MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin woman was featured on the ABC show "Extreme Weight Loss" Tuesday night.
Cassie Kramer was physically fit growing up, but that all changed when she became pregnant at 20.
Last year, Cassie hit her breaking point and wrote a letter to trainer Chris Powell asking for help.
She says being on national television was never her intentions.
“Going through this process saved my marriage, it saved everything. I didn’t want to be alive a year ago,” said Cassie.
She says her decision to give her son up for adoption has haunted her, causing her to gain nearly 200 pounds.
“It was hard. You’re so emotional and being a food addict and living in Wisconsin, there is always a lot of drinking that goes on,” said Cassie.
She says she tried to keep in contact with her sons adoptive parents, but the pain was just too much to bare.
“Every time I got the letters and the pictures it ripped my heart out and smashed it. It was too hard for me,” said Cassie.
Cassie says she gained nearly 200 pounds over the past 20 years, doubling her body weight.
She started her training at nearly 350 lbs. and after working with Powell, she lost 176 lbs.
Cassie spent 90 days with Chris and his wife Heidi at a wellness center on the University of Colorado campus. She says it was during those early stages that her faith and her patience was tested.
“I think anything you want to do in this life you can,” Cassie said. “At any moment you can change your life. Everybody thinks you have to wait until Monday to start a diet. No, you can start at any moment.”
Cassie has even shared this monumental moment with her husband, Ryan who also has dropped more than 60 pounds.
“Getting my soul mate back was the most important thing,” Ryan said. “We’ve been together for 18 years and somebody put us together through thick and thin. It’s been an amazing experience.”
Cassie says one of the highlight of this experience was meeting Green Bay Packers great Donald Driver.
“I’ve changed my life forever. I’ve changed the future for my husband. I’ve changed the future for so many people and I just want to go out there and inspire the world,” said Cassie.
Cassie and Ryan continue to exercise daily. She says she is planning on having surgery in August to remove all the excess skin from her weight loss.
She says her main goal now is to pay it forward and to help other people overcome their battle with food addiction.
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