About

Hello! Want to know more about me? Well, I’m just your average Midwest gal who has lost over 170 pounds. Some call me an inspiration and Mr. B calls me ‘babe’, but you can call me Brooke, the girl not on a diet.

I started my journey back in January of 2009, after a horrible relationship, which found me bingeing on over 2 dozen cookies in less than 24 hours. Combine that with a breakdown in a dressing room surrounded in skinny jeans that wouldn’t fit, I needed a change. My amazing mother invited me to a Weight Watchers meeting around that time and on February 2, 2009 I stepped on the scale at 327.6 pounds.

before

In the beginning I focused mostly on eating right and little exercise. I had never exercised before, so I kept it to walking. (Leslie Sanson Walk Away the Pounds is amazing!) Over the years I have changed my eating habits to focus more on less processed foods, following the Weight Watchers’ Simply Filling plan. I also now love to exercise, which has always been done in my own home (never have had a gym membership) and can be found rocking out a fun fitness DVD challenge!

GOAL

In May 2013, I took off my bra and hit my goal weight with my family and amazing Weight Watchers leader cheering me on. I hit Lifetime status in June 2013 and am now learning the art of maintaining a healthy weight of 155!

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I was hired as a Weight Watchers leader in October of 2013 and as of December 12th, I am waiting to attend my leader training so I can begin to lead my own meetings! I am beyond excited to finally be doing what I was born to do, inspire others to begin their own weight loss journey and to show them it is possible because they are worth it!

Not only have I lost 172lbs, I have gained oh so very much! I gained the confidence to put myself out in the dating world and snag me a hot husband!

The Story Of Mr. B & I

It all started with a message on Plenty Of Fish where I called him a beer snob.  I fell in love with his cute smirk and he fell in love with my smile. Our confession of love happened in a random garage after a few too many Jello shots.  He wowed me with his hockey skills and turned me into a Blackhawks fan. I wowed him with my determination and ability to cook a delicious meal.

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Then one day in the presence of a bum, personal trainer, and a random guy taking pictures of his Jeep, B-Fry asked me to be his wife. A year later we were married in the best ceremony ever and became Mr. & Mrs. B.

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Most nights you can find us just relaxing at home with me busy knitting and him playing too much NHL.  Weekends are spent bike riding (when the weather allows it!) or enjoying a beer at on of the local Quad City breweries. We dream of someday living in a big house with a large kitchen and massive man cave with our future Lil Bs and living the dream. What that dream is, we’re not 100% sure, but we’re working on it.

 

The Blog

Here on Brooke: Not On A Diet I hope to show you that you don’t need the next fad diet or weight loss supplement to lose weight. I have done this the old-fashioned way of eating less and moving more. I follow the Weight Watchers’ Simply Filling plan and exercise at home. I don’t do any crazy weight loss shakes, calorie restricting, or pre-packaged meals. I eat real food and never tell myself I ‘can’t’ have something. This is life and quite frankly life is too short not to indulge in the occasional cupcake!

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Mixed in is some inspiration and showing you how to incorporate this into your daily life. There are recipes, crazy fitness DVD challenges, and just posts about life in the Not On A Diet household. So, grab a beer green monster smoothie, have a seat and stick around!

  • Sara

    Hi Brooke! My name is Sara and I’m author of a new blog called “Fit for a Bride.” (www.fitforabrideblog.com) I love sharing transformation stories and would be SO honored if I could share yours!! You look incredible and will be such an inspiration to my readers!!!! Love your blog!

    • http://brookenotonadiet.com/ Brooke: Not On A Diet

      Hi Sara! I’d love to be a part of your blog! If you wanna shoot me an message via my contact tab, that would be awesome! Thanks for stopping by! Can’t wait to hear from you! :)

  • mygirlsimple

    I’m trying to get healthy and scouring the internet for blogs that will inspire me. I’m so excited to follow yours! You seem like a down to earth person with a common sense weight loss story. Thank you so much for sharing! (Also- you and your husband are so cute!)

