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.

Workout Wednesday: Cize – I’m getting better!

Workout Wednesday: Cize: The End of Exercise

Here’s the truth: when I heard about Cize I was skeptical. I didn’t plan on doing it because I’m not a dancer. I didn’t think it would be enough of a workout either.

BUT….I’m so glad I gave it a chance because this is the exact program I needed right now. First, I’m having so much fun. I was in such a workout funk and this program has me excited to “push play”. Second, it’s an amazing workout. I finish feeling absolutely amazing and completely drenched!

Bonus: I’m learning how to dance! Shaun T. breaks down all of the moves step by step and before I know it I’m doing a dance routine!

If you’d like to join me: Apply Here

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Who’s the boss?

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What a true blessing it is to be able to…
—> Be my own boss
—> Set my own hours
—> Work from ANYWHERE
—> Have freedom and flexibility
—> Get paid every single week
—> Be home with my kids

I once didn’t believe I could work from home and earn enough to live. I thought it sounded too good to be true. I had doubts and fears that held me back. I was skeptical.

I pushed through those feelings and gave it a chance anyways. I didn’t have anything to lose and in doing so I gained so much. I gained freedom and that’s priceless.

Let me ask, why not you?
If this sounds like a life you’d like to live, I can help make it happen. Why not start today…I’m here to help you!

Apply: https://coachashleyjoy.wufoo.com/forms/join-team-chaos-coach-application/

3 Day Refresh:

Have you ever let your eating get out of control and before you know it the scale has creeped up 5 pounds and you feel bloated and gross? That was me earlier this week.

You might think that because I’m a fitness coach I am perfect with my nutrition and never struggle with eating bad foods. But the truth is I struggle just like everyone. I love Cheetos, beer, cake and Starbucks. I usually live by the rule of moderation (good clean eating 90% of the time and 10% freedom). However, sometimes I slip and before I know it the equation is 50/50 and the scale starts creeping up and I start to feel gross. When I start to slip up I need a complete refocus. I usually do the Shakeology Cleanse but this time I tried the 3 Day Refresh. 

Results: I lost 4.6 lbs and 2 inches off my waist.

The question I always get after doing a cleanse is “will the weight stay off?”

First of all, now that I’m done I’m putting my scale away for awhile. I only get on my scale when I’m doing a cleanse or following a new fitness program. Second, everyone’s weight fluctuates up and down a few pounds. I don’t use the scale as a measurement of my success. It’s just a tool to show that I’m detoxing my body and losing the bloating that was plaguing me.

But every time I do a cleanse my body has felt fantastic and has stayed the same shape afterwards until I let my eating slide again. Will it go up or down from here? I’m not sure because I don’t plan on being a slave to the scale. The point of this cleanse wasn’t to lose weight but to detox my body and refocus my mind.

If you’re interested in doing the 3 Day Refresh or the Shakeology 3 Day Cleanse just send me a message at ashleyjoy80@gmail.com and we can see if it’s the right fit for youRefresh Results

What is a Beachbody Coach…WHY NOT YOU?

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Today I received my biggest weekly paycheck to date with Beachbody and I promoted to One Star Diamond Coach. I’m still absolutely blown away that I am doing my dream job, while working from home and helping other people.

Do I share this to brag and boast about how awesome I am? NOPE

I share it because you can do what I’m doing too. Have you ever wondered, WHY NOT ME?

I’m not doing anything that I couldn’t teach you how to do. I don’t have any special secrets that help me be successful. The only thing that I’m doing is showing up every single day, working hard and pushing towards my goals. I have a huge desire to make my dreams come true. I want to buy a home, be able to travel and have freedom and financial stability.

If you’d like to know how I make money while working at home and helping people get fit and have thought “I could probably do that” but weren’t sure where to go from there, now is your chance to get some information. 

Did I mention it’s FREE for active duty military and their spouses to coach plus it’s now FREE FOR ALL VETERANS who served in the military too?

I’m hosting a FREE Sneak Peek into coaching group where I’ll explain…
—> WHAT a Beachbody coach does everyday.
—> HOW it’s completely possible to build an income working part time doing what you love from home.
—> WHY coaching could help you live a more fulfilled life – in all aspects of your life
—> SEE IF it’s the right fit for YOU!

No pressure — no commitments — just learn more about it if I have peaked your interest! It’s a fitness lovers DREAM JOB — but you don’t have to be a fitness expert AT ALL! I want to shout about it from the rooftops because it has been LIFE CHANGING for me. Come hang out with me here on Facebook and see what it’s all about.

Comment below or add yourself to the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TeamChaosSneakPeek/

If you have questions, send me an email here.

Shakeology 3 Day Cleanse

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I’m finally done with the Shakeology 3 Day Cleanse. This is exactly what I needed to refocus my mind and detox my body.

Results: I lost 5 lbs but didn’t take measurements but I know I lost a couple inches off my waist because all of my bloating is gone.

The question I always get about this cleanse is “will the weight stay off?”

