Bad days happen all the time but a bad day doesn’t mean you have a bad life.
Let go of the past, lift your thoughts to today.
Today is a good day to have a good day….even if yesterday sucked.
This is one of those brutally honest posts that I recently shared with one of the accountability groups I run. Please read my words with love because that’s where they’re coming from. I think this is a message that everyone needs to hear.
Losing weight and being active is hard, being unhealthy and overweight is hard.
Choose your hard.
The road that you’re on towards health is hard and at times it seems like your goals are very far away. But you need to remember the road you’ve been traveling on before wasn’t easy either. Sometimes it’s easy to look at the path you used to be on and it doesn’t seem as hard as the new one you’re walking down. It’s familiar and comfortable, or it seems like that when you look back. It can start to draw you back to it and you can start taking backwards steps from your goal. You need to remember that while you were traveling on that path you weren’t happy and that road was hard too.
All of you are working towards a big goal for a reason.
You might be trying to lose weight.
You might be trying to gain back your health.
You might be trying to find yourself again.
You might be trying to feel confident and happy again.
You might be trying to run a distance you haven’t before.
All of those things are going to be hard and they’re going to make you feel like quitting at some point but you need to dig down deep and remember how you felt when you started. Remember your why and recommit to it. Sometimes that means that you have to visit that feeling daily.
Say to yourself, “This is hard but I’m doing it anyways. Somedays are going to suck but I’m doing it anyways. I want to give up but I’m doing it anyways.”
Out of your struggles will come strength, I promise!
Tabata Tuesday!! Week 4:Day 2 on my Insanity Max:30 journey.
Tabata Strength from Insanity Max is a killer workout! Push-ups are not my strength and this workout has lots of different varieties; V push-ups, tricep push-ups and regular push-ups. But I’m sure when I’m done with Insanity Max:30 I will be stronger than ever. I’m not crazy about jumps either but I’m trying to push myself out of my comfort zone and really go for it. I’m excited that my abs are getting more defined, even with the extra treats I’ve been eating because of the holidays.
If you want more information on Insanity Max:30 go here
I can’t believe that the 2015 is right around the corner. Where did the time go? It seems like 2014 just flew by!
January is usually when everyone gets a gym membership and commits to changing their health and fitness. Have you been to a gym in the beginning of January? It’s PACKED!! Have you been back in February? It’s back to how it was in December. Why does that happen? Most people are expecting instant results and when they don’t happen they give up. They don’t know what they should be doing each day and slowly they stop going.
Here’s what I’ve learned since running and participating in challenge groups:
1. 80 % of your results come from your nutrition
You can do cardio all day, everyday but if you don’t change your eating you’re not going to change your body. You can’t out exercise a bad diet.
2. SUPPORT is the key to SUCCESS!!
Having a community of support to check in daily with is what was the secret to my success. At any given time I could make a post in the closed group regarding my daily struggles and someone would give me either a tip, suggestion, lift me up or love on me so that I didn’t quit. I felt encouraged that I wasn’t alone and that others were going through the same thing as me. There was always someone else who was feeling like me and being part of that group made all the difference for me. I was not alone! We were all in this together.
3. I need a system
I am the type of person that needs a detailed schedule to follow, a meal plan to duplicate and proven results for me to believe! I cannot just wing it. I need a guide to get me through each step. I want to know that if I do X,Y and Z I will get the results of those in the infomercial. I love that every Beachbody Fitness Program comes with a nutrition guide to help me eat for the workout I am doing! I love that Beachbody has the awesome food storage containers so that I am eating the right amount of food each day. It truly takes the guesswork out of my nutrition. This is afterall the hardest thing to change and Beachbody does a killer job at tackling that with ease!
Shakeology is not a protein shake or weight loss quick fix. I will be honest, I was skeptical at first when I heard of all the amazing things that Shakeology does for a body. But despite being skeptical I had to try it. I started to feel a change in my body after two weeks. I had more energy, less cravings and my digestion was improved. The biggest change was my energy level. Plus it was nutrition that I wasn’t getting before. I felt healthier, my workouts were better and now it’s my daily multivitamin.
