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Brooke Mora

Height: 5′ 8″

Weight: 135lbs. (off season), 127lbs. competition weight       

WEBSITES: www.twitter.com/brookemora, www.facebook.com/BrookeMoraIFBBPro

Training since Oct. 2009


“Stay focused, dedicated, and determined!”  ~Brooke Mora 😉

Q. How has living healthy, or dieting, or fitness changed your lifestyle?

A.  It has completely changed my life for the better.  It has removed all negative influences that were present in my life and has allowed me to see a very positive and promising future for myself.  

Q. Did you have a major event occur or reach a breaking point to make you totally want to change your lifestyle, fitness or otherwise?

A. Well as most of us women know relationships good and bad make a huge impact on our lives.  There was a point in my life where I became sick and tired of being sick and tired.  I reached deep down into myself and simply made changes.  I stayed focused, dedicated and determined to change. With those changes came opportunity and now I’ve found a life style that I am very passionate about.    

Q. What’s the hardest thing for you about training, competing, &/or dieting?

A.  Not having enough time in the day and keeping my energy levels up.  I work full-time Monday-Friday, so it’s imperative that I schedule my time well.  When I’m doing split card days, I’m up at about 630am at the gym by 7am for 30-45mins of cardio, at work by 930am and then back at the gym at 7pm until about 930pm.  Ya, not much time for anything else.  I get all my cooking done on the weekends for the week, thats the only way to be prepared and have my food readily available.     

Q. Do you participate in any classes or sports besides weight training? If so, what?

A.  I try to do yoga once or twice a week.  Stretching is so important and I love the tranquility and mentally clarity that yoga brings.  In the off season I usually join friends and participate in triathlons or 5k runs as well. 

Q: What is your favorite workout?

A:  My fav???  Well I’ve made my least favorite into my favorite.  Lunge kick-ups on the smith machine & donkey kickback machine have recently become my favorites because they have transformed my lower body.  But they are still the toughest workouts for me.   

Q. What modeling work, photo shoots, fitness competitions &/or sporting competitions, if any, have you participated in or prepared for and what were the results?

A. Excalibur NPC – Dec 2009 – 5th place Class C

Muscle Contest NPC March 2010 – Overall Bikini Winner

USA’s NPC – July 2010 – 1st Class F – Earned Pro Card

Tournament of Champions IFBB Bikini – September 11, 2010 – 2nd place – Olympia qualified

The Bikini Olympia Sept 2010 

Modeling

Muscle & Fitness Dec 2010 – Hot bod spread – John Russo

Muscle & Fitness HERs – 2010 issues

Labrada 2010 Campaign – Jason Ellis

Versa Gripp Campaign

Photographers

John Russo  http://www.johnrussophoto.com/

Marc Royce http://www.marcroyce.com

Chaz photographics
facebook.com/chazphoto

Tauseef Photography
http://www.tauseefphotography.com


Q. Where do you learn most of your information regarding fitness, training, & healthy eating habits?

A. The concept of weighing food and exercising wasn’t foreign to me. I grew up watching my mom weigh her food when I was younger and she taught me the importance of portion control.  I was involved in athletics from a young age and have always educated myself about health and nutrition. I was a pretty active gym goer, trained for triathlons and ran quite a bit, but it wasn’t until I started training for competition with Michele D’Angona did I really learn about how to eat clean and what foods get the results I was always looking for to transformed my body. 

Q. What is one thing you’d like to accomplish in the next 2 years (fitness or other)?

A. Well I have at least 2 things I’d like to accomplish 1. Finish 1st in an IFBB bikini competition and 2. Make the cover of Muscle & Fitness Hers. 

Q. What is one of the biggest sacrifices you’ve made, and was it worth it?

A.  I won’t call what I gave up sacrifices; they were distractions keeping me from reaching my goals and dreams. Yes, it was definitely worth it and don’t mess them at all.

Q. When staying healthy & fit can become so consuming, how do you balance the rest of your life, social, work, family, etc.?

A.  It’s important to keep a balanced life.  The way I keep things balanced, is always make time for family and loved ones…they come first.  Then prioritize the rest.  If I’m training for competition that is my priority, 

Q. What is that one body part that you just can’t seem to make look like you want?

A. Well I’m a work in progress still…always trying to improve my whole body.  When it comes time to step out on the stage I’m pretty happy with the work that I’ve done.  But there is always room for improvement. 

Q. For someone who is new to the fitness & health world, what piece of advice or information would you give them before they get started on this new venture?

A.  Take one day at a time or better yet take one meal at a time, one workout at a time.  Focus on the present.  Don’t ever say you can’t do it! You can! Can’t is just another way of saying you won’t. 

QUOTES THAT KEEP BROOKE GOING…. 

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.” – A. Maslow

If you haven’t figured it out already, cooking is my therapy! It sooths the soul & mind while putting my cravings to rest. During times (like this) when I’m dieting hardcore prepping for my next competition, I find cooking more exciting! It’s like a puzzle- very challenging because I have so many more limits to my experimentations than when I’m not actually dieting! My restriction, and those of most competitors, consist of the following (or should I say the following foods are a NO-NO when dieting for my show): NO WHEAT, SOY, DAIRY (except Whey), SUGAR, GLUTEN, & lower sodium choices……The Yes-yes’s include: only “good fats”, starchy carbs, whole grains/oats, lean proteins, veggies, & well there is no AND, that’s just about it! LOL! Cravings during these “hard times” are more of TASTE cravings rather than hunger. So most of the time while baking goodies within the boundaries, I find satisfaction in just mixing up some batter, licking the spoon, & taking a sample bite of the finished product- for Blog posting purposes only of course! 😉

