TMC Athletes: Fitness is an investment in yourself


Brooklyn Sturgill, monitor technician and bodybuilder

Snapshot:

I was trying to do a competition last year, but between going to school to be a nurse and working, I had to put it off. I’m trying not to get too far from my target, though, especially since someday I really want to go on the stage and see what that’s like.

How did this begin?

When I first met my husband eight years ago, I was doing a lot of cardio and he kept saying I should try weights. I didn’t want to at first, because I didn’t want to bulk up, which is what you hear a lot of women say. But you can see dramatic results if you just try it. Now it’s harder to get me to do cardio!

Bodybuilding is as much about diet as it is exercise. What are you meals like?

I try to eat five or six meals a day, even if they are small. When I am dieting for competition weight, my daily plan might include six egg whites with a quarter cup of steel oats for breakfast. Lunch might be six ounces of chicken with a cup of green veggies and a quarter cup of brown rice. Dinner will be up to six ounces of chicken or fish with a bag salad or a cup of green veggies. In between each meal, I usually have a shake with either a quarter cup of almonds or a shake with a quarter of an apple. I drink at least a gallon of water every day. You can go to the gym seven days a week but if you’re eating fast food all the time, you’re not going to see results.

What was the hardest part for you?

It was hard to eat more often. I was used to not eating breakfast. I laughed when I saw the diet because it seemed like so much food. Now, I can never imagine not eating breakfast. People ask what to change and the first thing I ask them is what they have for breakfast. If they say they don’t eat it, I tell them that’s their first mistake.

How do you maintain discipline?

On Sundays, I don’t train and our family treats ourselves to ice cream after dinner for dessert. I also know how I feel when I don’t eat healthy foods. Fitness is an investment in yourself. Start small and build up, and you’ll find you’ll begin to feel better and sleep better. Your clothes will fit better and you’ll have more energy to have fun with your kids.

What do you say to people who think they don’t have time to eat well or exercise?

The question they have to ask themselves is how bad do they want to be healthy? It has the potential to change their lives, but they have to want it for themselves.

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