100 Days of Geek Chic and Healthy: Stress Relief

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

After seeing Ariel’s (Nerdy Birdie) 100 Days of Geek Chic and Healthy theme, I couldn’t help but be interested. Fitness and eating right have both been well established in my life (with a cheat day here and there, of course), but my inner-geek isn’t as strong as it once was. This challenge will hopefully step up my geek chic game with inspiration, and I hope to be able to inspire you with different workout and recipe ideas.

To be honest, I can’t say I have dealt with a lot of stress lately. I won’t lie, there have been times when I’ve been frustrated or annoyed, but it doesn’t get to the point where I hyperventilate or want to lock myself away.

I use to.

This was before I started waking up at 5:30am and prepared the coffee pot so all one had to do was push a button for it to start brewing. And before I clipped the leash on Snoopy and snapped a belt around my waist.

Those kind of long-term taxing situations were before I laced my shoes and hit the pavement. Being stressed out was before I began running.

Stress Relief - Running with Snoopy

Look ma, no hands. Well, except for the one holding the phone.

I don’t know if it’s having time to step away from everything. It could be the extra time I have to chew things over in my head and assess different paths I could take to get to the situation’s finish line. Maybe its the scenery.

Stress Relief - Scenery

Running along the trail.

Hell, it could be the endorphins.

Either way, I think there is a reason fictional characters like the Flash or Sonic the Hedgehog are so free-spirited. Runners, as many people say, are just a different breed.

And even if you don’t want to go run, it would probably work just as well to thrown on a pair of shoes and walk or ride a bike. As a famous squirrel once told me, free your mind.

 

100 Days of Geek Chic and Healthy: Super Mario Workout

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

After seeing Ariel’s (Nerdy Birdie) 100 Days of Geek Chic and Healthy theme, I couldn’t help but be interested. Fitness and eating right have both been well established in my life (with a cheat day here and there, of course), but my inner-geek isn’t as strong as it once was. This challenge will hopefully step up my geek chic game with inspiration, and I hope to be able to inspire you with different workout and recipe ideas.

While being able to go to the gym is great for strength training, sometimes you just don’t have access to a gym. Thankfully, there is a workout (and more) for that. I love body weight exercises (as does American Ninja Warrior Kacy) and think they can be just as beneficial as having dumbbells.

I also know from experience it’s fun to have a theme or something to have in mind while working out… And honestly, who wouldn’t want to go through a Super Mario course?

Super Mario World Workout

The following workout is called a Circuit Workout, which includes strength as well as endurance training. Try to go through the entire workout without stopping.

Super Mario World: 1-1 Workout
Warm-Up
Jog: 60 seconds
Arm Swing Rotation (Horizontal and vertical): 60 second
Alternating Leg Swings: 60 seconds
Workout
Get that Coin: 60 second Knee Tuck Jumps
Ride that Yoshi: 60 second Tricep Dips
Climb Up the Vine: 60 second Mountain Climbers
Fire Power: 60 second Push-Ups
Up The Stairs!: 60 seconds Alternating Lunges
- (or) Hard Mode!!: 60 seconds Jump Alternating Lunges
Dodge the Hammer/Shell/Item Thrown at You: 60 second Burpees
Down the Finish Pole: 60 second Plank
- repeat workout x2

How To
Knee Tuck Jumps
Tricep Dips
Mountain Climber
Push-Ups
Lunges
Jump Lunges
Burpees
Plank

With some of these exercises, you may have to work your way up to doing 60 seconds (like the plank.) Go as long as your body will hold. As long as you continue doing circuit training like the one above, your hold time will improve.

 

100 Days of Geek Chic and Healthy: 3 Inspirational Women

Monday, July 28th, 2014

After seeing Ariel’s (Nerdy Birdie) 100 Days of Geek Chic and Healthy theme, I couldn’t help but be interested. Fitness and eating right have both been well established in my life (with a cheat day here and there, of course), but my inner-geek isn’t as strong as it once was. This challenge will hopefully step up my geek chic game with inspiration, and I hope to be able to inspire you with different workout and recipe ideas.

Everyone, no matter who you are, has at least one person you look to for inspiration or motivation. In real life as well as the video game and comic world there are several women that you can relate to or motivates you to be an even stronger individual.

These three are those girls in my life (complete with a matching workout outfit for that extra motivation outside or in the gym.)

Batgirl - Workout Outfit
Jacket \\ Top \\ Capris \\ Gloves \\ Shoes \\ Bag

Barbara Gordon (Batgirl)
Growing up, I thought comic heroes were cool and knew several by name. Beside that however, I never really got into the comic book world. It wasn’t until college actually that I somehow ran into the character Barbara Gordon who then led me into checking out comic books.

