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WELLNESS CHALLENGE BLOG: Ashley Fitzwater

May 18, 2018

Hello Blog Friends! 

I have found the world of Natural Grocers! lol! While I have been getting some yummy sweet potato fries from Walmart and Market Street I found SWEET POTATO WAFFLE FRIES!! WHAT!! 

Yall, this could be a game changer! ha! I also had a nurse at Dr. Turner's office tell me about some Pesto Tomato pizza that I can't wait to try. 

I'm a picky eater, and NOT proud of it, so I get really excited when I find new, delicious and HEALTHY food options. 

#NC6WellnessChallenge 

May 4, 2018

Happy blog day!!

I Found a few new water options I wanted to share with you today. I know weird even typing that. 

Anyways looking at the dates I’m probably the last person on Earth to hear about these water bubbles, but they look amazing! 

(http://mentalfloss.com/article/68911/edible-water-blob-could-change-hydration-forever)

While the idea is SO much bigger than getting Ashley to drink water, I think this might do the trick for me.

At least for a little bit and let’s face it a gulp of water is all I want anyways! Ha!! Just kidding Dr.Turner!

Another cool thing is thanks to our producer Angie!! I’m really loving the apple flavor of something called bubly sparkling water. I just add a little grape water enhancer and it’s pretty good! 

So if anyone knows how to make the water bubbles, or wants to help me convince the lovely Samantha Forester to give it a shot so I can taste, test, and tell you all about it that would be appreciated! Ha! 

She posts these for us to the web, so I know she will see this. We love you girl!! 

April 27, 2018

Whoo-hoo! We made it to the halfway point in our journey!! 

Ever wish you had a fast forward button though to skip all the hard parts? Although I'm sure there's a lesson in those moments that I will learn to appreciate... one day.  

I'll save you the details why, but tell you my stress eating has been the latest challenge. Some skip meals when they are stressed but not me honey! That's when it's time to bring out the SWEET & SALTY TREATS!

But honestly, I eat when I'm happy, sad, stressed, bored, watching T.V. and oh yeah...when I'm hungry! ha! 

My focus now is really finding other outlets. 

I look at my fellow friends and challengers who are kicking butt and taking names in the gym (SO proud of them) and while I WANT that to be me, truth be told I'm more of a ride your bike, walk around the block gal! 

Which is why making smart choices in the kitchen is so important! So here's to continuing this journey on a high note and finding tasty options for snacks that I will continue to use for the rest of my life. 

If you have any good ones please send them my way! afitzwater@kauz.com 

#WellnessChallenge #Ashley 

April 13, 2018

Just wanted to give you a quick update on my wellness challenge journey! 

I made an exciting but dangerous discovery this week. Baskin Robbins/Dunkin Donuts is open 24 hours! WHAT!! Being a good momma I got my kids some donut holes last Thursday for Friday morning but driving home with those delicious gooey treats was torture!

I'm calling it a win though, they woke up with donuts to eat! ha! 

I have found the amazing Campbell's- Soup on the Go!! It's been a nice change and still something I think Dr. Turner would approve. I need easy and healthy which let's face it is harder to find than easy and fattening. 

I'm also really liking some sweet potato fries that I found at Market Street! They are AWESOME!!  

My next challenge is to try and limit my Diet Dr. Pepper intake again. We were just talking at Got Health how EASY it is to drink a coke or 2 but it will take me an hour or 2 to drink 1/4 of my water bottle?!?! Why? 

If you have the answer I would love to hear your thoughts. ha! No seriously, email me at afitzwater@kauz.com or head to my facebook page!! 

We have a weigh-in coming up next week....so here's to no crazy cheat days!

March 30, 2018

Hello Texoma!! Just checking in with a quick update on how this week has been.

I know my fellow friends and challengers are killing it!! So proud of them. I'm just celebrating the victories as they come. ;) 

I will tell you though the arrival of Spring, has put a spring in my desire to step it up. 

One way I'm doing that is with a daily fitness goal. It can be a bit addicting to get the alert that you met your goal on your phone or watch. ha! Now I think the trick is upping my game.

That's hard to do though when you finally figure out a groove, but progress is pain right?!? No pain, No Gain. 

So, I read an article about increasing your energy and the claim is warm lemon water. Anyone else heard about this? 

Hey, I'm willing to give this a shot! ha! I'll also check in with Got Health's Dr. Turner to make sure. ;) 

I know Easter candy will soon fill my house so that's my next hurdle! Already telling myself "Just Say NO" to those delicious Chocolate bunnies. I can do it! 

Till we chat again, enjoy your Easter weekend friends! 

March 23, 2018

Hey Texoma!! Vacation last week was a blast but I can't say everything I ate was "wellness challenge approved"
Pizza in the hotel and a Volcano dessert at Rainforest Cafe...yum!! But Not calorie free!! 

Do you ever find that when you start eating bad it makes getting back on track that much harder? Ugh! That's been me this week. 

But "Carry On" is what I'm choosing to do. I think my water intake has been a failure but I did find a pineapple coconut flavor I LOVE!! 
So it's looking up. 

Another bright side, through birthday celebrations and treats galore in the newsroom I am PROUD of my choices.

