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Not Measuring Up

Well, it’s been far to long since I’ve written anything. I haven’t been able to get my thoughts down in a coherent way, so I’ve been putting this off. Tonight though, I needed to write something. It’s just my thoughts tonight, with no real direction, but I’ll get there…

How do you measure yourself? How do you know if you’re achieving your life purpose?

Parenting? Reaching health and fitness goals? Progress?

Well, whatever it is, I’m not there. I’ve been going backwards for the past year and a half, especially in the last 6 months since my car accident.

My parenting is less than perfect, I’m not always present emotionally and we don’t do all the fun things I wish we could. I have an amazing kid though, I boast about him constantly. He’s intelligent, caring and is always making us laugh. I love him and want to be great for him. I want to smile and laugh and enjoy every single day with him, I need to be strong for him.

Reaching my health and fitness goals, this is the killer for me. My fitness goals have come to a halt since May of this year, all thanks to a car accident. I thought I would be better by now, it’s been 6 months. I thought I was strong. This healing process has made me question my strength, mentally and physically. I was in the process of training for my second Tough Mudder before the accident; that included kickboxing 5-6 days and running 2-3 days a week with some extra strength training added in. I was ready to kick ass at TM and bring home another headband. Well, that didn’t happen, and for the last 6 months I’ve been struggling to get back to where I was. It’s beyond frustrating to look back and see what little progress I’ve made; sure, my injury is slowly healing and I’ve improved that, but physically I’m not even close to where I was.

The daily pain is what gets to me; between the headaches, shoulder, neck and jaw pain, I have zero energy for anything extra after work. I’m trying, hard, to break through this. Push past some of the pain to test my limits and see how far I really can go, but it’s a slow process.

I’m not sure how to pull myself out of this slump. I’ve been trying to take it day by day, write my short and long term goals down, and push myself to succeed in those goals.

This last week and a half I’ve seen a considerable improvement in my physical abilities, which gives me some hope, but I’m still not there mentally. I’m stuck in this funk of feeling sorry for myself, pathetic and weak to let a car accident hinder my abilities.

I’ve been through so much shit in my life, that I’ve fought and overcome, so why is this getting to me? I’m honestly just exhausted from life, and this was my last straw. I’ll get through it, I always do, I’ll just have to fight a bit harder this time.

Nicole

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Monday Motivation!

Happy Monday all you beautiful people! It’s going to be a gorgeous week, so soak up that sun (with sunscreen on), sweat it out outside, and enjoy the summer! Have a fantastic week 🙂

 

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❤ N&V


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Monday Inspiration!

Another Monday is here, and that means it’s time to get up and achieve your goals! You’ve got 7 days to make yourself proud, so don’t hold back!besomeone chasedreams getwhatyou ifeel nourish obsticales thankful workhard biggeststep dreams

❤ N&V


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Monday Motivation

It’s Monday, it’s a new month, and it’s time for a new YOU! Commit to yourself this month, this week, today- whatever YOU need to do to make yourself that much better. Grab an extra glass of water, workout a little harder, add an extra rep, an extra mile, smile at a stranger; seriously, do what you need to do and be happy! Here’s your weekly dose of motivation to get moving in the right direction!! Happy Monday!

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Have a fantastic week everyone!!

N&V


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Abs Goal Achieved! What I Found Worked For Me

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I recently hit my long-standing goal of getting abs; something that I have wanted for what feels like forever. I last had abs when I was about 16, and then it was only because of my quickened teenage metabolism. It certainly had nothing to do with hard work or dedication.

It has taken 14 years to finally get on the right track, and over 2 years of various fitness and diet strategies for me to find something that works, and that fits with me and my lifestyle. It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get here. At some points I thought that abs may have been a goal that my body wasn’t capable of achieving. But, I trusted the process, stayed patient, and kept doing what I was doing.

Like everyone I’ve had my share of missteps along the way, but here is what I have learned from my health and fitness journey.

1. Calorie counting does not work for me, nor do I feel its necessary for everyone. Rather than focusing on numbers I focus on the type of food I eat. Whole, fresh foods. As little unprocessed food as I can. So no Lean Cuisine or Weight Watchers food (which I used to eat VERY regularly), and as little stuff out of a box as I can manage. For me this means a lots of lean proteins, veggies, whole grains, and some fruit. I find it most beneficial to just keep it to the basics. Once I started doing this, the weight loss came naturally, and I felt that I started to develop a more healthy relationship with food; food is not something that needs to be feared!

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2. Cardio and strength/weight training are both important. Cardio for fat burning, and strength training for building muscle and toning. Increased muscle also boosts your metabolism; double whammy! I try my best to do both multiple times a week. Incorporating different kinds of workouts in your routine is nice in that in that it (hopefully) keeps you from getting bored of the same old thing day after day.

