Media Whirlwind and a Resolution with Shape

Wow.

Where do I even begin with everything that has happened over the last week?

I never thought that when I posted about me deciding to pull out from a story with Shape that it would go completely viral on the internet. I posted only to explain the situation, never for attention, never to bash Shape, and never because I felt like I needed to whine. (yes, there have been people who said I did it for those exact reasons) I just felt like I owed my readers an explanation and wanted to start a conversation.

And start a conversation I did….WOAH.

I can’t even keep track of all the places my story has shown up, but it has been all over the world quite literally.

It all started last Tuesday when I had interviews with several websites including BuzzFeed and Yahoo Shine. Huffington Post reposted my blog, Refinery29 did a interview, you could find it on Cosmo’s website, and even E!News.

I had gone viral. The views on my website went through the roof and crashed my blog several times.

And that was just the beginning.

Wednesday was more phone calls from The Today Show in Australia, Good Morning America, HLN, and NBC’s Today. I was busy on the phone trying to get travel plans made, rescheduling travel plans, and setting up times to do interviews.

Then it was off to Chicago to meet up with Mr. B who had flown in from Minnesota (he was there for work). I cannot tell you how great it felt to finally see him after everything that had happened. He is my rock and after feeling so overwhelmed with everything, I needed his hug. (Seriously cannot sing enough praise for that man!)

It was a late night in Chicago filming for Good Morning America. Which was done in a hotel suite at like midnight.

Suite where GMA was recorded

Suite where GMA was recorded

After that we hit the hay for a busy day in Chicago on Thursday.

Thursday started off with watching my story on GMA, then breakfast before anything else. we went to Wildberry’s and I had this amazing waffle!

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We got to relax at the hotel for a short time before my LIVE interviews with HLN and then The Today Show in Australia. Those were interesting to do and you can tell I was super nervous during the HLN one. I was super happy with the Today Show in Australia one though.

Interviews were done and after talking with the editors at Shape, we were taken to the airport to catch at flight to New York! We got in late and headed to bed since the TODAY interview would be happening early in the morning. There wasn’t too much sleeping on my part since my mind was racing with everything that was going to happen the next day.

Friday arrived and it was off to TODAY! There was hair and make-up with the cast of Mama Mia and a quick chat with Bahar (editor-at-large from Shape). Then we were taken upstairs where we waited for our segment.

This is what happened:

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I am so happy that it all turned into this. When I posted the blog post, I wanted a conversation to happen and wanted to spark a change in magazines today. That is exactly what happened. I’m excited to now be working with Shape to feature women who have gone through an extreme weight loss and showing their readers what can happen not only physically, but also mentally when doing just that.

This is a good thing.

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I want to say thank you so much for all of your kind words through all of this! The positive response I have received has been overwhelming and I can’t even keep up with all the comments, emails, and messages. Thankfully the positive has far outweighed the negative, which is great to see. You guys rock and made this small-town girl feel pretty amazing over the last week. I’m glad to have been the girl who brought this conversation to the mainstream media and to have so much support throughout it all!

As for the negative people, sorry that you feel the need to bash people who are doing great things for this world. Nobody has time for that.

I will of course keep you updated with everything that is to come! Along with a more extensive, fun look at the day Mr. B & I spent in the Big Apple!

As always, share your thoughts below!

And remember, keep it kind. I appreciate honesty, but do it with tact. I do reserve the right to delete anything that doesn’t adhere to this.

(Links are included for most of my online/TV appearances)

Color the Quads and Another Inspiring Brooke!

I cannot believe I didn’t even tell you guys that I was doing a 5k! I do not know how it slipped my mind! In fact, I’m even doing one this coming weekend too! But we shall recap this one first! ๐Ÿ™‚

If you have been a reader for a while you may know that this isn’t my first 5k I have signed up for. I signed up for Race for the Cure back in 2010, but it was rained out and it was the race that never happened. Then for whatever reason I just never signed up for one again. And since I’m not really a runner (stupid IT band), I just don’t think to sign up for them.

But, as soon as I heard about Color the Quads, I KNEW I had to do it! Basically it was the Quad Cities version of a color run. My mom, sister, brother’s girlfriend, and I all signed up and decided we’d walk it together.

Donning our tutus, we made our way to the 5k!

So fresh and so clean!

So fresh and so clean!

We hand color packets that we ended up tossing on each other before the race officially started, so we weren’t clean for long!

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Shortly after we started I hear a lady say, “Are you Brooke not on a diet?” I got ridiculously excited and made them stop for a picture! It’s the first time I have been recognized from my blog! I feel horrible for not remembering their names better! I’m pretty sure the one lady is Michelle. Glad to meet some fans!! Thanks for reading gals! And I’ll keep posting yummy recipes (sans meat though! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Look! I have fans!!

Look! I have fans!!

We made our way through all the color stations, danced our way through the bands that played, and had color in places that color should never be!

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We made our way to the finish line and made sure to grab an ‘after’ photo!

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We didn’t stay at the after party for long because we had to get ready to go out for my brother’s 21st birthday. So, we grabbed some cookies and chips and made our way back to the car.

On our way back we noticed one lone walker finishing the race. You could tell that she was struggling and dreading the big hill to get to the finish line. My mom said “Maybe we should go walk with her” but never really acted upon. We walked a few more feet and I shouted “You’re almost there.” Then decided that saying that wasn’t enough, that I knew what it was like to struggle and decided to run over to her and finish the race (again) with her.

I started just striking up a conversation with her and asked her if this was her first 5k. She said yes and that she had been in a wheelchair for 3 year prior to this. I told her she was amazing and told her that this was my first 5k too since losing 177lbs.

We climbed the hill together and I asked her what her name was….she told me her name was Brooke. Talk about chills! I never run into other Brookes, let alone ones who are so freaking inspiring!!

Her friend Lisa ran down the hill and we made it to the top where we shared high fives and a sweaty, colorful hug. I made sure to tell her she was amazing yet again and we snapped a picture.

Lisa and 2 Brookes!

Lisa and 2 Brookes!

I made sure to tell them about my blog, because I wanted to share this story. I left them and ran my way to my mom’s car with tears in my eyes. No matter how inspiring I am to others, there is so many others more inspiring than me.

Brooke- If you are reading this (I hope you are), I want you to know that you have inspired me. When I’m feeling lazy and not wanting to workout, I’m going to remember that when you were in a wheelchair, you weren’t able to. That I am lucky enough to be able to use my legs to move. Or when I feel like I can’t finish a tough workout, I’m going to remember that you finished that 5K. You are a rockstar Brooke! Don’t let anyone ever tell you any different! I hope that we can meet again and talk about how awesome our names are and maybe even finish another 5k! (Feel free to email me! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

I’d say my first 5k experience was pretty freaking amazing! Bring on the next one! Which will be Saturday! My mom and I are doing Race for the Cure in Moline! (If you’re doing it too, let me know! I love meeting readers!)

I want to know have you met somebody random who has inspired you?

 

 

 

 

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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.

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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:

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And my reaction was this:

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

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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:

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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? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!!