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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1/3 of the Way to Your 2014 Goals?

It’s May already!!!

How did that happen?¬†¬† 2014 is 1/3 of the way gone!¬† Are you 1/3 of the way to your 2014 goals?¬† I’M NOT!¬† Nowhere close!¬† I just tell people that I am “Under Construction”!

work in progress

I have been “dabbling” too much over the last year or so, and not staying committed to ONE THING!¬† So, for the next 6 weeks, besides the obvious addition of my FIT and Zumba classes, I am 100% dedicated to Les Mills COMBAT only!¬† The plan is to be smokin’ HOT by the Beachbody Coach Summit in Vegas in mid-June, so it is time to GET SERIOUS and do what I know works for me, and stop experimenting.

Speaking of Beachbody Coaching….

I will be helping with a Coach Training group starting May 19th!

If you have ever thought about taking advantage of the opportunity to help others WHILE getting in great shape AND make as much money as you are willing to put in the work to achieve, this would be a great time to sign up!  AND, to help you get started, the TurboFire Challenge Pack by Chalene Johnson is on sale this month for an additional $40 OFF the already discounted package price!  That is like buying Shakeology and getting the entire TurboFire System for $10!!!

I would love to have you join our team!  If you are interested, email me directly at bodybybrenda@hotmail.com

Let’s get out there and be our most awesome selves today!¬† Be worthy of your crown! ūüôā

dentist crown

Huh? The Rambling Thoughts that Come AFTER a Migraine

Today I come to you with EVERYTHING and yet NOTHING in my head.

I have not been writing much, because after my wonderful success with 21 Day Fix, LIFE got me! ¬†I once again started “stress snacking”. ¬†I am doing a very well thought out schedule(so as to never be doing TOO MUCH, but still having the variety) hybrid workout of Body Beast workouts for lifting, Les Mills COMBAT, and then working in my Zumba classes and of course, the FIT classes twice a week at Legacy Martial Arts! ¬†So with all of that and working my J.O.B., and Beachbody Coaching, AND then the stress that comes with being the POA of an aging parent who can no longer do anything for himself and having NO CLUE yourself what you are doing, I have fallen into some “comfort food” eating patterns. ¬†I haven’t even been keeping up with my personal journal, and that is usually a BAD sign for me.

After the last 3 days of suffering with the first migraine I have had in 4 years, I realized something needed to change.

I HAVE to work.

I LOVE ZUMBA and working out.  In fact I NEED the workouts to keep me not only healthy physically, but mentally!

Beachbody is MY passion.  It is my way to help others achieve their best selves.

And the stuff with my Dad?  Well, it has to be done.

And I still need time to be a wife and a mom to my furkids!

And don’t forget REST and PLAY! ¬†They ARE important! ¬†– here I go off on a thought….I am reminded of Brene Brown saying in her book, “The Gifts Of Imperfections”, that it is those who PLAY who live life Whole Heartedly! ¬†I want to live my life with my WHOLE heart. ¬†I want to love what I do to the point that it no longer feels like work. ¬†I used to WISH for a life like that. ¬†Well, you see where wishing has gotten me! ¬†Now, I am working on MAKING it happen! ¬†It took WORK to lose 125#! ¬†It took WORK to gain 15# of muscle! ¬†It takes WORK to keep¬†a marriage¬†together through all the changes we have been through over the past 11 years! ¬†But I have done ALL of that!

So what does that mean for me¬†NOW? ¬† Because obviously some things AREN’T working!

NOW, I need to WORK on balance and organizing so I can LIVE MY LIFE of passion!

NOW, I need to find others to join me in my quest to help others live THEIR BEST LIVES!

NOW, I have to learn to delegate some of the things that stress me out! ¬†Tomorrow will be the LAST day that I will be doing certain¬†things “on my own!” ¬†I will learn to ask for help! ¬†I will learn to delegate! ¬†I will MAKE the time for the things that will MAKE my life GREAT!

So, as you see, I am all over the map today.  My head has been in such a fog the last few days with this migraine, that as the fog is clearing, many things are becoming clearer.  Just 24 hours ago, you have no idea how frustrated I was.  Just HOW CLOSE I was to quitting on my dreams.  Things were stacking up against me.  In one week, my business went from closing in on a mile stone to sinking like a rock, to now looking hopeful and flourishing again.  In another situation, I felt like things were being hidden from me and/or done behind my back.  And NOT in my best interest!  But you know what???  Stuff happens!  We just have to remember that EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT, NEED, AND HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR may be just around the next corner.



