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Monday, December 31, 2018

Determined - Word of the Year 2019


I love doing Word of the Year. I have been doing one for about 5 years. I really wish that I had kept better track on my words. Also I wish I didn't COMPLETELY delete blog posts I didn't like at the time. (Biggest Bummer Ever)

Last year I did 2 words. One for me personally, and the other family word. My word was Intentional, and the family word was Financial Freedom. Intentional was probably my word for 2 years. I wanted to be intentional about the things I was choosing to do. I wanted to be focus about actions and not just say yes to everything.

Our family word on Financial Freedom. We both wanted to pay off some bills, get rid of some debt, improve our credit score. I would say we have accomplished all this this year. I'm super proud of us on this. We have a few more things but it will be good this next year.

In 2019 my word is DETERMINED. I have been feeling life is controlling me instead of me controlling life.
I am Determined...

to pay off more debt

follow my own passions

find my purpose and want makes me thrive

stay lasered focus on my goals

launch new services on my website

have 10 personal training clients


What is your word for 2019?



The Contentment Challenge - The Beginning - Round 2

Surprise!! I am doing the Contentment Challenge Round 2. I did the challenge once before and it was horrible. I did the challenge in the middle of a move. I really thought I could do it. To be honest we did really well not spending much money but what I wanted to get out of the challenge was far from anything.

I am really hoping this time I am successful and able to continue throughout the year. I am hoping for power in numbers and having accountability. Wish me Luck. If you are doing this please message me so we can do this together.

The Contentment Challenge: January, February, and March 2019                                  (Hopefully continuing through the year)

The Guidelines: 

  • Reading 2 books each month. One on personal development and on living on less
  • Bible Verses for each month related to the theme
  • Only purchases this month: gifts (if needed), necessities (if needed), date night (one a month), and SCW Fitness Mania in March
  • An activity replacing the urge topurchas something. Mine is going to be running. We are preparing for the Modesto Half Marathon
THEME: MY Why (Get from the notebook)

Each month:

  • Theme. Will also go along with the overall theme/why
  • Bible Verse to memorize
  • Progress towards the Half Marathon
I am so excited to participate in the #contentmentchallenge! I can't wait to change my mentality towards money and belongings. I will post on the 1st of the each month to check in on how I am doing with the challenge.

Are you doing the Challenge? Could you do the Challenge? 



Thursday, December 27, 2018

Week 9 - Gratitude Journey - Something I Use Daily

We are back for another week of the Gratitude Journey. Each week is a different topic to reflect on and make us more grateful.

THIS WEEK: Something I Use Daily 


At first, I was going to pick my phone because it is something that I use daily. But recently at work one of my co-worker's binder went missing and eventually thrown away. After talking to him it was a binder that had everything fitness in it. Everything from his certification along with notes that he has had over the years.

I felt for him so much. I told him that I keep everything on the Evernote app. I love it because I keep everything from blog stuff to workouts to all our old addresses. Good and bad my whole life is in Evernote.

I use Evernote for all my address because since we move a lot and can't remember them all. I have tons of notebooks ranging from fitness workouts for each muscle group to types of workouts. Some are ideas that I need to put into action along with a marketing plan for this space.

Some of the notebooks that I need to be more constant with using is prayer, work, and gratitude journal.

Then he said something that instantly made me anxious. He said to imagine the app disappeared and we couldn't' get any of the information back. I had thought about it but never to the fact that we could never get the information back. I have been debating on putting this in multiple locations but still debating on what I want to do.

What is something you use daily that you are grateful for?

Monday, December 24, 2018

A Christmas Tradition


Our Christmas Tradition is a little different from most families.Some baseball teams give you the week of Christmas and New Years off and some don't. It really just depends. We have had both and really doesn't phase us either way because we usually don't go anywhere. We are currently in Modesto, California and he only has 2 days off around Christmas and New Years.

Our first Christmas together was as a fiancee, and we were living in Oklahoma City. We had just moved to OKC about a month before so we were still getting settled in. We didn't have much money or know a whole lot of people either yet. Right before Christmas the NBA decided to end their lockout and the first set of games was on Christmas. OKC was playing at home during that time, so we knew to avoid downtown OKC.

The funny thing is that we are not big NBA fans, but with nothing to do in a town we don't know anyone we went to Chili's and watching NBA all day! At that time we had no idea it would become a tradition.

Each year we have expanded a little bit of watching basketball games. Sometimes we go out anywhere that is open on Christmas to watch basketball. Sometimes we stay in and have pizza. It's all lowkey. Which is really nice to relax, because now that I work in a gym it's nice to relax. December through March is pretty busy at gyms.

What are your Christmas traditions?

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Week 8 - Gratitude Journey - Traditions


Thursday AGAIN. So that means its Gratitude Thursday. Today is all about TRADITION.

Tradition: the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.

Gary and I have a lot of traditions throughout the year that we love doing. Some are a little weird and unique to us and some are pretty normal. 

Here are a few of our traditions: 
Opening Day Gifts: He gets a gift on every Opening Day for baseball. It's only the Opening Day for his team. Except when we were in short season then he got a gift on MLB Opening Day. 

Birthdays: Usually do Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner. 

Christmas: Watch NBA all day eating junk food

College Football: First weekend was DON'T schedule anything unless working a baseball game. We sit and watch college football. Besides baseball it's my jam!!

I love these traditions because they are unique to us. They are times that we get to bring out best qualities. I love gift giving so being able to give him gifts makes me so happy!! I'm grateful for all sports watching because it's a time I truly relax and recharge.

What traditions are you grateful?


Monday, December 17, 2018

My Version of Success



I would love to help people.