3. Consistency is so important, especially when you fall off the wagon. And everyone does at one point or another. Don’t get discouraged and keep going.  If you eat unhealthy food for a few days or neglect your exercise for a week (or more), it’s not the end of the world. Just don’t let it go on too long and replace your healthy habits, and get back out there. Remember to make time in your daily routine for fitness even if its just 30 minutes a day. 30 minutes is 2% of your day, so make it work.

4. Throw out that scale, and use pictures and/or measurements for your progress. Also focus on how you feel (more energy, happier, healthier) or how your clothes start to fit better. Scales and calorie counting often go hand in hand with that focus on numbers for evaluating progress, but from what I see around me, scales consistently seem to do more harm than good for motivation, positivity, and body image. There is nothing more damaging then eating clean for a few weeks and exercising, only to see the number on a scale stay the same or barely move – EVEN THOUGH there are positive changes happening within your body. So take that sucker and hide it, or just plain throw it away.

Hopefully this is helpful for some of you out there 🙂 And just because I’m do darn proud of my hard work, here are my long-awaited abs. Here’s hoping I can keep them for awhile 😛

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– Veronica


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One Week into 2014; So Far So Good!

It’s already one week into the new year, and so far I am happy with how “on track” I have been with my eating and fitness. Now I know it’s only been one week, but in the past I’ve fallen off the wagon a lot quicker than this, and so I like to give myself credit where its due as well as positive encouragement 😛

I’ve committed to both my weekly 30 Minute Hit sessions, as well as the Insanity workout as a personal extra challenge for the next two months. I’ve also been very focused on watching what I put in my tummy. Sometimes people ask me if its hard consistently eating clean. They often look at my meal or snack and give me a sympathetic look as if to say, “Wow, it must be really awful eating all that healthy crap all the time”. They wonder if its tough psychologically to put down that extra cookie, or say “no thanks” when your spouse offers you a package of the Twizzlers they are busily munching on while watching TV.

The answer is both yes and no.

I have found that eating clean and properly fueling my body has so many benefits, its hard to feel bad sometimes that I’m not gorging myself on the goodies that surround me. This past week alone, especially with my new juicer, I’ve found myself eating (or drinking) a lot of veggies and some fruit, and feeling a lot more energized. I’ve been putting effort into eating completely unprocessed and balanced meals that I cook up from scratch, and I’ve been making sure I don’t skip meals even when I’m having a crazy busy day.

I’m finding more and more that what you put into your body eventually dictates what you receive: energy, health, and an improved mood.

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The “yes” part of my answer comes from the part of me that’s human and likes to indulge my sweet tooth now and then. It can be difficult to grab an apple instead of a piece of chocolate, or to stop myself at just one or two pieces of a delicious treat. Sometimes there is an actual mental battle in my head where I need to tell myself, “You’ve already had a few pieces of candy today, and you’re not hungry…you’re just snacky and restless”. Or, “I know you’re craving that huge bowl of ice cream, but how about blending up a smoothie with frozen fruit instead”.

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In the end I realize that certain foods do not and cannot properly fuel my body; they’re simply a treat. Nothing to feel guilty about eating now and then, as long as its not all the time and in ridiculous quantities. It’s important to remember that there’s no sense in demonizing these foods as it’ll just be a barrier to having a healthy relationship with food. Additionally, completely restricting certain foods we like will often just lead us to rebound gorge down the road.

Well, I hope everyone else’s new year is off to a great start as well. Do you have any specific health and/or fitness goals for 2014? Let us know 🙂

– Veronica


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New Years Day 2014!

Somehow another year has come around full swing and we find ourselves waking up to another New Years Day; its the perfect time to pause and reflect on what we have accomplished in 2013, and what our hopes are for 2014.

Here is a list of our goals for 2014 and onwards 🙂

Personal/mental health

Veronica:

I want to really and truly learn how to let go of the past, and live in the present. Nothing kills the joy of whats going on in your life this very second, like the inability to let go of the mistakes, pain, heartache, or disappointments of the past. My goal is to learn from them (no need to completely wipe out or disregard past experiences, they are still valuable!) and move on; no stress, no wallowing, no obsessing.

I also want to be confident in my decisions and have the gall to take risks. No one can grow if they continually stay within their comfort zone. And who knows what wonderful things lie outside of your safe little bubble? In 2013 I did some things that terrified me (ie. Bungee jumping) and I’d love to expand my horizons with more adventures this coming year.

