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Never Give Up

Every day is another opportunity for us to go out and chase that dream! No matter how big or small that dream is, while we still believe we can achieve it, there is a chance we will ❤❤🏝🏝🤸‍♀️🤸‍♀️ It’s when we stop believing or just completely stop and give-up that the chances of achieving our dreams are diminished 🤸‍♀️❤🏝🎯✌
Are you doing a whole heap of things that you really don’t want to tomorrow? or have you got a day full of your favourite things?
Learning to tune in to what I really want to do and what I don’t has helped me to free up more time for things and people that are super important to me.
My life is better and I am.doing more of what brings me.joy than not, so I know I am on the right track.

keep dreaming & keep believing ❤🎯

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How I changed my life…

THE START OF SOMETHING REMARKABLE …

#365redfaces actually began in October 2015 when I was ‘once and for all’ sick of ‘falling off the band wagon’ and gaining weight again & again!

I likened my weight fluctuations to a roller coaster ride and I was absolutely sick of it!

My health suffered and I started getting sick regularly, plus I made it to within 1kg of my goal weight 3 times over ten years! Whenever I was close to my goal, I’d be super happy and start eating again and quickly fall back into bad habits.

At my heaviest I weighed 120 kilograms (264.5 pounds), however that’s another story!

I was the queen of excuses, but let’s get to the good bit!

In October 2015 I was fortunate enough to attend an absolutely inspiring talk by STEVEN BRADBURY, the LAST MAN STANDING. Steven is the Aussie that won the first ever gold medal at the Winter Olympics.

Back before I was better with selfies this is my attempt, but this is Steven Bradbury and listening to his story at a conference in October 2015 helped me realise I could be more.

Every Aussie knows his ‘story’. The man that was ‘lucky’ enough to WIN gold after all his competitors fell over. We all know what doing the ‘Steven Bradbury’ is. I listened to Steven’s story and learned that he well and truly deserved his gold medal and more, so I decided it was time to call the ‘BRADBURY in ME’ to ACTION!

And so my journey began. I contacted my friend, a personal trainer and invested in 3 sessions a week with her. I didn’t lose any weight for the first two weeks because my diet hadn’t changed.

I started eating better because I didn’t want to WASTE all of my hard work.

By December I had gone from 84kg down to 77 kilos and I went from a 5 in the ‘beep test’ to a 9 in the ‘beep test’. I was fit enough to be in the ARMY!

Nothing could stop me now!

Over Christmas I lost another 2kg and became anxious about the New Year. I wasn’t sure what I was going to commit to for my New Years resolution. I asked my dad what I was good at… and what I was put on this earth for.

My dad responded that I was born with two ears and one mouth but sometimes I got these confused. He’s a bit of a joker but this is true! I really love to talk and I am passionate about being passionate! I thought: If I put my mind to something at WORK and succeed, then why haven’t I met my WEIGHT LOSS GOAL YET?

I was motivated to make 2016 my year!

I decided to see the New Year in by making the BEST decisions for ME! I contacted my personal trainer again and asked her if she would be interested in doing a PT session first thing on NEW YEARS day. She was keen! YES!

Waking bright, fresh, and hangover free (there’s a first for everything! haha) my PT SMASHED me!

We did sprints, boxing, and all sorts of high endurance cardio training.

I was pooped! (buggered)

Christie and I ‘high-fived’ at the end of it (she did the whole workout with me) and I was off to a great start to the year AND my face was BRIGHT RED!

Almost an hour later I was at the local car wash and caught a glimpse of my face in the mirror, and it was STILL RED!

I laughed and thought I’d take a SELFIE. I started thinking about a funny slogan or hashtag to add to it: ‘While you are nursing your hangovers’… or something along these lines… ‘RED FACED is beautiful’… and then I realised I still didn’t have a NEW Years resolution, I felt AMAZING, and I wanted to feel like this every day!

So #365redfaces was born!

To keep accountable and stick to my resolution this time, I decided to be brave and share my journey on Social Media. I chose Instagram as I didn’t have many followers and I didn’t want it to be ‘too much’. I thought I might annoy people if I put a face pic on Facebook every day. With Instagram people could choose if they wanted to follow me or not.

