2014 was ending and I was 7 months deep into post college graduation blues. Since turning the tassel, I was traveling on the weekends, working full-time as an Industrial Engineer during the week, and embracing the real world with a rather heavy heart. I did it “right” …I played by the rules. You know, the rules that state if you study, get good grades in high school, and join every extracurricular activity so your college application looks fancy then you’ll get into the right school? And as long as you pick a real major then you’re guaranteed to be making good money right after college. Ha, what a nice set of rules. What does a real major even mean? But as a senior in high school, I saw a paycheck and the rules looked enticing. So despite the fact that I was 18 years old and couldn’t stay the night anywhere other than my parents (yep, senior in high school and still got homesick 2 miles down the road), I flew across the country to go to Arizona State University. Fast forward 4 years and I was graduating with my degree in engineering and starting full-time as an Industrial Engineer. Fast forward another 7 months and I was feeling defeated.
I did it “right” …I played by the rules. You know, the rules that state if you study, get good grades in high school, and join every extracurricular activity so your college application looks fancy then you’ll get into the right school? And as long as you pick a real major then you’re guaranteed to be making good money right after college. Ha, what a nice set of rules.
A new friend of mine had just added me on Facebook and I was captured by her posts highlighting her lifestyle full of working out, clean eating recipes, and inspirational quotes/pictures. I let it go for only a week and then after realizing I was paying for a gym membership that I hadn’t gone to since the previous summer ended, I reached out to her, determined to end 2014 on a good note. I bought the 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack on the last day of 2014 from the same friend when I found out she was a Beachbody Coach. I had never heard of Beachbody, only a few of their programs like Insanity and P90X but I was excited about this new program. With that purchase, I vowed I would make “getting back in shape” one of my top New Year’s resolutions…. For the 4th year in a row.
Fast forward 21 days of clean eating and working out with Autumn Calabrese (21 Day Fix trainer) each morning, I was in the best shape I had ever been in. Thanks to my coach inviting me to her online accountability group, I completed the challenge and I stuck to the meal plan and workouts 100%. It was the first time I had actually completed a fitness program (thank goodness, I think my boyfriend was fed up with me buying programs and letting them sit in a cabinet). I had my before/after photos and I loved my results, but my physical appearance was not my greatest transformation. The outlook I had on life and my new mindset was my greatest victory. I thought to myself, “Why doesn’t EVERYONE try this program?” It was so simple to follow, with enough guidance to help you get results, but enough flexibility to allow you to have a life. All it took was one person to make that BIG of a difference in my life so I KNEW I had to pay it forward.
I had my before/after photos and I loved my results, but my physical appearance was not my greatest transformation. The outlook I had on life and my new mindset was my greatest victory.
The rest is history, right? ..Not quite, but I’m just getting started!
I’m still working on my own progress, but now I am encouraging others to join me and helping them find success on their fitness journey! No, I don’t have a background in Health or Fitness. No, I don’t have a background in Sales. Yep, I went to school for engineering and am now paying back four years of out-of-state tuition (ouch). But I knew that if I could make ONE person feel the way I did, I could make a really big change and that made me feel like I had a purpose.
So what is it really like being a Beachbody Coach?
I’ll start by saying it is the coolest “job” ever. I get to help people each and every day while holding myself accountable AND I get paid for it? Yep. I show up every day for work (at my kitchen table post workout in my sweaty workout clothes) and I have one mission: helping others. Beachbody’s corporate mission is “to help people achieve their goals and enjoy healthy, fulfilling lives” and I get to be part of that for myself and others every day.
Don’t get me wrong, I was hesitant at first. “Am I getting myself into a Pyramid Scheme?!” “Am I going to have to buy a bunch of products in the beginning?” “I am not a sales person.” But after I did my research all my worries were put to rest. No, I don’t have to invest in a bunch of product up front in hopes of getting rid of it and sell, sell, sell. In fact, I don’t have to invest ANYTHING up front other than investing in PEOPLE! I have no inventory. My mission is NOT to sell. I have no monthly quota that I have to meet & there is no fine print. You can sign up as a coach today and never sell a single thing and THAT IS OK! You will just reap the benefits of the coach discount, which a lot of people do!
