Everything is going to be okay

Life, it can pack up a punch sometimes, right? You wake up with determination and before you know it the day runs you over and you’re just trying to stay on your feet.

–> You might be holding some lottery tickets that didn’t pan out.
–> You might be fighting with loved ones or friends.RTC 252
–> You might have had the best of intentions to stay positive but the day ran you over.
–> You might be struggling to find the sun through the clouds.
–> You might be dealing with sickness.
–> You might be working at the worst job ever.

You’re facing something hard right now, I know it.

But listen to me, every little thing is going to be okay. It might not all come together today, tomorrow or this week but it will all be okay.

Inhale.
Exhale.
Just breath.
It will all be okay.

Your story isn’t over yet.

A year ago, I was lost.

We had been out of the Air Force for 6 months and things were still a mess. Everything about our future was uncertain. I was filled with fear and scared.

But in my heart I knew that that’s not how my story would end. In my darkest moments I clung to the hope that I had the power to change our ending.

–> I got up everyday and worked through my fears.
–> I wiped my tears and poured my heart into my business.
–> I used my story to help inspire others.
–> I showed up when it was hard and didn’t back down.
–> I never, ever gave up.

Looking back, I know that those hard times were put in my path to shape who I am today. I’ve learned more about myself, refined my vision for my life and grown into who I needed to be to make my dreams come true.

Here’s the truth: You might be going through some crazy dark moments and life might feel impossible. The burden’s you’re carrying feel so heavy and you have no idea how you’ll make it through. But that was how I felt last year too and I made it out. So will you. Keep believing, keep trusting and never lose hope. You can change your ending. Just have the faith, it all comes together when it’s supposed to.RTC

A free trip…YES PLEASE!!

Free Trip

A free trip…umm YES PLEASE!!!

My amazing coach, Amy Allen, is taking the top coaches from her team on a trip to Destin, Florida in February and I get to go!!!!!

I have the BEST JOB EVER!!
–> Helping people change their lives
–> Helping my family financially.
–> Going on free trips! (This will be the 2nd free trip I go on in 2016)

Do I say this to brag? NOPE.

I share this because if I can do it, so can you!

Where do you want to take your life in 2016?

If you want to be getting out of debt, starting your own fitness journey and helping people with theirs while chasing your dreams…I can help you!

I am adding 10 new coaches to my team in January and if you’d like to be considered…
APPLY HERE:

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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Transformation Tuesday

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Transformation Tuesday!!

I think all too often we like to focus on just the physical transformation and today I would like to spotlight a new coach in my downline.

This is her transformation and in 21 days she changed her body on the outside, she lost 10 lbs and 10 inches, but more importantly she had an internal transformation as well. I had the pleasure of talking to her yesterday and I was absolutely blown away with her story.

Here is what she told me:
–> She’s no longer depressed or anxious.
–> She feels confident again and she hasn’t felt that way in years.
–> Two serious health issues, that she’s been dealing with for years are correcting themselves.

She followed the 21 Day Fix meal plan completely, did her workouts and drank Shakeology. Her life is completely different and the happiness I saw in her eyes was priceless!

If you’d like to join me in an accountability group: https://coachashleyjoy.wufoo.com/forms/i-am-interested-in-joining-the-group/

Cize Day: 4

Cize: Day 4

–> I still look like a white girl dancing.
–> I’m still having so much fun and I don’t care that I look ridiculous!

Before I started this program I was in a workout burn out. This is exactly what I needed to have fun and enjoy myself again!

I cannot wait to #cizeitup with my coaches and new challengers in September…do you want to join us? https://coachashleyjoy.wufoo.com/forms/i-am-interested-in-joining-the-group/

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21 Day Fix Approved: Mexican Soup

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I have wanted a Vitamix for a very long time (read how I got one here) and originally my plan was to just blend up my Shakeology and make smoothies for my kids.  I knew it could do all sorts of amazing things but I didn’t think I’d even try that stuff but I was wrong.  It took me less than 2 weeks and I was ready to see what all this amazing appliance could do for me.

At lunch time today I was about to have my normal (boring) salad that I have almost every single day.  I pulled out the recipe book for my Vitamix instead.  I decided I’d make a soup but I didn’t have all the ingredients for one in the book so I created my own recipe.

21 Day Fix Approved:Mexican Soup

  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1/4 of an onion
  • 1/2 cup cabbage
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can chick peas
  • 1 can of Rotel
  • 1 pound of cooked chicken

I put the first 8 ingredients in my Vitamix, set it to soup setting and turned it on.  It blended for about 5 minutes and worked it’s magic. When it was done, out came a green puree (that was already warm!) that I poured into a bowl, leaving 1 cup of puree behind. I added the remaining ingredients and pulsed them until they were chopped but not pureed.  I added it to the bowl, stirred it together and at it up! It’s not the prettiest thing to look at but it was tasty!

Optional Add Ins: 

These are things I would have added but didn’t have on hand.

  • red or yellow pepper
  • cilantro
  • sour cream or greek yogurt
  • tortilla chips
  • corn
  • garlic

If you’re following the 21 Day Fix: 1 Red, 1 Green, 1 yellow per 1 1/2 cups serving.

I’m always running 21 Day Fix/21 Day Fix Extreme accountability groups and if you’re looking to start your journey and would like me as your coach, just apply below.

One Pan: Mexican Quinoa

Mexican Quinoa

This delicious, one pan meal is 21 Day Fix Approved and very easy to prepare!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound of chicken breast
  • 1/2 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can of Rotel
  • 1 cup of corn
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 cup of carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced peppers (I used red and orange)
  • 1 tablespoon homemade taco seasoning (see recipe below)
  • Kosher Salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice of 1 lime.

Optional ingredients (things I wanted to add but didn’t have on hand!): Avocado and cilantro

Taco Seasoning:

  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Coriander
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Directions: 

Gather all of your ingredients

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Season your chicken with homemade taco seasoning and cook in pan until cooked through. Remove chicken and dice it up.

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Add jalapeño, peppers and onion to the pan and cook for 3 minutes.

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Add these ingredients to the pan: quinoa, chicken broth, beans, corn, carrots, rotel, taco seasoning.

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Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Stir in diced chicken, avocado, lime juice and cilantro.

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You could also serve this in tortillas as a healthy taco filling too.

21 Day Fix Containers:

Serving is 2 cups: 1 red. 2 yellow and 1 green

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!