Chelsea Crockett

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How to De-Clutter Your Mind

Have you ever gotten to a point where you feel like you cannot fit anything else in your head? Your mind is so full and you have so much going…

Have you ever gotten to a point where you feel like you cannot fit anything else in your head? Your mind is so full and you have so much going on that it starts to take a toll. We pay attention to everything else in life and invest so much time in what is happening on the outside that we neglect what is happening on the inside. This causes mental clutter, and mental clutter can cause you anxiety and stress. I feel like sometimes I need to drag and drop everything swirling around in my head into the trash can. I need to hit the refresh button or I am going to burn out. Clutter isn’t good for anyone. It suppresses our productivity and creativity! Here are a few ways to refresh your mind and get rid of the clutter.

The first order of business is to get your priorities in check. Prioritize your goals and lay them out to help you organize your decisions. Another great tool is lists. Write down all of your responsibilities, daily goals, ideas, life goals, things to do and so on. Laying these things out helps take them from your brain onto paper and prevents you from forgetting them. Once they are written down, clear some space in your mind.

One thing that really helps me is having a set routine. I get up around the same time every morning, and I try to keep things pretty routine during the day. Not only does this keep me goal-oriented and productive, it keeps me sane. I know that I am getting everything done that I need to be because it is part of my routine. Having structure keeps the worry and clutter away. Also, be aware of why you are doing the things you are doing during the day. Remind yourself that your actions have a purpose and you are working towards a goal, whether that is school or work or other personal goals.

Working out is also a huge part of keeping my mind clear and focused. Taking care of my body not only helps with my self-image but it also boosts my mood. Exercising is my “me time” when I get to listen to music and push myself. It helps me clear my head and refocus.

What helps you keep the mental clutter away? I would love to hear how you keep your mind clear and focused. We are all different and have minds of our own!

Chels

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5 Easy Lifestyle Boosts to Try for Yourself

If you want a feel-good boost for your body, you can always do the basic “work out more” or “eat healthier” thing, but how many times do we actually carry…

If you want a feel-good boost for your body, you can always do the basic “work out more” or “eat healthier” thing, but how many times do we actually carry through with it?  And how long do we actually keep it going when we do?  Here are a few lifestyle boosts that are easy to keep up with and will benefit both your body and mood!

  • Drink more water. Chelsea Crockett - Water I’ve always heard this and thought “yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever,” but it really pays off and makes your body feel all-around better!  Carry around a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go and you won’t even realize how much water you’re drinking throughout the day.
  • Make daily to-do lists.  Checking off tasks on a to-do list is scientifically proven to boost your mood.  It gives you a feeling of accomplishment and success even if it’s completing something super small!
  • Stick to a bedtime and wakeup time.  Once again, science proves that this will benefit both your mind and body greatly.  You’ll feel less tired and more motivated to take on the day!
  • Start your day with a cup of coffee and some time with God.  I know for me, starting the day out by talking to God refreshes me more than anything (and some caffeine doesn’t hurt either!).
  • Don’t use your phone an hour before bed.  Your phone screen gives off blue light that actually keeps your brain awake and alert.  So when you lay down and play on your phone to “make yourself tired,” it’s actually doing the opposite!

I hope you consider giving these a try!  With a little determination, you can make all of these lifestyle boosts an everyday habit!

XO – Chelsea

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3 Toast Recipes for a Healthy Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  It’s the meal that gives you the energy to start your day!  I always think of quick and easy meals I…

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  It’s the meal that gives you the energy to start your day!  I always think of quick and easy meals I can create to give my body the boost it needs.  Well, toast is a fast way to start your day and it can be extremely healthy and nutritious if you know what to add to it.

Chelsea Crockett - Toast RecipesThe first recipe involves a piece of wheat toast with peanut butter and bananas!  Smear on a healthy serving of smooth or crunchy peanut butter, whatever you prefer. Take a banana and slice it up then put the banana slices all over the top of the peanut butter. Feel free to sprinkle a little cinnamon across the top of your toast, too!

Another recipe that I love is avocado toast. I take half an avocado and smash it up then add salt, pepper, and some red pepper flakes to it. Stir it all up and smear the avocado spread all over the top of your toast. It’s delicious! Feel free to add some bacon slices if you have some :).

My other favorite go-to recipe is scrambled egg with cheese and bacon on toast.  I love to take a fresh egg and scramble it in olive oil. Then, I add some cheddar cheese to the mix and stir it up. I toast my wheat bread and put the scrambled egg on top of it after it’s done! While I’m cooking all of that, I fry my bacon in the microwave. It comes out very crisp and I add it to my scrambled egg sandwich! YUM!

