My first Spartan Race

This past Saturday, I participated in the Spartan Stadium Sprint at Fenway Park! I signed up six weeks ago as motivation to push myself in the gym. 

Let me start by saying this was no joke. I knew we’d be running the bleachers and climbing a rope but I didn’t know how many walls I’d have to climb over (thanks random guy for making sure I didn’t smash my face coming down from the tallest one), and I had no idea I’d have to try to hit a target with a spear (not good at darts, even worse at spear hunting)!.

I loved getting to tour my favorite park like this. I even got to touch the scoreboard and we did push-ups in the locker room.

 

Making the little baby walls my bitch


 

Spiderman would definitely have had an advantage here

 
 

How cute is the Crossfit South Shore team

 

I finished in the top 20% which definitely isn’t too bad for my first time. This is for sure giving me the motivation to keep training for this type of race (after the Boston Marathon of course… have you heard I’m running the Boston Marathon?!)

So I Started Crossfit…

  Today marks the end of my 4th week of crossfit. Also today happened to be my first “real” crossfit class!

I swore I would never do crossfit. Just like I swore I’d never eat paleo. Or be involved in direct marketing. Or that I’d ever own a small dog. Or that I’d date a “lax bro…”

Anyways, I needed to try something new. It was hard for me to motivate myself to do anything BUT run and I could feel myself getting softer every day.

To make a long story short: Crossfit is awesome. I feel stronger, more confident and I have already made a habit. 

Also, crossfit is NOT as scary as I thought it was going to be (box jumps still give me nightmares though). It’s basically the same workouts I was doing when I was lifting just higher intensity. Myself and the people around me are constantly pushing themselves which is not only physical for me but it’s emotional! I leave the gym feeling like a warrior princess every. single. time. 

Shoutout to Jon, Gina, Nick and all of the other amazing people at Crossfit South Shore who have made me feel like a part of this community literally since day one. I can’t wait to see how far I can go!

Fall Bucket List

Fall is (unofficially) finally here! Don’t get me wrong, I love warm weather and sitting on the beach but there’s just something about the fall.

I always have really high hopes for the fall, so many exciting things happen and I want to try to complete them all!

So here’s a list of a few things I am going to do/see/accomplish in the next few months:

  1. Run the SmuttyNose Half Marathon October 2nd
  2. Celebrate my 25th birthday (next week!!!)
  3. Complete my Arbonne district manager qualification
  4. Watch my mom run the NYC Marathon
  5. Sleepy Hollow Experience at Old Sturbridge Village
  6. Apple Picking
  7. Have a Halloween party at my apartment
  8. Celebrate Patrick and Sammy’s Birthdays!
  9. Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Zoo
  10. Try crossfit

Introducing Ashley Snow, Arbonne Independent Consultant

  
If you had told me a year ago that I would have gone through the things I’ve gone through in the last year, I might not have believed you. 

I’m two weeks away from turning 25. 

I started 24 in the hospital, faced with the biggest health scare I have ever had. 

A few months later my relationship, that I had incredible amount of faith in, turned upside down (but with a lot of hard work, we are finally on the other side).

Not to mention I’ve changed full time jobs twice, picked up several part time jobs, ran a half marathon, moved out of my parents’ house and became a dog mom. I’ve seen success and I have failed. I’ve loved and I’ve lost.

However, I woke up one day and realized I’ve just been going through the motions. I haven’t felt engaged. I’ve felt like an outsider looking in. 

By deciding to become an Arbonne Independent Consultant, I am taking a giant leap of faith. My plate is already pretty full. The last thing I need is another bullet point on my to do list. But I have confidence that this is the missing piece of my puzzle, the thing that will finally make me feel fulfilled. 

In order for me to get this business off the ground and for me to start changing the lives of others, I am going to need the support of my family and friends. I have no doubt that I will receive this because I have the best support system I can imagine. Thanks in advance for providing testimonials, opening your homes to me for parties and for all the good vibes you have to offer.

 ashleysnow.arbonne.com 

What nobody tells you about getting a puppy

So my boyfriend and I (mostly because I convinced him) got a puppy in January. We had been talking about getting a job but I’m impulsive AF so I went out and bought a puppy without much (any) preparation. 

We came home with an 8 week old Boston Terrier puppy who was biting my leggings in the playpen (I should’ve known….) 

Sammy’s First Picture

So now that it has been 7 months of puppy parenthood, I’m going to share with y’all the things I wish I had known before bringing home this tiny monster who has become the love of my life.

  1. Puppies pee a lot… Like every 5 minutes a lot
  2. Puppies don’t housebreak themselves
  3. If your puppy has a crate that is too big for him, he will use one side as a bathroom
  4. Not all puppies are born nice
  5. Puppies don’t really like to wear clothes
  6. Some puppies refuse to poop in the snow
  7. Small dog syndrome is real
  8. You will only get a few hours of sleep a night your first few months with a puppy
  9. Once a puppy learns how to go up/down stairs it cannot be unlearned
  10. Some puppies can unzip purses and then eat all your gum- ps dogs can’t have gum
  11. A puppy who refused to learn to sit can turn his act around
  12. Puppy ice cream is to puppies what wine is to stressed out puppy moms (me)
  13. A rock solid relaionship will be tested, especially if your puppy is a jerk
  14. Dog trainers are a gift from God (shout out to Meghan at PetSmart in Hanover, MA)
  15. You will fall in love hard and fast and you will miss your puppy whenever you have to leave him
  16. Related: Doggy daycare is worth every penny (shout out to Emmy’s Barking Lot in Hanover, MA)
  17. Just when you think your puppy is done puppy-ing, he will do something like tear the cover off of your favorite book (this happened this morning)
  18. If you have a particularly cute and tiny dog, you will have to stop and talk to everyone on the street/in your building/everywhere
  19. Small dogs still take up so much space in bed. But it’s like having a space heater
  20. You will become a crazy dog parent

Naps Are Better With a Pup

30 Days to Healthy Living and Beyond

  
I have a confession: I have been struggling a lot the past few months with my diet. I’ve been working crazy hours, I have a baby puppy to take care of, and my personal life has been a mess. But because of this, I was exhausted, my skin was a disaster, I wasn’t anywhere near “regular” and I found a whole new layer of belly fat.

