Guess Who’s Back…Random Thoughts Thursday.

Happy Thursday! Oh we are so close to the weekend I can taste it. With all the crazy going on in the world let’s have a happy chat shall we? Pull up a chair and grab a coffee (or vino depending on what time it is) and let’s get into the randomness.

Life has been peachy around these parts and your girl is still doing lots of yoga – running – teaching cycle and sculpt classes at Life Time. Busy times in the life of Chelsea but honestly I would not have it any other way. (Oh and I’m teaching dance again! Coming in March.) I am simply loving life and the people that are closest to me at the present moment.

Social media wise I have been feeling like less is more lately. Anyone else? Honestly the only thing I share these days on social are cycle playlists and the times that I teach for the people who care. I saw this tweet earlier and it really is an ENITRE VIBE.

I also notice I have more…hmm let’s call it….*story stalkers* on my IG and FB due to me just sharing less. Almost like they are going to get MORE INFO there? LOLz. I think it is kind of hilarious. I guess I get being nosey & bored. But then again…I also think the art of maybe just calling to see how someone is doing is a LOST ART. End rant.

At the end of the day I just vibe with people who love to laugh, be humble and mind their business. And are about their business. Nothing more and nothing less.

Y’all who have been reading long enough know I don’t hold back though when the situation calls for it. Ha.

I know the “new year new me” stuff is played out – but I really am feeling the energy of keeping people in your circle who want to BE THERE. Can I get a dang amen??! Love yo’ tribe. And love on your girlfriends ladies.

2023 spin cycle playlists baby…they are COMING!! I do still post on my Spotify on a weekly basis, so peep that if you need some ideas, cycle instructors. I’ll get back on that game next week post wise. Now that the holiday hoopla and post holiday career catch up is slowing down. So check out my latest until then.

Have a good rest of the week friends! Be good or be good at it.

What’s on tap for the rest of your week?!? Any other Life Time instructors in the blogosphere? Share with me your random rants and happy things making your soul happy.

TGIFriday Faves & Happy 2023.

Happy 2023, ya’ll! And yes you can imagine me saying that in the most Texan of accents, haha. It is the first Friday of the new year (!) so that is something to get excited about! I got some miles in this morning, and also enjoyed this glorious Texas sunrise, I definitely would not have it any other way. I’ve also got some Friday faves to kick things off in a proper fashion! So let’s get straight to it.

Kicking off the new year team teaching a spin cycle class with my girl Leedonna! It was a “Black girl magic” moment for sure. I have been teaching a TON over the holiday and helping out with so many instructors out and I have to say I really loved making all of the holiday money…and doing something I love all at the same time. So cheers to that.

Cooking up some things in the kitchen! Those stuffed shells were also a HIT. Even though Christmas is over I have this smoked salmon dip next to try for a fun weekend snack. I’ve been meaning to hit up Trader Joe’s lately too because I’m obsessed with their Everything Seasoning + smoked salmon.

I TAUGHT DANCE in Frisco, for the first time in YEARS!!! Haha. Had a fun group attend my class, after I had already taught 3 spin classes in one day. Had way too much fun doing that. YES…we are bringing the true “dancing runner” back to life.

I have my first race on the schedule for Spring 2023! Yes…that racing thing…Chelsea still does that. LOL. I took a huge racing hiatus after 2 back to back 50ks last year. Mainly because of my full time schedule / part time schedule getting so hectic and just really falling in love and dedicating most of my free time, to Life Time. Also…let’s be real I’d rather get PAID to work out these days. But, Hachie is still on the list. Haha…talk about a 50 mile FUN RUN. That will make for lucky number 7 in the 50 mile race department.

Yoga is still one of my main loves in life, and I really loved winding down last night with some beautiful hot yoga at Sanara. Tomorrow I’ll also be squeezing some more in at our new Craig Ranch location.

That’s all for now…feel free to catch up with me in the comments…and cheers to another wonderful year of doing what you love. And loving what you do.