Maybe this migraine was Gods way of giving my head a reboot. ¬†I’ll take it! ¬†MY miracle is on its way! ūüôā


Time to MAKE today GREAT!!!


February 7th ALREADY?!?!?

kind of a big deal


Have you missed me? ¬†2014 started off a little “blah”. ¬† Well, that’s not really accurate. ¬†It started off fantastic! ¬†But I was BUSY! ¬†Then, I got sick. ¬†And I mean SICK! ¬†I had the flu AND Walking Pneumonia! ¬†I, sit down if you are not, I did not work out for 2 weeks! ¬†I tried to do my Zumba class twice, but it did not go well, and I should NOT have been there! ūüė¶ ¬†But this past week, I have FINALLY been getting back to normal and I even got to go to FIT and lead a Zumba class last night at Legacy Martial Arts!

I have more to share with you about weekend before I got sick, but I will make a separate post about that later.

This post is really about my drive to work this morning.  I was listening to my personal development like I do every day on my work.  Today happened to be Tony Robbins, and something he said hit me!  I had kind of an epiphany of sorts.

Do you know that I still get REALLY down on myself? ¬†I have been continuing to let the negativity from my past dictate my future. ¬†At times I am REALLY horrible to myself. ¬†I sometimes refer to myself as mean things like, stupid, fat, lazy, and worthless. ¬†I think all of my efforts are for nothing, because how could anyone ever be motivated by me? ¬†Why would anyone ever want to “follow” me? ¬†I am NOTHING special!

But you know what?


I have a passion for health and fitness that I NEED to share!  I OWE it to myself, but moreover, I owe it to anyone who will listen and who wants to join me in my quest to live a healthy lifestyle.  I feel that my passion IS my purpose in life!  If that is why I am here, it is probably time I honor it!

My gift from God is what I am.
My gift to God is what I become!

Why should I not become something GREAT?!? ¬†Don’t we all kind of owe it to Him to do the greatest things we can with what we have been given?

Do you realize that I have lost and kept off over 100#?!? ¬†I don’t often give myself much credit for it, but that is actually something pretty spectacular! ¬†And I did it in a safe and healthy way that is worth sharing with others!

Why wouldn’t people want to do what I do?

I really have nothing special about me that made it easy or more doable for me. I was a 37 year old, disabled, smoking, drunk, who had never been a normal weight for more than a year of her entire adult life. Heck, for that matter, my WHOLE life! I was a FAT baby, a chunky kid, an overweight teen, then I yo-yo’d for a few years until I blew out my back, and ended up disabled, depressed, and completely sedentary which lead me to a self-loathing, miserable middle aged woman! Ok, maybe 37 isn’t really middle aged for most, but at the rate I was living my life, do you REALLY think I was going to see the ripe old age of 80??? I don’t think so!

When I first started my journey, I started with Tony Horton’s 10-Minute Trainer, so it is kind of ironic that I have now come full circle, and am now a Beachbody Coach. ¬†And I can’t think of a better way to share my passion with the world that through helping them find the correct Beachbody program. ¬†And of course, I honestly believe after seeing the wonderful things it has done for my and my husband’s health, I think EVERYONE should be on Shakeology! ūüôā

So, when You are ready, I am here and ready to help you on your way by sharing my passion with you!  And maybe one day, you  would even like to join my team and help me, help others!

I look forward to your message! ¬†You know where to find me! ūüôā

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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! ūüôā ¬†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!!!

stand out


The people I have met on my journey to a healthier me has been one of the biggest blessings I could have ever asked for! ¬†My Foxy Ladies that I met on BLC and still talk to some daily, the friends I made in the few short months that I was on Jillian Michael’s site and still talk to at least once a week, the great people that I met in the run club, the wonderful Fitness Family I have become a part of at Legacy Martial Arts and the whole martial arts world through KickPics, fabulously fun Zumba Friends, the people I am meeting and even old friends I am getting reacquainted with through my Body By Brenda blog, Facebook page, Twitter, and other social media, and now my new Beachbody Family! ¬†ALL of them are special to me and have such a special place in my heart. ¬†Each of them brought me a little further out of my shell, and have helped me grow in ways I never thought were possible for me.

I am now on the edge of a cliff.  The hang glider is attached to my back, and I am ready for the ride of my life.  I just have to get the gumption up to JUMP!  Have faith in myself and faith in God that I have the courage and self-confidence to be the inspiration, the helping hand, the motivator, the coach, the friend, the whatever it is that I need to be to help the most people in this world find their way to health and fitness.  It is a passion that grows inside me more each day.

