Start to run – take 1825

It was in my last year as a student in Ghent that I decided I needed to work out. Was it the going out part or the fast food part that activated me to do something ‘healthy’? I don’t know. I just know that my body craved for a healthy boost. I wanted to do something that didn’t cost me a lot of money. I preferred to spend every penny on clothes. 😉

So, I decided to start to run with Evy Gruyaert. I got me an iPod shuffle and bought me a pair of Nikes in the cheapest sport shop in Ghent and I started to run. I ran for 9 weeks. Then I had to go to Brussels for my internship and I stopped running.

In the past 5 years I tried a lot to run out the 0 to 5 kilometres with Evy and every time I had another excuse not to actually finish it. I was sick, it was too cold or rainy outside, I had a headache, I had a hangover, I had too much work, I needed to clean, … Until this year! I decided to give it a new try. The reason? If you gain 3 kilogrammes, you don’t worry that much. You just have to eat more fruit instead of cookies. If you gain 5 kilogrammes, you also leave the soft drinks and chips. If you gain 7 kilogrammes, you start to panic a little bit and you also try (with the emphasis on try) avoid eating French fries, pizza, chocolate, sandwiches and drinking wine. If you almost gain 10 kilogrammes, you start to realize you need to change your way of life.


I’m not a radical person. Don’t give me crash diets. I want to find a balance between sports and healthy, but yummie food and I also want my bag of chips once in a while. 😉

In the beginning I ran, because I needed to run. I didn’t like it that much and also afterwards I wasn’t satisfied, but still I kept on running with my new colorful Nikes and flashy outfit from the H&M. The more I did it, the more I actually wanted to run. I completed the first programme of Start to run and now I run 3 or 4 times a week for 35 minutes and I really don’t want to give it up anymore.

Running is good for a load of things. It keeps you fit, deuh. 🙂 Apparently it works against wrinkles, but it also fights against a lot of diseases, such as breast cancer. It keeps you away from mental diseases such as a depression. It is cheap and addictive. You just have to invest in a good pair of running shoes and you have to make sure you still can sing a song when you are running. If not, you are running too fast and that can also influence your body in a bad way.

If I can advice you one thing today I would say start to run and feel like a hero.


  1. Women and their weight!
    I’ll let you in on a little secret: men like curvy women! Ok, we are getting bombed with images of skinny models all the time but I assure all girls, real men prefer curvy women.
    If working out is done for health reasons, I’m all for it. But let me tell you a little story about a girl I know who wasn’t happy with her body. She started working out and changing her eating pattern. And indeed, result came quickly. She became a women who had a toned body, but still curvy enough to make heads turn. Alas, she still wasn’t happy because on runways she didn’t see her body type, so exercising became more intense and eating habits changed even more. Eventually her periods didn’t came anymore and she became slim and grumpy. A different person but not as appealing as before. To me she wasn’t pretty or fun anymore. So my advice to all women, moderation is the key. Let your body tell you the truth, it’s your most precious asset!


    1. Hello Saan

      Thank you for your comment. I also like curvy women and I don’t want to promote a skinny figure as we see on runways.
      What important is to me, is that you are happy with your body and that you feel confident.
      I have hips and always will have hips and I’m proud of it; but since I almost gained 10 kilogrammes I don’t feel that confident anymore.
      I just want to work out until I reach my ‘normal’ weight again and to stay fit. I will always like to eat and therefore I think it is important to find a healthy balance between sports and food. I’m a profound believer of listening to your body and if you are not happy anymore, you have to try to do something, something that fits you without losing yourself on the way to your goal.


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