From Zumba to Beachbody to Bullying…October is BOOMING!!!

Howdy Ya’All!!!

WOW!  October is shaping up to be a CRAZY busy month!

Starting off with Beachbody putting both the P90X AND P90X2 Combo Packs on sale for the month at $180!  This is a HOT deal!  That is $90 off!!!

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That is like getting P90X or P90X2 for only $50 with the purchase of Shakeology HD!  Plus you get 30 days to try out the Team Beachbody Club membership. PLUS you get me as your coach!  And if you knew what an AWESOME Team of Coaches I belong to and am learning from, you would know JUST how HUGE that is alone!  And I will hook you up with other people doing the P90X programs to help support you, keep you accountable, and cheer you on to success!!!

WHEW!  Sorry, but that sale really has me a bit excited! LOL!  Back to the REST of October.

Starting next Monday, October 14th, through Friday October 18th, I am doing a 5-Day FREE Nutrition Challenge!  I will provide the plan, you just follow it for 5 DAYS!!!  No CRAZY 500 calorie plans, NO CRAZY cleanse or detox, you will EAT!   You will just be eating good foods, clean foods, the RIGHT foods, for 5 DAYS!   I know you will be feeling so AWESOME afterwards, that this is going to Jump Start many of you to the next level on your journey!  Go to my Facebook page Body By Brenda and message me to be added to the PRIVATE Facebook group where everything will take place.


We all know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I have a TON on that, but first, did you also know it is Bullying Prevention Month?  Being in the Martial Arts world, I have gotten to meet SO MANY awesome people who fight bullying every day.  They teach confidence to the bullied and respect to the bully!   Not so they FIGHT, but that they have the confidence and respect in themselves and others to never HAVE to fight.  I had this on my FB page yesterday~

Now back to Breast Cancer Awareness….

As you all know, I am a Zumba instructor, and I teach at one of my favorite places in the world, Legacy Martial Arts, in Quincy, IL.  Every year Mr Robert Bentley does an AMAZING fundraiser called Breaking Boards For A Cure.  This year, it is on October 26th.  Starting at 9AM, we will be doing yoga with our AMAZING Breat Cancer Survivor yoga instructor, Mahala.   After that, the Zumba Party In Pink starts at 10AM.  We only have about 1/2 hour, but I would LOVE to pack the mats with people who just want to help us raise money for Breast Cancer Research and have some FUN!!!  You do NOT have to be a professional dancer to Zumba!  It is supposed to be FUN!!!  It is all donation only.  And remember, I have the bracelets for sale still…$1 each!

I can only ship if you pay S&H, but e-mail me at if you are interested.

SO…My little life is getting a little bit fun and exciting right?  Well, it gets better! Yesterday, I was asked to do 2 HOURS of Zumba at the local Girl Scouts Overnight Lock-In!!!  I am SO STINKING EXCITED!!!!  748 girls!  WWWHOOO HOOO!!!!!  OK…it is from 10:30 PM -12:30 AM, but I can handle it.  RIGHT?  LOL!

AND we are going to an AWESOME bonfire and hay rack ride party this month with great friends.  AND my husband’s Birthday is this month. (I LOVE his birthday, because then we are the same age for the next 6 months, so he stops calling me an OLD LADY!  LOL!)

AND THEN…HALLOWEEN!!!  OK…I was a fat kid!  Halloween was like the GREATEST day of the year!  Some things have stuck! 🙂  I still LOVE scary movies, I still LOVE seeing people dressed up in AWESOME costumes, and I still LOVE the excitement and anticipation that you see in each kid as they ring that bell, hold out their treat bag and say “Trick-or-Treat!”

And I can’t close this without mentioning the fact of the beautiful weather and the beautiful changing leaves.  Even my short 20 minute drive along the interstate on my way home has some pretty spots.  I also love running(or in this year’s case, jogging/walking) around my little rural area.

And just in case you don’t follow me on Facebook and missed it, a friend of mine had some T-shirts made for me with my logo on them.  There seems to be some interest in my making some available for sale, so I will also be looking into that! 🙂

Now, get out there and MAKE today GREAT!!!

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!!!

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 (, 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! 🙂  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.



They Come! They Grow! They Go!

I know many of you who are parents are probably thinking I am speaking of children.  Quite the opposite actually.  This is about a couple of the leaders in my life.  I spoke of something similar to this on Facebook just this past weekend.  A good leader does not have forever followers, they constantly have a new group of fellow leaders that they have taught very well.  This is a story of such a person.

