Dine & Dash Diaries


Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. I’m Chelsea, the 22-year-old blogger behind Dine & Dash Diaries. I started this healthy living blog to document recipes, workout regimens, race recaps, occasional restaurant reviews and snapshots of my daily life. I’m a bit of a health anomaly—not only am I a vegetarian, but I’m lactose intolerant, allergic to nearly everything in nature (yes, including grass…), and to top it off, I’m a runner with exercise-induced asthma. But I promise I’m normal! Or so I like to think.

I’m a recent graduate of Iowa State University, where I studied journalism and graphic design. I could go on and on about how much I loved college—tear!—but instead I’ll fill you in on my post-grad life. I’m currently a contributor and freelance editorial assistant at Meredith Corporation, where I research, write and produce stories for Better Homes and Gardens, Do It Yourself, Storage and several other home design magazines (you can see my work here).

Why I started Dine & Dash Diaries

During high school, I was always active in sports—cross country was my favorite, but I also ran track and played tennis. I spent weekends running around the golf course near our home, and my friends and I frequently entered races for fun. I never had to worry about my eating habits or workout routine because I was burning calories constantly.

But college is a different story. Instead of sports, I immersed myself in school magazine positions and magazine internship applications (shoutout to my ASME friends!). My diet remained decently healthy (with a few more late-night pizza slices, of course), but I stopped working out on a daily basis and I could feel myself becoming lazier. I didn’t gain a noticeable amount of weight, and I don’t have an inspiring weight loss story. I simply stopped feeling great about myself because I wasn’t as active or fit as I used to be.

So I changed. I started planning meals, choosing healthier snacks, hitting up the gym and limiting my candy intake (for those of you who know me personally, that last one was a doozy. I can eat my way through a bag of Sour Patch Kids like it ain’t no thang). I signed up for my first half-marathon and started lifting weights, which I hadn’t done since high school.

So where does Dine & Dash fit in? It all came together when I stumbled my way into the world of healthy living blogs. It started with Julie, Courtney, Kristin and Gina. I then discovered Kath, Caitlin and Tina. Soon I was reading dozens of blogs a day and realized I, too, could do what all these women were doing. But since I’m a scanner and often get super wrapped up in something only to find another hobby a few weeks later, I told myself I would start a blog only if I stuck to my training all semester and finished the half marathon I had scheduled for April.

And despite a bum knee and a couple exercise-induced asthma flare-ups, I finished! I decided to lay off the running for a while, but it wasn’t long before I started a new strength-training program. I’d found my passion, and two months later, I started this blog—which brings us to today.

Questions? Suggestions? Email me at dnddiaries@gmail.com

Thanks for reading!


(Drake Relays Half Marathon prints purchased from MarathonFoto.com)



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