'I still feel sexy': Ashley James admits she's put on weight after ditching her diet and exercise plan for a month... but feels more confident than ever 

She's a firm advocate for a regular gym routine and a balanced lifestyle.

But Ashley James, 29, has decided to give herself a break over the last few weeks, indulging in as many carbs as she wants and slobbing on the sofa instead of exercising.

The one-time Made In Chelsea star reflected on her transformation in her blog, explaining that she was surprised to learn that confidence is what makes her feel sexy, not how toned and muscular she is.

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Relax: Ashley James, 29, has decided to give herself a break over the last few weeks, abandoning from her regular gym routine and healthy eating plan

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Ashley revealed that following a half-marathon, her body was tired so she decided to experiment with a long resting phase.

The blonde beauty let herself indulge in whatever foods she fancied, saying: 'I have gained a little weight, but I still feel sexy'.

Ashley was shocked to find she was actually getting more compliments than before.

However, she admitted that not exercising was having a negative effect on her mental health and she was looking forward to returning to her gym sessions.

Taking time out: Ashley revealed that following a half-marathon, her body was tired so she decided to experiment with a long resting phase

Musing about what she had learned, the star wrote on AshleyLouiseJames.com: 'Some people will look at my photo and think I look fat, and some people will think I am skinny and shouldn’t have any insecurities – and that would happen whether I was in the gym everyday and eating only salads, or sat at home eating pizza.

'The point is, and what I’m learning – if we are happy in ourselves people will think we are sexy anyway, because confidence is the real thing that’s beautiful.'

Ashley is no stranger to showing off her amazing figure on social media, regularly treating her followers to swimwear and lingerie posts.

Sexy selfie: Ashley is no stranger to showing off her amazing figure on social media, regularly treating her followers to swimwear and lingerie posts, such as this snap taken eight weeks ago

The model and DJ posted a picture of herself following her experiment in a sports bra and matching pants, showing off her stomach and still rippling abs.

She captioned the image of her curvier figure: '"To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself." Simone de Beauvoir. still working on the whole love myself malarkey.

'But I decided to give up exercise and eat what I want for 4 weeks just to see what happened to my body.'

She explained: 'Still working on the whole love myself malarkey. But I decided to give up exercise and eat what I want for 4 weeks just to see what happened to my body'


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