Stumbling Blocks

day4It’s not been a week yet, and while I have made progress in the weight department, most of the progress has been just reducing the fluff from the holidays.  I’ve really been watching my nutrition, and I’ve been making sure I work out, BUT.

In the last 4 days, I’ve already skipped one workout, because I felt too tired by the end of the day. AND every single day so far, I’ve done some nighttime snacking!  This has consistently been the one thing I struggle most with throughout my fitness journey that I’ve been on for over a year, and I know it HAS TO STOP if I’m going to get the results I want.  I thought having this massive goal and sharing it on social media and through this blog would motivate me enough to stop the madness, but this is one habit I haven’t yet broken!

Having 3 little boys, and a full-time job, after a full day of work, and then getting them to bed, and THEN getting a workout in (unless I convince myself I’m too tired and I don’t wanna…), I usually decompress by reading in bed, and then read until my eyelids are heavy and I just fall asleep.  More often than not, my husband will come in, and find me passed out with a book still in my hand and my reading lamp on!  And, ladies and gentlemen, THAT is when I snack.

The first and second day I told myself it was ok, because I was eating some of the Christmas candy I got in my stocking that I wanted to get gone.  The third day, I told myself I got a quick reward for doing so well on my nutrition that day (I know, right?).  And the fourth day, there wasn’t anyone around, and it was Friday, and old habits die hard, I guess.

It’s only day 4, and I have a lot of time to fix this, and I’m still making progress, so I’m trying to give myself some grace.  But I do know I need to stop the nighttime snacking and break the habit and it needs to happen soon! Like today!  But this is my unique journey, and I want to be honest here, because I want to document the truth.  And THIS is my struggle, THIS is what I stumble over right now.

Looking forward to the weeks to come, when this is not an issue anymore!

Why I’m doing a Physique Competition


Phew! I tell you what, I am NERVOUS to come right out and say this, but I will be competing in a physique competition on June 23, 2018!

Never in a million years did I think this was something that I wanted to do, or was even  curious about, and to be honest, I didn’t even know that this was CALLED a physique competition until a couple of months ago!  But about 8 months ago, a seed was planted.  I was at a health and fitness conference in July of 2017, and there was a physique competition (I think I called it a bikini contest at the time), that a friend and I decided to watch.  I went as more of a laugh, thinking that I would be disgusted, repelled, uncomfortable and maybe some other negative emotions, watching girls walk across the stage in bikinis.  But you know what? I came away INSPIRED.

We arrived late and missed the actual competition, but there were still women up on stage, and we saw them in the lobby afterward, and I remember thinking, hey, they look like regular girls.  And it wasn’t long before I was thinking, actually, they don’t look THAT different from ME.  Throughout the rest of the trip, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  And when I got home I started researching actual physique competitions, to figure out what exactly this was, and how you might go about competing.  I reached out to several other women who had competed in physique competitions and got their feedback.  And then I thought about it some more.

And I realized that I REALLY wanted to do this. Why?  I want to compete in a physique competition because for me it would be the ultimate challenge, and I LOVE a good challenge!  This is something so far beyond my comfort zone, it was never even in the realm of my consciousness.  I want to do this because on top of being a challenge, I know there is some major adversity I will have to overcome to not just compete, but to compete to WIN.  Because I also know that I am not going to half-ass this.  I want to do the best I can, so that I know, even if I don’t win, I gave it my best shot.  Let me be clear: I have no desire to walk across a stage in a bikini, just to say that I did it.  I have EVERY desire to take every difficult step of this journey and see where I end up.  I’m doing this as an experiment to see how far I can go, and how far I can push my body, and how much I can challenge myself.

I have no idea what I’m doing.  I know I have a lot to learn along the way.  But I am going to do this!  So if you want to follow along on how I train, eat, strive, fail, and pick myself back up through this whole process, with most likely some serious laughter along the way, then come on!

There are now 172 days left until the competition and I plan to document as much as I can of this process along the way with this blog.


Why I am a Beachbody Coach and How You Can Be One Too

Less than a year ago, I was hanging out at the beach with my three sisters and we started talking about what we would do if we could do anything.  I thought about it, and I realized when I had extra time on my hands, I tended to exercise and read.  In fact, the more time I have, the more I do both of those things.  So I thought, maybe my passion had something to do with those two things: reading and exercise.  Hey, I thought, maybe I should start a blog (haha)!  Less than a week after that fateful conversation, my current coach approached me with the Beachbody coaching opportunity – had I considered it? Well, yes, actually, I had. I had a library of different workout programs that I had done for 12 years.  These programs had helped me get back to my pre-pregnancy weight three different times, so I knew about the product.  And I knew what it meant to be a coach, because I had a lot of friends who were coaches.  So I was pretty informed of what coaching was, and I had a long list of reasons why it wasn’t for me: I didn’t have enough time, I already had a very decent-paying career job, I didn’t think I could drink a meal every day in the form of a shake (little did I know, it was freaking delicious), there were already so many coaches out there, how could I possibly find more?, I didn’t know much about social media, and the list went on.  But a seed had been planted. I did a lot of research online, and a lot of praying, and I realized, after about a month, that I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  I realized I wanted to be a coach because I knew the program, and I believed in it, and I wanted to share this amazing program.  I wanted to help others be healthier.  So I decided to take the leap – I decided to become a Beachbody coach.  I jumped in, and haven’t looked back!

