Collection of inspirational audiobooks I’ve listened in 2019

In 2019 I came up with a new goal: listening to three audiobooks per week. It was a tough and interesting challenge! Unfortunately, I didn’t achieve it, but it was fun to do and gained lots of knowledge and inspiration.

The main reason why I didn’t manage to read 150 books last year was that there were several interesting books that took more time to finish. I just didn’t want to pick small books just for the sake of (over)achieving my goal. So I had to make some trade-off. Below is a collection of audiobooks I’ve listened to.

Overview of completed audiobooks

Below, books are listed in arbitrary order. In total, I have finished 125 audiobooks.

  • Man’s Search for Meaning
  • Chariots of the Gods
  • Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
  • Dit kan niet waar zijn
  • Think to Grow Rich
  • Smarter Faster Better
  • Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
  • Signs of the Gods?
  • The Ultimate Introduction to NLP: How to build a successful life
  • Smarter Faster Better
  • 7 Secrets to Investing Like Warren Buffett
  • Manipulation: The Ultimate Guide To Influence People with Persuasion, Mind Control and NLP With Highly Effective Manipulation Techniques
  • How to Take Charge of Your Life
  • Taal is zeg maar echt mijn ding
  • How To Start a Business without Any Money
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
  • Vind je waarom
  • The Little Book of Bulletproof Investing: Do’s and Don’ts to Protect Your Financial Life
  • Google Speaks: Secrets of the Worlds Greatest Billionaire Entrepreneurs, Sergey Brin and Larry Page
  • De atoombom by Maarten van Rossem
  • Now, Build a Great Business: 7 Ways to Maximize Your Profits in Any Market
  • Giant Steps: Small Changes to Make a Big Difference
  • Japan – Culture Smart!
  • De kleine Covey
  • Meetings That Get Results
  • The Unrules
  • Blokker
  • De ideeën van Michael Porter over strategie
  • Investing in One Lesson
  • Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future
  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
  • The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets Of Americas Wealthy
  • Maak je naam onvergetelijk
  • Blue Ocean Strategy
  • Nerds!
  • Language of Flirting
  • What I Didn’t Learn in Business School: How Strategy Works in the Real World
  • Big Ideas… for Small Businesses
  • De online marketingmachine
  • Ondernemen is net reizen
  • No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline
  • Maak een fan van uw klant
  • Etiquette Guide to Japan
  • Your Chinese Horoscope for Each and Every Year – Dragon
  • Success Made Easy
  • Dare to Lead
  • The New Buffettology: How Warren Buffett Got and Stayed Rich in Markets Like This and How You Can Too!
  • De big data revolutie
  • Business Model You
  • A Briefer History of Time
  • KaChing: How to Run an Online Business that Pays and Pays
  • Het geheim van
  • Einstein by Erik Lagendijk
  • Lanceer je bedrijf!
  • Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial
  • Learn to Earn: A Beginner’s Guide to the Basics of Investing
  • Tao Te Ching
  • You Can Be a Stock Market Genius: Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits
  • The Elements of Investing
  • De zeven spirituele wetten van succes
  • De vier
  • Mutual Fund Investing: How to Invest the Safe Way and Get Great Profits
  • Get Rich – Here’s How
  • Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality
  • Making the Jump into Small Business Ownership
  • Alibaba
  • Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur
  • The 4-Hour Body
  • 30 Passive Income Ideas
  • Gung Ho!
  • ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income
  • Killing the Sale
  • De kleine Buffet
  • The TenX Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure
  • Cash Flow Valuation: How to Spot Undervalued Stocks
  • The 10 Pillars of Wealth: Mind-Sets of the World’s Richest People
  • The Leader in You
  • De zeven eigenschappen van effectief leiderschap
  • How to Talk to Anybody, Anytime, Anywhere
  • The 10 Best Habits of Successful People
  • How to Grow Rich by Creating Multiple Streams of Passive Income
  • The Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Read
  • Free Will
  • De ideeën van Philip Kotler over marketing
  • Human Universe
  • Business for Punks
  • Intelligent Investor: Investing Guide To Analyzing The Stock Market And Making Smart Investments
  • 101 Amazing Facts about Japan
  • Agile werken in 60 minuten
  • Investing In Real Estate: How To Invest In Real Estate And Make Money With Proven Strategies
  • Crush It!
  • Warren Buffett Speaks
  • Online Income: Beginner’s Guide To Making passive Money with online business (Amazon, Ebay, Web Design, Shopify, Secret Strategies)
  • Achieve Any Goal: 12 Steps to Realizing Your Dreams
  • he Gods Never Left Us
  • Personal Brand: How to Grow a Following, Boost your Career, and Skyrocket your Income With a Powerful Personal Brand
  • Waarom jagen we onszelf zo op
  • Dit wordt jouw jaar!
  • Missie en mindset
  • Public Speaking to Win
  • 48-Hour Start-up
  • The Intelligent Investor
  • Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
  • Zero to One
  • What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast
  • The Virgin Way
  • Steve Jobs
  • Leer beleggen als Warren Buffett
  • Men Are From Mars, Women are from venus
  • An Introduction to NLP
  • Pulling Your Own Strings
  • Ikigai
  • De basis van zakelijk succes
  • Make More Money
  • How to Get Rich
  • How to Be Rich
  • The Power of Amazon – How to Sell on Amazon And Make Income in No Time
  • Dropshipping Guide for Beginners: A comprehensive guide to building your business on marketplaces using the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program, eBay, and Sears
  • Amazon FBA: A Step-By-Step Guide to be an Amazon Seller, Launch Private Label Products and Earn Six-Figure Passive Income From Your Online Business Selling on Amazon
  • Unfu*k Yourself
  • De quantumcomputer
  • The 10% Entrepreneur: Live Your Dream Without Quitting Your Day Job
  • The 21 Success Secrets Self-Made Millionaires: How to Achieve Financial Independence Faster and Easier Than You Ever Thought Possible
  • The art of war

What’s next?

I really enjoyed listening to so many books. It makes you more knowledgable and you get inspired/motivated. I think I’ve created a new habit for myself. For this year I’m planning to keep listening to books, I will try to finish 2 to 3 audiobooks every week. One of the things I’ve learned while listening is to never stop learning. Hence, I’m not planning to stop listening.

Overview of finished audio books in 2019

In my previous blog post,reading three books per week, I came up with a new goal for this year. My plan is to “read” 150 books this year. Here is some quick update regarding my reading goal.

Completed books

I’ve listed the finished books (47 in total) below in an arbitrary order. I will try to keep this list up to date. Some of those books I’ve finished were really good and refreshing. I will highlight those books in a separate post later.

  • De zeven eigenschappen van effectief leiderschap
  • How to Talk to Anybody, Anytime, Anywhere
  • The 10 Best Habits of Successful People
  • How to Grow Rich by Creating Multiple Streams of Passive Income
  • The Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Read
  • Free Will
  • De ideeën van Philip Kotler over marketing
  • Human Universe
  • Business for Punks
  • Intelligent Investor: Investing Guide To Analyzing The Stock Market And Making Smart Investments
  • 101 Amazing Facts about Japan
  • Agile werken in 60 minuten
  • Investing In Real Estate: How To Invest In Real Estate And Make Money With Proven Strategies
  • Crush It!
  • Warren Buffett Speaks
  • Online Income: Beginner’s Guide To Making passive Money with online business (Amazon, Ebay, Web Design, Shopify, Secret Strategies)
  • Achieve Any Goal: 12 Steps to Realizing Your Dreams
  • he Gods Never Left Us
  • Personal Brand: How to Grow a Following, Boost your Career, and Skyrocket your Income With a Powerful Personal Brand
  • Waarom jagen we onszelf zo op
  • Dit wordt jouw jaar!
  • Missie en mindset
  • Public Speaking to Win
  • 48-Hour Start-up
  • The Intelligent Investor
  • Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
  • Zero to One
  • What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast
  • The Virgin Way
  • Steve Jobs
  • Leer beleggen als Warren Buffett
  • Men Are From Mars
  • An Introduction to NLP
  • Pulling Your Own Strings
  • Ikigai
  • De basis van zakelijk succes
  • Make More Money
  • How to Get Rich
  • How to Be Rich
  • The Power of Amazon – How to Sell on Amazon And Make Income in No Time
  • Dropshipping Guide for Beginners: A comprehensive guide to building your business on marketplaces using the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program, eBay, and Sears
  • Amazon FBA: A Step-By-Step Guide to be an Amazon Seller, Launch Private Label Products and Earn Six-Figure Passive Income From Your Online Business Selling on Amazon
  • Unfu*k Yourself
  • De quantumcomputer
  • The 10% Entrepreneur: Live Your Dream Without Quitting Your Day Job
  • The 21 Success Secrets Self-Made Millionaires: How to Achieve Financial Independence Faster and Easier Than You Ever Thought Possible
  • The art of war

Last updated 31-03-2019

Reading 3 books per week

Pile of Books

It has been a while since I wrote my last blog post. The past years many things happened and some things didn’t happen. That’s life, not everything can be planned in full detail upfront, you sometimes just have to go with the flow. I’m not saying you should accept life as is, on the contrary actually, you should fight for your life and get the most out of it.

