It’s time to get on track…TOGETHER!!! Join my Weight Loss Challenge!

Hello POPsters!

Loved seeing all of your Flourless Pizza pictures on facebook and instagram! Doesn’t it taste unreal?!! Keep it comin! For those of you who haven’t tried yet, I COMMAND you to make it this weekend!

Alrighty guys. You know how I wrote about gaining weight the past few months since the move? Well, it’s time to change that progression and reverse it. Summer’s right around the corner and I wanna ramp up my workouts, clean up my diet even more, and ultimately lose some of that extra stress fat! It’s not about trying to “be skinny” – it’s about getting my fire revved up! About finding that passion to kill burpees like a madwoman! About being super dialed in. As a result, weight loss will come, but I won’t let vanity be my goal. It’s too shallow to push you through a tough day. You’ve got to find a deeper goal within.

So guess what?

For the month of June, we are going to do it together.

I will be tracking my progress for you to see. Instagramming sweaty pics and clean meals to motivate you.

But you know what? I’m gonna kick it up a notch and take you by the hand with me, because I know that we need to share our success every step of the way. I’m not gonna let you just read my blog and watch me work. No. You will work too. I will make sure of it.

How?

Because I’m gonna make you put your money on it.

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No really I’m making you. I’m making you bet that you will lose weight this month. In fact, I’m making you put down $25 that you will lose 4% of you weight in 28 days beginning June 3rd, 2013.

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Yes. That’s not too crazy! In fact, it’s very healthy. For someone who is 100 lbs, you will need to lose 4 lbs (1 lb a week). For someone who is 200 lbs, you will need to lose 8 lbs (2 lbs a week). Of course, only join the challenge if you WANT to lose fat. I do, so I’m asking anyone else who does to join me too. Is your heart beating? Are you scared?

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You’re going to have all the support you need! POPsters from all around the world! I’m using DietBet to organize the weight loss party for us. Basically what will happen is that you join now, put in your $25 bet, and the official weigh-in commences on June 1st, 2013. Stragglers can join up to June 3rd when the game begins for everyone. Also, for anyone that joins between now and the start of the game, I will send 10 random POP Pilates DVDs out to help give you the tools you need to succeed!

Then on July 1st, 2013, we do a final weigh in. At that point, if you have lost for example, 5 lbs, you get your your $25 back PLUS any money in the pot that’s left in there from people who didn’t meet their expected weight loss. So if 1000 people bet $25 that they’d lose weight, we’d have $25,000 in the pot. Say 50% of you make your goal (or exceed it!!!) then we have $25,000 to split between 500 of us, meaning everyone gets back $50 when you originally had bet $25!

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The way I look at it is like this. It’s not really a bet because we’re not leaving it up to the diet gods to determine your fate. YOU actually have all the tools you need to make this happen. All you have to do is put in your time and your genuine desire to succeed. And…you have me! I’m doing it too!

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If you go to Dietbet.com/Blogilates, you will find that I’ve already invited some of my close friends and family into the game. A lot of people have been complaining about how low energy they’ve been feeling and how they don’t feel confident about their bodies, so I thought it’d be cool to make a huge fitness fiesta out of it! And now I am personally inviting you to take part in it :)

Also, for those of you worried about people knowing how much you weigh, your pics, etc…you have the choice to make everything private. Or you can share it with the community. The point is the let our POPster friends from everywhere motivate one another. We will be training hard, we will be eating on point, and we will be seeing results.

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I even asked my lovely mommy to do this with me as she’s always down on herself about her body. At first she kept saying “No, no, no! I don’t like gambling! I’m gonna lose money!” I said, “Mommy!!! It’s not gambling because you have the POWER to create your own destiny.” We argued for about 30 min and she kept saying no. I was like, “Look, if you keep saying you’re gonna lose $, you’re basically BETTING against your chance to succeed. You’re betting that you’re going to continue eating food that you know is bad for you and you’re betting that you’re not going to exercise. Why would you do that?” She paused. There was silence. Finally…

…she said okay.

