I LOVE MY LIFE!!!

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!!!

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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! 🙂  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.

MAKE today GREAT!

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

ME AT LEGACY