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


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.

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


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.

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