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And for those of you who want to actually lose weight, c’mon, let’s do this!!! You have the power to make the changes you wanna see. If not now, and with me and thousands of other motivated people…then when?

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I will also be pairing the DietBet party with our June Calendar (who’s excited for it?) so there will be routines planned for quicker fat burn. And for anyone who isn’t looking to lose weight, don’t worry, I’ll still be here with new workouts every Monday and new recipes every Thursday on YouTube.com/Blogilates.
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Also, for anyone doing this, I want you to remember that this isn’t for making $ or being dictated by the number on the scale. The scale is just simply a means of tracking progress. In fact, if we all had a body fat % machine at home, or someone to caliper us all, I’d much prefer that so we can track fat loss not just weight loss. But the truth is, we don’t all have an expensive tracker at home, so we will use a scale instead. As long as you go into with the right mindset, you will have healthy thoughts along the journey. If you begin to stray…post your feelings on the Blogilates community feed on DietBet. We will all lift you back up!

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Also, the fitness and weight loss journey is not an easy one. I will let you know first hand. But you can learn to love the hard work and then cherish your hard-earned results.

Ok guys, I put my $25 in. I’m personally really excited to be kicking my butt crazy style again! Oh jeez, I can’t wait!!!

I also decided to play for charity. I am supporting Action Against Hunger which is a wonderful organization that feeds malnourished children all over the world while giving them access to clean water.

Now it’s your turn:

Join the Blogilates Dietbet here. And invite your friends too! Let’s go big! And let’s show the POWER of what it means to be a POPster!

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To a successful journey of health, strength, determination, and resilience…LET’S GO BEAST MODE!!!!!!!!

Sweat Happy,

<3 Cassey

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  10. jennifer mcmullen says:

    hey – i don’t mean to be a mooch … but … I joined the bet a few days ago and was wondering about the 10 free dvds you said you would send out to help give us the tools we need. i would really like them. i do not have a tv and i live in the country – my internet is not the best and youtube freezes quite often – i really enjoy your workouts!

  11. Delilah Kay says:

    Would paying with a Visa gift card work??? I would really like to join this challenge. :) But, I’m 17 and I don’t have a credit card. :(

  12. Josephine Drocholl says:

    I’ve just joined the challenge! I’m looking forward to it. I keep gaining and losing the same 5-10 pounds over and over. I really enjoy the workouts Cassey. I have told so many people about your website. I love exercising and you make it even more fun with your positive and fun energy! I have one question about the food for the challenge – will you have a specific meal plan posted? Or do we just use one of the ones you already have posted. Also, I have not yet tried your carb-free pizza, but I’m going to buy some cauliflower and give it a try. Will let you know what I think … I’m totally psych’d!

  13. Hi guys!!!
    It’s my first post here and… well, after reading a loooooot of posts here in blogilates (Thanks Cassey for your WONDERFUL job!!) I though it was the time. I’m going to lose these 3-4kg that are tearing me down.
    I never was an athletic person and my legs are a bit flabby so, like I said: The time has come!!!
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    Good luck to all and regards from Spain!!!
    Sonya

  14. Cristina says:

    Ooooooh ho ho I am SO doing this. Not with the bet… I created an account and everything to later realize that 25USD in COP is actually a bit too much for me right now to put on the line lol, but I WILL take on the challenge from day one!!! With all the effort put on it and I’ll get to at least that 4%…. at least. *wishes deep inside to go further than that* :)

    Cassey… you rock!!! ♥ Bring it on!!! haha

  15. Casey! This sounds great! I really want to join but I’m on vacation June 20-28… Do you guys think it’d be stupid to try to lose that much when I’m going on vacation a full week? I do want to learn to eat healthy no matter what the situation tho…. Maybe this will give me the motivation!

  16. Here is a tip for anyone looking to lose weight…

    Write down your weight loss goal. Having written goals helps with motivation and keeps one on track to to succeed.

    Not only write it down, but verbally repeat the several times throughout the day with passion and conviction.

