Lil Miss Fitness Freak

"And though she be but little, she is fierce"

About

Hi friends! Welcome to Lil Miss Fitness Freak biggrinย  Thanks so much for stopping in to check me out!

My name is Chelsea, I’m 21 and a recent graduate from McMaster University (shoutout to all my Canadian’s!). I completed 4 years in the Honours Psychology program and earned myself a shiny new Bachelor of Science diploma that will sit all nice and pretty on my parents wall…. Don’t get me wrong, while I am very proud my accomplishments, I am also struggling as I feel as if I am at a cross road. Do I continue with psychology and go into clinical psychology as the plan in my head dictates oorrrr do I take a leap of faith and go into something that really excites me, which is to go for a registered dietitian (RD)? This is one of the reasons why I started this blog. I want to explore a passion, one that has always been apparent but one that I have have never really considered as a long term goal. The possibilities are great and I’m totally excited to start and I hope that you can accompany me on my journey of exploration and learning ๐Ÿ™‚

So enough of the seriousness, who is “Lil Miss Fitness Freak” ??ย  Well lets break’er down shall we:

“lil” …derives from the fact that, well, I’m small (as my bf would say). Everything about me is little, I’m 5 feet tall, I barely fit into adult clothing and shoes, and some days it just feels as though the world was made too big for me, but over the years I have come to accept my miniature stature for all its greatness as:

…yup I think that sums it up ๐Ÿ˜‰

“miss” ….that’s a given, female blogger over here

“fitness freak” ….well I LOVE all things health and fitness and can gab about it for days. I feel like I live and breathe this stuff! I’m very big into lifting weights and I take pride in the fact that the gym is a major component of my lifestyle. I have also dabbled in yoga, which I now get to enjoy with my bf as he has recently began his journey as a self proclaimed yogi (check him out at http://andreguantanamo.com/).

Gettin my yoga on in Central Park, NYC

Gettin my yoga on in Central Park, NYC

One thing that my ‘name’ fails to encapsulate is my additional love for nutrition. I truly enjoy cooking and baking and I am known for “healthifying” everythaaang. Some of these experiments are successes and some are failures, buts that’s all part of the fun right?

So now that you know a lil bit about Lil Miss Fitness Freak, why is she starting a blog? Well, as I mentioned earlier, one of the main reasons is to explore my interest in nutrition and fitness in an attempt to figure out what I’m going to do with my life. The other very important reason is to have the ability to share my experiences, my knowledge and what inspires me with you all so maybe, just maybe I can spark an interest in health and fitness or simply contribute to keeping the lifestyle alive and exciting.ย  Additionally, I’m always open to learning new things, so I also hope that I can learn a lil bit from you all along the way too. I share, you share mmmkaay ๐Ÿ˜€

I really appreciate you stopping by and my hope is that this blog can create a platform for us to learn from each other ๐Ÿ™‚

-Chelsea

34 thoughts on “About

  1. I love how you don’t let your size get in the way of your health and fitness! I am working on my health and fitness as well. You are inspiring and I will definitely be following you. I look forward to reading your posts on nutrition and fitness ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you so much! That means a lot ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m working hard to get more posts up to really get my blog going, so hopefully more to come

      • I understand what you mean. I wish I could post more than I do. It’s difficult since I’m a mom, I’m trying to workout, I make food from scratch (which means tons of dishes and I’m the only dishwasher) and I share the laptop with my husband. He always wants to use it when I actually have a minute to write a post. haha!

      • haha yeah the dishes always suck! I had high hopes for today…I wanted to tackle my protein banana bread, but I have another post I want to finish by today and evening plans, so that might not work out. Always have something that gets in the way Ha! I will definitely be checking out your blog as soon as I have a second ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. I live in Ontario Canada too. You seem so fit and positive. I’m struggling in those areas (including food) . Oye. A lot…
    Maybe you can email me?? Want a roomie? ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m kind of lost in life and trying to find my way through. You are still only young! I’m 31 and haven’t a clue ๐Ÿ™‚

    • A fellow Canadian! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you so much, that means a lot! A lot of people, even myself, struggles with nutrition and finding what works best for them. It’s all about trial and error and most importantly, perseverance, which can be the toughest part. You can definitely email me if you would like, I’m no expert but we can chat about anything you have questions about ๐Ÿ™‚ c_cross20@hotmail.com

  3. Yay Canadians. While I live in Michigan now, I’m still a Canadian citizen (lived in Toronto until I was 14…best city ever)!

    And damn you are only 5 foot!!!! you are so tiny. I would be a giant next to you hahah (I’m a little over 5’8″). All of my housemates here at school are about 5’2″, so whenever we take “family photos” I look like the jolly green giant next to them haha!

