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My nephew Haiden and I - July 2010 (about 78 pounds lost here)

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My nephew Haiden and I around Christmas 2008...

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This picture says it all - HORRIBLE! Puerto Rico Jan. '09 - this is when I knew things had to change

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My name is Cassie, I'm 27 and I currently live in Charlotte, NC with my adorable dog - Daylin.

So far I've lost over 80 pounds with SparkPeople and I can't even imagine my life the way it was over a year ago. SparkPeople has taught me so much about healthy living, but more importantly, through the process, I've learned so much about myself. SparkPeople has taught me that I can do whatever I set my mind to and there really are no failures, just lessons to be learned. I love everything about SparkPeople and what it stands for. Without it, I'm not sure I'd be where I am today in my weight loss journey.

What 'Sparked' my Weight loss Journey....
I've always been fairly heavy and in 2005, my senior year of college, I tried to take control and lost about 15 pounds but after I graduated I fell back into my same habits and gained about 60+ pounds in the process.

In January 2009 I went on a cruise with an ex-boyfriend and his just made me really think about where I was with my weight, all the walking everywhere wore me out way to quick. Right after we got back from the cruise he broke up with me (via email none-the-less!) and I kinda hit was one of those breakups where I had no idea anything was even wrong at all. I went for close to a month feeling empty, alone, and trapped in a body I didn't really like - to put it into perspective, I dealt with the breakup better than I dealt with realization of what I had let myself become. I didn't know where to start in making changes to my life, it seemed so overwhelming.

When my neighbor asked me to come over for drinks one night for a 'party' she was having to start a 3 month weight loss challenge I wasn't surprised she asked me - but I was surprised by my answer. I told her I wasn't sure and that I'd think about it. She said that if anything I could just come over and hang out. So I thought about it for a few days and decided, what did I have to lose? I knew I couldn't do it by myself and having a 'support system' seemed like a good idea, so I went to the party and joined the challenge.

A few days later I received an email from about SparkPeople. I signed up mostly for the points and I didn't really think I would like SparkPeople that much, but signing up for SparkPeople has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. I think everything happens for a reason and even though the breakup was hurtful and emotional, it's actually one of the best things to ever happen to me. Without that push I'm not sure I would have been ready to change my life, and over a year later, I'm actually thankful that my ex did what he did, because it's exactly what I needed.

Member Since: 3/10/2009

Fitness Minutes: 19,783

My Goals:
My main goal is to lose weight not only to look better but to feel better as well.

1. 11 Pounds - Met 4/18/2009
Reward: Nick & Nora dvd

2. 21 Pounds - Met 5/23/2009
Reward: New Purse

3. Half Goal
26.5 pounds - Met 6/13/2009
Reward: Kohls Cash

4. Full Goal
32 Pounds - Met 7/11/2009
Reward: Bracelet - Amazon

5. Half Goal
36.5 Pounds - Met 8/1/2009
Reward: Amazon wish list pick

6. Full Goal
41 Pounds - Met 8/22/2009
Reward: LA Candy - Book

7. Half Goal
46.5 Pounds - Met 10/3/2009
Reward: Trip to the Movies - Love Happens

8. Full Goal
52 Pounds - Met 11/21/2009
Reward: New Perfume

9. Full Goal
64 Pounds (Under 200 Pounds Goal) - Met 1/17/2010
Reward: New Ipod

10. Half Goal 71 Pounds - Met 4/11/2010
Reward: Sweet Little Lies -Book

11. Full Goal 77 Pounds - Met 6/13/2010
Reward: Amazon

My Program:
12. Half Goal 83.5 Pounds
Reward: Kohl's Shopping Trip

13. Full Goal 90 Pounds
Reward: New IKEA Bedspread

Final Goal Approx 123 Pounds - Cruise!!!!! It's going to finish how it started....

- Walking as much as possible
- Workout DVDs
- Total Gym/Pilates
- Drinking only water
- No soda or pasta - period!
- Low cal/low fat foods
- No limit on veggies /fruit

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"You must do the things you think you cannot" - Not sure who said it but my neighbor gave me a card with that on it to help keep me motivated!

"Nothing is impossible"

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    As a Taurus, you are likely to be very patient, a hard worker, and one of those people who constantly puts forth much sustained effort. The Taurus girl is born to a mother she can never live up to and she always fears her mother's criticism. She is really stubborn because she wants to have some control over her own life because she mother tries to run it for her from an early age. She rebels. She digs in her heals. She can turn to food for comfort, and thus she can have a weight problem.
    Your demeanor is slow and deliberate, and attempts by others to hurry you rarely succeed. You need time to adjust to new ideas and changes. You can be stubborn to the point of becoming rigid, but you are practical and constructive in nearly everything you do. You carefully consider options before starting any action or coming to any conclusion. You function best under conditions where there is predictability, and where you can exercise a degree of control.
    Good-natured and friendly, your placid demeanor rarely shows upset or anger. When you are aroused, as suggested by the symbol of the sign, your reactions are very much like those of the angered bull. This anger can be reckless, and often lingers.
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    You are not usually the first to learn a lesson, but when it is mastered, you are not likely ever to forget. Retentive and steadfast, you don't scatter your energies. You may be lazy at times, perhaps not spending any energy at all for extended periods. Yet long term, you are very willing to assume responsibility and shoulder more than your fair share of the load.
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    You may excel as a cook, but even if you don't have the inclination to prepare it, you certainly enjoy food; perhaps too much. Because of this, you may have a battle with your weight. A slow metabolism and lack of interest in exercise often compound this problem.
    A natural interest in art and music often leads to careers or hobby pursuits in some form of art. Taurus is the sign that rules the throat, so you may have a fine singing and speaking voice.
    Love relationships are very important to you. Since you don't like being alone, you may settle for a partnership that is less than ideal, instead of accepting loneliness. Once settled in a relationship, you are very steadfast and dependable. You are exceedingly loyal, and make a very faithful friend. The most appealing aspect of Taurus, that sweet and loving temperament, is the often present when the Sun appears in Taurus.
    The Taurus woman gets along with Capricorn, Scorpio, Cancer, and Pisces. She can deal with throat problems and thus her thyroid.
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