Kerryne Brown - Bikini Athlete

Kerryne: I have always been active (I danced when I was younger) but I was always very self conscious about my "boy arms" because people would make fun of how muscular they were when I was younger so I would keep them covered. I didn't know muscle was so sexy then. I thought they were ugly. It wasn't until I was in high school and started a weight training class that I got my first taste of the "iron" pump that I love. As an adult I got married very young, had a couple of kids and in a way lost sight of who "Kerryne" was. I became their mom and his wife. Don't get me wrong. I adore my family and I love my role as a mother and wife but I wanted to find ME again. I was very lost. I had some personal issues going on in my life that were drowning me and it became sink or swim. I decided to take control. I met Masae Parker, an IFBB Figure Pro in Tememcula, CA and she started training me for my first Figure competition in 2009. Eight weeks later I was on stage, taking 5th place and I was hooked. Eventually I switched to Bikini in 2011 but I started in Figure.

Diet off-season vs. pre-contest: It doesn't change much. I eat pretty similar on and off season. I don't count calories/macros. I don't eat every 2-3 hours. I'm pretty weird. I have learned that for ME what works best is to eat when I am hungry, I can't force myself to eat. I can't obsess over numbers. I don't even weigh myself. I just do what feels right. This is the ONLY way I can continue to make this work for me. I keep "treats" in weekly. And if I want a bite of something, then I will take a bite of it. I've had to come up with a process that keeps me sane, lasts yearly, stops the binging, and post show blues. This is what I have developed for myself.

Failed diets: I have done it all. I've tried counting calories/macros. I've tried eating every 2-3 hours. I've tried weighing myself and doing the whole body fat business. It isn't for me. Being a girl who suffered from a very serious eating disorder I just can't do the number game. I have to do what makes me feel less triggered. They weren't effective because they caused me to obsess. To weight myself multiple times a day, they triggered me. They made me think about my disorder EVERYDAY. I've worked too hard, to be put back into that place.

I don't take a ton of supplements. I do like CLA, and will occasionally use a pre-workout if I am just super tired but I have tried to keep it as natural as possible. Every once in a while I will throw in some protein shakes but I have gotten sick of those too. Around 4 weeks out if I don't feel quite ready I might add a fat burner for extra help. It just depends.

Training: I'm pretty chill. I have to be. I go with the flow. I work full time 9-5, have two kids, and my husband travels A LOT. So I am a single mom quite often. I get up around 4:45 am and get as much done as I can before I have to start getting kids and myself ready for the day at 6:15 am. Then I will do another workout on my lunch break for 30 minutes. I just do what I can, when I can. If I feel like working out legs, I'll do legs. If I want to do a circuit, then I will. I've been really laid back this year with my training but in 2015 I want to put on a little more size to my small frame. My cardio is always the same. Never more than 20 minutes a day.

Goals: 2015 is going to be all National shows. I plan on going for my Pro Card with a whole new package. I have a few months to really kill it. This is the longest break I have taken in 2 years so I have time to do some work! I am super excited.

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