Working Through Struggle to Gain Progress

struggle vs progress

Life has a funny way of happening all at once.

I’ve been missing putting together my blog, and trying to keep up with multiple posts per week, but alas… life has jumped right in front of me. It has filled my days up, and created minimal “down time” for me to do all the “extras” that I love to do!

I have recently started teaching for the school board (yay!) which is DEFINITELY my ultimate goal– but these last two weeks have been challenging. Leading up to this teaching opportunity, I’ve been focusing my energy making my fitness blog happen, attaining my fitness goals, coaching others to achieve their goals, preparing for my certification in prenatal & postnatal training, Oh yes… and sneaking in some time with hubby when I can!

The juggling act is little tricky at the moment. But, I keep telling myself to take it in stride, embrace the positive direction my life is going and know that once I iron out the kinks… I’ll find my groove again!

In some ways, I feel like I’ve been letting people down… not replying immediately to emails, checking in with clients to see how their progress is going. So I guess this is a small attempt at an apology for anyone who has noticed my disappearance.

However, I also want to put it out there:

In life, you make goals. On your journey to getting there, you’ll hit bumps and detours but you must keep focused on what you really want. ONCE you get there, you’ll face the biggest challenge of all:


There will be tests to see if this is what you REALLY want, and if it is, how badly are you going to work in order to keep it?


Each time you push through, take a breath and keep on working– you are getting stronger, and proving that you deserve what you want.

That’s all for today my friends, have a wonderful day… time for me to take on the day and prove that yeah… I’m busy as hell these days, but I’ll get through it, and at the end of the day– (and hubby can attest to this)


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!