Why I started (and stopped) coaching for Beachbody

I submitted my cancellation form yesterday. I want to start by saying that I love the workout programs and Shakeology very much. I believe they are great and they work and I will continue to use those programs I own hard copies of in the future. Maybe not the Shakeo though…and not because I don’t like it or think it works. More on that later.

I started coaching because I was running free groups online to help my girlfriends and myself stay accountable. That made me a huge candidate for coaching for BB as that’s the bread and butter of what they do and how they meet new customers. A friend did well with the 21 Day Fix and I wanted to give it a go. I loved it and had great results. I had purchased a package that came with the DVDs and Shakeology. I loved both.

Shakeo is pretty expensive at first glance so I signed up as a coach for the discount. Those groups I was telling you about lead to actual customers as my friends wanted to try it too. Eventually, I ended up transitioning my loose-formed groups to more structured groups based of the BB program du jour. It wasn’t about the money but it was super nice to earn my Shakeo and Business fee back each month! It was a nice little side business and I enjoyed spending my free time helping others get good results.

Money wasn’t a motivator: You don’t earn a bunch doing that. People drink Shakeo 4-5 months and stop, usually due to price. When you break it down it’s not very expensive per meal – you’ll spend much more on Wawa breakfasts, for sure. That’s not easy to convince people and I never wanted to be that pushy person hell bent on changing anyones mind. Customers stayed around to try different programs that came out in the future because they work and give good results. To earn really well, you need to seek out new customers and that wasn’t my thing. Once things in my personal life turned whirlwind-style end of 2016 I stopped taking on new customers but continued to help those existing when they needed help or advice. I just didn’t have time to help more people get going. Had no desire to get up 3 hours early to work a side business when money from finding new customers wasn’t my motivator.

Company Policy Changes: In the recent past the company switched to focus on on-demand programs which reduced the ability to earn income. This is because customers can have access to everything for an annual fee. This makes it hard to start new challenge groups as everyone does their own thing. That’s what I loved the most, running groups. Nobody wanted to do them anymore. In terms of earning my Shakeo and Business fees back no one want to buy hard copies of the new programs any more and, as mentioned before Shakeo is the only real income earner but people lose interest fast there. This didn’t bother me much as I was a ‘discount coach’ who was focused on helping my little group of existing customers so I still stayed for my discounts.

Personal Reasons: Turns out I have some stuff that needs sorting out and my doc wants me off Shakeo for a bit. This is not due to shako or any ingredients being bad, I can’t have any medicinal herbs or supplements until some things are sorted out.

Financial Reasons: Obviously, I can’t buy $99/mo Shakeo and give it away for the undefined future until I can use the product again. That’s crazy. You can’t earn if you don’t have a certain amount of personal volume. On top of that, I’d have to pay a monthly business service fee out of pocket, too. (For those of you wondering, anything my customers buy goes entirely to the company, not me, while this all goes on.) So that’s really the beginning of the end of it all for me right there. I can’t justify spending money on products I can’t use just to stay ‘active’ status. Those are the rules. My plan was to stop coaching and sign back up later when I can use the products fully again.

Drama: The policy changes did cause all kinds of havoc with some fellow coaches that found their income reduced so badly they had to get new jobs to supplement income. Many of them stayed with online marketing businesses. For some reason the company decided to change the rules further and say you can’t work for another (even non competing) MLM business, and a lot of my friends got fired. Those that didn’t branch out were very mean and condescending to those that left or were fired. Some were the best of friends the day before. These interactions and the fact that many were publicly berated for leaving  broke my heart and, well, pissed me off. About the only thing I can’t tolerate is a liar and, to me, pretending to befriend a person only for the benefit you get, is akin to being a liar. Especially deplorable here, because it really comes off like befriending folks for financial reasons. Foul. Not something with which I want to be associated. Also the reason I may not come back when I can use the products fully again.

Thats my coaching story, beginning to end. I am excited to go back to my crafts and blogging though! And I will continue to help my old customers while they are using programs I can help with. I have a wonderful coach who is motivated for all the right reasons to whom I will be forwarding any new customer inquiries. She is great. And one last time, I really do believe these products are the best out there and they work. I just really wish we could have skipped the drama part.





