Fitness

Females Of Fitness – Ashley Kewish

Meet Ashley: PNW native, news anchor, storyteller, runner, Army wife and mother of two.

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“I’m originally from Seattle and still love the Pacific Northwest, but Utah feels like home now. My husband currently serves in the Army Reserves and works a civilian job as well. My children are 7 and 4, they’re both in school this year so it’s been pretty exciting but also a little sad.

I work as a reporter and anchor for a local television station in Salt Lake City and am extremely passionate about my career. I’ve always had a love of writing and storytelling, so it’s such a great fit for me. I’ve always been one of those people who just always knew what they wanted to do from a very young age, and I’ve never swayed from that path. It’s definitely a demanding job with long and late hours, but I can’t imagine doing anything else and feel extremely grateful for the opportunity to do what I do.

I used to be able to eat whatever I wanted, not exercise, and never felt affected. Having kids changed all that, surprise! After having two babies I ended up about 30 pounds heavier than I felt comfortable with, and about two and a half years ago I just decided I was done. I was sick of having no energy, not fitting in my old clothes and finding myself low on confidence, which is a real problem when you’re constantly on camera. Nobody has time for feeling bad about themselves!

I knew I needed to take charge of this negative part of my life immediately. I started moving and running 3-4 times a week, and I stopped eating all my feelings and started cleaning up my diet. In the beginning, I couldn’t even run for 5 minutes. As the weeks went by, my running time gradually increased and the weight started falling off. I ended up losing about 35 pounds total and my confidence soared.

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Now, I run because it keeps me sane. I no longer use it as a tool for weight loss, but as a way to manage my mood and stress levels. My job can be very demanding and full of pressure at times, but when I’m out on a run that all fades away. I currently run 5-6 miles three times a week. Sometimes it’s really hard to fit that in because of my work schedule, but I absolutely make it a top priority because I know it will make the rest of my day better. I am proud to call myself a runner now and am thrilled with how it’s helped me transform my body and my mindset too.

I was one of those people who absolutely used to dread that dumb mile run back in middle school. Never in a million years did I think I would ever be able to run a half-marathon, and now I’ve finished two. I’m not competitive with anyone except myself when I’m running. When I was training for those races my only goal was to run the entire time without stopping, I just wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. My first half took me 2:08 and the second I finished in 2:02. My next goal is to finish under two hours. I’ve even started entertaining the idea of going for a full 26.2!

I think as long as my legs still work, you’ll find me running.

Bottom line is I just want to stay healthy and feel good about myself. Fitness is so much more than a number on a scale or a pant size. To me, it’s about mental and physical health, you can’t have one without the other.”

*These women may or may not be actual users of IdealLean products, we simply want to share their stories.



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