Meal Prep For Beginners

I’m still a beginner at meal preparation.  A friend of mine is a professional at this and he has been trying to convince me to start incorporating meal prep into my life and it has taken forever and a day to get me to do it.  Thankfully I’ve started trying it out on the days the need strikes and I can confirm that there are benefits to it after all!

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Time works for and against you in my opinion.  You will need to actually set aside time to go shopping, get your ingredients together, prepare and store the meals.  You will also need time to clean up after yourself once you are done and writing all this has me tired already!  But fear not!  There are benefits that come with it after all; doing all this means you have more free time during the week as you will only need to reheat meals that are already prepared, serve and enjoy.  I choose to do my meal prep on random Sundays.  A good playlist, glass of wine, comfortable pair of shoes and I’m ready to get my cook on!

2. Money

Eating out is expensive especially in Harare.  A decent meal will cost you about $15 and we’re talking a juicy burger, chips and a drink.  Now just think of how much money you will save if you choose to prepare your very own home cooked meals. Let’s do the Maths shall we?

2kgs Chicken Pieces: $8, Potatoes, $1, Mazoe Orange Crush 2litres, $4, Mixed Greens $1.50

All these ingredients will cost you $14.50 and before you even start thinking you may as well eat out then.  The plus side of buying the ingredients I mentioned is that chicken and juice will probably last you a whole month especially if you stay on your own.(Saving 101).  You will also prepare the meal just the way you like it, why settle for an okay meal when you can make a fire meal?

3. Control

You know exactly what’s going into your meal from salt, oil, sugar or whatever additive you choose to use.  Chances of overeating are also at a minimum because if you are anything like me there’s something about cooking for myself that makes me lose my appetite, two spoonfuls in and I’m already full.

4. Goodbye Indecision

I’m guilty of never knowing what I want to eat.  Thanks to meal prepping most days of the week I’m set and it leaves out chances of me eating unhealthy food options.  *bonus tip* if you don’t want to end up eating junk food simply don’t keep junk food in your house it will change your entire life, trust me!

5. No Wasting Food

Meal prep comes with leftovers.  Just this past weekend I prepared sugar beans and today instead of cracking my head over what to have for breakfast I just grilled a sausage and had it with the remaining sugar beans and it tasted heavenly.  Who needs bread when you have sausage and beans?

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My two favourite easy to make meals or snacks are crunchy salads and and infused water.  I mainly like infused water because of the delicious looking colours more than anything if I’m honest and it makes drinking water a lot more exciting.

If you fail to plan your meals, you plan to fail at eating right. – Fitness Bae 2018

On that note you should also check out how you can plan your health and fitness journey from here.

What are your favourite easy to make meals that you make for your meal preps?

Fitness Bae®



Rules For Kicking As* In Life

Comparison will steal your joy.

I love to read and I’m always finding useful nuggets from the internet.  This is an extract from Pinterest that I know you will enjoy.  I hope after reading this you will go easy on yourself and stop comparing yourself to other people and focus on being your very best version.

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  1. Stop worrying, if it’s supposed to happen it will.
  2. Allow yourself to be a beginner.
  3. Don’t let your happiness depend on anything outside yourself.
  4. Stay close to everything that makes you feel alive.
  5. Listen to your body, it will lead you to unlimited health.
  6. Support yourself with people who see your greatness.
  7. Make peace with your past.
  8. See all setbacks as growth and expansive opportunities.
  9. Comparing yourself to others will hurt your health and steal your joy.
  10. Don’t give up, EVER!
  11. You always have a choice.
  12. Stop chasing what’s not working.
  13. Believe whole heartedly in miracles.
  14. Don’t postpone joy.
  15. Trust the universe.
  16. Wake up every morning with a grateful heart.
  17. Remember things take time.
  18. Always trust your gut.
  19. No need to change people, love them for who they are.
  20. Don’t resist change.
  21. Forgive yourself.
  22. Your life is a creative adventure.
  23. Release expectations and enjoy the journey, there is no destination.
  24. Just do you.
  25. You’re not broken or damaged, you are perfect the way you are.

©MaKupsy 2018

Who Are You When No One Is Watching?

