Week 1: Let the Journey Begin!

Allow me to introduce myself. Wait, that’s too formal already and I am definitely not formal. My name is Sarah Brodhead. I’m just another hard-working lady who loves summer, wine, shopping, a girlie movie you could watch at least a 100 times, oh and wine. I’ve lived in Grand Rapids for the last five and half years working the fourth shift as I like to call it. I co-anchor FOX 17 Morning News weekdays from 5-9 a.m. One of the most common questions I get is when do you have to go to bed and when do you wake up. I usually try and get to bed by 8:30 p.m. at the latest and the first alarm clock goes off at 1:45 a.m.; I’m at the news station at 3:00 a.m. to start my workday.


I’m telling you what my schedule is like because it makes working out and eating healthy a true challenge. I’ve always tried to eat healthy and workout when I can; that seemed to be doing the trick up until a little friend named Metabolism stopped by and decided to slow down to the pace of a snail…on a good day.


I’m going to turn 30 in December and I don’t know if it was that scary number or the viewer who will remain anonymous who tweeted me asking me if I was expecting about a month ago. (I’m not btw) Bottom line, I need to make a change in my life and it needs to be one that lasts. I’ve never really had to worry about my weight until about three years ago. My sister and niece were killed in a car accident and I lost a lot of weight really fast during the grieving process. I gained it back and then some and ever since then it’s been impossible to get back on track.


That’s where Allegro Coaching comes into play. Coach Kendra has offered to put me through an “Extreme Body Transformation.”  It’s 12-weeks of personal training, menu planning and quite honestly, the kick in the rear I need to get moving again.  I know it’s not going to be easy and knowing me, I’ll probably get discouraged and want to give up after a month. Quitting is not an option. I’m doing this because for once in my life I want to be able to wear a bikini and not nestle myself into the sand for hours without moving or standing up. I want to get into Lake Michigan for the very first time and feel confident.


So if you’re reading this…it’s supposed to be a blog of my extreme body transformation. But I’ll be honest; I’ve never blogged about anything before so these posts are going to be anything but formal. I want to be open with you guys because I know how hard it can be to get up and motivate yourself to make a change.


Hopefully with some hard work, a meal plan and a ton of dedication I can stop being tired, stop asking if I look fat in this and finally feel how fabulous life is supposed to feel.


6 replies
  1. Karen Kelder
    Karen Kelder says:

    I can relate to this in so many ways. Good luck with your transformation Sarah. I hope you get the results you’re looking for. I know you’re in good hands!

  2. Anne Veltema
    Anne Veltema says:

    Excited to be along the journey with you. Kendra was my inspiration nearly seven years ago when I changed my lifestyle. It’s still a daily struggle but good health is so worth it.

  3. Patty Holland
    Patty Holland says:

    Hi Sarah, Well your story is a familiar one about the metabolism slowing down. I wish you the best of luck, but knowing that you have Kendra and Allegro Coaching on your side you will be on the right track and addicted to the place as I am!!!
    I am a 56 year old Mom of 5 wonderful daughters,2 sons-in-law, and 2 grandsons, I thoroughly enjoy being with them and wanted to be healthier—My health has been, to say the least, not that great, I have had 14 major surgeries and numerous hospital stays in the last 30 years and after each surgery told to wait 1-2 yrs. before any major exercising-the last surgery was 4 years ago and I was in the “mood” for a change in my lifestyle—My daughter Chris has been going to Allegro for almost 3 years thru her husband’s work and talked me into going thru a program called thinner–winner they sponsored last fall/winter. I enjoyed that so much that we have been going to the Happy-hour on Friday evenings ever since. I have gotten a lot of strength back both physically and mentally and my eating habits have changed!!!!
    Just know they work with you and will motivate you to continue doing your personal best. So enjoy and have fun–you have hitched yourself to quite a “star”! I can’t say enough about Allegro Coaching and the wonderful staff that is employed there–they have each persons best interest in mind!!! God Bless, Patty Holland

  4. Amanda
    Amanda says:

    Congratulations Sara for taking on this journey! It’s going to be wonderful and you are in the best of hands at Allegro! We’ll ALL be there to cheer you on every step of the way! Best of luck and cheer to your successes!


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