‘Hardcore Pawn’s Ashley Gold on Her 45-Pound Weight Loss, Body Shaming — Exclusive
You can make all the excuses in the world for why you haven’t lost those final five or 10 pounds, but Hardcore Pawn star Ashley Gold sees that and raises you her incredible 45-pound weight loss — and in less than a year!
The truTV reality star tells Wetpaint exclusively that her wake up call happened on her 37th birthday last January, when she decided to go by the hashtag “#newyearnewme.”
“I’ve always been a yo-yo dieter and I was sick of it,” the mother of two says. “I finally took control of my life. I wanted my kids to know what a healthy lifestyle was.”
That healthy lifestyle included cutting out red meat from her diet and turning the non-runner into someone who now does 10Ks. How? With a lot of commitment and subscribing to a “Couch to 5K” program, which gradually introduces newbies to long distance running.
“I’m thinner now than I was in high school,” Ashley admits. And though she’s surpassed her goal, she says she’s still going for an even 50-pound weight loss. “I’ve never been a failure and I’m not going to fail with this,” she adds.
Being that Ashley has been in the public eye for almost six years through Hardcore Pawn, she understands the recent discussion around body shaming.
“People don’t understand how it is to go through seeing yourself on TV and being harassed,” she explains. “But I had to wait until I realized it — it doesn’t matter how many people told me.”
Now that health is a priority again in her life, the reality star has focused her attention back on building her brand, namely with her own jewelry website, Pawn Chick Shopping. The site allows her to sell her accessories to the public after years of being asked to dress stars and people in the fashion industry.
Speaking of trends, what should us less in-the-know people keep in mind this fall-winter season? Ashley advises incorporating lots of layering — from necklaces to bracelets — and mixing of metals, like rose gold and yellow gold, which she says is making a comeback from its ‘90s heyday. Also, she dishes that “right now, it’s all about being bold” in color choices, so don’t be afraid to throw in some fall colors like emerald or ruby!