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Ashley Bashlor is a working mom. With school starting, she’s about to get busier, but this year is not going to be like last year. She’s lost 27 pounds thanks to OurSkinny, and she is back out there! “I wasn’t very happy with the way I looked,” she says. “I got to a point where I didn’t like the way my clothes fit, and when I looked at myself in the mirror I just wasn’t very happy.” She had tried Weight Watchers in years past, which worked for her, but that was then. “I didn’t have the time to do meetings again, what with work and a six year old in school and baseball practices.” Ashley works with Gulfstream Aerospace, and she knew several co-workers who had tried OurSkinny. Cindy Burnsed, who used to live right across the street from Ashley’s mother, had incredible success on the program, and Ashley thought, “I could probably do that.” Less than a year later, she’s maintaining weight loss of 25 and 30 pounds, “somewhere in there,” and she is thrilled. “All of my bloodwork is great, my cholesterol is down, and I had to get new clothes, so that was fun. It’s always nice to drop a dress size or two.”

GRAB IT AND GO
In September of last year, Ashley’s doctor started her on cholesterol medications, and so she knew she had to do something. It was easy enough to figure out what had happened: “I work long days at Gulfstream. Sometimes I am there at least ten or twelve hours sometimes, and I had a bad habit of skipping meals. No breakfast and then we are busy, ‘Well, I can’t go to lunch.’” With few onsite options and just forty minutes for lunch, she started making the same bad choices we all do: “Most days, lunch was probably fast food, or junk food, or whatever I could shove in my mouth.” All that changed when she discovered OurSkinny.

“Now guess what? I throw three shakes, my bar, and my snacks in my purse and I am good to go. When you don’t get a chance to take lunch, you don’t have to worry about it because you’ve got your shakes and your bar right there.”

“I liked how easy it was,” she says. “Plus, the drinks actually taste good! I was thinking it was going to be this chalky nasty stuff and the bars would be like ‘UGH!’ but I actually enjoyed it.”



HOW NOT TO MISS CARBS
We all know that simple carbohydrates—sweets and starches like rice, pasta, bread, and potatoes—are tough to give up. Lay’s brand potato chips used to advertise the fact that “No one can eat just one,” and there’s plenty of science to explain why our bodies crave carbs.

Ashley is just like the rest of us. “Carbs are my favorite thing,” she confesses, “always have been, so it took a little bit of getting used to cutting them out.” For Ashley, it was all about an attitude. “I do have a little cheat day here or there,” she says. “You have to give in every now and then, so I never got in that mentality that NO I can’t touch that or I can’t eat that. I just thought of it as opting for this instead of that.”

Ashley found the OurSkinny program to be a perfect balance of structure and flexibility when it came to preparing her main meal, and she developed a strategy for resisting temptation when it came to carbs: “I would make a nice big salad and add extra veggies. I wouldn’t deny my husband and child carbs like rice and pasta or potatoes, so I made whatever they wanted, pushed it to the side, and just filled up on other stuff first.” “Eventually you don’t really think about it, plus I started trying spaghetti squash and things like that—stuff that looks and acts like noodles or pasta.”

GET BACK OUT THERE!
For Ashley, as busy as she is, happiness begins and ends at home, but there are other rewards as well. She got to go shopping! “I feel much better. I’m not so self-conscious about going out into the world—the beach especially—wondering who’s there and OH MY GOD are they looking at me?” Of course, now they are looking at her.

“It’s made me more confident in myself which has made a big difference in my happiness even at home. You know, not being so out of breath dealing with my kids, ‘Y’all go on I will catch up in a minute.’ I’ve gotten to enjoy my life again, because you don’t want to just sit in the house because you don’t feel like doing anything.”

“I am back out there, and once I reach that goal weight, I think I will be able to maintain that. You can stay on this diet forever and not even really call it a diet. When you’re busy and you don’t have time for lunch, if you have shakes in your drawer you can have that instead of shoving chips or something that’s not good for you in your mouth.” “You put on clothes in the morning you’re like okay let’s go!”

OurSkinny success story before photo

Ashley Before

From the Blog: Ashley's Top 5 Tips

1

GIVE YOURSELF A CHANCE.

“The first step is to give it a chance, I guess. Most any weight loss program you read about, you’re like—oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh—but truthfully I maybe had that hunger feeling the first week or two. After that your body adjusts and you figure out how to manage the snacks so that you don’t get hungry. So, just like anything else, it's a learning process.”

2

CONSIDER ALL OF THE COSTS.

“When you think about it, at any fast food restaurant, if you’re going to get something decent, it’s going to be almost $10, which is ridiculous. With OurSkinny you are taking out the cost of breakfast and lunch, not to mention all the other snacky foods. It works out if you look at it that way. If you think about what you spend on lunch in a week, it evens out for the better.”

3

DON’T SET YOURSELF UP FOR FAILURE.

“I do have a little cheat day here or there. You have to give in every now and then, so I never got in that mentality that NO I can’t touch that or I can’t eat that. Instead, I just thought of it as opting for this instead of that (I would just make a nice big salad, add extra veggies, and fill up on that before I worried about anything else). Eventually you don’t really think about it.”

4

KEEP YOUR SHAKES AND BARS HANDY.

“Skipping meals isn’t good for us in general, and I got in a bad habit of that. When you’re busy and you don’t have time for lunch, if you have shakes or a bar in your drawer you can have that instead of shoving chips or something that’s not good for you in your mouth. I mean, you can stay on this diet forever and not even really call it a diet.”

5

REWARD YOURSELF: GO SHOPPING!

“The best part was going shopping! It’s always nice to drop a dress size or two and you’re not as self-conscious, wondering who will be there and OH MY GOD are they looking at me. These days, I am back out there, enjoying my life again, and just more confident in who I am. You put on clothes in the morning you’re like okay let’s go!"

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