Healthy Living by Kelsey Scoggin

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In today’s day and age, the ideas on how to stay fit as well as how to eat healthy are never ending. These ideas can be somewhat daunting for people venturing into the fitness realm. However, as many can attest, it often takes a group of people to hold each other accountable to improve the overall standing of their health and wellness.

 

Oklahoma Fit Chicks, a branch of Fit Chick Training, is geared towards helping women achieve their physical goals. Fit Chicks believe “that every woman should have access to a personal trainer at an affordable price.” In a world where women are taught to compete against one another,  Fit Chicks is a supportive community that embraces women from all different walks of life with a “we are in this together” mentality. Whether you want to tone up, get stronger or simply have more energy to go about your daily routines, Fit Chicks is designed to help you achieve your goals.

 

We sat down with Kelsey Scoggin, a Fit Chicks trainer in Norman, Oklahoma, to learn more about about her health and fitness journey and how her path to becoming a Fit Chicks trainer began.


 

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What's your story?

I am a wife, mom, NSCA certified personal trainer, and a certified holistic health and wellness coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition! I grew up in a family that was very active. Whether we were playing sports or in the gym, we were always moving. My parents instilled the value of physical activity in me at a young age, and boy, am I eternally grateful! My mother was a nurse, so being health conscious was a normal thing around our house. I remember my mother always telling me “You should become a nurse or go into a field pertaining to health.” I always shook my head and said, “No, I don’t think that is for me.” Little did I know, I would indeed go into the health and wellness field! It was in college that this passion began to really develop. I discovered lifting weights and how to cook with whole foods. At this point, I still didn’t realize that this would become my profession. Several years later, here I am, a certified personal trainer and health and wellness coach, and I couldn’t feel more passionate about anything else on earth. My heart beats for others to encounter their greatest potential through living an empowered, whole life! My passion is to help others achieve their best self, through focusing on nutrition, fitness, and overall wellbeing. I love to help others spring forward into the life they have always dreamed of.


 

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How do you feel that Fit Chicks has impacted the women in your community and how do you feel it could impact women around the world?

I feel that Fit Chicks is a vehicle for women to find encouragement, accountability, and empowerment through being physically active. I believe there is something powerful about a group of women getting together to spur one another on towards their goals, whether fitness, business, or personal goals. Being a woman in this day and age has so many challenges. That’s why I wholeheartedly believe in the group setting. We truly are better together and that statement is as true in the gym as it is in life! ☺

 

Fit chicks can impact women around the world because the heart of fit chicks – an empowering community of women – can be translated into any endeavor. It’s simply a template that can be applied to any woman’s hopes and dreams. We weren’t made to run the race of life on our own. We need each other!

 

 

Why do you that feel health and fitness is important?

Our bodies are an incredible gift. We only get one. Just one shot at this thing. We don’t get to trade it in for a better model if we don’t take care of it. Because of that, I believe we owe it to ourselves and to God to take care of and love our bodies! We can’t do that when we don’t focus on two of the most important things that it needs—a nutrient dense diet, and exercise! We weren’t made to live off of fast food or to live sedentary lives! Get in the kitchen and cook and get outside and move! Your body will thank you for it! ☺



 

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Do you feel that it’s important for women to know that they can have a voice and a purpose?

Oh my goodness, yes! I have heard it said that the purpose of life is a life or purpose. If we don’t have a voice and a purpose then we aren’t truly living; we are simply enduring. I don’t believe that God created us to endure. I believe that when God created us He gave us desires and passions to pursue. I have found that as I have listened to my passions and desires and pursued them, I have come alive like never before! It’s not always easy or pretty, but I am confident it’s the life I was created for and the life YOU were created for!

 

What would be your advice to women who are wanting to help other women live a healthy lifestyle?

Just go for it! The truth is, we will never know everything or know every answer. You have something to give away that someone else needs! The best way to influence others is to lead by example. As you begin to develop good eating and exercise habits you will find that those close to you will begin to notice. Over time you will find them asking questions and begin looking to you for advice and tips. It all starts with your personal lifestyle. You have to live it before you sell it, so to speak.


 

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 How would you encourage women to live a meaningful, impactful life?