Your life is a gift. Go make it count! – Michael Hyatt

Based on this life motto I’ve set a new goal for this year.

My goal: reading about 3 books per week, that means about 150 books this year.

Why so many books?

As a person, I’m always looking for ways to grow and learn more about the world we live in. Books usually give you additional knowledge and experience. Additionally, it improves your vocabulary and it improves your communication skills. Moreover, some books can be very inspirational and can give you extra motivation in your life. Besides, it will give you a different perspective on life. Everyone has their own world view, which is usually biased. Did you know that most of the CEOs nowadays read about 50 books a year?

How and when to read a book?

During the day I don’t have much time since I have a full-time job. So I can only read during my free time in the evenings or during the weekend. Furthermore, I’m not a fast reader and easily get tired/bored when reading lots of pages. So that’s a bit of a challenge for me, but luckily I found something nice! Instead of reading I should listen to audio books. This should enable me to “read” 3 books per week. It has several interesting benefits for me:

  • You can read faster
  • You can listen while doing other things
  • Hearing someone else talking to you, instead of your own reading voice, can be very relaxing, inspiring and motivational.

There are a lot of good audiobooks available online. However, buying about 150 books is a serious investment. On average a book cost about 10 euro, so I would end up with paying 1500 euro on books. Instead of buying them separately, it’s better to go for a service provider that provides audio books for a monthly fee. There are several audio book providers available like Storytel and Audible. I decided to go for Storytel since it’s cheaper and there is no limit on how many audiobooks you can listen per month. My intent is to listen to a book when doing my household chores or when travelling to work/home.

How is it going?

Initially, I thought my goal was crazy, but surprisingly it’s going extremely well. I started with listening to audio books about 3 weeks ago and I’ve already listened to more than 20 books. I noticed that listening to audio books is quite addictive. Every time when I have finished a book I’ve gained some new insights and inspiration, and immediately want to listen to more. Below I have listed my current top 3 audio books.

Top 3 audio books

  1. Free Will – Sam Harris
  2. Unfu*k Yourself – Gary John Bishop
  3. The Virgin Way – Richard Branson

To me, listening to some audio books is like having a mentor sitting/standing next to you. Especially when the writer is also the reader, this is the case for the books listed above. I can definitely recommend to read or listen to those books.

Reading books can be very refreshing, inspirational and an eyeopener to you, it will definitely change the way you look at life. I’m definitely not planning to stop doing this. I realize that this goal is more and more becoming like a habit actually. Now if you don’t mind, I will stop writing and continue listening to my audio books.

My Dengue Fever Experience

Tiger mosquito

An aedes aegypti mosquito carrying dengue fever, NYTimes

During my holiday in Indonesia I unfortunately got dengue fever, to be more precise the Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF). Initially, I thought it was just a disease and I was quite optimistic. I will get better in two or three days I thought… I was a bit too optimistic back then. Below I will share my experiences and tell you about the slow recovery process. Hopefully it will give people a different perspective about what dengue can actually do with your body and life. It’s more than ‘just’ another disease.

For those who don’t want or don’t have time to read any further. All I want to let you know is that dengue is a highly underestimated disease and it can take months if not years to recover from it. So please be warned and keep it in mind when traveling to mosquito-friendly countries. Dengue fever comes in many forms, some are not that severe others are simply lethal. Unfortunately, at the time of writing there is no medicine or treatment available for this disease. So again please be warned, don’t be too naive and let a mosquito ruin your holiday and the months that follow thereafter.

A little bit about me

I’ve been visiting Indonesia for several years now. My bond with Indonesia is quite strong since I have my roots there and my lovely girlfriend Maria from Indonesia. I never had problems when going to Indonesia, I could eat and enjoy the street food and just walk outside on the beautiful beaches in Karimunjawa (or any other island) or on the crowded streets of Jakarta. This year however, things turned out a bit different. I got some serious problems when I got dengue fever. Me, sick?! I could hardly believe it. I haven’t been sick for a very long time. I don’t want to brag about my health, but I thought I was living quite healthy. I went to the gym 4 times a week, had a diet with spinach smoothies, blueberries, grapefruits, nuts, seeds, yogurt, chia seeds, broccoli soups and all other healthy stuff. So yeah, I was quite surprised when I got sick.

My 7 days experience at Borromeus, an Indonesian hospital

I was on my way to Bandung to visit my girlfriend’s family. I can still remember this day, Thursday the 5th of May 2016. We were traveling with the train from Jakarta. Suddenly I felt very tired and slowly my headache became more apparent. I initially thought I had some kind of small flu or maybe I ate something wrong. When we arrived in Bandung I took some paracetamol and tried to stay awake, but I couldn’t I was too tired and decided to go to bed early. I felt quite sad, I traveled that far to see my girlfriend’s family again, but I couldn’t really enjoy the family reunion. The next morning when I woke up my head was hurting really bad, I had lots of pain behind my eyes. It surely didn’t feel like a normal headache, it was the worst headache I ever had. Besides that my head felt hot (‘panas’ as they say in Indonesia, a word I simply won’t forget after hearing it so many times), most likely I already had high fever. Also my tongue was whiter than normal. My girlfriend and her family suggested me to go to the hospital in order to find out what I had. I was still optimistic and stubborn, I told them let’s wait a few hours and see what will happen, probably I will get better. I tried to sleep, but I couldn’t. I was sweating and my headache was really horrible. My condition wasn’t getting any better, In the late afternoon I asked if someone could bring me to the hospital. When I tried to get out of bed I felt very weak, I was dizzy and my head was hurting. I had a hard time walking to the car. We were going to one of the best hospitals of Indonesia, a catholic hospital: Rumah Sakit Santo Borromeus

Hosptial Santo Borromeus

RS Santo Borromeus, Bandung

Day 1 – After two hours of driving we finally arrived in the evening at the hospital. Initially, I was a bit skeptical about going to a hospital, especially abroad. My girlfriend assured me it was a good hospital and I shouldn’t worry too much. When I walked inside the hospital it looked really clean and well organized. Quite similar to what we have in the Netherlands, perhaps even better than some hospitals in the Netherlands.

Hosptial Santo Borromeus

Inside RS Santo Borromeus, Bandung

A doctor and a nurse were examining me at the hospital. For medical diagnosis they needed some blood samples. It took about 1 hour to get the results. I was still optimistic and hoping for the best. I was pretty confident, I was healthy and I had all the necessary vaccines already. What could happen, right?! After 1 hour of waiting they told me that I had dengue fever. Huh, what?! I was a bit shocked and surprised. They told me that they wanted to monitor my condition daily and that they need to take daily blood samples. They asked me if I wanted to stay at the hospital or not. I decided to stay, because I was not quite sure if I could drive 4 hours every day back-and-forth from my girlfriend’s parents place to the hospital and in case something happened I would get immediate help. Later on I realized that this was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life! I can still remember my girlfriend’s mom joking about the fact that I didn’t wanted to stay at their place and that I found a better hotel room. We all could still laugh about it. I decided to take a shared room, since it was cheaper and I didn’t expect to stay that long. They gave me an infusion, apparently it was quite serious. On my first day at the hospital I didn’t get much information. Not knowing what you exactly have can be quite frustrating. So I asked my girlfriend to get my phone and look for more information about dengue. After having absorbed all the information I was a bit less worried, even though I read that some people can die from dengue. I figured out that dengue fever usually has a 7 day cycle. So all I had to do is survive those 7 days, how hard can it be, right?! I was trying to mentally prepare myself and get some rest. Note that I was lying in a bed in a shared room with about 5 other people. It was quite hard to get some sleep, since the lights were turned on all the time and there was lots of noise in the room.

