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We Almost There Friends…Life Update

Life is busy busy busy my friends!

I’m two weeks away from being done my final placement for my degree (aside from starting with my future boss Andrea at Dietetic Directions) but there have been so many other things going on that I would love to update you on. Lets do that in pictures shall we because it means I can control my excessive talking.

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1. First off, Happy Canada Day to all my Great White North friends! 

Penguins are my favvvv animal. What is yours?

Mukky and I went to the zoo yesterday…yes in the 40 degree heat wave…but it was amazing. He wanted to take me there as my birthday present and honestly it was the best thing. It was his first time and I just love going there!

We were exhausted by the time we left, that heat I love but man does it suck the life out of you (UV of 9 geesh!).

2. Speaking of Mukky..

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We celebrated our 6 month this weekend too! I honestly don’t even know how I was so lucky to have had him drop into my life (thanks Tinder :-P). He has been my rock and we got really close very fast. I cannot be happier. I love him like no one else and honestly I could have never made it through this tough year, medically, without him.

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He’s my world

3. We finally got to go canoeing…

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It was another first for him and aside from being unable to steer properly…I should have been in the front for better weight distribution…it was a lot of fun!

4. I had my Dragons Den Presentation and presented my thesis

This was our last class day and a summary of our hard work on a year long project (business project). Also, for those who were done, a showcase of our thesis research.

Don’t we look all spiffy?

My thesis was with my partner, Abby, and we were working at seeing if a foods lab course would improve upon food safety and skills and, as a result, lower convenience food consumption in 2nd year undergraduates. Although our results were not significant (we had a few biases in our subject pool and one issue with our data collection method), Abby felt that from a subjective standpoint, students appeared to improve, so maybe if the survey was fixed it would be better?

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I’m going to miss them. My class of 21 really became a family… #MANFam…. but I know that the friends I made here will last a long long time and they will all graduate to do amazing things!

Countdown to graduation is officially less than 2 months!

5. I had another job interview!

…..and I believe it went really well. It’s at a Chiro and Physio clinic and honestly it looks amazing so I’m crossing my fingers. It would nicely cap off as two part time positions and would be both seeing clients in the way I have dreamed.

6. I started an IGChannel.

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I figured that this would be a fun platform for sharing information that wouldn’t be as energetically and time consuming as Youtube as I come into starting my career.

7. I have taught 2 classes…

At Langs, I have done the Intro To Diabetes and also another diabetes education talk at another the Cambridge Cardiac Centre and both went very well. I really love being able to do these types of presentations to the public and hope to incorporate things like that into my future career endeavours.

8. Medical update…

I think my hunt is finally over…I hope and pray. I survived through my second attempt at my procedure, barely, but it did come out with some results. Right than and there my doctor told me I had a tape worm..well actually a few. That was slightly shocking (have no idea where I would have gotten those…) but it made sense for many of my symptoms and for my lack of weight gain. Funny enough, many people have joked about that in the past.

I was given a hard single dose drug and hoped that would fix my issues.

I then received a phone call late the next week and he informed me that after taking a look at the biopsies done, I had colitis. Lymphocytic colitis to be exact and while they don’t know what the cause is, they had a guess that it was medications that I had been prescribed a long time ago after my diagnosis with GERD.

That one I didn’t handle well and I felt like I had a dark cloud over me for a day or two. The possibly that I can get rid of this completely is higher if it is the medication, as now I’m being medicated….again….and off those meds so it can heal BUT if that isn’t the case, it may be chronic and just management-based.

I really don’t want to live my life like this anymore. I don’t want to be looked at as frail by other people (who say some pretty nasty things sometimes when they don’t understand my situation) and just want to NOT feel sick anymore, but I’m trying to stay optimistic that this is my answer and it will be taken care of. My family and friends are very supportive and there to put me back in my positive headspace if I’m feeling overwhelmed but we going to get past this fam 🙂

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To end on a positive note…

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…this lil one had her birthday yesterday, mine is tomorrow and next weekend, as part two of celebrations for my birthday and Mukky and my anniversary, we have a nice Niagara hotel and falls trip booked. I’m so excited!

I hope you all have had a great long weekend and for those to the south of me, happy July 4th! 

-Chelsea

 

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When Your Man Is Cutting…

I’m backkkkk and I have more time than ever so you all are going to help keep me distracted mmmkkayyy?

