Thursday, August 28, 2014

New things are happening!

My boys are at such a Fun age. They are like little sponges soaking everything up!
I LOVE it!!! Both thirsting to learn new things and try new crafts.
So i decided I was going to run with it. Since we don't eat in our dining room except 
a few days a year (holidays or when we have guest), I have started transforming it.

It is becoming a Bright, Fun, Very much used part of our home. 
We are creating a space to teach, explore and learn new things with our kiddos.

I have a lot more I want to do. 
But I am adding to it slowly and as I can buy more ink for my printer. Lol

The boys love it and I can't wait to really get all my ideas done and get things rolling.

Here is a sneak peak…

Don't forget this was our dining room and the table will stay but I do have some stuff to replace 
and a few things to still change! I love it though and so do the boys. It's a winner so far!!! 

Shine on Lovelies,
Ashley M

Saturday, August 23, 2014

30 day update!

Crazy to think that it has already been 3 months
 since I decided making a lifestyle change had to happen.

It has been hard. I have cheated many times.
 I have also pushed myself harder than I knew I could. 

I still have a ways to go, but holy moly am I proud of how far I have come!! 

This was the day I started Piyo                   And today a month later 

In the last month I lost a combined all over 13 1/2 inches and 7 pounds.

And simply because I was curious and seeing the results really help me….

When I started                                          and today!

Total down so far 35 pounds!!! 
Clean eating more than not and lots of pushing myself and working out at least 5 days a week.

On that note I am about to do PIYO: Core!

Oh, if I can do it. YOU CAN!!! 

Shine on Lovlies,

Ashley M

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Learning to love myself

I suck at being nice to myself. I am so hateful and talk to myself in a way that makes me sad.
I don't see pretty, I see fat. I don't always see progress, I see how much more I need to do.

This has been the hardest part of getting healthy and taking my life back. 
Learning to love myself has been so difficult. 
All of my underlying issues have started to make sense to me now though.
Everything I have questioned about how I feel. How I push people away.
I get it. After all how can I expect someone else to like me if I don't like myself.

Letting myself get to a place of this much hurt once seemed impossible. 
I am learning how to let that go though. Allowing myself to accept the compliments.
Even enjoy them. I am forcing myself to find the positive. 
To find my beauty in myself and not just in my weight loss. 

To be the person who loves me for me. 
Who doesn't let others get me down.
The girl who truly cares for herself and finds happiness within.

Slowly but surely each day I get a little better. 
I feel that light shining from within trying to get out. 
I guess that has to be my most favorite part of this whole journey.

Finding my Joy in the Journey. 
Finding my inner love.
Finding me.

Shine on Lovlies
Ashley M

Monday, August 11, 2014

Overcoming food addiction.

As a child growing up, I witnessed first hand what 
alcohol and drugs can do to the people you care about. 
Your told not to drink, smoke or do drugs because it is bad for you. 
Yes these are real addictions and what is sad is I new this, but never once realized how true this 
was for food until just a few years back…. Okay things are going to get real so hold on tight.

I was a typically teenager who started to drink for fun way younger than I care to admit. 
It was just for fun for a while. While visiting me at college, my grandmother passed away in my apartment. I can remember the exact moment that my drinking for fun became a problem. 

It was no longer fun. I no longer drank occasionally with friends or had to be with anyone to do it.
I would drink a lot alone, at a bar, by the pool, at the beach, on a boat, 
in the bathtub, before work, in my car. 
And no this doesn't end like a cute Dr. Seuss book. I would drink all the time anytime of the 
day until I would black out. I would not know where I was or who I was with. 

It is simply a miracle that God decided to keep me safe and around. I learned how to function as a drunk. Heck, I was even fun most of the time. But you know when it gets real?
When people stop wanting to be around you. I pushed away family. 
I would start fights with people I loved and during the time when I should have been 
spending the most time with my daddy who was dying with cancer. I was drinking.

Thankfully, God sent me an amazing man who pulled me out of the bottle I was drowning myself in.
And boy did he send him at just the right time. Literally 6 months before the hardest thing I had ever went through in my life. Losing my daddy to cancer. 