 Define Success in your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you're proud to live. - Anne Sweeney

If you remember my rant about not being in the right space this is a continuance of that post. We recently moved to California from Seattle, and looking for a job at first was challenging. All the places I wanted to work weren't hiring for the position that I was wanting. (I took the job anyway to continue in hopes of spots opening.)

But the one question that always gets me during interviews. Where do I see myself in 5 years? Honestly, I have NO IDEA. If you do, send me a message because I am hopeless.

My version of success is being ENOUGH. This is something that I really struggle with. I am ENOUGH right where I am in the moment. I have enough information right now to make decisions. I am always pushing for the future. I am always worried or thinking about the future instead of enjoying the right now. Don't get me wrong I do have goals and sometimes work towards them, but for the most part I am wanting to focus on the right now.

Some tips for defining your own version of success:

1. Enjoy the victories. 
I did a personality test a few years ago. I think it was Emotional Intelligence, and it did say that I don't enjoy the victories. I just keep pushing through to the big goal. Which is 100% me hands down. I am proud to say I am getting better each day but still hard. 

2. Put on your blinders.
I have to focus on this one EVERY SINGLE DAY! I think I need is one that it the hardest for me. I tend to compare myself to a lot of people especially on social media. When I was blogging consistently I would always compare they have more side bar ads, sponsored posts, making money, etc. I would beat myself up about it. I wanted that too!

But by comparing myself to them I hid my own voice and opinions. Even now, I am fitness professional (oversaturated market) but I know that I have space on the table. We all do. Yes, fitness is fitness but I have a different outlook than others. We can all help people. We don't keep to compete against each other.

3. Evaluate yourself.
Where are you right now? We all know right now I am feeling like a big puddle of mess, but I am trying to re-train my brain. Re-train on positive thinking. Re-train on worth. Re-train on plans for this space. Then focus on what I will be doing better.

I think there are three keys to succeed in life: Bust your butt, pay attention, and fall in love; not just with a person but your work. -Jerry Seinfield


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Week 7 - Gratitude Journey - Things I Like About Winter



Prompt: Things I Like About Winter

I can tell you I am glad that I am California right now for winter, but I don't like snow. I can't remember a time that I actually enjoyed the cold. Arizona was PERFECT for me.

Things about winter I am grateful for is off-season life. I LOVE baseball don't get me wrong, but it's nice to have time with Gary. He has some things that come up during the winter but not much. It's nice to be able to have weekends together.

I am also grateful for football. I love bowl season, so this is a fun part of the year as well. I am mostly looking forward to UCF vs. LSU game in the Fiesta Bowl. I think if UCF wins they deserve more credit than they are getting.

Winter is also about holidays. I was so happy for Thanksgiving because my parents came to visit. I am hoping in the future we (both sides of the family) can all get together somewhere and have a holiday dinner together. Bucket List ya'll!!

Winter is a tough one to be grateful for because it's my least favorite time of year. So I really struggle with finding gratitude and be grateful for things. So I am hoping that this part of the gratitude challenge helps me in my journey to be more grateful. I want to see past just things on the surface. I want to get deep on this journey.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Starting to Run Again



When we were still living in Seattle, Gary mentioned to me one of his new goals is to run a 5k every month starting in November. We did run a 5k on Thanksgiving. We don't have anything planned for December yet. Shocking enough we have a HALF MARATHON planned for the end of March. Perfect Timing since season starts in early April.

I use to love to run. It was perfect for me to just process everything on my own. While I was running I could think about situations differently and what I could do better in the future or how to make the situation better. For me running was therapy to get outside my head, which I am really good at overthinking and overanalyzing.

So I was excited for this goal to say the least, AND I decided to join him. Running has been something that I haven't done a whole lot of in the past few years. So I was super stoked to get back to it. The biggest thing that I am hesitant about is my left knee. It has been acting up the past year or so. I haven't went to go get it checked out. I'm in the process of strengthening my legs muscles before going to a doctor. (I hate going to doctors.)

Our plan to get back into running is to run at least 3-4 times a week. I'm pushing for 4 times a week, but if I get 3 I'll be happy. During our runs we mix it up, sometimes we'll have a distance to hit (HELLO, half marathon training) or sometimes we'll go on time. My personal favorite workout is 10 minutes on each piece of cardio equipment at our gym. We have treadmill, elliptical, stairmaster, bike, and arc trainer. The goal at each station is at least a mile.

On days that I don't run I like to cross train or rest. My cross training usually consists of Madeline Moves App or Danielle Pascente. I have been trying to get more into yoga or stretching. We did get a combat bag (sandbag) for Christmas so pretty stoked to start using that more.

In the past I could run without anything- NO music, NO books, NOTHING. It was pretty awesome. Right now I am not quite there. I need something to keep me going. Right now, I'm listening to a lot of audiobooks.

I am so excited to get back into the swing of running. Are you a runner? Do you have any runs planned? I would love to know.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Real Life Rant



Full Disclosure. This post will be all over this place but that's what I feel in my mind right now. I just want to get it all out today.

My mind is all over the place. I feel like I just run or move from place to place with no real reason. Also when I get home I am exhausted but I really didn't do a lot of things on my list. Yes, my work is a little demanding. I coach at 3 different gyms. I do a lot of cardio and core workouts with them. Plus my own workouts. So I know my body is adjusting to that but I don't feel like I accomplish anything of my PASSION.

Coaching and teaching people is one of my passions, but it's based on other people cirrculum. I want to coach on this page. I want to share with you workouts that I have been doing and what I think of them. I want to share my life and things that have been going on here in California. I want a community. I have a bunch of things in my drafts and a bazillion notebooks around the house with ideas and everything written out. The only thing i am missing is follow thru. 

