Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year


I know it has been a very long time since I have posted on this blog. A lot has happened since I last posted so I will try to catch everyone back up to speed with a quick cliff notes version: 
  • I finished my BA degree in May (finally!!)
  • I started a new job
  • Quit Beachbody
  • I found out I was pregnant! yay!! - Due in March (a girl <3 - Baby Charlotte)
  • And since I have found out I was pregnant I have been put on strict instructions of what to do and what not to do since my first pregnancy was extremely rough (I was put on bed rest at 28 weeks and delivered at 32 weeks). I have now made it just past 28 weeks (it will be 29 weeks tomorrow!) and so far everything is looking really good and no bed rest (knock on wood). For more details on my pregnancy and what kind of restrictions I have been put on see the Pregnancy Update at the bottom of this post.
With everything that has happened it was hard for me to post on here, especially since I was no longer connected to Beachbody and there were so many other things I would rather post about than just fitness! 

So I figured with this new year I will be re-starting this blog. This blog however, will not only focus on my postpartum weight loss this spring but will also be about the many other things I love and are more important to me like: Family, friends, etc.

Pregnancy Update: 
A quick snapshot of what restrictions I have been put on are: No exercising past walking, not lifting anything past 12 lbs, staying extremely hydrated, lower my stress levels, and basically just take it easy! I was also put on progesterone a few weeks ago as an extra precaution so the baby won't come early.
In comparison to my last pregnancy though, I cannot complain because this pregnancy has been extremely easy! Baby Charlotte has been a dream and has been moving around like crazy which is a new experience for me. In my first pregnancy I hardly ever felt Chloe... but with Charlotte I feel her moving around all the time since about the 16 week mark.
I am extremely excited for March and cannot wait to meet this little girl!

23 versus 28 weeks

Baby Charlotte @ 22 Weeks

Thursday, April 9, 2015

I'm Back

Sorry I have been a little MIA lately.

As you all know I have been feeling not the best lately but after a bit of nice relaxation and soul searching I feel a million times better! My new dose of thyroid medication has everything back on track.

Recently I have also joined weight watchers and started up Insanity Max 30. Unfortunately this means that I will not be posting anymore 21 Day Fix recipes for the time being, but I am debating on starting up a new Weight Watcher section!

Weight Watchers has allowed me to just focus on moderation and eat foods that make me feel good. I believe that the stress about eating clean contributed to my health issues and now I feel a million times better. Lately I have felt so good that I have completed 2 weeks of Max 30 and have been able to make it through all the workouts. Usually I would have given up by now on something so hard but like Shaun T says, did deep! The workouts are short and are only 30 minutes plus what I love the most is it offers a modifier that can be viewed at all times of the workout!! I am excited to see where I will be at the end of month 2 and hope I can share some amazing results with all of you.

Other then that life is great. Being done with school has also allowed me to de-stress even more. Of course there are other life stresses at the moment that I might share at another time. I am just trying to focus on the positive on the moment and realize how blessed I am!

I am curious to see who all out there that reads this blog is also a member of Weight Watchers. Feel free to connect with me. I would love to connect with other members :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hypothyroidism - Even when levels are ok something just isn't right

Over the years I have struggled with my thyroid. At about 15 I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and was put on a medication, Thyrolar. I felt pretty good when I was on that Thyrolar, but unfortunately they stopped making it. For awhile I was able to get a local pharmacy to compounded their own version and I was able to stay on it for a bit longer. But after some time I couldn't afford to purchase it anymore. Since then my family dr switched me to Synthroid and then Levothyroxine (the generic for Synthroid). After switching I noticed a slow but steady decline in my health and have progressively developed issues that even my healthy eating and exercise can't do away with. Anxiety, irregular periods, thinning hair, tired all the time (even when I get A LOT of sleep), Raynauds, and the list goes on. 

Since my blood work levels have been fine, my dr assumes then that I am fine. Even when I have issues related to my thyroid I am just handed another prescription to mask my symptoms and not given a real solution. I am not looking to take a bunch of prescriptions and I don't want to just settle for ok. Since my doctor is no longer in network for my health insurance I figured now is the time to switch. After some research I have found a local in-network endocrinologist and I am hoping he will listen and try me on another Thyroid medication. 

