Strange Observations on My Journey to Success

I always thought “things” were the biggest sign of success.  I have found that to be FAR from the truth!  I have had some people say some amazingly nice things about me over the past year.  And I am actually starting to believe some of them 🙂  But knowing that I am helping people who found something in me that they had been needing in their lives makes me feel so humbled and makes my heart swell with love.success

But sometimes, a sign of success comes in STRANGE packages!

Let me tell you about something I observed today.

I am almost 44 years old! That was my MIND BOGGLING observation a few days ago 😛  But let’s move on!

Today, I think it is odd that I made it to 43 years of age thinking that bed sheets are bed sheets. I honestly don’t think I have ever paid more than probably $35 for a set of sheets, and that was on sale and what I thought were a REALLY GOOD SET! Last weekend, while at Sam’s Club, I saw that they had Egyptian Cotton 600 thread count sheets ON SALE for like $69! I was like WTH?!?!?!?
But we really needed a new set of sheets. The thin little piece of elastic on the corners of the fitted sheet were getting pretty worn out, AND they are the only set I have left and have been using them for well over 2 years!!!

Well, my Beachbody Income is well over $500 this month, so I decided to get them! Between my FT job, Zumba, and Beachbody, I work anywhere from12-18 hours a day, and thought….MAYBE I deserve to have a nice comfy place to sleep for the few hours I actually get! 😉 So I bought them. I had just washed the sheets, so I got around to putting the new ones on today.

JUST WOW! I honestly always just thought that when you bought expensive sheets you were basically paying for a name, or just the extra thread at the very least! They are SO MUCH MORE! I was going to take a picture, but I don’t think it would even do them justice! They are a beautiful chocolate brown with the sateen look going opposite direction about every 3/4 of an inch. They are big enough to fully COVER our dual pillow top mattress and a 2″ memory foam topper with at least 18″ overhang on each side and 24″ at the bottom so I got to tuck in plenty enough to not come out EVERY night!
And the fitted sheet? it wraps UNDER the mattress by a FOOT, AND the elastic goes all the way around and is an inch wide!
Then we get to the 4 Pillow Cases! Yes, all 4 of my pillow cases will actually match for the first time I think ever. And inside of each pillow case is a pocket to keep the pillow from coming out! WHAT IS THAT??? AMAZING! That is what that is! 🙂

Now we get to how they feel against my skin. I have never felt anything like it! I thought the sheets at the MGM were the best ever, and I was hoping these would compare. They are BETTER! Soft. Inviting. Luxurious.

So at the end of the day, when I can’t possibly reconcile one more insurance EOB, help one more person, add one more number, write one more blog, pay one more bill, do one more workout, choreograph one more song, or even clean one more thing in my house, I know I will have that beautiful chocolate cloud to go to sleep in.

So, with all that said, I have to reiterate that I LOVE BEING A BEACHBODY COACH! I am still far from where I know I am going to go in this business. I mean seriously??? I get to help people improve their health and fitness and get PAID for it!!!

If you would like to come along on this adventure with me, I would LOVE to have you on my team. Maybe buying soft, fancy sheets isn’t a goal in your life, but think about it….if you had an extra $500 a month, what would you do with it.

I know my style, my personality, my “way” may not for everyone.  But if you are willing to put forth the effort to make a REAL lifestyle change and do AMAZING workouts and eat a balanced nutritious diet including what is in my opinion to be the very best meal replacement dense nutrition shake ever made, contact me, and I will be here to help you as much as I can.

So, if you want more information, are ready to jump on board and join my team, or if you are looking for help to reach your personal health and fitness goals, please feel free to reach out to me.  Because I would love to help you.

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YOU have the power.

MAKE today GREAT!!!

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How do you see YOU? And what excuses are you using to keep from changing that?

WOW!  It has been over a MONTH since my last blog!  I would say I am sorry, but life has simply been amazingly busy lately.  My “Get Me Through The Holidays Support and Accountability Challenge Group” is doing AMAZING!  They have lost OVER 150# so far, with 2 weeks to go!  And here I was just hoping to keep from gaining any during the holidays, but these girls are kicking booty and inspiring me to lose some of the weight that I had put on over this stressful summer.

