Saturday, July 4

Can You Really Be Successful As A Beachbody Coach?

Happy 4th of July! It's a perfect time to share this post because today is all about freedom and this post is all about freedom so happy birthday America! Land of the free and the brave and a place I'm thankful to live in because I'm allowed to pursue living out my freedom intentionally every single day!

mybbsuccessstory Although a few years ago I didn't feel free at all. I felt completely trapped. I felt trapped in a body I didn't understand or identify with. One that felt unnatural to me and that I constantly wanted to shrink inside of. I felt trapped financially. Unable to commit to more work hours just because of time but unable to increase our income because we couldn't take on more work. After having our first child we felt the weight of responsibility of providing for all the needs that might come and as money went right back out the door on medical bills and baby needs we felt like were just treading water.

In less than 2 years my world has completely changed. 70 pounds lighter. Having built a solid 6 figure income from my phone and laptop. A job that truly gives me freedom to be with my family and friends and to travel wherever I want to without worrying about time off or missing out. Healing from the disease that was causing so much trouble in my body (without medication!!!!), plugged in and connected with an incredible community of support and friendship, growing as a leader and in my own self confidence every day.... And here's the craziest part- this isn't a before and after. It's a before and NOW. Because my story is still in progress! Things are only getting better and better and I'm so thankful that I was bold enough to jump two years ago when something inside me urged me to give it a try.

Was I skeptical? Of course. Was I worried I'd fail? Of course. I was crippled by insecurity and self doubt. Already working multiple jobs and stretched thin. I didn't feel like I could take anything else on. But where there's a will, there's a way! When you want something bad enough, like I wanted a way out from my situation, you find a way to make it work.

I'm looking for people who are FED UP with feeling frazzled, like they work and work and get no where... both in their own health journey and in their work-life. I want to help you get plugged in with our team and personally mentor you to learn how to turn your own fitness journey into an inspiring career helping others! No matter what your story is (big weight loss, tiny weight loss, love of nutrition, knowing nothing of nutrition, love to workout, hate to workout) there's room for you to inspire others who are like you!

Fill out this application

... and I'll reach out to you to talk to you about this and get you started! I want to get you started right away because later this month is our annual convention where Beachbody launches a bunch of new products and I want to help you learn the ropes now so you can capitalize on all the amazing momentum coming our way later this month!!!

PS. This mentorship is only open to people who are not currently coaches or not currently working with other coaches. Don't wanna be stepping on others' toes. Thanks!

*Beachbody® does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Beachbody Coach Business Opportunity. Each Coach's income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See the Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on Coaches' incomes.

Friday, July 3

MAKE // 25 Handpicked Healthy 4th of July Recipes!

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So much to be thankful for this 4th of July! I get asked a lot how I stay on track during celebratory times and to be honest, the 21 Day Fix plan really teaches you how to eat so that you can survive social events and celebrations without totally un-doing all your progress and I love that. So do I enjoy myself? Yes. But my secret? I always bring something that I know I'll be able to eat so that not only am I giving myself a snack that I know is good but I'm also adding a healthy dish to the party so others can enjoy too! I was looking online for some great recipe ideas for myself (since we're going to a lakeside celebration tomorrow) and I found so many incredible ideas I wanted to share with you! Most of these are super simple to make! I hope you're inspired to have a healthy holiday weekend!

appetizers 1. BLUEBERRY, STRAWBERRY & JIMICA SALSA
2. LAST MINUTE RED, WHITE, & BLUE SUMMER SALAD (so quick and easy!)
3. WATERMELON & BLUEBERRY "SPARKLERS"
4. BACON-WRAPPED SWEET POTATO BITES
5. HEALTHY FRUIT & PRETZEL FLAG APPETIZER (show-stopper!)

