How to be a Belle


My name is Melissa, and I am on the long journey to develop a fit and healthy lifestyle. It’s not easy, and I trip up a lot (more than a lot), but I know I can do this. And I know you can, too.

To be a Belle, you have to start the journey of loving yourself. Stop the self-shaming, and think about the wonderful things about yourself. Is it your unique curves, your confident attitude, your sense of kindness and empathy toward friends? You’re a beautiful person,  and to be a Belle, you have to decide to that you are beautiful and wonderful and most definitely worth it. And if you can say that, or if you can say you want this perspective to be your new outlook, then you’re a Belle. And we are happy to have you.


I’m a lover of shoes, books, travel, and attempting to stay healthy. I am a total beach bum and grew up spending summers at the Jersey Shore. I love recipes and cook books, watching the Philadelphia Flyers, and my favorite activity (when I’m lucky enough to take a trip) is scuba diving.


I post healthy recipes because I try to eat fresh, delicious, good-for-you food. I am not a dietitian or nutritionist. I’m not allergic to nuts or any other food, nor do I follow gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, or diabetic menu. Please be mindful of your own eating habits, as not every recipe or suggestion I post may be suited for you.

I post workouts or talk about fitness websites and trainers than I like and/or personally use. I am not a trainer and I have not studied kinesiology (ever) or anatomy (since the 11th grade). Do not start a workout routine without consulting your doctor. If you join a gym or purchase at-home fitness tools, make sure you read the directions and read their disclaimers. Talk to someone who is fully certified – I am not! I have been severely hurt on someone else’s workout advice who I thought was a “certified trainer” – so take my word for it! You need to know what’s right for you!