A real woman in today’s twisted world

Nowadays we’re surrounded by the countless sixpack-selfies on Instagram, the perfect-shaped bubble butt on Pinterest and Facebook is also not very supportive with its unending amount of tips for the ‘perfect flat belly’. It seems as if the whole world is forcing us to be perfect. But what is perfect in today’s world? Does perfectness even has a certain definition? In today’s article we will discuss the latter and I will give you my point of view, which might differ somewhat from the perfect image we have in mind thanks to the online media. Because what if I tell you, you’re already pretty perfect right now, at this very moment? Trust me. You’re hot, darling.

‘What does a real woman look like anyway?’

Some time ago I found myself scrolling to some of Blogilates her old articles when I bumped into an article that was called ‘What does a real woman look like anyway?’. Immediately caught by the title of the article I started reading, the thought ‘You’re so damn right, Cassey.’ increasing every sentence I read further. Why this article intrigued me so much? Well, when Cassey uploaded some pictures of her two beautiful clothing line models, an incredible amount of negative comments overloaded her Instagram page. Many of her followers claimed that they were disappointed of the fact that she hadn’t used any ‘real women’ for her new clothing line. But what is a real women, in today’s twisted world, anyways?

Too skinny, too big

If you’re a bit skinnier then your friends, you’ll be named anorexic or someone that is acting too obsessive towards food. Are you somewhat heavier than the average girl, you immediately turn into the one that never does any sports nor moving at all, plus you’ll be likely spending your day at Mac Donalds all day. Sounds lame, but it’s the way people judge in real life. You might even unconsciously do it yourself as well! That’s why today we bring this subject under discussion. It’s time to stop judging. It’s time to start living.

Bubble butt, thigh gaps & abs

Whether you’re too skinny or too big according today’s standards, or even if your BMI is perfectly fine: it never seems to be enough. Here’s an example.

‘’Is your butt flat? You will obviously need to squat more. Do your thights touch each other? No way, you should work on that thigh gap girl! Is your belly not as flat as paper? Crunches, crunches and more crunches.’’

The above mentioned way of thinking sounds ridiculous when you read it like that, but it is the way the majority of society thinks right now. But what if you simply don’t have the body type to obtain some thight gaps? You can’t –even if you’d workout 24/7- switch from pear to hourglass. When will we switch our focus from dreaming about the body we want, to adoring the one we already have? That’s right. Right now.

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Review: Get Your Teeth CocoWhite

After trying the activated charcoal I found another great (chemical free) way for whitening your teeth. Flavored coconut oil in a sachet with an instruction so easy that everybody should try it! I am amazed by the result!! I want you to meet CocoWhite!

What is it? Like I said, flavored coconut oil in a sachet. Nothing more, nothing less. 🙂 I already knew that oil pulling could make your teeth whiter but I was frankly too lazy too try it. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE coconut oil but I hate the fact that it is a solid brick below 24 degrees. Which means that you have to spoon out a piece (with some force) and the fact that oil pulling should be done every day … Nope, too lazy! But! CocoWhite has found the answer to this (lazy)  “problem”.  They’ve put the exact amount of coconut oil in a sachet. Of course it is solid but if you put the sachet under warm/hot water, then in a matter of seconds it’s liquid and ready to use. 😉 You will receive a  package with 14 sachets, so you use one per day. You can choose between two flavors, minty fresh or vanilla. I tried the vanilla version!

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The instructions

Step 1: Squeeze sachet into mouth
Step 2: Swirl for 5- 15 minutes (I did the 15 minutes every day!)
Step 3: Spit out & smile

Easy peasy! To be honest, I am not a big fan of vanilla so the first attempt was not a pretty sight. But I pushed myself through 14 days of 15 minutes of swirling and luckily after a few days I got used to the taste. I also started seeing that my teeth got whiter after 5 days already! The only downside that I can come up with is that it is pretty hard to swirl for 15 minutes. A few times I caught myself just staring at the TV without swirling but with the oil still in my mouth. I was like ‘Oh right! I should swirl’.. But I guess that just depends on how quickly you are distracted. Keep reading for the final result!

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8 reasons to start a fit journey by new crew member Safira Audrey

Hi Fit Girls! My name is Safira Audrey. I’m the newest blogger at #FITGIRLCODE. I’m a happy go lucky girl, I study communication and there aren’t a lot of things in this world I don’t enjoy doing (I even love doing the laundry haha)! I’ll tell you a little bit about myself and about how I started my own fit journey.

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The first time I realized, I needed to make a change and start living a more healthy and active lifestyle was when life simply became to hectic for me. I felt unbalanced. Too much work, too little play and even less stress relief. I had been thinking about a change for a while, but I just couldn’t make the first steps.

I think the reason I couldn’t was because of my daily Schermafbeelding 2015-04-02 om 20.31.53patterns, I was stuck in an unhealthy routine. I was working myself too hard and I had gotten used to it. It was what I knew and what felt comfortable, until it didn’t and it became hard for me to keep everything going. This is the moment when I not only decided to make a change, but to follow through with it. The hardest part was sticking to it and keeping it up.

My 8 reasons to change
It wasn’t my body that couldn’t handle the change physically; it was my mind-set that made me struggle. To be able to turn my life around I had to fully change my mind set. This is something that took some time, I had to get used to all the new patterns I wanted to learn myself. My mind protested and protested. What really helped was writing down all of the reasons why I needed a change. I think this made it more real for me. Check the next page to read my reasons.

