Women Who Lift: Meet Brooke

Welcome to my feature: Women Who Lift. If you are interested in being interviewed for the series, please email me at jennifer@metamorfit.org  I would love to spotlight you. You don't have to have a blog, you just have to be a woman who lifts!

Today I am spotlighting Brooke. Brooke works out at my box CrossFit En Fuego. I first met Brooke about 6 months ago. We both worked out at 9am, but she was in the Premier classes, so while we worked out at the same time, we didn't work out together. She joined the regular classes a few months back and we really got to know each other better. She is an amazing athlete and continues to inspire me. As a mom to three young boys, she knows how important it is to set a good example. We really have got to know each other better when we competed in the Diablo Games in September. We were in different divisions (she did RX, I did scaled) so I was able to watch and cheer her on, and then in our off time we snacked and chatted. Besides both having 3 kids, we have a lot of other things in common. She's really an amazing woman, and I'm so proud to call her my friend.

 

Meet Brooke

 

Name: Brooke Lynn
Age: 38
Occupation: Mother of 3 boys
Location: Florida
Favorite WOD: no favorite they all kick my butt
Favorite Lift: Split jerk.
Deadlift Max: haven’t done it yet
Back squat Max: not sure but my 3 max rep is 125
Overhead Max: Which lift? Split jerk 125
Got Muscle-ups? Not yet
1 mile run: not sure time

How long have you been CrossFitting? 6 months

What keeps you coming back/motivated? Love the people, coaches, and how it makes me feel.  A lot of encouragement and great for my self esteem.

How did you find CrossFit? Drive by it everyday. And my friend Amy asked me to try it with her.  Which I did and was hooked!

What is your athletic background? Gymnast for 6 years.  In 1988 won nationals in Boston.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? Have met great friends, love working out for the first time, and have slimmed down after my 3rd baby and want to keep going.

What is the one thing you have done at CrossFit that you never thought you could do? pull ups and 4 wods in one day RX.

What motivates/inspires you? My boys and being healthy.

What is your proudest CrossFit achievement?  My first competition the Diablo Games doing RX.

Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve through CrossFit? Get my pre-kids body back and do a Muscle up

What goals have you achieved in CrossFit? Haven’t really made any goals but the fact that I love working out his a huge achievement for me!

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? Photograhpy, making photo books and DVD slideshows.  Watching my boys play soccer.

Do you follow a special diet? Paleo? Whole30? Just try to eat clean such as organic, grass fed meat, raw milk, and good fats.

What is your favorite meal?  Steak, veggies, and sweet potato.

Any advice for new members? Don’t be intimated by experienced crossfitters!  They were a beginner once too!  Go at your own pace and listen to your body.

 

Listen to YOUR body!! CrossFit has come under some criticism lately for pushing people too hard. But if you listen to YOUR body you'll know when something doesn't feel right and you'll know to step back, and rest.

Do you listen to YOUR body?

Grain Brain Challenge, ADHD, and Autism

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Grain Brain.

Last month I received life changing book: Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter. As part of the #GBChallenge, we had 4 weeks to implement 4 healthy habits.

  • Week 1 – Food: Shifting your body way from relying on carbs for fuel and adding brain health supplements. These supplements include resVida – enhances blood vessel dilation and supports healthy blood flow, Omega-3 Fish Oil – helps maintain heart, vascular health, and brain health, and DHA – a polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid the body needs and important for brain health. 
  • Week 2 – Incorporating a fitness routine
  • Week 3 – Getting restful, routine sleep seven days a week
  • Week 4 – Establishing a new rhythm to maintain these healthy habits

We were only supposed to read and follow chapter 10, but I was familiar with Dr. Perlmutter so I read the entire book. Chapter 6, Brain Drain How Gluten Robs You and Your Children's Peace of Mind.  He states "As I've already hinted at throughout the previous chapters, a diet heavy in inflammatory carbs and low in healthy fats messes with the mind in more ways than one-affecting risk not just for dementia but for common neurological ailments such as ADHD, anxiety disorder, Tourette's syndrome, mental illness, migraines, and even autism."

I have an autistic son. He also has severe ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, a Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and a Generalized Mood Disorder. We've known something was special about him since he was 15 months old. He's 7 now. Because of the Grain Brain Challenge 4 weeks ago we began a new therapy of super high doses of fish oil (omega 3 fatty acids DHA/EPA) in combination with his RX meds. The entire family started taking the high doses. I noticed a difference immediately, not only in myself, but in my kids and husband. We were all happier. Less moody.

But what's more important is that someone else noticed. My son's child psychiatrist noticed a remarkable improvement in Ronin's mood and behavior and asked what was different, what had changed in the last month (we see him monthly.) I told him we majorly increased the fish oil. This is in addition to our normal intake of Salmon at least 3X per week. Some people just need more DHA/EPA than others.

He explained how he was just at a national conference and there is a ton of empirical data that shows that fish oil is not only beneficial for ADHD but also for children with autism with explosive anger issues, mood disorders, etc...

We "graduated" from monthly visits to a 3 month visit. This is a big step for us.

 

This photo was taken just after Ronin got the news that he wouldn't have to see the doctor for 3 months!! He was pretty proud of himself.

During this past month I have watched my son transform in to a more patient, less aggressive little dude. He swallows his 4 large soft tabs without any issues and I'm most proud that I haven't forgotten to give them to the kids, and I've even re-stocked!

I have done good by my son. A huge thanks to FitFluential and Dr. David Perlmutter for the #GBChallenge. This has been a huge breakthrough for us.

Do you take a daily fish oil supplement???

Best Health Blog of 2013!!

I was nominated as best health, fitness, weight loss blog of 2013!! I am so honored!!

Best health blogs 2013
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When I started this blog a little over a year ago, it was always my mission to try to help other women (and men) try to find their path to health and now to be honored for doing that is just surreal.

IF (and yes, that's a big if) I win, I plan to pay it forward. How? By using the money to help other women that are financially challenged by paying for gym, or YMCA memberships, race registrations, and more!

I'm all about paying it forward!

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