My Journey - in Pictures

I tried to add a slide show of these pictures, but I can't seem to make it happen... so here's a post with pictures of my weight loss journey!

This was taken in April 2006. This was taken at a fundraiser for the show I was doing at the time. It was around this time that a director had asked me to lose 15 lbs for a role. I was pretty upset about the request and wasn't in the frame of mind to lose weight - nor did I want to lose weight because someone had told me I should. I had wanted to buy that dress forever (had seen it in a showroom months before it was to come out) and I remember finally buying it and being concerned that I looked pregnant.


This was taken the week that I joined WW (It also happens to be the night that I met Joey - my now fiance) I was 160.8 here. The picture in my before & after shot on the sidebar is one of the pictures that prompted me to join WW because I wasn't feeling so great about the way I looked.

Those first couple weekends I spend a lot of my WPA on alcohol... but they were some extremely fun times!!


This was taken in October 2006. I was performing in the show "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever". This was the show that the director wanted me to lose weight for. At the time I was devasted but was not ready to deal with my weight and I needed to do it for me, not because a director wanted me to. This picture was taken pretty early, but I think by the end of the run of the show I think I had lost 9 or so lbs, so around 150...

I'm pretty sure this was around December 06/January 07. During Clear Day I hit a bit of a wall, but got the ball rolling again when I figured out my motivation and really kicked my butt into gear. I got to my 10% around December and started to talk to my Leader about my next goal.

I was really starting to notice a difference in the way I looked and felt. I knew I wasn't where I wanted to be but I was back within a healthy BMI and dropping in clothing sizes. Things really started moving following my 10% which I was really excited about.

The last couple years, my life has been defined by the shows that I was performing in. I got to goal while I was doing "Jerry's Girls"

Getting to goal was an amazing moment for me. There was another woman in the cast who was a Lifetime WW member and it was awesome to share my "moment" with her. She brought me a card and a gift the night I got to goal. It was really special.

This is me after I got to goal! I got really sick after I got to my WW goal (knowing what I know now, I think that was my first Crohn's flare-up) so I lost a bit more weight. I put a bit of it back on, but remained under my goal weight. I never would have set my goal at 127, but felt really good once I maintained it for awhile.

This photo was part of my headshot shoot, taken by the fabulous Ian Brown. I felt really good having my picture taken and was really happy with my shots. Besides Ian being an amazing photographer, I think it had a lot to do with where I was in my journey and how I felt about my new "at-goal" body. Seeing the pictures really helped me to see that I had lost weight and that I had come a long way from the pictures in Europe.



Here I am now, maintaining my weight nearly two years later. I feel good at this weight and it doesn't feel like a chore to keep it up. Obviously I'm still doing what I was doing to lose weight (because there is no save button at goal) but I don't worry about the scale as much as I used to. I want to tone my body more this year and as I outlined in my goals post the other day, I am well on my way to working towards that! (Special thanks to the amazing William Chrysler and Melissa Nicholl for this fun photo!)

4 comments:

Heidi said...

Whata great journal of success! You look amazing. I love that last shot of you - very neat!

Abbey Shaw said...

That last photo of you is phenomenal, Ashley.
You are so inspirational.
You were beautiful every step of the way, but HONESTLY.

Linz said...

I adore this post (and I love your new V-day theme!)

Thanks so much for sharing! So inspirational!!

Louise said...

This is very inspirational to me, as I'm just beginning my journey on WW. Great blog, thanks!