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Proposing To My Girlfriend Who I Met On YouTube

This Is How Brad And Jessica Gouthro Met And Got Engaged

You’ll never believe it, but I’m proposing to my girlfriend who I met on YouTube.

Yes, on July 24th at 3:58pm ET, I was down on one knee asking my dream girl, Jessica Rumbaugh, the most important 6 word question a man can ask a girl.

“Will you Live Lean with me?”


I think you know where this is going.

But before I share the story of how I man’d up and asked Jessica to marry me, I want to first share the crazy story of how we met each other.

Let’s Go Back To December 31, 2012

If you’re a new to the Live Lean Nation, you may not know who Jessica is, or maybe you’re wondering why I’m so open with my personal life.

First of all, Jessica is an angel that magically came into my life during my lowest of lows.

2012 was the most difficult year of my life.

But now, thanks to a random email, Jessica made the rest of my days incredible!

Secondly, I share our story because “Living Lean” is not just about rocking abs 365 days a year.

It’s about living your best, most confident life, in all areas of your life.

I wouldn’t be where I am today without taking risks or getting out of my comfort zone, as you’ll see.

I hope our love story inspires you to do the same.

It all started on New Years Eve, December 31, 2012.

At the time, I was living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

If you’re not very familiar with Canadian geography, Halifax, Nova Scotia is located on the east coast of Canada.

At 3:27pm AST (11:27am PT), I received a random email from a Live Lean TV YouTube subscriber in San Diego, California, named Jessica Rumbaugh.

Jessica’s Mindset Prior To Emailing Me

Before she sent the email to me, here is what Jessica told me was going through her mind:

I can’t believe it’s New Years Eve. Moving to New York City and focusing on my professional online fitness career is my #1 priority! I’m going to take action right now and email that fitness guy from YouTube, Brad Gouthro. He seems really cool. He will probably never respond, but it’s worth a try, I guess.

My Mindset Before Receiving Jessica’s Email

Before I received Jessica’s email, here is what was going through my mind:

I can’t believe it’s New Years Eve. I need to continue growing my business and get my personal life back on track this year.

Then I received the following email.

Here’s The Email That Jessica Sent To Me

Hey Brad!

Happy holidays.

Just wanted to drop a note letting you know how much I enjoy your blogs and posts from a fellow fitness blogger on the same mission. Looking forward to more of your videos in the new year, would absolutely love to collaborate with you on something in the future as well in case you are searching for a female fitness co-host on a blog or two. I’m just barely starting on building up my online biz but it’s thanks to people like you who are so passionate and successful at sharing fitness tips publicly that I am inspired to keep going.

My resolution for the new year is to dedicate more time and more focus to spreading fitness inspiration and helping to transform more lives. Thanks for being a part of my inspiration.

– Jessica

Around 4:15pm AST (12:15pm PT) I remember reading the email.

My first impression was:

Hmmm… interesting email from a fitness girl named Jessica Rumbaugh. Let’s check her website to see what she’s all about. She’s great on camera. I like that she’s smart and owns her own website…and she’s beautiful. I’m going to write her back!

So I immediately wrote her the following email back.

Here’s My Reply To Jessica’s Email

Hey Jessica, thanks for the note and happy holidays to you too! You stand out already because you took action and asked for what you wanted. That’s an incredible characteristic of successful people!

I love collaborating with other passionate people and am always looking for new ideas.

I just saw some of your videos and you’re great on camera.

Send me any concepts you may have and we can talk further about it.


Next Thing You Know, I’m On A Flight To Los Angeles

After numerous flight delays, I arrived in Los Angeles 20 hours later, with Jessica waiting at the LAX airport for me.

She was holding an iPad with my name written in lights.

This meant a lot to me because, prior to this, I mentioned one of the items on my bucket list was to see my name in lights.

