I can’t help but look at this picture and laugh and smile at the same time. I started my coaching journey a little over a year ago. I didn’t know where it would take me but I was continually told, be here in a year. One year later, here I am with a thriving health and fitness coaching business, a rockstar team and I’m getting ready to embark on a free cruise that I earned all for helping people live happier, healthier lives. Can someone pinch me please?!
As my kids moved past the toddler phase and into school more regularly, I knew that the day would come when I needed to head back to work. The problem with this was that I would need to hire a nanny for 12 plus hours a day AND make enough so that my income wasn’t just paying for someone else to watch my kids. How was I going to make this happen? In my heart of hearts, all I really wanted to do was be there for my kids whenever and wherever they needed me. I was lucky enough to have grown up with a mother who stayed home with me but because of this, I can’t imagine anything differently for my own kids. I was told that I wanted the job that every parent wanted: a job with complete flexibility and that paid well. Unfortunately those jobs don’t grow on trees. I thought back to all the jobs that I had prior to becoming a mother and none of them left me feeling fulfilled. My true passions were in the health and fitness industry but how in the world was I going to make that work? How would I make a career out of this?
Perhaps it was fate that led me to my first Beachbody workout, I’ll never know but what I do know is that I was hooked on it from the start. As someone that spent hours racking up fitness credentials, my experience in my first challenge group had me thinking, “I can do this. This is for me!” I committed to my first fitness challenge during a winter with endless snow days and two toddlers at home. There was just no other way I would be able to squeeze exercise into my life and this seemed like the perfect option and I certainly had nothing to lose. Within a month I was floored by the results I was seeing and thought, “why isn’t everyone doing this?!” These workouts were efficient and effective. I was stronger and more fit than I had been even before I had children – who would have thought?! Several months later a new program came along that broke down the nutritional aspect with portion-controlled eating. BINGO! This was my missing piece! You hear about the Master Cleanse, Atkins, South Beach, or eating fat-free or counting points (I’ve tried them all) but THIS, THIS was eating real food with a focus on proper portions. So simple yet so incredibly difficult for so many to put a finger on. I dove right in and within 21 days I had results I could only dream of. At that point I decided to become a coach and pay it forward by helping others achieve the same results. If I could do it, anyone could do it.
How do you go from being a stay-at-home mom for several years to running and managing your own business? Dedication and consistency. When did I find time to make the magic happen? I would wake up a bit earlier and stay up later to get my workouts in and check in with my team and challengers. Instead of sitting down in front of the television at night I would dial-in to team calls and trainings. Did I sacrifice some of that free time I used to have? You bet I did. Was it worth it? You bet it was! Sitting here a year later I have formed some of the best friendships I could have imagined, I found leadership qualities in myself that I never knew I had, I found a drive in me that I hadn’t seen since my college-years and the icing on the cake is that I am helping to contribute to the bottom-line in this household. When I started I thought that just maybe I could start paying for our groceries every week and take one thing off my husband’s already full plate of financial responsibilities. That time came and went and then I started thinking that perhaps I could start paying for all the extracurriculars my two kids had going on. Now that time has come and gone as well. What are my new goals? Perhaps a family vacation that is paid for by ME?! I’m working on it!
Truly, there is no job more rewarding than this one. Every single day I get to see people tear down walls that they have built for themselves. My challengers are not only toppling barriers in their personal fitness, they are completely overhauling the lives of their families by changing eating patterns and taking sedentary lifestyles and becoming fit and active. How amazing it is to see people not only build physical strength each day but to change their entire mindset on life?! The very idea that I get paid to do something that has such an incredible impact and ripple effect is mind-blowing to me. Your body, your attitude, your relationships – they are EVERYTHING and this community fosters growth in every part of it.
So to come back to it all, here I am, one year into this business and I have no plans to slow down. This is just the beginning and I’ve got lots of goals to crush for not only me, but my family and all those that I help. You know that saying? “A year from now you will look back and wish you started today?” Where will YOU be in a year? Are you looking for a spark in your life? Do you love helping others find true happiness? Are you looking to get fit and help others do it with you? Perhaps you are sick of the hum-drum job you’ve been schlepping to for years with little satisfaction. If you are at all interested in what coaching is about and what it can do for you, message me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s chat. Maybe this could be for you too!
* Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach’s income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill.