I’m so excited to keep this series going – I love that I have all these inspiring people in my life. In case you missed them, you can see ‘A Community of the Committed‘ part one with Mary here and part two with Angie here!
Today, I want you to meet Chelsey! I haven’t know her as long as some of the other people I highlight in this series, but let me tell you, this girl is so awesome. I love her drive, dedication and seeing her posts about early morning workouts — especially because I don’t have that motivation to get up at 5am. Check out her story – I love her response to #5!
Physical fitness has always been a part of my life, but when I turned 22, I really began focusing more on what I was consuming and not just on my training. In early spring of 2013, I signed up for a fitness bootcamp and learned so much about nutrition that I was just ignorant to. Once that bootcamp ended, I became really motivated to get more fit, eat healthy, and to be happy with myself.
2) What or who motivates you to workout?
Honestly, the biggest motivation for me is the desire to look great naked!
3) What is your workout of choice? Did it take you a while to find your soul-mate workout?
Running; it’s the only consistent thing that has worked for me. It didn’t take me a while to find it, but it took me a long time to actually start doing it! I started running at 5 mph for half-mile increments, now I’m running anywhere from 8-11 mph for a straight 20-30 minutes.
4) What do you love most about working out?
I just feel good; physically and mentally.
5) How did you find confidence to attend a new class/run a race/lift weights around guys/compete in a show? (whichever applies to you)
My mindset is always “you’re here for you!” I never really pay attention to whom or what surrounds me while I’m training because I’m usually pretty focused! It’s funny because I feel like I intimidate a lot of people while I’m at the gym because despite whether or not I know what I’m doing, I move about with a purpose.
6) What’s your favorite part of your body or muscle to work and why?
My upper body; I love seeing definition in my arms, shoulders, and back.
Gym membership; but in the summer I occasionally run outside with my dog (especially when we’re away camping or vacationing). At-home DVD’s never hold my attention for long enough & get tedious.
8) When were you in the best shape of your life?
Still trying to achieve that.
9) How many days per week do you exercise?
10) What is your mantra when it comes to food/diets? Do you watch what you eat? Have an 80/20 rule? Always eat what you want? Taste everything, eat nothing?
I pretty much eat the same things every day; protein paired with a vegetable or carb. It’s usually chicken or extra lean turkey with brown rice, green beans, bell peppers, broccoli, or sweet potatoes. A lot of my friends/family comment on my food being boring or annoying to eat the same thing every day, but I have no complaints because it’s only fuel and it works for me.
11) Do you meal prep for the week? What’s your usual routine?
I work full-time and go to school 4 nights a week so I’m constantly on-the-go! I usually prep my meals for the week on Sundays, and sometimes a second time on Wednesdays. My meals are far from gourmet – I’m all about what’s quick and easy in the kitchen. I usually bake or pan-sear my meat; while the meat is cooking, I’ll prep veggies or sides and get my snap-wear ready for each day’s meals.
12) What’s an easy go-to healthy recipe you love?
Protein pancakes: UMP chocolate protein, egg whites, quick oats, and ground flax seed.
13) What’s your favorite cheat meal?
Tropical Smoothie Café
14) What words of encouragement do you have for someone that’s looking to make fitness and nutrition more important in their lives?
Everyone was once a “beginner!” The best advice I have for someone that wants to make fitness and nutrition more important is simply to start. Make realistic goals; nobody gets out of shape overnight, so don’t expect to get in shape overnight. Be patient and strive for progress!
15) What’s your goal moving forward with fitness?
Having an active and healthy lifestyle is hard work and takes a lot of dedication, so my biggest goal is to never stop.
Keep on doing what you’re doing, Chelsey – you rock! Thank you so much for being a part of this series – I’m looking forward to following your journey.