After lots of research I have found that there are more options then just the two my doctor would mention and less side effects associated with them. With all the reviews and similar patient stories online I am pretty set on trying a new and more natural medication for my thyroid. I am truly hoping that this specialist will listen and be willing to try something new. If he isn't  I have a naturalist in mind, that one of my upline coaches recommend. This doctor isn't in-network but if it improves my overall healthy it will be worth it. 



Other then my thyroid issues I have been focussed on making me happy and improving my nutrition and fitness. I have been following the 21 Day Fix to a T now and am waiting on the 21 Day Fix Extreme to come in the mail. 

There wasn't much new in the terms of recipes but I am working on a new popper stuffed chicken recipe for my low calorie side. This week though I am sharing a good but oldie. This recipe I found off of KevinIsCooking.com and rotate regularly. It is even 21 Day Fixed Approved and puts a nice spin on veggies. 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar & Honey

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 lb of brussels sprouts, cut in halves
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp of sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp of ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp of honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. In a large bowl, toss brussels sprouts with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Coat thoroughly. 
  3. Transfer the brussels sprouts to the baking sheet and roast for about 20 minutes until caramelized.
  4. Place the brussels sprouts back into the bowl. Add the remaining olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and honey and toss until coated evenly. Taste and season with sea salt if necessary. Serve and enjoy! 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

21 Day Fix Oven Baked "Fried" Chicken & Skinny Buffalo Dip

I have yet to see where I am at with my results for Brazil Butt Lift. In all honesty it has been hard sticking with that program because my heart just isn't in it. Although I think it's a great and effective program I'm just not all that into it and I need to do what makes me happy. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to trim down their lower half but I will be going back to my favorite hybrid of programs (21 Day Fix, Les Mills Combat & Pump, and Turbo Fire) until I get the 21 Day Fix Extreme in the mail. 

Speaking of the 21 Day Fix Extreme, as of Monday it has officially launched and I am beyond excited to start that program. I had such great results with the first one that I can't wait to see what kind of results I will get with the extreme version. I should get the program within the next weeks but won't offically start the program until February 16th. I will be starting a special challenge group for anyone who is interested in starting the 21 Day Fix so if you are interested in joining this group please feel free to e-mail me at resolutionslimdown@gmail.com. 

This week I was able to create two recipes, a 21 Day Fix Recipe and also a Low Calorie Recipe as well. For the 21 Day Fix I had been hungry for Fried Chicken so I decided to created a baked version but with a crispy crunchy coating that would fulfill my craving. 

21 Day Fix Baked "Fried" Chicken

Serves 1. 1 serving equals 1 red, 1/2 yellow, and 1 teaspoon

Ingredients
  • 1 chicken breast (boneless skinless) 
  • 1/4 Cup of Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs - seasoned
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree. 
  2. Place the olive oil in a small bowl and the breadcrumbs in a second small bowl and place to the side.
  3. Tenderize the chicken breast with a meat mallet and leave whole or cut into strips if desired. 
  4. Dip the chicken in the olive oil, coat both sides, and then transfer the chicken over to the breadcrumbs and coat the chicken with breadcrumbs. 
  5. Place the chicken on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil. 
  6. Bake chicken for 25 to 30 or until golden brown. Enjoy
With the Super Bowl on Sunday I was craving some Game Day food but didn't want to completely ruin my healthy eating so I came up with a trimmed down version of my favorite party food - Buffalo Chicken Dip. Minus the cream cheese this recipe could even be fixed approved so swapping the cream cheese for an additional 1/2 cup of plain fat free greek yogurt would do the trick. 

