About Me

Hi! Welcome to Restart. I'm Brenda and I live in The South. I'm just a lady that loves her family and sharing my life.That life has made a major change after 29 years of being wife and Nana. Now I live for me. I have dreams that I had let die and today I must live them. God has blessed me with a second chance at life and I desire to live it to the fullest.I am into eating healthy,exercise,running,hiking and bike riding. If it means staying in shape and feeling good I am all for it ....other things I enjoy or cooking, decorating,thrifting,travel and walking where history took place.


Monday, April 29, 2013

Lets Take A Ride

Taking a water break
Along the Trace
The day I got my Bike
Do you just love my Bike? I do and Im so thankful to my daughter and her family for getting it for my birthday.
 So come take a ride with me and lets talk.
How many of you know that when we are small we have desires in our heart that God put there? So many times in life as things change we forget those. I remember as a small girl growing up in Cotton Valley Louisiana I used to love riding my bike. It seemed like Christmas was a time for a new one and I enjoyed it all year or until I out grew it. I would leave home some days and ride all the way up town and never think twice.
After my separation from my husband and I started to exercise for my health and sanity I thought about how much I loved to ride. I really wasn't thinking distance,but just the pleasure of the open area. I had talked to many and voiced how much I wanted to ride,but because of things from the divorce money just wasn't there. On April 2013 I got a big surprise when  April and Paul got my PINK bike for me.I felt just like a child again when I climbed on my bike and I couldn't wait to get it on "Longleaf Trace" 
Longleaf is an amazing trail that runs close to where I live. I am just getting started,but I see many miles ahead.
So go back and find the desires that you once had and never forget all things are possible if you believe.
The first time I rode after getting my bike

A stop along the Trace

Saturday, April 27, 2013

I earned a Road trip

Morning friends...just checking in today early before I hit the road. Yes "Road Trip" time. I really think I earned it ! I had a pretty good week but it could have always been better.I know it seems like I am to hard on myself sometimes,but someone has to keep me in check. I really wanted to do some bike riding this week but was waiting on my shorts to arrive. I will have no excuse this coming week because they came yesterday.
I just love them and can't wait to try them out,but for today I will not be feeling the Blues about what I didn't do or should have done....I'll be in Jackson listening to the Blues.
Enjoy your weekend

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A House Is Built One Brick At A Time

"A House Is Built One Brick At A Time"
Often, the goals we set for ourselves are daunting
How many times have we heard this said or used to teach? " 
One Brick At A Time"
 Today when I was headed home from the gym I opened my phone and I see this quote used and it started me to thinking. We can use this in many areas of our life,but for me it was about health and fitness.
I met with a trainer today just to go over some problem areas and talk. I so enjoyed it and it amazes me how anothers input can help us. I have been working out and eating good for most of three years and it has been a journey. As I sat and talked with the trainer he was happy with my determination and where I have come from and the things I have over come. See in my eyes I sat down with problems and looking at how far I have to go, but he on the other hand saw it the other way. After our talk I spent some time with him showing me what I needed for the areas and It went great. After reading that quote on the way home I was better able to understand. 
Take a look at a brick home and what is one of the first thinks we notice that makes it strong? The foundation right? Look at the time and effort that goes into making that foundation solid.You also have to make sure to use great products like metal rods and concrete.If it isn't poured right or the weather is wrong for the day it is poured more than likely you will end up with cracks.What do cracks cause...a bad structure and in the end damage causing the life of the home to be altered.
Our life is the same way..what goals have we set and what have we done to see that the foundation is solid? I started to see I have worked hard in preparing the foundation and with each step I have taken.Then with each task I concord and over came  I was adding bricks one at a time. This is when I started to see yes I may have some skin to tighten,some muscle to build and so on,but I have to see each thing as one brick at a time.
 No my house isn't complete and there is always room for upgrades, but as long as we are building it will come to completion.

