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Tips From Your Trainer: Water

16 Mar

Photography by Cockdiesel Photography, circa 2011

*Water, we are made up of 60 to 70% water.
*Blood is mostly water and your lungs, muscles and brain all contain water.
*Water regulates body temperature.
*Water provides the means for nutrients to travel to your tissues and organs. Think of your skin.
*Water transports oxygen to your cells, removes waste, and protects your joints and organs.
*Water consumption takes away bloat. If you are dehydrated or not drinking enough, your body will preserve the water you have by holding onto it in the cells, often the fat cells, giving you that bloated feeling.

1. When I first began drinking water, I had a desk job. I purchased a gallon jug from Meijer that had a handle and spicket on it. I had my favorite E.T. glass from my childhood at my desk, would fill it up and drink it like it was my job. When the glass was empty, I was pouring more water in to drink. It actually gave me my first taste of what it was like to set “Mini Goals,” something I use To This Day. Mini goals add up over time and before you know it, you’re easily drinking water like it’s a habit, and a healthy one!

You can find these water bottles at Meijer.

2. Find a water bottle that speaks to you. I love these from Lululemon.com because they Inspire & Motivate me.

3. “Drink water like it’s your Job,” is the thought I always had in my mind when approaching my day. It works.

4. How much water do you drink per day? I recommend shooting for a goal of 8 glasses (8 ounce glasses), so 64 ounces per day. If you don’t drink water at all, cut back on what you do drink by one glass/cup (ie, coffee, pop, juice) and add in one glass of water to replace that. Then, every week, add another glass of water, and so on.


One lucky winner will receive a Fierce Forward Hat and another will win a Fierce Forward Tee.

Follow the details below on how to enter!

1.  Subscribe to my Blog (if you haven’t already!)  It’s the button on my Blog that says, Follow My Blog.  Follow me on Facebook @Fierce Forward.

2. Let’s help my friends at NUX, USA hit 2,000 fans by Liking them on Facebook and Posting ON THEIR WALL, “Ash of Fierce Forward sent me…..then say what product of theirs you love!” *be sure to tag me in the post

3. Leave a comment telling me which product you would like to win!!!

Two lucky winners will be chosen at random tonight. Good luck!

Watch for my weekly Tips From Your Trainer.


Create an Inspiration Contest

23 Jan

When I first began my journey, I looked to Bodybuilding.com and it’s Transformations of the Week as Motivation. Every other Friday, I’d get on my computer at work and keep checking until a new Transformation came out. I couldn’t wait! My favorite part of the entire story of someone’s Journey was their “Advice to Others.” What I realized is that we all go through a different, unique journey of our own, but every person’s “Advice to Others” Statement was what I connected with, without fail, every time.

WHAT: Fierce Fighters, this is YOUR chance to Motivate, Inspire, Encourage and Empower others with your “BEST ADVICE.” In one statement, write your most Motivating or Inspirational Advice that can help others achieve their Health & Fitness Goals.

Sample Photo and Advice to Others:

In life, you are the only person who will always be with yourself. Choose a healthy lifestyle for her, work hard at progressing, never stop getting better and you will give yourself the greatest gift you are able to: love for oneself. Life is short. Start being who you want to be now! ~Ashley Johns, taken from her Bodybuilding.com Transformation of the Week, 2/2010 For full Transformation Story, go here: http://bit.ly/bby4y0

WHO CAN ENTER: You! Fierce Fighters. Friends of Fierce Fighters. Anyone & Everyone. We all have a story. You do NOT have to have lost weight to enter this. You can be anyone who has advice to others on how to move forward with health and fitness. The beauty of this contest is that we all have something different to say.

RULES: Email your Advice to Others Statement and one picture representing you and your Health. Email me at Schutzashley@hotmail.com *double check spelling, as people often misspell the first part of the email. DO NOT POST TO FIERCE FORWARD WALL. I will put all the entries together and create a Photo Album that will be uploaded to the Wall on the Start Date of the Contest.