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip

Serves 16 (1/4 cup). Per Serving: 49 calories, 3.1g fat, 3.5g protein

Ingredients
  • 2 cups pre-cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 1/2 pack of 1/3 fat Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup of Chobani 0% Greek Yogurt Plain
  • 1/2 Cup of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup of Franks Hot Buffalo Sauce
  • 1 & 1/2 Tablespoons of Ranch Seasoning Powder 
Instructions
  1. In a crockpot combine all ingredients and mix well. 
  2. Cook on Medium heat and periodically stir until hot. Enjoy

Monday, January 26, 2015

Brazil Butt Lift 1 Week Results & Ricotta & Spinach Stuffed Chicken

After one week of doing Brazil Butt Lift I was able to lose a pound and 1/2 inch from each of these areas: waist, hips, butt, and each thigh! To some that might not be much but to me that is pretty awesome especially about my thighs. Typically it would take me several weeks to loose just a half an inch from each thigh but with all these lower body exercises it's really transforming my body.

Like I mentioned before I am doing the slimming workout calendar. With that calendar it has several days throughout the week that you are suppose to do two workouts. Typically a resistance video along with the cardio. Since there are two videos I decided to mix it up a little and instead of doing the Brazil Butt Lift cardio video I have been doing one of the 21 Day Fix Videos. I am hoping with combining the two programs I will be able to see even better results! Food wise I am still following the 21 Day Fix, but will admit I had a few slips this week, but nothing too big. With being in my last semester of school on top of a full time job, and taking care of my family it's been hard not to cave but I have managed to do pretty awesome. To be honest I think the only thing that has kept me from binging is my Shakeology in the morning.

For this week's 21 Day Fix Recipe I wanted to do something Italian and Cheesy but with Chicken and not beef so I decided to make ricotta and spinach stuffed Chicken. Surprisingly even though it was stuff with veggies my daughter actually loved it and even asked for seconds! (Than is unheard of!)

21 Day Fix Ricotta & Spinach Stuffed Chicken
Equals 4 Servings (1/2 Breast). 1 Serving = 1 Red, 1 Green, 1/2 Yellow, and 1/4 Blue
Ingredients
  • 2 medium to large boneless/skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup (loosely packed) spinach
  • 4 to 5 small cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs 
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. Butterfly cut and tenderize (with a meat mallet) the two chicken breast, then set aside.
  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl add the ricotta, egg, and parmesan cheese. Mix well and set aside. 
  4. In a food processor chop up the spinach until fine (but not a paste) add into mixture. Then do the same with the cherry tomatoes.
  5. Mix all of the ingredients well and then place the half of the mixture into each breast. 
  6. Coat the top side of each chicken breast with 1/4 of the breadcrumbs. Transfer each breast over to a non stick baking sheet with the coated side down. Add the remaining breadcrumbs to each breast. 
  7. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and chicken is fully cooked. Enjoy!
As promised I also have a low calorie recipe. This recipe is pretty close to being 21 Day Fixed approved and actually is if you are on a higher tier and have more then 2 purple containers again. But for me this falls into the low calorie group. This recipe was found on PopSugar.

Cherry Chip Vegan Icecream

Ingredients
  • 2 cups of fresh cherries (or frozen)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons of dairy-free chocolate chips (or regular if you are not vegan)
Directions
  1. Wash and dry the cherries and remove the pits. Place in the freezer for at least 3 hours if using fresh. 
  2. Peel the banana and also place this in the freezer four only about an hour.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup of the almond milk into an ice cube tray and freeze for 3 hours as well. 
  4. Place the frozen cherries, half frozen banana, and almond milk ice cubes in a food processor and mix until completely smooth for several minutes.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips and immediately Enjoy :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Asian Inspired Pork Chops

Although I added on the low calorie section to my recipes page, I have yet to really add to it. Sticking with the 21 Day Fix and working with numerous people has made it nearly impossible for me to think about food and not make it Fixed Approved. It's sort of like when I first became a Zumba instructor. After doing Zumba for so long it was hard for me not to listen to a song and not start choreographing it for a Zumba class in my head, lol. 

But anyways, to try and make this short, I guess what I am getting at is I promise this weekend I will add on at least 1 low calorie recipe :) I am on the fence about which one I will be making but I know either way everyone will love it.

Anyways, I was kind of disappointed that I didn't get to put up a recipe with pictures the other day. The Chicken Marsala I added at the end of my blog is great and I absolutely love it but I didn't have any pictures so I figured I would make it up to everyone and post another recipe tonight. 

