Run for a Reason: How to Change Your Life One Run at a Time

Do you run for a reason?
When Ashley Cherie was more than 100 pounds overweight, she knew she needed to change. 
She gained weight during pregnancy. Her weight kept going up after her son was born.
She knew it wasn't healthy. But trying to manage all the work that comes with a newborn made her feel stuck.
And then something happened that changed everything...

As a young mom, Ashley Cherie realized she needed to lose weight, develop healthy lifestyle habits, and set and example for her kids.

🏃‍♀️Run for a reason: It all started here..

"I was extremely overweight," says Ashley.
"My son started to get to the point where he was walking. And I realized I couldn't keep up with him without getting out of breath."
"That's when I realized, oh my gosh, this has got to change."
At first, she kept falling back on a long list of excuses.
But her son kept growing. She chased him around as he learned to crawl, then walk.
Eventually, she knew it was time to level up...
"I got him into a jogging stroller," says Ashley. "And I got into running."

Ashley lost over 100 pounds by running, making better food choices, and refusing to give up on creating a healthy lifestyle.

🏃‍♀️Change is hard: Don't give up

At first, it was a walk around the block. Then a jog. And one day she ran.
But it wasn't easy.
Her husband was deployed on a military assignment. And she was in the middle of moving.
"It was a big reality check," says Ashley. "That period really gave me the wake-up call I needed to change."
"I realized it was up to me to get myself back on track, lose weight, be healthy, and lead by example."
And that's exactly what she did.
"That's how it all started," says Ashley. "I learned to make better food choices. I started running every day."
"I lost over 120 pounds, and I just refused to give up even when new obstacles showed up."

"Taking care of your mind and body is really important." —Ashley Cherie.

🏃‍♀️The funny thing about weight loss

It's been more than 20 years since Ashley dropped 120 pounds from running, making better food choices, and living a healthy lifestyle.
But weight loss can be a funny thing sometimes...
"I’ll be transparent," says Ashley. "Body dysmorphic disorder. I’ve had it. And it still shows it’s ugly head at times." 
Her weight loss journey has included wins and losses, highs and lows, frustration and success.

  • She dropped too much weight.
  • She left an abusive marriage
  • She was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease
  • She had more kids.

Trying to balance it all was hard, but she kept going...
And she learned a valuable lesson along the way.
"It's not always about the weight," says Ashley. "It's how you feel. Self care is really important," says Ashley. "Taking care of your mind and body is really important."
"When I finally realized this, I became a better mom and a better person all around."

"A good pair of running shoes can literally change your life." —Ashley Cherie.

🏃‍♀️Need a reason to run?

If there's something in your life you want or need to change, but you're not sure what to do about it, here's some advice.
"A good pair of running shoes can literally change your life," says Ashley. 
"Go for a run, and you'll figure things out."

Fun facts about Ashley Cherie

🏃‍♀️Fun facts about Ashley Cherie

Favorite running shoe

Longest run I've done

  • 30 miles

Favorite running watch

Pre-run ritual

  • Coffee first

Eat & run

  • I always run in a fasted state. I meal prep and eat a light lunch. For dinner, I'll have what everybody else is having.

Running vs. other forms of exercise

  • Running is the only exercise I can honestly do that allows me to mentally, completely check out. 

On my playlist

  • It depends on how I'm feeling. I have everything from Michael Jackson to classical, and country to rap. If it has a good beat, I'm probably going to listen to it. 

Favorite running route

  • A one-mile loop around a cemetery near my home

Advice for new runners

  • Just start. Don't compare yourself to others. It's toxic. Just continuously try to work on getting better than you were before.
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