St. Patrick's Day 2010

I’m Ashley, and I’m 26. I decided to start working out and living healthfully in May 2005, at the end of my junior year in college. I weighed just over 300 pounds. I am 5 feet, 8 inches tall. You can read all about my weight loss journey here

Fashionably Fit is so named because fashion was the primary reason I started working out. I wanted to wear cute dresses and pretty blouses and skinny cropped pants. I’d been overweight since about age 5 and had tried to lose weight multiple times with little or no success. I was also a journalism major with delusions of grandeur and hopes of working at a fashion magazine, and I figured I should be able to wear the couture I wanted to write about. Fashion writers and editors are not typically 300-pound, size 24W women. 

I’m a big fan of traveling, reading, writing, listening to country radio at top volume and, as you could have guessed, shopping. Since I started my weight loss journey, I have replaced my entire wardrobe at least twice over. I am no stranger to clearance racks. 

I am originally from western Pennsylvania and currently reside in fabulously sunny Florida with my fiance, pound-puppy puggle and three cats. Since I lost weight, I’m constantly freezing, and Florida has provided a welcome respite from three-foot snow drifts, ice storms and miserably gray, gloomy days.

Please note that I have zero credentials in fitness or nutrition (and fashion for that matter). This blog is based on my own weight loss experiences, and what worked for me may not work for you. You should always consult a physician before beginning any diet or exercise regimen.