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Weight has been a struggle for me since I can remember
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By Ashley Weightman

I’m Ashley (McMillan) Weightman. I grew up in the small town of Wimbledon, North Dakota. In 2005 I moved to Bismarck to go to school where I graduated from the University of Mary with a Bachelors Degree in Communications and Business. I ...

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Weighting Patiently

I’m Ashley (McMillan) Weightman. I grew up in the small town of Wimbledon, North Dakota. In 2005 I moved to Bismarck to go to school where I graduated from the University of Mary with a Bachelors Degree in Communications and Business. I began working at the CBS affiliate as a reporter while in college and spent three years there. From CBS, I moved to Devils Lake to work at WDAZ-TV for a year, before continuing to work at WDAZ in Grand Forks. I married the love of my life Travis on June 23, 2012 and we now live in Bismarck with our three year old son, Corbin. Travis works at KXMB-TV and I at KLJ Engineering and attend Rasmussen College where I’m pursing a Bachelors Degree in Human Resources Management and Organizational Leadership.

Weight has been a struggle for me since I can remember. I do well for a while and then fall off the wagon. Four years ago I lost nearly 50lbs and was doing great. Two months after maintaining my weight, I found out that I was pregnant and gained 70lbs in nine months. I figured after I had Corbin, some of the pounds would fall off. Corbin weight 8lbs 12oz and I only lost 3lbs. Ever since December of 2009, I’ve been doing fad diets for about a month, trying the gym on and off, and eat healthy and nothing seems to be working. I’ve recently had some health issues and my doctor told me that in order to have more children and be a part of my children’s life, I need to lose weight, but most importantly, I need to do it for me.

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I've gotten comfortable with Body Pump.  It's something I know that I can make it through without dieing and I can go at my own pace.  Lately I've felt really good so I have been increasing my weight and people have noticed.  The same people are going and we're all getting to know each other and it's just a lot of fun.  I never thought I would become part of a group at a gym and have people who push me like this group does.  Being in a class makes you want to keep up with the people around you or show the new people what you can accomplish and that you have been coming for a while. 

This last week there were two new guys that decided they would give it a go.  They took several breaks, lifted minimal weight, and by the end of the hour, couldn't do a plank.  I completed all of those things with an increased weight and it felt amazing.  To see them laying on the floor and I was still in full plank mode.  I'm nearly 300lbs and to see these buff, in shape looking guys not finishing 800 reps made me realize that I can do anything I put my mind to. 

I ran 1.5 miles on Wednesday and a mile on Thursday and I'll be back at it tomorrow.  Things are going well and I am determined to run the entire 5k coming up and then afterwards, buy myself a new pair of running shoes!

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