Life Lately

Hello Blogworld! I have been busy moving to a new apartment, traveling to see friends and competing in my first triathlon. The purpose of this blog post will be catch up on healthy happenings in the world of Healthy Chelsey. ūüôā

First of all, Evan is HOME! After a summer apart, Evan and I were reunited last week. It has been wonderful to catch up and spend time together. I have loved getting back into our weekly routines and being able to see each other more frequently. He loved his internship in Savannah, Georgia and is missing it every day. Maybe someday we will go back!ImageSecondly, I am making my way through the book, Gone Girl by Gilligan Flynn. Holy cow–this book is intense! Have you read it? It’s a murder mystery between a husband and wife. Last night I hit a big twist in the plot before bed. Don’t you hate having to choose between finding out what’s next in a book and getting sleep?ImageNext, I wanted to share with you all about my most recent fitness accomplishment! This past Saturday, I took place in a team relay of a triathlon. A triathlon typically consists of a swimming, biking, and running, all in a row. The distance of these three activities varies on the length of course the participant chooses. My friends, Katie and her soon to be sister-in-law, Andrea split the triathlon three ways. Therefore, Katie swam, Andrea biked and I ran. I hope to someday run the full triathlon but grad school life can get kind of hectic. Regardless, I had a fabulous time and got a personal best in my running time. There is no better feeling than finishing a race in your new fastest time ūüôāImageImageOur team. Andrea (bike), me (run), Katie and her handsome son (swim).

Lastly, I wanted to pass on a quick and easy post-dinner snack/dessert for days you are craving something sweet. My friend Katie came up with the concoction and it was the perfect amount of sweetness while leaving me perfectly satisfied for the remainder of our evening.ImageTo begin, dice up a peach or nectarine and top with cottage cheese. Before blending, sprinkle cinnamon and dark chocolate chips on top. It was a fabulous (and protein-packed) dessert.

I hope you all have a wonderful evening. Thanks for reading ūüôā

-Chelsey

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Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Happy, Happy weekend blog readers!

I hope you are enjoying your day so far! I woke up this morning and wanted to accomplish a run before I changed my mind.¬† I ended up having a great run and am loving my Map-My-Run App through my ipod touch. It calculates my mile and pace time with it’s GPS capabilities. Every mile I run, it dims my music and announces my progress. Love it!

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Lately, I have been cooking up a storm in the kitchen. As with every new chef, some recipes work out better than others. Here are a couple of my latest that I would recommend to you.

Baked Edaname

When I first started making this recipe, I¬† wasn’t even positive what edaname even was. Come to find out, it is a shelled soybean and is known for its rich protein content. For individuals who enjoy meat-free sources of protein, this can be a great entree to a healthy lunch or dinner. It also stores well and can be eaten as leftovers. I love the crunchy, nutty taste that keeps me full for hours.

  • 1- 10oz package of frozen edamame
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of mozzarella or Parmesan cheese
  • garlic salt or salt and pepper to taste

1) Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and lay frozen edamame in the bottom of a baking dish

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2) Drizzle top with olive oil and sprinkle cheese and any spices

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3) Bake for 13-15 minutes and enjoy!

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I enjoyed this dish for a couple of my work-time lunches this past week. It was excellent paired with yogurt and fruit to complete a meal!

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Greek Yogurt Pancakes

I woke up this morning and knew I wanted something for breakfast with major staying power. I whipped up a batch of greek yogurt pancake and was ready to tackle my day.

  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup any flavored yogurt (doesn’t have to be greek)
  • 3/4 cup plain oatmeal
  • 2 egg whites or 1 whole egg
  • cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, etc to taste

1) Blend all of these ingredients together and pour onto non-stick skillet.

2) Cook each side for about 1.5 minutes before flipping

3) Top with your choice (Berries, Nut Butters, Syrup, Jellies, etc.)

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Question: What are your favorite things to make in the kitchen?

Have a great weekend!

-Chelsey

Nike Shoe Review

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Happy Tuesday, Bloggers!

A week back from vacation can sometimes be difficult. I figured yesterday would be tough, but it ended up including much more excitement than I anticipated. It began with the power going off in our work building around 9:00am. I was sad to lose a spreadsheet I had been working on, but figured this would add a little built in break/excitement to the day. Following lunch, a tornado warning was issued for our area. I looked outside and saw the biggest wall cloud I had ever seen with cloud rotation right over buildings next door. I typically don’t become too alarmed with severe weather but I’ll admit, that was scary. Thankfully, we remained tornado-free although towns just north of us were not as fortunate ūüė¶

I promised to provide a review of my Nike plus women’s running shoes. I wanted to spend time running, walking, and casually wearing them in order to provide the most complete review. Here it goes!

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Women’s Nike Free 3.0 Running Shoe, Size 9

Overall Score: B+

What I Liked: The light-weight fabric, portability, and ease of taking on/off. These shoes were great for running shorter distances, power walking, or running errands. I also love the fact that the shoe has the Nike+ capability. Nike+ is a chip you can buy to insert in your shoe that tracks the distance, time and calories burned during an exercise. I haven’t utilized the chip but it’s only about $20 at most apple stores. I think they are semi-stylish (maybe I’m biased). Finally, the shoe ties stayed tied during runs! Alleluia!

