Morgan has done a great job with creating her vision and following through. She says, "I decided how I wanted to live my life, how I wanted to look and feel, and I automatically started making better decisions." This is a huge step. If you keep your vision in the forefront of your mind the thousands of decisions you make everyday will lead you where you want to go.
Morgan had to start somewhere and it was all about those little things. She advices others who are looking to make a change to "Just start! Even though it may take some time, small changes all add up to big results in the end!"
Here is more on Morgan's journey:
"I have always considered myself to be an “active” person. Throughout high school, I played a sport every season, so I never had to think about working out on my own, and I never thought about my eating habits. When I got to college, I found it much more challenging to maintain my weight and make healthy choices. Between drinks, late night snacks and a lack of activity, I would say I definitely gained the dreaded “freshman 15” and much more! I would work out here and there, but I never really stuck with it. I stayed on this same path throughout college, graduate school and my first couple of years working. I wasn’t happy with my body, but didn’t feel like I had the motivation, dedication or tools to make any kind of change.
In November 2011, I decided to join a gym. My initial assessment with a trainer there was NOT fun. She weighed me, and I was absolutely shocked by the number I saw – I knew I needed to do something. I started working out and making more conscience decisions about what I was eating. On my own, I was able to lose around 15 pounds which was a tremendous success in my eyes. About that same time, my sister Erin started working out with Ashley. We could all see that she was having great success, and she would always talk about the great workouts and support Ashley gave her. I knew I needed that extra push to really propel me in the right direction, so I decided to start working out with Ashley. I still had a lot of weight to lose and needed help making health and wellness a part of my everyday life. Ashley gave me that, and so much more. She is constantly sending new recipes, workouts and motivational/inspirational things to read. I can honestly say, without a doubt, it was the best thing I have ever done for myself. I have never felt better or healthier in my entire life."
In losing over 35 pounds and changing her bodyfat percentage dramatically. The biggest challenge Morgan has had is to ensure that this remains a lifestyle change not just a diet. It is long term for her and that is how it should be. I want everyone to make changes that are going to last a lifetime!
It is about tweaking and finding a plan for each individual. Morgan says, "The thing that surprised me the most about this journey is how easy it was once I figured out how to make it work for me. I have never once felt like I was depriving myself of food or stressing myself out trying to get a workout in. I have genuinely enjoyed this process, and I am learning and trying new things all the time!
Congratulations Morgan on your great success!
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