 

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  1. I want to feel more fit
  2. I want to improve eating habits
  3. I want to improve how I look
  4. I want to boost my mental health
  5. I want to reduce stress
  6. I want to feel happier
  7. I want to make life more exciting
  8. I want to live more balanced

After this, I needed to set a goal, so every time I struggled; all I had to do was envision my goal. I wasn’t too heavy and I’m definitely not exercising to enter into a competition of some kind. The goal needed to represent all my reasons to want to change my behaviour. I decided I wanted to improve the quality of my life therefor this became my main goal. Every time I struggled all I had think was “I want to improve the quality of my life” and I would see all the other 8 reasons I had once written down.

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When trying to figure out in what ways I wanted to exercise I knew it was probably best to stay close to things I had already done in the past. This way, it would be easier to start exercising and to keep it up. I decided to go running. In the beginning it was really really REALLY hard (seriously LOL). At times I lost my motivation but I kept trying with my main goal in the back of my mind.

One day I decided to take my dog along for a run, she’s a tiny fluffball named Noah (and she’s cutest dog in the whole world, no really). I soon realised it wasn’t a bad idea to bring her along; it was the best idea ever. Our run was awesome and my motivation had never been that high before. From that moment on I decided to make her my main running partner. With the help of Noah I’m now able to run up to 12k. Curious to read about what else I love doing?

 

I love to exercise, but I love to do other things too
I always say that I’m in love with the world because there are so many things I love to do. I will not name all of them but here’s the shortlist; I love dancing, singing, listening to good music, writing, reading, learning, taking photos, stargazing (I have a minor space obsession haha), doing the laundry, hanging out with friends, family & my pets.

Fun fact: I always wake up smiling and I have a weird morning Safnoritual which takes place in my bathroom. It involves a set of squats and some crazy dancing / singing in the shower. I think everyone should do this, it’s an effective way to get your engine going, it creates a positive mood that will last all day and it makes your butt look good haha!

Last but definitely not least
After 18 months of living an active and healthy lifestyle I can honestly say I’m proud of myself. I’m currently looking for new challenges and I thought it would be a good idea to start at the gym! In the near future Fit Girl Stephanie is going to introduce me to some awesome exercises! I can’t wait! #Excitingstuff!

Although I’m not as balanced as I would like to be (workaholic to the max) it’s a work in progress. If I keep following this path, I’ll surely get to where I want to be and I hope dear Fit Girls, that you will follow it with me.

xoxo,
Safira Audrey

 

 

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You can also follow me on Instagram and Facebook. If you have any questions for me, don’t be shy and send me an email at fitgirlsafira@gmail.com 😉

 

 

New Ambassador and Hurdle Champion

Hello Fit Girls, my name is Bianca Baak and I am an 400m hurdles athlete. I started doing athletics when I was twelve years old. My gym teacher told me to go to the athletics club nearby as a homework assignment. She was a tough and strict lady so I ran home and told my parents I needed to go. My parents took me to the track for my first try-out practice and I never left, figuratively speaking that is. 😉

I loved running since forever and was always racing the boys, so naturally I started at the sprint training. After a few months I joined a friend to do a hurdles practice and I really loved this event. Despite of my terrible technique I ran my first 60m hurdles race faster than the best girl of our club and my love for hurdles and winning was born.

A few years later I decided to specialize in hurdles only. Until then still did a lot of events, but after winning gold for the first time in the 300m hurdles event at the National Championships in 2007 it was clear this was the way to go. Since then I won a lot of National titles at the Youth and also at the Seniors. Currently i am Dutch champion 400m hurdles at the seniors for three years in a row now. So it has been a pretty good choice don’t you think?

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It gets even better. Not only was I a good enough for the medals at the national championships, I could also participate in a lot of international and European youth championships. At my first European championship for youths in 2009 I even won a bronze medal and I did not even know about the existence of European championships for that long. It was a new world enfolding in front of my eyes, with a lot of new goals to reach.

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My best performance ever was in 2013 when participated at the European Championships under 23 years old. It was a year full of struggles and little injuries and because of this a year full of training all by myself. But with every stupid recovery exercise my determination to do good grew bigger and bigger. In the Netherlands you have to run a certain time before you can be chosen to participate at European and World championships.

 

I was certain it would be a piece of cake to run the entry standard, so I felt no pressure. But I didn’t make it, on a (few) hundreds of seconds. Not once, not twice, but five times! Thank god for my coach, she convinced them to let me go as a doubtful case. I felt so good, I knew I was in shape and that I could run so much faster in the competition. I had semi-finals and finals in the competition so I needed to run one excellent and one perfect race. In the semi-finales I managed to run one sec of my Personal Best, which was also one sec under the entry standard I didn’t got. Pretty excellent! Oh the satisfaction and the thankfulness that they had let me compete. After the semi-final I was full of confidence, because I knew this race had not been top of my game. The date of the finals arrived and I was ready. Sitting in the starting blocks, hearing the sound of the gunshot, I flew over the track to the finish line and to my silver medal! Not only a silver medal, but again one sec of my Personal Best and the fifth best time in the Netherlands ever. No greater satisfaction possible for all that hard work.

Ofcourse every athletes has injuries in their career. Unfortunately after quite some good years I had a pretty bad injury last season and I could not race properly. But after a switch of coaches, a new training group and training environment I am back on track! And ready to take you all with me in my dream journey to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

 

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5 Most Stylish Fitness Bloggers

Fitness bloggers – we see them everywhere. Seriously everywhere. One of my main struggles when I’m browsing for good night-time reads on these things is that I’m just too overwhelmed! Not only are there gazillions of blogs roaming through the web, but they’re also on multiple networks: Tumblr, Instagram,  websites, webshops, you name it!

So in light of making your lives a bit easier and spare you some growing time at night when all you really want to do is read and scroll through, I have collected 5 fashionable fitness bloggers. These women are inspiring, motivating and insanely driven!

