Hey Meal Prep Sunday fam! My name is Gabby Ybarra and I’m an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, nutrition coach, and group fitness instructor. I’ve turned my passion into a career by helping others reach their fitness goals while creating lifelong sustainability. While one on one training is my main focus, I’m also certified in Functional Group Training at F45 and Sculpt Power Yoga at Corepower Yoga. In addition, I have a background in nutrition coaching and hold a Level 1 Nutrition Certification with the accredited Precision Nutrition, I believe it is vital to accompany a healthy approach to nutrition with training! This is one of the main reasons I’ve been a loyal customer of Meal Prep Sunday for a little over 2 years now!

I’m very passionate about helping people achieve their goals in fitness and wellness! Having been on a fitness journey myself for many years, I find it to be one of the greatest ways to live a healthy life! I’m very invested in each of my clients and tailor plans specifically to fit every individual’s needs. I’m passionate about educating, encouraging, and helping to bring out the confidence, self-love, and balanced lifestyle we are all capable of achieving!

What Is Balance?

What does it really mean to live a “balanced lifestyle?” It took me many years to figure this out. As someone who’s tried just about every diet and workout regime out there, I have to say it’s taken a lot of trial and error. I went from being a full-on vegetarian at one point to being full Paleo! Talk about a drastic switch right? I went from being a cardio junkie to loving olympic weightlifting! Along the way of figuring out what lifestyle I wanted to be a part of, I discovered it took up way too much energy to marry myself to one thing. Who said I had to be all in, fully dedicated to one way of living? Who said I wasn’t allowed to take parts of all areas I enjoyed and submerge them into a balanced lifestyle that brought me joy? I could very much be a yogi who enjoys the occasional cheeseburger and throws around tires while listening to gangster rap! I could stay on top of counting my macros, but carry no guilt when I indulge in my grandma’s homemade empanadas.

Food Is Energy, Food Is Life!

To have a healthy relationship with food is understanding that there’s no such thing as “good and bad” food. Food is energy, it is life, it gives us fuel and may just help comfort us sometimes which is okay. This holds the same truth for physical activity. It’s vital to move our bodies for a variety of beneficial reasons, but it’s also important to know when to rest and recover. And what about mental health? Our mind and soul? Yes, that needs balance too. I could sit for ten minutes in completely silent meditation or maybe meditation that day may look like a long run accompanied by a motivational speech. The recipe may look different, but the finished product is the same!

It’s All About Sustainability

It’s important to hold responsibility for how we live our lives and it’s up to us to educate ourselves or seek guidance to create habits that will sustain health and longevity. Not only does balanced nutrition and physical activity benefit our bodies, but it significantly plays a role in our mental health. When our bodies, mind, and soul are balanced, we sleep better, we communicate better, we have healthier relationships, and prioritize self-care. We become better people for those around us, and for the world. We are kinder, more driven, and more mindful about our actions when we hold wellness as a priority.

Happiness Is Always Key

Whether you are training for a marathon or just enjoy a hip hop dance class once a week with your friends, do what brings you joy and remember there’s no one size fits all approach to balanced wellness. Don’t burn yourself out when you don’t get things one hundred percent right, don’t get discouraged trying to mold into one thing, and always remember to find joy in creating a balanced lifestyle that works for you!