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My Weight Loss Journey Recap (-127 lbs) with Before/After Pics

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I've met a few people recently that don't really know about my weight loss journey. When I mention it to them, I get an amazing compliment that they almost don't believe that I was ever overweight because of my size and running now.

Trust me, I was. Weighed in 127 pounds heavier than I am now at 252 pounds...A lot on a 5'0, petite frame. I did not have any other health issues at that point, but I know they would have developed.

I started my journey with the motivation to look good in a wedding dress and start my married life on a healthy note and it's given me so much more than that. It's given me a life that I could not imagine. It's given me the opportunity to speak to others and inspire them about health. It's given me the chance to do things I would have never thought imaginable- come on, I'm doing a marathon in February! It's given me the freedom to go into any store and buy something off the rack.

But most of all, it's given me time with my family. I was blessed with great pregnancy/delivery experiences and two healthy baby boys. I love being able to run around with Parkie and Reid...hide in Parkie's tent (even if he only lets me stay in there for 2 minutes before saying, "Parkie push Mommy out.") I can keep up with them and know we have an awesome future of playdates and I always want to show them what a healthy mommy is.

I love running, hiking, riding bikes and doing whatever with Steve...we could have never done those things while dating. He's loved me the whole time, but I know he is proud and happy with who I am now.

For those of you that have made it to the end of this (especially those of you on your own weight loss journey), your future is what you make of it. You can do anything you set your mind to...it's all about choices. I make time to exercise and have grown to love it. I make healthy eating choices 90% of the time so that I can have what I want in the other 10%. Every morning I wake up knowing God has blessed me with another day- I want to make those days count!

  
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DEEDAYE 6/27/2013 12:20PM

    Your story is one of hope & inspiration for me. We stared here on Spark at the same time. I have not had the success you have found, but I am still here and not giving up! emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 6/26/2013 9:35PM

    Thank you for sharing your story, and you have done a great job! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSB8604 6/26/2013 2:10PM

    Nicely done!

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KERRIELYNN719 6/26/2013 11:35AM

    Wow...what an amazing inspiration!

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ONMYMEDS 6/26/2013 8:49AM

    A truly amazing story. Well done.

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IMSMILEY88 6/26/2013 8:39AM

    That is awesome! What a wonderful story. And what a fantastic example you are to all of us and to your own children. I'm happy you are living a happy life with your family!
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KNH771 6/26/2013 8:28AM

    Congrats on your hard-earned success! emoticon

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 6/26/2013 8:07AM

    You look fantastic! Great job! :)

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 6/26/2013 7:21AM

    Thanks for your encouraging message!

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MAGGIEVAN 6/26/2013 6:33AM

    Amazing, is all I can say! Congrats with your new heathy lifestyle and the fact that you are keeping it up.

It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. Tony Robbins

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Double Jogging Stroller- Advice Needed

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

For any of my moms that run out there...any advice on a double jogging stroller?

I really want the Mountain Buggy +1 but hate that $600 pricetag!

  
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SNOWYOGA 3/17/2013 6:48PM

    Ouch! I agree

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STRAITIFF_09 3/14/2013 6:14PM

    We have the Baby Trend Navigator double jogger and I LOVE it, I wish it was an incline to into places, but for outside and jogging it is great!!

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CONFUSEDBIRD 3/13/2013 9:19PM

    Ooh I see!

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PSFITMOMMY413 3/13/2013 8:50PM

    Part of it is just having a double inline stroller...our double stroller is so bulky! I would recommend spending the extra money to get a stroller that will convert in the first place!!

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CONFUSEDBIRD 3/13/2013 8:41PM

    Everyone I know who has gotten a jogging stroller, said they soon ditched it. It's so much more work getting it up and down hills with the weight of the kids and just makes the run torture. Was easier just having their spouse watch the kids and going out alone. Do you know anyone with one, u can try out? Maybe u can ask around your gym if u know anyone with kids who has one if u can try theirs.

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Half Marathon Pics

Saturday, March 09, 2013

So I ran my second half marathon today and finished strong at 2:08


and I had a great cheering section at the end!


Future track stars? I think so!
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It was my first time running with my new Garmin watch and I'm officially in love. I can't wait to see how much my training runs improve now that I can truly pace and push myself on my outdoor runs. I'm taking next week off from big runs and am doing a Color Run 5k on Saturday and then I'll be back in training mode for a 10k the first week of April and another half at the end of April.

  
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ONMYMEDS 6/26/2013 8:51AM

    Great job!! emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 3/11/2013 12:05PM

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MOOCOWLVR 3/11/2013 8:48AM

    Nicely done, Kassi! You continue to be an inspiration! And that watch looks pretty cool, too. emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 3/10/2013 9:08AM

    AWESOME~!! Congratulations on finishing! Your GARMIN watch looks neat!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 3/9/2013 4:30PM

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2LABS2LOVE 3/9/2013 4:27PM

    emoticon job well done!

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NEWRUNNER2 3/9/2013 4:15PM

    emoticon You're an inspiration!

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Met My Goal- Half My Size- 127 Pounds Gone Forever

Sunday, January 13, 2013


This blog is 4.5 years in the making. Itís a blog that Iíve thought about and dreamt about for 4.5 years. There are times that I thought it would never come, but it did.

Iíve reached my goal. Half my original size. 126 pounds. Gone. Forever.

I started my weight loss journey in July of 2008, motivated by wedding dress shopping and the desire to start my married life as a different person. I wanted to be able to go shopping in a normal store. I wanted to eat without being embarrassed. Moreover, I didnít want my weight to hold me back from doing anything anymore. I wanted to be healthy.

In the past 4.5 years, I have become a new person. A fit person. Iíve become a mom and maintained a healthy weight during pregnancy (twice!). Iíve become a runner and am training for my second half marathon. Iíve lost a total of 127 pounds and have gained a new life.