Now just over half way there and my entire life has changed!

I have people I don’t even know following me, and all thanks to a regional newspaper: The Toowoomba Chronicle for noticing a post I made and writing a story about me.

I had started posting on Facebook inviting people to come and get #RedFaced with me once a week. I’ve met some amazing people from this!

Since new year’s day, The Toowoomba Chronicle wrote about me and not long after, a journalist from That’s Life! magazine got in touch to share my story and it’s just becoming more and more amazing!

Here are three articles from the Toowoomba Chronicle:

Article ONE

Article TWO

Article THREE

Not long after, The Warwick Daily News, and the Daily Mail Australia shared my story to their readers.

I now know of people who are choosing to take action to better themselves because of my story.

This is the best result anyone could ask for!

I want to do more and help more people achieve their goals and dreams too!

Everyone is on their own journey. Why don’t you start you own journey today and join my #21redfaces challenge?

I am doing something for ME. What are you doing for YOU?

#LetsGetRedFaced

#IChooseMe

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The Toowoomba Chronicle – where it all started

chronicle - darling downs girl reveals amazing transformation

The Darling Downs Newspaper: The Toowoomba Chronicle first amplified me into the media spotlight when they published a story about the #365 Red face Challenge I started, and most importantly an open invitation for anyone and everyone to join me EVERY monday for a FREE workout to get #REDFACED together!

#LetsGetRedFaced has been amazing! Now in the colder months of the year – I moved our workouts to the local PCYC gym, and as I get #REDFACED every day – there is ALWAYS an opportunity to come and join me xx Check out the Chronicle’s latest update on my progress. I am so grateful for their ongoing support xx

TOOWOOMBA CHRONICLE

Much Love xx

Brooke

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I barely EAT, so why am I overweight?

“I don’t get it! Do skinny people EAT NOTHING!?”

This is a common misconception, and downward spiral that many overweight people can get themselves into. If this is you, or someone you know – I highly recommend you read on, and meet Heyley Watt:

Talk about incredible, brave, inspiring, phenomenal – any words that you can think of that mean something positive can describe Heyley Watt and her courage to allow me to interview her while she is on a journey of transformation to become the BEST version of herself. (This interview was recorded in September 2016.)

Click here to catch up on Heyley’s journey that started in 2016:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxDOvK9JT5U

In helping more and more people that reach out to me about their struggles and weight loss journeys, a common trend I am noticing is that many people are reducing their food intake in an effort to lose weight, and then wonder why they aren’t losing any weight even though they are ‘eating’ less. For some reason we forget about calories in the liquids we consume. I notice many people may say that they don’t eat breakfast, however if they drink 2 coffees with 2 or 3 teaspoons of sugar and some milk each morning, this is equivalent to a meal in calories.

We can sometimes tell ourselves that we aren’t ‘too bad’ because that makes us feel better. If we tell this to ourselves, and if we can believe this, with this exact same power, we can tell ourselves positive things to help change our habits.

What is one simple change you could implement this week?

 

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My Experience being flown to Sydney to appear on TV!

Here is my story about appearing on TV in July 2016.  I was contacted by the TV producers because of the personal challenge to get #redfaced everyday (#365redfaces) that I was posting on my Instagram page.
Every day I am working towards being able to help more people through my enthusiasm and zest for life that I share on social media!
Here is a timeline of how I got to the TV appearance!

#365RedFaces – July 2016

In July 2016, I was fortunate enough to be flown to Sydney to appear on Today Extra!
It was an incredible experience and I am so grateful for all of the support I received from my friends & family in the lead up to this incredible experience!

#365RedFaces

(Formerly: #threehundredandsixtyfiveredfaces)

To keep accountable and stick to my new year’s resolution in 2016, I decided to be brave and share my weight loss journey on Social Media. I chose Instagram as I didn’t have many followers and it was more focused around a picture rather than words.

I not only completed the 365days but continued by taking a photo every day for more than 600 days! I didn’t post them everyday, but I definitely did the work-out and took the daily #redface selfie. Up until August 2018 I still worked out every single day, but admittedly I also had a couple of days off in May 2018, when I was in Florida, USA.

