Body Transformation: Maureen Ashley Body Transformation

Maureen grew tired of watching other women look amazing and step on stage, so she took the initiative and lost 22 pounds, 12% bodyfat, and competed in figure!
Editor's Note: Everyone is different and these results may not be typical for the average person. To achieve these results you need to be willing to put in the work both in the gym and in the kitchen. Use this transformation for motivation for you to make the changes you want!

Before Stats

  • May 18th, 2009
  • 131 lbs
  • 5'1"
  • 26.4%

After Stats

  • September 12th, 2009
  • 109 lbs
  • 5'1"
  • 14%

Maureen Ashley's Story

I am a personal trainer.  I know it's probably weird to think that trainers hire trainers...but I did.  I had a real issue with the fact that I didn't look like a trainer.  I "thought" I ate pretty healthy.  I worked out pretty hard.  I did triathlons, ran a couple marathons...but still NOTHING!  If I can talk the talk, I needed to walk the walk, better then all of my clients.

I wanted to give them someone to look up to.  If I could overcome my issues..so could they.  I have such a passion for the health and fitness field that it killed me that I could never get to that fitness level that I so wanted to achieve.  I had gone to watch figure shows time and time again.  All of my friends would always ask me when it was my turn to get up there.  I always answered with "it's just not the right time".  Well, I finally had a revelation that there would never be the perfect time. I was about to turn 35 and wasn't happy with the way I looked and the way I felt about myself.

Maureen Ashley Body TransformationI wasn't going to celebrate another birthday feeling like I fell short of another dream.  So I called on a pro for help,  Nicole Wilkins-Lee. She was exactly what I needed.  She saw potential in me that I could have never seen in myself.  She stripped my eating habits to only whole clean foods.  No alcohol...no nothing! She set me up on a full strength training/cardio routine.  I thought I worked out hard until I did a few sessions with her...she brought my ego back down quicker than I could do a jump squat. She was always available to me for questions, concerns and a little motivational push when I needed it.

She also gave me the confidence I needed in order to step outside of my comfort zone and finally feel happy with the person that stared back at me every morning.  I am a very modest, shy person.  But there I was 4 months later, on stage in a bikini posing in front of a few hundred people.  I had never felt so beautiful and proud in one shining moment.  Nicole brought out a confident and strong woman that I never realized was even there.  The whole experience changed my life.

It changed how I train people.  I have much more of an understanding of how to better help my clients reach their goals.  I more importantly accept myself for who I am and never sell myself short of what I would like to achieve.  I realized that if you want something bad enough then you will make the sacrifices to get there.  It's a not a matter of wanting something.....it's how bad!  It's that motivation that burns like a fire within you that nobody can put out! Yes, I did transform my body.....but it was inevitable that my mind was going to follow in those same footsteps.

Lifestyle Prior To Change

My lifestyle prior to this change was what I thought was "working out".  I ate fairly healthy: fruits, vegetables, complex carbs. I allowed myself one cheat day on the weekend.  I worked about about 5 days/week.  Lifted weights, primarily total body workouts.  Cardio consisted of "go through the motions" cardio.  Not sure why I wasn't pushing the edge but my awakening to a real tough program began when I started prepping for the figure show.

What was your turning point?

My turning point was when my 35th birthday was looming.  I just wanted to be in the best shape of my life in a time when most start to let their health go.

What Was Your Exercise And Diet Plan?

I did a split routine.

I did anywhere from 5-7 days/week of cardio for at least 60 min and working up to 90 minutes.

Maureen Ashley Cheat Meal

My diet consisted of 5 meals/day.

  • Meal 1: 4 egg whites, 1/2 cup oatmeal.
  • Meal 2: Protein shake with water, small apple.
  • Meal 3: Protein with vegetables.
  • Meal 4: Protein with vegetables.
  • Meal 5: Protein shake with water, handful of almonds.

What Is Your Current Eating Plan?

My current eating plan is 6 meals/day.

Pretty much the same as above with the addition of another meal with protein and vegetables, I can also include some dairy such as Greek yogurt each day.  I try to maintain a clean diet throughout the week and may have a "cheat" meal on the weekend.  But my cheat wouldn't be fast food...it might be a bagel with peanut butter.  Which may not sound like a cheat for most...but when you don't have those types of carbs...it's heaven!  Don't get me wrong, I do have pizza from time to time.  But it's not part of my weekly diet anymore.

What supplements do you use?

Supplements I tend you use now are whey/casein protein, glutamine, EFA's, multivitamin, calcium, B complex, vitamin C.  I switch up the brands and might throw in a protein bar here and there if I don't have time to sit down and eat.

What Is Your Life Like Now?

Maureen Ashley Figure CompetitorMy life is very different now.  I couldn't believe how different I felt after cleaning up my diet and my life.  I would constantly say "so this is how I am supposed to feel".  I don't really drink alcohol anymore. I really try to eat as close to contest prep as I can but I am far from perfect.  I can finally give my clients the support that they need.  I have been there and have done it.  So when they say "it can't be done"!  I am there to tell them that it can, but it's not easy.  You have to want it for yourself and not for anyone else.

I now surround myself with individuals that support my new lifestyle.  I am rarely seen at the bar on a Friday night but you might see me on a stepmill instead.  It's not something that is done in one week or even one month.  Look at it as a lifestyle change.  I would find a goal such as, I want to run a 10k.  Then make a plan of attack.  Then take it one day at a time to get there.  Don't scold yourself for missing a workout, just pick yourself back up and keep moving forward.  Just take one change at a time and before you know it, you will be on the right path.

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Posted Sun, 04/24/2011 - 11:04
Giovanni

Great job Mo!