Empowering BodyAfter a long day at the office or at home running after kids and managing a household, how many of you really want to lace up our running shoes and hit the pavement? That’s where self-motivation comes in. We are all motivated to lose weight by different things. Whether it be getting into your wedding dress, an upcoming class reunion, or something simple yet profound like teaching your children how important exercise is, in the end, only you can motivate yourself to get up, get out, and do something. But, before you jump into a workout regime, it’s important to identify your motivation to lose weight. Let your goals be your guide and then create a workout that is tailored to those goals. Here are some quick tips on how to get and stay motivated to lose weight so you can lead a happier, healthier life.

1. WRITE IT OUT-Whatever your motivation may be, getting it out of your head and onto a piece of paper will make your goals tangible. Your brain sees goals as written instructions, and therefore more real, which provides concrete motivation for you to strive to reach them. So today, take a few minutes, find a pen, pencil, and some paper, and write down your motivation to lose weight.
2. SET SHORT, ATTAINABLE GOALS-After you write down your motivation, take a few minutes and set some realistic short term goals. These goals can be to work out 3 times a week for 30 minutes, or to fit into those too tight jeans that are hanging in your closet in 30 days. Don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to do too much too fast, or by expecting big results too soon. Keep your life in mind when setting these short term goals and include activities that suit your needs.
3. BUY THE RIGHT CLOTHES AND EQUIPMENT-When you invest in yourself, you’re telling your brain that you intend on making these goals a reality. Go get some new running shoes, or buy a yoga mat. Take some time out for you, and spend the money you would’ve spent on fast food, on something that will make you live longer life. You can hit up Old Navy for inexpensive, yet quality workout clothes and accessories, or even get some used equipment for half the price off Amazon.com.
4. START AT A SLOWER PACE– Remember that this is going to be a lifestyle change. You can’t go from sedentary to over active in a week’s span. You have to give your body some time to adjust. Start out slow, and then build your way up to longer, more intense workouts. Initially, if you can only walk for 20 minutes at a time, don’t feel bad. Instead congratulate yourself for even walking at all. Start with 20 minutes, and then add 10 minutes every week until you’re up to 60 minutes. That way you’ll give your body time to adjust and you’ll see how far you’ve come.
5. REWARD YOURSELF-After you’ve attained one of your short term goals, take some time to reflect on how far you have come. Reward yourself…not with food….but with a new book, or some better fitting clothes, or even take yourself out on a date. You deserve it! If you have missed a couple of workouts, you still deserve kudos for being more active than you used to be. We are so hard on ourselves sometimes, forgetting to see the trees instead of the forest. Stop cutting yourself down, as that’s what helped to contribute to your previous unhealthy lifestyle. Instead, encourage, motivate, and reward yourself for the small things you do. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, but when it was finally finished, it was spectacular…and you will be too.

Now that you’re all motivated to start losing weight, stay motivated by referring back to that initial list you wrote from time to time, just as a reminder when the aches and pains of building a better you become too much to bear at times. Also, trying new activities like weight lifting, Cardio Barre, or training for a 5K can also help you stay motivated. When all else fails, find your favorite motivating jam, turn it up loud, and just dance. Music has a way of reaching the soul, rejuvenating and uplifting you when you need it the most. Remember…it’s the little things that make a huge difference in our lives.



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 


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

Muscle & Fitness HERs – 2010 issues

Labrada 2010 Campaign – Jason Ellis

Versa Gripp Campaign


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

Marc Royce http://www.marcroyce.com

Chaz photographics

Tauseef Photography

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. 


“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