American Grit – Meet Ashley Hazlett
Tomorrow is a really big episode for me on American Grit so I hope you can watch. If you’re local, I’ll be at Hanovers in Pflugerville to watch and live tweet at 8pm.
Throughout the duration of the show I will be posting interviews that my castmates did with me, as well as with other magazines and TV shows on my Twitter feed @sheslosingitcom.
Even though we may be on different teams or have very different opinions, I have great respect for everyone involved. They are a very inspiring group of people. In case you missed it, here are some other people’s stories:
- Meet Cadre Tee Hanible
- Meet Maria Kang – No Excuses Mom
- Meet David Neville – The Olympian
- Meet Brooke Van Paris – Beastmode Barbie
- Meet Mark Bouquin – The Lumberjack
Today I’m introducing you to Ashley Hazlette (everybody calls her Haze). She was one of the two people who survived that crazy circus where the women jumped in and out of buckets of ice. That alone tells you what a badass she is.
Meet Haze, in her own words…
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Ashley Hazlett, but I have gone by “Haze” since High School. I did a lot of sports and had a little brother, so more specifically I was called “Big Haze”. 31 years old, born and raised in a Marine household. Family life was very strict growing up, and I did absolutely everything to break every rule that was implemented. I was married from age 27-29. I thought he was the absolute best. Then things changed. He became manipulative, domineering, intimidating and degrading. Like someone flipped a switch…It was devastating to watch and feel someone fall out of love with you (have you ever been lonely sharing the same bed with someone) But, Happiness is self made, and I wasn’t going to live an unhappy life. So I left. I moved home after my divorce and to keep my mind off everything I started to get active. That was when I found my love for OCR (obstacle course racing). It was everything I never knew I needed in life. Wonderful community of athlete, a gratifying challenge, mud and fun.
Why did you want to be on American Grit?
You competed in (and survived) two circuses. How did that impact you?
No lie, the endurance portion of my circus was the most physically and mentally challenging thing I have ever done.
I have never experienced cold like that. and the pain that hypothermia brings…nothing has compared. I can say I will never complain about being cold again. Being able to compete in that endurance (and absolutely dominate. the show doesn’t show you how I made that circus my bitch) has given me the mental fortitude going forward to know I can accomplish anything. Being uncomfortable and in pain is a growing/learning process. When things get hard in life, I look back to that ice bucket and tell myself “nothing will ever be as hard as that was… and you killed it”.
What’s it like to have a “showmance”? How did it impact your team dynamic?
Haze – Do you still want to enlist? Do you think American Grit will inspire other women to enlist?
Lisa Traugott is a Mom’s Choice Award winning writer, fitness blogger, wife and mom of two….and Original Cast Member of AMERICAN GRIT, starring John Cena, Thursdays at 9 PM EST/8 PM CST on FOX!!!
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