Looking to get fitter, leaner, happier? + Holistic Chick goes on vacation

Hey there guys and gals! How in the world are you?

Well, I hope.

As for me, I’ve changed my name and my game! Holistic Chick, well, she took a vacation…and she never came back.

She was stressed, ya know? That girl wanted to fix the world, but the world didn’t want to be fixed!

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So Holistic Chick is relaxing on a beach somewhere in my heart nursing a GMO-free, certified organic Pina Colada while I have been at work revamping my entire bizz!

These days you can find me online as Ashley Lynn, Health coach. I’ve been as busy as a bumble bee with motherhood, of course, and in addition I’ve recently begun working with clients again! I’m running monthly boot camps and online accountability groups. It’s been incredible, to say the very least.

I’m doing what I LOVE; motherhood AND coaching! I feel so blessed beyond expression.

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I have a new WordPress website that I will be updating frequently, and I planned on deleting this site after directing you over there…but I find that I can’t.

As insignificant as this blog may be in the wide, wide scheme of things, all 69 of you who followed and read what I had to say meant something to me.

So I can’t bring myself to delete this account. Like ever. I appreciate every one of you like-minds.

If you are interested in coming along with me in this new direction, still with a passion for truth and organic life, PLEASE DO! 

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While coaching incredible women and mothering three incredible children I have discovered uncharted strength within me, and I want to help other women tap into their inner strength as well.

If you are looking to get fitter, stronger, healthier, happier – please hop over to my new page and follow! I will be answering life’s questions over there plus posting weekly inspirational and game-changing informative content! 🙂

Ashleylynnfitness.com

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I update Facebook and Instagram DAILY

www.facebook.com/AshleyLynnHealthCoach

Thank you all for your support through the years – I love you all and hope to stay in contact. ❤

5 reasons to SMILE at a stranger

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Too many of us smile too little.

We are TOO busy, TOO distracted, and TOO ungrounded; we too often forget the significance of a smile in our own lives, let alone impact it can have in someone else’s day.

Don’t forget these 5  reasons to SMILE at a stranger:

#1 ~ Smiling makes you healthier by boosting your immune system, lowering your blood pressure, and releasing endorphins in your body that make you feel happier!

#2 ~ Smiling makes everybody look good. Lets make this world a more attractive place!

#3 ~ Our kids are watching.  What example do you want to set for your kids? Personally I want my kids to witness me being that friendly-to-the-extreme person waiting in line at the grocery store, rather than the person who is reluctant to return a smile or a hello.  I have to remind myself to be really friendly ALL the time. Some days it comes easy, others it just doesn’t. That’s OK.

#4 ~ Smiling is contagious. Most folks that receive a smile from you actually do smile back – many times people are deep in thought or just unaccustomed to being smiled at by a stranger, so when you think you’ve been snubbed, it’s not likely the case! Spread the love to everyone you see! It will come back to you in full circle.

#5 ~ A smile can change, or even save, a life. Haven’t you ever experienced a kind word or smile from a stranger { an angel some people say } that completely lifted your spirits just when you needed it the most? Imagine what a smile can mean to someone who is feeling completely alone and hopeless. We can’t do as much for people in need as we’d like to much of the time, but we can be that smiling angel in someones day.

You just never know how your smile can change the world for one person.

❤ ❤ ❤

 

How I lose baby weight fast

Hey guys, I’d like to share with you some of how I shed baby weight fast. I’ve had three great pregnancies, during which I gained varying amounts of weight.

Knowing the amount of misinformation there is surrounding health, weight loss and just maintaining healthy body weight in general, it comes as no surprise to me that most women struggle so hard to feel good again after Baby comes.

As a coach it certainly hurts my heart to watch women work so hard and feel so much frustration, just to get tired and give up on their health.

Mom, you CAN feel great in your own skin again! The healthier and happier you are, the more of yourself you can give to your family and community.

You deserve it! Heck, the WORLD deserves you!

I don’t apologize for being great.

I’m “that mom”. You know, the one who is obsessively perfectionistic about her kids.

They don’t eat junk food – heck, don’t come anywhere near them with GMOs – they’re home schooled, and they don’t watch TV, save the occasional pre approved Netflix shows.

The real cherry on top is their questioning of the dietary habits of adults around us, “Does that ( diet Pepsi ) have sugar? Mommy says that’s not good.”

