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Single Serve Peach Cobbler


#Skinny Single Serve #Peach #Cobbler from www.somethingswanky.com | All the same great taste from the cobbler your mom used to make but slashing the sugar and fat! Recipe is completely sugar free with the exception of the natural sugar found in the peaches!

We have this saying among bloggers that goes something like this:

“Don’t work for the blog, make the blog work for you.”

Meaning, essentially, for a food blogger to not make things for the sole purpose of blogging them. Try to make things that you normally make and eat for your family on a daily basis anyway, thus minimizing your work load. This way you’re not making food for your family AND for the blog.

I TOTALLY work for the blog. Because, believe it or not, the desserts I post are not what we would normally be eating on a daily basis. Now, don’t get me wrong, I really LOVE working for my blog. It’s a great employer. I love being up to my eyeballs in desserts and dessert photos all day, every day! That’s something I’m completely passionate about and feel so blessed to get to enjoy in my life. But the desserts I make are often specifically crafted with my readers and my own creative whimsy in mind, not necessarily based on our daily meal plan (thank Heavens!).

So my blog does not actually work for ME. And, really, I’m more than ok with that.

#Skinny Single Serve #Peach #Cobbler from www.somethingswanky.com | All the same great taste from the cobbler your mom used to make but slashing the sugar and fat! Recipe is completely sugar free with the exception of the natural sugar found in the peaches!

But lately, I’ve been thinking that there’s something I’d like to do to make the blog work for ME a little more. Enter: Skinny Saturdays.

Or it may be Skinny ‘Sundays’ on some weeks. I’m determined to not let this be a source of additional stress, so I’m not really putting a strict deadline on myself for this weekly post. Both weekend days start with ‘S’ so either day will do. I’m a flexible boss ;) .

Anyway, the point of Skinny Weekends is to force myself to create at least one weight-loss conscious dessert recipe per week and share it with you.

And………….. to weigh in.

Yup.

I’ve decided to start weighing in on my blog every week. I desperately need some social pressure to lose weight, and apparently reporting the number to my husband isn’t enough motivation anymore. So I’m getting  a little drastic up in here, and reporting my weight to YOU every week.

*gulp*

So here’s a little bit of my story before we get to the recipe and the, uh… number.

Overall, I’ve been pretty healthy my entire life. I was active enough in high school– played sports, worked as a life guard, you know. The normal stuff. But I always carried just a little bit of weight on me, because I really, really, love to eat. And I’ve always found it’s not very difficult to out-eat what I manage to burn off.

So I joined Weight Watchers my senior year, lost a pretty good chunk of weight, and went off to college at 160 lbs (a good weight for me!) feeling all skinny and pretty. As was no real surprise, I quickly gained the standard 15-20 lbs during my freshman year at BYU. But most of my friends had done the same thing, and I was still pretty active, so I saw no real need for concern. Plus, I dropped the weight pretty easily a couple of months before my (now) husband came home from his LDS Mission at the end of my Sophomore year. No harm, no foul there.

The weight crept back on during our engagement and continued on through the first few years of being married (I hit 185 lbs somewhere in here), and really felt horribly uncomfortable most of the time. I had just started to drop the pounds (down to 177 lbs) when I found out I was pregnant with Emma. Due to a few different factors (some out of my control, some within) I gained about 50 lbs during my pregnancy. For about 2 years post-pregnancy, I fluctuated between 177 lbs – 185 lbs. And it really, really did not feel good.

In the spring of 2012, two important things happened: 1) I started having really horrible stomach pains any time I ate anything fattening (and I mean anything that had roughly 3g of fat or more. So…. LOTS of food), and I felt pretty confident it was a gallbladder issue, and 2) I started running.

Between my adjusted diet (excruciating stomach  pain is an incredible good diet motivator), and my new exercise regimen (friends who ran with me kept me consistent), the weight melted off. I didn’t even really feel like I was trying. And before I knew it, I felt SO good and was looking the best I’ve ever looked in my life. I just remember thinking, “this is incredible! I feel so COMFORTABLE all. the. time.” That was the most impressive thing to me– the 24/7 comfort, no matter which outfit I was in. My pants didn’t pinch me, and my range of movement was whatever I wanted it to me. I felt SO GOOD. This was at about 165 lbs. I know that sounds heavy to some of you, but I feel really great at 16o-165 lbs.

And then the fall hit. Which meant, school started for my husband (so I lost my “sitter” for runs), it started to stay dark later in the mornings (making is SO much harder to get out of bed), we moved (total disruption of routine), Online BlogCon happened (COUNTLESS hours sitting on my butt in front of the laptop), and my blog started to really take off (meaning: lots MORE butt-time in front of the lap top). And my stomach had stopped hurting, which made me a lot less motivated to eat well.

Everything combined was just a lethal combination. And I wasn’t strong enough in my new healthy lifestyle to face all of those challenges at once. And week by week, the pounds came back on. I won’t give you a play-by-play of the last 5 months, but suffice it to say: it’s all back. Nothing I own is comfortable to wear, I don’t recognize my face anymore, and my eyes are starting to do that weird squint-y disappearing thing when I smile. I’m slow and lethargic, tired all the time. And I’m weighing in at a robust 183.6 lbs as of yesterday.

