This is from PiYo? REALLY?

Time for a small confession.

As a Beachbody Coach, I DO at least TRY all of our programs when they are released, but some I don’t do the full calendar, or even every workout within the program.

In September, we are offering an amazing savings on the PiYo Challenge Pack from Chalene Johnson​. And since my Crew team leader, Coach Jimmy​ is in Drench, me and 2 of the local coaches on my team decided to give it a try in my garage gym. Well, it IS called Drench, and my garage WAS about 90 degrees last night, but we had 3 fans going and we are tough girls, so we gave it a go.


That’s The Coach Jimmy on the right! 🙂

But THIS is where things get interesting!

If you know my story, you know that I have a lumbar spinal fusion from L3-S1, that was put in during my 3rd back surgery in 1999 as a result of severe instability of my spine from a 1994 work injury when I was 22 years old working as a CNA at a Veterans’ Nursing Home.  This is what my back looks like during that surgery and now in X-ray.

back fusion

lumbar fusion

Since that fusion, my balance or flexibility have never been even close to what it used to be. Atrophied hamstrings and psoas and a cut erector spinea muscle being the biggest reasons. Fear of moving and hurting myself worse and depression that resulted in a love affair with prescription drugs, booze, and my couch, all while ballooning up to nearly 300# also didn’t help.

But back to my point…

We were all SOAKED!!!  We looked like we had gone swimming in our clothes!  At one point, I changed my head position, and sweat RAN off the top of my head!

post Piyo

Conclusion of the story?  PiYo is an AMAZING all encompassing fitness workout!

Not only does it work on flexibility and stretching and core work like you expect from the name, but also cardio and strength training!  WOW!  And this girl is a bit sore this morning.  I just Thank God that I used my Beachbody Performance Recharge last night, or I may not have been able to get out of bed today!  😀

So, if you are willing to start at the beginning and work up to the more advanced workouts, I am 100% positive that you would get FABULOUS results from this program.  I did have to slow down and/or do the modifications for a few things, but maybe with a little more PiYo in my life, my balance would actually improve! 🙂  I am willing to give it a try and plan to add it to my regime more often.  Just maybe not DRENCH again too soon 😉

If you are interested in trying this amazing program for yourself, contact me at any of the places below, and we can get you started today!

MAKE today GREAT!!!

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Wrapping up 2012 and getting ready for 2013

This has been a very busy season for me this year.  Every year, I bake SO MANY cookies, because people “expect” it of me.  Well, this may have been the last year of that tradition.  Don’t get me wrong, I will still do the basics, but NO ONE needs that much sugar, and I am having difficulty staying out of the leftovers.  I will be sending them somewhere VERY SOON!

I also realized as I put together the trays, that I don’t have as many to make anymore:(  I always called my Father-In-Law my “Cookie Monster”.  He loved my Christmas baking for the last 20 years, but sadly we lost him this year, and when it dawned on me that his being gone is one reason I have so much left over, I had to slip into the bathroom away from my husband for a soul cleansing cry.  I also miss my Mom terribly this time every year, because it was her favorite time and we did so much of the decorating and baking and shopping together.  Can’t believe it has been 10 Christmases that she has been gone now.

Tony and I did have a Christmas Party this year, that I hope becomes a new tradition, because I enjoyed it thoroughly, and now know that I CAN invite more people:)  LOL!  My house is small, and I was afraid to invite everyone for fear of room, but I had a blast!  And to me, the more the merrier!  I come from a big family, and slept in a twin bed with my sister for years!  And I enjoyed having kids in my house for Christmas.  We were not blessed with children, but many of my decorations would indicate otherwise, and they are meant to be enjoyed!

OK….so that covers just the Christmas part of my business over the last few weeks.  I had something VERY special done for me on Thursday Dec 13th.  And I wanted to shout it out and share it with everyone…but then the Newtown, Ct tragedy happened, and I almost didn’t feel right being happy about anything.  So although my family and friends knew about it, and I had already posted it on Facebook, I did not feel it was right for me to celebrate while others were suffering.  I know the parents and the community have a long road ahead of them, but sometimes a smile or a happy moment can also help heal a wound.    So here is my proud and happy moment:

You all hear me speak so highly of my wonderful instructor, Mr Bentley, at Legacy Martial Arts in Quincy all the time.  Well, he always tells me that the feeling is mutual, that I inspire and motivate him as much as he inspires and motivates me.  In August when Kickpics Martial Arts Photographers, Stace and Mark, were here and took many of the pics I have shared on this blog and my Facebook page, they took the following pic, and Mr Bentley had it made into a poster to put on the gym wall.  That was SO VERY special to me that he thought this much of me to do this.  So here is a picture of it.  Taken with my goofy phone, so a little cloudy.

posterAnd then….last week, I won a Popeye Bicep Pose down on Team Gym Bulls Facebook page with ANOTHER Kickpics photo…

BRENDA TURNBAUGH 028Team Gym Bulls is a bunch of fitness people who promote anti-bullying.  Many of them who turned to fitness after being bullied themselves.  I myself was bullied as a child because I was “fat”, and I have been asked to write a piece for their page that I will share with all of you when I am done with it.  Probably will have it done over the next week or so.

And….for the future….

2013…I have decided that I AM going to train and run 2 half marathons this spring. Now, much of it may be done on a treadmill, as I HATE?  DESPISE??  LOOOAAATTTHHHEEE the cold!  To be honest with you, it is the only thing that I still use my back as an excuse for.  The cold goes straight to my titanium bolts in my back and I get so chilled that I can think of nothing other than the pain.

I AM going to continue to work on my website and hope that I will have it up BY Spring!    Just taking a lot longer as a novice to put it together than I thought it would.   BUT I have decided NOT to put any pressure on myself to even attempt a physique competition in 2013.  The plan is to train like I AM getting ready for one, but any extra $$$ and time needs to go to my website first.  And if I feel it is right for me in the future, I will look into a little closer.

As of RIGHT NOW….I have TOTALLY fallen to the temptation of “Christmas Carbs”!  LOL!  I have had cookies, bread, I even ate NOODLES!!!  So as you can imagine, my skin is horrible, and I am holding fluid like CRAZY!  But I am not living in the past.  It is over now, and today is a new day.  And in my mind’s eye…my future looks brighter than ever!  I hope you all are ready to take this journey with me and 2013 will be a FABULOUS year!

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Here is a pic of the Legare Wear tank that I won in the Popeye bicep pose contest!

LEGARE weare picture