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Updated on August 18, 2015
My First Bikini
My First Bikini

Cassandra Schmigotzki's Weight Loss Journey

I was the girl who hated gym class. Everyone else questioned how we'd use math, science, history, etc. lessons in our futures. I questioned the point of gym class, turning my nose up at any exercise. I refused to eat most fruits and veggies, telling my dad he was trying to poison me. Over many years when the news reported another illness or death from bad fruit or veggies I'd say that proved my point all those years ago.

Since starting my journey to improve my overall health and wellness I'm now eating a few more fruits and veggies and exercising 5-7 days a week (before work and on the weekends). I'm enjoying it so much that it clicked with me that this thing that I've avoided for so long is my passion, my purpose for life. I am working towards becoming a full time Wellness Coach.

Below is how I started along with each program I've completed and my results. There are other programs I've done parts of as fillers in between as I wait. Jillian Michaels and Kelley Coffey-Meyer are my favorite trainers for this.

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It All Started with Weight Watchers

I joined Weight Watchers in March 2013 (WW USERNAME: CASSI98791) as a part of a diabetes prevention study. Everything just clicked right away. I immediately took hold of the portion control. I quit drinking sodas cold turkey. The weight started falling off right away. I lost 12.8 lbs by the beginning of May.

During this time I wanted to incorporate some kind of exercise to help boost my journey. Originally I just thought I'd walk every day. I was introduced to Beachbody's programs on Facebook by Coach Ny.

Weight Loss Milestones

10%/25 lbs - Met 6/25/13

20%/50 lbs - Met 10/15/13

30%/75 lbs - Met 4/1/14

40%/100 lbs - Met 8/19/14

GOAL - Met 1/6/15

Total Weight Lost: ~110 lbs

Tai Cheng Logo
Tai Cheng Logo

In the Beginning....

I knew that I'd have no chance if I jumped in head first to a program like Insanity or P90X. I probably wouldn't even last 5 minutes with anything like that. Even the 10 Minute Trainer was too much for me. So I decided to start with Tai Cheng to restore my balance and flexibility. I ended up also virtually stopping the pain I'd had in my right leg for years!

During this time I lost:

* 20.8 lbs

* 4 dress sizes

* 3 inches off my hips

* 1 inch off my arms

* 1 inch off my waist

* 5 inches off my bust

* .5 inches off my thighs

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Slim in 6 Logo

Time to Start Slimming

At first I wasn't sure what program to do next. My husband said that I should work on my midsection. Boy, was Slim in 6 hard work! I think it would've been easier had it not been the heat of the summer while I was doing this program. I got lightheaded and overheated a lot. Because of this I couldn't give it my all and didn't lose as much over these six weeks as I'd lost before.

During this time I lost:

* 4.8 lbs

* .5 inches off my hips

* 1.5 inches off my arms

* .5 inches off my bust

* 2.5 inches off my thighs

I'm actually going to do Slim in 6 again in November for a challenge group I'm hosting to see if I get better results in cooler temperatures.

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Body Gospel Logo

Body Gospel

There's quite a variety on the Body Gospel workouts as you're not doing the same thing every day.

Now that I received this heart rate monitor I can see what I'm doing every day. Over the first week of using the HRM (10/6-12/13) the calories I burned ranged from 132 (Core Revelations & Stretch in the Spirit) to 417 (Strength & Spirit). My heart rate averaged 128 over the six days. The average maximum rate was 152.

During this time I lost:

* 7.6 lbs

* 1 inch off my hips

* 1 inch off my arms

* 2 inches off my waist

* 2.5 inches off my bust

Slim in 6 for the Holidays Challenge - November 4 - December 15

Everyone participating in my challenge had some success in one way or another.

During this challenge I lost:

* 4.8 lbs

* .5 in off my thighs

* Nothing off my arms or hips

* 2 in off my chest

* 2.5 off my waist

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Rockin' Body Logo

Rockin' Body

After a long bout with vertigo (began Christmas Eve 2013) I started on Rockin' Body. I didn't follow the suggested schedule (would like to at some point) but instead completing workouts according to my energy level and the time I had each morning. I felt totally uncoordinated but still was able to complete each one.

During this program I lost:

* 6 lbs

* .25 in off my thighs

* Nothing off my arms, hips or chest

* 1 in off my waist

21 Day Fix Logo
21 Day Fix Logo

21 Day Fix

With the program selling out on the first day I had to wait almost 2 months to receive the 21 Day Fix. I was both excited and nervous about the eating plan. At first glance it looked more complicated than the Weight Watchers points system.

Although I didn’t lose what I was expecting I still enjoyed the program. It was too restrictive on the nutrition plan for me but I highly recommend it for someone who needs a more rigid structure for portion control to achieve their weight loss goals. I learned that I’m a heavy carb eater and wasn’t eating as much protein as I thought I was.

Total Weight Lost: .8 lbs

Total Inches Lost: 2.5 in

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Les Mills Combat Logo

Fight for the Right to Party

After doing a little kickboxing with Jillian Michaels I rather enjoyed the sport. I know that I may not be doing all the moves right or pack much of a punch but it's fulfilling. So it was time to bring on Les Mills Combat (which I was afraid of before)!

