When Little Girls get called “Fat”

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Photo by Shanea

This image strikes me hard. As I little girl, I was chubby, I was made fun of (having my last name didn’t help either), and I do remember turning my fingers into little scissors and wishing I could cut off my fat.

Honestly, I didn’t even know what fat was or that anything was “wrong” with me until the other kids told me so. Some days I was really terrified of going to school. I tried to distract it all by just studying harder.

It wasn’t until 7th grade when I started to get taller/skinnier and when I moved to a new school that the bullying stopped.

This notion that “thinner is better” and that “fat is bad” gets ingrained in kids’ head from an early age…whether it’s subliminally from media or just hearing it from other family members complaining about their bodies. So it is HARD to accept your body when everyone tells you not to. Body dissatisfaction begins to take over your life and you become obsessed with changing it. And you know what? Some girls won’t know how to. That’s when the dangerous habits begin.

“Over 80 percent of 10-year-old girls are afraid of being fat. By middle school, 40-70 percent of girls are dissatisfied with two or more parts of their body, and body satisfaction hits rock bottom between the ages of 12 and 15.” (NYC.gov)

So how do I like my body now that I’m a fitness instructor?

There are days when I love it and days when I hate it just like any other girl. Social media comments don’t make it any easier, but seriously if you make stupid remarks and your profile is private and you have no followers, just stop it.

I know that at the end of the day, I am more than just my physical appearance. Seriously. My body holds my talents, my dreams, and my drive. It doesn’t define me. So don’t let it define you either. Let’s teach our little girls and little boys this.

They don’t need to know that anything is wrong with their body, because there isn’t. They just need to know that they should smile, work hard, and reach for their wildest dreams, whatever it may be.

The change starts with this generation, now.



PS: This post was DELETED off Instagram after I posted it in the morning. I am soooo infuriated that Instagram and the reporters of the photo thought it was child pornography! LIKE SERIOUSLY!?? Read the caption for once. We had such good, real, emotional conversation happening in the comments. And to think that all those so-called “fitness” accounts publishing nearly pornographic butt shots and underboob are not being reported? Unfair. That is why I am reposting this on my blog where no one can take down my post except for me. As I said on Instagram, I will not be silenced.

PPS: Thank you to my friends Drew and Lynn Manning from fit2fat2fit.com for sparking this emotional conversation during lunch yesterday!

Chicken Lettuce Cups + DISNEYLAND!

Hey guys!

Hope you had a LOVELY weekend! I actually went to Disneyland on Saturday with some friends who were visiting from out of country and it was super fun! I hadn’t been in YEARS! I also got to meet some POPsters too so the day was quite magical. We def did all the big rides like Matterhorn, Space Mountain, Indiana Jones etc. and I was screaming my head off. Haha. I know. Disney rides are baby rides. I’m sorry, but I am a huge scaredy cat! Now…for some pics!

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Princess Minnie!

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This is the legendary Monte Cristo Sandwich from Orleans Cafe. No, I wasn’t the one who ordered it but you bet I demanded a bite! It is what it looks like guys. It’s ham, swiss, and turkey dipped in a batter, and deep fried, then powdered with sugar, then smothered with a berry jam. It was soft, crunchy, sweet, salty, destructive, and beautiful all at once. If you ever go to Disneyland, get it so you can check it off your bucket list. Yes. Eating this should be on your bucket list :)


We were all sooooo hot, sticky, and DISGUSTING after rides and lunch, so the obvious answer was to cool off with the famous Disneyland Dole Whip. I had read soooo many food blogs about this dessert and just wasn’t sure what all the hype was about. When we got to the Tiki Room, there were 2 lines and they were a 20-30 min wait each. Umm. WHAT! I have never waited in line that long for dessert. But we waited, because, who knows when I’ll be back!

To the left you have the original Dole Whip. I’m pretty sure it’s made of pineappes, sugar, and whipped cream of some sort in a soft serve style. To the right, you have the Dole Whip Float! Oh man. Basically fresh pineapple juice with Dole Whip on top.

Guys, this was my YOLO on Saturday and it was worth EVERY BITE. Sweet, tangy, fluffy, cold and soft. I swear I will find the perfect recipe to make this Dole Whip healthy so that I can have it again! Watch out for a Cheap Clean Eats episode showing you how to make this…

That day we walked over 26,000 steps which is over 10 miles! My legs are actually sore today. Do not underestimate the power of walking.

Any other Disney fans out there? What’s your fave Disney meal and fave Disney princess? Mine would have to be Pocahontas or Belle.

ALRIGHTY! Now onto the Cheap Clean Eats episode of the week…

CRUNCHTASTIC Chicken Lettuce Cups – serves 2
1⁄2 pound boneless, skinless chicken tenders

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tablespoon natural peanut butter

2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk

Pinch cayenne

1 packet sugar substitute

1 tablespoon Greek yogurt

1⁄2 red apple, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

1⁄2 green onion, chopped

6 leaves iceberg lettuce

2 tablespoons peanuts, chopped



1. Heat the garlic in a skillet coated with cooking spray for 1 minute.

2. Add the chicken. Sautée the chicken for 2 minutes.

3. Add in the peanut butter, milk, cayenne and sugar substitute and cook until no longer pink.

4. Set aside to cool. Stir in the yogurt, apple, celery, and green onion.

5. Spoon into lettuce leaves. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts.

CALORIES: 236 | Protein: 30 g | Net Carbs: 8 g | Fat: 9 g | Fiber: 3 g


This was another variation I did the other day where I added baked Garbanzo beans on top! It was sooo super delish. I love Garbanzo’s because they taste so nutty/meaty and yum!

This recipe is great for school, work, dinner, lunch – honestly…anytime you want anything flavorful and fresh! Give it a try and show me your pics using #cheapcleaneats. Can’t wait to see your creations!

Oh by the way…I decided to try out SnapChat. Does anyone else have it? Cuz…I am MAJORLY confused!! I posted something today so can you go check if you can see it? Sorry I feel so technologically disabled right now. I am not sure if it is me or if it is SnapChat but if anyone can tell me how to use it, I’d be so thankful :) My username is Blogilates.

Ok well have a FANTASTIC START to your week. Go check out your new Monday video, How to do a Headstand!

<3 Cassey

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