Hello and thanks for stopping by! My name is Angela. I am a scientist, wife, cat-mom, and fitness enthusiast. This page is my personal blog, and you will find a range of topics, centered around healthy living. Why “The Chicken Scoop”?  Well, when I started this blog, we had just gotten a small flock of chickens and the name just stuck!  I hope you enjoy your visit!

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No More Staycation!

I got good news today: my background check has gone through its first round and I can start work on Monday! Woohoo! Sadly, my extended unpaid vacation is over but I’m actually really happy about that. While it might sound nice to have all this time at home, I get super board and don’t want to do anything. I prefer being somewhat busy and having

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Getting Back in the Workout Habit

Lots has been going on but how about just a workout update?

Last Friday, I kicked my own butt with 30 minutes of Les Mills Body Combat. My arms hurt for days.

Saturday, I had a wedding. I danced so much (and never took off my heels!) that I was awoken the next two nights with leg PAIN (much more than soreness but it

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Snoozing Through My Workouts: 5 Tips to Make Morning Exercise Easier

Clock, Alarm, Time

The first 2 weeks of my 8 week fitness challenge are done and I really dropped the ball in week 2.

I was super busy Thursday through Sunday and I didn’t make the time to get in some exercise. Even though I did more walking than usual, I didn’t hit my 7,000 step mark which I count as an “active day”.

What I

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Giving Myself a Break

I think it has been pretty obvious around here that I’ve been beating myself up lately over my lack of fitness, healthy eating, everything. I keep trying to make big goals to try to get my healthy life in gear but I always feel like I’m not doing enough.

And then today, I checked my Garmin Connect. It is Garmin’s platform for all of their

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Just Keep Going

Hey everyone!  I have a quick break but can’t take too long because things are CRAZY right now!  You might have noticed my lack of blogging lately and that is because school is just too insane to take the time away from my work.  I wanted to just stop in and say hello though! 

Obviously I have lots of school work happening but I’m

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6 Steps to Work Efficiency

So, how about those races I signed up for?  Let’s recheck my calendar:

September 27th – Peddle Paddle Run October 18th – Atlantic City 10K November 23rd – Philadelphia Half Marathon

And that fancy, schmancy training plan I made?  Well, it started 2 weeks ago.  Have I peen following it?  Nope.

School started last week and while I’m busier than normal, I’m not so busy

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Nutrition Accountability Week

This week, my friend Kristen (over at Livin’ Life in Louie) and I are making each other accountable by tracking and sharing everything we eat. I have been really struggling to get moving and losing this weight. My eats haven’t been great and my fitness is very lacking so being accountable to a friend really helps. Maybe I’ll skip that dessert or the handful

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My New Routine: Lifting, HIIT, and Low Carb

Back when I was new to working out, I just did whatever came along.  It was hard to get started but if I had a chance to do something, that is what I did.  I started with a workout game on my Wii.  Then it changed to training for a 5K that a friend was organizing.  Then I joined a gym with a friend who

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