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They, whoever they may be in this particular context, have a name for moms like me, the one accompanied by that obligatory eye roll: Crunchy Mom.

I really can’t stand that name.

Anyways, there was a time, I’ll admit, where I tried to blend in with my fellow American mom. Now I just own it.

I own my natural inclinations, my unique scope of the world, my devotion to seeking God and truth in the mundane and in the exciting; I truly love being extraordinary.

Full Definition of EXTRAORDINARY

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a : going beyond what is usual, regular, or customary <extraordinary powers>
b : exceptional to a very marked extent <extraordinary beauty>

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“OK,” you’re now thinking. “Ashley is full of Ashley.”

If admitting to being more than ordinary is conceit, I’ll own that too.

I contemplate often the real meaning of what it is to be extraordinary, vs ordinary. After all, how do we define ordinary?

: normal or usual : not unusual, different, or special

: neither very good nor very bad : not very impressive
Full Definition of ORDINARY

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: of a kind to be expected in the normal order of events : routine, usual <an ordinary day>
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: having or constituting immediate or original jurisdiction; also : belonging to such jurisdiction
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a : of common quality, rank, or ability <an ordinary teenager>

What I have learned to possess in the past years’ journey to becoming a woman is the understanding that ordinary is, despite the definition, actually a simple facade; an illusion of conformity we create anew generation after generation to ensure that the existing forms of hierarchy persist.

I don’t imagine it takes much more than a basic understanding of human psychology to run the world. It is said that there are 1,500 newspapers, 1,100 magazines, 9,000 radio stations, 1,500 TV stations and 2,400 publishers all owned by 6 corporations and 272 executives. 

It doesn’t take a mastermind of discernment to figure out that a very few create normal, and a great many enforce normal.

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What am I getting at?

I am thrilled about being liberated from my cage of normalcy, and it’s OK for my children to know they ARE different from everyone else!

I struggle with a lot of things on a day-to-day basis, and despite what I may try to convey through social media, my life is no glamorous health show.

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But so many times people say to me, in regards to health for example, “I don’t want your kids to feel left out,” or, “I wish your kids could eat what everyone else is eating.”

By all means, LEAVE them out! I so badly WANT them to know they aren’t normal.

I want them to know that there aren’t any ‘normal’ people, only caged people waiting for their chance to escape and release the greatness trapped within.

We each have a unique light and mission within us that we are sent here to share. The question is, will you wait for others to grant you permission to share it?

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By waiting you chance cheating the world of your irreplaceable contribution.

None of us is purposeless or without greatness. You are a divine creation of the Father; walk with him, that which strengthens you, and do not wait for worldly acceptance to do your work here.

 

The “Magic” of Post Partum Belly Binding and Desperate Times

I sit here writing this one day shy of two weeks postpartum and terribly anxious to feel confident about my body again ( wait, did I EVER? haha no TBH ). Kai Martin Gregoire, my third baby and second son, arrived on the morning of May 23rd weighing 8lbs 14oz, measuring 22 1/2″ long, and precious as heck!

In previous pregnancies I was pretty young, and genetically speaking weight of any kind hasn’t ever come easy for me ( truly not cool being dubbed “chicken Legs” ), so it made sense that my body would snap back without much effort. Now, however, at twenty-five and with baby number three latched 24/7, I find myself not exactly ‘snapping’.

So naturally, after my older son inquired about the impending arrival of the “baby that stayed behind in my tummy”, I made the decision to order the Squeem.

What’s a Squeem? It’s an ingenious device ( corset ) designed to shrink your waist size up to five inches. It’s purpose when used in the postpartum weeks is to “train” the abdominal and core muscles to tighten and strengthen again, as well as utilize the eight weeks that relaxin still lingers in the body to shrink the size of your rib cage, ultimately giving the wearer a tiny waist and flat stomach.

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~ Right side rockin the Squeem, left side au naturel ^ ~

 

Squeem is also a word that could be used to accurately describe the way my insides felt when I finally ( yes – FINALLY; it was no easy task to squash myself in there ) secured the last notch.

Ouch.

And then reality set in really fast. I already knew better than to attempt corset training, or even belly binding for that matter. But, I suppose, sometimes desperation and lack of patience makes fools of us all. Instant gratification generation and all that.

