Monthly Archives: December 2013

What Runners Want for Christmas

As a runner, there is an endless list of gear & supplies that I can think of to put on my Christmas list. My list this year has basically consisted of cold-weather gear and a few gadgets that I’ve been wanting to try. Any money I get will go towards the purchase of one of these beauties.

But what do runners really want for Christmas? Gear, gadgets, protein bars, gels, socks, sneakers, fancy racing vests…

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Don’t we all!

Happy Friday 🙂

❤ Chelsea

 

No Makeup, No Problem

Yesterday’s Elf 4 Health challenge was to go a whole day without wearing makeup. From what I saw on the Facebook page, this was a difficult challenge for a lot of people. I generally wear a little mascara and lip gloss, but not much else, so it wasn’t too bad for me, but I still missed the little enhancements that my usual daily makeup gives.

I did find one thing especially interesting, though. I posted a photo of my makeup-free self on Facebook, just to see what the results would be.

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Me in all my early AM, no-makeup glory!

I didn’t personally think there was anything terribly special about the photo. It’s just a normal, run of the mill selfie. I also thought I looked a little bit tired, since the photo was taken before I’d had my life elixir (read: giant cup of coffee) for the day.

The photo turned out to be my most popular post so far this week. It raked in 14 “likes”, and a couple of very nice comments. Not a huge turnout, but enough to make a statement. I didn’t need a full face of makeup (or any makeup for that matter) for people to think this was a good photo. Makeup is a lot of fun, and I do enjoy wearing it most days, but I learned that I don’t need it to feel good about myself. My appearance doesn’t define who I am, and I don’t need to alter my appearance to be loved. If I want to wear makeup (and I usually do), that’s my choice and I do it for my own enjoyment. If not, that’s fine too. Do whatever makes you happy and be yourself, and your inner beauty will shine through 🙂

Do you usually like to wear makeup, or do you prefer a more natural look? Have you ever tried a makeup-free day?

Happy Almost-Friday All!

❤ Chelsea

Elf 4 Health, Week 1

Hey All! Sorry for the radio silence over here. I’ll be completely honest and say that I just haven’t felt up to blogging.

This past week was the start of the Elf4 Health program, created by Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean and Elle from Nutritionella. When you sign up for the program, you are matched up with a partner (or “elf”) and given challenges to complete for each day of the week. You have one partner for 2 weeks, and then you’re matched with someone new for the second 2 weeks. My partner Annie has been amazingly supportive and helpful throughout week 1.

Here’s a rundown of the first week’s challenges:

Monday: Meatless Monday

The challenge is self-explanatory. I started my day with an Ideal Protein Chocolate shake and a cup of coffee. Lunch was a big salad with robust italian dressing. Dinner was a bit more challenging, as my current diet really requires a meat product for dinner. My only vegetarian options are tofu and eggs, neither of which we had in the house. I was a little bit concerned until I read on the Elf 4 Health Facebook page that fish was allowed for the challenge, so I went with some broiled flounder with green and wax beans. Deliciously healthy!

Tuesday: Unsubscribe from at least 3 email lists and/or catalogs

This one sounds kind of dull, but it was actually one of my favorites this week. Through the Facebook page I found a website called Unroll.me. If you haven’t used this service before, it’s an absolute must! You just enter your email address and the website finds all of the email lists you’re subscribed to. Then you just click “unsubscribe” from all of the ones you don’t want anymore. You’ll be amazed at how much less junk you get in your email! I found over 250 subscriptions, and unsubscribed from 215 that I didn’t need. Unroll.me also allows you to group related lists together and get them all in one big email each day. How cool is that?!

Wednesday: Try a new workout today!

My original plan was to go to a new bootcamp class at the gym Wednesday morning. I had plans to meet my friend Bill in the city, and since Wednesday was the busiest travel day of the year, I opted out of class in favor of an earlier train. I didn’t get to do a new workout on Wednesday, and will be taking the class this Thursday after work to make up for it.

Thursday: Call someone you’re thankful for and tell them

I didn’t call anyone, because I knew everyone I would’ve called was busy preparing dinner and hosting guests. Instead, I made sure that everyone on that list got a text at some point during the day wishing them a Happy Thanksgiving. A few people even beat me to the punch (looking at you Sarah and Michael)!

Friday: Track your water intake

I’ve recently become a HUGE water drinker. I always have a water bottle, and am constantly filling it throughout the day. My record is 7 bottles in one workday, for a total of 165.9oz. On Friday I successfully drank half my body weight in ounces, for a total of 82 ounces. This is about what I try to shoot for on a daily basis. To get your number, divide your weight in half and drink that many ounces of water. So a 150 lb person would shoot to drink 75 ounces of water each day.

Saturday: Treat yourself to something you’ve been wanting

I went up to Troy on Saturday with my mom. We did a joint training session with James at Rezultz, visited my friend Louis at his flower shop The Enchanted Florist in Albany, and then headed into downtown Troy for some Small Business Saturday shopping. After we finished shopping we met up with my friends Jamie and Mike, Jamie’s father and her sister Laura for lunch at Spillin’ the Beans. This was one of my favorite cafes when I lived in Troy. They have excellent paninis, so I treated myself to “The Godfather”, which features hot sopressata, greens, tomato, balsamic drizzle, and mozzarella cheese, and is served with kettle chips. The diet I’m currently on allows very limited carbs, so sandwiches are often not an option. I decided to take a “cheat day” and have one, and I’m so glad I did.

Sunday: Complete 100 Burpees

This was a big challenge for me. I absolutely hate burpees. My form on them isn’t great, and they are harsh on my wrists and ankles. I was sore in the morning from Saturday’s workout, and I admittedly stalled until early afternoon. Around 1, I put on an episode of Psych on Netflix for entertainment and got started. I split them up into 10 sets of 10, with a 5 minute rest in between each set. This worked out beautifully. It made the process a lot more bearable for me, and I felt so accomplished when I was done!

Week one was a big success. I can’t wait to fill you in on Week 2! If you want to participate in the program, you can sign up now and be matched up for weeks 3 & 4 🙂

I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start. Happy Monday!

❤ Chelsea