My brain works like a food diary/calculator/nutritional facts bank when it comes to eating, cooking, or when the cravings begin! I immediately go into problem solving mode figuring out how to fit in the flavors I’m looking for without compromising my clean competition diet, meaning without taking away any of my much needed proteins, without adding additional carbs or empty calories, etc…

This sick, twisted, torturous, masochist body of mine chooses to head to my kitchen. I live all by myself (except for my two lady friends…the mutts!) but I swear to you, it feels as though my kitchen is alive- no joke, this room talks to me! LOL! The cabinet doors, oven doors, the microwave, & fridge come to life- like something out of a Muppet show- I’m telling you! HAHA! Hey, I’m not going nuts here- if you love food, &/or cooking the way that I do then I know you feel the vibe I’m talking about when you enter the one room in your place that truly comes to life. My imagination runs wild in here & turns my thoughts & ideas into reality. It’s refreshing & scary at the same time because in the blink of an eye I could literally self destruct & sabotage all the work I’ve put into my body in this one little room. It’s frightening & I Love it! I’m a live-on-the-edge kind of girl! I like to play with fire…and food! HAHA! Okay so if I haven’t scared you away then please read on because we can all relate to the cravings….dieting or not, we are all human, & who doesn’t enjoy a lil flavor in their life, Right?!

HERE ARE TWO DESSERTS & TREATS- SIMPLE & TO THE POINT…NO ENTRÉE MENU HERE, JUST STRAIGHT UP YUMMY SWEET TOOTH CRAZING FIXES…

-NO BAKE-

This spawned from the traditional “whey-in-a-shaker” meal. I wanted to BITE into something & this did the trick!

MICROWAVE HIGH PROTEIN CAKISH-CUP

  • 1 SCOOP WHEY (I used Pro5’s cookies & cream flavor)
  • 1 T. 100% PUMPKIN
  • 2 EGG WHITES
  • 1/8 tsp BAKING SODA

Mix ingredients in a coffee mug or small bowl. Pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Check consistency- I like it a lil mooshy/watery around the the bottom & cupcake-like on top. But if you’d prefer ours a bit firmer put it back in the microwave for another 15 seconds or so (total of 45 seconds). Then EAT! If you need a fat in this meal you can add peanut butter on top when it’s done or sprinkle flax seed or if you’re not dieting top it with a glop of Cool Whip free! ENJOY!

MAKES 1 PROTEIN CAKE-CUP

PER SERVING: 200 CALORIES, 40g PROTEIN, 1g FAT, & 4 CARBS!

-OVEN REQUIRED-

Don’t let the zucchini throw you off! These are yummy chocolate-y brownie bites that will satisfy you plus they only have 3 carbs per serving & less than 1g of fat!

CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI BROWNIE BITES

  • 2 SCOOPS WHEY
  • 1 CUP 100% PUMPKIN
  • 4 EGG WHITES
  • 1/8 tsp BAKING SODA
  • 1/8 tsp BAKING POWDER
  • 1 CUP of SHREDDED ZUCCHINI (ABOUT 2 SMALL OR 1 LARGE ZUCCHINI)
  • 1/4-1/2 CUP COCOA POWDER (More, ½ cup, for a richer chocolate flavor OR less, ¼ cup, for a milder chocolate flavor)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
  3. Pour the batter into a cupcake pan lined with cupcake papers or spray with a non stick olive oil spay/PAM. (12 CUPCAKES) OR you can use a

    greased 8X8″ brownie pan. Place in the center of the oven rack for 30-45min.- check if they are done by poking the centers with a

    toothpick or wooden skewer or chopstick- if it comes out clean (no batter moosh on it) then they are done.

  4. Remove from oven & let them cool slightly.
  5. Remove from tray then EAT! If you need a fat in this meal you can add peanut butter on top when it’s done or sprinkle flax seed or if you’re

    not dieting top it with a glop of Cool Whip free! ENJOY!

MAKES 12 BROWNIE BITES

PER SERVING: 50 CALORIES, 8g PROTEIN, 1g FAT, & 4 CARBS!


One of the biggest delemas I had to face when getting serious about cleaning up my diet was taking out the condiments & snacks that seemed to add spice to everything I ate. Really, cleaning up your diet is all about forming a new habit. Right now maybe your habit is salting everything, soda’s n’ sweets, & ranch dressing. There are many alternatives and NEW healthier habits you can develop that would change your body in no time!

Food had never been such an issue for me until I was deprived of it. Yes, I liked to eat even before my first competition & the dieting. And my gosh, if you know me know, you know that I am in love with food…my new nickname is lil’ piggy! HAHA!

I guess I’m a masochist & enjoy the torture because when I first started dieting, even now when I’m preparing for competition, I kept everything plain & boring…or as I prefered to call it, simple! I mean the way I prepared my food was so clean and bland that I would literally be able to pick it up & eat it with my bare hands- no utensils required! Now that I’m in my off-season and won’t be competing until March 2010, I’ve decided I need to liven things up. With no boyfriend in sight, my Friday & Saturday night’s are spent experimenting with recipes that are salt-free, gluten-free, & sugar-free.

Simple changes can make all the difference. We have all developed habits, both good & bad, that are ingrained in our heads as “our way” of doing things. Sometimes all it takes is learning something new & being open to change for us to build better habits. I grew up with an Italian/Mexican chef, caterer, & restraunt owner for a father & lets just say although delicious, his food was far fom healthy. I learned at a very young age how to cook & what tasted good with no reference to cooking healthy. If you know me now, you know that I am in love with food…my nickname is lil’ piggy! HAHA! (If I’m going to be called a piggy at least haveing the “lil” in there doesn’t make it so bad! LOL!)