“We started talking at the gym and I hate to sound cliche but it was love at first sight.”
Andrea Masella first started crushing on Ronnie Brower after seeing him repeatedly at the gym in 2013, she said.
Since then, they’ve lost a combined 578 pounds. They’re also getting married on Saturday in their hometown of Syracuse, New York.
“I was just really inspired by him and I thought he was super cute,” Masella, 24, said of how they met. “We started talking at the gym and I hate to sound cliche but it was love at first sight.”
Brower started going to the gym because at 28 years old — and at his peak weight of 675 pounds — his doctor told him he wouldn’t live to see 30 if he didn’t lose weight. Now, at 32, he’s 458 pounds lighter and is living a much healthier lifestyle. Masella lost about 120 pounds in the same time period.
“I was depressed, addicted to pills and alcohol, eating 10 double cheeseburgers or two large pizzas at a time,” Brower said. Things changed for him after his first date with Masella, which was a ping-pong and basketball date at the gym. “Both of us had used food as a coping mechanism; I would just eat my feelings,” she added. “We’ve gone through a lot of counseling to come to terms with that and change.”
Culled from Cosmopolitan