What an Emotional Day

What an Emotional Day

Today was a highly cathartic day. I had a long talk with my bikini coach and it moved me to tears. It was so weird to cry in front of him! Whenever I become REALLY HAPPY or REALLY UPSET, I’ll just start tearing up. This is natural for me – I don’t like this trait of mine, because sometimes I feel like it shows weakness. But it was because I was so touched and happy to hear someone genuinely support me all the way in this journey. Fitness competitions are a new thing for me and I’ve never been at a level of physical leanness that I am at right now, so it’s hard to even believe in myself sometimes. So to have someone tell you that they believe in you when you begin to doubt yourself – wow, it means the world. Anyway, just watch the video to see what I mean!!

After my training with Kip, I ate some catfish and salad (my dressing was a mix of soysauce and hot sauce) and then I drank my cinnamon roll protein shake on the way to teach my 2 Pilates classes. I was SOOO out of it for the first 30 min of my first class. My head was in LA LA land after that motivational talk.

But no worries I popped right back into my game! The 2 classes were awesome!!! I have so much fun teaching. Today a special guest and fan from the UK took my class at the Union City Sports Center! It was such a pleasure to meet Karl and hear that him and his friend have been following me for a while! Crazy, you never know who’s watching or coming I guess!

Here I am after the classes and before cardio round 2! Had to snap of shot of the new clothes I got at the POP Pilates Meetup in LA. I am wearing the Body Language Bra and Scrunchy Capris (most comfy and form fitting pants ever, plus they are low rise), ION top, and Nike shoes. Remember you get 15% off all BL purchases up until this Friday April 27th, so take advantage! Use code “POPSTER”. I’d stock up on those scrunchy capris if I were you. I do not exaggerate when I say they are my fave pants…I keep wanting more and as long as BL keeps coming out with more of these in more colors, I’ll never cease to wear them!!! Get em here.

After slipping on my clear heels and doing some modelin’ in the group ex room for 15 min, I rushed home to eat. This friends, is my new creation. I’d like to call it an open faced chicken sandwich of sorts, but the problem is that the “bread” is actually a regular protein pancake. Hahaha. Well now you can go eew. But you know what??? It’s actually not too bad! In fact it was delish. Or well, maybe delish on a contest diet!

Finally, here are my 2 bikinis to choose from for the competition. Which do you like better? Cheetah or hot pink?

11 more days to go. I AM SO READY!!!! LET’S DO THIS!!!!! My diet is gonna be super strict the next week and half. I must stay emotionally and mentally strong. I BELIEVE!!!!

Hope you guys are all doing well – remember to continually challenge yourself so that you can keep growing and thriving.

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  1. Alexandra says:

    they both look great, though the hot pink with that yellow lining i think will make your tan stand out more! The cheetah one you can accessorize with lots of sexy stuff though. I’m sure you will be stunning in any one of these. rock that competition Cassey!

  2. sarah says:

    now that you are even smarter about this fitness stuff, maybe you can help me. I have weighed the same weight for 7 years (125lb at 5ft 3in) but I am steadily getting squishier and my body fat is going up. I follow clean eating pretty well and I do your workouts and the Tone it Up workouts 5+ days a week. How can I stay the same for so long but my clothes get tight? It was so steady that I actually thought my scale was broken so I bought a new one with fancy body fat measurements. What do you think is wrong? Is there a blood test or something to see if there is something broken? Ideas?

  3. Melissa says:


    That’s so funny! The first time I used your protein pancake recipe, I thought it would be a good bread substitute! I made the pancakes today without eggs (I can’t stand the taste of eggs). I made them super thin and was able to toast them. They came out like chips! (kinda- if chips were pliable on the inside and crunchy on the outside) Super good! Thanks for the great recipe!

  4. Alara says:

    Cheetah for sure! The hot pink one looks a bit childish. You definitely need to look sexy for a bikini competition!!! 🙂

  5. louise says:

    hot pink!!! 😀

  6. alana says:

    With the jewelry?…Cheetah for sure … gives the whole look a ‘precious metals’ vibe…. best of luck =]

  7. Diane says:

    How are you going to choose which one to wear?

