This article was first seen on the Huffington Post. For this installment, we are joined by Lacy Brown.
Let’s start off with a general introduction. How would you describe yourself, what are you all about and how did you get involved in health and fitness?
I am a single mom, entrepreneur, bikini competitor, and have an insatiable passion for all things health and fitness. I own a training studio in The Woodlands, TX, where I offer semi-private, boot camps, and group training for men and women. I fell in love with gym life after my 1st weight-training class in high school. I joined a local gym for extra credit, and got a job there shortly after.
Where does your motivation come from?
Changing people’s lives. There is nothing quite so rewarding as completely turning life after life around. Sometimes, people walk through my gym door completely broken, unhealthy, embarrassed that they let themselves reach such a low point, and literally have no answers.
It ignites something inside of me at that exact moment, knowing that I have the answers they are looking for, and if they are mentally prepared for a lifestyle change they will totally transform both physically and mentally. When I see someone who is hungry like that, I can’t wait to get started and teach them everything I know.
As you decided to make a career out of your passion – what were your biggest stumbling blocks along the way?
Other people can be discouraging if you let them get in the way of a dream. Once I made my mind up and blocked out the negative, my passion quickly led me to the top. I want to achieve so much more and I now feel unstoppable.
What’s your perspective on the importance of self-care?
What in the world is more important? I can’t think of anything. Your self-care is directly tied to your quality of life. Be strong and healthy…live a long, active life. Feel better, look better, protect yourself against many chronic health conditions, feel younger longer, have more energy…the list goes on and on!
What are some of the biggest misconceptions about women lifting weight?
Women often don’t understand the importance of resistance training, or they think it will make them big and bulky and avoid it. It will not. We are not fueled with testosterone, and lifting weight won’t make you masculine. Enough with the hours of steady state cardio already. LIFT something.
Many young women who want to lose weight believe that not eating is the way to do it, without realising the consequences of that kind of behavior.
Why do you think this is and what’s your perspective on educating society on healthy nutrition habits?
People assume that if you eat less food, fewer pounds will stick to your body. A factor that’s often missed is the importance of a healthy metabolism, what that means, and how to maintain it. I think more importance should be placed on nutrition at a younger age, as it is such an important life skill that often gets overlooked at the time healthy habits should be established in the first place.
What are the most unexpected lessons you’ve learned on your health and fitness journey this far?
Have a plan. If you have a specific goal in mind, don’t chase it blindly. Ask someone who knows more than you, do your research, and create a road map for success. It is really frustrating to work hard, and see no results because you are taking the wrong approach. You will want to give up. Rather, get results quickly by making the right changes, and your progress will be motivating in itself.
What do you do to maintain balance in your life?
I work extremely hard when it’s time, but I also regularly block out days for myself. I like to check out, travel, and leave my work at home completely.
How do you stay productive?
I don’t have much down time on my working days. I carry around an hourly planner that I fill to the max.
Can you give a breakdown of your current diet, training and supplementation regimen and the thinking behind it?
I’m religious with my diet. 1 cup of egg whites and 1/2 cup of oatmeal in the morning. Repeat 3 hours later. For lunch it’s 5 oz of lean protein…usually fish, with 4 oz of clean carbs, and some veggies. I follow this macro profile approximately every 3 hours, tapering the carbs out entirely by the last meal.
Weight training 5 days per week, HIIT 3-5 days per week. I like to stay super-lean, so I take BCAAs daily to protect my muscle mass. I take AdvoCare MNS vitamin packs, and drink a lot of Spark…both of which I love. I also like TheroGenics. Rock Solid Nutrition has on called High Metabolism that is great. I love that they put Garcinia Cambogia in their product. It keeps me lean and not hungry.
If you could only choose one thing, what would you tell your younger self?
Distance yourself from dream-crushers, those people who discourage you, bring you down, and make you feel like what you want is unattainable. It is your one life to make the most of, and the truth is you can do anything you set your mind to if you want it bad enough. Chase your dreams like there is no tomorrow. Love yourself first.
What are your goals for 2017?
I am moving toward less physical hours training in the gym, and hope to reach more people through an online training format. I need more balance in my life, and time freedom. I also have a fitness clothing line in the works that is a pet project of mine, with it’s launch planned early in the year. I’m super excited about that.
Where can people go to learn more about you online?
Stay tuned for the next interview of Real Talk Real Women!