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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
Weight has been a struggle for me since I can remember
Who are you Trying to Impress?
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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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I went and visited some people while I was on vacation and all I could think about was "I hope they notice I've lost some weight." 

Why?  Why was this the first thing that I thought?  Why did I want to make a change only to impress other people? 

I got home from vacation and in the last couple of days have not worked out and have been eating whatever I wanted, not really caring about anything anymore. My sisters went to Arizona on Spring Break so I have no one pushing me to go to the gym.  My motivation has definitely been lacking. 

As I started my new job today I sat and thought to myself, "if I'm going to make a change, it has to be for me."  I need to surround myself with people who will help me and motivate me through my journey.  My new job has fruits that are delivered twice a week and lets employees take walking breaks!  I'm so excited for the positive change in my life.

My husband and I talked about having another baby.  My doctor keeps preaching that I need to lose some weight before I can have another baby because it will be to stressful on my heart to carry a baby right now.  Travis and I have discussed it and we're going to see where I am at in three months.  He said he would be there for me to push me and help me along the way.  He wants me to make a change FOR MY SELF. 

I need to stop trying to impress people who have no impact on my life anymore.  I rarely talk to these people, let alone need to impress them. 



So ask yourself, are you doing things for yourself or someone else?

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