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.



12 Week Challenge Progress Report

Hello Blog World!

I have been a lazy blogger lately.  Actually, that isn’t exactly true.  I have been a bit down.  Sunday Jan 20th, I had a molar break on me.  Well, since I had already been battling the one above it breaking off…oh…about a year ago, and was sure it was holding infection, I decided to put on my “Big Girl Panties” and go to the dentist.  I was right!  They pulled the infected one to release the pocket of infection, but then I had to wait for the newly broken one to be fixed.  Dentist did an AWESOME job on all of it, but in between, I was in some SERIOUS pain.  All MY fault I realize.  No longer will I neglect my oral health!  It may be expensive since I don’t have insurance, but neglecting your teeth(especially when you KNOW an infection is involved) is as bad as neglecting the rest of your health.

SO…what did all of this mean for my 12 Week Challenge?  UM…NO workouts from Tuesday thru Saturday last week due to the infection and open wound in my mouth.  Sunday and Monday I was in a TON of pain, so got nothing done.  Monday, they fixed the broken tooth so I could start to recover.  YYAAYY!!!  On Tuesday, I returned to Legacy Martial Arts!  I was just hoping to be able to finish both FIT and Zumba classes, but I KILLED them!  I was SO exhausted, but it felt wonderful!  Last night, I returned to MMA class.  Learning SO much there pretty fast.  I hope I can keep up!  Missing 2 classes made me feel a bit behind last night, but we rolled after class, and I felt pretty good about it.  I still feel like I need a LOT of instruction, but I have an AWESOME instructor in Mr Bentley, and all of the other students who have been in the classes longer, and even the fighters, are so willing to help me learn.

The meds I am on, plus just being down, has made me really bloat up, so I am not weighing in this week, and possibly not next.  I will get back in my routine, start eating normal again(been mostly liquid diet, so LOTS of smoothies which is also probably a bit too much dairy for me:P), and HOPEFULLY start sleeping through the night!  I am telling you, this pain has ranked right up there with my post-op pain after my spinal fusion!!!

OH…I can’t forget to tell you all my other news!!!!  I am trying something else new this weekend!  I am starting Jiu Jitsu!  We are having a seminar at Legacy Martial Arts with Mr Bentley’s instructor!  I am so excited!  I even got a Gi, and pictures will be up soon!  Mr B. presented it to me in front of my FIT class Tuesday night.  I am so blessed to have found my fitness family that supports me the way they do.  If you haven’t found your “place” in the fitness world yet, please don’t give up.  There is something out there for everyone!  Maybe the solitude of running.  Maybe group classes.  Maybe being in a gym.  Maybe at home DVD workouts.  Whatever it is, you will find your fit.  Just NEVER give up!  Maybe the motivation and inspiration of my Facebook page could help.  Stop by and see what motivation and inspiration I might come up with:)

You can find me there EVERY day!


Until Next Time….Make it GREAT!!!