The Color Run Giveaway: Win a race entry!

Who wants a FREE entry to the #Happiest5k on Earth?!

As it turns out, you're in luck! As a 2016 Ambassador for The Color Run (Eek!) I have an awesome photo contest for all you runners, walkers, and skippers in The Windy City. The easy-peazy steps laid out below is all it takes for the chance to be throwing color in the air like you just don't care for FREE at Chicago's Grant Park event on June 5th. 


How to Enter the Giveaway

1. Go to my personal Instagram account & click Follow
2. Find the photo pictured above & double tap <3 (Like) 
That's it!
3. Bonus points if you: Regram the picture on Instagram + tag me @amchugh22
                                             Show your excitement by commenting on the Instagram post 
                                          Follow my fitness Instagram account (@amchugh_inchaarg)
    
*Giveaway will run from March 29th - April 1st at midnight. The free entry only applies to a Classic Entry in Chicago, IL. Winner will be based on completing the two mandatory entries successfully + any bonus entries*

Can't wait for the giveaway to be over and want to register now (or after the giveaway)? Use code CHICIL2 at checkout for $5 off! It's a win-win for some great Windy City fun.


#Happiest5k #Tropicolor
 

Healthy Eats: Buffalo Chicken Bowl Recipe

Let me just start by saying that this meal is my ultimate favorite. Literally. I can't get enough of it and have absolutely no remorse eating it for lunch, dinner, or as a snack.
The best part? It's super easy to make, healthy, and creates amazing left overs.
The Recipe

2 cans of corn
2 cans of black beans
2-3 Avocados
6 lean chicken breasts
1 cup of buffalo hot sauce (My favorite is Franks Buffalo Sauce)
1 TBS of minced garlic
1 bag of shredded cheese (I use Sargento 4 Cheese Mexican)
How To Make It

1. Cook chicken, garlic and buffalo sauce in a Crock Pot for 3 hours on high
2. Shred chicken once cooked
3. Drain and rinse the corn and black beans and add them to a bowl
4. Top off the veggies with your shredded chicken 
5. Sprinkle a hand full of shredded cheese on top and follow with slices of avocado

Keep it pretty or mix it up!

Super easy, right? Perfect for a quick meal and even better for an already prepared snack the next day. While trying out new recipes I look for taste, nutrition, and easy preparation. These buffalo chicken bowls get a check for all 3!
Happy eating :)

What It's Really Like To Do A 1 Day Juice Cleanse

Skeptical about juice cleanses? You're not the only one.

I was curious about doing a juice cleanse for quite some time now but the price - and, let's be honest, the fear of being extremely hungry - had always stopped me. Why do a juice cleanse? Juice cleanses are known for releasing the body of harmful toxins, minimizing stress, resetting our stomach, speeding up our metabolism, aiding in better sleep, and improving the appearance of our hair, skin, and nails. Sounds like a magical answer to a bunch of pesky problems, right? The long list of solutions was enough to convince me to try a 1 day cleanse before going full throttle with 3 days. 


After Googling juice cleanses offered in Chicago, I chose the Real Good Juice Co. located in Old Town. You can also find Real Good Juice Co. in River North and in the West Loop. I decided on this brand based on price, clever titles, and a positive reputation. For five 16 oz bottles of juice and one signature salad the total price came out to be $50.91 including tax. I began my cleanse at 9:30am and set timers for every two hours to drink the next juice. This 2 hour time frame was recommended by Real Good Juice Co. under the Juice Cleanse section on their website.

9:30 AM

First up, the Juice-Tin Bieber (insert laughing emojis here). The soothing three ingredients of almonds, coconut water, and sea salt created the perfect introduction. The taste was very enjoyable and the dose of antioxidants was enough to "look as youthful as a teenybooper pop star who strongly resembles a pretty woman". I savored my first juice by drinking it slowly over the span of an hour and a half. Before I knew it my timer was going off and it was already time for Juice #2.

11:30 AM

Time for the "lovechild" of apple, beets, carrot, ginger and lemon with drink number 2; the Juice Bigalow. Containing much stronger flavors than the Juice-Tin Bieber, this 100 calorie concoction had an earthy, yet pleasant taste. I found myself feeling alert and lacking any craving for solid food.