    Here is the key… don’t write, “I want (or I will) lose 10 lbs. Write the goal as if you have already achieved your goal and with a deadline… “I have lost 10 lbs by July 15th, if not sooner.” And make sure to sign your name at the bottom,

    This would be too long of a post to explain the mental, psychological and emotional reasons why this works. It has worked brilliantly for me with goal planning.

    Recap:
    1. Have clear defined goal.
    2. Write as if you have already achieved your goal.
    3. Have a deadline (date) for success.

    Best wishes for success!

  17. I’m a bit scared to join. Is it possible to lose these 5.3 lbs or so (I’m 132 lbs), or would I just waste my money?

  18. I agree with everyone that it is good to be as healthy as possible and if you feel like you want to push yourself to have a slightly slimmer stomach or thighs and you can safely do this without becoming obsessed with weight loss or losing too much weight, then go for it! There is nothing wrong with wanting to feel more confident. However, I do agree with those that are concerned over the implications of this challenge, that even if you are thin and eat healthy you should try to lose more weight if you start to gain weight or develop an extra little layer of fat. True story, my boyfriend watches me do these workouts and one day he asked me in a very serious manner if I was working out to “look like Casey” because he said that he thought she was a little too skinny and did not want me to try to lose weight and be as thin, slender and curveless as possible. I feel for you Casey, gaining weight after being the size you want to be is hard, but as a public role model there is a very thing line to walking in not promoting the idea that you should always try to be skinnier and slimmer, because honestly I think most people that want to be slimmer are not truly doing it “just to feel healthier”. I have come to the realization that being healthy and beautiful is not about losing weight or being slender.

  19. Cassey,
    I really want to do this diet bet and follow the 90 day meal plan. Should I still have a YOLO meal once a week or should I just eat entirely clean the while month? I’m up for either!

  20. I’m totes doing this!!!!! Just the extra push of motivation I need =)

  21. This is a great idea! I would very much like to participate, but is it possible if I live in Europe?

  22. Well, I really want to loose weight. But the problem is firstly that i’m confused with a lot of your leg workouts because they will obviously build muscle in the legs but wont that make them appear larger? I want to make my legs appear thinner not muscular. My second problem is that I can’t join because I know my parents wont let me. I’m 14 so i cant bet the money myself. So I was wondering can I still participate even if i don’t bet? Thanks :)

    • Kristin says:

      what makes your legs appear larger is not the muscle mass but the fat covering it up. unless you start doing super crazy professional athlete/body builder workouts and eat tons of protein a day, you won’t bulk up. pair the strength workouts with cardio and clean eating to get rid of the fat and soon you will feel your legs changing. building muscle is a good thing! you can be skinny and still have flabby thighs because you don’t work your muscles enough. if you want to be lean and fit, work your legs!

  23. Katherine says:

    I’ve joined. I need to lose weight pretty badly because I have a BMI of 32 which is in the obese range. This is exactly the kind of thing that is really going to help me to reduce my weight and reduce my risk of a lot of the health issues that plague my family right now. I think it’s up to everyone to take responsibility for themselves when it comes to their health so if your at your goal or underweight or feel that this might bring back old unhealthy habits then you should absolutely leave it alone but for people like me who need to build new healthy habits this is the kind of thing that can really help get us on track.

  24. Pernille says:

    Hi Cassey!
    I have always loved your motivation, your videos, your recipies… etc.
    But this is just confusing! My energy-level is like not existing. I want to get on track. I want to eat clean. And most of all I want to be fit and feel good about myself.
    I wish I could follow your June-challenge. But I just can’t. If I loose weight I will be cosidered sick. And reading this makes me think that loosing weight is the only goal you have to aim after…

    I hope you will make a motivating post for those of us who are NOT supposed to loose weight.. I could really use that… I feel off track, and I would like to get back on!
    Xx

  25. Ugh i’m so upset i can’t do this ;( I’d lose the 4 pounds and i’ll still do it on my own, in fact i WILL, but it would be so much more motivational if i could put money on it! But, I’m 14 and i doubt my mom would let me. she thinks i’m starving myself and that i’m obsessed with weight loss. thing is, she has great reason bc i had an eating disorder for a long time this year. i lost 10 pounds. since i wasn’t that committed to ana though, i didn’t tell my mom. i recovered on my own and i have a great relationship with food now, making sure i always eat enough, just not too much junk. but if i asked my mom she’d say it’s bad for me to lose 4 pounds. well, i guess i’ll just have to lose the 4 pounds without the money motivation.

