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Goals Are NOT Resolutions.

My Friends!

Happy New Year and I hope you had a great Christmas! My Christmas and New Years were all about family. My Mom’s birthday happens to land on New Years Eve, so most years I tend to stay home and celebrate with her and my Dad. Below are some snaps from the past week or so…

Top Left: Nana and Papa

Top Middle: The Fam shot for Xmas 2016

Top Right: The Cheese face with my new Pandora locket necklace. I had been eyeing this for a while but I’m too broke to even think about buying something like that…Thanks Mom and Dad. They even put the three charms in the locket too. A sparkly heart, LOVE and a double heart with a crown. All hearts, they know me too well. 

Bottom Left: Maggie in her Xmas collar with bells

Bottom Right: My very impressed parents that I made them take a picture right out of bed 😉

And if you’re wondering…

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…yes I did sport my Bear Paws onesie (it has a butt flap and everything friends!) all day even with my extended family, who arrived later for the dinner part of the day.

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Insert selfie because I’m actually kind of obsessed with this picture. #NoEgo I just think it’s a good shot. Nice lighting. Nice background and no cheese smile.

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So yes, the week and a half at home was nice and relaxing. I handed in my first application last night (for the MAN program at UofGuelph) as I settled back into my house in Guelph with Rita, got to see all my famjam back at my gym this morning and trained Karl.

Twas a good day.

This week will be nice and slow for me as I still have a week off until I start back with classes. Rita started her internship today, so she will unfortunately only be here to sleep basically and Em is still in Montreal, so I will be keeping myself busy prepping Rita’s food (hehe I enjoy it mmmkay), catching up with some friends from school, doing some of my volunteer stuff (my first contribution was posted on Nicole’s Facebook page today! Check it out here. It’s an article on picking an appropriate protein powder), applications and just keeping my zen going.

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So onto those goals…

I emphasized the fact that these are goals and not resolutions because I don’t really believe in resolutions.

Check out my FB post below for my thoughts on resolutions…

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Basically I believe that if you have a GOAL you do it now. When you have resolution…well we all know how those go. I feel like resolutions are something we put off because:

1. We don’t really want to do it

2. It’s going to be a huge change

See the problem here? Either reason will most definitely 95% of the time lead to not keeping it.

As I see it, if something will benefit you in any way, you don’t need to put a start date on it that is sometime in the future.

Why wait to grow?

Why hold back on something that is positive?

It makes no sense to me.

A goal on the other hand is something I see slightly differently because it doesn’t have this ‘starting in the new year’ piece attached to it. I think we can all fall victim to the two issues above with goals too, but I think that goals are more often set with greater intent and thought and are simply things we are wishing to accomplish starting right than and there.

For example, I have a goal to grow my glutes in the new year. Now I should have said CONTINUE to grow my glutes because I didn’t just plan this for Jan 1. No, I had this goal a few months ago and just want to keep it going.

Before you say that is not a goal because it’s too general, I realize this and need to set more specific parameters, but at the time, I simply had it in my mind to really focus on two things:

  1. More glute accessory work rather than focusing solely on squats and lunges. These are great exercises BUT are great for the entire lower body rather than more glute focused. So instead, once I told myself that I was gunna take the time to focus on glutes, the next hamstring focused leg day, I added in barbell hip thrusts and started experimenting with sumo deadlifts. I also put a greater focus on kickbacks and getting more reps with those and learning the lovely (…awkward looking) cable pull through.

2. MORE CONTRACTION! An ugly butt in the gym, is a nicer butt outside the gym. Always remember this. Thanks Marie Wold for coining this saying. 

So yes, I failed to set a time limit or specific measurement for this goal… In my defence I don’t own a tape measure…I should get on that. But I wanted to make a change and so I did it THE NEXT DAY! Not on Monday. Not in the New Year.

THE NEXT DAY. 

That is a goal friends (well that an something using the SMART principles..)

So, what are some other goals for the new year? 

