Interview with Ashley Lynch

Image belongs to Ashley Lynch

Image belongs to Ashley Lynch

Last week, I wrote about a new website I found with plenty of healthy recipe and workout inspirations, Whole Foods…New Body. Well, I was able to catch up with Ashley Lynch, the author of the blog, and I asked her some questions about her daily routine and how she gets inspiration for her recipes and workouts.

I’m always interested in seeing how fellow moms fit in working out and cooking on a daily basis when they have little ones running around and it always gives me new ideas for developing new healthy habits (and hopefully getting rid of the bad ones).

Did you want to be a Nurse when you were growing up? What motivated you to follow that career? Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be in the medical profession.  I always loved the thought of being able to take care of others. I could not be more glad that nursing is the profession I chose to pursue. There is nothing better than knowing you made a difference in someone’s life.

How do you manage being both a Nurse and a stay-at-home mom? I knew that when I had children…I wanted to stay at home and take care of them. Luckily, nursing is the perfect career to have because I am allowed to work only a few days a month to keep my license active. I get to stay at home with my babies and still spend a few days a month taking care of patients and maintaining my skills. This is the perfect set up for me right now and I know once my babies are in school…I can easily go back to working full time.

Have you always been interested in health and fitness? I haven’t always been interested in health and fitness. Of course I have always cared about health (being a nurse) but I wouldn’t say that I applied that knowledge to my own life until I had children. I guess I realized at that time that I need to step it up and start paying attention to what foods I put in their body. It wasn’t until January of this year that I really starting caring what I put in my own body and starting adding fitness into my life.

Funny how our children usually make us start looking at what we’re eating, huh? I felt the same way when I realized I would be the vessel through which my baby would get food. If she was eating poorly, that would be my fault. That’s when I decided that we needed to change our eating habits now.

Image belongs to Ashley Lynch

Image belongs to Ashley Lynch

 

With all the diets out there, why did you choose clean eating? I chose clean eating because I was tired of “dieting” and I wanted to way of eating that made sense. It makes sense to me to eat REAL, unprocessed foods. I know that this is the way I will eat the rest of my life. I don’t want to ever go back to putting a ton of chemicals and processed foods into my body. I love the way I feel and I don’t think I will ever give that up!

Did you come up with your recipes or do you find inspiration in other sites? I actually do both. I am addicted to Pinterest and healthy living blogs! I make a TON of recipes from others and that inspires me to get creative and come up with my own recipes. It is actually a lot of fun for me and I LOVE to cook!

What are your favorite Clean Eating resource sites? I love “The Gracious Pantry,” “He and She Eat Clean,” &  The “EatCleanDiet” website, Those are all of the sites that helped me start out with eating clean and figuring out what it was all about.

Those are all the same websites I use! I’m in love with The Gracious Pantry but I’ve used recipes from He and She Eat Clean and EatCleanDiet before.

Are you the cook in your household or does everyone help? I am definitely the “cook” in my household. My husband works a lot so I definitely do all the cooking. He is great at grilling though…that is definitely more his territory!

How do your children like your meals? (I see that your daughter is a fan of the zucchini bread, which I need to try!) My husband is a HUGE fan of my cooking. He is always brave enough to try anything that I give him and almost always loves it. My kids are pretty good about eating whatever I give them. They both love fruit and I have found creative ways to get them to eat veggies. My 18 month old loves avocado, beans and bread. I just put whatever I make in front of them and try not to pressure them to eat it. My motto is that if they are hungry…they will eat. I want them to learn to eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full.

What are your favorite workout sites and why? I love Bikini Body Mommy. She was a huge motivation for me to start working out. I actually just completed my 2nd Bikini Body Mommy 90 day challenge. I also love Beachbody workouts. My favorites are Focus T25, Chalean Extreme and Turbofire. Pinterest also has a lot of great, quick workouts to mix in.

Image belongs to Ashley Lynch

Image belongs to Ashley Lynch

Do you involve your kids in your workouts? My 4 year old loves to workout with me! She is pretty tough! She almost always right by my side while I am working out.

Favorite workout gear? Favorite workout gear would be my neoprene weights, Asics tennis shoes, Champion sports bra, and Mossimo yoga crops.

Any advice for stay-at-home moms trying to eat healthy and workout every day? My advice would be to make it a priority. Find a time to workout that works for you and stick with it at least 6 days a week. My time is when I lay my 18 month old down for his morning nap. I know that is workout time. No excuses. For healthy eating….READ, READ, READ! Follow healthy living blogs and get ideas for snacks and meals and just do it!! Start slow, fill your house with healthy food and throw out all the junk! If you only have healthy food in your house….that is what you will eat!

I am a firm believer in finding a workout time and sticking with it! I have such a hard time with it, but when I don’t do it, I feel crappy. Setting times helps you stay on track, for sure. I also agree with starting slow and replenishing your pantry and fridge with good stuff!

Image belongs to Ashley Lynch

Image belongs to Ashley Lynch

Any projects you are working on that you would like to share? Since I just finished my 90 day challenge…I am starting out with a whole new fitness regimen. I am really excited about starting something new. Stay tuned for details! 😉

What motivates you every day? What motivates me is the way I feel. I feel great and I don’t want to start feeling lethargic again! I also like putting on clothes and feeling good about myself. I used to try on a million different outfits and leave the house in tears. I don’t want to EVER go back to that again!

