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Iron Will Award Candidate:

Cristal Brooks

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Cristal Brooks's Submission:

Strength comes from within. No matter what obstacles life throws at you, you have to be strong, smile and carry on. We are all strong people and we just have to look deep inside and pull that strength out of ourselves. The decisions that we make, either small or large, shape who we are today. Even through hard times in our lives it happens for a reason and makes us a stronger.

My name is Cristal Brooks. I am the person who I am today because of all the strength that I have found within myself, no matter what obstacles life has given me. I love to take on new challenges; I am an extremely busy, motivated, determined and passionate person. I work full time, run my own photography business and try to fit as many activities into my schedule as humanly possible. I am competing in MABBA Novice 2013 Fitness category. Everyone has their own unique journey that got them to the competition stage. Here is mine:

In January 2011 I got a membership through my Employer to Goodlife Fitness. I was one of those people who just went to the gym and did cardio. I was afraid of lifting weights due to the fact that I knew nothing about them and had no clue on what exercises to perform. I enlisted the help of a personal trainer at Goodlife which introduced me into the fitness world. I loved it! I started loose a few pounds but not much. After I was done with my training sessions I tried to maintain the workouts on my own, but didn't see any results. I thought I could work out and eat whatever I wanted and be healthy. This is not the case; diet is 80% and working out is 20%. In January of 2012, a friend of mine introduced me to a professional trainer. They gave me workout and diet plans. This was the first time I ever had a diet plan from anyone. I knew this was going to be a big challenge going from eating whatever, whenever, to strict dieting. Today I stand here 30 pounds lighter, thanks to the hard work and determination that I put in.

I knew that this would be a start to a new lifestyle. Anyone who sets their mind to it and puts the dedication towards this can achieve it. Do not give up and most importantly be true to yourself! My journey isn't over yet, it is just beginning. It has changed my life. I have met some amazing people along the way all who have, in their own way, inspired and motivated me. This journey to the stage was definitely the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life. I am stepping on this stage and no matter what the outcome is I know that I have come a long way and that I am very proud of myself. I want to inspire others to lead a healthier and happier lifestyle.

YOU ARE STRONG!

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