How Team #FGC is making September healthier

Here at #FITGIRLCODE HQ we keep up with the latest health trends not only to share them with all of you but also to apply them to our own lives! Each of us is different and has unique strengths, weaknesses, schedules, and needs. After a summer filled with one too many scoops of ice cream (sound familiar?) we are ready to conquer September 2015 by trying out something new!

We’ll each share with you one workout, food tip, beauty tip, or new habit we’re trying out this month to continue unlocking our personal code to a healthy and happy lifestyle. We are determined to make September healthier!

 

Drink 2 Litres of water per day

Shelley, Brand Relations Manager

“I’ve started committing to drinking 2L of water a day and plan to make this a habit. For some this is super easy but for me it’s a downright struggle – I’m just a very non-thirsty person and now I have to go to the bathroom ALL. THE. TIME. They say it takes you 2-3 weeks to form a habit so let’s see if I can do this! Why? Drinking enough water is very good for your health and on top of that, my skin definitely can use some improvements.”

Bottoms up, Shelley!

Vary workouts to avoid a Fit Girl rut

Anna, Press Relations Manager & Lead Editor

“Prevent yourself from getting into a workout rut. If you do the same thing over and over again you’ll get bored no matter what, and the same goes for your workouts. I was doing CrossFit all the time and just didn’t feel like it anymore”

“This month I’m going to try all different types of workouts to keep surprising my body and mind. I want to keep it playful and exciting to avoid getting into a rut and to make sure I keep enjoying exercising!”

“… recently I’ve tried Hula Hoop, swimming, Grit Strength classes, running, and I’m having such a blast!!”

Cutting out dairy and adding fermented foods

Andrea, Marketing Intern

“My skin has been all over the place this summer, and I have not been able to figure out what’s causing it. I eat super well but have a weakness for certain dairy foods (cheese, greek yogurt, ice cream…). Dairy products are full of natural hormones, are a natural source of sugar, and increase inflammation in the body. These are all things that could be contributing to my not-so-great complexion as of late.”

“So as much of a cheese-lover as I am I will do my best to skip the dairy products and go for kimchi instead as I embark on my mission to baby-soft, clear skin”

Unplugging

Aranka, CEO

“I’m going on holiday and limiting myself to 30 min of internet per day during that week. I am going to read books and try to take less pictures. I sometimes don’t even see the view, only the picture of the view… Bring on the beach!”

 

Train for 10K

Laura, Project Manager
“I slowly built up my running ability to a 5K then had a bad ankle injury. This set me back and I broke up with running for several months. I’m looking for love again and am hoping to find it at the 10K finish line!”
“I’m going to use my Nike + app to train for running a 10K in 8 weeks. I know this is not just for September, but I plan to using the app’s schedule this month so I have clear goals I can stick to. I’m still looking for a race in the Netherlands in the coming months, any suggestions?”

 

Starting fresh with a positive mindset

Vladana, Online Editor
“This summer was marked by a lot of changes in my life, both good and bad. I met a lot of positive people here at #FITGIRLCODE who helped me change my negative mindset and inspired me to make changes”
“September will be my fresh start. I will find a routine and balance that work for me and get back on track in the gym after being injured for 4 months. More sleep and more water seems like a good place to start 🙂 “

 

Start going to yoga again

Laura, Chief Production Manager

“Team #FITGIRLCODE is moving to a new HQ! A new office means a new start. I’m letting go of old bad habits, including not going to yoga. I see every Monday as the 1st of January, a new opportunity to start fresh. You’ll see me back at yoga in September!”

Sleeping more

Joey, Graphic Designer

“This month I’m going to catch more zzzz’s and rest so that I can properly focus during the day. I plan to have more energy so I can be more productive and get better results in all I do, in and out of the office”

“A clear mind allows me to be on top of my game while working on my latest big project for the #FITGIRLCODE website! Stay tuned in the coming months to see if I succeed!”

So that’s what the #FITGIRLCODE team is up to this month! We’d love to hear about your plans, goals, dreams, and everything else. Tag us on Instagram or comment below and share what you’re doing to make September 2015 healthier!

Ultimate tip for a happier & healthier life

The execution of this tip can be very simple, or very complicated. You can make it as big as you want, by putting loads of effort into it or doing something a bit more petite. I’m talking about doing a good deed for someone else, it sounds kind of cute doesn’t it?! It’s because doing a good deed for another is a very sweet thing to do and by doing so, you will also boost your health and happiness! It’s a win win 🙂

Ultimate tip for a happier & healthier life

I wanted to start 2015 with an original new year’s resolution, so I started brainstorming. I have a background in healthcare and I really like taking care of others. I figured it had to something related to this. After my brainstorm session I came up with the idea to start my own blog, do as many tiny good deeds as possible and write about my adventures. I named my blog ‘One tiny good deed‘. The last few months I enjoyed it so much that it kind of became a part of my happy and healthy lifestyle.

You’re probably curious to know why doing tiny good deeds will boost your health and happiness? Read on! According to the Guard Your Health research it has shown the following:

Doing good deeds gives you a sense of belonging, reduces stress, improves your self-esteem and expands your life.

They also made a super cool list to get you on your way to a healthier and happier lifestyle.

If this has got you all excited and you’re looking for more inspiration, check out ‘One Good Deed A Day‘. You can order this book here. I personally adore this lovely little book, my favorite good deed from it is ‘Smile at a stranger’. You’ll be surprised how this deed will make your day so much more fun!

