before/after pictures: 31-day juice fast

2.10.2012

i went back and forth whether i should post before/after photos from my juice fast.
understandably, many have asked how much weight i lost
feasting on nothing but fresh fruit and veggie juice.
and i get it.

but weight is just an uncomfortable topic
regardless if you are over, under, or perfectly healthy.

and posting photos of yourself like this on the internet is entirely scary, embarrassing, and down-right ballsy.

(i'll probably regret this later)

Stats:
Height: 5'4"
Before Weight: 145 lbs
Current Weight: 125 lbs


sooo....
if you can do basic math, then you already figured out i lost 20 pounds in one month!
while this certainly was not the goal i had in mind
(i really didn't care too much about the weight issue, i did the cleanse for true, pure health reasons)
i can't say i'm not happy with the results.
it took these pictures for me to realize how much better, healthier i look.
my face is defined, jaw defined, i don't appear bloated, love handles are disappearing before my eyes...


now, my arms and legs look the same to me.
but i figure, i didn't really "work out" too hard during that month
and my trainer tells me arms are something you gotta work at...


sorry for the pictures not being scaled right
i don't own photoshop
and this was the best i could do

(i'm totally worried people will judge me now,
please be nice with your comments.
i feel pretty darn vulnerable at the moment...)


36 comments:

aislin said...

BABE ALERT!
seriously though, you look amazing. before and after! and you're right, you're glowing in the second photo [as you should be!]. so so so inspiring. i'll definitely be jumping on the juice fast train asap!

Nicole Marie said...

way to go girlie!! you look great!

Jami said...

Amazing!!!!! Way to go Ashley! You've inspired me :)

Bailey@Lost&Found said...

Wow! This is amazing. Seriously. You look great before and after, but if you feel better after, then that's all that really matters. I would love to try something like this- I just don't know if it's something I would stick to. I'm seriously impressed!!! It takes a really strong person to only juice for a month!!!

Now, I hope you will enjoy some pizza or something, LOL. At least for a night- you totally deserve it!

Amira said...

That is awesome!! You looked great before too :-) Care to share this magical fruit fast?

Amira said...

Oh duh, I just saw your link! Checking it out now :-)

Devon @ TheMermaidChronicles said...

Great job! You totally look great in both pics but it's so awesome you feel healthier. Good for you to stick with it! Thanks for sharing.

Sarah Frills4Thrills said...

First of all-- you didn't have much weight to lose in the first place, but seeing the side by sides, I can totally tell a difference! And I can definitely see a difference in your legs and arms!! You look great and I think the weight difference went from thin to healthy! You look awesome!!!

Katie {katie lately} said...

are you joking me?! you look amazing!! i can totally see a difference in your legs too. GAH! this is total motivation! one.more.day.

Nicole - Craft My Soul said...

Weight is most definitely a touchy subject... for people who struggle with it. You look great now and you looked great before. nothing wrong with a little somethin somethin. ya know? I see that you lost some in your legs... did you work-out at all also? Or is this strictly from the diet? My wedding dress is being delivered April 1st. I want to lose some weight before it arrives and I have to get it fitted. I might try this. Thank you.

Kinsey Michaels said...

wow you look fabulous! that's amazing that you dropped 20 pounds in a month. i don't think i'd be able to do a cleanse but clearly the results are worth it!

Tannita said...

There is no reason to feel uncomfortable sweets! You looked great before, and now you look Amazing!
You do have so much more definition. You can see the difference big time but again you looked great before too! Good job! and thanks for posting!

Ashly@Moon Walk said...

Wow! So amazing.

Olivia.Dee said...

go you! with this post... you're inspiring so many more people (like myself) to be healthy. You are legit proof!!! you look amazing!!

Colette said...

Amazing amazing amazing.

kori said...

THIS IS AWESOME!
You look great girl! I just ran across your blog and im totally impressed one month and 20 lbs down-- that incredible! I can tell in your legs and your arms! This is Motivation!! :)

Kristina Gulino said...

Dude, I'm so glad you did this! I know it's hard to be so transparent, but I think you represent a very healthy body image (both before and after)! Very cool. Keep the health train rolling!

Kristina
Nook & Sea

Brandi said...

You look fantastic! Way to go girl! It takes pure determination to juice for that long- count me impressed :)

Natasha said...

Major kudos for going balls to the wall. You look great! Very healthy. I just found your blog, and this is the first post I read (whoa, what an ice breaker, lol), but now I'm off to read more about this miracle cleanse... maybe I might even try it myself.

