Moving Forward From Here


Sometimes the right words from the right person at just the right time really can make ALL the difference in the world.

That happened to me on Tuesday. I posted about some struggles I was having, and got this Twitter reply from a dear friend ~ “@bodybybrenda stay strong Brenda! You are the strongest woman I know!!!”

To he honest, I haven’t felt STRONG in awhile now. I have let my fitness, and especially my nutrition, slide while I focused on some family and work stuff, and was actually feeling pretty down. But it is time for me to Move Forward, and his reply¬†reminded me of how I was when he lived here. I would have NEVER given up on ME! And I just needed that little extra push to remind me that I CAN be absolutely ANYTHING I want to be! And right now, I want nothing more than to be a COMPLETELY SUCCESSFUL BEACHBODY COACH!

What does that mean to me?

I want to help people obtain their greatest personal health!  To be that beacon of HOPE when a person feels that all hope is lost.  I want to show them that you CAN come back from rock bottom!  Rock bottom is actually a good place to start, because from there, you can only go up!


And in the process of helping them become THEIR best, I want to also help those who wish to join me in my passion in helping even more people, and growing a whole TEAM of Successful Coaches!

This”dream” of mine is not something that I take lightly anymore! ¬†It has turned into a service that I MUST do for people, because I feel it is a disservice not only to them and myself, but to the gifts that God has bestowed upon me to inspire and motivate others. ¬†I have just seen too many people in my life struggle with health problems that would benefit from PREVENTATIVE health care. ¬†Exercise and trying to make healthy choices more often than not. ¬†Getting to a healthy weight. ¬†Skinny and rock hard abs do not HAVE to be your focus. ¬†It is about being YOUR personal best, not someone else’s!


What is funny, is that sometimes our biggest¬†problems seem to¬†have nothing to do DIRECTLY with our health. ¬†But when we stop caring for ourselves or taking care of ourselves, the¬†stress from the problem can manifest into health issues. ¬†So even if you think, “A push up is NOT going to solve my problems!” or “Eating a healthy balanced meal instead of fast food is NOT going to solve my problems!”, please hear me out. ¬†Since¬†I got healthy, physically, so many things have changed for me mentally, emotionally, spiritually, in my relationship with my husband, so many areas, that I can’t believe it all started with getting off the couch and walking the ONE BLOCK that I could manage at my current state of health 6.5 years ago. ¬†Change can happen on a grander scale, if you only learn to take control of what you CAN control(such as making time to exercise and consciously trying to eat healthier), and leave the rest to The Big Guy! ūüôā

So if you are interested in joining me and my team to become either a customer OR a member of my team, I would love to get you started with the program that is right for you. ¬†So contact me, ASAP, and we can get to work to make sure you are not the next “too young” tragedy!


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Life has been kind of stressful the last couple of months. ¬†I have felt a bit lost. ¬†My fitness has been suffering. ¬†I have had more struggles with depression and feeling down on myself. ¬†I have even started turning to food AND alcohol for comfort. ¬†But the last few weeks, I have been doing some SERIOUS thinking. ¬†I know I have always been kind of wishy washy when it comes to making HARD decisions. ¬†I have always just settled for mediocre in my life. ¬†I have been settling for living the life everyone “expected” me to live. ¬†But then I started answering some HARD questions, and have come to a few conclusions. ¬†And I am DONE!


With what you ask?

Well let me explain, because basically I have decided that it is time to S#!T OR GET OFF THE POT as my beloved Momma used to say!

Around December of 2011, I met a very nice young man named Jeremy, whose mother, Sandi Krakowski, I absolutely adored, on Facebook.  Turns out, he had been struggling with some of the same things I had in the past, and we just began talking about changing for the better.  Also turned out that he was a Beachbody Coach.  We talked a few times about it, but I had really kind of always done things on my own.  But I was starting to think about making a career shift towards health and fitness, but really had NO IDEA what I wanted to do or where to start!

In February 2012 I joined The Crew, which is my Beachbody Coaching Team, as a “Discount Coach”. ¬†To be truthful, The Crew has actually become more like family! ¬†A group of like minded people trying to both keep themselves accountable and support each other in health and fitness, AND help others discover their own potential and reach their goals. ¬†With their suggestions, guidance, and support, I have read books, listened to audios, went to seminars, and even got on a plane to VEGAS to learn more. ¬†But the most important thing I learned, is that I AM worthy of holding my head up high and being confident with the success I have had in the past, and be confident that there is much¬†more success to be had in my future!

However….I still only half believed it. ¬†Could I REALLY make my dreams come true? ¬†Could I REALLY be all that I have dreamed of being? ¬†Could I REALLY be so successful that Tony and I can live an amazing life of freedom? ¬†Could I REALLY have it ALL?

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been weighing my options.  Continue to work hard doing everything and getting no further ahead, or focus just a little more on what I REALLY want and sit down and make the plan to make my future EXACTLY what I have pictured it to be.  And that does not include settling for a life being miserable while sitting behind a desk all day and only enjoying my part time jobs and hobbies at night.

Don’t get me wrong, I actually like my job. ¬†I work for an amazing family oriented company and SSSHHHH!!! don’t tell him, but I even have a pretty amazing boss! ūüėČ

But I have begun to feel like I am drowning¬†there. ¬†Like I am fighting to get to the air that I need to breath, and I just can’t reach the surface. ¬†I feel that it is not what God intended for me. ¬†I am supposed to help people find their potential and live it to its fullest! ¬†And my catalyst to do that is through fitness. ¬†Specifically, as a Beachbody Coach and Zumba/Fitness Instructor.

do what is in your heart!