    • Chrissi says:

      If you’ve been dealing with disordered eating as recently as that, your main focus should be on keeping yourself healthy. By all means, eat well and exercise, but something like this is definitely not a good idea for you just now. Just focus on being healthy. Plus, at 14 your body is still developing, which is why the age limit for things like this is 18.

  26. Michelle says:

    Cassey this is awesome ! I’m in need for a challenge next month since my 20th birthday is on the 11th and I want to look n feel my best! Unfortunalty I’m going to get hip surgery right in the middle of June :/ I won’t be able to work out for months :/ sadness cuz I was seeing progress! :/ I was wondering if you could do a meals plan to help out with the work outs? I’ll do as much of the June calendar until my surgery n I don’t want to fall into bad habits again I would to keep my clean eating . Could you pls get a meal guide ! :D

  27. Well, looks like I’m excluded from this one. I’m 5 months pregnant, so I definitely can’t join in. :(

  28. I’m thinking about taking on this challenge! I was wondering if there are any middle aged Popsters out there? My daughter has changed her body and habits all for good under Cassey’s guidance. I have tried the workouts but I modify a lot to protect my lower back. I would love to have an email buddy who is a peer to me. We could encourage and support one another’s efforts. I’m 49 years old.

  29. I wish everyone a healthy body loving journey. Be committed to loving yourself with exercise, healthy food and a positive body image. I am new to this blog, and after reading a few of the post, I feel encouraged to be in a community of caring bloggers. For those who are feeling anxiety about this healthy challenge, take it one day at a time, love yourself along the way, have self-forgiveness and keep moving forward.

  30. Sheena Morton says:

    Ive been following Blogilates for a long time and I Love it! Although I havent been able to keep up with the workout videos on the workout calenders because of the level of fitness. for this challenge, if you are a bit more of a beginner when it comes to working out, should I just tone down my level with the videos on each day of her calender? I guess I can do my own workouts…but I love that hers is structured, I just am not fit enough to fully put as much into it as she does

  31. I can see how people who are in recovery would be upset by this post, but it’s not a challenge for everyone out there to lose weight! I’m someone who NEEDS to lose FAT. I’m 5’7 and 174 lbs, definitely could lose about 7 pounds but I keep lacking motivation to EAT CLEAN! I think this challenge is the extra boost to stop eating crap and canceling out my awesome workouts every day. I’m extremely excited about this and confident that I will be able to do this challenge without doing anything unhealthy. If i were ten pounds lighter or in a healthy BMI range for myself I wouldn’t join the challenge, I would just continue to do the workouts on my own. There are a lot of loyal POPSTERS out there who need to lose weight and this is helpful. Thanks for them motivation, Cassey! I know this challenge is not meant to be a setback for any pretty ladies out there in recovery. Stay strong and remember you’re beautiful!

    • I do agree with you, it is a positive task, but I did read an alarming post earlier of a 14 year old who’s 5’5″ and goal is 100lbs- that’s a BMI of 16.5, that is quite worrying. So I think some younger girls don’t understand what happens to there body when they are underweight and what damage that could cause.
      Maybe Cassey, you could do a post on the importance of being in a healthy range and explain the consequences if you put your body under too much strain?
      Lots of love xxxx

  32. Hey Cassey! And hey popsters!
    Can I also do the challenge if I’m just 14? (I’ll turn 15 in a month, just saying :D)
    I’m a little bit afraid of getting my body through too tough struggles but I really would love to lose weight!
    Also, if I could, another question: It’s my birthday on june 22 and I really cannot abstain from cake on my birthday. :D Would it be a problem to have one “YOLO – day”?

