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:
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
Grilled chicken salad, a little guacamole as dressing
Dried okra, dried zucchini chips, carrots, nuts (but not all at once! Just throughout the week)
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 [email protected] 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,