I haven’t really put much thought into it, because as I said, when I want to change something I just do it and that can happen at any time. I will say that I have a few things I want to accomplish this year though:

~Accept an offer for my post graduate studies. I haven’t determined whether I want the Masters/internship combined or the internship as of yet (provided I even get an offer…) because I keep flip flopping now. 

~A consistant goal is to hit a mid to high 80 GPA (also meaning Deans Honour Roll). This is realistic for me as I have attained that every year and is not stressing me like crazy to achieve while still having my life. School is not life friends. 

~Fitness..? I haven’t actually decided that yet aside from glute development. I hit my big goal of my 4×8 135b back squat right before Christmas as I intended and almost cried I was so happy. So I don’t know if I want to put in another squat goal or go for a different focus.

~Health..? Be patient with my body. I haven’t really thought about HOW I’m going to do this but I know it’s necessary. I need to heal and every day is not going to be flowers and daisies just because the parasites are gone. I have NO GUT BACTERIA and so my tummy needs to be babied for a bit. I also need to be nicer to myself and know that my body is in a transition phase. It just got attacked and it may not be as tight as I want it right now and I have to accept that point in my journey. Self love is an ongoing process and something everyone needs to focus on, but I do think I have come a long way and will continue to challenge my bad habits and poor self talk to be even more positive about myself. 

Well thats about all I have for the moment. Yes I want to continue my volunteering stuff, reaching for new opportunities that make me happy, be more social, relax more and obviously continue to work with and hopefully gain more clients, but those are always in my head and are not necessarily something I would formulate a goal from at the moment.

So, I don’t want to say that having a goal starting in January is bad or totally doomed. If you have one, do you and make a plan to stick with it. Don’t think of it as something to dread and don’t try to aim too high or they will not stay. This is a change to your lifestyle that is good and something you should want to do, so make it positive and be confident in yourself when you are ready to go for it.

Speaking of positivity, lets end off with someone who always brings the happy…

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-Chelsea

 

 


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Home Sweet Home

Home is where this lil fluffball rests her pretty lil head…

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Friends! The countdown is on. T-Minus 3 days until the big day

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3 DAYS! Weeooo

So what does that mean? Busy busy busy!

~Today is cookie making with my Mom PLUS yearly dinner date with my Nana and Papa Sadface, Nana’s feet were too sore to walk so we have to have her rest up for Xmas. Will happen!

~Tomorrow is Christmas nails with my Mama and probably more baking (we have all our cookies to make) AND probably decorating the last tree. My Mom left one tree for us to do together. Sweeetnesss.

~Christmas Eve day is all the cooking prep. We cook the bird and proteins in advance and any leftover baking will need to be done.

~The day. Christmassss. My fav holiday (minus the cold..)

Oh and I’m supposed to be doing applications…Pfft. Guelph’s program is due Jan 1st. Way to ruin my holidays school!

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Any who aside from running my lil tushie all over the place now and in the days to come, what has been going on lately? Lets jump into …

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…to share the deeeets

Thanks Amanda for the platform!

So I’m back and home and was welcomed over dramatically with my furbaby

She has the cutest lil bows..er bow! She had just got beautified before my Dad came to pick me up yesterday so she’s a ball of super soft fluff. I adore her.

It it sad that I get really excited to come home to an ice maker? (yes, I actually get excited for this…) I did however get reminded that Acton and Georgetown water tastes like absolute crap while gagging sipping on my nightly tea. Damn, glad to be not on water from gross lakes and such, but well water tastes grimmyyyyy!

Something that does taste good though that I snagged recently was this amazingness…

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REAL CINNAMON! This stuff is good guys! So much flavour and a sweetness you don’t get with the normal ‘cinnamon’ which is actually Cassia

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There are actually a few varieties of cinnamon, but ceylon is the TRUE cinnamon. One of the major benefits is that is is low in coumarin which is actually a substance that can cause liver damage in high amounts. Unfortunately, the other varieties have quite high amounts of this compound in them.

Other benefits can be found here if you’re interested, but trust me when I say that the taste is worth the greater dolla dollas spent on this stuff.

I got another new client!

Guys, although my client circle is small still, I am loving the ability to train and do nutrition consults with others. Helping people reach their goals is what I feel I have been made to do.

