Are you DONE?

Are you done feeling “less than”?

Are you done feeling like you are just never going to have the life you want?

Are you done being unhealthy, overweight, broke, and/or insignificant?

 

I was!

I had gotten to such a low place in my life back in 2008, that I really had no other choice but to make a change!  If you understand that, please listen to what I have to say next.  Because I bet you have responded to me(or at least in your head) one of the following scenarios.

Maybe getting healthy isn’t your only problem, and that your financial problems outweigh your health problems, and besides, that Shakeology and Clean Eating food that I am always talking about is way too expensive!  Right?  

Or maybe you just simply don’t have the TIME to meal prep and exercise!?!?

Or maybe you have too many health problems and you don’t think you can do one of those HARD CORE Beachbody Programs???

You KNOW my next questions, right?

What are your favorite TV shows and how often do you watch them a week?  And what snacks do you eat and drink while watching?  And did you know that to prevent total immobility, most doctors will prescribe moving over staying stationary for pain management?

I want to share a bit about my morning routine with you.  Did you know that on the days that I want to workout before work, that I have to get up a MINIMUM of 30 minutes BEFORE I can get out of bed to even consider getting in a workout?  It takes that long just for me to get my knees to my ankles moving without locking/seizing up in pain!  Yet I do it!  I many days do my workouts before work, then I teach classes 4 days a week after work and Saturday mornings!  I have RA and an L3-S1 spinal fusion.  I was never supposed to be able to workout like this.  But I do it!  I will not be ruled by my disabilities.  And I am NOTHING Special!  I am an ordinary woman who fights her weight issues and pain EVERY day as I work 40 hours/week PLUS just to make ends meet as I try to pay of YEARS of debt!  I am in the process of building my dream!  I want to help others get healthy and work to pay off their debt too!  And right now, Beachbody has an AWESOME opportunity to help us all!

I introduce the FIRST EVER

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Need a little motivation to work out? We bet this will get you pumped.

Beachbody is giving away over $1 million and you can automatically qualify to split a piece of the prize! All you have to do is participate in a Challenge Group on the My Challenge Tracker App and meet the in-app weekly tracking requirements each week during the Beachbody Health Bet Contest, September 5-October 2, 2016.

It’s that simple! If you track your progress during the qualifying weeks, you’ll get an equal share of the over $1 million cash prize.

Here’s exactly what you have to do to qualify:

1. JOIN: Talk to your Team Beachbody Coach to get an invitation to join a Challenge Group. (Here’s how to find your Coach.) You must be an active participant in a Challenge Group on the My Challenge Tracker app by September 5, 2016. Download the My Challenge Tracker App here.

2. TRACK YOUR PROGRESS: Use the app to log at least five Shakeology drinks with photos and three Beachbody workouts during all four qualification weeks.

3. QUALIFY: Log your Shakeology and workouts by 11:59 p.m. on the last day of each contest week:

Week 1: September 5–September 11
Week 2: September 12–September 18
Week 3: September 19–September 25
Week 4: September 26–October 2

4. CASH IN: Meet all the requirements and you’ll automatically win an equal share of the cash pot!

As an extra incentive, Beachbody will add $5 to the initial $1 million prize for every Challenge Pack sold on TeamBeachbody.com between July 27 and August 31, 2016, up to $3 Million total.

There’s never been a better time to get healthy and fit!

Pretty Cool, huh?
So, it is time to order all of your tools!  Yes, it IS an investment in your health, but remember, if YOU don’t take care of You, the who the Hell do you think will???  And what about your family?  Who will take care of them when you are too sick or not around to?  And do you really want to be a burden on anyone?  I know THAT was what did it for me!  When I realized that I was never going to have children, and that the burden of taking care of my drunk, obese, sick, barely able to move ass was going to come down to my poor husband!  What kind of life is that for him?  What kind of life is that for ME?

