Two years ago this incredible mama right here entered my life and two years later I’m still thanking God for placing her there. Ashley is an an amazing mother, an amazing friend and an INSPIRATION to literally thousands of people DAILY. I’ve been lucky to know (and be inspired by) Ashley daily for the past couple of years but for those of you who may not know her, or her story I am THRILLED to feature her today on the blog for #WEIGHTLOSSWEDNESDAY. Prepare to be inspired, folks! ♡
I am a mother of two beautiful babies. My daughter Kayleigh will be 3 years old on the 16th this month and my son Kaleb is 9 months old. I am a Army wife and an Army Veteran. I met my husband while I was in the Army. He is currently deployed and I am living in San Antonio, Texas so my kids and I can be near family while he is gone.
When did you begin your weight loss journey?
I started my weight loss journey January 2014.
What inspired the change? Was there a moment when you thought to yourself “No more!”
I was 8 months postpartum with my daughter and I was at my heaviest weight of 235 lbs. I was completely miserable and hated how much I let myself go after having my daughter. It wasn’t until I was trying on clothes for Christmas pictures that I knew I needed to do something. I remember trying to squeeze into a size 24 jean and just crying because I was so mad at myself for letting myself get to this point. That was the moment it kinda clicked for me and I knew I had to do whatever it took to get healthy for myself and my daughter.
Which programs did you use?
I started with the 21 day fix. I did 6 rounds and lost 50 pounds. I have also done one round of T25 and lost 13 pounds. I did Insanity Max 30, Masters Hammer and Chisel and lost 13 pounds and most recently the Ultimate Reset and lost 14 pounds.
Who has been the biggest support throughout your journey? Tell me a little about how they have helped you achieve your goals.
My husband has been my biggest supporter and motivator since day one. He has worked out beside me, ate what I ate and never complained once. I couldn’t have done it without him.
What’s been the biggest challenge for you? How did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge was eating right. I am a big fan of comfort food. But when I decided I was going to change my lifestyle, I threw all the comfort food out of my house and avoided fast food for the longest time. I cut it all out cold turkey and allowed myself to commit to the 21 day fix and let the program not only show me what I needed to do as far as workouts go. But it also educated me on what to eat and how much to eat. It was a game changer for me. Don’t get me wrong, I still like to have some of my favorite comfort foods, but I do it in moderation and in smaller quantities.
Let’s face it. We all have those days when we’re tempted to throw in the towel. How do you stay on track?
I have days like that all the time. but I always remember how I felt when I was overweight and unhappy with myself. I also take progress pictures to show myself that change is occurring. Because sometimes change doesn’t reflect on the scale. And since we see ourselves everyday in the mirror, sometimes its hard to really see the difference. Thats why I believe progress pictures are so important. I know it can be hard to take pictures of yourself, especially if you aren’t happy with yourself. But trust me. Take the pictures and let them motivate you ever single day.
Do you have a secret? A clean recipe that you couldn’t live without, or a favorite workout that makes you feel great?
Strange enough I love anything plyometrics or cardio. I think thats why I love Shaun T’s workouts so much. Because I know they challenge me. I know that I have a love/hate relationship with it. And it always makes me push a little bit harder than the last time I did Plyo/cardio. And Im a HUGE arm day lover! wink emoticon I always feel amazing after a great arm workout.
What advice can you give others just starting their journey?
Don’t get frustrated. Be gentle with yourself. We all start from somewhere. It’s called a weight loss journey for a reason. There will be good days, and there will be bad days. But the important thing is to remember why you started. Remember what you want to change and what you are working toward. And take it one meal, one workout and one day at a time. You got this!