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Karl, you’re awesome. I hope you see this.

Speaking of nutrition help…

I’m now the proud volunteer blogger and social media organizer for an AMAZING dietician, Nicole Osinga. I have been working with her for a little under a month now (exams made starting a bit delayed) but I’m loving it. I do blog posts, recipe creating and manage her Pinterest account. It’s a blast and I’m hoping to be able to reach more people with useful information that they can incorporate into their fit and healthy lives!

Pssssttt….You should follow her on Instagram and see what she’s up to 😉

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She had come into one my my class lectures in November to speak of her journey and beginning in her practice and I was very much interested to listen because she has a lot of similar nutrition related views as me. At the end of her lecture she had mentioned that she was looking for volunteers and I couldn’t get down to her fast enough.

I truly appreciate the opportunity that she has given me to work alongside her! It will offer me a great experience and I hope I will help her as well.

I just posted a video on IG

It was about trusting the process and the hardship that comes with gaining any form of tissue, muscle or fat. This is especially true for those individuals, like myself, with an ED past.

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That morning face and those Jammers are real folks. I never hid anything from ya 😛

I’m growing, but my abs are therefore not as shredded. I feel so much stronger, but my body image is weak at them moment because of my attachment to being so lean for so long.

No I don’t like to admit that my physical appearance can affect me like that, but it’s reality.

I love the strength, which is why I kinda might have went over board in the heavy lifting side of training as opposed to striking a balance between power and hypertrophy. All slow twitch activation doesn’t really help with the striations and definition as much y’all. AND SO I’m excited for the changes that will happen [hopefully] soon as my coach and I tweaked my training to activate some of those fast twitch fibres to bring back some of my hard definition that I truly love.

I just have to wade through this tougher transition period first. I have to tell myself that it’s not that I have gotten fat and that is why my abs are not very sliced and diced, its simply that I was working towards other goals. Goals that made my core stronger (and my whole body stronger!) but was not really aimed at pure aesthetics.

Trust the process. Trust the process.

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I have to tell myself this daily.

Baking Happened tonight while I was working on this blog…

One of the favourites of the famjam is the chocolate mint truffle cookies. Super easy to make and they go like hotcakes. My Dad sneaks them right from the freezer and he’s not even a huge mint fan.

Also photoshoots happened with my baking assistant…

More so she was just mad that I wasn’t throwing her toys while I was covered in chocolate…

Something funny happened at the gym today..

So I helped out someone (father and son duo, son trying to show father how to do an exercise) with form and technique, because I’m nosey and the trainer in me cannot help myself if they seem receptive.

So I helped them out. Than the father kept appearing at my side during my workout and did a couple of exercises I was doing. He seemed intrigued. Super nice guy!

Funny part was that on his way out, he asked me how old I was..then said:

Oh, that’s my son’s age..he just got back from travelling and he wants to go again. I’m trying to get him to stay…

Maybe you can help me out with that…

He laughed.

Next time I see them I probably won’t be able to help but smirk.

#DadToTheRescue

My nails to be done tomorrow…

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OMG so nice.

I really liked these…

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But I have come to terms that I’m not there to torture my nail stylist.

#SadFace.

My Mom is starting to roll out some sugar cookie dough that we are painting apparently so for the sake of getting those done at a half decent time, I will end it off here. But I must include this lil finisher because I thought it was funny.

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#Word.

Have yourself a wonderful evening Friends!

Favourite Christmas food?

1 Christmas tradition?

-Chelsea


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A Weekend Of Wedding Snap Shots

My Friends! Happy Monday, first full week back at school for all of us students. Hopefully you are fresh and motivated to make it a great week!

I started off this weekend with a trip back home to celebrate the joining of my cousin Frisco and his beautiful bride, Cassandra on Saturday at their wedding

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Sorry blurry picture of their first dance.

I’m not going to be too wordy with this post and just let the memories and beauty of it all be shown through the pictures that I managed to snap. My parents and I chauffeured my Nana and Papa to this grand Italian event (she is Italian, so a big wedding filled with food and love!) and it was such a fun time. I’m so happy to see my cousin so happy and to see the way they look at each other when they are together just speaks of their excitement to continue to live each and every day moving forward together.

