Grab a Friend! It’s Beach Season!

Everything is more fun with a friend! Even DETOXING!

I did my first Summer Detox Program last year with my best friend, and I was so glad we were able to support each other! Both of us had high-stress jobs with long hours, limited time to food prep, and crazy junk food cravings (nacho cheese and chocolate anyone?). My skin was horrible, my hair was dry, and I was just chronically exhausted. This is why I became committed to detoxing each season!!! It’s the perfect reboot to get me through 3 months of toxic build-up from stress, crazy workouts, junk food binges (yes, me too!), and the not-so-clean suburban environment we live in these days.

LAST YEAR WAS OUR FIRST DETOX, EVER. Even though the detox was challenging for us, we stuck to it and emerged as revitalized, less-toxic champions!

“Melissa’s Summer Detox is awesome! I did the two week detox last year and lost 5 lbs in two weeks! I felt great and it really helped to reset my cravings. It was a challenge, but with Melissa’s support, I did it!” -GC

DId you know: We carry 5-10 lbs of toxic waste in our bodies. GROSS! That’s why seasonal detoxes are great for kick-starting weight-loss, shrinking muffin tops, and prepping for upcoming celebrations (wedding season!). I personally lose 3-5 lbs each time I detox, which just amazes me because it typically takes a HUGE amount of focus (and cardio!) for me to lose weight! I love how I feel after I unload all of the junk and bloat form my system. It’s like being a brand new ME!

Now it’s YOUR turn! Do you want to be bikini-ready before summer’s over?

Grab a friend… or three. Let’s be our healthiest, slimmest, most energized selves together!!!

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Email me if you have any questions! XOXO, Melissa

mbrooksfit@gmail.com

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FREE Bikini Reset… Say what???

I am thrilled to announce my first ever FREE Simple Cleanse: my 24-Hour Bikini Reset.

Only one day? Anyone can do that!

This Cleanse can change your life. I can say from personal experience that following this plan changed mine. I feel better than I ever have. Embarking on a raw cleanse can awaken the senses plus you can warm up your smoothies and your juices with spices and make your natural experience warming.

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My own health history includes a prolonged journey to achieving my personal health. My health was in free fall. I remember having the ah-ha moment when I realized I needed to give my digestion a break. I remember thinking to myself, “will my life ever be different?”

Well, my life is different now. I learned the tools I needed to change my body from the inside out and now I am going to share these tools with you for free. What are you waiting for?

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I’m Not a Quitter… I’m Awesome.

BIKINI 2015 UPDATE TIME!

I am so proud of my bikini body transformation thus far. My six-pack (abs, not Coronas) is coming in, my small & large muscle groups are becoming more defined, and my waist is shrinking. I am getting much stronger in all major lifts, and my muscle endurance is improving. I am maintaining flexibility and mobility with yoga, and have added running in 2-3 times per week for fat-burning cardio. Want to see the progress? Here are photos of my physical changes:

Two Weeks In …#TransformationTuesday                   One Week Later… #GettingLean

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Getting My Gains… #GirlsWithMuscles

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So what’s next? Well…..I have been reflecting on how I feel about the whole COMPETITION part, or the crazy EATING plan, or the COST$ for competition prep (meals, supplements, etc) and competition day (bikini, heels, hair, nails, spray tans, etc). I know this seems like some sort of cop-out for not having to put in the work, but I am finding it hard to really connect with the whole bikini competition idea. I love clean eating. I LOVE lifting weights, HIIT training, yoga, and pretty much all forms of exercise. I just don’t love the idea of fake tanning and becoming someone I’m not. For those of you that don’t know me so well, I am NOT a girly girl. I don’t use makeup daily. I barely remember to brush my hair! #GirlProblems

Want to learn more about bikini competition costs, training, and diet?

cost: http://www.fitwithzara.com/2014/08/07/what-it-costs-to-compete-in-npc-bikini/

cost:  http://www.livelifeactive.com/2013/01/08/the-cost-of-competing-in-a-bikini-competition/

diet: http://www.muscleandfitnesshers.com/nutrition/dieting/12-weeks-competition-body-diet-plan?page=2

mid-atlantic competitions: https://garyudit.com/new/npc-pa-mid-atlantic-zone/

diet/training: https://www.figureandbikini.org/a/134/My-Competition-Meal-Plan

saving money: https://www.figureandbikini.org/a/49/Save-Your-Pennies-The-Cost-of-Competing

Random Selfie time… #IWokeUpLikeThis

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For me quitting is NEVER an option…

I have a passion for nutrition and exercise, but more along the lines of teaching the skills and creating the habits for successful weight loss, weight maintenance, holistic wellness, mobility training, strength training, yoga and mindfulness, endurance training, high-intensity interval training, clean eating, bioindividuality, etc. I want to be able to help others and pull from my experience. Competing will not give me the experience I find necessary for everyday health and wellness.

Remember, I have NOT quit the idea of creating my “bikini-body.” I still want to make-over my diet to remove added sugars, refined carbohydrates, DAIRY, and other highly inflammatory foods. I still want to transform my body to be the leanest, strongest, and healthiest it’s EVER been!

I am SUPER excited for my body transformation!!! I will continue as if I am still competing this August (well, I AM going to the beach), and I will use myself as a guinea pig to discover the BEST diet for melting fat, building muscle, and reducing inflammation. Follow my journey on Instagram @mbrooksfit and look out for my NEW 14-day clean-eating Summer program! Makeover your diet, makeover your body. Email me at mbrooksfit@gmail.com to get updates on upcoming clean-eating and detox programs!

FITspirations: My Female Fitness Idols… #LiftLikeAGirl {Check these women out! They rock!}

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Christmas Abbott– Crossfit strong                               Ashley Horner– Super Athlete!

Instagram @christmasabbott                                             Instagram @ashley.horner

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Kayla Itsines– Lean HIIT coach                                     Dana Linn Bailey– Beast competitor

Instagram @kayla_itsines                                                    Instagram @danalinnbailey