In a blog post titled, ‘What Healthy Looks Like To Me‘, she shared how she had a depressing and confusing time losing the 60 pounds that she gained while she was pregnant with her baby.
Cassie, who is married to personal trainer, Alex Fine, said in the post that she was able to lose the first 30 pounds with ease after welcoming her daughter in December 2019. She shared:
“I lost 20lbs within the first couple of weeks which I was told was normal and then another 10 gradually over the next 2-3 weeks. I started to workout when I had a goal of 30lbs to go and when my doctor cleared me to. I went pretty hard at first.
“By mid March I was down another 15 and feeling pretty good. I had a bit of unexplained anxiety, but I was able to work through it and down another 15 meant I only had 15lbs to go to get back to my pre-baby weight.”
However, the real struggle came when it was time to lose the remaining 30 pounds. She started working out when the doctor said she could, and although she pushed herself hard, progress was slow.
She then had to see a doctor who told her that postpartum thyroiditis is why she had so much trouble losing the extra weight.
“Basically my thyroid was hyper for a short period (hence the anxiety and weight loss) and then slowed down causing me to gain weight back,” she explained. “From what my doctor told me it’s not super common. About 5-10% of women experience it within the first year after childbirth.”
“The next 3 months following were confusing and depressing to say the least,” she continued. “I changed my diet paying attention to things that I reacted negatively to (ie, bloating). I actually started roughly following an autoimmune diet (AIP) in fear that my thyroiditis would turn into Hashimoto’s Disease (an autoimmune disorder).”
She finished by crediting her fitness trainer husband for helping her achieve her fitness goals, writing: “I wanted to share my story because I want it to be a reminder that no two weight loss/get fit stories are the same.
Gaining that much weight in pregnancy had many negative physical effects on my body. Once I was able to rebuild my core strength a lot of my pain went away. Consistency was key. The program that Alex designed for me was the best gift he could have given me besides Frankie, of course.”