I have had ZERO follow through lately. I have had a billion squirrel moments just writting this post. I start writting then remember to text my boss or respond to a text message or check an email or checking to see if the new ipad is avaiable at att yet. I have so many tabs open on my computer and my body. I feel like I have tried everything but things still keep coming to me. 

I have also been working on vision board or future board. I start writing things down that I want for my future self but they are seem so superficial. For example, I want a Louis Vuitton bag. I don't need the bag but something in me is driven by it. Then I think I have an amazing Kate Spade bag that I super wanted but never use. Only during interviews. So why do I need LV bag that I probably won't use as often as it is worth. I have other things on my board but all of it seems irrelvant. Honestly the future board makes me worse than it is motivating. Is that even possible? 

I just feel like I am treading water or head in the cloud. I need direction. I need focus. I really don't know what I need. Anything please message me?! 

I have a lot of self-development books to read right now. Some are good but I feel right now they are saying the exact SAME THING. I don't want to waste my time with them right now. 

I can't help but wonder am I the only one who feels this way? Has anyone else felt this way? What did you do?




Thursday, November 29, 2018

Week 5 - Gratitude Journey - Someone Who Inspires


Prompt: Someone Who Inspires

I have a few people and it's all business related. The first one is Neely at It Starts With Coffee. I have been following her for almost 9-10 years. I loved her blog from the beginning. She is someone that inspires me constantly on blogging. My favorite thing about her is her ZERO f's attitude. I love that about her so much. For this person pleasing person, I care too much.

Fitness related is Danielle Pascente. I have only recently started to follow her but I love her so much! She responds to everything and everyone. I love the community that she has created to include everyone. Fangirl alert: The first time she messaged back I lost it. I was so shocked that she would respond.

Who is inspires you? 


Thursday, November 22, 2018

Week 4 - Gratitude Journey - Core Values


Prompt: Core Value

I am loyal to a fault. I think this is both a weakness and strength for me. I am loyal immediately until you get me a reason not to. And by reason, I mean PLENTY of reasons. I give people so many benefit of the doubts.  I also strongly believe in forgiveness. I forget pretty easily until it becomes a trend.

I am loyal at work too. Last week talking about the city where I live prompt I talked about experiences that I learned the hard way. Yep, I was super loyal to a company I worked at. I had my blinders that everything was going great, but they didn't' think so. I give everything to my work. Work is much more than work because I love what I do training people. I love having people in class and creating a community to grow and push each other. I am thankful that I have a few old bosses that see that and give great recommendations.

What is one of your core values you are grateful for? 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Week 3 - Gratitude Journey - City I Live In



Prompt: City I Live In

When I wrote this all out I was living in Seattle, WA. Now I am living in Modesto, CA. Two very different towns that I get to call home on the baseball journey. I have lived in a lot of places on this baseball journey. While some have been AMAZING, and others have horrible.

I was going to write about just Seattle and Modesto, but now I feel like I want to write out our baseball journey.

Modesto, CA: For a New Area

Seattle, WA: Experiences. You have to look out for yourself because no one else will. I learned this lesson HARD twice in Washington.

Des Moines, IA: Self Improvement. I had a great boss who really helped me a lot. You play chess while everyone else is playing checkers he would often tell me.

Charleston, WV: This is probably the hardest place ever to be grateful. So many horrible things happened here. A lot of it I held in for a long time to make his job easier. I really hate using the word hate but that is fair word for how I feel. But that's not the point of this. In Charleston, I am grateful for the people. They taught me how I never want to be or treat others. While I am sure there are some great people in WV I met only 10 of them.

Phoenix, AZ: Contentment. During this time I was super unhappy with myself. It wasn't until almost the end where I was truly happy for our situation and could really focus on lifting other people as well. It's not all competition.

Oklahoma City, Ok: Friends. Seriously the girls that I met during this time I love them. While we have all gone separate ways and don't talk as often as we should. I love these ladies. They taught me so much!

Where do you live and Why are you grateful? 


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Gratitude Journey - Week 2 - Current Struggle


PROMPT: CURRENT STRUGGLE

Right now my current struggle is my purpose. I feel like we are all here for a reason to leave it better than what we found it. But I have really been struggling on my purpose. I just feel like there is more to life than working with little passion, paying bills, and the dying.

I try not to compare myself to people on social media or in general because most of the time we are only seeing a glimpse and not the whole truth. But some people just have their whole life together and I'm over here going to bed at 9pm because I am bored and nothing else to do.

I see people knowing their passion, a mission statement for life, and living life with so much joy. I am so happy for them but I feel sadness for myself because I want that for my life.

But another current struggle is on the job front. We are settled in Modesto, but now it's time for me to get a job. I filled out over 50 job applications and dropped off 20 in person. This week I have had some interviews but no offers yet. So fingers crossed I hear something soon.

What is your current struggle?

Jessa

P.S. Don't forget to use the hashtag #thefggratitudejourney.

Monday, November 5, 2018

The Contentment Challenge - November - Final Month

This is the last month of the Contentment Challenge. To be 100% honest with you. I have FAILED miserably. October was a tough month. I didn't work on anything towards the past few months. You can out of sight out of mind.


The move from Washington to California was the biggest thing on our mind. We spent a lot of time trying to find a place to live, things for Heisman, job searching for me, telling bosses. You know all the usual things when moving.

Even though this is the last month of The Contentment Challenge I will continue with the Gratitude Journey that started November 1st.

THEME: Intentional

VERSE: 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness

TASK:  Great over Good. My favorite pastor did a sermon series called Better. The overwhelming theme was choosing activities that were great over good. Really thinking about what we say yes to.

GOALS:
Read Hope in the Dark by Craig Groeschel
Start running at least 1 mile per day
10 Things of gratitude daily
Eliminate 100 things from our apartment

This is the last month!! We've got this!!


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Gratitude Journey Round 2

THE FITNESS GYPSY GRATITUDE JOURNEY ROUND 2

I saw Esther from Local Adventurer do this a few years ago. I knew that I would do this sometime in the future. I just didn't know when. Lately I have been feel SUPER overwhelmed and my anxiety has been at an all time high. 

I took some prompts from her and others that I thought would be fun to do. Each week I will post here about the prompt. I will also post on the instagram stories as well. 


WEEK 1: Why I am doing this AGAIN

My anxiety has been at a high level lately. One of my managers at work asked me to tell him one thing I am grateful for. All I could think of I have a job. I have a house. To me all those seem so lame!

I knew deep down in my heart I had more to be grateful for. It reminded me of this journey and 5 to Thrive from Rachel Hollis.

Why are you doing this challenge? Use the hashtag #thefggratitudejourney

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

10 Tips to Drink More Water

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I am doing the #last90day challenge from Rachel Hollis. I'm not trying to do more than the Five to Thrive. One of the 5 things is to drink half my body weight in ounces of water every day.

I struggle with getting in my water intake. I am not a water drinker. There is only so much flavoring you can put in it. I know you're probably thinking how am I trainer if I don't like water. Just because I don't like water doesn't mean that I don't still try to get my water in.

1. Drink water first thing in the morning. 
I have a water bottle on my nightstand and drink a little bit right when I get up.

2. Drink water from a straw.
This is one that I have heard both ways. Don't drink from a straw. Drink from a straw. To me, I think I drink more from a straw. I have a hard plastic bottle from Starbucks that I use around the gym.

3. Add fruit/veggies.
My favorite combo is cucumbers and lemon. Cassie Ho from Blogilates has a few recipes that I have tried too. I also like just straight lemon water. NO, not lemonade but water and with a lot of lemons.

4. Set an alarm. 
I use my fitbit and set several reminders throughout the day.

5. Tracking the intake. 
I use either MyFitnessPal or my water intake download from passion planner. It's great to say we are going to drink so many ounces but how do we know if we don't actually track it.

6.Notes
I have notes through the house and my phone reminding to do things.

7. Stock Up 
I drink only bottled water. The water where I live isn't always the best. So we do filtered water at home, but mostly bottled water. Sometimes I get gallon jugs and take with me to work.

8. Community
Let someone know your goal to drink more water. I know for me if I don't say anything to anyone then it is easy to fall off. No one knew I was doing it anyway so it's not that big of a deal. WRONG!! Tell someone. Tell me. Send me a message. I will help you!! We've got this!

9. Water Bottle
Drinking more water will be easier if you have something that you want to drink from. For me I use my starbucks hard plastic because it's something small and easy to carry on the gym floor. I also love my bkr water bottle.

10. Drink water before you eat
I remember reading a while back if you drink before a meal you are going to eat less. So if hungry try drinking some water before you eat.

BONUS
11. Invest in a filter
In the past few places we have lived the water quality hasn't been that great so we do bottled water but filters are great too. We go back and forth on purchasing a filter pitcher but we are horrible on replacing the filter.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Y'all I'm Sorry

Apologizing to my readers


I'm Sorry! I have been inconsistent with this space when I told you that I was going to be consistent. I know that most of you will tell me it's ok because it's my space. I can do what I want with it. I appreciate your grace and margin.

But I was listening to Taylor Bradford's Boss Girl Creative podcast. I am not sure what episode it was but I remember her talking about the readers and we need to accountable to y'all. I have been a bad friend. I have been that friend that says sure I'll meet you for coffee then either cancels or doesn't show up. 

If I didn't show up for our coffee its probably my own insecurities of that I am not going to live up to what I think you think of me. Does that make sense? Probably not, but it's what's going on up there. 

Trust me it's not you!! It's totally me!! It's not like I don't have enough to talk about or I'm not a good listener. I let my emotions get the most of me a majority of the time. I am also AMAZING at worry about things that don't even happen. 

I haven't talked too much about it on my blog or social media. I have depression and suffer from anxiety/panic attacks. Last week I couldn't break out my depression and own anxiety. It's really hard for me to talk about me because I can't explain it. I can't explain what's going on in my head. Then when I can't explain I get myself worked up into an attack. The other day I was talking to a co-worker about this and they mentioned what's one thing I am grateful for. The only thing I could think of is my job. 

But I promise y'all I will be better. I will be here for you. I will show up for our regular coffee date three times a week.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

How to Plan a Workout

I haven't always been into fitness. I was the girl who was just naturally skinny. It was until recently that I wanted to serious about my goals. I wanted to be skinny but I wanted to be skinny fit. When I graduated high school I think I weight 97 pounds. I went to college and it wasn't until the senior year that I started gaining weight and I wouldn't come off so quickly. (I know, pity me.) Then I met my husband we went to the gym when we first started dating and continued until around our second anniversary. Life and work got in the way. It wasn't a priority for us. We would go out to eat more than we would want to work out.


I will be the first to admit I am not the best with nutrition. It is something that I am working on every day. I am constantly learned about nutrition. One of my goals is to research all the different "diet fads" out there and break them down, My hope to break it down so everyone can really understand what they are getting into if they decide to go keto, carb cycle, etc.

So I totally get falling in and out of gym routines. Making time for yourself is the best thing for you but probably the last thing that you think about. When I am doing a one on one with my clients, I always ask How many times a week can you realistically see yourself coming into the gym? I ask this because everyone will say I'm coming in every day. It's not reasonable. I don't want to set myself or anyone else up for failure.

If you have taken any sort of break from working out or just starting I would say start off 2 or 3 times a week for 30-45 minutes. If you have Planet Fitness membership and it has been a while since you have been in a gym I recommend the 30 minutes circuit. It's a great balance of cardio and strength training.