HOW YOU WIN THE FABULOUS PRIZES: On Friday, January 27th, I will upload the Photo Album with all of the Entries and the voting will begin! The Photo and Advice to Others that has the most “Likes” will be the winner of the contest. Share your photo from my album with friends and family and encourage people to “like” your photo and Advice to Others.

START DATE: Send your photos and Advice to Others starting now! The voting will begin Friday, January 27th!!!

END DATE: 6pm -Central Standard Time- Friday, February 10th. I will announce the winner on Tuesday, February 14th!

1. BODYBUILDING.COM will be providing a package of gifts to the Winner. What is inside is a surprise!

2. THE SWEATY BETTY’S have done it again! Aubrie and Danny J will be giving an original Sweaty Betty’s Shirt.

3. JENNY GROTHE of RECIPES FOR GALS IN FIGURE AND BODYBUILDING is giving away her amazing Cookbook sold on Amazon.com: 75 Ways to Love Your Oatmeal. This girl knows her stuff too!

4. KELLY RENNIE, ATHLETE AND FITNESS MODEL IN UK is giving us her ebook of Healthy Recipes!

5. SOLOMON FALLS SEAFOOD will be sending the Winner a 5lb. Box of Alaskan Salmon!! A $100 value *If you live outside the USA, Solomon Falls is unable to ship out of US, however, something else will be done for you! In this case, there will be a second place winner who will receive this gift, unless you are out of the US. We’ll play this part by ear;)

6. BUSY MOM GETS FITS is donating a Busy Mom Gets Fit Shirt!

7. FASHLETICS. The awesome Sarah is giving away to support the contest, a pair of Live. Love. Lift. Knee High Socks.


8. ASHLEY JOHNS OF FIERCE FORWARD will be giving you a small package of items to motivate and inspire you!

1. BODYBUILDING.COM is the World’s #1 Online Supplement and Bodybuilding Website. In my opinion, the most Motivational. BB.com has been with me since day 1 of my Journey. I have been so lucky to have met most of the crew and the Team behind the Motivation and Powerhouse, and they all are amazing people. Thank you BB.com for all of your support.

2. THE SWEATY BETTY’S are Danny J and Aubrie, two beautiful women who work to motivate and keep it fun and exciting in the Fitness World. They welcome anyone to take part in the laughs and enjoy each day of being healthy. They love Balance and work to guide people to avoid extremes and just be happy in their journey. These two girls are great role models and I thank them for their part in this Contest.

3. JENNY OF RECIPES FOR GALS IN FIGURE AND BODYBUILDING has been one of my mentors since beginning Fierce Forward. I admire how many she guides on her page. She is an inspiration and a smart businesswoman. She has made lemonade out of lemons and continues to grow her business whilst motivating and inspiring others. She is a true success.

4. KELLY RENNIE is a wonderful, genuine woman I am proud to call my friend. I reached out to her in the beginning of my journey for guidance. I looked up to her figure and what she had accomplished. I did not expect a reply but to my surprise, Kelly went above and beyond and offered me help where I needed it and to this day, we speak often. She is currently pregnant and taking an amazingly healthy approach to her pregnancy, sharing information with her supporters of how to be healthy and pregnant. She is amazing to me.

5. SOLOMON FALLS SEAFOOD is an Alaskan company that I found through Fierce Forward. I have always purchased farm raised tilapia. I’m not a huge Salmon fan but on one of my posts, Solomon Falls reached out to me by advising me to strongly consider wild caught fish for health purposes. I kept in touch with her, asking more questions, trying to educate myself on the matter, as I am always interested in being as healthy as possible. After developing a rapport, she offered to send me some samples. In the mail, I got an abundance of AMAZING Salmon. It was above and beyond (gotta love that!) and to this day, I am proud to say they are still working with me through this contest. Thank you Solomon Falls. Check them out, they deliver amazing salmon that is wild caught.