 

And YES, I invested some time and money in my health and now I do all I can to get others to see that it is NOT a waste!  Make as big of a commitment to yourself as you do making sure that your favorite contestant on America’s Got Talent or The Voice wins the show!  Seriously, aren’t your health and the health and livelihood of your family more important to YOUR life than if someone you will never meet wins a contest?  I think You are.

So, comment below, or email me at bodybybrendat@outlook.com so I can help you choose your workout program and Shakeology flavor and get you started in the best way for You!

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I’m Back! Where Have I Been?

LOL!  I know, BAD BAD Blogger!  I have been away for far too long.  Been really busy and struggling to find the inspiration to write lately.  Last week I was away at the Beachbody Coach Summit in Nashville, and I have a whole lot to talk about with that.

But FIRST, I have a question for you!

How would you like to get in on one of my Beachbody Challenge Groups, and get some money back JUST for committing to doing the program?

YES?!?!

I know I sure do!  And I WILL be in on it!

It is Beachbody’s FIRST HealthBet!

 

Rules are as follows:

You have to be IN a Challenge Group!  Which I will lead on the Challenge Tracker App and will be 100% private to JUST our group!  You must have an iPhone or Android that you can download the app from the Apple store or Google Play store.  The app itself is FREE.

To be in my Group, you must be my customer or one of my coaches.

You have to do a Beachbody Workout a minimum of 3 days a week AND LOG on the app aterwards.

You have to drink Shakeology a minimum of 5 days a week and post a picture of it in the app.

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The minimum pot is $1 MILLION dollars!  And if you commit to it and do at least the minimum requirements, you qualify for a portion of the payout!  How Freaking COOL is that???  20160728_215839

BUT…what is even better, is that each time someone buys a Challenge Pack, $5 MORE goes in the pot!

And to make that even EASIER, ALL OF THESE Challenge Packs are On SALE this month!

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But you need to ACT NOW!  Get your Challenge Pack ordered so you have it and are fully prepared to start on September 5th!

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Message me at bodybybrendat@outlook.com to discus which program Challenge pack you want to purchase and I will help you get your order started right away!

If you're waiting for a sign, THIS IS IT

This is NOT like a diet bet.  There is no minimum to lose, you just have to commit to the Beachbody way of getting healthy!  The Trifecta of Health as we call it.

Fitness + Nutrition + Support = Success!

 

Email me to get started TODAY!

bodybybrendat@outlook.com

 

 

Celebrating AMAZING Accomplishments with Friends!

OK, this post is WAY LATE!!!  I started it June 15th, but life got BUSY!  But I feel it is one I want to publish, so I am going to finish it now.

What a weekend!

I am once again reminded what amazing people I have in my life!

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(This is a picture of just a few of those people)

It started on Friday, June 10th.  My friend Stace, of Kickpics, came to do a personal fitness photo shoot which was a big step for me because I felt very unprepared and not in shape enough to do a photo shoot.  But then I decided to do it anyway, because fitness is a journey with MANY seasons!  I am not in my favorite season right now(menopause SUCKS!), but that’s OK.  It is where I am at NOW, it doesn’t mean that it is where I will be forever.  Seasons ALWAYS change, you need to remember to LIVE through all of them!  And I for one, will never spend another season hiding under a rock!

And on Saturday, June 11th, with the encouragement and help from some great friends, I SLAUGHTERED a few personal fears and did a Mud Run!  Lots of HIGH up and over and jump off obstacles that were for me VERY SCARY!!!  But I did them.  The only ones I did not even attempt, were the 2 that would have had me hanging from my arms, and I was afraid of undoing all the progress I have made with my shoulder that I have tweaked several times over the last year and a half or so.

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(One of my scarier moments of the Quincy YMCA Mud Mania Mud Run.  But I did it!)

As many of you may remember from previous blogs, I had planned to be in my best shape ever for this photo shoot.  Well, as I have said, and as you can see, I fell a bit short.

