note: I hope that no one takes offense to the things mentioned in this blog. I am not criticizing anyone’s way of doing anything differently than I may do. It takes all different kinds of people/personalities in this world to work toward a better, healthier society. What we have in common is a purpose to – once we learn how – share ideas and help coach others toward a more fulfilling lifestyle as the result of making better choices in the areas of fitness and nutrition. I strongly believe and endorse that there are many avenues available in reaching those goals.
I’m not a business person. I never will be. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I wasn’t put on this earth to sell things. I couldn’t sell pen and a piece of paper to a writer lost at sea because I would feel so much empathy for him that I would give him all of my pens and every single piece of paper I owned. (This is a terrible analogy, but it’s been a long day so bear with me.)
Recently I embarked on a business opportunity; however, as always, I have to adjust and alter things to meet my perspective of the world, which I know is incredibly annoying to people who are much better at business things than I may be. My husband is rather good at business. He could sell a pen and a piece of paper to another man selling pens and paper. I…not so much. I was made for other things. For example, I can look at a tutorial on sewing something incredible and reproduce it within a few hours. As a result, my kids own some pretty neat stuffed animals and satchels like this dance bag I made for my 4-year-old:
I can do some other pretty cool things. I suppose I can write pretty okay. I also homeschooled my kids for a while and taught myself how to do that. I’m a good cook, a good friend, and I hope I’m a good mom – I think I will have to wait 25 more years to see actual results. I’m good at a lot of things, but when it comes to business, I’m not your girl. It gives me a headache and makes me break out in hives. I am certain that if I was in business, I would have to take medication to concentrate for long enough to even walk from one meeting to the next. Thank God for the existence of the arts. Some of us aren’t gifted in facts and figures, and making them work in a way that affords us a profession and an income.
I do have another gift, which helps me to serve others, and it comes directly from my empathy. Since I can remember, I have had this desire to help people because I really do care; I have had to learn how to not give unsolicited advice, but instead learn how to truly listen to others, then offer my friendship and guidance (when it is prompted). My empathy is so strong that I used to worry that it meant something was wrong with me. It can make me anxious and depressed. I don’t know. It’s just…overwhelming at times.
When it comes to topics I know A LOT about from my own past, my ability to empathize with another’s personal struggles is sevenfold…plus infinity. In this particular instance, I am referring to my personal struggles with body image and fitness (see previous post), which leads me back to the business venture.
So, it is no surprise to anyone following my Facebook feeds that I have drank of the Beachbody kool-aid. What is Beachbody? In short, it is an online storefront that sells the materials necessary to reach your fitness and nutritional goals. They do this by offering a large variety of workout DVD programs (P90X, Insanity, T25, Hip Hop Abs), as well as something called accountability groups, which offers the support via social media for meeting and networking with others with similar fitness goals. They also offer various items for nutritional support, such as the widely popular Shakeology. Many people are confused about what all of this is. Is it a pyramid scheme? A gimmick? A joke? A piece of high-priced junk with no real value? Well, that depends, and let me explain.
As with any fitness program, whether you join a gym or lace up a pair of running shoes to start walking around the block, the results are what you put into it. There are absolutely NO magic pills, programs, or shakes. It would be awesome if there was. I have had one hell of a venture with running myself crazy, working out for hours and hours, trying to stick in weight lifting and cross training, and even signing up for personal training sessions. This ran anywhere between $97 to around $230 a month. That’s a lot. So when a friend approached me about giving Beachbody a try, and I had seen first hand the changes their products made in her, I thought that 1.) it isn’t really that expensive, and 2.) why not?
I never thought I would enjoy a DVD workout. “I was way too awesome for that.” When we signed up in December I figured it would be just something to add to our gym membership, which I took advantage of daily. We started with Shaun T’s popular T25 program. We also gave Shakeology a try, although, I was reluctant at first. The workout part I got, but seriously, a shake? We were already drinking Pure Protein. It cost a fraction of what Shakeology costs. But, then I did my research and found that Shakeology was much different. It’s more of a superfood if you will. It is packed full of really extremely good-for-you things like probiotics and antioxidants, things that if you were to put them all into your cart at Whole Foods would run a much higher price tag than a month supply of Shakeology, plus it would go rotten before you could consume it all.
Below is a rundown of what you will find in Shakeology:
I was reluctant, but I decided to give it a trial period of 30 days to see what the hype was all about. I was impressed. In addition to all of the other good things this does for me, it has helped reset the good and bad bacteria in my gut. I couldn’t tolerate gluten at all before Shakeology, and now I can. I used to crave sweets and carbohydrates, and now I don’t. I used to have a dip in energy throughout the day, but Shakeology gives me a boost. I just…feel better. So, it works for me in those regards. As far as weight loss, I’m not sold on that. Sure it has helped me with inflammation, and the results of that were almost immediate after I started drinking it. As far as my body actually changing, that came from ONE place: exercising. Moving my body. And fueling it well…MOST of the time (because I still might have ice cream and pizza every once in a while). Shakeology is a great supplement and nutritional aide for me, but it isn’t a magic drink that will fix weight issues. It just won’t. And this is what makes me a terrible business person because, see, I’m a Beachbody Coach, so I am kind of supposed to sell it to you. But I can’t necessarily just go ahead and do that. And let me tell you why:
People who are over-weight are very vulnerable. I know. I have been there. It can be a miserable feeling with a real sense of desperation to just get something that will work quickly. Unfortunately, that won’t happen. There is no such thing because getting healthy doesn’t work that way. Getting healthy is a progression over time that you benefit from after putting in some REALLY HARD WORK! You have to sweat. You have to begin to make smart choices with nutrition – above and beyond your expensive shakes. You have to put forth the effort to learn and to grow. And that takes a ton of determination and will power. As a coach, I understand these things because I have been doing this for a really long time. I got results without using Beachbody. I got results without drinking Shakeology. I know people who get these results from running, lifting weights, and taking spinning classes. I know people who get these results from eating well and walking around their neighborhood every single day. I know people who get these results because they love basketball, so they go outside very single day and play that sport. I know that people get results because they find what they love to do for physical fitness, and they do that…then they eat right. And things start to move in the right direction.
