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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February Fitness Challenge

No reason NOT to workout everyday!

Just as I promised, I came up with my own daily fitness challenge for the month of February. Because I have a passion for HIIT workouts AND yoga, I decided to have the challenge focus on BOTH! The theme is #ShowMeYourAxio, and each daily challenge is inspired by #AxioEndure (yoga postures) or #AxioEnergy (HIIT exercises). My co-hosts are Personal Trainer Joel Leos (Washington, DC) and Crossfit Mobility Coach Jesse Zastrow (Charlotte, NC). Take a look at our Instagrams to see videos and pictures of our daily challenges. ALSO, it’s not too late to join the challenge and start posting! Just remember to tag #ShowMeYourAxio, #AxioEndure or #AxioEnergy, and all 3 challenge hosts in your posts!

February Challenge Calendar

February Fitness Challenge FAQs:

Q: What if I am unable to do the daily challenge the same way as the hosts?

A: Complete each daily challenge to the best of your ability. Use modifications for yoga postures, or look up prep poses to post instead. For HIIT exercises, there is always the option to leave out weights, or modify body-weight exercises. Honor where you body is now and practice non-judgement.

Q: What if I don’t remember to post every day?

A: We are only human! Things happen (stuck in the mountains with no phone service, internet connection is down, you’re not feeling well, you just plain forgot, etc), and it’s OKAY! Either post your missed challenges when you remember, or just move on to the next one. No one will punish you for missing a day, or two, or three…

Q: What the *BLEEP* is Axio? It’s in every tag!

A: Axio is the most incredible “energy” drink, EVER! It is made of Green Tea Extract, New Zealand Pine Bark, DMAE, L-Theanine, B Vitamins, …, and QUERCETIN! What do these ingredients do? What DON’T they do?!?! Green Tea provides antioxidants and physical energy; New Zealand Pine Bark promotes mental clarity, focus and positive mood; Quercetin is a powerful flavenoid that boost cellular protection! Best of all: no jitters, no crash, no sugar, no artificial flavors or colorings, and NO CRAP. This is super good for you, and should be marketed as BRAIN FOOD. Love, love, love! You can learn more about it, and purchase it here: https://www.mylifevantage.com/totalfreedom#axio

Yoga Posture A Day Keeps the Doctor Away?

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I keep falling behind on my many yoga challenges: #beSTRONGin2015 and #rebelresolutions Oops! I’ll catch up soon!

NEWSFLASH! I’m creating my own daily fitness challenge for February. Each day will feature a specific exercise or yoga posture, both because I believe in cross-training for a complete balance of strength, flexibility and cardio. The tag for the challenge will be #ShowMeYourAXIO with each day themed for AXIO Energy Volt  or AXIO Endure Charged, the 2 “energy” drinks I use for interval & strength training, yoga practices, mental clarity and overall wellness. Get ready for 28 days of fun!!!

Follow me on INSTAGRAM as @mbrooksfit to join the challenge (I will post information on how to join the challenge, and each daily challenge the evening before it’s featured). Follow me on my adventure to become the best version of myself!

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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