Category: Personal

Hello challenge: momlife & working out …

Mayra Louise - sporten combineren gezin

Honestly, I thought this month would have been different than it turned out to be. It was freaking hard to incorporate working out into mom life . Because baby’s don’t care about your work out plans … 

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My birth story

Mijn bevallingsverhaal - Mayra Louise

The last couple of months I’ve felt the urge to write down my birth story and it’s finally here! Honestly Isameya’s birth was pretty quick but this turned out to be a long read … So get yourself some tea, cuddle up and share your experience in the comments. I’d love to read all about it!

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Exercise after pregnancy: Mayra gets fit(-ish)

fit for free

Every now and then I get requests for cool collaborations on my Instagram. This one with Fit for Free was oh so perfectly timed!

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(Nederlands) MAYRA X STEDELIJK

Mayra X Stedelijk

Sorry, this entry is only available in Dutch.

How to rock a plus size bikini (video interview)

plus size bikini

Yay! Last month Anna Nooshin and I got together again for our second video for her YouTube channel. This time we talked about being plus size during the summertime. I showed some outfits and a my favorite plus size bikini ofcourse!

The viddy is in Dutch so just like last time I’ve translated some of the highlights. During my teens and twenties I avoided the beach. Some of my followers will remember my first post about my beach body and plus size bikini. I’ve come a long way and started to love bikinis more and more. My palm print Gabi Fresh bikini represents my change. This is the first bikini I own that I truly love. Having a plus size bikini that I really dig also made it easier for me to feel good when I wear it. I’m still a big fan of Swimsuitsforall and their collabs with bloggers en models. But I’ve also been shopping swimwear at Wehkamp and Monki. If you’re new to wearing a bikini order some goodies online. And figure out what shape and model makes you feel comfortable.


Anna also asked me if summertime makes me more aware of my body. And yes, it does. For me this has to do with the fact that I’m showing more skin during Summer. When it’s Winter I can hibernate and watch Netflix on the couch, but when the sun is out I like to be outside too. When it comes to food I try to eat healthy stuff 80% of the time. To me this is a great balance. I’m still not working out in the gym a lot but I do walk around Amsterdam for hours. Something that isn’t just great for my body but for my mind as well.
plus size bikini

One of my most important body love lessons is smiling at myself when I stand in front of the mirror. Uncomfortable at first, but it makes the start of my day truly better. I’ve also stopped focussing on the things about my body that I don’t like and started to look at the bigger picture. I am a complete person. I’m not just my fat. I’m not just my cellulite. So I remind myself to look at all of me instead of parts of me that I don’t like.

At the beginning and the end of the video I also show some Summer fashion. A lot of cute stuff from MS Mode, ASOS Curve and Monki. My favorite bikini is featured too, I’ve combined it with pants with palm print, just like the bikini. How cool is that?

plus size bikini

Most important, don’t let the way you look at your body dictate the way you live your life (during Summer). Put on a cool bikini or a bathing suit. Hug your body with a skirt or dress. Rock those jeans. Put on that freaking bikini! You are worthy of lots of sunshine and positive vibes.

Keep on shining!

 

 

 

Fat shaming: my feature on NOS op 3

fat shaming

I’m so excited! I’m featured in an article about fat shaming on Facebook and the importance of body positivity. And I just heard myself on the radio as well. I’m almost too happy to write this post… The article was published on ‘NOS op 3’, one of the biggest news organisations in The Netherlands.

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Body love: the weight of self-care

Body Mayra

A couple of years ago I finally found my balance body wise. After almost two decades of dieting and emotional binge eating I made healthy choices –and ate chocolate on a regular basis-, worked out two to three times a week, walked around the city every other day… I lost quite some weight and stabilised. Body love one hundred! For about two years I managed to keep my balance without even really trying. And then something changed…

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Soms is liefde anders

soms is liefde anders


Today it’s five years ago that my Dad passed away. Recently I wrote this piece ‘Soms is liefde anders’ about him. Usually I write in English for the blog but this feature just had to be in Dutch. This one’s for you, Dad. 

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The Hopeful Romantic #1

The Hopeful Romantic

A Hopeful Romantic? Yup, that would be me. I’ve referred to myself as a hopeless romantic for a long time but I’m not hopeless at all! So I decided to add some positivity. I’d like to share some of my lessons in love with you. And I hope that you can relate to the hopeful romantic part of me…

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