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Couple Engaged After Losing 600 Pounds Together

Cosmopolitan logo Cosmopolitan 2017-05-19 Tess Koman

© Associated Press Andrea Masella first started crushing on Ronnie Brower after seeing him repeatedly at the gym in 2013, she told the Associated Press. Since then, they’ve lost a combined 578 pounds. They’re also getting married on Saturday in their hometown of Syracuse, New York.

© Doreen Massella, left, and Jill Murphy/Mission Fitness via AP Photo

"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."

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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.

© Ronnie Brower via AP Photo

“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."

© Ronnie Brower via AP Photo Brower’s personal trainer will serve as his best man at their wedding this weekend. He calls Brower and Masella “a match made in heaven, a storybook movie.”

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