    Great idea! I would really love to join your journey!

    • A Yolo is totes fine!!!!! I did it yesterday- just back on track today. Have a good birthday!!! Xxx

  33. meadhbh says:

    love the idea cassey, id do it but i live in ireland:( x

  34. Jessica says:

    This entry disappoints and concerns me for a few reasons:

    1) Cassie, you don’t appear to need to lose any weight. You are strong and fit—an inspiration to many people. I’m concerned that you might have a distorted idea of your own body (or of what healthy is) if you’re making such a huge deal about losing weight. I’m also concerned about the message it sends to your fans, especially those who have or have had eating disorders. What will they think to see you, who is at a healthy weight, writing that you also need to lose weight? You are saying that your current, healthy, thin, strong body is not good enough for you. This is not really inspiring to people to feel good about themselves, because most of us probably aren’t as fit and strong as you, even those of us who are healthy and active and not trying to lose any weight.

    2) The fact that you ARE healthy and fit already and still concerned with weight loss undermines all your frequent assertion that it’s not about aesthetics. It certainly contradicts your post from the last few weeks about how the number of the scale does not matter. As a fitness professional, you certainly know that weight is no indicator of physical health or of physical strength. Why is it so vital for you to shed pounds if it’s not for some aesthetic reasons?

    3) This diet bet/challenge thing seems to be much more about short-term results rather than long-term transformations. For those who actually DO need to lose weight, diets and challenges are not the way to go. Permanent lifestyle changes are the key to really getting and staying healthy. Again, I believe you had a post yourself about this recently, which is why I was so confused by this newest post.

    Please, everybody, be safe. Be healthy. Be strong. Don’t chase impossible beauty ideals. If you don’t need to lose weight, don’t participate in the challenge. Make a different goal for yourself that doesn’t involve scales or body fat.

    • meadhbh says:

      there is absolutly nothing unhealthy about having a goal involving health! the healthier you are the better! it would be completely diiferent if she was saying “lets loose weight… and eat nothing” but Cassey is not! x

    • Thank you for this, Jessica. I completely agree.

    • Ummm, this is what she wrote right at the beginning of her blog post:
      “It’s not about trying to “be skinny” – it’s about getting my fire revved up! About finding that passion to kill burpees like a madwoman! About being super dialed in. As a result, weight loss will come, but I won’t let vanity be my goal. It’s too shallow to push you through a tough day. You’ve got to find a deeper goal within.”
      Also:
      “Also, for anyone doing this, I want you to remember that this isn’t for making $ or being dictated by the number on the scale. The scale is just simply a means of tracking progress. In fact, if we all had a body fat % machine at home, or someone to caliper us all, I’d much prefer that so we can track fat loss not just weight loss. But the truth is, we don’t all have an expensive tracker at home, so we will use a scale instead.”

      As for #3, I feel that it’s a great way to keep up with a healthy lifestyle, because you literally can’t afford to be side-tracked. I think you form a habit by doing it continuously for at least three weeks. After this bet, people will be used to eating healthy and exercising regularly, it will become a long-term transformation.

      Just because she’s already fit and healthy, doesn’t mean she shouldn’t push herself to become even fitter and healthier. That’s like saying you’ve reached your UGW and say: “Well I’ve done it! Now I can stop and order some greasy pizza.” One should never stop challenging oneself.

    • You don’t understand what Cassey is trying to do here.
      She’s already stated that if you don’t need to loose weight , then don’t. This is just for those few people who need the extra boost. For myself im completely fine at 165cm and 50kg, i don’t need this challenge, but some people do ! if i was one of those people that Did need more motivation i would definitely do this challenge because the money would keep me going.

      She’s already said the scales don’t matter. And anyone who’s actually into fitness will know that sometimes its better to determine how far you’ve come by how your clothing fits and by how you feel and look.

      If Cassey feels as if she isn’t at her peek fitness level, then let her be. She’s not saying that she’s fat. It’s her personal matter and that’s for her to work on, not for you to discriminate !