I love how I feel when I remain active every single day, and I love how I am finally balanced with my food intake, and most importantly: happy with my body as it is, because of what it can do over what it looks like. I love getting stronger and focusing on this instead of what the scales say.

The Toowoomba Chronicle  picked up my story and started checking up on me and how I was going. This started a social media frenzy in 2016:

Not long after, The Warwick Daily News, and the Daily Mail Australia shared my story to their readers.

I now know of people who are choosing to take action to better themselves because of my story.

This is the best result anyone could ask for!

I want to do more and help more people achieve their goals and dreams too!

Everyone is on their own journey. Why don’t you start you own journey today and join my #21redfaces challenge?

I am doing something for ME. What are you doing for YOU?

#LetsGetRedFaced

#IChooseMe

Fast forward to the 1st August in 2018,

I launched a new concept that has helped me, and I believe will help anyone and everyone around the world to live their best lives by working on ‘being better’.

I originally called my ‘concept’ PROJECT REDFACE or PRF for short. The mission of Project RedFace was to promote the 5 RF’s – my core values, into a weight-loss program that does more than just help people lose weight, it guides them to actually reach their goals!

The 5 RF’s are:

RF1: Red Faces

RF2: Real Food

RF3: Respect For Self

RF4: Respect For Others

RF5: Responsibility For My Actions

I announced my new program & the #6weekfix challenge on my Facebook page & Instagram, and soon I had filled the 10 places for my first program which started on the 6th August. 2 successful rounds later, helping 10 people at a time, I was ready to expand further and start helping MORE people to reach their goals!

The 5 RF’s stick around, but ‘Project RedFace’ changes to ‘Be Super’ at the End of November, 2018.

BE SUPER – November 2018

‘Be Super’ because my initials are BS, and Be Super is the PERFECT name for a life changing program, and my Kinesiology session said so as well!

(Side note: I attended a Kinesiology session and the name Be Super came up!! This session was with a fabulous lady named Julie Reardon! (Check her out here: www.juliereardon.com.au ) I knew this name was right as soon as it was said as I got goosebumps! I’ve been learning that I need to remember that I am what I am promoting. It was like I was subconsciously holding on to the word ‘RedFace’ because it is the reason I am sitting here, but I also need to remember that I created this.  I’ve accepted that Red Faces will always be here and a part of me & it is my number one core value too!)

It all began with a RedFace, and with the BE SUPER program, my goal is to spread the word of the 5 RF’s with RedFaces leading the way!

My dad, Russell has always drilled into me the importance about the 3 R’s…. this is where I had that ‘lightbulb’ moment whilst writing my 6 week challenge (This one has also had some name changes! From a 12 week program called 84 red faces, to a 6 week program called #42Redfaces which is now called the #6weekfix! hahaha!) I already had 2 values: RedFaces and Real Food and I also have always had Dad’s 3 R’s drilled into me growing up, and especially in my adult life! It wasn’t until I realised that dad’s 3 R’s were actualy 3 RF’s and so were my 2 core values!!

I was like:

“Holy guacamole, I don’t believe it!!”

It all just FITS and I love it! I hope you do too!

Now we are being super and I am living my best life and sharing snippets of my life to encourage others to live their best lives too!

I wonder what the next chapter will say…

Here are the links to my Social Media Pages for you:

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PLANK OFF

Plank Off!

Our Plank Off Video

Planks are amazing for our core and this is an exercise that I could barely do when I started out. I was lucky to get to 20 seconds, and now think I could almost smash 2 minutes! Small and steady enhancements from my previous accomplishments have helped make this happen, along with ensuring I continue to have the right technique 🙂

Show me your planks and tag either #21RedFaces or #PlankOff

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SKIN ELASTICITY

SKIN ELASTICITY

I GET ASKED ABOUT SKIN ELASTICITY A FAIR BIT,  this is my experience:

Please note: I am not a qualified health practitioner, my advice is what has worked for me and it may not work for you 🙂 I have however studied at the ‘University of Real Life’ majoring in Health & Fitness for over ten years!

Firstly when I decided to get serious about losing weight I was extremely conscious about making sure I wouldn’t get excess skin in the process!