5. Accountability for me
As a coach, I am just as accountable to myself as I am to my challengers. As a coach I stay on track because I know I am leading by example. I want to inspire the others that I’m working with and each day I do my best as an example to them. I want those around me to say, “If she can do it, I can do it too! I’m no different than her” Because it’s true, I’m no different than anyone else. I struggle and have off days too but being in a challenge group keeps me accountable.
So here’s the scoop: I’m starting a new challenge group in January and I’d love to have you participate!
You make me your coach by going to my site and clicking JOIN to make me your COACH! (absolutely free!)
You contact me by filling out the application below to be considered for a spot in the group.
Together we decide what Beachbody fitness program is the right fit for you based on your goals and your current fitness level.
You are required to replace Shakeology with 1 meal each day for the very best results. My goal is to teach you how to plan and prepare the other meals of the day so that you get the results you are looking for. At the end of the challenge the choice is yours to continue with Shakeology or not!
You must check in daily to the Facebook accountability group. Engage with others and share your struggles and successes.
Complete the application below to be considered for a spot in my January group!
Are you feeling fierce today? I just finished Friday Fight Round 1 from Insanity Max:30 and now I’m pumped up and feeling FIERCE!!
I didn’t feel fierce when I started. In fact, I didn’t even want to workout this morning. I had a bunch of excuses trying to drag me down. But I used my 15 minute rule, on days I don’t want to do a workout I tell myself, “do it for 15 minutes and if I still want to quit I can quit” Usually 15 minutes is enough time to get me into my groove and I won’t quit. Plus with Insanity Max:30, 15 minutes is half way through the workout.
I didn’t feel fierce while I was doing it either. This workout was tough and challenged me mentally from the very beginning. I kept saying to myself, ” ran a marathon I can get through this workout” it was that HARD!! But now that it’s all done, I feel so proud of myself that week one of Insanity Max:30 is DONE!!
If you want to join me on this INSANE journey, I’d love to help you!
Insanity Max:30 Day 2 is in the books. Tabata Power was an INSANE workout and I absolutely loved it! It challenged me in ways that I didn’t know were possible. I was finished and dripping in sweat. Hello, 5 minutes of different variations of tricep pushups and then 5 minutes of different ways of doing a tricep dip!!! WOW!! My arms are going to be screaming at me tomorrow.
This is what working out at home with 3 kids under my feet looks like. My kids love to jump into a workout, especially if it’s a new one. Phoebe started in her bathrobe and changed into workout clothes by the time I was done. They stayed by my side for the entire 30 minute workout.
Don’t let kids be the excuse to not get in a workout. I’ve been working out with my kids under my feet for 3 years. In the beginning there was a lot of interruptions but slowly they learned to either leave me alone or join in to the workout. Sometimes I have to pause it and go break up a fight, kiss a boo boo or wipe a bottom (my three year old loves to use my workout times as his potty time) but I just start back up after the quick break.
Be the example to them and you’ll be surprised that they will probably cheer you on and might even join in with you!
It’s not too late to join me in the challenge. If you want to know more about Insanity Max:30 go here
It’s getting close to the end of the year and that means the start of a fresh new year is upon us. The beginning of a new year is typically when everyone makes New Year’s resolutions. This is when you decide you are finally going to get healthy. You are going to workout. You are FINALLY going to lose that last bit of weight you’ve been complaining about. So what do you do? You buy a gym membership (like everyone else who feels like you, so it’s going to be busy at the gym!). You hit the treadmill and wait for results. And you wait, and you keep waiting.
I’m not anti gym. I think the gym can be an awesome place to get a workout in, if you know what you’re doing. Most people don’t know what they should be doing each time they go and then they’re frustrated when they don’t see results. When it comes to getting my workouts in, I do them at home in 1/2 the time, without the commute too. Since I’m a busy mom with three kids, running a business from home, I need to save all the time I can. Plus my at home workouts come with a set schedule and plan to follow so there is never any guess work about what to do.
Have you tried the gym membership before? How’d that work for you? Were you able to make it there 4-6 times a week? Were you able to keep yourself motivated?