I wish them all of the love, support, laughter and joy for their continued lives together as husband and wife.

Now let the photo reel begin

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Snapsies in the car on the way to the wedding…

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The attire..yes I wish my dress wasn’t black but them bright lips tho…

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A girl’s gotta have a twirlin dress!

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My new best friend, otherwise known as my second-cousin-once-removed (I hate these drawn out titles) or my cousin Chantal’s daughter, Lucy. She helped me touch up my lipstick and added some gloss.

Thanks for making me nice and pretty Lucy.

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Waiting for the wedding to start…

And down comes the beauty!

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After a lovely ceremony at the church (I did reading from the book of genesis for it), we then headed off to the reception…

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Family portrait of 2016?

Gotta get a famjam shot.

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Nana and Papa and proud grandparents of the groom.

The venue!

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I loved the blue, white and silver theme. So many candles and blue roses. It was so pretty.

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They had a Photo Booth stand. I love those things!

After a full multi-course meal, the dances were done, the speeches were spoken and the party began.

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Smiles with the bride.

And with my cousin Cassie.

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Love her and wish we could spend more time together! Soon, soon we will make it happen.

One special cousin that I didn’t get to snap with because he was busy being best man and all, was the grooms younger brother, Devon. We literally haven’t seen each other since my Nana and Papa brought all three of them up to my place one summer when I was really young to spend most of those days together. I remember the close friendship and bond I had with him but with a few things going on in life, we haven’t seen each other since. I loved being able to see him this weekend happy with where he is at and I had this huge urge to run up and full on catch up with life.

Unfortunately we had to leave a bit earlier as we had precious cargo to escort back home (I.e my Nana and Papa), but he promised to come back (he’s in out of the province :-() sooner this time and I will hold you to that Devon if you eventually read this on your work break!

And remember your promise associated with a shout out! Ahaha

So overall my weekend was a fun one. I love opportunities to see people happy and coming together, plus dressing up once and a while is fun too.

Gotta get this girl out of gym clothes and Pj’s once a while amirite?

😉

-Chelsea


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When Mama Has No Birdies Left…

T-Minus 12ish hours there will be one less Monkateer left in my house.

No more lil birdies for me to watch.

To train.

To laugh with.

…And I may or may not have some puffy eyes to hide tomorrow…

The last bestie standing is going back home for the rest of the summer and, yes I just made that overly dramatic but I’m really gunna miss my Rita.

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Selfishly I want her to stay, but I also want her to go back home to see her parents. She hasn’t been back to China in a year and so I’m so happy that she has the chance to visit with her family for a lil while before school starts up again.

I feel as if this summer has really been a blessing though. I decided to stay mostly for her because my job really doesn’t force me to stay in Guelph at all and I don’t regret that decision what-so-ever. As close as we were already, I feel as though this summer has really allowed for us to bond in a new way.

You could really say we were attached at the hip most days and so it’s going to be very strange to be on my own for this last month.

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We said we were gunna explore Guelph more this summer and thanks to the beautiful weather, we have!

She showed me the arboretum for the first time and I got to be her photo subject.

We went back and forth via bus to whole foods and lululemon as I now have her addicted to all things expensive apparently.

We gymed together.

We had nightly walks that consisted of those deep feeling talks…ya know, girl things.

We finally went canoeing!

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I got to train her and I got this STRONG lady doing both squats and deadlifts PLUS facing her fear of bench pressing.

I’m also just proud of her in general. This year was a big changing year for her throughout the school year in her own personal growth and confidence. She pushed so hard and got amazing grades this year, which is made even more impressive because obviously we work in english here and she’s only been in Canada for 3-4 years now. She had her first interview and got a great volunteer position in her field. This process was huge because she is always nervous about writing and speaking due to the english component but she’s doing more amazing then she will ever see in herself.