Add in getting ready for Christmas, and around my house, that means decorating!  They don’t call me”Griswold” for nothing! 😉  But I think I am done and ready to just enjoy the rest of the holiday season.  Not baking as much this year, because…well….does anyone REALLY need it?  Traditional triple chocolate cake and rum cake both have to be made, along with a couple cookies, but that is about it.

OK…I am getting off track.  But now that you know that I have been a little busy, back to the task at hand.

HOW do you see you?


No matter where you are in your journey, Day 1 or at your goal, you must see yourself, flaws and all, as a beautiful person.  Because YOU are the only person who can do this for you!  It is time to set the BS excuses that you tell yourself aside and get busy improving your health!  Excuses are just lies you tell others so that you can try to convince yourself that you have a legitimate reason for not getting something done.  Trust me, I do it all the time.  I am the Queen of the Procrastination Excuse!

But now it is time to debunk a few excuses.  Since excuses are just lies that you tell yourself, you owning up to yourself on the ones that are calling you out is going to help you decide to commit to the work so that you can finally see real success.

#1~ I don’t have time!  REALLY?!?!  Did you REALLY just say that to me?  I have a full time job, a part time job, and my own business.  Not to mention a family of 7, yes, all 4-legger kids, but they need taken care of and love and affection too!  Yes, I know I procrastinate on many things that if I just did them, I could be so much farther in my business and have better relationships.  But those are my fears to deal with, and right now we are talking about YOU! 😉

If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, take action, and ASK FOR HELP in that action.  Human engagement is what is lacking in so many plans to “get healthy”.  You don’t have to do it alone.  I will be your accountability, but YOU must first reach out and make the commitment to do the work.

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#2 – But I am too out of shape to do what what it takes to get fit.  This one is, well, I am sorry to tell you, but just DUMB!  Do you REALLY think I started out where I am now?  I got winded on my first walk going just a block from my house and back.  My first set of push ups was against a wall, and I could only do 4!  It is about taking the first step.  I know it is hard!  Trust me, I know!  And yes, there will be tears.  There will be doubt.  And there will be times you want to quit.  But it is not just a workout or nutrition plan you are quitting on, You are quitting on your WHY.  Remember the reason you wanted to start down this path, and honor that by taking that first step, continuing to take each next step, and never giving up!


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#3 – But the progress is SO SLOW.  You have GOT to stop living in the “Instant” Society!  Things that you get for free or things that come quickly, how much do you REALLY appreciate them?  We all have FREE workouts and diet plans available to us at the click of a mouse.  I myself have given away my own workouts and diet plans, the EXACT things that I did and lost 125#, and for the most part, they basically ended up in the garbage.  I find that many people do not truly appreciate something if it is handed to them.  I myself lost 87# back in 1996, very quickly.  Within 4 months of my goal date, I had gained back 35#.  And within 5 years, had gained it all back, and they brought friends.  Why? because I did it in a way that was focused around deprivation and fast weight loss.  The progress in the pic below, took me years!  To lose the weight, gain the muscle, achieve my fit, athletic body.  It didn’t come fast, and it didn’t come from starvation, deprivation, or a magic potion.  It came from deciding to commit to doing the work it was going to take to make a LASTING success.




#4- I will just end up with loose skin again and that makes me feel just as bad as being fat because I still won’t look good in a bikini.  Scars, stretch marks, loose skin.  I have them all.  But I have learned to wear them with pride.  Here is a poem that my friend Mark Cummings wrote about being proud of your scars~



I wrote this for all those who have been scared inside and out. Don’t forget you’re still here because you have a purpose and you are STRONG ENOUGH, and GOOD ENOUGH to earn what you’re worth!