Why did I become a Beachbody Coach to begin with if I didn’t want to sell anything? I don’t know. To tell you the truth, I am not going to sit down and figure out how to get new people to drink the kool-aid because I did. I’m not going to go out there and try to get people to start drinking Shakeology. I will, however, go out there and keep motivating people to MOVE. To eat well. To work hard. And to find a purpose in doing so by wanting to really live life fully for a long time by taking care of their body.
Beachbody has been tremendous for me. I have had amazing results see:
T25 is a 10 week program. You get a set of 9 DVD’s, plus a bonus DVD. Plus, you get a schedule that is a fool proof way of knowing what DVD to do on each day. There are two rounds, Alpha and Beta. These results are amazing! They are from completing just the first round of T25. I can’t wait to finish Beta and put these same photos together. My clothes are starting to fall off of me. My stomach is shrinking, including that baby pooch from hell that would never seem to disappear, no matter how many miles I ran and how many failed attempts at starting to incorporate weight lifting that I tried. My glutes are stronger, my legs are stronger, my arms are shrinking, my back fat (yeah) is melting away. I’m losing inches. I’m replacing fat with muscle, and I feel GREAT! I feel better than GREAT!
I feel so good that I want other people who are struggling with weight loss and wanting to make a change to sign up for this, and I want to coach them through the process because I care. I want to see people who are miserable and not living their lives because of it, to wake up. I want them to realize that if they just start somewhere…if they just take that first step…they will immediately start reaping the rewards of better emotional health. Their body will start flowing with endorphins, those good feeling hormones that make you genuinely happy!
For me, I was already fit. I was running up to 30 or 40 miles a week for over a year leading up to T25. I thought the program would be a joke compared to that. Instead, it rocked my world and the way I looked at fitness. It helped push me to a whole different level. I run better, feel stronger, and for the first time in my life, I have a lot of core stability and strength. That is because of not only a great program, but because I put in the hard work it takes to make it happen. And, anyone can do that. I know they can…because I believe in people and their ability to reach their fitness goals…no matter if you have 10 or 210 pounds to lose. Too, I have that darn empathy thing going for me. I want to see people succeed because I really do care.
As for the shakes…yes…they do help. They are phenomenal and super healthy. They are a great addition and work in tandem with the workouts. You will see better results because you will be fueling your body all the more better and you will improve your health because of that. Do I recommend the shakes? Yes. Are they required? No. Are they magic? No. Can you drink them alone without the hard physical work, plus eating well, and still see results with weight loss and building strength? No. Why? Because this is a process. You have to begin to be physically active. You have to begin to learn about your body, how to feed it, and how to meet it’s needs the best way possible to achieve results. And you can! And you will! Just be sure to find a good program (Beachbody is a GREAT one that I endorse. It actually works!)…or a gym membership…or a basketball…or running shoes. Be sure to eat really good-for-you stuff. And, find a friend to do it with you. Someone to coach you along the way. Someone to be your biggest cheerleader who is also willing to join you on the adventure.
As for Beachbody, it is AWESOME – a one stop shop that offers you a convenient program that you can do from the comfort of home in a neat and tidy little box that arrives on your doorstep.
In addition, you get access to people such as me – a Coach – because I am compassionate and I enjoy serving others. I love to see people succeed, especially when it comes to physical fitness and nutrition, because those are two things that I know from experience everyone needs in order to live a more happy and fulfilled life. I also know how to take the tools in that tidy little box and make them work because when I signed on, I did so with a great coach within a network of other coaches and challengers who guided me along my way. All it took was their encouragement coupled with my growing motivation to work hard and see results. And, I’m glad I drank the kool-aid. I now fit something that once took a huge chunk of my day and stuck it into a much shorter time frame from the convenience from home, and as a result, I am able to enjoy spending more time doing other things, like taking my kids to the park on a beautiful day or taking the time to make a new, really good-for-you recipe posted in one of our accountability groups. Plus, my husband is able to fit his workout in around his busy work schedule, and he too is seeing amazing results because for the first time he has a really good, high quality program that works for him. Our children are reaping the rewards because we are becoming more and more physically active as a family each day.
That’s how Beachbody works. It’s not a scheme. It’s not a quick fix. It’s not magic. It’s just you…and me…and others…all working together to move in the right direction toward waking up to better health, better fitness, and a better outlook on your body’s own ability to put forth the hard work required to see results.
If you want to learn more about Beachbody, ask me how. I can help you figure it out and lead you in the right direction. However, if you don’t want to learn more because you would rather go to the gym, run, or play basketball…awesome! I’m still cheering for you 100% because when it comes down to it, my only goal in all of this is to see other people succeed in reaching their fitness and nutrition goals. Doing those two things has an amazing impact on our lives – it bleeds into all other areas – and starts a snowball effect toward a better overall sense of well-being and happiness. Who wouldn’t want that for everyone? No matter what positive ways one may chose to go about doing so.