Last but definitely not least. Dear Fit Girls, I challenge you to do the deed above, or any other good deed and as always I’d love to hear your stories!

xoxo

Safira Audrey

 

Dare 2 Challenge – part 2

Well, this challenge became a pain in my cute butt. I was hoping the challenge would become easier, but unfortunately that was not the case. But even after I went a bit flamingo-crazy with my cheat days, I can still be proud of what I have accomplished after my 3 months challenge (live a complete healthy lifestyle)! YEAH! Here’s why:

Because I am determined to fully unlock my personal code for a healthy lifestyle, I challenged myself. In part 1 of my challenge I explained the 5 CONDITIONS and the 2 RULES I needed to keep myself to for the last 3 MONTHS. Working out on a regular base alone is not sufficient to fully unlock a healthy lifestyle. Your food intake is as important and especially since your body needs food to recover from your insane workouts.

MY GOAL

Developing a food schedule I feel comfortable with and gives me balance in my healthy lifestyle.

… and now the results!
Because of my full-time support system and determination to complete my challenge, I managed to stay off the following drinks and food for 3 WHOLE MONTHS:

    1. Alcohol
    2. Soft and fruits drinks (also the light versions)
    3. Snacks (chocolate, candy, chips, cupcakes, pie etc.)
    4. Raw sugar
    5. Greasy and fast food

Due to some stressful events during these 3 MONTHS I did have two extra cheat days. Which is not a crime I know. I did however realise that stressful events or living an unbalanced life contributes to overeating and seeking for quick “comfort food”. And by “comfort food”  I mean snacks with sugar and meals like fast food.

My conclusion
To unlock your personal code to a healthy lifestyle you need to give yourself time. Time to figure out what works for you. Also you need to find the project manager in yourself, since living a healthy lifestyle needs a solid plan. Like prepping or baking your healthy snacks/meals in advance if you know you are going to have a busy week. Or to schedule in your workouts in advance otherwise you end up skipping them and thinking you will hit the gym tomorrow. ..if you are not busy again.
And finally, I like to call my cheat day a treat day. This sounds way more positive and will prevent you from going flamingo-crazy. Because if you treat yourself you can actually enjoy it instead of feeling guilty. The feeling of guilt contributes to the feeling of sadness, failure and stress. Those feelings like to be comforted and therefore your body will send signals to your brain to eat more.

In my food and exercise schedule you can see how I found my balance in my healthy hectic lifestyle. In this article you can also read all about my journey and the challenges I had to overcome and to get me to where I am now. A HAPPY 😀  Fit Girl who likes to live an active and challenging life 😉

FINAL: During the 3 MONTHS of my challenge I learned that my body is still developing and that’s why I need to keep adapting my food intake. I will keep challenging myself to learn more about nutrition and skill training in the gym 😉

Do you want start your own challenge?
Join the Cosmopolitan’s #FITGIRLCODESUMMERCHALLENGE

And remember dare 2 challenge yourself, but also dare 2 fail. Because there is nothing wrong learning from your mistakes! 😀

Good luck and have fun! 😀

Dare 2 Challenge – part 1

What doesn’t challenge you doesn’t change youthat was probably what I was thinking one month ago, when I agreed to this challenge! 😉 And not only that, also because I still havent completely unlocked my personal code for a healthy lifestyle.

In the work-out department I score like an 8, hitting the gym four times a week and challenging myself to reach a new level of soreness after every work-out. haha 😀 . But in the food department I score like a 5 and sometimes a 6. Like so many Fit Girls I’m also still searching for the best nutrition for my body ever since working out became part of my lifestyle. So hopefully after this challenge I will be closer in unlocking my personal code for my healthy lifestyle…

Dare 2 Challenge
So it’s very simple… there are 5 CONDITIONS and 2 RULES. You only need a pretty large doses of self-control or a full-time support system. 😉 The followings drinks and food are off limit:

  1. Alcohol
  2. Soft and fruits drinks (also try to stay away from any light versions, since they contain other substances of sweetness)
  3. Snacks (chocolate, candy, chips, cupcakes, pie etc.)
  4. Sugar (read more about “how to eat less sugar” in the article of Fit Girl Lisanne)
  5. Greasy and fast food

And you need to keep yourself to the following 2 rules:

  1. One cheat day a week (and don’t go flamingo-crazy there, a cheat day could also mean a dinner in a restaurant or one healthy snack)
  2. Time frame: 3 MONTHS (of course you can determine your own period, if one month is already enough of a challenge for you that’s also good)

Why complicate life?
Since I am determined to live a healthy lifestyle, I also need to change my food habits. Working out on a regular base alone is not sufficient and your food intake is as important as your workouts. I also realised that my body is seeking for different nutrition ever since I started working out on a regular base and therefore I am in search for a food schedule I feel comfortable with and gives me balance in this lifestyle. This does not mean I will never allow myself to eat chocolate or a hamburger again, but I am challenging myself to find healthy alternatives for these type of cravings.

I believe that because I am not aware and don’t have the knowledge yet of all these alternative healthy delicious snacks and other recipes, I continue going in circles and fall back in my old habits over and over again. I want to change that and therefore I hope this challenge will force me to make an extra effort and after 3 months will get me into my healthy habits and lifestyle 😀

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Photoshoot for new sportswear brand Jogha

This week we had an amazing day with an even more amazing team of one of the fittest and prettiest Dutchies on Instagram. Together with Victor Kruit and Modelworkout we organized a photo shoot for new luxury sportswear brand Jogha. Curious how it went? Check the Instagram diary of the girls below!

Lights, camera, action! Jogha luxury sportswear, For Badass Fit Girls. ✖️www.jogha.com✖️ #jogha #fitgirls #badass

Een foto die is geplaatst door Jogha (@joghacom) op

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