What I Didn’t Like: Despite having the supposed proper size, my toes felt crammed at the top of the shoe. And although I liked how light weight the shoes were, I felt they lacked support. My feet have a normal arch and I have never needs inserts or other special accommodations for my shoe wear. My feet felt unsupported when I went on a 6 mile run recently.

Closing Thoughts: I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a easily portable and low-stability shoe. Additionally, I would recommend this to an experienced runner who enjoys shorter runs.

Today, I am reminiscing about the great times I had on my vacation…

ImageEvan and I spent our last night together on the beach. I miss you already, Evan!

After my week in Savannah, I flew home to Milwaukee to celebrate one of my dear friend’s wedding. Congrats, Jess & Tyler! The wedding also provided a great opportunity to catch up with college friends. I think it’s a sign of true friendship when you can pick up right where you left off.

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ImageOne of my favorite roommates and college friends, Opal.

I am also anxious to get back to the gym today. Although I always enjoy breaks from exercise, I tend to feel more easily irritable and get headaches when I take a longer break from working out. Isn’t it weird how sensitive our bodies can be? I plan on easing back into it with a run and light weights.

I hope you all have a wonderful evening!

Question: What do you like to do after a vacation to help get you back into your normal routine?

Running in Southern Summers

Greetings from Savannah, Georgia!

It has been a busy and southern-filled vacation so far. We have been enjoying every minute of it. Vacations have a great way of reminding us of the need to relax and enjoy the small things–like your morning coffee or walks after dinner.

Thankfully, the 17 hour drive to Savannah wasn’t nearly as overwhelming as I once thought. Our group broke up the drive safely and ended up pulling into Savannah around 1:00pm on Monday. It only took us minutes to jump into our suits and head to Tybee Island, the most popular beach spot in the area.

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We enjoyed catching some rays but quickly realized we were hungry after all of that driving! We headed to dinner after the beach where I chose a black bean burger topped with pineapple salsa with fresh fruit on the side.

20130620-145741.jpgAfter dinner, it was easy to go to bed because of our sleep deprivation from the night before.

When we woke up on Tuesday morning, Nate suggested we go for a run. We laced up our running shoes and headed out the door into the muggy, muggy Savannah sun!

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While on my run, I found myself feeling sluggish quickly due to my fatigue and heat. After talking with my friends, we thought of the idea to post on proper running form.

Running properly is essential to not only safe but productive exercise. Just like any other sport, one must run with proper body mechanics to decrease the risk of injury and find the exercise most enjoyable. Starting from the top of your body, below are some basic pointers to keep in your mind.

  • Head: Try to always look out and naturally ahead towards the horizon. This will put the rest of your body in a forward position. (I’ve noticed, looking at your feet can leave you feeling exhausted and defeated.)
  • Shoulders: Should be relaxed and in a lower position. Many new runners often feel tension in their shoulders after long runs because they put strain on this area naturally. Be cognizant of this area when you are attempting to get into a solid running rhythm.
  • Arms: Should be bent by the elbow in a 90 degree position and swinging slowly and naturally. Typically, sprtinters move their arms faster and more frequently than long distance runners. Attempt to keep your hands unclenched to avoid tension build up.
  • Hips/Torso: Should be facing forward and extended. When I ran track, I remember the coaches telling the athletes to “run tall” meaning, stand up straight without slouching. If you feel yourself doing so, take a deep breath and pull your shoulders back.
  • Legs: Your knee lift does not need to be dramatic or exaggerated. Similar to your arms, let them fall into into a natural pattern.
  • Feet/Ankles: Many people differ in the way their feet hit the pavement due to bone structure. Your outer foot should be hitting the ground first and rolling inwards with every step. Most people have to intentionally train themselves to run this way.

The rest of the week will be a continuation of exploring in Savannah! Tonight we are mini-golfing and grabbing ice cream. I hope you have a great evening!

-Chelsey

Summer Roadtrip!

Hello, Blogworld!

This weekend, I was fortunate to spend time with family, despite the circumstances being sad. My great uncle passed away so I spent time in northern Iowa celebrating his life with relatives. There was a beautiful military memorial. A shout out to Meghann, Kelly, Monica, and Melanie for the blog compliments. It is great to see that my extended family enjoy the posts.

Today is Sunday, which traditionally is filled with church, relaxing, and preparing for the week ahead. This Sunday, however, I woke up extra excited because today is the day we leave for Savannah to see Evan!

My friends Nate, Sarah, Brianne and myself are all roadtripping down to Savannah, Georgia!

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According to the GPS, it should be about a 17 hour drive. Yikes! We are all planning on splitting it up with no major stops along the way. (I’m fairly positive Starbucks will be heavily involved.)

I will update you all once I arrive and begin exploring. Savannah is supposed to be one of the most haunted cities in America. Therefore, we are heading on a ghost tour! Spooky! Beyond the tour, we plan on eating well and hitting the beach! Summer vacations are the best. Plus I will finally reunite with my sweet boy. It’s a win-win ūüôā

ImageRewind to this morning….I woke up and quickly threw on my running shoes. I don’t normally work out on Sundays, so I knew if I thoughts about it anymore, I wouldn’t actually end up running. I figured the exercise would help with the long drive later.

