Fit & Fertile
How I Found My Body's Fitness From the Inside Out
A group fitness instructor’s story of overcoming hypothalamic amenorrhea in order to get pregnant naturally and lessons on how you can create feminine balance in your own life to get healthier and fitter than ever before.
While it’s not something that people in the fitness industry like to talk about, sometimes being super fit is not the best thing for a woman’s hormones and overall health. In fact, a couple of years ago, when I was ready to start a family with my husband, I discovered that I was, in fact, “too fit” to be fertile, as a working group fitness instructor and personal trainer.
It was a long road to recovery, and along the way, I became healthier than I’ve ever been before. My journey was not easy, and I knew from the very beginning that if I was successful at doing it my own way (not following the limited advice I could find online), that I would share my story far and wide.
I hope you enjoy this ebook, in which I tell my tale of discovery and eventual recovery, as well as provide tips for how you can assess and improve your own fitness and fertility.
About the Book
I wrote this ebook not only to share my personal journey through fitness and fertility, but also to show you some of the specific approaches and techniques that were successful for me and may also be helpful for you.
So, what can you expect to learn? Some of the lessons include:
Why you should find balance in your workout routine and decide how much is too much exercise
Why your hormones are everything and why monitoring your menstrual cycle is absolutely imperative for your overall health
What is hypothalamic amenorrhea and how you can begin to recover from it
How one woman overcame an exercise-related health condition while continuing to work in the fitness industry
How you can be proactive about protecting your fertility at any stage of life
Techniques for improving and modifying your diet to improve your hormonal balance and fertility
Tips for how you can improve your chances of getting pregnant while staying fit
Practices from Eastern Medicine that can assist in hormonal recovery
Natural ways you can balance your hormones to feel more energy every single day
Suggestions for the best supplements and products to support your fertility journey
Who is this ebook for?
What are people saying about Fit & Fertile?
"I loved this ebook! Reading Ashley's story of how she struggled with her hormones really helped me realize how I could be doing so much more to find balance in my life. Fit & Fertile gets straight to real, tangible solutions for protecting your fertility and reproductive health overall. As someone who also struggles with hypothalamic amenorrhea, I found it extremely valuable to overcoming this condition. I've just started implementing the suggestions in this book, and I'm already feeling better!" - Amy
"With a mix of researched facts and personal experience, Ashley delivers a story of determination, hope, and a reminder that sometimes we need to look within to find the true meaning of healthy." - Lindsay
"I am not ready for a baby yet, but want to ensure I am in the future. Fit & Fertile was a fantastic success story that helped me realize what I can do in order to proactively achieve my future goal of motherhood. Ashley writes in a relatable and easily understandable manner so the book is both informative and entertaining." - Nicole
"As a girl who is far from a place of looking to get pregnant, I originally purchased the book to support my friend and to enjoy her beautiful writing. However, this book is not just for the fertility challenged. This is for every single woman out there struggling to find her balance with looking lean on the outside and being healthy on the inside. Ashley has done the hands-on research for all of us. Her story is heartfelt and incredibly helpful." - Courtney
"Reading Ashley's book provided me with the motivation and courage I needed to move forward in my own HA recovery. As a competitive rugby player and previous anorexic, I have been completely out of touch with eating intuitively. By sharing her storing, Ashley shows you how you can let go of restriction and become your best self!" - Rachel
It would mean so much to me if you could help get the word out about this book and important topic. Please share this page with your friends, family and anyone who you think would benefit from it. Thank you, my friends!
About the Author
Ashley Pitt is a NESTA certified personal trainer, a Les Mills BODYPUMP, BODYATTACK and CXWORX group fitness instructor, as well as a Bootybarre instructor. She is also the creator of the lifestyle blog, A Lady Goes West, which is a healthy-living community for busy and fit-minded gals, where wellness is made easy.
After moving from Florida to California several years ago, Ashley started A Lady Goes West to share her fitness tips, simple meals and everyday commentary on life in the San Francisco Bay Area.
And before becoming a fitness professional and blogger, Ashley began her career in the corporate world in both public relations and writing. She now lives with her husband, Dave, and her maltipoo, Rudy, in the East Bay of San Francisco, and she looks forward to welcoming a new addition to her family this year.