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Hi y’all! Welcome!

I’m Ashley Conneely. Your accountability coach. I’m a friend. Your friend. I’m also a wife and a mom to one beautiful and bright four-year-old daughter. I’m a chocoholic. A salad lover. I’m a wine-lover. A gallon of water a day drinker. And a big believer in balance.  

 

Why am I here? … 

Why do I want this space to encourage others to SWEAT each day? Because I saw a change in myself after using solely exercise as my drug of choice after my postpartum struggle and I know what moving your body and nourishing it daily can do. 

Before I started my own fitness journey almost four years ago, I was VERY depressed. I had a baby one year prior to starting and the "aftermath", my postpartum body was making me sad, uncomfortable in my own skin and I hated being in public. I tried to accept that this is the way it was going to be. That, after you have a baby, this is what you looked like. I lied in bed, tired, not wanting to get up to spend time with the people who loved me the most. I missed parties, and even casual chances to socialize with friends because I couldn’t stomach the thought of having people see me at that weight. I had begun to see myself as the number on the scale, and not as the person who was standing on it.

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I called my doctor about six weeks postpartum and explained my symptoms to her. I was immediately put on anti-depressants. It was such a punch in the gut, that as a new mom, “there’s something the matter with you” and “you need medicine to fix you.” How was I so sad? I just had this beautiful 10 pound baby just six weeks ago? Why was I crying all the time and feeling so isolated? When I had so many friends and family there to help? Why did it seem as if I was I the ONLY mom on this entire planet struggling? Every other mom at music class and on the playground seem to have it all together; smiling, taking in these moments with their pride and joy and back to their “goal weight”. 
 

I started working out in the effort to lose the baby weight…

for reasons based on looks and confidence. And quickly realized I wanted to be the best possible version of myself for my family. For my daughter. I wanted her to be proud of me. I realized I have the ability to shape the way my daughter will see herself and her body for the rest of her life by the way I guide her today. And I want to guide her through a healthy lifestyle of eating healthy, working out and caring for her body. 

My transformation is so much more than the change to my outward appearance. I work out to stay sane.

To be happy. To have energy. To give everything I have to my family and my daughter. It’s literally my drug of choice.  

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Working out is one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health. Without drugs. Moving your body and sweating just 30 mins a day can have a profoundly positive impact on depression and anxiety. It also relieves stress, improves your memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood.

You don’t need a fancy gym membership or tons of equipment. And, you certainly don’t need hours and hours. Give yourself 30 minutes a day five to six days a week. And watch the transformation happen. 

So what do you say? Let me help you along your own fitness journey. We can do this together. As partners. As friends. As me as your accountability coach and motivator.

Let’s get out and sweat!

~Ashley

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