1. Finders Keepers x Fit

This blog was born out of a high-end streetwear brand. Its aim was to extend from just a clothing line to a label with a focus on lifestyle, as much as fashion. I fell in love with the founder’s, Kate Anderson, most recent extension to her collection and blog to a Fitness section. She expresses her gratitude to extending her brand to something even closer to her own lifestyle and passions – Health & Fitness. Fun Fact: her motto is almost the same as ours, Anderson’s aim is to help girls around the world “achieve their full potential”.

2. Sweat the Style

This blog is everything I look for in fashion, health, and fitness. The founder, Adrianne Ho, reflects her inner wanderlust and edginess through her writing style and her approach to taalking about issues. Her aim is to portray  an active lifestyle culture and a brand devoted to fashionable fitness, natural beauty, positive health, and real food. Icing on the cake: she keeps it real by having straight-up talk about the challenges of staying fit, healthy, and stylish in our ever-changing, fast-paced modern environment. Hence her creation of a fun community to stay fly, strong, nourished and most importantly hydrated.

3. Jen Selter

An all time classic. I don’t think you can get much more motivation from anyone else! Known as Instagram’s best ass, Jen Selter does not fall behind on the list of my top fitspo bloggers. This instagram sensation shares workout videos to get killer bootays and abs as well as day dream photos of beauty locations and a top notch

4. Sporteluxe

This blog is run by a full-time power girl — Australian Bianca Cheah. What started out as her personal blog about fitness and fashion, soon developed into a cult following. Being affiliated with some leading health and fitness experts and top sports brands, Sporteluxe incorporates informative into their fresh and spunky equation, which is something that I usually weight strongly when I follow a blog. And when it comes to article topics, they do not run short! From beauty, fashion, drinks, health, lifestyle, food, etc, I can guarantee you will not exhaust all the recent topics in one go 😉

5. Fashercise

This last blog, which was originally just a webshop as well, covers all things  health, fashion, and beauty. What first attracted me to them was the fact that their brands vary from big names to smaller independent young designers — which already says a lot about the essence of their brand. Secondly, the two best friends and founders Alex and Cam reflect their spunk and humbleness by really showing that they are real girls, living real lives, and they aim to reach just the same. The website is all about keeping fit, but having a blast and looking great doing so.

The battle against anorexia nervosa

I received a beautiful email by beautiful Gudrun that immediately caught my eye. She asked me if she could share her story about her eating disorder on #FITGIRLCODE, hoping to help and inspire other women. I felt so honored and said yes immediately! So read her story and share this with women around you that might need to read this.

How my battle begun
13 years ago, a vibrant, happy, playful little girl of only 10 years old went missing and a shy, self-conscious, insecure girl took her place. That little girl was me. I was the biggest sweet tooth in the whole wide world and my parents could make me do anything just to get pancakes or icecream afterwards. Although I always was a slim girl, somehow the persistent thought developed inside my head that I was fat and ugly. I always was a real perfectionist and everything I did, I did it as good as I could, I was nice to everyone, I got good grades, I was good at sports…. But somehow, even that didn’t feel good enough. I didn’t feel good enough. It began really innocent, eating a little less sweets, eating a little less bread…

Anorexia took over
The perfectionist in me kept screaming “not enough, you’re still fat, ugly and worthless” and at the age of 15, that innocent diet of mine changed into a long journey of eating disorders. Anorexia took over my life. Every single minute of every single day, became a battle in my head against calories. Sleeping became difficult, because the counting never stopped. Going out with friends became impossible, because that felt too dangerous. Eating became a battle, instead of a joy. Food became my enemy. My weight dropped drastically to a dangerously low number and even though my parents felt like something was wrong, I was a real pro at making up stories about how much I ate, throwing away food on my way to school, hiding food in my room… And they believed me. But soon it came to my parents knowledge that I threw away all my food at school and the next day they took me to a doctor, that doctor sent me to a therapist and so on.

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4 TIPS FOR WORKING OUT LIKE A #BOSS

Every day when I wake up this is what I see written on my workout calendar. So rain or shine; I get them workouts in regardless. Ofcourse I know it is easier said than done to excell in every workout but with these 4 tips for working out like a #BOSS you’ll get there in no time!

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Beginnings are everything and everyone has to start somewhere. Working out however doesn’t start in the gym. It starts at home or at any other place where you prepare for your trip there. Pack your bag the night before so you are ready to go, and take it with you to work, as this will safe you loads of time when you plan on working out right after. And when you pack ALWAYS pack an outfit or accessory that will make you FEEL like a #BOSS the moment you put it on!

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Outdo yourself. I’m  going to be absolutely, brutally honest with you: working out is not supposed to be easy. It is supposed to be fun, energizing, at times exhausting, giving you life and driving you nuts. You are allowed to say you hate kettlebells, heavyweights or burpees when you do but at the end easy simply doesn’t fit the bill. To make sure you outdo yourself and get everything out of your workout, you plan ahead. Pick and choose your exercises in advance, come prepared and get to work. Incorporate light weighted exercises, core stability and cardio for STAMINA and combine them with the occasional deadlift, legpress, squat, pull-up or benchpress. When you aim to outdo yourself every workout the variety is  endless.

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Sharing is caring and this also applies on going to the gym. Some of us like to work out by ourselves as it allows us to focus and have ‘me-time’ all while sweating our pretty behinds off. But if you are the ‘sweat-together type’ don’t hesitate to ask your best friend, sister, mother or even your boyfriend to JOIN in on your therapy session aka the gym. Working out together or in a small group will also stimulate you to make a bigger EFFORT, to hang in just a little longer and to put in those few extra reps . And after the workout and your well-deserved shower you can share your ACCOMPLISHMENTS with someone else while sipping on some tea.


