If you have been following me on Instagram, you would know that I have dedicated this month to fitness and all the aspects related to it. After having my daughter, fitness has become even more important to me. Mind you, it is not about fitting into a certain size or thinking (wrongly) that it is all about starving oneself and being thin. For me, fitness means physical, mental and emotional strength. It makes you an overall better person. You can check the below pictures on how far I have come in a span of two years.

And if anyone tells you that you can become a small size overnight or drop 5,10, 15 kilos in a matter of days or weeks, they are clearly lying. There are also no shortcuts, it is determination, hard work and knowing what works for you.

black on black

Four months postpartum (2014)

The Athleisure trend


When we are talking about fitness, how can we forget a very crucial aspect–food. I must also confess that I am a foodie through and through, so if anyone even mentions the word: dieting, I run  in the opposite direction. When I was younger, I rarely thought of things like meal preparation and organising. Today, this is an integral part of my days. My friends always ask me how I manage it all (at least seemingly)–home, toddler, work, blogging, fitness etc. Like many of ordinary women, I also DO NOT have an army of help in terms of nannies, cleaners, nutritionists, regular personal trainers etc. So, how do I do it? Two words: Meal preparation. Plus, I also have the wonderful hubby, the man of the house who goes from board room to kitchen to gym with ease.

Meal preparation tips

When anyone says meal-preparation, sad images of rice and bland chicken comes in mind. But it could not be far from truth. So, without further ado my handy tips are:

  1. Make a plan: I generally list out things/recipes for the whole week on a Friday and note it down. Noting it down is important because otherwise we tend to forget things and from get go things can go haywire. List out things you want to eat in the coming week. List out breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
  2. Grocery shopping: List out the ingredients you want to buy from your meal list. Stick to this whilst grocery shopping. Also, try and go grocery shopping with full stomach, most of the time when I shop in empty stomach, I end up having the snack aisle in the kitchen.
  3. Think Macros: Your macros are carbs, protein and fat. Everything essential. Whilst planning out your recipes, try and get a good mix of these macros. Add condiments and spices to make it delicious.
  4. Snack Simple:When you’re cooking everything for the week at once, it’s important to keep things simple. Save time by choosing snacks that don’t require a lot of time. Think fresh fruit, hard-boiled eggs, and pre-cut veggies with prepared hummus, nut butter with fruits, greek yogurt and smoothies.
  5. Take short cuts: Cut and keep veggies, marinate your protein and use the fridge/ freezer to store these ideas.
  6. Mix things up: No one likes routine, mixing things up is important to keep the momentum on and for your sanity.Plan on making two or three different dishes that you can alternate or mix-and-match throughout the week by adding different marinades/sauces, spices, different combinations/variations of the same thing you have prepared.
  7. Make ahead meals: Certain things can be made ahead and stored for a week. My favourite make ahead breakfast options are: overnight oats, bircher museli, egg muffins whilst favourite snack options are: fruits with greek yogurt/cottage cheese, homemade nut butter with bananas, protein bars and shakes.
  8. Relax: Do not think of meal preparation as a chore. If you feel that way take a break from the cycle, and get back to it when you are ready. It is important to understand that in fitness (and in life) you might fail but important thing is to get back at it without letting failure get onto you.

I hope these handy tips will help you get a better grip on fitness and allow you some time to yourself. Hey, it is not selfish. Often as women, we have been told that if we put ourself, our time and our wishes as a priority then we are being selfish. Let me tell you this: it is not. Heck, it is even important because happiness should be everyone’s right.

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A mother’s sincere prayer.
A father’s protective hug.
A child slowly twirling your fingers.
A laughter that can fill your soul.
A force that changes you for better.
A foolish, trembling happiness.

It’s a question that bothers everyone, what’s happiness and how can one find it?The dictionary defines happiness as a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to euphoria. Several philosophers, scientists and religious leaders have all tried to address this weighty issue time and again happiness still remains the biggest mystery.

Yes, it certainly is a tricky subject and one which remains vague as ever. I complied these ten facts about happiness in order to remind myself of the simple things in life and I am amazed how it never ceases to put a smile on my face 🙂

Try. I promise you won’t regret it.

1.It takes seventeen muscles to smile and nearly forty-three to frown.

2. A study has proven that only 10% of your happiness comes from external conditions.

3.Your body generates up to 50% more antibodies when you are happy.

4.The kingdom of Bhutan uses “gross national happiness” as an indicator of its progress.

5.The more parents hug their children, the more likely they will turn into happy adults.

6.Happiness has a scent. Experiments on body odour have proved how scent changes between stress and happiness.

7.Dancing is the cheapest anti-depressant. It stimulates the hippocampus, the area in the brain that regulates moods.

8.According to a 2012 survey, Colombia is the happiest country in the world. In fact, Colombians are almost twice as happy as the global average.

9.The clitoris is the only organ in the body that has evolved purely for pleasure. It has 8,000 nerve fibers, almost double the penis, promising happiness.

10.Unhappy families don’t make unhappy individuals. Your genes and family upbringing account for only half of your happiness levels.

How would you define happiness? What makes you happy and is it really true that happiness doesn’t cost a thing? Would love to hear your thoughts..

So finally, if you are happy smile because it doesn’t cost a thing.

PS: Don’t forget to read a guest post by my sis on the meaning of happiness