The curse of the "freshman 15" took hold of Brookes, but she took charge of her life and lost 30 pounds.
Weight before: 170
Weight after: 120
As a teen, Brookes kept trim by walking to and from school and playing volleyball and baseball. But when she went to college, she began putting on pounds. Weekend drinks with friends and late-night pizza runs sent her weight soaring to 170 pounds. During a hiking trip with fellow students, she struggled to keep up with the group but felt exhilarated: "I thought, what would I be able to do if I was in shape?" The next week, Brookes hit the gym and began cycling and walking 40 minutes a day, 3 days a week.
She lost big for a reality-show challenge