If you clicked on this post thinking that I’m going to bash direct sales or multi-level marketing companies then move along, that’s not what I’m about.
I enjoyed being a Beachbody coach and running challenge groups. I’m a HUGE believer in the accountability and support of a group. In addition to that, the products are high quality. I helped a lot of people get healthier and yes, I made money too. People like to vilify that part of it. My time is worth money. There’s nothing wrong with that. Even if you love your job, you’re doing it for a paycheck.
The reason I’m not Beachbody coaching anymore is because I’ve found something that plays even more to my strengths. A few things about me: I am extremely generous with my time and energy when it comes to encouraging others. I love giving emotional support and practical advice. I’m bold and original.
Beachbody coaching allowed me to put my time and energy towards encouraging others. I was able to provide my challengers with support, accountability and lots of practical advice. But the part that wasn’t being fulfilled was the “bold and original” side of my personality. Which left me looking for something more….
I wanted to create a program of my very own. For a long time I’ve seen a need for something that goes much deeper than meal plans and workouts. It just took my being brave enough to address this need and become a part of the solution. I decided that the research I’ve done combined with my experiences, observations, and insights has real value.
I once had a personal training client who wouldn’t look in the mirror at my studio. Her glance was always downward. One day I was teaching her an exercise and I directed her to look in the mirror so that I could show her something about her form. She couldn’t do it. When she tried to do what I asked, she immediately and instinctively looked away. Her self-esteem was that low.
I remember thinking in that moment, “This is the last thing she needs right now”. All I wanted to do was give her a big hug and tell her that her worth was so much higher than she had been led to believe. I didn’t because that would probably have been awkward and it’s not what I’d been hired to do…
To make up for the hug I didn’t give that day I created a course to help women become more confident from the inside out. This is my way of hugging all the women who have spent their lives dieting and exercising out of a deep rooted shame and belief that they weren’t enough. Even beyond body image, it’s for women who long for the freedom to show up in their life every day just as they are, unapologetically, without the pressure to be “perfect”.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about eating right and exercising. Healthy habits are a big part of self-confidence. But I’m more interested in what is driving those healthy habits. Is it guilt, obsession, compulsion? If so, forget the meal plans and the workouts and work on yourself first. Eating right and exercising should come from a desire to love and honor your body. It shouldn’t be a constant uphill battle.
As a fitness professional for over a decade I’ve seen far too many women (including myself at one point in time) fall into the trap of obsessive exercise, calorie counting, and constantly measuring their bodies. They believe that achieving the “perfect” figure is where their self-worth lies. But even when they achieve that body, it’s never enough. They still aren’t free. Outward appearance is a terrible place to get your self worth from. Body obsession is not healthy.
So that’s why I’m no longer Beachbody coaching. Not because it’s “bad” but because I’m choosing to put my time and energy into the area where I see the most need and where I have the most to offer. The only negative thing I’ll say about running Beachbody challenge groups is that it forced me to be on social media constantly which did drain some joy from my life. That is why I’ve decided to do my self-confidence program over email. I already feel so energized by this new project and feel that it is my calling. It’s 100% in alignment with my most authentic self and I believe I am going to help women in a bigger way than ever before.
I don’t regret Beachbody coaching one bit. It brought me closer to a dear friend because we did it together (she rocks at it). I helped a lot of people build healthy lifestyle habits including myself!!! It was a necessary step in my journey and helped me evolve. I am glad I did it but I’m ready to move on from it as I step into my purpose.