It’s been quite some time since I’ve published anything here and I want to take a moment to reintroduce myself. My name is Ashley Lemieux and I reside in New Hampshire with my husband, Jameson, our dog, Chip, and six chickens. In 2016 we bought a fixer upper that has great bones and we’ve slowly been making improvements to create a home that fits our personalities and needs. Home improvement and design projects are very satisfying to me and I find them to be a great hobby and passion of mine. I’ll be sharing some of our projects here on the blog.
Professionally I am a fitness and health coach. I work at a gym called OPEX Hampstead, right here in southern NH. My brother Kyle owns the gym so I am fortunate to work with him each day. Some people ask if it is challenging to work with a family member, and while I see how it could be, I find it to be quite rewarding and enjoyable. I believe that we work well together because we have created lives outside of business that we love and enjoy and over the years we have learned how our work styles fit together.
At OPEX Hampstead we offer personalized fitness and nutrition plans. It’s a unique model of fitness where each client works directly with myself or Kyle, completes their workouts in the gym or remotely when it’s convenient for them, and gets to be part of our inviting and supportive community of members. After almost 15 years of experience in the health and fitness industry I have found a mode of fitness that makes a lot of sense to me and gets people the results they want.
I am passionate about bringing truth to health and fitness. Mainstream fitness and nutrition culture creates the notion that health and fitness are easily achievable in a short amount of time. There are billions of dollars worth of products, programs, and supplements for sale that make us believe that we need to be fixed. In reality we need to find a fitness plan that works for our lifestyle and practice eating real food on a consistent basis. True health and fitness is a simple concept that it actually very challenging to realize. It is my mission to help people figure out how to make health attainable for their life. I want to honor each individual and I want to offer my knowledge and experience and lead by example.
I selected Ashley Finding Balance as the name of my blog several years ago. The concept of balance is rampant in the health industry and after years of trying to “find it” I actually believe that it may not exist in the way we think it should. Balance is about creating a lifestyle that is satisfying and fulfilling for you, and that means it may be different for everyone. For example, a person who works 70 hours per week may not appear “balanced” to an outsider, but that work may bring him or her so much joy and fulfillment that without it they feel a sense of imbalance. Perhaps that 70 hours of work doesn’t feel like work and they are able to reach all of their goals and desires for life. We have to be careful not to judge balance for others or be too critical of ourselves for feeling like “nothing is in balance”. We must work to recognize when something seems out of whack and pursue a plan for making it feel better for our life. That, my friend, is finding balance.
I look forward to the year ahead and hope you will join me on this journey!
Where you can find me:
Facebook Personal @ashleylemieux
Facebook Page Find Your Balance Nutrition & Lifestyle
Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify where I co-host the Long Live Fitness Podcast