Gone Missing

So I have no idea if anyone is even reading this anymore being as I just disappeared, but I am back for one post.

I have to say how much I enjoyed having a blog for the short time I did have one. Everyone was so welcoming and supportive with everything I posted, and it made me feel more of a part of the blogworld. Unfortunately, it’s obvious to see I haven’t been balancing the blog well with school. This semester has been crazy, as I am taking more than a full course load, plus I took on a large volunteer position that requires a lot of time as well. So, between those, as well as maintaining a social life AND trying to keep active and healthy- I have had no time for taking pictures or blogging.

I hate that I made a blog and abandoned it so quickly, but I will definitely be back as soon as I have more time. I just didn’t want to completely leave before explaining myself. Hopefully I will put some posts up on my Christmas break, as well as maybe start blogging regularly come second semester. We will see how it goes.

Thank you to all of you that read my little blog and commented as well! I am still reading all of your blogs, just haven’t had much time to comment lately, either. But I am still reading!

“See” you soon! :)

Chelsea

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Exercise Guilt

Good morning, and happy Thursday! We’re almost there!

I’m going to go ahead and get my breakfast out of the way, because I have more important things to talk about :)

This morning I had some overnight oats. I know, I know- again! But this time I promise it was a bit different! Last night I mixed up some oats, milk, chia seeds, pumpkin, and then proceeded to add about a tbsp of Vega Shake-n-Go Choc-a-lot smoothie powder.

001 I wasn’t so sure that I would like the mixture of the pumpkin and the smoothie powder, but it surprisingly worked! Overall, a pretty good breakfast!

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Okay, enough redundant oatmeal pictures. Now onto some rambling.

This morning, I got up with plans to go to the gym. I utilized my same note on my alarm clock from the other day, and once again it worked. I got up, got dressed, teeth brushed, and out the door all by 6:40. I got outside, hopped on my bike and started pedalling to the gym. About one minute into the ride, I noticed that the butt of my pants felt kind of wet. Around the same time I realized that my hair was also getting damp.

Apparently, it had been raining all night, and was slowly starting to pour on me. I had forgotten to look out the window before I left to see what the weather was like. Great.

So, I turned my bike around half way to the gym, and pedalled my butt back to my place. I would have made it to the gym, but I know that by the time I came out, there would be no way I could get back to my place without any sort of rain gear. So, here I am, back in my pajamas.

The moral of that story is: do you ever feel guilty when you skip a planned workout? Or feel guilty when you got a long period of time without working out?

You see, yesterday was the first time I have worked out in a week. I went home on the weekend, so didn’t have access to a gym, etc. My hip has been really bothering me lately, so I wanted to give it a few days off anyhow. Then, as soon as I got back to school, I got smothered with a few exams, so workout time went out the window again. So yes, the workout yesterday felt fantastic, but did I do it because I felt like I had to, or because I wanted to?

Yesterday, it was because I wanted to. I needed the endorphins after a week without them. But, to be completely honest, I have often fallen into the whole working out because you have to category.

I realized after my week without working out that I don’t have to workout. It is okay if I don’t workout 5-6 days a week. My body thanks me everytime I don’t.

After my hip surgery in the summer, and after I rehabbed a bit, I couldn’t wait to get back to regular workouts, so I admit, I went a little crazy. Felt like I should workout everyday to make up for the fact that I hadn’t been able to do a great workout in a long time. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with working out 5-6 days a week, but if you do, it should be because you want to, not because you feel like you have to.

I think I am finally reaching the point where I am realizing that working out shouldn’t be something I feel obligated to do. It should be something that I do because it makes me feel great (which it does!), and because it helps make me stronger and healthier.

So, for today, it’s okay if I don’t go to the gym. Hey, it’s only 7:15 am. I have all day to make time to go if I want to. But only if I want to, not because I think I should.

How about you? Do you ever feel guilty over missing exercise? How do you deal?

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Disappearing Act

Well, I should definitely win award for the most inconsistent blogger! Ever since I got back to school, things have been so crazy and I’ve been trying to fit in posts, but sometimes school just has to take priority! I’m sure you all understand.

Well, this past week wasn’t all school. I spent the weekend at home for Thanksgiving! It was so nice to be back for a much needed break! Even though I had to study quite a bit over the weekend (well, tried to study), I still got a lot of relaxing accomplished, and saw a bunch of old friends!

However, as soon as I got back to school on Monday, my life was consumed with..

DSC00481 DSC00482 Organic Chemistry and..

 DSC00483 Statistics.

Yup, I had two midterms the first two days back at school, so there was no time for a blog post in there.

Lucky you guys though, because I am done midterms until next week, so should have more time to blog. Yay!

I took a break from picture taking over the weekend and during studying. You didn’t miss much: the usual oats, salads, sandwiches, etc. Plus a Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the fixings, of course! Once I got back to school, studying commenced so no time for cooking. Meals were leftover turkey and stuffing sent back with me from my mom :)

Oh, and you also missed some of these that happened while I studying..