Day 2  – I only slept lightly for a few hours, I felt tired, very weak and my head was pounding. I still had this severe headache. On top of that my bed was completely wet, I was laying in my own sweat. Eating, drinking, going to the toilet, washing and all other simple tasks I simply couldn’t do without help. Early in the morning around 6:00 AM my doctor appeared at my bed and told me what I had and what I should do. He told me to take lots of rest, keep eating and drinking. He also prescribed some medicines for my headache and nausiness. This was my first full day at the hospital, it was a very long day. I couldn’t do much, I was just laying there and had not much energy to do anything at all. Some now and then I woke up and tried to drink and eat, but it all tasted really weird, it had no taste at all. I tried to make a quick phone call to my parents, just to let them know I was kind of ‘fine’. I managed to say some words, but it was really tiresome for me. All I wanted to do is sleep. Since I couldn’t really sleep in this shared room, I asked for a smaller room for two people. In the evening I was transferred to a separate room. I was relieved and happy, because I knew it would help me to getting my much needed sleep and rest.

Day 3 & 4 –  Things got a bit worst, I was getting more and more tired. My joints and muscles started to hurt really bad. I felt I was lying on a concrete bed. On top of this I still had fever and severe headache. The worst part was that my thrombocytes (Platelets) in my blood were further decreasing, my platelets were around 80,000 per cubic millimeter. Thrombocytes is an important component in blood to stop you from bleeding. If those values are getting too low you will get internal bleeding and your internal organs might get damaged. My values were way below average. Healthy people normally have between 150,000 to 450,000 per cubic millimeter of Platelets. Things were not looking good. My doctor and girlfriend kept saying, that I was fine and everything was ‘stable’. I was not really sure about this… From day 3 things started to get a bit blurry for me and I didn’t have the energy anymore to process all the things that happened around me. It feels like you are slowly dying from the inside out. Although I do remember the daily rituals. First I had my doctor visiting me between 5 and 6 AM. Between 8-10 someone would collect my blood, clean my bed and bring me my breakfast. About every two hours I had temperature and blood pressure measurements. Around 9:00 AM someone would wash me in bed. Between 12:00 and 13:00 PM I would get my lunch. Since I was in a catholic hospital I also got visited by a priest, usually they come around 5:00 PM. When they enter the room they usually sound the bells and walk to your bed while holding a candle lantern. First they will ask your name and then give you some blessings. It was an unique and unforgettable experience, I’ve never experienced this before in my life. Every time when they entered the room it felt like I was back in the middle-ages, the whole setting was calming and soothing. Unfortunately I don’t have pictures of this, but to give you some impression the candle lanterns looked like this:

Their visits and blessings surely gave me hope and strength to go on. After their visit I got my dinner. Like I said before, all the food tasted really bad. Normally I enjoy eating food, but eating was surely my least favorite part of the day. My favorite activities were daydreaming, thinking about the future and getting washed and cleaned in bed.  After having my dinner there was nothing but complete boredom. I felt restless and I couldn’t do anything at all.

Day 5 & 6 – Those days were the worst. My thrombocytes were even dropping further, my platelets were around 60,000 per cubic millimeter. Every time when I tried to sleep I was falling/shaking awake in my dreams. My bed was completely soaked in sweat. I lost control and couldn’t do much at all. I felt like a turtle lying upside down in a dessert without any type of protection or control on the outcome, waiting for my time to come… I knew if I was going to stay like this then I wasn’t going to see my loved ones again. All kind of questions are going through your head. My first and biggest question was:

Is this it?

Shortly after this, other questions followed. Is it time for me to go and say goodbye? Should I let others know that I love them? How will my girlfriend react if I go, can she handle it? And what about my family? Should I give up?

Deep down there I knew it was not the time, not YET, others still need me! So I tried my best to rest and move as little as possible in order to save my small amount of energy I had left. I  prayed in my mind and I was hoping for the best, that’s all what I could do. Even though I was on the other side of the world apart from my family, I was not on the “other side” yet. I knew my parents from the other side of the world were crying and were desperate. Having this so called gap of 11000 km between a parent and their kid is horrible. It’s an awful feeling, not being able to see or talk to your family. Especially when you have no energy to talk on the phone. My family felt stressed and helpless and couldn’t do that much for me. I really wished I had developed some telepathic skills, just to tell them I love them and that they don’t have to worry.

Day 7 – When I woke up I was feeling a bit better, I was feeling more alive. I knew my thrombocytes had increased a little. I felt relieved and very happy when the doctor told me in the early morning that I can finally leave hospital. I still had high temperatures and didn’t felt that great, but still I felt much better then the past days. Not knowing I had a long way to go for recovery… When I got out of bed and tried to walk I felt like an old grandpa. My stamina drastically decreased and my muscles were weak. The parents of my girlfriend were arranging the paper work at the hospital administration. I decided to sit down in my room and wait. After about 15 minutes I felt like I was fainting. So I decided to lie down again and sleep a bit more first. I simply didn’t have the energy anymore, my body was broken, although my mind was still pretty much intact. I was thinking about what to do next, about how to recover, about my flight back, etc., I had to move on… Early in the afternoon I was ready to go and say goodbye to my bed:

My Hospital bed

My hospital bed

When got out the hospital I was so relieved and happy, I DID IT, I MADE IT! I felt the warm sun shining on my face, saw the traffic and people walking on the crowded streets of Bandung. Life didn’t stop, it just moved on as if nothing happened. I was crying on the inside, but I knew I had to do the same, I had to move on!

What to do when you have dengue fever?

My days at the hospital were horrible. Unfortunately there is no medicine or commercial vaccine yet for dengue fever. So here are some tips on how to get through this:

  • Drink (much) more than usual. At the hospital I had two ‘power’ drinks. I had guava juice and Pocari sweat (Japanese sport drink). Both drinks will make sure you stay hydrated and have stable thrombocyte levels. I’m pretty sure if I didn’t had those two drinks I probably had some more serious problems and wouldn’t be here.
  • Get some straws, it’s easier to drink and saves you some energy.
  • Use mouthwash, try not to brush too often in order to prevent bleeding.
  • Try to keep eating, even if you feel full and haven’t had a dump for several days (like I did).
  • When you eat, don’t eat spicy stuff, just eat plain things. I was on a rice diet, because it was easily digestible.
  • Eat papaya fruit to help with your digestion.
  • Put a bucket next to your bed for peeing or for when you need to vomit. You don’t want to walk to the toilet every time, you need to be careful with your energy, especially for the last couple of days.
  • Take paracetamol, between 6×500 mg to 8×500 mg to lower your temperature and relieve your headache.
  • Make sure you have someone around who can take care of you like your partner, friend or family member. You will have a hard time feeding and drinking all by yourself. Luckily, during my trip I was not alone. I had my girlfriend and her family taking care of me. They were there for me, they helped me with translation, administration, phone calls, eating and drinking. I’m really grateful and thankful for what they did. Honestly I don’t think I would have made it if they were not there…

Dengue fever symptoms

Here is a short overview of my symptoms I got during my hospital treatment:

  • High temperatures between 38.5 and 40 degrees.
  • Severe headache, lots of pain behind your eyes.
  • Feeling dizzy.
  • Constipation, can take several days.
  • Some skin rash, especially on my hands and arms.
  • Joint and muscle pain. Simply lying or leaning against something hurts really bad.
  • Being tired all the time.
  • Heavy night sweating. After waking up my bed was soaked.
  • Easy bleeding, simply don’t scratch.
  • Easy bruising, prevent hitting something accidentally.
  • Skin on your hands and feet will easily start to fell off.

