The people I have met on my journey to a healthier me has been one of the biggest blessings I could have ever asked for!  My Foxy Ladies that I met on BLC and still talk to some daily, the friends I made in the few short months that I was on Jillian Michael’s site and still talk to at least once a week, the great people that I met in the run club, the wonderful Fitness Family I have become a part of at Legacy Martial Arts and the whole martial arts world through KickPics, fabulously fun Zumba Friends, the people I am meeting and even old friends I am getting reacquainted with through my Body By Brenda blog, Facebook page, Twitter, and other social media, and now my new Beachbody Family!  ALL of them are special to me and have such a special place in my heart.  Each of them brought me a little further out of my shell, and have helped me grow in ways I never thought were possible for me.

I am now on the edge of a cliff.  The hang glider is attached to my back, and I am ready for the ride of my life.  I just have to get the gumption up to JUMP!  Have faith in myself and faith in God that I have the courage and self-confidence to be the inspiration, the helping hand, the motivator, the coach, the friend, the whatever it is that I need to be to help the most people in this world find their way to health and fitness.  It is a passion that grows inside me more each day.

I have gotten so many sincere, heart-felt encouraging words from so many people the last few months, as I struggle to get past this injury-fest that my body seems to be on.   My confidence is building even as I struggle.  I am working to be the best I can be!  I have been “on track” for 3 days now, and I am feeling AWESOME!  Not that the pain is all gone, but in my heart, I feel that my goals are NOT out of reach, in fact, they are MY PURPOSE!

So today is a beautiful, sunny, HOT day here in the Midwest, and I could not feel happier, more content, or more confident in ME than I do right now!  I pray that it lasts, but I know it is going to take MY hard work along with God’s blessings to get the job done!  If you are not following me on Facebook yet, please go to Body By Brenda to follow along with the 30-Days To a More Confident You! Challenge that I am putting myself through.  I challenge you to come along on this journey with me.  I am only on day 3, and the posts are all there for you to reflect back to.

This kind of fit in with today’s Challenge post.

happy lifeI know with my recent struggles, some people were even worried that I may be giving up on my dreams and goals all together.  No worries there!  I KNOW I can get where I want to be.  I am just more of a “toe dipper” than a “jump in all at once” type of person!  It doesn’t really matter HOW you get there, but GET IN THE WATER!!!


MAKE today GREAT!!!


For those of you who do not follow me on Facebook, I kind of went on a rant today about excuses!  I know in this biz, you get them all day every day, but for some reason, I snapped this morning!

Excuses are just walls that one builds that actually KEEP you from the success you desire.  I know this, because I have them too!  I am SO SCARED of the next step in my life, that I am sabotaging myself!  I am frustrated with my injuries, and I am not doing all I CAN do to keep myself in shape while I heal.  Which in turn makes me feel like I am not “good enough” to help others get started on their journey to health.  Well, I KNOW in my heart that statement is simply NOT TRUE!  I want to help the WHOLE WORLD get healthy.  I just need to continue to find places to get my voice heard!

I write this blog.  I am on Facebook, Twitter, IG, Google+, etc…  And I am even a Beachbody Coach so I can help people by getting them the tools that will work for them on their health journey so they can be successful.  But I still don’t feel I am reaching near the audience I should be.

So, that leads me to my next adventures.  First, when the Body By Brenda 2013 Summer Challenge on Facebook is over, I will start working on the e-book ASAP!  Actually, I already have started, but I need to fine tune some things, get MY whole story written and proofed, add pics, and hopefully a few testimonials from the Challenge participants.

Second, I am starting a Beachbody Challenge with the new Focus T25 workout on August 5th!  If you have worked out with me, you KNOW that I love fast-paced workouts, similar to Tabata and/or Circuit Style, so I am VERY excited to try Shaun T’s latest creation!  If you would like to be a part of this challenge, FIRST you need to purchase the Challenge Pack here  T25 Challenge Pack.  NEXT, commit to 10 weeks of supporting each other on a Facebook Group through the whole program!  Then go find me on Facebook at Body By Brenda.  Like the page either way, but if you are interested in joining the Challenge, send me a message so I can get  you added to the group.  If you wish to become a Coach yourself, so you can inspire and help others to get fit and healthy, ask me how!  We would love you to be part of my coaching team, The Crew!t25pic***BTW, this program has been VERY popular since its release 3 weeks ago.  Shipping is being delayed due to the volume, so if you want to be part of this Challenge, please make sure you order ASAP!  Thanks~B3T


It All Just Keeps Piling Up!

Well…as you probably guessed by that header, things are NOT going great right now.  My foot/heel problem IS plantar fasciitis, and I start PT in 3 hours.  I HATE that!  But at least I hope it will be all better soon now.   But it is not helping with the food issues that still keep creeping up on me when my emotions and routine get wacky!  Snacking is an issue.  I do what workouts I can, but as they say…

You CAN’T out work a BAD diet!

My rising weight right now is proof of that.  And, I realize that I have made it worse by setting a HIGHLY UNLIKELY goal for the next 4 weeks, just to then come down with the worst head cold I have had in years!

To start shifting the mood of this post to the positive, my 2013 Summer Challenge Group on Facebook is doing pretty good.  Those who are engaged and/or checking in with me, are doing AWESOME!

But I am going to say, that I think this is why people can give so much away so much info for free and still make money.  I believe it is a, “You get what you pay for!” mentality.  For some, I don’t think “FREE” and “Valuable” can be simultaneously felt about the same thing, the same way “Valuable” and “TOO EXPENSIVE” can be.  Am I making sense?  I offered my workout plans that I plan to put in my e-Books for FREE to anyone who wanted to join the Challenge.  Some hit the ground running with it, some are using them and I think starting to develop an exercise “habit” -which is VERY EXCITING for me,  and some never came back after signing up.

My Beachbody Coach Team, The Crew, has started doing an IG “Wacky Wednesday” theme pics.  We have a lot of fum doing them.  And although I am sick and my eyes are all glazed over from cold meds, I participated today in #CrewIsNotImpressed.  Because it made me think by how NOT impressed I am with the same old BS story I have been telling myself lately that is holding ME back from my goals.  It is plain and simple a WALL OF EXCUSES!  Yes, I am injured, but YES, I can workout.  And I know HOW and WHAT to eat and WHEN to eat it, but I keep letting my emotions get the best of me.  I am working on taking back my control, but it seems to be slow getting back there.

As long as I NEVER give up, I AM a SUCCESS!!!  Failure is when you stop trying!

Time for me to get ready to go see my new Physical Therapist.  Gotta get better so I can work harder! 🙂

MAKE today GREAT!!!