Thursday, May 28, 2015

Plan Ahead your Workouts!

Having a plan for your workouts is so important.

Even down to the knitty gritty of what you are going to wear!

Here are a couple of tips for what to plan ahead so you set yourself up for SUCCESS

in your workouts!

  • Know what days you will workout.

  • Know how long you want to workout and what you will do to be active.

  • Know what you will wear- have your clothing/shoes ready!

     I even have a bin full of my outfits set for the week or two with my workout shirts, pants/shorts. 
  • Write it down and stick to it- don't let anything get in the way of your goals! Write down what days, times, what workout you are going to do that day and for how long.  Write down your goals and where you want to be! Write down where you want to be in 5 years, in 3, in 1, in 6 months, in a month- so you know your path and have that plan of where you want to be and what you need to do to get there!                                                                                                          Thanks for checking in,                                                       Melissa

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Guest Post {Quest for more Happiness} Shambray Blog

I am so excited to have my good friend Shambray who blogs over at Shambray BLOG sharing with us her Quest for MORE Happiness posts she has been doing since the beginning of the year. She gave me this book to read and it does not disappoint and neither do her blog posts.

Here is her post today to catch you up to speed and ideas to help you to find more Happiness in your own life:

I am so excited to be here guest posting!  I am so inspired by Melissa and everything she does to live life to the fullest and to be a good example to her kids at the same time.  Today I will be writing about my “quest for more happiness”.  It is something I write about once a month on my blog, Shambray.  It is based off the book, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.  

I would love to have you join me and my readers on finding more happiness.  We all deserve and need to be the happiest we can be in this life.  Each month I set monthly goals for myself and then post them on the blog.  I ask my readers to join in and either set the same goals or modify them to fit their own personal needs. 
Since it is May I have already posted 5 sets of goals this year.  I will summarize what I have focused on each month and then challenge you to join in on the fun by telling you one of my goals from each month.  I want everyone to make 2015 the happiest year yet!  

In January I focused on energy.  This is such a great place to start if you want to be happy.  So what better way to have more energy than to exercise?  It sounds ironic, but exercise DOES help you have more energy.  This blog right here is a great place to get ideas on how to exercise and what to do to make it more fun and different.  Melissa always has great tips.  

In February I focused on love.  For me I focused on my husband.  For you it can be anyone, but if you have a significant other then I suggest starting with them!  The one goal I will tell you about is to give daily proofs of love.  I would do something out of the ordinary for my husband each day.  It works wonders.

In March I focused on work.  I work a full time job and then also write a blog.  It can be very time consuming and since I spend so much time doing one or the other, so I thought it is a good place to make sure I am the happiest I can be in regards to work.  The challenge I give you in this category is to enjoy failure.  Whether you are a stay at home mom or you work out of the home, either way it is “work”.  Enjoy failure because it will come.  You might as well enjoy it rather than hate it every time failure comes your way.  

In April I focused on kids.  I have one daughter and I like to focus on her.  Motherhood can be a source of guilt for many moms and I am not an exception.  So I wanted to make sure I was living the happiest life being a mom.  So the one challenge I am extending to you for this category is to sing and dance with your kids in the morning.  Seriously this one thing can change the whole day.  Try it!

Then finally, in May I am focusing on fun.  What better way to be happier then to have fun.  So the challenge I give is to find more fun.  Do what YOU find fun.  Don’t worry about what it looks like to others.  If it is fun to you then do it!
If you want to continue in this challenge I would love to have you.  You can find details on  If you join in the challenge this month you will be entered into a giveaway for a $30 Visa gift card.  So you can be happier and possibly win free money! 
I hope you join in!  Once a month Melissa posts on my blog and typically it correlates with the theme for the month in regards to quest for more happiness.  It always has to do with living a healthier life.  Good luck with the challenges in this post.  You will notice a difference, I promise!