And if you’re wondering, my stomach feels fine. No pain at all, so I’m totally without that motivation that was SO useful before!

So.

That’s me. ALL of me. Totally out there.

#Skinny Single Serve #Peach #Cobbler from www.somethingswanky.com | All the same great taste from the cobbler your mom used to make but slashing the sugar and fat! Recipe is completely sugar free with the exception of the natural sugar found in the peaches!

I know what you’re dying to say: “desserts! Desserts! It’s all the desserts!”

And sure, yes. 5 new desserts a week is a bit of an occupational health hazard. But might I just point out that I was making 5 desserts a week last summer during that brief weight loss journey? And somehow I still managed. Which mean: I can still do what I love (making lots and lots of treats), if I can find a way to dig deep and find that self control that surfaced miraculously last year.

I don’t want to change my blog. I LOVE desserts. I love REAL desserts. Desserts that use real butter and real chocolate. I think dripping caramel is beautiful, and I’m inspired by a stack of pancakes. It’s art to me, and I don’t want this part of my life to change.

But I want to have this one day a week to share some of my struggles with you, and show you how I’m still going to embrace sweets in a healthy lifestyle. I obviously don’t know everything about weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but I do know that a lifestyle of deprivation won’t be successful. And I know that I won’t be successful if I don’t allow myself dessert.

Whew!

I think that’s it! Everything I had to say is out there :) .

All I have left is a favor: please be kind in your comments and feedback. I think we can all agree that weight loss is a bit of an emotional subject, and even a little constructive criticism can feel hurtful if unsolicited. And, at the moment, constructive criticism is DEFINITELY not being solicited here.

Ready to hear about this cobbler???

It’s really fab. And practically sugar free (the only sugar comes from the natural sugars in the fruit)! It tastes delicious, just like your Mom always made for you. And if you’re a bit of a calorie daredevil (like me), make it a la mode with 1/4 cup of light ice cream. And I added some fat free caramel sauce too– but mostly for the pictures. It’s perfectly amazing without the sauce.

And it’s totally a Skinny recipe. Really! I clock it in at 5 WW+ (plus an additional point for 1/4 cup fat free vanilla ice cream), and it’s a BIG serving!

Skinny Saturday: Single Serve Peach Cobbler

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup frozen fruit, like peaches
  • 3 Tbsp. Pillsbury Sugar Free Yellow Cake mix
  • 3 Tbsp. Diet Sprite
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • optional: 1/4 cup vanilla ice cream or whipped cream

Instructions

  1. Grease an oven and microwave safe ramekin (or bowl, large mug), and place the fruit in the bottom of the ramekin.
  2. Gently whisk the diet sprite, cinnamon, and the cake mix together (don't over mix it-- the bubbling from the soda will contribute to the airy cake-like texture).
  3. Scrape the batter into the ramekin, covering the frozen fruit.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean) or microwave for 3 minutes.
  5. Serve warm with fat free ice cream or whipped cream.
http://www.somethingswanky.com/single-serve-peach-cobbler/

Notes about this recipe:

  • This will taste really good microwaved. But, as can be expected, the best taste will yield from baking it. I’ve found that the long baking time really isn’t a big deal for me, since I’m usually making this as an after dinner/blog-time treat. I pop it in the oven, write my post, and it’s done int time for me to eat my dessert while I’m blog/pinterest/FB surfing.
  • Fruit doesn’t have to be frozen, but adjust cooking time if using fresh fruit. I’d start with 90 seconds in the microwave, and with 20 minutes in the oven.

 

weigh in  183

 

Disclaimer: Skinny Saturdays may feel like they’re written a little differently than the rest of my posts. That’s because they are! This is one post per week that I’ll be writing JUST FOR ME! Which means, all I want to do is share MY weight loss experience with you and some of the recipes I plan to enjoy along the way. Visit me each week to see how I’m doing and be a part of the journey!

Follw me!

Ashton

Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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98 Responses to “Single Serve Peach Cobbler”

  1. Katie Clark posted on February 23, 2013 at 2:38 pm (#)

    Ashton! You are seriously awesome. You look great and I would never guess you were 183 pounds. I can relate to so much of what you said, as weight has always been my biggest struggle. I lost about 45 pounds in high school and kept it off, but it is still so hard, because my metabolism sucks and if I eat over like 1600 calories I gain weight. Anyways, I am totally behind this and wish you luck! If you aren’t signed up for weight watchers you should try out myfitnesspal. Seriously my favorite thing ever. Anyways I’m so excited for these posts and if you need anything. Once I’m done nursing I’m going to be trying to lose about 10 more pounds, so I will appreciate reading your journey even more. Good luck and let me know if you ever need any support :) you should totally consider doing a health challenge, even just with other bloggers. I’ve done it before, the better u challenge, and it was awesome. I was actually wanting to start one myself, if you are interested at all. Anyways sorry for this long comment!

