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Christine Brooks: Overcoming Self-Doubt

CHRISTINE BROOKS

Training history: I began training with the Ab Factory 3 years ago.

Favourite exercise: Stiff-legged dead lifts. I feel my strongest when I am training legs!

Favourite motivational quote: 'If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you'

What advice would you give to someone who wants to achieve results like you? 

The best advice I can give is to trust and enjoy the process. Work past the first few hard weeks/months. Eventually you will crave healthy nutritious food and the energy, strength and overall good health that comes with it.

Small changes = big results. Once you start seeing these results, it will motivate you to keep going. 

In your opinion, what is the most important aspect of a transformation?

Consistency is key!

Don't feel disheartened or give up if you aren't seeing the results you expect straight away. 

Remember this is not a quick fix, identify and tackle each bad habit one at a time - incorporate nutrition and exercise into a balanced lifestyle that is maintainable and rewarding for you.

What did you learn from this experience?

It has taken the past 6 months for me to really learn how to listen to my body.

What works for one person may not work for you, so there is a lot of trial and error involved when it comes to what foods to eat. 

It wasn't up until the last 2 months that I really started noticing the physical changes in my body shape, which definitely tested my patience at times. I learnt to look past this and focus on my own individual journey and trust the knowledge I have learnt. 

Christine says:

"I have always been active and have never had a weight problem, but this doesn't mean I was healthy or happy. Although I have always been dedicated to my training program, there were those few bad habits that I was holding on to.

I would eat and train perfectly from Monday through Friday, but as soon as it came to the weekend, I would convince myself that a day or two of binge-eating and drinking wasn't going to hurt.

This time last year, I hit my 'snap point'. After quitting my job and spending an amazing 3 months travelling overseas, I really struggled mentally to get back into everyday life. I had no job, no money and felt very anxious about the future.

I am an over-thinker and I felt like I was stuck in a rut. It was a vicious cycle - the more stressed I was the worse the physical symptoms felt, leading to daily panic attacks. I had lost my passion for fitness and training and found it impossible to get motivated about life. 

Twelve months later I have dropped a dress size, dramatically increased my health, strength and fitness and have completely changed my weekend habits. It is now a rare occasion that I drink alcohol and I feel so much better for it. I have regained confidence and pushed myself to finally enrol in my certificate of fitness to work towards a career I know I will love, but have always had far too much self-doubt to go through with. 

I believe in a 'healthy body, healthy mind' and I look forward to helping people find the same confidence in themselves." 

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