Okay, so I have been lucky enough to be involved in Grow Your Blog, Hop! It has been amazing. The people and blogs I have gotten a chance to read and get to know are all so inspiring! If you are here from the hop, WELCOME 😀 You have already made my day. Feel free to look around and tell me what ya think of the place 😉
For those of you reading this who have followed this page or any of my social media channels for a period of time you have heard bits and pieces of my story. I won’t go into the long drawn out version… I can ramble a bit. I apologize in advance. I like to pretend its adorably quirky haha *insert monkey palm face emoji here* 😛 … But I really wanted to do something a little fun to help all of you wonderful readers, old and new, get to know me a little bit better so after a brief overview I am going to give you TEN things you probably did not know about me. 10 things that have impacted my life in great ways but are not something often talked about. So here we go…
Firstly, before we get to the fun stuff, how did Fitness For Real People get its start? Well honestly it all comes from the place within me that has always loved writing and had a passion for helping people and it all sparked when that part of me met the part that fell in love with CrossFit… I struggled a lot in the past with health and fitness in that I only saw eating salads and doing cardio and all I thought about was my weight and being skinny. It was an unhealthy horrible obsession with self-image, and having a terrible one at that. CrossFit sparked my fitness journey and I found myself doing things I never imagined I could do; things I only imagined those elite athletes and “naturally strong” people doing. Hence what created the name. I was becoming fit and I wanted to share this journey with everyone and anyone who happened upon it; anyone that may need to hear it. I wanted REAL PEOPLE like you and I to know that we can conquer and have the things sometimes we think only exist in people other than ourselves. We can be those people. I have grown so much thanks to Crossfit and honestly thanks to this blog. This has kickstarted a whirlwind of amazing that has led me to so many inspiring people and outlets… Such as the awesome people involved in this blog hop. Keep doing what you are doing people. Work hard constantly and never lose sight of those big fitness dreams, even ones that may seem crazy, because they can all be accomplished! Trust me on that.
Now that I am off my soap box hahaha… Are you ready for a few fun things about what makes up this girl typing away on the other side of this? PERFECT! Here we go…
1. I currently work in the field of mental health with a focus in addictions. In fact, just yesterday I officially got in the mail my certificate licensing me to practice the art of chemical dependency counseling in the state of Texas! (I am still a little emotional haha – what a big fluff) Working with people struggling with their substance use is something that I saw myself doing since I was in high school. I am very passionate about this cause and it is something that I very excited to be able to pursue in a very real way.
2. I have lived in 6 states… yes six… in my mere 25 years of life. As much as this sounds wild to some people, it has honestly been the biggest blessing I could have ever asked for and I wouldn’t change it at all. I have grown so much, experienced entirely different worlds and groups of people, and it has made me the independent woman I am today. So from New York to Georgia to New Jersey to Connecticut (back) to New Jersey to Maryland (back again – theres a theme here haha) to New Jersey and finally now to Texas, which God willing will be the more permanent residency. I have truly loved every place that I have lived. My family is back in New Jersey but Texas became home quicker than I could have ever imagined and I am so grateful to be here in the ATX! *woot woot*
3. My father is my absolute best friend. Other than my boyfriend who gets mentioned from time to time in a post or two, I don’t discuss my family all too much. Unlike many of the amazing women I follow, I do not have a family of my own quite yet so it isn’t something that is really a relevant part of my days to be mentioned. But really if we are talking about me then when must mentioned my father. He is my strongest supporter and biggest cheerleader. He is the reason I am where I am today. He has encouraged me in every way, in everything in my life, but the most in my fitness journey. He is the person I call after I leave the gym on a big PR day. He is the one I send videos to of all my lifts. I would not be have as confident living across the country if it wasn’t for him reassuring me throughout every step I took before and immediately after the move – and still to this day (5 months later).
4. Once we touch on my father we HAVE to address the other elephant in the room… I am an avid hockey fan. I honestly could give two craps about any other sport and I do not really make any effort or have any desire to watch professional sports. Except the NHL. I am a die-hard New York Rangers fan. That will never change. It is a burden that I have to bear for the rest of my life hahaha. But I have embraced it. I love my hockey nights and I love a good game at Madison Square Garden… And honestly the thing I have missed the most about home is just being in that atmosphere during hockey season. I cannot wait to go back for Christmas and catch a game!
5. This is almost more of a confession, that is a weird confession but I am saying it because I need to get it out there… I think I am becoming a runner! *shock face* I have forever hated running. I ran track briefly in middle school, my race was the mile, mostly because I honestly was never the most coordinated and I figured I’d test out all sports to see if I can do any. My track years lasted one, two at most, as far as I remember. In college I would attempt the treadmill from time to time or pretend I ran and go for an outdoor run about mmmm once a year haha. Even when I first started Crossfit I would run from time to time just to keep my running decent. I did a Warrior Dash and some fun runs but it wasn’t until I signed up for my first Sprint Tri … and kinda kicked butt … that I started to get into the race vibes. I have been running more, and 5ks at a time rather than just a mile at a time. I ran my first 5miler and placed first in my age group. Now I forced my boyfriend to do a Turkey Day 5k with me. I am honestly kinda giddy about the idea of making running and races a staple in my fitness regime. Its kind of thrilling!