fruit 6. CHOCOLATE BANANA POPS (keep in the freezer until you serve them)
7. MANGO DIPPED SPARKLERS
8. RED, WHITE AND CHOCOLATE DIPPED STRAWBERRIES 
9.  CLEAN EATING WATERMELON "CAKE" (centerpiece worthy!)
10.  WHITE CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY BITES (kids can help you make these)

impress 11. DIY GUMMY STARS (great for little party patrons!)
12. 100 CALORIE CHEESECAKE BITES
13.  RED, WHITE & BLUE HONEY YOGURT POPS  (great alternative for kids!)
14. TRIPLE BERRY CHIA PUDDING PARFAITS

gfpaleo 15. CHOCOLATE BANANA SHAKEOLOGY PIE (this can easily be made gluten free!)
16. GLUTEN FREE BERRY & GRANOLA CUPS
17. PALEO LEMON FRUIT TART
18. PALEO STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES
19. AVOCADO WATERMELON BITES (impress your neighbors)

entrees 20. AIP SALTED CARAMEL ICE CREAM (omg!)
21. CHIPOTLE LIME CAULIFLOWER STEAKS
22. LIME, AVOCADO & SHRIMP SALAD
23. 3 INGREDIENT GRILLED CHICKEN (put it on skewers for easy party noshing)
24. SPICY CHICKEN WITH GRILLED LIME
25. BALSAMIC BEEF 7 FIG KABOBS (yes, seriously)

Tuesday, June 23

Journey To Top 10

I'm always so inspired when businesses pull back the curtain and let you see their journey. When they share the ups and downs, their big goals, what worked and what didn't. That transparency just shoots right to my heart! So today I want to let you in on a really big goal (perhaps our biggest) goal as a team...

Last year, our team hit the leaderboards at #779. Not too shabby out of over 200,000 but no where near the ranks of the tops teams. We had grit and gumption though and we knew we could make it happen. From then until now we've gone from that first rank to the top 50! But we aren't stopping! We want to break into the ranks of the Top 10! A super prestigious goal, and a slightly absurd one for a team as new and young as ours, but we have never been a team to back down from a challenge!

When I first sat down to write out goals for 2015, I originally wrote down 'Top 25 Team". And even that seemed pretty far fetched as we were ranked up over 100 at the end of 2014. But each month, as reports come out from corporate, we are seeing the possibility of surpassing that top 25 goal and breaking into the ranks of the top 10 teams (out of over 315,000!) So I decided it might be fun (and slightly terrifying) to peel back the curtain and let you all in on our journey!

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Each month I'll check in and share some stats about our team, and what we are focusing on, what we're doing to become better, and what's not working. Hopefully it inspires you to shoot for bigger goals than you ever dreamed for yourself as well!

Let me give you a quick breakdown before we even start about what this is all about...

So in Beachbody, a team is all the coaches under you. Leaders arise and team cultures form. Ours has grown out of obscurity to quickly becoming recognized as one of the most authentic and creative groups of coaches in all of Beachbody! What an honor! Our team of coaches is every coach from myself down (so everyone who joined after and because of me) and we call ourselves The Arrow Girls and TeamBTFP which stands for the Better Together Fitness Project because we believe that we are better together than on our own and that when it comes to fitness, it's better in community!

And community is our big focus. The incredible souls on this team have a heart for helping people to get un-stuck in their health and fitness and plugged into an incredible community of support. Because of the diverse spectrum of inspiring coaches on our team we are able to reach people in all various stages of life from new moms to college students to athletes to artists. Our goal as a team is to reach and help as many people as possible to hit their own personal goals. We do that by being living and breathing inspiration, mentors, cheerleaders, and 24/7 support squad. We also have a burning desire to see people come alive in their careers so we have developed a system for training new coaches on our team to help them get started strong and be as successful as possible reaching their career goals as coaches!

Okay, so now that you know what we're about... here's some stats from May...

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WHAT OUR TEAM FOCUSED ON IN MAY:

As a team we decided to go back to basics. Nothing fancy, just getting back to the core of what we do as coaches and what we have learned is beneficial to our business success: consistency, integrity, and personal growth. We also set a goal to help more people than we had the previous month to get started with their health and fitness. As a team we were able to help at least 232 people to reach a health and fitness goal which to me, is just beyond incredible!