First, I would encourage you to start becoming in tune with your daily thoughts and daydreams. What do you think about? What are the things that always come to mind?

Secondly, I would encourage them to set aside some personal time. This could be at a favorite coffee shop or on a long walk, wherever your favorite spot is. Once you find it, I would challenge you to begin to take a personal inventory and really ask yourself what makes you come alive? What do you spend time daydreaming about? If you could get paid to do anything, what would it be? Take note of these things, write them in a journal, and hold on to them. These desires are like breadcrumbs that if followed will lead you to a life or purpose. That has been my own experience. The last thing I would say is once you have identified a passion or desire to simply take a step in that direction. No matter how big or small. You never know what that one step might set in motion.

 

 How do you think that health and fitness relates to leading an impactful life?

I believe that it’s impossible to be our best selves, and ultimately leave the biggest impact, if we aren’t taking care of our bodies. We need are bodies for absolutely everything that we do. There is no getting around that. That means the better eating, sleeping, and exercise habits you have, the better you will function in the day to day. The better you function on a daily basis the bigger impact you can make. You won’t be hindered or held back. A healthy lifestyle is the foundation to

living an impactful life.

 

Looking back now what is one thing you learned about taking a chance?

It is SO WORTH IT! Hands down the best decision I have ever made is to step outside of my comfort zone and to go for it. Things don’t happen within our comfort zone and I was tired of staying in the same place. Yes, I was scared out of my mind and feared failure but I also knew I just had to take that first step. And boy am I so glad I did! It has not been easy, but the journey and the process has been SO WORTH IT!



 

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Workout: Do it Anywhere: Quick, Full Body Tabata Workout




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Tabata: 20 seconds of hard work & 10 seconds to recover

 

Warm up for 3-5 minutes

 

Tabata 1

Reverse lunge + a hop (modify by removing the hop and just bringing the knee up)

Up & down plank (modify by bringing the plank to your knees)

 

Tabata 2

Mountain Climbers (modify by slowing your pace)

Marching Bridge (modify by doing bridge lifts- lifting and lowering your bottom)

 

Tabata 3

Plank walk out + a pushup (modify by bringing knees down for pushup)

Bicycle crunches

 

1 minute of mountain climbers

Repeat this 2-3X

 

Cool down by bringing your heart rate down slowly (marching in place, stepping side to side, etc.). Followed by some static stretching.

 

Recipe: Modified/Inspired by: Cooking Classy





 

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Autumn Kale Apple and Quinoa Salad

 

Ingredients:

½ cup tricolor dry quinoa

6 cups slightly packed chopped kale (about 1 ½ bunches- remover ribs before chopping)

2 crisp sweet apples, cored and chopped (I like pink lady or honey crisp apples)

1 cup chopped walnuts

½ cup dried cherries or cranberries

4 oz feta cheese, crumbled

 

Dressing:

½ cup olive oil

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

1 Tbsp honey

1 ½ tsp Dijon mustard

Salt to taste

 

Directions:

 

Cook quinoa according to directions on package and cool completely. While quinoa is cooling, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients in a jar or bowl. Add kale to a salad bowl, whisk dressing once more and then pour ¾ dressing over kale and toss until kale is evenly coated. Cover bowl and chill for 15 minutes (adding the dressing and letting it rest helps soften the kale a bit).

 

Remove salad from refrigerator, add apples, quinoa, walnuts, and cherries/cranberries. Pour remaining dressing over salad and then toss. Add feta cheese and toss slightly. Serve or store covered in refrigerator for up to 4 hours.

 

*Note that this salad actually does hold up really well for a few hours, but with that said I recommend dipping the apples in a lemon water solution (1Tbsp fresh lemon juice with 1 cup water in a bowl), let apples rest in the mixture for about 1 minute then remove and drain on paper towels. This helps reduce browning if you aren’t going to be eating the salad right away.

 

Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Maybe before this paragraph elaborate a little more on health and why its important. How it can be hard to stay fit and it eat right and go into the Fit Chicks Paragraph. Just to add a little more content.

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This is really good Jasmine! Absolutely perfect!

Contributors: Kelsey Scoggin

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