If you don't have a PF membership I would still recommend 2 or 3 times week no more than an hour. I would focus on total body workout. I personally like starting with my cardio and ending in strength training. There are so many different reports out there one way or another. I always tell people to try both and see what works for you. The ONLY time I will do strength training before cardio is when I plan to lift HEAVY weights. Cardio I would recommend getting on cardio you like. I like treadmills or arc trainers so I do spend most of the time on those. I do try and switch it up for a time to time.

For beginners (people new to the gym or coming back from a break) I would suggest starting out with machines with low to medium weights. Do 2-4 sets for 12-15 repetitions.
The next step after you feel comfortable with the previous workouts would be adding free weights to a few of the exercises. I prefer adding weights to the arm exercises - bicep curl, tricep extensions, lateral/front raises.


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Monday, October 1, 2018

The Contentment Challenge - October Goals - Halfway Point

One month down of The Contentment Challenge. We are half way through the challenge. September was eye-opening, to say the least. I realized how much I did mindless shopping or stopping to get things. I wasn't as awesome as I wanted to be but we are going to keep moving in October. September was a blur for a variety of reasons so I am hoping to get back on track for October.


I am still going to work on everything from September. We are going to work on decluttering things we don't use. Instead of reading I have been binge listening to podcasts. Right now, I am trying to finish up with Taylor Bradford's Boss Girl Creative.

In October I am going to add gratitude. I don't think I am an ungrateful person but I know I should be more in the moment. In September I realized that I plan hella in the future. I can't really talk about it right now, but I was trying to plan something that in so far in the future that I was stressing myself out. I decided that instead of trying to everything in a day one little thing per day. September and October is always a tough month for baseball front office.

I am debating on kickstarting another Gratitude Challenge. Last year I started but slowly stopped doing it.  Fingers crossed this year works better for me.

Theme: Gratitude

Verse: Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God

Task: Start a Gratitude Journal through the Day one app. Goal is write 3 things everyday

Goals:
Read Kick Ass with Mel Robbins
Social Media free Weekend
Run 2 miles per day
limit caffeine to 20oz
Create a 1 year gratitude challenge (Inspiration from Esther at Local Adventurer)


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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

My Fitness Journey


The other day one of my clients asked about what I eat in a day. It got me thinking about my own fitness journey.

My fitness story hasn't been one where I have always been into fitness and eating healthy. Growing up I ate fast food a lot and Mtn. Dew was a regular in my life. In high school I was always the smallest ever. My problem was even the smalls or extra small were too big on me. I was just tiny. I wasn't strong or fit.

It was until I was about to graduate college that I started implementing a fitness routine in my life. I met my now husband and while living together we would spend roughly 2 hours 3-4 times a week in the gym. It was routine for us when we got off work to go home, eat then go to the gym.

Moves and work happened. We started going out to eat more and not really caring too much about working out. There was a point when we both would get home and want to chill. We used every excuse we could use - work was too much, I just want to chill. This is where we weren't the best accountability partners for each other. For me it was a few years where I kept gaining and gaining weight. Most of the weight I gained went straight to the belly area. I saw the scale keep going up and up yet I did nothing to change it.

Arizona and West Virginia were probably the places that I was at my heaviest. Arizona it was probably towards the end of our time and the beginning of our time in West Virginia. We had interested start to our time in WV so we did a lot of fast food. Plus my time in WV wasn't the best so I ate and drank to make it a little bit better. (Honestly it didn't help.) But this is where I was at my heaviest. I was the heaviest I have been. I was probably anywhere from 12-16 in pants. In my shirts I got up to XL.

I have always been a person to put everything into my work for good or bad. I want to succeed and be the best at any job I do. A boss told me once I play chess while everyone is playing checkers. I just want to be the best at any cost to myself. When I started studying for my personal training certification I was working at gym in Iowa. I was working in the sales department and would anywhere from 9-12 hours a day for 5 or 6 days. I would take 1 day off because I had to or else I probably would have worked, to be honest.

My lunches there would be all over the place. Some days I would pack my lunch and some days I would go and grab lunch for my boss. If you went to get his lunch he would buy your lunch too. I was doing everything that I was learning not to do. My nutrition was out of control. My workouts were non-existent. I did get my cardio in every day. (I was hitting anywhere from 10K-15K in steps every day.) I was slowly starting changing my habits towards the end of time in Iowa.

Then we moved to Seattle. I made a promise to myself that this was time to change. I was going to start working out more, eating healthier, feel confident and comfortable in my own skin again. It had been way too long since I felt comfortable in myself. I have never mentioned this to anyone but I would wear my husband's clothes more than my own clothes because of 1.) my clothes didn't fit and I didn't want to get new clothes. 2.) They were just baggy enough to hide.

While today I am not still 100% confident in my own skin I am more on my way than ever. I work out every day. Listen to my body when I need rest and ok with not working out. Just the other day I did more cardio than strength training AND I was fine it. Usually, I would be super disappointed. I am planning our meals and sticking to it.

We went shopping this weekend and I was trying on clothes. I was shocked by what size I could fit in. I tried a pair of size 4 Lululemon leggings and they fit. I ended up not getting them, but while we were going to the next store it made me realize I have come a long way in my fitness journey. I don't give myself enough credit that I give to my clients daily. Right now I am in a size 6 in my pants, and I think that's where I stay for a while. My tops are small or medium. Still need to work my core area more, but I think that's everyone.

Every day is a struggle for me. I know my food and nutrition are the hardest thing for me. The season has always been the tough part of the year, because I hate cooking and cooking for one. So I need to get past my excuses and work towards it.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out me anytime.


