Back to College, Training, and Keeping It All Together
Terrible news: summer is over and we’re back to reality
These last few weeks have been crazy around here, hence why the blog has been on the back burner for just a little bit. I love doing my Chatty Monday posts because I feel like it’s my corner to honestly talk to all of you about things going on in my life, where I’m at in the gym, or even how my diet and weight is going. I was really hesitant to sit down and write this because even I have a hard time juggling school, work, working out, maintaining this blog, and living life. But like I said, honest.
As for a life update, you’re probably getting sick of me reminding you but we’re moving into our first apartment this week! My feelings are a mix between ecstatic, anxious, and slightly stressed. And I say stressed because you never know just how much stuff you have until you have to move it. Conveniently, school has also started and I am now officially entering my junior year at Arizona State University! My feelings there are… stress, mostly stress. With working four days a week, balancing school, and trying to pack my life away – I’ve learned it’s very easy to let yourself fall out of habit and ignore the food you’re putting into your body. There’s a part of me that wants to not care and say Yolo for the next week but there’s a bigger part that knows better and wants to stay true to what I believe in.
Here are my favorite ways to keep things stress free during the semester and throughout your year
Give Yourself Some You Time
When things start to pile up, it seems like the smallest problem can make you crumble. Above anything, its so important to take at least twenty minutes to yourself. I like to put my phone on airplane mode, go for a walk, and even meditate. We’re constantly connected to everyone and its so easy to get caught up in someones else’s highlight. When you have enough to worry about in your own life, the last thing you need is to worry about someone else. Don’t be afraid to ignore a call, let a text sit, or not refresh that page.
Work It Out, Move!
Like I said, even I have a hard time keeping up with life and training. If you’re thinking, doesn’t Chad own a gym?, well you’re thinking right, but it’s not that easy. No one wants to stay at work an extra hour and a half every night, nor do you want to go to work on a Saturday night – see where I’m going with this? Right now, it feels like we have a million other priorities coming before the gym.
I’ve made a vow that no matter what, especially since I can’t get to the gym, I will do something every single day. Whether that means walking on the treadmill for twenty minutes, stretching, or getting to the gym – I refuse to let myself completely negate that time. For me, that is my me time. I’ve really been loving stadium workouts for just a quick way to get a great sweat on! Working out while you’re stressed out might seem like the least important task on your plate but it makes you feel a million times better. Sometimes I just aimlessly walk around my house for ten minutes like a crazy person whenever I’m feeling tense or anxious, and by the end of it, I’m much more clear minded and ready to take on the stress!
Drink Plenty of Water
I can always tell when I haven’t had enough water for the day. My body just feels bloated, I feel tired, and willing to eat just about anything. Not to mention Chad can sniff it like a hound dog because I get a little cranky (oops). Much to my defense, we do have a little hormone called Cortisol (which is a stress hormone) and without enough water, we immediately flare these guys up. When your cortisol levels are high, its really hard to lose weight, have energy to exercise, and even think clearly.
The daily recommended amount of water you need is roughly 6-8 cups, of course depending on your body and schedule. I try to drink at least three liters to a gallon a day depending on if I’m going to be sweating a lot, or whatever the day brings.
Oh, and play with a puppy. Puppies help.
Keep Eating + Keep It Healthy
Last but not least, keep eating and make sure you’re eating healthy foods. It is so common to not have much of an appetite while you’re super stressed but that is the worst thing you can do for your body. Especially if you’re following all of the tips above – you need food! Some of us crave pizza and some of us don’t crave much at all, but stress can cause you to store fat whether you eat the crust or not.
We all know what we should eat, even if we don’t always eat it. Stick to the basics when you’re in a hurry or need something fast. Look for salads with some kind of protein like chicken, grab a nutritious protein bar like my favorite Oatmega, or even make yourself a quick shake. Even making a little snack like these can make you feel, mentally and physically, a million times better.
We all get stressed and wish we can take the easy way out. Whether you’re in school or at work – follow my simple rules for a more stress free day!