I’m Ashley and I built this site in 2014 to start tracking my journey to lose weight. Fast forward to 2017 and I still was putting anything but myself first. The heavier I got the more I poured myself into work so I wouldn’t have to face people at my ever-growing weight. Working more made me less active and I was surrounded by cookies, candy, and donuts. The cycle kept repeating.
I wore zippered hoodies in the 120 degree Arizona summer because it made me feel like I was hiding my stomach, but let’s be honest, I wasn’t hiding anything it just made me feel comfortable being fat.
My father died in June and over the next six months my weight ballooned up to 297 pounds. Something snapped. I knew if I hit the 300-pound mark it would be over for me. I decided to start paying attention to what I was eating, I signed up for a 5k every month in 2017 and the Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge in January of 2018.
In March I was laid off from my job after the company decided not to renew a client contract. I had no clue what I was going to do, I finally was able to find work in June and spent another six months putting work first. This has been my story my whole life. I want to get healthy so I buy groceries, get busy at work, groceries go bad, eat fast food. While I ran all the 5ks in 2017, my nutrition was a HOT MESS.
2018 started off with the best of intentions. In May I started working out with my friend, Ashley. In 11 weeks I lost 50 pounds. Then in September, I got laid off from my job again. It was a government job where the entire team got let go when the government closed because they couldn’t agree on budgets. This started a huge decline in my health. I started gaining weight just as fast as I lost it.
2019 started out pretty negatively. I had just come off working all winter break when everyone else had the time off only to find out that all the work I had done was not appreciated and eventually not used. This led into many weeks of working 60+ hours a week when I was only supposed to be part-time. July third I found out that at the end of July I would, again, be losing my job. The company didn’t have the money to keep a creative on staff. I had not only gained all the weight back I had lost, I gained an additional 9 pounds making 309.7 pounds now my highest weight. :/
2020 has been a bit of a rollercoaster for me as it has been for everyone else. Though in May, I decided to finally just go try CrossFit. I fell in love with it. The people are amazing, and it’s hard but doable.
The last few years have been a bit of a struggle for me. I refuse to allow this to be my legacy. I need to learn from all these experiences and be done with it.