Tell Me Mel: All Things Life, Health & Fitness

When in Doubt – Keep It Simple

If you've been following me for a while, you know that when I cook or share recipes; they typically include minimal ingredients and are fairly simple; to the point.  The less fuss, the better in my opinion. And because I don't meal prep dinners, I like them to be a...

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If You’re Gonna Procrastibake; Here’s How to Do It

Y'all; remember when I said I get annoyed with super long intros to recipe posts? Well let's just get over it together and carry on...just this one time.    It's a for real word. In Urban Dictionary. I Procrastibake often. After dinner snacking can become a bad habit;...

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“Just Eat Healthy”…..Really?

"Skip the diet; just eat healthy."    Photo Credit: Sounds too simplistic to be true; I know. We like the feeling of knowing "the numbers," we need to be put in a box, with clearly defined guidelines, or following a certain "diet" or "way of eating" so...

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Could This Be the #1 Strategy to Anti-Aging?

Spirit: the force within a person that is believed to give the body life, energy, and power. the inner quality or nature of a person. ( Sprout: to produce new leaves. to grow or develop; spring up. to send out new growth.  (

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The “ME Mentality” Serves ME, Not Others

I once heard someone say that every time we give selflessly, when we bring true happiness and meaning to another person's life and we feel that joy deep in our hearts, that it's a tiny glimpse of what heaven will be like.  Experiencing the ultimate joy.     I'd love...

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Monday Musings

  I love this picture originally posted by Black Swan Yoga on their Facebook page this morning.  I've been drinking coffee for the past 15 years fairly regularly and at this point it does little for me in regards to its caffeine effects.  I drink it for the taste, the...

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Peachy Protein Oat Muffins

I search the internet for recipes often to use as blueprints to create my own versions that fit my food preferences and intolerances.  So, I know what it's like to peruse through several blogs, sites, and recipe pages with 8 paragraph-long intros to the actual recipe....

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Is Social Media Killing Your Self Image?

First, let me say that I love me some social media.  The use of it can truly "make or break" the growth of your business and online presence.  It's such a powerful source of influence.  However, it can also make or break your self image and personal expectations when...

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What’s on Your Coffee Table?

Last night I moved this book from our office and brought it out to our living room coffee table. If you know me, you know that I am a big believer in positive mantras, verses, pictures; surrounding myself with things and people who inspire and motivate me.  While the...

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You Calling Me Stupid?

A few months ago I went through a reality check in regards to what's most important in my life. I did a self assessment quiz that asked me to rank in order of importance these items:Physical selfMental-Emotional selfRelationshipsCareer/work lifeIt came as no surprise...

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Follow Up: Dat Cardio Interval Though….

After last week's post Dat Cardio Though some of you may be saying, "So, you're saying I don't need to spend hours on cardio machines?  Tell me Mel, what should I do now?" Intervals, baby! That's my answer and here's a quick one for you to try.  I gave this one a...

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Dat Cardio Though….

I see it every day that I walk into the gym. Every. Day. Scenario 1: The same women on the same machines doing the same cardio routine for hours.  Actually, in all honesty they may switch from the elliptical to the treadmill or the stepmill, but in most cases their...

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