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Is it possible to study without chocolate? I think not..

Be back soon, thanks for being patient!

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One More Sleep..

..until I go home for Thanksgiving :D

Sorry, just a little excited! I can’t wait to have my dogs in my arms cuddling!

On Tuesday’s and Thursday’s I start class at 9:30. For the last few weeks EVERY Monday and Wednesday night I set my alarm for around 6:30, planning to hit up the gym before class. Then, EVERY Tuesday and Thursday morning when my alarm goes off, I curse out loud, get out of my bed, walk across the room to my alarm clock, and change the alarm time for an hour later. Major fail.

Well today, let me tell you, today was different. Last night when I set my alarm, I stuck a hot pink post-it note on my alarm clock: 006 Just Do It!!!

Well, I did! I had laid everything out last night that I would need to get ready for the gym. I got out of bed, turned my alarm off, brushed my teeth, got changed and was out the door. I hopped on my bike and biked the long, exhausting, treacherous ride to the gym. By long and treacherous I mean the entire 3 minute ride to the gym ;)

I got to the gym before 7 am. I was so proud of myself, and was rewarded by an empty gym. Only one other person in the entire gym: success!

I absolutely loved having the gym practically to myself. It was so nice! Once there, I hopped on the elliptical for a 25 minute interval workout.

First, I warmed up for 3 minutes at a pretty easy pace. Then I alternated 45 seconds hard with 75 seconds easy. The 75 seconds was the perfect amount of recovery time to let my heart rate come back down a bit, and it kept my intervals all at even numbers (min 3-3:45 hard, 3:45-5:00 easy)! I repeated this until I hit minute 22, and then I cooled down for 3 minutes.

After I got my heart rate up, I skipped on over to the weight section (okay fine. I didn’t skip, I hobbled. My legs are so sore from my leg workout the other day!).

I was inspired by Janetha’s upper body circuit she posted yesterday, so I did a short version of it. I usually so supersets, so thought it would be nice to switch it up! Here is what I did:

Front-to-Lateral Shoulder Raise 12 reps x 7.5 lbs each hand
Hammer Curls 12 reps x 15 lbs each hand
Tricep Dips 15 reps x body weight
Chest Press 15 reps x 20 lbs each hand
Lat Pull Down 10 reps x 60 lbs total (machine)
Overhead triceps press 12 reps x 22.5 lbs total

I repeated this circuit 3 times. I did one exercise for each upper body part, except I did two for triceps. Just ‘cause I felt like it.

Finished off my workout with a nice stretch. In and out before 8 am!

Bike –> Shower –> Get clothed –> Make Breakfast –> Eat Oatmeal

I know, I know. You are sick of seeing oatmeal. At least I switched up the ingredients today!

This one had the usual oats, milk, water, chia seeds, salt, cinnamon, vanilla, and banana. New ingredient today: frozen blueberries. I threw in some blueberries in the last few minutes of cooking, and they thawed out and got all warm and juicy in my oatmeal. Perfection. 001 Topped it off with some “peanut butter sauce” (one tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp peanut butter. Microwave for 10 seconds to break peanut butter down. Stir together. Add more milk to reach thinness you want.)002

Perfect!

Okay this post is getting long, but I did want to just show my dinner tonight. I didn’t get groceries this week so I have been running seriously low. I did have a few veggies left though, so I threw together a salad to get rid of them before I leave for the weekend. Don’t want them going bad!

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My salad had a base of romaine, tomato, and broccoli (lightly steamed). I topped it with a can of tuna, a sprinkle of sunflower seeds, and some homemade balsamic dressing (2 parts balsamic:1 part olive oil, some dijon mustard, sprinkle of stevia, sea salt, pepper). This was sooo delicious! I haven’t had just plain tuna on a salad in forever. I always make it into a “tuna salad” with plain yogurt, mayo, hummus, etc. I forgot how much I enjoyed it plain. 005

Well, there ya have it folks. I will be on a plane tomorrow to good old Kelowna, BC. I cannot wait. See you from my hometown!

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Peach Pie Oats

Hey everyone!

I thought I would throw a quick post up tonight, being as I took the time to take a picture of my breakfast this morning! I finally had a little bit of time so decided to make some stovetop oats. I haven’t had hot oats in forever!

Being as I took my sweet time making my breakfast, by the time it was ready to be photographed and eaten, I was running late! That just meant my pictures were taken in about 3 seconds flat. It also meant I burned the roof of my mouth. You win some, you lose some.

I had a peach sitting on my counter that was begging to be made into something, so I used half of it in my oats and half later for a green monster.

In the mix today:

1/3 cup oats, almond milk, and water

1/2 tbsp chia seeds

1/2 banana

Lots of cinnamon (accurate measurement)

Once those were cooked to my liking, I topped them with my peach! For the peach, I diced up half of it (after peeling), and sprinkled it with cinnamon and a little bit of sugar. Then, I stuck it in the microwave for about 20 seconds. My apartment smelled so good after this!

