My transformation journey is daily. I eat healthy to feel good not look good. I workout to be and feel healthy not for the physical. My reasons are why I have been successful. If you only want a physical transformation for looks you will find yourself not happy because nothing will ever be enough. Everyday I learn more about myself and how to be the best Ashley. I don’t follow trends, I don’t compare myself anyone else. I eat healthy but I don’t obsess over every little piece of food. I just eat. I do yoga, listen to positive music and motivational speeches. I meditate, work on my brand and take time for myself. I connect with nature, pray and smile all the time because the creator has truly blessed me with the gift of knowledge. My transformation is not physical, its spiritual and in the process my physical appearance changed without me obsessing over it. I love it but how I look is not enough to be happy. I am happy because of life, learning and love💚 My advice is to focus on health, how you feel and doing what makes you happy. Don’t stress as your mental health is very important. Thinking healthy is just as important as eating healthy. Creating good habits over a period of time will result in life long results. #dontrush #findyourself #beyourself #findwhatmakesyouhappy #vegan #vegetarian #holistichealth #transformationtuesday #transformation #crazyurbanvegan
Transformation of the Day: Ashley Amanda lost 49 pounds. She was a Vegetarian who still ate eggs and dairy for over 10 years. Being overweight and facing medical issues, like ulcers and fibroids, stoked her desire to go completely Vegan. When she did, she found that it was a perfect fit. Check out her story.
I lived as a Vegetarian for over 10 years. Living as a Vegetarian, I did not eat meat but still ate cheese, dairy and eggs. I was overweight, stressed, and suffering from ulcers and fibroids. In my heart, I knew I always wanted to go Vegan but I could not let go of my addiction to cheese and eggs. Finally, one day I just told myself I was done eating foods that no longer agreed with my individual, unique body. Everyone is different, but I knew my body was meant to be Vegan. It was just in my soul.
One day, I decided I was going to stop thinking about it and just do it. I went to my local farmers market stocked up on veggies, nuts, fruit, olive oil, avocado oil, spices, quinoa, and beans. In one day, I made the change cold turkey and never looked back. I have always loved to cook and was good with putting meals together so I created my own plant-based meals and would write the ones down that I loved.
I did not set a goal number in terms of weight. Instead, I told myself that I wanted to get to my natural weight. I am 5’5″ and when I started my journey I was floating between 184 pounds and 178 pounds. In 4 months, I was at 140 pounds. Currently, I weigh 135 pounds, wear a size 4 and have been that way for almost 3 years without calorie counting.
My weight-loss occurred by eating plant-based meals and doing moderate exercise; including yoga, running, spin class and playing outside with my son. I also drank plenty of water and herbal tea. Today, ulcers and fibroids don’t affect my life anymore and I have more energy than ever. I also have mental clarity and I feel that I am in direct vibration with the universe. I live a lifestyle that I can maintain forever.
The best way to lose weight is to mentally lose weight first then the physical weight loss will come easier. After my own journey and achieving success, I found out that my calling was to share the beauty of Veganism and all of the fabulous benefits that come with the lifestyle. Our bodies where designed to feel so good and what we feed our temples will determine the outcome of well-being. In 2013, I founded Crazy Urban Vegan, a brand based on my 13 years as Vegetarian turned Vegan. I have a practical yet fun approach in showing people how to transition to a plant-based diet. Hundreds of people have found success with my 14-Day Crazy Vegan Challenge, Crazy Urban Vegan E-Cookbook and my motivational social media and blog sites. Health is my life. It is my pleasure to share it everyday.