Monday, September 17, 2018

The Contentment Challenge - September Goals - First Month

#contentmentchallenge

I have been wanting to do this challenge for a while. It wasn't until recently that I felt convicted to this. I also KNEW that I had to put this online for accountability. Lately I have been really bad about follow through.

Each month will be a theme, major task, verse, and goals to accomplish each month. If you want to see more on My Contentment journey this is the beginning post.

Theme: Eliminate
The first month of this challenge is that I want to eliminate things around the house. This is perfect timing because the season is winding down and Gary is home on the weekends. We have both mentioned that we wanted to get rid of some things. So I bet out it will happen on Saturday during college football game commercials.

Task: Declutter and deep clean the entire apartment.
This works out great because its the end of the season so Gary will be home to help. Also our lease is through the end of September but we haven't decided if we are going to stay or not.

Last time we declutter we played the game where we picked a random number and far fetched number. I think it was 257 items that we wanted to get rid of. We counted every item so if got rid of 10 towels it was 10 items. It was pretty interesting to see how quickly we got that number. Also we recently helped a friend move and I love them both BUT dang they had a lot of stuff. When it comes time for us to move I want to be quick and not a big UHAUL truck either.

Verse: 1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is a great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.

Goals:
read one book - The Miracle Morning
run 1 mile per day
document food through MyFitnessPal
168 hours documentation

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Funko Pop - Everett, WA


I had no idea what Funko was before they opened their store front here in Everett. I guess they have had their manufacturing here for a while before they decided to move their headquarters here. The best way I can describe Funko if you have never heard of them: They are like bobbleheads but their heads don't move. They have Funkos of everything: the Royal Family, Game of Thrones, Ninja Turtles, Harry Potter, athletes, and so much more. 
WARNING: if you come to Everett on a weekend be prepared to wait outside for awhile. 

Funko opened in August 2018 but before they opened they were constantly adding new tiems for show. Willy Wonka is my favorite in the meeting room that has now been changed to showcase Wetmore Forest animals. 

Funko review on the Fitness Gypsy


Funko on the Fitness Gypsy

As soon as you walk into Funko theres a set of lockers because they don't allow food or drink. So they provide lockers, but I recently found out people will get there super early to grab chases or limited supply then place them in a locker until their friends can get there. 

The first room that you'll see is the Anime section. This room has a little bit of everything from cartoons to scary movies. In this room we have gotten anything from Care Bears to Michael Myers. 

Fitness Gypsy Review Everett WA


When they first opened they had the meeting room but now they recently changed it. I honestly still don't know what to think of it. I am honestly not even sure what they are. They go by Pop Monsters. 


After you leave the Anime/Forest room you'll be directly looking at the sports wall. It's not thing special but this is where you find anything sports related. As a sports fan it's not much and thats a big reason we come is to see the sports figures they have. This summer they came out with a MLB collection featuring Mike Trout, Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, and Aaron Judge. I was really bummed there wasn't a Brave selected, and Gary about the Brewers. Last time we went they had 30 NFL stars ranging from JJ Watt, TJ Watt, Sam Darnold, and JuJu. 

The next big room is the super hero/villians room. I would also say Lifestyle room. It's a little bit of everything that have had sections specifically for Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, Royals, Grease, and singers/entertainers. Towards the back of the room is where you'll find most of the super hero or villian. 




Out in the open they have a handful of tables and other sections mostly Disney things. I have found my mom Winnie the Pooh collection. They have Toy Story, A Night before Christmas, Princesses. It's pretty cool to see the area because it's insane on what the create. 




The next room is probably the most popular because of the lifestyle Funkos area everywhere. This isn't a place where we normally find Funkos we like but still fun to walk around and see what they have. Deadpool is a one that has been popular lately. They have turned him into everything. 

Connected to that room is the Star Wars area. They have everything you could possible want Star Wars related - bags, lanyards, stuffed animals, etc. 


They also have this new area where you can build your own pop! You choose between making a Freddy Funko or Monster. We made a Freddy Funko that looks like my husband. He has a baseball bat in one hand, and ice cream cone in the other. The monster is the better deal for $15 because the monster has 3 or 4 holes to add accessories too. Either way it's a lot of fun.  

I would highly recommend coming to Funko HQ if you are in Everett or Seattle area. Funkos are priced anywhere from $10 - $35 depending on size and release. Most of the time they are $10, but during comic con, some of them were $15. A family could easily spend a few hours here, but there are some great resturants and breweries near by for afterwards. 









Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Best Fitness Apps




1. MyFitnessPal: I am not the best person with my nutrition. So I love that I am able to track everything with MFP. I also love the community with the app. You can find people you already know or communities to join. While I am not a huge stickler about staying within a certain range it is still nice to know how much I am eating in a day. (FREE)

2. Fitbit: I have had a Fitbit for as long as I can remember. I have also had the most basic one that around my wrist. I have never been one to know my heart rate so why spend the money. I know from my time at OTF that I have a resting low HR. It's self-deprecating to know my HR because it's so hard to get it where it "should be." (FREE)

3. Couch to Half Tracker: I purchased this a bundle a long time ago when I wanted to get back into running. It had C25K, 5K to 10K, 10K to Half, and one more. I since deleted them from my phone. I still run just not as much as I would like to. This bundle was great for me at the time, and I highly recommend getting more than just the Couch to 5k. I saw the Ultimate Running Bundle for beginners on the app store for $19.99.

4. Beachbody:

5. Nike App: Any of the nike fitness apps are amazing if you wanting to try something different. I use this app when I am not wanting to do the workout I wrote or just want something different. (FREE)

6. Sworkit: I just have the basic version but there is paid version as well. I got this app when I started working at Planet Fitness and wanted to come up with different stretches for the stretch class. There are workouts for everything in here ranging from Strength Training to Yoga. There are plans you can follow or just come for workouts. (FREE/$7.99pmonth)


What are some of your favorite apps to use?