I had another very rough 6 months after I lost my daddy. Where I was farther away form everyone I loved and who loved me then I have ever been. Then I almost lost the man who I loved more than anyone in my life. I watched a dear friend die in the lay brain dead in a hospital bed from drinking and driving. It took a lot to jerk me out of this awful time. But once this happened I had no other choice than to wake up and quit the nonsense.

I started finding my way out of my alcohol addiction. 
Not once did I realize I was replacing it with a food addiction until years later. 
7 years later, 2 children,  almost 80 pounds heavier and I finally realized how much food controls me.

So here I am still fighting food daily. I give in way more than I would like to. 
I am weaker way more than I feel strong. 

But, here is the thing. I am still pushing forward. I am working on becoming healthier one day at a time.

It amazes me how easy I can cave still.
 Especially seeing the results I am seeing since I started just 2 1/2 short months ago. 
I think that makes it harder sometimes though, it's like I justify how good I am doing so I reward myself with pizza, or a cheeseburger, or french fries! I mean seriously how in my delusion mind is that a reward?! I am just putting myself in the same situation as before.
 I know I am human and that eating stuff like that in moderation is okay. 

But when did that just become okay? Why is putting that stuff in our bodies okay? 
Why am I allowing myself to be so unhealthy that I am risking a heart attack or risking losing time with my children? Why is food addiction pushed under the rug so much when it can be just as bad as 
any other addiction we over indulge in?! 

This post is not to make anyone feel bad but to do the exact opposite. 
When you are struggling know that what you are going through is a real issue. 
You are not the only one who feels this way and goes through this. 
Try and look deeper. Why do you really "NEED" those cookies? 
That pizza, that cheeseburger? 

Finding your starting point and begin there. Take it one day at a time.
Work through your issues mentally and then push yourself. 
Workout, cut the crap from your diet, find people who motivate you. 

Do it for you. Do it for the people you love. Do it for the people who love you.

You are better than that cheeseburger. 
Remember that! 

Ashley M 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Clean: Mexican Sweet Potato Casserole

Clean Mexican Sweet Potato Casserole

I wanted to share another recipe that I recently stumbled upon and tweaked a little.
This will definitely be something I make often. I loved it and so did the family! 
Plus, who knew eating clean would be so pretty. 

1 pound ground turkey, cooked
1 cup quinoa, cooked
2-15 oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 large onion, chopped
3 cups asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 large sweet potatoes thinly sliced or grated
1-12 oz jar salsa
1 cup frozen corn
3 tbsp diced jalapeños (more or less depending on how spicy you like things)
1 tbsp cayenne pepper
1 cup Mexican style low-fat cheese, shredded (I did half with cheese for my hubby, no cheese for me)
1 sliced avocado, for topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Peel and then thinly slice the sweet potatoes
Mix quinoa, beans, onion, asparagus and salsa with sweet potato and spread into a 9×13 pan. 
Top with cheese and bake, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes.
Allow to sit for 10 minutes prior to serving. 
Serve with sliced avocado and enjoy!

This turned out yummy and was full of awesomely healthy stuff.
I ate the leftovers for days and it just got better as all the flavors continues to mix together more!! 

Let me know what you think if you try it! 
Ashley M

Monday, July 28, 2014

Before and after my 30 day challenge

When I decided to begin my personal 30 day challenge I had hit a plateau. 
My weight loss had stopped for a few weeks and I wasn't working out 
as much as I could have been. 3 times a week at max and I wasn't seeing any true results that way.
 I decided I would workout everyday for 30 days straight  for at least an hour each day. 
There were days I didn't want to and even one day (day 26) that I didn't. 
YES I missed day 26, literally 4 days from finishing. 
Who does that?! I was a little hard on myself and felt like I let myself 
down but I pushed through and added a day. =) 

In the end I am super happy with my results! Not only did I start losing weight again.
I lost 13 pounds in those 31 days.
I wish I had taken measurements, but I didn't. I did however lose another pants size.
Went down a bra and panty size. Plus another shirt size! 

I pushed myself hard. I rotated weights, cardio, workout videos, jogging and yoga.

Some days I didn't want to. Like Really. Didn't. Want. To! 
However, I did. Each time I did I felt better. 
Each day passing I get a little stronger. 

Now that my 30 (31)  day challenge is over, I probably won't continue to workout everyday. 
I will be working out at least 5 days a week! 