    • Ashton replied: — February 23rd, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

      I think that’s what gave me the courage to just go ahead and put my weight out there for everyone to see– I knew other people would be able to relate to it, no matter what their number is! Weight is such a tricky little business, especially for those of us who seriously LOVE to eat! I’m using a WW+ type app on my phone right now, but so many people have recommended my fitness pal, I’m considering the switch. Have you done WW+? I just keep switching back and forth between calories and WW, and I just want to stick to one! And I’d be totally interested in doing a health challenge Let me know if you decided to do one! I’m totally in :) Thanks for your support!

  2. Traci posted on February 23, 2013 at 2:49 pm (#)

    Your ride on the weight loss roller coaster sounds very familiar to me! I just started weight watchers again for I don’t know maybe the 10th time? I was searching for a healthy dessert recipe and luckily found your super fun blog! This post really hits home for me. What a battle! Thank you for posting your healthy dessert recipes (and all of your other amazing recipes) to help people like me not feel so deprived of delicious food while trying to eat healthy. Best of luck to you in your efforts. I know what a challenge it can be. Thank you for sharing.

    • Ashton replied: — February 23rd, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

      lol– totally. This is AT LEAST my 10th time on WW :) WW+ has been a LOT harder for me to stick to than the old program, but I really do believe it’s an overall healthier way to track eating. Thank you so much for your support!

  3. Joy@Yesterfood posted on February 23, 2013 at 2:51 pm (#)

    Good for you for working toward getting healthier! I don’t even know you, but I feel like I want to give you a big hug and tell you how proud I am of you! :) My weight has gone up and down, so I can empathize with your struggles.

    Thanks for the skinny dessert! I agree, it’s good to have skinny desserts AND non-skinny desserts.

    Keep up the good work, and I will check back in with you and see how you’re doing! Thanks for a great post. :)

    • Ashton replied: — February 23rd, 2013 @ 10:19 pm

      You are so sweet! Thank you for your kind comment :) And yes! Please keep checking on me– I need it!! :)

  4. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on February 23, 2013 at 2:59 pm (#)

    Awww girl you look amazing! I can’t wait to see your skinny treats! I definitely feel like my blog works for me, with a big family I don’t have as much pressure to eat everything I make, and it’s part of the reason I only post 3 desserts and one dinner recipe per week! It also helps that some of the recipes I create are for my catering, so it’s like killing 2 birds with one stone!
    I have definitely gained some weight during this blogging life, but mostly I’m okay with it. I have the convenience of having all my kids in school these days and I am able to get my exercise and my blogging in during the day without guilt. I don’t know how you mommies blog with kids at home. Good thing I never had to do that, and never will (nope not happening for this old mom)! Anyways…good luck girl. I think you’re already beautiful on the inside and out :)

    • Ashton replied: — February 23rd, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

      That’s so great that you are in such a great place, Aimee! One thing I’m considering doing to posting our lunch/dinner type meals on My Recipe Magic. That way I can still monetize using recipes that we REALLY do use in our daily meal routines, but without disrupting the theme of Something Swanky. I’ve really been dedicated to meal planning the past 2 weeks, and it’s seriously been a life saver. We’re eating so much healthier (albeit, portions are still a little out of control), and I love that. And seriously, I meant it when I said I’m happy with “working for” my blog. Because it’s something I’m passionate about. But I think Skinny Saturday is going to be a great outlet for me to get a little more personal on my blog, which I’ve been wanting to do. Thanks for always supporting me!!! I think you are so wonderful :)

      • Aimee @ ShugarySweets replied: — February 24th, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

        Ahhh, I’m an old lady don’t forget. I think that’s part of my “great place.” It would be fun to see your recipes for meals! And I agree, meal planning makes a huge difference. If I don’t plan our meals we would be eating grilled cheese or pancakes every night. Not so skinny friendly! Planning out the meals each week gives me an edge on making sure I have the ingredients on hand and I’m ready to go! Slow cooker meals help too :)

  5. Leslie posted on February 23, 2013 at 3:04 pm (#)

    I’m here to cheer you on 100% in your efforts, isn’t that what us ladies should be doing for one another anyways!?! You have strength to share your “numbers” on the blog, but I so admire you for that! I can’t wait to see what you create on your new Saturday blog routine! I can always use new “skinny” desserts in my life. ;) This peach cobbler looks divine, btw!
    Blessings,
    Leslie

    • Ashton replied: — February 23rd, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

      Thank you! Seriously, you are so sweet. I can’t wait to keep working on new skinny recipes and just take a day out of the week to get a little more personal with everyone!

  6. Camille (SixSistersStuff) posted on February 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm (#)

    Ashton,
    You are my inspiration! I love you!! I will be checking back every weekend to see how it’s going . . . and I am totally going to join you! :)
    XO,
    Camille

    • Ashton replied: — February 23rd, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

      You are too sweet, Camille! Yes– PLEASE keep checking in!! I need all the support I can get, lol! You’re amazing :)

  7. Rosa posted on February 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm (#)

    I’ve always had weight issues growing up. Even at my “lightest” weight, I felt fat. I think it’s so brave and wonderful of you to put yourself out there. I want to say that I support you, your goals, and I love all your recipes, too! Good luck!

    • Ashton replied: — February 23rd, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

      You are so sweet! Thank you for your sweet comment. I think the more supporters we surround ourselves with, the better chance we have at success!