    • Jessica, I couldn’t agree more with you.
      Casseys newest post shows that this is NOT about becoming HEALTHIER but about shedding the pounds she has gained since the competition/the move.
      You don’t get healthier by getting skinnier undless you are really overweight! In fact, especially women whose body fat percentage drops under a certain percentage arge getting sick (aka not getting their period anymore, and no I’m not talking about super skinny girls but girls who are working out so much that their bodies can’t adjust to that anymore).
      But Cassey is already healthy, eating only good things (and please don’t tell me “but look at the YOLO meal!”) and she looks absolutely beautiful now. I understand that her job and maybe her personal taste require a leaner body with more muscle tone and if she wants to lose these few pounds again, thats fine. But making a competition out of it and dragging people into it who don’t have the neccesary experience and knwoledge about exercising and nutrition is just irresponsible.
      Cassey, did you see all the comments from teenagers who are perfectly fine but want to be a part of this so badly? What do you think their going to do? Refrain from it because they can’t officially join it on the Internet (ask yourself why they don’t allow 14 year old girls to bet money on their weiht loss!)? No, they’ll probably do it anyway, just without betting money and with a friend or in a private facebook group.
      Cassey, I hope that you find the strength within yourself to go back to the truly inspiring message you want to send to your followers: be happy, strong and healthy and nourish your body in the right way. You are obviously influenced by negative comments about your weight and beauty ideals which is not surprising, I wouldn’t be able to ignore all the comments and pictures of other fitness instructors myself. BUT, when I discovered your videos two years ago, I was stunned by your strength and thought by myself: wow, she is really fit and on top of that, she is looking great and healthy. I think you had even a few more pounds back than than now but looked so beautiful. What lets you stand out is not your body but what you can do while smiling. That is what should inspire your followers and not your bikini competition body (which goes along with eating chicken breast and egg whites with some vegetables only as you pointed out).

      • I agree with you Julie and Jessica. This weight loss challenge isn’t good for popsters, and it isn’t good for Cassey. She seems to have some body image issues, which is incredibly sad, because she looks great where she’s at today. I can only imagine what kind of message this sends to girls out there who are no where near as fit and healthy as Cassey, “if she isn’t happy with her current body and wants to loose 4% of her body weight, what the heck does that say about my body?”
        I hope Cassey reconsiders this challenge. It is really labeled a “weight loss challenge”, and that in no way is a measure of how much healthier or more fit one can get over a few weeks. A better challenge might be how many push-ups can I do after 5 weeks, how many sit-ups? What about improving a mile time, or comparing your performance on a series of blogilates videos after a month?

        This challenge is not apart of a healthy lifestyle, it will encourage girls to take unhealthy steps to achieve an idealized body. And, when they fall short of that, they will be in an even worse place than where they began. If you are striving for perfection, for some perfect number or a perfect plate of abs, you will be disappointed. You will always want to be just a little bit skinner, a little bit leaner. Cassey showed this after her competition, she mentioned several things about her body that she felt insecure about, when she looked like an absolute bombshell!!

        I agree that Cassey looked much better, much healthier about 2 years ago before she become tangled in this bikini contest business. She was much more confident and sincere. I hope that she finds a way to channel that again. And, I don’t think bikini contests or weight loss challenges will do her, or anyone, any good in attaining a healthy body image.

  35. Oh dear, is there any way you can rework the goals of this challenge to be based on body fat % instead? I was 5′ 4″ and 98lbs when I started running and following pop pilates, because I didn’t like my belly pudge. I tracked everything I ate and was on a 1500 calorie diet. I was so confused when I just kept gaining weight. After 2 months of training, I had gained 6lbs! I understand that weight is the easiest metric to use to determine if you’re losing fat, but please be aware that there are many people who gain weight when they work out, even if they’re dieting. If you don’t have a lot of muscle mass to start with, then losing 1-2lbs a week while building muscle is extremely difficult, even when you cut back on the calories, especially for people on the low end of the BMI. Not everyone has access to body fat measurements, but perhaps that would be a more robust way of tracking their body’s changes. I am very concerned about people who do not NEED to lose weight who will do this because they WANT to lose weight. I hope this won’t cause them to lose confidence in their body and eating habits because even though they’re following the plan, but they just keep gaining weight!

