Monday, September 1

The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Beachbody Coaches


Okay so this post title pretty much a blatant rip off of a really popular personal development book but whatever, the point is made! I know there's a lot of you out there wondering how to be successful as a coach or you are a new coach and maybe you feel lost about what you should be doing each day to move yourself forward. FEAR NOT my dear ones, I put together what I think are the top 5 things you can do each day to be effective as a coach!

1. Effective Coaches Are Their Own Best Marketing | If you want to be able to speak with any sort of authority or integrity about a fit lifestyle or about how awesome challenge groups are and how effective Shakeology is, then you better believe you need to be living that lifestyle every day yourself! As a coach you are your best marketing. You being active, and positive, and healthy, and sharing that with your networks will help you to be not only an inspiration but also an authority on all things fit among your followers. In Beachbody jargon, this called "being a product of the product". In Becka jargon, it's called "practicing what you preach". HA!

*Editors note: This does not mean that you have to have any sort of specific body type or be any sort of specific size. I started coaching just 2 weeks into my journey. I wasn't at my "after" yet and you don't need to be either to be able to help others. Just allow them into your journey and your story will inspire more people than you know!

2. Effective Coaches Read | As a coach you are pouring yourself out constantly. You are pouring yourself out on social media, to your challengers, to your team. Think of yourself like a vessel full of water. If you keep pouring but never take the time to refill you'll run out. Personal development is refilling your jug! Take time for yourself, to read something that will help you grow as a person and you'll see the benefits not only in your business but in all areas of your life!

3. Effective Coaches Ride the Tides | The one way to ensure that you will not be successful as a coach is to give up when things get tough or slow. Effective coaches don't even entertain the idea of quitting, because they know that if they continue doing these things each day they will be able to help other people reach their goals and the pendulum will swing toward success. Show me a person who says that coaching is a scam and I'll show you a person who quit before they had a chance to shine.

4. Effective Coaches Share Their Journey With New People Each Day | You can interpret this one how you like, but this just means that effective coaches are growing their networks and client base each day. For introverts like me, I use social media to draw people into my world who connect with something about me or my story. For extroverts that could mean joining a local yoga studio or going to the local moms meetups and making new friends. You can't help anyone who doesn't know what you're doing so you've got to share your story!

5. Effective Coaches Care | You will never be a successful or effective coach if you don't care about people. I mean REALLY care. Like care to the point that you're happy to do what's best for them even if it isn't what's best for your paycheck. Supporting the goals of each person that coaching brings our way and legitimately trying to help them find the right tools and community and caring about what happens after that, staying in touch, staying available to answer questions... all these things show people that you care. And people will come alive when they know you care about their best interests!

These tips and tons more are covered in my New Coach Training. Our team of coaches is quickly climbing the ranks and is currently ranked in the top 400 teams after just 1 year (out of 190,000+)! Fill out this application to join my team and be personally mentored by me! 

Sunday, August 31

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CURRENTLY...

I LOVE: building things, personality tests, binge watching entire TV series at a time, underwater photography, paddle boarding in the sunshine

I WANT TO TRAVEL: to Iceland with Nate and a bunch of polaroid film

MY FAVORITE OUTFIT: gray skinny jeans and light tops (it's still so hot here!)

I FIND SEXY: intelligence, initiative, dark hair, light eyes, tattoos, and a killer wit. 



MY PHILOSOPHY ON WORK: Hustle till you don't have to introduce yourself anymore

ART THAT MOVES ME: Rodney Smith's portfolio is like a dream.

TOOLS OF MY TRADE: vision, a voice, determination, a camera, and a laptop



MY INNER RHYTHM: likes to sleep till 10 and stay up till 2. not ideal.

FAVORITE SCENT: Musky vanilla candles, spicy orange incense, and Serenity oil

I NOURISH MY WELL-BEING: with reading and Shakeology



I FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE: being forced to make small talk with strangers

A COMPLETELY OUTRAGEOUS THING I'D LIKE TO OWN: A black leather Eames lounger

VERY INTERESTED IN: helping others to look inside themselves to find their strength; sharing what I know.



A SMALL PART OF ME: wants to move somewhere with big mountains

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Saturday, August 30

5 Tips For A Killer Fitness Transformation


1. You've Gotta Want To Drink | Not literally. I mean, yeah drinking water is important. But what I really mean is that I can lead you to the water, but you've got to drink it. I can't help anyone who isn't ready to put in the effort themselves. I can't want it for you. And the same was true for me! It wasn't until I had a really solid "why" that I saw lasting change. I had to want it more than I wanted an extra half hour of sleep. Or more than I wanted french fries. WHY-power can make incredible things happen but it has to begin inside YOU!

