January 30, 2014.
My husband and I were going out and I had nothing to wear. No seriously, this was not one of those, “I already wore everything and I want a new outfit” kind of moments. Nothing fit. Not even my “go to” blue maxi dress. I know what you are thinking. How can you NOT fit a maxi dress?!
I stepped onto my dusty scale and I knew it had to be wrong. There was no way I gained 34lbs. No way. I weighed 150 lbs. I was a size 10 dammit! I stepped on the scale again. It still said 184. I went through a range of emotions in my bathroom. You would have thought someone died the way I was crying. My poor confused husband just wanted to fix the problem so we could leave the house. But you can’t fix Emotional Ashley without cheesecake and that is how I got into this current dilemma.
In 2012 and throughout most of 2013, I weighed 150 lbs. By the beginning of 2014, I weighed 184 lbs. This weight gain didn’t happen overnight so I shouldn’t have been shocked but there I was, in my underwear, balling my eyes out. This was the day I realized I could no longer make excuses for not taking care of my body. I needed to exercise. I needed to give up my daily Haribo gummy bear and chocolate chip cookie addiction. I could no longer eat pasta and fried chicken at 2 a.m. with my husband and I needed to drink water. Lots of water. Since I wanted to feel good naked I needed to start making some serious changes!! I did. I changed my diet, became more active and I am loving my progress so far!!! The changes in my body motivate me to keep going.
While I am only 9 months into my journey, I feel like a new person. So far, I am down 24 lbs and I am physically and mentally stronger than I was last year. Be better than you were yesterday.