As I write this blog, I have both a smile on my face, and a tear  in my eye.  You see,  by week’s end, Mr Dominique Jackson, who I have spoke of on a regular basis in this blog for about the last 8 months, is no longer going to be assisting Mr Robert Bentley at Legacy Martial Arts.  He is leaving Legacy AND Quincy, IL, and although I am VERY sad to see him leave, but he is leaving us to start a new journey.  The people of Oklahoma City, OK are blessed to be getting the newest ATA TKD and Fitness school owner!  I am beyond happy for him, as this is what he is meant to do.

As an instructor, he always demands each person give their personal best!  He would never let you cheat yourself.  In fact, he has a way of making you WANT to be your very best!  His Rulership Movement motto is as follows:

The Rulership Movement is about the progression of perfection. The drive for excellence and the determination to reach past your goals. The movement is comprised of the elite, whom from the moment they wake, dedicate themselves to the perfection of whatever they do. Excellence is the goal, dedication and tireless work is the key. Set the pace. Lead the pack!


I mean, how could I NOT miss a guy who would HELP me kick him in the face to get a great photo op???  LOL!

Of course, product placement was pretty high on his agenda too!  *giggle*

I just wanted to pay tribute to a great instructor, a trusted leader, and wonderful friend!  I will miss him, but I wish him all the best things that God has in store for him now and forever in his future.

Good Luck to you, Sir!  I am blessed to call you friend!

Catching up!

What a whirlwind the last week or so has been.  Mostly good, but unfortunately some bad.

Classes and the BL Challenge at Legacy Martial Arts is going AWESOME!!!  I wish there were more people in not only the martial arts/health/fitness world like Mr Robert Bentley, but in the world in general.  May people are taking advantage of it(the place has been packed for every class all week:), but there are still people in this community that don’t realize exactly what he is trying to give them.  7 weeks of FREE fitness classes that are filled with inspiration and motivation.   Plus the nutrition and other tips that are being given out.  It is such a wonderful thing to be a part of, and I feel blessed.

Me and my personal progress?  UH…not sure exactly what happened(I am guessing it has to do with my body finally working with the GF diet and ridding itself of a lot of inflammation), but I lost nearly 6# last week.  I do NOT expect that again this week,  but I feel good to be back to a number that I am more comfortable with.  I KNOW!  I KNOW!!!  I tell you all to not worry about the number on the scale, and then I still let it freak me out!  I work on this mind game all the time.  It was a deeply seeded in my mind when I was VERY young.  Actually by my childhood pediatrician/neighbor.  That number HAD to be under a certain number and ANY belly fat was BAD!  And he made sure I knew that I had WAY TOO MUCH of it!  Even today, I could be thin everywhere else, but as long as I still have a little belly bulge, I fear that in my mind, I will always still think of myself as that fat little girl who hated to go to the doctor.  I will always be a work in progress:)

OH!  And also on the Gluten Free subject…I personally have thought that my complexion was getting better.  No cysts and some of the blotchy-ness is clearing up, but today, my sister-in-law made an out of the blue comment about how much more clear my skin looks.  That made me feel fantastic:)

Over the weekend, my nephew married a wonderful girl in a spectacular, beautiful wedding and then we celebrated all evening and if you have never met me…I LOVE to dance!  It makes me happy!  So after about 2.5 hours of dancing, I was one happy girl!  And the biggest and best wishes go out to my wonderful nephew and his equally wonderful new bride:)  Love them two!

I also ran a 5k Saturday morning.  Not a bad time for me, about 32 minutes.  Great course, just a bit windy, but the perfect temp.  Then I went straight to Legacy for FIT class.  So as you can see, Saturday was pretty busy, which left Sunday to do ALL of my weekend stuff in one day.   Which, did not work out great for me since I was starting to feel a little blah already by the afternoon, which then went into full blown not feeling well around 3AM Monday:P  I even stayed home from work yesterday.  I also was without internet from Saturday afternoon through Monday afternoon.  Talk about feeling cut off from the world!  I missed you all!  Back today, but a little sluggish still, and hoping that my effort at class tonight will even look CLOSE to what I am used to putting out.

I also wanted to tell you all, that since I have been asked MANY times WHAT exactly I eat, that I am working on something.  Although I will not post an actual “diet”, because I believe there is no “one-size-fits all” diet, I am working on a Foods List that shows the foods that I try to have in my diet (except that I am now gluten free, and this list will not reflect that).  I will hopefully have it organized and finished by next week.

Until next time….Eat Healthy!  Train Hard!  Put one foot in front of the other!  AND  Make Each Day GREAT!

A little inspiration from the one of my favorite IFBB Pros, Nicole Wilkins!