Monday, May 16, 2011

Drum Roll Please.... BEFORE and AFTER!!!!

Okay, okay... here it is! I know I have been promising my before and after pictures of my not-so-perfect body, but I have finally gathered up enough courage to do it.  Don't scroll down just yet, it is making me nervous =)

So, I have been working on getting my after body for a few months now.  I cannot believe that I set a goal and actually reached it.  Some people may be thinking, so you just lost the baby weight and that just comes off with time.  Well, you are soooo wrong!!

I had my surro triplets in September 2010.  Throughout my 32 weeks of pregnancy, I gained a total of 38 pounds.  Not bad.  Prior to actually getting pregnant, and taking hormone injections and pills for 6 months, I gained 15 pounds.  So, when I found out the transfer actually worked, I was kind of chunky =)  Anyway, after having the girls, and without dieting or exercising, I lost the 38 pounds after just a few short months.  I am pretty sure pumping the amount of milk I had helped me burn lots of calories.  Although I was very happy that the baby weight came off so fast, I still was very uncomfortable in my skin.

If you didn't know already, I had 3 pregnancies in just 3 years (my 2 boys are 15 months apart) and I have delivered a total of 5 babies before I reached age 27!!  My first baby, in July 2007, was a whopping 10 pounds 3 ounces (yes, a natural birth).  My second, in September 2008, was delivered 2 weeks early and was 8 pounds 6 ounces.  Then, the girls were delivered less than a year ago and their weights totaled more than 13 pounds!!  I think my body has gone through hell these past few years!!!

So, after I had the girls, I really wanted to do something for me.  I never felt more uncomfortable with my body.  Something on the outside just didn't match with the inside.  When I looked at pictures of myself, I didn't feel the way I looked.  But, I never thought I could change.  I truly thought that this was the way I was destined to be.  I was going to have to live with this body because it was permanently damaged from all of these babies!!  But, I was out to prove myself wrong!!

My wonderful sister introduced me to a really good friend of hers;  Melissa was a personal trainer and owned her own fitness center, Perfection Fitness.  She agreed to train me and guide me through the right diet as long as I stuck with it and gave her the results she knew I could reach.  When I first met with her, January 11th, 2011, I could not believe what goal we set for myself... to lose 30 pounds by May 1st!!!  When she told me that, I just laughed.  In my mind I knew it was never going to happen.  30 pounds?!?  That's like Biggest Loser style!  I didn't stress about it much because I knew it was impossible and NEVER going to happen.

For the first time in my life, I stuck with something and met every single weight loss goal that came each week.  I never gave up.  And I did all of this the right way.  I never starved myself.  I exercised daily and stayed on a very healthy diet.

In just 3 1/2 months, I lost 31 pounds!!

And, here it is (my heart is racing).  Keep in mind that I had TRIPLETS!! Oh, and I still have a little bit of work to do.  Drum roll please.......

Before- January 2011
After- May 2011

I can't believe I just posted this!!  LOL!!!  But, I hope this is encouraging to some of you out there, especially those of you who have had, or are having, multiples.  Really, if I can do it anyone can.  I think the hardest part is starting.  Once you get started and see results, you don't want to stop.  Yes, there were weeks where my weight loss came to a halt and my hard work wasn't paying off, but I got through it, didn't get discouraged, and never stopped. 

I love this line and always told myself, "You gotta give something to get something."  Things just don't happen overnight, nor are things just given to you.  If you put your heart and soul into something, it will definitely pay off in the end.

So, now I feel amazing!!  I have so much more energy and I haven't felt this comfortable in my body for a long time.  I feel like the woman my husband married 5 years ago (and 10 pounds lighter than that day) and I know he isn't complaining =)  Although I reached this amazing goal, I think I will go for just 10 more!! Go me!


  1. Um, I'm not a straight guy, but can be pretty judgmental. You look AMAZING!
    Does your trainer make road trips to DC??? I could use a swift kick to the butt.

  2. Wow ashley, you are such an amazing person with everything you set out to do, you do it. You are a beautiful girl on the inside and out, I'm proud to be your aunt.
    Love you much, aunt tami

  3. Oh my God you look amazing......I am proud to be your mother-in-law.

    Love, Mom

  4. What a great bod for anyone but WOW!!! After 3 pregnancies and 5 babies!?!?! Your hard work DEFINITELY paid off and you look AMAZING!!!!

  5. Remember, nothing tastes as good as skinny feels! ;)

  6. You look amazing! I've only had 2 kids and I can't imagine EVER being able to wear a 2 piece again. Doesn't look like you got any stretch marks during your pregnancies either! So jealous ;)

  7. Ok. I admit. I scrolled down before I read--LOL! Ashely!!!! You look absolutely Ah-Maze-ING!!!!! You looked great right after having the girls, don't get me wrong. But wow, hot momma!!!! Great results--you go girl!!!

  8. Krystal = Jealous! :-) You look absoultely amazing!! I hope I can do what you've done after I have my surro baby. I can't stop looking at ur pics!

  9. You inspire me...seriously!!!! NO ONE would ever know you've had 5 babies...and 3 at one time!! You look AMAZINGLY AWESOME!!! I'm so proud of you and seriously I can't wait to start working out after this surro baby after looking at you!! Don't ever be have absolutely no reason to be!!! Great job!!! I bet your hubby fell in love all over again!! :)

  10. wow! Amazing:) Thank you for sharing!

  11. AH-MAZING!! You should be so proud! WAY TO GO!

  12. Ashley, I can not even tell you how inspiring that post was. You look absolutely amazing!!! You should be so proud of yourself for all that you have accomplished. :)

  13. DadoftheTripletsMay 17, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Ashley, WOWZA! You look absolutely fantastic. OMG! When the girls are old enough to understand they will be amazed too. The thing is, every pound you lost, they gained and they are now HUGE!!! They look like 1 year olds!!! Seriously, though, you were a fantastic surrogate and you are a fantastic woman. Congrats on reaching your goal. You are AMAZING!

  14. Girl you look great!!! Congrats on an amazing accomplishment!

  15. Thank you, everyone, for your wonderful and AMAZING comments!! People like you really give me the confidence to go out and reach even more goals. You are the best followers anyone could ever ask for =)

  16. I agree-you look awesome!! Congrats!