    • http://brookenotonadiet.com/ Brooke: Not On A Diet

      So glad you found my lil piece of the interweb! :) Thanks for your kind words. And ya we’re kind of adorable. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/ehnotsomuch Charity Froggenhall

    DANG woman, just saw that B&W at the top of your page. That is HAWT!!! Love ya!!!

  • Christina Williams

    I just found you from The Bizzy Kitchen blog. What an inspiration you are! I look forward to reading more of your blog.

  • http://manbicep.com/ Cori

    Just stumbled onto your blog and love it! Being healthy and losing weight doesn’t have to mean torture and restriction and you proved it! Love your attitude and you look amazing! :-)

    • http://brookenotonadiet.com/ Brooke: Not On A Diet

      Thank you so much! Glad you found me! :)

  • Justin

    Dropping in to check things out. Congratulations on all you’ve accomplished. Since I seen you just about everyday i guess i never really noticed the overall transformation. Keep up the good work and best of luck to you!

    • http://brookenotonadiet.com/ Brooke: Not On A Diet

      Thanks Justin! I wish you luck to in getting the heck out of that place! :)

  • Donna Frayser

    I can see why Mr. B fell in love with that smile!

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  • Leanne Sturgeon Marx

    Hi Brooke, I just found your blog and am amazed by your journey! I’ve lost weight on WW before and had a good experience on the old Flex Plan. Unfortunately Lifetime didn’t “stick” for me but things worked out in the end. I look forward to following you!

    • http://brookenotonadiet.com/ Brooke: Not On A Diet

      Thanks for stopping by, Leanne! Glad you found my little slice of the internet. :)

      I’m glad that things are working out for you! I’m still trying to figure out this Lifetime stuff!

  • Liz Sarmiento

    Hi Brooke, so happy I found your blog. I’m in the middle of my journey and you may have just inspired me to start blogging about my experience. You are total hottie, and I’m so inspired by you. Many hugs, and thanks for the inspiration.

    • http://brookenotonadiet.com/ Brooke: Not On A Diet

      Yay! Blogging is so great! Congrats on starting your journey! Keep up the awesome work!

  • Cindy Letourneau Wagner

    Hi Brooke! I just read my copy of Woman’s Day and am so inspired by you! I am also a WW member and have lost 36 lbs in 6 months. I want to lose another 50 or so. It feels like it is taking forever! Excited to start reading your blog and getting some inspiration from you. You look awesome!!

  • Katie Metz

    Hi Brooke! I too just stumbled upon your blog and I’M SO HAPPY I DID! I was a WW member in 2012, and life took me off course; I stopped participating and began to indulge in life a little too much. I’m happy to say that with the new year, I hope to follow in your footsteps and have the same success in 2014! You know that the road to weight loss can be lonely, so it is so wonderful to know that you are still motivating others to keep their weight loss dream alive. I am originally from FL but moved to Chicago in 2008, fell in love with many of the same things you talk about on this page (bike riding and Blackhawks to name a few). I’m nervous and scared about the journey ahead, mostly because I have a long way to go and have known no other life that the heavyset one I have always lived. Thank you again for sharing your inspiring story! I can’t wait to read more and hopefully be able to share mine soon!

  • Bex Chubb

    Hi Brooke, I’ve been having a bit of a slump the last few days (you know how it is, after the initial excitement and determination and losing the first 30lb, suddenly realising you’ve still got a loooooong way to go), but I’ve found the best place to visit when I’m having my slumps is your blog. You are a true inspiration to me, and I want to thank you, because seeing your journey stops the slump, tells me I can do it, and keeps me working towards my own goal (a total loss of 115lb, hopefully… oh god that sounds huge, someone pass me an easter egg!) Thankyou x

    • http://brookenotonadiet.com/ Brooke: Not On A Diet

      I’m so glad you find inspiration in my blog! :) That’s why I do it, to show others that we’re in this together and that anything is possible.

      Keep up the awesome work! And focus on the small goals, not the big ones!