How was your holiday/new year?! Any upcoming winter/spring marathons and/or ultras for you?
What can I say, I just like ultras…ultras are my favorite.

TGIFriday Faves.

TGIF, happy Friday and all that jazz! I hope all is well in your world. If you’re anything like me you still have a ton of Christmas shopping to do…YES?! Well I am definitely looking forward to that this weekend…as well as running, brunching and teaching spin class!

Let’s get straight to this week’s faves!

Checking out a new to me fitness studio in the morning! Body Machine Fitness…I know some of my peeps are familiar but it was my first time checking it out for their lifting + running circuit. It was like a freaking nightclub up in there. I was sweating within the first 5 minutes and was dripping sweat after 45 minutes. Love when all of that happens in under 1 hour. Efficiency baby.

Tips for a positive post-season retrospective. Love THIS, especially for my fellow runners who don’t have much of an outlet…besides running. And WHEW CHILE….that comparison trap never gets easier does it? Especially when you are just glued to social media, and (marathon) runners love to OCD style talk about miles.

I know…I used to be that runner.  Yikes. HAHA. Thank you for bearing with me.

This…is so freaking spot on. Put in on your wall at work if you need a reminder at times.

 

 

(Randomly) making these stuffed shells for dinner! Lately I’m back in the kitchen with my chef Chelsea kick. These spinach and ricotta stuffed ones were absolutely incredible. Really a nice comfort dish to make for your family during the holidays.

Plus this…your Friday funny.

How was your week? Any faves!? Feel free to share with me!

TGIFriday Faves.

Happiest of Fridays to you! I got my morning started with a run to the tune of this glorious Texas sunrise! Yes, it is true that Texas sunrises and nature in general is just more beautiful this time of year than in other parts of the country!!

Once again…sorry but really not that sorry.

Let’s get to my faves from this week!

Love this hottie Black girl magic triathlete Sika Henry killing it in the game. Utmost respect always for my ultrarunner peeps. What can I say, we are unicorns in that big sea of humdrum marathon runners. Way to set the 100k record girlfriend.

Wellness trends that will shape your well being in 2023. Work out your MENTAL HEALTH like you do your body. All about that baby.

Bonfire cider!! I saw this browsing one of many of my favorite non running blogs. Definitely making it even though it’s no longer October.

-Our Craig Ranch country club just opened! Checking it out for sure this weekend for working out and recovery.

-Plus a little funny for your Friday.

BTW I haven’t been able to find this hat anywhere…but it’s a friend of mines hat and I have to say it’s pretty awesome. If you know, you know. Get me one when you see it please and thanks.

Have a marvelous weekend!

What are you up to this feel good Friday!? What’s your favorite workout besides running?
HOT YOGA hands down. I’m also checking out a new kickboxing studio tonight….we’ll chat next week.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Career life has been busy along with the holiday hustle and bustle but I have not forgotten about you readers! I feel like today is a great day for some randomness, yes?! Let’s get straight down to the nitty gritty.

Running lately has been chill and a great stress release from the busy days working all day and into the night. PLUS the wonderful colors are all around. We tend to see the leaves change later on in the season down in Texas so I am enjoying the scenery of my morning runs.

Yoga has also been quite wonderful in the evenings…stretching out from being sore all the time teaching my cycle + sculpt classes. My arms and shoulders are always tight lately so yoga has been winning in the workout department. Love seeing the results though and the changes in my body.

I have TWO holiday parties this weekend (plus I will be working) so I’ll have to set aside extra time to inhale exhale. HOT yoga is tonight too so that will be blissful.

I am loving that I really have no race plans at the moment (marathons are boring to me right now, probably because I have done too many of them sorry not sorry) but I do have an ULTRA on the roster for 2023! So more to come and you will see ultra runner Chels make a comeback. But “off season Chelsea” is a happy Chelsea and I make no apologies for running just for fun.

Me versus me always and forever amen. HAHA. I’m such an only child.

Anyone watching any good shows? Tell me what I should be watching when I am not doing yoga.

