Weight Loss Success Stories: Ashley Dropped 47 Pounds And 15 Percent Body Fat

After a health scare left Ashley overweight and unhappy, she decided that she needed to lose the extra weight and get the body she knew she deserved. Read on to learn how she dropped 47 pounds and 15% body fat! 

Vital Stats

Name: Ashley DeRosa

Email: A.DeRosa@hotmail.com

BodySpace: AMLangel


Age: 21

Height: 5’7″

Weight: 186 lbs

Body Fat: 35%

Size: 13/14


Age: 24

Height: 5’7″

Weight: 139 lbs

Body Fat: 20%

Size: 4

Why I Got Started

When I went to college I gained the freshman 15 by the end of my first semester. When I went home for Christmas my family said it looked like I packed on the pounds; so I hit the gym and lost the weight before I went back for the next semester.

When the second semester was over I went home for the summer and was going about my normal routine, getting a physical, seeing the doctor for my yearly appointment, and hanging out with my girl friends. It was an afternoon that summer that would affect my weight for the next 4 years.

My doctor called and told me that I had precancerous cells on my cervix that needed to be removed as soon as possible. So I went in the next day and had the cryosurgery. We needed to wait a month for the results to show, but at the end of the month the results were not what I hoped for.


Cryosurgery is the application of extreme cold to destroy abnormal or diseased tissue. Cryosurgery is used to treat a number of diseases and disorders, especially a variety of benign and malignant skin conditions.

The procedure didn’t work and neither did the second try. So when I was back at home for Easter that next year my doctor decided to a more invasive procedure called the LEEP procedure.

LEEP uses a thin wire loop electrode which is attached to an electrosurgical generator. The generator transmits a painless electrical current that quickly cuts away the affected cervical tissue in the immediate area of the loop wire. This causes the abnormal cells to rapidly heat and burst, and separates the tissue as the loop wire moves through the cervix.

After this procedure my doctor instructed me to refrain from exercise for a month. This sent me into a tail spin that lasted for years. The weight crept on slowly but surely. Before I knew it I was 186 lbs and miserable!

In July 2007 I was cleared of all abnormal cells and it was then that the weight was lifted off my shoulders and I felt like a change in my body was another way to show how healthy I am now.

How I Did It

I started on my own by joining a gym and since I was so uneducated on health and fitness I was a cardio queen for months as I continued to eat whatever I wanted. I was able to lose 10 lbs pretty quickly, but was still having a hard time getting past that.

When I started to incorporate a healthier diet I was able to break the plateau. I was able to shed another 5 lbs. Then in January 2008, my boyfriend came home from serving his third tour inIraq, I decided I needed to do more. So he got me running around the park next to our place.

When we first started I could only run 1/10 of a mile at a time. I signed up for my first 5k on Thanksgiving and not only did I finish it, but I did well! I did it in less than 30 minutes (the fastest I have ever done it) and finished 28th out of 65 in my class. I just signed up for a 1/2 marathon in February.

In May I bought the BodyBugg program to keep track of what I ate. It is essentially an online food journal. I was really able to track what I ate and was able to see how large my portions really were!

I was still wearing a size 12 in May, by July I was in a size 9, in October I was buying a size 6, and for Thanksgiving my pants were a size 4!


* Whey Protein

* Casein Protein

* Glutamine

* Fish Oil

* Flax Oil

* Multivitamin


Meal 1:

o 4 egg whites

o 1 whole wheat wrap

o Spinach

o Onion

o Fat free cheddar cheese

o Hot sauce

Meal 2: Pre Workout

o Kashi oatmeal bar

o Protein shake

o Banana

Meal 3: Post Workout

o 1/2 oatmeal

o Protein shake

Meal 4:

o 1/2 cup cottage cheese

o 1 oz almonds

o 1/2 cup blueberries

Meal 5:

o Fish or chicken breast

o Vegetables

Meal 6:

o Casein protein

o 1 tbsp peanut butter


Monday: Off

Tuesday: Running & Abs

o Tuck Crunch

o Oblique Crunches

o Exercise Ball Crunches

o Lying Leg Raises

Wednesday: Cardio

Thursday: Running & Abs

o Hanging Leg Raise

o Sit-Ups

o Jackknife Sit-Ups

o Side Jackknife

Friday: Back & Chest

o Lat Pulldowns

o Hyperextensions

o Pushups

o Bench Press

o Incline Dumbbell Press

o Cable Flyes

Saturday: Arms & Shoulders

o Barbell Curls

o Reverse Curls

o Seated Dumbbell Curls

o Hammer Curls

o Overhead Dumbbell Press

o Skull Crushers

o Seated Triceps Press

o Lateral Raises

o Seated Lateral Raise


Sunday: Legs

o Calf Raises

o Hack Squat

o Barbell Squats

o Leg Extensions

o Leg Press

o Stiff Leg Deadlift

o Cable Kickbacks

o Bridge

Suggestions For Others

Do it for you, no one else. Don’t do it for your boyfriend, husband, or friends. You have to do it for yourself or you will never truly succeed. Believe in yourself, you can do it. Don’t make excuses; they only get in the way of your dreams.

Plus the time will pass anyway, you might as well do something with it. Never give up. And if you want to do it right, incorporate clean eating with the exercise; it comes off much faster this way!

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