Chelsea Crockett

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How to Lose Weight While Walking

You don’t have to be sweating your tail off in the gym or running 4 miles a day to lose weight, you can shed pounds by simply walking! Running and…

You don’t have to be sweating your tail off in the gym or running 4 miles a day to lose weight, you can shed pounds by simply walking! Running and other cardio exercises can be really hard on your body and cause a lot of wear and tear on your joints. Here is how to make the most of your walk!walking-shoes-530

Walk faster: By simply walking faster you can burn way more calories and really improve your fitness! If you walk briskly you also reduce the risk of heart disease more than a run that burns the same number of calories.

How to walk faster: Stand tall with your shoulders back. This helps prevent lower back stress. Bend your arms at 90 degrees and swing your arm as you walk. Also, roll off each foot and push off your toes at the end of every stride. This keeps your foot on the ground a bit longer making for stronger, shorter faster steps.

Slip on the right sneakers: Having the right shoes is important! You don’t want to injure yourself. You want shoes that are flexible and roll with each step. You also want beveled heels that helps with heel-to-toe rolling. The next important feature is that they are designed for walking not running.

You don’t have to be a runner to burn major calories! Lace up your walking shoes and get on out there!

XOXO, Chels

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Trying to Lose Weight? Avoid These Foods.

Are you trying to shed a few pounds before summer surfaces? There are a few foods that you need to steer clear from if you want to be successful. So,…

Are you trying to shed a few pounds before summer surfaces? There are a few foods that you need to steer clear from if you want to be successful. So, if you want to shed your winter layer of “warmth” before summer hits, avoid THESE foods!637480133

  1. Frosting: I know I know, it is just SO GOOD! But, it is actually so BAD. It is packed with trans fats, which raise bad cholesterol and can lead to belly fat and lower your levels of good cholesterol! Plus, it can lead to inflammation, which is totally not glamorous.
  2. Soda: We all know this one. Soda is something that should be out of your diet, whether you are trying to lose weight or not! One can of soda is like a can of water with 10 packs of sugar in it. For women, the recommended daily amount of sugar intake is 24 grams, and a soda is WAY more than that!
  3. Sugary cereal: I will be the first to admit that I love me a big bowl of Lucky Charms in the morning! But, sugary cereal can actually cause your skin to break out and become red because of the high gluten content! Yikes!

These are just a few of many not-so-good for you items that you need to nix if you are trying to melt away the pounds, but it is always good to start off small and work your way up! Good luck!

XOXO, Chels

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Pre & Post Workout Snacks

I have been hitting the gym on the regular lately. I usually go right after school, so I am really hungry when I get there. There are a few snacks…

I have been hitting the gym on the regular lately. I usually go right after school, so I am really hungry when I get there. There are a few snacks that can help you maximize your workout, both before and after. Here are a few of the best pre/post workout snacks around!

Pre-workout:

  • Dried fruitstock-footage-bottle-pouring-milk-chocolate-into-a-glass
  • Oatmeal
  • Rice cake with almond butter
  • Banana with almond butter
  • Granola bar
  • Fruit smoothie

Post-workout:

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Chocolate milk (yes, chocolate milk!)
  • Protein shake
  • Cottage cheese and berries
  • Hummus with carrots
  • Nuts

These healthy snacks will give you energy to get through your workout and protein to help your muscles recover after.

Enjoy!

XOXO, Chels

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Oatmeal Cookie Dough Protein Smoothie

Lately I have been allll about protein smoothies/shakes. Since I have been stepping up my workout game I need to keep to give my muscles the goodies they need to…

Lately I have been allll about protein smoothies/shakes. Since I have been stepping up my workout game I need to keep to give my muscles the goodies they need to be strong and energized! I recently wrote about a thin mint smoothie, a cinnamon roll smoothie, and now I am writing about a oatmeal cookie dough smoothie! Read on if you want the 4-1-1 on this cookie filled combo!

Ingredients:Oatmeal-Cookie-Dough-Smoothie2

  • 1 small frozen banana
  • ¼ cup raw oats
  • ½ – 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla flavor
  • 1 Tbsp. almond butter (or peanut butter if you so desire)
  • ½ cup vanilla almond milk (regular milk works fine too if that is what you prefer)

All you have to do now is add all of the ingredients to your blender and blend them together! This protein smoothie is a great post-workout snack, breakfast smoothie, or just a yummy snack!

