Hardy; brave; simple
Being strong and able to do without fancy things.
You were Spartan and you got into great shape because you exercised hard.
Spar - tan
Spar (reminds of) sparse or to be simple and plain
Tan (reminds of) tan
When we are sparse, we become tan and fit.
Question: You're lying in a lounge chair. I espy you. Do you stop lounging?
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Answer: No. Espy means to see from a distance. You don't see me.