Happy 6th Birthday to ME! WHAT?!?!

I am so excited to be writing this entry in my blog!

This week, I celebrated my 6th Birthday!

I know some of you are like Happy 6th Birthday???  WHAT???

On September 16th 2008, I took the first step on my journey from obese and unhealthy to healthy and fit.  I’ll be honest, at that time, my main objective was to  NOT inherit all of the health problems of my family.  My Mom passed away in March 2003, 6 weeks before my wedding, after a life full of diabetes, heart issues, kidney failure, and spending the last 8 months of her life on dialysis.  She was my best friend.  But after her death, instead of immediately learning from it, I actually went from obese to morbidly obese.  I started drinking more heavily.  Smoking more and more.  And moving less and less.  I was letting my depression and negative outlook on the world take over my life.  At that point, I had had 3 major back surgeries including a lumbar spinal fusion in 1999.  I had found out that I was NEVER going to be a Mom, and I was crushed!  I had struggled with depression all of my life, but that blow set me into a downward spiral that I did not think I could recover from.  But in 2008, I had experienced my first REAL health scare when I started experiencing more and more colon problems.  I have endometriosis, and have always had issues since the outside of my large intestines are where my extra tissue resides.  But this was different.  And I was told that a colonoscopy to look for colon cancer was my next step.  I was terrified!  When it came back 100% negative for cancer, I felt this was me being handed a wake up call!

Over the next few months, I tried to figure out my next step.  My FIRST real step to health and wellness.  I continued to start diet after diet EVERY Monday, but nothing seemed to work.  But on September 16th, I decided to reach out for support and took my first steps to health and fitness.  That was the day I started to REALLY live!

The last 6 years has been an interesting ride to say the least.  I lost 125#, ran a marathon and several half marathons, started weight lifting, got certified as a Zumba instructor, dappled in MMA and BJJ, and have even done a National television spot that aired during the Biggest Loser on April 19, 2011.  Along with starting this blog, training others, entering a contest in Muscle and Fitness Hers, being featured on Polar USA and fitbie.com, and becoming a Beachbody Coach, which is helping me make fitness not only a hobby and passion, but it will soon be my career and my LIFE!

My life has not been, and never will be, the same as it was 6 years ago.

So, as I said….HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!! 🙂



MAKE today GREAT!!!!

Who is Body By BrendaT, and WHY Beachbody???

This post is LONG overdue!

I have had family and friends say to me over the past year and a half, “Why are you trying to make money off of Beachbody when you yourself did not really use their programs and Shakeology to lose your weight?  It seems like a lie!”

OK…here is the answer.

If I said, “Do you know Brenda Turnbaugh from Quincy, IL?”, about 500 people either personally or simply by association would say yes.  Of those 500 how many do you think REALLY know me and know about my life and weight loss transformation?  And of those few people, how many do you think would pay me to help them with their health and fitness journey?  I tried that route, and I KNOW this answer.  It is remarkably close to ZERO!  No one was willing to pay for what I know from my experience.  And even now, look at my Zumba classes….I only charge $10 a MONTH for 3 classes a week!  Why?  Because I want to make it affordable for people who will not spend money on themselves, because I want to help those people too!  But also, because people don’t know who I am, and I have struggled with the confidence of thinking I am VALUABLE enough to charge more.  I thought I needed to make a name for myself first.~Those of you in my Zumba class at Legacy Martial Arts, don’t let this post scare you, I have no plans to raise rates any time soon, but I have finally realized that you all are getting me for a bargain! 😉

But, it is not enough.  I consistently only have about 10-12 monthly students, and after paying fees, buying music, and paying for continuing education, not to mention my time, I am not even breaking even.  But I REALLY want to make my passion my LIFE!  I want to work in the fitness industry so bad I can taste it!  I think about it constantly.  I am by nature, an introvert. Yes, to those who know me, they are always surprised that I am a shy person who fears speaking up because I am not real sure anyone will even listen to what I have to say.  And in my experience over the last 5 years of trying to help people with their fitness and nutrition, I would say I was right.  I have designed workouts, I have given people nutrition advice, I have done the research into programs and products and many, ok most, don’t follow through.  Sure, I do realize that no one can make lasting changes until they themselves are truly ready, but I began to question if what worked for me really would work for others in my life.  But then I realized, that those whom I was trying to help did not see the value in what I was offering, because I was so unsure of myself, that I came off as not confident in the information I was passing along.  So, if I lead people to think that I don’t think I am valuable, then why should they value me and the information I have to pass along?