Bon appetit! – Chelsea

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Unhealthy Habits to Cut Out Of Your Life

Many of us are constantly striving to improve our overall well-being. That means cutting out certain bad habits that are keeping you down and setting you back from your goals….

Many of us are constantly striving to improve our overall well-being. That means cutting out certain bad habits that are keeping you down and setting you back from your goals. Here are some things that I am cutting out of my life to stay healthy- both mentally and physically.

  1. Workouts I hate: Not everyone likes certain exercises. A lot of people hate crossfit, and a lot of people love it! Forcing yourself to do workouts/exercises that you dislike discourages you from working out. There are so many ways to exercise out there. Try running. Don’t like running? Try bootcamp classes. Don’t like bootcamp? Keep trying things until you find something you like. You will be much more motivated to stick with it.
  2. Negative self-talk: Stop being mean to yourself and realize that you are enough! You are strong, and you are capable. Start complimenting yourself and celebrating who you are.
  3. Stress: A little stress is healthy, it keeps us accountable and helps us accomplish our goals. But too much stress can compromise our health by causing weight gain, skin problems, physical pain etc. Manage your stress in healthy ways like exercising, having “quiet time”, and taking time to hang out with friends.
  4. Perfectionism: Setting goals is great, but striving for perfectionism is unhealthy. Focus your energy on progress, not perfection!

XOXO, Chels

 

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5 Well-Known Myths About Dieting

Dieting can be a tricky subject.  Some people aren’t sure how to do it quite right which can result in actually gaining weight or hurting your body.  There are certain…

Dieting can be a tricky subject.  Some people aren’t sure how to do it quite right which can result in actually gaining weight or hurting your body.  There are certain myths that revolve around the topic of dieting and I wanted to clear up a few of them!  This way, you can get the most out of your dieting! 🙂

  • You should skip meals to lose weight faster.  DO NOT do this!  Skipping meals and eating less is not the way to diet.  There are certain diet plans that will sometimes have you eating more rather than less!
  • It’s not good to eat after 8 or 9 PM.  WRONG!  Whether it’s 3 pm or 3 am, your body will still metabolizing the calories you eat regardless.  Instead of not eating after 8, try to cut out that unhealthy midnight snack!
  • You have to go on a diet to lose weight.  This isn’t always true!  Simply eating healthy can still do the job just as well.  That being said, if you want to diet, find one that works for you!
  • You don’t have to exercise as long as you’re on a diet.  WRONG!  As I mentioned before, these two go hand-in-hand.  Of course, you can lose some weight if you’re solely dieting, but the best results happen when you’re both exercising and eating healthy!
  • As long as the label says low-fat, then you’re good to go.  WRONG!  Just because it’s low-fat doesn’t mean there aren’t other things you should be worrying about.  Labels can trick you so be careful!

Did you think these were true, as well?  I know I did before I actually looked into them!

Good luck! – Chels

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4 Ways You May Be Slowing Down Your Metabolism

I often hear people say “Man, I wish I had a better metabolism and could eat anything I wanted.” It is true, a fast metabolism is something that a lot…

I often hear people say “Man, I wish I had a better metabolism and could eat anything I wanted.” It is true, a fast metabolism is something that a lot of us wish for. Luckily, it can be achieved! There are a lot of things you do every day unknowingly that are driving your metabolism down, so it is important to drop these habits if you want to improve your metabolism. As we get older our metabolism naturally slows, so it is really important to keep these things in mind!

  1. Sitting all day: When you sit all day it causes your body to turn off at the metabolic level as your circulation slows. Your fat burning enzymes turn off and your blood sugar is used less. Try getting up and walking every hour or so to wake your circulation up. I know this can be hard, being in school or work all day, but walking to class can help wake that circulation up.
  2. Not getting enough snooze time: Not getting enough sleep can cause our metabolism to slow down to conserve energy. Sleep deprivation also increases our cortisol levels, which lowers the hormones that are used to metabolize nutrients.
  3. Drinking too little H2O: Water isn’t the most fun drink to guzzle (I mean, Dr. Pepper tastes pretty much 10x better), but it is the best thing for you. It can speed your metabolism up almost 30% after you drink some down!
  4. Eating at bad times: Your body has a natural rhythm that goes with your sleep and wake cycle, and it has a hard time digesting food at night. People who eat later at night burn less calories than those who eat earlier in the evening, studies prove it! Also, eating light meals during the day and then a big meal at night is not smart.