I have gotten so many sincere, heart-felt encouraging words from so many people the last few months, as I struggle to get past this injury-fest that my body seems to be on. ¬† My confidence is building even as I struggle. ¬†I am working to be the best I can be! ¬†I have been “on track” for 3 days now, and I am feeling AWESOME! ¬†Not that the pain is all gone, but in my heart, I feel that my goals are NOT out of reach, in fact, they are MY PURPOSE!

So today is a beautiful, sunny, HOT day here in the Midwest, and I could not feel happier, more content, or more confident in ME than I do right now! ¬†I pray that it lasts, but I know it is going to take MY hard work along with God’s blessings to get the job done! ¬†If you are not following me on Facebook yet, please go to Body By Brenda¬†to follow along with the 30-Days To a More Confident You! Challenge that I am putting myself through. ¬†I challenge you to come along on this journey with me. ¬†I am only on day 3, and the posts are all there for you to reflect back to.

This kind of fit in with today’s Challenge post.

happy lifeI know with my recent struggles, some people were even worried that I may be giving up on my dreams and goals all together. ¬†No worries there! ¬†I KNOW I can get where I want to be. ¬†I am just more of a “toe dipper” than a “jump in all at once” type of person! ¬†It doesn’t really matter HOW you get there, but GET IN THE WATER!!!


MAKE today GREAT!!!

Maintenance Confessional Time!

I am here!  I have not disappeared into the night!  LOL!

I know I should talk about it more, because it may help some of you to know that even though I have been successful in weight loss, I do still have times of struggle. ¬†And 2013 so far has been one HUGE struggle after another for me. ¬†Started it with an infected tooth, then got sick. ¬†Finally started to feel better and was trying to get back training for my half marathon in April, but I was dealing with a bit of depression. ¬†I just wasn’t sure WHAT exactly I wanted to do with my life right now. ¬†I had BIG dreams of making “Body By BrendaT” into an online coaching business, but I had started to doubt myself and gave it up.

Then, when I did run that Half Marathon in April, I ended up injured, and ever since has been one disaster after another. ¬†In the mean time though, I had joined Beachbody as a coach, and although I struggle finding my “niche” there, I have been introduced to some AWESOME people, and have found more personal development support through my team of coaches than I ever thought possible. ¬†My personal coach is Jeremy Krakowski, who is Sandi Krakowski’s son. ¬†And if you are a woman in business(a man too for that matter) and don’t know about the Krakowski’s and their business A Real Change (www.arealchange.com), PLEASE do yourself a favor and check them out and follow Sandi¬†on Facebook! ¬†She is AMAZING!

Anyway, back to Jeremy. ¬†He is a very inspiring young man who has really turned his life around in the last year or so, and is just absolutely flourishing. ¬†In both business AND his personal life! ¬†Yet even as I have watched him doing all of this, I could not get myself back in MY “groove”.

The injuries were stacking up and getting me down!  And even though I tried to work around my injuries and get in my workouts, I was turning to my old friend for comfort.  FOOD!  3 weeks ago, I weighed in at the heaviest I have weighed in about 3.5 years.  I knew it was getting bad, because my clothes were getting really tight, but the scale actually read 176#!  I was MORTIFIED!!!  I had gained 15# since the beginning of the year.  I knew I had to do something, so I decided to go back and start working on MY dream.  I decided to start a 12-week challenge on Facebook for summer, to test my workouts and my coaching style on others and see if it helped them as much as it helped me.   We are only on day 5, but so far it is going pretty well.  Lots of engaged people and I am loving their feedback and watching them support each other on the Private Facebook Group.

So, I have buckled down, and decided it is time to take my life back and NOT let the old me take over completely!  I am back to eating about 90% clean, and working out WITH my Challenge participants, plus taking FIT classes at Legacy Martial Arts, and teaching Zumba there 2 nights a week.  And this morning, I was back down to 167#(which is the top of the range where I have hovered for the last 3 years), and starting to feel better about myself.

BUT…I also got some AWESOME yet SCARY news this week. ¬†Those of you who follow me on Facebook, know how much I adore my buddy Stace Sanchez, who is the owner/photographer for KickPics Professional Martial Arts Photography whom I met last year through my instructor My Robert Bentley at Legacy Martial Arts…well….I found out he is coming to town a full month earlier than I thought he was this summer and will be here July 29th! ¬†I am SO excited to see him and have him take pics again, but I want to be “ready” for him! ¬†So I have a LOT of work to do over the next 6 weeks.

