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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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    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,
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