Hi guys, my name is Ashley and I'm a 26 year old mom of 2. I've been married to my wonderful husband for 6-1/2 years. I have struggled with weight loss since my first pregnancy, my oldest will be 5 in just a few days.
I never dealt with weight growing up, I was always the skinny, awkward looking girl. When I got pregnant I weighed 130, gained 25 pounds and had a really great pregnancy. I weighed 155 at the time of delivery. I was hit with PPD soon after my daughter was born and struggled with it for a long time, it ended up turning into clinical depression and I feel like this has a lot to do with my weight issues. I was able to get down to 143 when my daughter was about 8 months old. The next month I found out I was pregnant again. My pregnancy was riddled with complications from the beginning, from 6-11 weeks I was on modified bedrest, then at the end of my second trimester I went into PreTerm Labor and was put on bedrest through the rest of my pregnancy. I ended up weighing almost 180 at my son's delivery.
I breastfed and thought that would help, after all, everybody says it does...it didn't for me. My weight actually didn't budge until after I stopped breastfeeding. I have just recently been able to get myself down to 164. I definitely don't feel good about myself, I hate the way I feel and look. My family constantly makes comments about how I'm not skinny anymore and make rude comments.
I'm ashamed to admit that my doctor prescriped adipex earlier this year, of course I lost some weight but gained it all back. Nobody around me thinks I can do this, they don't think you can change your eating habits and add exercise into your life and see any results. I want to lose this weight so that not only I can feel good about myself but so that I can teach my kids that you can do anything that you put your mind to. I also want to lead by example and show them how to live a healthy life. More than anything I want to do this not to show the people around me that I can do this by changing my diet and exercising (of course that'll be a great bonus) but more importantly to prove to myself that I CAN DO THIS!!!!!!
I look forward to getting to know everyone and to take this journey with y'all!!!