Life Changes

2019 was a complete whirlwind. I don’t know if it’s getting older or what…but time really seems to go much faster now than it ever did. Whatever it is, 2019 was an incredible year full of growth and learning.

Let’s back up a bit. 2017 was the year that I was the happiest I have ever been in my entire life but it ended with the life-altering tragedy, that was losing my baby. I spent all of 2018 very sick & in a very dark depression, not wanting to wake up and not wanting to know what other misery the world would present me with. I made a decision on New Years that I would not spend 2019 the same way. And I didn’t. I’ve learned more now than ever before how strong I really am…and know that if I can get through this I really can get through anything.

That doesn’t take away my pain or my sadness. It doesn’t change how awful it feels when I see babies of friends, who would be the same age as mine, going through all of the milestones (walking, talking, exploring, etc) and how I’d literally do anything to have the chance to see my own child doing those things. I’ve had terrible anxiety for most of the year…but that’s also forced me to take a step back and reflect. There’s a lot to be said about letting go and taking things as they come. While that’s much easier said than done…it’s something I am trying to work at every day. I haven’t been very diligent about working out or following any sort of meal plan..and I’ve had terrible endo flares – but I’m maintaining my weight and clothing size. I still don’t sleep very well but I also don’t wake up crying anymore, so I consider that a very big win.

For the new year…and new decade…I have new goals & a new mindset. There’s a quote that says – “I’ve never seen a transformation that didn’t start with someone getting tired of their own shit.” Well here we are. I have let a tragic event consume my life for way too long. I may never be the same but it’s time to do things that make ME happy. One of those being working out. In January 2019, I made the very difficult decision to walk away from a job I loved, in order to alleviate some of the toxicity that had started presenting itself & allow myself to heal properly. As a result, I’ve stayed away from the gym, except when I have clients or have to teach my class, so as to avoid the heaviness and sadness (and person) associated with it all. However, there is absolutely no reason why I can’t get myself up and go to the gym early in the morning & start my day off on a good note. The daily walks that I enjoyed all summer may not be feasible right now, as I don’t live in a climate that really permits that. Call me crazy but walking outside at a park when its 20 degrees or colder…when there may or may not be snow on the ground…just isn’t my scene. I will resume those walks in the spring…and on any day that may be unseasonably warm beforehand. Lastly, and most importantly, my biggest goal is to let go. I started dating again in 2019…using an app of all things…and it was the biggest circus of my entire life. It increased my anxiety and really made me feel so much worse about myself than necessary. There were a couple of bright spots – in that I found my smile & laugh again…saw that I can have a good time and be happy after all….and most importantly, learned that I will be okay. I always believed you find someone when you aren’t looking and so the app has been deleted and I’m wiping the slate clean. I want to focus on being the best version of myself possible…and as proven in years past…when I do that, someone will eventually come along. Someone who won’t give me anxiety and who will be sincere with their words..and intentions. Someone who may finally give me the chance of trying to complete my dream life. Someone who makes me stupid happy.

So while 2019 hasn’t been perfect (by any means), it really was a year of incredible growth and strength. I’m very proud of how far I’ve come. I may not be where I want to be and my life may never be the same as it once was…but I’ve had to learn (& accept) that everything will be okay.

This line from the song Life Changes by Thomas Rhett sums it up perfectly:

“Ain’t it funny how life changes, you wake up ain’t nothin’ the same…life changes, you can’t stop it just hop on the train…you never know what’s gonna happen, you make your plans and you hear God laughin’…life changes, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

Happy New Year (and 6-year blogiversary, a week late) to us all. Here’s to a year filled with love, laughter…and hope.

-Gina

New Year, New Healthier US!

Happy New Year and happy blogiversary to this little engine that could. 4 years ago, I started this blog in the hopes that by sharing my story & struggles I could help inspire some of you. I just want to show you that despite every obstacle & hardship, it IS possible.

A lot has changed over the last 4 years. When I started this blog, I was in the middle of my own weight loss journey. I was down 50lbs and starting to really figure it out. Since then, I’ve completed a Spartan race, WipeOut race, 4-week bodybuilding prep (did not actually compete), ran my first 5k – coming in first in my age group, and became a personal trainer. I went from a size 12/14 to a size 2/4 and dropped about 80lbs along the way. This journey saw some incredible highs…and lows. In that WipeOut race, I ended up with a SLAP tear which I didn’t get checked out (and operated on) until 2 years later. I also have had a variety of issues in my personal & professional life, which have caused me to slack on this blog from time to time.

2017 was a year filled with some of the very best…and worst…moments of my entire life. Despite my best intention, I haven’t posted a lot on here…especially recently. Truth is, I’ve had a rough couple of months in my personal life. However, after a lot of thinking, I’ve decided to share with you all. The purpose of this blog was, as I said, to help people, so while I tend to keep my private life private…maybe sharing this can help someone see that they aren’t alone. I will detail everything in an upcoming blog. This past year also saw me recover from major shoulder surgery…only to be set back further. I’ve recently been diagnosed with bulging discs in my neck. This has caused incredible pain to my traps & shoulder…and is likely the cause of the migraines that I get. I don’t need surgery but it’s going to be a long road to get back to normal. Suffice to say, I am happy to begin a new year and hopefully begin a new chapter in this book of life.