 2. You've Gotta Have The Tools | No I don't just mean Beachbody stuff. Although I do stand behind their products 110% But I mean that you need to have proven tools to use so that you aren't just floundering around wondering what to do. That could be a home fitness program and Shakeology like I use or it could mean a new crossfit membership and schedule or it could be a plan from a personal trainer at your local gym. Or it could be a couch to 5K plan from your favorite blogger! Whatever tools you pick, just make sure you have some good ones that work!

 3. You've Gotta Have Support | This one is so important! A fitness transformation is more than just your body. It's mental and emotional! You've got to work on the inside too. And trying to do all of that on your own can be really difficult. You need a support system who believe in you who tell you to get off the sofa and do your workout for the day. People who encourage you when you're feeling frustrated and who celebrate with you when you have a victory! That's exactly what I found in Challenge Groups online! That's why I now run 1 each month for people who want to commit to a month of healthy changes and want a community of awesome people doing it alongside them! But even if you aren't in one of my challenges (um... why are you not in one of my challenges?) find a workout buddy that has similar goals and keep each other motivated!

 4. You've Gotta Remember: Progress Over Perfection | If you are ready to have a real, lasting transformation then adopt this mantra: "Progress Over Perfection". This is a journey and journeys have ups and downs. You live in the real world where schedules get packed and healthy snacks run out and you get PMS. ;) So if you do slip up, or allow yourself a cheat or a day off, or if you only lose 3 pounds instead of 5 remember, progress over perfection! Just keep making progress and let go of trying to do everything perfectly. It's better, I promise.

 5. You've Gotta Do The Work | This one might seem silly but I have so many people contact me looking for a magic fix. The truth is, there isn't one. Wraps, pills, supplements, crash diets... they all are only bandaids. To have a real transformation you've gotta fix the problem underneath. That means you have to change your habits and mindset and you've gotta put in the work. Not a ton of work, but consistent work. In my challenges, my challengers commit to half hour workouts each day. It's nothing crazy, but it's consistent. Do the work, reap the reward.

Here's some real before and after photos submitted to me by some of my past challengers who had killer transformations because they utilized the tips above! Shoot me an email if you're curious about what programs each of these beautiful souls used! If you're interested in jumping in and having me coach you through a month long fitness challenge, get all the info here and then reach out to me and I'll get you plugged in!

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Wednesday, August 27

My 70+ Pound Beachbody Transformation


My name is Becka and I reached rock bottom. It happened in 2013, in the summer. I remember the exact moment. I was sitting in a car with a friend and I told her that I was about to give up. I had tried and tried and tired after having my son to get my body back to a place where I felt like I recognized myself and it seems that no matter how hard I tried, I was moving in the OPPOSITE direction I wanted to be moving in. Caught in a horrible cycle of self-loathing, weight gain, depression about both, and then sinking deeper into self-loathing I was headed no where good, fast. I told my friend I was ready to buy some mom jeans and call it a day. If I was going to be busting my arse and seeing ZERO results I might as well just be lazy and see zero results. I was exhausted all the time, felt frazzled and rushed and lazy all at once. I had a hard time remembering things and felt like I was constantly letting things fall apart no matter how hard I tried. That was summertime 2013.

Let me back up a bit to give you a little bit of a background about me. I'm an artist. I have been for a long time. Now I just get paid to do it professionally. I built a business around my art for years, brought my husband into it, and was loving the adventure. Two years before we got pregnant I started slowly putting on weight. Call it "happy weight" because I was falling in love with the man that is now my husband, or look at it as the start of symptoms I dealt with unknowingly for years, it was still frustrating. I'd always considered myself a fairly healthy person. I was a vegetarian, went vegan for a while, tried juicing, was connected to the local organic food scene, loved to cook healthy meals at home, ran, did yoga. But still, by the time I got pregnant I was about 20 pounds heavier than my average and unhappy about it. During my pregnancy I put on 60 pounds. Not ideal, to say the least. And after having our son, I was shocked when only about 15 pounds came back off instantly.


To make a long story short, I suffered from postpartum depression for 10 months without realizing it until the darkness lifted and I could see that how I had been feeling before was not normal! In that time I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that affected the way my thyroid functioned and was told to stop eating gluten. Weight slowly started to come off, but not much and by the summer of 2013 I was at a breaking point. My marriage was suffering, my own self-worth was suffering, my friendships and social life and even my career was starting to feel the effects of my poor health. Something had to change.

I noticed a few friends talking about a new workout program called Focus T25 but it wasn't until a friend I saw on a routine basis came over and looked visibly smaller that I was intrigued. I started asking people questions about it and decided to give it a try myself. I started researching Beachbody, the company that put out the workout program and the business structure of the coaching opportunity. If I was going to go in, I was going to go all in! I knew we didn't have the budget for me to be spending a bunch of money on weight loss stuff. I had already done a lot of that without any success! So coaching presented a way for me to be able to earn money to cover the costs of my own supplies! 2 weeks into doing T25 I could see a visible change, I shared my progress and it inspired others to join me! My coaching career had begun!


