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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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!