So…I did my research.  I checked it all out.  I became a human guinea pig!  Over the last 2-3 years, I have destroyed myself by using every shake, pill, workout program, nutrition program, and goofy fad diet I could throw money at.  Where do I keep going back to?  What has been the only constant that made me feel good not only about myself, but about their products?  Beachbody and Shakeology!  The Beachbody programs are tried and true and have the best trainers and supporting fitness and nutritional staff to be found in the business in my personal opinion.  So why wouldn’t I partner up with them?  And Shakeology?  Well, if you follow me on Facebook, you know how I feel about it, and what it has done for both me AND my husband’s health!  If you don’t, please ask!  I LOVE talking about this stuff! 🙂

So why the sudden need for this post?  Well, I have a few friends who really “show up” when it comes to supporting my dreams, and an instance of that amce up last week, when my friend Stace, of Kickpics.net, posted the following collage.  It got 866 LIKES on his Facebook page!  866!   So I feel now is the time to take advantage of his kindness to help promote me and my personal brand and commit to making my passion my life.  Because, as Gary Vaynerchuk says in “Crush It”, “If you are already looking forward to 5 o’clock Friday the second you roll out of bed on Monday, you are not living YOUR life!”  Well, I am 43 years old, and life is too precious a gift to waste.  It is time to live MY life!kickpic collage

So, it is now official!

I am in business for myself and I plan to make health and fitness my LIFE!  Taking this leap of faith to LIVE my PASSION is the scariest thing I have ever done.  And if you know anything aobut my life, you know that is saying something.  But, I am putting my trust in ME and in the fact that I made a wise choice in choosing the amazing company, Beachbody, to partner with!  They supply the products, I supply the coaching, the support, and the motivation and inspiration to help you achieve your health and fitness goals!

And if you too are looking for a way to financial freedom through a business of your own where you get to help people reach for their goals, I would LOVE to have you on my team.  Our team is growing and it is AMAZING!  I could not have asked for better people to learn from and who helped me realize that I truly am worthy of PURE HAPPINESS!  And I look forward to paying that kindness forward and helping others see that in themselves.

Is now YOUR time?

If so, and you are ready to feed off of my passion and take a leap of faith in yourself and finally take control over your health and fitness, and even your finances if you should so choose, contact me so we can get started today!



The Light is Getting Brighter! And The Past is Behind You for a Reason!


Have you ever been just sitting there doing your normal everyday work, and all of a sudden a strange feeling came over you? Your heart felt full, your chest lifted, and your head clear. You don’t know exactly what it is or where it came from, but in that instance you felt as if everything from that moment on was just going to be AMAZING?

I have this feeling right now that I can’t describe. But I have a feeling that I am about to be shown EXACTLY why I am here.  Exactly why I lived through all the pain, the suffering, the depression, the hurt, the struggles, everything I have went through in my life is about to make sense.

not a mistake

I have always loved this list of verses.  You see, my nickname has been Boo Boo since before I was even born.  I was an “OOPS!”.  A mistake.  An “Unplanned Blessing”, my Mom used to say to me.  Although I don’t think she always really thought it true, as I wasn’t the easiest kid in the world to deal with.  Depression and anxiety issues from a very young age, that built up after the age of 5 until I my first suicide attempt at the age of 9.  And the pre-teen and teen years just brought more struggles, self-loathing and self mutilation.  But she never gave up on me.  She always said there was a reason I was here.  That I would find that reason some day, and I would find REAL happiness.

I think the last few years have been building me up to finally be able to SEE my reason.

My passion, my dream, is to help people by delivering hope for a brighter future through health and fitness.  I lived so unhealthy for so many years, that now that I know the difference, I want to show the world how much better life can really be!  And I believe that I have found the perfect way to help more people than I could one on one.  Beachbody has truly been a blessing to my life in more ways than I can explain.  But I have been too scared and not truly confident in myself to SEE it until recently.  And I think many of you could sense that.  I was trying to be the PERFECT role model BEFORE I really helped anyone.  But I am NEVER going to be perfect!  Perfect doesn’t exist!  Everyone will always have flaws and make mistakes!  God did make us “human” after all!  Through our mistakes and struggles, we learn.  All I can tell you is that if you trust me to help you, and you commit to yourself, I will be there to support you 100%!  Show me that you want it!  You give it 100%, and I will be there for you!  And we will both succeed in our dreams!

Message me at bodybybrenda@hotmail.com and tell me your goals!  I would LOVE to work with you and help you find YOUR best path to health!

Until then, MAKE today AMAZING!!!! 🙂

Just as I was finishing this blog, this collage was posted on Facebook by KICKPICS, and my phone and FB page BLEW UP!  So I wanted to add it to show a glimpse of me living my passion! 🙂

kickpic collage