The recovery: my after-hospital-life

After I left hospital I stayed at my girlfriend’s parents place in Bandung, which was kind of close to the hospital. My doctor told me that I can further recover at home and need to come back after several days. I was not yet allowed to fly back to the Netherlands, since my doctor first needs to give me a fit-to-fly approval for that.

Week 1 – During the first few days when I was recovering I noticed that I had lost lots of hair and I had some bruises. I also noticed that my strength and stamina was completely gone. Getting up out of bed, walking, walking stairs, holding a phone to talk to your parents, texting, reading were all just too much for me. Although I noticed I was slowly recovering again. I simply needed some rest and had to make sure I was fit enough to fly and go back on my own to the Netherlands.

Later that week I had my trip back home. After a long trip of 15 hours I finally safely arrived in the Netherlands. Finally I could see and hold my family in my arms. It was a great feeling to be back again! I was quite tired of the trip and I had some jet lag. I simply needed more rest. Other than that, I felt okay. Just to be sure I made an appointment for next week with the AMC hospital in Amsterdam to do a check to make sure I was indeed okay.

Week 2 – I went to the hospital and went to the department of tropical diseases. Since I got treated abroad the doctors couldn’t tell yet if I had the contagious MRSA virus with me. They had to do more research to figure out. So they were quite precautions and were completely covered. It was quite weird to meet your doctors like that, I felt like I was some kind of zombie. They did some diagnosis and saw that I still had fever and that dengue fever was still active in my blood. Their advice was to get more rest, keep drinking and take paracetamol. Later this week I again got headache, but less severe than I had before. I have to say the pain was quite different. When I touched my skin or hair on my head it was hurting a lot! My skin on my head was burning. It lasted for a few days. After this, the pain on and inside my head gradually disappeared. The burning sensation I had before now moved to my hands and arms. My skin was very sensitive, it felt like I had open wounds and blisters everywhere. Later this week the burning pain moved to my chest and shoulders. During the weekend I felt some weird pressure on my chest and had several stings in my heart region. On top of this I had breathing problems. A small activity like walking, getting up, walking stairs caused me pain in my heart area. Normally I would have this kind of pain when I’m cycling for hours at maximum capacity with a hear rate of above 170 bpm. I tried to take it easy and rest some more, but I simply couldn’t sleep that weekend, I was quite worried.

Week 3 – I didn’t like how things were going… I was expecting some improvements, but things got worse instead. I still had fever, headache and felt very tired. My breathing problems and heart problems were still there. I went to the hospital to do more research. Multiple blood tests were done, had an echocardiogram (ECG), had ultrasound scan of my internal organs like liver, kidneys, bladder, CT scan of my lungs. The doctors couldn’t find anything! They told me I should rest some more.

Week 4 – Gradually things got better, my temperatures decreased (no more fever), breathing and heart problems disappeared and my headache was very light. Unfortunately, on Tuesday I started to have some problems with my right leg, to be more specific my ankle and knee. It started with a burning and tinkling sensation again and it felt like something was squeezing my legs. Some hours later I couldn’t really walk on my right leg, every movement I made was hurting.This pain lasted for a few days.

Now I finally start to feel better, less pain and less headache, hopefully I won’t have any other downfalls. We will see, I’m still trying to stay positive and optimistic after all what happened to me. It’s an horrible disease, I really hope that you won’t get it. Hopefully there will be proper medicines and vaccines for it soon!

What to do during recovery?

During the recovery it’s recommended to rest as much as possible. Also know that when you have dengue fever your immune system gets a big blow. Basically your system won’t work as good as before. You have to try your best to eat healthy and stay healthy or you will be sick again. So here are some tips to help you with your recovery:

  • Drink lots of water and other healthy juices like guava juice, orange juice, pure coconut water
  • Eat lots of vegetables, fruits and easy digestible food.
  • Eat daily steamy bowl of oatmeal, it’s good for your heart and immune system
  • Take vitamin pills
  • Magnesium supplements to increase your energy, calm your nerves, improve your digestion and your heart’s health.
  • Stay active and try to push your body little by little, don’t give in and sleep and rest all the time.
  • Take daily paracetamol 3 times a day 2×500 mg to lower your temperatures and reduce your headache.
  • When you get back to your country. Consult a specialist and do additional research, just to be sure you have no other diseases and if your internal organs are fine. Also check for the contagious hospital MRSA virus.
  • Don’t panic, get stressed or get desperate. The recovery process is really slow. Here are some facts that are apparently quite common according to other people who have experienced dengue fever:
    • You will have fever or high temperatures for several weeks.
    • Itchy feeling on your skin for several days/weeks.
    • For several months you will feel tired.
    • Your hair will grow back, but this will take between 6 – 9 months.

Dengue fever symptoms during and after recovery

Here is a short overview of the complications and symptoms I got after the 7 day cycle of dengue fever:

  • Significant Hair loss.
  • Constant fever and high temperatures.
  • Breathing problems.
  • Feeling pain and stings in your heart area for several days.
  • Headache.
  • Feeling depressed.
  • Burning skin sensation, like you have some open wounds or blisters.
  • Very sensitive skin.
  • Sore muscles and some pain.
  • Joint pain.
  • Some bruises.
  • Feeling tired all the time, simple things like walking stairs are too exhausting.
  • Heavy night sweating.
  • Skin starts to fall off, especially my hands and feet.

Dengue disease prevention

When you are traveling to mosquito-friendly countries please make sure your are prepared and prevent from being bitten. In the map below you can see in which regions you have an increased risk of getting dengue:

Active dengue region, 2011

Dengue, countries at risk, 2011

For convenience and in order to get a more complete picture I want to share the following map:

Distribution of tiger mosquitoes

Global map of the predicted distribution of Aedes albopictus (tiger mosquitoes) where the color red indicates that the presence of tiger mosquitoes, 2015, (Wikipedia)

This map shows the predicted presence of tiger mosquitoes in red and absence in blue. Luckily not all tiger mosquitoes carry dengue fever or other diseases, but still it makes you a bit worried.

When traveling to those mosquito-friendly countries you can do the following in order to prevent from being bitten:

  • Buy some DEET (50%) insect repellent, you can get higher percentage, but be careful with your skin, it’s quite toxic. All I can say is that it helps a bit. I still get mosquito bites after using it.
  • Thick and long clothes (I know it will mean lots of sweating, but it’s still better then using DEET chemicals on your skin).
  • Outdoor anti-mosquito hat.
  • A portable mosquito net for sleeping.
  • Some people claim that taking a daily dose of vitamin B1 also helps and prevents you from being bitten.
  • Chemical insect repellent against insects (usually available in hotel rooms). Before going to bed you simply spray under your bed and other places where you might expect mosquitoes.
  • Definitely don’t go during rainy season, this is asking for some serious trouble since the mosquito’s are the most active during this season.

Final words

As you can see dengue fever can be quite severe, unfortunately for some it’s lethal. It really depends on your body, you as a person and the type of dengue fever you have. At the moment dengue fever is classified as a mild disease to humans, it’s categorized under biohazard level 2. To put things in perspective, malaria is categorized under level 3 and Ebola under level 4. So please be careful next time when you are traveling to mosquito friendly countries, please don’t be too naive. I hope by now you understand what dengue fever can be like and what it can do to your body. If you ever get or have dengue fever, all I can say is the following: Please don’t give up, stay strong and positive, no matter how hopeless the situation will be, keep having faith!

10 of the most awesome cinemas in the world

As some of you know I’m a big movie fan, I really love and enjoy watching movies. Most cinemas however are quite standard, only a select few are really able to give you this unique and unforgettable experience! So here is my top 10 list of the most awesome cinemas in the world!

#1 Hot Tube Cinema, London

Hot Tube Cinema, London

How ‘cool’ is this, watching a good movie in a hot tube!

#2 Rooftop Cinema, Melbourne, Australia

Rooftop Cinema, Melbourne, Australia

Watching movies on a rooftop with your friends, how awesome is that!

#3 Sci-fi Dine-in Theater, Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Just wow, I really would love to watch movies in this drive-in themed cinema!

