Hello. I’m Cely (like the mattress, Sea-lee) and I like to do things.

IMG_0987[1]I started blogging in 2010, but some bastard hacked my account in 2014 and everything was deleted. I’m still bitter. Other than that, I’m 32, I’m from a small town outside of Austin, I work in higher ed, and I watch ALL the TV. In 2015 I up and moved to northern California for a job at a university here. It’s been bizarre living outside of Texas, but California is growing on me. It’s got mountains, wine, cheese, beaches, wine, snow, and wine!

My younger sister moved out here with me. We live together and we are having a damn good time exploring this state!


I enjoy running when it’s not too hot, too windy, too still, too cold, too rainy, too early, or too late. I mostly enjoy races with my friends and I particularly enjoy races with my friends that serve alcohol at the finish.

IMG_1169[2]I ran the Chicago Marathon in 2011 and thought I wouldn’t run another one, but I was accepted in the lottery for the 2017 Big Sur International Marathon. So, I am training for that and trying not to suck too hard at it.

In 2016 I ventured into new athletic territory and started cycling. I trained with Team in Training for the 100 mile ride around Lake Tahoe for America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride. We raised a lot of money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and had a damn good time doing it.


I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when I was 18, but it’s mostly fine and thankfully has not severely impacted my quality of life over the past few years.

IMG_6837[1]Well, except golfing. For that, I will happily blame my ineptitude on arthritis. I am so terrible because it’s so hard to grip the club… That’s totally the problem.

I used to spend my time with my grumpy little gremlin, Bardot, who I adopted in 2010. It was nothing but mostly moody times, but she abandoned me for puppy heaven in early 2015. I sure miss that little psycho.IMG_5496[1]

13 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey Cely,

    Fellow Austinite here! I wanted to talk to you about contributing to the Bad Yogi blog and couldn’t find an email. We’re a yoga & lifestyle company redefining yoga culture. We always say everyone is welcome here from the kale-loving vegan to the prize-winning deer hunter, and we have plenty of both in our community! We like your style and would love to invite you to contribute to the Bad Yogi Blog. if you’re interested, please e-mail me back! Thank you for taking the time to read this!

  2. Hi Cely,

    I’ve just launched a new app called ThinkThinly.com which sends motivational picture text messages before workout times to keep people on track with their fitness goals.

    Email me back if you’d like a free membership so you can check it out. I’d love your feedback. Thanks!

    -Sara at thinkthinkly@gmail.com

  3. Hi Cely!

    We love your blog and we love that you are also from Austin… we dig it here, too! “We” is EverlyWell- a home health testing company, striving to help people own their health and feel their best. It all started when we had collectively had really horrible experiences with lab testing, and knew there had to be a better way. So, we created it. Today we offer tests like Food Sensitivity, fertility & hormones, thyroid function, and are soon releasing metabolism, cholesterol, inflammation, sleep and stress, and more. I recently discovered (through our testing) that I am highly sensitive to yeast, which stinks because it is in many of the carb sources (like bread) that I tend to eat before longer runs. But, since I’ve stuck to cutting it out, I breathe easier and run longer with less fatigue. We have other success stories from our customers and we absolutely love them… it’s what gets us up in the morning.

    We would love for you to feature us for your readers… but only if you think it would benefit them. We just want to help people feel their best.
    Email me with any questions, or just to chat.

  4. Cely,
    When my daughter was in high school, she injured her shoulder from swimming competitively. Since “mommy can fix” rules at our house, I made her a cream based on Arnica Montana, a botanical that helps relieve pain from muscle, joint and nerve inflammation. We are now trying to get a little business going since it seems that my modest cream really works well for a lot of body issues.
    Since you have a wonderful blog and understand pain and suffering (no, not from dieting and avoiding Reeses), I’d like to know if you would like to review the product, Elixer Arnica Rub.

  5. Wow! I feel like I know you after reading this 🙂 I am also from Texas (Dallas area), but lived in northern Cali for 12 years. It’s a beautiful state with tons of opportunities to be active outdoors. I smiled when I read the title of your blog because I attribute my love for Reese’s and Dr. Peppers with a lot of my extra weight (when I set up my blog, I almost called it reesesanddrpeppers.com). Anyway, love the blog and your writing style. Keep it up!

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