About Ashly 

My journey to creating the healthiest life possible was not easy. And if I am totally being honest I don't think I am 100% there. Baby steps.... am I right? Your life is an ever changing canvas. This is my journey and I am on a mission to inspire women to join me.  

 

This is my story. 

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Where it all started

My journey into fitness started 12 years ago. I was finishing high school and I had always been at the top of my weight range. Technically not fat, but I was never happy with my body. It was a tough age; I was awkward and struggled to look like the other girls at school. I had a boyfriend, but I desperately wanted to look like all the popular girls. It never happened, and at 30 I am so glad it didn’t.

At 17, wrapping up my senior year my dad left us. I know that my parent marriage wasn’t perfect, but I was devastated and mad for him walking out.  It rocked my world and is the reason I struggled to be in healthy relationships that served me. I also wasn’t healthy physically. I was active but had no idea what whole food eating was.  Growing up healthy eating was some salad with an extra-large portion of hamburger helper.  At the time I didn’t realize I needed help but decided to join Weight Watchers with my mom. She had done it before and got great results.  Going through the program I lost 35 pounds. I was so proud and realized that eating the right portions was key to success. However, I still didn’t realize I was on a journey. It was only the beginning, a tip of a HUGE iceberg.

Journey to health and fitness

A few years later I went got married and a few months later finding myself divorced.  My weight took a swing in the opposite direction. At my lowest point (emotionally and physically) I only weighed 118 pounds. On a 5’6 skeleton I looked like the walking dead.  I was in my early 20’s and drinking like a fish. I was keeping the weight off, but I wasn’t made of muscle.

Shortly after my divorce I left for Dallas and this is where the change began. I began working for a wealth management firm where the girls on my team were health oriented. Well, let’s just say one of them but she convinced us to do it with her.  We started 30-day squat challenges, push up challenges. You name it we did it. It was all this that struck a chord, I felt so much better being healthy. Working out daily made me feel like a million bucks. Like I said I was in my early 20’s so you guessed it, I was poor.  I needed to reign in my spending and most of it was going towards eating out. Sometimes I think that it was the move that switched my mentality, but as I have gotten older it was more about growing up and associating with people who had the same values that I did.

I began meal prepping with a fellow coworker and exchanging meals for the week. My healthy eating journey did not start over night. It would be years of trial and error, falling off the wagon, getting back on and falling off again to really establish a routine.

 Failure

There were many times that I felt like I was failing.  I would gain weight, have bad days, bad weeks, or even bad months.  It happens to the best of us and it is completely normal. I learned from each one of those days even though I may not have realized it in the moment. Failure shapes us. It makes us stronger and it makes us a hell of a lot wiser.  Knowing that you did the best you could and learning from it is the best thing you could do for yourself. 

If you are reading this and don’t believe you have ever failed, I want you to really dig deep find out what is keeping you back from admitting your faults. In retrospect, failing is the best thing I could have ever done because it made me who I am today and who I will be in the future.

Success

My success has 100% come from my failures. Success has come from DAILY struggle. Yes, you heard that right. I am just like you and struggle each day. But boy it is worth it! The largest amount of success came when I said YES to this business.  It wasn’t with that much excitement, but as a way to expand on my brand Kitchworks. As I am writing this, I contemplate keeping it open as this opportunity has led me to amazing things. Personally, financially and mentally I feel freer than before. No job, side hustle or hobby has given my such satisfaction. I found success in myself by giving to others. It was this mental switch that made me a better person and continues to fuel up my mind and soul.

Inspire

Going through life’s adventures has led me to inspire others. The success I have experienced led me to this website, this post. I wanted to share my dream with others. I wanted to give people just like you an opportunity to make all their dreams come true. Inspiring others with out a doubt led me to life’s mission.

My Mission

My mission in life is to inspire other women to live healthier lives by making one simple change. Women have so much falling on their shoulders; spouses, children, parents, careers, friends.  We try to be it all, and its tough. However, we must fill our own cup in order to serve others.  I want to help you fill up and inspire you to encourage other women that they need to take care of themselves. My mission is to create an environment where women can come together to work, to grow friendships and to grow themselves. I would love to have you join me and all the fabulous women that turn to each other when we need each other most.

 

Meal Planning and Prepping Success Guide 

This was the first step in becoming my healthiest self. It's time to make this your first step.

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