8 Week Accountability Group! Get In Today!!!

Short message before I make a proposal to you – 
Don’t dwell on your flaws, failures, and weaknesses!!!
Trust Me, EVERYONE else is doing plenty of that FOR you!  i.e. Look at the body shaming going on with Lady Gaga right now! OMG, if my “belly flab” looked that good, Ya’All would be seein’ pics of my belly EVERY DAY!
But my point is, the more time you spend dwelling on your shortcomings, the less time you have to dedicate towards letting your strengths SHINE!  I myself have been doing FAR TOO MUCH of this lately!  How about You?  
I have been in kind of a “bummer” place for some time.  Which has troubled me, because I just opened my studio, and I feel like I should be “HAPPY” all the time!  But there have been underlying stresses for awhile now that I have not been 100% transparent about, including financial woes, some old bad habits rearing their ugly heads, menopause, and RA flare ups, which have been basically lead to me ballooning back up in weight.  THEN came the steroids for the stupid illness I managed to get, which meant an almost overnight weight gain of 14#!!!  And I now feel, and look, NOTHING like what I think a fitness studio owner/NASM-CPT/health and fitness coach should look like.  
So, starting on February 20th, I am hosting an Accountability and Support Group that will require you to be ALL IN!  
👉Do you wish you could lose some weight before summer but are tired of wasting money on magic pills, potions, and gimmicks?
👉Did your 2017 New Year’s Resolution die off as fast as it started?
👉Are you ready to SERIOUSLY invest in your health?
👉Are you my Beachbody Customer(or will become one) and/or a member at Phoenix Fitness With Body By BrendaT who is willing to replace one meal or snack a day with a dense dose of healthy nutrition?
👉Are you ready to devote eight weeks starting February 20th to making some improvements for your health?
If you answered YES to these questions, then I am extending a cordial invitation to you to join my SIX by 46 Accountability Group!
SIX by 46???
Yup! My goal will not be so much weight driven, but SIZE driven! I want to be comfortably back in my size 6 pants by my 46th Birthday on April 9th! We will be starting on Monday February 20th and going through to Easter Morning Sunday April 16th! Yes, I know I just said that my birthday is the 9th, and YES, I WILL take the weekend to have a little fun, but then back to it for the last week PUSH to Easter! 🙂
The following will be REQUIRED:
You WILL be required to drink Shakeology daily(at least 5 days a week).
You WILL be required post what you did for a workout for at least 20 minutes 4 days a week.
Stop putting off your life waiting for the perfect time to start! Let’s get this going TODAY!!!
Email “I Want In!” to bodybybrendat@outlook.com , and I will get back to you this weekend!  Be ready to tell me your realistic 8 weeks goals, and order your Challenge Pack to get started!!!
By the end of this 8 Week Challenge, I will have replaced the stressed and unhappy looks in the top corner pics with happy, healthy SMILES!  And hopefully wearing those size 6 pants that I am missing so very much! 😉 
Who’s In?

Day 1 of Booze Free February”And Steroids???

Yesterday went OK.  However, a busy day at work and an incident with the cats(DON’T ASK, that is a blog of its own 😛 ), I could have easily went to the beer refrigerator in the garage after closing up the studio, before heading into the house.  But I didn’t!  I went in and started making supper.  Even made a casserole for tonight’s supper so that I could get some other stuff done tonight that is on my “Keep Myself Busy” list.  Because there is a St Louis Blues hockey game on tonight, and if ya’all know how bad they have been playing lately, you know that I will be tempted to reach for a drink if I don’t have something keeping me busy while I watch it.

I know that some people are probably thinking that I won’t stick to this.  That I have made it through ONE DAY!  BIG DEAL!  Well, have you ever tried to NOT think about something?  Have you ever failed at a diet, because all you can think about is food?  Or how about quitting smoking?  Ever tried it?  IT’S HARD!!!  That is kind of how this is.  But….



And that person will probably still have an occasional drink with friends, but will not NEED to have that drink!


And, as the title says, here are my other ramblings for the day.


There!  I said it!  I know they helped me heal and helped me get better, but after having a shot AND a full round of a LARGE dose of oral steroids, I feel like a BEACHED WHALE!  Seriously!?!?

I am SO over this feeling!  I gained 6# overnight while barely being able to eat.  I can’t seem to lose it, even though I have been pretty good with my workouts and nutrition for this past week. I feel puffy and bloated! And I even look 7 months pregnant!!!


