MCL423

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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 family...it 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 bottom...it 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 mypoints.com 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.

Goals:
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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  • v HUMMINGBIRDFLY
    Hi and welcome to the Emotional Eaters team! It's a great group. You'll find lots of support and encouragement here. I'm so glad you've joined us!
    emoticon Best wishes....Myrna
    4280 days ago
  • v GOING2LOSENOW
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  • v RTLIFESTYLE
    Welcome to the emotional eaters team. You will get a lot of support, advice and encouragement here. Post us often. We will listen and help pick you up when you mess up and pat you on the back when you succeed. A valuable tool is the nutrition tracker. You will find it under the my tools tab. It will show your calories, fat, carbs and protein. Drink 8 glasses of water a day and get 30 grams of fiber with the water a day. Exercise 30 min. a day. Spark mail me if you need any help. Check out my spark page. Maybe it will inspire you.


    4280 days ago
  • v BUTTERFLYEMERGE
    Welcome to the Emotional Eaters Team! I hope you love it here as much as I do. A place to vent, yes, but more than that, a place for some awesome support. I hope you find exactly what you are looking for.

    Eat well, journey well,
    Cathy emoticon
    4280 days ago
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