Everyone wants to look good for their wedding day. It’s one of the most special, important and memorable days of your life.
This couple from New York just took “sweating for the wedding” to a WHOLE new level. For them, it was their sweating and years of shedding unbelievable pounds that actually led to a wedding.
Ronnie Brower was weighing in at 675 pounds when he decided enough was enough. He wanted to take back control of his life, so he began working out and changing his diet. And so began his incredible fitness journey.
Throughout the four years it took him to shed 458 pounds, Andrea Masella, a fellow gym-goer with a similar goal of extreme weight loss, took notice. Their shared mission led to a beautiful bond—“a match made in heaven,” Ronnie’s personal trainer, Nick Murphy calls it.
The couple has overcome unthinkable obstacles that go far beyond losing weight.
“Both of us had used food as a coping mechanism; I would just eat my feelings,” Andrea said. “We’ve gone through a lot of counseling to come to terms with that and change.”
Along the way, Ronnie also gave his life to Christ, and was baptized by Nick Murphy three years ago in the Christian church where the couple tied the knot this past Saturday.
After now shedding a staggering 578 pounds combined, the healthy, happy, new and improved couple says they plan to continue supporting each other through life, and even begin to counsel others on their own weight loss transformation.
Andrea hopes they can be an inspiration to others who feel like they’re literally stuck in their own skin, because both of them have been there.
“People come to me all the time, asking for weight-loss advice,” Ronnie says. “I just tell them there’s hope out there. If you want it bad enough and put your mind to it, anybody can do it.”