Hello!! My name is Patti Murillo Casa.  I'm a Cervical Cancer/Obesity Survivor. I'm a retired NYC Police Officer.  I've been married for 17 years to a wonderful man who I love dearly, and I have a supportive family and amazing friends.

In 2008, I fought cervical cancer and won the battle with the grace of God, the knowledge of my wonderful doctors and the support of my family and friends.

 After my cancer battle, in 2011 I tipped the scale at 238 pounds and wore a size 22 due to overeating, not exercising, and using food as an agent of comfort.  Due to my obesity I was diagnosed with diabetes type2, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.  It was then that I made the determination to make a U-turn to health, and in September of 2012, 14 months later from the start of my journey, I've reached my weight loss goal - I had lost 113 pounds & reversed  all my illnesses.

My Evolution to a Healthier Me
It wasn't an easy task, but I went from HEAVY to HEALTHY. I did it one step at a time. One day at a time. One pound at a time.  No special pill, no surgery, no special potion - plain old hard work.

I still struggle from time to time to maintain a healthy weight, but I have kept off the weight for three years. There is NO end to healthy living.

I have a new lifestyle. The lifestyle I will follow for all my days to come.  I'm here to let you know--it can be done!!! I'm living proof!!

My life have changed completely - I am healthier, stronger and happier than I have ever been.

Weight loss is a difficult journey for anyone, and different for everyone.   I'm still learning--It is a continuous process, but I'm willing to share the lessons that I've learned through out my journey.  I will share my experiences and knowledge in the hope to make a difference.

You have to know that dropping weight requires commitment.  Losing weight and keeping it off--requires some serious lifestyle changes. 

 There is no better time to start than NOW!!!!

So Don't think about it anymore - Just Do It!!!!

More About Patti
Patti has a Degree in Psychology from the City University of New York. She is a passionate advocate of the Women's Reproductive Health as well as Adult & Child Obesity.   Patti is also a proud Fit Approach Ambassador, a Girl Gone Sporty Ambassador, a Healthy Life Ambassador, and a FitFluential Ambassador.

Both of her stories (cervical cancer & weight loss) have been featured in different media outlets including Woman's Day Magazine, Woman's Day for Latinas Magazine, the Huffington Post,Voices of NY, Cervivor TV, and Telemundo Canal 47 among many others.

Patti is the recipient of the 2013 American Heart Association Lifestyle Change Award. She awarded the "Inspired Blogger" badge for her blog "Heavy Girl to Healthy Girl" by IDEA Fitness.  IDEA Fitness is the world's leading organization for fitness and wellness professionals. Her blog was also voted one of the Best Health Blogs by Healthline. 

She is a certified Diet & Weight Management Adviser and a Certified Personal, Sports, Child and Exercise Nutritional Adviser by the Shaw Academy for Nutrition.

She has been a Shape Up NYC Fitness Instructor, She has also been trained/certified/licensed in many modalities in the fitness industry  - Group Exercise Instructor, Personal Trainer, Spinning®, Zumba®, Zumba® Kids, Zumba® Toning, Zumba® Gold, Strong by Zumba®, Pound®, RIP, Silver Sneakers®, Senior Fitness, & R.E.D. Warrior, among many others.  She also CPR/AED certified by the American Red Cross.

For five years she was the President of the NYC Chapter of Tamika and Friends, Inc. -- a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about cervical cancer and its link to the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). T&F has been re branded to Cervivor and Patti continues to be a big part of the organization as a NYC Ambassador.

She is also a current member of the Woman to Woman Support Group at the NY Presbyterian Hospital.  Woman to Woman - is a program of the Division of the Gynecologic Oncology.  Supporting and mentoring women newly diagnosed with gynecological cancers, and offer ongoing emotional support while undergoing treatments. 


Words From Her #1 Fan & Supporter
I loved her then and I love her now.  She is my best friend, my rock, my love.
 She's my wife

I'm very proud of my wife Patti.  I have witness the evolution of her weight loss and her journey to health.  She has showed me that no battle is too big & no mountain too high!  At the same time, she has showed me love without any reservations, and for that I adore her.  ~Freddie Casa  

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Patti's Other Blog:

"A New Camino" -
A Latina's Journey Back from Cervical Cancer


Heavy Girl to Healthy Girl -- is a personal blog written and edited by me. No compensation has been received for any particular post unless stated. I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs and/or experiences. 

What you read on this blog is from my own research and my own personal experience.

 *** Remember   Please always check with you physician or health care provider before you start any diet and/or exercise plan.

"Little by little one walks far." ~ Peruvian Proverb


1 comment:

  1. Hi Patti,
    Congratulations on every accomplishment. I love your blog.