I’ll be featuring one trainer per day along with some of their favorite things about life and CrossFit!
My most seasoned trainer at the moment is:
Kids: Landon, Brooklyn
Profession: Police Officer
Month/Year Started at CFU: 5/2013
Month/Year Became Trainer: 6/2014
Favorite Part of Being a Trainer: interacting with athletes and helping them become better and achieve their goals
Favorite Movements: shoulder to overhead, ski erg, handstand walk
Favorite Food: Healthy – raw peppers, Not Healthy – any desserts
Hobbies: camping, fishing, anything with family and friends
Seth also helps out CFU by programming the strength components and regular and advanced WOD’s for the week. He has been an integral part of CFU for the past 7 years and I look forward to working with him for many more!
Seth in his own words: Seth Wigle (click here for his interview 🙂 )
If you’re in Central Missouri (Jefferson City) and you take a look outside…it’s cloudy, rainy and pretty miserable looking. Some days I like when it rains, a nice slow rain that’s calming, but yesterday’s storm was a little unsettling as it felt almost like a tornado came through.
I think some of us can chalk up our days and compare them to the different types of storms that occur. I saw an IG post the other day of 2 different pictures, one where it was sunny and he had a smile, the other it was rainy and he had a frown. 🙁
What makes the dreariness overtake our moods? It’s our mindset! If we LET the rain/cloudiness bring us down then you can for sure set yourself up for a bad mood. If you make yourself think on the positive – like, we needed the rain, the temps are cooler now, I don’t have to run (in our workout today 😉 ), etc…then this shifts your mindset!
Everyone has bad days, I for sure am one of them, but we don’t need to stay in those bad days…there are things that you can do to help shift your mindset where you can make things better. Speaking from experience of anxiety and depression, I KNOW it’s rough but there are ways to help and to make your mental health a priority…
Seek medical help/advice – anyone who has not experienced anxiety or depression, it sucks! But there IS help out there…no one has the same chemical balance/makeup in their brain, we are all different and our brains receive things in a different way. So if you have struggled with anxiety/depression, talk to your doctor because there IS a way to help you with your “blues”.
Get enough sleep; depriving your body of the right amount of sleep (7-8 hrs) is setting yourself up for lacking energy during the day, wanting to nap mid-afternoon and becoming irritable with family, friends and co-workers…No one wants that!
MOVE your BODY! Exercise is said to be the best anti-depressant on the market…Do this little thing for me, set a timer for 30 seconds, put some music on and just dance…no one’s watching you so let yourself go to town! I bet it puts a smile on your face! Get it!
Step up your Nutrition Game and fuel your body the RIGHT way! Stop putting crap in your body and you may stop feeling the same way! 😉
Surround yourself with like-minded and positive people…Yes, I’m going to say it, don’t be a “Debbie Downer” or “Negative Ned” 🙂 When your bad mood affects the others in the room, that is a sure sign that an attitude adjustment needs to take place.
Spend some quiet time reflecting on being grateful; something that I have been doing (not as regular as I should bc I forget!) is to add to my “Blessings Box”…I write down 2-3 things that I’m thankful for or great things that happened then toss them into my little box. I can then pull from them at a later time to reminisce and it for sure will put a smile on my face.
I for sure do not have all the answers for everything, but I have lived with mental health issues my entire life so I have a little bit of insight on how to deal with some things. I’m not a counselor, but I empathize with people who are going through a rough stretch, but remember – that rough stretch doesn’t have to be forever…seek the help you need and those rainy day blues will soon turn to rainbows 🙂
When taking the Level 1 certification, trainers go through lectures dealing with health, wellness and nutrition. One of the lectures involved was the “Sickness-Wellness-Fitness” continuum. If you have never seen it before, I will try and find a picture to post. Anyway, when the virus started making the news, little was said about underlying conditions and those being “sick” would have a higher chance of contracting the virus.