WHAT I FOCUSED ON AS A LEADER IN MAY:
  • My main focus in May was making sure that every single coach on our team felt as if they had a place to come to get support and encouragement and felt equipped to find the tools and help they needed to reach their own personal goals. The coaches on our team vary widely from those who are just there to enjoy a discount to those who are trying to make a little extra to support their families to those who are career coaches, replacing 1 or their entire household income with coaching income so I wanted to meet everyone where they were with support. I set up private groups to be able to give my coaches direct access to me as well as to each other for a complete "we are better together" team vibe.
  • I focused heavily on my Instagram account in the month of May. Inspired by a recent staycation we took to the beach I felt compelled to lighten up the look of my feed and have since been focused on posting specific content on there that fits the aesthetic shift. I'm so excited for this new direction and the things I have planed for my instagram account! I had a goal to get my Instagram account to 5,000 followers this year and I accomplished that just recently because of the momentum I gained in May. 

WHAT WORKED... 
  • Our team has definitely found its groove as a niche of women full of integrity of purpose and encouragement. There's such a spirit of sisterhood (even among the few guys we have in there with us!) and family and support. I love getting to watch them celebrate each other daily! 
  • Our focus on the basics helped so much to give the newer coaches on our team a solid foundation and to help veteran coaches focus on letting go of activities that are "fluff". I want to continue this focus as a core pillar of what our team is about! Because of this return to the basics, many coaches on our team were able to break through plateaus or stall-outs in their own personal fitness journeys which just helped them to inspire others to do the same! Win/Win! 

...AND WHAT DIDN'T:
  • As a leader, I want to make sure that all my coaches feel set up for success. And because of the incredible expansion in our team recently, I have identified a pending need for a more streamlined system to set up some one on one time with my coaches and to be able to work more specifically with them on their goals. This has been bumped to the top of my list of things to figure out in June! It's definitely a good problem to have! 
  • Our team's resources are so vast that we have now identified a need to organize them in a way that is safer (longevity-wise) than just being housed on Facebook. I am actually super excited to work on building an entire team training site full of all of our team's incredible tools and trainings all in 1 beautiful and easy to navigate space! I cannot wait to see how this change affects how quickly the coaches on our team can be successful! 

OUR GOALS FOR JUNE:
There are of course lots of goals our team has as a group, as individuals, and that I have for myself as a leader. But our primary focus in June is going to be having more coaches hit their minimum business goal than we did last month. I'd like to beat last month's number by at least 5! We also are focusing on developing those who are pushing for and/or close to their next promotion to tip over the edge and officially hit it this month!

Interested in joining our ranks? Fill out my apprenticeship application to apply to be mentored by me and join our team that is headed to the top!


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MAKE // Beat The Heat With a Minty Superfood Treat!


Hey there boss babes! It is blazing hot outside, but I know you aren't cooling off with your goals! If you're anything like me, you've been craving lots of iced drinks, smoothies, popsicles and other icy treats to stay cool while the weather heats up outside! I'm a recovering ice cream addict so I have to keep an arsenal of inspiring ideas in my pocket to keep me from going for a pint of mint chocolate chip and this little bad boy is getting me through these blazing summer months. Bonus points since its full of protein, vitamins, superfoods, adaptagens, and probiotics to actually fuel me with good stuff. I also hid some avocado in here. You could toss a few fresh spinach leaves in if you're feeling like an over-achiever today and I bet you won't even be able to taste em! ;)

Also, I'll be honest. I didn't think I'd like a smoothie made with avocado and mint but oh my gosh you guys it tastes like mint chip ice cream. Try it and let me know what you think!

For the smoothie:
➳ 1 c. vanilla cashew milk
➳ 1 c. water
➳ 1/4 ripe Haas avocado
➳ 1 scoop vanilla (or vegan chocolate) shakeology
➳ 8-10 ice cubes (depending on how thick you like it!)
➳ 2 drops pure peppermint extract

For the chocolate syrup garnish
➳ 1 tsp. coconut oil, melted
➳ 1 tsp. coconut butter, melted
➳ 1 tsp. cocoa powder

How to: 
1.  In a small bowl, mix the melted coconut oil, coconut butter, and cocoa powder until syrupy
2. Drizzle the chocolate syrup into a glass then place in the freezer for a few minutes
3. Combine all the smoothie ingredients in a high powered blender until completely combined
4. Pour into the cup and garnish! Enjoy immediately!
5. You could also pour this into popsicle molds for later!!!!

