Ashley Horton, OnlinePlus, 122 lb*
*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week. Ashley lost 122 lb on a prior Weight Watchers program and SmartPoints®.
I have more confidence than ever before. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
In Ashley’s words:
I first realized that I was gaining weight in fifth grade. From there it spiraled out of control, and it became a big problem for me in high school. My weight affected everything—how I spoke to people, how I interacted with friends, where I went, and how I dressed. I wasn’t very outgoing; I had my little group of friends from orchestra and that was it. I didn’t go to my high school prom—the dress options were limited for my size. Over the years, so many of my family and friends suggested weight-loss options, but Icouldn’t make the leap. I always found myself saying, “Don’t tell me what to do.” It had to be my decision.
The turning point
When my cousin asked me to be in her wedding party in 2013, I really wanted to make a change. I didn’t want to stick out in any way; my cousin is gorgeous and I wanted to look great, too. I had heard of Weight Watchers, but I didn’t love the idea of going to meetings and discussing my weight loss in front of a group of people. I realized that OnlinePlus was the perfect option for me, so I joined.
Starting the Program
The app was supereasy to use, so I got into a groove right away. It wasn’t stressful to go to a restaurant, since the SmartPoints value of so many meals is right there. I didn’t lose weight in the first two weeks, but I didn’t get discouraged. I stuck to it and I kept tracking my food. In my third week, I saw a loss—and I was excited to keep moving forward.
When I started out, I knew I’d have a long way to go, but I focused on one day at a time. At first, 50 pounds seemed impossible. But I kept reminding myself that the journey was my decision—success or failure was my choice—and because of that, I just took off on the Program. I learned that you have to go one pound at a time, one point at a time.
Before, I felt like nothing looked good on me. I wore the same clothes constantly, mostly jeans. When there was a formal event, I wore dress pants. My clothes always looked a bit matronly because I was shopping in stores for older women. A new world opened up once I began losing weight. I’d be hesitant to go to the mall and try on new clothes, thinking they wouldn’t fit, but then I’d have to get a smaller size! Now I can shop at any store I like, and that feels so freeing.When I’m shopping for clothes, I pick something up and ask myself, “Would my cousin (who is my age) wear this?” If the answer is yes, I try it on. I remember the Christmas after I lost the weight, I wore skinny jeans, knee-high boots, and a long sweater, and I finally felt my age.
A new do
I used to avoid calling any attention to myself. I wouldn’t have cut my hair short, because long hair supposedly helps elongate a larger face. Going into this makeover I kept an open mind, and now I love my new hair. It’s completely different from before—I haven’t had color in 10 years—and I love how it looks. When I go into work tomorrow, everyone will be so shocked—I’ll have to wear a name tag!
Coming out of my shell
About a year ago, as my weight-loss increased, I made a transition: I started believing in myself, believing that I could do whatever anyone else was doing. I didn’t want my insecurities to hold me back anymore. I recently went to an anime conference for a weekend with friends. I wasn’t afraid to dress up in a character costume I made and get into the spirit. The fear was finally gone. And now, the fun is just beginning.
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