    Love your blog! You take some awesome pics of your eats!

    Keep rockin’ it girl
    xoxo

    • YES ! I love to hear that I have some fellow Canadians readin my posts! Canada rocks doesn’t it ;-). Yeah I’m quite tiny and I don’t see growing in my future hahah Oh well I have accepted my height and think that I will just be a lil doll forever…my boyfriend doesn’t mind as he’s 5’9 and feels like he can still give me bear hugs (love!). HAHAH I have never had to deal with the other side of being the tall one, but you are much prettier than the jolly green giant that is for sure! ๐Ÿ˜€ Rock those limbs and that height, far too often I see girls slouching their shoulders forward subconsciously because they are tall, but embrace it, love it and love yourself…and know that when I come along and ask you to grab something off the top shelf for me, that you are making my day!

      Thanks for your bloglove and those pictures I try to make as pretty as possible with my iphone hahah I don’t have the photography skills like some bloggers that’s for sure but I appreciate you kind words. Keep doing your thing as well ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Short people unit! I am barely 5’1! It’s a fantastic world we live in ๐Ÿ™‚ We fit just right on planes- take that, tall people!! New reader here- I look forward to reading more!

  5. I actually go to the Pulse & have secretly envied you for years! You inspire me each day!

  6. Chelsea, You have a really nice fitness and nutrition blog. I started a fitness website that will officially launch January 1st 2014 at projectmayhembodies.com. The site’s purpose is to bring quality personally owned health blogs together on one site. I was curious if you would be interested in having some of your fitness articles appear on my site. The sites I’ve created get around 100,000 hits per month and I hope to do the same with this site which of course would generate more exposure for your own site. You can go here for more info: http://projectmayhembodies.com/health-blogger-wanted/
    Please send your boyfriend our way as well!

  7. I have just starting exercising & eating healthy after having a baby {2 years ago}โ€ฆTo reach my UGW I have 65 lbs. to lose.
    Itโ€™s been about 2 weeks that Iโ€™ve really been into it & have only lost .5 lbs. I am keeping a food & exercise log, but Iโ€™m not counting caloriesโ€ฆjust trying to eat healthy.
    I am getting really frustrated with the lack of weight loss even with all of my work Iโ€™m putting into it. Do you have any suggestions for food &/or exercises that might help?

    • Congrats on working towards a new goal in health and fitness! For 2 weeks that’s not too bad actually for losses. How tall are you? 1-2 lbs per week is the average and healthy loss but 2 normally doesn’t come off unless you are very overweight. Don’t get frustrated!! You are making changes which is amazing and unfortunately changes to the body takes a long time. I will say that I’m happy you are not counting calories! There are very few circumstances that require someone to do that. Like I said, all of this effort is going to take a good amount of time to show significant weight loss if you are doing it in a healthy way. The only way the weight will come off quickly is if dangerous methods are used (obviously I wouldn’t advise cutting calories or macronutrients as this method will not lead to successful weight loss over the long term. It’s also not healthy.). Keep doing what you are doing now but here are a few tips that may help you out a bit.
      Food:
      ~drink lots of water daily. Sometimes when you think you’re hungry you’re actually dehydrated. The water will also help to flush out waste and toxins in the body that can leave you feeling bloated.
      ~Eat lots of veggies. The more green ones you have specifically, the better. These are very low calorie (so you can eat a lot!), nutrient dense and contain a lot of water and fiber to fill you up. If you look at your plate, 1/2 should be veggie based.
      ~Ensure you are getting enough protein throughout the day. Always include a lean protein source at every meal and snack. Fish at dinner, greek yogurt as a snack, etc. Protein helps to fill you up!
      ~Don’t fear fats. Fats are not bad, they do a number of things for the body and help with satiety (feeling satisfied and full). Snack IDEA: raw veggies with hummus (there you have the fiber coming from both the hummus and raw veggies and protein and healthy fats coming from the hummus). OR nut butter in your greek yogurt with some fruit and/or oats (or a low sugar/homemade granola) sprinkled on top (fats, protein and carbs).
      Exercise: ~Dont fear weights! They burn a lot of calories and building muscle will boost your metabolism allowing you to burn calories even after your workout…cardio doesn’t have that effect unless you are doing HIIT (high intensity interval training)
      ~include some cardio but don’t overdo it. Cardio is not the be all, end all of weight loss + it’s generally boring. Find a cardio based activity that you like and do that a few times a week. Also, try 1-2 sessions of HIIT if you really want to get your sweat on.

      I hope that helps. I’m not sure what you are currently doing or your specifics so I kept my suggestions very basic. Don’t be afraid to ask for specifications or more info if you would like ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Absolutely fabulous blog, Chelsea! You have so many delicious recipes on here. I am totally impressed by your creativity! You are already a total expert in my eyes. Go girl!

