Ketura Brandes

Mom of 5, grandma, wife, business owner & health conscious 45 year old. I try, but am not perfect - I’m a work in progress!

Placed 8th

in her group

Ms. Health and Fitness and Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors would like to thank Ketura Brandes and her voters for helping us donate to our injured United States military veterans!

What would you recommend to others who want to be fit and healthy?

Don't get discouraged by aiming for perfection. I have days where I don't eat the best & days where I miss my planned workout all together, but I forgive myself for those so that I can move past them. In the past, I would focus on these failures & become discouraged or stop trying all together. I have learned to accept these "failures" as just a part of the journey. I chose this picture because of our family motto: SISU - strength in the face of adversity!

How does fitness positively influence your life?

When I feel good about myself I gain strength and confidence in other areas of my life. On the days I workout, especially if it is first thing in the morning, I feel amazing the rest of the day. Instead of feeling tired, I feel energized and believe I can conquer anything. When I am feeling fit, I am better at my job (I work in sales, so feeling positive is VERY critical)! Most importantly, when I am healthy and fit, I have the energy to be the best mom (and now grandmother) I can be!

If you were the next Ms Health and Fitness, what would you do with $20,000?

Our business lives are dedicated to health, safety & fitness. For 9 years my husband & I have run our Enviro-Master health & safety franchise in MI. My family is now opening a 9Round kickboxing circuit gym, so that we can bring fitness to other families. We would use that money to continue to grow our health, safety & fitness ventures!