Therefore, I scratched 2 things off my bucket list that day:

  1. Seeing my name in lights
  2. Hanging out with a beautiful California girl

That night we went out to eat and both ordered beer and salad.

Right then I knew she was special.

The next morning we filmed our 4 minute male vs female workout rep challenge on Santa Monica beach.

4 Minute Male vs Female Workout Rep Challenge

Jessica was supposed to leave after filming but she ended up staying with me for the rest of my trip!

That Was The Start Of Our Love Story

What followed after that was lots of traveling back and forth between New York City and Halifax.

In December 2013, I decided to move from Halifax to Toronto, which made the traveling to New York City much easier.

Then on July 24th, 2014, it was my turn to make this day the most incredible day yet.

Prior to the big day, it had been an incredible week.

My parents, from Halifax, NS, and my brother Ian, living in Bermuda, flew in to Toronto to celebrate.

Proposing To My Girlfriend Who I Met On YouTube

Once Jessica and I had some alone time, I told her that I made a video of how we first me.

She said she couldn’t wait to watch it, but first needed to go to the bathroom.

While she was in there, oh man, my heart was pumping, because as she watches the video, I was going to get down on one knee.

By the way, I forget to mention that she had no idea I was recording this the whole time.

Then when the time came, I was so emotional and nervous, that I was shaking, and couldn’t talk.

Then I finally “man’d up” and said…

“Jessica Rumbaugh, would you do me the absolute pleasure of and marry me?”

Yes, it just happened.

I proposed.

Did Jessica Say Yes?

Here was Jessica’s response:

“Of course boo.”


In other words, she said yes!

Now Our Love Story Continues

By the way, we did get married.

Shout out to YouTube for helping us find each other.

Thanks so much for sharing this day with me and Jessica. 

Tonight, we have amazing seats to see Bruno Mars live in concert.

Thanks to my brother for the hook up on the tickets!

Also, thanks again to you for all of your positive energy and vibes.

It’s an honor to have you a part of the Live Lean Nation.

Keep being awesome.

We love you guys.

Brad and Jess

PS. Jessica and I have been amazed at all the kind comments already posted on this video.

If you’d like to send your best wishes, leave us a comment on the YouTube video or post it on our Live Lean TV Facebook Page.


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151 responses to “Proposing To My Girlfriend Who I Met On YouTube

  1. Wow it made me cry congratulations for both of you and God bless you now
    you get a lot stronger by spending your lives together

  2. I seriously cried my eyes out. Congrats!!! I wish you both the best of luck
    on your new journey together.

  3. backround music during the “video” sounds very similiar to music in furious
    pete vs. suace boss lol

  4. Haha DAMN that’s so good. Congrats!
    I follow you since years Brad and am really happy for you two. All the

  5. once in while I come across a video like this and it sucks that it allows
    people to give it a “like” …..because we should totally have the option
    to give it a “love”….

  6. Awww, you guys are so cute together! Jess, is a terrific fitness role model
    for us ladies, and Brad you’ve already done a great job in giving us new
    information diet and fitness wise! I wish you the two the best of luck in
    the future, and now looking forward to more videos of you two TOGETHER! πŸ™‚

  7. Man I’m so sorry I just saw it! But it’s so amazing! I’m so happy for you
    guys… You both have helped ,e to get to my goals and now I can’t stop
    smiling for how happy you guys are. May God bless you and I hope you stay
    happy forever. Bug hug and congrats from Mexico! P.s. Would love to attend
    the wedding πŸ˜‰

  8. You are so beautiful together! I wish you all the love of the world πŸ™‚ and
    many kids πŸ˜›

  9. Good job guys. I still remember all the other videos of back in the day
    when things weren’t so happy, glad you finally are happy. Now shake off the
    emotional roller coaster and let’s keep on going! Congrats!

  10. OMG, yes Brad, do the damn thang!!! You were soooo nervous, it was awesome
    and adorable. Jessica, hold onto ya man! πŸ˜€

    Congrats you two, and welcome to the next chapter.