I have an amazing, supporting husband, friends and family that have held me accountable for the past 4.5 years. Theyíve believed in me when I didnít think Iíd make it. Theyíve encouraged me when I knocked myself down. Theyíve been a key part of my success. I thank God for bringing each and every one of them into my life!

Iíd love to say that it was easy and that anyone can lose half their body weight, but that would be a lie. It has not been an easy journey- itís hard work. Itís hard to resist temptation and eat clean. Itís hard to say no to sweets and yes to sweat. It takes an incredible amount of determination, self-motivation, and belief in yourself.

For those of you that are in the beginning of your weight-loss journey, donít give up. You can be here too, but youíre going to have to work. Itís not about a magic pill or special diet. Itís about eating healthy (most of the time) and exercising. Itís not about being ďgoodĒ or ďbad.Ē Itís about a lifestyle change. Itís about you re-writing your future. And you can do it!

  
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WORKNPROGRESS49 3/9/2013 4:31PM

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RUN2MYDREAMS 1/17/2013 6:46PM

    Congratulations on reaching your goal! What a momentous occasion for you and a fabulous way to start off the year! Thank you for being an inspiration!!
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SNOWYOGA 1/15/2013 12:05PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon For sharing!

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KIYOSHI04 1/14/2013 10:03PM

    congratulations!!

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PURPLE180 1/14/2013 9:29PM

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WANT2BHEALTHY11 1/14/2013 9:06PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss!!!!!! You look great!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARYBETH4884 1/14/2013 6:46PM

    WOW!! You are an incredibly inspirational person! Thank you for sharing your journey, it really help to motivate those of us who are just beginning. Thanks!

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RUNNINGOMA 1/14/2013 1:54PM

    I am totally impressed! The biggest accomplishment is to have 2 babies during this whole process! That could have been another excuse, but instead it gave you more reason.
I LOVE the part where you said, "say no to sweets and yes to sweat." That is the key. Thank you for being such a good example to so many people, and congratulations on your accomplishment! emoticon

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JENIUS_PANDA 1/14/2013 12:43AM

    Wow, thanks great! So proud of you for making your goals and living life in the process.

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SKINNYSTRUMMER 1/13/2013 8:46PM

    So Awesome!

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HIKER-SQUIRREL 1/13/2013 8:00PM

    Congratulations! emoticon I'm so happy for you!!!



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FAIRLIGHT914 1/13/2013 7:59PM

    I remember you on the start of your journey and the births of both of your children! You are truly an inspiration and a testimony for consistency for all of us. WELL DONE. You should be so proud of the strong woman you have become! I am proud for you. Rock on and hold on to the reins of infinite possibilities! The best is yet to come!

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PAPER_WINGS18 1/13/2013 7:53PM

    Omg amazing!! You look fabulous, and I am so proud of you! I hope to have the same success story one day, but you're right, it's not easy and it is difficult at times to resist temptations. :)

Congrats!!

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SHANTODD420 1/13/2013 7:16PM

    Wow you look amazing I need to find that inner spark and determination again. Keep up the heathy and hardwork.

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RUNNERCHICK007 1/13/2013 6:45PM

    Awesome job lady!! You are such an inspiration and will continue to be for so many people. Keep at it and keep maintaining. You look so happy and so healthy, I can't wait to continue watching you through out your journey as it moves into maintenance. Congrats again!!

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CONFUSEDBIRD 1/13/2013 6:41PM

    So great to see you at your goal! You have come a long way! You are surely my hero on the baby maintenance front. I tell ppl about you all the time!

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NEWNAC304 1/13/2013 6:37PM

    Awesome job!

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JERSEYGIRL24 1/13/2013 5:43PM

    Congratulations, Kassi!!! emoticon You were such an inspiration when you were pregnant and working out constantly. But I guess this journey was many more years in the making, and you have accomplished it. You continue to be an inspiration. I will have to keep your quote how it is "hard to say no to sweets and yes to sweat". That is so true for me. Thank you for pointing that out.

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CHRISPYLEE 1/13/2013 5:34PM

    I knew you would do it....how wonderful!
I am so proud of you!!
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JCGALSHERE 1/13/2013 5:31PM

    Congrats Cassie....I'm so glad to have experienced a small part of your journey with you thru spark. I know I've said this to you a hundred times but you my friend are a true inspiration and your words in this blog are awesome! You help give hope to those who think it can't be done. You are living proof and I'm so proud of you that you have and will inspire so many people!! emoticon

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LILLEAN 1/13/2013 5:22PM

    That looks like two totally different persons. You've done great

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NANCY-GIRL 1/13/2013 5:16PM

    Wooooooooooot!!! Way to go, girl!!!
So proud!!

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JACKIE542 1/13/2013 5:05PM

    What a great journey, thank you for your story, you look great! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WINKERDINK 1/13/2013 4:53PM

    You are Ah-mazing! emoticon Congratulations!

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Getting Close to Goal- I Can Taste It!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

This morning's weigh-in brought me to 127.5...only 1.5 lbs away from being half my original size. I can taste that weigh-in and hope I can continue to stay away from temptation until I reach it. I'm visualizing those numbers on the scale as I type!

  
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WORKNPROGRESS49 3/9/2013 4:32PM

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MOOCOWLVR 1/9/2013 11:19AM

    Sooo close! You totally have this! Keep up the great work!

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NEWNAC304 1/9/2013 10:31AM

    Awesome!

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SINGER73 1/9/2013 9:39AM

    emoticon I know it took a lot of hard work. emoticon

I only have 7.6lbs to go until my ultimate goal. Hang in there.

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VFJF22051 1/9/2013 8:49AM

    emoticon Awesome

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