Here is where a challenge group comes in…
What is a challenge group? A challenge group is a safe and private place where you will be on a journey with people who are striving for the same goals as you. You’ll receive support and encouragementas you make changes to improve your overall health. It’s an online support group that has other people with fitness goals that are similar to your own and it’s all done in a Facebook group – which is closed and only seen by the members in the group.
As your coach, I am there to help you design a program to meet your health and fitness needs using one of our programs like P90X, Insanity, T25 or the 21 Day Fix.
While in the group, I will help you get started towards success. You will follow the nutrition guidelines that come with your program along with adding Shakeology as a daily meal replacement. Shakeology is not a protein or diet drink, its a nutritional supplement full of vitamins, minerals pre and probiotics and superfoods. It will help boost your energy, cut your cravings and keep you full longer. If you wanted to eat as many vegetables that are in one shake you’d have to eat six salads! It’s a powerful tool for weight loss. I will also help you find healthy recipes that you like, give you snack ideas and make sure your nutrition is on point for you to have success. I will also hold you accountable and motivate you to keep going when you reach a low point.
Everyday, I will post in the group and you will check in and let us know how your day went – what you ate, how your workout went, whether you worked out at all… having a group keeps you accountable to your goals and there is a whole group waiting to hear from you, support, motivate, and encourage you. You are not in this alone and we will not let you fail! Seeing that there are other people in the same situation as you, struggling and working towards health will help you. We are all in it together to make sure we all have results!
Also you will be able to enter the Beachbody Challenge and have a chance to win $500 or more, just by submitting your results!
Real Beachbody Transformations:
Testimonials from my clients:
“I’m in the 4th round of 21 day fix, and I have good results. The 21 day fix has been a blessing to me, I started out with high blood pressure within the first round the numbers were dropping. I have lost pounds and inches and gained a lot happiness within myself that I know something is finally working to help me lose weight , become healthy and become a better me. I have tried lots of diets from A to Z and even had gastric bypass and nothing worked. But I can say the 21 day fix is working for me and I could not be happier with it. It’s not easy but not all that hard either. Weight is something I have struggled with for many years and so I say this If I can do this anyone can do it. The workouts are great, they are 30 minutes every day. I’m not perfect at them but I still do what I can. I was scared to try the workouts at first, I have a back that hurts at times and was wondering how my back would do, but I have not had no problems with it except when I slept on it wrong and hurt it, it kept me from doing the workouts and I missed not doing them. I don’t think I have ever said I missed working out before. It’s amazing how in such a short time of being on 21 DAY FIX how it has changed my life for the better. My Coach Ashley is AWESOME and I owe her for taking the time to want to help me and see me though my weight loss journey. I have still a long journey ahead of me but I know I will have the 21 day fix and Ashley right there with me.”
“The 21 day fix was so easy to stick to because it’s simple. Workout 30 minutes a day. Eat non-processed foods. 2 simple adjustments to life and suddenly your brain catches on how to keep it going. I’m excited to keep going with more 21 day fixes because I can always do something for “just 21 days”. And on days when I don’t feel I can do it I just have to tell myself “it’s only a 30 minute workout less time than it takes to make supper.” It’s also super fun to have a coach that actually cares about you and challenges you to work your goal. No one ever wants to let someone else down so a coach is awesome motivation. After many…literally hundreds of different ways to “diet” I found 21 day fix to work because it works ALL areas… Your mental health, your physical health, and your nutritional health.”
“I really liked the 21 Day Fix Program! It is really easy to follow, very straight forward. I did have questions about some things in the program and you were always able to answer questions or find out the answer if you were unsure! The really great thing about this program for me has been the groups that you put together. If you didn’t put all the time and effort into keeping us all focused, I wouldn’t have been as motivated to stick to it! Because of this motivation you offered, I was able to stick to the program so much better. The first round, I didn’t see any weight change for probably two weeks and then it started happening. It’s been slow but going in the right direction! Also, I feel much better than I used to. I had birthday cake this past week and truly didn’t feel good afterward. It has made me aware of how much better I feel when I eat healthy. Again, you and the groups you have offered have been the key to 21 Day Fix for me! Finally found something that works and I know is healthy!! Thank you Ashley!”
Ready to get started?
If you are interested in joining my next challenge group, fill out the application below – I have groups starting all the time!