So frustrated, and that is NOT helping with helping me not be depressed and wanting to have a drink!  GGGGRRRRR!!!  But this too shall pass.  Thank God for the support and accountability group.  In my opinion, it is more often than not, that Support and Accountability Groups are the Secret Key to Success!  Those customers and clients of mine who join mine and do what I refer to as the Beachbody Trifecta (Exercise Program + Shakeology + Accountability Group) are the ones who see the BEST Results!  So being in this group with other people who understand that level of success, to me is a pretty good indicator that I WILL have success!


Another Step On the Journey of #ComeBack2017

As many of you know, I tend to have a bit of an addictive personality.  OK, that was putting it a bit mildly. 😛  But if you know that, then you also know, that I have been working hard since mid-2008 to make improvements in my life.

I have been cigarette free for over 8 years.

I have not abused any narcotic pain killers for about 7 years.

And I HAD my alcohol consumption under control for a few years in there too.  Yes, I said HAD.  Over the last couple of years, the growing desire to numb myself to some stress and pain, I have been relying a bit too much on my old friend, Booze, for relief!  And unfortunately, in addition to my old love of beer,

1476411447027-1I have acquired some new favorites –

in no particular order 😉  And NO, Dave did NOT drink any of that Moscato!


Turns out, I am not the only one.  I have joined a group of business and fitness friends who have decided that we need to take back our control over this vice.  So we are joining together to extend to one another the same kind of support and accountability that we give to our customers/clients in our Fitness and Nutrition Support Groups.  We are calling it Booze Free February!

As you can imagine, this has the potential to be difficult for me.  I ask that you please support me in this.  If not by helping me with accountability, at least by not putting me in a situation where I would be tempted.  Yes, I DO realize that the Super Bowl is this Sunday, and a few BOTTLES of wine are generally on the menu for Valentine’s Day, but I am committed to this group and intend to do my very best!

It is just like with a fitness and nutrition routine.  You can ALWAYS find an excuse or upcoming event to NOT start, but who are you REALLY fooling???  I can guarantee it is not Me!  And my guess is it isn’t you either.

SO….since I will need a LOT of distraction over the next 28 days, I will probably be a VERY attentive coach, which makes NOW a GREAT time to get in my Support and Accountability Group.   You do need to purchase some tools to be in the group, so message me ASAP for details!


I have a great Bonus for the next 2 people who join the group, so email me NOW! 😉 bodybybrendat@outlook.com







I recently had someone question my priorities because I took time off from my business while I was sick. Didn’t matter to them that I was EXTREMELY sick and spent over a week fighting to take each breath and stay out of the hospital. Honestly, they didn’t even care enough to ask, they just made the judgement that I was being lazy with a cold!
My students and clients who come to my studio or visit my page or groups regularly for motivation, accountability, and support, were behind me 100% to take the time off and GET WELL!
Well….THAT answered the question in my mind of where my highest priorities should be right now!
It is with those who believe in me and have my health and well being in their hearts, because they know that I have nothing but their health and well being in mine!  Those who recognize how hard I have worked to take a shell of a run down house and make it into a studio where people feel at home and can come to not only workout, but feel like they “belong”.
So, I extend my invitation to all of you who that setting sounds like a place you would like to be.  My class schedule can be found on my website www.bodybybrendat.net .
And the Fitness/Weight Room should be completed around the mid-March!!!  After a few snags, financial issues, and health/injury speed bumps, things are really starting to come together now!
First class is FREE!  Grab a friend and come try us out! 🙂
Contact me at bodybybrendat@outlook.com for more information on class descriptions, availability, and pricing.

