This truly warms our hearts!
A reader reached out to us to share her inspirational story of her dramatic weight gain after moving to El Lay, then her quest to get fit again!
For anyone who finds themselves looking in the mirror and not quite happy with their reflection, check out Ashley's story below!
First of all let me tell you that I am such a HUGE fan! I have been a captivated reader for 4 years now and never miss a day! Anyway, here we go! I moved to LA 5 1/2 years ago from Boston and became captivated with the city and its wonderful restaurants, happy hours, and variety of margaritas! When I got into a relationship with my now current fiance, I wanted to explore every restaurant and activity there was to do not even thinking about my weight or working out. I have always struggled with my weight ever since 10th grade of high school so just going off the wagon completely was not in my best interest.
So almost 3 years ago (April of 2008) my cousin and I made a pact to start our weight loss regiment (we both had weddings to attend later that summer that we wanted to look fabulous for!). I went to Weight Watchers in April, 2008 wearing the lightest outfit I owned and was in the shock of my life. I had tipped the scales at 201 pounds and being only 5'5 I was pretty hefty. I had always been between 170-180 in my college and post grad life but I could have never imagined I would ever be over 200 pounds. Well I had myself a little cry and decided that I was never going to see that number again EVER. So for the past 3 years I have been working hard to lose the weight and in about 2 years I had shed 30 lbs which felt like a lot weight to lose. In that time I trained for a marathon and multiple half marathons.
When my fiance proposed in July that was the extra motivation I needed to finally get down to a weight that was healthy for my height which I have never been able to do since I was 15! Today I weigh 143 lbs and I plan to lose 10 more pounds before my wedding on August 6th. I work out 5 days a week and count my points with the help of Weight Watchers. Staying motivated some days is hard but the results are amazing and I am losing the weight in a healthy way. If I can do it anyone can get themselves in shape. I have never felt better about myself and I am so happy. I have attached a picture of me right before I attended Weight Watchers in April of 2008 and then me in January of this year! I hope this help some people stay motivated out there. Keep up the great work!
Thank you so much for sharing your story, Ashley! You look so good!
We know how hard it is to make this dramatic change and we hope your experience will help other people who find themselves in the same boat you were in a few years ago.
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