#4 Nokia Ultra Screen, Bangkok, Thailand

Nokia Ultra Screen, Bangkok, Thailand

Nokia Ultra Screen, Bangkok, Thailand

Definitely want to go this cinema some day! They have free snacks AND you can get a foot massage.

#5 Cine de Chef, Seoul, Korea

Cine de Chef, Seoul, Korea

I would like to go to this cinema some day! It’s a luxury cinema where you can first have your dinner and afterwards relax watching a movie.

#6 Blitz Megaplex, Jakarta, Indonesia

Blitz Megaplex, Jakarta, Indonesia

Blitz Megaplex, Jakarta, Indonesia

I went to this cinema with my girlfriend. We went to the one inside Grand Indonesia. It was an amazing and romantic experience, I can really recommend anyone!

#7 Electric Cinema, London, England

Electric Cinema with double beds

Beautiful styled cinema with beds located in the front. I would love to go here!

#8 Tuschinski Amsterdam

Tuschinski Amsterdam

I went to this cinema several times, it’s a beautiful Art Deco cinema. They play the latest movies and the theater is located in the center of Amsterdam.

#9 Urania National Film Theatre, Budapest, Hungary

Beautiful cinema and location for watching a movie with your date.

#10 Ugc De Brouckere Grand Eldorado, Brussels, Belgium

UGC de Brouckere Grand Eldorado, Brussels, Belgium

Ugc De Brouckere Grand Eldorado, Brussels, Belgium

I lived in Belgium for about two years, I can’t believe I have missed this cinema!

I hope you enjoyed my list! Some of the cinemas I haven’t visited yet, they are still on my wishlist. If you have any suggestions please let me know!


Top 20 Similar Dutch Words Used In Bahasa Indonesia

Selamat datang!

Some now and then when I talk with my Indonesian girlfriend (Maria) we discover some new words that are similar in both languages. Initially, we react surprised but at the same time we enjoy those special moments since they, despite our long-distance-relationship, make us feel even more connected. Let me share our top 20 of words we have discovered so far.

Top 20 loan words (Dutch-Bahasa Indonesia-Meaning)

  1. Bank – Bank – Bank
  2. Bioscoop – Bioskop – Cinema
  3. Politie – Polisi – Police
  4. Pienter/intelligent – Pienter – Intelligent
  5. Boek – Buku – Book
  6. Dokter – dokter – Doctor
  7. Hallo – Halo – Hello
  8. Kost (More a Belgian word) – Kos – Room rental
  9. Lamp – Lampu – Lamp
  10. Gratis – Gratis – Free
  11. Motorfiets – Motor – Motor
  12. Oom – Om – Uncle
  13. Oma – Oma – Grandma
  14. Oranje – Oranye – Orange
  15. Rok – Rok – Skirt
  16. Roken – Rokok – Smoking
  17. Seks – Seks – Sex
  18. Sinterklaas – Sinterklas* – Santa Claus
  19. Thee – Teh – Tea
  20. Visie – Visi – Vision

* I didn’t expect that they have this word in Indonesia, since they don’t really celebrate Sinterklaas in Indonesia (please correct me if I’m wrong).

There are plenty more loanwords, for those who are interested you can find them here:

Please let me know what your favorite loanword is. Just let me know if you think a special word is missing. Also feel free to share more interesting similarities between Indonesia and the Netherlands.


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Becoming more active in blogging

Hi there,

Welcome on my blog! After a long time I decided it’s time to become more active again. I haven’t been active for a while. Over the past years many things have changed and I gained many interesting experiences. I think that as a person I have definitely grown, yet there is still room for more growth!

Growing seed

Recently I noticed something interesting. When I talk to my friends they are all happy to listen to my stories, advice, feedback and experiences. In return I love hearing their experiences and stories. A couple of months ago one of my close friends suggested me to start writing more about my life, my interest in cultures, food and travel. Back then I didn’t realize it yet, but she was actually nourishing one of my seeds that was growing in my subconscious mind. For privacy reasons I’m not going to mention her name, but basically she told me indirectly what my close friends were telling me:

“Please share more about your life!”

Fast forward

The past weeks I have been listening to inspiring podcasts like Michael Hyatt and John Corcoran. In one of the podcasts Michael was persisting that anyone who wants to be a leader and inspire others that you should become an active blogger. You have to lead by example. This really resonated with me. I was already being active on twitter, but haven’t been active in blogging yet. In addition to being inspired by podcasts, my girlfriend suggested me to write something on my blog.

So here I am!

Great, I know I want to blog, but what should I share? I am thinking about posting every one or two weeks about the following topics:

  • Travel in Europe and Asia
  • Weekly summaries of my favorite links I shared on twitter
  • Food
  • Health
  • Cultures
  • Music with beautiful lyrics
  • Long distance relationship experiences and tips
  • Tips & Tricks
  • Online courses
  • Coding tips and tutorials
  • Etc..

Please let me know if you think there is a topic missing. With my blog posts I really hope to inspire and help others. If you are interested feel free to connect with me on Twitter or LinkedIn.


Your life is a gift. Now go make it count!

Preparing for the Java SE 7 Programmer II (1Z0-804) exam

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Recently, I passed my exam for Java SE 7 Programmer II (1Z0-804) with a score of 75%.I thought this exam is quite difficult and it takes some time to prepare. Therefore, in this post I would like to share my experiences. Hopefully it will be useful to others.

Exam questions

I’m not allowed to share the exam questions. However, I can give some hints about the type of questions that will be asked. In my exam I noticed a lot of questions were related to multithreading and class design (usage of casts, overrides, overloads, co-variant overloads, nested classes, etc…). In my case the exam coverage was as follows:

  • Threads & Concurrency (25%)
  • Class design (20%)
  • Material related to Java SE 7 Programmer I (10%)
  • JDBC (5%)
  • Exceptions (5%)
  • Assertions (5%)
  • Java IO, NIO & NIO2 (10%)
  • Generics & Collections (10%)
  • String processing (5%)
  • Localization (5%)

When taking this exam especially timing is important. You have to answer 90 questions in 150 minutes, i.e., you have 150/90 = 1 minute and 40 seconds per question. Please take into account that this amount of time is usually too short to answer questions related to Threads & Concurrency and Class design. Therefore, it’s very important that you are able to answer the questions related to the remaining topics very quickly, e.g., say within 30 to 60 seconds.

Preparation material

In order to prepare for the exam I used various resources. Below I will list the pros and cons of those resources.

The book Oracle Certified Professional Java SE 7 Programmer Exams 1Z0-804 and 1Z0-805: A Comprehensive OCPJP 7 Certification Guide

Pros: the book gives you a good overview of the topics you have to know for the exam. It’s a good starting point to prepare for the exam.

Cons: it’s too general. When doing the exams or mock exams you will discover that you are missing information. For instance, topics regarding RandomAccess files and using the buffer’s mark functionality are not discussed.

Recommendation: read the book at least once in order to know which topics to expect on the exam. More detailed information regarding the topics can be found on the internet or using exam simulation software.

Oracle websites 

Pros: The oracle websites contain a lot of information, which might be overwhelming in the beginning. However, most exam questions are based on the information given on those pages. Especially the notes and special cases that are mentioned on the tutorial pages are helpful. For instance, on the tutorial page they mention the following regarding overriding and hiding methods:

“Static methods in interfaces are never inherited.”

This piece of information is useful when answering questions regarding class design for instance.

Cons: the information is overwhelming and it will take some time to process. Besides, it’s incomplete, not all information can be found in the API or on the tutorial pages. For more detailed information I would recommend to use the java specification as reference.

Recommendation: Read all tutorial pages at least once and make a list of all those notes and special cases. On the exam there will be implicit questions regarding those notes. Regarding the API only read the methods which are not clear to you initially. In addition, you should also check for exceptions and overloaded methods related to the method you are looking at.


Pro: Good website in case you want to practice exam questions regarding Exceptions and NIO2. In addition, the website gives good and detailed explanation for each answer.

Cons: The mock exam questions are not covering all topics. There is strong focus on exceptions and NIO2 functionality. To me it felt the questions were a bit outdated. In my opinion they were too easy and more a continuation of the java programmer I exam.