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So when you’re a nutrition consultant and your boyfriend asks you to help him cut, you be a good girlfriend and not only help slow his roll with his cutting style, but you track his macros and make sure this cut is more successful than previous cuts.

Most people like to cut crazy fast and so that is actually a challenge all on its own because he wants to drop faster than this ‘Pro’ wants to because #Impatience. But leave it to me and science and he will see I will come out on top in the end. He will be keeping as much of that muscle as possible due to slower cutting.

The numbers are only one part of the equation though, you see, when in the bodybuilding lifestyle there are many a things a girl should do for her man to show her support during the hard times of “Summer Shredding”

You must tell them they are not getting small. 

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There is a fine line between telling them they are getting shredded vs them perceiving you think they are getting small and scrawny. They are getting leaner BUT they are also growing massive shoulders at the same time….Really emphasize that! LOL! Keeps their ego happy while they feel they are starving, despite only a 200 calorie deficit.

Guys can shush it when the are loosing weight at 3000 calories

You have to constantly remind them that if they’re hungry that just means they need more veggies in their life…Or water.

If I ever didn’t have time to help him prep his food for the day, it was missing a certain filling and micronutrient dense addition. He has quickly learned how much veggies help keep his stomach from growling longer.

If they are also doing a caffeine/Pre/Stimulant detox…watch out. 

Oh boy, a cut PLUS no pre-workout. That is fun times. You’re job is to be the motivator and not cave when they say you can look at the protein powder while they “talk to the sales person,” which means they are getting a pre-workout sample.

#ISeeEverything

You should help them with their food…

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Or else they will be lazy a bro and just pack chicken and rice…than complain how much they hate chicken and rice and how life sucks.

Work on those wifey skills and help them out. I have taken it upon myself to be on top of his meal prep but MAN I did not realize how much food was needed for 3K calories…

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Maybe bit off more than I could chew but the creativity is a’ flowing friends.

Here’s some ideas for you based on some of his favourites. 

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Turns out he loves spaghetti squash. Hello volume! Plus he likes how filling it is while saving some extra carbs for later when he gets his fun meal..aka cereal

Cauli “rice” was also a great fine. that whole pot was 4 servings…FOUR and it’s massive.

We experimented and made cannelloni stuffed with Lactaid cottage cheese (higher protein, less fat) + canned crab meat. He liked them but with the amount of protein he needed, he felt like the crab was lost.

Shepherds pie was also a success. Really simple recipe too!

For 4 servings…

~2 large sweet potatoes, roasted and than mashed with rosemary, garlic powder and chili flakes

~around 800g of extra lean ground beef that was sautéed with mushrooms, zucchini and onion + liquid smoke, rosemary, 2 tbsp tomato paste and some fennel seeds.

Plop the beef mixture in the bottom of a sprayed tin and top with the mash and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until the top browns a bit (you can add some butter on top, I just sprayed it a bit with some coconut spray)

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He loved his little dairy free mac n’cheese cup. I used a lactose free, skim mozzarella cheese that we recently found at Zehrs and mixed it with some quinoa pasta (again, higher protein) and baked it in a ramekin until the top got nice and toasty. Served with a baked (my tin foil method) turkey breast fillet with steak spice and sautéed snap peas.

 

He was very very happy with his waffle sandwich. I tried to do the whole sweet potato chicken n’waffles thing but it had to be more macro friendly so I made a kabocha squash waffle (lower carbs) with chicken breast meat, his lactose free mozzarella cheese and a runny egg and he quite enjoyed it…

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When the photographer/chef says you have to show the sammich contents while pretending to eat it…

Kabocha Waffle (makes 2 waffles)

Blend together –> 90g cooked and mashed squash + 1/2 cup or 40g oats + 1 tsp baking powder + 1 egg white (32g) + Italian spices + water to make a thick batter. 

Spray your waffle maker (mine is sad and makes flat waffles…) and cook your waffles as directed. 

Annddd these little beauties were a quick and fun lil recipe from The Lean Green Bean that he actually loved.

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I used a lactose free white cheddar in the centre of each meatball (which was made with extra lean ground turkey + some chorizo sausage) and then rolled them in panko + Italian spices. The cheese burst while they were baking and turned out great over zoodles and sauce with spinach (cuz micros…).