Some of my favorite things about working out:
How great I feel afterwards
Sweating. Yes I said sweating. It is great to know I am getting somewhere and working hard.
My energy level
The adrenaline it gives me
How much better I am sleeping
Getting stronger 
Feeling better about myself
And the best part… My clothes all getting too big! 

June 25th is the left and July 26th is the right!

When you think you can't remember you can and push yourself. 
Push hard and you will start seeing the results you want and 
don't stop until you are where you want to be! 

Much Love,
Ashley M

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Waking to positivity

If you know me it is no surprise that I am not a morning person.
 I stay up late and would sleep in everyday if I could. 
Well my kiddo's like to rise early which put me waking early and dragging around to get ready. 
Most times not in a great mood. 
I decided to make my half bath (where I get ready each morning) a little more happy! 

I took some old light wood frames that I had and spray painted them fun colors I already had at home.
Then I found some FREE printables with some positive happiness.

I framed the printables and Ta-Da!!! 

You can't help but smile when you go in there now. 
My little spot in the house and I love it! 
Mornings just got a little better. =)
Don't hate on my sink and toilet. I love them, too! 

Shine on Lovelies,
Ashley M

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Clean Baked Chicken Fajita's

Finding recipes that are quick and easy have always been a favorite of mine. 
So finding one that is clean, fast and easy is even better!!! 
Plus it was a hit with my boys which is awesome sauce =) 

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1 (15 ounce) can diced organic tomatoes-no salt added
1 small can diced green chiles
1 medium onion- sliced
1 large bell pepper, seeded and sliced (I used green since that is what I had at home

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees
Slice chicken and veggies into strips
Place chicken in 13x9 baking dish
In a small bowl place olive oil, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, dried oregano and salt
Drizzle the spice mixture over the chicken and stir to coat.
Mix diced tomatoes and green chiles in a bowl. ( Don't drain)
Next add the tomatoes, peppers and onions to the dish and stir to mix.
Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes until chicken is cooked through and veggies are tender.
If you would like serve on whole wheat tortilla's with plain greek yogurt (as sour cream substitute) and with mashed avocado!

There you have it. A yummy, healthy meal that the whole family will love! 

Ashley M.

Friday, July 18, 2014

22 days into my 30 day challenge

When I decided to start a 30 day challenge I wanted to push myself. 
I was doing okay with clean eating at this point, but not really working out like I should be.

That was 22 days ago and I have worked out EVERYDAY since. 
This is such a big deal for me and I am so proud of myself. 
How far I have come in such a short time. Physically and Mentally.

Mentally is the hardest battle. Our bodies our amazing. 
They can handle so much more than we give them credit for! 
I mean I did carry 2 babies to the point of skin going beyond a point of any return.
I birthed 2 babies on my own. 
Though it has been a long road my body is recovering from some amazing things.
I push myself further and harder than the day before. 
I see myself getting stronger each day and with each day I feel myself healing mentally.

We can be so hard on ourselves. It is easy to put yourself down when you are not happy.
So that is what we do. We forget that we are still us with 70 extra pounds. 

Taking my life back and becoming healthier isn't just a physical journey for me.
It's mental. I am working on loving myself again. Being happy again. 
Finding that inner peace that glows from the inside out. 

Even though I am dropping weight and toning up. I am also finding myself happier each day.
Loving myself a little more and smiling within when I am having a bad day.

Here are the results:
Since June 1st I am down 25 pounds! 
Almost 2 pants sizes and a shirt size
For the first time in almost 4 years I am only 3 pounds from being less than 200 pounds.

I have been rotating workouts and what I do daily.

Here are some things I am doing:
Jogging on the treadmill
Jillian Michael's 30 day shred
Jillian Michaels Shred it
Full body rotation workouts with hand weights
Kettle bell workouts 

I have pinned a lot of the kettle bell exercises and abs exercises I am doing! 

I will be my strongest advocate, because I am beautiful.
Ashley M

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Clean Stuffed Peppers

Clean eating has been going great with just a few hiccups. And for the most part it is becoming second nature and must easier. Don't get me wrong it is still a daily struggle but making new recipes and trying new things have become a fun challenge! I love bell peppers and I haven't made stuffed peppers in awhile so I thought I would clean up the recipe I have used before.