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But I am healthy and strong and I am where I am at this point in my journey.  I have had some TOUGH discussions today that have made me see that I should be proud of that!  And with NO reservations, at this moment, I will tell you that I AM!  Do I still wish to look and be more fit?  Sure, I will always try to be the best versions of myself.  Do I always succeed?  NO!  Often…TOO OFTEN, I find myself longing to be the best version of a fashion model!  I am not now, nor will I ever be someone I am not!  PERIOD!  We all have different shapes, and we all have different strengths.  I am strong.  I am a fighter.  I have disabilities.  I have things about myself that make me CRAZY!  But I have also done things that make me amaze myself!

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So, with all of that in mind, I ate extremely clean for 10 days building up to this photo shoot, and was feeling pretty good.  Then I saw some of the pictures that reminded me just how many flaws I have.  How many imperfections.  How many little things that simply make me, well….ME!  MY cellulite.  MY fat pockets on the inside of my knees.  MY excess skin that is so loose that instead of looking tight and toned, I still feel like I look when I had 100+ pounds to lose.  MY thick, muscular thighs.  MY  FAR from perfect skin.  SEE?!?!  I could go on and on!  But then I am forced to look at what is good about them.  My strength.  My desire to be fit and help others do the same.  My passion for helping people become their best!   My contagious smile.  My positive attitude.  My beauty.  Yes, I may never think that I am a beautiful sight to look at, but I DO think I am beautiful!  There is more to being beautiful than being a size 2!  But when you have been overweight your entire life, it is sometimes hard to remember that.  Because being told that you are “Not pleasing to look at” and “at least you have kind of a pretty face” makes you FEEL ugly!

I would rather be ugly to look at and have a beautiful heart any day over the alternative.

SO, as I celebrate a few accomplishments, and celebrate taking steps towards making another one of my dreams a reality, I am blessed to have been able to have had some of these wonderful memories captured with some amazing photos!

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Don’t forget to do something today that takes you one step closer towards YOUR Dreams today!

And as always, remember that you have the power to

MAKE TODAY GREAT!!!

Beachbody Coach Confessions

OOOOOO………….

Sounds juicy, right?

Yeah, not so much.  LOL!

Do I drink Shakeology daily? YUP!

Do I Invite people to join my accountability and support groups daily?  YUP!  ***Well, most days if I am going to be completely honest here.  I do work a Full-time job on time of running my Beachbody and Training businesses, and sometimes I simply need some time with my family and friends.

Do I workout daily?  YUP!

Is it ALWAYS a Beachbody workout?  Um…No.

I teach 7 Dance Fitness and Fitness Classes a week, and I, for the most part, do the whole thing with my classes.  And since I 100% believe that over-training is an real thing, I do not always get in EVERY workout on a Beachbody Program Calendar.  Does it mean that I didn’t get just as good of a workout?  UH…apparently you have never been to one of my classes😉

So, do I think this makes me a BAD Beachbody Coach?  100% NO!

I became a Beachbody Coach because I believe in their products, and not everyone lives near me, and I only have 24 hours in the day like everyone else, so I can’t teach the whole world.  But, since the whole world does need health and fitness, I can help more people by being a Beachbody Coach, simply from setting them up with the right At Home workout program AND Shakeology, and getting them in a group to help them with support and accountability!

When I first started my health and fitness journey, AT HOME was very important to me.  My confidence was so low, that I could not fathom being seen in public jiggling and sweating, no matter how great my intentions were to improve my life. And some days, it is simply a time and/or convenience issue!  Knowing that I have Autumn Calabrese, ShaunT, Tony Horton, Chalene Johnson, etc at my beckon call to train me, kinda makes ALL EXCUSES go out the window!  Especially when MANY of those workouts are 30 minutes OR LESS!!!  ‘Cuz EVERYBODY’s got time for that!😉

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I would LOVE to help you get started!  Message me at bodybybrendat@outlook.com , and together we can figure out what will work best for you and get you started ASAP!🙂

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Bridge The Gap 2016!

