My Journey - in Pictures

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

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!)


Heidi said...

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

♥AbbeyMaybe 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!

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