I get up to some pretty interesting things when no one is watching.  My favourite being peeing in a bucket. My bathroom is just across my room but the whole task of getting out of bed, opening the door, walking to the toilet sitting myself down…too much work so I just place my bucket in my room and pee from there.  It’s fine, judge me all you like, my secret is out!  I bet a handful of other people do this, I can’t possibly be alone on this one but thanks to social media most won’t admit to it and that’s just how social media is slowly but surely stopping us from being our true selves.

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Under Pressure (insert Queen audio track here)

I love me some golden oldies and that track just reminded me just how much social media can put you under necessary pressure. Have you seen how gorgeous people look online?  Every other day they are wearing top of the range clothes, shoes, hair and makeup and the rest of us mere mortals are looking like we walked right out of a corn field!  A few years back it really used to bother me.  I couldn’t even imagine posting a photograph on Instagram wearing the same outfit I once posted weeks ago, that right there was taboo!  Now that I’m all grown up I can safely say I post whichever picture I want to and that’s not even every other day anymore because data is expensive, I have other things to do with my money.

Love Lives

I used to be very anti love.  After putting myself through unnecessary pain in relationships I didn’t have to be in I concluded that love was a farce. However, I have social media to thank for changing my perspective.  Friends I follow on different social media platforms celebrate love in so many ways it’s beautiful to watch.  The engagements, dates, adventures, marriages, the happiness that doesn’t stop popping up every other day assures me that there’s still hope for me and everyone else who is waiting on their love story.

Cyber Bullying Is Real

Once upon a time I could tweet whatever I liked until I got dragged for sharing my opinions.  Nope, definitely not revisiting that part of social media anytime soon.  That experience taught me to keep parts of my thoughts to myself because you never know who is waiting to pounce on you.  I don’t even have clever ‘come backs” or the energy to fight anyone online.  I can safely say social media has taught me to choose my words wisely!  Just not on my blog though, here I write what I like.

Take Time To Switch Off

If you aren’t careful you can spend the entire day on social media platforms and not get anything productive done AT ALL.  I take time out to enjoy my life offline and come back feeling more refreshed than ever.  Trust me, you need it for your own sanity.

So who really am I when no one is watching?  To be honest, I stay consistent, what you see online is exactly what you see offline.

I love my daughter, I love to run, I love to blog, I love to drink;vodka being my drink of choice and I love life!

How has social media impacted you both positively and negatively?

©MaKupsy 2018



Old Mutual Harare Marathon

One of my new year goals is to run at least 3 half marathons this year.  I know, that’s pretty intense considering I only ran my first half marathon just last month.  The idea is to push my body to the limits and this will certainly do so.  I for one am disappointed with the start time because it’s very hot lately and by 6am my body doesn’t do very well with running, I’m more of a just before the sun comes out runner but I guess I’ll have to make a plan!

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All the details are on the poster.   You can enter for the Old Mutual Harare Marathon on Friday 9 February or Saturday 10 February at Old Georgians Club in Groombridge.  Payment options include cash, swipe and Ecocash.  Come prepared.

Mark your calendar and save the date, will see you on Sunday!


I’m beyond heartbroken.  I couldn’t go and register for the marathon on Saturday it was pouring all day long!  I have never felt so much pain.  Thankfully a friend managed to go and I’m really proud of her and she smashed 21K.  Well done Claire, you’re getting stronger by the day!


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I Fell Apart But I Survived

It sure took a long time but I finally healed from my past hurts.  In my opinion the most painful thing after labour has to be heartbreak, that stuff hurts.  The pain is all consuming and you have to experience it to understand it.

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You can try the healing processes I went through at your own risk because if I’m honest in the end they did me more harm than good but I guess it was necessary to finally get past what I was feeling.

  • I became an alcoholic. I drank from Sunday through to Sunday.
  • I became “friends” with people who only fueled my new found alcohol problem.
  • I got into relationships I had no business being in.
  • I talked to a few friends; I lie, I told everyone who cared to listen what I was going through I couldn’t keep the pain to myself it was too much to bear.
  • I pretended to be doing just fine.
  • I blogged and tweeted about my pain.
  • I cried buckets, waking up in the middle of the night with a lump in my throat was the order of the day.  Puffy eyes every morning had become a part of me.
  • Eventually I sat myself down and told myself to get it together.  It took me nearly 5 years to finally let go of the one thing that was holding me hostage.  The way I saw it I was feeding myself poison each day hoping the person who hurt me would suffer.  It was clearly working against me!  It was hard, I won’t lie but I survived it and I can talk about it and not break down anymore.  Life happens, dust yourself up and move on!