Recommendation: Just practice and understand all exam questions, but don’t assume that when you are finished that you are ready for the exam.


Pro: Large exam question bank covering all topics. The questions vary from easy to very hard. Furthermore, the explanations for all questions are very detailed and clear.

Cons: Some questions are too difficult and can’t be compared with the level of difficulty you will face on the real exam. In addition, the mock exams may demotivate you, since the mock exams are very challenging and you are wrong most of the time.

Recommendation: Make all the exam questions and keep practicing. In addition, make notes regarding the mistakes you made. Initially the questions are hard, but you get used to it the more you learn and practice. The level of difficulty is more or less the same as the real exam.

My notes

When preparing for this exam I made some notes, it might help you during the preparations. Some of the notes are quite specific and even not mentioned in the Java API. You can find my notes here:


The Java SE7 programmer II exam is hard, it’s much harder than the Java SE 7 Programmer I exam. So you better be prepared, don’t underestimate it! The preparation time will probably vary between two to six months. I hope that the shared information is useful and hopefully it will help you with preparing the exam more efficiently. Feel free to ask any questions, I will try my best to answer them.

Java SE 7 Programmer II (1Z0-804) notes

This post contains a collection of notes that I have made when I was preparing for the Java SE 7 Programmer II exam. For tips on how to prepare for this exam please see my other post.

Java SE 7 Programmer II notes

String processing

  • The delimiter string itself doesn’t act as a delimiter but each character in the delimiter String acts as a delimiter. So StringTokenizer(“abcde”, “bd”) will return a, c, and e and not abcde because b and d both act as a delimiter.
  • When using “\s” as tokenizer, don’t forget to add additional backslash to escape the “\”, i.e., you should use “\\s”.
  • The word boundary is indicated by “\\b” and includes spaces, tabs, special characters and beginning and end of the line.
  • When using explicit index (e.g., %1$) the index number always starts with 1.
  • String is immutable while StringBuilder and StringBuffer are not.
  • For regular expressions the word boundary token “\b” does not actually match any character. For example the matches differ if you match with \btest\b or with \stest\s for the string “test test test test”. The first pattern will give 4 matches while the second will give only 1 match (the second “test”).
  • When using split(String regex) the trailing empty strings won’t be included.
  • The default precision for floating point number is 6.
  • When padding is specified the width needs to be specified as well, otherwise an exception is thrown.
  • The parameter %f only accepts floats or doubles, it doesn’t accept booleans, integers, chars or anything else.
  • When using Scanner there are many hasNextXXX and nextXXX methods, except for hasNextCharacter and nextCharacter, they do not exist!
  • Note that for word boundaries (when using \b as pattern) the parts before and after a word are also considered as word boundaries, even if there is no visible boundary such as white space. This means that when you use the pattern \b\w*\b on “someword” it gives someword back as a match.
  • Calendar has three important methods:
    • Add(int aField, int amount).
    • Roll(int aField, int amount), is quite similar to add(…). However, it does not modify the “larger” fields, i.e., if you add 11 months to the date in March 2014 then it would yield Februari 2014 and not Februari 2015, hence the larger fields (in this case year) is not modified.
    • Set(int aField, int value).

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Gezond afvallen: mijn ervaringen en tips

Afvallen: Mijn ervaringen

Veel mensen vragen het, weinig mensen weten het, hoe val je gezond af? In dit artikel zal ik enkele, hopelijk nuttige, tips geven over wat je kunt doen om af te vallen en op gewicht te blijven.
Ik ben inmiddels al meer dan 30 kilo afgevallen, ik ben van 110 kg naar 72 kg gegaan en voel me beter dan ooit tevoren! Veel mensen staan verbaasd te kijken als ik hen vertel dat ik zoveel ben afgevallen en ze snappen niet hoe ik het voor elkaar heb gekregen. Daarom zal ik in dit artikel mijn ervaringen met jullie delen in de hoop, dat jullie ze ook kunnen gebruiken om zo een gezondere levensstijl erop na te houden. Ook zal ik proberen dit artikel up-to-date te houden en hier en daar aanvullen als ik nieuwe ervaringen en tips heb.

Het artikel is vooral interessant voor lezers die veel (meer dan 10 kg) willen afvallen, lezers die weinig willen afvallen, raad ik aan vooral de tips door te nemen. Ik zeg er meteen bij dat ik geen voedingsdeskundige of een of andere expert ben, deze tips heb ik van internet en deels door eigen ervaring en ervaringen van lotgenoten.

De tips die hieronder gegeven zijn, staan ingedeeld per categorie, onthoud wel dat er meer bij komt kijken dan alleen het simpelweg opvolgen van deze tips. Vergelijk het met koken, alleen aan ingrediënten heb je niets, je hebt ook het recept zelf nodig. Het gaat erom hoe je de tips toepast en hoe je mentaal ingesteld bent. Eerst zal ik het mentale aspect van afvallen bespreken, het is belangrijk dat je in je hoofd de knop om kunt draaien om iets te kunnen bereiken. Vervolgens behandel ik de tips per categorie.

Mentaal afvallen

Mentaal Afvallen
Afvallen kan iedereen, maar veel kilo’s kwijtraken en op gewicht blijven is niet voor iedereen weggelegd. Vooral de frustraties die ermee gepaard gaan resulteren vaak in het tegengestelde effect, het wil maar niet lukken dat afvallen. Hierdoor wordt het moeilijker om vol te houden en binnen de kortste keren stop je er al mee en de kans dat je een ander afvalprogramma probeert wordt kleiner omdat je niet weer teleurgesteld wilt worden. Daarom zal ik proberen kort uit te leggen wat er nodig is om af te vallen. Natuurlijk is iedere persoon anders ingesteld en voor sommigen is datgene wat ik hier bespreek vanzelfsprekend, maar voor anderen weer totaal niet. Voor de een zal het beter uitpakken dan voor de ander.

Het afvallen heb ik in het begin vooral in mijn eentje gedaan zonder steun/hulp van een specialist of familie/vrienden. Pas veel later werd er rekening gehouden met mijn eetwensen. Daarom zal de nadruk in dit artikel ook meer liggen op het afvallen in je eentje. Natuurlijk is het prettiger als je een maatje hebt die samen met je wilt afvallen, dan kun je makkelijker ervaringen met elkaar uitwisselen en elkaar steunen als het even tegen zit. Ook kun je elkaar proberen te corrigeren als de een aan het “zondigen” is. Dus als je iemand kunt overhalen om samen met je af te vallen dan wordt het in ieder geval een stuk makkelijker en plezieriger. Helaas is dit niet voor iedereen mogelijk, daarom zal ik voor diegene mijn aanpak om in je eentje af te vallen proberen uit te leggen.

Als je veel wilt afvallen vraagt dit om een (drastische) verandering van levensstijl, als je niet bereid bent om te veranderen dan heeft het geen zin om dit artikel verder te lezen. Je moet de knop niet alleen tijdelijk, maar dus ook blijvend omdraaien!
Er zijn drie belangrijke steekwoorden die vaak terug zullen komen: discipline, focus en zelfkennis. Als je (veel) wilt afvallen zul je de discipline op moeten kunnen brengen om te bewegen wanneer je er eigenlijk geen zin in hebt (dat je geen tijd hebt voor beweging is onzin, hetzelfde excuus gebruikte ik eerst namelijk ook). Je discipline wordt beter wanneer je een duidelijke focus (lees doel) voor ogen hebt en beschikt over goede zelfkennis. Zonder discipline heeft het geen zin om af te vallen, je houdt dan geen rekening met je voeding en beweegt onvoldoende.
Naast discipline is focus belangrijk, probeer een streefgewicht in gedachte te houden. Maak het niet te bont, begin met een streefgewicht waarvan je denkt dat het haalbaar is. De manier waarop ik het heb aangepakt is door meerdere streefgewichten te gebruiken. Toen ik 110 kg woog wilde ik eerst naar 100 kg als tussen-streef-gewicht, terwijl ik in mijn achterhoofd 80 kg als eindstreefgewicht had. Afvallen in etappes is minder frustrerend dan om in één keer af te vallen. Het is dan ook makkelijker om vol te blijven houden met afvallen.
Als laatste zal ik de term zelfkennis bespreken. Het is heel belangrijk dat je eerst voor jezelf na gaat hoe het zover heeft kunnen komen. Wat is de oorzaak van het probleem is, waarom ben je zoveel kilo’s aangekomen? Andere vragen die je bijvoorbeeld aan jezelf kunt stellen zijn:

  • Waarom ben je niet eerder begonnen met afvallen?
  • Wil ik eigenlijk wel afvallen en waarom?
  • Waarom denk ik dat het nu wel gaat lukken?
  • Doe ik het afvallen voor mezelf of voor anderen?

