Diet Detective: Tell us how you got to where you are now.
Ashley: Hard work, integrity, honesty and drive.
Diet Detective: Define and discuss failure.
Ashley: Failure is always an opportunity to learn from your mistakes.
Diet Detective: Is there anything about yourself that you’ve changed your mind about in the last 20 years?
Ashley: What perfect is supposed to look like.
Diet Detective: Define individual responsibility and how you react to adverse situations.
Ashley: I try to remove my ego from each situation.
Diet Detective: Who inspires you?
Ashley: Oprah Winfrey.
Diet Detective: Was there a defining moment in your life when you made a decision that changed the course of the rest of your life forever?
Ashley: Yes, when I went to a 12 step treatment center in January of 1990.
Diet Detective: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned about yourself?
Ashley: To remove my ego from every situation.
Diet Detective: What keeps you going (your motivation)?
Ashley: The amount of people in the world who need help.
Diet Detective: On those days when you’re not motivated to work out, but you know you have to, what’s the one thought that gets you going?
Ashley: My dog William.
Diet Detective: What band gets you psyched for your workout?
Ashley: Right now, I like the group Live.
Diet Detective: If you could eat one forbidden food whenever you wanted without gaining weight, what would it be?
Ashley: Potato chips.
Diet Detective: If there were one healthy food item (something you love) that you had to eat every day, what would it be?
Ashley: Almonds and apples.
Diet Detective: What’s the best book about health that you’ve read?
Ashley: Body for Life.
Diet Detective: If you could only do one strength training exercise what would it be?
Ashley: Pull ups
Diet Detective: What are your two favorite health magazines?
Ashley: Self and Shape.
Diet Detective: How do you take total control of your mind and body to achieve the focus you need during pivotal sports moments?
Ashley: I use my egg timer and do work in 15 minute increments.
Diet Detective: What do you think is the best training location in the world?
Ashley: Punta Mita, Mexico at the Four Seasons.
Diet Detective: Do you have a favorite cooking tip?
Ashley: Use olive oil.
Diet Detective: Do you have a calorie bargain?
Ashley: I replace cheese with hummus and avocado.