Clean Stuffed Peppers

  • 6 Bell Peppers
  • 1 1/2 Pounds Ground Turkey
  • 3 15 Ounce Cans Organic Tomato Paste
  • 2 Cans Organic Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 Cups Brown Rice 
  • 1/2 Red Onion
  • 1/2 Cup Chicken or Veggie Broth
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Chili Powder

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cook brown rice according to the instructions.
  3. Slice the tops of peppers off and remove cores. Set aside the tops.
  4. Place your peppers in a baking dish (with a lid if you have one. Don't panic if you don't have one.) Make sure dish is small enough so the peppers will snuggly stand upright.
  5. Pour 2 of the 3 cans of sauce into the bottom to the pot so that your peppers will sit into the sauce. 
  6. Remove the seed from the pepper tops and chop up the top of the peppers, as well as the onion.
  7. Put your veggies and diced tomatoes into a pan with the olive oil and sauté until they are nice and soft, Add the cooked rice to the veggie mixture.
  8. Place cooked veggies in a large bowl and set to the side.
  9. Using the same pan you cooked your veggies in, cook your ground turkey with the broth. Add spices to your meat.
  10. In the last 3 to 5 minutes of cooking add the veggie and rice mixture to the meat.
  11. Return entire mixture mixture to the large mixing bowl. Add last can of tomato sauce. Stir well.
  12. Fill you peppers with the meat mixture.
  13. Cover with lid. If you don't have one cover with tin foil. 
  14. Bake for about an hour or until your peppers are very soft. 
  15. Cool and serve with a little sauce on top! 

This turned out so good and were a hit with everyone even my toddlers! 
 Hope you guys enjoy!! 

Shine On Lovelies,
Ashley M

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Bathroom Re-do

We moved into our new house in February and as much as we love it we did not 
love the many different kinds of wall paper that was well, everywhere. 
We are doing all the work ourselves and since everything is so flippin' expensive 
we are doing it a little at a time.
 The Hubby finally got around to fixing the walls and texturing them for me. 
So I got straight to painting and hanging pretty stuff! =) 
The light fixture was a light wood color so a can of bronze spray paint fixed that. 
A trip to Hobby Lobby and some 1/2 price items and coupons 
later we completely redid our main bathroom for just around $115!!! 
I love how it turned out and how much we saved! =) 

Here are some Before and Afters



Here is a better picture of the light fixture

I am so excited that I am ready to tackle the kitchen and laundry room!
Then I remember they both have A LOT of wall paper. 

Shine on Lovelies,
Ashley M

Monday, June 30, 2014

Clean Eating Meal Prep

For me meal prep is the number one things for me to succeed! 
Each week on either Sunday or Monday evening I set aside a hour or so and prep my meals for the week. This has been a huge part of me sticking with it. 
I mainly just prep for breakfast and dinner since I am running out the door to work 
in the morning and need something to eat while there.
 Dinners are easier for me to prepare on the spot since I am home at night. 
First,  I start by making a large batch of uncut steel oats. 
In the morning all I have to do is a little almond milk,  raw honey or cinnamon 
and I like to add fruit to it as well.
 I portion this out into wide mouth pint jars so that i can just take it with me and eat it from the jar. 
1/2 Cup Uncut Steel oats cooked and ready to be reheated! 

Then I make a big batch of brown rice. I make enough to portion out for 6 days and have a little left over for home that I will have for dinner as well. I add about a 1/2 a cup  into my lunch container. 

I grill six chicken breast. I portion them out into my lunch and then it 
leaves me with some for at the house as well. 
 The ones I use are large so about half is good for my lunch! 

This is the chicken I use and I buy it frozen from Walmart

Then I steam 2 to 3 different veggies so I don't get burnt out eating the same thing. 

I put the brown rice on the bottom and chicken and veggies on top.

While prepping I also cut up veggies and fruit so that they are easy for me to grab. 
This way when I want a snack or for me to make a smoothie if I am in a hurry.
 I try not to let to long go in between meals and snacks or I start craving things I don't need! 
I also cut up veggies to throw into egg whites or in with the brown rice to make a veggie bowl. 

Cutting up fruits and veggies for the week!