6. BUSY MOM GETS FIT is a woman who is a Busy, Fit Mom. Those are three jobs all on their own. I look up to women like this, as I have not had children yet. Without knowing how much you actually have to give of yourself to a child(ren), what I do know is that it’s hard enough keeping myself healthy, with just me to look after. I look up this woman as a mentor and will hope to follow her lead when I decide to have a child of my own. Thank you Val for being such an awesome Role Model!

7. FASHLETICS was created by Sarah. I asked Sarah if she’d like to Team on this project and be a Sponsor, to support the intention to Motivate, Inspire and give back to my Fierce Fighters! She kindly said yes. She is also offering Fierce Fighters 10% off discount code, which I will announce first week of February, so you can get 10% off of a pair of knee high socks or an awesome dumbbell necklace that I’ve been dying to get for over a year now!

8. FIERCE FORWARD is a company that started as a Mantra. It means to Move forward fiercely, with no hesitation. To face your fears, to work hard and never give up. Ashley Johns wanted to help others see what she found for herself. She knew anyone could have what she worked for if they CHOSE. They just needed the right mindset and attitude to start. Fierce Forward has blossomed and I’m proud to say I wake up every day feeling the love and support from the best supporters ever, our Fierce Fighters. These are true, genuine people who believe in what I’m doing. It’s a community of healthy people moving forward towards their goals, each and every day. I never thought it would reach the height it has, and now a logo has been created and shirts are in development. Who knows what’s next! All I know is my passion is waking up and sharing motivation with you, offering advice and support when needed. I am grateful every day for the community we have. Fierce Forward!


Christmas Cheer

21 Dec

That time of year is here again. Christmas, New Years and a New Year ahead of us.

Some people dislike the Holidays and then you’ll find some people that look at the Holidays with Optimism and Cheer.

Personally, I think we have a choice and I’d rather love something about something than dislike it. Why waste your energy on something that doesn’t serve you in any way. These are life lessons that hit in all areas of life. For me, Christmas means family and several moments of fantasy, made of bright, colorful lights, amazing, soulful food (usually coated in sugar!) and meaning.

I am grateful to have family that I feel so close to and love very much.

You all know I love to cook so this Friday I am baking Christmas cookies/treats all day to give away. Baking is therapeutic for me. It’s not often I bake with the real goods, I usually bake with subtracting those ingredients in mind. But Friday is all about creating and spending some quality time with myself and my mom.

I’m not going to say anything about Health or Fitness in this post. I want to begin separating myself from that a bit and creating a small space where I can share my thoughts and spread who I am in a different way.

I can’t wait to show you what I end up creating! Sugar Cookies are my thing!
Here is what I did for Halloween 2010. I LOVE decorating cookies, it’s a creative outlet for me. I can’t wait to see what I create this year. I do have a cookie press now and I can’t NOT do a Fierce Forward Cookie. I don’t care if it’s contradictory…because in some ways it’s not, because I BELIEVE in rewarding yourself with a cheat meal. There are tons of benefits to it anyways…oh shoot, I said I wouldn’t talk about H&F.

So whatever you’re doing, or whatever you’re current mindset is about the Holidays….cheer up and spread the love. We need more of it in the World. When you learn to PRACTICE Gratitude, Optimism will begin to take shape from that.

Eliminating The Foods That Are Making Me Fat.

11 Nov

After my final blog in the Series about finding myself the hard way and realizing how to now move forward, I came to the conclusion that I needed to rule out one more question that had been bugging me: Do I have excess stress that is creating cortisol, which will put Belly Fat on you. The results came back and my Hormone Doctor called me and we discussed my stress levels and what I found out was shocking.

I had no excess or unusual stress patterns. I’m telling you I thought this was going to be the answer, because I know I had been stressing about this for over a year now.

So then I broke down and told her that I thought that was going to give me an answer and that maybe I JUST HAVE A TURTLE FOR A METABOLISM. Let me back this up with the fact that I have been diagnosed with a sluggish thyroid, which runs in my family and which can also be caused by excess dieting. * I am supplementing with natural hormones for my thyroid and am actually on level now. She reassured me that since my last blood test, my levels are now in normal range.