6. I am OBSESSED with Christmas… I feel like this is an appropriate something considering the time of year teehee… But seriously. If you wonder I am absurdly happy and energetic and positive and just feelin like life is grand it is because I am secretly listening to the N’Sync, Justin Bieber, and Michael Buble Christmas albums over and over again all day long… With the addition of the Jessica Simpson/Nick Lachey version of Baby, It’s Cold Outside. Because really there will never be a better version to a 90s kid haha. It is honestly taking all my self-control not to decorate the apartment before Thanksgiving. It is my first Christmas that I get to decorate my own place for and I am ECSTATIC! Though, to be honest, listening to Christmas music while working out in shorts and a tank and it being 70 outside is a little odd… That will take some getting used to.
7. On that note though, I will say that I HAAAATEEEE the cold. I am always cold as it is… Ask my boyfriend haha. My hands are always freezing. I swear my body temperature is just innately 10 degrees lower than the average person’s haha. For that reason I am beyond thankful to be living in a warm state. I will take laying outside sweating my butt off in a bathing suit in 115 degree blazing sun before I want to set foot in one more snowstorm. Ever. So, if you had to guess, that is one area of sports and fitness I will never venture – winter sports… Odd coming from a girl who loves hockey so. What can I say I am quite a trip.
8. I have the oddest iTunes you will ever see in your life. I can probably promise you that. I have a soft spot for artists that probably only my baby sister should be listening to. I also still adore the crazy punk rock bands that made up my entire being throughout all of high school. At the same time, I know basically every single word to every single Eminem song… And I can rap them on beat with him (for the most part haha). The only music I can tolerate when working out is current hip hop/rap music. I need something aggressive and with an absurd beat. What else do you expect me to deadlift 250# to? Come on man. But my car radio is typically set to the country station at most times. Though my good mood music is something in the Bob Marley genre. My running music is basically only house music remixes. And when I am with my dad or feeling fun I crank up my Irish/Celtic tunes…. AND my all time favorite band, hands down, without competition, I have a huge autographed picture over my couch status – THE BEATLES…. I told you. I am an odd duck. ;P
9. I am absolutely 100% that slightly awkward mix of extrovert and introvert… The kind that articles are JUST now starting to right about. Like somehow we are a new breed of person haha. I have the times when I am extremely extroverted and I am freely silly and weird and quirky and I kind of love it. I can be that person in a crowd full of people and not care. Then I have the moments were I can’t even approach one person in the room. Even if it is a room full of people that I vaguely know. Its this awkward balance. If I am completely alone and know NO ONE I have zero cares or if I am with someone close to me I also have zero cares… Like dancing around the aisles of the food store kind of zero cares. But if I am around a bunch of people I only kind of know I tend to clam up. HOWEVER, CrossFit has honestly helped with this ten fold. When I am at the box, regardless of who is there I feel comfortable and like I can be myself. This confidence is slowly leaking into the rest of my life but it is something that really needs a whole lot of work.
10. Which brings me to my last and final point… Thank you for sticking with me through all of this hoopla because honestly this is the biggest one of fall. This is something that I have barely admitted to myself; let alone to others. It is something that is terrifying and exciting and I am completely unsure of. But THIS is me. 100%. Raw ME…. My passion and love for CrossFit and for fitness in general has become a stronger growing fire than I ever thought it would upon beginning it. So much so that truly this is the one thing I think about all the time. The one thing I am the most focused on. The one thing that truly fuels me and excites me day in and day out. Now, I know I said in #1 that I am thrilled to finally be licensed to practice counseling in Texas, but I really don’t know what direction I want to go in for my future. The idea of pursuing health and fitness as a career choice gives me the most amazing chills but I have NO clue the how, who, what, when, wheres of it all. I had someone in a class a few weeks ago ask me if I ever thought about coaching CrossFit. My heart said “every damn day” but my mind said “you aren’t good enough yet”. As I tried to explain this answer to her she looked at me dumbfounded. That left me wondering really what my potential in this field could be ever since and questioning my entire future…
So that’s me, the realest and purest parts of me. I am Kaitlyn. I am the “girl behind the fitness”. I am more than this blog but really my heart IS this blog. I am lost sometimes and on such a well-lit path others. I have self-doubt but I am bursting with confidence. I am a conundrum but most of us are. Truly I am just trying each day to be the best version of myself and hoping and praying that I can help ONE person, inspire ONE person, shed some light or provide some tips for ONE person that helps them be the best version of them. If I can do that then Fitness For Real People has accomplished everything I have set out for it to do.