Barbara’s story is pretty inspiring. Not only is she one of two girls in the Bat family, but she overcame being paralyzed and jumped back into crime fighting. In October, she is yet again changing her story (and outfit) with creative team Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr. I am looking forward to this new “Veronica Mars, and Girls with a dash of Sherlock” storyline.

The outfit in general is perfect for the gym or doing parkour outside. Once you warm up, you can take off your jacket. The gloves are great for weight lifting, no need to worry about blisters on your hands. The bag is perfect to keep your items in while you sweat and then a good place to put your workout clothes once you’re ready to leave.

Amy Rose - Workout Outfit
Top \\ Shorts \\ Headband \\ Shoes

Amy Rose (Sonic the Hedgehog)
It’s strange, but thanks to this girl I not only got into the world of role play, but was submerged into everything else (the larger world of video games as well as the internet) as well. One day when I was about 12, my younger brother asked if I would play Sonic with him. Having played the original Sonic the Hedgehog games I said yes, why not. Out came Sonic Adventure 2, and in multi-player there was a pink hedgehog. Amy Rose.

While some may find it strange that I find this love struck hog inspiring, the fact that she continues to go out and help the guys save the world despite being seen as “annoying” and left in the dust can’t help but make you a bit more interested in her character. Not to mention in Sonic Adventure where she decided after Sonic left her once again, she herself would help out her new bird friend who was in distress and took on a monster robot with her giant mallet.

This is a great summer running outfit, especially for those (like me) who have to deal with the heat and humidity. The tank top as well as the shorts will wick the sweat off while the headband will keep your hair back will keeping firm yet comfortable as you run.

Bobbi Gibb - Workout Outfit
Top \\ Shorts \\ Shoes

Bobbi Gibb
Before 1966, it was believed that women were not physiologically able to run marathon distances. Heck, at that point the longest sanctioned race for women was one and a half miles. Bobbi Gibb challenged that belief; she hid in the bushes by the start line and waited for a few of the men took off before jumping in and ran the Boston Marathon. When she finished, she was ahead of 2/3rd of the pack.

After the world saw this feat, it was demanded rules were changed. Thanks to Bobbi, women around the world can now race anywhere from a 5K to a full marathon.

For such an incredible woman, she deserves a fun yet functional outfit. Both the top as well as the shorts are great for running and keeping you cool while the shoes have chimachill technology that will keep your feet cool as well.

 

100 Days of Geek Chic and Healthy: The Bedroom

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

After seeing Ariel’s (Nerdy Birdie) 100 Days of Geek Chic and Healthy theme, I couldn’t help but be interested. Fitness and eating right have both been well established in my life (with a cheat day here and there, of course), but my inner-geek isn’t as strong as it once was. This challenge will hopefully step up my geek chic game with inspiration, and I hope to be able to inspire you with different workout and recipe ideas.

Currently being without a bedroom and getting ready to move into one, this week’s The Bedroom theme has gotten me to think exactly how to layout my living space. In the house I am preparing to move into, my room has previously been lived in by a 10 year old girl. What does that mean?

All pink walls.

Original Room
*Insert horror music here*

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind pink. However, having pink stare me in the face from every direction is too much. Even when I was 8 years old.

Before moving into the overdose of pink room, there will be a paint day. While I do enjoy reds, oranges as well as purples, having a room completely either of these colors sounds like an overload as well. Instead, there will be an accent wall or two with a red or purple and the other walls painted white.

Inspirational Wall Accent Images

Layout wise, I’ve got about 10×10 space to play with. I am moving from a larger location, so I’ve been going through my things and deciding what I need and what I can leave in storage.

Emily's Floor Plan

And then, there’s what this whole challenge is about.

I am geek and I am proud
I am geek and I am proud.

People should walk into someone’s room and see what that someone is about.

I am GEEK and I am PROUD
I AM GEEK AND I AM PROUD.

Decorating wise, I have several Funko POP! figures to decorate with. These will either go on my bookshelves or on my desk. There is also the Harry Potter souvenirs I brought back from Universal that will find their home.

room-items

Including a few different wall-art posters, I have several running medals from races and marathons I would like to hang on my wall. Like the photo below, I would like to have a rod to place them on while having a few different running mementos above it. Sonic will more than likely find his way up there somehow.

Medal Holder

Cosplay wise, I already have a drawer dedicated to my costume items. This shoe wall would also be great to place those out of place shoes as well as my numerous active shoes and dress shoes I never seem to wear.

What do you have in your room that signifies your interests? Do you keep your cosplay items out or do you have a storage system you place everything in?