Success is guaranteed for everyone who keeps their eyes on the prize. While working out you can easily become frustrated. When you do just bare in mind what your long term GOAL is. When you do not manage to lift a certain weight the first time you pick it up, execute a certain exercise, maintain form or perform the scheduled amount of reps; try again the next time.Only PRACTICE makes perfect and every professional was an amateur at some point. And while trying your best to become the posterchild of Alicia Keys’ ‘Superwoman’ and baring a S on your chest as you crusade trough the gym, make sure you find the time to also have FUN and LAUGH!

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Meet our newest Fit Girl Iris

Hi y’all! My name is Iris and I’m from Utrecht, the Netherlands. Recently I got lucky enough  to become a member of the very #inspirational, #loving and #badass #FITGIRLCODE crew. Want to know why I signed up to be a member of this fabulous community? Just keep reading!


About me

I am a dreamchaser by day and a vampire at night who eats Kryptonite for breakfast :-). Although I consider myself as being strong there is one thing I can’t conquer or overcome and that is SLEEP.

Besides my love for sports I’m also into dancing, especially Latin-American styles. The sounds of bachata, merengue and samba music always make me want to get up and move as listening to such tunes, and being able to dance  just gives me life.  Even when I should be acting all civil and business appropriate I always feel the need to take out my 15 seconds of fame and bust a move on-the-spot. I think I got it from my mamma 🙂

My fit journey
As long as I can remember I’ve been interested in various kinds of sports. I’ve ran track, played basketball and kickboxed for a while.  Doing the same thing over and over again is something I’m  allergic to. That is why until a year ago I kept searching for a sport or activity that could keep me entertained and challenged for a longer period of time. I found what I was looking for when I decided to start working out with a personal trainer at a gym in Nieuwegein. My PT didn’t joke around,  he meant business and really pushed me in our sessions. He made very clear why I was there right of the bat:
‘ You are not here to make friends or like me. You are here to #WORK.’

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Meet Fit Girl Ily

Ola Fit Girls! Meet Fit Girl Ily. I’m really delighted  to be part of la #FITGIRLCODE familia!
I am a theatremaker & director by day, a soy-no-water-chai-tea-latte – addict by night and a  certified weightlifting fanatic all day, every day. On  FITGIRLCODE I’ll  be writing  a variety of fitness, lifting & workout articles for you, in which I hope to inspire you to (further) p unleash your inner Fit Girl! But first things first #inmyJayzvoice : please allow me to reintroduce myself 🙂 The name is I-L-Y : -)

I’m 28, hail from Utrecht, The Netherlands and have a bloodline that goes all the way back to the borders of Senegal & Gambia, as both my parents are from Creole – Indian – Surinamese descent and the Dutch and the Surinamese share a long history between one another.
Theatre is my middle name and when I am not making it, teaching theatre class or directing theatrical plays you can be sure to find me either in your nearest Starbucks, shopping mall or if you are really lucky, at your local gym. London &  Jamaica are my favorite places, I love me some gangstarap and I have made it into a sport to workout anywhere, whenever I can so do not be surprised if you see me getting a workout in anywhere outside of my hometown.

My Fit Journey
I’d love to tell you I have been a sports fanatic my whole life but I would be flat out lying to you so let me be real. I grew up being the fat kid. I use the word fat on purpose because that is the best way for me to describe how I felt back then. Since the age of six I had always been obese and when I turned 16 this spiraled into the morbide version of that disease. Call it genes, call it nutrition, call it a combination of both but weight, body image and depression (because of it) controlled a big part of my childhood and adolescence.  When I was in my last year before graduating  high school and got my class picture, a picture where I was sitting on a chair, looking more like one of my classmates mothers or aunts, a lightbulb went off in my head. I stared at the picture and saw a person I didn’t want to be anymore. From that day on I made a promise to myself to change my habits  and be the best possible version of me, I possibly could be.  This promise to myself did come at a price though. I had set backs, lost tons of weight, gained all of it back, lost it again, developed an eating disorder, went to therapy , trained with a personal trainer, lost the weight again, gained some of it back and at one point almost gave up. I say almost  and I say it proudly because during these years of struggle there was one person who kept me going and never gave up on me ; my big sister and fellow #FITGIRLCODE blogger, Iris.

Iris, during all these years supported me, even when I was at my lowest point, emotionally not stable, tipping the scale at almost 250 LB’s and barely hanging in there. When I was down she always picked me up, drove me to my appointments, sat on my couch, made me eat food even when I didn’t want to and above all she never, ever judged me.

As of december 2014 I can proudly say that I have been able to maintain a stable and healthy lifestyle that allows me to live, enjoy life and be successful in all endeavors I take on. For the first time in my life I enjoy being active, feeling soar, putting my body to work, eating healthy and taking responsibility for my health all by myself. I take  just as much pride in my work accomplishments as I do to the one regarding my sports activities and have come to the conclusion that I feel more comfortable being a ‘strong’  girl than I have ever felt while I was trying to be a ‘slim’ girl. I approach working out as taking care of my self  and see it as an appointment I’m in control over, just like a boss. And you know this thing about bosses, they never cancel on themselves 😉

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Never giving up
Last year, following my sister I joined a  small gym in Nieuwegein where I steadily  grew to the level of fitness where I am now guided, by my personal trainer.  At this gym there are a lot of kickboxers and while I am not a kickboxer myself ( I have a mean low kick though… don’t get it twisted) , the  sports mentality I picked up there has become something I now live by ; winners aren’t people who never fail, winners are people who never give up.