And finally…breakfast. He has come to love avocado english muffins with runny eggs and turkey bacon but sometimes breakfasts sammiches sneak in there too…

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His camera makes this food look all glowy and such

Turkey bacon + spinach + Chicken breast + runny egg + sriracha and mustard on a whole wheat bagel. Good to go.

Ladies, if you and your man are into the bodybuilding lifestyle the time between March and summa generally means cutting season. Put your apron on and get your ‘swole’ comments ready because he would do the same for you so make him feel special during this hardship.

Have some fun and surprise him with some fancy feasts that fit his macros and you will win his heart and keep him shredding 😉

And if you don’t do that lifestyle, hope I gave some interesting food prep ideas!

Much love friends! 

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Cupid, Shoot Me Now…It’s Okay To Miss Love

My Friends!

Happy Valentines Day! Despite not thinking that days like this should be taken too seriously, I mean, if you’re in love you shouldn’t only celebrate it once a year, but I hope all the love birds out there make sure that they are spending some time with their other half today.

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Speaking of lovey dovey and all the gushy things, I’m gunna open all up to you all today a lil bit. Real talk time. Promise a long post is not what I’m trying to do here HA.

Love.

It’s a beautiful thing. It’s feeling like you want to be with someone always. They are your happy place. You adore taking the time to do things for them and their touch is probably the best thing of life.

Being Single.

This is a great place to be too. You have the time to learn about yourself through doing all the things YOU WANT. No compromises. You do you and you grow because of it.

You don’t need to take these lovey holidays to dwell on the fact that you don’t have that special person in your life at the moment. It really saddens me to hear others are sad on this day or hate when this day comes around because really it’s just another day.

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If you like chocolate, this day represents the national “it’s chocolate on sale’ day.

It gives you a reason to watch sappy Valentine’s day rom-coms in your PJ’s.

It’s a fun day to write cute Valentines for your friends.

You can be a lil kid again and make all your food heart shaped and in all shades of red and pink. 

See, so many fun themed things go on this day so what’s to hate on?

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All this being said, it is okay to take the time to think about things and let those feelings really sink in and be processed. Recently, not just today, I have been really been thinking about how I feel about relationships.

I miss them.

I miss the snuggles. I miss taking care of someone. I miss feeling connected with someone on that other level. Texting, calling and just feeling close with someone.

I miss it all.

I started to feel frustrated with myself because I have been saying how happy I am with my current level of confidence and and yet here I am feeling slightly upset with being single for this long.

Then I stopped myself and thought about the fact that I’m not upset I’m single. I’m not feeling as if I cannot function without a righthand man in my life. I’m not actively searching out for a guy to jump into a relationship with.

I’m still confident being on my own, but I’m also okay with also saying that I miss being in a relationship.

It doesn’t make you needy to want to be in a relationship. It doesn’t mean you’re insecure. It means you are a human and you’re not afraid to be vulnerable, open and honest about your feelings.

So today I hope you all enjoy yourself whether you are with your lovebird or whether you are with your friends, your family, your dog, your TV, your blanket, WHATEVER. Most importantly, think about yourself and make sure you give yourself some love too.

Cook yourself something bomb.

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For Breakfast–> Link

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Lunch

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And Dinnah –> Link 

Buy yourself your favourite flower and put it somewhere you can look at it’s beauty every day.

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Love Gerber Daisies! 

Go snuggle with your furball.

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Call your best friend and tell them you leeeerrvve them this much…

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Valentine’s Day is more then just for couples. It can also be about love in general. Love who you are wherever place in life you’re currently at.

Love you all! ❤

The Valentine’s Candies, love em’ or hate ’em? Cinnamon hearts are disgusting despite loving cinnamon. Not huge chocolate fan either so I would say leave ’em.

-Chelsea


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So…That Dating Pool…Ummm…About That..

My Friends!

So this is a “Chelsea spills her thoughts on paper” type of post. So hang on, things are going to get all personal and rambly.

Then again, this topic is something that everyone can relate to I’m sure, so start up some good discussions in the comments if you feel like chimmin in. 🙂

So the dating pool…

What’s that again?

No I’m not an old divorcee who is jumping back into the dating realm after 20+ years of marriage but I did have quite the departure from the ‘game’ after being in a 5 year relationship and I have to say the idea of dating still sounds weird coming out of my mouth.