These scars I wear with pride

These scars I dare not hide

Remember the battles I have fought

Remember the lessons I was taught


On the surface and inside deep

Onward and upward to my feet

And if my struggles get too hard

I’ll look down to see my scars


Though at times they appear unsightly

But only because my fights been mighty

So These scars I wear with pride

And these scars I dare not hide

-Mark Cummings-


A little more of my views on the subject from my personal experience:

The scars I have, both the mental and physical, remind me of what I have lived through to become the strong person I am today.  The stretch marks, remind me how hard it is to be obese, and the shame of people seeing me.  And last but not least, the loose skin.  I have been asked many times if I was going to have surgery to get rid of it, but to be honest, it has tightened up some, and although I know it will always somewhat be there, I have learned to accept it for what it is.  Oh sure, I will never look HOT in a bikini, and I still have issues with anyone seeing my belly, and a padded, push-up bra is going to be a necessity for the rest of my life, but then I think back, and remember… I NEVER looked HOT in anything before, and I do now!  I NEVER wanted anyone to see my belly when I was closing in on 300# either, so nothing new there.  And I NEVER had voluptuous, perky boobs anyway, so what is the difference?  LOL!

What is the difference?

I am no longer Pre-diabetic.  I no longer have a cholesterol reading of “gravy”.  I no longer have high BP.  I can walk up a flight of steps without getting out of breath.  I RAN A FREAKING MARATHON!  I teach Zumba classes.  I am sitting here writing on a health and fitness blog!!!  And because my passion to help others feel the way I feel now, with more confidence, more energy, less headache from worry about what health issue is going to pop up next, I became a Beachbody Coach.  I have always wanted to help people.  As a young student, I wanted to be a chiropractor, so I started my medical career by going to the vocational center at my high school and getting certified as a nursing assistant.  When I got pregnant my senior year, and then lost the baby, I also lost all ambitions of returning to school, so I settled in as a CNA at a nursing home.  When I got hurt, and told I could not return, I got a job in the business office at a local pharmacy.  I thought at least I would still have my foot in the door of a career in health.  But I had let the fire for that passion of truly making a difference burn out.  I went from being chubby and overweight to obese and then morbidly obese.  I settled in to a mediocre life.


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I believe that God put me here for a reason, and I that fire has been reignited.


If you are ready to start your journey to health and fitness, I would love to help.  Find me on Facebook @ Body By Brenda or email me at

Weight Loss Transformation?

Here is a little hard truth for you.  Tough Love, if you will.

This is me close to my heaviest, and at my leanest about two years ago.


Yup, that’s right, I far from my leanest right now.  THAT ↑ takes a LOT of work, and I have been giving up a lot of my “ME” time to help others the last couple years.  Not that I am saying that is an altogether a bad thing.  I am still healthy, and I still LOVE ME!  And I really don’t look TOO shabby, right? 😉


But I am writing this blog, because I truly believe God put me on this Earth to help other people find their way to health and fitness.  To REALLY make the changes in their lives that are necessary to help them life happy, healthy, more fulfilling lives, and not the sad, sick, mediocrity that I and many of you have lived for years.  I will do ALL I can to help every person who WANTS my help to get fit and healthy.

But it does NOT come without a lot of hard work.  And tears.  And sometimes even pain.

It does NOT come for free.

It does NOT come without sacrifice.

You WILL have to buy healthy food.

You WILL have to give up some of your favorite comfort foods MOST OF THE TIME!

You WILL need to MAKE the time to move your body.

You WILL want to give up.

You WILL call me horrible names under your breath. Maybe even to my face.

You WILL have days that you don’t even think you are worth it all.

But IF you come to me. If you stay invested in yourself, and stay accountable even when you are at your very very worst, as your coach, I WILL BE HERE FOR YOU!

BUT you can’t hide from me.  You have to help ME, help YOU, or the “quit” is not on me. Don’t make excuses. Especially BEFORE you even respond to my outreached hand.  Do you know why?

Because excuses are PLANNED LIES!

So, my question to you is:

Are you planning your healthy future, or are you planning your excuses to NOT have that future?

