May 7, 2013 10:01 AM by Maddie Garrett
A Colorado Springs woman makes an inspiring journey to becoming a body building champion. The 46-year-old mom just won the state's natural body building competition after overcoming a huge obstacle.
Pam Brown hits the gym every morning at 4:00 am, before she gets her kids off to school and before she goes to work at Colorado Springs Utilities as an engineer.
"You can look at me like a bulldog, I'm kind of stubborn, I won't give up. I bite into something and I don't give up, don't let go," said Pam, smiling.
But a few months ago, Pam was overweight and out of shape. At her heaviest she weighed 255 pounds.
"Well I got to this point in my life where I had to fit everything in and I thought, "You know Pam, you're going to be fat for the rest of your life or you're going to lose some sleep, what's it going to be?" And I chose to lose some sleep and get up and work out every morning," she explained.
In all, Pam has lost 100 pounds. She decided to get back into body building, something she loved in her younger years and competed in. She took on a challenge to get in shape and compete in just three months. Pam said she lost 40 pounds and at the same time built up muscles for the competition.
"I wasn't sure I would look tight enough, I didn't want to get on state and not look athletic and fit and ripped and I got there, just in time," said Pam.
She didn't just win her age group but the whole International Natural Bodybuilding Association competition for Colorado.
How did she do it? Pam said at her peak, she was doing three hours of exercise a day and sticking to a strict diet.
But she said it doesn't have to be that extreme, and anyone can lose weight, it's all about commitment.
"You have to make sure it fits into your lifestyle because if it doesn't then you're not going to do it," she added.
In between competitions, Pam only works out an hour and a half a day, and has lightened up on her diet. But she still stays committed to being fit and maintaining her toned figure. Pam said she's not going back to how she was just a few months ago.
"I have so much more energy. When I'm at work and I have to go talk to someone up stairs I don't dread going up the stairs. I mean 255 pounds is a lot of weight to carry up stairs and so now I'm down to 160 and it's just great," she said, smiling.
As the winner of the Colorado INBA competition, Pam qualifies for Nationals in Las Vegas this fall. She plans on going.