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Brooke Castillo

It’s Not Just About the Weight…

Dear Brooke,

Just a little back story on my life and weight struggle:

I'm just the normal girl who lives in Wisconsin. I am the average 5'4″ with the not so average weight of 247 pounds. Well, at least I was. Maybe something else I should mention, I was only 13 years old.

My dad actually bought the book “If I'm so smart why can't I loose weight?” And I read it at least 10 times. Amazingly, every time I read it I still learn something new. What I learned, Is that, because I felt alone, I ignored the feeling, and ate. I also had the belief that I wasn't good enough to be happy and that I wasn't capable to get anything good in my life. I read your book and realized that I can do anything I want to do. I have confidence in myself and this year (I'n 14 now) has been so joyful,

Some amazing things that have happened.

1.Learned a new instrument (guitar)
2.Got 3rd chair in an orchestra that I play in (I also play the violin)
3. Decided (after I was offered) to play in a string quartet.
4. Play in a Irish fiddle contest where the winner goes to Ireland (It's coming up next month and I'm super excited)
5. Went for a lead in a play
6. Participate in my church's Christmas program (Where I was also asked to play violin by myself)
7.Skipped 8th grade
8. Took up sewing
And my favorite
9.I've lost 97 (and counting) pounds

I want to thank you so much, without you, I would still be at the bottom of a mountain. But, I've found a new confidence in myself, and realized that I am beautiful, and I am not too fat, or too dumb, or not physically capable of doing whatever I want.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!