If you are ready for a plan, I would LOVE to be the one to help you start the journey to meeting your future healthier self!

Contact me today at


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Been really busy, first being run down with allergies!  UGH!  I can’t wait for all the fields to be cleared out!  Worst thing about living rural as far as I am concerned 😛

But I have also been doing some planning for some things that are going to be happening this month on not only my website, but specifically on my Body By Brenda Facebook page.  I am going to have Breast Cancer Awareness recognition and resource sharing.  I am going to be sharing tips from my friend Stephanie from Secret Sister Shop.  I mean, come on…I even dyed my hair pink to raise awareness!  And trust me, when a 43 year old administrative assistant dyes her hair pink…..EVERYONE asks WHY?!  LOL!

But as a woman with friends, family, heck even friends of friends, who seem to be affected by this disease EVERY day, it makes me realize that as a health and fitness professional, it is MY duty to make sure people KNOW where to find the info.  But not only that.  I don’t want my part of this to be about scaring women into having a mammogram, but to CELEBRATE those who are fighting now, the battles won, and the heroic lives of the battles lost!


AND, not to take away from Breast Cancer Awareness, but rather to FOCUS more on our overall health, I know there are a LOT of you out there who are NOT taking proper care of yourselves.  You don’t make sure you get in exercise for a minimum of 5 days a week, and simply put, your nutrition SUCKS!

As a Beachbody Coach, I have not only teamed up with Beachbody and Tony Horton, but with Wounded Warriors to get you started on the BEST Intro to Fitness Program I have ever seen.  Tony has taken the EXTREME out of this program and made it for EVERYONE!  Pair it up with Shakeology, the “Healthiest Meal Of The Day”, and you are sure to see success.  For every Chalenge Pack sold, in honor of the late Tony Horton Sr., Beachbody is donating $5 to, and I will be matching that donation!  So your purchase will not only help YOU, it will send $10 to our veterans who need our help!  How cool is that?

It is my goal to start a test group for this program and use a Facebook Group to keep us all accountable and feeling supported so that we all make it to day 90!  Date is still TBD, but it will be in the next few weeks, so don’t delay!!!  I will announce it soon!

If you want to be a part of this, and I KNOW you have said to yourself at one point in time or another, “I would do ANYTHING to be healthy and feel GOOD!”.  Well…..THIS is your chance!  NOW is the time.  I am your sign!

Send me message on my Facebook page or to my personal email,, and I will get back to you ASAP about the requirements to be in the group, and how to order your P90 Challenge Pack as soon as possible to make sure you are all set to start when the Group goes active.


To learn more or order now, click here —->  Coach Body By Brenda’s Team Beachbody Page





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, 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!

Quitting Smoking


Smoking cessation has been a topic of discussion a lot lately.  Several people I know have decided to take on the difficult journey to kick the habit.  I myself have been on the same journey more than once.  But the last time I started the journey was almost 6 years ago.  But in this post, I want to talk to you about my observations about when I was smoking to when I am not.

First and foremost… breath smells 1000% better! 🙂

Second, I don’t feel like I have to cough up a lung every morning.

Third, I ran a freaking marathon!  SERIOUSLY?!?!?  OK, so losing 125# also helped me do that, but do you REALLY think I could have done it while smoking.  I had to take guaifenesin to clear my lungs just to be able to breath every day.

Forth, I want to tell you about the difference in healing.  I have had 3 back surgeries.  For the first 2, which were only laminectomies, I was smoking.  My healing took FOREVER!  In fact, I only had 5 months between the first two, and I am not sure I had fully healed from the first one before they cut me open again.  But when I had my 3rd, I had quit smoking.  It was a laminectomy with a spinal fusion following.  I had open bolts packed with bone that needed to grow, besides my regular healing.  I actually healed MUCH faster after that one.  Dr attributed the healing time to my quitting smoking before I had it done.

Fifth, my skin and around my mouth look SO DIFFERENT.  I no longer have that gray look to me, and I don’t have those leathery looking lines around my mouth that make women look WAY OLD before they are!

