Hi Guys I am Ashley,
When I was 17 I suffered the tragic loss of my oldest sister. This loss spiraled me, and in turn, my diet, completely out of control. Within 2 years, my ‘freshman 15’ was a ‘freshman 60’. By age 19 I was 170 lbs and had 35% body fat. I had taken the idea of comfort food to an entirely new level.
I recall one day trying to go running. Just a few miles, from my parent’s house to my sisters, I was in such denial. I really had no idea what had happened to my body. I took off and didn’t even make it a block. Literally, the next week I joined a gym and hired a trainer. That’s when I found out my weight and body fat percentage. She told me that for my age and height, 35% body fat was considered obese. I was so ashamed, but I never looked back. I lost the weight within a year and have kept it off.
What this taught me, was that the world doesn’t give us a ‘time out’ for tragedy and our bodies don’t suddenly stop counting calories just because we do. Our health and fitness is entirely up to us! It’s about constantly challenging yourself, never settling, trying new things and making new friends! It’s about feeling good, healthy and beautiful everyday!
The most beautiful woman is a confident woman and the most confident woman is one that knows that she earned it!
Being a mom is one of the best jobs in the world right? I think most will agree that although children are an amazing blessing, they can make life a bit challenging at times. Gym/exercising time is no different. Whether you hit the gym or do an at home workout, this is for you. As a mother of two young daughters I hope to share with you some of the ways I keep myself and my family fit, healthy and happy. For me, gym time is crucial. I love to have a short break from the love bugs and work on me. If the gym is not for you than make a little time during naps or whatever to have a great workout. There are so many short routines out there to help you feel strong and fit. Also, I love to grocery shop, cook, eat, or anything with food really. I try to use fresh foods as much as possible. Food co-ops are a great way to incorporate a variety of fruits and vegetable into your meals. The best part is that you don’t know exactly what you’re getting so it makes for some fun new dishes. Try bountiful baskets.org.
If I am not watchful my girls will live on string cheese and goldfish. Getting a 2 or 4 year old to sit and have a meal is extremely difficult around here so when I feel they need a little extra, I try the ever so common smoothie. Here is our fav recipe…
Kids (and mom) love it Smoothie:
1 navel oranges (peel and cut into chunks)
1/2cup frozen blueberries
1/4cup frozen raspberries
1 LARGE handful baby spinach
A splash of coconut milk (or water, almond milk etc.)
1 scoop ground flax
Blend until smooth. Add more liquid if necessary. Enjoy!
*Try adding a scoop of protein for yourself and enjoy as a post workout meal.