I did 2 rounds of T25 that fall and was thrilled to FINALLY see my body responding! The short and sweet workouts were a perfect stepping stone for me back into fitness! 25 minutes a day is so short that you cannot legitimately come up with an excuse as to why you can't do it! Heck! You've probably wasted that much time reading blogs today! ;) After T25 I decided to try P90X3 because my husband committed to it. I loved how much strength I developed during that program. I went from barely being able to do a push up to being about to do 50 or more in a workout! My body continued to change and the momentum and excitement I felt propelled me forward and kept me motivated to keep going.


In the spring I started the 21 Day Fix which changed the game for me! I LOVED the short workouts (just 30 minutes) and the structure of them which I felt went by faster than even T25's 25 minute workouts! Up until then I was doing my best to eat healthfully and moderately but the 21 Day Fix's nutrition plan with it's color coded containers for portion control and balance OPENED MY EYES to how I should be eating and how off balance even my "healthy" diet was! After that, things really started to speed up! Nutrition is 80% of the weight loss battle so learning how to eat correctly is a pivotal piece of the puzzle! If you are stuck there, I strongly urge you to try the 21 Day Fix!


As the spring progressed and I felt better and better I started researching nutrition more and more and felt compelled to give the paleo lifestyle a try! Since I was already avoiding gluten I felt like it wouldn't be too big of a change for me and I was curious to see how it would make me feel! I used the 21 Day Fix's nutrition plan to keep me balanced and in moderation with my protein and fats and to make sure I was still getting enough carbs and produce! Going paleo was the nail in the coffin of my old ways! The remaining weight I had started falling off! And I hit my goal weight of 130 pounds which put me at a total 70 pound weight loss! I made this little video the day that I hit it to celebrate and share my story if you want to see my reaction that day!



Since then I've lost a bit more weight doing Piyo (an incredible program that mixes moves from pilates and yoga into a strength and flexibility building party) but more than that I've watched my body TRANSFORM. I'm a work in progress and I still have things that make me self conscious and areas of my body that I like less than others, we all do, we're human, but for the first time in over a decade I actually feel confident and proud in my own skin. I feel strong and clear-headed and energized. I feel joyful and happy. And more than anything I feel excited to continue! This has become a lifestyle for me now, I'm not on a "diet" and I don't feel like I live in a state of deprivation. I live in a state of abundance! With fresh fruits and energizing vegetables, with shakeology which tastes like a treat but is so full of nutrients that it's almost unbelievable how good it tastes, with energy and strength and flexibility and muscle definition I never thought possible, I live in abundance! And I want to share that with you!


No matter what point you're at, from just wanting to get stronger, to having a daunting amount of weight to lose like I did, I want to help you chart a path and then give you the daily tools and motivation and positive energy to keep you going! I'd love to help you get started and have you join our community of people working together toward their goals! That's why The Better Together Fitness Project even exists, to bring people together so that we can all be better!

And this is only my physical transformation! There's so much more with my own heart, mind, and in our finances thanks to Beachbody. But that's another post for another day! Here's me now (summer 2014!) feeling awesome, enjoying the sun and the springs and feeling comfortable in my own skin. It's not even about the weight loss, to be honest, I don't really weight myself anymore! It's about feeling good! It's about enjoying your life in your body! We were made to thrive! I love yoga, Piyo (I got certified as an instructor!), stand up paddleboarding, trying new paleo recipes, finding amazing new local restaurants, traveling, playing with my toddler (he's hilarious!) and helping people to find the same success with their health goals that I have! If you've been waiting for a sign, here it is! Let's go! If I can do it, a girl who doesn't even really like working out and who felt like she was beyond repair... ANYBODY can!


You can keep up with me and my journey here on this blog, by following me on Facebook, by following along with me on Instagram, or by connecting with our Better Together Fitness Project community via Facebook!

Thursday, August 14

Thanks Babe! Happy VESSYL to me!

This morning I got the coolest surprise I just HAD to share it with you all! My husband surprised me with a fun Rifle Paper Co. (my favorite designer and friend!) card (Certificate of Awesome! Ha! Awesome.) and a little note about how he pre-ordered me a VESSYL!

I'm so excited!!! Have you heard of VESSYL? They are these INCREDIBLE cups that track all your liquids, how much you drink, and the nutritional content of them all day long. How crazy is that?!?!?!

And, he knows me so well, he ordered me the one with the BTFP blue rim! Gotta love a man that pays attention to details!


Prepare to have your mind blown!!! Here's a video about VESSYL and how crazy cool and innovative they are! EEK! I can't wait to get it! I'm gonna put Shakeology in it and blow it's damn mind! ;)

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