A New Day One

Can I be real with you for a second?

A year ago, I posted this transformation picture. I was really proud of the progress I had made but in reality the wheels were falling off the wagon and two months later they would completely fall off leaving me in a multiple-month long state of unhealthy choices.

The picture on the right is from May 2016. I had just finished my senior year of college and in that year I had easily gained 20-25 pounds from stress eating and not working out. Towards the end, I started kickboxing but didn’t go often enough for it to make a huge impact. Once I started working full-time, weight started coming off without me even trying. I hadn’t changed my diet or the amount of exercise I was doing, but I figured I’d roll with it. I had worked with my trainer (now friend), Nina, in 2014 so I decided to work with her again to lose the weight I had gained throughout college. By April 2017, I was in a good place nearly 30 pounds down! I was actually going to the gym 5-6 times a week and mostly eating OK, but I definitely still let my emotions rule my choices at times.

Following a weekend trip in early April, I started gaining back the weight because I never got back to healthy eating after indulging on my trip.  I was still working out the same but not sticking to tracking macros or a meal plan. In June, I posted the side by side photo because I wanted people to believe I was still making progress and to see how far I’d come. I knew that I looked so much better in the left picture from June 2017, but I also knew that I was on a slippery slope.  I continued to keep up with workouts and relatively well with diet until August. After a trip to DC, I completely derailed. I didn’t go to the gym for most of August and barely made it once a week during September. My diet was shot. I was emotionally eating/binge-ing and eating junk. By November, I was only 10 pounds down from my starting weight. I decided to try Weight Watchers app with no luck. I was stressed at work and didn’t have the mental space to track. I hated prepping and cooking in general. I would make faux restarts but could not get back on track until now.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because I want you to know that if you struggle with weight-loss/gain, I’m in the trenches with you! I’m not genetically blessed and it takes a lot of commitment and dedication to make true progress. There are no magic pills or plans to make you lose weight. It’s a matter of trial and error and figuring out what works for you. Also, remember that people can portray whatever they want on social media, so just because someone posts a transformation photo doesn’t mean they aren’t still struggling. There is a quote floating around on the internet about not comparing your day one with someone else’s day 100, 200, 1000 and it’s true! Social media tends to be a highlight reel. Make progress at your own pace and follow whatever healthy choices work for you! This post is really just to share my struggles and show you that as many times as you fall off, you can always get back on. So here’s to a new day 1!

As always,

Stay Inspired!

-Ashley

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