  8. Belinda says:

    They are both amazing! I prefer the Cheetah print, but for a bikini competition..I’d go with hot pink. Stands out more! Good luck :):)

  9. Kathy says:

    Pink for sure 🙂 Cassey, I love how awesome your attitude is about training for your competition! It’s definitely inspired me. All I’m trying to do is lose the last 20 pounds or so. I can’t imagine sticking to such a challenging diet and workout regimen. Although I know it’s not, you really make it seem effortless. Thanks for being such a positive force!

  10. marimardepp says:

    You will rock the Pink one

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  12. Scotland says:

    Deff the cheetah one!
    It will make you look super tan! 😀
    Plus it’s cuter 😛

  13. Elaine Voon says:

    Cheetah!!!! I vote for the Cheetah!!!!!

    I think the Cheetah will look so great on you! It will make YOU stand out! The hot pink one will make the bikini stand out, not you! I think the focus should be on you, so I vote the Cheetah!

  14. PetitPlat says:

    Yaay! Glad to see you so happy! You must know you are an inspiration to me 🙂
    I’m working out daily with your videos since I stumbled on your blog looking for yoga bags ^^


    I vote PINK! Because the pink one is so you. You always wear bright clothes, so the pink one really shows how you are in normal life 🙂

    Good luck with the competition. The most important is to do what you feel is right 🙂

  15. dee says:

    Can you wear them both?! That would look cute..but if I had to choose just one, for some reason I’m leaning more toward the cheetah. I’m usually not a big fan of animal print, but it seems like it’d look awesome on you! ALSO, your ARMS look SO GOOD! wow, talk about definition! 🙂

  16. Sharon says:

    Hot Pink!! I can’t wait to see your before and after photo 🙂 You can do it!!! Sending all my positive energy over!

  17. Nancy Hermosillo says:

    I love the cheetah one:)!
    Good luck and i wish you the best, i know your going to do good because you are awesome blossom:)!

  18. Jess says:

    Definitely CHEETAH!

    Cassy, you are so motivating and inspiring, honestly your such a role model, when I feel down I do Pop Pilates and you make me feel fantastic and happy. I totally agree, whats the point in wondering in life… as you said we only have one, why not be as ambitious as possible and work harder than you have ever before!

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  21. Sara says:

    Well in my opinion you look great in anything. 🙂
    But if I had to choose I would say the cheetah print.
    It seems like it would go the best with your skin tone.
    Hope this helps you choose. And I hope you have a great time at your competition and that you win. 😀

  22. Jessica says:

    Pink 🙂

  23. Rebeca says:

    I prefer the solid pink one the most, you are looking fantastic and your arms look so muscular lol!
    You’ve inspired me from this so much that I’m actually of thinking of doing one in the near future.
    But anyways congrats and keep up the hard work!

  24. Emily says:

    Hot PINK! Definitely stands out and will look great on your skin tone.

    Good Luck!

  25. Irene says:

    You’re going to do absolutely fantastic! I believe in you whole-heatedly! It’s going to be such and amaaazzzing experience. I also feel like you should rock the Barbi-kini!

  26. Samantha says:

    My vote is the hot pink, great color for you!

    And I agree with another commenter that ‘housewives’ don’t necessarily have a wealth of time. I don’t leave my home for a ‘day job’ but we are stationed overseas (read: see family once a year or two so no help), have two school age kids, run two small business and volunteer. Time is a premium in our world!

    Not sure if you got my tweet or email or just too busy with all you have going on to respond but was wondering where you have procured the backgrounds for your various sites?

    1. blogilates says:

      i think i emailed u back – just look up vectors! like istockphoto.

      1. Samantha says:

        Nope no email, not in spam either. But thanks, will have a look!

  27. Grati says:

    Cheetah!!! As you said,who knows who is following you…I´m from Romania(Europe), so quite far from you…it´s nice how you can conect to peope you would´n otherwise have any way to meet:D

  28. Kara says:

    Animal Print, you’re already exotic so the leopard will enhance that. Plus, I’m sure a ton of the other women are going to be wearing pink.

    Good Luck!

  29. Tora says:

    hot pink for cassey!!!

    i’m gonna do my best and work really hard and think of you for the next 11 days. you’re gonna rock that competition.
    gonna do some cardio now and die a little.. 🙂

  30. Tora says:

    hot pink!!!

    i’m gonna do my best and work really hard and think of you for the next 11 days. you’re gonna rock that competition.
    gonna do some cardio now and die a little.. 🙂

  31. Chantal says:

    Not usually an animal print person but you could sooo rock that cheetah one!!! I can see why pple say the pink would pop more though…

  32. Runner Girl says:

    hot pink! i think it will grab the attention of the judges more than the cheetah print….i love them both but i think you should wear something that will grab their attention more! <3 loved the video by the way!

