniek

    Stoer kind ben je Anna! Super trots op jou! X

    • Anna

      Thanks sportbuddy! 🙂 X

  15. Sabrina hartman

    Mooi geschreven en super inspirerend!!! Keep up the good work!! 🙂

    • Anna

      He Sabrina! Wat leuk dat je mijn artikel hebt gelezen. IK ben onwijs blij dat ik je heb kunnen inspireren. Dit zijn de soort reacties die me motiveren om door te gaan. Thanks daarvoor 🙂 XO Anna

  16. Fleur

    Goed bezig zeg! Je mag trots op jezelf zijn. Geniet van alle verdiende complimentjes 🙂

    • Anna

      Dankjewel Fleur! Genieten van de complimentjes doe ik zeker 🙂 Ik ben er zelfs een beetje door overdonderd haha. Leuk dat je mijn artikel heb gelezen. XO

  17. Kim

    Wow prachtig resultaat, ik zou al heel blij zijn moest ik zelf zo ver raken.

  18. Anna

    Lieve Kim, dankjewel voor je reactie! Als ik het kan, dan kan iedereen het 🙂 Succes met jouw persoonlijke fit journey! Liefs Anna

  19. Maaike

    Wow, what a difference! Really good job and thanks for sharing this. It takes a lot of courage! 🙂

    • Anna

      Thanks Maaike! I do indeed feel pretty courageous, hehe 😉 But it’s worth it! All these great reactions ensure that I push trough until I reach my goal.

  20. Nienke

    Wauw, wat een prachtig verschil! Dit soort posts inspireren me altijd enorm om door te zetten als ik even geen zin heb. Zeker omdat mijn bouw erg op die van jou lijkt. Dat voelt dichterbij dan de super afgetrainde meiden die je soms ziet (al motiveert dat natuurlijk ook wel). Dus, thanks for sharing & keep up the amazing work 🙂

    • Anna

      Lieve Nienke, jij bedankt voor je lieve berichtje! Ik vond het best wel eng om dit artikel te plaatsen maar ik ben blij dat ik jou en andere vrouwen ermee kan inspireren! Voel je niet verslagen als het een keer iets minder gaat. Je bent maar eens mens! Iedere dag is een nieuwe kans om lekker en gezond te eten of de apparaten krom te trekken op de sportschool 😉 Succes meisie! You can do it! Liefs Anna

  21. NORTH MAG

    Very inspiring! Vooral omdat je er zo eerlijk en realistisch over praat. Well done 🙂
    Zoeken jullie nog contributors btw?
    Love,

    A.

    • Anna

      Thanks voor je berichtje! Daar word ik blij van 🙂 En als je een keer voor Fitgirlcode wilt schrijven, dan vinden we dat hartstikke leuk. Lees dit artikeltje even http://84.22.114.53/fan-bloggers-wanted/ en je weet precies hoe het werkt! Fijne dag!