My Transformation: 40 Pounds Lost!

Well, it’s been a year! This post is a tough one to make, but I’m going to go with it anyways in hopes that maybe it’ll inspire others.

A year ago, I looked in the mirror and was not happy with what I saw. I felt even worse when I stepped on the scale. Of course, we are always way too critical of ourselves, but I had outgrown the ability to eat whatever I felt like and not gain an ounce. I was always effortlessly thin my whole life. That was until life, stress, age, and whatever else caught up with me and I found myself overweight at 165 pounds. I feel ashamed to share that but it is what it is. Most people wouldn’t have noticed the weight gain much but I certainly did. A lot of my clothes weren’t fitting anymore and I just felt like a slug. It didn’t happen overnight but it slowly crept up on me and I was so embarrassed and wanted change.

It’s been a long journey, but nothing worth while comes quickly or easily. I had to make some changes that were rather simple in all honesty but I had to stick to them everyday. Eat clean, be active, and be committed. I purchased a fitness tracker watch that has helped me track my activities and stats whether running, working out, or just walking. I had to part ways with my favourite food, carbs, but not completely. I always found that carbs are what I craved and what made me feel full. That is until I concentrated on eating lean proteins, veggies, fruits, and drinking a TON of water everyday (2 litres a day minimum). Real food makes you really full and I can’t stress enough how important drinking LOTS of water is!

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Layering up for a run in the snow!

So although what I just wrote sounds pretty simple, it took dedication and kicking my own butt. I’m so thankful that now a year later I can look in the mirror or step on the scale and smile because I see that I’m healthier and happier because of hard work! I now eat carbs every now and then but it’s not the main dish. I’m fitting into my clothes from 10 years ago, and have shed 40 pounds and over 44 inches. I’m now 125 pounds, a healthy weight for my height. This will make it a little easier for me to accomplish my goal of catching a fish bigger than me! LOL.

To anyone that’s feeling the way I did, feel free to reach out if you need some motivation or encouragement ❤

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  1. I a very Proud of you My Friend On Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 14:12 Ashley Rae – SheLovesToFish.com wrote:

    > Ashley Rae posted: “Well, it’s been a year! This post is a tough one to > make, but I’m going to go with it anyways in hopes that maybe it’ll inspire > others. A year ago, I looked in the mirror and was not happy with what I > saw. I felt even worse when I stepped on the scale. O” >

  2. Congratulations Ashley that is a great achievement very proud of you I’m hopefull that this blog will inspire others

    • Congrats Ashley…you have done an amazing job with weight loss. I am so happy and proud to have gotten to know you better. Xo

  3. Ashley, your story has inspired me into getting myself back into a healthier state of mind and , mostly, body.I had gained a lot of extra pounds(like 325 lbs.). And now thanks to the nicer weather upon us now it is a lot easier too get out and about to shed off all of those cookies and junk food that I put on over the last few years . I like you had gotten a bit of a calorie overload , and not being able to get out in the colder weather has made me procrastinate on being active . Now that spring is here and it won’t be long before I can dust off the fishing gear and get out and catch some sun and fresh air. ( hopefully some fish as well HA! HA!) Hears wishing you and yours all the best and keep up the good work . Also I look forward to your emails to come in so that I can keep up with all the exploits and all of your adventures out in the Fishing World .. Keep up the great work Thanks for letting me into your little corner and being able to enjoy all of your adventures.

  4. Awesome transformation!

    Your story is inspiring for many 🙂 Keep up the great work!

    On Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 3:12 PM, Ashley Rae – SheLovesToFish.com wrote:

    > Ashley Rae posted: “Well, it’s been a year! This post is a tough one to > make, but I’m going to go with it anyways in hopes that maybe it’ll inspire > others. A year ago, I looked in the mirror and was not happy with what I > saw. I felt even worse when I stepped on the scale. O” >

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