Well, I DID IT!

 

I have not run much in the last couple of years.  And, YES, I mean I did not train well for this race.  But I committed to 2 AMAZING friends that I would do it, and although I was really afraid that I would hold them back, I did my best to keep the encouragement going!

Some of my students and friends did the 5k, some did the 10k, some the Half-Marathon, some volunteered, and 3 of us did the Half-Marathon TOGETHER!  We leap frogged around a bit here and there, but we finished TOGETHER!!!  We finished in 3 hours and 4 minutes!!!  For 3 girls with MANY physical issues, that is freaking AWESOME!!!

And my Olympic HERO and a woman that, although we aren’t like “call each other daily” close, I am HONORED to call My Friend, was once again passing out the medals at this amazing small town Half-Marathon in Quincy, IL.  Jackie Joyner-Kersee put a medal around each of our necks and was kind enough to take a pic with me and all my students!

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To say I LOVE My Life right now, would be an understatement!

Thank You EVERYONE who made this an AMAZING day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day

Those 3 words have hurt me to the core for years.  Many of you who follow me, know that I got pregnant by my high school sweetheart when I was 17.  We had a real tough time with the news at first, but by the end of my first trimester, we were getting used to the idea that we were going to be young parents.  I had good enough grades to graduate early, and was going to travel and hospitality school, and he had plans to finish high school and had a part time job after school.  We hadn’t worked it all out yet, but we loved our baby already and were going to figure out how to make it work.

I talked to my belly daily.  I didn’t know if it was going to work out with me and her dad at that point, because let’s face it, it is a rare love that is strong enough to start that young!  However I do know a few🙂  But I knew that no matter what, me and that baby were going to make it TOGETHER!  The love I had for that butterfly fluttering about in my belly was greater than anything I could have ever felt.

Then came April 10th, the day after my 18th birthday.  It started normal as any day does.  I got up, got ready, and headed to the travel agency where my classes were held.  About 15 minutes before our lunch break, what I thought was my tiny pregnancy bladder kicked in to high gear.  I decided to wait it out, and as soon as we took our break, I “sprinted” for the bathroom.  I was bleeding profusely!  Needless to say I was hysterical.  A friend drove me home to get my parents, and we headed to the hospital.

I had lost the mucus plug that holds the placenta in the uterus, and was starting to deliver the baby and the whole sack at the same time.  There was still hope for her they thought though, so they put my feet up with hopes that gravity would help put things back in place and they would simulate a new plug.  Unfortunately, it did not work.  Marian was not going to make it.  She would be born a few hours later and as far as I was told(I had been placed under general anaesthesia), did not ever take a full breath on her own.

Needless to say, I was devastated!  And I was told that this was going to cause issues with any future pregnancies IF there were any.  As you probably know, being blessed with children was not to be in the hand I was dealt, and I have struggled with that since that day.

Then on March 9, 2003, just six weeks before my wedding, my beloved Mom and Best Friend, suddenly passed away in her sleep as she napped on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.  Once again, I was CRUSHED!  Soon after our wedding, we went through some fertility testing, only to finally have my worst fears confirmed, that there was a very miniscule chance that I would ever conceive.  This put us in a constant state of sadness.  And to finish off Mother’s Day once and for all for me, just 4 years later, in October of 2007, we lost my Mother-In-Law.  So since 2008, The First Sunday after the first full week of May, has just been any other Sunday to me.  Or at least so I would say to anyone who asked.  Secretly, I would be screaming in pain on the inside.

Last year, I made a decision.  I wanted some kind of memorial for my daughter.  I bought a necklace with her birth date and birthstone on it, but it still just didn’t feel quite like what I wanted.  Well, many people would call me a cautious people pleaser who does her best to avoid confrontation and never ruffle any feathers or do anything that would offend anyone.  And some people, as odd as it sounds to me, are VERY affected/offended by tattoos!   They judge people for them and don’t like people that have them.  But it FELT like what I needed.  So I asked around, and found a great artist to give me the memorial that I wanted.