1:30 PM

While the first two drinks were enjoyably different, my least favorite out of the bunch was the Lucille Ball. This was solely based on my body having negative reactions to the mixture of lemon, cayenne, and maple syrup. Out of the three main ingredients the cayenne specifically did not sit well with my stomach and I unfortunately became sick due to this. My dislike was based on my own personal reaction and not because there was anything wrong with the drink itself.

*Personal note to self: cayenne is a no-no.

3:30 PM

After the negative reaction to the previous drink I was so glad to re-introduce my body to the Juice-Tin Bieber for the second time. The 65 calorie mix of light, hydrating ingredients was just what I needed. It was around this time that I began to feel very hungry and a little sluggish. 

5:30 PM

Hooray! The last juice of the bunch. Drink #5, the Punky Juice-Ster, was an unusual blend of matcha, almonds, chia, chlorophyll, and mint. Wacky, yet pretty good. I was glad that I saved this for last as it had more of a "desert" quality compared to the other flavors. 


I would be lying if I didn't admit that I thought the Signature Salad would be full of leafy greens and vegetables. Instead, the box contained sweet potatoes, soba noodles, cucumbers, and a light dressing. The sweet potatoes, spot on. The noodles and dressing, not so much. Maybe it was just the unfamiliar taste of the meal or having an overwhelming craving for pizza, but my body was looking for something light and this was a heavy option after cutting out solids for majority of the day.


The day of the cleanse I found myself not as hungry as I thought I would be and enjoyed most of the juice flavors. It wasn't until the next day, however, that I felt some positive results. I woke up with 10x more energy, was flushing out toxins about every 40 minutes, and loss 3 lbs of water weight. As expected, it is hard to see any drastic results from a 1 day cleanse compared to a 3 day cleanse, but I was still pleased for a first time try (you get what you put into it, right?).

These 4 tips are what I took away from the experience: drink LOTS of water in between juices, keep your mind preoccupied so that you are less likely to think about food, do not worry about the scale, and listen to your body. It's natural for your body to feel a unfamiliar to the introduction of a liquid diet, however if something is actual wrong, like an ingredient that is making you physically sick, listen to your body. It's also important to understand that the cleanse is about feeling clean and nourishing your body, not about losing weight.

Would I do it again? Maybe.

If I was to try another juice cleanse I would be sure to pay closer attention to the ingredients and explore the different juice cleanses offered within the city. For now, I'm sticking to my nutritious whole meals!

5 Things I Learned From #CHAARGSBFP

Today marks the last day of my first ever spring break inspired fitness plan through CHAARG (read more about CHAARG in last month's introductory post; Cheers to #CHAARGSBFP). 5 Weeks, 50+ #sweatsesh bolts, and here we are. Congrats fellow CHAARGies!

 The 5-week-long #CHAARGSBP fitplan was filled with daily workouts, check ins, and challenges to help inspire towards that itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny-yellow-polka-dot-bikini bod. The CHAARG-ified sequences - provided on Share It Fitness - left me feeling sore, refreshed, and scoring some major #bolt and #sweatsesh points. By printing out the provided weekly Fit Journals I was able to easily track my workouts, water intake, daily meals, check ins, and positive moments. 

[Fit Journal Obsession >> the separate sections available for writing what we were proud of accomplishing that day and what we plan to achieve tomorrow.] 

By documenting my progress each week with my new #inCHAARG Instagram account I was able to appreciate enjoying the process more while worrying less about perfection. This in itself was life changing. I had always worried about being the best and now, with the help of this fit plan, was able to let go of perfectionism and let in a new way of thinking.


Week 1 was all about being 1% More Positive. 

This theme couldn't have come at a better time. After getting laid off of my first post-college job, I had a hard time having faith that something better was around the corner.



The #CHAARGSBFP motto of "Your Vibes Attract Your Tribe", however, helped me look at this fit plan as an opportunity to use my spare time towards positive self-improvement. It was here that I learned that what had been missing from my previous workout routines was a sense of community. Having 999 other CHAARG girls as a support system really helped kick my new lifestyle into gear!


Week 2 - 1% More Sweat with VS Sport. The sweat game was real. 

I spent the week training hard in preparation for the 2016 Disney Princess Enchanted 10k. Lean meals and new workouts on my Share It Fitness account set the mood for the weekend's big event and, by channeling Week 1's theme of Positivity, I was able to have a clear head of what I wanted to achieve from the race and, most importantly, to have fun. The morning of the race came and before I knew it I had completed my very first 10k. The feeling was surreal! 