Can I be honest for a moment?
Things have been pretty awful in my life recently. I won’t go into details but I will say that life is packing a punch and trying to knock me down. It’s been a knock down, drag out fight for me to keep pushing forward with a positive attitude. There’s been moments that I’ve crawled into a ball and cried. I’ve wanted to throw in the towel and give up. I’ve wanted to say “Enough, I can’t do it anymore” Giving up would be easy.
But I don’t want an easy life. Giving up won’t solve anything. I have big dreams that I’m chasing and if I gave up in the middle of this fight, I would never get where I want to go. I’m fighting through these obstacles and pushing forward. My story isn’t finished, this is just a tough chapter.
I’m a fighter and there is a fighter in all of us! If life is throwing you some hard punches…put on your gloves and fight back! Let’s fight this battle together!
What is Insanity Max:30?
NSANITY MAX:30 is the challenging new 30-minute, in-home workout program from Shaun T, creator of INSANITY and Focus T25. Shaun T has developed 150 new cardio and strength moves that will make you push harder and dig deeper than ever before to get the best body of your life in just 60 days.
INSANITY MAX:30 will be the hardest 30 minutes of the day and you need to be ready to MAX OUT. It’s not about “getting through” all 30 minutes, it’s about going as hard as possible, for as long as possible, until becoming “MAXED OUT” (i.e. until taking the first rest and/or breaking proper form). No equipment needed… just push to the MAX for INSANE results in just 60 days.
What can I expect?
First off, I can’t even begin to say how excited I am about this program. INSANITY MAX:30 is a workout where you compete against yourself every single day. You’re pushing yourself to your limits and seeing how far you can go. The goal is to MAX out and go as long as you can without taking a break. When you do take a break you record your time and try to push yourself a little further next time. The workouts are intense but they’re shorter than most workouts. You’ll get twice the sweat in half the time. Plus you only have to workout 5 days a week! There is also a modifier in all the workouts and there is an option on the DVD to have the modifier shown onscreen at all times. If you tried Insanity but want something with shorter workouts, this is for you!
Can you expect results? YES!!!! You can expect to lose anywhere from 10-20lbs in the 60 day program! If you follow the workout calendar and nutrition guide, you will see results! It’s that simple. As your coach I will be by your side as you go through each workout. I’ll make sure you’re accountable and motivated. I’ll support you with your nutrition as well.
Who is this perfect for?
Anyone can do this workout because it’s You vs. You!! You are going against yourself!
Anyone who did Insanity before and wants a new Shaun T. Workout.
Anyone who wants to max out with me
Anyone who wants a shorter but intense workout like Insanity.
Anyone who wants something new and wants to jump back into fitness.
How do I get started?
For starters, go to my site http://beachbodycoach.com/esuite/home/ASHLEYJOY80 and create a FREE account which makes ME your Beachbody coach. I will be hosting an EXCLUSIVE test group for anyone who would like the support, guidance, motivation and accountability to start and complete the program.
If you want to be part of the test group, submit the application below to be considered for a spot in the group. The group will be only a SELECT group of individuals with are READY TO COMMIT to 60 days of focus and intensity. I will be right there with you to help you navigate the workouts, the nutrition plan, to teach you how to plan your meals, to make it work for your life and most importantly, to keep you accountable.
The group is run through an online closed support group, which means no one but those participating in the group can see what is posted. I WILL NOT LET YOU FAIL! If you will invest in me, I will invest in you, your health, and your fitness. The only cost to you is the cost of the challenge pack which will include EVERYTHING you need to get started
What comes with Insanity Max:30
The base kit comes with 13 workouts, Nutrition to the MAX guide, MAX guide and the MAX Out wall calendar and a 30 day supply of Shakeology. My coaching is always included too as well as 24/7 support from TeamBeachbody.com
The deluxe kit comes with 16 workouts, core comfort mat, 7 portion control containers, Shakeology cup, body fat caliper, Nutrition to the MAX guide, MAX guide and the MAX Out wall calendar, 7 day ab maximizer, NoTime To Cook Guide and a 30 day supply of Shakeology. My coaching is always included too as well as 24/7 support from TeamBeachbody.com