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. ❤

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!

Body Image Takes Toll on Health

How do YOU feel about your body? 

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Your body cannot serve you well when you think negative thoughts about it. In fact it is estimated that between 90 and 95% of all health problems originate with negative emotion!

Your body is doing the best it can for you, and it is the only place you have to live! Honor it today using the following 3 tips:

* Do your best to dismiss any negative images or physical frustrations that come to mind today about your body.

* Find at least one thing today that you appreciate about your body and focus on that every time a negative thought arises.

* Take at least 10 minutes today to exercise! Exercise increases self esteem and encourages positive body image.

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The society we live in detracts from healthy body image and integrity in many ways. With practice we can retrain our minds and develop a more easy and natural relationship with our bodies. It just might be the most important preventative medicine we ever practice.

What is your favorite thing about your body?

Immune Building Detox Smoothie

Looking for something absolutely delicious that is fairly low in natural sugar? Look no further my friend 🙂 This beautiful detoxifying smoothie will not only leave you glowing from the inside out, but will strengthen your immune defenses as well!

This recipe is Kid-Approved with a thumbs up, and is a great way to sneak in their daily alkalizing veggies 😉

Enjoy!

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* 3/4 cup of water

* 2 stalks of celery

* 1 large cucumber

* 1/2 or 1 avocado, depending on preference

* 1/2 lemon, peeled

* 1/2 green apple

* 1 red bell pepper

* 2 1/2 cups of raspberries, frozen or unfrozen

* Optional – For extreme immune defense, add 1 drop of doTerra Oregano oil

* 1/2 cup of lime “infused” chia seeds

        (   – 2/3 cup dry chia seeds

           – 2 cups of water

           – 3 or 4 drops of lime essential oil

           – soak for a minimum of 15 minutes    )

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Blend together the cucumber, celery, avocado, lemon, apple, bell pepper and raspberries with the water, Wild Orange and Oregano.

Stir in your lime flavored chia seeds after you are finished blending, serve, and enjoy!

Recipe serves 3 – 4 people. I do hope you enjoy, and be sure to subscribe for upcoming recipes!

Happy healthy eating!

XO

Shift Your Perception of Perfection! Smile Big & Often :D

* * *    “I want to keep trying, but I’m tired of starting over AGAIN, just to fail AGAIN 😦 !”  * * * 

If you are not continuously falling down on your path, it is because you you are not moving forward!

Everyone that you look up to, not only in the health and fitness industry, but in EVERY facet of life, has gotten to where they are ONLY because they never tired of starting over again!

Life is hard. It is about frustration and sadness as much as it is about happiness. Most of us fall into the trap of believing that to achieve our goals and to reach success means that we will experience little to no negative feelings; that everything will be perfect once we are perfect.

We will NEVER be perfect!

The knowledge that we are always going to face trial and error can be a slightly tough pill to swallow, but by accepting this you are actually paving a much smoother road ahead.

The ability to laugh it off and get back on the horse is the most invaluable trait you can possess throughout your journey to health and wellness. Trust me.

* * *    So – how do I start?   * * * 

Step #1: Shift your perception of perfection

Let’s do some visualization for a moment. Close your eyes and envision your success. You have achieved all that you are working so hard for right now; everything is now your ideal perfection. Weight, relationships, career, confidence – everything.

You might have done this many times before. What would be different about your past visions if success meant/included some of the smaller failures that have frustrated and even completely derailed you in times of perceived ‘weakness’?

As you will see, adjusting  your perception of perfection to allow for these little stumbles and slips actually doesn’t look like a vision too far from your current reality – at least not in comparison with the nearly unachievable image you might have previously pictured.

Step #2: Smile often!

I would not advise you to hold back tears in a moment of stress, but I defiantly advise that you smile BIG and often, especially in times when you feel you have failed yourself. It’s ok to feel sadness, and even compassion for yourself, but a hugely proactive practice for you to adopt can be to learn how to laugh at yourself.

All in good humor of course – never be demeaning of yourself! Having a sense of humor about a mild situation can be a much healthier approach than self degradation, which will NOT bring you to success any faster ( and is possibly the biggest thing standing between you and your goals ).