Never mind that, it took me a bit to refer to myself as single after my previous relationship came to a close.

It wasn’t that my relationship ended in a horrible manner that left me scarred or anything. No. Quite the opposite actually. Although it was a rough last few months as my ex and I both came to the conclusion that we were just too different to ‘romantically click’ in the long run, we parted ways knowing a solid friendship and a deep love for each other would always remain.

So I accepted the fact that it was not meant to be.

I was okay with that.

I accepted the fact that I wasn’t in a relationship anymore.

I was okay with that too.

In fact, I was intrigued at how my new self would be as I had grown so much as a person since I was last flyin’ solo.

To be clear, it wasn’t my relationship alone that all of a sudden brought me out of my highly self conscious shell. It was my time to really come to know myself (that early twenties phase) and see what I could do. I will say in full confidence that my ex did show me that I could be and deserved to be loved and that it was huge for me at that time.

My confidence sky rocketed over those 5 years. I am no longer afraid to speak to new people. I can confidently walk right into a group of random people and start a conversation without embarrassment or worry of judgement. I can state my opinion without fear and lead a group without much thought.

I’m quite proud of this new Chelsea and her abilities.

I’m proud that she is strong and she knows what she wants.

So, this leaves me wondering why it took me so long to come back and confidently say that I was back in that dating pool ready to mingle.

Why was I hesitant to say that I was single?

Got me.

Honestly, I really have no idea. I wonder if my self-conscious pre-university self peeked back out to whisper bad thoughts like:

Will anyone want to love me again?

Isn’t it weird how we can go from one extreme to the next in our minds?

You swing from….I love my new found confident self because I’m more sure of myself then I have ever been. It really allows for me to go for the things I want because I feel I CAN actually achieve them. This leaves me very interested in how I will fare in new relationships…

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Why is no one interested in me? Maybe I don’t try hard enough or put enough effort into my appearance anymore so I’m not attractive enough to be asked out again.

It’s sad how it always comes back around to thinking there is something wrong with yourself which is not the case. Thinking is the key word there. You think but that’s not reality.

When you think about something too much or search for it, it won’t come. Let it come to you when the time is right.

I believe that I have come to understand that point now, but I will sadly admit to having moments of what’s written above.

If you ever find yourself asking yourself those things, stop those thoughts and replace it with how you’re taking this time to grow your own self and love YOU more then you ever have.

Only once you love yourself, can you love and be loved by someone else. Agree or disagree, I truly believe that to be true.

Okay, so I think I have gotten past that awkward “just gotten out of a long term relationship” phase and came to the conclusion that dating was an option. I also came to realize once again that if you don’t find someone right when you’re ready again that it’s okay. Instead, fuel that energy into doing the things you love and be a lil bit selfish while you are single.

So why is my mind still a mental clusterfu**?

Well you see I started having other doubts in myself as a result of a recent friendship turned exploration turned back to friends (I hope…). This experience lead me to worry about…

Am I too intimidating?

Sounds like a weird thing to say, and I have to say that I feel weird writing that here but it was actually a concern that crossed my mind.

Could this new found confidence that I have come to love so much about myself be scary for guys?

After having a chatter with my Mom, I have come to the conclusion that the answer here is no.

If there is something I love about myself, I should never feel as if it will stop me from finding a companion who will also love that thing about me. I have never been so confident and happy with myself then I am now so why should I ever, ever feel as if that is a bad thing or a turn off.

I cannot feel bad if a female who is assertive and says what she wants freaks some guys out. Apparently they are just not right for me.

I now know that a person for me is one who is mature and sure of themselves so that I don’t feel as if I’m walking all over them. What I mean by that is that I don’t like to be the only one with an opinion. Don’t be afraid to state what is true to you, don’t just agree with me 100% of the time because you’re afraid to think something different then me.

I also know, and have known for a while, that I need someone who has a good sense of what they want to do with their life. No you don’t need your 30 year plan written out in stone, but have some goals you’re working towards. I want someone whose driven and not still in that phase of hanging around without a care and watching life pass them by.

Is that too much to ask for?

Sorry if this post was scrambled. My head is forever scrambled HA! I tried my best to keep it flowin.

What are your thoughts?

-Chelsea