  33. I like both, but I’d chosen animal instead of barbie anyday!
    Good luck, Cassey, you can do this!

  34. HOT PINK! Looove the cheetah cause I’m a big fan animal prints, but I think the hot pink will really pop on stage with your tan and toned bod! Best of luck Cassey, you are truly inspirational! And keep us posted on everything going on during & post competition! I’ve always wanted to do some sort of competition like this, but never really looked too far into it, perhaps after I graduate I will, so I’d love to hear all about your journey!! xx

  35. Tiffanie Phan says:

    I’m loving the CHEEEETAA! 😉

    Cassey you are so freaken motivating!! Just wanted to let you know! Instead of pursuing what my asian parents wanted to me too! I changed my major! Thank you! 🙂 Keep up the hard work!

  36. Tisha Elsayed says:

    Cassey you look awesome–no worries girl, YOU GOT THIS!!!

  37. Melanie says:

    Hot pink! You go girl!!

  38. Suzy says:

    Think you should go for the pink one!

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  40. Sami says:

    I love them both but the PINK is for sure my favorite!

    I know you probably answered this question already but I can’t find it…how much cardio do you do in a day? You said you do two rounds a day?! How long each?!

  41. Michele says:

    Hi Cassey,

    I am new to your site and POP Pilates, but I love all your youtube workouts and have been trying all of them out the last week or so. Thank you so much for making such a fun, effective workout available to everyone!

    That said, I wanted to mention your comment in your video about how “no one has that much time on their hands, unless you’re a housewife and they DO have a lot of time on their hands.” I am a housewife and homeschooling mother of two and I am going to have to gently disagree with that statement. My life is extremely busy and finding time to workout can be a major challenge for me, just as much as those with jobs outside the home. Please don’t count out housewives when considering/addressing your audience, there may be more out there who are fans of POP Pilates than you know!

    1. blogilates says:

      i am so sorry, i should have not said that!!!! i take it back!!!!!

      1. jessica says:

        she said housewife….not stay at home mom! wayyyyy different.

        1. Kathy says:

          Housewife is definitely not synonymous to SAHM. I don’t know any straight-up housewives… maybe “real housewives.”

  42. Amy says:

    awesome its so soon!! loving the cheetah! 🙂

  43. Alicia says:

    PINK PINK PINK!!!!!!

  44. Jame says:

    Pink will be a perfect foil for your skin tone. And you seem like a pink person (I am too!). 🙂

  45. Haley B says:

    I say try them both on the day of your competition and wear whichever one you are feeling the most then…but I bet that yellow edge of the pink one is going to make you look CRAZY TAN! haha. You’ll look amazing in both, I’m sure.

  46. Nadi says:

    Not crazy about the bikinis, but I guess that’s just the style of bikini you wear at a competition like that. And I definitely vote for the pink one! It’ll look great on you!
    It’s really exciting that you’re letting us take part in this, can’t wait for more information to come and of course can’t wait for the competition itself! Good luck!

  47. Milica says:

    Hot pink!!!
    Stay strong! 🙂

  48. Sabrina says:

    I’d say go with the pink, like most say it’ll pop more and make you stand out!

    Also, I’m so glad to hear that someone else cries when they get emotional. Anytime I experience an extreme emotion, I just can’t hold it in. I also dislike this trait, as I feel people see me as weak, which i’m not. Glad to hear someone else goes through this as well. Good luck in the competition I know you’ll do great! And thanks for all you do!

  49. Shanna says:

    I like the cheetah best, but I think the pink reflects your personality more. 🙂 Good luck girl!

  50. chely says:

    You’re amazing! I say cheetah!!! I have a cheetah running skirt that I wore during the last marathon I ran and I felt pretty fierce wearing it 🙂

  51. Kelli says:

    PINK PINK PINK PINK!!!!!! The leopard print clashes with the silver bangles cause the leopard is gold and the bangles are silver, too much clash there….BUT YOU COULD ROCK THEM BOTH AND LOOK AMAZING!!!! Just keep the clash of gold and silver in mind….. LOVE YA GIRL!!!!!

