Ashley has been focusing on losing weight and she got started after she realized her clothes kept getting tighter. She knew that it was the junk food and eating late at night which was damaging her, so we simply started cutting back on those. Ashley mentions that she does still love those foods that were her favorites in the past, and she still eats them just less frequently.
How much weight have you lost so far on your journey and have you hit your goal?
45 lost so far, 20 away from goal
2. Did you struggle with weight all of your life or did you gain weight after you got older?
I have always fluctuated up and down but really started putting on weight after high school, because I was eating more junk food.
3. What was that trigger reason that finally caused you to decide to lose weight?
I hit rock bottom when size 16’s were so tight that I actually had to take an 18 in the fitting room. I was devastated & knew I couldn’t keep heading down that road.
4. Give me some examples of changes you made in your life to make better eating habits.
I cut out fast food and junk food immediately. I travel for work & that immediate change helped right away. I also cut out extra juices & sodas forcing myself to double my water intake.
5. When you think back to the foods that you use to eat, do you still have that food today on occasion, or do you avoid it all together, and does it still taste as ‘good’ as you remembered it to?
I rarely eat fast food now. But I definitely enjoy cheat meals. Which usually consist of bread, pizza or pasta!
6. What plan did you do to help you lose the weight?
I didn’t use a specific plan, I just started cutting out bad habits – fast food, late night snacking, sugary and salty foods/snacks, etc
7. What is your typical fitness routine?
Walk/jog 3x a week
Rotate strength days in between cardio days – legs one day, back/arms/chest one day, core one day
Personally I’ve struggled with the strength training but I do a lot of cardio regardless.
8. Everyone has a bad day how do you look past mistakes and move forward?
You have to fight for it. Every single day. It’s not easy, but when you look back at where you started its not worth giving up. If I over cheated on a weekend, I force myself to start over the next day. Every day is a new day, a new start to get it right. Every day can’t be perfect but you can sure give it everything you’ve got to make it close to perfect!
9. We all need a strong support system to stay committed, who supports you?
My sisters-in-law are HUGE support. There’s rarely a weekend that were not doing a 5k race together or building each other up with a workout or something new to try.
10. What kind of advice would you give to others who are having a hard time getting started?
Don’t focus on the scale. It’s so easy to fall into that trap & just get stuck on the number. It’s easy to get so discouraged because it simply stops moving sometimes for weeks at a time. Instead take a TON of pictures of yourself. Front, back and side. They’re strictly for you, for you to be able to see side by side your progress. Pictures have been my lifesaver when that scale stops for 3 or more weeks. Progress still shows through those pics and it keeps me moving.