At the gym, just like in life I can be found mostly doing that, not giving up. I love olympic weightlifting, CrossFit inspired excersises, circuits, routines, sprinting, bootcamp, and have a love for combining, shortlisting and performing the best YouTube-excercise-video’s out there, right in my own living room.
For #FITGIRLCODE I’ll write about all of that and then some and if all goes well I might just start making my own video’s just for you all 🙂

I am looking forward to this new online adventure and hope to connect with you guys, if you have any questions you can hit me up on Instagram @ily_fitgirl or send an e-mail to mailvoorily@gmail.com

Talk soon,

ILY

Meet Fit Girl (Yogini) Ashley

Hello there Fit Girls! I’m Ashley and I am very happy to be part of the #FITGIRLCODE crew! I am a passionate yogini (girl who practices yoga) and will be writing yoga articles for you! But before I post my first yoga article, I wanted to introduce myself to you lovely ladies. So here you go 🙂

I’m a 24 year old Dutch/English/German/Nigerian girl who lives in Rotterdam,The Netherlands yet sees the world as her playground. I love yoga, meditation, music, laughing, the sun, dancing, using words to express myself and spending time with the people I love. I would describe myself as a lover of life. Someone who lives with a smile on her face and a laugh in her throat.

My yoga journey

I have fallen completely in love with yoga! My first experience with yoga was five years ago when I was in India for my internship. I would get up at 6 am and have a rooftop yoga class given to me privately by a good friend. The sun would just be coming up and it was just absolutely incredible. It was the best introduction to this ancient form of exercise ever! When I came back to The Netherlands, I quickly went back to normal life and forgot all about yoga. But then, a couple of years ago, a couple of friends of mine were going to yoga and I decided to join them. I spent the next few years trying out different yoga studios but nothing ever stuck. And then I found Balanzs! It truly felt like coming home. Super fun teachers, diverse classes and just a very lovely atmosphere. So since September 2014, I have been practicing yoga nearly daily and the impact it had on my life is incredible.

 

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Yoga gives me peace

The best way to explain this to you is to rewind back to a few months ago. My relationship of nearly 3 years had just ended, my landlord was trying to kick me out of my house and financially, I was down to my last few euros. Now in the past, this would have been enough for me to want to crawl under the duvet with a few bars of chocolate and not want to leave my bed for two weeks. Instead, I was just happy. I didn’t feel stressed at all. I kept going to my yoga practice and I realized that I could tackle all of these things at once. I felt this inner strength that I had never felt before and I knew that it was because of all the yoga I had been doing. The mental clarity that I nowadays has helped me to really focus on my career, choose healthy food options and to work through problems without any stress. And it’s all because of yoga! Small miracles do really happen when you practice yoga!

Yes, I have lost weight, become stronger, have way more flexibility than ever before, but for me, the biggest benefits have been the discovering of my inner strength and mental clarity.

 

I’ll be heading to India in October to become a yoga teacher. I want to help Fit Girls find their own peace within and infuse their life with positivity.

 

You can follow my yoga journey on Instagram! Please get in touch with me for any yoga questions or subjects I need to write about. Or simply, just to say hi! I really look forward to connecting with you!

 

Namaste,

 

Ashley

Celebrating women

I think every body is different and beautiful, it does’t matter if you’re short or tall or skinny or curvy.  I’ve found some curvy models and celebrities that I want to share with you that are absolutely gorgeous. Of course, these are my favorite beautiful curvy women, it does not mean that thin women aren’t just as beautiful. We all rock!

Celebrating women

Adele

Yes Adele has curves, but she’s also really fit. You’ve gotta be fit to sing the notes she does. I love that she really doesn’t care what everybody thinks about her. She always looks so confident!

Denise Bidot and Marina Bulatkina

These models stripped down and made some awesome pictures! They hope to change how the world sees beauty. Check out the other pictures here.

Christina Aguilera

Although Christina’s weight really fluctuates, I love her most with a few extra pounds. Years ago, she flaunted everything, and now she’s a more sophisticated curvy woman.

Mariah Carey

I don’t think Mariah Carey always accentuates her great features, although she has a lot of them. This picture accentuates her upper body and smaller waist beautifully!

Salma Hayek

I love Salma Hayek’s exotic look. I know this is about curvy women, but I just need to say, I love her haircolor and eyebrows =). She has a gorgeous hourglass figure and knows how to accentuate her good features.

Beyoncé

Of course Beyoncé belongs in this list, she’s famous for her curves! I really love her hourglass shape. Beyoncé is actually quite slim, but not that muscular. So you see, every body is different, some are more toned than others.

Kate Winslet

This beautiful Hollywood actress does things her own way. She doesn’t really follow the trends and has her own style. This seasoned actress, famous for the movies Titanic, The Holiday and many more, has her own opinion and knows exactly how to present herself.

 

I would love to know who the women are that you admire. Let me know!

5 Killer Workout Videos To Get You Ready For Summer

Sometimes you just don’t feel like going to the gym. Your favorite workout clothes might still be dirty, you have a crammed schedule or you are made out of sugar and it’s raining. Either way, none of these excuses are reason enough to skip a workout. Do you want to feel confident wearing your bikini this summer? Then get off the couch and work for it! I’m not even asking you to leave your house 😉 Luckily there are a lot of fitness bloggers out there who make awesome fitness videos for you to do at home. I made a little compilation of some really effective ones that will allow you to do your total body workouts at home! The only thing you need are dumbbells. Sounds good? Let’s get ready to kill these workouts together, Fit Girls!

5 Killer Workout Videos

Quick total body warm up

It can be tempting to skip your warm-up and jump right into your workout, but warming up is  extremely important to incorporate in your routine. Why? Check out these 10 reason good reasons.