Upon arriving home from my run, I blended together a quick smoothie before I began packing for our Georgia excursion.

I call this smoothie…Mighty Mango!

Ingredients:

  • 1, 6oz container of Stoneyfield Farms Organic Peach Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup of frozen sliced strawberries
  • 1 large handful of organic baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup of organic vanilla soy milk
  • 1 pinch of chia seeds. You can read more about the power of chia seeds here.

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Doesn’t look great but it tasted like something orange julius would make. Yummm

I hope you have a great rest of your Sunday! I will try and update on Savannah ASAP!

-Chelsey

A Foodie Weekend

Happy Memorial Day! I hope you are enjoying your potential extra day off and recognizing those who have served!

Evan and I have been loving our weekend back in Wisconsin with family. We spent most of yesterday alternating between relaxing and shopping. For lunch, we ended up in downtown Milwaukee at Whole Foods. Their salad bar is the BEST. I grabbed a bowl and quickly filled it up!

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As you can see below, I included a hodgepodge of greens. I began with a base of baby¬†spinach¬†and built it up through layers of fresh veggies, tofu, noodles, and chicken salad. I topped off the bowl with some sesame¬†ginger salad. My favorite part was the kale detox salad which included mandarin¬†oranges¬†and cabbage. You can see it on the top center part of the picture below. Yumm….an easy way to enjoy clean eating!

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After more shopping and relaxing, we headed home to catch up with the rest of Evan’s family. I took a little nap (that’s what vacation is for, right? :)) Upon waking up, I could smell dinner cooking downstairs. Evan is the better cook between the two of us. He ¬†took it upon himself to make us fresh fish tacos! He grilled Tilapia and made¬†homemade¬†guacamole with pico de gallo. It was a perfectly light and fresh dinner spent with family.

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Of course,¬†afterwards¬†we HAD to get some ice cream. We went to a creamery nearby that makes their own custard. I chose a local favorite which is the “Cake Batter Shake”. It was wonderful and extremely filling.

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So far today, ¬†I got outside for a 3 mile run. The rain and wind made it difficult but I¬†persevered. ¬†I downloaded “Map My Run+” app today on my iPhone. I was able to hear my milage and pace time through my headphones. The app kept me motivated and engaged while listening to music.

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Upon coming home, I had an egg sandwich and took a shower.

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Now we are watching a recording of Superbowl 45 when the Green Bay Packers played the Steelers. When in Rome…

Enjoy your day!

-Chelsey

Question of the Day: What is your favorite thing to put on a salad?

Holiday Road Trip

Ahhh….weekends are great! I hope you all are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend and taking time to honor those who have served and passed in our military.

My weekend so far has been pretty packed with fun activities. Let’s just say, I was excited to go to bed at 9:00pm last night!

Our weekend began on Friday afternoon when we traveled from Iowa to Wisconsin’s capitol, Madison. I haven’t spent a lot of time in the city of Madison. Evan and I took the¬†opportunity¬†to do our own exploring and found lots of¬†eclectic¬†restaurants¬†and stores in the downtown area. Evan also snapped a photo of me outside the capitol. We look like such tourist even though we are from the state!

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On Saturday, our gang woke up early for the 5K. Our friends Nate, Sarah and Brianne had never run in a race before. We knew that this race would be light-hearted, so they never became too nervous. The race was called the “Bun Run” and was part of a bigger program that spanned over the entire weekend called, “Brat Fest”. So Wisconsin, I know ūüėČ

Our group split into packs and I ended up running with my friend Sarah. We both¬†agreed that we ran really well together and kept each other motivated throughout the race. Our finish time met our goal of under 30 minutes, but we are already planning our next race to lower our times. Evan and Sarah’s husband, Nate ran the 5K in 23 minutes! They decided they wanted to try and run as quickly as possible–and they ended up placing in the top 50 finishers! Brianne and her friend, Ben both ran it for pure fun and ended up finishing a little over 30 mintes (which is still great!). Brianne mentioned that they poured water over each other at the water stations and kept trying to trip each other throughout. Everyone handles running races a little different, no need for newbies to be¬†intimated, right? ūüôā

Our group took a pic after we all crossed the finish line!

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Brianne, Ben, Sarah, Nate, me, Evan

After the race we quickly showered and headed out the door for Milwaukee. We wanted the group members who were not from Wisconsin to enjoy a little baseball. If you know anything about Wisconsin, you know that we all love to tailgate before games. We took advantage of our premier parking spot outside of Miller Park and celebrated for hours before the game started.

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My favorite guy ūüôā

Now that Sunday is here, we are planning to relax. Evan and I are ¬†currently visiting with Evan’s parents who live in Milwaukee. We may run a few errands and enjoy the down time. That’s what Sundays are all about!

I hope you all have a great rest of your holiday weekend!

-Chelsey

Daily Question: What are your plans for the Memorial Day weekend?