Staying away from these metabolism-slowing habits helps you kick your calorie-burning power into gear, but you still need to eat healthy and exercise to be as healthy as you can be.

XOXO, Chels

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8 Reasons to Start Running

Lately I have started to work out at a crossfit gym to keep in shape and stay slim. I love crossfit because it pushes my muscles and my mind, but…

Lately I have started to work out at a crossfit gym to keep in shape and stay slim. I love crossfit because it pushes my muscles and my mind, but I have to admit that my first love is running. I love being able to put my headphones in, lace up my shoes, and drown the world out for a while. Running is a great way to get/stay in shape and improve your health. Here are 8 reasons why you should start running regularly (even if it is not your favorite).

  1. Running is simple: It doesn’t require a lot of equipment, it is easy to get into, there is no gym required, and everyone knows how to do it!
  2. You can do it anywhere: It is such an accessible sport. You can run in the park, on the trail, on the treadmill, in your neighborhood, anywhere! I recommend that if you are running in a rural area that you take someone with you for safety reasons.
  3. You can do it any time: In the morning, in the evening, during your breaks from class, if you are on vacation, you can do it any time! If there is bad weather, you can even run indoors.
  4. Helps you lose weight: Running not only helps you lose weight, it helps you keep the weight off for good.
  5. Reduces stress: If you are feeling stressed, running helps you boost the endorphins, or feel-good neurotransmitters, in your brain.
  6. Strengthens your immune system: Running helps protect your body from illness by strengthening your immune defenses.
  7. Makes you glow: Sweating is one of the body’s best ways of cooling down and helps you release toxins from your pores and skin. The more miles you rack up, the more toxins you get rid of, and the clearer your skin will be.
  8. Gets you to eat healthier: Athletes know that you are only as good as your diet choices. To make the most of your workout, you need to eat right. Running forces you to really stop and think about what you are putting in your body.

Running too much can be bad for your body and can wear you out, so make sure you are listening to your body and not overdoing it.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Flat Abs Do’s and Don’ts

The road to flat abs is not an easy one. Sometimes it can feel like you are getting nowhere yet you are trying so hard! Don’t give up, keep the…

The road to flat abs is not an easy one. Sometimes it can feel like you are getting nowhere yet you are trying so hard! Don’t give up, keep the faith and keep going! Here are 3 things to do daily that get rid of belly bloat and sculpt your core to help you on the road to flat abs this summer.

  1. Workout in the A.M.: Starting the day with an ab workout that targets your core muscles helps kick start your metabolism and tones your tummy for the day to come. If you are planning a day on the beach or something tighter fitting, doing an ab workout in the morning can tighten your ab muscles and act like a corset, helping define your waist.
  2. Eat some breakfast: Eating breakfast is key to flat abs. Your first meal of the day kicks your metabolism into gear and prevents you from making bad morning snack decisions (AKA donuts. Mmmmmm.) Eating dairy or salty fatty foods for breakfast can cause bloating, so avoid them if you want a tight tummy! Also, to shrink your tummy and prevent bloating, eat oatmeal.
  3. Bump up your cardio: All exercise is good exercise, but when it comes to shrinking your tummy, interval workouts are the best! High-intensity workouts burn calories the fastest. Try a treadmill interval workout or a sprinting workout to mix things up.

Say hello to summer with these daily flat ab “do’s”!

XOXO, Chels

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5 Genius Hacks for Eating Healthy

Eating healthy is something we all struggle with at times.  I mean, who would actually prefer an apple over a piece of cake?  Although it can be hard, there are…

Eating healthy is something we all struggle with at times.  I mean, who would actually prefer an apple over a piece of cake?  Although it can be hard, there are certain hacks and tips you can follow that can make eating healthier easier!  There are also other pointers that will help you get right to the point when it comes to dieting.

  • Skip the fad diets.  Trendy, or “fad,” diets are often just that… a trend.  Chelsea Crockett - Healthy FoodsBesides the occasional one that’s actually beneficial, most aren’t even healthy for your body.  You might drop a few quick pounds but that’s usually all you’ll get out of them!
  • Eat more often.  WHATTT?  If you don’t eat enough to fill you up, you’ll probably end up overeating by the time dinner rolls around.  Eat enough to keep you full, just be smart about what you give your body in order to do so!
  • Don’t freak out about the numbers.  If you’re cutting out all foods that are high in sodium, fats, calories, etc., you’re probably overthinking it.  Yes, these things matter but make sure you research what each number means instead of automatically putting it back on the shelf.
  • Get excited about preparing healthy meals and snacks.  Find different Pinterest recipes that include some of your favorite healthy foods.  You’ll be more tempted to eat healthy when you find some recipes that make your mouth water!
  • Be aware of sneaky sugars.  Sugars are known for making their way into things that you wouldn’t expect them to be in.  Be aware of what you’re actually eating!

