When is good, good enough?

Sometimes I’m having a hard time being satisfied with the fact that I just went for a 5K run. Not because the run didn’t go well or I didn’t enjoy it, purely because of this little voice inside my head that says that 5K is not enough.  ”I should really go for a 10K next time. And don’t forget your strength. It’s about time that you have a killer CrossFit training again.” Sounds familiar?

One month ago I decided to commit to the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide. From the beginning on, I said I would stick to it for four weeks, and then see. I enjoyed the past month so much. Working out 5 times a week and really seeing results, it made me feel so good! I pushed myself through the Kayla workouts with the realization I only needed to do this just a couple of times more. So when the end of the month came and I started to dislike the workouts, at least I knew it would be almost over. At the end of the month I could try two things: just keep on going with the Kayla guide, or come up with a routine that feels more sustainable. I wanted to go for the latter.

Be satisfied with every work out!
So there you have it. Me going on a run instead of going to the gym. I wanted to get some fresh air and just really felt like running rather than working out indoors. I personally think I should be happy with the fact that I even felt like running and just did that, but this perfectionist inside me sees other girls on instagram giving 200% at their circuit training, and does not feel satisfied. These days there is such an enormous offer of kick ass workouts that ‘just a workout’ feels like it’s not good enough anymore. And it’s a shame.

So here is to being satisfied with any workout! Being content with your workout even though it didn’t go as great as you had in mind. Or be happy with that 5 minute ab routine that you did this morning. Or sticking to the burpee challenge for 5 days in a row – YES also if it’s the 5 first and easiest days in the schedule. Not perfect is good as well and you are doing preeetty awesome! 


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  1. José

    This is so recognizable! Yesterday, I finally went back to the gym after two weeks, but the workout didn’t go as well as I hoped. All I could see were the things that I couldn’t do compared to the last time and how much I had fallen back, which even made me more demotivated. So, thanks for this article! I have to remember to be satisfied with every workout, even with me getting back to the gym after some time!

    • Annegeke

      Hi José! Aw I can totally relate to that. It’s awesome that you went in the first place, especially if you have been out of it for two weeks! We shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves. Keep up the good work (: xxxx

  2. Annemijn

    This is so exactly me! Ben afgelopen tijd ook steeds meer bezig met het perfectionistische deel in mij… En proberen in te zien dat wat ik nu doe al goed genoeg is. Maar het is ook een positief punt, dat perfectionisme: we willen altijd beter, en daardoor behalen we successen! Dankjewel voor dit artikel!

    • Annegeke

      Ja tevreden zijn met wie je bent terwijl je werkt voor vooruitgang! En daar heb je helemaal gelijk in. Bedankt voor je reactie! X