Fitness and Hard Work Pays off for Local Lady

Brandi Murphy, at left, is shown here at a Beachbody convention.

One local lady is in the business of transforming the lives of others through fitness, hard work, and lots of determination.

Of course, that’s only after she first successfully transformed her own life.

Brandi Murphy, of Linton, explained, “My story is that I used to be a runner. I was a runner and I lifted weights. I trained for a mini-marathon and gained 15 pounds. Who does that? I would go running and come back and eat a brownie. My diet was terrible.”

Enter the Beachbody fitness programs and Shakeology, a nutritional health drink, and mix it up with a whole lot of determination and perseverance and you get Brandi Murphy.

“I lost 15 pounds and became a coach. I felt good about myself until I went to my first Beachbody meeting,” Murphy explained. “There were women there older than me, with more kids than me, and they were looking awesome.”

Although her personal transformation was not overnight, Murphy started small and followed through big.

“After I had my baby, and at the time, I wasn’t really working the business. But, I instantly got excited when my body changed. I started taking pictures and noticing the difference,” she said. “I’m not big on the scales, I like pictures. I think you can really see transformation in pictures.”

Fast forward to today, and Murphy is now a one-star diamond coach, which is one of the highest ranks in her business.

“And that [being a one-star diamond coach] of course changes my check. Plus, you get bonuses and trips,” she explained.

But, it’s not just about the money and trips. It’s also about self-confidence.

“Before I was very insecure and uncomfortable in my own skin. This [business] has given me my life back. That’s why I’m so passionate about it. I don’t want to think other women are also having the same insecurities that I had,” Murphy said. “This company has helped me with confidence. Plus, it’s given me a chance to have my life, energy, and body back.”

She now ‘works’ the business full-time and is also married with two children.

“I help support my family with this business,” she said. “It’s amazing the things I can now do and I’m getting paid to help others.”

The use of social media, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, has also completely changed her business.

“We do a lot of social media training. My whole business is social media. I run online challenge groups,” Murphy said. “We are providing an avenue for people to get healthier.”

But, she also stressed that she genuinely enjoys helping others transform their lives.

“I really feel strongly about helping women to find the time to work out. Many times women have full-time jobs and kids, so it’s not always easy finding time to work out. But, I feel like there’s a program for everybody,” Murphy said.

Her online challenge groups are private and confidential, she added, noting the groups are also a lot of fun.

“We have one challenge to drink 8 to 16 glasses of water a day, depending on your workout level. Of course this makes you have to run to the bathroom a lot. So each time we do, we also do five squats. We make it fun,” she said with a laugh.

If you are interested in finding out more about Murphy’s business, go here:

Green Geek Electronics to offer Recycling Drive Oct. 12

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Green Geek Electronics Recycling will offer its fall electronics recycling drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Humphreys Park in Linton.

Bring your old TVs, computers, cell phones, microwaves, printers, fax machines, VCRs, game consoles, vacuum cleaners and other electronic devices for recycling.

A $5 fee will be charged to recycle TVs – with Green Geek donating a portion of the fees to the Mirisa Jones Scholarship Fund.

Green Geek staff will be on hand to unload all of your old unwanted or obsolete electronics.

Please join Green Geek and help prevent illegal dumping of electronic waste in the nation’s landfills. By recycling your electronics properly you are helping prevent hazardous chemicals found in these items from entering into our soil, water, and air.

Green Geek Electronics Recycling is registered with the Indiana Department of Environmental Agency as both a collector and recycler.




Linton History Covered at Main Street Studio A

Photo Courtesy of Chris Wathen

Local citizens gathered Sunday in downtown Linton’s Main Street Studio A for an in-depth discussion on the history of Linton.

The presentation was given by Fred Markle and was accompanied by a huge assortment of photo slides showing Linton back in its earliest days.

Connected to Markle Music, Main Street Studio A was built by Fred and Kathy Markle to serve as an alternative community center for people to meet up and enjoy music, art, writing and, as was the case today, history.

Tim Shonk took the opportunity to show off some of the art on display at the studio to visitors and then it was on to the business of looking back at the history of a town that’s now over 160 years old.

Much of the presentation focused on Linton from the 20s through the 50s.

Many of those in attendance were of an age to have memories of their own from those days and were thrilled to see so many pictures of the town the way it looked when they were children.

Markle started off by giving a brief history of the building the studio was located in and quickly moved on to the rest of the town, providing background on various locations and often telling one of the many stories he has accumulated over the years.

The presentation paused often as those in attendance recounted their own experiences within Linton and engaged in some lively debate over the details of who, what, when and where.

The session wrapped up after roughly an hour and a half and those in attendance expressed how much they’d enjoyed it.

Markle shared his own pleasure at having the opportunity to delve into the rich history of the town.

“I’m glad we did this,” said Markle. “I think it’s important to remember and talk about this stuff or it’ll just be lost.”

Markle was also thrilled to have a new location to hold these types of activities in.

“We were doing this stuff over at the Carnegie and it was nice,” said Markle. “But we really just didn’t have the room we needed and there were a lot of antiques over there. We just didn’t want to mess anything up.”

The studio has already been put to good use.

“Tim [Shonk] here has already done two art classes here with adults and younger students and they’ve worked out real good,” said Markle.

Main Street Studio A has yet to work out a firm schedule for the various activities it wants to host. Those wishing to find out what’s planned next for it should contact Fred Markle at (812) 847-2103.