Try out some of these hacks to make eating healthy a piece of cake! 🙂

XO – Chelsea

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Tone Your Back in Time for Prom

If you are wearing a backless dress or a dress with some back showing for prom, then listen up! Today I am going to give you a few exercises to…

If you are wearing a backless dress or a dress with some back showing for prom, then listen up! Today I am going to give you a few exercises to do that will help get your back toned and tight for prom! A lot of times we skip workout out our back and shoulders because we want to avoid getting “man shoulders” but these exercises aren’t meant to make you bulk up, they’re to tone. Plus, all you need is two dumbbells in your desired weight. I go for 5 pounders.

  1. Dumbbell shrugs: Grab a dumbbell in each hand and hold them down by your sides. Raise your shoulders as high as possible, meaning shrug them, and then lower them. Do these as many times as you want.
  2. Rocking plank: Get into your normal pushup plank position and then roll forward on your toes so they are pointed and flat on the floor. Then roll back to your starting position. The rocking motion is what tones up your back!
  3. Dumbbell front and side raise: This move works both your arms and your back. Score! Hold your dumbbells in both hands with your palms facing down. Make sure to keep your legs shoulder-width apart and to keep your elbows straight. Raise your arms in front of you, then out to the sides. Repeat until it burns!
  4. Side plank: These are great for sculpting your back as well as your side abs! If you don’t know how to do these, it is super simple. Just lay on your side, then push up on your forearm. Do for 30 seconds, then switch sides.

I can’t wait for prom, can you?!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Beauty Uses for Old Toothbrushes

Do you ever wonder what to do with old toothbrushes after you are done using them? I always feel like throwing them away is such a waste. Once you disinfect…

Do you ever wonder what to do with old toothbrushes after you are done using them? I always feel like throwing them away is such a waste. Once you disinfect them, they are a super useful beauty tool! Here are 5 ways to re-purpose that old tooth brush to assist you in your beauty routine.

  1. Tame flyaways: Spray the bristles of the toothbrush and then use it to smooth any flyaway hairs. You can also do this to fix your eyebrows!
  2. Lip exfoliator: Before you put on lip balm, use the brush to scrub the dead skin off of your lips!
  3. Tease your hair: Use the toothbrush to tease your hair. Keep it in your purse to have a teasing brush on the go!
  4. Clean under nails and your cuticles: Use your old toothbrush to get the prettiest and cleanest nails on the block.
  5. De-clump mascara: After you apply mascara, use the toothbrush to separate your lashes.

Can you think of any other ways to use an old toothbrush in your beauty routine? Comment them below!

XOXO, Chels

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How Long to Wait to Workout After Eating

What and how you eat during the day can make a huge difference in your workout performance. Fueling your body the wrong way can hinder your performance, but also eating…

What and how you eat during the day can make a huge difference in your workout performance. Fueling your body the wrong way can hinder your performance, but also eating too much before exercise can interfere with your workout goals.

When it comes to eating before exercise, timing is everything. No matter the time of day that you exercise, you need to make sure to plan your workout two to 3 hours after your meal. Too much food before a workout will make you feel sluggish and can lead to stomach aches and
digestion problems. Most experts agree that you should eat a small snack about an hour before you workout to fuel your body, such as a little carbs and a little protein. Even if you workout first thing in the morning, eat a small piece of fruit to fuel your body with the nutrients your workout needs.

Exercising can make you feel energized and healthy, but first you have to fuel your body right!

XOXO, Chels

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Flat Ab Foods

Flat abs are something that I think we all strive for. I mean, who doesn’t want a rock solid tummy?! Working out is only a small contributor to abs, believe…

Flat abs are something that I think we all strive for. I mean, who doesn’t want a rock solid tummy?! Working out is only a small contributor to abs, believe it or not. As my high school PE teacher would say, “Abs are made in the kitchen!” And it is true! The food you eat has a huge impact on your body and your weight loss. Here are a few foods that help you in your journey to flat abs.