A college classmate of mine had approached me several times over the last year to discuss a month-long clean eating challenge that she has seen great success with. I just didn’t know if it was right for me. I’ve been pretty successful at losing weight in the past when I needed to without the help of any extra supplements. But I finally said yes after learning about all of the differentproducts included   as well as the Facebook group I would be a part of. My only regret now is not doing it sooner!

The basics of this program are eliminating inflammation causing foods and replacing them with whole, clean foods and supplements.

 
This is not a weight loss program, it is a detoxification program. The goal is to reduce inflammation so that you have more energy, less pain and perform at an optimal level. Weight loss in this program is a byproduct of being healthy 🙂

My last post was strictly about my results but I want to tell y’all more about the process. So I’ll give you the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The good:

  • Fizz sticks, fizz sticks, fizz sticks
  • Chocolate shakes (let’s be real I’m too lazy to prep 3 meals a day)
  • Digestion plus
  • Eating homemade guacamole
  • Fajitas from the week 1 menu
  • The cleanse made me feel skinny AF

The bad:

  • The headaches from giving up coffee and Diet Coke for the first 3 days
  • I did not like the taste of digestion plus at first (but 30 days later, I don’t wanna go without it)

The ugly

  • I ate Chinese food smack dab in the middle of this program because it was my moms 50th birthday party and I swear I thought I was gonna die afterward. When you do this challenge, please do not do this

Now that I’m done with this challenge, I can’t wait to do it again! I also can’t wait to help other people through the challenge and see more awesome results! 

If you order this challenge as a package, you get it for 40% off retail prices AND you will qualify to be a preferred client which gets you a free product and 20% off future purchases for a year. 

If you’re looking for a sign, this is it

30 Days to Healthy Living Results

When I started this “detox” on July 18th, I went in with the mindset that this would be something I would do for 30 days and then move on to something else. Much to my surprise, this is something I will probably never forget about.

So here’s a quick post focused just on my results, I will have a longer post about the process once I finish it 🙂

Results:

  1. My clothes fit better especially in my belly and chest
  2. I haven’t had to take one dose of heartburn medicine since I started (this is a huge deal- I have a history of some pretty significant reflux)
  3. I only got 1 new pimple in the entire month (yo adult acne sucks)
  4. TMI: I had a BM almost every day and didn’t have to take any Miralax
  5. I don’t miss coffee or Diet Coke

And here’s some photographic evidence:

  
Here’s my gut at day 1, day 15, day 24.

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An Apology

I guess there’s no better way to do this than on my (slightly forgotten about) public blog…

I’m sorry. About a year ago, I took a job training for a gym I loved (and still have an enormous amount of respect for even though we have gone our separate ways) and with that I signed on to sell nutritional products through a well known company. When I did this, I had no knowledge of the company and no real intentions. So, with that little knowledge and no intentions, I set out to do what anybody would do: convince all my friends and family to try the products.

A lot of people said yes to me and gave it a shot (THANK YOU for supporting me). I’m not sure if its because I’m trustworthy or because I’m a good salesperson (probably just that y’all felt bad for me) but I actually saw a little bit of success. That little bit of success got the best of me and I continued to promote products I still knew nothing about. Eventually I reached a plateau because I was inexperienced and lacking support. I’m honestly so grateful that this happened.

If I knew then what I know now, I never would have signed up to sell these products. Not necessarily because they are bad products (however, I don’t think ANYBODY needs soy protein in their diet), but because (in my experience) the company did not and does not care about their downline. There has also recently been some legal action taken agains this company which says a lot about the company’s practice as a whole. This month I decided to not renew my membership with this company and it is definitely for the better.

I still want to help people live healthier and happier lives; and I hope that my friends and family (and internet strangers) maintain their trust in me. I have spent months and months researching nutrition and exercise to make myself a better health care/fitness professional. I am lucky to have now found safe products that I believe in and I can’t wait to share them as I learn more!

xoxo

Losing Your Motivation

If you had told me a year ago that I would be where I am now, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. A year ago I was working a job I loved (although commuting almost 100 miles a day), training at a gym that I loved and I looked and felt better than ever.

I’m finally starting to realize what a hot mess the last six+ months have been. My life got really out of control. My mental and physical health have both been through the wringer. I’ve spent a lot of time feeling bad for myself and being out of sync with the world around me.

I had an “aha”  moment where I realized that things weren’t just going to fall into place, I needed to put a little work in to get my sh*t together. I’ve started working an amazing job, ran a half marathon (and I’m training for a second), I moved out of my parents and into a tiny apartment with my boyfriend and our puppy, and I’ve started really caring about what I’m putting in to my body.

I’m not ashamed to admit I lost my motivation. I didn’t even realize I lost it until I got it back. So here I am, ready to take on the world.