Cassie Kreamer is the woman featured on this week’s episode of Extreme Weight Loss.
Kreamer, a resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was physically fit while growing up. But she became unexpectedly pregnant at age 21, and ultimately decided to give up her son for adoption.
“That decision has haunted her for the past 18 years, and she punished herself by overeating, gaining nearly 200 pounds in the process. Though Cassie desperately wants to meet her son for the first time, she is ashamed to reach out to him before losing her excess weight,” according to the official episode description.
“Last year, Cassie wrote a letter to trainer and transformation specialist Chris Powell asking for help.”
Cassie was approaching her 40th birthday while weighing 347 pounds, and things weren’t going well with her and her husband Ryan Kraemer.
She has lots of motivation to lose weight and get fit, with the help of Chris.
Former NFL star Donald Driver is also part of the episode, helping Cassie get fit and stay motivated. Driver, a former wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, is considered a hero by some in Cassie’s hometown.
Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito also joins the team to teach Cassie how to make a healthy hamburger.
Ryan, Cassie’s husband. (Facebook)
Cassie is excited but nervous about people watching the episode.
“I am both nervous and excited about my journey being televised,” she said via Facebook.
“There will be ups and downs but the one thing it won’t be is boring. Tune in and watch as I go through the hardest but most worthwhile year of my life.”
She later shared a quote: “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.”
“I love this quote because it is so true. If you see something all the way through to the end no matter how bad you want to quit amazing things will happen. You just need to believe in the process and stick with it and don’t sell yourself short because you deserve it,” she said.
Cassie also called her experience and her life now that people are watching her transformation “surreal.” Extreme Weight Loss airs from 8 p.m. EDT to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays.