Operation Skinny Jeans: My Biggest Struggle- Guest Post by Ashlee

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My Biggest Struggle- Guest Post by Ashlee

Hi Jess's readers! I am excited to be guest posting for Jess today :) Good for her taking an internet break this week. Some of you may know me and some of you may not so I will do a little introduction.

My name is Ash Z and I blog over at Ash's Right Direction. My blog started off as a way to keep me accountable for my weight loss, now I blog about not only my fitness and weight loss, but my life. I have currently stalled with my weight loss and it is driving me nuts.

I joined Weight Watcher in July of 2011 after seeing my wedding photos and feeling like a blob. I lost 35 lbs before getting pregnant with Mason. I stayed active throughout my pregnancy and felt great. After having Mason in July 2012 it took me almost six months to finally get back into the groove of weight loss. I was active, but I could not get my eating under control.
I got down to my lowest weight in my adult life this past spring - I weighed in at 167.4. I was sooo happy and proud of myself. Something happened over the summer though, I gained 10 lbs. When I went to put my jeans from the spring on last month they were tight and a couple pairs did not even go over my thighs! What the heck? Again this was due to my eating habits.

I ran my first half marathon in the beginning of June and I felt like I could do anything I put my mind to after. I also felt like I deserved a little break from running and I let myself indulge. Apparently that break lasted three month.

Eating is the hardest part of the weight loss journey for me. I can get into a workout groove pretty easily, but I cannot get my food sort out. I recently jumped on the Advocare bandwagon. Today is my last day of the 10 Day Cleanse part of the 24 Day Challenge. I have been tracking my food on MFP everyday and I have been eating clean. I feel great and I have seen a difference on the scale. I know that I will not be able to keep up this habit in reality. I know that people eat clean everyday and that it is possible, but it is not our lifestyle to do it 100% of the time.

What I am learning is that if I track my food and I am consistent I will be successful. I am also getting my body back into feeling full with less and not snacking as much. Oh how I loved my snacks! But, I love how I feel when I take care of my body and when sizes fit that didn't fit before. With determination and heart you can accomplish anything you set your mind to!
I am co-hosting a Turkey Day 5k this year - check out my blog today for more information. You can also find me on --- Instagram - Facebook - Twitter

What is your biggest struggle? eating? working out? your schedule?




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