>Stomp out Stress

Posted: July 2, 2011 in fit tips, monthly goals

>Happy 2nd of July!  

The cats are patriotic too!
ps- looking for great holiday gifts for me?  More random holiday decor! 🙂

Can you believe we are halfway through the year?

Now is a good time to take inventory of your January goals and see where you are.  
Are you proud of the progress you made or could you use a little kick start to get back on track?  

I’m very proud of the progress Kyle and I have made on our goals this year.  We’re both working hard to make our career dreams come true.  In the fitness realm, Kyle completed his 1st 5k, which was also my fastest 5k and we’ve continued to learn more about high intensity strength training techniques to maximize our muscle.  

I also try to make a monthly fitness goal.  For June it was to whine less and workout harder.  I think I’ve done a pretty good job!  Still some whines, but….if you only knew how tough Kyle can be you’d understand!

How about for July?  

For July I’m going to try to keep my stress level in check and incorportate more Yoga and relaxation.  I underestimated how hard some of my classes would be. My first degree is in communications and I was not prepared for the complexity of BIOCHEM!  I’m working it out though, because I know through hard work I can conquer anything!  Anything, but my stress level.  

Stress is bad because it causes your body to release cortisol. Cortisol increases the amount of sugars (glucose) in your blood.  It also diverts your body’s attention away from non-essential functions like digestion and growth.  I want my body focused on digestion and fat burning!  But if I’m pulling my hair out over an acid dehydration reaction then that won’t happen! Long term stress can also cause heart disease, sleeping problems, digestive problems, depression, and memory impairment.

Things that help me “de-stress” are working out and my runs.  In the past few weeks I have also found that yoga is a major stress killer.  I just follow a 10-30 minute routine on my Exercise TV on demand and feel better.  Wine also helps.  Haha!  The big help, however, is thinking about the “big picture”.  In the big scheme of things, the little stresses will pass.  There is so much to be thankful and grateful for.  I hate that sometimes little frustrations take that away.  

My July mantra will be “keep calm and carry on“.  I saw that on a sign in Target!  haha!

What is your July goal?

Before June is a distant memory in the rearview mirror here is a recap of the best June posts:

Today started with an overnight chocolatey oats bowl with berries.I’m off to study for my Biochem exam Tuesday, get a pedicure, and try to tackle some “from scratch” healthy cupcake baking!

I also want to thank my Mamma for the sweet gift she sent me!  Dr. Scholls fold away flats.  Perfectly portable, comfy black flats to wear in between heels!  I’m notorious for waiting until the last minute to put in my heels at work and these take up barely any space in my purse.  These are great to stash in the car too for emergency shoe-tuations (shoes + situation…get it?)

Love and deep breaths, 
Carissa & Kyle


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