First of all, now that I’m done I’m putting my scale away for awhile. I only get on my scale when I’m doing a cleanse or following a new fitness program. Second, everyone’s weight fluctuates up and down a few pounds. I don’t use the scale as a measurement of my success. It’s just a tool to show that I’m detoxing my body and losing the bloating that was plaguing me.

But every time I’ve done this cleanse my body has felt fantastic and has stayed the same shape afterwards until I let my eating slide again. Will it go up or down from here? I’m not sure because I don’t plan on being a slave to the scale. The point of this cleanse wasn’t to lose weight but to detox my body and refocus my mind.

If you’re interested in doing the Shakeology 3 Day Cleanse just send me an email ashleyjoy80@gmail.com . These kits come straight from me and not Beachbody and I’d love to coach you through it!

Beachbody on Demand

Have you ever wanted to have access to several Beachbody workouts at one time and have the ability to play them anywhere you’d like?  Have you ever gone to the gym or on vacation and wanted to do a Beachbody workout but didn’t want to take all the DVD’s and a DVD player with you? What if there was a way you could stream your workouts from anywhere you wanted straight to your phone, computer, or tablet?  What if there was Beachbody on Demand???

Well, the wait is finally over and Beachbody has finally gone digital!  You will now have the ability to stream workouts from your computer, laptop, tablet and smartphone.  There will be 11 full workout programs to choose from and more will be added every single month.

You’re probably wondering  much it costs and how to get it….

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If you could give up the price of ONE coffee a week and get $1,500 worth of our best Beachbody stuff in return, would you do it?

All you need is access to an internet connection, you can do just that. You’ll get $1,500.00+ worth of Beachbody workout programs, professional nutrition guides, personalized meal plans, coaching, and…..for FOR LESS THAN ONE CUP OF COFEE at Starbucks per week. ($2.99)

Yes, I’m dead serious. Yes, this deal is THAT good.

Beachbody on Demand is now included in the TeamBeachbody Club Membership and for just $2.99 a week (billed quarterly for $38.87) you’ll have access to all of those workout programs, workout calendars and the  meal plans.

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When you join the TeamBeachbody Club you are getting a complete package to change your health.  You’re not only get access to the Beachbody on Demand Digital Library but you’ll also receive a 10% discount on all of your purchases, have access to custom meal plans and one on one coaching from me.

Sign up for the TeamBeachbody Club Membership Now! 

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Beachbody on Demand is perfect for anyone who is wanting to try a variety of workouts and have the freedom to take them anywhere they’d like.  There is also a  ‘Purchased Programs’ feature of On Demand is scheduled to launch by the end of March 2015 and is not currently available.
This allows paid Club members to stream DVD programs they have purchased from Beachbody or TeamBeachbody.  Programs available to stream after purchase under Purchased Programs currently include: 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, and T25.

 Teambeachbody Club Membership and Shakeology together to help you succeed! 

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Here’s what’s included:

  • A 90-day Premium membership to the Team Beachbody Club with Beachbody On Demand. (After 90 days, you will be charged the quarterly Club membership price).
  • 30-day supply of Shakeology which will convert to Shakeology Home Direct (our monthly autoship program) after 30 days.

At $140 USD, this Challenge Pack is a phenomenal deal! You’ll save $28 USD as opposed to buying these items separately!!

The Club & Shakeology Challenge Pack is ideally suited for anyone who’s new to Beachbody, undecided about which fitness program to try, or someone who would love the convenience of accessing Beachbody workouts—anytime, anywhere.

Get the TeamBeachbody Club Membership and Shakeology Now! 

21 Day Fix Extreme: Results

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Wow!!  I can’t believe that my 21 days of extreme are over!  I won’t lie, this last week was by far the hardest of the two weeks.  The finish line seemed so close yet so far away.  When I did the original 21 Day Fix (see my results here) the last week was the easiest but with extreme I really struggled mentally and just wanted to be done.  But when I put my mind to something I don’t quit, no matter how much I want too.

Day 1 and Day 21 Comparison:

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I really wanted to get to 119 lbs but I think this is the weight my body is destined to be at.  I’m .4lbs lower than when I did the original fix.

Day 1 vs Day 15:

Weight: 126 and 120.1

Chest: 34 and 32

Right Arm: 10.5 and 10.25

Left Arm: 10.5 and 10.25

Hips: 34.5 and 32.25

Right Thigh: 20 and 18.25

Left Thigh: 20 and 18.25

Waist: 28.5 and 26

Overall:  I’m down 5.9 lbs and 11.75 inches overall!

Workout Recaps:

Day 15 – Plyo Fix Extreme: I hated this workout the first week.  It made me sore for days and days.  The second week it wasn’t so bad and by the third week I actually liked it.  Each week I tried to up my weights on each of the workouts but with this one I stuck with 7.5 lbs.  Jumping with 10 lb weights was too hard for me.

Day 16 – Upper Fix Extreme:  I love working my upper body and I think this was my favorite workout of all the extreme workouts.  I used 15 lb weights this week and it was challenging.  I was very sore the next day but it’s worth it to see some change in my biceps.