Thanks Shambray for sharing with us your great ideas on finding our own Quest for Happiness. If we do these, and take care of ourselves, we will feel better and just enjoy life in the moment, no worrying, and love those around us. Our Happiness each day will come.

Thanks for checking in,


Friday, May 15, 2015

Team YOU Priority

It's exciting to see my Team grow.

When I first signed up as a Coach, I knew I really wanted to work on myself. 
I wanted to inspire my family and those around me.
I wanted to show others how important it is to
 be Healthy for YOU!

It is so motivating to be in Challenge groups and on a "TEAM" and to inspire and help each other along through our health & fitness journeys. Those that I coach and join these groups with don't realize it, but they inspire me to be better, to get in my exercise, to eat healthier, to eat less sweets- and to BE MORE ACCOUNTABLE.

I have decided on a name for my Team. It is Team YOU Priority. YOU stands for Yourself first, Others Always and Us Together.

If we are always taking the time for Others- Our family, our friends, etc. But making sure we take care of Yourself first, you will have the energy to take care of Others.

And being around those that are positive and working towards same goals as you- to be Healthier and Happier- that is what I want for those I coach, inspire and those that want to do this with me.

Some people ask me if they have to know all about Health, Nutrition, Fitness, etc.

The answer is NO- we all know how important it is to be Healthy- and to care about other people's health is all YOU NEED! 

Thanks for checking in,


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mexican Rice Variety Dish

I love a dish that can be used for a variety of meals! How about you?!
I make this dish and sometimes even double it for my family and we have it a variety of different ways. Here is how to make the Mexican Rice Dish:

Mexican Rice Bowl

1 cup cooked Ground beef or Turkey (or even diced cooked chicken)

  • 1 cup cooked red or black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked long-grain brown rice
  • 1/2 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
  • 1 medium tomato, diced (or red bell pepper)
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 2 tbsp onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Splash of Siracha Sauce (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp ground chile powder
  • 1/2 cup packed cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • Olive oil cooking spray

  • Directions:
     In a large bowl, mix cooked ground turkey, cooked beans & cooked rice, corn, and tomatoes. Cook the zucchini, onion and garlic (and red bell pepper if doing instead of tomato) and cook in olive oil for a little bit to make tender. Add a splash of siracha sauce, chile powder, cilantro, oil, salt and black pepper. (Stuffing mixture can be prepared one day in advance and stored in a container in refrigerator, tightly covered with plastic wrap.)

    Now for another way to use the dish:

    Mexican Stuffed Peppers
    • Mexican Rice Bowl recipe mixture
    • 4 large poblano peppers (or 4 large sweet green or other colored bell peppers), seeded and cut in half
    • 8 tbsp shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend 4 tbsp low-fat sour cream 
    1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
    2. Spray a large roasting pan with cooking spray. Mound 1/2 cup stuffing mixture into each poblano pepper half and place in roasting pan. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with Mexican cheese and bake for another 10 minutes.
    3. To serve, top each stuffed pepper half with 1/2 tbsp plain yogurt. Serve immediately. 

    You can cut and seed the peppers and then boil them for a few minutes until tender.  Just so the cook time wouldn't be so long.  Also, make sure that you leave time to cook the long grain brown rice.  It takes an hour to cook!!  You can make it the night before!  Also, you can add some tomato sauce instead of Siracha to give it some juice as well! 

    Our family loves this meal and have even added it on top of Nachos using whole grain tortilla chips & shredded cheese. Melt and add the Mexican Rice mixture warmed up on top!

    Hope you enjoy this recipe!

    Thanks for checking in,


    Monday, May 4, 2015

    SUMMER Exercise Routine for Kids

    Summertime is upon us and as a Mom, we are starting to think about how we are going to keep our kids busy.

    We need to take full advantage of being outdoors, and being active with our kids is so important.

    So head on over to my good friend, Shambray's BLOG for a Weekly Exercise Routine that you can do with your kids to keep them from telling you that they are bored this summer!

    Thanks for checking in,