Alex Achten might have tried to be "nice" and cut me a BIG delicious piece of cookie cake (MY FAV) but I choose to do a tiny sliver instead and felt good after. Win, win! Some days are just better than others. 

It's set to be a beautiful weekend so I'm hoping to top my last walking record!! Wish me luck!! ?? 

March 9, 2018

Hello friends!!! I can't believe it's already been another week since my last check-in. I went walking this weekend with my husband around our neighborhood and was surprised that it took us no time at all, to hit a mile. 

We were both tracking how many calories we burned and wouldn't you know it he was like 10 or 15 calories ahead most of the time. Ridiculous! ;)

SO my competitive side came out and I decided to pick up the pace, and left him in the dust! I also burned A LOT more calories doing that, and we walked the same distance! Win, Win! 

You better believe I'll be doing the same next time. So don't judge my power walking skills if you see me out and about. ha! 

Temptation has been over the top this week!! From ooey gooey cinnamon rolls, cookie cake (my downfall), pizza, and some of the best homemade chocolate chip cookies around! 

I did say No to some....and yes to others. 

On the plus side, our Election Night tradition of eating pizza was replaced by Jimmy John's Sandwiches. They were great and GUILT free! Thanks, James!! 

My real test is coming next week...FAMILY VACATION and MY ANNIVERSARY!! Wish me lots of luck, I'm going to need it!  

March 3, 2018

It’s the blog entry I’ve been waiting to post! After a few weeks of no progress on the scale, I’m down 2.5 pounds!! Yay! 

We did a lot of painting and moving last weekend so I’m sure that helped burn a lot of extra calories. Ha! 

If I’m being honest, this challenge has been exactly that for me. A Challenge. But I’m so thankful for a supportive husband and Dr. Turner and the girls at her office who keep cheering me on!

I’m also looking forward to going on a bike ride this weekend. I think the hardest thing is still my late snack snacking. So if you have any favorite sweet low-calorie snacks I would love to hear from you on my Ashley Fitzwater Newschannel 6 page.

I know Samantha has a yummy peanut butter and chocolate treat! I’ll have to get the recipe and share ?? Here’s to another week of being the best me! 

February 23, 2018

Another week another weigh-in! YIKES! These things come too fast! ha! 

A TRIUMPH this week is a 4-mile walk I enjoyed and completed with my fellow challengers! Go Me! ha! 

So truth be told I thought it was going to be a 2-mile walk, and when we got to the lovely spillway I was expecting us to be done, but No! ha! That was the halfway point. 

We had to turn around to get back! ha! But I tell you what I was proud of how well I did. Until I walked into my house and hit the couch. I was DONE.

I wish the ice would've stayed away this week so I could've gotten out more but it's not over yet! So here's hoping a lovely comment left by a Facebook viewer comes true!

February 16, 2018

Got Health's Dr. Turner says "Weight loss is a journey and not something that happens overnight." 

Oh man, isn't that the truth! After coming down with what felt like the flu, it was a rough start to the Wellness Challenge for me, but I'm BACK!! 

Problem is my first check in was not what I anticipated when we first kicked this off, and I was the only one in the group that had a setback. 

Agh! Instead of giving up, I'm pressing on!! 

It's been a pretty good week and to my surprise, I've stepped up my water intake!  Whoop, Whoop!

Not to what Dr. Turner wants it to be, but better than last week. Ha! Did you know we are supposed to drink a GALLON a DAY?!?! 

So thankful for my hubby who has been making me scrambled eggs and cheering me on. Support and accountability are key for me to be successful so I'm also planning weekly visits for check-ins to keep me on track. 

I'm also grateful for all the kind comments on social media and in person and see now that what often feels like a struggle to be the best us, is something more people face than we realize. 

My biggest thing is not completely giving up the things I love. If it's a lifestyle change it has to work for me. I will always return to the things I love to eat so learning to enjoy them in moderation is my goal! 

You know just one cookie, or 2 fudge dipped strawberries from the Pecan Shed on Valentines Day! Seriously the BEST! 

So this week I considered it a win when I had a kids burger during a dinner celebrating a friend and a kids meal when I had to stop by my favorite fast food joint.

Pretty sure I need to cut back on my Chick-fil-A Sauce though. It's so good but the calories are not. So wish me luck! 

Well as I work on that and so much more I'm excited about the victories off the scale and the next part of this journey to becoming a better me. 

February 7, 2018

When I was in my 20's I remember the soup diet was my go-to! I could eat 3 cans of Progresso soup a day and drop 10 pounds in 5 days flat! CRAZY! If I tried that today I would just starve, and probably gain a pound. ha!  

My momma always told me the older I got, the harder it would be. I didn't believe her, but now I do more than ever!

How is it that I can splurge one weekend and gain 4 pounds, but it takes 2 weeks of eating right to lose 1 or 2 pounds? Oh, the struggle is real! 

So while I'm told this challenge is about so much more than dropping a few pounds, I'm excited, scared, nervous and I guess ready or not for the next 6 months. 

Being a mom, wife and working a crazy schedule doesn't make it easy, but makes the journey to be the best me, that much more important! 

So here's to finding the ENERGY I never have and going down a size in Spanx! ha!

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