Those Sunday Blahs

I have had one of those weekends where everything around me feels Blah.

I’m on my new fitness program, and adjusting my carb intake along with I’m sure other monthly stressors preparing to rear their ugly head….So my physical and emotional state these last two days have been horrendous!

My poor husband came home from overtime on Saturday excited to have date night, only to be greeted by Hyde, Mrs. Vanderkooy’s evil twin.

Today, I awoke in worse spirits, with a neck so sore I could barely turn my head! I decided rather than fight through these feelings… I would try to embrace them. So, after church, I went to my favorite place: CHAPTERS. I bought a new book, and a magazine with new yoga poses.

Last year I began to do yoga on a daily basis, in my living room with a DVD that I had bought from chapters. It was only 27 minutes long and I found it fabulous. I have been struggling to get back into routine of having that daily practice so I decided to try it tonight in the hopes it may clear my mind. I followed the series of stretches through about 20 minutes, and lead myself through a meditation afterwards.

For the first time in what feels like AGES, I let myself slip into a deep meditation where nothing entered my mind. It was just myself in this moment with my breath. It’s not easy to let external factors and thoughts escape and leave you with inner peace, so today felt triumphant. It really felt refreshing to take that time alone and center myself.

I’m glad that I took the time to listen to my body and my mind today. I feel as though I avoided what may have felt like an up hill battle with myself, which I think is why my mind allowed me peace when I reached for it.

I feel ready to start a fresh week, complete with: Gym, boot camp, kickboxing, and running.

Enjoy the rest of your evening.

just be

What do you do when you loose your Mojo?

starting over giving up

So, you read these things, get all jacked up and go out in the world ready to kick some serious ass.

But what happens when you begin to loose that momentum? What do you do when you start to loose focus, and it becomes easier to stay inside, to curl up on the couch and watch a movie– when it’s FAR less attractive to get out there and DO something?

That was me. I’m going to be complete honest here. For the last 2 months, Mrskooylovesfitness has slowly become: Mrskooylovestheideaofworkingoutbutishavingahardtimebalancinglifetofullylovefitness.

There. I said it. That’s the first step, right? Isn’t what “they” always say? The first step to change is to admit there is a problem. And I do. It’s not like I’ve been in denial about it. If anything I’ve been downright depressed about it. If you look back in previous posts, it is obvious that my life took some pretty significant changes with regards to life events: first house, steps into career as a teacher, we recently bought a dog :)… etc. I’m not using those as excuses, they are facts. I guess what I’ve been struggling with is how to manage all the change, balance my time to ensure that I fit in EVERYTHING that I love so much!

What I’ve come to realize in the last week that I never really took into consideration is that I have a commute to and from work now. So– not only do I put in extra time in the classroom to DOMINATE as a teacher (and yes, I can confidently say that I work hard to kick ASS in that classroom) but I have about 2 hours (traffic pending) there and back to factor in for driving time!

“Steph. Puh-Leassseeee. 2 hours? you don’t even know how far I have to commute, you don’t have kids, blah blah blah”

I’m sorry. I love you, but I don’t care about other circumstances out there. For me– this adjustment as been hard, and consequently my fitness has been suffering. NOT COOL.

SO.

After having a chat with my dear friend DG, I got a little spark to light that fire back inside me that has been dwindling. Quite honestly, Thursday and Friday I worked the Sh*t out of my body. IT FELT FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC. Granted, I couldn’t move properly all weekend, but I’m so ready to kick it back into high gear tomorrow and for the rest of the week.

Sometimes it takes a conversation with someone you care about to help get that spark back when you’re struggling. Sometimes it’s hitting bottom and noticing something you’d rather not see in the mirror. For me– it wasn’t REALLY about hitting rock bottom. I’m a personal trainer. I know how to train my body, I KNOW what to eat, what not to– for me it was realizing that I’ve been taking a back seat to who I am.. and what I love. I was sitting back and watching other people dominate in life, and playing the “I wish” game.

WTF is that about?

I am NOT an “I wish” kind of woman. I’m an I WILL” woman.

So, I decided that I WILL get off my ass and start back into the routines that my body needs and my mind thrives off of.