The finished product is beautiful and well put together,
but it was built "One Brick At A Time"

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Lets Talk Fat Flush Water

If any of you follow me on Facebook you know I have been posting about the "Fat Flush" water. This recipe and others has been floating around the web for sometime. I just came across it last week and decided to check into it more. I did find out that .....Kim Lyons’ was on Dr. Oz  and is on YouTube making the water. It not only flushes out your system,but has other benefits.Fat Flush contains grapefruit that’s loaded with vitamin C to help your body turn fat into fuel. The tangerine increases your sensitivity to insulin, stabilizes blood sugar, and stimulates genes to burn fat. Cucumber helps you feel full and acts as a natural diuretic, which means less bloating and water retention. And lastly, it has peppermint, which is not only refreshing but also promotes better digestion and stomach calm.

Here is the recipe...I filled a glass jug and let it set over night. you need to drink an 8 oz glass before each meal,but better if you drink more. I will be drinking my whole pitcher through out the day.It is best to stay on this for ten days.

Fat Flush Water

Ingredients, per 1 pitcher
1 slice grapefruit
1 tangerine
½ cucumber, sliced
2 peppermint leaves

Combine ingredients in a large pitcher

Your body is your car

My Beautiful High Speed CAR
Good Tuesday morning..this is like Monday to me because I took a LONG weekend. I really missed everyone,but sometimes we just have to GO.
I woke up this morning with a text from my daughter (nothing like waking up to that) after my first cup of coffee we had time for a talk. We can always find time to talk about health and diet. The conversation led into eating certain foods,clean and fast food and so on. I guess with my gifting I have from God many times when I see things they are kind of in vision form. So this is what I started to see and share with her. YOUR body is your vehicle (CAR) it is all you have to get you where you need to go. Cars need certain fuel to run right,but we also have to keep up with the maintenance because without it they start to run rough. See I know in my mind I am a fine sports CAR and it takes a premium fuel to run it. I may pull up to the gas pump sometimes and see a cheaper fuel and even ONE that they have added stuff to and made it so anyone can buy it. It is totally up to me which fuel I pick,but when my car starts to run rough,not take the hills and spit and sputter because I picked to add the cheapest fuel to my car today it is MY fault. With cheap fuel comes other problems. Air filters don't last as long and get clogged,spark plugs,more wear on the engine.what does the cheap fuel do? Oh we may have saved at the moment,but months down the road we still have to pay for the damage it has done. So what type fuel are you picking? Has your car stopped running correct? There is some good news...you can do a good flush and overhaul and start new and add the better choice and keep up maintenance and be up and running before you know it.
This is a great FLUSH to get your engine started....

Thursday, April 18, 2013

If we are what we eat..what are you?

  1.                      If we are what we eat...this is ME

Fresh Tilapia,Quinoa,Broccoli with fresh salad
Healthy Pizza made with Joseph's bread,grilled onion,pepper and mushrooms
Fresh yard egg and spinach omelet with cottage cheese ,yogurt and strawberries

                                      I used to be this...

If you are what you eat what are you?

I just love this saying...I never really gave it much thought until I was faced years of weight gain and sickness.
I was raised in the "GOOD OLE SOUTH" and we do have some yummy food.and  I was also raised by one of the most amazing mom and cooks around. There was never a meal around our home that wasn't fresh and home cooked. Was it all healthy? Im sure it wasn't because my mom loved SUGAR and BUTTER and she taught me well.
 I truly don't think back in the day when we raised our meat and vegetables it was as bad as it is today.
Like the message above we have become a country that lives life in the fast lane and so we eat FAST food that is killing us. We go for the cheap food that is just that CHEAP and has no goodness in it. We are always looking for EASY so we get boxed food that you add water and it swells into food.The thing is all this food is FAKE. We are eating food that the government has allowed to be filled with chemicals, preservatives,fillers and more.
So I know some of you are asking what happened to change me?? First I will say off and on in my life I always desired the healthy way. There was a time that I ordered from the Coop and cooked that way,but without the support of others in the house it can be hard. When I woke up a single lady all alone except for the dog and cat (and they can't tell me what to do ) I decided I can cook and buy things I desire. Along about this time I started to get closer to God also and in my reading it all came together. What did God make for use to eat? If he made it then it was good.When did we start to see such an increase in sickness and early death? The answer came..When MAN started to mess with what God made.
Little by little I started to go back to the pure foods.Trying to keep things as fresh as I can. I still have along way to go and alot to learn,but today I am so much closer than I was. How has it helped? I feel SO much better,I am no where as sick as I was,I have more energy.I promise when you stop eating some of these things and one day decide to get a Big Mac and it makes you sick as a dog ...your body is talking to you.
 All we need to do is listen.I

Move that body....

