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Heleen's diary  ☆ Captured in photographs: this is my life 🗺 Holland 🏆 team Fox Gym 2nd JBC '17🇱🇺 4th SOC '17🌍 🔛 offseason, building my dreambody

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I got my own back.

Working on 'dem #wings!

#biggerisbetter #neversatisfied

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Warning: long caption ahead! ⤵

So these past weeks have been incredibly busy. I'm trying to juggle my job as eventmanager (which is super nice as well as sometimes super challenging), writing my thesis, getting healthy again (still not where I need and want to be after ending up in the hospital a few weeks ago), my household and working out while also having somewhat of a social life. And guess what? I can't. Not all of the time. And that's okay.

We sometimes expect so much from ourselves that it's vital to take a step back and reflect on what we're doing every once in a while. For me, making sure that my health gets back to normal is prio #1 right now. If that means that I need to take a few more restdays in a week, then so be it.
Back in the days I would totally freak out about that and push myself to go to the gym those 5 or 6 times a week, but I decided to give myself a break. My job has unpredictable hours (and often till late!), that thesis isn't writing itself and my body is def still not working with me. Forcing myself to go to the gym every day won't make things better and neither will stressing about not feeling able to get all of my workouts in. I go as often as I can without overworking myself so that when I do find the time and energy to hit the gym, it's a killer sesh that totally helps me unwind and makes me feel super energized.

In the end, improvement season is all about growing, both physically and mentally. To me, learning to listen to my body means a huge deal. I've crossed my own lines several times in the past, hit various walls, always crawled back up and learnt from all of that.

So for now, I have my focus on overall health and wellbeing. The gains will come in time. And I have plenty of time. I'm in no rush.

My time will come. 💖

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Happy #humpday!

Leggings by @gym_repvbblic

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She was fierce, she was strong, she wasn't simple. Sometimes she barely slept. She always had something to say. She had flaws and that was okay. And when she was down, she got right back up. She was a beast in her own way, but one idea described her best.

She was unstoppable and she took anything she wanted with a smile.

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Never stop looking up.

Sooo last week has been all about rest and revovery. I haven't seen the inside of the gym since I ended up in the hospital this past weekend. I'm still on meds fulltime, too, so I hope to get back to working out next week...
I used to worry a lot when something like this would happen. But I've learnt that the worrying usually does more harm than the not-working-out. So instead of worrying I spend my time and energy on the good things, like enjoying the weather and working from home whenever I can. I'll be back in the gym as soon as my body allows me to ✌

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I'm aiming for the "she's a badass and cute as hell, but I wouldn't touch her without asking" look.

Wearing: @gym_repvbblic jumpsuit

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Looking back at these stage pics I cannot help but be super proud of what we - coach @maartenfvos and I - accomplished over the past 1.5 year. I worked my ass off and brought my absolute best to that stage, something I couldn't have done without him by my side. It's these pics that give me my motivation to put in all the work necessary to bring another improved package to my next competition, even if at this point I don't know when that will be. Being off season for an unknown amount of time can be challenging but looking at these pics gives me an unknown drive to work and improve!

Oh and look at that smile. It says more than I can even begin to explain in a caption. #shinebrightlikeadiamond 💎

@foxgymfam
@siggis_new_face_classic
@siggi.segers

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There is always a reason to smile. Find it. 💖

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After not seeing the big boss @maartenfvos for 2 weeks I was happy to be back at my favourite playground @foxgymfam for an intense back sesh. My workout consisted of compound- as well as isolation exercises to work on that desired thick, v-tapered back!

There is def a lot going on underneath that off-season fluff 🐷 And we're just getting started! #biggerisbetter #foxgymathlete #frombikinitofigure

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Life only comes around once. So do what makes you happy, and be with whoever makes you smile.

Wearing: @gym_repvbblic - Lunar high waist

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#throwback to zhe shredded days pre-contest! I would be lying if I said I didn't miss this shape, but I'm currently working on a bigger, better physique.

Wearing the @gym_repvbblic jumpsuit here 💖 Love the quality!

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Families are like branches on a tree. We all grow in a different direction yet our roots remain as one.

And when the roots are deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.

#lovemyfamily #familylove #mostimportantpeople

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