Kill-me-now abs

Do you want to flaunt all over town in your sexy croptop? You better work those abs! Believe me, you are gonna love and hate this ab routine at the same time. Burn, burn, burn!

Slim your legs for booty shorts

These exercises are super effective if you are aiming for slim and sexy summer legs. Work them stilts and wear your booty shorts with confidence!

5 best butt exercises

Did you know that even if you weren’t born with a rounded backside, if you work your glutes (butt muscles) hard enough, you can achieve that lifted look? Check out the five best exercises for a cute sculpted booty.

Sexy and sculpted arms

When you feel that burn in your arms, you know you are getting a good workout. Grab your dumbbells and get ready to get an upper body pump.

Quick cool down and stretching

Cooling down and stretching your muscles is just as important as warming them up. A cooling down activity helps to gradually return your heart rate to normal and is also a good time to deepen the stretch in your muscles. When you stretch during the cool down you’ll feel less sore from your workout and it helps to prevents injuries.

Just remember, this is YOUR workout so try doing what you can do. Do not overdo it. You can challenge yourself, but try to do it wisely.

A day at the #FITGIRLCODE HQ – PART 2

What’s working at #FITGIRLCODE HQ like? A few days ago we already gave you a peek into the daily activities of some of the girl bosses working at our office. Today this tour continues! Our team is expanding rapidly so there was not enough room in one article to introduce you to everyone. Discover what else we do besides eating a total amount 35 avocados per week and harassing the only guy that works at our office 😉

Shelley – Brand Relations Manager
“I’ve been with #FITGIRLCODE from the very start and saw it grow from zero to more than 100.000 unique visitors on the blog per month, which is incredible! I love being part of this amazing team and am always looking forward to being at the office. However, hosting a blog costs money, and since money doesn’t grow on trees (if anyone does have such a tree, please send over some seeds!) I try to earn us some by collaborating with other companies and provide you with awesome giveaways and reviews. For example, we’ve been shooting some pretty awesome videos a few weeks ago with Fit Girl Anne. It was such a cool day, especially because I got to taste all the food 😀 I can’t wait to hear what you think about the result. If you ever want to learn more about our experiences with a product or brand, let us know and I’ll try to fix a review for you! :)”

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Nathalie – Content Specialist 
“If I have to pick one memorable moment from the past weeks or the upcoming weeks it’s when I had to take over the webshop for a couple of weeks. Danique was on holiday and so she was not able to do the shop. It was nervewrecking, stressful and new. But now, I feel really proud that I did it! Normally, I’m working on my influencer list which means I’m looking for influential people in the health sector on Instagram, blogs, YouTube etc. and I’m trying to get in contact with them. Furthermore, I’m writing a lot of creative texts for the #FITGIRLCODE or Jogha website. Therefore, I can honestly say that everyday is an adventure at #FITGIRLCODE HQ.”

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Ruta – Online Marketing Trainee
“I have started to work at #FITGIRLCODE not that long ago, but it already feels like it’s been ages. I have already had experience with creating and managing social media accounts, modifying website content and very recently I had a hands on experience on affiliate marketing. Surprisingly, I have also been into numbers a lot, hence my passionate love for google analytics and ad campaigns. Lately I have come up with an idea to motivate the bloggers and show how great they are by creating “Articles of the Month”, which indicates the best readership having articles and their authors. It is hard to choose my favourite moment from the past weeks, but I guess it’s a tie between hearing loud neighbouring office parties and our personalities’ madness trying to blend in together and making a completely awesome mix. I enjoy it how cosy it is here and I wish everyone would have that at their workplace!”

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Kim – Art Direction
“A year ago I decided to follow my passion and work as a creative freelancer. It was no coincidence that#FITGIRLCODE and I crossed each others path. The drive of Aranka’s ambition (owning the galaxy while riding an unicorn) was so contagiously that I immediately knew I wanted to be part of the team as well. From the beginning on I created a base of the brand identity of #FITGIRLCODE and I also designed the merchandise that is sold in the webshop. What I really love about our team is that we consist out of hard working and dedicated woman with a shared passion, and that is to make #FITGIRLCODE successful day in and day out. Next to working on a lot of projects for #FITGIRLCODE, I was also very fortunate to design the ‘lookbook’ and webshop of Jogha which gave me so much confidence in myself as a designer. I am very grateful to be part of the #FITGIRLCODE crew, working on awesome projects (the biggest one is yet to come…;)) and having the opportunity and freedom to develop myself as a better Art Director and Designer.”

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Smilla – Social Media and Online Marketing Intern
“Being the Social Media and Online Marketing Intern, I have full exposure to all the work that is put behind all these playful and pretty images that we share on our many social networks. From scheduling posts and finding girls who share our vision, to motivating the Fit Girls to be my pretty models. Taking care of being constantly lovely both offline and online requires my full-time attention! You might not think so, but the life of collecting photogenic Fit Girl food and making attention grabbing selfies is a hard one (Okay, I’ll admit I really enjoy this stuff 😉 ) But most of all, my favorite part about this job is the constant need to be up to date! I absolutely love keeping up with online trends for most topics, and it just so happens that it is a characteristic that helps me a lot on this job.”

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Are you an ambitious Fit Girl who wants to be part of our awesome crew? Send an e-mail to community@fitgirlcode.com and tell us how the #FITGIRLCODE community can benefit from your super power.

We are especially looking for:

  • Talented graphic designer intern/trainee

  • Allround marketing communication intern/trainee

#FitGirlConfession – I had a binge eating disorder

Nowadays my relationship with food is a healthy one. Sometimes we fight, sometimes we laugh, but we always respect each other! A few years back, this relationship was not healthy at all, it was obsessive. I was so crazy about food, and all it did was make me feel bad about myself. Not a relationship you want to be in for the rest of your life.