  8. Leslie posted on February 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm (#)

    It must be hard baking all you do. I love to bake and I love to eat. Thank You for Skinny Saturdays! Good Luck on your weight loss journey. I will be starting on mine also. I look forward to your blogs.

  9. Alli posted on February 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm (#)

    Good luck with Weight Watchers! Good for you! I started again in September after having two kids. I’ve lost almost 25 pounds and have a little bit more to go. It’s tough. I’m with you – all food is yummy. I don’t discriminate! Thanks for the yummy recipes and keep going!

    • Ashton replied: — February 23rd, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

      Thank you! And 25 lbs is SO amazing!! I hope you are sooo happy with yourself, because I am totally impressed. I look forward to seeing you on the weekends! I need all the Skinny Saturday friends I can get! :)

  10. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on February 23, 2013 at 5:56 pm (#)

    Ashton! I am so proud of you! I have struggled with my weight my WHOLE life and I would never have the courage that you just displayed in this post. I just met with a nutritionist this week actually because I’m tired of the struggle and I want to feel in control of me again. It was really enlightening. I told her what my “goal weight” was and then she did this electrode test on me and I found out how much my lean body mass is – it was just 10 pounds less than what I thought my goal weight should be. She gave me a goal number that was 35 pounds HIGHER than what I thought my weight should be – it was crazy! I guess numbers are just that – numbers – and for everyone it’s different. I just want you to know that you look fabulous to me and I’m totally looking forward to some skinnier recipes :)

    • Ashton replied: — February 23rd, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

      Thanks for your support Trish. It was a nerve racking post to write, but like I said, I need a new kind of motivation and accountability to push me forward again! I do pretty well under pressure, so hopefully a super duper public weigh in will be just what I need! And TOTALLY agree– numbers are just numbers. And it REALLY is different for everyone. I think that’s what finally made me feel ok about posting mine for everyone to see. I know that it’s seriously just different for everyone, and we really can’t compare! Let’s totally support each other in losing weight! I’ve always said we need a blogger weight loss support group, lol!

  11. Donna posted on February 23, 2013 at 6:12 pm (#)

    Congratulations and good luck with your journey. I know how you feel – I don’t blog but I have a home baking business which means that I have a lot of tasting to do to make sure that what I’m sending out the door is up to par. For instance – I baked 5 different kinds of cupcakes this weekend so I had 5 batters and 5 frostings to taste and unfortunately every little “taste” adds up to a lot of calories. . .Ironically, I weighed 183 this morning as well and I was overjoyed! I’ve been on the weight loss journey since August (in preparation for my daughter’s wedding) and have been on a plateau for several weeks. I’m pretty sure I let out a shriek of joy when I saw 183. I’ve lost 25 pounds now and still have at least that much to go so I’ll be checking into your blog every weekend to compare notes :). And by the way – I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • Ashton replied: — February 23rd, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

      That is SO awesome that you are doing so well! 25 lbs is AMAZING! I hope I can follow in your footsteps :) And, yes! please keep checking in– I need all the support I can get!

  12. Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! posted on February 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm (#)

    Ashton,
    I have been there girl! I gained 25lbs after we got married, got pregnant & didn’t lose much, got pregnant again & finally said that is it! Done being fat! I went from 172.2lbs (Sept 8th, 2011) to my current 125.2lbs (as of this morning.) That’s 47 whopping pounds! I never thought I would actually get here. I hit my goal weight of 135lbs after 7 or 8 months into my counting calories & working out routine. I have surpassed that by 10 lbs now which is just crazy. I totally understand the whole dessert blogging messing with your goal. I send my desserts with my husband to work. Then his co-workers can get fat & I don’t have sugar staring me in the face all day. You can do it! If you join my fitness pal, let me know & you can be my friend. :) It’s always good to have others to help motivate & husbands can’t give the emotional support of weight loss the way women can. Good luck! You can do it!

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

    • Ashton replied: — February 23rd, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

      Wow-ow-ow-ow!!!! Look at you go!!! That is SO incredible! Way to go, seriously! I’ve just been using a free WW+ type app on my phone, but so many people have recommended My Fitness Pal that I’m considering it! I’m just trying to remember that I had success not that long ago, and I can do it again!!

  13. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on February 23, 2013 at 6:31 pm (#)

    Girl, you’ve got me motivated! I am a repeat WW member…lost over 20 pounds and managed to keep it off for a good year. Then? I started my blog. I don’t have the willpower to stay away from all of the stuff I make. But now that my jeans no longer button, I’ve got to make a change…so, I’m joining you! Well, I’m not posting my weight, but I’m on a mission to eat healthier and to be back into my smaller size by the time I get to Austin in June. Can’t wait for all of your lightened up recipes!

    • Ashton replied: — February 23rd, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

      I love WW!! Seriously. At first I was SO mortified to be attending weight watchers in high school, but after I really caught the direction of the program and started to really learn what they taught, my whole perspective of food and weight loss was totally altered! I’m so glad I learned that early on– even if I’m not always great at the execution of that knowledge ;)

  14. Heather Kinnaird posted on February 23, 2013 at 7:20 pm (#)

    Ashton- what an honest, emotional, and just all around amazing post!! I am so excited to see the desserts you come up with.