But I see it…

Although I’m only 3 years older then her, I feel this need to guide her like a ‘mama’ would (guess that’s why both my housemates nicknamed me as such) so she reaches for new opportunities that she may feel she can’t do. I may go overboard once and a while and maybe push too hard (and I’m sure she wants to run away at that point), but I do it because I care.

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This post really is sounding like I’m sending my child off to school or something, but I’m just letting my thoughts roll. She’s one of my best friends and I love seeing her gain more and more confidence in herself because she deserves to feel as awesome as she truly is.

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When trapped on a 1-hour bus ride, you take creepy pictures to keep yourself amused. Rita is smarter and brings something to read…

Now as I see the time ticking away, I think it will finally hit me soon enough that she will be gone as of 6am tomorrow morning and then I may just ball my eyes out whimper a lil bit.

I hope you’re so excited to be home and get to do everything and see everyone you haven’t done and seen for the past year.

Mama loves ya

-Chelsea


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Early Birthday Celebrations

Hey my Blog family!

Happy Sunday to all. Many apologies to those who read the Fitness Friday posts as I did not manage to gett’er done this week to post on time. I tried, I really did but I went home to visit the family this weekend and with the travels on Friday and chilling with my parents, the time got away from me. Stay tuned for this weeks topic to be posted next Friday on the wonderful Canada Day!

So, how was you weekend?

Mine has been quite nice. As I mentioned, I went home to celebrate my birthday (1 week in advance) with my family as my actual birthday (July 3) will be celebrated with my housemates. Lets share my day in pictures shall we?

Yesterday involved a lot of …

Pampering…

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Sorry if you hate feet..

Post gym Pedi’s with my Mama…

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And I even got my hair blown out just cuz I felt like an extra dose of pampering. And I really didn’t want to put forth an hour of my life on that day to wash my hair…

At 4pm, the grandparents began to arrive…

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Grandma and Grandpa enjoyed playing with the monster who went between jumping to get everyones attention to squirrel and chipmunk stalking.

I didn’t know until yesterday that chipmunks screamed…

We have to always keep an eye on our furry monster as she likes to try to attack anything that moves…and apparently there is a raccoon that has taken a liking to our backyard lately so that warrants a lil bit more eyes on da pooch.

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One of the best pictures I have with my Nana and Papa recently I think. That lighting with the beautiful weather just made for the best paparazzi moments.

FYI, my Nana and Papa have been married for more then 55 years and I still managed to catch them in a moment of just staring each other in the eyes with a look of lust. OMG I melted.

#RelationshipGoals.

I also was super active on zee snapchat (lilmisscross91) and managed to capture a cute moment between them two. 😉 Yeah I’m a creeper now…

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As you can see, selfie game was on point. I’m starting to not be as camera shy anymore. TBH I was afraid of the camera for a bit because I was self conscious of people seeing me so thin, but you know what, I’m working at it, them dimples are starting to remerge and take over my face again and I don’t care what others think anymore.

I’m gunna be snap happy if I wanna.

And it’s my birthday, so I do what I want 😉

I’m not a brat I promise….just a revelation moment.

Lots of Puppy Lovin…

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Maggie was pooped after all of her running around in the 30 degree heat but that didn’t stop me from kidnapping her for more pictures. Look at the face, can you blame me?

Today also included a lot of BBQ foods….

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We had quite the meat spread going (burgers, dogs, and sausage) and a potluck of sorts for the side dishes. We did a simple bowtie pasta salad, Grandma and Grandpa brought a garden salad and Nana and Papa brought their famous potato salad that makes my Dad all kinds of happy. Mama cooks things best and if he had to eat that for the rest of his life, he would never complain.

IMG_9148I made two awesome skewers of shrimp and veggies covered in basil to throw onto that garden salad with some extra prepped sweet tater chunks. Went down easy and reminded me how good simply grilled shrimp is.

Happy Birthday To Me…

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For candle blowing out purposes, my parents snagged a DQ ice cream cake for the fam to enjoy. They quite liked it. That thing would kill me so I opted out and just enjoyed the company and the rest of the evening with them.

It was a day full of love and relaxation and a lil bit of beauty-ing and I ain’t mad about that!

