Jacqueline is EverButter's childhood friend, who is an absolute inspiration! She is a for real full time mommy who invest in her children's health and life. She not only focus on them which some of us parents do so often but focus on herself as well, making sure that she is able to keep up with her active boys. She is a jewel and we admire her fight!
Jacqueline is a gym Manager and a fitness guru. She will tell us how she is able to maintain it all, which may seem effortless but not at all, just dedication.
Jacqueline is EverButer's "Love" of the month!
Hello, my name is Jacqueline Estrada and I am 31 years old. I was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico and raised in Detroit, Michigan. For the past 14 years I have been living in New York and I can't even begin to describe how much I love it here. Although a part of me will always miss Detroit and my family who still lives there today, I have to say that moving to NY was a crazy, yet amazing, adventure I will never regret. In the search of finding "myself" and "my career" I have explored industries such as Healthcare and Real Estate. However, approximately 6 years ago I found something I truly enjoy and find meaning in; that is the health and fitness industry. Today, I owe my good health and profession to this life and career change.
EverButter – How many children do you have?
I have 2 boys who rock my world (literally) everyday. They usually begin to rock my world at 6 a.m. until about 9:30 p.m. LOL. Steven is 10 years old and A.J is 4.
EverButter - What is your profession?
I am the General Manager of a fitness facility called "Blink Fitness". I also serve as a motivational speaker for different health and wellness events.
EverButter – What is your definition of being a Fabulous, Phenomenal, Fit woman?
To be a fabulous and a phenomenal woman is to be comfortable and confident in your own skin. We are all created beautiful but somehow, throughout the course of life, society has defined beauty based on the exterior appearance of people. Let me set the record straight beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. The exterior will dissipate and change with life and with time. True, significant and extraordinary beauty comes from within. A fabulous and phenomenal woman to me is a God fearing, hard working and humble woman who take care of her business (children, home and family).
Now, to be a fit woman is a different story. Being fit simply means reaching a physical appearance that stems from hard work, sacrifice and discipline. Being fit, however, is not easy. You have to work through a lot of "junk". You must come to the understanding that physical fitness evolves from loving yourself enough to know and understand that YOUR body needs the exact same attention you give everything else in life. Being fit means pushing through feelings and thoughts of "comfort" and pushing your body to levels of surmountable uncomfort in order to reach your level of "health". Once you do this with consistency and accuracy your body will begin to change in ways you can only dream of. Your body will change as a result of the physical discipline you give it. That's when you become "fit".
EverButter – How do you maintain your desired physical appearance?
I maintain my desired level of physical appearance by remaining "focused" on what I want for myself and what I want to look like. But let's be brutally honest here, getting to your weight goal is easy. Maintaining your goal and continuing to improve it is what's difficult. It is a constant struggle, especially when you have kids. Time is always limited and finding the time and keeping the time in your daily routine is my biggest challenge. It is very hard but not impossible. When you want something bad enough, believe me, you find the way to achieve it.
Let's face it, nothing in life is easy. If it was easy we would all be fit, right? You see, life happens to all of us and no one is exempt from life. What make us different is how we react to life and what decisions we make in life. Everyone wants to look a certain way but not many people make it a priority. Life is too short, in my eyes, for me to dream of the possibilities. I want to be the kind of person that actually lives out their dream. Being healthy and fit is one my dreams. But more so, I want to help others, especially mothers out there, find the time, the courage and the confidence to reach that dream as well. And THAT alone, motivates me daily to maintain my goal. Because if I can do it so can each and every one of you.
EverButter - How would you describe your healthy lifestyle?
WOW! I had to actually stop and think about this one. I would describe my healthy lifestyle as chaotic and busy but structured. I workout 5 days a week and at times 6. But never less than 4 days a week. Eating out is only on planned occasions and although that sounds boring it has saved us a lot of money and has kept my waistline in control. I don't go out partying like a lot of people my age. While there isn't anything wrong with going out, it isn't my prerogative. I don't find it worth it for me personally. I don't drink, I never really have; besides, I workout too hard to throw it out on worthless calories.
