February 7th ALREADY?!?!?

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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! 😦  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! 🙂

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! 🙂

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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 bodybybrenda@hotmail.com.  OR you can go straight to my site and check out the programs at www.beachbodycoach.com/bodybybrendat .

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

MAKE today GREAT!!!