Nicole:

I want to be grateful, I know how lucky I am to live this life and I need to remember that every day. I am planning on starting a “Grateful” or “Today I am Thankful for” jar that I will add to as the year goes on. Next year on New Years Day I will open it and reflect on the year. Can’t wait to get started on that, I already have so much to put in!

I want to focus on the positives, love and smiles.

I also want to read and write more. I know I need that creative outlet to keep my sanity, but it’s usually the first to be put to the back burner when stress creeps it’s way into my life.

Fitness/Physical health

Veronica:

I want to complete the Insanity program with gusto, and hopefully see some positive changes at the end. I would love to partake in Tough Mudder again this year, and strive to do even better than our first Mudder last summer.

I want to continue challenging myself and strengthening my body; pushing it to its limits to see what I’m capable of.

In addition to the physical portion of health, I want to continue to develop my clean eating habits this year. I have come a LONG way in the last year in terms of my diet. I’ve switched my meat sources to only free-range, hormone and antibiotic free meats. I’ve tried to shop local for produce as much as I can. I’ve cut out a lot of sugars and processed foods. And I’ve learned to make a lot of new healthy recipes that are still delicious, and that power my body the way I need. Like Nicole, I have a juicer on the way (should be here in 2 days!) and am going to be adding juicing to my repertoire of clean eating. This last year I’ve really felt healthier than I have in years, and I feel great. And honestly, I have Nicole to thank for a lot of the changes I’ve made, so thank you!!

I also want to be consistently active on our blog here and continue posting (hopefully!) helpful information about health, fitness, and clean eating. I want to share our triumphs and our struggles, and motivate and inspire others to go after what they want, whether that be fitness and health related or anything else.

Nicole:

I want to workout at least 4x a week.

I want to kill the Insanity program, as well as keep up with my 4 Hit’s a week at 30 Minute Hit. I want to take part in the annual Vancouver Sun Run, SeaWheeze half marathon, and Tough Mudder (and kick ass).

I want to eat clean and feel freaking amazing. I KNOW how great I feel when I eat real food, and I don’t want to stray to far from that anymore. I’m ready to feel and look my best in 2014!

Family/Relationships

Veronica:

I’d love to take more mini-vacations or road trips with the hubby and explore our wonderful province. One of my favorite memories with him is our honeymoon road-trip to Banff and Jasper last September. I know a lot of people choose exotic and far off places for their honeymoon, but for me the Rockies were perfection. Hiking amongst the mountains, lakes and waterfalls…marveling at the wildlife, and just appreciating what a beautiful place BC is. I would love to do more of that this coming year.

I also want to make the effort to get down to Vancouver more often, or plan some sort of getaways with my Vancouver besties, as I miss them terribly. They support me and keep me sane through our constant texts, Facebooking and so on, but sometimes you really need the TLC that comes from face to face interaction.

Same goes for my parents. Last month we had to say goodbye to our chocolate lab, Bailey, which has been tough on all of us. It did mean though, that my parents came up to stay with us in Kelowna for Christmas (which they hadn’t planned prior to Bailey passing), and I realized that I really really miss them. I also realized that people and furry family members are not always around as long as you think that they will be, and you need to cherish your time with all your loved ones while you can.

Nicole:

I would love to develop Family Days into our weekly routine. Spending a day outside together, with no real agenda is just what my little family and I need to reconnect.

I want to turn the screens off. We all love to read, Steven and Andrew like to draw, and I like to write. There is NO reason we should be as attached to our screens as we are (this includes the TV, tablet, phones..)!

Steven is at the perfect age to start getting active as a family. Swimming lessons and soccer, whatever he wants to try I’m game!

I want to develop and stick to a schedule with my ex regarding Steven. It’s time to set up a schedule and stick to it, for us and for Steven.

I also want to reignite the date night into our relationship. It’s time to shed the lulus and get dolled up for a night with my man 😉

Career

Veronica:

This year I would love to decide on the direction that I want to take my career, and go for it. I have been waffling for awhile, nervous to make any huge changes. My first career choice and schooling for criminology didn’t deliver as promised, and I have a few other passions now that I would like to pursue. I’m crippled by the worry that I will choose another career that is dead-end, but to not make any decision will leave me stuck in the same spot. Its time to figure it out and go for what I want. I think if I put 110% into whatever I choose, I will come out just fine 🙂

Nicole:

I want to complete my BCRPA Personal Training certification and look into what I can offer my community.

I also want to continue kicking ass at my current job as a trainer at 3o Minute Hit; I have never been so happy at a job and I want to succeed!

All in all 2013 has been a year of growth for both of us, and we’re excited to see what 2014 will bring. Time to say Hello to a New Year with so many new opportunities! Welcome to 2014!

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