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! 🙂


Time to MAKE today GREAT!!!


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!!!!!

5 YEARS!?!?!

WOW!  With all that has been going on this week, I almost missed my 5 Year Journey to Fitness Anniversary!

I can not believe it has been 5 years since I started my journey to get healthy.  But more than that, I can’t believe 5 years ago I weighed over 100# MORE than I do right now.  Over the past several months, I have had some trials and ERRORS, but all in all, I am STILL a success story!  I have kept off 100# for almost 4 years now.

I want to take this moment to thank EVERYONE who has supported me, believed in me, and helped me in any way to make my dream of living a healthy lifestyle my REALITY!  I may have done all the work, and put forth all the blood, sweat, and tears, but without you all, I may have given up on myself.  I never felt worthy of having wonderful things in my life.  So I would do anything I could to  make sure I didn’t!  The negativity I used to put into the world, came back on me continuously.  Sure, I had a wonderful husband and family who love me, but I had even pushed and the few friends that I did have away by choosing my negative addictive existence over them.  But along this journey, I have found my way back to enjoying company of people over a toxic lifestyle again.   I have made an effort to make friends who have the same interests as I do.  People who also want to be fit and healthy and live a FULL life.

I admit that am still a bit of homebody, which helps explain why Beachbody was such a great fit for me, but I also treasure my time with my friends and have found a true love in Group Training.  Whether it be teaching or taking Zumba and FIT classes at Legacy Martial Arts or doing the Body By Brenda Workouts in the park.  I love seeing people enjoy fitness and people believing in me enough to allow me to be able to be part of that.

Hard to believe that a person who consumed as much alcohol and Rx pain killers as I did to numb out my life would now be the one who not only celebrates each and every moment of life, but want to help others find their path and do the same.  Speaking of my old vices….it has also been almost 5 years since I had my last cigarette!   Remembering back to September thru December 2008, I was SO determined!  I had failed so many times.  Work hard for a week or so, and then BOOM!  There comes the weekend.  Or a holiday.  Or a party.  Always an excuse to eat bad foods and drink LOTS of alcohol.  Heck, back then, a Tuesday was a good enough reason for that! 😛  My how things have changed.

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Illness and injury have been a big part of this year so far, but I am working to get back on MY schedule.  The one that just “works” for me.  And then I have some new goals in mind.  But first, I am aiming to get back to the girl in this 3rd pic.  I have put on about 18#, and look more like the 2nd one now, but I will NEVER sell myself short!  I know I can do it!  I HAVE DONE IT!  I REFUSE TO GIVE UP!!!

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Who’s with me???  Who is NOT willing to put off their BEST SELF any longer?  Who does NOT want to wait until January 1st?  I am starting a new Beachbody ANY PROGRAM Challenge on September 30th.  You must be willing to invest in yourself and commit to the program and group.  One meal or snack replacement each day with Shakeology, and Push Play on your Beachbody program of choice for the duration which it is designed, whether it is one you already own or a Challenge Pack that you buy today.  Contact me on my Facebook Body By Brenda or email me at  OR you can go straight to my site and check out the programs at .

You don’t need a New Year to resolve to make your life better.  You just need tomorrow.

MAKE today GREAT!!!