I have been following Bodybuilding.com spokesmodel & pro fitness competitor Ashley Horner for about a year now and I have never felt more empowered-from the inside-as a woman, to become the very best version of myself and to embrace that inner beauty and strength. Unlike most competitors, Ashley spends her time dwelling on the inside and what truly counts. As a single mother of two little boys, she has come a long way and has learned a lot from life and what it has to offer.
Here are 5 reasons why I love Ashley Horner:
1. She is real, honest, and open. On her Facebook page
, she shared the photo above, with saying "I wanted to share this, because so many of you ask where my stretch marks have gone and my loose skin, well it's still there. You just never see me in a sitting relaxed position like this. Do I like it... Well no, But I don't care... AND its not an excuse to let myself go or to not be healthy and fit. Let go of your insecurities and find beauty in your strength. I believe that beauty is much deeper."
She also posted this photo above along with saying, "For the moms who are or soon to be... I am not perfect, I have worked my ass off for my strength & to get where I am today. Just because you might have a few stretch marks, shouldn't make you give up on your physique or health for that matter. This is why I am always tell you to FIND BEAUTY IN YOUR STRENGTH! Embrace your bodies, I've had 2 c-sections and stretch marks. I am a mother, a single parent with two young boys Preschool & first grade. Nothing gets me going more than when I pass a group of women finishing their calorie loaded pastry setting around probably gossiping about their 'friends' I walk by them all sweaty after a hard run and I hear them say, 'you look great BUT just wait till you have kids'.. I stop immediately and correct them. Excuses excuses, I could come up with a dozen reasons, why I cant. But I don't. Stretch marks do not define you. You can still see them, there is no magical cream to make them go aways, but they will fade over time, regardless I dont care. I am strong, I am fast and I am powerful. I am a woman, I am a mother."
2. She is adventurous!
I have a feeling that if I knew her personally, I would freaking love this chick. She has pictures horseback riding, scuba diving, surfing, running track, hiking, paddle-boarding-you name it! She clearly loves a good adventure and having a great time while staying fit and active. She also involves in kids in her activities which is awesome.
3. She is a hands on mom of two boys.
She says on her Facebook page, "This is my life! Love these two more than words! I'd like to be able to tell you that I've figured out this 'mom' thing... But there is NO instruction manual. Honestly, I still don't know what in doing most days; but these guys continue to be my rock. From early morning breakfast adventures at Clayton's to afternoons of some serious snail catching and wall ball competitions, I am so rich in blessings. " Ashley goes on to say on her website
"They remind me to always have fun at fitness and living the fit lifestyle. I am also a single mom, so balance is critical in my life. Every moment has a purpose. We are given 1,440 minutes in a day, these minutes can not be put in a savings account and they don’t roll over to the next day, once that moment has passed we cant take it back. I live everyday with integrity and for a purpose. I am always finding that balance as it changes often with what seems to be going on in my life."
4. She has tattoos.
5. She wants to inspire and focus on inner healthy, beauty, and strength.
Ashley is the creator of Becoming Extraordinary, a training E-Book series that has been able to reached people all across the Globe to start changing their lives and pushing themselves further than they ever thought possible. Ashley is also the owner of the online magazine; PHIT. PHIT Magazine is a magazine to define Physical Health Internally Transforming, capitalizing on the importance of inner healthy, beauty & strength. In her own words, Ashley says, "My purpose is to change lives, to lead them to a healthier overall well-being and help them seek the beauty in life."
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Featured image source: Bodybuilding.com All other images: Ashley Horner Facebook Fan Page