So you mean it’s not about the money? Nope. I hold FREE monthly accountability groups for people who have purchased a Beachbody home workout program, but I also hold challenge groups (also free) for people who aren’t interested in buying a workout program so we do other workouts or an ab challenge, or a plank challenge, etc! I also run FREE clean eating groups where I provide challengers with meal plans. I share all of my tips on clean eating and work 1:1 with all of my challengers. I share my knowledge and love for Shakeology, a nutrient dense meal replacement shake that I drink daily and wonder how I ever lived without and I shed as much light as I can on the people I am fully invested in. Pretty neat, isn’t it?
The mission of Beachbody aligns with my personal mission.
So why do I believe in this company so much? The mission of Beachbody aligns with my personal mission. The obesity rate is soaring in America and there are SO many programs, diets, ‘magical pills’ out there that guarantee QUICK results. It is hard to lose weight and live a healthy life in this country, I will be the first to admit it, but as long as we allow that to be our excuse, we won’t fix this problem. Losing weight and eating clean is possible if you are given the right resources which is why (in my opinion) diet pills and other ‘quick fixes’ don’t have the longevity that Beachbody programs have. As a coach, I don’t sell you a fitness program and wish you the best of luck and throw you out into the fitness world. I help you find a program that works for YOU, not for me, not for a previous challenger, but for YOU. Once we have found the perfect program, I invite you to my monthly challenge group. I help you identify your WHY so that you can create realistic goals and be mentally and physically ready to conquer your fitness program and then I am there for you every step of the way. Not just while you’re in my group, but long after.
I think the best part is that I have challengers reach out to me thanking me for helping them, or for inviting them to one of my monthly groups, or simply being an inspiration and what these people don’t understand is that they’re MY inspiration. I am continuously in awe over the transformation of my challengers and the new lives they lead after joining my team. While they think I’m holding them accountable, they are really holding me accountable as well. I’m not going to motivate someone to go do their work out or skip the fast food drive through and then turn around skip my workout and enjoy a McDouble. I am just absolutely in love with this “job.”
Being a Beachbody coach is not a ‘Get Rich Quick,’ multi-level marketing scheme . It takes time, dedication, hard work, passion and consistency. However you can, over time and persistent work and constant focus, make a really great income as a coach. Like up to 7 figures! Whaaaaaat? You always get out of this job what you put in, which is just another reason why I love it. I work daily on MY story and I share that story (mainly through conversation and social media) and encourage others to join me. Every day I personally invite people to join my accountability groups and I am building a team full of powerful women and men who want to make a difference. I am making a difference.
I no longer feel defeated, I finally feel in control of MY life.
So here we are, exactly one year after that college graduation and I am no longer working as an Industrial Engineer. I am a full-time Beachbody Health and Fitness Coach. And although I have not entirely given up on engineering career quite yet (in the process of moving from AZ to NC), I know Beachbody will always be part of my life and I know I will continue to help others and use this business as a basis for doing so and continue building off of that. I no longer feel defeated, I finally feel in control of MY life.
So if you are feeling like you haven’t quite found your purpose or you are interested in helping others, creating a life by YOUR OWN design, or you want to make some extra income while working with an incredibly rewarding company, PLEASE reach out to me! You don’t have to be in your best shape and you don’t have to have any knowledge on health and fitness, you can create your story while working as a coach and going through your own journey. If you have a passion for helping people, you can and will succeed in this buisness with the right resources. I am putting together a “Sneak Peak: What is Beachbody coaching?” group on facebook starting June 1st and it will run 5 days and I give you all the juicy details of coaching. I’d love to have you join! *There are no obligations to sign up once the group is over!
If you’ve been looking for a sign that NOW is the time to change your life, let this be it! If you interested in joining my next health and fitness accountability group, it will also start June 1st and I encourage you to take some time on YOU before summer gets any closer! My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org and you can find me on facebook at www.facebook.com/jilllrenae or follow me on Instagram @jrenae09
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