Workout Wednesday: PiYo

I’m tired.
My hamstring hurts.
I’m tired.
I don’t wanna workout. 
I’m tired.

But instead of thinking about all of my excuses I replaced them with effort.

I even got lucky and had my girls join me in the workout. Phoebe loves to do PiYo and Winnie and Dixie love to be playful.

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Overcome the haters

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Have you ever tried to make a change in your life and everyone around you turned into an instant critic or hater?

–> You start working on your health someone is trying to sabotage you with cheat meals or telling you that you look fine the way you are.
–> You start to save money and others around you are talking trash and giving you a hard time for not going out with them or buying stuff to keep up with them.
–> You set boundaries for your life and everyone you know is doing all they can to stomp all over them.

Haters: They’re everywhere.

Do you know why they start to attack you when you’re trying to make changes in your life? It’s because you’ve stepped outside the status quo and have become a huge mirror, reflecting the changes they might need to make but don’t want to. It’s easier to hate on you than change.

It might look like they’re resentful of you but the truth is they’re resentful of themselves.

Don’t let all of those haters tell you what’s possible for your life…let their hate fuel you and find out what you’re made of!

Give yourself grace

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I had a reality check this morning when I stepped on the scale. I had gained 7 pounds in 3 weeks and my first reaction was to beat myself up. I fall into old habits quickly and for most of my life I have hated myself and never felt like I was good enough.

But then I thought, what would I tell my friend if she were in my shoes this morning. I’d say, “Give yourself some grace.”

The truth is, I’ve been fighting through some depression this summer. I normally love to exercise and my eating isn’t always perfect but I can usually keep it good for 90% of the time. But lately, it’s been a free for all on food and zero exercise. I’ve been letting my emotions control all of my actions. I’ve been a mess and I can’t take it anymore.

All of this ends today. I need to find me again. It’s not about the number on the scale but how I feel in my own skin. I want to feel confident and happy again. I want to be proud of my hard work.

Operation: Find Ashley Again is now in session.

Overcome a setback


Have you ever felt like life is just dragging you down with one difficult situation after another and it seems impossible to imagine things getting any better?

This is me right now. In the last week, it feels like everything has started to fall apart. It’s been one setback after another and it’s starting to wear on me. The hardest part is keeping my mind positive through it all.

But, I know that out of setbacks come comebacks. If I’m going to make it through this I have to change my thinking. I’m just an arrow that’s been stretched back and I’m waiting for my launch. All I can do is focus, keep my eye on my target and wait! 

Keep the faith, great things come out of glorious disasters!

Enjoy the gift of today!

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It’s easy to forget how precious life is when I’m going from one day to the next in constant chaos. I’m guilty of saying, “When all of my work is done, we can (insert some awesome family fun adventure).” or “If I could just get caught up with my chores, we can relax and be together”

But I’m losing days just waiting for the perfect moment to appear and for my “to do list” to magically disappear. The truth is, there is no perfect moment to enjoy life. I must simply embrace the chaos and enjoy each day. Walk away from the chores, turn off the phone and just be.

Do you know how hard this is for me? It doesn’t come naturally to me at all. But my kids are growing too quickly and if I’m not careful I’ll wake up one day and it will be over. It’s my goal to enjoy the gift of every chaotic day. Every day might not be perfect but there is perfect moments in each day.

Move forward but look back sometimes too.

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I’ve heard it said so many times, don’t look back…you’re not going that way. I used to believe it too. But I’m learning that sometimes you have to look back so you can be reminded of how far you’ve come.

I have always been driven and determined when chasing my dreams. I set a vision and trudge forward, no matter what obstacle is put in my place. I have high expectations for myself and I am always my own worst critic.

I think these qualities are vital to my success but at times they can actually hurt me. My expectations of myself often push me so hard that I lose sight of how far I’ve come. I can only see how far I have still to go and it overwhelms me. 

Sometimes there are obstacles that aren’t easy to overcome. It’s in those moments that the doubt can creep in and I start to think I’ll never make it. Today, I’m not looking forward, I’m looking back and remembering all that I have overcome. I’m hoping it will remind me of my strength to overcome all of the obstacles in my future.

Never Miss a Monday!

It’s Monday and you know what that means?!? Time for my favorite workout rule…NEVER MISS A MONDAY!

It’s week 2 of Cize and the moves got a lot harder and I’m not quite as coordinated. No shame here, I had fun and got sweaty. That’s all that matters! I’m considering these my “before I learn to dance” videos. I figure I’ll have some amazing “I can move my ass” videos in a few more weeks

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