  1. Eggs: They are the perfect protein source! They have a great balance of essential amino acids that help build muscle, plus if you eat one for breakfast, you are less hungry as the day goes on! Less hungry = less snacking = less calories consumed!
  2. Apples: Apples are 85% water, which helps you feel full, and have 5 grams of fiber! This makes them an awesome midnight/midday snack! Plus, apples help promote healthy lungs and prevent some cancers, so an apple a day DOES keep the doctor away.
  3. Leafy greens: Leafy greens are things like kale, spinach, and broccoli! They are a great source of calcium which helps fuel your workouts, and help prevent cancer! Plus, they make great salads. 😉

Munch away!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Why You Should Always Change Your Clothes After the Gym

When I have time, I love to hit the gym and workout.  With that being said, I’d be lying if I said I never break a sweat when I exercise. …

When I have time, I love to hit the gym and workout.  With that being said, I’d be lying if I said I never break a sweat when I exercise.  You might not even be aware of what can happen to your body after going to the gym, but here are a few reasons why you should always change out of your clothes after a hard workout!

  • We all know how acne appears right?  When our pores get clogged, especially after a sweaty workout, acne starts to pop up around our body, not just face.  Leaving damp, dirty clothes on for long periods of time suffocates and clogs our pores!Chelsea Crockett - Exercise
  • Okay, this one might be the grossest.  Bacterial infections love to feed off of sweat.  When you leave on damp, sweaty clothing, you’re leaving little to no room for your skin to breathe.  This is the perfect opportunity for bacteria to grow! 
  • When it comes to feet, we all know they can get pretty smelly at times.  If you’re someone that works out every day and leaves your socks and shoes on for hours at a time, they have no room to air out!
  • A lot of the time when we workout, we wear tight clothing such as leggings, sports bras, tanks, etc.  Just like acne, inflamed hair follicles can appear from suffocating your pores.  If you’ve ever had one before, you know how uncomfortable and painful they can be!

Crazy, right?  Well, now you know!  Make sure you’re always keeping your body clean and fresh!

Chelsea

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Don’t Do These Things Before Working Out

When I work out, I want to get the most out of it. I am a busy gal, much like all of you, and the little time I have to…

When I work out, I want to get the most out of it. I am a busy gal, much like all of you, and the little time I have to work out has to be maximized! There are a few things that can limit the effectiveness/how much you get out of your workout, and most of them are done even before you start your exercise routine! Here are 4 things to NEVER do before you work out.

  1. Chug a lot of water at once: Drinking a glass of water before a
    workout is no biggie, it can actually help fuel your run or workout routine! But drinking a lot of water before you hit the gym can actually cause you feel really full and prevent you from having a good workout.water-bottle-fluoride-400x400
  2. Stress out: When yourbody is under stress, it releases a hormone that is a “muscle killer.” It tells your body to store fat, and it breaks down your muscle tissue. So, when you are prepping for a workout, try to leave stress at the door.
  3. Drink a cuppa Joe: It goes with the tip above. Caffeine in coffee can lead to higher levels of stress hormones in your body, which we mentioned above is not good. It can also cause dehydration and rapid heartbeat!
  4. Workout hungry: Not good! Food is fuel, and before you burn calories you actually need to intake some! Now, this doesn’t mean have a heavy meal, a banana or a bowl of cereal is always a good pre-workout snack.

If you want to maximize your workout don’t do these 4 things!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Foods to Eat When You Are Feeling Sick

It’s that time of year again: cold, flu, and low-immune system time. Even people with the healthiest diets can fall victim to sickness. Here are a few foods to help…

It’s that time of year again: cold, flu, and low-immune system time. Even people with the healthiest diets can fall victim to sickness. Here are a few foods to help you recover faster and feel better when you are under the weather.

  1. Liquids: Lots of liquids! You may not feel like eating solid foods, but you need to make sure you are taking in a lot of fluids. Teas like ginger and peppermint tea and ginger ale are great if you have an upset stomach, and hot liquids such as tea with lemon help with a stuffy nose. Green tea with honey also supports your immune system and coats a sore throat.imageservice
  2. Yogurt: Studies have shown that the probiotics in yogurt shorten colds and the flu by almost two days!
  3. Citrus fruits: Oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes contain flavonoids which increase immune system activity.
  4. Protein: Easily digestible proteins like eggs or yogurt are great for your body when you are sick because protein strengthens your body. These two options are also really easy to make so you don’t have to spend much energy on them.
  5. Glutathione: It is a long word, but it is a powerful antioxidant that fights infection. It is found in watermelon, broccoli, collard greens, kale, and cabbage.

Being sick is the worst, so that is why God gave us foods to help us recover and feel better!

XOXO, Chels

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