Sixth, I don’t have to go out in the cold when I am in public to smoke!  LOL!  Seriously though!  Did you know that you can not smoke ANYWHERE in public in Illinois?  And we have some COLD ASS winters!  LOL!  No thank you!  I get to stay in the indoor warmth when all of my still smoking friends are banned to the freezing outdoors if they want to smoke!

I am going to stop counting there, but come on!  Let’s be real for a minute!  I am more healthy.  I have more energy.  And them suckers are EXPENSIVE!  I know, because my husband still hasn’t quit! 😦  But I see him thinking about it more and more.  It is ridiculous how expensive they have gotten!  And in Illinois, the taxes on them make them even more crazy!  And I am sure that he is really getting sick of my nagging and whining about how things stink, and the crappy nicotine stains on EVERYTHING in my house and car!  LOL!  But he needs to come to it on his own, just like everyone else.  I can’t make up his mind OR do the work for him.

So please, if you are thinking about quitting smoking, I will tell you that my biggest saving grace when I quit was my exercise and my support system!  If you want to try to quit and improve your health all the way around, I would love to help you, by getting you into one of my support groups that will encourage you every day.  You will commit to drinking Shakeology, which will help your overall health through nutrition, stick to a fitness program, and staying active in the group for 90 days!   And I will commit to helping you stick it out by being your coach for FREE!  It is THAT IMPORTANT!

Within Beachbody, I belong to an AMAZING team of coaches.  Our Motto is Passion Over Fear!  Make your passion for living BIGGER than your fear of failing.  You CAN change!  You have to work to be the very best you that you can be!  It doesn’t come free, and it doesn’t come easy.  But it, AND YOU, ARE worth it!!!

Contact me through my website at today and we can get you started ASAP!

My Life and Childhood Obesity

I want to put something out here that has been on my mind and heart lately.

Many of you know that I was a “fat kid”. I wasn’t sweet and cute, I was overweight, had thick glasses, and I was smart. NOT a great combo, ESPECIALLY when the subject is bullying. But even WORSE when the subject is self-respect, self-love, self-image, self-esteem, and self-WORTH!

Things as simple as doing my favorite thing in the world, which was going to our town’s public pool with my friends, was actually just another stressful situation in my life. Oh sure, I had some great friends who never cared, and stuck up for me when the bullies would bother me, and I even pretended to laugh a lot of it off. But the scars from that pain just went deeper and deeper. At the age of 9, I even had a nervous breakdown and was put into a hospital where I was supposed to get help. I got something, but it was NOT help! But that is another subject altogether. Point is, I had no idea what “being normal” even meant. I was always the “chubby girl”, “fat friend”, or my personal favorite “big-boned girl”! UGH! But what did I do about it? I turned to MORE food! It was my only solace. Sometimes, my only friend. ESPECIALLY when my friends started dating! At 12, I started sneaking Dexatrim diet pills, and abusing laxatives. I would eat ONLY jarred baby food for days until I would almost pass out from hunger, and then eat everything in sight.

In my twenties, the pain was so deep, that I was actually happy that there was a very high chance that I could not have children, because I feared that I would have a girl and she would be just like me! That was the last thing I EVER wanted for a kid. Especially MY kid! Then when we decided to really find out IF children were even a possibility, I decided that if we had one, I would just monitor the food. I would be sure they weren’t a video gamer and got outside to play and get into sports. The same things that I went through would NOT happen to my KID!

However, as most of you know, we were never blessed with children. BUT. Now as a fit adult with the understanding of a “less than fit” past, I can relate to many other people’s struggles. Including young girls. This is one reason I enjoy doing Zumba with the Girl Scouts, and why I love that there will be children EVERWHERE at the Relay For Life event I am doing Zumba at on June 13th in Quincy, IL. AND why I ALWAYS encourage people to bring their children along to my classes for FREE!!!

Unfortunately, I used to think, “I can’t be everywhere, and I can’t help inspire and motivate them all.”

