Putting the Pieces Together
Putting the Pieces Together – Amanda Fite
Over the last six years that I have been a member at CrossFit BoomTown I have undergone some drastic changes both physically and mentally. I know for a fact that I am a fitter more balanced person because of making a commitment to my health and wellbeing a priority. I want to share a little of my journey with you to hopefully shed some light on where the magic of this crazy sport of fitness called CrossFit comes together.
Eight years ago I sat down and had a good chat with myself. I was floundering. I was the heaviest I had ever been. I was unhappy. I blamed my unhappiness and the state of my life on everyone else around me. What I finally realized was that I had no idea where life was taking me. I was letting life steer me, instead of steering my life. So, I set two really big, really scary goals for myself. First, graduate college with a bachelor’s degree by the time I turned 30. Second, be in the best shape of my life by the time I turned 30. I had already started at MCC but had no idea what I was going to get my degree in or where I would go after MCC. I had exercised before but had no idea how I was going to get fit. I had 2 and a half years to figure it out.
So, I made a plan. I talked to an advisor at school and I started back working out at the YMCA. I showed up at work, at school and at the gym. I put in the work in those places and made progress toward my goals. I still was not seeing the results I wanted in my physical body though so when I moved to Irondequoit I began this crazy fad called CrossFit over at Monroe County CrossFit. Before I got too involved over there my good friend Erinn told me to come try a class with her at BoomTown and I have been with this wonderful community for the last six years.
Over the last six years I have seen members come and go. I have heard all the excuses and the disappointment when after 3 or 6 or 9 whole months of training seems to not be granting someone the results they desire. Here is the thing: Life must be in balance in order to get the results you want. You can come to the gym and absolutely crush workouts for years and never get the results you want if the other pieces of the puzzle are missing. Likewise, you can lose the weight you want by adjusting your diet, but your workouts/strength/stamina might suffer if you are eating too few calories.
Here is where the “magic” happens (yes, you can have it all!): Balance. Balance between gym, food, mental health, work, mobility, stability and leisure time. To achieve this balance you MUST PLAN. There, I said it. Ugh, I know. Planning. At first this may seem like a lot of work, but, the more you plan for things the more balanced your life becomes.
So here are my suggestions to bring balance, get the results you want, and have it all both in and outside of the gym:
1) Set goals. If you have no goals then how can you lead your life? Set your goals for all aspects of life using the SMARTER template: Your goals must be all of these things- Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time Bound, Enthusiastic, and Rewarding. If your goals are too vague (Example; get into shape or lose my belly fat) you will NEVER get there.
2) Look at your goals and make three mini goals of what you need to do to achieve your big goals. These should be short term goals with maybe a week or month time frame on them and be reevaluated every week or month.
3) Plan your days so you stop wasting time. 30minute blocks of time planned all day long every day. This is something that should happen on Sunday or Monday for the entire week. Be flexible with your planning. Sometimes things do not always go as planned. Keeping this in mind also do not let one small thing throw off your timing and planning for the rest of the day or week.
4) Have a coach! Each one of you are on a team at the gym. I can personally tell you that I have 3 people out of the 30 people on my team that consistently use me as a resource. For those of you that are not utilizing your team coach to keep you accountable and on track you are losing out on a very important part of your membership. Don’t know what choach’s team you’re on? Ask a coach! We can look it up for you. You shouldn’t just have a coach at the gym though… You need several coaches who all have experience in different areas of life to help keep you on track and motivated. I will tell you I have 4 coaches (business, life, financial, and gym) and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.
5) Eat real food in the appropriate portions for you (If you don’t know what those numbers are refer to number 4). Real food helps to fuel your body and your mind which will set you up for success every day.
6) Life in moderation. If you didn’t read my last blog post, it is all explained there.
7) Get outside your comfort zone. Every. Damn. Day. This is where the real growth happens in life. When we stay in our comfort zone everything in life goes stagnant. These can be small things, like trying a new food, or big things, like going to a ropes course.
8) Be mindful. Meditate, get outside for a quiet hike or walk, journal, do some self hypnosis, whatever you need to hit the reset button on your brain. Your mental health is equally as important as your physical health.
9) Be patient. Some results may happen faster than others. Understand that as long as you have a plan in place for your specific goals you WILL get there. Look for the progress happening along the journey and
10) Celebrate the little victories. Today I am sure you can do something you could not do yesterday. Progress happens every day so be proud of every little bit that you reap from the work you are putting in.
11) Practice gratitude. Be grateful for all you do have and you will find there is more and more to be grateful for every day.
Putting all of these pieces together will help you succeed both in the gym and in life. If you need help putting them all together refer to number 4… Use your resources to have the best experience in life that you can! Life is meant to be bountiful and joyous, but it is up to you to make that happen for yourself.
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