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Contentment Challenge - The Beginning

#contentmentchallenge


I have been following Nancy Ray for quite a while. I have loved her for the simplistic living and being content with what you have and finding joy in the things we already have. Plus her faith is inspirational.  She has also blogged about and you can check it out her website for her contentment challenge or to the class. I really need to go back and watch it again because it is just that good.

We have been really trying to work on our finances and build up our savings account. I have really tried not to do not to it and have made every excuse not to do it but there is no reason for me not to do it. We have recently paid off our credit cards bill and some other debt. But naturally, I wanted more! We went on vacation and embarrassingly I spend more than I wanted.

Like I mentioned above I have wanted to do this for a while but not sure when. I mean when are you ready to completely give up shopping and purchasing things. But after these past few weeks, I have realized that the time is right now. So I am starting on September 1, 2018, and finishing November 30, 2018.

My Why: I have been feeling super anxious about a lot of things.I have been like life is running me and not me running my life. So on top of our spending, I wanted to do this challenge because I am hoping it will help with my anxiety.

According to her workbook, each month should be a theme.
September: Declutter
October: Gratitude
November: Intentional

Along with a theme should be verses to memorize
Overall Verses: Matthew 6:19-21 Do not store up for yourself treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

September: 1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is a great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.

October: Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God

November: 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness

Each month should have a task associated it as well. I am trying to keep each task and theme similar.
September: Declutter - deep clean our apartment.
October: Gratitude - Gratitude Journal
November: Intentional - Selecting Great over Good




Friday, September 7, 2018

Everett Aquasox - Northwest League - Seattle Mariners - Short Season A



Baseball is coming to an end! Right now we are in Everett, Washington. (20 miles north of Seattle) Gary is the Director of Ticket Sales with the Everett Aquasox. We have been here 2 years. We have been here 2 years.

Northwest League Everett Aquasox

The Everett Aquasox play in the Northwest League as the short season A team for the Seattle Mariners. The team has been in Everett since 1984 as the Everett Giants. (SF Giants Affiliate) Then in 1995 the team became an Everett AquaSox (Marines Affiliate), and we've been a Mariners affiliate since.

The Aquasox play at Everett Memorial Stadium. They share the field with Everett High School, Everett Community College, and ONE MORE TEAM. Connected to the field is the Everett High School football field.

I will admit when he told me all this I wasn't a fan! I just think it should be a stand alone baseball field and we should be the only ones in it. (Or at least the main person on the contract.)

The stadium as a whole is ok. There are 2 places to pick up tickets north or south. I would recommend the south because parking is better. Once your in the stadium you'll be on ground level of the stadium. This is where all the food, team gear, beer area, etc is located.

To go to your seats you'll have to go up a flight of stairs for seating. I am not a huge fan of this layout because if I am going up a flight of stairs I would want everything up there. At least be able to see the game. There is play by play through the stadium but depends on the day if you can hear it.

Last year was the first year of the Everett Aquasox 5K. This year was AMAZING because the last .1 mile was around the ballpark and you finished at homeplate. I loved the run more this year than last year.

My other favorite event was BeerFest. There was 12 breweries that came and we got to sample 6-8 different beers. My favorite was from Silver City Brewery The Tropic Haze - Hazy IPA.
Everett BeerFest


Concessions: I love our concessions. There is a variety of options - healthy, traditional ballpark, and some new things. My personal favorite is the Sarcha Chicken Bites. BEWARE: they only take cash. One thing that I wish we had more of is season food.

Merchandise: Every year at the start of the season I say I'm done buying things. Then I come in and they have new stuff that is so awesome. I love my Columbia jackets with the logo. They are great to wear year round in the PNW.

Overall Experience: It's fun and you'll have a great time for a third of the price at Safeco. Some of the promotions need to be mixed up more because if you come to multiple games it becomes predictable. Also the music needs be more energetic. One game it was sappy love songs and it was annoying. I ended up putting my headphones on to drown it out.


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

My Sporadic Attempt at Blogging




I have always love to write. I love notebooks and pens!! Lately, I have been going back and forth between electronic or pen and paper. Right now I am in between both. I started blogging back in 2009, right before I met my husband. It was through the Rainbows and storms. (I think.)

2010-2011ish: I was Life of A Sports Wife. This was the blogging fad - Everyone was Life of A ______. For me it became an identity and I think it overwhelmed me as well. My husband is a sports executive. I wanted to show our life through sports. It also became a struggle because I am more than someone who likes sports.

2014ish: I wanted to get serious about blogging so I went by my name. It was more of a lifestyle thing than anything else. I would just write about all the things I like. No niche. This was the time for bloggers I feel like that everyone was trying to be a stay at home blogger. That was everyone's dream. I know for a certain time that's something I had entertained.

Took a few years off still interested in blogging. Still thinking of ideas. I still posted on all my social media. Also during this time, I went through a deep depression. A lot of HORRIBLE things happened to me in West Virginia. On top of that, I couldn't find a job AT ALL because my husband worked for the team and I would just be moving at the end of the season. (Even though that's not how it works in the front office life) So I moved to Iowa lived with the family. I got what was my dream job working at one of the best gyms in Des Moines in sales. I worked ALL the time. That became my new identity.

Between 2015-2017 was a time of serial entrepreneurship between blogging and adding something to my blog. At one point I thought I should add selling my crochet and knitting my blog. I do love crafts, and people mentioned that I should try and sell some of my stuff. I tried kinda, and it failed. At first, I was upset because all I saw was everyone around me succeeding and I was failing.