If you are going through past hurts I hope this quote helps you realise that only you can set yourself free:

“Don’t keep dancing with the devil and wonder why you are still in hell.”

What are some of the past hurts that you are currently going through?  Have you devised a way to get over them if yes, please share, it will certainly help a reader or two.  You can also check out a piece I wrote on how real heartbreak can be over here.

©MaKupsy 2018

I Am Fearless

“Once you become fearless life becomes limitless.”

One thing I do very well is not trying to be someone or something that I’m not.  I thank my 30s for this.  Life has been so much simpler since I got into this phase of my life!  I blog about whatever tickles my fancy, I live for myself, I do sh*t that makes me happy.  A great example is how I can just spend an entire Saturday at home doing absolutely nothing and still feeling content.  Plus, I pay rent there; can’t be all over town and not enjoying my hard earned monthly payments.  Then again if I really look at it I’m probably just old and I’ve been there and done that so nothing really tickles my fancy anymore.

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I made a decision a while back to make the rest of my life the very best of my life.  I already know people will judge you no matter what good or bad things you choose to do so go out and overshare like I do and leave no story untold or keep it to yourself and take it to your grave.  Whatever makes you happy is what matters the most.

I have nothing to fear, I’m the definition of an over-sharer and I trust those close to me would never be surprised if they found out about something I said or did that I happened not to tell them.

Do tell, what are you afraid people will find out about you?

I see you’re still reading this so why not go on and read some of my no holds barred blog posts; I promise they will make a great Sunday read;

©MaKupsy 2018

My Heart Is Not At Home

Each time I come home for the weekend I suffer from mental exhaustion.  It actually starts affecting me prior my visit.  My friend Tanyr highlighted that to me a few months ago when she told me that the week I’m meant to go to Marondera I suffer from insomnia, migraine headaches, I tend to overindulge in alcohol and I’m generally just a mess.  Coming home is a lot for me.  This place doesn’t feel like home.

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I still hope that some day my parents will choose to live in a different town but that’s highly unlikely.  As it is coming home will forever be a chore to me.  Our past hurts don’t easily shake off and coming back to the place where nothing but bitter and sad memories reside is a tall order for me.

You can read about why my home town doesn’t feel like home from here.

However, it’s still a beautiful Saturday morning, what’s on your mind?

©MaKupsy 2018

Your Love Still Haunts Me

I met you 13 years ago but your love still haunts me.  I can’t believe I’ve gone through life comparing everyone I’ve come across with you.  It’s a bad thing to do, I know this too well; but I can’t help it.  You loved me unconditionally.  I never had to wonder how you felt about me because I felt it inside me, your love was true.

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Will I ever meet someone who will treat me the way you did?  Someone who will be proud to have me in his life the way you did?  Someone who introduced me to his parents, aunts, sister and brother without having to ask.  Someone who gave me the keys to his house and I was free to come and go as I please.  Someone who my parents loved and adored after they asked to meet you.  Someone who never made me want for anything?

On days like today I always kick myself for walking away.  “I’m still too young, I need to discover myself.”  That’s what I told you when I gave you back the engagement ring you had bought for me.  If only I knew that we could have discovered the world together, grown together, written our happy ever after together, gone through all the surprises life throws at you together…but here I am filled with nothing but regret.

However, I still have hope; I believe that if true love could find you before, it will find you once more.  For now I have days I’m stuck in the past wondering if I will ever feel safe the way I did when I was with you.  I was loved.

©MaKupsy 2018

Mirror Mirror On The Wall

February sure did take it’s time to get here, it honestly felt like it was January since December last year!  I’m taking part in a blogging challenge termed #SheHeals but I will only be doing the first 7 days of it just to kick start the month.  From the daily prompts it looks like it’s going to be one challenge that will dig deep into my soul just leave it out to dry.  It will be good for me, I have a lot of healing to do and this is exactly what the doctor ordered!

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There are so many layers to me I don’t even know where to begin to tell you what I see and who I am right now.