    • Ashton replied: — February 23rd, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

      Thanks, Heather!

    • Ashton replied: — February 23rd, 2013 @ 9:33 pm

      And also– your blog is always so inspiring to me to make more of an effort to make things from scratch. I’m really trying harder to eat whole, organic foods when we can, and to make as much at home as I can! Doesn’t always coincide with weight loss, but that’s ok sometimes :)

  15. Sumo posted on February 23, 2013 at 7:50 pm (#)

    You rock! Way to put yourself out there. I think I need to hop on that bandwagon!

    • Ashton replied: — February 23rd, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

      Thanks, Summer :) Totally hop on the bandwagon, PLEASE!

  16. Holly W posted on February 23, 2013 at 8:19 pm (#)

    As someone on a weight loss journey of her own, I can totally relate and I’m really looking forward to your weekly posts – both for the skinny recipes and your thoughts about weight loss. Good luck! :)

    • Ashton replied: — February 23rd, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

      Thank you! I look forward to having you around :) Good luck with your own weight loss!

  17. Kelly posted on February 23, 2013 at 10:59 pm (#)

    Way to be so open and vulnerable about your life. I was always the “chunky girl” in high school and at 5’4″ that was not fun. I was pretty much 40lbs heavier since puberty and all through college. After I married, hubby and I got serious about wanting to start a family and a friend had just had a baby. Pre-pregnancy she had the same 40lbs to lose and now post baby she had 70. She encouraged me to start before I got pregnant. I started running and as I was watching what I was eating, I realized my portions were crazy big. (ie almost as big as my husband’s and he was overweight and 6’0″!!) Needless to say, I decided to cut my portions in half and IF I was still hungry I would have some more…..I WAS NEVER STILL HUNGRY!! Initially I lost 30lbs and it was hard. I have since had 4 kids and was determined to lose the weight every.single.time. Most people when they see me they assume I am just “naturally thin” – Nothing could be farther from that! I wasn’t even one of those Mom’s who immediately looked like they were never pregnant. It always took just as much diligence with my exercise and eating every single time. So if I can do, anybody can do it! YOU GO GIRL!! We are cheering for you!

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

      Wow!!! Way to lose the weight! I appreciate your support, and I’m actually really looking forward to sharing this with everyone :)

  18. Shiloh Barkley posted on February 23, 2013 at 11:30 pm (#)

    You go, girl. I think it’s so important for your daughter to see her mother take care of herself! You have to live a life that you love and then she is more likely to also.

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 10:44 pm

      Of course! We have such a responsibility to be good examples :)

  19. Mackenzie posted on February 23, 2013 at 11:32 pm (#)

    Way to go Ashton! I don’t think I would be brave enough to do that. You are awesome. I have gained loads since we left too. I miss having a running and/or walking partner! You truly are amazing. I don’t know how you do all that you do. I can’t seem to handle half of load. Keep up the good work!

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 10:44 pm

      Thanks Mackenzie :) I can’t wait till it’s summer and I can run outside again– that was so nice!

  20. Melissa @ Bless this Mess posted on February 24, 2013 at 12:02 am (#)

    Ashton! This is great… weight loss is such a beast and haunts us all. well most of us… so YES we want to hear it! And don’t feel bad about that baby weight. I gained 55 pounds with my 3rd and I was working out an hour 5 days a week! And I’m still too chubby for comfort, so this might be good for me too.

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

      Thank you so much for your support!! :)

  21. Holly Waterfall posted on February 24, 2013 at 1:00 am (#)

    Ashton, this is so great, and I’m really so proud of you for putting your story and all your struggles with weight loss out there. I know it takes a whole lot of guts to put your struggles out for the world to see when we want to look like we’re perfect and have our lives completely together. I’ve struggled with my own issues and know just how hard it can be to do this. I know all your readers will appreciate the honesty.
    I am a complete believer that depriving yourself of desserts and the foods that you love is not the way to lose weight in the long run. All things in moderation, in my opinion.
    I look forward to hearing more about your journey!

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

      I so respect you for creating a such a strong voice for eat disorder awareness! YOU are the brave one! Me? I just can’t lay off the chocolate ;) Striving for moderation– that’s my goal!

  22. Jessi posted on February 24, 2013 at 4:48 am (#)

    This is a really brave thing to post. I applaud you and I know you can do it! Thanks for daring. A book that I really liked (and helped me get a handle on the eating) is Mindless Eating. It’s both fully researched and fully fun. I look forward to reading about your journey!

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

      Thanks! I can’t wait to check that out. I really appreciate your support :)

  23. Lisa @ Wine & Glue posted on February 24, 2013 at 11:27 am (#)

    Ashton, this post made me cry. It’s so honest! In a really really good way. I would never in a million years have the courage to do this, but I am SO grateful that you do. I woke up this morning feeling slightly miserable and angry with myself for taking a fork to a cheesecake (as in the whole cake, not a slice) last night. I feel your pain. I LOVE food. I could eat all day long and be a very happy woman, if it just didn’t take up residence in my gut. And I love taking pictures of beautiful food almost as much as I love eating it. I woke up today thinking about how I could still do what I want to do and feel good about myself. So thank you. I need this.