    • Katrina says:

      This is a really good point! I am also small, and even if I work out hard, I will ‘gain’ weight – muscle- because I just don’t have much fat to loose.
      This is a fun idea if you want to rev up your workout style, but do be aware that Cassey still wants people to be HEALTHY and fit, not frustrated because of a few pounds telling them whether they get 25$ back or not.
      Stay healthy , girlies!

      • This challenge isn’t meant for people who are already at a healthy weight. This challenge is meant for people who need to lose weight. Cassey addresses every body type and health goal in turn, right now it’s their turn. I’m sure she’ll have a ‘I want to tone up’ or ‘I need to gain weight in a healthy way’ post down the line.

  36. Danielle A. says:

    I won’t be doing the bet as I don’t have the money to bet, and still trying to manage my PCOS. However, I am going to for the first time follow the June calendar! I have a 14 month old, so we’ll see how much I can get done in a day, but even half will be such an improvement. :)

  37. Melanie says:

    To all of you upset about this post, she says that it is only for people who are looking to lose weight and that those who are not can just continue to do her workouts. I also had an eating disorder in the past and this idea of hers is not offensive at all, she is trying to help people who need to lose weight for health reasons but can’t commit.

  38. I really want to do this but I am worried that I won’t be able to make my goal. I have gained about 30 pounds in the last eight months due to my anxiety/depression medication and it has been extremely hard for me to loose any weight. (My average weight was 110 pounds and I have been stuck at 138 pounds for months) Has anyone else had to deal with weight gain due to a medication and if so, how did you loose it?
    Thanks!
    ~Hannah

    • Yes. I have had the same experience as you more than once. When I was 15, I started taking a medication that made me gain 25 lbs, but I ended up losing most of the weight over the next summer after I stopped being on it.

      Then, last year I got on another medication that made me gain over 20 pounds. I have had a hard time losing weight because I lost some weight this fall but gained more back during the winter.

      I ended up decreasing my dose of that medication and doing Pop Pilates, but losing weight has been kind of hard for me. I hope everything works out for you. I just wanted to share my experience so you wouldn’t feel alone though. :)

  39. I am definitely eager to join! This post got me all excited!

  40. corrie881 says:

    Hi Cassey:
    I am trying to bring my weight to 3 years ago. Ive been working out and trying to eat clean. However, my weight has not gone down but my clothes are all loose right now. So I guess, this challenge would not apply to people like me who has “more mass” (I dont really know how to describe this situation). I am 103 pounds and it seems quite hard for me to bring it down, without drastically cutting my calories. The lower the weight, the harder it is to lose weight, that’s my observation. I hope you can enlighten us on this concern. Your workouts rock!

    • Well, since you’re already at a fairly low weight, you might not need to lose more weight. Unless you’re really short, I can’t imagine being under 100 lbs would be necessary. Instead, you should probably do what you’ve been doing. Since your clothes are looser, but you haven’t lost weight, that means you are losing body fat and replacing it with muscle, which is great!

  41. Really a cool post! I understand that it is one of the best free resources available! Well done! Keep on this quality!

  42. Hey Cassey,
    I was diagnosed with anorexia 2 years ago, the road to to recovery is really hard. I am tryin to recover but it gets really hard. It’s for this reason that I don’t read magazines because of all the models and weight advice. I’m not trying to be mean or anything, but it’s posts like this that kinda send me back into the anorexic mindset. Having said that though I want you to know that I support your des idiom and I absolutely love your videos. Your positive attitude makes me so happy! I agree with all you say about eating clean, just sometimes not as much about losing weight. Sorry! xxxx
    From Lara x :)

