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My name is Ashley and I'm 25 years old. I work in the financial industry in Chicago, Illinois. I have the sweetest pugs named Apollo and Johnny who keep my fiance and I very active! I joined Sparkpeople back in 2008 and lost some weight but then got sucked back into an unhealthy college lifestyle. Now I'm back to learn healthy life habits.

My approach is to make small little changes, slowly and one-at-a-time so I don't falter. So I give myself weekly, monthly and yearly goals. Everytime I complete one I end up gaining more momentum so then I build more goals on top of one another. This has really been working for me so far.

Long-term Goals:
- Be in 130 lbs range by my birthday (August 4th)
- Move out of the overweight BMI range to the 'healthy' range (DONE! 03/24/2011)

- 145 lbs: hair cut (Done! 04/05/2011)
- 142 lbs: Body Oil (Done! 07/01/12)
- 140 lbs: a massage (Done! 08/01/12)
- 137 lbs: a facial (Done! 11/29/12)
- 135 lbs: a Diane Von Furstenburg wrap dress (Done! 01/15/13)
- 132 lbs: new workout clothes (hot pink anyone?)
- 130 lbs: a new bikini and bikini wax

Pant Sizes:
- Size 8 jeans: heart rate monitor (Done! 02/25/2011)
- Size 6 jeans: new jeans (Done! 01/15/12)
- Size 4 jeans: new boots (Done! 02/01/13)

On my Adventure List (got this idea from CALLIKIA):
* Yoga classes (Done! 02/19/2011)
* Learn how to massage
* Take a relaxing vacation
* White-water rafting
* Ziplining
* Complete 30 Day Shred
* Take a Zumba class
* Try P90x
* Take a sushi-making class (Done! 1/25/11)
* Salsa lessons (Done! 1/10/11)
* Go to a concert (Done! 06/08/11)
* Scuba Diving
* Snorkeling
* Take a Hot Yoga class (Done! 02/12/11)
* Brave a nude beach
* Learn how to use a kettleball
* Run my first 5K (Done! 04/23/11)
* Join a book club
* Pass my Series 7 (Done! 03/21/11)
* Try wheatgrass

Member Since: 7/29/2008

Fitness Minutes: 5,911

My Goals:
Reduce "bad" carb consumption and increase core strength and flexibility. If I lose weight then that is a plus.

150 lbs (Done: 1/21/11)
145 lbs (Done: 3/24/11)
140 lbs (Done: 8/1/12)
135 lbs (Done: 1/15/13)
130 lbs

My Program:
Between 1200-1600 calories a day. At least 60g of protein a day.

Strength Training at least 10 minutes everyday.

Full pilates workout on my AeroPilates machine (four times a week).

Salsa Dancing Class (one time a week, plus extra practice whenever I'm feeling the rythmn).

Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred (three times a week).

Hot Core Yoga (at least twice a week).

Personal Information:
I'm 5'4".

Currently a size 4/6 in clothing.

Other Information:
"Do your own bit of saving and if you should drown at least die knowing you were headed for shore"
-Ray Bradbury

"Obsessed is what the Lazy call the Dedicated"

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    Thanks for the add and good luck on your fitness journey! emoticon
    4083 days ago
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    Thanks for the comment on my blog... Actually the only advice I could give you for running is... Start Slow... just run slow (jog) get a good feel for it and don't push yourself too hard. Just enjoy a slow pace. You will begin to feel more and more comfortable with running and then you will enjoy picking up the pace. Now it's enjoyable, and it not a chore... It makes me feel good now; I look forward to it and I can't wait for the next one. Let me know how it goes! Keep in touch!
    4085 days ago
    Thanks for adding me as a friend, and I look forward to sharing in support and motivation as we both work towards our goals. I really enjoyed reading what you had to say about your vegetarian lifestyle, and it didn't sound preachy at all. I enjoy people who care about the world around them and put thought into their decisions. I don't think we all have to agree, but I think we should all be aware. Okay, now I'm getting preachy. So, I will just say, welcome to SparkPeople, and congratulations on all the changes you've been making! All the best to you!

    4087 days ago
    Thanks for adding me as a friend. What did you see that you liked?

    4087 days ago
    Thank you :)
    4089 days ago
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