Some of my go to meals are:
 Grilled Salmon with veggies.
Spinach Salad with veggies, fruit and an organic vinaigrette.
Veggie Brown rice bowls and I add chicken sometimes.
Grilled Chicken with veggies.
Veggies on the grill with grilled pineapple.
Rarely, but sometime Grilled Turkey Sausage.
Stuffed Bell peppers with brown rice and ground turkey.

Some Go To Snacks:
Greek Yogurt with fruit and healthy granola.
Apple with natural peanut butter.
Banana with raw honey. 
Smoothie if I am really hungry or to follow up a hard workout.
A cup of fruit with Almonds.

This is just some of what I do and I will be sharing some clean recipes and new things I try as well! 
Try to take the time to prepare your meals before hand. 
It helps me when I am in a hurry as well as with my mindset before the week has even begun. 

Oh and because I am SUPER EXCITED! I have lost 19.5 pounds!! Still a lot more to go, but I am looking forward to it and the Journey ahead of me. 

Shine on Lovelies,
Ashley M.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Getting less squishy!

Today was a good day for me as far as my eating goes. I only ate clean. No temptations or wants of anything else. Getting myself in the mindset to workout tonight took some persuading! I did it. 
I pushed myself hard and I am so glad I did. I am seeing changes, feeling better and loving it! 
Mind you I know I still have a long way to go until I am at my goal. 
This is a start though and I couldn't be prouder of myself. 
If you look really close you can see that I am less squishy than a week ago! =)

I have had a lot of people ask me what I am doing? How am I losing weight? Let me first say A LOT of soul searching. Getting pass the food itself and focusing on why I turn to it. Once I made my mind up I knew I wanted to change my lifestyle, not just do a quick diet and gain it all back in a year or so. For me to do that I knew I had to cut all the crap and crud I was putting in my mouth multiple times a day. So NO sugar, NO fast food, NO soda's, NO processed foods! The things I just listed were pretty much all I ate. Take all of that out and what do you do? Start fresh. Eat CLEAN!  My sister and a few other people I know have been eating clean for awhile. As I began to research it and look into it I knew that it was something I could do with a little work and a lot of preparation. Prep is key with clean eating for me. Having things ready to go, so I can just grab when I get hungry. Or when I am so busy with the kids I don't have time to make something healthy. With my research I found an awesome blog that has some great grocery list that you can just print off. 
Then I started a clean eating board on Pinterest. 
You can find my board here:
Each week on either Sunday or Monday night I prep my food for the whole week. 

For Breakfast:
I make a large batch of steel cut oatmeal and put it into pint size jars so I can grab and warm up and go. I put 1/2 a cup in the jar and I add a little almond milk when I go to warm it up. Also, I put raw honey, cinnamon, and apple or banana in it.  

If I want something different I will portion out fat free vanilla greek yogurt and add healthy granola I got from a local health food store. 

Days I am running behind I will throw frozen fruit, spinach, almond milk and fat free greek yogurt if I have it into the blender. 

I keep carrots cut up, apples with natural peanut, banana with a little raw honey. 

I grill a whole package of the hormone free frozen chicken.
Cook a big batch of brown rice and steam healthy green veggies.
Then I will portion it out into tupperware for the week. I switch up the veggies each day. 
Some days I will just make a spinach salad and add tomato, onion, strawberries, cucumber. 
I do one of the above listed in between lunch and dinner. 

I will do fish or chicken with a veggie most nights. 
Sometimes I will make a burrito type bowl and add brown rice, black beans, chicken, onion, green pepper. 

Or if I am in the mood I will do egg whites and make a veggie omelet. 

So far these have been my go to items and if I cut everything up and get it portioned out each week then it helps a ton!!! Trust me when I say if I can do tho you can. 
First, be ready and have it in your mind that you can do this! Take pictures so you can see the process. It's hard to see yourself, but it does help. Find a friend or someone that can help hold you accountable, so that when you are having a bad day you can message them and they can give you that extra push that you may not have been able to muster. Most importantly believe in yourself! 
Know that you are strong enough and you can do it!!!
If you want more meal pictures or would like to follow my journey more closely you can find me on Instagram as ANMCGOWAN! 

Shine on Lovelies! 

Friday, June 27, 2014

The day I turned down a candy bar...