So here I am, sitting there thinking, WHAT THE HELL is the answer then. I do everything right, and I WILL NOT except no as an answer…I work very hard and even though in my blogs I have mentioned that my mind set has shifted to accepting that I am an “athletic” girl and that I know I have to work harder than most others at even maintaining my frame, I still want to keep moving forwards. I want to be able to move forward in this industry and I can’t do that with excess stomach fat around my waist. I just broke down and told her I didn’t know what else to do.

She was not in town when I got my food allergy results back but her colleague was who read them to me. So she went to my allergy testing pages and said, “holy moly, you have more intolerances than me.” She seemed stunned. Her reaction was not the same one her colleague gave me. She then asked me, “Have you eliminated these foods yet?” I replied, “I only eat gluten when I have my cheat meal but other than that, no.” She replies, “Ashley, you have intolerances to Lactose, all Cheeses, Whey, Chicken, White Fish…tons of things….you need to realize that this could be your problem.” I took this very seriously and asked more questions. She said people can build up food intolerances to foods they consume over and over again and that’s why it is important to rotate your foods.

I left her office feeling a mix of emotions. I felt a bit confused, that how can I still not have figured my own body out. How could I have not taken the Food Intolerance test more seriously and when will I start with the holidays coming up and me 6 months out from my next goal, which means a long time of being strict. After little debate, I decided to start the next day. I went out to get my favorite, Mexican:) and cleaned out my fridge. 6 weeks of no chicken, white fish, sweet potato, whey, lactose (this means my cheat meal will be affected, haha), turmeric (no more Turkey Loves Curry:( Ashley doesn’t love these results) 🙂 and many, many other items, this was going to be a new start almost. It’s not like I have to just cut out gluten. That would have been fairly easy, aside from my cheat meal. But there are TONS of resources for getting around that.

Here is my fridge after cleaning it out. The empty shelf is the shelf that I cleaned. NOTHING remains that I am not intolerant to. I think that says for itself what the doctor told me. No eggs either:(

These are all the spices I had to put into storage because they either have “pumpkin, turmeric, mustard, or a few other things I can’t have in them.”

Goodbye Mustard and all you great condiments.

I began reading some articles and I do look at sources. Here is a paragraph from one of them that hit me like a ton of bricks.

“One example of how food sensitivities/intolerances negatively impact the body is weight gain. If your body interprets your “trigger” food (or food allergen) as a chemical toxin that must be either rejected of buffered, your body will initiate a protective mechanism in which your fat calls bind to and sequester the food toxins. Your fat cells act as buffers between these chemicals and your organs and tissues. As a result, your fat cells grow larger, and your percentage of total body fat increases. Thus, you’ll gain weight and bloat despite your best efforts at dieting and exercise. For more information on stubborn weight issues see Dr. Cushing’s free report on “Explosive Findings on Useless Diets and Dangerous Drugs.””

Here is the article:

3 in 4 people have food intolerances and they just don’t know it.

So 6 weeks, elimination. I have gone 2 days. It has been the start of a new journey. It is tough but maybe I’m supposed to help others with this same issue down the road, who knows:) I’m not ruling anything out, I never do!

Getting through the holidays will be tough, but my creativity will have to be turned on even more in the cooking department to avoid most things I always ate.
Imagine eliminating most things you ate. Here is my list!

eggs, egg whites, chicken, white fish, lactose, whey, gluten, pumpkin, turmeric, all berries, grapes, teff(a gluten free grain), peanuts, mustard, green peppers, and so forth.

I’m ready for you 6 weeks!

I look forward to sharing with you another piece of my life, that is centered around understanding my bodies needs. It is really important to me to understand my body so then I can move forth fiercely, in the way I want to and see growth. Then I can wipe out anything that is holding me back!

Here’s to another something new and a new community of people with food intolerances. I hope you’ll feel free to share any recipes you may have, as I’d really enjoy that. You know I’ll be working on some myself!