Where it all started...Thank you ONE80
A year and a half into my journey
Good morning friends...Today I want to talk to you about something that has really changed my life and can change yours. I have titled it "Move that body" of course I am talking EXERCISE...this can come in many forms from a simple walk to extreme weight lifting.
I know this subject can be a touchy one for many..I have been on both ends of the spectrum believe me I know. A year before my husband left I was a WRECK...yes a mess. Within a few months of each other I had my right ankle crushed,a toe cut off on another foot,a wreck and bleed for 11 straight weeks and ended up having a hysterectomy.OH and I didn't mention I had already been diagnosed and was medication for Fibromyalgia. But that is a whole nother story.So anyway back to my story..all of these things put me in a wheel chair. I could not walk because each leg and foot had something wrong so what did I do "GOT FAT: oh I tried to get up and go,but with the pain and the extra weight I would wear out and did very little.
Okay fast forward some...March three years ago Im sitting here falling apart..my husband whom I have know most of my life has gone and my body is falling apart WHAT was I to do? I woke up early one day to see me doctor because I was sick from the break up of my marriage, I was taking medication just to be able to survive..I walk in and I am out of breath about to cry telling him how bad I hurt and feel. The next thing out of his mouth changed my life EXERCISE. WHAT.. doctor you must be crazy I can hardly stand mustless walk and exercise. I just love my doctor he was kinda like me he doesn't bullcrap you he tells you like it is. That day we talked about how this would help me and even lifting light weight would help my muscle pain. I had to decide something here and that was to "Move that body" or stay like I was. Oh believe me I had every excuse in the world of why I couldn't and shouldn't,but it was live or die and I wanted to live. I went down to our local gym and I did it!!! I joined the gym. I can't tell you how upset I was to see all the pretty fit ladies when I felt like a beat down cow BUT I did it and that was a start to a new me. Please understand to get something new you have to do something new...START. I tell people today even if it is a walk around the yard or if you are bound to a chair getting small hand weights to lift YOU can do it.I had to start somewhere and I promise it was slow!! Each time I built myself up more and more and even though It hurt it was a good hurt. I am happy to say today I work out at my gym...I run and walk...I even rode my bicycle 9 miles the first time I got on it. It all started from deciding to "Move that body"
                  Im including Walking Benefits page from Doctor Oz..I just love that man!!!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013



verb (used without object)
to begin or set out, as on a journey or activity.
to appear or come suddenly into action, life, view, etc.; rise or issue suddenly forth.
to spring, move, or dart suddenly from a position or place: The rabbit started from the bush.
to be among the entrants in a race or the initial participants in a game or contest.
to give a sudden, involuntary jerk, jump, or twitch, as from a shock of surprise, alarm, or pain: Thesudden clap of thunder caused everyone to start.
Good morning and welcome...for those of you that do not know me let me introduce myself. My name is Brenda .I am glad you dropped by because you are one of the first to get in on a journey and RESTART of my life.
When I looked at the meaning above the words that jumped out at me were SUDDEN..INVOLUNTARY..SHOCK..ALARM..PAIN
These are all words that I can understand way to well.Three years ago in March my life changed just that fast.Has it really been THREE years? Wow..it has.Three years since the love of my life decided to walk out the door and leave me after 25 years. Sometimes things that happen in life we can't control,but the thing we can control is the future and what happens next.This Blog is about just that..the journey and restart of my life.Will every day and every post be beautiful and give you a warm fuzzy felling? I doubt that because I am a very REAL woman and don't candy coat things.I tell it like it is and Im very open to share my heart.My goal is that something I share will touch others and give them hope because... WE will make it to the finish line.
Philippians 4:13
I can do all this through him who gives me strength