Het belangrijkste waar je achter moet proberen te komen is de reden waarom je wilt afvallen. Hoe meer redenen je kunt bedenken hoe makkelijker het mentaal wordt om af te vallen en vol te blijven houden. Een matige reden is bijvoorbeeld: “Ik wil afvallen, omdat ik mager wil worden”. Hier kun je niet zo veel mee, het is namelijk voor de meesten vrij vanzelfsprekend dat je graag gezond, mager, knap er uit wilt zien. Het gaat er meer om de achterliggende reden.  Iedereen is uiteraard verschillend en heeft natuurlijk zo zijn eigen redenen. Een goede (achterliggende) reden kan bijvoorbeeld zijn: “Ik wil in mijn leven meer gewaardeerd en gerespecteerd worden door anderen” of “Ik wil meer positieve aandacht van vrouwen/mannen”. Het afvallen is makkelijker als je eenmaal weet wat je redenen zijn, als het even tegen zit denk dan aan de redenen waarom je ook alweer wilt afvallen zodat je daar weer op kunt focussen. Daarnaast helpt deze zelfkennis ook om gedisciplineerd te blijven. Zo weet je dat bijvoorbeeld op feestjes of andere gelegenheden wat jouw doelen zijn en waarom je daaraan wilt vasthouden. Je zult dan minder snel ongezond of te veel eten, omdat je een duidelijke focus en zelfkennis hebt.

Als je eenmaal voldoende zelfkennis, discipline en een duidelijke focus hebt, dan gaat het zeker lukken. Natuurlijk mag je best een keertje genieten, zolang je daarna meteen maar weer de draad oppakt. Neem vooral de tijd om af te vallen, doe het niet te geforceerd. Snel afvallen in een korte tijd geeft vaak ongewenste resultaten, denk aan het bekende jojo-effect. Daarnaast kan het te zwaar zijn en demotiverend werken. Ik zelf viel ongeveer 1 kg per week af en heb er ongeveer 6 maanden over gedaan om 30 kg af te vallen. Als anderen je voor gek verklaren wanneer je probeert af te vallen en niet geloven dat het je gaat lukken, laat ze zien dat ze ongelijk hebben, ga ervoor! Jij bent tenslotte diegene met de meeste zelfkennis, jij weet wat je wel en niet wil/kan. Geloof in jezelf, je kunt het!

Tips voor het afvallen

Hieronder geef ik een aantal tips die gebruikt kunnen worden om af te vallen. Bij elke tip zal ik een korte toelichting erbij geven. Het heeft geen zin om alleen tips over voeding te volgen, beweging is ook belangrijk en misschien wel belangrijker dan voeding! Het beste kun je zoveel mogelijk verschillende tips uitproberen. Mocht je nog vragen hebben dan hoor ik ze graag, je kunt mij altijd mailen of op deze pagina een berichtje achter laten.


  1. Gebruik kokosvet i.p.v. boter: het verhoogt je vet-stofwisseling. Tevens heeft het een positieve uitwerking op je gezondheid, het helpt je lever beter te functioneren. Kokosvet is o.a. verkrijgbaar bij een reformwinkel, meer informatie kunt je vinden op de site van mens-en-gezondheid.
  2. Drink groene thee: het verhoogt vetverbranding en werkt energieverhogend. Het is aan te raden om groene thee ‘s ochtends te drinken, zodat de vetverbranding al zo vroeg mogelijk begint. Groene thee is ook in capsules verkrijgbaar, meestal bevatten deze capsules ook cafeïne om de vetverbranding nog meer te verhogen. Deze capsules zijn o.a. verkrijgbaar in een reformwinkel.
  3. Drink vooral veel water: water bevat geen calorieën en het helpt je afvalstoffen af te voeren. Frisdranken en vruchtensappen bevatten veel (misschien wel te veel) calorieën, zo zijn vijf glazen frisdrank al bijna gelijk aan een kleine maaltijd.
  4. Drink zo weinig mogelijk alcohol: de lever is HET vetverbrandingsorgaan. Wanneer dit orgaan overbelast is door de alcoholverwerking, zal het geen tijd hebben om het vet te verwerken, het wordt dan direct opgeslagen in je vetlaag! Probeer daarom alcohol en eten met veel vet te vermijden!
  5. Niet eten voor het slapen: tijdens het slapen is de verbranding van het lichaam heel erg laag. Alles wat het lichaam vlak voor het slapen binnen krijgt aan voedsel zal daarom direct opgeslagen worden als vet. Verbranding van voedsel heeft tijd nodig, daarom is het aan te raden om drie uur voor het slapen gaan niets meer te eten.
  6. Eet 500-1000 kcal minder dan normaal: afvallen gaat makkelijker wanneer je minder eet, maar overdrijf niet! Vrouwen hebben normaal gesproken voldoende aan 2000 kcal terwijl mannen gemiddeld 2500 kcal per dag nodig hebben. Het afvallen gaat een stuk makkelijker wanneer je naast beweging ook nog minder gaat eten. Probeer op z’n minst 1500 kcal op een dag binnen te krijgen, maar ga zeker niet lager dan 1500 kcal. Ga niet meteen 1000 kcal minder eten, dit valt namelijk erg tegen en is moeilijk vol te houden. Je lichaam heeft tijd nodig om te kunnen wennen aan de veranderingen, probeer daarom het aantal calorieën dat je binnen krijgt beetje bij beetje te verminderen. Je kunt bijvoorbeeld het totaal aantal calorieën dat je binnen krijgt verminderen door minder tussendoortjes te eten of halve porties te eten i.p.v. een normale portie.
  7. Eet gevarieerd: mijn ervaring is dat het lichaam na een tijdje begint te wennen aan het eten dat je binnen krijgt, waardoor je uiteindelijk minder verbrandt dan normaal. Probeer daarom zo gevarieerd mogelijk te eten, zodat de verbranding optimaal blijft. Ook is het verstandig om gevarieerde hoeveelheden te eten. Eet de ene keer iets meer en de andere keer iets minder, wanneer je meer eet, is het tevens verstandig om iets meer te bewegen dan normaal.
  8. Neem geen toetje: de meeste toetjes bevatten erg veel calorieën. Als je perse behoefte hebt aan een toetje ga dan voor light producten en probeer een toetje te eten dat minder dan 100 kcal per portie bevat.
  9. Eet hete gerechten: pittig eten verhoogt de verbranding.
  10. Eet volkoren matse cracker als tussendoortje: heb je toch een beetje honger neem dan een matze cracker, deze bevatten weinig calorieën en stilt tijdelijk de honger. De volkoren variant bevat meer vezels en vergt meer energie om te verteren. Daarnaast geeft het ook langer een verzadigd gevoel.
  11. Neem als tussendoortje suikervrije kauwgom:  kauwgom is een prima ‘tussendoortje’ en voorkomt dat je andere dingen als tussendoortje gaat eten, omdat je namelijk al kauwgom in je mond hebt. Je hebt dan minder snel de neiging om te snoepen of iets in je mond te stoppen.
  12. Eet veel groenten: groenten zoals broccoli zijn over het algemeen lastig te verbranden en kosten meer energie dan dat je binnen krijgt, wat zorgt voor een negatieve calorie inname.
  13. Probeer aardappelpuree te vermijden: omdat aardappelpuree al gepureerd is, zal het snel opgenomen worden door het lichaam, het lichaam hoeft niet zo veel te doen om het te verbranden.