  52. Casey says:

    You rock Cassey! Your transformation and dedication are so inspiring to me that I want to continue with my goals.

    P.s. The pink bikini! It’s a standout!

  53. Adrianna says:

    Hey lady! You should do the cheetah print. If only there was a pink cheetah print and then you would have the best of both worlds.

  54. Hot pink!!! You could definitely rock the hot pink. I’m loving those BL capris…off to go check em out!

  55. Danielle says:

    Hi! I am currently training for my first bikini competition too! I love the cheetah bikini,but from what I hear you will want a darker suit on stage. The lights will drown you out if it’s not dark enough. Also, once we get those spray tans, the combo of the tan, lights, and a darker suit will help bring out your muscle definition. This is just some advice I received when I was picking out my suit. I hope this helps! you look awesome and you are going to rock!! good luck! 🙂

  56. Brittany says:

    definitely go with the pink! it will look great with your tan.

  57. Sarah says:

    Both bikinis would look great on you, but I think you’ll stand out more in the hot pink one! You’re such an inspiration.. Good luck Cassey!

  58. Danielle says:

    Hey! I am currently training for my first bikini contest as well! I am in love with the cheetah print suit, but from what I hear you should wear a darker suit on stage. The lights will drown out the lighter suit. Also I hear the darker the suit the more you see your muscle definition on stage, especially after that lovely spray tan we must get. Just some advice I recieved when picking out my suit… hope this helps! 🙂 you are gunna rock! good luck!!!

  59. Christie says:

    Coming from someone of the same complexion (I’m darker than you, which since you’ll be tanning would make us about even!) the pink would pop more. The gold could get lost in the skin color, even though I love the gold cheetah print more than I thought I would!

  60. kl says:

    you mentioned the cheetah blending with your skin tone, but besides that, i think the pink “suits” (ha-ha) you more!

    your arms looks ripped by the way. looking forward to the before & after, good luck cassey!

  61. Lou says:

    The cheetah one! I think it’ll make you look a little sexier and let others focus more on your body than on that pink color.

  62. Asena says:

    You could do a great job rocking both but I think you should go for the hot pink Cassey! P.s You are an inspiration!

  63. Cezie says:

    The hot pink!

  64. Francine Ciobanu says:

    the hot pink will surely fit you Cassey. it looks fun and flirty. the cheetah is a bit dull and makes you look more mature. go for the hot pink!!!

  65. Lea says:

    Hmmm both colors would be dreamy on you…but pink is energy and eneregy is you:) so I vote for hot hot pink:). I have to tell you that every single day I think of how far you came!! You exploded in past year nd a half I think. You are so sculptedand lean and omg I swear that I push really to my limits when I workout just because I have you and my ambasadors for motivation. I will start 8 week bikini diet and training plan and I will have bikini body. I swear!! You will win this comp! I reall think you will*

  66. Amanda M. says:

    PINK! it’ll really make you pop and look great with your skin tone 🙂 vibrant like your personality!

  67. I love the pink Cassey! It reminds me of your fun color combos you wear when you do pilates – so to me the pink feels more “you”. Plus I think that shade will totally make your complexion glow.

    Can’t wait to hear about competition day!!

  68. Patti says:

    Is that an egg on your chicken sandwich? Seriously sitting here trying to puzzle it out :p

    Also, your comp is almost exactly when my show goes up, so your posts are really motivating me to push to the end, too! Keep ’em coming! ; )

  69. viviene says:

    Awww.. I can’t express it in any other way. You are truly an inspiration! You are right… Just do it! =)

    11 days and we are all excited for you! Keep us posted!!! =D

  70. I love the cheetah print one, but the pink goes better with your jewelry 😀

  71. viviene says:

    Awesome… You are very blessed to have a very supportive coach!

    I’m not sure about the bikini. Both looks good.. Hmmm.. Maybe the pink one. It’s shiny, solid and striking.

  72. Brittany says:

    Hot pink! It pops more than the leopard. Although I love the leopard too I think the pink will be a bit more of a statement!

  73. Rivkah says:

    I think the pink will look better but I haven’t seen your vid yet. Either way, you are so inspiring. Following you doing this and seeing how you’re being so healthy about it is so great. You can totally rock this!

  74. Emily says:

    Love the cheetah print, but you could rock either one!

    Good luck Cassey, you’ve got this!!