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 10:52 pm

      You are so sweet, Lisa! It seems like this post struck a chord with a lot of my friends here online. Weight management and food blogging do seem to oppose each other quite often, and I think a lot of us are in the same boat. I’m glad to have so much support from all of you!

  24. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on February 24, 2013 at 11:38 am (#)

    I love this Ashton! What a great post. Maybe your journey will be the motivation for me! I struggle every. single. day. with how I feel, how I eat, and how I think. I love that you’re keeping yourself accountable to us. Thanks for this post! :)

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

      Haha, fingers crossed it helps, and that I’m not just out here telling you all how much I GAIN each week!!! ;)

  25. Rachel @{I Love} My Disorganized Life posted on February 24, 2013 at 12:13 pm (#)

    Ashton, your story is very inspiring! I didn’t struggle with my weight until a few years {and babies} into marriage. I love to eat, and I love to eat poorly. I have little self control and will usually find an excuse as to why I have no time to exercise. Which is silly, because I am a sahm who’s kids are either in school or are working! I can totally relate to being uncomfortable in your clothes, I deal with that every day. Confession? I wear jeans at least five times before I wash them. 1) because I only have like two pairs that fit and 2) I’m afraid if I wash them they may not fit anymore! You are very brave for putting yourself out there in such a personal way. I look forward to reading about your journey each week! Oh and just a little FYI, even though we haven’t actually met, you’re a beautiful person, inside AND out! If you need me, I’ll just be in this section over here, cheering you on :)

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

      You are soo, so so, sweet! Thank you for your comment, I appreciate it :) Uh, and I totally NEVER wash my jeans!

  26. Marcie Norris posted on February 24, 2013 at 12:20 pm (#)

    What a wonderfully brave thing you did and so smart to by asking for support! We all need help at various times in our lives with various issues. I too am on that journey to lose weight and wish I had a venue like yours to be accountable too :) I didn’t read all of the posts and am not sure what strategy you are going to employ for your journey–but I wish you nothing but good luck! And once you start to see some progress (if you are like me) your motivation will be there for you! You’ll want to keep up the good work!! I’m doing the Dukan Diet–started at 180 and am now 175. So, if you don’t mind, I’ll check back in with you and share my journey as well :) Best wishes! Marcie

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

      I’ve heard great things about the Dukan diet! I’m trying out WW again– it’s worked for me before, so I think I’m going to give it another go! And I think it allows for the most balance in a diet, and I’m really looking for something I can realistically do for the rest of my life, you know? And feel free to be accountable here each week!! Ha, I’d LOVE it if everyone else checked in with me :)

  27. Valerie posted on February 24, 2013 at 1:54 pm (#)

    My 15 year old daughter reads your blog regularly, and showed me this post! I also struggled with weight shortly after getting married, and used WW as my go-to program, but also dabbled in raw food, no sugar, and “more exercise” in my efforts to lose weight. On my most successful WW venture, I lost 30 pounds. That put me under 200, but not close to a healthy weight. I was introduced this last year to the program that changed my life–Take Shape For Life. Utilizing Habits of Health, the 5&1 Program, and a free health coach, I lost 86 pounds, and have maintained it since last July. The program is simple and effective, and is working for many friends and family members who watched my journey, and wanted health for themselves. It’s amazing. I look forward to following your progress!

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

      Please tell your daughter I appreciate her readership so much! And thank you for sharing what’s worked for you– I may have to look into that as I didn’t have a very successful week last week :P Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope to see you here more often!!

  28. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on February 24, 2013 at 5:12 pm (#)

    Ashton you are so brave! I am battling that same 15-20 lbs! I lost it last year when I was ill but now it is ALL back on. Ugh! The part that makes me feel the best about your post is that we weigh just about the same. I don’t have a digital scale so it looks to be about 179-182 depending on the day. So now that you are so brave to post your weight each week I am going to post mine with you in your comments! You are such a great motivator and we can all encourage each other! So week 1 let’s call it 180. Meet you back here next week. Just remember that I am quite a bit older and my metabolism is a lot slower. : )

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 10:59 pm

      Awesome! I am so glad to have you weighing in with me!!!! And trust me, you’ll probably be losing weight faster than I will!! It takes me FOREVER to get weight loss going, because I have such a mental battle with myself every time :P

  29. Shelley posted on February 24, 2013 at 7:28 pm (#)

    My body will not go below 165 lbs…..so I understand you!!! Of course my doctor says I should weigh less…..don’t they all……I lost 80 lbs in 2009….and have kept it off….I do gain 3-5 from November to December…..but then lose it again….and I also need dessert….but no sugar-free stuff….just Less….so I am happy…and so is my husband, LOL….so keep it up and you can do it….

    • Ashton replied: — February 24th, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

      Wow!! 80lbs!!! That’s incredible! Way to go :) And thanks for your support :)

  30. Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista posted on February 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm (#)

    Thanks for being so brave ot put this out there. I’ve really got to follow your lead and fit back into my spring clothes, which coincidentally are also easy to fit into when I’m around 160, even 166 is still good. Just not the 178 of the morning!