If you choose to have a cheat meal, what do you normally go for? My cheat meal is almost always sushi and frozen yogurt or ice cream!

This was a really good interview and I loved reading all of her tips and advice for maintaining a healthy lifestyle! You can visit her blog at Whole Foods…New Body and you can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Who inspires you to keep living healthy? Whether they motivate you to eat better or workout more, I would love to know! Share in the comments and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #healthmotivator and maybe I can score an interview with them, too! Check out my Pinterest for more healthy inspiration!

Gettin fit: journey to the skirt/ 365 days of yoga

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Current weight: 152

Goals: No soda or fast food/ Yoga twice a day. No execeptions

Let me tell you how exciting it is to make a Trader Joe’s trip! It’s like Christmas every time I walk in there and smell that wonderful aroma in the air. I looked at the Clean Eating grocery list from Gracious Pantry and it helped me stay way more on track than just going at it all willy-nilly.

Now that I’ve gotten into this diet for a while now, I think I know what food is good for you and what is maybe not so good. It’s not hard to stay motivated when I have all the food I feel I need in the house. The hardest part is when you’re not stocked and there are so many easy temptations around.

I just need to stay focused on my goals and understand that while there will be bad days, the good days need to be really good. Check out my new favorite breakfast: sprouted wheat bagel with hummus and avocado and a bowl of fruit. I will never stop eating wheat. Sorry. I love it.

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So I pretty much stayed on track with my 365 days of yoga. I only missed one day this week because I didn’t have a mat at my moms and my poor, bad knee would have slipped if I did it on just the hardwood floor.

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As you may know, it is incredibly hard to photograph yourself while in a yoga flow, so I either do it when I can pause for a moment, or just take a picture of myself being weird. I’ve been following the 30 Day Challenge on Do You Yoga. I’m going to continue following Erin Motz, who runs the challenge, after it’s over. She’s super rad and I didn’t realize how lame some of the yoga teachers are until I had her. Check her out. She’s on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube too.

You can keep up with my yoga pictures on Instagram and check out my yoga and clean eating inspiration on Pinterest. If you want to join the challenge, post photos of yourself practicing yoga daily and use the hashtag #365daysofyoga on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. If you miss a day, it’s cool. Just pick it up the next day!

gettin fit: journey to the Skirt/ 365 days of yoga

Current weight: 152

Goal for the week: No butter (replace with oil)/ Yoga practice in the morning and night

journey to the skirt

I DID IT!!! I went an entire week without drinking any soda, gosh dang it! Yesterday, I was really put to the test when I had only two hours of sleep and woke up to zero coffee in the container. And I can’t even blame my lack of sleep on Cecilia, she slept all night. I started having charlie horses in my legs like I did during the last trimester of my pregnancy and couldn’t sleep.

I’ve heard it’s common to get them again because of all the strain you’re putting on your body from carrying your baby around all day. But it’s not like I’m going to quit carrying my baby, so I will just have to deal. I didn’t have any bananas, so I was just up watching late night TV until I fell asleep.

Back to the point. I was so very tempted to drink a soda but I instead opted for a lemonade. I know that’s not a whole lot better, but it didn’t have any high fructose corn syrup and I needed something. I had water but that wasn’t doing the trick. I needed some caffeine. Anyone who says they live completely caffeine free is awesome…and most likely not a new mom.

As for the butter, I’ve never been a huge butter fan. The only time I use butter is when I’m baking. I’ve always used olive oil when I cooked because I watched my dad do that. I honestly didn’t even know that butter was used for cooking until I moved in with my last roommates. Honest. But baking will be hard, so I’ll need to think of yummy oils to use so everyone can still enjoy all my treats! Mainly, so I can still enjoy them.

My yoga routine has turned out to be a big help. It’s kind of funny. At first, I was just doing yoga to help tone my body and started doing it every day because I told myself I would. While I love yoga, it started out as something I had to do. Then, it turned into something I needed to do. My mornings felt off without it.

I have been trying to incorporate a night routine as well, but I feel like that is more difficult. Everyone is home and we’re eating dinner and hanging out together. But I think that yoga at night might actually help stretch out my body and maybe I won’t get such bad leg pains during the night!

With that said, here are some new routines that I found. I’m also doing a yoga challenge through Do You Yoga and I’ll write about it as I’m going through it.

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Sadie Nardini from Gaiam Life blog gives a tutorial on Six poses for Insomnia

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The Huffington Post also shared seven poses for insomnia, along with a video tutorial on Yoga Poses for a Better Night’s Sleep

Lastly, I’m signing up for the Eat Clean Diet Makeover Challenge. I still need to do the measurements but I think that will give me the boost I need to get my lifestyle change going. But it could also get annoying, so we’ll see how that goes. I’m also going to write about this experience every Tuesday.

If you are interested in joining me on these challenges, make sure to #365daysofyoga or #sofreshsoclean on your Twitter, Instagram, or both! You can also follow my challenges and get motivation/inspiration/a good laugh on my Facebook page.