I’m an after!

I woke up yesterday knowing that it was THE DAY. I made sure I looked my best because there would be pictures. πŸ˜‰


Yesterday at work dragged! I could not wait to get out of there and get to my meeting because I just KNEW I was hitting goal. I knew even though I haven’t being weighing daily. A little doubt would creep up, but I’d tell it to shut its mouth, that I TOTALLY had this.

Finally I was out of work and rushed home to grab Mr. B. Who then kindly informed me that my in-laws would be coming to my meeting too. I already knew my mom was coming, but had no idea that my own personal posse would be there to cheer me on at the scale.


We sat waiting for what seemed like FOREVER, but was in all reality less than 5 minutes. Haha. I corralled everyone into the building and waited for Becky’s scale to be open.

Then I stepped on the scale. And it said 151, then my dress and jewelry came off. Then it said 150.2. So, I did what any woman UTTERLY determined to hit goal would do.

I took off my bra.

So, I stood there on the scale in just a tank top and leggings and the scale read this:


And my reaction was this:


I freaking did it!! I hit goal!! I quickly went and put back on my clothing and pictures happened.


My amazing leader, Becky! She's been with me pretty much through it all! I love her!

My amazing leader, Becky! She’s been with me pretty much through it all! I love her!

Then I made Mr. B hop on the scale with me. I have lost pretty much him in weight. My starting weight was 327.6. I love this picture! I used to be the size of a grown woman AND man!


After pictures, it was time for my meeting to start. I spent time in the front row (where I always sit) and silently cried. I couldn’t believe that I had hit my goal. After 4 years I had finally done it. Becky made me speak and show off my before picture. Then my mom and mother-in-law came up to give me something.


They have been holding on to this for a couple of months now waiting for me to hit my goal. And last night they finally got to give it to me!


My posse left and the meeting continued. After the meeting, Mr. B was waiting in the parking lot with a gift for me. When I was getting closer to goal I told him that all I wanted was a Kate Spade purse. I would hit up Von Maur and just ogle over the purses. Well, last night, he gave me this:


I have literally worked my ass off for this! I cannot wait to carry it and look at it knowing that I earned it! Isn’t it so pretty? πŸ˜‰

The rest of the night was spent at Mr. B’s dek hockey game which I could hardly pay attention to because my phone was just blowing up with all sorts of love from everyone. When I went to bed last night I had the hardest time falling asleep because I just didn’t want all the excitement to end. But, I woke up this morning and Mr. B promised me that I’m still awesome. πŸ˜‰

I’m still in shock a bit and have had moments of sporadic crying after an overwhelming feeling of emotion. I’m sure it’ll be that way for today for a bit. This is so awesome.

I want you all to know that I cannot thank you guys enough for all your support throughout my journey over the years. You’ve been with me for ups, downs, and all sorts of amazing things. If I could give each and every one of you a hug, I would. You all deserve it!

I freaking love you guys!!

I’m a fucking AFTER!!!! AHHHH!!

Brooke: Not On A Diet: Hitting GOAL!!

  • cori brodie

    Wow you are AMAZING!!! I’m at my desk at work getting all teary-eyed. What an amazing accomplishment. You are such an inspiration and stunning! Great job! <3


  • paulakiger

    What an incredible story. Thank you for sharing it!

  • Congratulations Brooke! You have, and will continue to be many people’s anchor and inspiration. I love knowing you did it one lb at a time like the rest of us, that you had ups and downs, and screw this! moments too! As I told you last night, I never knew you big, the “almost” after Brooke is all I have ever known. It looks good on you! You will be a great leader! I caught up on your blog last night, and got to bed waY too late. But, I appreciate your honesty and candidness about your experience. I am proud of my 10% yet I feel sad it’s taken me so long and have 40 to go to be in the top of my weight range, but I know matter how long it takes, it will be worth it. Great job! Magnificent! Enjoy, cry, and use your new purse. P. S. tell Kim, to talk to Lenny about getting me something special for getting under 200…he has 5 lbs to prepare and needs help πŸ™‚ she will know who I am talking about. Kelly

  • maggie @ say yes to salad

    I’m here from Biz’s blog, just wanted to say congrats! You are inspiring! You look so happy. πŸ™‚

  • Christy T

    Congratulations!!! I got a little teary eyed reading this post. You are such an inspiration.

  • Latina Barbi

    Ok…you have me totally crying!! and now I’m off to do my Turbo Fire..one day…one day!! MUAH!

