Going to the gym when its the last thing you feel like doing 

Going to the gym when its the last thing you feel like doing 

Going to the gym when its the last thing you feel like doing    Welcome to winter in the east. Who wants to get out of their cozy bed into the cold and go to the gym? Who wants to go to the gym after a long day of work when the darkness hits you like a wall and all you hear calling is your bed?    Whether you have winter depression or not, most people feel a bit of a decline in motivation during the winter months. The darkness does not bring on any sort of excitement unless there’s a pillow involved. Nonetheless, our fitness is still (if not more so) important.  I have said before that relying on motivation isn’t always on option. If I always waited to do something when I was motivated to do it I wouldn’t be writing this blog right now. But nonetheless, it is my job! And sometimes you have to treat fitness like your job. Which means: Never, ever give yourself an option. Do not schedule the gym in to your day with a question mark next to it. Do not set 2 alarms in the morning in case you don’t wake up for the gym. Do not let yourself think “is it really so bad if I don’t go today?” The absolute hardest part is getting there.    In the winter there is no amount of sleep that will make you feel like you got all you need. Instead of coming up with excuses for why you can’t go, suck it up and get your butt in the...
Seeing The Good Within The Bad

Seeing The Good Within The Bad

Many of us started playing sports when we were kids. It was a great way for us to spend time with our friends, learn important disciplines, and stay active. As you grow older these sports become a little more competitive and it requires a little more effort to be successful. As you progress through high school and college, you are playing these sports at your highest level. Some may continue on beyond college but very few can tell that story. A lot of us found CrossFit to fill that competitive void and to continue to work towards different goals. It is what keeps us in the gym, it is what keeps us working hard every day, it is our why.   I am one of these people. I was finishing up my college lacrosse days and needed something to keep me working hard every day. Enter CrossFit. CrossFit from day one has changed me as a person completely. I became more confident in myself and my abilities. It brought me out of my shell and allowed me to truly become the person I am today. Without CrossFit, I probably would have gone down a much different path. So to me, at the time, the most devastating thing that could happen would be having CrossFit taken away. In 2013 this exact situation happened to me.   I was your regular gym member at the time. I was working out 5-6 days per week for at least an hour, but sometimes more. I loved it. Every night I would stay up late to see tomorrow’s WOD and then plan my day...
When You Hit The Wall, Become The Kool-Aid Man

When You Hit The Wall, Become The Kool-Aid Man

    The honeymoon stage is always amazing. Everything is going well, you are the happiest you have ever been, you are on cloud 9. But all things have to eventually come to an end right? If you have been training consistently then you probably have experienced both the honeymoon stage and the dreaded slump, rut, or wall that pretty much every athlete will hit. Yes, you that have never lifted a weight in your life and just started CrossFit. You are an athlete!!   Plateaus or “hitting the wall” are inevitable in training and they are just part of the process. What you have to remember is that they are rarely permanent and there are ways to break through them!!   Most people want to fall back on the physical and blame everything such as work got crazy, relationship issues, kids, planning a wedding, the holidays, in the process of a move. Most often it’s not the physical that is stopping you but it is a mental barrier.   There are many different kinds of mental barriers. One of the most common is overtraining. This is very common amongst CrossFit athletes. It can manifest itself as either a physical or mental barrier. Maybe you set a goal and that is all you focus on. You have upped your intensity of your workouts and it is all you talk about. Whenever this happens it becomes harder and harder to maintain a high level of motivation Your brain needs a break and if you don’t freely offer one, your brain will take a break all by itself. You will lose...
Staying Fit Through the Holidays

Staying Fit Through the Holidays

 Staying Fit Through the Holidays It’s that time of year again! Gravy, alcohol, and pie. If you don’t want to deal with an expanding waistline this holiday season, try out these few ideas to keep you on track. 1.Try working out in the morning. If you have lots of parties to attend or your schedule starts getting too hectic to make an evening class, try out working out in the morning! It may be hard at first, but you will feel better after. 2.Bring your water bottle with you wherever you go. It’s easy for your brain to confuse thirst with hunger – drinking more water could lessen the amount of food you consume! 3.Plan ahead. If you’re going to an event that you know will have little to no healthy food, try eating something beforehand that will keep you full or even consider bringing your own snack. You may feel silly at first but you won’t when the scale doesn’t go up! 4.Don’t go all or nothing. If you have a bad day (or week even) don’t let that be your excuse to wait until the new year to be good. The more you let your health slide the more stressed you will be! 5.Keep active. Even if you have to force your family and friends to go for a walk or hike with you, try to limit the amount of time spent sitting. 6.Find a gym buddy. If you have a hard time motivating yourself during the holidays, consider finding a likeminded friend in the gym. Make a pact to hold each other accountable. Maybe even try...
Time?  Where do we find it?  How do we find extra of it?

Time?  Where do we find it?  How do we find extra of it?

I work in Finance for a living.  Crunching numbers is part of what I do.  I blame this on why I am such a stickler for efficiency on time management.  People always ask  me how I find the time to get my workouts in 5-6 days a week.  There is no complicated solution for it – I make the time.  Yes I know that it sounds easier than it really is.  I have a full time job…I own a business…I have a husband and 2 dogs.  Making time for me is like a building a new house every day.  Every night I build a new blueprint for the following day.  I know that I have 24 hours in the day, and I make sure I use each of those hours efficiently.  I start with the high priority tasks, and stuff that I cannot move aka I need to be at my job in Tarrytown from 9am to 5pm plus commuting time.  Now, let’s take an example day.  Let’s say I have a 7:30pm No Sweat Intro at the box, and date night with the husband at 8pm.  And I want to get 8 hours of sleep.  The last puzzle piece is my fitness time.  Where can I fit in this piece of the puzzle?  I could workout from 6am to 7am, and then I know that I can make it thru the rest of my day without having to worry that my 4pm meeting may extend past 5pm.  Or I can workout from 6pm to 7pm, and watch an extra episode of Walking Dead tonight and wake up a...
GET COMFORTABLE BEING UNCOMFORTABLE

GET COMFORTABLE BEING UNCOMFORTABLE

CrossFit has a funny way of showing someone’s true self. You can learn a lot about a person by the way they workout or approach workouts. You hear it all the time, “CrossFit is hard.” Well yeah of course it is. Anything worth it should not be easy. It is easy to spend $10 a month on a gym membership. It is easy to stay in that comfort zone for 30 minutes on the treadmill. It is easy to stay in bed at 5am when it’s raining outside. It is easy to say “I’ll start tomorrow.” It is also really easy to make excuses. When will you decide easy is not for you? Throw away the easy. Embrace the difficult. Invest in your gym membership. Why? Because after all the money, the jobs, the friends, the jewelry, all the “stuff”. All you have is your health and your mind. So why not invest the absolute most into it. Get out of your comfort zone. Do a 3 minute workout at 150%, lay on the floor, get up, do it again. GET COMFORTABLE BEING UNCOMFORTABLE. EMBRACE THE SUCK. I will let you in on a little secret. There are zero shortcuts, in both the gym and in life. You can not half ass yourself through any of it. You want to lose 15 pounds? Only thing stopping you is yourself. Accept the fact that you aren’t where you want to be today because you aren’t making whatever your goal is a priority in your life. Once you do that and you make it a priority then the world is endless....