But through this blog, through social media, through word of mouth. I have the power to reach a LOT more than I even dreamed possible. But you know what? If I can help even ONE girl feel better about herself. Make her realize that just because she is not the perfect girl that is portrayed in movies, tv shows, music videos, on the internet, and in magazines, does NOT mean that she has no worth!

Even if I have to do it by motivating and helping their moms, I MUST try to do whatever is in my power to keep children from feeling like they are less of a person because they are overweight. Helping the kids when I can and helping the Moms AND Dads be better role models to help give them a fighting chance. I didn’t have that, but the kids in my life, whether they are mine or not, will always know that being active and having fun WHILE being fit is an AMAZING way to live your life!

Just because I am not a Mom, does NOT mean that I can’t have a positive influence on the children of the world.

Let me know how I can help you be a good fitness role model for the little ones watching YOU!Fathers-Day-push-ups-972281_591998907497032_1479004053_n

I LOVE Les Mills, and I LOVE E&E!!!

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Thinking about upping the ante for the upcoming Les Mills Challenge Group* I am starting on April 7th….

I messed up my timing on my order, and ended up with too much E&E, which is the BEST all natural Pre-Workout Drink I have ever used. All natural, and NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS OR DYES!

AAAAAACCCKKK!!! That drives me crazy! WHY does everyone want to put sucralose and Red Dyes in EVERYTHING! Both are SO BAD for you!!!
OK…down off my soap box and back to the task at hand! 

If I fill this Challenge Group with a minimum of 5 people by Sunday 3/16/14 at Midnight CDT, I am going to give away a 25 Serving Tub(a $29.96 Value) of E&E to one of the participants! You can get COMBAT or PUMP! Your choice! But you have to act NOW!  Click the pictures to learn more about the corresponding program.

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So help me fill it up! Commit to the Challenge yourself, and then SHARE the post! GOTTA GET TO 5 BY SUNDAY! Let’s push!!!!

So, if you are on the fence, now is the time. You will get a Free Shaker Cup just for ordering, and if the group fills up, you have a chance to win the E&E!

I LOVE this stuff!

*Details of the April 7th Les Mills Challenge Group:


Commit to doing the Les Mills Program of your choice for 60 days(the last 30 of the PUMP program, you will still have MY support, and by then have made friends in the group and be in my special Les Mills Crew Support Group on Facebook).

Commit to drinking 1 serving of Shakeology EVERY day for the FULL 60 DAYS!!!  This will mean you will be buying a second bag for your second month.  But by then, I just KNOW you will be seeing the benefits and not want to give it up!

Commit to being part of the Facebook Challenge Group and checking in at least 3x’s a week.  The more you reach out and give and receive support, the greater your chance of success!

Submit Before and After Pics and measurements!  You CAN do this privately to just me, but I encourage you to share them with everyone.


Daily support and encouragement through the PRIVATE Facebook Group.

Be here to help you with any questions you may have.

I will commit to helping you as much as YOU commit to helping YOU!  Give it 100%, and I will be there by your side the whole 60 days pushing and encouraging you to do YOUR BEST!

!!!!!!Time to MAKE today the FIRST day of the BEST days of your life!!!!!

REST?!?! What’s That?

So how many of you knew EXACTLY what that title meant when you laid eyes on it?   I know some of my running friends are ACUTELY AWARE of what going TOO HARD,  means!  How many of you are guilty of pushing and pushing yourselves until you have NOTHING left to give?  I have been on that ledge MANY times, but I think I was sufficiently HURLED over the edge this week.

My Dad has not been doing well, and Saturday, we almost lost him.  But he is improving and even got to go back to his nursing home last night from the hospital.  Prior to then, I had been “burning the candle at both ends” so to speak for awhile, and not getting proper rest.  I would try to take rest days, but I would just get stressed out and end up doing what I would call “active rest”, but really, I was just pushing myself too hard.  Depending on your way of thinking, either there IS or there ISN’T such a thing as over-training(And to be honest, I do NOT feel that is what was going on with me at all).  But I DO, 100%, fully believe that there is a such thing as UNDER RESTING!  And that is where I have been falling in lately.

