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TAMRA DAE  BRICKHAUSBODYβ„’ TamraDae@gmail.com


I get asked all the time... "Tamra what did you look like before you started working out?" I don't really have one of those drastic body transformations. My story is more like one of those rollercoaster rides where I found myself up and down on the body IMAGE scale more times than I can count. I was unhappy at times that I looked my "fittest" and happiest when I was "soft and fluffy". For me it's been an emotional journey right along side the physical. I stopped playing soccer and quickly realized eating mcdonalds on a student budget wasn't going to keep the six pack around. But I didn't realize what it was doing to me internally. It took years of trial and error to get to a point where I feel comfortable in my skin (that's body mind and spirit). Doing bodybuilding competitions only fueled my self loathing because I couldn't handle the emotional stress at the time of picking my body apart. Now I lift and train hard for ME! I eat what I want I want when I want and KNOW the consequences of my bad decisions because they come out in my skin. I want to be authentic and open when I say my body may not change too much when I eat bad but I feel it and it shows in other ways. It's all about BALANCE. Finding what works for you is a constant learning curve and changes as you get older. My transformation might not have been a huge difference but the woman I am today is light years beyond that girl on the left, struggling with self identity, self worth, not knowing where she belongs or who she is. Healing and growing takes time and I'm still on that journey today. Learning to not GAF about others opinions was a huge thing for me! Sometimes things seem bleak because you're right in the thick of the breakthrough, but there is light after!! We are becoming warriors with each battle. It's ALWAYS about the PROGRESS... and it's a PROCESS. But you have to be broken down to build it up.
Mental strength is always the toughest to build but the absolute most important.

It's not just a brand it's a way of being.

Happy Saturdae 🀘🏽now go be a boss

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I love talking about the stuff that fuels my soul. πŸ”₯ So often we forget what we're all on this planet for. True, deep connection and gratitude for just being alive. Thank you to @myintent for capturing the essence of the journey I've been on and where I'm going. πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½βœ¨βœ¨ I will be going live on their IG tomorrow at 3pm PST for Q&A. πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½ @myintent
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@fashionnova 'xotamra'

Lookin like the new Malibu Barbie who is short and has muscles and frizzy ass hair πŸ˜­πŸ’πŸΌ

Hey what's up hello?? Jk that payphone def didn't work anymore. 😭
This was my first test shoot ever channeling my inner @cindycrawford
Some $2 mom jeans from Salvation Army that I cut and a cold @Pepsi πŸ™πŸ½ #fbf
@joeascioti πŸ“Έ

There will be tough days that seem like everything is being thrown at you. You dodge and duck and attempt to miss it all but it's going to keep coming no matter what. Suit up. Strengthen your mind and your body so that you can take on each battle. Our mind is our strongest weapon. We know how powerful it can be when we're comparing and self-loathing and dwelling on the negative.. think for a second how powerful that mind could be if you flipped it? If you decided that you would use your mind for creating and allowing abundance. We hear it all the time but it starts with gratitude. Being thankful for each breath we have and the moments that we get to experience. Being "fit" is far more than aesthetics. I've always said it and I'll reiterate it. It's about having a connection to your body that makes sense for you. Seeing your body as a temple that you protect and honor and as a vessel to carry you through your days. Some do extreme sports to test their bodies and their minds, others simply eat healthy and move their bodies to keep active. Whatever is your motive let it be for YOU.
I got into bodybuilding because I needed a competitive outlet after soccer. I didn't have the right mindset going in and I beat myself up. Comparing and telling myself it wasn't happening quick enough. I left the competition world and have made it my mission to find peace in whatever I am working towards whether it be physically, spiritually, or psychologically. Balance is everything. I choose to maintain a "fit" body because I love pushing myself. The pain is temporary. It lets me know I'm alive. Through lifting I have met so many amazing people, and made awesome connections that I'll have for life. Lifting has taught me that on bad days where you can't seem to complete a simple task, you dig deep to a place where your fears and insecurities lie, and you pull out the last bit of strength you have. There is an abundance of it the more you trust the process. Some days will feel darker than others when you are opening yourself up to healing and growing, but in the midst of the pain, will come a driving force that will carry you through. Trust and believe. πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½

Hold on to your sense of self, your identity, what makes you... you. We can get so caught up in the race that we forget the insane uniqueness of our being. We were each created for our own purpose and know that yours is in there too. Even if sometimes you feel as if it has slipped through your fingers. We are bombarded by messages that we should be doing something or being something more. Yes, pushing yourself to be the best version of you (in whatever context that means) is important for self discovery and awareness, but don't feel you have to change qualities of yourself to fit in to a certain mold. Trust me, having muscles was not "the in the thing" for most of my life. I struggled with my self identity, wanting to be skinny or wanting to be thick so my muscles wouldn't show. I battled self worth issues. Even in social media in the beginning I wouldn't post anything showing my physique because I was worried I'd get he same response from people like I did growing up. That muscles were manly and not feminine. It took years of learning to own who I was and a great shift in societal norms thanks to other women building their bodies and being proud of them for me to fully come to terms that this was who I was and I was going to be proud of it. I worked hard for each muscle and I am a product of my genetics coming from two athletes. I want each and every one of you to be PROUD of the work you're putting in to better yourself no matter what that looks like. Your journey is your own but know you are supported by a force greater than any of us. So keep being you, keep fighting, keep shining. πŸ™πŸ½πŸ’ͺ🏽✨✨

Each step is a progression and it may not resemble what everyone else's looks like but I'll be dammed if it'll take away from my growth.

Bring it on. I've been waiting. Training with all my might. Being patient for my time. I'm ready for you.
@13o5 πŸ“Έ

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