Meg {henninglove} said...

wow those are great results!! you look awesome!

kristin said...

Awesome job!!! I just found your blog and I am loving this post!
I recently downloaded My Fitness Pal for my phone and have been using it online also, and have been going to the gym and eating healthier, I considered doing one of the juice cleanses just to get a kick start on the weight loss but haven't done it yet. You have had GREAT results though and are making em want to try it!!
I weigh 145 right now, and I really just want to loose 10 pounds to start, then I will go from there!

Elizabeth Ann @ Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box said...

GIRL! That is amazing! ;-) SO SO proud of you! ;-) Question. . . how do you start to incorporate food back into your diet?? This is AWESOME!

★ JASMINE ★ {Barbie-Bombshell} said...

wow, i am truly inspired!!

after reading your last 30+ posts about your juice fast journey, i have decided to take the plunge myself next month!

thanks so much for sharing this!
ive lost 100 pounds but have a stubborn 20 that wont seem to budge no matter what i do... sooo... this is just another little thing i could try! always loves me a challange!

wish me luck girlie!

xo

Hollie Ann said...

pretty much what everyone else said...you looked great before AND after. but happy you feel better!!! i'm thinking of doing a 3-4 day juice fast...inspired by you! :)

Anna Elder said...

You look amazing!!!!! And seriously, so brave of you to post the before & afters. Hollie (Hollie takes notes) sent me your link to check this out bc I'm wanting to do a cleanse. You've totally inspired me!!

Ashley said...

Wow! You look fantastic! I just found your blog today and you have inspired me!

Danielle said...

Heard about your fast from Hollie Takes Notes! I think you look amazing! You go girl! I have heard so much about juice fasting lately and I think it seems like such a great idea! I plan on researching it more and who knows, maybe my fiancé and I will give it a try!

Thanks for being inspiring :)

Sue said...

My husband and I have been talking about doing a juice fast of our own. Is there any advice/tips/great juice recipes you have for us? I would really appreciate it!

Lynne Knowlton said...

You look absolutely amazing !!!!!! We bought a juicer recently ( my hubby has cancer), and we both FEEL A LOT better. I get exactly what you are saying.
I too am a blogger, and I found your blog on stumbleupon. So happy that I did !!
Good for you for posting the pix. I know how vulnerable we all feel about posting pix. You go girl !!
Lynne

Trish Andrews said...

I understand your "fear" of posting pics....but you look great either way....and my husband and i are looking into starting ti this next week....i just need to look forward to maybe losing a few lbs i want to get myself clean and happy.

Callie {YouDontEvenKnow} said...

Thank you for sharing this. I watched a documentary with a guy who juice fasted for 60 days (I'm sure you've seen this and this was most likely part of your inspriation) and I have been a little obsessed ever since. I am going to go back and read up on your experience with "extreme juicing" from the beginning!

meghan said...

I just clicked over from Kristin's blog, and wow! This juice diet is serious!! And I bet it was delicious!! Was it hard? Did you feel like you went without? And did you have to have a certain number of juices a day? I'm going to have to read more. I'm a new follower from her blog and I'll do some investigating. Do you think you COULD HAVE worked out during this time or did you feel weak?

Stephanie said...

I just came over from Kristin's blog too and I am super impressed. Impressed with the weight loss, of course, but even more so, I'm impressed with your will power and determination. I don't know if I could make it a full month on just juices.

I've thought about juicing but I have a few questions about it - Did you use a juicer or make fruit/veggie smoothies (like you posted on Kristin's blog)? And did you feel satisfied or were you fighting off cravings for other foods? Also, just out of curiosity, what are the effects like now that you're a few months out from it? Did the weight/health benefits stay? Do you still juice everyday?

Ok, that was a lot of questions! Sorry about that! Hope you're having a great Tuesday. :)

Lisamarie said...

I am dying to know how you did a 31 day juice fast. Did you make your own juices? Did you use a recipe book? I have a juicer and juiced for a couple of days. But it was hard. Any messy. And the juices don't last long. So give up lady! How did you work the logistics???

Anonymous said...

Wow Ashley, what an achievment! Today is my second day of Juice Feasting and Raw Food. I've decided to keep eating raw fruits and veggies to keep the metabolism going. I'm folling Joe's Green Juice (Fat, Sick and nearly Dead). I drink 1.5l of the green juice and 1.5l of water. I eat as much raw fruits and veggies as my tummy wants. So far, I've lost 1kg in a day!! So happy to see so many successful stories! You are inspiring and motivating! Thank you!
Happy, Healthy Mrs Carroll
South Africa

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