The secret to weight loss is based solely upon preparation. You must prepare yourself mentally, physically, and emotional…and you’ve got to prep your food. I began (another) fitness journey, and I learned the beauty of working hard towards my fitness goals.

The Artistry of Food Preparation: When making food, it requires time, effort, and attention to detail. I’m quite a picky person when it comes to my food, especially if I have to eat it for multiple days so the quality is super important. I’ve learned the beauty of making my meals is much like self-care, it takes a moment to settle into it in order to ensure you get the right outcome. This means trial and error. However, with patience after completing the process it is so satisfying.

Glowing, Glowing, Gone: A lot of my eating habits were triggered by not limiting myself or again, not being prepared. But now I have found the secret to that “glow” some people have! After ditching my expensive and uber-unhealthy habit, my skin (along with my skin routine) is doing better than it has in such a long time, and I know what you’re saying, “You are what you eat,” but I am finally seeing that!

Changing the Mind & It’s Beautiful: Now adapting this plan, I make more calculated and thoughtful moves. For example, when I was not prepping, my mornings included recklessly waking up twenty minutes before work and maybe grabbing breakfast. At lunchtime, I was surveying the land for the best restaurant recommendation then, much like a delivery guy, I would go pick up everyone’s food (without a tip), and then proceed to return and stuff my face, leaving me too full and uncomfortable by dinner to even look at a meal.

Now, I spend my Sunday evenings heading to the grocery store, cooking, and placing everything into containers for the week…then placing it all into my cute lunchbox.  I recognize when my body is telling me its hungry, and I analyze which snack or meal is best for the time.

Workin’ It Out:  Much like anyone aspiring to be a fitness model like the amazing talented people on Instagram, I have started to go the gym. Every other morning around 5/6 AM, I take my less than energetic self to the gym where I meet my trainer. His workouts are torture to say the least, but they’re meaningful. I’m left feeling sore in places I didn’t even know muscles existed. I’ve decided to be okay with it though, because essentially, as long as I’m squatting my way to a fantastic ass, I’ll continue to endure the crazy workouts.

Bloating No Mo’: A self-proclaimed restaurant queen, my duties came bloating out of the world. Constantly uncomfortable, and knowing my jeans wouldn’t fit my belly after a giant feast, are some of the many reasons why meal prep has been a lifesaver. I’ve learned how to season my food, most of the time I usually don’t use salt or butter, and it’s cut the bloat. (Obviously, there’s still occasional bloating.)

I’ve been a foodie since I can remember; I can probably give you the top ten restaurants in the area, but I say that to let you know, it takes very few changes! Don’t be afraid to change your mind, because it’ll change your life.