Today at work I thought I had seen someone carrying in my favorite Chinese take out so all day at work I was thinking about sweet and sour chicken. I had already taken out pork the night before and knew I had to cook it regardless so I figured why not make an Asian-esq inspired pork chop for dinner. So this is how I came up with my recipe for tonight, and I have got to say O-M-G I think I am going to have to make some more soon, and that's huge coming from me. Usually I hate pork but I thought these were exceptionally tasty and best part of all is they were super easy to make!

Asian Inspired Pork Chops
Serves 1 (2 small/thin pork chops per serving) to make more just double ingredients per serving
1 red, 1 tsp, + 1 tsp from coffee section

Ingredients

  • 2 thin pork chops, trimmed of all excess fat
  • 1/2 teaspoon of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of light soy sauce or Braggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon of water
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine honey, soy sauce, and water. Mix well and then immerse both sides of the pork chops into marinade. Let the meat marinade for at least 20 to 30 minutes. 
  2. In a medium sized skilled at in your olive oil and garlic and put on medium heat. Let the oil and garlic heat up and then add in your pork chops.
  3. Cook both pork chops on medium heat until both sides are slightly golden and pork is fully cooked. 
  4. Serve over rice and veggies. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January Update with Ashley...Goals, Brazil Buttlift, and More

So I have completed 3 full days of Brazil Buttlift, and I will admit it, that program is no joke! I still have my workout to finish tonight to make day 4 complete and my legs are wondering what the heck is going on. There is no doubt that I should be able to not only tone my tush but also trim down my thighs as well. As I mention in the vlog below the videos can be a little cheesy but that's fine as long as they get the job done! I am pretty excited to see where I will be about after 30 days!


Other then starting Brazil Buttlift I also received the 3 Day Refresh in the mail. It didn't come until late on Saturday so my plan is to start it this coming Monday so I can go to the store and pick up enough fresh fruit and veggies. I am pretty excited to see how much I can lose on the refresh. I feel that this will be a good way to help me get back into the swing of things.


Between taking a break for some medical issues and indulging a little too much during the holidays I have packed on 8 lbs in the last month. I am definitely NOT proud of that, but I am only human. The only thing I can do now is get back on track which is exactly what I did this weekend.

I didn't mention my stats in the video, but figured I would put them up here for the world to see. Currently I am at 139.6...no where near where I want to be! My goal is to be at 127 by this spring. This February I will be starting a test group out for the 21 Day Fix Extreme and know that I can hit my goal with completing that program. If you are interested in joining me e-mail me at resolutionslimdown@gmail.com. I will only be adding a few people into the group so make sure to reserve your spot soon!


This week I decided that I would share with you one of my favorite recipes, Chicken Marsala. By simply switching out the canola oil for olive oil this recipe fits into the fix and counts as 1 red and 1 yellow.

CHICKEN MARSALA - from Fitness Magazine

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

FitBit Surge Review - 1st Vlog of the Year!!

After a lot of technical issues I have finally got my review on the FitBit Surge up on YouTube!

I do have to say that I highly recommend this fitness watch and I am fully happy with this purchase. There are other watches I could have gotten with my Christmas gift card but I believe I have made the right choice. The functionality of this watch is awesome and allows me to track all my home workouts. Unlike other watches on the market that only cater to runners this watch appeals to anyone that works out whether with weights, spinning, elliptical, or home cardio videos.

This video gives you a quick over view on my thoughts and shows you some of the different functions of the watch. If you have any questions please feel free to comment below or e-mail me. Happy Tuesday Everyone!


Monday, January 12, 2015

21 Day Fix Salmon Cakes

I have never been much of a fish person, but growing up my grandfather use to always make Salmon Patties, and they were pretty much the only way I use to eat fish. My daughter on the other hand LOVES fish. So I figured why not try and come up with something that she will love but I can enjoy too that is of course Fixed Approved. With that in mind I took my Grandfather's recipe and made it fixed approved :) . 

