TSC: Who are you? Name? Age? Where do you live? Married/kids? Occupation?
LC: I am Laura Chidichimo. 27, Long Island, in a relationship, no children. I am a hairstylist and make up artist as well as a part time rider for Peloton.
TSC: When did fitness first become a part of your life? Have you always been an athlete? Did you start working out as an adult? Did you workout earlier in life and start up again? If so, what and why?
LC: I've been incorporating some form of fitness into my life since junior high school. I was a dancer for almost 20 years. I found my love for weight lifting in 2013. And my love for running followed up in early 2016.
In August 2004, at 15 years old, I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. What is Crohn’s? It's a chronic inflammatory bowel disease affecting the digestive tract. Crohn's disease affects about 1.3 million Americans, and unfortunately there is NO cure. For about 11 years I battled the disease silently. In and out of hospitals, but it was an "embarrassing disease." In June 2015 I had my worst flare. I was hospitalized for 10 days. After this hospitalization, my life took another nose dive. A breakup and moving. Timing couldn't have been worse. I remember asking God every night "why me?"
After several trial and error treatment options, Remicade (chemo therapy) seemed to work best for me. While sitting through my third chemo treatment, I did some research on my iPad. This was when I discovered CCFA (Crohn’s and Colitis foundation of America). After meeting with an endurance manager the next day, I had signed up to run my first half marathon, while in the middle of a Crohn’s flare up, and receiving chemo therapy treatments every 4-6 weeks, as well as daily chemo pills. In 4 months I trained and raised over $5,000 to find a cure for Crohn’s. On July 15, 2015, I completed my first half marathon- and I was hooked. My second took place in October. My third was in February. My fourth will be in July and my first FULL marathon is in Chicago in October. All raising money to find a cure for Crohn’s. I can't stop. I won't stop.
TSC: What is your current workout routine? How many days a week/hours a day do you workout? What types of workouts do you do? All one type or switch it up?
LC: Currently my workout routine is as such:
Thursday-yoga and Peloton (3 classes)
Friday-weights and run
Sunday-run and Peloton (3 classes)
I take days off when I need them, not when I want them.
I also incorporate daily meditations to practice balance and grounding.
TSC: How do your prioritize fitness and wellness in your (busy) life?
LC: Working out makes me feel "normal" when often times my body is making me feel otherwise. Running is my release of endorphins. It gets me amped up. Ready to take on the world. Peloton classes make me feel similarly. Yoga keeps me balanced. I don't make excuses.
TSC: Why is working out/fitness important to you and your lifestyle?
LC: Keeping myself healthy is a priority because I know all to well how quickly health can change. I am beyond grateful every single day that I wake up.
TSC: What other aspects of healthy living do your incorporate in your life? Wellness? Sleep routines? Meal prep? Favorite healthy places to eat out/recipes readers should try?
LC: I meal prep when I can. I eat well. I fuel my body properly depending on what I'm engaging in that day. Don't get me wrong, if I want a cookie or a martini, I indulge with pride. I try to practice the 80/20 rule. I'm good 80% of the time. The other 20%- I'm enjoying life baby!
TSC: If you could share one thing with readers of The Sweat Chronicles what would it be?