5 Years!

Last week a pretty important milestone happened in my life. It almost went by without being noticed, which doesn’t surprise me considering the type of month I had in January. A lot of things got thrown to the wayside, but I’m glad I didn’t let this milestone go totally unnoticed.

In fact, I remembered late in the day what day it was. So, I posted a quick snippet up on my Instagram and Facebook page.

Here is what I posted:

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5 years ago today, I walked into my first Weight Watchers meeting. 5 years ago I decided to do something for me and to start loving myself for who I was and who I could be. 5 years ago I told myself that I would never see the number 327 on the scale again. 5 years ago I took the first steps to become healthy, but never set out to lose 172 pounds. I honestly didn’t know if I could do it, but I did. I now know that I can do anything I set my mind to. And that life now is more amazing than I ever thought it could be. In these last 5 years I have found the love of biking, cooking, and even the love of my life. Who would have thought that my mom inviting me to a meeting would bring me so much? Here’s to another healthy year!!!

FIVE years guys! That’s a pretty big deal! To me, February 2nd is like another birthday to me. It’s the day I decided to become a better version of myself.

I remember life before that day and how much I didn’t really enjoy it. I was a sad person who really didn’t love herself which lead me to some pretty crappy relationships. The one I was in right before joining WW was horrible. I wasn’t emotionally or physically abused, I just put up with a bunch of crap I never should have. But I did, because I didn’t think I deserved any better.

Thankfully, one weekend my cousin came to visit and we had a real talk about things. I started to realize that I did deserve someone better and while it took a couple of more weeks and a huge event to happen, I got rid of that guy. I was in a bad headspace for a bit after that and remember doing a lot of emotional eating.

Then I decided that I needed to do something for myself and forget trying to find someone to make me happy. That I needed to make myself happy, I just didn’t know where to start with that. Then my mom called me one Tuesday night and told me about the Weight Watchers meeting she had gone to that night. She invited me to come along the next week to see if it would be something I would like.

I went the next Tuesday and stepped on that scale and knew from that moment on that I never wanted to see that number again. I didn’t set out to hit goal that night though, I figured I’d lose some weight and see where it went from there. I took it 5 pounds at a time and set other goals for myself, like getting under 300 pounds, and losing the weight I gained while in my previous relationship.

As the weight came off, my confidence returned. I really truly started to love me for who I was becoming. I tell people with every pound I lost, I gained a pound of confidence. That confidence gave me the courage to put myself on a dating site and after a few frogs, I met my prince. 😉

To say that February 2nd, 2009 was a day that changed my life forever is an understatement. There aren’t enough amazing words to describe that day and what it means to me. If it was not for that day, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

I wouldn’t be a woman who is living the life she was intended to, at a healthy weight, able to move freely, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, smiling and laughing every day, writing a blog that inspires others, a cover girl, has her dream job, all while married to the most incredibly supportive sexiest man ever.

If you would have told me back then that that day would be the start of a whole new beginning, I would have never believed you. But it happened, one day at a time, and even with several bumps in the road. I kept trucking along, because I always knew I was worth it and the hard work it has taken these last 5 years to get here.

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As I like to say, it hasn’t always been easy, but it was ALWAYS been worth it.

So, if you are someone looking to begin your own journey, or someone who is currently feeling stuck and like it will take forever, please find hope in my story. Please know that there isn’t a quick fix to losing weight, that it does take time and hard work, that it won’t always be easy, and that no matter what never give up on yourself. You have to take it one day at a time and the good with the bad. Nobody is perfect and if we were, well life would be pretty dang boring. 😉

Thank you guys for all the support over the years, I truly am grateful for my readers. You guys are there to cheer me along and offer support when needed. You are all the best! <3 Past years: Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4

  • Donna Marie Wanamaker

    Brooke – you’re such an awesome person and a great inspiration. reading your post as encouraged me to get back on the WW train. thanks so much and congrats!

  • Love the quote, it hasn’t always been easy, but it’s always been worth it. Can I steal that? 🙂

  • Marjorie

    Yay! Happy WW anniversary! You are such an inspiration. I’m down almost 20 pounds, and I am still going. Slowly, but steadily.

  • smmuconn

    Happy Anniversary! You have such an inspiring story. You have just reminded me that there is no quick fix to weight loss. I have to keep reminded myself of this mantra. I am going strong taking it one day at a time myself. Slow and steady will win this battle.

  • Jessica Yagi

    I love your blog! I started about a month or so ago and read from the very beginning! You remind me a lot of myself and I love how you write. Very real! I’ve been writing a lot more lately and it feels good just being able to keep track of everything as I evolve even more, Happy 5!!!