Clean Gut Day 25

Today I added dairy. To my surprise: zero problems. Had an omelette with provolone. Had Cheese as a snack and yogurt. I had troubles in the past but as I think about it it was always when I overate with cheese included or if it was dairy and sugar like in ice cream. Tomorrow is another day of this but so far so good!

Now, back to the damn carbs. Remember when I said the book reports it takes up to 72 hours to have a food reaction? Well, I woke today with a huge fever blister. Sure, I am under LOADS of stress, but it has been getting better so I find it more suspect that the food add to this. I never get these things unless I am deathly ill and I am not.  Now I have not had dairy and I don’t eat fish. Those contain L-Lysine that has been known to help FIGHT the cold sore virus. I HAVE been eating seeds, almonds, drinking cashew milk, oats and eating wheat for 2 days. Those have loads of L-Arganine known to TRIGGER cold sore virus fair ups.  I avoid Pecans and Walnuts ’cause every time I eat them I get a cold sore.

Sonsa bitch. I did this to myself. Just in time for the weekend. Bah.

Clean Gut Day 25:
Calories: 1,100
Water: 105 ounces

Clean Gut Day 24

Today I went back to the Clean Gut for a day and then tomorrow I will reintroduce dairy.
I was annoyed all day and I woke with a headache and I slept like crap. I felt better and better as the day went on.

Ready to try dairy tomorrow. I think that I just need to list wheat and that is that. I won’t bother cutting it out forever or anything. Like I explained yesterday I don’t really eat that much of it unless I get to where I am eating out too much. Just will limit my refined starches and I should be fine. It is amazing how it effects my digestion, my mood and sleep, too!

Clean Gut Day 24:
Calories: 1,100
Water: 105 ounces

Clean Gut Day 23

Today I woke up without the red face or allergie issues. My scalp is not itching either. I think the rice and potato type starches are probably ok for me. I don’t really ever eat those unless I eat at a place that serves fries with chicken or something. My unexplained anxiety was gone, too.

Today I had oatmeal for breakfast and had some tummy pains but was ok. For lunch I ate wheat crackers with wheat and rice flour with soup for lunch. Again, a little rumbly but fine. I ate the wheat crackers alone for a snack later and felt no good at all. Also got a red nose again in the hours after. Later, as an experiment, I had some gluten free crackers and was totally fine.

Morel of the story? I think it is safe to say that I should consciously limit the refined what flour / corn products that I consume. When I do eat them I will be sure and eat them WITH something else (protein or veggies) so that other digestive enzymes or whatever get to the party and help a sister out. LOL. Seems like I am fine with potato and rice type starches though I only really eat sweet taters regularly. Might need to up those in my diet to keep the carbs up to a decent level.

I am not huge on bread since I don’t ever eat it before it spoils at home. So I don’t think that should be a huge issue for me. I really only have it if I eat a sandwich out or go to an Italian spot with Pop. I don’t overdo it with pasta either (never make at home unless Pop asks me to come make it). It really should not be that hard for me to keep up the limited wheat.

Tomorrow I go back to the Clean Gut for a day and then Thursday I will reintroduce dairy.

Clean Gut Day 23:
Calories: 1,400
Water: 100 ounces

Clean Gut Day 22

Today I woke up with such a red face! My rosacea was off the damn hook and my allergies were bothering me. Also, my nose was all itchy and red most of the day. I was a bit on edge and worried about I don’t know what all day, too. I had wheat, rice, potato starches and some wine. I already know booze acts my allergies up. Beer is worse, then Wine, finally whiskey. It’s actually what lead me to prefer whisky.

Today I did just the rice and veggie starches to see if I felt any better. It totally worked out a lot better. Not as many stomach issues today – none as the day went. I think I will try wheat flour and oats tomorrow and see what the reaction is without any alcohol.

Sidenote – the book says that it can take up to 72 hours to show ill effects from foods. Since my reaction was immediate I am trying out the different groups of carbs to see what ones I should limit in the future and what ones don’t bother me at all.

Clean Gut Day 22:
Calories: 1,300
Water: 120 ounces

Clean Gut Day 21

Today was the shower – it was AMAZING!!! Check my personal Facebook page for deets on that front. So, I added the wheat in a day early. My stomach did not like pasta or bread – I had the worst stomach problems from those. Another meal I just had potatoes with (no wheat) and was totally fine.

Tomorrow, I am trying out the only rice and potato starches to see how I do.