Day 17 – Pilates Fix Extreme: I remember doing this workout in the first week and thinking it was Chinese torture with a resistance band.  But on this last week I really loved it.  I had been working hard on my core and I could really tell a difference in my core strength when I did this workout for the third time.

Day 18 – Lower Fix Extreme: I was having an awful day on this day and I remember dreading doing this workout.  I hate working my legs and I had nothing in my tank to push hard.  I gave this workout a crappy effort and felt bad when I was done.  I followed the countdown to competition plan all week and I think the carb depletion bit me in the booty that day.

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Day 19 – Cardio Fix Extreme: I should have taken a video of this workout because its a lot of fun.  I love to get my heart rate up and do some awesome cardio moves.  This workout has you do two moves with weights that work upper and lower body and then a 30 second challenging cardio move.

Day 21 – Dirty 30 Extreme:  I didn’t like Dirty 30 in the original fix because it was hard but I started to love this workout by the end of my extreme journey.  All of these moves work your upper and lower body at the same time.  It gets my heart rate really climbing and challenges me.  I enjoyed this workout a lot.  It could of been because I knew I was so close to being done too.  That’s a great motivator.

How the meal plan went:

At my weight I was eating 3 green(veggies), 2 purple (fruit), 4 red (protein), 2 yellow (carbs), 1 blue (healthy fats), 1 orange (nuts/seeds or dressing) but when I was doing the Countdown to Competition I was eating 3 green, 6 red and 1 yellow.  I followed the Countdown to Competition plan most of week 3.  There was one fall back day to extreme on day 17 but I also did one on day 20 too.  The C2C plan was challenging in the last days.  I was getting really cranky from the carb depletion and I just knew for my own sanity that I had to listen to my body and take another day on the regular plan.

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I was eating a lot of veggies and protein the last week.  I didn’t take many photos because my meals were very repetitive.

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I had been eating a lot of spinach salads since starting the 21 Day Fix Extreme and I’m over them. I recently found this broccoli slaw at Trader Joe’s and I’m in love!

Here’s what I did:
–>I cooked up some chicken breast with some salt free spices.
–>While I cooked the chicken I added the broccoli slaw to a small skillet with a little bit of water and brought it to a boil. My goal was to make the slaw a little tender so it resembled a veggie pasta instead of a slaw.
–>I measured out the slaw, chicken and tomatoes added a little rice wine vinegar and Sriracha. 

It was refreshing, filling and delicious!

If you’re following the fix its: 1 red and 1.5 green.

IMG_0521I did discover an amazing new Shakeology recipe this week too! It really helped me with my sweet cravings during this last week.

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Results and Review: 

Like I said at the beginning, I’m down 5.9 lbs and 11.75 inches.  I feel better than I have in a long time.  After I did the original 21 Day Fix in August 2014 I got lazy with  my nutrition.  I still exercised a lot but I started to eat things again that I know are bad for me.  I indulged more than a person needs too.  I always believe in living a life of moderation with treats occasionally but I was going overboard and it showed.  I gained back 5.5lbs of my original results from August to February.  I needed this program to refocus my energy towards health and away from the snack foods that I let control my life.  I needed to prove to myself again that I could get my eating under control and get results.

I’m 34 years old, I’ve had 3 kids and I’m in better shape today than I was before I had kids.  In fact, I’m in better shape than I was when I graduated high school. This program isn’t just about weight loss for me.  It’s about proving to myself that I can have the body of my dreams even after having 3 kids.  I’m working really hard to get abs that I never even had before I had kids.  My body feels fantastic and I’m very proud of the results I achieved.

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What’s next for you? 

I can’t say enough about this amazing nutrition plan and the workouts of this program.  I’ve personally helped over 40 people use this nutrition plan and it delivers results.  If you follow it you will see inches and pounds disappear.  Is it easy, no.  Does it take work, yes.  But is it possible, absolutely.

Would you consider joining me in one of my 21 Day Fix accountability groups?  You could choose either the original 21 Day Fix or the 21 Day Fix Extreme depending on your current fitness level.  I’d love to personally help you get the results you’ve been wanting.  I believe this product works and I believe that you have what it takes to see results too.

Watch these videos to see if this might be a good fit for you.

I’d love to help you get in the best shape of your life too!! If you’d like to join me and have me by your side as you do the 21 Day Fix or the 21 Day Fix Extreme, fill out the below application and I’ll be in touch!

Insanity Max:30 Sweat Intervals

Workout Wednesday: Insanity Max:30 Sweat Intervals

This workout is no joke! It left me gasping for air in the warm up and I didn’t catch my breath until I was done. There are 30 second breaks every 4:30-5:00 minutes and that’s just enough time for me to regroup and push harder for the next interval.

The best part about it is I’m pushing myself to my max and when I need to stop and rest, I record my time and the next time I do this workout I will try to get further. I’m my own competition and I love the challenge! Today ‪#‎IMAXEDOUT‬ at 13:30. 

I’ll be starting a Max group in January if you’re up for the challenge! Just go here for more information on my next challenge group.