2015 to 2016

2015: The Year I Gained

2015 was the year of big change for me. I gained a lot.  But I also witnessed too many suffer with cancer and other diseases. The fight continues for my cousins Raffaela and Oscar and my 10 year old nephew Adam. I pray for them and everyone else going through this as I am reminded life is precious. 2016 will bring more awareness and support for everyone in need. #TeamAdam will use for The Force for us all!

I ran my first half marathon in 2015.  Then a second, third and fourth. Overtraining and injury stopped me from running as much as I wanted to this year, but 340 miles this year isn’t too shabby considering the circumstances. I was thrown off my groove and gained 20 pounds while staying in the same clothes, albeit more snug, but I gained knowledge by the end of the year in anatomy and nutrition. This knowledge will stay with me and will help going forward. I’m at race 40 of my #50by50 so I’m still on track and will succeed.  I plan on running the Blue Bell Fun Run as my 50th race.  Hope to see you there to help me celebrate! #JustMoveYall

2015 Medals

I quit my great career of 20+ years in 2015. Toughest and best decision I’ve ever made. And yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks. I worked at a gym to gain new experiences. I became an Ambassador for RunnerBox, Esprit de She and FitFluential.  I also became a contributor to Rare Life and was hired as the Social Media Coordinator for Onurmark Productions running point for their Run Houston! Race Series, Bayou City Half Marathon Series and Bayou City Triathlon Series.  I filed my dba for my future personal training coaching business, CyFit Freedom. I returned to college to become a Personal Trainer. I was the oldest in my class other than my instructor and it was awesome! While the state of Texas sees me a Personal Trainer, I’m studying to become a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). I will proudly serve other women to help them achieve their health and fitness goals as I continue on my journey. I will change the perception of what a Personal Trainer looks like too. This will happen in the first quarter of 2016.

LSC Certifications

Our son and oldest daughter both graduated college in 2015 and have begun their own careers out in the “real” world. I’m super proud of them both. Our youngest daughter turned 16 and now has her driver’s license. Errands anyone? 🙂 We won Houston Texans season tickets and became more active in our fan love. My mother retired after 58 years of teaching and we celebrated with her in NC. I really thought she’d never retire, but she showed me! 🙂 My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and we partied again in NC with family and friends. I traveled for fun more than ever before in 2015. Vegas, Canada, Philly, Boston, just to name a few. Check out my silly 2015 video here:

I gained a love for coffee in 2015. Strange, but true. I also enjoy cooking when I plan. I can make some yummy monkey bread and cookies now. I find myself more busy today than a year ago, but with different priorities.  I gained many new friendships in 2015. Kindred spirits really and women I’d call my family without hesitation. You know who you are. I have some mad #GirlLove for you. 🙂

I’m not certain where 2016 will take me, but I do know that my focus on helping others with daily resolutions will lead the way.

2015

What is your ONE focus in 2016?

I wish you and yours a very blessed New Year!

To Infinity And Beyond

Special Announcement!

I’m excited to finally be able to share with my big announcement!

Ready?  Okay!

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A lot has happened in the past month.  I have resigned my job, rescinded my acceptance of another and have decided to give up the corporate life and follow my dream of helping women stay safe, get healthy and be fit.  I am going to become an entrepreneur, be a business owner and become a Personal Trainer and Self-Defense Instructor.

Go big or go home, right?

In the next few months, I will return to school as a college student to obtain my Personal Trainer certification, take the NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) test after I complete my courses and train in the self-defense industry.  During my return to school, I hope to find a part-time job at a gym to start from an entry position and learn how it all works since this is a completely new change in career.  Midlife crisis?  Possibly, but I’m stoked and excited with each day as I move closer to my dream helping women.

I know I don’t look like what most would see as a Personal Trainer, so these next several months I will be able to focus even more on my journey to better health.  I will be sharing my journey here at my blog and through several other social media avenues.  Future clients will see the transparency of each step I take that will hopefully inspire them to begin their journey with me by their side.  I have “been there done that,” so there will be no special diet or quick fixes.  Motivation, inspiration and BALANCE will be keys to success!

I’M SO EXCITED! And I just can’t hide it!  (are you singing too haha)

My company will go live in the first quarter of 2016.  More on that in the coming weeks, but I can share that today I filed my company name with the county and made it official.  Say hello to ==>  CyFit Freedom!  Each day this week, I will share more on the evolution of CyFit Freedom so get ready!

To Infinity And Beyond

Together Move. Together Fit.  Create Your Fitness … Inspire Together! 

CyFit Freedom will help YOU get your fit on soon!

WOOHOO!  It’s on …

#JustMoveYall

#ThisGirlCan

To every woman who worries about how they look when they work out, KEEP ROCKIN IT!

Love, love, LOOOOOOVE this new campaign #ThisGirlCan!

Ch-ch-check it out and share with your fellow freaks!

 

 

Now go get your freak on!

#ThisGirlCan

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50 by 50

Well, I didn’t make my goal to run/walk/bike 30 miles this past week like I had said I would, but I’ve been feeling really good lately with my exercise regime.  I finally fell under 185lbs after months of remaining stuck there.  I’m not sure if it was my being able to run faster in less time the past week, my adding more strength training to my week, watching my eating habits more carefully or the fact I decided to participate in Heidi and Chris Powell’s Diet Bet.  Whatever the reason, I’m happy to get off the plateau.  Finally!  It was probably a combination of all.    =)

I also decided recently to give myself a new challenge and run 50 races by the time I’m 50.  I’ve got 12 completed so far between “real” races here in Texas and some virtual races where you can run wherever you are.  The virtual races are via US Road Running, Virtual Running and Fit4LifeRaceSeries where you pick the race and pay to receive your bib and medal.  It’s all on the honor system so if you cheat, you’re only doing it to yourself!  I’m really enjoying challenging myself to push harder and go faster.  My ultimate goal is to be a steady 12-13min mile pace.  I know I can do it!  Here is a list of my upcoming races so far for 2014.  I keep track of them using an app called Race Addict.   

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Yesterday, I ran my fastest pace using the 5KForever app.  It’s really helping me with interval training on stepping up my pace.  So far, so good and I’m THRILLED to run further more quickly.  I’m still happy today.  I guess those endorphins really do carry over.  Check out my 5K record pic below!  WOOHOO!

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So, the lesson I’ve learned the past few months of exercising regularly and doing all the right things is that sometimes you need to mix it up to keep losing weight.  Bottom line, NEVER GIVE UP!  =)

I’m super excited for my #50by50 and will keep everyone updated on the latest and greatest here.  You can also follow my progress at my Facebook page Jersey-Texan or via Twitter at @skigarmisch.

Have a great week everyone!