Why I Quit Team Beachbody

I know this post has the potential to stir up some controversy depending upon who is reading this. However, I do feel the need to share my Team Beachbody experience. 

Three years ago, I had responded to an advertisement on Craigslist for a Health and Wellness Coach. Being someone who was in the middle of completing a Masters degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion, this seemed like a great idea. It turned out that I had responded to an ad to join a Beachbody coaching team. For anyone not familiar with Beachbody, you also try to recruit new coaches to work under you in addition to recruiting people to buy Beachbody products. I was skeptical. The girl, who had written the ad, quickly friend-ed me on Facebook. At this point, I didn’t sign up. However, I did watch her posts for the next three years. She seemed to have a great thing going for her. She was working from home and able to stay home with her kids. I still didn’t sign up. In fact, at this point I was eagerly looking for a job that I had to go to on a daily basis. After working from home for a few years as a freelance journalist, I was young, wanted to get out of the house and meet people. I still didn’t sign up after many, many contacts with this girl…who seemed very nice, but slightly pushy.

Over the next three years, I did take a job that required I get out of my house, while maintaining a list of freelance writing clients. I did Insanity from time to time. When the 21 day fix came out, I was very excited to give it a try. I just wanted to tone-up and this seemed like a great way to do it. I’ve never been good with portion control! I did tone up and even started to develop some abs. However, I did not use Shakeology while on the 21 day fix. 

After the 21 Day Fix was over, I continued to follow the meal plan loosely. I’m not one to deprive myself of anything. If it’s something I want, I don’t see the harm in moderation. I also continued with the workouts. All along, I had been using a different meal replacement powder as well as a separate protein powder. I liked them. They kept me full and even tasted great — especially when mixed in smoothies. However, I’ll be willing to admit that I was still very intrigued by Shakeology.

When PiYo came out, I made the decision to sign up as a coach. I contacted this girl, who I had essentially be Facebook stalking, for the past three years. I signed up on her team. Honestly, I was excited to be part of a team. I got a pretty good deal on a challenge packet and was ready to go. I had signed up for the discount, but was open-minded to attempting to make some extra money. 

Immediately, I was sent a list of things to do. For example:

  • Get goals.
  • Join a number of different Facebook groups.
  • Tell everyone I know that I am now a Team Beachbody Coach.
  • Read personal development books.
  • Set up my first challenge group.
  • Wear Beachbody clothing.

I’m sure there is more, but you get the point!

This was a lot of work to do for essential free. I understood though. You don’t build a successful business overnight. I was also tossed into a “coach camp” that was run through Facebook. This was supposed to me teach me all of the basics. Honestly, I’m not a huge Facebook user. It was fun in college, but now I swear the people I know who use it on a regular basis are my parents age. I hardly had time for this. Not too mention, I don’t like to be on camera. There were daily assignments. Many of them required filming yourself talking about your Team Beachbody goals and your own personal fitness goals. I’m a writer, I do not enjoy the camera!

The other thing that got me about Beachbody is that they claim it’s not sales. To me, it ended up seeming no different than having a jewelry party or a candle party at your house. I was told repeatedly to reach out to family, friends and co-workers who I think could use my help. This may be inappropriate, but all I could hear in my head was myself saying, “Hey, you are looking like you put on some extra weight. If you pay $140+ , you can shed those unwanted pounds in no time!” I am a very independent 29 year old…I own my own home (I have since I’ve been 25), I don’t use credit cards, I pay my own bills and I enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. I was not about to financially benefit from the fact that I have friends who enjoy way too much McDonalds. 

To avoid reaching out to my family and friends, I started connecting on Instagram with some people I had never met before. Isn’t it odd how I was more comfortable talking to strangers out this than people I actually knew? I had some people seem interested. For most, it just wasn’t in the budget or I never heard from them again after I sent them an e-mail regarding challenge groups or signing up to be a coach. Honestly, I was starting to feel guilty. I felt like a used car salesman or those people who work at the kiosks in the middle of the mall during the holidays, who practically chase you around the mall trying to get you to purchase some lotion that smells terrible.