Stressing constantly about if I am doing all I can to help all the people who are out there and need or want my help on their fitness journey.  Stressing about making enough money.  Stressing about job security.  Stressing about my Dad.  Stressing about not getting enough rest.  Stressing about the holidays QUICKLY approaching.  I mean….You do realize that Thanksgiving is in 2 DAYS?!?!?  RIGHT?!?!?

But when I could take no more, and I felt the panic attack coming on…You know the ones?  Tightness in the chest.  Can’t breathe.  Head spinning out of control.  Emotions on the scariest roller coaster EVER.  I knew that I had to just take a minute and breath.   And at that moment I took a look at my picture from Saturday with the Girl Scout Daisies, and just HAD to smile and literally LOL!  Because if you can look at that without doing a full belly-laugh, something just isn’t right?

Need a little more help with your smile?

PICTURE THIS -I got the call while I was still in town that my Dad was being rushed to the ER Saturday.  YUP!  I was still dressed like this when I entered the Blessing Hospital Emergency Room!  Talk about some looks!  But maybe I brightened that sick little girl’s day who was waiting to be seen just a little. 🙂  That makes it ALL worth it!

fit to be a princessMy plan is to MAKE time to rest on Thanksgiving one way or another! 🙂  I am even skipping the YMCA Turkey Trot this year 😦  But sometimes you have to do what is right for you over what you really WANT to do.  And for me.  For now.  It is REST!

So make sure you take your rest days.  Better a day off here and there than a week, a month, a year…off later because you get burned out and injured.


What Inspires You?

Two years ago in October, my friend, Charlie, basically dragged me kicking and screaming to my first FIT class at Legacy Martial Arts!  I had lost 125# with the support of a few online friends and a lot of hard work all on my own.  I never had a trainer.  I never followed a specific “diet”, I just slowly stopped eating “junk” and started eating clean and healthy at least 80% of the time.   And I had NEVER been to a group fitness class.  In the beginning, I walked and did Tony Horton’s 10-Minute Trainer.  Then I added some Biggest Loser DVD’s and Jillian Michaels’ workout DVD’s, until I finally got up the guts to join a gym.  After that, I became a gym rat and did cardio and lifted weights 6 days a week.  

But Charlie knew how much I had come to love fitness, and was convinced that Mr Bentley’s FIT class at Legacy would be something I would enjoy.  The rest as they say is history! 🙂  Now, not only do I go to Legacy 3 times a week, I have taken MMA classes, BJJ classes, I am the Zumba instructor, teach a 20-minute Tabata-style class once a week, and have even filled in and taught FIT several times.  They Legacy Family has become my Fitness Family, and I have met some of the best friends I have ever had there.  Choosing to allow health and fitness into my life, has not only gotten me in the best shape I could ever be in, but I have grown so much as a person.

That brings me to why I am writing this post.  Last year was my second year doing the Biggest Loser Challenge with Legacy Martial Arts, in which Mr Bentley offers FREE FIT classes to anyone who wants to participate.   It started out STRONG, but by the end we had less than half of what we started with.  Which is unfortunately pretty typical.  The odds of finishing a fitness goal, especially without support, are NOT good.  And I am not saying that there is not support at Legacy, but you have to be willing to give and receive.  Sometimes even go the extra mile.  This year, I am the Zumba instructor and just like in years past, my classes are also FREE during this challenge.  I have tried to tell people about my website and Facebook pages, because even if they do not want a Beachbody program or Shakeology right now, One, that doesn’t mean they never will, and TWO, Maybe, just maybe I will someday post that one thing that makes “it” click for them!

This year’s Challenge Group, so far has been SO INSPIRING!  I am enjoying it SO much.  Every class has gotten BIGGER!  And each week there is more and more inspiration in the building!  THAT is what inspires me!  Watching people take steps to improving their health.


It is time to STOP HIDING!  Find YOUR light and get out there and SHINE!!!

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