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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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 fitness devices like the VivoFit (their new fitness tracker which I don’t have, yet…) and my Forerunners (GPS running watches).  Well, I uploaded my run from this morning (woot!  I ran today!) and decided to check out my yearly mileage.  One thing became obvious: registering for the Philadelphia Half Marathon was a good decision.


I made the decision to register for the Philly Half Marathon back in June.  My foot injury had finally let up (from August 2013) and I finally have the time to exercise more (summer vacation).  I didn’t get started right away but eventually that decision paid off in motivation.

While I didn’t do my training like I should have (grad school and stuff), one thing is clear from the above graph.  I need to stop beating myself up over not doing enough and see how far I have come in the last few months.  While it might not have been as much as it should have been for the half marathon, I am still doing more than I was.  This graph doesn’t show all of my workouts, but running is my staple and it fluctuates like the rest of my workouts do.  I usually do more running than anything else so just looking at a graph of my mileage is pretty indicative of how active I am at the time.

So I guess I learned a few things today.

  • I’m doing more activity than I gave myself credit for.
  • Singing up for races works for me.
  • I still need to get into a regular routine.

That last statement can be seen on a different chart on Connect where it shows the number of tracked activities per month.  My goal is to get a nice steady, level line on that chart that shows consistency.  Now I just have to be happy with what I have done and improve on it!

Are you realistic about your activity levels?

I still don’t think I do enough, but at least I am doing way better than just a few months ago!  That was surprising to me.

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