That’s it – two simple steps!

With practice you can shift your understanding of perfection, and by doing so you are not only speeding up the process by making goals that are attainable, but you are creating a more joyful and fulfilling experience all around.

And of course, laughter is always beneficial for the soul 🙂

The Power of Prayer for a Child

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From the moment we find out we’re expecting, the fantasizing begins. Dreams of who our children will be, what their passions will be, what they will look like, and above all else, what awesome parents we will be. At least, thats how it was for me.

When my sweet Austin was born, he had my heart. He was the most perfect baby, and I never imagined him as anything different. The dreaming only intensified after he was born and I  was able to love him in person, able to see how perfectly he put my earlier dreams to shame. I never knew how much I could love someone until he was here. He would love me too, and we would cuddle together, do art projects together, I’d teach him how to ride a bike and he would succeed; he couldn’t not do these things, he was perfect.

It didn’t take long for reality to set in. Reality was harsh compared to my dreaming, it told me that my sweet perfect son would struggle to do any of the above. Reality was finally understanding that I couldn’t possibly know what my sons future could hold, to what level he would be able to develop, or if he could ever have the happy life I always imagined.

At nine months old, he quit nursing. By eleven months old, I tried to think about the last time I cuddled him, and couldn’t remember it. By thirteen months old, I was sick of telling people there was nothing wrong with him.

By four he has been through more than I can type in one article, and I see him as perfect more than I ever have before. My son is a fighter, and now I am a fighter too. Any mother of a special needs child knows exactly what I’m talking about, but more than anyone, my words resinate with the mothers of children who didn’t have to live this way.

Our life has been a struggle, one that I feel very blessed to be a part of. I am no longer angry with the hand we were dealt and the choices I made and the people I trusted along the way that brought us here. I am in love with this life, and every day with my family is a blessing for which I am grateful.

I cry when we lose a battle and celebrate when we win one. I once thought of this journey as one battle, one that I would someday win. I now see and accept that our life is going to be one battle after another, and I can’t win every one. We will never stop fighting.

For those of you I haven’t shared this journey with, some can relate, and others will relate at some point down the road, because weather or not you ever have a child with autism, you’ll probably know someone who does. What I want to say to you is this, DO NOT quit the battle before it’s begun. Do not let someone else tell you that nothing can be done because you believe they are qualified to make that call.

The biggest battle we will ever fight is with society. Society tells you that if you fight for your child, you don’t accept them as they are. Society tells me that autism has no cause and no cure. Society also tells me that I am just looking for something to blame, some explanation to hold on to, and about this they are correct.

I am here to say to anyone who will face these struggles in the future, that if you listen and if you believe that nothing can be done, nothing will be done. But if you believe in miracles, and the power of perseverance and the power of prayer, you will succeed. The only choice before you is to pick a side, for that will be the deciding factor.

As for me, I WILL NOT ever quit fighting, I WILL NOT listen to lies when I can see truth in my own home, and I WILL NOT be silenced. There will always be those that want you to blend in and conform. They will ridicule you for your lifestyle choices, they will not understand you, and even some that understand but wish you didn’t.

There is no profit in America’s families knowing the truth. There is no justice for the stolen life of a child. But I am here to tell you that while there is no justice, there IS hope. Never quit searching for answers that doctors and teachers won’t give. No one can care and no one can love and no one can fight like a mother can.

Some call me stubborn, and many will say that I just won’t accept things as they are; they would be correct. If I wasn’t stubborn, and if I accepted things as they are, my son wouldn’t have the life he has today. He couldn’t have made the strides accredited to therapy that he’s made.

There was a long time I fought this battle in silence. I didn’t speak about this because I feared disapproval, and because it took a few years for even me to comprehend how very hard we were actually struggling. I now believe more than ever that I am meant to be here on this path for a reason, and I will never quit fighting for not just my son, but for every one who is lied to.

I WILL NEVER be silenced again, I WILL NEVER conform, and I WILL NEVER quit speaking the truth. If I give light to one deceived mother, or one young woman who looks apon herself as less than enough because of advertising, I will consider my business a success.