One Step At A Time

This picture pretty much sums up how I have been feeling the last week.
Because I have been so sick that I have not been able to help anyone with their health and fitness goals for a WEEK, including myself! But, I realize that sometimes, God makes us slow down for a reason. I have truly been struggling with trying to find balance in my life recently. And this has forced me to stop and take a look at it.
I am a fitness studio owner.
I am a Group Exercise Instructor.
I am a Beachbody Health and Fitness Coach.
I am an NASM Certified Personal Trainer. AND
I am a full time employee in a pharmacy business office.
BUT, most importantly, I am Mrs Brenda Turnbaugh!  Wife to Tony and FurMom to 4 amazing little 4-leggers!
And I need taken care of too. I need my own workouts. I need self-care time.  I need to take the time to get proper nutrition.  I need to spend time with my husband NOT thinking about work! I need to make time to cuddle my furbabies. AND I need to make time for my students, customers, and clients without giving the impression that I am available 24/7/365. But all of those things may not fit into EVERY 24 hours, while still working full time and running the studio. So I need to find my balance. And I won’t be bullied or listen when being talked down to for taking the Doctor Instructed time off for my health and my wellbeing from anyone. No matter how near and dear to my heart they are. Because without my health, how can I possibly help and serve anyone else, right?
So, I am moving on from this rage and accepting the time off that I had to take as a gift. Am I rested? No, I have never been more exhausted in my life!  I am VERY Sick, Ya’All! Am I recovered? Not yet. Will I get there? YES! In time. I have not given my body the permission to heal from stress that started 3 years ago. I never took the time off to truly HEAL, and it manifested into me finally getting so ill that I was forced to take the time off.  And I see that now.  And I am ready to let it go.  I am ready to release that stress and worry no more about it.  God has it now and He will help me through.  He will help me find my balance and my success.
I still believe that 2017 is going to be an amazing year in my life.  I just have to slough off the past first!  And  a LOT of past has been purged over the past 6 days as I laid in my recliner alone with my thoughts.  My vision too blurred to read, my ears to muffled to hear clearly, and the rest of my body racked with so much pain that I felt I would go mad!
Today as I still feel on the edge of falling off a cliff, I sit here at my work desk.  My lungs burning, my head throbbing, and my vision and hearing still a bit iffy.  But sometimes choices are not our own when our job is to serve another man’s dream.  My dreams ARE part of my journey, and the journey towards my dreams is also the path to freedom.  And that path is mastered by taking one step at a time.

Why YES! I AM a Beachbody Coach!

lobe being a bb coach


I actually got asked recently WHY I stick with Beachbody and Shakeology since they are obviously not working for me since I am gaining weight.

Well….it is time to come clean!

Do I drink my Shakeology EVERY DAY?  YES!  But there are MANY days over the past 8 months or so, that it has been the ONLY healthy thing I have put in my body for the day!  Not going to lie about it and hide it anymore, but I do need to explain it.

I have never been one to feel deep in my gut that I deserved any better than I have.  I was born into a wonderful working class family and I feel inherently sentenced to never being anything more than that.  So becoming an entrepreneur often feels WAY OUTSIDE my wheel box!  Since joining Beachbody, I have been doing my best to change that mindset.  I have been mildly successful in Beachbody, paying a few bills here and there, and most months making enough to at minimum pay for our Shakeology.  But with each ebb and flow of the business, such as losing customers and coaches, and going through periods where I could not take one more rejection from someone, I would feel myself reluctantly pulling away from it.  And then I would go back to questioning my worth and wondering if I am really capable of being anything more than someone else’s employee.

When I started teaching dance fitness and fitness classes, I started to feel a confidence that I had never felt.  Then in May of 2016, we bought the building that is now Phoenix Fitness with Body By BrendaT.  At that time, I started questioning everything!  And I got REALLY F-ing SCARED!  I was excited.  AM excited to have the place, but it scares me!  I still don’t know if I am doing everything right as far as running a business.  And being afraid causes me stress.  Stress causes me to look for coping mechanisms.  My past coping mechanisms were NOT good things.  So yes.  I have been depressed and scared which has lead me to drinking and binge eating a LOT over the past several months.  I have gained back 25# since my June photo shoot.  And I am feeling 100% NOT motivating or inspirational to even myself, so it has been hard for me to feel like I could possibly help others.

But without Shakeology and Beachbody and my friends that I have made through fitness, I honestly KNOW that I would be in a much darker place right now.  Today, I can accept that this is just means I have hit a speed bump.  It does NOT mean that I ran into the side of a mountain!  I will continue to move forward.  It may be slow, and there might even be more speed bumps along the way of my comeback.  But I WILL come back!  I AM coming back!

During the next 29 Days(I am already on Day 2 of the first 30 days of my comeback) I will be documenting all of it on Social media.  Some VERY public, and some in private support groups.  But it will be documented and I will succeed!  WHY?  Because I know how to workout and eat right, but as “The Coach” I sometimes don’t reach out for the same support that I offer to others.  NOT this time!  I need the support and accountability, and I am getting it!

If you are looking for that kind of support and accountability, I would love to have you in my Beachbody Support Group.  Message me at bodybybrendat@outlook.com for more details!