Side note: I feel the need to talk about Shakeology before I finish my story. Shakeology tasted great. I enjoyed all the flavors. I just did not enjoy the price tag. However, as I continued to use Shakeology, I felt like I started to develop headaches and even a few hives after drinking it. I’ve talked to medical professionals, who advised against me continuing to drink this product. I complied, my health is not worth holding the title of Team Beachbody Coach. Shakeology did leave me feeling full though. However, I feel like I can find a meal replacement that works for me and that costs much less. I know Shakeology fans are going to say there is no better and that’s okay. I’m wanting to hear all of your comments.

Back to my story, I decided to cancel my Beachbody Coach account as well as my Shakeology. This proved to be more challenging than any Beachbody workout I had ever completed. It’s almost a mystery. Beachbody is not very clear on how to cancel your account. When I did finally find the form, no one processed my cancellation. I’ve entered the Team Beachbody live chat many of times and still no cancellation. The 48-72 hour cancellation policy apparently takes much, much longer than this. They seem very reluctant to let me cancel. I’ve threatened the Better Business Bureau, I’ve called my credit card company, called Beachbody and entered the live chat many, many times. Still, I’ve had no results. I’ve been cancelling for two weeks and I can’t seem to get past a video of Beachbody’s CEO telling me not to go.

Buddy, I’ve made up my mind. I’m out. I don’t care what you have to say. I will follow my dreams and I will be successful. I am going to one day have children and I am going to work from home. However, I will not be supporting my family off of my family and friend’s money. All of this has inspired my to become the best possible writer I am can be so that I can have a freelance career and stay at home when the time is right!

 

Advertisements

Gotta Watch Out for Pot Holes.

Hey guys! Long time no see…or write I guess! I’ve been a busy girl.

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

1. Pulled Pork Pancakes….sounds odd, but it’s delicious!

photo 2 (3)

2. Pirates Playoff Games. Yes, the Pirates may be out of the playoffs now. However, I am beyond thrilled with the buccos this year. They played six playoff games and did great.The season may be over, but these guys worked so hard and I am so happy to say I’ve been a pirates fan since before they were good!

photo 3

3. Running a 6.6k. This did not go as planned, but it was still a lot of fun. I ran one leg into a pot hole at about the 1 mile marker and had a very sore knee the remainder of the way. However, this was the longest race I’ve completed and it was thrilling. So exciting, that I am actively working to put together a relay team for the marathon!

photo 1 (2)

 

 

What have you been up to lately?

Things I’m Loving

Happy Monday! What better way to start out a Monday than by sharing things I’m loving!

Tazo Chocolate Chai Latte

Tazo Chocolate Chai Tea Latte. Mix this with milk and it’s the same exact product you get when you order a Chocolate Chai Tea Latter at Starbucks for 1/3 the cost, I’m loving it!
Cover Girl Smoochies. I only have two but I want them all. A hint of color and very moisturizing.
African Black Soap. I got a sample in a Klutch Club Box, I think, and have finally gotten around to using it and I’m loving it. It’s minty, refreshing and seriously makes my skin feel so soft!
This book came from my Popsugar Must-Have box and I seriously cannot wait to start making all the things in it..such great ideas!
Marc Jacobs DOT. Smells SO good and the roller bar is perfect for travel or your purse!
What are you currently loving?

Popsugar Must Have Box- Septemeber 2013

If you are all familiar with popsugar, fitsugar, etc…, there is a good chance you have heard of the Popsugar Must-Have Box. This box is $35 per month and provides you with a wide-variety of goodies…I’d call this more of a lifestyle box than a beauty box. You receive beauty, fashion, food and home products that value over $100.

I know this box seems kinda pricey compared to many of the $10 beauty subscription boxes that are floating around out there,  but after much consideration and reading many reviews and watching many youtube unboxing videos, I decided to take the plunge with a 3 month subscription to the service.

If Popsugar peaks your interest, click here to check it out.

photo 1

photo 2

 

Barr-Co Original Scent Diffuser. Diffusers have always intrigued me especially with a little puppy around I’d love to by making sure that my house smells super fresh at all times. This scent is a blend of milk, oatmeal and vetiver. It’s mild and does make my bedroom smell great, but is far from overpowering.

P.S. You’re Invited By Erica Domesek. This book is a DIY book that provides you with more than 40 beautiful and easy-to-make DIY projects…from household to clothing and accessories, this book is pinterest in book form. Everything in this book is fun, creative and everything seems easy for those of us who aren’t that crafty — but would like to think we are! I can’t wait to get started.

