Healthy comes in many different Shapes and Sizes.

Healthy comes in many sizes

I have always been a skinny gal. My father is very tall and skinny and I have the same bone structure as him. I also danced for more then half of my life and since dance, I have continued to be active by going to the gym and running a lot. But besides that, you may be surprised that I was never very healthy.

All of my life people would look at me and say, “Eat a hamburger your too skinny!” or “Oh my gosh, have you lost weight again?”. The truth is, I probably was loosing weight but its because I was lacking nutrition from all the junk food I would consume.

Life was always very busy at my house. I was a full time performer; singing, acting and dancing everyday of the week, while my brother was in competitive hockey. My mom, being the kind of person that she is, would let us do it all and because of that, we would have a lot of quick meals to get us by. Not to say that she wouldn’t cook healthy meals because she certainly did, but we were out of the house a lot so there wasn’t a lot of time to eat home cooked meals. Not to mention our metabolism was always fast and so we would need to snack every hour or so.

These habits continued on to university where all of my uni friends could tell you how I had a snack with me during each class. Usually chocolate or sour candies was my snack of choice and then by the end of the class, I probably was so tired that I needed another snack just to stay awake.

I developed a lifestyle that I only recently realized that I had been living to eat…instead of eating to live. I began to develop all kinds of physical problems such as knee aches, hip aches, back aches, stomach sicknesses, bloating, depression, anxiety and the list goes on.

My point of telling you this is so that you can see that healthy isn’t skinny. Just because I am skinny doesn’t mean that I am healthy and healthy is what we should be aiming for.

Healthy comes in many shapes and sizes. Did you know that the saying “He is big-boned” is actually a scientific fact! Bones come in many different shapes and sizes. Regardless of how much weight I put on for example, I will always be small boned and people may never notice it as much as someone who already has bigger bones. But that doesn’t mean I’m necessarily healthy. I know so many people who are healthier then me and they aren’t my size…but that’s just because they have bigger bones then me.

So lets strive to be healthy. If you’re already healthy then forget about how gorgeous you think Katie Crewes body (LOVE her Insta: @KatieCrewe) is and take a look at your body and say “DAMN, I am beautiful and I am what healthy looks like!”

If your not healthy at the moment then figure out what you can change to get to where you want to be, but forget about your shape and size. Loving yourself includes understanding your body type and appreciating it for what it is. Get active for you…eat a salad for you. Do what you can to make you happy and healthy.

What does healthy look like to you? What does it smell like? What does it taste like? These are questions that you should ask yourself and hopefully they help you get on track.

We’re all beautiful and if you take anything from this blog, I hope you will know that fat or skinny doesn’t exist when you focus on loving yourself and becoming healthy for you.

I hope you guys have a fabulous week and as always I’m sending you all so much love!

Melissa ♡

Shapes and sizes photo cred goes to Trinny & Susannah

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Master Your Mornings!

masteryourmorningsIf I had it my way, I would make it that I could eat pancakes for breakfast every morning and lounge around till 11am.
But of course, this is not reality and if I had pancakes for breakfast everyday, I wouldn’t be able to get anything done…not to mention that I would probably get very sick and become extremely unhealthy.

Creating a morning routine that gets you in a productive mood, needs to be your ultimate goal. Like I always say, part of loving yourself is balancing your mind, body and soul and when they’re balanced, you will feel clear minded and ready to take on the day.

So lets create a Morning checklist together. I’m going to first separate mind, body and soul into three categories, and then we will combine them. Think of activities, for each category, that you love and know will help make your day fabulous.

Mind: What is an activity that puts your mind at ease? Do you like to read the paper in the mornings? Do you read a novel? Do you like to pick out your outfit and get creative? Write down a few things that help you relax.

Body: Do you stretch when you get up? Do you like to go for a walk? Do you like to go to the gym? What is a form of exercise that will help you start your morning off right? Do you have a go-to breakfast meal that makes you feel great?

Soul: Do you have an affirmation that makes your soul smile? Do you meditate? Are you able to sit in silence and enjoy the present?

Once you have created a list of activities, pick out a few from each category and bring them together in an order that will be efficient to your day.

Here is a sample of what my Morning checklist looks like:

Melissa’s Morning checklist:
Wake up and stretch
Drink a glass of water or Aloe Vera gel to flush out the toxins
Spend 5 mins in meditation, reciting daily affirmations.
Make a healthy breakfast with avocados. Or make a green smoothie.
Read a bit of a newspaper, magazine, or book.
Pick out an outfit that will make me shine today. – This is great to do even if your staying home. This will get your brain in the mindset to be productive.
Spend a few moments outdoors for a little fresh air and then…
Your ready for work gurrrrl! Work, work, work, work, work, work.

Do you see how I combined mind, body and soul into my morning routine? This checklist is the ultimate routine that if I complete it everyday, I know I can look forward to a happier future.

We need to start kicking ass and seizing the day and this morning checklist will be sure to help us start our day off on the right foot.

I hope you guys have a fabulous week and as always, I’m sending you so much love!

Melissa ♡

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Your “Just Love” Summer Reading List

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Hello my loves,

I hope you’re all having a fabulous summer so far! I know mine has been quite extraordinary and I can’t wait to see what August has in store for me. Today, I have put together a summer reading list for you all! I know the summer is almost half-way done, but nonetheless, these books are timeless, empowering reads that will definitely provide you with some amazing tips and tricks to bettering yourself. I hope there is one book in this blog that will peak your interest and get you excited to finish your summer with a bang!

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