Hope you have a great rest of your weekend my friends!

-Chelsea


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A Letter To My Dad

My Dad

My Daddy…

You may not have carried me like Mom did.

You didn’t get to feel me grow.

You didn’t get to have that physical cord that connected me to you.

But I’m sure one of the things you first noticed was those big doll eyes staring back at you were much like yours.

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“When kiddo comes to sleep by me, that’s how it looks and feels like.”

When I was born, Mom got to me first while you stood there in awe.

When you finally got your turn, you didn’t know how to hold me because you thought you would break my tiny body

It’s okay though Dad, I wasn’t scared.

I’m sure I could sense your worry.

I’m sure I could feel your fears.

But much more, I know that I could feel the love that was radiating off of you as you looked at me.

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I put you through a lot growing up.

I had to get stitches and you tried your hardest to be strong for me but that popsicle the nurse gave you was much needed at the end of my screaming.

I passed out in front of your eyes leaving you with nightmares for months to follow.

You watched me waste away feeling unable to save me like I know you wish you could.

You had to be strong for me when I was weak and angry.

That was hard.

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“Sleep, my little one. I am here.” Dada will take care of the monsters.

But you also helped me to reach my goals.

You taught me to ride a bike and to skate despite wanting to wrap me in bubble wrap when I wanted to be set free.

You let me learn some hard lessons no matter how hard it was for you to let me do it myself.

I saw your pride when I graduated and with every Dean’s Honour List certificate I brought home despite us loosing space on our wall.

You gave me something to look forward to when I hit rock bottom.

And then when I conquered that battle, you kept your promise and taught me the basics of something that changed my life.

You helped shape me into the person I am today.

For that I can never say thank you enough, but I can try my hardest to be the best daughter that I can be and hopefully blossom into someone you can be proud of.

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“Walking high above the world.”

So on this day Dad and every day, I always want you to know how loved you truly are. How much I appreciate everything that you do.

You may not have had the option to be physically connected to me like Mom was, but I never saw you any differently.

I will always look up to you. Always.

Never forget that you will always have a Daddy’s Lil girl.

Your Bun loves you more then you could ever know.

…and to all the boys…

They have a tough teddy bear to stand next to before they can grab my heart.

Happy Father’s Day Dad. 

XOXO

-Chess

I have to give credit to the site that displayed the beautiful pictures in this post done by Snezhana Soosh. They depict the father-daughter relationship in such a beautiful and touching way. I legit was getting teary eyes browsing through them and reading your captions. 


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Mom’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day my friends

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If you’re a Mom, I hope you enjoy this beautiful Saturday. I hope you get the lovely sun we are going to experience today here in CANADDDAAA.

My Mom is someone special. No, more then just special. There is no real word that I can use to explain her to a tee. She is so many things to me.

Beautiful (both inside and out)

Hilarious

Independent

Supportive

Loving (This is an understatement)

Compassionate (she loves all)

Always Smiling (even with her constant migraines, chronic back pain and fibromyalgia)

Positive (counteracts my and my Dad’s negative sides)

Wise (got that from her Daddy)

Empathetic (you can’t slide anything past her)

and…

Incredibly Strong

Speaking of strong…

This video is very well done in my opinion. It made me smile and I love the quotation at the end. I sent that to my Mom the moment I saw it because it speaks the truth and made me think of her.

She is and always will be more then just my Mom. She is my best friend. My number one cheerleader. The person I go to with anything.

She’s my rock.

I cannot even fathom my life without her and without our close friendship.

With that, I say thank you. Thank you Mom for being you. For showing me what a strong women is like and what it means to love and be loved unconditionally.

You have given me life both physically and spiritually and ….selfishly, I’m going to keep you as close to me as possible for the rest of our years.

I hope you understand. 🙂

You don’t have to wait until a specific day to tell your Mom what she means to you but today, remember all of the smiles and times you have spent together and then take those thoughts and roll with them. Call her. Tell her.

Remember that saying “I love you” can never be over used and loose it’s meaning.

Tell me one beautiful moment you have had with your Mom if you wish. I would love to hear them. 

-Chelsea