Would YOU make this smoothie? Comment below if it sounds totally delish!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Lower Ab Blast

Summer break is only 4 months away! Now, I know that may sound like an eternity, but think of it this way, you have a whole FOUR MONTHS to start…

Summer break is only 4 months away! Now, I know that may sound like an eternity, but think of it this way, you have a whole FOUR MONTHS to start working on your beach bod! Wanna get started today? Then do this lower ab attack! It will get you off to a head start on blasting those abs into shape!

40 jumping jacks

15 flying toe touches

10 roll ups

3 lying leg raises

40 bicycle crunches

20 flutter kicks

10 knee tucks

5 roll-ups

3 lying leg raises

10 reverse crunches

10 lunge twists

30 jumping jacks

Plank as long as possible!!

I am ready to have a tight tummy this summer! What are YOUR pre-summer fitness goals? Comment below and share, you never know if someone’s goals will be the same as yours!

XOXO, Chels

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Wake Up, Work Out!

Starting your day with a workout is the best way to do it. You are waking your body up, getting your heart pumping and your body moving! Sometimes our days…

Starting your day with a workout is the best way to do it. You are waking your body up, getting your heart pumping and your body moving! Sometimes our days get so busy that by the time evening comes, you don’t have the time or energy to squeeze a workout in. That is why getting your workout in in the morning is so important! It makes sure you can get your exercise in. Here is a super quick, super easy workout that anyone can do.

  • 20 Jumping JacksSunrise
  • 10 crunches
  • 5 push-ups
  • 10 calf-raises
  • 25 Russian twists
  • 10 squats
  • 20 high-knees
  • 10 reverse crunches
  • 30 second planks
  • 15 side planks

Strat your day right- wake up and work out! You can do this easy set on your bedroom floor before you get ready for school!

Try it out and see what you think!

XOXO, Chels

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February Abs Challenge

I don’t know about you, but I stick to working out so much better when I have a plan or schedule to stick to. I’ve been looking for a good…

I don’t know about you, but I stick to working out so much better when I have a plan or schedule to stick to. I’ve been looking for a good ab schedule to stick to that tells me the exact exercises to do and how many of each to do. I have a hard time thinking of what exercises I should do when I am working out so it is super helpful to have something that tells you exactly what to do. I found the perfect ab plan! It is designed exactly for you to do it in February, which is coming right up, so it is totally perfect! Here it is:fab ab

 

So, do you think this kind of plan is manageable? Is it easier for YOU to stick with working out when you have a plan like this? Comment below if you like this kind of plan so I can post more!

XOXO, Chels

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Healthy Bedtime Snacks

I’m a late night snacker. Ill admit it! Sometimes the late night muchies just hit you out of no-where! Researchers link late night snacking calories to be the potential for…

I’m a late night snacker. Ill admit it! Sometimes the late night muchies just hit you out of no-where! Researchers link late night snacking calories to be the potential for weight gain, and studies have also shown that eating right before bed can make your sleep more restless! Buuuuut, how uncomfortable is it going to sleep with a growling stomach?! This is where low cal, sleep friendly snacks come in! Here is a few for the next time you have to answer the call of the late night munchies.

  1. Baby carrots: At just 4 calories per carrot, what is not to love about this crunchy orange snack!midnight-snacking
  2. Banana: If you know me, then you know I LOVE bananas! Bananas are packed with fiber and tryptophan, which is a chemical that makes us sleepy!
  3. Apples and peanut butter: Delish! Apples are full of fiber and also offer a nice little crunch. When you dip them in peanut butter or almond butter, you are also filling up your tummy without making you feel heavy!
  4. String Cheese: One serving of string cheese is only 80 calories and contains good proteins and fats to help fill you up and satisfy you.
  5. Cereal: You can eat it either dry or with milk! But, when I say cereal, I do not mean Lucky Charms! I mean cereals that are whole grain such as oatmeal or corn flakes.

So, when the late night munchies hit, you will now be prepared! Reach for one of these healthy little snacks to kick your hunger to the curb!

XOXO, Chels

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30 Day Plank Challenge!

