Ashley Before & After

POPstar Transformation: Ashley :)

Hey POPsters,

After I shared with you Hayley’s transformation story, I received more inspirational pictures and letters. Yay! These are soooo cool to read – it solidifies that we’re not just working out to One Direction and killing our abs for fun – these workouts WORK. You are sore for a reason. Changes are being made. And it’s awesome.

And guess what?

You’re working out with people all over the world – people who are committed to taking their lives into their own hands and taking control of it. One meal at a time. One move at a time. One video at a time.

Today I bring to you Miss Ashley who tweeted this picture to me:

I was shocked! THIS is amazing. THIS is dedication. And this was all done with drive, heart, sweat, and free YouTube vids. WOWZAAA!!! What a hottie!!! Enough of me talking, let’s see what Ashley did to get that smokin’ bod!

ASHLEY’S INSPIRATIONAL STORY:

Hey! I’m Ashley :) I’ve always been bouncing around from diet to diet and switching exercise programs so I wouldn’t get bored. In the past, the most I was able to lose was about 10 pounds, but I would gain it right back.

I became pretty unhappy with the way I looked and felt, so I started with cutting out all processed foods and sugars from my diet. That gave me a good start, but I still had a ways to go. Exercise was the only thing missing. I’m a stay at home mom with two kids, my husband works nights, and I’m a full time student, so going to the gym was pretty impossible. One day I just typed “cardio” into YouTube and BAM! There was Cassey!

The first month I could only do one video a day and that was just doing the modified versions! Girl pushups :). Cassey really kept me motivated and her workouts never got boring! I wasn’t doing the same workout over and over; there are so many to choose from! I will tell you, she’s right about doing cardio in combination with her Pilates videos!

Thanks for all your hard work and updated videos, Cassey. I feel AMAZING! My total weight loss is 40 POUNDS! I’m smaller now than I have ever been, and I bought a bikini for the first time in about 10 years! Now I’m able to do the cardio videos multiple times in a row, and I hardly ever need to do any modifications. You make it easy to squeeze in a workout no matter how busy I am! Your dedication is inspiring :).

ASHLEY’S FAVE 3 BLOGILATES VIDS:

My absolute NÚMERO UNO video of yours is the HIIT Food Baby! I get a leg workout and cardio at the same time!

Second vid is bikini blaster booty booty booty.

Third one is an older one but I looooove it! Perky butt and long lean legs! Bootie pat!

A SNAPSHOT OF ASHLEY’S DAILY DIET:

Breakfast:
Coffee with coconut milk instead of creamer (no sugar, and I know coffee messes with your cortisol levels…but I have two kids under 2. No way I’m giving up coffee! :))
Cubed sweet potatoes, a few blackberries, and a kale omelette

Lunch:
Grilled chicken salad, a little guacamole as dressing
Sliced tomato

Snacks:
Dried okra, dried zucchini chips, carrots, nuts (but not all at once! Just throughout the week)

Dinner:
Baked tilapia
Sautéed asparagus
Cauliflower rice (cauliflower in food processor until it looks like rice, then sauté with clarified butter and seasonings)

THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH ASHLEY for sharing your story with us! You are truly an inspiration to the whole Blogilates Community and prove that with a strong, focused mind – anything can be achieved! You’re a true POPstar!

If you have any questions for Ashley, you can tweet her at @TangeloFlavored (like tangelo the fruit!) I am sure she’d be more than happy to motivate you to work hard and eat well, just like she did, and still does!

If any of you guys have motivational stories you want to send in, please write me at POPsterpost@gmail.com and put “INSPIRATIONAL STORY” somewhere in the subject and be sure to attach pictures. Even if you weren’t looking to lose weight but Blogilates vids changed your lifestyle, your outlook on life, or helped you overcome tough times – I wanna hear it! And I know thousands of others want to as well. Featured POPstars get cool Blogilates swag btw :)

I hope this inspires you to GO HARD this week. Remember, you gotta TRAIN INSANE OR REMAIN THE SAME.

Love from London,

<3 Cassey

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  • Damaris

    I am 2 weeks into my weight loss journey and I am 6 pounds down. I’ve started by eating 3 clean meals and 2 snacks a day(no processed foods, salt or sugar). I measure everything and I decided to “cheat” with 1 thing every 2 weeks. I am a working mom of 2 kids under 2 and a full time student so there is minimal time for workouts. Any suggestions for at home workouts that won’t take much time?

  • Anada

    Is it possible to loose 20 pounds in a month? If not, how about 10?

    • Samantha

      The most you should lose in a week is two pounds. That means in a month (four weeks), is eight pounds.
      Of course, I’m not a doctor and if you’re really concerned you should consult one :)
      Best of luck!

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  • Jacquelyn

    I love these stories. Definitely makes me want to keep working on getting fit and healthy. The hardest part of me is the eating clean. I do well during the day and then when I get home I just pig out.

    Any advice on eating clean and making it easier?

    Thanks everyone!

