"CREATE A LIFE THAT FEELS GOOD ON THE INSIDE"

Hi Friends!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! It goes so fast, doesn't it?

Since it is the beginning of the year, a lot of us have decided to get back to the gym, change our workout routines and start eating healthy again. These are all amazing changes! Way to go for wanting to start fresh :) 

One thing I feel very strongly about when it comes to working out is progress. We all want amazing progress. Prepping for the summer months we want to feel confident walking around in a bathing suit, shorts, dresses whatever it may be. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that but it is so important to not get so obsessed with your physical progress.

In Feb 2015, I started Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide. If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend it. It was a kickstart to me working out and falling in love with taking care of my body. Progress pictures are always very important when it comes to these types of guides because you want to be able to see how you are progressing along the way. However, the way I was taking these pictures was not good. Every Saturday morning, I would jump out of bed to take a picture and see if there were any changes. I became obsessed with seeing results. Some may say that it is not a bad thing to be obsessed with your results, but looking back at it I definitely disagree. 

Progress pictures are great. I am not saying to not take them, but when you become so obsessed with your physical progress you forget how important the mental progress is then you are doing it for the wrong reasons. I was becoming stronger mentally & emotionally as well but wasn't really speaking about that. Instead, every Saturday morning I would post my progress picture hoping that people would recognize my hard work.

Like with any program, I had my highs and lows. Weeks where I was eating well and working out regularly and weeks where I was half fasting my workouts and my eating was not the best. It was actually then that I realized how important it was for myself to find balance. It is okay to have off weeks, it is okay to not always feel 100% about yourself and it okay to mess up. Now when I take progress pictures, I take one at Week 1 and at the very end of whatever guide it is what I am doing at that time. I am no longer defined by those pictures. I LOVE working out. I love challenging myself, I love seeing results but I also love how strong I have become over the past few years.

I have made fitness my hobby. It has helped me grow. I have met so many incredible people who have inspired me so much. The community is indescribable. I have tried so many new things and I have seen so many changes in myself over the past two years.

So next time you judge your progress by a picture, take a second to think about how this journey is making you stronger.  Think about how you have become dedicated to making yourself better. Think about the people you met, the things you have decided to try that you never thought you would  & most of all give yourself credit for all the hard work you put in. It is never an easy process. So I APPLAUD YOU. Yes, YOU!

Fall in love with taking care of yourself.

MIND. BODY. SPIRIT.

Have an incredible week ahead friends!

so much love,

ash xx