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On October 22, 2015, Gordon Smeltser, at Loyal To None in Quincy, IL, gave me this beautiful pink and blue butterfly, which are the colors of the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness ribbon, which you can see that the wings are actually 2 of the ribbons crisscrossed and overlapping.

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So, even though all of the people in my life who made Mother’s Day, Mother’s Day get to spend it together, I am here getting to remember the beautiful times that they each brought to my life.  So from now forward, I choose to celebrate what they brought to my life, no matter how short or how long they played a role.  I love them all!

As I was getting ready to publish this blog, a friend sent me this –

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To ALL Moms out there, whether you were blessed with them for a moment or for many, many years, have a wonderful Mother’s Day and know that you are LOVED!

Peace. Love. and Fitness.

MAKE today GREAT!!!

Learning From Loss

If you follow me on Social Media, you know that I have had a rough few weeks.  Especially the last few days.  Tony and I had to let our nearly 17 year old cat go yesterday.  And since you probably know, our “pets” are FAMILY.  But for the last couple weeks, she had been slowly getting worse and worse, but since Saturday evening, she started going downhill fast.  We had really hoped she would pass at home, but by late Monday night it was evident that that may not happen.  Yesterday around 11:30, we took her to her vet and helped her cross the Rainbow Bridge.  She went completely peacefully and is no longer in pain.

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I have had pets that I have had to help before, but this one almost ripped my heart out.  Why, you may ask?  I wasn’t real sure.  But the more I thought about it, I think every time I looked at her, it reminded me of the last days with my Dad.  As we watched him drift away, I grew more and more sad and stressed.  He became listless and vacant.  In the end his eyes were so out of focus that I don’t think he was really seeing much of anything.  Late Monday night, Kali’s eyes actually looked crossed.  She could no longer find me in her gaze.  I knew it was time, and if she couldn’t let go, being a cat, I could help her not be in pain anymore.  Which is more than I felt I could do for my Dad.

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That brought up a lot of the guilt and sadness that I have been dealing with over the last year, and made me FINALLY see and recognize that THAT is what has been holding me back for the last year.  To be 100% honest, I had gotten to the point that I really didn’t feel worthy of love or anything really good happening for me.  When one owns their own business, a business that requires motivation and inspiration, that is a surefire combo for disaster.

Yesterday, as I sat there with Kali’s body as we prepared to bury her, I realized that I had done nothing wrong!  Even in death, that sweet baby was teaching me something!  I had NO CONTROL over what transpired with my Dad OR Kali’s death than I had with Neil Armstrong landing on the moon!  And I need to remember that more often!  I need to take care of making the best choices I can make about the things I CAN control in my life, and leave the rest up to GOD!

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So here is a list of a few things I am going to work on –

Making the best choices for my physical, mental, and spiritual health.  Because I can do NOTHING else for ANYONE else if I do not first take care of ME!

Making the best choices to be the best wife and furmom I can be.

Making the best choices to stay in line with my beliefs and convictions and ethics.

Making the best choices I can to be a better friend.

Making the best choices to be the best employee at my job and trainer and instructor to my clients, and always take pride in the good work that I do and not discount the positive aspects that I bring to them.

Making the best choices I can to spread my joy and my gifts in ways that I CAN help others, and realize when there is nothing more I can do.

Making the choice to RELEASE the guilt I feel for things in my past and things that I simply can not now, and probably never could, change or control.

Leave the past in the past!

Make the choice to NOT let what people do or say, EVER question my Self-Worth

Things I do NOT need to work on –

Trying to figure out how to control EVERYTHING!!!!

 

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I would love to have you along with me as I make the choices to become the best human being I am capable of being!

Email me at bodybybrendat@outlook.com for more information on how I can help you with your choices.

 

Peace. Love. And Fitness.