Welcome! I’m Jenn, the Geek behind Mrs Geek Is Chic. This is a blog about me trying to become a little more chic. As the title implies, I’m a huge nerd. The following is a short list of stuff I will totally nerd out over: video games (Mario Kart, Dishonored, Harry Potter Lego, Guild Wars, Donkey Kong Country, Golden Eye, Skyrim), anything steampunk, board games (not really Monopoly – more like Settlers of Catan, Smallworld, and Elder Sign), RPG’s, True Blood, Star Wars, Dr. Who, Firefly, X-Men, The Guild, Harry Potter, Downton Abbey, Going Postal, and really bad chic lit.
Unfortunately, some of my geeky interests have had a not-so-great impact on my “chicness” (i.e. fitness level, fashion, healthy eating). I used to be pretty active, running several days a week, and pretty fashionable. Since my early 20’s, there have been a lot changes that have impacted my lifestyle. I graduated from college. I got married. I went back to graduate school. I work full-time. I have a house to take care of. I have families to visit. I have errands and responsibilities that demand more of my free time. Over time, I’ve slowly traded workouts for marathon gaming sessions. I traded the small meals I ate as a single college student for restaurant-sized servings while on dates with my husband. I started to feel lethargetic due to poor eating choices and self-conscious about my physical appearance – thanks in large part to a complete lack of physical exercise. In the past, I felt my best when I was physically active and when I ate healthy, home-cooked meals. I’m not trying to become the next pro-athlete, wear a size two, or obtain 12 pack abs. I don’t give a turtle’s turd if I’m “skinny” anymore. I just want to get some of my chicness back. I recently turned 29 and I’m determined to hit my 30th birthday with a bang.
I’m going to do this through moderate, sustainable lifestyle changes. I work full time and I can’t dedicate myself to 3 workouts a day. I don’t have a personal trainer. I don’t have time for fad diets, counting carbs, or 2 hour work outs. I’m not a certified dietician or chef. I’m not rich, and I can’t spend $500 a week on 100% organic, vegan, paleo, unprocessed, fill-in-the-blank food. Luckily, I don’t think any of the above is necessary.
What is my healthy philosophy? I believe doing some activity for 30 minutes, even if it’s walking at a slow pace, is better than doing nothing on the couch. I believe in getting to the gym whenever I can and not beating myself up when I can’t. I try to eat healthy at home, but sometimes I have to eat on the go. I believe in eating sensibly most of the time and treating myself once in while. I believe in eating food I like to eat. Sometimes that’s steamed broccoli – sometimes that’s ice cream. I believe in living my life and in having guilty pleasures – in moderation. I believe in appreciating my health and being kind to my body. I spent way too many years in my teens and twenties treating it like crap and saying mean things about it. I believe in focusing on my health and well-being rather than a number on a scale or a size on a clothing label. I believe in common sense: eat good food and move your butt. The rest will fall into place.
Despite all that, I love my nerdy hobbies and have no desire to abandon them – nerdy stuff makes me happy, too! I decided there has to be a way to combine all my nerdy interests with my desire to get back in shape and eat well. This blog follows my attempts at doing so. Here I will share my nerdy interests and nerdy news with the blogosphere along with my journey to get a little more chic.