#FitGirlConfession

I had a binge eating disorder. There, I said it! I don’t think this kind of eating disorder is the most well-known eating disorder out there, but it sure as hell is one. Whenever I felt sad or just bored, I’d gather my favorite food together, sat on the couch (or even in bed) and ate it. All of it. Sometimes at night, I’d snuck out of bed and raid the fridge. Hoping my roomies and later on my boyfriend wouldn’t hear me. And when I woke up, I felt so unbelievably guilty. So I wouldn’t eat until lunch, to compensate. And most of the time, in the evening it started all over again.

Listen to your body
I am not sure why and how I developed this relationship with food. But when I started seeing a therapist for it, I did understand it better though. My therapist explained to me that I had forgotten how to listen to my body. I misinterpreted the signals it gave me and always answered its questions and needs with food. Now I know that my body is not always telling me that it’s hungry. Sometimes it’s sleepy, needs affection or is just bored. Now that I know that, I can cope better with my cravings. It has been really, really hard to overcome this, but I am getting there. One step at a time.

Proud of myself
I did a lot of attempts to get to where I am now, had fallbacks, but never gave up! It’s still a bit painful for me to share these things about myself. But while writing this down I realize that I am actually really proud of what I have already accomplished. I still think a lot about food, but in a healthy way. And even though I have to drag myself to the gym sometimes, I go there at least three times a week! That’s pretty fucking awesome right?

So, no matter what your obstacle or problem might be, I promise you that it feels great to make the first step in the right direction. If you really set your mind to it, you’ll get wherever you want to be eventually. I speak from experience!

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Tips for a healthy relationship with food

  • Eat on fixed times. Often when you develope something like an eating disorder, your mind and your body are out of balance. You need to recognize when you are hungry and when you have had enough. Eating on fixed times every day really helps to reboot your system. After a few weeks your body will naturally tell you what it needs, but you have to listen closely. The answer is not always food!
  • Distraction. If you feel a binge coming on, look for distraction. Take a warm bath, go out for a walk or call your best friend and tell her what`s going on. If you still feel hungry after doing that, grab an apple. If that doesn’t satisfy you, you’re not hungry. There might something else you gotta do. Again, listen to your body.
  • Make sure you always carry a snack with you. To prevent you from giving into a binge you should always bring healthy snacks with you. If you feel you are hungry and you have to wait too long for your next meal, the risk is bigger that you’ll overeat.
  • Plan your meals ahead. If you think wisely about what you are going to eat the next day, you`ll make better food decisions. You’ll have plenty of time to prepare healthy meals and snacks. Eating healthy doesn’t  mean less tasty. The internet is filled with nice and healthy recipes.  Dive into it and I`m sure you’ll amaze yourself and others with your culinary creations.

Make a stance
Being able to reach out on a topic like this to such a strong, positive and supportive community as #FITGIRLCODE, I encourage all the Fit Girls to make a stance and support a cause like this one. By just talking to a friend in need, reaching out to a family member, or sharing your supports online to other people going through this, you could communicate an immense amount of courage to someone, or to thousands.

My 30 days of yoga – the review

A busy job, just moved in together, decided to be my own boss…I had so much going on in my life. The thought of me going to the gym would literally make me sick. So on the 12th of January I decided to get it together and do something that was good for me, physically and mentally: Yoga!

My 30 days of yoga – the review

Fitness bores me beyond believe and running is a no go with that awful knee of mine. I did CrossFit a couple of years ago and I liked it in the beginning but later on I noticed it started to get too tough because it got me too fired up and my mind couldn’t cope with it. So when I read that the lovely people at Balanzs Yoga Studio in Rotterdam were having a 30 day yoga challenge, I decided to step up my game and joined!

Getting ready
The reasons I wanted to join was to find something that suited me well, to get more flexible and most important, to try to get more balance between body and mind. So I got my yoga mat and plenty of yoga gear (shopping rules!) and signed in! The awesome thing is that the yoga studio is very close from #FITGIRLCODE HQ so I could go before or after work. And also, the showers are to die for! 🙂

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The first week
I was super excited to start! It was quite heavy sometimes and the first three days I didn’t feel so good. I had the feeling my body was full of toxins and I was going to get sick. My mind was racing faster than ever during class. When we were in savasana (resting pose) I was thinking of all the emails I still had to answer and why I didn’t answer them sooner and of all the work I still had to do. I was beating myself up for it and I was super moody but I knew my body and mind were just responding to yoga so I was glad there was a noticeable change!

After the fourth day my body felt much better, I started to feel the blood pumping through my body, sounds strange but that’s the closest way to describe it. I was still thinking about work sometimes during savasana BUT I wasn’t beating myself up for it. I didn’t feel so stressed and things seem to go just a little bit easier. And I guess the most important thing: I felt proud of myself for something good, other than just work!

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Trying to get those feet flat 🙂

 

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My favourite workOUTfit

I like to run. But when it’s winter time, it can be pretty hard to find the right clothes that fit the weather. It can be pretty cold outside, so you have to dress properly. However, you also have to find clothing that is not too hot when you’re working out. Decisions, decisions.. Here’s my favourite workOUTfit that I wear when I am running outside during winter time. 

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Long Tights

Long tights are the perfect solution for a run. They’re warm enough to not freeze to death outside and they’re not too hot when you’re working out. Furthermore, I love leggings, especially when they have a cool design. In this picture I’m wearing the long tights from Jogha. I chose for for these long tights since they have a nice and striking print while I keep the rest of my clothes pretty neutral (Except for the shoes of course ;)). Nice to know: this print is called the Ikat print.

