High Achiever: Cas­san­dra Carter makes a life style change

Cas­san­dra Carter who lives in Whangarei, shares her ex­pe­ri­ence with the Green Pre­scrip­tion pro­gramme.

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As I spin away on my RPM bike in the lounge, I Cas­san­dra Carter want to share my story with you all, about a girl that al­most gave up on life, let go of my dreams, but found hope, to come back and live, flour­ish and thrive.

Away from fam­ily, in a new town, be­com­ing a first-time mum at the age of 19. I fell into anx­i­ety and post­na­tal de­pres­sion.

Chas­ing my tail to be the per­fect work­ing mum and ideal part­ner, I re­ally did lose my­self. I shied awa y from f riends and the pub­lic, and con­tin­ued to com­fort eat.

Ev­ery bump in the road be­came a moun­tain and it was be­com­ing in­creas­ingly harder to face the world in the morn­ing. Some­times I felt like I didn’t even de­serve to be here and I was a waste of space.

But I fought, I no longer wanted to feel this way, ‘Enough was enough’; I turned my hurt into de­ter­mi­na­tion. I made my doc­tor’s ap­point­ment and I was di­rected to a beau­ti­ful woman called April at Sport North­land, Green Pre­scrip­tion.

I re­mem­ber puff­ing, ex­pe­ri­enced short­ness of breath while walk­ing up the stairs into the re­cep­tion area (ha­ha­haha). From that point on I made RPM bike com­pul­sory once a week.

My diet rapidly changed and I learnt that I had to work for that cheese­cake! ‘My weak­ness!’ Then came Xterra run­ning events, half marathons and work­ing to­wards goals to keep that drive alive. And you know what? I ac­tu­ally started to en­joy my life.

To those amaz­ing peo­ple I met along the way, they started to use words like ‘You’re an inspiration’ and I was like, are they talk­ing to me? At that mo­ment, I re­alised that this world isn’t so bad af­ter all. I know now that I had to take own­er­ship of my life and choices. My mum al­ways says ‘whether it’s 4 km or 42 km, put one foot in front of the other and keep go­ing’.

It’s been al­most two years and I have suc­cess­fully lost 23 kg, and have kept it off. I’m health­ier, hap­pier and stronger than ever!!

I am now 23 years old, a sin­gle mum of two beau­ti­ful chil­dren and I wouldn’t change any­thing. As my jour­ney con­tin­ues, I learn more ev­ery­day; I have made it my mis­sion to give back to our com­mu­nity. Be­cause I now know that I could play an im­por­tant role in help­ing some­one else to suc­ceed.

So glasses up to 2018, for I Cas­san­dra Carter have ac­cepted the op­por­tu­nity to study and walk among the com­mu­nity to help and sup­port our peo­ple to be­come, health­ier, stronger for a bet­ter North­land.

Above photo shows Cas­san­dra (left) on the run.

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