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

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2015 = Best Year Ever!

2015 Will be my best year ever… well, my best year since I was born… THAT was an AWESOME year =)

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Why I think 2015 will be so great?

1. I started teaching yoga at Foundry Fitness in The Kentlands (Gaithersburg, MD)! This has been an amazing experience! Even though I am still working on building my community of yogis, I have already discovered my passion for teaching. I love connecting with my students, helping them discover the yogi within, and giving my students a full-body workout that improves flexibility, strength and balance.

2. I’m in a fantastic continuing education yoga training program at Corepower Yoga in Bethesda, MD. Their Extensions Program has already blown me away! (it has only been a week!) Learning to manage the environment, build a playlist, find my yogi voice, and practice assists/adjusts… the yogi teacher knowledge!!! NAMASTE!!!

3. I have fully committed myself to building my current business. I have partnered with the best company in the world… the mission statement is “We make people better, and in doing so we make the world a better place.” I told myself that I deserve ABUNDANCE, FREEDOM, and the chance for ultimate PERSONAL GROWTH. I am passionate in finding business partners who are motivated, fun, natural-leaders, caring, grateful, creative, coachable, healthy, powerful, strong, and have the burning desire for change in their lives!!! We were put on this Earth to be more than an employee, to be worth more than an hourly wage, and to do more than live for the weekend. INSPIRE CHANGE TODAY.

4. I will be a model 27-28 year-old. This will be my healthiest year: nutrition, strength, mobility, flexibility, balance, confidence, spirituality, love, honesty, gratitude, community… continuing 2014’s theme of #rad2014 … Cheers to a #rad2015 !!!

What will YOU do in 2015? SHARE in the comments section!

Ahimsa.

I made it to week 7 of Power Yoga teacher Training! Next week is Thanksgiving vacation, then only one more week to go when I come back! In just a few weeks I will be a 200-hour certified PYTT! How crazy is that?!

Here are the stats (approx.):

I’ve taken 15 beginner Corepower classes, 20 intermediate/advanced/sculpt Corepower classes, and 4 outside studio classes. I’ve observed 3 beginner Corepower classes. I’ve done 6 practice teachings and taken 8 practice teaching classes.

That’s taking over 50 hours of yoga class in just 7 weeks! So many Chaturangas.

So far I’ve learned about yoga anatomy, prenatal yoga, Sanskrit, assists and adjusts, the meaning of Om/Aum, yoga philosphy, the 8-limbed path, Chakras, how to teach a beginner sequence, and SO MUCH ABOUT MYSELF!

I used to think I was shy, unconfident, and afraid to be in the front of the room. And that is exactly how I came across during my first teaching practicum. I was reading cues and postures from my manual, and STILL I could barely spit the words out…. “ta-ta-ta-ta-tadasana.” It was so embarrassing. Now, though, I feel like a butterfly that has left the cocoon. I feel excited to teach. I don’t stutter over my words. More importantly, I don’t freeze when I stand up in front of the class.

What happened?

Personal growth is what happened. I made the choice to memorize the sequence, until it became 2nd nature. I made the choice to practice teach on my husband and sister when I wasn’t at class. AND I made the conscious choice to silence the voice in my head that was saying, “you don’t know what you’re doing”…”what will people think of you if you mess up”…”you can’t do this.” SILENCED.

And it wasn’t easy. I’ve gone 27 years without being the center of attention, the person who goes first, or the leader who steps up in a group. I’ve hid away, ashamed of the potential judgement from others, when I was only really hiding from the judgement created within myself.

What did I learn? The only thing that was getting in my way was the space between my ears. Once I shut that out, everything else fell into place. You can do it too! It’s not easy, but if you tap into you subconscious (90% of thoughts) and TRAIN yourself to be all the things you want to be, then they will eventually become the conscious 10%. Check out the book: The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

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“Get out of your own way.”

Get Swole or Go Crazy

I am almost 2 full months into working-out at Foundry Fitness and 2 full months free of running every day in 2014 #rad2014. My plantar fasciitis is manageable, my muscles are getting stronger and leaner, and I feel good.

Not only good… but sane?

Having my butt kicked for an hour, 4-5 times per week, has helped not only my physical strength, but also my mental and emotional well-being. Have you ever done rope slams or kettle bell snatches after a long day at work? It is like hitting restart, forgetting the day’s obstacles, feeling ready to take on whatever the next day has in-store.

Hmmmm… I wonder how this works? Just kidding, I know!

1. Endorphins: exercise increases the production of these feel-good neurotransmitters. These “free feel-good drugs” are also responsible for the “runner’s high” or any sense of happiness after an intense workout, and are still legal in all 50 states =)

2. Meditation in motion: while you workout you are focused on a single task, not the day’s irritations. Thinking about breathing, form, and body movement helps to remove daily tensions, leaving you calm, clear and optimistic. Who said mediation was only for yogis?

3. Ego-boosting: exercise can increase self-confidence. Because exercise is a major contributor for weight loss and building strength, you might find yourself walking taller after a good sweat session. Exercise also gives you a sense of control over your body by improving sleep and creating the desire for a healthier diet and lifestyle. Most people do not want to eat a dozen donuts after a 90-minute Pilates class, right? Duh.

(Information adapted from http://www.mayoclinic.org)

Alright guys, now it’s time to get happy and kick some glutes! I know it’s Friday, but I challenge you to get at least 30 minutes of exercise in before Happy Hour… who’s with me?!?!

 

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