Self love - it isn't easy.  

As women, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of perfection that we see in magazine covers and social media. Being raised by a fitness competitor, I have been aware of my body and it's aesthetic appearance since I was thirteen years old. The knowledge and wisdom I have because of my upbringing has given me a unique edge in my fitness career, but it has dually posed as an incredible toll on my relationship with myself and food.
 

What I've learned is this: 

1. Love your body:

  • At every stage. Being a competitor, we see our bodies at its most prestige condition. Whether you can wash your clothes on your washboard abs or are building during the off season and let them take a break, love yourself. Being competition ready year round is not easy, nor is it healthy for your metabolism. 

2. "Cheat" food isn't going anywhere:

  • It takes zero effort to over indulge in your favorite treats..and trust me- It's easy to inhale a jar of peanut butter in one sitting. But moderation is key. Your favorite treats and sweets are ALWAYS going to be there. Be goal-minded. Don't let that one second of sweetness sway your longterm goals. It IS worth it. YOU are worth it. 

3. Avoid negative self talk:

  • It may seem like common knowledge, but I hear more and more women struggling with loving themselves post-show. Pour your focus into building others up. Pamper yourself. Train like a machine and flood your body with happy go-lucky endorphins every single day. Don't get trapped wallowing in self pity. Get up and do something about it. 

You only have one life. Make every day count. 

-Ash. 
Ashley jones Bikini Athlete Women's Fitness

Ashley Jones is a NPC Bikini and team AnatomiQ athlete. Follow her on Instagram at @ashleyjonesfit and on snapchat: 👻ashleynicjones