I had other goals or things that I thought would be a great add-on to my blog but nothing panned out. They didn't pan out because I didn't fully 100% put everything I had into it. Looking back I see the mistakes. I also have learned to be ok with failure. Failure is not something I take gracefully. (But that's something for another day.)

2016-2017ish: I rebranded again The Fitness Gypsy. I am a certified personal trainer living the baseball gypsy life. First off, people might get bad at the term gypsy. I seriously don't mean any disrespect. If you look up the definition of gypsy one would be nomadic or free-spirit. My husband and I are essentially nomads in my opinion. We moved around every 2-4 years for the job.

2018: After paying again for the blog hosting I decided that this is the year. If I don't write enough then I'm closing the website. And that wasn't something I was ready for. So here I am writing once again.

I miss blogging. I miss the community. I wish some of the bloggers I followed would return. But I am hoping my small space here.

Friday, July 20, 2018

35 of My Favorite Things

I swear today is going to be the last day of everything in 35. I promise. Today is going to be a list of 35 random things. It could be workout exercises, baseball parks, or travel spots we have visited. 

1. Deadbugs - It's an exercise. I love it so much. So you lay on your back, bring your legs up to tabletop position, and your arms straight up. That's your starting position. Do to the exercise you'll bring your left arm down (biceps by your ear) and your right leg comes down but doesn't touch the ground. While your right arm and left leg stay in the starting position. Then you'll bring your arm and leg back to starting position and switch to other side. 

2. Smokey Mountain National Park - I can't wait to go back. We only drove through it when driving back to West Virginia from Nashville. 

3. Frisco RoughRiders - The stadium is AMAZING!!! 

4. The Game Day Chic - I want ONE of EVERYTHING from her shop. 

5. Foam Rolling

6. 4 baseball games in 24 hours - Every year (for fun) my husband creates an itinerary to visit every MLB and MiLB team in that season

7. Iowa Cubs Games (Triple A of the Chicago Cubs)

8. Deadlifts

9. West Six Brewery in Lexington, Kentucky

10. WAGS In Real Life - having a spouse work in sports isn't the easiest things but it's nice to have a group of ladies that can relate

11. Heisman Barkley 

12. Deception Pass - Highly recommend to everyone who comes to the PNW

13. Fort George Brewery - Astoria, OR - Suicide Squeeze is my FAV

14. Planks - Regular, Side, Hip, Lunge, and Reverse - all so good

15. Altoona Curve (Double A of the Pittsburgh Pirates)

16. IKEA - I could decorate our whole place from there

17. OrangeTheory Fitness - would love to work there again and coach there

18. Barn Town Brewery - West Des Moines, Iowa

19. Houston Astros

20. Bridges of Madison County - Iowa

21. Pure Barre - Still a goal of mine to teach here

22. Torrent Brewery - Ames, Iowa

23. Glute Rotation - donkey kicks, straight leg kicks, fire hydrants, and rainbows

24. Neutrogena Facial Wipes 

25. The Royal Family - Even after the royal wedding. I just love them so much

26. Odd Otter - Tacoma, WA

27. Isotopes Ballpark - Albuquerque, NM   

28. McAllisters Deli 

29. Oregon Coast

30. Triangle Brewery - Durham, NC (They are no longer in business and breaks our heart. It was the best! Also our first brewery we ever went to.)

31. Hip Thrusters

32. Nike AirMax but close second Nike Free

33. Greenville Drive (Single A for the Boston Red Sox) met Andrew Benintendi

34. Quick 24 hour trip to Vegas. Can't wait to go back in December

35. Favorite Flower - Tulips  

Tell ME what are some of your favorites!!! 



Wednesday, July 18, 2018

35 Things About Me


To continue celebrating my 35th birthday I am doing 35 things about myself. I got this idea from Stephanie at Not Entirely Perfect. You should check out her 50 things about her.


1. I'm slightly obsessed with sports. Mostly MLB/MiLB/College Football


2. I'm trying to live a more simplistic life 


3. I prefer beer over liquor


4. I have pop (soda/coke/whatever) for breakfast every morning


5. I wanted to be a music teacher in my first year of college


6. I over think EVERYTHING!! 


7. My favorite colors are navy blue and barbie pink


8. I am a homebody


9. I love to read. Favorite book growing up The Diary of Anne Frank


10. I hate horror movies


11. Some of my favorite shows are NCIS, Law and Order


12. I rarely wear makeup 


13. I use to be a hoarder and now clutter bothers me


14. I love trying new breweries


15. We have a dog named Heisman Barkley. Yes, named after the Heisman Trophy and Matt Barkley 


16. I enjoy tanning. Yes, I know I can get skin cancer but it makes me feel good so I'm going to do. (We all do things that are somewhat bad for us. Don't judge)


17. I don't like going to the movie theater


18. I have a sweet tooth. Cupcakes and cookies are my jam


19. I try to be tough but I'm pretty sensitive


20. I married my husband after only knowing him for 6 months. We got married 13 months later. Been married 7 years. 


21. I have super blue eyes. 


22. No matter how much I stretch I swear I am the most unflexible human ever


23. I still sleep with a stuff animal


24. I make friends pretty easily


25. I enjoy doing laundry. Washing and Folding. I hate doing dishes 


26. I want to retire in Arizona


27. I did IVF for random strangers


28. I wear long sleeves in hot weather


29. I'm a certified personal trainer


30. I have a small obsessions with bags. I have a variety of sizes and colors. I told Gary on our next move any bag I don't use I'm giving away


31. I'm a serial entrepreneur


32. I want to see the good in people always even when I know it's coming from a not so good place


33. My first concert was the Goo Goo Dolls


34. In high school, my room was decorated with everything Chipper Jones


35. I love taking pictures. At one point I wanted to be photojournalist






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