Wish me luck!

Clean Gut Day 21 Tally:
Calories: 1,700
Water: 120 ounces

Clean Gut Day 20

Still doing well with the elimination diet – tomorrow is the last day, then I can put something back in to test. I think I will do grains.

I am pretty sure tomorrow is my shower so I think I will tack on 1-2 days of the elimination so I can be sure I am getting the right read on any reactions.

Clean Gut Day 20 Tally:
Calories: 1,300
Water: 140 ounces
Macros: (Not tracking any longer as they are the same for 3 weeks.)

Clean Gut Day 19

Still doing well with the elimination diet – not perfect but well. Have to still get done changing my fraud stuff over and the tax guys is scheduled so I need to get that done. Considering I went to work in the clothes I wore yesterday, I think its safe to say I had the most stressful day, of my life. Every time something could be the worse thing ever another ridiculous thing happened. That is all I will disclose there. Glad its over.

Still looking forward to being able to test the foods I cut out here soon. Feeling good just insanely stressed out.

Clean Gut Day 19 Tally:
Calories: 1,350
Water: 120 ounces
Didn’t have time to plot/track today but its been pretty steady going in the macro end of things.

Clean Gut Day 18

Had to take a personal day today and correct the course of things. Still did not hear from the inspection. Appraiser is coming today, too. Heading out soon to go see pop off to his surgery today. After that I have to spend most of the day on the phone changing all my account information from the hack earlier this week. One of the cards they got is the one I use to keep credit score up – I put utilities and stuff on there and pay it off end of month.  I don’t even know half the passwords. Some accounts I never knew, really. Ugh.

After that I have to get my tax stuff more in order. (Apparently they won’t accept two piles of lumped up papers, who knew?) LOL. THEN we have moms dress fitting and if there is any time left I have some errands I need to run that would be fabulous to get done but I doubt I will get that far. The hack stuff is going to probably take the entire time pops in surgery. Wish us luck.

Nothing went and planned. I got only about 1/3 of my accounts corrected. NO taxes. They did have to do my dress fitting today randomly. Will have to make up for lost time this weekend.

Clean Gut Day 18 Tally:
Calories: 1,250
Water: 140 ounces
Didn’t have time to track today but its been pretty steady going in the macro end of things.

Clean Gut Day 17

Day 17 was just fine. I did have my appetite back, too. I am waiting to hear how the inspection went. Also trying to get the day of schedule set for us ladies getting our hair and makeup did. That is no small task. There are a lot of us!

In the book Dr. Junger talks about 72 hours being the window to have  a food reaction. Remember how I cheated at the shower? Well I had some dermatitis spots back this morning!!! It could be coincidental stress but at this point I think t’s far more obvious that it is something I am eating.

Other than that I don’t really have that much to report.

Clean Gut Day 17 Tally:
Calories: 1,250
Water: 102 ounces

Clean Gut Day 16

So today I woke up to my phone going off from fraud alerts. I got some info stolen and somebody went on a shopping spree. Yay. Just what I need to add to the pile of crap I got going on right now. Criminals suck. Go steal from someone that has money to spare jerk-faces.

Welp – I will say I won’t know what I will do with myself come June when the wedding, the merging of all the stuff, the actual move, the honeymoon, the planning, the EVERYTHING is all over. I think I will sleep a lot. Oh, and watch all of the things on Netflix and Prime till they shame me and ask if I am still watching. Like, till Fall. That’s just what I will do. And I will knit. I miss knitting this winter. No time.

So, back the elimination diet. I was really full all day and I didn’t eat that much. I was so busy at work I didn’t even have my breakfast (I brought with me) till around lunch time. So that was kinda weird. I am sure my appetite will be back tomorrow. Maybe I am fighting something off. The office has passed a few colds around lately.

Clean Gut Day 16 Tally:
Calories: 1,000
Water: 140 ounces

Clean Gut Day 15

So today I was irritable and my allergies were crazy bad when I woke up – recall I ate off the elimination diet yesterday? So, I am a bit put off that the food is possibly effecting my mood, too! Geeze.

Well other than that I had a good day and the longer the day went the better I felt. Got a dress for the shower today – last minute I guess. Don’t know when the shower is but I should have got something way sooner. Whoops.

Clean Gut Day 15 Tally:
Calories: 1.250
Water: 122 ounces