Total Weight Lost: 15.4 lbs

Total Inches Lost: 12 in

Weight Maintenance

At goal I need to keep my weight at 138-142 lbs for my monthly weigh ins so that I don't have to pay Weight Watchers fees.

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Body Beast Logo

Body Beast Taught Me about Weightlifting

Started learning the ropes of weightlifting with Body Beast. Normally, that's not what you'd say but I only have 3 & 8 lb dumbbells to work with.

As this was my stabilization period and I reached goal I lost my last 4 lbs or so but didn't have any significant inches lost.

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ChaLEAN Extreme Logo

ChaLEAN Extreme Got Me Stonger

I continued learning new weightlifting techniques and got heavier weights (adjustable dumbbells with weight plates up to 15 lbs). I grew stronger, enough that my husband even noticed! No significant losses or gains in measurements.

Fitness Favorites

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My Photos

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Tai Cheng Calibration GridBefore & After Tai ChengAugust 2013My beltAfter Slim in 6 - Summer 2013My Workout AreaStats on my new toy 10/6/13Can you see the difference between Halloween 2012 and now?After Body GospelBest burn!January 2014Favorite Rockin' Body workout so far21DayFix Day 1My Calorie Level on the 21 Day Fix21DayFix Day 2121DayFix Before & AfterSame shirt, 3 years laterAlmost 50 inches lost since I started working out#COUNTDOWNTO200K Challenge - BeforeHalloween 2012-2014January 2015
Tai Cheng Calibration Grid
Tai Cheng Calibration Grid
Before & After Tai Cheng
Before & After Tai Cheng
August 2013
August 2013
My belt
My belt
After Slim in 6 - Summer 2013
After Slim in 6 - Summer 2013
My Workout Area
My Workout Area
Stats on my new toy 10/6/13
Stats on my new toy 10/6/13
Can you see the difference between Halloween 2012 and now?
Can you see the difference between Halloween 2012 and now?
After Body Gospel
After Body Gospel
Best burn!
Best burn!
January 2014
January 2014
Favorite Rockin' Body workout so far
Favorite Rockin' Body workout so far
21DayFix Day 1
21DayFix Day 1
My Calorie Level on the 21 Day Fix
My Calorie Level on the 21 Day Fix
21DayFix Day 21
21DayFix Day 21
21DayFix Before & After
21DayFix Before & After
Same shirt, 3 years later
Same shirt, 3 years later
Almost 50 inches lost since I started working out
Almost 50 inches lost since I started working out
#COUNTDOWNTO200K Challenge - Before
#COUNTDOWNTO200K Challenge - Before
Halloween 2012-2014
Halloween 2012-2014
January 2015
January 2015

Following My Journey

On my blog, The Long and Winding Road to Wellness: Cassi's Journey, I go into more depth of the workouts as I experience them with the Weigh in Wednesday posts. Once I complete a program and all the measurements have been taken I'll update this hub with my results.

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    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Wonderful, the doggedness paid and the results show.

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      susan369 

      4 years ago

      well done! I find this very inspiring!

    • Niagara Ghosts profile image

      Niagara Ghosts 

      4 years ago

      Great job!

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      sanell 

      4 years ago

      congrats! Its all about doing what you can and changing your lifestyle! Way to go.

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      flycatcherrr 

      4 years ago

      Impressive!!

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      perdidapeso 

      4 years ago

      Congrats, anything that's worthwhile takes sacrifice and your well on the way to achieving your goals, well done so far...

    • LAWRTW profile imageAUTHOR

      Cassandra Schmigotzki 

      4 years ago from Indianapolis, IN, USA

      @Minoru10: I just can't stay motivated going to a gym without a partner in crime.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      You are doing great, keep up the good work, you will be rewarded ten-fold.

      Happy healthy living.

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      Michael Yoshinaka 

      4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      I give you much credit, I need the willpower right now to even start with the gym.

      Thank you for sharing an inspiring lens. Keep it up ! : D

    • LAWRTW profile imageAUTHOR

      Cassandra Schmigotzki 

      4 years ago from Indianapolis, IN, USA

      @Seasons Greetings: I tried a gym several years ago but didn't have anyone with me and didn't know anyone there. Needless to say I wasn't there very long before quitting.

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      Laura Brown 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Good for you. I tried Weight Watchers but did not stick with it. I joined a gym but was the fat one out so I didn't keep going. I should get back to walking, which I do like once I push myself out there.

    • LAWRTW profile imageAUTHOR

      Cassandra Schmigotzki 

      4 years ago from Indianapolis, IN, USA

      I'm planning to update this regularly so keep an eye out!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Very inspirational! Thank you for sharing your fabulous journey and for offering hope and courage to many. :)

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      norma-holt 

      4 years ago

      You have inspired me to try something like this. Sitting a lot while writing has widened my girth and I need to do something about it. Well done on all counts.

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      Dawn 

      4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Good for you! Thank you for sharing and keep up the good work.

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      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Truly inspirational!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      Good for you! I admire and respect what you have accomplished. Now you have the momentum to take this just as far as you want to go. Wishing you ever increasing health and fitness. Enjoy the journey!

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      Martina 

      4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Nice lens!

      I wish you even more success :)

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      BenjaminFrancs 

      4 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens. The logos or graphics look good and the topic is motivational and helpful for others.

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