  • You’ve worked so hard, I’m so proud of you! You will inspire/encourage so many. PS I love that you took off your bra, ahaha.
    AWESOMESAUCE girl. You’re going to rock maintenance.

  • Jen

    This brought tears to my eyes!! You are so amazing!!!!! Congratulations on working your ass off, literally!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ <3 <3

  • ann

    So excited for you. you are my inspiration, I know I can do it and follow your lead… No excuses. congrats on all of your hardwork paying off.

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  • Laura

    crying reading this blog! you are so super awesome, and I am so happy that I know you and have gotten to watch part of your journey! you are so inspiring, lady. I couldn’t be happier for you!!!

  • So exciting! Congratulations! You ARE an inspiration!

  • Megan

    Wow – good for you! what an inspiration – now we are all working just as hard to get our turn at being an ‘after’!

  • Kym

    Congratulations! You will make an incredible WW leader. You have shown us all that there are no excuses. Thank you for posting your successes and failures. You are truly an inspiration.

  • cuppakim

    congrats brooke. i’m so, so, so proud of you.

    i’ve been reading along since the almost beginning, or maybe even THE beginning. (i never comment anymore, but i may have way back when). but i’ve been reading, and rooting.

    sooooo, so proud of you girl.

    not only CAN you do it, but you DID do it. πŸ™‚

    welcome to the after. πŸ™‚ you are awesome.

    and that purse ain’t too shabby (GORGEOUS, love it).

  • I am so happy for you. The journey has been a long one with plenty of ups and downs I’m sure, but you have reached your goal with flying colors! Congrats to a very beautiful, inspirational woman!

  • Wow! Congratulations on your consistency and determination – you are an incredible inspiration! (And NICE bag!!)

  • laurie

    Congratulations on your wonderful achievement!! I’m so glad you shared it with us all and I’m so glad I found your blog. You look amazing with your well earned jewelry and beautiful purse!! Just WOWW! Really well done.

  • Rachael

    I cried, too, when I hit my first goal. You look SO amazing and you worked SO hard and you seriously helped me through A LOT when I was losing weight.

    I know we live in the same area, and some day I hope that I can meet you! You’ve been such an inspiration to me and have helped me through my own journey.


  • Louise Gatti

    Well done you!!! You look great!! What a wonderful husband to see you through this time of change….bet he is proud of you!!

  • Brooke, I was covered in goosebumps and teared up reading this. I’ve been quietly following you since we met at fitbloggin, and I just so much admire your hard work and gorgeous spirit. Congratulations. xoMara

  • Aww, I totally teared up just reading that!!! You look, and I know feel absolutely fantastic! What an amazing inspiration you are! Congratulations! Now go submit that success story to weight watchers!!! πŸ˜‰

  • Brooke, I found your blog via Biz and I’m so glad that I did! You are an inspiration and a rockstar! This is a really amazing achievement and you should be SO PROUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    I’m a reader of “My Bizzy Kitchen”, and after reading her post today, needed to stop on over and give you a huge CONGRATULATIONS! Way to go!! πŸ™‚

  • I totally just cried at my desk at work because of you. I think that means you owe me lunch! (Seriously, lunch sometime??)

    I’m so proud of you. Congrats!

  • I got tears in my eyes reading this! So awesome Brooke, you look amazing – such an inspiration!!!!

  • WOO HOO!!! I am seriously crying over here. You are such an amazing inspiration!

  • newspa

    Hi Brooke! You are NOTHING short of a true inspiration!! Congrats on being an after and sharing the journey with us!!!

  • Beth Velatini

    I got teary eyed reading this too – in fact if it were me I would have taken off my underwear to get under 150! So fricken proud of you!!!! Biz

  • Congrats! That is so amazing!!!!!

  • Congratulations! You’re amazing!

  • Rhonda

    Amazing! Congratulations!!

  • Elissa Villatoro

    Definitely almost cried while reading this. I’m sharing this with my members tonight. You’re awesome girl! So proud of you!

  • Alison Puls

    You rock! So happy for you!

  • JaqueBampi

    Congratulations! Great inspiration!

  • I admire you so much, friend. I’m bookmarking this post for myself to read when I’m feeling down (which has been often, lately). This journey is so long and full of challenges. I know that it’s possible to succeed, and you remind me every day of that.

