I had a relatively stressful day today. All self-imposed, so no one to blame but me. 🙂 That said, I turned to a couple of things today that usually help me ‘de-stress’, so to speak. Among those things, chats with friends!! Many thanks to my amazing friends (you know who you are) who listened to me vent. 😀 The other thing I tried was…a run. Yup, a good ‘ol run on the treadmill.
I haven’t worked out regularly in a while, mostly because I was breastfeeding my son for the past 10 months (have you ever tried running with breasts full of milk?! PAINFUL. Or at least it was for me!!). But also because I didn’t HAVE to! He’s turning 11 months this week and this past month, I’ve watched the scale climb faster that I ever knew it could! I knew I was burning lots of calories while breastfeeding, but didn’t realize how many until I stopped (though we do have frozen stock to get us through the year, fortunately!)!
Anyhow, I forgot how good it feels to get some physical activity in my day. The stress is not completely gone, but the endorphins appear to help me manage the stress better, I think (this, by the way is not a scientific opinion, haha! Just my opinion. 😉 ). So, I thought, why not engage my friends and see if we can all get a little healthier and de-stress together?!
So, I am starting ‘Chic and Fit 2014’! The goal here is not to:
- Get skinny
- Try new diets
- Workout like crazy
The goal is simply to incorporate at least 30 minutes of physical activity into my day. If by chance I happen to lose some weight along the way, become less stressed, eat healthier, or decide that I love working out (this has never happened before, so I doubt it will happen now, but I’ll never say never, haha!), then so be it!
Want to join me?! I will post updates here on my blog, also on Instagram, and on Twitter using hashtag #chicandfit2014. You can post as well and use the hashtag, so we can all keep up with each other. Sure, we may be halfway through 2014, but the year is not over yet! So, follow along as I incorporate fitness into my attempt to stay ‘Chic in Academia’. No gimmicks, nothing difficult, just me, a workout, and social media. 🙂