‘Know everything about one thing, and one thing about everything’ is what Norshek’s motto in life is. We sat down with Instagram’s favorite fitmom to find out about her business, her family life and get a few insider tips on how she does it all!
Tell us a little about how you got into fitness and what inspired you to create The Wellness Log.
Nabil, my husband, has always been a fitness icon in Egypt and the region. He is the kind of guy that can do anything from the first attempt, and I mean ANYTHING! I have been into sports all my life, always had a soft spot for soccer and spent my school and university years in the soccer field competing in tournaments. When we met, he got me interested in the other side of athleticism; fitness! Something I have never ever tried, or ever showed interest in. And as we grew as a couple the idea of turning our sports, fitness, and wellness passion into a business only made sense, so we founded The BootCamp in 2010. We trained hundreds of diverse clients; men, women, boys, girls, mothers, athletes, you name it! Our experience taught us a lot about different bodies and their needs, case to case, practicing what we were taught in books. Eventually we decided we want to give each and every body it’s exact needs, hence The Wellness Log; customized personalized programs.
How do you usually start your day? What is a typical working day like for you?
I prepare overnight oats the night before, for Tala, Nabil and myself. We wake up have breakfast together, we drop her off and alternate; one of us goes to the gym while the other works from home while watching Tajj, and vice versa. We then go on with our day from our home office until it is pick up time, and it gets crazy from then.
What would you say are your biggest challenges when it comes to being a working mom? How have you managed to overcome it?
It’s always tricky to make decisions, every second; answer my child calling, finish this email, play with my other child, take a call, it’s endless. My biggest challenge is making these choices. To be honest, I think this will be an ongoing challenge, I have to make a choice every second, and I have to be okay with that choice.
What’s the best advice that you can give to other working moms who are also trying to do it all?
You can’t do it all, no one can. Delegate, choose your battles, and don’t waste time.
Give us some tips for making sure that your children eat healthy and nutritious food.
There are alternatives to each and every unhealthy treat out there. I make sure I offer her everything she needs and make it as interesting as I can, because kids crave what they need. When Tala craves sugar treats I offer her a variety of fruits, carbs and grains and I explain to her how each and every one of them is delicious and healthy. I use the word healthy to describe her favorite treats (dried blueberries, goji berries, honey, bananas, dates, apples). It makes all the difference that she knows her choices are healthy.
We couldn’t agree more, Norshek, education is the best policy.
Do you have any tricks for kid-friendly recipes?
Everything we cook at home is kid-friendly; stuffed veggies with quinoa, whole grain koshary, oats with chocolate and honey, fruit popsicles. She eats everything we eat, which motivates us to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
What foods are usually on the top of your grocery list?
Brown pasta, brown rice, ALL KINDS OF VEGETABLES, Labneh & Eggs.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Nutella on toast with banana slices (now I really want one).
If you had to give one piece of advice for starting and maintaining a healthier lifestyle, what would it be?
People are different, if you can make drastic changes and stick to them, so be it. If you can’t, take baby steps! Do what works for you.
What’s your favorite tune to blast while working out?
I’m not really up to date with music, but Tala likes to sing ‘Roar’ by Katy Perry, so it kind of sticks with me.
We know how sleep deprived moms can really be. Do you have any beauty tips to make you feel fresher and more awake?
Yoga and showers! The beautiful thing about yoga is the fact that you can practice with your kid right there in front of you. Tala joins me when I practice and she actually goes through an entire flow. It has become our thing now to practice yoga together.
Could you tell us a little more about natural beauty products that you use (deodorant, shampoo, moisturizer)?
One secret or not so secret ingredient; baking soda! I experiment with baking soda, corn starch and coconut oil A LOT, but I am not consistent. Sometimes I make a perfect deodorant and other times Nabil throws me and my experiment out of the room.
I used honey diluted in water or apple cider on my hair for two years, no chemicals AT ALL, and it made a huge difference. My hair grew longer and thicker. I dyed it three times this month, which under any other circumstances would have left me bald, but thankfully it balanced out.
Who is your greatest inspiration?
Nabil. Always has been and always will be.