I was very skeptical at first, so the initial research helped me jump straight in to the deep end.  I didn’t even do any training, I just started telling people about the opportunity, immediately.  I shared my passion for the program, my results, and before I knew it, things had taken off.

I knew I made the right choice when I experienced the rush of adrenaline signing up my first challenger.  I cried tears of joy, not for me, but for her.  I was SO EXCITED for her to see the results that I knew she would.  I loved being able to impact someone’s life so positively, and I wanted to do more. My favorite stories are when my challengers start impacting the lives of those around him/her: their children, their spouses, their parents, their friends and coworkers.

I’ve been coaching a little less a year and I’ve been able to not only reach my goals, both financially and health-wise, but I’ve been able to help many people get closer to theirs.  I am so astounded how effective and simple the steps are to share this opportunity with others. People want to be healthy, and I want to help!

What started off as a hobby has become so much more.  Beachbody has not only helped me be and maintain the best health I’ve ever been in, but it’s been a financial blessing to my family, and it’s providing the tools I need to help others live healthier lives.  We now have a goal to pay off our mortgage in less than five years!

If you want to help others, while getting paid to get into the best shape of your life, I want to invite you to join my team!  If you decide to join us, our team has some amazing people willing to help everyone along the way. There is plenty of training, team calls, and mentors, many of whom are six-figure earners who are happy to share their tips for success.  As I have found from experience, being a Beachbody coach is something you can do at your own pace, while working a full-time job, while being a mom to three little boys, and a spouse to your partner. You can be successful coaching as little as 30 minutes a day.

I would love to talk to you more about this amazing coaching opportunity and how it can impact your life and the lives of those around you!  Whether you are looking to just become a healthier you, make enough money for a date night every week, or help out with the mortgage, or if your dreams are so much bigger than that, being a Beachbody coach can give you it all.  And you don’t have to do it alone.  Together, we can work to make the world a healthier place, and achieve our dreams of a better life.  If I can do it, why not you?  What would you do if you couldn’t fail?

Beachbody Coach Commission

If you are considering becoming a Beachbody coach, one of your main questions is probably how do you make money as a coach? There are several different ways to earn an income as a coach, and I’m going to post several articles here about what those are.  This article will cover the simplest way to earn money: commissions.  This is the very first way you will earn money as a coach, since there are no requirements when earning money through commissions: you don’t have to have Active Status (more on that in a future post), you don’t have to hold a certain rank (more on that, too), you simply have to have signed up to be a coach.  Commissions will be the main way you earn money as a coach when you begin your journey.

In general, as a coach, you get a 25% discount on anything you purchase on the Beachbody website through your coach account.  You also EARN 25% commission off of anything that is purchased from your personal Beachbody website.  Pretty straightforward right?  Since I’m super detailed, and I love spreadsheets, I started tracking my earnings immediately upon becoming a coach.  And I immediately came across several discrepancies to this simple 25% commission rule.  So maybe it’s not so simple, and why I decided to dedicate a whole article to commissions.  Below, I will outline the 25% commission discrepancies.  If you are not a detail person, and don’t care how you make your money or where it comes from each month, feel free not to read ahead.  This is getting into some serious detail, which I realize is not for everyone.

25% Commission Discrepancies

You will earn a 40% commission from a Team Beachbody Club subscription (think Beachbody on Demand streaming workouts).  So if someone purchases the Annual All-Access Team Beachbody subscription from your site for $100, you will earn $40 in commission.

Club Members
If a Club Member (anyone who has subscribed to Team Beachbody) purchases an item (except for the subscription itself) from your website, you will earn only a 15% commission.

Challenge Packs
A challenge pack is a workout program plus 30 day supply of Shakeology.  Depending on the sales going on in each month, you can earn up to 36% commission for each Challenge Pack sold.  So, for instance, selling a challenge pack on sale for $140 will earn you a $40 commission or a 28.5% commission.  Selling an Annual All-Access Beachbody on Demand Challenge Pack for $199 will earn you $70, or a 35% commission.  The challenge pack commissions will be the same whether they are purchased by a customer, or as a coach sign up.  However, a challenge pack sold to a customer is categorized as “Retail Commission” and a challenge pack sold as a coach sign up is categorized as a “Fast Start Bonus.”

Personally Sponsored Coaches
If one of your personally sponsored coaches orders something, you do not earn ANY commission, because they have most likely purchased it from their coach account…UNLESS it is a subscription or a subscription renewal.  If one of your personally sponsored coaches subscribes to Team Beachbody or renews their subscription, you will earn a 40% commission from their subscription or renewal.