As if running the 6.2 miles wasn't enough, my race partner and I spent the rest of the weekend venturing all over Epcot, Magic Kingdom, and Universal Parks (nailing a 1st 10k called for a celebratory frozen Butter Beer). I had racked up 24+ miles within 48 hours! The weekend went down as one of the best weekend's of my 23 year old life and was a perfect opportunity to try something new while working up a sweat!


Week 3 was focused on 1% More Rest with Yogi Tea.
My new Nike yoga mat came just in time for meditating and doing some must-needed stretching! 



After running the 10k and traveling, Rest was the perfect theme to indulge in after working so hard. I found solace in using my new yoga mat to recover and center myself. With a fresh cup of green tea and an at home office set up, I used this time to job search and move forward.


1% More Fuel means 1% More Foodie Love.

This was my favorite week out of #CHAARGSBFP. I had always lacked whole, nutritious meals in my diet and didn't realize how much this was affecting my end results until participating in this fit plan. With a little inspiration from Pinterest, Tone It Up, CHAARG, and SELF Magazine's #NoTakeOutChallenge with Food 52, I had myself a plethora of healthy meals that I was excited to create every day. Loved having About Time Protein as Week 4's sponsor and showing my favorite protein snacks!


Not only did I feel accomplished to be cooking more at home and eating out less, but I also noticed a difference in energy and a difference in my appearance. I no longer felt like I needed a nap during the day and found myself looking forward to meal prepping for the week ahead!


1% More Self-Love with Dogeared. 

As if the fit plan couldn't bring anymore positivity into a workout lifestyle, the last theme of the challenge was self-love. During the previous week, everyone participating had received the cutest positivity pack from CHAARG to help send the fit plan home. I looked at the written letter of encouragement (and took advantage of the free Victoria's Secret Sport sports bra coupon included) to assure myself that I can and will finish the 5 weeks strong. 


I had come so far since feeling my life turn upside down merely 5 weeks ago and was proud of what I had accomplished for myself within that time. I did #CHAARGSBFP not knowing what to expect. I was a little apprehensive at why I should pay to take part in a fit plan and wondered if it would be worth it. Doing it, however, was the best choice I could have made at this point of my life. It felt good to work hard and complete a challenge, but it felt even better to see a noticeable change from it both mentally and physically. I strayed from my comfort zone to try new workouts, new activities, and new recipes and from it gained a new love for food, a deeper love for my body, and a strong grasp on what it means for me to be active. 

Was it worth it? Absolutely. 


I'm already looking forward to CHAARG's Fall Fit Plan and counting down the days until the next #CHAARGSBFP is offered! In the meantime, CHAARG offers on-campus and virtual (holla) memberships to make the most of being a fit, college and post-grad woman. 

What are you waiting for? #takeCHAARG of your life and join the CHAARG movement.




#C9atTarget: Power Shape Sports Bra Review

Nothing like a new sports bra!

Earlier in February I was chosen to try out the new C9 Champion Sports Bra line at Target by receiving a 40% off coupon from Influenster, a community of over 1 million social savvy shoppers picked to test the latest products based on a high social media impact score. AKA if you're chosen for a campaign you get sent a really cool Voxbox or VirtualVox of goodies to try and post about. In order to unlock the C9 at Target VirtualVox badge and be entered for the chance to win a Target giftcard, I, as a tester, had to complete certain tasks relating to the campaign including checking in + posting on social media and writing reviews on Target.com. 

As a #C9FitGirl, I was able to choose from a variety of color options in either the Power Shape or Power Core Compression style. Due to already having a lot of compression style sports bras, I decided to try the Power Shape in Grey. 


My first thought after putting it on was that it was a great option for women with a smaller chest who want a little more volume. Can we get a AMEN? The Power Shape provides medium support (lots of support for those of us less endowed) and a silky smooth exterior. I was pleasantly surprised at the firm shape due to the lack of padding added to the inside of the bra. My favorite feature besides being a pull over is the razor back silhouette! 


Ready to be a #C9FitGirl? Try C9 Champion's new Power Shape or Power Core Compression sports bra at Target today!