Hi, my name is Ashley and I am addicted to food. If I have a stressful day and instead of making a drink or finding some other recreational substance to make me feel better I eat a cheeseburger. Or a candy bar. Or maybe even a whole thing of cookie dough. With many struggles mentally and physically I haven't turned to food in almost a month! Yesterday was a tough day for me. Dealing with tons of inward struggles and personal fights. I wanted a candy bar. I had one at home that was bought in a moment of weakness that I didn't eat. Being quickly reminded by a dear friend that eating the candy bar wouldn't help me feel better I put it down and went on to my workout. I worked out harder and pushed myself harder than I have in a long time! It felt great. I didn't eat that candy bar. It is still where it was before I wanted it. Hold on though the story gets better. Last night my hubby brought me one home when he got off work. He thought I may want it and normally I would have ate it in 2 seconds without thinking about it. However, that candy bar joined the other and is now on the shelf awaiting its fate that will come from someone other than me!! I am proud of this milestone and my strength. I know I can bet this and be a healthier me!

After I kicked my own butt during my workout! 

Shine on Lovelies,

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Traveling with Toddlers

Let me start by saying that I have had many great ideas before. Driving 12 hours in a car with 2 under 3 probably wasn't the best idea. First, I decided that on the way down there we would leave at 3:00AM. This way the boys would go back to sleep and we would get more time in without having to stop so much while they rested. Haha... Did they prove me wrong. Both wide awake, bright and bushy tailed. Neither of them had any plans to go back to sleep. Then try telling you 2 year old that your going to see his Mimi and he thinks we will be there in the time it takes us to get to Walmart. Not 12 hours. Less than an hour in and both of them were done and I was ready for a strong dose of something... Don't worry I was driving so I just dealt with it as I was losing my mind and debating on finding a therapist as soon as we arrived in Florida. As the day progressed it got worse. My oldest refused the coloring books and crayons, the books I packed him were used as missiles to throw at his brother as he tried to sleep. The iPad stopped working and no matter how much I insisted Curious George was going to play over and over again. Because, he refused for me to change it. His shoes became cannons to throw at my head. The carefully packed box of snacks organized in the middle of the car seats just like Pinterest showed was also an epic fail. Crushed all over my car and ammo for both boys, I was holding back tears at only half way through. We stopped more often to let the boys out of the car and burn some energy. That just made it worse. They then fought getting back in the car as if the world would end right then if they were strapped back in. I won't lie I felt the same way!!! Ready to be there and be done with all of the craziness we rushed the last stop and in my hurried panic chasing my toddling 14 month old I tripped, hit the curb and fell. Pretty sure there was a roll and bounce in there as well. Now bruised, broken and sore. I pick myself up and we trucked on. 
We finally made it to Florida after being in the car for 12 hours. The trip ended up being great. I love seeing our family and other than the typical tantrums and toddler melt downs it was over all worth the pain of getting there. Thank the Lord the way home wasn't near as disastrous and chaotic! My tip to anyone traveling that far with young ones.... It isn't for the faint of heart. =)


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

It's been a year

It doesn't seem possible that it has been a year since I last wrote. I needed the break though.
It has been a very FULL last year and really way to much to catch you up on in one post.
I will start with today… 
Today I am focusing on myself. 
I am fighting my own demons and trying to be a stronger person. 
Today I am being Healthy. Today I am on a journey to a better me. 
After baby #2 I had no drive to work out. No will to want to. 
Well, after hitting my all time highest weight while not pregnant…. 
228 pounds. GASP! (It's a really big deal for me that I just shared that) 
I decided it was a time for a change. Not a mild change, a BIG one. 
I began researching clean eating and made up my mind I will do this. No magic potions or pills. Saturday will be a month of NO soda, 
Clean eating with very few cheats, and working out.
 Still struggling to work out as much as I should.
 Then comes the next goal: I will work out every day for the next month. No matter what! 
I am down 16 pounds and my clothes are definitely getting bigger. 
I am starting to feel better and have more energy.
 I am sharing my story, because I hope to inspire someone,
just as I have been inspired by so many other awesome people who with dedication get to their goals. So hang on tight folks its going to be a bumpy ride. 
This is a true struggle and I can't wait to get to my end goal! =) 

Shine on Lovlies,
Ashley M