S3 E12 Cassandra

08/27/13 | PG | CC

Once a four-time All American athlete, Cassandra no longer plays any sports. She weighs an unhealthy 364 pounds. After a messy divorce, the heartbroken 45-year-old from Quartz Hill, CA turned to food to bury her sorrows. A high school guidance counselor and coach for the track and field team, she tells her students they can achieve anything they put their minds to. Yet when it comes to losing weight, she is unable to follow her own advice. For Phase 1, Chris tasks her with losing 90 pounds in 90 days. If she does this, he’ll send her on a singles adventure trip.

Chris gets Cassandra back to her old training ways. He even gets her to jump again. This is something she hasn’t done in such a long time because of her weight. On Day 76, Chris brings in celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito to show her how to make quick and healthy meals. At the 90-Day Weigh-In, Cassandra comes in at 272 pounds. She hit her goal by losing over a pound a day. Chris wants her to keep losing the weight so he can send her on a whitewater rafting trip. He tasks Cassandra with losing 60 pounds in Phase 2.

Cassandra goes outside of her comfort zone to engage in some speed dating. She even gets asked out which is a lot better than sitting at home on Saturday night. Cassandra takes a dance class with her gentleman caller, Jeff. The two of them have a lot of fun. The experience has opened her up to the possibility of many future dates. Unfortunatelty, old habits begin to arise during her weight loss journey. At the 6-Month Weigh-In in Costa Rica, Cassandra comes in at 248 pounds. She only lost 24 pounds.

Cassandra is reluctant to embark on the whitewater rafting trip. She fears falling out of the boat and not being able to pull herself back in. She eventually takes on the rapids and does, indeed, fall into the water. Fortunately, Chris is able to pull her right back into the boat. He lets her know that he wants her to lose 40 pounds in Phase 3. Cassandra promises she’ll be the comeback kid. She also goes on that promised singles adventure before leaving Costa Rica.

Back in the States, Cassandra tries to get back on track. She has quite a few pounds to lose before the deadline. She’s stressing out about the big goal, so Chris gives her smaller goals so she won’t feel so overwhelmed. At the 9-Month Weigh-In, Cassandra is down to 217 pounds. She’s lost 40 percent of her original body weight. She wants to lose a little more before seeing Dr. Stoker about the skin removal surgery. This approach pays off. Cassandra is deemed a good candidate for the surgery.

When the day comes for the Final Weigh-In, Casandra takes the stage in her school’s gym. Cheers erupt from all the kids she works with on a daily basis. She lets her students know that dreams happen. Hers just came true. Cassandra steps on the scale one final time. She now weighs 189 pounds. That means she lost 175 total. She’s rewarded with a $25,000 Walmart gift card so she can buy all the fesh produce she needs for a healthy lifestyle. She does a little dance to celebrate her amazing accomplishment. Way to go, Cassandra!

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