First of all, ahhh I’ve been so bad about posting! I really hope I don’t continue to apologize for each post because that is a bad sign!
Blogging is really relaxing for me and it’s a shame I haven’t given myself enough time to stay consistent.
But enough of my mini-rant. I’m excited to share with you this interview I had with Ashley. I’ve been following Ashley’s facebook page for about a year and a half now and she has taught me so many new aspects of fitness. From weightlifting, to cutting phases and so much more — this girl is determined and has a “no-excuses” attitude that I really admire.
Also, when I began following her she had about 300 people following her page and now has over 12,000. This girl is going places :).
+ Tell me about yourself!
Haha, I swear this is the hardest question of any interview I ever do! I never know what to say about myself! I really am just a normal 25 year old girl! I was born in California, raised in Virginia, and about 2 years ago returned back to California! I went to school in Virginia and got my BA in Communications, thinking that I wanted to work with children and open a daycare, but my passion soon turned to fitness after I graduated. I still work with kids; I am a nanny. But I am looking to get certified in personal training and then in nutrition so that I can start my own lifestyle coaching business!
+ How did you get started in health and fitness?
I was always interested in the idea of healthy living, I just never had the drive to really pursue it. I would always work out occasionally, but never really eat right because I had the mindset that if I was exercising it didn’t matter how I ate, which is totally wrong. In 2012, I made a New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier and be more active. I would watch The Biggest Loser for inspiration and constantly look at things on Pinterest and then soon started following fitness models on Facebook. I realized that I needed to lift weights and gain muscle definition to really get the tones, fit body that I yearned for, so I started gaining more interest (more than I already had) in working out and by April 2012 I finally joined the gym! That was when my journey really started!
+ What’s your weekly workout schedule?
My schedule is always different! I think I am kind of out of the norm in that sense because I really just play it by ear each week! I figure out which muscle groups I will work as the days come and then I generally make up my workouts on the spot when I get to the gym! I do usually have the same breakdown of working different muscle groups on different days though. I split them up into Arms, Chest, Back, Legs, and Shoulders… then I will just throw in abs when I feel like it.
+ What would be your advice to women who are afraid of lifting weights?
Don’t be afraid! Embrace it! The weight room can be intimidating for a lot of people, and I can understand that, especially when you are first starting out and don’t really know what you’re doing. I advise you to look up exercises based on muscle groups and watch videos on how to do them properly. I usually use the bodybuilding.com exercises sections; you can pick the muscle group you want to work out and then it gives you a ton of exercises for them! You could also do something like the Livefit Trainer which tells you exactly what the workout is and has the videos along with it!
Now, if you are afraid of lifting weights because you are afraid of getting buff and bulky, just get that out of your head right now! Muscles do NOT come easy, you will NOT grow them over night, and unless you are taking the steps in trying to have the extremely cut up look, it probably won’t happen to you anyway! A lot of people say that they want the lean, toned look… well guess what, to get toned, you have to lift weights!!
I t empowers me.
I swear, I never feel like more of a badass or strong (mentally, physically, emotionally) when I am in the gym and lifting weights or pushing myself to my limits! Working out has shown me that I am capable of so much more than I really thought possible. I can push my body to new limits and constantly surprise myself, which is an amazing feeling!
+ What’s a typical day of meals look like for you?
I don’t really have a typical day of meals, I don’t think. I just try to make sure that I have a healthy balance of protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats in most meals. I will eat chicken, turkey, tilapia, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and eggs for my protein. I will eat brown rice, sweet potatoes, ezekiel bread, granola, and oats for my complex carbs. I will eat avocado, olive oil, nuts, and nut butter for healthy fats. Ohhh and Quest bars too! mmmm!
+ Biggest inspiration?
I have a few. My #1 inspiration would have to be Fitness Model Amanda Adams, hands down. She has this great balance of living a healthy lifestyle that has a balance between eating healthy and clean and also living it up and enjoying life! And not only does she inspire me by having a wonderful, healthy balance, but she is just an all around awesome person! I have had the pleasure of meeting her and she is just so genuine and sweet and fun and down to earth, I just love her to pieces!
Another would be Fitness Model Jamie Eason and then my close friends who are on the rise to doing AMAZING things, Brooke Halyn and Leah Potosky are also huge inspirations to me.
+ Favorite fitness product?
There are a few products that I just absolutely LOVE! I will swear up and down on Quest Bars and Sinless Cocktails.
+ What’s your approach to finding a healthy balance between fitness and everything else!
Balance is so so so important! It has taken me a LONG time to find a balance in my life. In fact, I think that I just now have finally found my balance, after almost living this lifestyle for a year and a half! When I first started, I was very gung-ho about it and refused to have any cheats! When I started prepping for events was when I started to have more of an unhealthy balance because of the post-prep danger zone. I would cut so hard, that after my events I would binge and go crazy on all of the stuff that I had missed so much.
Now, when I am prepping is my only time that I go hard and eliminate cheats for a few weeks, but if I am not prepping then I believe in allowing healthy treats on a daily basis! If I am not prepping for something, I don’t see the point in going hard and eating 100% clean. It is important to just find what works for you in your own life.
+ Best way to relax?
Sitting around doing nothing!! Haha, I swear I am so boring. But I love to just lay down at watch TV, sit out at the beach, lay out by the pool, or sit around and BBQ with friends!