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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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Other Information:
"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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    Thanks for adding me as a friend! Hope you are having a wonderful day!

    4373 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Cassie, Welcome to team Spark Ability! So glad you’ve joined us! I look forward to getting to know you on our weight loss journey!!! We are now on this incredible journey together – You are NOT alone!!! Together we can and WILL reach our goals!!!!

    “Nothing can stop the man with the right attitude from achieving his goal...”
    – Thomas Jefferson

    Together we have the Ability to succeed!!!


    4373 days ago
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    Welcome to the Done Girls Team. Good luck with your goals.
    4373 days ago
  • v no profile image DRAGONFLYSPIRIT
    Welcome to the Done Girls team, you're gonna emoticon emoticon it here. emoticon Enjoy your journey!!! emoticon
    4373 days ago
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    Hiya and Welcome to the "Done" Being the Fat Girls' Team.
    This is truely a great team and the "Done" Girls are always willing to send out a helping hand of support when ever you need it. The Forums are pretty busy with all sorts going on, hope to see you there.

    Wishing you all the Very Best on your journey and sending a little Scottish Sunshine to help Brighten your Day!

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    4373 days ago
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