Let’s Talk Meal Prepping!

For me, health isn’t measured in numbers. It’s not about the number on the scale nor other people’s standards of what healthy should look like. To me, health is measured in how I feel day-to-day. It’s measured on how well I take care of myself and how I treat my body regularly. For my own personal health and fitness goals, I don’t rely on calorie counting or fad diets. What I do strive for is leading an overall healthy lifestyle and feeding my body lots of nutritious, fresh, colorful whole foods. And to help me stay on track, I tend to meal prep. Set aside an hour or two a week for meal prepping and I guarantee you’ll be eating less junk and staying more consistent with maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

If you’re new to meal prepping, don’t get overwhelmed, as I did, when I first began to meal prep. Even if you don’t get to manage a full prep, just take baby steps and prep one meal or a few snacks or a couple of days’ worth of meals at a time. Those meals and snacks will come in handy on those extra busy days on the go or when you’re just coming home exhausted.

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Here, I’ve put together a list of one day’s worth of meals and snacks just to give you an idea of what to put together. On regular weeks, I personally prepare my meals and snacks for only two days (and I actually repeat one day’s worth) as I tend to come home throughout the day to eat my breakfast or lunch, but you can repeat your meals and snacks for the amount of days that work for you.

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It’s Time to Stop Making Excuses and Get Started! *Giveaway with GRIT MIAMI!

Often times, us moms and women in general get so busy with life that it leaves us with very little time, if any at all, to ourselves. Between work and being our kids’ drivers, appointment schedulers, chefs, project facilitators, personal assistants, the list goes on and on, what time can we possibly have to ourselves?

While I agree that yes, life does get hectic, ladies: let’s STOP making excuses and let’s make ourselves and our health and fitness goals a priority. We tend to make time for what’s truly important to us, so set time apart for YOU because YOU are important.

Set a time for yourself that works for you – whether it be at 5 a.m. (yes, I said 5 a.m.), during your lunch break, while your kids are off in their extracurricular activities or even later in the evening – and give yourself YOUR time. Schedule appointments with yourself and don’t miss  those appointments!

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Life Lessons and my Personal Mantras at 34

Birthdays are so special to me and it’s hard to believe I just celebrated my 34th. I definitely don’t feel 34 and at this age, I actually feel healthier (physically and mentally) than I ever have. I’m so grateful for these years of life, the wisdom I’ve gained and every single past experience that has molded me into the woman I am. Coming from someone who was terrified of turning the big 3-0, I can wholeheartedly say your 30s is a great place to be. At this point in life, I’ve learned to make wiser, more thought-out decisions – and the best part about is, I’ve made decisions to create my own happiness, not to live up to others’ standards of happiness.
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For my younger friends who are looking to gain a little bit of insight in life and even for those who aren’t younger than me but are similar to me, keen on learning from others, I’ve put together a short list of my own personal mantras that have helped me genuinely live life happily.

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New recipe alert! Easy Matcha Green Tea Banana Pancakes

I started hearing about matcha green tea a couple of years ago and I must say, I had heard it was healthy, but I didn’t know the exact health benefits behind this magical green tea powder. It was the newest rave so of course I had to give it a good try – and who wouldn’t love a cute green muffin or colorful latte in a chic tea spot? After trying it and enjoying it, I started looking into various recipes that I can make at home. And let me tell you my friends, the possibilities are endless. Add in its huge health benefits – such as its high concentration of antioxidants (giving us all younger-looking skin), cancer-fighting properties and components that help induce relaxation (here’s looking at you, mommy friends), increase metabolism, burn fat, ability to naturally detoxify the body, among many other benefits – and you have yourself a firm believer in matcha.

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Ready, Set, Go!

So a little bit about myself…my name is Michelle and I’m a busy wife and mom of two who suddenly decided to turn her life upside down by returning to school for a complete career change after 10 stressful, yet fun, years of working in public relations, representing beauty, fashion and lifestyle brands (in which I owned my own firm for half of those years). Am I crazy? Maybe. But I made the decision to not settle in life for a career that no longer fed my soul. I wanted to set an example for my two daughters, who are at a very impressionable age, and wanted to teach them to go after their dreams, never settle, and the world is theirs to do what they want with it – nothing in life is impossible. With this being said, I’m in nursing school with about seven months to go – and boy, am I counting down those months! Now, as some of you may know, nursing school takes over your life and to go through it with a family and household, it makes you insane at times. Yep! I think I just confirmed to myself that I am crazy, but I also know it’s not impossible. After all, nothing worth having comes easy.

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Now, as if my schedule isn’t jam-packed as it is, I decided to start this blog. And why? Because there are a lot of moms just like me, out there trying to balance life, hectic schedules, kids’ activities, maintain a social life, all while attempting to stay HEALTHY. Health and fitness have always been important to me. Lifting weights, going for a jog or simply a brisk walk enjoying nature has always given me clarity when I need it and it’s been my personal way of releasing stress – my therapy.

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Now before I go on, let me be clear in stating I am not certified, nor will I call myself an expert. This platform is simply my way of expressing what has worked for me…a busy mom, always on the go, who genuinely enjoys living healthy, all while trying the magical act of balance. I don’t believe in fad diets and I wholeheartedly believe that we should be leading a healthy lifestyle, not just worrying about that little number on the scale. Often times, I get asked how I manage it all or how I find the time to do it. Now, I’m the type to wish that there were more hours in the day (ah yes the dreaded 4:30 a.m. alarm ringing). However, my health, fitness and happiness take priority over many things because after all, if momma isn’t happy, no one is happy in the house.

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We’re all different and what works for my lifestyle may not work for others, but I’m here to offer you some tips along the way. I’m here to remind you that you can get a workout in that fits your lifestyle, you can eat that piece of chocolate or have that glass of wine, if that’s what brings you happiness, as long as it’s balanced – and you shouldn’t feel guilty for enjoying the simple things that bring you happiness.

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I hope you enjoy reading my posts and gain some insight on leading an overall healthy lifestyle. I promise to put a lot of love and thought into my content and please, be patient with me. Remember I’m learning about this whole blogging thing, while also studying for tests, going to clinicals, running a household and my most important job of all, being supermom. All your feedback is welcome so please, feel free to comment or reach out with your feedback.

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That’s me with my minis Sophia (to my right) and Mischa (to my left). Enjoy reading, ladies!