My absolute favorite fall and winter scent right now. Victoria’s Secret Warm and Cozy. It’s the little things that make my soul happy.

Feel free to share some randomness with me today!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Happy hump day to ya! We’ve got a hot spin cycle playlist for your eardrums today!! These high energy songs are also great for running or for any HIIT workout.

Also come check out a class at Life Time during the holiday season if you are local! I’ll also be teaching my usual classes ~ then subbing at the following locations below. Yes peep the Dance Jam class below. Bring your dancing shoes.

Let’s go for a ride!

TERN UP- DJ Class: Warm up
Bop Bop- Saucy Santana: Accelerations
Get Right- Jennifer Lopez: Rolling hills
Light Up My Life- Jack Wins, Joe Stone: Standing run
Bad- Pitbull, Michael Jackson: Tap backs
Turnin’ Me On- Keri Hilson, Lil Wayne: Climb
Headphones- Banx & Ranx: Pushups/Tapbacks
Move Ya Body- Nina Sky: Climb
Unlove You- Neyo: Jumps on a hill
Melanin- Kah-Lo: Sprints
Spiral- Lena Leon: Seated/standing run
Transition- LUSU: Climb
Turbulence- Laidback Luke: Sprints
Passion- Cherokee: Cool down

Feel free to share what you are jamming to this week!

Weds Spin Playlist.

I’m back with a hot new playlist for your workout pleasure! It has been a busy season for me with teaching tons of classes at Life Time but I haven’t forgotten about this blog-o-thing!! I have a workout for my fellow spin cycle instructors as well.

Check out a class sometime if you are local! Send me a message and I can guarantee you a pass to class.

Plus, let’s be friends on Spotify! I am loving my top songs for 2022. Lots of great memories with each and every song.

Let’s go for a ride!

CTRL + ALT + DEL- Reve: Warm up
Cha Cha- Dram, DJ Sliink: Standing run
The Motto- Tiesto, Ava Max: Tapbacks
Low- Juicy J, Nicki Minaj: High Lows/Jumps
Super Cool- Floyd Wonder- Sprints
Levitating- Dua Lipa, DaBaby: Climb
Higher Love- Kygo, Whitney Houston: Rolling hills
Do It to It- Cherish, Sean Paul: Climb
Good Good Night- Roscoe Dash: Accelerations
Big Energy- Latto: Active recovery
I Cry- Flo Rida: Rolling hills
Fine China- Chris Brown: Jumps on a hill
Jungle- Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman: Sprints
South of the River- Tom Misch: Cool down

Feel free to share what workouts / workout music you are loving this week!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Happy hump day to ya! Hope you are having an equal parts fun and productive week so far. Let us get straight to the jams now shall we?! Check out my busy holiday teaching schedule and let’s be friends on Spotify!

Let’s go for a ride. Ride it out and hit that beat!

Shakin’ It 4 Daddy- Robin Thicke: Warm up
Can You Feel It- The Jacksons: Standing run
Bulletproof- Dave Aude Remix: La Roux: Tapbacks
Rude Boy Giddy Up- Remix: Sprints
Dance Again- Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull: High Lows
Like That- Seamus D: Sprints
Fantasy- Mariah, ODB: Rolling hills
Lose My Breath- Destiny’s Child, Maurice Joshua: Jumps
Pump It Up- Endor: Climb
Coffee Shop- Accelerations
Unholy- ACRZE Remix: Tapbacks/Jumps
Calabria: Claptone: Rolling hills
Starships- Nicki Minaj: Tapbacks/Pushups
Bourbon- Gallant: Cool down

Feel free to share what workout songs you are grooving to this week!

Fitness Instructor Life Chronicles…What’s in My Bag.

Hope your week is starting off in a productive and happy fashion. It’s a back to back week for me of teaching classes at the gym, working my full time job, getting some running in and doing all of the things in the busy world of Chelsea. But since my life has been VERY instructor/gym focused as of late I figured we would do this cute little edition I would like to call the “Fitness Instructor Chronicles”.

