I’m no longer a Beachbody Coach.
If you’ve been on my email list awhile, this isn’t news to you.* In fact, much of what you’ll read here is what was in my email to my readers in January. If you’re not on the list, you may want to sign up. They are the ones who get this kind of news first……and the deals and the encouragement and just never miss a thing!
So back to “I was a Beachbody Coach and now I’m not”.
Now, depending on how long you’ve been around here or how deep into my website you’ve explored, you may not have even known that I ever was a Beachbody coach. However, there are others who are here because I was a Beachbody coach and that’s how we first connected.
No matter how you got here, I want to explain why I quit the Beachbody gig.
First and foremost, I would never have ended up in this space had it not been for Beachbody. I am grateful that nearly 2 years ago I signed up to do a 40 Days of Prayer and Fitness group with a wonderful group of gals. Come to find out it was a Beachbody challenge group. I had connected with this sweet gal online before knowing anything about Beachbody. I was in her group during Lent 2015. While I was in that group, I found a love for doing community with other women. I loved the Facebook group and the connections we were making. I found myself encouraging other gals in the group and I began to feel like it was what I was called to do.
You see, my whole life I had struggled with body image, comparison, etc. Although I had found freedom in this area of my life, the last component was that I still felt like I should do fitness on my own. I didn’t want to make myself vulnerable among others. But I found my voice in that group, the last piece of the puzzle to finding my calling.
Well, the next logical step was to become a Beachbody Coach. I tried Shakeology, and I liked it. As a coach, I would get a discount for my monthly supply. There was no major body transformation, but I did like drinking the shakes everyday and felt good doing it. I tried a couple of the DVD programs and enjoyed them as well. But more importantly I found Beachbody as my avenue to tell my story and reach other women with the message that they can live fit and free.
I guess you can kinda say that at first I hid behind Beachbody. I hadn’t known how to just go out on my own and begin telling my story and helping women, but being able to use Beachbody helped build my confidence in the online space and coaching world.
I don’t know if it’s the fact that I’m not a very good salesperson or if the people that I connect with just don’t want to drink a shake everyday or buy a DVD or what. But I never settled into selling the product, and I didn’t get customers; however, I did settle into telling my story and I did have women who wanted to be part of this community and learn to live fit and free.
To be a Beachbody Coach, you have to pay a monthly business fee. Over the last several months, my monthly fee has cost me more than anything I made through Beachbody. And to be honest, I drifted from drinking the shake everyday. Sure, some days I’ll drink it. Other days I might prefer a Vega One shake or PEScience Peanut Butter Cookie shake or no shake at all and just whole foods.
So I made the decision to quit Beachbody coaching.
What does that mean for you and for this space? Nothing. It doesn’t change a thing. I didn’t need Beachbody to be a coach. I am a certified group fitness instructor through Fitour. I have a license in Mental Health Counseling. I know what it’s like to be in bondage to numbers on a scale. I know how it feels to always be on the lookout for the next quick fix. I know how to find freedom. Most importantly, I have a passion to help women live fit and free. How do we do that? By learning to honor our bodies and the One who created them.
I don’t need to be a Beachbody coach to do all those things. At first I thought I did, but I’ve learned that I don’t.
My word for 2017 is FOCUS. I believe this is another way that I can focus on my passion and my calling. While Beachbody opened the door and showed me how to do that, I no longer feel that selling for Beachbody is an area I need to spread my attention to. I want to focus on you, my reader, my community. On offering the coaching and counseling services you’re asking for, not on selling a product.
To be sure, Beachbody is a great organization. There are wonderful coaches who are doing a fantastic job. Most are faith-based. Shakeology is a good product. The company is just not for me anymore.
I’m learning that even some good things require our “no” instead of another “yes”.
Here’s to a focused 2017!