Planks look relatively simple, right? So, they should be pretty easy to do, right? WRONG. Planks are tough! The plank is one of the greatest exercises for core conditioning but it also…

Planks look relatively simple, right? So, they should be pretty easy to do, right? WRONG. Planks are tough! The plank is one of the greatest exercises for core conditioning but it also works your glutes and hamstrings, supports proper posture, and improves balance. Right now I am doing a 30 day plank challenge, and I thought you might want to join me! We can blast our core strength through the roof TOGETHER! Each day you hold the plank for however many seconds the chart says. Here is the 30 day plan:

Day 1: 20 seconds

Day 2: 20 seconds

Day 3: 30 seconds

Day 4: 30 seconds

Day 5: 40 seconds

Day 6: REST

Day 7: 45 seconds

Day 8: 45 seconds

Day 9: 60 seconds

Day 10: 60 seconds

Day 11: 60 seconds

Day 12: 90 seconds

Day 13: REST

Day 14: 90 seconds

Day 15: 90 seconds

Day 16: 120 seconds

Day 17:  120 seconds

Day 18: 150 seconds

Day 19: REST

Day 20: 150 seconds

Day 21: 150 seconds

Day 22: 180 seconds

Day 23: 180 seconds

Day 24: 210 seconds

Day 25: 210 seconds

Day 26: REST

Day 27: 240 seconds

Day 28: 240 seconds

Day 29: 270 seconds

Day 30: AS LONG AS POSSIBLE!!!

Are you ready to have super spectacular abs? Do this plank challenge with me!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Kick Booty Burpee Challenge

Burpees are probably one of my least favorite exercises on the planet, but they are such a good workout! They work your abs, your arms, your legs, your glutes, just…

Burpees are probably one of my least favorite exercises on the planet, but they are such a good workout! They work your abs, your arms, your legs, your glutes, just about everything! Usually when I am making up a workout routine I incorporate burpees into it because not only do they work a lot of muscle groups, but they also give you a great cardio workout! Here is a burpee challenge that is sure to have your muscles burnin and your heart pumpin! You are definitely going to feel this in your muscles the next day 😉

1 Burpee, 9 Squatsburpeeeee

2 Burpees, 8 Squats

3 Burpees, 7 Squats

4 Burpees, 6 Squats

5 Burpees, 5 Squats

6 Burpees, 4 Squats

7 Burpees, 3 Squats

8 Burpees, 2 Squats

9 Burpees, 1 Squat

Now rest one minute and then do the whole thing over again, but this time from the bottom up! So this means start with 9 Burpees and 1 squat and then go from there. I believe in you, ladies! Go kick some burpee booty!

XOXO, Chels

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Cinnamon Roll Protein Shake

After I work out, I like to make myself a protein shake to replenish my body’s energy and give my muscles the protein they need to help them grow nice…

After I work out, I like to make myself a protein shake to replenish my body’s energy and give my muscles the protein they need to help them grow nice and strong. There are a ton of different kinds of protein smoothies you can whip up, but the cinnamon roll protein shake is my personal fav! Who knew you could load your body up with protein ANNND get that delicious cinnamon roll taste!

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  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp butter extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • Ice
  • Sweetener to taste

Add all of your ingredients to the blender and blend it all up. How good does this sound!? I love how creative you can get with protein smoothies. Working out isn’t such a hassle when you know you get a sweet, protein packed reward after!

XOXO, Chels

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Honey and its Amazing Benefits

Honey is natures kryptonite. It can be used in food, on your skin, in your hair, it can do almost anything! Here are a few fun facts about that sticky…

Honey is natures kryptonite. It can be used in food, on your skin, in your hair, it can do almost anything! Here are a few fun facts about that sticky sweet golden stuff and why you should start using it on a daily basis!

  1. Because your skin wants you to use it: Honey is a great anit-aging agent and also an awesome moisturizer. It is full of honey (1)natural antioxidants that help protect your skin from UV rays and also absorb and retain moisture to help keep your skin hydrated and fresh.
  2. Because your skin REALLY wants you to use it: If you have acne, then listen up! Acne is caused by build-up of oil and dirt on the skin and honey absorbs those impurities from your pores! Honey is also a natural antiseptic and heals your skin.
  3. Because your hair wants you to use it: Honey in your hair?? It almost sounds like a sticky nightmare! Actually, honey cures dry, damaged hair. It helps retain moisture and cures dry, flaky scalps.
  4. Because your body wants you to use it: Honey can be used to detox your body and get all of the impurities out. It can also be used to replace sugars and artificial sweeteners to promote a more healthy diet and weight loss. It can also be used to cure a cough and soothe a sore throat!

Honey can benefit your body in every aspect, from your health to your hair to your acne! Amazing! I just like the taste of it. 😉

XOXO, Chels

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Quinoa Buffalo Bites

Quinoa is one of my favorite foods! It is a miracle grain. It has so many great health benefits! I have recently started trying to live a vegan lifestyle, which…

Quinoa is one of my favorite foods! It is a miracle grain. It has so many great health benefits! I have recently started trying to live a vegan lifestyle, which means I avoid eating animal products, such as meat and dairy. I wanted to see how it would benefit my health! Although this recipe isn’t entirely vegan (because of the butter and egg), it came pretty darn close. I loooooove buffalo wings, so this is the closest thing I could get! If you want the great taste of buffalo wings without the meat and with a healthier twist, try these quinoa buffalo bites!