(If you wanna try Shakeology for yourself, you can actually get the entire 21 Day Fix for just $10 more when you buy them together as a pack this month. Email me and I'll hook you up!) 

Go get 'em babes!
gritandgumption

Friday, June 19

Is Beachbody A Pyramid Scam? Myths And Facts About the Network Marketing Industry

If there's one thing I know about boss babes, it is that they know how to trust their gut. Intuition is one of those superpowers we lady-folk seem to especially possess and when we are tuned into it, magic can happen. Learning to follow those soul-stirrings can lead us down all sorts of paths to adventure.

However, a true girlboss knows how to combine her intuition with business smarts. She follows her heart but backs it up with her research. She isn't just blindly running off cliffs, she is making calculated moves based on guts, gumption, and grit. So it's no surprise to me that so many boss babes find themselves among the ranks of networking marketing businesses. It makes sense to me, as a feminist, because the network marketing industry is one of the only here in the US where women get paid DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR what their male peers make for the same work.
Confetti-toss break for wage equality!
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I really am bummed that this is even a post I need to write. But unfortunately it is. Because we live in a broken world where people take advantage of other people and our friends get hurt and we put up walls and skepticism. With court rulings fresh in people's minds, NYTimes articles going back and forth, and a plethora of not-actually-accurate blog posts filling the internet with misinformation, this is a conversation that needs to happen before we go placing a scarlet letter on an entire industry and its people who are just trying to support their families. In my industry, the direct sales industry (also called "network marketing" and "multi-level marketing" or "MLM") just like in any industry, we've had some bad apples. And since I know if you are reading this, you're one of those with-grit-and-gumption girlbosses I mentioned earlier, responding to that stirring inside that tells you that this is the path but also doing your due diligence to research and learn and back your intuition with cold, hard, facts and knowledge, I decided to break down some myths about this industry, and explain how and why Beachbody is backed by legitimacy and integrity in our industry. (aka... why this is not "one of those pyramid things")

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Toss your hair into a messy bun, grab your coffee (because it's time to get down to serious business talk!) and let's dive in with some myths and shedding of light...

MYTH 1: Pyramid schemes are hard to distinguish from MLM companies. So it's a riddle!
LIGHT: Joseph Mariano, President of the Direct Selling Association (the governing body in the world of reputable MLM companies and the industry standard and watchdog) went on record recently explaining that Multilevel Marketing is not synonymous with a pyramid scheme. The former is a lawful industry (just like banking, dentistry, or retail) the latter is an illegal operation that should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  And here is the main difference between the two as defined by Mr. Mariano, "There is no riddle. Federal law and statutes in a majority of the states clearly define a pyramid as an operation that pays salespeople primarily for recruiting additional members into a network instead of selling products. The Federal Trade Commission further warns that pyramids may require members to buy large amounts of inventory, meaning you couldn’t consume it yourself, or unwanted items." (source) Beachbody, unlike some other companies, is built on the retail sales of actual products to consumers. In fact, Beachbody started as a company just selling workout programs without a network attached. We are unique in that fact that the network was not added until later instead of a company building a network and then having to invent a product for it's network to sell. So our company is built on products for consumers, not on selling an opportunity alone.