    LOVE YOU! And I can’t wait to treat you to sushi and hookah! πŸ˜‰

  • I found your blog on Biz’s website. I don’t know you but I totally teared up reading this! I remember the bliss and happiness I felt when I reached goal weight. Losing more than 100 pounds is a feat. Be proud of yourself!

  • suzi s

    I’m so happy for you I’m crying πŸ™‚ congratulations!!

  • Yaaaay Brooke!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  • flahawkfan

    Brooke, I cried reading this. You’re a fucking after, and you are fucking awesome! You’re such an inspiration. You show me that it CAN be done.

    Huge, huge congrats! (And love the Kate Spade purse! Mr. B is a keeper. Kate Spade and a Blackhawks fan. :))

  • Guest

    That is so amazing!!! Congratulations!!! I recently found your blog, I am doing and am 45 pounds into trying to lose 200. You are definitely an inspiration!!

  • Congratulations!!! That is so amazing, it must be such a good feeling!! Also, that purse is super cute! I recently found your blog, am doing WW and 45 pounds into trying to lose 200. You are definitely an inspiration!!

  • Biz mentioned your story and I just had to stop over and congratulate you. I also read this through tears. Isn’t this what all of us “weight watchers” dream of? You’ve done an incredible job. I’m sure you have inspired many throughout your journey.

    Gorgeous pocket book!!

  • Sara

    This is amazing, Brooke! Congratulations!!!!! You look phenomenal and I love the way your family and friends gathered to celebrate this HUGE milestone with you!! You deserve that Kate, bag! That’s for sure. I love the necklace, too. You’re definitely an INSPIRATION!!!! I can’t wait to feature you on my blog. I LOVE that picture of you and Mr. B on the scale!! AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hi Brooke, I’m a friend of Biz’s. Congratulations to you, what an amazing journey! You are an inspiration!

  • Elizabeth

    Wow, well done! And that bag. I am drooling. Kate Spade…let’s just say she and I are friends. I almost bought that very bag a couple of months ago, and now I wish I had. It’s so pretty!

    Congratulations again. You are awesome.

  • Tammy

    Wow! You look amazing. I really want to be an after.

  • Franciska van Veldhoven

    Congratulations! What an inspiration you are for other people.

  • Lana Nala

    congratulations! YouΒ΄re great! you look pretty:)

  • Girl…you are such an after. Oh…the weigh in where I was trying to hit 90 pounds down, I took off my bra! I get you! Way to go!

  • Rachel Schenewerk

    Congrats! I just found your blog and its given me hope! I’m at 313lbs right now (started at 360) and needed inspiration.

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  • 50feelinglike30

    Hello I just come upon your blog here and WOW!! Congrats to you in your huge weight loss, that is incredible.. you look amazing. I am on WW online and today going to try the SF to see how I like it. I am only worried that I may gain not lose on this technique.

  • 50feelinglike30

    Hello I just come upon your blog here and WOW!! Congrats to you in your huge weight loss, that is incredible.. you look amazing. I am on WW online and today going to try the SF to see how I like it. I am only worried that I may gain not lose on this technique

  • Amy

    I JUST stumbled up on your blog and after scouring it, I have to say I am in TEARS! You are amazing!! Thank you for sharing your story with all of us who have read it. Now that you are a WW Leader, you need another necklace (I wouldn’t want you to modify the one you have! Such a special gift!!) that reads “I WILL INSPIRE” because you will and you do!!! Thanks again for sharing your story!!

  • Maureen

    You are such an inspiration! I start my journey with WW tomorrow. Thank you for baring all and showing what determination can achieve.

  • Nona Bannon

    I cried when I read this post. Thanks Brooke!

  • I know this is an older post but I like to go back and see all the inspirational pictures. I love the look of pure joy on your face in these pictures. Truly inspirational.

  • Alanna B

    I stumbled upon your blog through a 21 day fix search, and was led to this wonderful “after” story. As an “on again off again” WW member, I loved reading about your big day and seeing the pictures of your moment, and all the support and love you had around you on that day. Absolutely brought me to tears… in a great way. Thanks for sharing your stories.

    • Ava Heller

      thats how I found your blog too. you are an inspiration!

  • Anastasia Yukhnevich

    I’ve found you through a side blog post about your refusal to give pics to Shape magazine and went to your blog. Incredibly interesting to see the before and after difference. I can’t imagine how I’d feel upon accomplishing something like that. A huge thing! You’re an inspiration. Wishing you good luck and all the best.

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