7.6.2012 Coach Dan’s Friday Focus

Good Morning and Happy Independence Day CFTP Members,

This is the first week of our No Sugar Challenge/Weight Loss Competition. I hope that you all were able to make it through the holidays unscathed. Holidays are tough to maintain good nutrition habits. We grew up eating certain things and when we get with family and friends our brain is telling us it is time to feast! It is very important during these times to remember what our goals are and to try and keep our food clean. It is also very important to let your friends and family know your goals so they can help you in your path to fitness.

Another thing I have seen as a gym owner is that people start to rationalize not going to the gym. Some times we have legit excuses, i.e. on vacation, didn’t get home the night before until 2 AM, etc. but we got to try and give time to ourselves. Give one hour of your day to working out and you will feel much better throughout the rest of the day. With fitness and nutrition consistency is the key. Once we start making those bad decisions it leads to other bad decisions. Start your morning off with nutritious foods and it makes it easier to eat better throughout the day. Give your body one hour of moderate to intense exercise and it makes other decisions throughout the day easier to make.

Now to my favorite part of the week. Member spotlight. Our spotlight for today is Nicole Fraedrich. Nicole has been here at CFTP for one month and has some pretty impressive breakthroughs each time she comes to the gym. She pushes herself hard when she is here and consistently comes. Her progression has been fun to watch over the past month and I am excited to see where she will be in six months. Here is what she had to say:

 Nicole Fraedrich

I am a vocational rehabilitation counselor. I help people with disabilities overcome the limitations associated with their disabilities in order to obtain employment.

Midway through my master’s degree (2003) I found out I have an L3/L4 disc herniation in my back from a few car accidents I had been in when I was younger. The irony of the fact that I was getting my degree in
Rehabilitation Counseling where I would be helping people adjust to similar injuries did not escape me. I tried many non-surgical interventions because in my field you tend to only see the surgeries that were not
successful. Despite these efforts I have nerve damage in my back, leg, and foot from an impinged nerve. This back injury then caused early onset arthritis which has resulted in a few surgeries on other joints.
Since I began struggling with my back injury I, in turn, struggled with my weight. It was too painful to exercise. I tried all sorts of classes and machines but I couldn’t stick with it long enough to see a
change so I eventually gave up.

About a month ago Liz and I went out for a girl’s night. She mentioned that she had found a gym she really liked that was close to her house. A few weeks later I asked her about this gym and low and behold there was a ksl deal. It seemed to be fate 🙂

When I first started at CrossFit I thought there was no way I would be able to do the exercises after all I am out of shape and injured.  After I did the foundation class I was debilitated due to soreness.  But, it was my muscles and not my joints.  Because there is such a focus on doing the movement correctly it is not hurting my joints. I keep coming back despite it being the hardest physical thing I have ever done.  The CrossFit environment is like nothing I have ever experienced I see and feel encouragement at every turn. I often take longer than anyone else to complete the WOD but, somehow I manage to complete them.  I never thought I would do a workout that made me cry, not because I was in pain, but because I was so very proud of myself for completing it. It has only been a month but I am shocked at the progress I am making. I can do things that I never thought physically possible which is why I also say it is just as mental as it is physical.

My muscles are sore everyday and my ice pack is my best friend but the sense of pride and self-worth I have are truly amazing.

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