    Jessica

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

      Great to hear someone else likes being in the 160s! I get so tired of hearing about the 130s and 140s! lol… Thanks for your support!

  31. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen posted on February 25, 2013 at 1:59 pm (#)

    Girrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrl. I hear you. I am with you. On Week 2 of training for my first half marathon right now for aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall the same reasons you talked about. For reals.

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

      Dude– I saw 5 miles on insta today!! WAY TO GO!!! I can’t wait for warmer weather and to start running again! I learned this year that I don’t do winter running. I tried to just power through the cold, you know? But I found that it lost a lot of the fun/peace I felt when I was running in the summer time, because all I could think about was being cold and my stupid asthma. So, I’ve just accepted I’m a warm weather runner. I started on the elliptical this week, hoping to make it work for another month or so. Spring is just around the corner, I’m sure of it!

  32. The Contessa(Linda) posted on February 25, 2013 at 5:19 pm (#)

    I hear you. My struggle has been life-long. I can’t let up for a meal. I am working on the attitude now. I know what I need to do.

    This looks like a good way to go with this recipe. I’d love it if you would share it at Tumbleweed Contessa’s party – What’d You Do This Weekend?
    http://www.tumbleweedcontessa.com/blog/whatd-you-do-this-weekend-4/

    Thanks and continue with the battle,

    Linda

  33. Amy @ So There by Amy posted on February 25, 2013 at 6:48 pm (#)

    Good for you, girl!!!
    Dang, you’ve got guts for the public accountability thing. You got this!!

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

      Thank you!

  34. becky posted on February 25, 2013 at 10:39 pm (#)

    hmmm, I may actually make your light recipes, because I know you have serious dessert cred and can be trusted to make a good recipe! People who eat nothing but “light” lose perspective and put recipes out that well, are just not that good…..I want to eat good food! So thanks for the light recipe.

    • Ashton replied: — February 25th, 2013 @ 11:56 pm

      haha, Thank you! I totally know what you mean. Every time I see a “light” recipe, I’m like.. “ok, what kind of taste buds does this person have?? Ah, broccoli ice cream? Not the same as mine!” lol ;) You like this, it’s good. And, I mean, 5 WW+ is hardly a no-calorie type dessert. It’s a lot better than what a peach cobbler normally is, but there’s still plenty of flavor there!

  35. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on February 26, 2013 at 10:38 am (#)

    Girl, I am so proud of you and your bravery to post this! I still hide from my weight loss and eating issues!! There have been so many times I have started a post on those eating issues I faced in high school and then after having kids, but I end up deleting it every time. You are right, it is just numbers and because everyone has a different body, it shouldn’t matter. I lost over 40 lbs. a few years ago and did really good keeping it off, until I started posting so many desserts. I have no will power with sugary goodness! But now I am up 20 lbs and my pants are uncomfortable. I am with you on this weight loss journey and will be cheering you on as I sweat in my basement to Taebo. Are you running again? My goal is to pick up running again in April. Huge hugs to you! I heart you…inside and outside! You are amazing!!!

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

      I’m not running again quite yet. I can’t wait to though! I just discovered this year that I am definitely NOT a winter runner. And that I am definitely an outdoor runner. So… I just have to wait for some warmer weather– but hopefully just a few more weeks until I can run outside again without my asthma acting up! Although, I’m still having serious foot problems– my heel. I think it’s plantar fasciitis :( Anyway, so I’m just doing the elliptical right now. But I think I’m finding a good level of resistance to do it at and burn some cals!

  36. Jenn posted on February 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm (#)

    What a wonderful, heartfelt post that I am sure we can ALL relate to! I love that you are taking a day to just post for you. I would never be able to have enough willpower to have a dessert blog so I think you are doing great! Good luck with your journey and I look forward to more posts in this series!
    Jenn
    P.S. The recipe sounds amazing too! :)

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

      Thank you so much for your support!

  37. Erika posted on February 26, 2013 at 4:02 pm (#)

    Hey lady–you are totally awesome! I’ve been following you on instagram for awhile and one of your Skinny Saturday posts caught my eye, so I hopped over to your blog. I really love this post and admire you for writing it! Weight loss IS such a tough subject, but good for you for holding yourself so accountable! It’s something I’ve thought about but am not quite brave enough to do :) And I love the way you talk about managing a dessert blog–it seems like people don’t talk about it enough! How in the heck do most people manage posting so many dessert recipes every week? Blows my mind. Anyway, best of luck in your journey :)

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 11:11 pm

      You are so sweet! Thank you so much for your support, I appreciate it. And I seriously think dessert bloggers need some sort of weight loss support group. Because I clearly don’t have the willpower to stand up to 20 different varieties of brownies on my own! ;)

  38. Trish @ Uncommon posted on February 26, 2013 at 6:41 pm (#)

    Thank you so much for keeping it real with us! I think most of us struggle with our weight more often than not and it bleeds into everything that we do. I am just crazy excited about Skinny Saturdays and am looking forward to eating well while I am trying to lose weight! Best of luck in your journey!