MYTH 2: You can't really make money in an MLM. Most people fail. It's a scam. 
LIGHT: There are no guarantees in any industry. Just as many people try a new career path and fail, get hired for a job and then fail, or try to start their own business and fail. This industry is no different than that. But in fact, the idea that "most people fail" is a misstatement. 91% of direct sellers say their experience in direct selling meets or exceeds their expectations as a business where the harder they work, the more money they can make. And 84% say that direct selling meets or exceeds their expectations as a good way to supplement their income or make extra money for themselves. (source) Some red flags to watch out for are startup costs. How much do you have to pay to get going with a company. If the startup costs are substantial, watch out. Legitimate MLM companies want to make it simple for you to get started and your costs should cover your startup kit which should be low. (source) (Beachbody's coach sign up fee is $39 for your kit. But, if you sign up at the same time that you purchase a program and shakeology to use for your own fitness journey, they actually will allow you to sign up as a coach FOR FREE.) Another red flag is if a company does not sell its products to consumers. Like I said before, the majority of Beachbody's profit is based on sales of its workout products and supplements to consumers. Slow clap.

MYTH 3: The majority of people who try MLM quit. It's rare to be successful. 
LIGHT: In fact the turnover rate in the network marketing industry is on par with the retail industry. We also have to take into consideration that there is a large number of people who begin a network marketing job as a seasonal income generating activity, not as a long term business goal. Those people aren't quitting or dropping off because they weren't successful. They stop because they reached their goal. (source) And as an anecdotal add on... almost all of the people that I started in training groups with when I started as a Beachbody coach have stuck with it and been successful. Very few that I knew have quit. Sure, not everyone who gets into direct sales is good at it. But not everyone who gets hired at Starbucks is good at being a barista either (seriously, someone wrote my name as "Pecka" on a cup once). Or a doctor. Or a lawyer. You get the point.

MYTH 4: People lose money because they are forced to buy a bunch of products they can't use. And then get stuck with thousands of dollars of product after they quit. 
LIGHT: With reputable companies, this is highly regulated and companies must have a buy-back policy in place and in writing. In fact there are a lot more protections built into the direct sales industry than most other entrepreneurial options! (source) With Beachbody, we are very different in that coaches are not required to buy any specific product or quantity of product to have an account or earn money. I've heard some people claim that Shakeology is what Beachbody uses for this but that is untrue. Coaches are not required to buy Shakeology to be coaches. They are encouraged through optional incentive programs to use it as a way of maintaining integrity so they are not selling something they don't use and enjoy themselves, but they are encouraged to use just what they need and not more. Since Shakeology is meant to be consumed each day as a supplement, anyone with a build up of Shakeology has gotten to that spot because they were not using it regularly for their health, as they really should be if they believe in the product, not because Beachbody forced them to overbuy. Here's another example... Let's pretend your doctor told you that you need to take a vitamin every day for a month and prescribed you a bottle of 30 pills that you bought. If you took those every day as prescribed you would not end up with a surplus. If you did not follow your doctor's directions, at the end of the month you would end up with extra and from the outside it could appear that the doctor oversold you. However, upon investigation anyone could see that the surplus was because of you not utilizing it as you should, not because the doctor oversold you. Make sense?

MYTH 5: It's all about recruiting, and if you don't do that you can't make money. 
LIGHT: It's pretty clear to any business-minded person that without a doubt, expanding and growing is an important part to any business. The same is true in network marketing. For network marketers looking to build a substantial business, recruiting and mentoring others to success is an important aspect to growth. But, recruiting is not a requirement for making income in legitimate MLM's. (source) In Beachbody, you can start earning income off commissions from the sales you make right away (without ever having recruited a single person) and you can continue to do that for as long as you like. However, since this is network marketing it does behoove big-dreamers to build a network and grow, just like in any business. Growth is always good.

But how can you really be sure? If you're a girlboss, you're savvy so do your research! Ask questions. Companies accepted into the Direct Selling Association go through a rigorous application process where their business plans, marketing plans, assets, etc are evaluated and reviewed to make sure they are in compliance with FTC and DSA guidelines. Also look up companies on the Better Business Bureau (Beachbody has an A+ rating) and make sure they are part of the DSA. (Beachbody is a member. In fact, Beachbody was recently honored by the DSA with an Excellence in Sales Force Award for it's new coach training!) You can find the DSA Code of Ethics (that Beachbody complies with) here. You can also find the FTC's guidelines about this subject here.

You got this boss babes!
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