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! 😉

lobe being a bb coach

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.

mom and dad

me and vicki

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 –

bereaved mothers day image

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!!!