Here’s what I already knew:

1) Holding your muscles in place with said garment will not train them to do anything. A belly binder/corset does exactly and only that – hold muscles in place. By doing their intended job, the muscles actually lack for real training that would ultimately help your midsection return to its pre-pregnancy size faster.

In addition, corset training and belly binding can actually weaken back muscles over time. Well, duh, muscles weaken when they aren’t being used.

2) Belly binding does not correct diastasis recti ( abdominal separation ). The only way to correct this condition is through proper exercise. In this case I highly recommend seeking the advice of a certified personal trainer.

3) Belly binding postpartum puts too much downward pressure on your already-weakened pelvic floor muscles. There are actually claims that belly binding helps strengthen the pelvic floor, but these claims are BS. By the way I have three words for anyone curious about weakened pelvic floor muscles: yoga, yoga, and again, yoga 😀

4) Corset training can, in some cases, cause internal injury. The risk for internal injury is greater when precautions aren’t taken to ease into corset training slowly. Personally, I only had the thing on for three minutes on the loosest setting and I felt discomfort nearing pain in my internal organs… Um? “Beauty is pain!”

Not for me.

5) Wearing a corset does not allow for deep breathing; I literally could not breath into the lower lobes of my lungs when I had the darn thing on! What do we know about the importance of deep breathing? That deserves an entire post to itself, but deep breathing could be arguably the most crucial practice leading to overall and sustainable weight loss. In short it is the best way to combat that dirty little stress hormone CORTISOL, AKA, the hidden culprit behind excess belly fat.

The basic take away from my review of the Squeem, or any belly binding product used postpartum for that matter, could be summed up by describing it as a band-aid that masks an initial ( and very natural ) phase of postpartum living, ultimately slowing down the process of true healing.

This isn’t to say that belly binding isn’t for anyone; belly binding, in my opinion, directly interferes with my goals and what is important to me in my life, speaking fitness and other.

However, I am not an expert on belly binding! I would love to hear your experiences, good or bad.

Peace ladies ❤

For now you can find me soaking up every precious minute with my newest angel in total disregard for the state of my tummy.

Everything in its own time 🙂

 

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Moms Best Quinoa Salad

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Are you a quinoa fan? This ancient grain is incredible in that it is a complete protein that packs a heck of a nutrient-dense punch. There are so many wonderful dishes to be created using quinoa, and weather you are looking for a post work out meal, a lunch to take on the fly, or main course suitable for a family gathering – you name it and quinoa has your back!

Note ~ if you have tried quinoa int he past and did not like the taste, could it be that you did not know to rinse it before hand? The rule with quinoa is that you must always rinse the grains in your strainer before cooking, as this will rinse off the naturally occurring chemical that coats the outside. This chemical is not dangerous, but does taste bad. No soaking needed, as you rinse you will see the chemical bubbling off 🙂

Of my moms various quinoa salad recipes, this Thai variation is her absolute best creation by far. Thank you, Mom, for sharing your love in the kitchen 🙂

Ingredients –

* 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa

* 1-2 cups finely sliced/chopped red cabbage

* 1 red bell pepper, diced ( Get your vitamin C on! )

* 1 red onion, diced

* 1/4 cup green onion, diced

* 1 cup shredded carrots

* 1/2 cup shredded cilantro

* 1/2 cup cashew halves ( Please, soak them first! )

* Highly recommended optional – 1 cup chickpeas/garbanzo beans

* Fresh lime, squeezed for tang

Dressing Ingredients –

* 1/4 cup cup all natural style peanut butter

* 2 tsp freshly grated ginger

*  3 tbs Bragg Liquid Amino ( Natural soy sauce )

* 1 tbs honey, preferably raw

* 1 tbs raw apple cider vinegar

* 1 tsp cold pressed sesame oil

* 1 tsp virgin olive oil

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Directions –

Step # 1 – Following the directions on the package, cook quinoa until done, or around 8 – 10 minutes.

Step #2 – In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the Thai dressing and mix well.

Step #3 – In a large bowl, combine the quinoa and the dressing; stir well.

There you have it! The most delicious quinoa salad recipe you will ever get your hands on, and it is really that simple to whip together! I hope you enjoy 🙂

Eat happy, live happy!