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Makingmine Feature: Annie Brees from StrongBrees

We’re back with another Makingmine Feature – a new series where each Friday I’ll feature someone who’s making the most of their life and share their story. Big or small we all have something to share.

I’m so excited to introduce you to Annie Brees. She’s a fellow Iowa girl and Sweat Pink Sister! I’ve really enjoyed learning a bit about her through her blog StrongBrees. She’s incredibly disciplined and has some great advice for getting a jumpstart on making your dreams a reality!

Annie Brees

Q: What’s your passion? What are you “making” with your life?
Physically my passion is lifting weights and as of late that’s turned into an amazing opportunity to train as a powerlifter.  Emotionally and Spiritually my passion is becoming and staying a healthy minded, grounded, happy mother of two and wife to an amazing husband.

Q: Tell us your story – how did you get started?
I’m a former high school and college athlete.  I’ve always been strong but I’ve also always been big.  After years of gaining and losing weight, a few babies and career changes later I finally stopped making excuses.  I joined the local YMCA and started going everyday.  Going to the gym allowed me to work on both of my “passions”.  I was improving my physical health as well as getting a much needed emotional break as a stay at home mom.  I left the gym everyday feeling better and better.  Over the course of three years I got certified to teach group fitness classes which turned into wellness coach which turned into a personal trainer.

Annie Brees

Q: How would you define success?
Oh, that’s a tough one.  Honestly, some days are a success because I got the kids where they needed to be (on time), I picked up a few toys and took a walk.  Other days are a success because I hit a PR in the squat.  My mantra is “progress, not perfection” so as long as I keep moving forward as a mom, as a trainer, as a powerlifter I’m happy.

Q: What advice would you give others who want to pursue their dream or make a change in their life?
I saw this quote once about if you don’t make your own plan for life you’ll probably start living someone else’s plan.  You know what they have planned for you?  Not much.  So go for it!  Map it out, set goals and don’t hold back!

I’d ask, “Whats the worst case scenario?” Whatever it is, if you can recover from the worst case scenario then it’s worth the risk.  Most people find that once they realize the worst possible thing that could happen really isn’t that bad their goal doesn’t seem so overwhelming.

Annie Brees

Q: What’s next for you?
While I’m sure….I mean I think…we’re done having babies. My focus is first on my family. I have a four year old daughter who is starting sports and I want to make sure she has a healthy attitude towards exercise, healthy eating, teamwork, etc.  For myself I have a powerlifting competition (my first official one) this Winter.  I plan to continue training to get stronger as well as working with clients to reach their goals.

Q: How can we get involved?
Make sure to check out my blog StrongBrees and follow me on twitter and instagram!

Thanks again to Annie for sharing her story and offering up such great advice! I’ve found another awesome blog for my blog roll! And judging from the adorable kiddos in her photos, I don’t think she should be done having babies quite yet :)

Your turn:

If you asked yourself “what’s the worst that could happen,” what would you do? I would say running a marathon would be my bucket list item!
Do you have a personal mantra? (I might have to steal Annie’s!)
Have a story to share? I want to hear from you! 



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