I researched everywhere I could – 10 years ago the internet wasn’t as accessible for me, and I recall going into the school library (where I worked) and reading books about skin elasticity.

I remember when a doctor told me I was eligible for LAP BAND and I left his room in tears. I couldn’t believe I was being offered this. I was in total shock and this was ANOTHER of those moments when I had to accept that the size I was, was REALLY REALLY large.

(It’s funny how I don’t get weighed any more when I go into a doctor’s practice, but I recall they would MAKE me every time when I was large! When I questioned them, I was told it was STANDARD PRACTICE! (Yeah for FAT people!!))

Let’s be honest: I was in denial about my size because I was a happy, bubbly, enthusiastic person. All I ever wanted was for people to love me for me, NOT for how I looked. This mentality was damaging to my success though!

THIS IS WHAT I KNOW AND WHAT I DO:
  1. LOSE WEIGHT SLOWLY – I recommend no more than 1 kilo a week. I can gain 5 kilos in a weekend if I’m really bad, and this is NOT doing me any favours! I can also lose 5 kilo’s in 5 days on my juice detox, again NOT doing me any favours – BUT I’ve done it. If you need to do it too – go for it –  but if you do this EACH & EVERY week, the chances of excess skin will be high. I am also 32 years old, and have read that our skin elasticity starts to deteriorate after 25 years of age. If you are under 25 years old and need to lose weight, I recommend using this knowledge as your motivation! You want to give your body the BEST chance to remain elastic!! Now for all the mummies out there, my mum told me that she used to rub PURE VITAMIN E OIL on her tummy during her pregnancy. Her belly returned to normal after some time. Be patient with it, as this is a signifcant expansion and contraction that your body goes through in the process of the miracle of birth.
  2. EAT FOODS THAT ARE HIGH IN VITAMIN C, MAGNESIUM or OMEGA 3 fats (I’ve read this many times in many articles) I stock my shopping trolley with SUPER FOODS!! I enjoy Baby Spinach ,avocados, berries (Blueberries and raspberries mainly), and Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Olive Oil (extra virgin), Salmon, dried fruit (sometimes) & dark chocolate! YUM!! These are CORE grocery items I eat each week!
  3. EXERCISE – don’t focus on AB exercises to lose ‘excess skin’ – build your core and your overall fitness, I’ve been able to get rid of the flab from my under arms by doing weights and strength training, however the slow weight loss has aided in bringing the definition out and keeping my skin as elastic as possible.  I also detox my body regularly (at least once every 3 months with a nutritional cleanse or juice detox). If you still have ‘flabby’ skin – which I STILL do on my belly, I am focusing on reducing dairy and wheat now and will see over the next few months if I can actually eliminate it once and for all.

WATCH THIS SPACE!!!

 

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Red Face 152

Red Face One Hundred and Fifty Two

Have definitely had my love for netball reignited after a really great match last night. We lost but our team never gave up and even though we all love to win, we were really happy for the others as it was a great match.

Thanks to the other team, especially Erin, you are such a gun player and get my vote for B&F. It was a pleasure playing with you.

Wish we could do two rounds playing all teams before finals as once isn’t enough. 🙂

Have a great day everyone.

(this #Redfaced post is obvs for yesty…)

(my ‘anal’ friends ask why am I one red face ahead? Why isn’t it even? I strive to be one step ahead in life – always pushing that extra bit, so this suits my personality to a tee).

#threehundredandsixtyfiveredfaces #365redfaces #21redfaces

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Red Face 151

Red Face One Hundred and Fifty One

I’ve got the spirit yes I do, I’ve got the spirit how about you? Wooo hoooo!

Another day getting Red Faced and remaining accountable. When you actually do what you tell yourself you are going to do, you gain power over your ego. If I had a dollar for every time I told myself I was going to get up early and exercise in the morning, but then didn’t, I would be sipping cocktails in the Maldives Right now. (Hahah) My ego’s favourite excuses included: ‘it’s too cold,’ or ‘you deserve a sleep-in,’ or ‘I’ll exercise this afternoon’. This was self-sabotage every single time. If you want to improve yourself in any way, start being reliable to yourself by doing what you say you are going to do 🙂

#threehundredandsixtyfiveredfaces