001 I, of course, topped the whole darn thing with a drizzle of peanut butter. Perfect breakfast that kept me going through my morning of class. It’s not the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen- but that is just because I was in a rush. The appearance did not affect it’s taste.

003 I hope you all had a great Tuesday! I will be back tomorrow for another post including a School Tidbit of the Day. In the meantime, I think I hear my Chemistry calling..

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Alarm Fail

Last night I had written a post for me to put up this morning after I inserted a picture of my breakfast. I was so proud of myself that I was so prepared.

This morning, I woke up at 7:38. I usually leave for class at 7:40. Fail.

Apparently, I set my alarm for 7:00 PM instead of 7:00 AM. Wow, good start to the week. So instead of getting a fabulous breakfast post from me sharing my love for overnight oats, I was sprinting around like a madman getting dressed, throwing my hair up, grabbing my bag, brushing my teeth, all while scarfing down as many bites of oats as I could in 5 minutes. I made it to class with 2 minutes to spare.

I call that a success. However, needless to say, there was no time to post this morning, nor take a picture of my breakfast.

While I did get to class on time, I felt so disorientated all morning! I came home around 10:30 for a quick snack because I was starving, with a capital S. Fixed that problem with an apple and peanut butter. Perfect fuel to get me through until lunch time.

So, in place of the morning breakfast post, I am going to present a new element to my blog. As I think I have mentioned before, I am at university obtaining my degree in Human Kinetics (literally, the study of human movement), with a minor in Nutritional Sciences. So basically, a lot of my classes are based on different facts about exercise and nutrition (which can both get a lot more complicated, and a lot more not fun than you would think). I figured, being as I write a healthy living blog, I’m sure my readers would like to hear some tidbits of information I’m learning. Am I right?

So, I decided that from now on, at the end of each post (hopefully), I will share a School Tidbit of the Day. I will try to pick out notes from my classes that I think you guys would find interesting, and share them. Sharing the knowledge.

So, without further ado, I present to you the first School Tidbit of the Day:

When you first begin a strength training program, the initial 8 weeks of training, the only changes that are happening are neurogenic (aka to the nervous system). Basically, that just means that there will be no increase in size of your muscles during the first 8 weeks, as all the changes in strength are being made to your nervous system (aka: brain, spinal cord, nerves, etc). So be patient when starting a new program, because it takes a while for the changes to start happening! After the first 8 weeks, all the changes will be myogenic (aka: to the muscles), so every increase in strength will be accompanied by an increase in size/tone.

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Highlights

Hey everyone!

I’m back! Thanks for letting me take a few days to let everything settle down. I am feeling much, much better, and very at peace with the decision that I talked about here.

I took a few pictures of various meals that I have consumed over the past few days, so I thought I would share!

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Bad lighting, sorry! This is pasta with tomato sauce that I bulked up! I stirfryed up some chicken and turkey sausage (Sundried tomato and Mozzarella flavoured), broccoli, zucchini, carrots, mushrooms and chopped spinach. Then, I added some bottled Marinara sauce (Newman’s Own brand) and a little bit of the pasta water to thin it out. Threw it on top of some whole wheat rotini pasta, and called it a very delicious dinner!

 001This was a few days ago so I can’t remember exactly what it was. Let’s see. I had a bed of spinach, topped with leftover quinoa and black beans, zucchini,mushrooms, tomatoes, black olives, feta cheese, and drizzled with balsamic vinegar. I think that is it!

  008A much, MUCH needed green monster. This was one of my favourites I’ve ever had! It had a frozen banana, half of a nectarine, almond milk, spinach, and a spoonful of peanut butter. It was SO good! Felt so good drinking it too. I missed these!

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My first try at stuffed peppers! This was so yummy and easy. I threw some mushrooms, zucchini and spinach in a pan to cook them up a bit. Then I mixed it with leftover quinoa and black beans(again!) and some black olives and salsa. Threw it in 2 smallish yellow peppers and topped them with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese. I baked them for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Good dinner, and easy to put together because most of it was leftovers!

I’ve also had a couple good workouts. Here is the upper body one I did today:

Warmup: 10 minutes elliptical and 10 minutes stationary bike.

Circuit One (three times through):

Chest Press 12-15 reps x 20 lbs each hand
Bent over rows (on bench) 12 reps x 20 lbs each hand
Shoulder press 12 reps x 15 lbs each hand

Circuit Two (three times through):

Bicep Curls 12 reps x 15 lbs each hand
Tricep Kickbacks 12 reps x 12.5 lbs each hand

Finished it off with a good stretch! Quick and effective 40ish minute workout!

Alright, well I am off to get some homework done. I should be back now so will be posting more often. I missed it! Hope I still have readers after going MIA for the week!

Hope everyone’s weekend was great!

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