F–U sideline Steph. You don’t belong out front, dictating the destructive direction of my fitness life.

I’m bringing back Mrskooylovesfitness, because it’s real and it’s what makes me the best version of me that I can be.

Expect more blogs from me.

I’m back.

A low-energy Kind of day…

I’m tired.
I’m tired, and my body is exhausted.
Today at the gym was tough. The weights I normally use were felt SO much heavier, the reps that I’ve been doing were never ending, and I was continually winded through each set! Today at the gym, was TOUGH.

Okay, so now that I’ve expressed myself, got it out of my system and took a moment to highlight all the negative words–it’s time to let it go

This is something I’ve been working on lately. I’ve been practicing recognizing emotion- anger, happiness, sadness… or in this case: fatigue. I’ve been training myself to take a moment to experience the emotions that I’m feeling once I recognize them. I think this is a really positive and healthy way to move through experiences that may occur throughout the day.

Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Well… actually, it’s not. Allowing ourselves to verbalize & actually feel certain emotions (especially the negative ones) can be extremely difficult for some people!

Today I had to apply this to my workout, and believe me– it happens to the best of us!

Here’s the thing:

You’re going to have days where you are tried.
You’re going to have days where you just don’t feel like going for that run, hitting the gym, pushing for the full reps.
You’re going to have days where you just want to quit.

Don’t do it. Don’t let your mind win, and don’t loose your focus.

You can feel all of these things, but still push forward with your workout and get it done.
That is why acknowledging that you feel this way is extremely important!

If you ignore that you’re tired, and you try to go hard through your workout, you could injure yourself. BUT– acknowledging the fatigue, taking a moment to reset will help you push through the workout with proper form & help possibly prevent injury!

So today I pushed it at the gym… and told myself to reset, find a nice strong breath… and push through with a strong finisher for my ladies at boot camp!

And now, as I lay in bed ready to turn in for the night… I can go to sleep feeling satisfied that while I recognized that today was a low-energy day… I didn’t loose focus of my goals. I let go of the feelings, and finished the day in my favorite way: STRONG & DETERMINED.

Good night my readers!!

Goals: The Dreams With Deadlines

It’s approaching mid-month, and I sat down recently to take a look at the progress on my goals for the month.

Now, I haven’t COMPLETELY strayed from them– after all I did successfully complete my 16K run a week ago, but I do think I’ve let myself off the hook a little since then. I took the time today to rewrite more precise goals for myself. These are specific goals pertaining to fitness & blogging that I want to accomplish by the end of the month:

Mrs. Kooy’s Fitness Goals
April 2013

©           Hit the Gym 4 times a week up until the photo shoot! (May 11… more on this later!)

©            Daily Yoga in the A.M

©            2 runs (5-8K) during the week, 1 long run on the weekend

©            Training for Spartan race every Sunday

©            Target abdominal training 3-4 times a week

©            Eat AS healthy on the weekends as during the week!

©            Minimum of 4 Fitness Blogs/ week

©            Have my first SPOTLIGHT interview completed and up for viewing by the end of the month!

Why are goals important?

Just like in the title of this post, goals are dreams with deadlines. It is a way to keep yourself focused, and on track to getting the results that you want.

You may have a larger goal that you want to accomplish over a longer period of time, and that’s fantastic– but in order to build your confidence so that you can achieve your goal, you should also set smaller ones. These small goals are great motivators! They allow you to feel success with a shorter wait time, and therefore you can frequently be rewarded for these accomplishments! And really, WHO doesn’t like to be rewarded?

Rewarding yourself for being disciplined and focused, is key to continuing on the path to success, without loosing motivation.
So take some time on this Sunday evening, to think about some goals you want to set for yourself! Set one to accomplish for the day, maybe one or two for the week, or maybe you have a goal you want to set to achieve by the end of the month!

Then– write down the reward you will receive for accomplishing it!

It doesn’t have to be a material reward, maybe it’s simply taking time to finish projects you’ve been pushing off for a while (that heap of unfolded laundry, getting to the gym in the morning, writing that post, preparing fresh & healthy snacks for the week) … knowing that your reward will be a few hours of peace and quiet for yourself!

I would love to hear what you come up with 🙂 Have a wonderful week full of completing those goals!