EverButter – How you are able to balance your personal life, work life, physical fitness life and be a great mom all at the same time?
Just thinking about answering these questions gives me a headache. The only way I can describe how I balance my personal life, work life, physical fitness and my children is by "time management". I am always planning everything; from meals, to activities, to bath time. When you plan your day/week your success rate is much higher than to live by the day/moment. I once read a quote that said: "if you fail to plan you plan to fail". I can't even begin to tell you how true and important planning is when you live a healthy lifestyle and juggle a busy schedule. The easiest choices are usually the unhealthy choices and the unproductive ones as well. In a society where people are always running to their next task or activity, choosing the easiest route is well...easier. I understood that, especially with being a mom and I knew that the only way I can successfully juggle everything was by planning my time.
Every Sunday, I prep my meals for 3 to 4 days. I also plan my dinners and pre-season my meats. My refrigerator is filled with bowls of season meats, lunch food, snacks, kids school snacks, etc. I am the plastic bowl mom. My kids will tell you that they hate it but let's be real here, it works! It took me some time to figure out what worked best for me and my kids but I finally got it down to a science. I sit down with my boys and figure out what they like to eat so that I can find healthy alternatives and/or cook exactly what they want. If you want to make this work and you have kids you MUST get them involved. It is fun for them because they feel they have the power of "decision making" but it also makes the process easier for you. Furthermore, it begins to teach them how to make healthy choices for themselves at an early age. In a country where childhood diabetes is increasing every year this is something I suggest to every mother and father out there. And hey, what a great way of spending some quality time with your kids. Even going to the grocery store allows me to spend healthy educational time with them. My 10 year old actually looks at the back of products to see how much sugar and sodium the item actually has. Now, let me explain this. I am not a food nazi. My kids do get to cheat and have ice cream and cookies. What I do is teach them alternatives that are both healthy and tasty. But they do get to cheat and eat what they want from time to time. It's about portion control. Kids, at the end of the day, will only mimic what they see at home and what you teach them. So, teach them and explain to them the reasons why so that they have a sense of understanding as to why you are making these family decisions.
I also know what my days are going to consists of, unless any emergency arises. I plan my workout time around my activities, work. I don't always get to make it to the gym and on those days I workout at home. I find that working out before everyone wakes up is easiest for me. Yes, it is the hardest decision I struggle with on a daily basis because I am so exhausted half of the time. But I tell myself daily that is mind over matter. Once I am up and drink some coffee (Bustelo is my favorite) then I am ready to get it in. I put my headphones on and pick a beat that is going to get me moving. At the end of my workout I always feel accomplished and ready to face my day. Believe it or not, working out gives you a lot of energy. It also helps you rest better at night if you are the type of person that struggles with sleep. Working out late in the evening might be difficult due to this side effect; most people who workout at night find themselves up all night. This might work for you if you work at night and/or are not a morning person. Again, you have to find what works best for you. And remember to switch things up from time to time so that the routine doesn't become boring.
Keep a small notepad with you. Write down any food recipes that you want to try out. There are plenty of websites out there to help you cook healthy dinners, etc. There are also lots of websites that will teach you different workout techniques; both at home or for the gym. Keeping a notepad helps me to write down notes and ideas as well as any additional items I might have missed from my "to-do list".
It might seem like a lot at first but once you get used to making a "to-do list" and organizing your day and your week it becomes second hand. The only way to juggle and balance everything in your life is to get down to "time management". Otherwise, keeping a healthy regimen will fall to the waste side because life is getting in the way.
EverButter - Where can our viewers find you?
I can be found on Instagram as "askmsfit". I do have a facebook page but it’s more for family and childhood friends. Not much of fitness is on there. I hope to connect with anyone who wishes to connect on Instagram.