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Before And After: Ashley Shed 137 Pounds And Went From Fat To Fit

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I have always had a problem with my weight. I was born almost at 10 pounds. After high school my weight continued to spiral out of control and I gained so much weight it made me depressed.

NAME : Ashley

HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?  My weight affected me in so many ways because I was limited to the things I could do and I began having lower back pain so things such as exercise or just walking around was very difficult. I love to travel but everytime I sat down on a plane the seatbelt didn’t fit. I always thought I was beautiful and outgoing but very self conscious and my weight limited everything. While in Mexico I wanted to zip line but I didn’t make the weight requirement and I was embarrassed to say the least.

WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?  After being so frustrated with being limited to what activities I could participate in due to my size and developing sleep apnea and given a Cpap machine I knew a change had to come. I was border line for diabetes and the weight I was carrying around just became yo much to bare and I decided right then that I’m changing my life for the better.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?  The first thing I did was seek a nutritionist because I wanted to be properly educated so that I could make the right choices for my new lifestyle. I did a liquid diet to detox my body. I threw away all junk food and began meal prepping each week to avoid makes bad choices. I joined a gym and hit a personal trainer and the transformation began.

HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?  I started seeing results when I started detoxing my body . Ten pounds in a week I couldn’t believe it and from there I continued to make healthy lifestyle changes and the weight just fell off.

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?  I had to overcome not wanting to exercise, PCOS, sleep apnea, and many people who doubted me.

DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?  I have times where I want to give up because it is not easy but it’s worth it. When I look in the mirror and at old photos and having strangers tell me that I motivate them to lose weight I know that I can’t give up because it’s just a lot of people cheering for me and I will keep pushing for us all. My mother beat Stage 2 Breast cancer I knew I could beat obesity.

DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?  I have hit a plateau during this journey and I overcame it by giving up meat for a little while and finding veggie options to help get past this minor setback and it worked.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?  After 6 months you could tell a significant difference at the 8 month mark majority of my weight had been lost and I hope to never find it again.

DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?  Yes being able to zip line finally and my back pain disappeared. I no longer feel self conscious just beautiful inside and out.

WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?  When I was heavy I ate all the time. When I was bored or mad or sad I would eat and I would stuff myself so much I would have to immediately go and lay down because I felt sick. I never counted calories I just ate whatever I wanted even if I was not hungry I would still eat.

HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?  When I was heavier I hated working out. I didn’t like being out of breath and sweating but now I feel guilty if I miss a day at the gym. I was limited to how long I could exercise at first because my weight caused me to have back pains but as I lost weight the pain was a thing of the past. I can now go for a horseback ride or parasailing and anything else I want to do because I have the energy to do so. During Christmas I visited Medellin Colombia and finally made weight to zip line. My next vacation is coming up and I can’t wait to cross off more bucket list items.


  1. Do no put off losing weight. Start today no excuses.
  2. Drink water it’s like a magic weight loss pill.
  3. Do not starve eat healthy meals and snacks daily.
  4. Portion control !!
  5. Eat to live do not live to eat.



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