This is Cassy. You’ll see from her photos she’s one tough, strong and determined cookie! Her positivity and energy are evident from the moment you meet her. There’s a twinkle in her eyes that bring you hope and encouragement. Enjoy reading more about Cassy!
us: So, Cassy, tell us a little bit about yourself . . .
her: I’m 37, and I have three kids–Jamie, Johannah and Jackson. That was not planned–it just happened that they all three ended up with J names. I’m a photographer, graphic designer, and I am the group fitness manager at acac–I just took on that role in October. However, I’ve been teaching group fitness classes for about 10 years now. I’m originally from Arkansas. But, I’ve lived here in Charlottesville for about 18 years now–so right after high school, I moved here, and I love it here. It’s beautiful. I could never imagine not living here.
us: What did you have for breakfast this morning?
her: I had oatmeal, with chia seeds and protein powder and almond milk. It’s my go to breakfast.
us: Does pineapple belong on pizza?
her: Absolutely. It 100% belongs on pizza.
us: Do you sleep in your socks?
her: Sometimes. I get really really cold, I’m a very cold natured person, so sometimes I’m in a hoodie, and sweatpants and socks but then there’s times where I can get really hot and not wear them. So, for the most part, no, but sometimes, yes.
us: What’s your go-to midnight snack?
her: Peanut butter and jelly sandwich or just peanut butter and jelly.
us: Mountains or beach?
us: Current favorite song?
her: My kids recently introduced me to K Pop. There’s a band called Black Pink–they have a song called “Kill this Love.” It’s on my playlist and I have it on repeat and listen to it over and over. It just has a really nice little beat to it.
us: Salty or sweet?
us: Pet peeve?
her: Leaving cabinets and drawers open. My kids are horrible at it. I know it’s a weird one, but I cannot stand a walk in the kitchen and see an open cabinet.
us: Room entrance song?
her: “Champion” by Carrie Underwood
us: Favorite place you’ve traveled to?
her: Miami. I love the beach. I like warmth and sun, and anything that has to do with barbecues and picnics.
us: What’s your favorite room in your house?
her: My living room on the couch–watching TV with my husband or my kids.
us: Who has been the most influential woman in your life?
her: My mother. My mom is my rock. She’s my best friend. She was diagnosed with type two diabetes, about 10 years ago. She lost half of her body weight and ended up not having to take any of her medications any more–completely diet controlled. She decided she wanted to live, and she wanted to watch her grandchildren grow up. There’s probably not a thing my mom doesn’t know about me. She knows everything. She’s the first person I call if I need help or have a question.
us: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
her: I’ve lost over 100 pounds. I was born and raised in Arkansas, where everything’s deep fried and covered in gravy– and the house wine is sweet tea. Eating healthy just wasn’t something that I was accustomed to. I wasn’t really taught how to eat healthy. So, taking control over myself and my binge eating–being able to prove to myself that I can do it. And, I did do it! And, now being able to help others along their journey too is awesome!
us: If you could give your younger self a single piece of advice, what would it be?
her: Don’t care what other people think about you. You know in your heart of hearts, if you’re doing the right or the wrong thing. So, other people’s opinions of you should never matter.
us: Can you tell me about a challenge that you’ve overcome?
her: I definitely say the weight loss is probably my number one. Everybody knows how hard it is to to lose weight and to try to live a healthy lifestyle–and then to maintain it too. I tell everybody, the journey is the easy part, but it’s once you get there, staying there is the hard part. That has been probably the biggest challenge, is just staying there and just not reverting back to old habits.
us: Where do you find your inspiration?
her: My members here at the gym–just watching their dedication to coming in, and taking classes every day . . . every week. And my family, just how they support me and in every endeavor that I’ve done. And, my mom. My mom’s probably at top of the list.
us: Any funny or embarrassing nicknames we should know about?
her: I was called Catfish. I was staying the night at one of my girlfriend’s house, and we were doing our beauty treatments. And, we were dying our mustaches, and her boyfriend shows up at the house unannounced. By this time she’d already wiped hers off, but mine was still on, and he shows up and sees me with this stuff on my upper lip. Ever since then I was deemed Catfish because of whiskers!
us: Any hidden talents we should know about?
her: I am really good at recreating delicious and healthy versions of recipes.
us: What are you most thankful for?
her: God, because without Him I wouldn’t be where I’m at today. I wouldn’t have my family, my job, my the lifestyle . . . He’s been like the number one thing that I’ve turned to. I pray a lot, and I’m very proud of my faith.
us: What is your favorite thing about living in Charlottesville?
her: There’s just so much to do here! I’ve lived here for 18 years and there’s still parts of the city that I haven’t seen or have seen for the first time. There’s so much community here and everybody’s always willing to help. And, just seeing how eclectic, different and diverse that it is probably the coolest thing about it.
Thanks for sharing with us Cassy!