21 Day Fix Approved - Salmon Cakes
Makes 2 servings (4 Cakes). 1 serving = 2 cakes (2 red, 1/2 yellow 2 tsp)

Ingredients
  • 2 small (5oz each) cans of boneless pink salmon in water drained *less sodium then tuna!
  • 1 yellow container of whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 4 teaspoons Olive Oil 
  • Seasoning to taste (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl take the drained salmon and mix in the breadcrumbs, egg, sand optional seasoning. Mix until all ingredients are mixed well.
  2. Form mixture into 6 patties. 
  3. In a large skillet add olive oil and turn stove onto medium heat. Once warm add in the salmon cakes and cook until gold on both sides. Serve & Enjoy
I am hoping that tomorrow I will be able to load my 1st vlog. I filmed it tonight and planned on getting it up here with this recipe but have had difficulty loading it onto YouTube due to the internet working at snail speed. If you do have any suggestions though for any recipe or blog feel free to send me an e-mail. Tomorrow's Vlog will be a quick review on the new FitBit Surge! 

Monday, January 5, 2015

New Years Resolutions & 21 Day Fix Alfredo Sauce

As mentioned in a previous post I am going to share with all of you my 2015 goals & vision board. Although it only took a few minutes to actually make my vision board, I took a lot longer in the process of figuring out what I truly wanted to accomplish in 2015. Some of these might seem minor, but I picked goals that are realistic and ones that not only will make me happy but also my family. This year isn't just about improving myself but also my family and home. 



I know that some of you have already seen this vision board, since I posted it on my Facebook Fanpage, but I figured I would post it again on here since some of you are not on Facebook. :)

I would love to see everyone's vision boards as well. Feel free to share them with me! -

-I have been asked a lot lately about what program I used to do my vision board. To create this I just used a free phone app, PicCollage.

There are a few other goals I have for 2015, but I ran out of room on my vision board. These goals are primarily focussed on improving my blog and relationship with all of you. I have not been that into YouTube but I have decided that once I fight this chest cold I will start doing weekly vlogs to share my story. I will post these vlogs on here when weekly as well, so you don't have to visit multiple sites. Also, as some of you have already noticed I have added a new recipe section for low calorie recipes. The new recipes will bounce back and for between the low calorie section and the 21 Day Fix. This weeks' recipe actually fall under both categories and I will be adding it under each section. 

By the title of this weeks blog, I am sure you already know that the new recipe of the week is 21 Day Fix Alredo Sauce. It has been a very long time since I have been to the Olive Garden so I figured instead of going there and blowing my healthy eating out of the water, I would create a Fixed Approved/Low Calorie dish that would satisfy my taste buds.

21 Day Fix Alfredo Sauce
Serves 6 (1 serving is 1/2 cup and equals 1 yellow, 1 blue 1 tsp)

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Low Fat (1%) Milk
  • 1 Cup Low Fat & Low Sodium Chicken Broth (free)
  • 2 Tablespoons flour (either whole wheat, rice, almond, or any other fixed approved flour)
  • 1 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese {the real stuff not the powder kind ;)}
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder or (1 clove fresh garlic minced* see note at bottom)
  • 1 tablespoon of organic butter
Instructions
  1. In a large pan add milk, chicken broth, and butter. Bring to a slow boil and slowly stir in flour and garlic powder until mixed well. 
  2. Bring it down to a low boil and add in cheese and continue to stir until melted and mixed well with other ingredients.
  3. Serve over your choice of fixed approved pasta, veggies, and/or protein. **
*If you use the fresh garlic instead I would first take the butter and sauté the garlic in the pot as the first step. Then add the rest of the ingredients in step one. 

** The containers per serving above only reflects the sauce (3/4 cup).

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Make your Resolution a REALsolution!

It takes 21 Days to form a habit.

So if I could provide you the tools necessary to succeed and lose up to 15 lbs in 21 days would you want to embark on a life changing journey?

There's no doubt that it is possible to change your life in 21 Days. This year isn't about wishing or wanting things, it's about making them happen, and there is no better time to start then now!

If you are interested in getting started on this journey please start by clicking the link below and filling out a quick questionnaire. It will only take a few minutes, and will help me better meet your weight loss and fitness goals. Remember that a want without a plan is simply a wish.

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