Stories of Inspirational Weight Loss: “Cassie” #UsFatGirls

Cassie is a dear friend that I’ve know personally for 20+ years.  She is awesome, inspiring, and encourages me.  Cassie has had significant weight loss.  Here is her photo and story in her own words.

Cassie“I didn’t always have a weight problem – honestly I never thought I would. I was very active in high school and college.  I had danced from the time I was three years old.

But then, I guess you could say, “life” happened. I got married, and had my first child in 1993. After I had her, I had the Norplants put in my arm (birth control) which started the weight gain and problems.  I gained 50 lbs in 6 months and was miserable. When I finally got them taken out in 1995 I was a mess – and I didn’t like me.  I was physically and emotionally far away from where I wanted to be and wasn’t in the right mindset to fix it.  As a result I kept gaining.

I had twins in ’98 and lost one of them after they were born.  Sadness and unhappiness continued the gain.  I had my 4th child in 2000.  Following that birth, I still didn’t do anything to take care of me and slid farther into myself and unhappiness.

My “aha” moment came in May of 2004.  I had worked with teenagers in the church for many years.  I could keep up with them and do everything they could, right? I must be “fine”, so I thought.

We were at a Six Flags-type amusement park and I was going to get on a ride with some of the girls. I went to pull the harness down over my shoulders to buckle it between my legs and I couldn’t do it by myself. I had to wait for an attendant to come buckle it while I held in my stomach.  Humiliated, I sat through that whole ride trying not to cry.  I couldn’t deny it anymore.  I had a problem!

A friend of mine was doing Weight Watchers and I watched her be successful. I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try since it had worked for her. That was the decision that changed my life. I joined WW June 1, 2004. I reached my goal in September 2005, and became a lifetime member in October of 2005. I lost 89.4 lbs and have kept it off for over 7 years. It’s not easy, but I never want to go back again to that place EVER!

I am the kind of person that once I make up my mind I’m going to do something.  I’m going to stick with it and see it through. The accountability of the meetings really helped me too.  We all need encouragement and motivation to keep going, me included. When I became a lifetime member, I immediately started working for WW.  I wanted that extra level of accountability, and I also wanted to help others the way that I was helped since it made such a difference in my life!!!! The first two years I was a receptionist. When my leader decided to leave WW so I had the opportunity to become a leader. I have been a leader for 5 years, and actually am proud and thankful to say that WW is my full time job. I lead 12 meetings all over east Texas every week. I get to motivate and inspire and encourage and help people learn healthy eating habits that they can realistically do for the rest of their lives!!! I am also a leader coach.  That means that part of my job is to help train and encourage other leaders so that they can be the best that they can be. I am also an Ambassador for Weight Watchers.  I do public speaking, special events, and also a TV spot.

What a difference it has made in my life. It gave me back my confidence, my self esteem, and just flat out gave me back “ME”. I have become more active in the last year as well – it was a part of the puzzle that I was missing and needed back in my life!

I have to tell you, I almost gave up at the end of my weight loss journey.  Those last 5 lbs took FOREVER to lose. I got so focused on the goal, that I had forgotten about the journey and how far I had come. I had to have someone remind me and show me that I was so much better and had come so far!!!!! Remembering the journey helped take the pressure off of having to get to a “number”.  As I relaxed and continued to focus on the journey and the little steps, I got there!

I went back to the amusement park with the teenagers again one year later, and I rode the same ride again, and I cried, because I could buckle my harness by myself, and I had LOTS of room to spare!!! It was the best symbol of everything I had worked so hard to accomplish!!!

One of my favorite quotes that I try to live by:   “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13 (Bible) ”

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Can you relate to Cassie?  Gaining weight through multiple pregnancies to find yourself heavier, sad, or depressed?  Have you had “aha” moments that are asking for changes to happen?  Do you have moments of embarrassment about your physical health?  I’m thrilled Weight Watchers worked for Cassie.  Have you found what works for you? 

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