One of our newest columns here on Share It Fitness is to highlight amazing members of the Share It Fitness community who have achieved great and recent successes in living a healthier, fitter lifestyle. We love to hear your stories, especially when it involves our articles, workouts or motivation…but even if it doesn’t, your stories help motivate us, and in the true spirit of SHARE It Fitness, we love to share them. So, if you have a recent story of weight-loss, fitness competition, overcoming adversity or even just reaching a personal best, please share it with us either by shooting us a PM on TWITTER, FACEBOOK, or using our Contact Form!
That being said, here is our first spotlight, in her own words…introducing Ashley!
Not many people know this but ever since I was little I had body image issues from years of teasing. I always ate what I thought was fairly healthy…I ran marathons…yet I never looked at myself and thought “this is the body I’ve always wanted”. I knew I had to make some changes but I didn’t know what, nor was I ready to be that disciplined. Come summer of 2012 I hit my heaviest weight. I was still running here and there, but I was going out several times a week, typically ending in 3am Taco Bell runs…before I knew it, my body fat had spiked to 29.5%! Yikes! Luckily, I saw a picture of myself in a bathing suit and all of a sudden it hit me… If I didn’t get ahold of myself I was going to continue down the that increasingly wide American road filled with alcohol, fast food, and clogged arteries. I had to do something about it, and fast!
On a strict diet plan of 6 small meals a day, I lifted 6 days a week and did cardio EVERY day. The next 12 weeks seemed like they were going to be the longest of my life but it really proved to fly by! I’m not going to lie, at times it was so hard. Waking up at 4am to get cardio in (Thanks Share It Fitness!) before work and then going back to finish at midnight…but, it was so worth it. Every 4am alarm clock, every minute of cardio, every time I said “no” to bad food…every time I turned down hanging out because I had a 5am gym date. It all became easier every day. Every week we took my measurements, progress pictures, and body fat. And every week I posted those progress pictures to my Instagram. That in and of itself kept me motivated…I needed to see progress each week and the public was holding me accountable!
Finally, it was the week of my show and I was getting spray tanned, nails done, and getting my last lifting session in with my trainer. Talk about freak out mode! The show day was finally here! I packed up my bags and headed to Rochester Hills for the Nicole Wilkins Classic. It was so nerve-wracking yet so exciting at the same time. The atmosphere was just incredible! You look around and see all these people that have been training so hard and their hard work has definitely paid off. I met several girls that were just amazing! A few of them found out it was my first show and were so helpful through it all, giving me great tips and tricks. The day was long and tiring at times but it was honestly the best experience ever!
Great story! Thanks Ashley! The before and after pictures are amazing! Hopefully others can see the progress you made in just 3 MONTHS using a proper diet and incorporating some of our workouts into your routine!
We asked Ashley a few follow-up questions and here were her responses:
SIF: Which Share It Fitness workout(s) did you use during your transformation and leading up to your competition? How did they help you?
Ashely: I used quite a few Share It Fitness workouts through out my training, but the ones I used the most were the Treadmill Interval Workout and the Greatest Ab Workout in the World. They killed me!! I had a love/hate relationship with both. I loved how I felt when I was done and the results I was getting but I hated it during haha. It’s tough! But both workouts go so quickly by the time I was done I couldn’t believe it was already over. The treadmill plan helped me shape up my legs and butt significantly!
SIF: Can you provide a sample day’s strength or cardio workout that we can share with our readers?
I superset all my workouts to maximize my time and burn more calories throughout. And lift heavy!!
Ashley: There are two moments that stick out in my mind as my “fist pumping” moments.
Ashley: Ok, I’m not going to lie, I planned my post-competition meal for weeks! I was so excited to just indulge. And by that time I hadn’t had a cheat meal for 2 weeks. So, I went to Old Chicago and polished off some deep dish pizza, a beer, AND some Reese Pieces haha! My stomach wasn’t the happiest, but I sure was
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