  43. I’m slightly disappointed by this. As someone who suffered from an eating disorder for years, part of what drove my problem was this idea that everyone needed to lose weight. All women’s magazines talk about dieting and losing weight. What about people who don’t need to lose weight? It really affected my outlook because I felt like dieting was normal and therefore I needed to diet even when I was drastically underweight. You’ve been having all these great posts about being happy with your weight, your body, etc., but then this weight loss challenge seems to go against it. I wish you had framed the challenge more as “Let’s get healthy!” rather than “let’s lose weight!” I can guarantee that someone who reads your blog has an eating disorder and the fact that your challenge didn’t mention anything about people who may not be able (or shouldn’t) participate in the challenge disappointed me. I still LOVE you and blogilates, but health is more important than weight, and I hope your readers get that. Hopefully your challenge will talk a lot about healthy decisions rather than weight loss.

    • Jessica says:

      I completely agree with you! I used to have a eating disorder many years ago but even if I didn’t this would still offend me because it focuses only on losing weight and she always says not to worry or obsess at what’s on the scale but with a challenge like this how are you not supposed to obsess over your weight/thescale vs health in general which is what should be focused on. I still love her blog and videos because she has made a huge difference in my life and I am so thankful for that. I just thought this post was very contradictory and sad for people who really shouldn’t be losing weight.

    • But that’s the point as she said this is for people who want to loose weight. There are people who shouldn’t do this challenge but then there are people like me who truly do need to loose weight who need it to be focused on both loosing weight and being healthy because the two go hand in hand. It’s not that she wants people to stress themselves out over it bu if you don’t pay attention to you weight to wont loose any and I know that from experience.

      Thank you so much for this post Casey an for doing this challenge next month it is really goon to shell me get motivated and to get healthy!! :)

      • I’m with you Abbie – alot of us do need to lose weight in a healthy way, and we need the motivation to get there. Cassey – this is a great idea, thank you!!

        • I am sorry that some of you have struggled with eating disorders in the past but some of us like me need to lose some weight. This challenge isn’t for everyone so we can’t blame Cassey for posting this challenge. If you have an eating disorder then don’t participate. Take responsibility for your own healthy and the ability to stay healthy. It is a great way to motivate people and help them live a healthy clean life style.

          Cassey please don’t get down or beat yourself up over some of the previous post. Not everyone is going to agree with your blogs, workouts, challenges, etc. You are trying to help people and you are.
          Thanks for what you are doing
          Fallon

          • There is a fine line between “fitspo” and “thinspo”and I think that this challenge crossed that line… I just hope that Cassey is reading (and listening) to these comments and understands that they are meant to be constructive and not critical! I know it’s a touchy subject, but I think that this conversation that needs to happen. Oddly, I have struggled both with an eating disorder AND being overweight, and I (I know overweight people might disagree with me here) the eating disorder was far more difficult to deal with. I’m not saying that being overweight and trying to lose weight is easy, but it’s a different challenge. Anyway, I’m sure this is all coming across as rambling but again, I think it’s good that we are all expressing our views on this difficult subject!

    • Aaaah, I’m torn between the two points of view…I am not overweight but I want to lose a few pounds which stick to me as most girls have….So at first reading her post with her usual bubbly tone, I was excited but then I don’t know I thought of her older posts as well, I mean your older posts Cassey, and I decided I won’t do it. I never liked bets anyway! I will lose what I want to lose following the calendar, eating clean and enjoying a few yolo meals here and there because it works for me this way! It might be slower but I don’t want to go back to dieting ever again! Also another factor is that starting something like this is easier if you live alone T.T. Basically to do this, I would have to force my boyfriend to do it as well =P
      And last but not least, for someone like me having sometimes low self esteem regarding my body, as most women do (thank you Photoshop and mags and media), well this kind of challenge might make me feel very bad IF I didn’t make it. It’s not to sound pessimistic or anything but that might turn into a sort of competition (at least for me) when I’m just learning to love myself and stop comparing myself to other bodies. This is my opinion.
      On the other hand, I know that Cassey’s intentions are genuine and driven by kindness and a true desire to motivate people, so I understand why she wants to organize such a challenge! I guess it’s not for everyone, that is all. We gotta know what’s good for us =)
      I wish luck to all the girls who are in!

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