I have been doing better in my business, but I have really still been treating it like a hobby.  But my Zumba Dance/Fitness classes, my following on line, and even my success story list are all growing almost weekly!

SO…I am DONE being only a “Hobby” Beachbody Coach. ¬†I am truly ready to make this MY LIFE! ¬†And I know this, because I did something so scary to me, that had I not already been sick Monday, would have made me nauseous. ¬†I signed up to go on the Team Beachbody Cruise in March of 2016! ¬†And I could have played it safe and signed up for the cheapest cabin, but I elected to GO FOR IT! ¬†I signed up for an outside room with a balcony! ¬†If now IS the time, then I better¬†go ALL IN! ¬†Because I intend to go on that trip for FREE!


What does this mean for you if you are already on my team as a coach or customer or if you are thinking about becoming my one of my coaches or customers?  SUCCESS IS AROUND THE CORNER!!!  I still have to work my 8 hour day at my job, but my business is going to BOOM in 2015!  And to do that, I have to help MORE people!  Will you be one of them?  Do you want to be the next Beachbody Success Story?

I would LOVE to have you join me!  Message me.  Follow me.  Email me.  However you want to reach me.  I would love to help YOU work towards being YOUR Personal Best, while I am striving to be ALL that I KNOW I CAN BE!


MAKE today GREAT!!!

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Yep, I am STILL here! ¬†It has been a crazy busy last few months! ¬†With a FT job, being a Zumba Instructor, Beachbody Coaching, selling our Dad’s house(and clearing it of 48 years worth of memories), and still trying to find time to relax occasionally with my friends and family so they remember what I look like, I have found little time to write. ¬†Which really stinks, because some of my best days¬†always follow me spilling my guts on this blog and sharing myself with the world.

I am listening to the most amazing book on my commute to work this week, and I am finding it VERY pertinent to many of us who struggle with believing in ourselves and finding our worthiness to be the AWESOME people we have the opportunity, the desire, and the RIGHT to be! We just need to have faith in ourselves and take that leap! I KNOW I can be a magnificent Beachbody Coach, motivator, accountability leader, and all around Inspirational Badass! But I hold myself back.


One reason I think of, is that I can’t do it as fast or in the exact same way that others that I have witnessed “make it”, so I figure my way “CAN’T” be right. It “CAN’T” work!



If everyone was EXACTLY the same, and only connected to that ONE type of person, the world would be a pretty boring place. On my personal page yesterday, I posted a pic of Kurt Cobain with the quote, “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.” ¬†I am failing because I am trying to be someone else. ¬†I am trying to 100% duplicate what works for THEM, without adding any “Brenda” to it. ¬†Obviously that is NOT going to work.

In the book I am listening to, “You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero, Jen says, “You are the ONLY You there is, and you are the only You there ever will be!” ¬†She goes on to say, “Do not deny the world the only chance it will ever have to bask in your brilliance.”

At first I giggled at that, and thought WHY would anyone ever want to “bask in my brilliance”? ¬†Do I even have “brilliance”? ¬†And is it REALLY worth basking in? ¬†Then I got to thinking about something someone said to me just last night. ¬†A person who I recently met for just a few minutes, told a friend, “…there is something special about her.” ¬†I of course just laughed it off as I do all compliments. ¬†But it really hit a spot in my heart that made me wonder….”Is he right?” ¬†Do I truly have these gifts to offer the world and help others SEE IN THEMSELVES what they truly can be? ¬†The old line, “If I can do it, anyone can” ¬†UGH! ¬†I heard it a thousand times when I was fat. ¬†Shoot! ¬†I have used it several times myself! ¬†I hate the way it sounds. ¬†So cliche, so insincere. ¬†BUT, I do believe that each person has a “WHY” deep inside them. ¬†And once they identify it, with that “WHY” in mind each day, they CAN accomplish what they long to achieve. ¬†Be the person they truly WANT to be.

It isn’t magic.

But it IS “MAGICAL”!

When I FINALLY found MY WHY¬†deep inside of me, and I decided once and for all to lose the weight, quit smoking, become a casual drinker instead of a daily drunk, quit smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day, fight to get past the depression and pain, and LIVE MY LIFE, it happened for me. ¬†When I finally realized that what I was doing was keeping me in a state of “Chronic Unhappiness” even though I was married to my best friend, had a job, a roof over my head, a car, family who cared about me, and so many other blessings, THAT is the day I was truly BORN! ¬†This IS the ME that I am meant to be! ¬†This is who I am being lead to share with the world.

Maybe you don’t need my help. ¬†Maybe you don’t need my kind of accountability coaching. ¬†Maybe you don’t need my services, products, or friendship. ¬†But that’s OK. ¬†Find those who you connect with. ¬†This is a BIG world! ¬†And there are people out there who want to help YOU grow to YOUR full potential.

If you would like to connect with me more on a daily basis, come where I live.  And by that, I mean, please visit me on by FB page Body By Brenda, and follow me on IG and Twitter @bodybybrenda .

As Always, MAKE today GREAT!

And I will SEE YOU AT THE TOP!!!