I start physical therapy again tomorrow. This injury is a HUGE setback to the intense workouts that I’m accustomed to. So, I’ve decided to begin working on some functional stuff. I’ve had terrible balance throughout my entire life – so I’ll be starting there. I;d like to make my ankles less wobbly & strengthen my core. I can’t lift heavy or run, but I’m determined to figure out a HIIT workout that I CAN do. I will be trying to design a different plan to keep myself motivated.

In addition, I will be hosting a winter “detox” beginning January 15. Unlike a lot of the typical new year cleanses and detoxes, this doesn’t involve any juice or extreme diet. Instead, we will be focused on super clean eating; Detox the body from the holiday goodies…and garbage…that we’ve filled it with and get the new year off to a healthy start with a nice clean slate. I will be posting a shopping list next week to get everyone started. Similar to my last shred, I will post everything that I eat daily. I’m not calling this a shred since I can’t do those type of workouts. However, I will be doing whatever I possibly can and posting that here as well. Anyone interested in joining me on my mission to healthier living, shoot me a message – thefight2befit@gmail.com – and I will try to help you out!

Thanks for following my journey! Let’s make 2018 our best & healthiest year yet!

Stay strong & stay in the fight!

Gina

Staying True to ME

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It’s been a long time since I wrote anything here. Truthfully, I took a step back. The goal of this blog is and always has been to share my story and hopefully inspire others with similar struggles. Somehow that has gotten away from me. I got really caught up in low viewership and rather than stick to my original purpose, I became defeated. We live in an age driven by likes on social media and often we get away from the truest forms of ourselves. Well, I noticed that happening and decided to re-evaluate everything.

I am taking this back to where it should have gone. Now that I’m a certified personal trainer and am working on my nutrition certification as well, I’ve decided to clean this blog up a bit. As I look back on my posts I realize they seem to read like a diary. So that’s where the change will happen. I will still post some of my experiences along with the occasional product review but I want to stick to posting about nutritional advice and various workout/training tips. It will still be my own spin on things because the advice and tips I give will be, in large part, driven from my own experience(s). After all, what separates me from other trainers isn’t so much my knowledge but my lifetime of experience. None of us are reinventing the wheel but I’ve been there…and sometimes I still am there. So, this blog will continue to be about just that…minus the dear diary moments. I’ve said in the past I wanted to be more consistent but this time I will stick to it…and there WILL be a post every week. I want to help as many people as possible so I hope that by sharing my story and including some education, someone out there can say that I really have inspired them.

Lastly, I will be including some of my personal training/online coaching specials on here, in order to create a broader outreach. I promise to not turn this into a sales page however I do want to share the offers (which are presently on social media) with my blog viewers. This is the current special that I’m running for the summer:

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For questions regarding anything on this blog including training or coaching, you can email me at TheFight2BeFit@gmail.com.

Until next week, stay strong & stay in the fight!

Gina

 

2 Years & Still Going Strong!!

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You guys…this week marked my 2 year blogiversary! I can’t believe it’s been so long – where the hell has time gone?!? First and foremost, I want to take the time to thank everyone who has supported me and read any of my posts. This really has been the little engine that could but I am truly grateful for you all. My goal with this blog has always been to share my journey in the hopes of inspiring or motivating someone else who may be struggling on their own journey. Hopefully, I have achieved that goal and some of you see that if I can do it, so can you! I truly appreciate all of you sticking with me…and I promise you even bigger and better things in 2016!

With that out of the way, I want to get into some of the updates and plans that I have in mind for this year. For starters, I am very proud to announce that I have FINALLY become a certified personal trainer! After years of being miserable in Corporate America, it feels amazing to be able to pursue such a life changing profession…and I can’t wait to get started!

As far as fitness goes, one of my biggest ideas/plans for this year is to create a free, outdoor boot camp. I want to share my knowledge and experience with you all…and the best way to do that is to practice what I preach. Ideally, this will happen in the spring…so as the warm weather approaches, more details will follow.

Another thing in the works involves an amazing supplement company, 1st Phorm. They have an incredible weight loss transphormation challenge going on now. In addition to that, I have been working on my own weight loss challenge that will, in a way, piggyback off of it. I’m very excited to share that with you all – so stay tuned for that in the next couple of weeks!!

As far as this blog goes, my overall plan is to post much more often and perhaps switch this whole thing up a bit. I post pretty regularly on Instagram but the plan is to add a lot more workouts and recipes on here…while still giving my same motivational posts.

There are so many exciting things to come this year and it’s only just begun! Thanks for sticking with me over the last two years – I promise that the best is yet to come!

Stay strong & stay in the fight!

Gina
TheFight2BeFit@gmail.com