    Take care,

    Trish

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 11:12 pm

      Thank you so much for your support, Trish :) I can’t wait to keep sharing with all of you! And it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, because I always feel like I’m writing to my friends. You all are so good to me!

  39. carrian posted on February 27, 2013 at 1:47 pm (#)

    This is so aswesome! Good for you ! We are both plunging into health posts huh? love it!

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 11:13 pm

      I think you’ve got me beat on healthy recipes! But I can’t wait to spend a little more time on YOUR site in my effort to drop this weight. I’ll be depending on your to post some great stuff!!!!! And more tips! I loved that 7 ways… post you did!

  40. Lyuba@willcookforsmiles posted on February 28, 2013 at 12:04 am (#)

    Great post, Ashton! It’s like reading my story :) I can definitely relate to everything and I also feel the best at 160-165. Good luck!! I have been watching my weight since December and I am feeling much better. I wish I had time to run as much as I would like to, I run during off-school times though. Hopefully, we can both keep up with out goal!

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

      I think so many of us can relate to this ongoing weight battle, huh? And thank goodness that means there are so many of you to support me!! Keep it up, it sounds like you’re doing well!!!

  41. Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke posted on February 28, 2013 at 12:22 am (#)

    that cobbler DOES look delicious! Weight and food is a struggle for most women, it’s a tough battle! I lost 25 lbs last year with a quick weight loss, and I’m almost to my year mark of keeping it off. Feels so great, but it’s a daily mind battle.

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

      It IS such a mental battle! And I loved reading your weight loss story– it was so real, and I appreciated that!

  42. Stacy posted on February 28, 2013 at 5:12 pm (#)

    I’m right there with you on the struggle of losing weight. Three years ago, I lost 47 pounds and finally felt amazing. Then I got pregnant, had a miscarriage, got pregnant again, had a handsome little boy, and now just can’t seem to get rid of those last pesky 20 lbs. I would totally be up for a health/fitness challenge of some sort. :) Best of luck to you on this journey. Can’t wait to see more of your skinny treats!

    • Ashton replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 11:16 pm

      I’ll let you know if I come across any really motivating challenges we can participate in! I sure appreciate your support, and wish you well in your own efforts! Isn’t it a pity our weight loss can’t be permanent once we get there?? It’s such a cruel joke!

  43. Liz posted on March 3, 2013 at 1:26 pm (#)

    I didn’t read this post last week for some reason but I read this weeks which lead me back to this one. Weight loss is not an easy thing but if you put your mind to it, you will succeed! I have to watch what I eat everyday too….it sucks! Thanks for your honesty and good luck with your journey….you’ll do it! :)

  44. Elyse Ellis posted on March 4, 2013 at 9:39 pm (#)

    Ashton,

    I just love you! Camille told me you were doing this and I had to come check it out! It made me cry! You are so beautiful and talented. I am joining in, too. Thanks for the motivation!

    xo,
    Elyse

  45. Stacey posted on March 4, 2013 at 11:18 pm (#)

    Good luck on your weigh loss! I’m also going through almost exactly what you described- history and all! Weird thing is my numbers are almost exact to yours! You will find that motivation again! I had a knee injury that set me back but I am more motivated than ever now.. It’s hard to restart but you can do it!!!!! :)

  46. Bree {Skinny Mommy} posted on March 11, 2013 at 4:41 pm (#)

    This looks great and good for you!

  47. Kristin posted on March 24, 2013 at 9:21 am (#)

    thanks so much for sharing your story with us! it can be really scary to share “the number” so i think it’s awesome that you put it out there. i also think it’s great that you know what a healthy weight is for YOU. i think that wanting to feel comfortable in your own skin and be at your happy weight is the right motivation. i could never give up dessert either, but i’m always looking for healthier swaps, so i think skinny saturdays/sundays will be great! good luck to you!

    • Ashton replied: — March 26th, 2013 @ 9:47 am

      Thanks for your support!

  48. Carol @arewethereyet posted on March 28, 2013 at 11:57 am (#)

    Hi – just found your site via pinterest. I love your honesty and I have to say that I have the same problem and then I don’t. You see, I have been putting on the weight but I never had a problem before my cancer surgery ten years ago. I’m cancer free now, but at the age of 60 I am finding that I have no idea what I’m doing in the weight loss department. Up until my surgery I had always been able to eat what I wanted and work out “some”. Then I hit that wall and have not done any form of exercise in a LONG time – and it is hard to find the right exercise for someone my age. Anyway, I just wanted to say I’ll be checking out your entries and good luck with your weight loss journey!
    Hugs –
    Carol

  49. Rhondi posted on May 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm (#)

    Ashton, I really enjoyed reading your personal story. I too have been struggling with my weight. I even stopped blogging. I started a weight loss program a week ago and it’s a daily struggle. It’s great to have a support system in place, and my husband and children have been my cheerleaders. I look forward to following you on your journey and trying all your Skinny Saturday recipes. You’re an inspiration to us all!

    • Ashton replied: — May 28th, 2013 @ 12:38 am

      Wow Rhondi! That’s so great that you’ve taken that first (difficult) step!! Thanks for stopping by here and for your support!!

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