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Note To Self: Stop Trying To Be Perfect!

April 30, 2013

This morning started out green and delicious:

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Here’s what we used:

1 scoop SFH protein

about 2 cups of tightly packed kale

about 1 1/2 cups of tighly packed spinach

1/2 banana

1/2 apple

a handful of mixed frozen fruit

8 oz of almond milk

I love SFH protein powder! As far as protein powders go, it’s my absolute favorite. It’s clean and basic (no additives, low sugar, and comes from grass-fed, free-range animals) and makes our smoothies creamy and more filling. Beyond a smoothie enhancer and protein shake, I also use SFH protein powder to make protein pancakes, add it into my greek yogurt, and sometimes bake with it.

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Along with protein powders, SFH makes some great supplements (their fish oil is beyond amazing!) I highly, highly, highly recommend them!

Mark made spaghetti squash with meat sauce for dinner last night so I packed up the leftovers along with a fresh salad for our lunches, then out the door we went. Zoom zoom zoom!

Now, for the rest of this post, I’m going to be a bit vulnerable…

I’ve stressed myself out a ton lately. It’s unhealthy the height at which I place the bar for myself with my nutrition and fitness standards. Jessica, my great friend and an amazing trainer for the company that I do Fit Camp with, GO Personal Training, posted something on Facebook recently that really resonated with me and my obsession with perfection:

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I pressure myself constantly with nutrition expectations based on the large amount of information that I read about and learn. I need to eat more of this, less of that, cook with this, don’t bake this at that temperature. You know how when you learn new things, you can never go back to the way things used to be? For example, once I learned about the processing and making of Canola and other common cooking oils, I will never cook with them again. Sometimes, though, I need to reel myself back in. I focus on my macronutrient intake, weighing out my proteins, making sure I don’t take in too many carbs and controlling everything that I put in my mouth down to a “T,” yet maybe I just need to keep it simple: am I eating good food to fuel my body?

The same goes for exercise. Instead of constantly pressuring myself to lift heavier, jump higher, do more double-unders, maybe now and then, I could just pat myself on the back for working out that day.

While I love having goals and constantly evolving to be a healthier, better, and more fit person, the pressure that I put on myself is often quite immense. Take my rant from yesterday about my wrist injury for example…it’s ok that I’m giving my body time to heal, I don’t have to PR in everything that I do every single week. I feel like I am constantly pushing myself to be a perfect super-human that has an 8-pack of abs, perfectly sculpted arms, lean legs, 2 hours of circuit training endurance, lifts more than anyone thinks possible, and can row for days. This is just not realistic though– HELLO AMY!!

So, maybe I need to apply the 80/20 rule to my expectations of myself? 80% of the time, I’m going to set my mind on making smart food choices, achieving fitness goals, and doing the absolute best that I can possibly do. 20% of the time, I’m going to be give myself the freedom to mess up, have off days, and not always PR…and I’m going to be ok with it.

I realize that trying to achieve perfection is no way to live. I’m just struggling on how not to expect perfection in myself without lowering the bar too much and becoming complacent. Where’s the happy medium?

Thanks for letting my share something personal…I love advice and words of wisdom, so if you have any of either, please share! 🙂

xo

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