I put myself on that little scale, and to be honest, if I play my cards right and follow protocol then I shouldn’t contract the virus because I am in the Wellness-Fitness level. Some of my family members are not however and this worries me. What can help a person get to that “Fitness” area of the scale?? Working out and eating healthy, that’s what!
But how do we get our loved ones to change? I usually feel like a nag when I question poor eating choices or lack of movement…the best I can do right now is offer suggestions and set a good example. Little changes can make a big difference so keep setting a good example for your families! You never know who you will inspire!
Make sure you are investing your time wisely for your physical and mental health. Having extra stressors in your life can counteract what you are doing on the physical side. Just like we like to say, you can’t out train a bad diet, same goes with dealing with mental and emotional struggles; although working out does help with this! So keep up the good work and log those minutes whatever you are doing!
Need some extra accountability, find a friend and let them know that you want to change for the better; I’d suggest someone outside of your household too. Plan on meeting at the gym or the park for a workout or just a walk. You can also have a nutrition accountability partner…what are you going to have for dinner? Did you buy ice cream at the store?? Remember what your goals are!! Write them on post-it notes and put them around the house, your car, at work; heck even in the fridge! Let someone know what those goals are so they can help you reach them!
About a month ago (and you can check my Instagram page) I put up 21-day Mental Health/Stress Management tips; I suggest you go back to that and start on day one so you can get a handle on the mental side of bettering your health. I hope these ideas help you somewhat in realizing what needs to happen in order to get you closer to “there” (I think deep down we want to be in the “fitness” realm!) Let me know if I can help with anything else! I’m here for you!
Pretty sure I won today! 🙂 Does anyone else dread Mondays come Sunday evening? You start getting anxious and start worrying about your to do list and what’s waiting for you at work…I know that probably happens to many of you. It does to me sometimes as well, but this weekend I went in with a plan.
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail…you’ve heard that one right? It is pretty true. If you go haphazardly about your day and don’t have a plan in mind, then all hell can break loose and you end up either starting over or beating yourself up.
The other day I wrote about worrying about what you can control. This has helped my mental state…I know when I have to wake up, I know what I’m going to eat for my meals and I know when I want to do my workout. What I can’t control is actions from other people like the person who pulled out in front of me this morning and then proceeded to take the next right. Grrr, but I couldn’t let it deter my mental state, my plan was to go forward and WIN Monday! So…
I GOT TO workout early this morning at Open Gym.
I GOT TO welcome 20 young volleyball players into the gym for their volleyball clinic.
I GOT TO buy a person’s breakfast in the drive thru line.
I GOT TO coach the noon class and watch a brother/sister duo do the same workout just at different abilities.
I GOT TO have lunch out (Chic-fil-a…I know not the best choice but hadn’t had it FOREVER! 🙂 ).
I GOT TO get my haircut and pray for my hairdresser who is battling cancer 🙁
I GOT TO go back to the gym and tackle the regular workout all by my lonesome…sometimes when you workout by yourself it gets a little lonely and you don’t push as much, but today’s workout was a mental battle and although I didn’t win the doubleunder battle, I still won because I didn’t quit!
I GOT TO coach 2 up and coming sophomores on the volleyball court this afternoon and I can’t wait to see what they do on the court!
I GOT TO talk to a member who just lost his wife; he is doing good and is ready to get back to the gym…I get to pray for him and his family.
I GOT TO coach the 4:30 class and razz them a bit…these classes, these people, all help me win my days! They are my Tribe! 🙂
I GOT TO coach my 5th/6th grade volleyball team to a sweep tonight! 3 wins – AGAIN! They have improved so much!
Finally, I GOT TO come home to dinner cooked for me (spaghetti squash and meat sauce – a little bit more healthy than lunch 😉 )
OH! And I GOT to write this! Not even sure anyone reads these, but I’m on a little streak…15 days straight of posting on the blog!
My point being in all of this…Look at all of the WINS you have and the things you GET TO do that maybe others can’t experience! If you look on the bright side of things and continue to look for the wins then life gets a little bit brighter and you will continue to help develop a more positive mindset!