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April 11, 2012
One year today! 83lbs lighter and still moving forward. The weight isn't coming off as quickly as the early days but I'm still making slow progress. The best part is that I am not discouraged. I know these last 35lbs are going to be the hardest. To celebrate this anniversary I had a month-long fitness streak. It ends today but it has been a month long of reflection on how far I've come since I started. I remember the first day at the gym...I got on the elliptical and thanks to the help of the trainer realized I was going backwards. That day I did 7 mins at a 4mph pace and thought I was dying. Many things have changed since that day. Post streak I am planning on continuing to exercise 6 days a week. I've also made a couple of other goals to keep me going strong. In Oct I will be running in the Marine Corps 10K in Washington DC and I am bound and determined to be able to do a pull up without having to offset 80% of my weight...haha. Overall this past year has been very hard but each day it gets easier. I am so thankful for my supportive husband who thought I was insane when I first mentioned running but now loves it more than I do. Having him commit to the goal of a healthy lifestyle with me has made all the difference in the world. Congrats to him for losing 70lbs this past year. Here's to the start of another year!

August 2011
Wow! I am only 4 lbs from the 50% mark of my 110 pound goal. These past 4 months have probably been the best AND hardest months of my life. I am at a point now where I REALLY believe that I have made a lifestyle change. It no longer feels like I could "fall off of the wagon" at any second. I trust in the decisions I am making when eating and temptations have been getting easier to deal with. Luckily, I was able to find a calorie friendly way to satisfy my sweet tooth. Love ya, Fudgesicles and Fiber One Brownies! I ran my first 5K this past Saturday - there was some walking involved (probably more than there should have been) but I still am ABSOLUTELY amazed that I was able to make a goal (that was so far out of my reach when I made it) and see it through to the end!!! Of course the Wednesday before our race I had a mini meltdown and for 2 hours I was not going to race on Saturday...but then I had an "Ah-ha" moment. I forced myself to do my scheduled run and something just clicked...suddenly everything was ok and I got past my self-sabotaging ways. That is another major milestone in itself. I am also spreading the Spark as often as I can now. It's hard not to shout it at everyone I meet but to those that seem interested I can talk forever preaching the praises of this site. It has been a lifesaver! Last night I saw my doctor and I am hoping to be off of blood pressure meds in the next few weeks. I have almost reached my 3 original goals...looks like it's time to make new ones!

April 2011
Hi, my name is Cassey and I joined Spark People to get healthy. I am done ignoring the state of affairs I am in. Today is a new day and change is in the air!

Member Since: 4/5/2011

My Goals:

My number one goal is to become a good role model for my daughter. I grew up being heavy and I remember how hard it was. I am hoping that the changes I am making now will help her stay on a healthy track. (Ongoing)

I also hope to get to the point where I don't need to take any medications. (Completed 10/24/11)

My last goal started out as a bit of a secret goal but I'm putting it out there...I want to run a 5k before the year is over. (Completed 08/06/11)

Work on my core so that I can do a sit-up. (Completed 01/11/12)

Lose 24 lbs to get out
of Obese BMI Range by Oct 2011 (Completed 11/20/11)

Get to One-derland by May 2012

Train for a 10K by Oct 2012

Do a pull-up with only 50% of my weight offset (rather than 83%)

My Program:
3 Days a week: Running 3-6 miles

3 Days a week: ST w/ 15 mins of cardio

1 Day: Rest

Daily: Tracking all of my food and controlling my portions.

Daily: Drinking 64+ ozs of water.

Personal Information:

10/28/12 MCM10K in DC

08/11/12 WDF 5K 40.05

06/24/12 BWC

04/14/12 NMES 5K 36.49 (PR)

11/01/11 Sparkpeople Virtual Trick or Treat 5K (Treadmill) 35:25

10/16/11 Hope for Hayden 5K (Cross-Country Course) 41:26

09/25/11 Great Pumpkin Walk/Run 1:07:?? (Walking)

09/03/11 Potomac Street Mile 10:15 (PR)

08/13/11 WDF 5K 37:44

08/06/11 Tyler Trot 5K (1st Race!) 39:35

Other Information:
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Start Date: April 11, 2011

-5 before starting SP
Month 1: -16 DQ Kiddie Cone
Month 2: -13 UA Shirt
Month 3: -11 New Clothes
Month 4: -12 Balance Board
Month 5: -8 New Bras
Month 6: -6 Guilt Free Vacay
Month 7: -3 Mexican Food
Month 8: -3 New running pants
Month 9: -0 I'll take it for the holidays.
Month 10: -2
Month 11: +5 Boo!
Month 12: -9

Other Rewards:
-50 New Running Shoes!
-100 to -110 Cruise!
-1 year Exercise for a month straight!

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2013!!!
    Where are ya, Done Girl!? I hope no matter where you find yourself in life, you are definitely enjoying it this birthday!!

    All the very best,
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