#10dayshred: What I learned

Alright. What the heck is this #10dayshred I keep talking about, and why the heck do I refer to it only in hashtag?! Honestly, I am not sure why I hashtag it, other than I think hashtagging is fun. To me it is my humor, my version of Christian and Anastasia’s ever changing, clever closing remarks -but mostly because it makes me smile. I often don’t smile enough. It’s something I’ve been working on, along with getting healthier.

Odly, the two actually go hand-in-hand. Who’da thunk?

Since my recent journey with joining the Juice Plus+ team, I have been noticeably happier. Just ask any one (okay, maybe not my hubby on a Friday)? It might be the 30 plus plants flooding my body daily, or the increase in social events, or putting myself and my story out there and having clients tell me their successes. Whatever it is, it feels good!

About as good as I feel after completing the said #10dayshred. So what the heck is it?13256394_10153671773343634_6271902663035017417_nIn case you were wondering. That is not my body. Though lovely and desired, it is not mine. Maybe one day, in another life, but for now, I am getting to love the one I was given.

Let’s be real. We all want what we don’t have. All you flat chested women out there want some of my “E” boobs. Yes, E, not D. Recently, I had a couple of girl friends tell me they were amazing too (not bad after nursing 2 kiddos)! Yes, girlfriends see each others boobs from time-to-time. No, we do not have pillow fights.

No, but really. I want some of that big booty you have, or those flat abs like your friend, or that naturally bronze skin you constantly show off. Yeah, you.

You get the point. We all want things that others have.

I say, love what you got, or learn to.

That’s where operation bikini, boating, going on a cruise (with a bunch of skinny biotches) season came in to play (aka #10dayshred).

What I love about the Juice Plus company, is that they care about health. They care about whole food nutrition and getting it in your body. The healthy way. They also offer various challenges throughout the year, to jump start, or cleanse your system to give it that baseline you may need.

So, what did I learn during my 10 day shred journey?

-that I can do it!
-that loosing 5 lbs in one week is totally doable (and even 10 if you are my hubby)
-that belly bloat is no joke, and it can disappear fast
-that clean eating is good, really good!
-that I really do love my morning coffee and missed it dearly
-that taking before and after pictures was a good idea though highly out of my comfort zone
-that not eating past 6 pm is the best thing you can do. JUST SAY NO
-i love avocados and I used to not be able to eat them other than in guacamole
-the scale is not your enemy (even on the 3 days IN A ROW that I had zero change)
-weight loss adventures are more successful when you have a team doing it with you (thank you FB shredders and my husband!)
– the JP+ chocolate complete shake mixed with almond milk, peanut butter and ice tastes better than chocolate ice cream
-that wine is not needed, but still preferred
-you don’t need to go to a gym to workout- a park bench will do
-fresh squeezed lemon and a drizzle of olive oil makes for the best salad dressing. You actually get to taste the toppings!
-sweet potatoes are worth buying, even more so, making
-i am way more creative in the kitchen than I give myself credit for
-i like (unsalted) nuts and they are filing
-if you smell a quesadilla it is almost the same as eating it
-the only food I really miss is pizza
-that I am going to continue a modified version of this through the summer (come to be coffee and wine, come to mamma) and hopefully continue to shred lbs
-that i can love the skin i am in
-i have amazing self-control (when I want apparently)
-everyone should give it a try

Really.

I haven’t been this proud of myself in a long time!

Remember those other posts I said I was going to loose weight. Well, I never did. Until now.

I needed this confidence booster.

We all do.

Maybe, next time you will join me.

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If not, at least cheer me on like my bff’s did

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XOXO,
Magazine Mom

I got this!?

Yesterday, something extraordinary happened. I signed up to the gym, actually went, and my son liked the daycare! Granted, he did hit a child (what else is new), but for the first time since having children, I did an entire class (H.I.T -high intensity/interval training class, nonetheless) and never once ran out to peer through the child care room window to ‘check in.’

Instead, I busted my chubby butt, squatting, throwing weighted balls in the air, dips (with my feet on the floor), rowed on a rowing machine, did sit-ups against the wall, and other grueling but exuberating intervals with a group of 12 random women (some I happened to know).

I have never been more sore, and have never been more motivated.

Really.

I can barely walk.

Fortunately for all of you, it has not impeded my ability to speak. Or type.

I am not really sure how it all happened and when, but somehow over the course of a year and half, I have managed to pack on 10+ pounds and 25 since I have been married (almost 8 years ago).

Now of course this does not include me tipping the scales during my 40 and 50 lb. pregnancy weight gains (dang those cupcakes) but even since having my second child, and loosing said weight, I am back up.

Unfortunetly for me, I carry my weight well. I am tall {relatively}, so it (the fat) takes a while to travel through my entire body. It is not until it reaches my head that I realize what the heck just happened.

Hindsight – I guess the fact that I just can’t seem to find jeans high-waisted enough to hide {tuck-in} the growing ‘front ass’ I have developed should have been a red flag.

Ya, think!?

It really wasn’t until I was with my besties this last weekend in Murphy’s, CA sipping wine obsessively trying to take selfies at an angle that made my face and head look slimmer that it really hit me. Much to my dismay, the magicial shot never happened. Well unless you count this blooper, Lauren managed to capture…

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Lauren is inspiring. Despite all the wine consumed, she managed to give me the nudge I needed to make some personal changes. She has always found ways to make me feel better about myself since the day I met her 29 years ago.

All my friends do, in different ways. It is funny interesting how that is.

words of wisdom posted to Facebook by Lauren
words of wisdom posted to Facebook by Lauren

So….

I am going to do something about my expanding waistline, and better my mental health (physical too, of course).

Today, I teamed up with a few like-minded “enough is enough” friends to make our own weight loss support group. We are hoping that the three of us, can hold each other accountable and lend our valuable support along the way without having to pay someone for our successes.

Win/Win.

No offense, Weight Watchers. I actually really like you, but I just don’t want to pay for you is all.

We started off by introducing ourselves as the addicts that we are.  My text read,
“Hi, I’m Ashley. I am the quintessential stressed out eater who loves all things crunchy, processed    and or fried. I currently weigh my all time high. My goal is to loose 12.5 lbs by June 27th (I am in a wedding on this day – Congrats Jake and Lily!) and to ultimately loose 20.”

By saying this all out loud to friends (actual weight was included in the text but omitted here for the purposes of sheer embarrassment), it made it real.

Beginning today, every week we are going to log-in to a shared google doc, and document our weight, exercise for the week (my goal is 3-4 times) water consumption, etc.

As one of us said, “We are at our highest and ready to be done with it!”

I believe in accountability as a key to success.

This post (and our weekly check-ins) will do just that. Fingers-crossed.

I promise I will keep you posted as time progresses.

Wish me luck!

Swimsuit and “hot boat” season is just around the bend!

XOXO,
Magazine Mom