My biggest inspiration… my friend Ashley….

We’re getting deep today people…. Without Ashley… I would still be where I am today. Here’s the story about my biggest inspiration…

“I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.”

So when I started all of this, or even before I started all of this, I used to complain so much about being over weight and fat, and ugly, and all of that crap…. there was always one person who listened to me bitch and moan and complain, and her name is Ashley. It’s funny when I look back at the way I used to be, all the complaining, never doing anything about it, just bitching…. someone should have slapped me in the face, and Ashley kind of did.

A few months after Ashley had her second daughter, I started writing and complaining about trying to lose weight…. and she started working on losing weight too – and let me tell you, I was SO jealous of how fast she was dropping her weight… and what was she doing? Eating right and working out…. and the funny thing is, she had a young infant, and a 2 year old while she was doing all of this… she still found time, because losing weight and being healthy for her girls and herself was number one on her priority list. Her and I have been going through this together… the ups and downs, the wanting to give up, the wanting to eat the shit out of cupcakes, the countless questions about, should I cut out this from my diet, should I do this fad diet… no matter what it’s been, what I have to complain about, what successes I have to share, Ashley has been there with me from the beginning… understanding how hard this has been for me, understanding that it takes time, and not letting me give up.. she’s been my accountability… she’s been my rock, and weither she knows it or not, I would have NEVER ever EVER been able to do this without her…. it’s funny, she’s got 2 kids, and a husband over in afghanistan, but she still makes time for me…. I don’t know why, HAHAHAHA but that means more than anything in this world… and Ashley, I thank you for being that rock for me…. I’m such a sap, but it’s true… so many people have helped me through this, but you have been that constant person, going THROUGH it with me, and understanding that this ride is a bitch.

This is her story… I wanted to share it with you guys, because you know what, she’s got a SHIT ton on her plate, and she’s not making excuses… and I’m sorry, Ash. but these photos just don’t do it justice… you look AMAZING…..

When Andrea asked if she could share my “story” on her blog I had mixed feelings. It all started while I was complaining on the way to our first 5K that I was sick of seeing all the quick-fix products on my Facebook feed (you know the ones I’m talking about). I’m not totally against these products I just know they are a temporary solution, plus I’m cheap. So if I can change my lifestyle and get healthy anyone can. I am an almost full-time single mom (3/4 of the time, but happily married – yeah it’s complicated), I work 20-30 hours per week, and carry a 15 credit course load. I don’t take any pills or drink magic shakes. I watch what I eat, make healthier choices, and bust my ass in cardio and strength. I eat the shit out of cupcakes when I feel like it, and I’m a sucker for sweet potato fries and N’s pizza.  I’m setting a positive example for my girls and that is what is most important.

I’ve lost 30# since having my second daughter and I am (really embarrassed to admit this) down 70# from my heaviest ever. I have told Andrea over and over what an inspiration she is to me. For anyone that knows Andrea she is a very passionate young woman who will literally give you the shirt off her back and I am so proud to witness and have a limited part in her journey. Andrea, thank you for inspiring me!

Ashley's "Before" picture.

Ashley’s “Before” picture.

Us after our Dirty Girl Mud Run ----- DAMN ash you look AMAZING

Us after our Dirty Girl Mud Run —– DAMN ash you look AMAZING

Left: Before —— Right: After

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Left: After ——– Right: Before

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Left: After —— Right: Before


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