When I look in the mirror I see a woman who is in desperate need for a career change.  I’m eternally grateful for the job I have but it’s time I moved onto something that I love.  Social media is my happy place; there’s always something new happening.  I’ve been blogging and creating content since 2014 and I absolutely love it!  I have declared that in 2018 I’m going to land a job as a Social Media Manager and I am going to flourish!

When I look in the mirror I see a woman who is tired of shortchanging herself when it comes to relationships.  Just yesterday I read a quote that said: “Do not pour out your sunshine into someone who doesn’t think of you as their sky”.  I realised that is me right there!  Always trying to turn people into projects that need to be fixed, loving someone so much with all I have only to get half baked kind of love.  I’m a woman who has told herself that from this year going forward only the best is good enough.  If love doesn’t set my soul on fire then I will continue to focus all my energy on loving every bit of myself.

When I look in the mirror I see a woman obsessed with her body for the most part.  I strive to exercise, eat right and focus on positive vibes only.  On the least part I’m a wreck, take last month for example; I didn’t give a single fu*k about what I was eating, barely exercised and I was drinking alcohol like it was never going to be sold ever again!  I honestly need a new coping mechanism.  However, today I’m back on the wagon of being straight and narrow and come end of the month I would have lost a cool 4kgs and yes, I will share the evidence.

When I look in the mirror I see a woman with one major goal in 2018 and I will make all the sacrifices to make sure my goal comes to fruition.  For the first time I won’t be sharing what this goal is, you just have to sit tight till the year ends for the big reveal.

When I look in the mirror I see a woman in pursuit of her dreams.  A woman who is going to grow like crazy, make mistakes, learn massive amounts, set big goals, make a lot of money and make sure she achieves every single one of them!

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

©MaKupsy 2018

Greek Chicken

I’ve tasted Greek food before and I fell in love with the flavours they incorporate in their food. The dill, the red onion, the cucumber, olives…actually if the meal has the word Greek in it I’m in!  This was my first time preparing a Greek meal and I’m quite impressed with the way it turned out, it tasted delicious too if I do say so myself.

If you have a hectic schedule like I do then you probably don’t have time to cook.  I would suggest you go the meal prep route because to be honest cooking for yourself everyday can be a tad bit cumbersome.

This recipe does NOT have to be just a meal prep. It also serves as a delicious family dinner option. Start on the brown rice to speed up the process.

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Total Time: 30 min


Greek Chicken

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbs garlic, minced (adjustable to preference)
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbs red wine vinegar (optional)
  • 1 tbs dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yoghurt
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Cucumber Salad

  • 2 English Cucumbers, peeled and sliced
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs red wine vinegar (optional)
  • 1/2 tbs minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano

Tzatziki Sauce

  • 1 cup plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1 English cucumber, finely diced
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • 1/2 tbd dill weed, or 1 tbs fresh dill, chopped fine
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp chopped fresh mint (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

The Rest

  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 375g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup red onions

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  1. In a large plastic zip bag, combine olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, oregano, Greek yoghurt and salt & pepper. Massage to mix.
  2. Add chicken into the bag. Massage to make sure chicken is fully covered and marinate for at least 20 minutes, up to 12 hours.
  3. Drain the chicken from the marinade, discarding the marinade.
  4. In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat then add chicken when it is hot, cook, flipping part way through. Cook approximately 3-4 minutes per side. The cooking time depends on the thickness and size of the chicken.
  5. Remove from the pan and let cool. DO NOT cut it when it’s still hot. Let it rest to keep the juices inside to maintain the moistness of the chicken breast. Once cool cut into bite size pieces.
  6. Cucumber Salad. Make the salad by chunking the cucumbers, and tossing in a bowl with lemon juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic and oregano. Set aside and chill.
  7. Tzatziki Sauce. Make the sauce by combining the Greek Yoghurt, cucumber, garlic, dill weed, lemon juice, lemon zest in a small bowl. Add mint (optional), mix well and refrigerate.
  8. Cook brown rice according to package directions then serve.
  9. If you keep it for 3-5 days, keep it in an air tight container and serve cold!!

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Go on and try something new, try some tantalizing Greek Chicken!

The recipe was provided by a fellow fitness enthusiastic and blogger, Thamsanqa.  You can find him on:

Twitter: @tcmawerera


The weekend is coming up, you have all the time in the world to try this recipe out.

Fitness Bae®