So, I plan to take some selfies again this weekend, and then I will show you what I plan to be an AWESOME transformation in just 6 weeks! ¬†They say muscle has memory, and I am counting on it! ūüôā ¬†LOL! ¬†I know I can’t get to where I had wanted to be in that amount of time, but with some hard work, I know I can be better in six weeks than I am today! ¬†And by the end of the B3T 12-week Summer Challenge, I will be even closer! ¬† I am back to enjoying the journey, not just racing to the destination!

I am so blessed to have so many people believe in me even when I struggle to believe in myself.  And I am more than happy to be that for anyone else who needs a cheerleader in their life who KNOWS it is possible and will help in any way I can.  I post daily on Facebook at Body By Brenda.  Please come join me for some inspiration, motivation, and encouragement.

Don’t wait for the timing to be perfect, because it will never happen.


This is one of my favorites of the pics Stace of me last year.



The beginning of my Jiu-Jitsu life

I am going to tell you that I still can not believe how much I enjoyed myself today! I think I LOVE Jiu Jitsu!

In all honesty….Even just 6 months ago, I wanted NOTHING to do with this part of Legacy Martial Arts.
FIT, Zumba, the family and friends that I have made there. Getting to watch the talent that many of the TKD, BJJ, and MMA student posses is AWESOME!!!
But to be part of that???
There is my back issues for starters. Then there is the weight issue. Yes, I KNOW for a fact that I am not 275# anymore, the thought of rolling on the floor with anyone really made me uncomfortable. And even today, I still fear crushing people and I catch myself holding back for that reason. That is a head game that I am playing with myself that I have to work past. I will either work past it or I will be tapping out all the time from leaving myself WIDE open! LOL!

So I want to thank Mr Robert Bentley for hosting this seminar today and Mr Ray Casias for coming and sharing his love of Jiu Jitsu with us. We are blessed to be associated with you.

And now, since the preliminaries for tonight’s UFC fights are already starting, I have to shower and find a bit of energy to go to a UFC party!

Have a GREAT night! And remember what I always say…Taking the first step may be the hardest, but you will never achieve ANYTHING if you don’t take it! Be YOUR best!!!2-1-13 006

‘Tis the season!

It’s been a while! ¬†Been a bit busy trying to fit Christmas planning and preparations in with everything else that is going on. ¬†WHEW! ¬†I am NOT getting proper sleep, which probably why I feel a cold coming on and I have a POUNDING headache as I type this. ¬†BUT….I needed to get in here to stay accountable. ¬†Speaking of…….

Confession time. ¬†I did not do so well last week on my gluten free diet. ¬†Which, in turn, resulted in some horrible cystic acne on my face and shoulders. ¬†I also started holding fluid again. ¬†I have only lost 2# of the 7# I gained from it so far. ¬†Hoping that it comes back off before the end of the BL Challenge at Legacy. ¬†maybe I should follow Mr Bentley’s lead and try a weight cut over the next week and a half. ¬† My diet is going to have to be spot on though, because I am going to have to cut back on a few workouts over the next week. ¬†I hate that, but I am already not getting enough sleep, and I can’t afford to be sick right now.

Why is it sometimes so hard to do what you know is best for you? ¬†We all have slip ups. ¬†But the only time you FAIL is when you quit trying. ¬†I wasn’t going to mention this, because I am a bit ashamed of myself for making such bad choices, but I figured I should share it so that you all can see that just because I have had success with weight loss, at times I do still struggle. ¬†I have to make a conscious choice EVERY day to be healthy. ¬†Diets, 90-Day Challenges, and workout routines like “30-Days to Flat Abs”, only work short-term. ¬†UNLESS you learn to incorporate the healthy aspects of such plans in to your PERMANENT HEALTHY LIFESTYLE! ¬† This is the reason I have always allowed “earned meals” in my diet. ¬†It is not ¬†realistic to say I am NEVER going to eat junk food EVER again. ¬†Just hopefully not pizza! ¬†UNLESS it has a gluten free crust.

This time of year can make it tough to stick to a healthy lifestyle with all the parties and such. ¬†So if you are trying to lose weight, maybe for the next couple weeks, if you feel you are putting so much stress on yourself by working on losing maybe cut yourself a little slack, enjoy a few treats, and just try to focus on maintenance! ¬†Keep it in moderation! ¬†But remember…Life WILL happen! ¬†Eat SMART, but do not get to a place of deprivation, or you will just end up resenting the whole process and quitting may seem like an option. ¬†DON’T LET IT BE!

Stay strong!  It will be over before you know it!  Enjoy your time with family and friends!  Focus on the time together, NOT the food:)

As a Christian, Christmas is my favorite time of year!  So if you share my beliefs, Merry Christmas!  If not, however you celebrate, have a Happy Holiday Season!