  11. Congrats to you both, and thanks for sharing such personal and intimate
    moment in your lives. Brad, nicely done. Love your channel so please keep
    the videos coming.

  12. This is fantastic. Are children in the plans soon? Hope so! Jessica, you
    have got to do a pregnancy workout and diet video!!! congratulations

  13. That was moving. Congrats Jessica and Brad! Two peas in a pod. Love life
    together, forever! πŸ™‚

  14. What a team on and off camera – awesome for you both, cant stop smiling –
    from Norfolk, England xx

  15. Awwww. I knew it was coming! You guys are great together, and great
    individuals too. I remember seeing that first workout video (having
    subscribed to brad’s channel) and noticing the chemistry. Have started
    following Jessica on Instagram…love all the home videos you guys post (my
    favorite one is the foot rub) sign of real love: when I woman takes care of
    a mans feet (my bf is a chef so he works on his for 10+ hours/day… Loves
    it when I take care of them). >_<. I love Love. Congrats!!!

  16. Wow that was awesome. Congratulations brad, seriously. You two are amazing
    together and for each other. Will be a beautiful wedding. Will the wedding
    be shared on youtube as well? πŸ˜€

  17. Congratulations Brad and Jessica… great story of how you two met!
    As a Christian, I have to say I hope the Lord blesses your lives even more

  18. Awww that’s sooo sweet, I know it’s sad as I don’t know either of you
    personally but I shed a little tear and was beaming from ear to ear…

  19. Cried a little! Tears of joy though lol! Congratulations. Anyone can tell
    from your (almost) two years of videos, you’re definitely made for each
    other πŸ˜€ It’s great being with someone with the same goals! <3 you guys!

  20. Yes yes yes! Now an awesome team you two are and will be in the future.
    Congrats. I have learned so much from you both. I wish you guys the best
    and see ya soon in your next video….lol =)

  21. Amazing love story! May the next chapter in your story be just as amazing!
    Congratulations Brad and Jessica!

  22. Congratulations to you both! Although I’ve never met you two I am honestly
    happy for the both of you!

  23. I wanted to barf when I saw this vid on my feed, but then I remembered that
    you two are great people. What a genuine, feel-good story. You guys looks
    effortlessly in love. All the best!
    I hope someone emails me πŸ™

  24. ahhhhhhhhhhhh… congratulations!! Thanks for sharing that with us. I’m
    happy for both of you. Wishing you both nothing but joy and happiness

  25. Congratulations mate. Wish you all the best and may it only get better and
    better from here on.

  26. Awww!!! Awesome!! A couple that works out together, stays together ;0)
    Congratulations guys!! God Bless!!

  27. Congratulations for both of you Jessica and Brad , I wish for you the best
    and better things to come in both of your lives . Its a new beginning and
    hopefully youll make it until the end of time , together… Im in love with
    your love and both of you are so cute and funny to watch πŸ™‚ Wish you both
    the best
    -Pamela β™‘

  28. Omg i just watch the video for like the 5th time,, speechless..
    Inspired!!!! Thats what i call Lean Love!!!

  29. OMG!!!! I cried along with Brad….. so happy for you guys even though I
    wanted to marry him!!! haha….May God give you many wonderful,healthy
    (:,full of love days together!!!

  30. My idols use to be people close to me, you two are not physically near but
    GODDAMN how much I learn from you! I feel like we know each other, I feel
    like we are close, I feel like you are my idols! Congrats, I wish you all
    the best πŸ™‚

  31. Love love love this!!! Congrats, so happy for you!! You deserve all the
    best. Seriously happy for you both πŸ™‚ Xx

  32. Ow god that’s so great! πŸ˜€ I’m so happy for you guys, I hope you’ll make a
    beautiful family and live happily with each other for a loooong time πŸ˜€ I
    wish you the best! πŸ˜€

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