About Me

Hi, thanks for visiting Fruits & Nuts! I’m Ashley, a 20 year old who loves eating healthy & exercising to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I haven’t always been this way so here is a little recap of my “journey”:

As a kid, I basically ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. This meant nothing was off-limits. I had cookies with milk for breakfast and junk food all afternoon. My nickname as a kid was “lucy candy” becauseΒ  I was extremely picky and had a huge sweet tooth. The only foods I would pretty much eat for meals were grilled cheese, chicken fingers, and/or pizza. Even though I ate a lot of bad foods, I managed to stay pretty thin as a child due to my metabolism. It wasn’t until high school when I started getting overweight.

In high school I wasn’t active. I thought I hated all physical activities (but later found out I just didn’t like competitive sports) and would spend most of my days in front of the TV or the computer. I was still a picky eater and fast food became even more prevalent in my diet. I wasn’t happy with the way I looked or felt and always wanted to lose weight, but I was too embarrassed to ever do something about it because I didn’t want to tell people I was unhappy with myself. Sophomore year I joined a gym but didn’t tell any of my friends and didn’t lose any weight because I didn’t go often enough or change my eating habits at all. By junior and senior year I had given up and gained even more weight.

July 2006

July 2006

The summer after I graduated high school I went to my cousin’s wedding. Afterwords, I saw pictures of myself and realized that I really needed to do something about my weight. I made it my goal when I started community college that August (2006) to lose weight and get healthy. I mostly focused on the getting healthy aspect because I did not want to be at risk for all the problems and diseases that can come with being overweight. I signed up for yoga and aerobics though my college which held me accountable for going since it was for a grade. I slowly added more exercise into my days and actually started to enjoy it.

I also added more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into my diet. I slowly cut back on the processed junk foods I was eating like cookies and tried to choose healthier options (even though they still weren’t the best choices) like reduced-fat pringles, triscuits, and 100 calorie packs. My taste buds started changing the more I ate whole foods and I started craving sugar and junk foods less. I reached for apples and carrots as snacks instead of Doritos. I also started expanding my food options and trying new, healthy foods. Now, I love things I thought I would never enjoy such as salad, sweet potatoes, and salmon.

Spring 06 vs. Spring 08

Spring 06 vs. Spring 08

Over the course of about 2.5 years I lost a little over 60 pounds and have maintained my weight for 6 months now. I grew a passion for exercise and nutrition that I never knew I had and I am hooked! I am even going to study nutrition to become a registered dietitian in the spring. I feel so much better now that I am healthy and active and I want to help others out in the future.

I started this blog because I have been reading so many great food blogs for many months and really love the supportive and healthy community. I had a food blog over the summer called “On the Move Again”, but deleted it because I got busy with a move from North Carolina to California. Now I am back in California (aka the land of fruits and nuts :-)) and starting a new blog! Enjoy!


November 2008


8 responses to “About Me

  1. look at how far you’ve come – that’s impressive! good luck with the new blog!

  2. WOW! You look awesome Ashley! You have done a great job of improving your eating and exercise habits and your weight loss is phenomenal. That’s awesome you are in maintenance mode now πŸ™‚ The thyroid thing was a b*tch…I’ll email you in case you want any more details/info about it. Thanks for visiting my blog πŸ™‚

  3. The coolest thing- I’m Ashley, a 20 year old who loves eating healthy & exercising to maintain a healthy lifestyle-and hasn’t always been this way-too!

  4. landoffruitsandnuts

    Emily- Thanks! Yeah, it is almost hard to remember how far I have come at times- but the pictures definitely are a great reminder for me!

    Kersten- Thanks so much for the compliments πŸ™‚ I think I’m okay with the thyroid thing for now, I think I’m just freaking myself out for no reason- but I plan on getting it checked out in the future if anything else is going wrong- I know who to talk to now if I need to-thanks!

    Ashley- haha, that is pretty cool our similarities! Go us!! πŸ˜€

  5. No kidding about us having things in common…picky eater with a sweet tooth? That’s me for sure! Thanks for leaving me a comment on my blog. I’ve been wanting to take a trip to Temecula with the boy…do you ever go to the wineries? wait…you’re not 21 huh? Now I feel old πŸ™‚

  6. That’s a great story!

  7. angiesappetite

    Loved reading your story. Congratulations on your weight loss. Can’t wait to keep reading!

  8. i just found your blog, i am in cali too! cant wait to keep reading πŸ™‚

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