Something a little different from your humdrum runner’s blog, HA. I often get a lot of questions from people who either want to be an instructor, or just are simply nosey folk. So…I figured…hey let’s talk about it! Day in the life. Mostly because (for me) it is a great passion of mine and oh so fun to talk about.

Today we are talking about WHAT’S IN MY BAG! Gym bag…that is. Lately I’ve been living out if this thing so we can dive right on in.

Clean and Clear Morning Burst. I love this face wash especially when my skin is feeling dehydrated and when I am on the go. It has really never let me down. I love the exfoliating bursts and it also had energizing ginseng in it / Vitamin C to wake you up in the morning. Perfect when I teach my 5:30 AM spin classes or refreshing myself after a run.

Headbands / hair ties. I like to have options when it comes to headbands to hold back the curls. Usually I get these from Walmart and/or Target! Simply because they are so dang cheap and they usually sell them in packs. Easy to just pull your hair back and go.

Spin cycle / running shoes. Fun fact I ALWAYS keep my cycle shoes in my car! Along with a little shoe deodorant to keep them smelling good. I am super guilty of leaving my cycle shoes AT the gym (usually in the instructor locker) but I have separation anxiety when it comes to those babies so I need ‘em within reach at all times My favorite cycle shoes are the Shimano brand.

Electrolyte packets. I recommend NUUN hydration (especially for my runners – they have ones with caffeine in them too). I have also enjoyed the LMNT brand. Watermelon salt for the absolute win.

Aloe butter. My new fave! From Plethora L.A. My skin gets real dry especially since I’ve been sweating so much teaching lately so this keeps my skin calm and hydrated.

Quick snacks. Dried fruit and nuts all day every day. Sometimes I’ll grab turkey jerky if I am needing some protein.

What are some of your gym bag / workout essentials?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

It has been a busy few weeks with work schedule adjustments and such but your girl is still around! Just getting things done and finding time for solo serenity when I can. I’m loving discovering/running new trails in the ‘hood as of late. And fall foliage views like this one. I’m in sheer fall lover heaven.

I’ve really been enjoying ClassPass and finding new boutique studios all over Dallas for workouts. Last week I privilege of doing a killer strength + HIIT workout with celeb trainer Luke Milton at the new Training Mate! We did lots of moves with the kettlebells, weighted bar and different machines like this rogue echo bike. These bikes kind of remind me of the 80s but like an upgraded version. I was literally sore after doing this circuit for days and days. LOVE.

Another current obsession…La La Kind Café. I know my Dallas bubble friends are well versed on this one but is new to ME so that makes my soul happy. Plus…everything is bright yellow inside and they have every non dairy milk latte known to man. I plan on trying everything in the menu.

Speaking of loving all things bright and happy…I came across a TBT of me and Big Bird from back in the day. Literally was one of my fav Sesame Street characters back in the day. Just me and my homie BB straight chillin’.

Anyone out there love crazy fun leggings with fun patterns like me? I need to find more leggings with skulls on them like these. Absolute fave. And yes I know Halloween is over but I still love ’em.

I was putting together another playlist for my class this weekend and thought about throwing a Kanye track on there then removed it. How are we feeling about Kanye on playlists these days? I know a lot of people are totally still canceling him everywhere. I freaking love his music still though (just his throwbacks) so I’m torn.

It is TIME to put up the Christmas tree (oh yes I am that girl who decorates well before Thanksgiving) but I am thinking I will get a new one. I just threw out the old one. This baby and I have been through years and years of fun but I’m needing a bigger one. My Christmas lovers please let me know if you see a big Christmas tree that is PINK somewhere. I am searching far and wide. Hot pink preferred please and thank you.

-I haven’t played Christmas music yet but I think I am going to start today. And maybe sign up for a cute Christmas race (!). Definitely getting into that holiday spirit.

Where my Christmas lovers at?! Have you started playing Christmas music yet? Put up your tree??! Feel free to share.