Thursday, June 23, 2011

June 24 ~ Beachbody Summit (Part 1)

Eek!  It's been three weeks since my last blog post.  This past weekend, Josh & I packed up, left the little ones at home with his mom & grandmother...and we headed to L.A.  First, let me say that I have not been away from my girls for 4 nights - ever.  It was a much needed break to recoup and regenerate.

I'll post more about my Summit experience soon (after all, this is part 1).  I wanted my first Summit post to convey how grateful I am to be a part of this incredible company...this tight knit family of like-minded individuals.

At the airports in Baltimore, Denver & Los Angeles, I saw so many coaches.  You can spot us a mile away with our P90X shirts, hats, etc.  I went right up to them, introduced myself and struck up conversations...never once feeling awkward about it.  As soon as we got to the hotel, I knew this was going to be a fantastic weekend.  Entering the lobby, I feel this buzz...a palpable excitement.  From there - I felt like I was completely in my element.  I felt secure, confident, elated.  I said hello to everyone - and everyone said hello back.  It's hard to explain the feeling like we just all know each other, like we're family reunited.  I have never felt anything like this from a group of people before - much less from people I have worked with in the past.

It goes beyond that though...beyond the pictures, the conversations, the laughing and enthusiasm.  There's the constant inspiration and motivation...the support.  Sitting in the audience, listening to these coaches who have changed their lives in ways I cannot even begin to fathom - tears in my eyes, heart swelling and sometimes breaking - it left me feeling awed.  Coaches who lost 50, 75, 100 - and nearly 200 pounds, what Shakeology has done to improve their health, how Beachbody's workout programs have transformed them inside and out, and how they are paying to forward by helping to change the lives of countless people who have reached out for help, for compassion, for not only affected me, but Josh as well.  To hear his perspective, it confirmed that I am where I need to be.  This is what I need to be doing. 

What really hit home for me though, was listening to Carl Daikeler, Jonathan Congdon, Brett Blake, Jeff Hill and Michael Niemand talking about Beachbody - their vision and goals for this year and going forward.  You see, I know that there are people who are skeptical of this coaching business.  They see it as the proverbial "pyramid scheme", a way for coaches to make commissions by selling workout programs to people.  But that's not what this is about.  It WAY beyond any of that.  It's about making a positive impact on the future of our country - our children.

Carl's vision to End The Trend of obesity in our country is nothing short of incredible.  Did you know that for the first time in history, our children's life expectancies are lower than our own?  How scary is that?  It breaks my heart.  Every year we are spending billions upon billions of dollars on health care - specifically on ailments that are related to poor health, which can be avoided and redirected if we were all healthier, overall.  If we got up and moved more...if we chose to eat more wholesome, fresh foods.  If we spent more time preparing these foods with our children and showing them that eating healthy can be fun and taste good.  Carl sees us Beachbody Coaches as a united front - an immense group of people working together to support our communities and help them to get healthier via at home workout programs, nutritional supplements like Shakeology and community fit clubs where large groups of people convene to workout together and cheer each other on as they embrace a more fit and active lifestyle.

Carl's unwavering goals for our company and his conviction that we WILL do makes me wish that everyone could experience the depth of his vision.  Please don't mistake this as me preaching.  We all know I have struggled time and time again with my nutritional habits, emotional & binge eating, weight gain & loss.  All we can do is our best (and forget the rest).  Any steps we take towards a more active and healthier lifestyle, that's something.  We're making a difference.  We're setting an example - and we're showing that while it's not easy, it's necessary.

This experience solidified that I am doing exactly what I should be doing, as a Beachbody coach.  I know, without a doubt, that I have supported, inspired & motivated people.  I have helped changed lives...and I will continue to do so - as a Beachbody Coach, a TurboKick Instructor, and a Health Coach - and whatever else is in store for me in my journey to "change lives across this great country of ours".

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