Yay! Summer is here, and you know what that means! Shorts, and bathing suits! Time to slim down! I’m thankful for Katie King for hosting this linky party!
I’d love to start this post saying that I’ve always been a gym rat and in the best shape of my life. That’s just not true.
I struggle just like everyone else..ever heard of the term STRESS EATER? That’s me. When things get rough, I get my large milkshake from Sonic with some mozzerella sticks. Yeah, I’m THAT girl. About two and half years ago, I thought, I am just not taking care of myself. I watched cancer destroy my father and thought WHAT AM I PUTTING IN MY BODY? Is it HELPING, FUELING or BUILDING anything? The only thing the food I was putting my mouth was building, was fat. That’s it! So we jumped on the eating clean bandwagon in our house. For the most part, we’ve stayed on it. I fell off a few times, with experiencing multiple deaths in the family in a short time, and just stress of life.
My first change was drinking ONLY water or my little mixture I like. I loved soda, I was a huge Dr. Pepper drinker! That was the FIRST change to go! This mixture helps me if I get bored with water. It’s 75% water, 20% DIET Cranberry Juice, and a splash of lemon juice or a few slices of lemons. I love this drink and it’s healthy! Hydration is so important because it helps you cleanse the body. I have also used another gentle cleanse to help jump start my weightless! This was so easy to do and you could still function while doing it! That’s a WIN WIN!
For step 3, find a protein shake that you love! For me, it’s this chocolate one! I LOVE chocolate, so it’s perfect. I just it for breakfast or the I need a milkshake time frame that life sometimes throws at me! A few months ago, my sweet friend, Katie King, introduced me to Advocare. It was just what I needed to get back on track. I’ve lost 12 lbs since she introduced me to it and am happy to keep going.
Would you like to try these shakes? Click here to check them out! They are SO yummy AND affordable!
I think another important step is to find a buddy to go with you. It’s so much easier when you have someone that motivates you. I have a few different buddies, but in this picture, you will see my silly husband! I also use Instagram to talk to my virtual gym buddies haha!!
I also started a heavy workout routine. I’m doing something different right now. I’m SO a weight girl. I LOVE lifting weights, and HEAVY weights. Right now my workouts consist of different cardio workouts. I’m doing this routing for two-three weeks, then I’ll pick my weights back up. I’m just trying something different. I’ve found, it’s good to shake up your work outs different. Plus, I just recently recovered from an illness and doctor said no weights for three weeks! Grr!
No matter WHAT you do, do SOMETHING. Everyone starts somewhere. I first started by walking around my neighborhood in the evenings. I still love to do this! It’s a fun way to get outside and get MOVING! It’s a balance, a journey, a fight, and I’m determined to win it! My number one question I ask myself before I put anything in my mouth is “How is this going to HELP my body?”. Do you have any favorite questions or tips to help you stay on track? I’d love to hear them
7 thoughts on “Work It Wednesday”
love, love, love your post! Keep it up Ashley!
Great tips!! I LOVE the chocolate protein shakes too! Yummy and good for you:)
I agree–great, motivational post, Ashley. Looking forward to seeing more progress next week 🙂
I am a HUGE Dr. Pepper fan too! I can quit for several months then BAM! Crazy cravings out of no where! I find they usually accompany that time of the month.
Great tips! Love your drink mix- I may have to try. I have been soda free for a year and it made a HUGE difference.
I'm definitely going to have to try your cranberry and lemon drink mix! I got into a diet soda habit again after being soda free for 2 years and man it's killing me to quit again!
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