    • Heather

      I know that when I have end-of-day pig outs, it’s because I’ve felt like I’ve been denying myself all day and then I’m just too tired to fight it. I’ve dealt with it in two ways. a) I front load calories during the day- a good breakfast and a big lunch so that dinner can be lite- that way I’m not battling hunger and cravings at the same time. Also, don’t underestimate the importance of hydration! It can be hard for a body to tell the difference between hunger and thirst. b) I try to find alternatives to satisfy the cravings, so that I don’t feel denied the whole time. Replace a candy bar with a square of 85% cacao chocolate. Bake sweet potatoes and drizzle some maple syrup on them when you want ice cream. Some people like coconut cream in place of coffee creamers or regular cream. Bend smart so you don’t break.

      Lemme know if these help you!

      Good luck!

      • Karin

        Bend smart so you don’t break… love it!! Thanks for your tips :)

    • I’m a little late to blogilates and to this thread, but if you happen to see this, one of my tips for eating clean is to drink more water! Many people snack throughout the day or when they come home but usually it’s just dehydration. So make sure to drink lots and lots of water throughout the day! Hope that helps! :)

  • Angie

    Hi I was just wondering if anyone knows if dried orka tastes good and where can I buy dried orka or if I could make it myself.

  • Fiona Wills

    http://www.jillianmichaels.com/fit/the-results/tiana-loses-28-pounds

    is this the same face with a different name? hoping im wong…

    • Choua

      That doesn’t even look like the same girl…..

      • Sara C

        no if you look at the two side by side pics at the top you can tell it is the same girl

    • Danier

      Don’t know about you guys, but my tattoos are permanent and don’t disappear in photos. Hayley doesn’t even have arm tattoos.

      • Danier

        I meant Ashley! Whoops!

      • Anja

        Exactly what I wanted to say :D

  • kAsee

    Feeling inspired, i need to loose about that amount, waiting for the new calendar for june to get started, in the meantime eating clean :)

  • Jaime Jones

    Ashley
    You are beautiful and healthy! :)

  • Asia

    Way to go girl! So inspiring! I hope I can keep up my routine and diet! Been doing the April Calander for a few days and I feel great! Cassey is the best! Love the protein pancakes, tried them out today :)

  • Amy

    I just don’t want to lose too much weight or do something stupid. I could lose 30 ish pounds, but it might be too much at one time. I am about 155 right now because I gained weight while on a medicine I am still on. I was 135 pounds before and looked better, but I felt sick a lot, I think.

    • Ash

      This is an excuse not to do anything! That you “might lose too much weight”..

      You can make excuses or make progress, but not both. <3

    • Jaime Jones

      Go girl! Do it anyway! I am on a medication that makes you gain weight too! I didnt want that to stop me…….I went from 175 to 139, did it anyway and still on medication :) still working hard too! Yay!

  • Lerena

    Wowi tottally know what she’s saying ive been more motivated and my body is changing quite rapidly its going to take more then 2 weeks to loose weight and look great but as long as you keep a good attitude you can do it!!! thnk you cassie for these amazing videos i hope that i can be one of your before and afters! keep these amazing videos coming

  • Wow amazing!! So wonderful!!♡

  • steph

    Hey Ashley,
    How long did it take you to lose the 40 lbs? Your story is my exact situation right now and was just wondering. You look awesome!

  • Molly M

    WOW! AMAZING!!! YOU’VE INSPIRED ME TO GET MY SORRY BUT OUT OF BED TOMORROW MORNING AND GO TO THE GYM INSTEAD OF WAITING TILL THE AFTERNOON HAHAHA

    CONGRATULATIONS ON AN AMAZING JOB!!!

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    • Katie

      You look amazing Ashley!!!!!!! Your story is so inspiring I just wanted to work out after reading it (I can’t really do too much cause I tore my ACL 2 weeks ago) but anyways keep up the amazing work you look fabulous :D

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  • Sue

    Ashley you look beautiful !!
    i would really like to know :how long did it take you for your After-Photo?

  • Amanda Leong

    Wow, what a transformation. Good work!!! I don’t mean to be rude but, Ashley looks like a Singaporean blogger named Wendy Cheng, her blog’s name is called Xiaxuex

    • Amanda Leong

      sorry typo, it’s Xiaxue

  • Tammy

    Amazing story, Ashley! It just goes to show that the whole “I don’t have time” excuse is just an excuse. If you can find the time to workout and eat right with everything you have going on, then so can I. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • katrina

    Great work, Ashley!
    I have a 15 month old and our second baby due in October , so just 18 months apart. I started doing POP pilates the year before I got pregnant ( to get in shape for my wedding! ) and was able to not only have endurance for a 94 hour labour, but also ( with the help of breastfeeding) get back into bikini shape 6 months after I had my baby! I know keeping myself strong and healthy is SO important, and this is inspiring to me to stay motivated to be in shape while I’m pregnant and after.

    Cassey, thanks for featuring Ashley, and I think she deserves a free tank, to :) !!!!

    xox
    kat

    • Ashley

      Holy moly!!! 94 HOUR LABOR!!!! YOU are my inspiration! :)