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   Ashiya Brown is 31 and currently weighs 135 pounds. In 2003, she decided to get fit before going off to college. This is the story of her weight-loss journey.

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The Turning Point
Weight became an issue for me in the fourth grade. I remember the first time I was called fat by a classmate. I noticed I was bigger than my friends. I remember going swimming, and all the other girls had two-piece suits on and I didn’t, and I clearly knew why.

Senior year, I had a number of major events including graduation, my debutante cotillion ball, and prom. I felt uncomfortable about my weight, like I was trapped in my body, and had enough. I wanted to start over before I went away to college. I remember picking out prom dresses, and my mother took me to Detroit to get my dress and shoes. I selected a pair of rhinestone high heels and the employee at the store said, “You need a big-girl shoe, you will wear this heel down.” My Mom and I left the store and I was mortified, that’s when I knew I had to make a change.


The Changes
My father was extremely encouraging, and had recently lost about 30 pounds himself. He told me music got him through his workouts, so he bought me a CD Walkman (before iPods) and a pair of Nike running shoes. He also purchased for me a gym membership, and started taking me with him and telling me which machines would be the best for me. After I got a workout routine down, I started to change my eating habits. My father was the only one in our home who would eat wheat bread and make protein shakes as meal replacements, so I started watching him and copied whatever he did. I also stopped drinking anything but water for a period of time and starting counting calories so I knew how much energy I put into my body. After only about two weeks of working out, I started to notice weight loss and got obsessed with the process. I was motivated to workout even harder. The stair stepper at this particular gym was amazing, and I would watch my dad do it and see people staring at him and talking about how long he could stay on the machine, so I wanted to do the same.
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I felt extremely motivated, I could see a difference week by week, and my father put the icing on the cake by offering me an entire new wardrobe if I achieved my goal weight. I would get all the clothing catalogs of my favorite stores, and circle what I was going to get. I also kept thinking about college, as I had just been accepted and knew where I was going. Three of my closest friends were coming with me and I didn’t want to be the “fat friend” anymore.

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The After
I felt like a new person. I gained so much confidence from my weight loss, I felt like I could do anything. I watched myself change my entire outward appearance, and then I felt fearless. Guys gave me lots of attention, which was a first for me, and I started dating. I also felt as if people generally were more accepting of me, I really felt more accepted by society. I would get complimented on a daily basis and didn’t worry about people judging me and treating me differently for being overweight.
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