Losing Old Weight

Today’s the big day, day 1 of Whole Living’s 21 day action plan!  This week I am beginning a 21 day journey to detox my body, limiting myself to fruits, vegetables, and plant-based fats such as nuts, seeds, and oils for week 1.  Am I scared?  HECK YES, but I think it’s important to stick to this plan for many reasons…

5 years ago, I lost 53 pounds by detoxing and completely changing my diet.

Instead of eating processed foods, I turned to fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.  I felt fantastic, but sadly over the past 4 years I’ve allowed processed foods to creep back into my diet and have gained roughly 20 pounds over that time.  Now I will say, I’ve done some pretty awesome stuff over the past 5 years despite the weight gain.  I have become a runner, holy moly!  I have run a number of races along the way, including a 5K, 5 miler, 10K, 15K, and a half marathon!

It’s mentally difficult to always be losing “old weight”.  I feel like I’ve lost these same 20 pounds 10 times, but it’s because I haven’t created a lifestyle that lasts a lifetime.  I do not want to change my diet into something unrealistic, prohibiting foods from my diet.  This detox will be tough and is not what I want my diet to look like in the end, but it is part of the process and necessary to get to where I want to be.

Am I detoxing to lose weight?  Yes No Yes No  I’m going to say no because truthfully I am detoxing to remove the toxins in my body from eating so many processed foods and am looking to get my body in the habit of eating whole foods again.  My goal in the end is to return to a whole foods, whole living, CORE like diet, but I know that in the end I am going to lose weight over the next 3 weeks.

Over the next 7 days, you can expect my diet to look a little something like this…

Breakfast– fruit smoothie with protein powder

Snack– fruit, veggies, and raw nuts

Lunch– salad and/or soup

Dinner– roasted veggies, stir-fry, or some soup combination

Each week I will add various foods back into my diet, including seafood, beans, lentils, soy, gluten-free grains, and eggs.  After week three, I’m sure I’ll add other foods back to my diet, like dairy and lean meats, but my goal is to primarily eat the foods from the detox.

Now as some of you may know, I’ve been doing Weight Watchers since the end of October.  I will still weigh-in each Tuesday over the next three weeks, though I do not plan to count points this first week.

So here I go… wish me luck!

Workout Plans Other Plans
Monday Morning run with Neal and weightlifting over lunch Mall run, The Bachelor and laundry
Tuesday Weightlifting over lunch Weight Watchers and The Biggest Loser
Wednesday Morning run with Neal and yoga at Cycle Studio Grad work
Thursday Weightlifting over lunch Night out in Georgetown with the gang
Friday Morning run with Neal and weightlifting over lunch Watching the Cotton Bowl!  Go K-State
Saturday 2 spin classes:  Tri Ride and Cycle 101 Grad work
Sunday Off Church, wedding registry shopping, and watching lots of football!


  1. Kristyn says

    Awesome, Ashley! Good luck with the detox! I’ll be on the same kind of deal starting tomorrow with our 2 week cleanse to eliminate toxins and get back to clean and lean eating.:) happy Monday! You GO girl!!

  2. says

    Detoxes are so hard for me but they are so good for you. This is awesome!! I hope it helps you get back to where you want to be. Make sure to blog everything.

  3. says

    Wow! Ashley you look awesome! As a personal trainer and someone who lost a great deal of weight a few years ago, it makes me so SO happy to see success stories like yours. I know how amazing that feels to make over your life, and hopefully this detox enables you to continue to gain more health habits I look forward to following your detox and seeing how much more progress you make and your continuing transformation :)

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