Rifle Paper Co. Coaster Set. This coaster set is adorable and girlie! I’m excited to have more coasters…believe it or not when I bought my house finding coasters was not an easy task!

Kitsch Headbands. I’ve tried Kitsch hair ties and loved them, so I was very excited to see these. This type of headband seems to be the only kind that actually stay in my head!

$25 Shoptiques Gift Card. Shoptiques allows you to shop boutiques from all over the world…clothing, accessories, handbags and shoes. I love little boutiques so I am very, very excited to check this website out! This gift card is burning a hole in my pocket!

That’s It Bar. Haven’t tried this yet, but it’s a fruit bar. I love bars for on the go!

Sharkies. This are energy chews. I plan on saving these to snack on before a race I’m running in two weeks.

 

Overall, I’m pleased with this box. It’s things I will definitely use but wouldn’t have thought to purchase for myself. The only thing that gets me is the price-tag. Although, since I paid for three months at once, I won’t miss the money by the time the next two months roll around!

 

What are your thoughts on this must-have box?

Pinned It, Tried It

I love Pinterest, as I am sure many of you do too! However, let’s be honest how many of you actually act on most of the pins you pin? Personally, I pin many, many DIY projects and never get around to doing them.

I think this sums it up. Thank goodness my hoarding is online and in my house…because well, that would just be bad!

Anyways, I was going through some of my boards late last night while I couldn’t sleep…insomnia and Pinterest are definitely a bad idea and I came across some things I pinned that I plan on doing in the very near future. Including:

Elastic Hair Ties. This seems so easy and these things are so expensive to buy already made. I have a few that I got through subscription boxes and I absolutely love them. Time to get to the craft store.

A Together List. I think this is so cute and easy to complete!

ann lyrics 2

 

Framed first dance lyrics. I think this will be a perfect first anniversary gift for my brother and his wife.

 

Link me to your favorite Pinterest projects that you’ve completed!

In Need of Some Motivation….

Yes, I know I am a day (almost 2) late, but I am unbelievably excited that Desiree chose Chris on the Bachelorette. He was my favorite for the longest time. Despite all the speculation, I am definitely glad Brooks didn’t come back for her. Personally, I think he is going to have a heck of a time finding a relationship after being on this show! Chris seems like an awesome guy!

What are your thoughts on the Bachelorette or how about the Juan Pablo being the new Bachelor? I am very excited for that but I am in a hurry for January to get here at all!

Just in case you are in need of some motivation, here are some great Pinterest motivations I came across this week. I know I can definitely use motivation on a rainy evening. Time to get moving on some planks!

fitness-motivation-sign-48

 

 

It’s safe to assume I have a problem…

Hey guys! I went to Niagara Falls  (the US side) and look how pretty it was….

photo (2)

This was absolutely beautiful! The Falls, a rainbow and the Maid of the Mist all in one picture. Isn’t this enough to make you want to spend a lot of time at the Falls? You would think, but this is where I am going to admit I have a huge problem. I went with my sister, sister-in-law and my sister’s friend (that’s a whole lot of sisters in one sentence!) and we spent a heck of a lot of time at this place….

fashionW

The Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. This place is a shop-a-holics’ heaven or worst nightmare. Depends on how you look at it. However, we had a ton of fun I managed to actually get a lot of Christmas shopping done. (We also seem to be starting an annual shopping trip for Christmas in the summer, each year we are planning on hitting up a different outlet center in hopes of finding amazing deals.

I can’t post a picture of what I got because I have plenty of presents in my “group” picture. However, here’s a list of the gifts I bought myself:

  • 2 Kate Spade Purses (I seriously have become a major Kate Spade addict over the last year)
  • A make-up kit for the Bare Minerals Outlet (this place has amazing steals)
  • 4 shirts.

They are now safely tucked in my semi-organized closet (last weekend the entire back rack of my closet fell out of the falls causing clothes, shoes and purses to fly everywhere. Thankfully my order from Hautelook came days later and I was able to use my sweet new organization gear to give my closet a much needed overhaul!

Is your closet neat or a hot mess? I feel like it’s impossible to make a closet look completely perfect!

photo (3)