  1. Drink tijdens het sporten alleen water en neem geen tussendoortjes: probeer tijdens het sporten zo weinig mogelijk extra energie binnen te krijgen, het gaat er tenslotte om dat je vet verbrandt.
  2. Doe minimaal 30 min. cardio training: minder dan 30 minuten is ook mogelijk, maar meestal komt de verbranding pas goed op gang na ongeveer 20 minuten. Denk bij cardio training bijvoorbeeld aan fietsen, rennen, roeien of cross trainer. Probeer om de dag cardio te doen en wissel dit af met krachttraining. Dus bijv. op maandag, woensdag, vrijdag, zondag doe je cardio training en op de overige dagen doe je krachttraining. Voor krachttraining zie instructie filmpjes onderaan deze pagina.
  3. Doe cardio op maximale intensiteit: het lichaam went vrij snel (bij mij binnen een week) aan de intensiteit van bepaalde bewegingen. Het heeft bijvoorbeeld weinig zin om bij elke cardio training een bepaalde hartslag te hebben of een bepaalde hoeveelheid aantal calorieën te verbranden in 15 minuten. Probeer bij elke cardio training net iets verder te gaan dan vorige keer, hiermee verbrand je veel meer en vergroot je het after-burn-effect. Zie volgende tip voor meer informatie over het after-burn-effect.
  4. Cardio is goed, maar HIIT is beter: HIIT staat voor High-intensity interval training welke vrij intensief en van korte duur is (9-20 minuten). Met HIIT is de hoeveelheid energie die je verbrandt na het trainen veel groter dan een normale training, dit wordt ook wel de after-burn effect genoemd. Er wordt zelfs beweerd dat je 24 uur nadat je HIIT hebt gedaan calorieën verbrandt, je verbrandt dan eigenlijk calorieën terwijl je niks doet op dat moment. Op internet kun je hier veel informatie over vinden, zo staan er op youtube heel veel HIIT filmpjes die je kunt volgen. Als je deze trainingen voor het eerst doet, zal het erg zwaar zijn en mogelijk tegenvallen, neem dus niet te veel hooi op je vork en begin gewoon rustig.
  5. Schaf een hartslagmeter aan: hiermee kun je makkelijk zien hoe hoog je hartslag is en hoeveel calorieën je verbrandt. Ook kun je makkelijk zien of je conditie verbetert, naarmate je langer sport, zul je zien dat je een lagere hartslag krijgt bij het sporten bij dezelfde intensiteit. Op internet staat veel informatie over welke hartslag je moet hebben als je voornamelijk veel vet wilt verbranden, dit verschilt namelijk per leeftijd en geslacht. Voor meer informatie hierover zie: vet-verbranden-met-cardiofitness. Over het algemeen geldt dat hoe hoger je hartslag bij trainingen hoe meer je verbrandt, maar daarmee train je tevens je conditie. Ik train zelf meestal tussen 160-180 hartslagen/minuut.
  6. Luister naar snelle/opzwepende muziek tijdens trainingen: muziek zorgt ervoor dat je op hetzelfde tempo blijft bewegen of op de muziek beweegt. Ook zorgt snelle muziek ervoor dat je jouw agressie gebruikt om af te vallen, je wilt immers van het vet af en zo nodig spieren erbij trainen! Daarnaast zorgt het voor wat afleiding tijdens het sporten. Hier enkele voorbeelden van drukke/opzwepende muziek:
  • Sport in een warme omgeving: je hart zal dan harder gaan werken, waardoor je meer zult verbranden. Houd er wel rekening mee dat je veel water moet drinken tijdens het sporten in een warme omgeving.
  • Beweeg gevarieerd: net als met voeding is het belangrijk om gevarieerd te bewegen. Op een gegeven moment went het lichaam aan bepaalde bewegingen, dit merk je als je een tijdje blijft hangen op hetzelfde gewicht. Probeer dan over te stappen op een andere soort beweging, als je bijvoorbeeld eerst altijd fietste dan kun je dat afwisselen met rennen.
  • Verhoog stofwisseling door spieren te kweken: het is belangrijk dat je tijdens het afvallen ook spieren kweekt aangezien het DE energievreters van ons lichaam zijn. Hoe beter jouw spieren zijn ontwikkeld des te hoger is de stofwisseling. Zelfs als je niet sport hebben jouw spieren energie nodig, dus zelfs als je niks doet is jouw lichaam bezig met verbranding.
  • Doe cardiotraining waarmee je veel calorieën verbrandt: denk hierbij aan bewegingen als fietsen op hoog tempo (boven 25 km per uur), bewegen op de crosstrainer (boven 30 km per uur) en tennis. Op internet staat veel informatie over hoeveel je verbrandt met bepaalde bewegingen, zie bijvoorbeeld en
  • Bekijk instructiefilmpjes op internet: hieronder staan een aantal instructiefilmpjes die ik zelf onder andere heb gebruikt om af te vallen:
  1. Intensieve cardio/hiit training
  2. Gewichtstraining
  3. Oefeningen voor buikspieren
  4. Workout voor borst en rug
  5. HIIT training


Hieronder zal ik de overige tips bespreken die niet direct gerelateerd zijn aan voeding of beweging:

  1. Koop/gebruik een digitale weegschaal: deze is meestal nauwkeuriger dan een oude analoge weegschaal en je kunt makkelijker bijhouden of je aankomt of afvalt.
  2. Houd je gewicht nauwlettend in de gaten: deze tip dien je met voorzichtigheid toe te passen. De een kan het prettig vinden om het gewicht nauwlettend in de gaten te houden, terwijl de ander snel gefrustreerd raakt wanneer je erachter komt dat je zwaarder bent geworden door een of andere reden die je niet zo snel kan achterhalen. Het gewicht van jouw lichaam schommelt namelijk heel erg, het is daarom ook aan te raden op vaste tijdstippen te wegen. Ga bijvoorbeeld niet ‘s ochtends wegen en de volgende dag direct nadat je gegeten hebt, je gewicht kan dan zo 2 kg verschillen… Als je jouw gewicht nauwlettend in de gaten houdt dan kom je heel snel achter hoe jouw lichaam reageert op bepaalde activiteiten. Heb je bijvoorbeeld op een feestje ongezond gegeten dan zul je dit snel terug zien op een digitale weegschaal, al is het maar 0.2 kg! Je wordt natuurlijk niet meteen heel zwaar als je een keertje ongezond hebt gegeten, maar het stapelt zich wel makkelijk op als je dag in en dag uit ongezond leeft. Zo kun je elke dag ongezond eten en 0.2 kg bijkomen, wat dus neerkomt op ongeveer 1 kg per week en 50 kg per jaar… Daarnaast geeft een digitale weegschaal een positievere en een meer kritische meting dan een analoge weegschaal. Bij een analoge weegschaal interpreteer je het gewicht zelf, je zult eerder geneigd zijn jouw gewicht rooskleuriger in te schatten dan dat het daadwerkelijk is. Daarnaast motiveert een digitale weegschaal om meer te bewegen, aangezien je nu duidelijk kunt aflezen hoeveel kilo’s bent afgevallen al is het maar 0.2 kg. Bij een analoge weegschaal lijkt het wijzertje steeds hetzelfde gewicht aan te geven, je blijft hangen op een bepaald gewicht, het lijkt alsof je niets afvalt. Dit kan soms erg demotiverend en frustrerend zijn.
  3. Zoek uit welk BMI voor jou gezond is: Jouw Body Mass Index (BMI) is belangrijk om te weten. Het is een index voor het gewicht in verhouding tot je lengte, je weet dan of je een gezond gewicht voor jouw lengte en leeftijd hebt. Op internet zijn verschillende sites te vinden waar je aan de hand van jouw leeftijd, lengte, geslacht en gewicht je BMI kunt berekenen. Zo kun je op de voedingscentrum site jouw BMI bepalen.

Overige sites

Voor diegenen die graag meer informatie over gezond afvallen zoeken, is het misschien interessant om onderstaande links te bekijken:

Ik hoop dat je wat hebt aan mijn tips en ervaringen, zoals ik al eerder had vermeld zal ik dit artikel up-to-date proberen te houden met tips en mijn ervaringen. Mocht je nog opmerkingen of vragen hebben aarzel dan niet om deze hier te stellen. Ik wens je veel succes met het afvallen!