  9. Just wanted to say that I love your website! I have struggled with starving and binging my whole life, trying to erase the damage with constant exercise, and getting to the point where I was afraid of food. Meaning, I afraid to eat or cook anything that I truly enjoyed because I was afraid of liking it too much and over eating. Now I am tying to learn how to make the things I love in a healthy way, not depriving myself, and eating healthy portions.

    Your recipes are great, in that they arenโ€™t just โ€œlow fatโ€ with a ton of other unhealthy ingredients, or โ€œlow sugarโ€. The recipes are healthy and full of protein. Being that I am a regular in the gym and focus highly on weight training, getting plenty of nutrients in my meals is really important. This site provides super yummy ways to do that!

    • I’m so glad to hear that you are on a better track mentally and physically and that you see that fearing foods is not okay. Food is fuel for the body BUT I know all too well that coming from a background of negative food relationships makes that very hard to keep in mind. Congrats on your successes and continue to learn. Cooking should be fun. Make your food fun and experiment. I’m so glad that you can use some of my recipes to help you out! ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Hey! I have a quick question about your blog. Could you please email me when you get a moment? Thanks!!

  11. Hey !

    This is super random, I’m actually from Halifax – but have recently just moved to Hamilton (and next week I’m getting my own place in Stoney Creek!). I LOVE your blog and have been following it for a bit .. and then I was like .. WOAH. SHe lives like close by haha.
    If you have any awesome food / cool place recommendations for me – please enlighten me! I actually have a couple of fitness-y questions I wanted to ask you too, as I think we have a super similar training style. Would it be ok to shoot you an email?! I’m kaylaclarke7@gmail.com

    Thanks girl ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Iโ€™ve never formally said hi so I wanted to here. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your blog and look forward to reading it everyday. I have a very similar experience with food/body issues and my current boyfriend rescuing me, and my life mantra is โ€œEverything Happens for a Reason.โ€Thank you for making my days brighter with your fun posts, and recipes.totally agree about the goals of a healthy, fashionable, active life complemented with plenty of little indulgences ๐Ÿ™‚ Your story with your man is very similar to mine, gotta love a happy ending!

    • I’m so glad that you have such a strong support system in your life! I’m also super excited that you enjoy reading my posts. Keep living your happy life Mallaey and I hope that any residual issues with food and your body image get less and less as nobody needs those annoying voices taunting them! ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

  13. The biggest tangible change I have noticed since beginning reading your blog has been that I feel more comfortable about eating out and donโ€™t worrying as much. I am more satisfied in knowing I can leave food on my plate without concerning myself with what others may think. I know which foods are upsetting to me and either how to reduce the issues I have with them or find alternatives to satisfy my cravings. The most significant overall change I have noticed has been my relationship with food. I struggled with so many questions from โ€œhow often should I eat in a day?โ€ โ€œhow much food should I be eating?โ€ โ€œwhat foods are irritating my body?โ€. You have helped me to understand that you can take out the questions by not really questioning them at all. Basically stop worrying and listen to your body. I would describe you as not only one of the nicest woman I was fortunate enough to ”talk” to every post, but someone that genuinely cares about women. You have been there through this blog to make woman feel better about themselves and to have that talent to reach out to woman, is very rare. You definitely has a gift.

    • It always warms my hear to heart comments like yours. I really never thought I would ‘touch’ people the way you are speaking of and for you to take the time to write to me really means a lot to me. I’m so proud and happy that you are have made great positive changes in your life and are living a happier and less stressful life because of it. Thank you for your love and support and I hope I can continue to help you in any way I can in your journey. You are doing amazing! Keep going โค

  14. Hi Chelsea, thank you for sharing this! I am very new to health & working out. I know in my own life, I have felt overwhelmed and hopeless at times because I am overweight. I decided to spend the entire summer focused on me-well with work & an online summer school class. I just joined the Pulse after living in Hamilton forever & having done my undergrad at Mac. The first thing I noticed when I joined was you working out (does this sound creepy?). By some fate I found your blog on the pulse webpage yesterday when I was going through it before joining. This blog has encouraged me to just START!

    • Not creepy at all! I’m so glad you found my blog and that it helped put!! You should never feel hopeless and I hope those feelings are going away or are gone. Enjoy the pulse and know that there are always sources Of info around to help you out with questions ๐Ÿ˜Š

  15. I’m so glad I found your blog!! I’m also a little person, lol! I’m 5’1. It’s great to see someone my size :-). Can’t wait to follow your journey girl! xx

  16. PS- Where did you get those leggings?!

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