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Weight has been a struggle for me since I can remember
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By Ashley Weightman

I’m Ashley (McMillan) Weightman. I grew up in the small town of Wimbledon, North Dakota. In 2005 I moved to Bismarck to go to school where I graduated from the University of Mary with a Bachelors Degree in Communications and Business. I ...

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Weighting Patiently

I’m Ashley (McMillan) Weightman. I grew up in the small town of Wimbledon, North Dakota. In 2005 I moved to Bismarck to go to school where I graduated from the University of Mary with a Bachelors Degree in Communications and Business. I began working at the CBS affiliate as a reporter while in college and spent three years there. From CBS, I moved to Devils Lake to work at WDAZ-TV for a year, before continuing to work at WDAZ in Grand Forks. I married the love of my life Travis on June 23, 2012 and we now live in Bismarck with our three year old son, Corbin. Travis works at KXMB-TV and I at KLJ Engineering and attend Rasmussen College where I’m pursing a Bachelors Degree in Human Resources Management and Organizational Leadership.

Weight has been a struggle for me since I can remember. I do well for a while and then fall off the wagon. Four years ago I lost nearly 50lbs and was doing great. Two months after maintaining my weight, I found out that I was pregnant and gained 70lbs in nine months. I figured after I had Corbin, some of the pounds would fall off. Corbin weight 8lbs 12oz and I only lost 3lbs. Ever since December of 2009, I’ve been doing fad diets for about a month, trying the gym on and off, and eat healthy and nothing seems to be working. I’ve recently had some health issues and my doctor told me that in order to have more children and be a part of my children’s life, I need to lose weight, but most importantly, I need to do it for me.

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So I lost 4.2lbs two weeks ago and stayed the same at 300.6 this week.  I really watched what I ate and exercised five days a week.  I found mysefl becoming obsessed with the numbers on the scale.  I was at the point of weighing myself four to five times a day.  I would weigh at home and at work.  It's not something that is good for a person.  It really messed with my head and although I was doing all this working out, I wasn't seeing the results on the scale.

I've seen several posts on social media lately telling girls to forget the scale.  You're not supposed to worry about the numbers on the scale, but to me, that is all I was worrying about.  Last night, I asked my husband to hide the scales.  Yes, we have more than one.  I'm on day one of not having a scale, and I almost feel free.  There is more space in my bathroom and I'm not weighing myself every time I go in the bathroom.  I plan to weigh myself at the beginning of each month.  It was truely messing with me.  I've been doing a lot of working out and I really do feel great, but the numbers on the scale were getting me down.

The last two days I had a muffin from a gas station.  I knew, going in that they were awful for me.  For those of you who follow Weight Watchers Points Plus, each muffin was 17 points!!!  That is ridiculous!!  Even knowing that, I still ate them.  I found that my decisions from then on out on those days, fell apart.  I continued eating terribly.  I will never buy those muffin's again knowing what the way I felt after I ate them.  It really is about what you put in your mouth.

I'm excited for the weeks to come and to continue my quest of "not being the fat bridesmaid."

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