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20% Fit Girl discount at The Boyscouts

The winner of the shopping money at The Boyscouts is Saar! Congratulations, you have been contacted over e-mail! Didn’t win? No worries! We have the next best thing for you to soften the pain 😉 Starting today till 11th February you can shop at The Boyscouts with an exclusive 20% Fit Girl discount! This discount is only valid for a limited amount of time, so be sure to use it before the 12th! 

The Boyscouts have amazing jewelry and are definitely a must-have for every fashiolista, but also for Fit Girls. Their necklaces were part of the goodiebag of the Nike We Own The Night run last year and were received with wild enthusiasm by the thousands of girls participating in the run. Us included! We immediately fell in love with the design and collections of their jewelry and can’t stop thinking about it ever since. Naturally, we’re incredibly excited to share this discount with you!

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If you go to their site and use the discount FITGIRLCODE20, you will get an exclusive 20% discount on all items. Note that this code is only valid from 9 till 11 February 2015. If you order before the 12th, our dear friends at The Boyscouts will do everything in their power to make sure you still get your item before Valentine’s Day! So you can still surprise the love of your life, or your BFFF to thank her for all the love and support 😉

 

Which item are you going to get? Let us know! 

 

 

 

 

WIN: €100 shopping money at The Boyscouts

Definitely hint this to your boy/girlfriend because here’s exactly what you are going to want for Valentine’s Day. Together with The Boyscouts we wanted to give you a little Valentine’s gift because we <3 you! That’s why you can WIN €100 shopping money at The Boyscouts in the coming 4 days. Oh my!TheBoyscouts_Cosmic_Necklace_gold

This is the perfect opportunity for your boy/girlfriend who is still completely lost on what to give you for V-Day, or for you to surprise your BFFF with a lovely surprise. Because if you win this awesome giveaway and order as soon as possible, your gift will be delivered perfectly in time for the 14th. So already think about what you would love to get – a beautiful necklace, a badass bracelet or that awesome ring? The Boyscouts have lots and lots of amazing jewelry which would spice up every Fit Girl’s outfit!

So how do I win this?!

You need to complete both steps below in order to participate in the contest:

  1. Follow The Boyscouts on Facebook OR Instagram
  2. Tell us in the comments why your boyfriend/girlfriend should win this

Don’t hesitate any longer and participate in the contest NOW!

What is your favorite item of The Boyscouts? 

This contest will run till 8 February 2015, 3PM Dutch time. Rules and regulations can be read here

3 sporty myths unveiled

At #FITGIRLCODE we want to inspire and motivate women all over the world to find the lifestyle that fits their personality. We’ll answer all of your personal messages with great care and love. Quite often, we’re meeting up with the entire team in order to provide you a good answer. There are some reoccuring topics and we think it’s important to invalidate some fairy tales and myths about certain of these topics. So here we go:

“I’m pretty content with my body. However, I don’t like the fat on my tummy. How do I get rid of this fat as fast as possible?”

Of course, it would be ideal to just lose weight in the problem areas of your body. Unfortunately, real life doesn’t work that way. People often claim that local fat burning is possible by training the local areas of the problem area and by adding cardio training. It is often believed that by providing extra training for your tummy by means of ab exercises, you could burn fat on that particular place of your body and cardio training would support this. Unfortunately, local training is not the same as local fat burning. You can train you ab muscles separately, but it doesn’t effect your tummy fat. If you want to lose weight in a specific area you have to train your whole body. Overall, the burning of nutrients happens in the muscles. This means that the more muscles you have, the more you will burn. Your metabolism makes sure of that, because the more muscles you have, the more calories you burn. If you change your food intake and eat less calories than you use, your body will use its own fat reserve. Hence, you will lose weight. Not only on your stomach, but everywhere. When you see your results for the first time, you have to realize that it’s different for every single woman. Your BFFF might lose weight in different places than you will. So don’t worry too much about it, this is how mother nature invented the world! 😉

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But first, let me take a…

We’ve seen them, we’ve heard of them, we’ve probably talked about them: I’m talking about gym selfies. Every girl who has done some gym time in her life, probably has made at least one gym selfie. But how do you make the perfect gym selfie á la Jen Selter?  

Let me make one thing clear before I will start our step-by-step guide on how to make the perfect gym selfie. Many people mock other people that make these kind of selfies, but there’s nothing wrong with taking a gym selfie! Selfies are good for progress pictures. A picture tells you so much more than the scale. Furthermore, you worked so incredibly hard for this dream body, so why not show it off to the world?! So, how do we take an awesome and fierce gym selfie?

#1. Show your confidence

Show the world that you own the gym. You are a strong women that works hard in order to make a better version of herself. You can show this type of motivation to the world. And who knows, maybe you’ll motivate others! 😉

#2. Flaunt your beautiful activewear

You bought those clothes, because you believe they look awesome. So, why not flaunt them on your gym selfie? If you can be fabulous and fit at the same time, you know you’ve created the perfect gym selfie.

#3. Avoid close-ups

When you’re going to the gym, you want to show the people that you really went to the gym. If you take a close-up, your pictures could have been taken anywhere. Furthermore, you’re not going to the gym because of your face, you’re going to the gym because of your body. So in order to make the picture more reliable, don’t go for a close-up!

#4. Be conscious about your environment

If you finally made that perfect pose and looked awesome on your gym selfie, you don’t want to realize later when you’re at home, that some creepy dude was doing some heavy lifting in the background. And that just when he bended, you could see his buttocks. You don’t want that, ever. So make sure you take a close look at your surroundings before taking your gym selfie.

Do you like to make gym selfies? And if so, do you have some tips?