Cassandra Dumas was an athlete and a discus national champion. She suffered a knee injury that ended her athletic career right before she was to try out for the Olympics. Then she began to gain weight. Her heaviest weight came in at 364 pounds. She didn’t go out anymore but rather stayed home most nights in her bedroom alone. She turned to trainer Chris Powell and Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition for help. In the end she lost 175 pounds which is almost half of her starting weight!
During the episode they showed her at work. She is a counselor at a school and the kids were a part of the episode and helped her along the way. She tells kids that they can do anything that they want to. They were all very actively involved and so many were inspired by her story.
Cassandra began gaining weight due to excessive emotional eating after she went through a very painful divorce. It is very common for people to turn to food to comfort them in trying times. Unfortunately they pay for it later on when the weight catches up with them and then they tend to become more depressed because now they are dealing with heavy emotional stuff and are overweight as well.
One thing that her coach, Chris Powell taught her was that she needs to take small steps and look towards small goals, not big picture ones. It is good to have a big picture of what you want, but can make it seem unrealistic at times. Setting small goals and taking things step by step is much easier, and you will feel more accomplished by achieving all of these small victories.