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  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup cannellini beans, mashed
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon peper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

First, make the buffalo sauce. Combine the melted butter, olive oil, hot sauce and salt in a medium size bowl. Whisk the ingredients together to combine and set aside. In another bowl combine the quinoa, mashed cannellini beans, bread crumbs, egg, salt, pepper and 4 tablespoons of the buffalo sauce. Mix the ingredients well to moisten them and then form them into 30-35 equal size balls. Squeeze the balls together tightly with your hands. Be gentle! Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add half the balls to skillet and cook until golden and crisp on all sides. This should take about 5 minutes. Gently (I emphasize the word gently) dip each ball in the sauce.

Dip these suckers in Ranch dressing and boom, you have a delicious quinoa infused meal on your hands! Enjoy!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Rainy Day Runner’s Workout

I am a runner, so I know the “rainy day” struggle. You want to get out and run, but the weather says “sorry Charlie.” Fortunately there are workouts for us…

I am a runner, so I know the “rainy day” struggle. You want to get out and run, but the weather says “sorry Charlie.” Fortunately there are workouts for us runners that we can do out of the soggy wet mess! Here is a rainy day workout that works as a great running substitute.

This workout you will repeat 3 times, resting 20 seconds in between each round. This ends up being a 25 minute workout in all!

  • 1 minute walking lunges
  • 1 minute side plank (30 seconds on right side, 30 seconds on left)raining-and-training-image
  • 1 minute side lunges
  • 1 minute plank
  • 1 minute reverse lunges
  • 1 minute elbow plank
  • 1 minute squats
  • 1 minute plank

Remember, repeat this workout 3 times, resting 20 seconds in between each round! Get some fun tunes going to keep you motivated and to make the workout more fun!

Have a blast, and get a few friends to join in with you!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Bananas for Bananas!

As you all know, I am bananas for bananas. One reason I am so crazy about them is because they are so incredibly good for you. Just HOW nutritious are…

As you all know, I am bananas for bananas. One reason I am so crazy about them is because they are so incredibly good for you. Just HOW nutritious are they”? Stick around to find out.

Here are 10 reasons you should stop what you are doing and eat a banana:IMG_2247

  1. Bananas help battle depression because of their high levels or tryptophan. The tryptophan is then converted to serotonin which is a happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.
  2. They help protect against mid-workout muscle cramps and nighttime leg cramps.
  3. PMS-ing? Do yourself a favor and eat a banana. It will help improve your mood and reduce your symptoms.
  4. Got heartburn? Bananas are a natural antacid.
  5. They help you control your blood sugar and prevent you from snacking in between each meal!
  6. Bananas are rich in pectin which means they can help detox toxins and heavy metals from the body!
  7. They are a great probiotic.
  8. Remove a wart by placing the inside of the peel against the wart and taping it in place.
  9. Bananas make you smarter by making you more alert while learning! Eat a banana before your next exam.
  10. Rub banana peel on bug bites or hives to relieve itching!

Now you know why I am bananas for bananas!

XOXO, Chels

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How to Lose Weight without Trying

Losing weight doesn’t have to be a huge hassle! It isn’t ALL about sweating your booty off on the treadmill. There are a few simple ways to shed a few…

Losing weight doesn’t have to be a huge hassle! It isn’t ALL about sweating your booty off on the treadmill. There are a few simple ways to shed a few pounds that don’t require you to count calories. Here they are!

  1. Always start your meal with a glass of water: This ensures that you stay hydrated and feel fuller right away, which keeps you from overeating!
  2. Control your portions: If you are aiming to lose weight, keeping your portions in check is a must. Use a smaller plate andworkout-to-lose-weight fill it up, that way it will trick your mind into thinking you have more food than you actually do, and it will also keep your portions small. Also, don’t go back for seconds!
  3. Make simple swaps: Instead of ranch dressing, try a vinaigrette and save 80 calories! Opt for fresh fruit instead of dry and save a ton as well!
  4. Move more: If you don’t have time to get a workout in, take the stairs instead of the elevator or park a little further away from the school entrance!
  5. Eat a early, light dinner: Eating too much too late can cause digestion and sleep issues that make it hard to stick to a healthy routine. You need to eat at least 2-3 hours before bed.

Dieting is SO not fun. Making these small changes makes losing weight an achievable goal!

XOXO, Chels

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