Fitness Journey

Last year I decided to work on making some healthy lifestyle changes. My initial reasoning was because I wanted to look a certain way for my dad approaching 30th birthday. But as I got into the habit of lifting weights regularly and eating in a more health conscious manner, I began to feel different. It is taking me some time to get into a strong habit of meal planning, consistently working out and tracking my progress. But it has been a learning experience. I decided to share with you some of the things I have been working on changing, how they have helped and what has been my biggest struggles. So here it is!

Meal planning –

I don’t know why I didn’t start doing this sooner. Although it takes me some time to meal plan because I have to make sure both my son and I are getting what we need and it tastes good for both of us (I’m not making two meals), it makes my week so much easier. I have recently been making my breakfast, lunch and snacks for 7 days, plus weekend breakfast, lunch and snacks for my son (he gets all 3 at school during the week) and our dinner for 6 days. The freedom of having 10 minutes extra to take my time in the morning because I can just grab my meals and go, and the amount of money I save from not buying lunch out everyday and dinner every other night is awesome! Google and Pinterest has been my best friend when it comes to finding recipes with ingredients in my budget and that my kid and I love.

Working out –

Single parenting a busy pre-schooler, plus working full time, and trying to maintain relationships with other adults in my support system is what my days usually look like. I got off to a good start but then my son caught a virus, which he then gave to me and 2 weeks out sick from the gym has turned into almost 2 months. I will not be “summertime fine” for my upcoming trip, but I have not given up. Now I have adjusted to my recent set back and moved back home, I can adjust my schedule to start back working out consistently.


Progress tracking –

If you know me then you know I have a problem with consistency in my personal life sometimes, mainly because no two days of my life end up being exactly alike. It has always been my goal to really track my progress, like weekly. But that has not happened. I feel it is important to track so I can see what is working, maybe what isn’t and how my body is changing as I pursue this healthier lifestyle. But I haven’t been on it much lately because, well, life happened several times over the last few months.


These three things have been essential to me starting to reach my goals and as life has been getting more manageable. It is my goal to get better at tracking and sharing my progress. I hope to share more in depth soon.


Grace and peace

Jay Smilez

I am a lover of Christ, her family, food, music, single malt scotch and motherhood! I discovered the joy in sharing my life, story and transparent truth with others through writing after going through an extremely difficult time in my life. The transition from single woman to single mother, and all the unexpected obstacles, brought me to what I thought was point of no return. It wasn't until after I made it past this point that I learned I was not the only one who had gone through (or will ever) it. What I am currently learning is my journey does not define me, I make it what it is. So as I continue on my journey, I will no longer define myself by my current status, but I will gladly share the accessory God gave when He created this example of His constant grace. My smile.

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