“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Rumi
Most people want to lose weight or tone up. We live in a country (well, I live in this country maybe you don’t) where we are surrounded by processed foods and over-sized portions and artificial sweeteners and as a result, most of us are overweight. That excess weight leads to a poor body image and depression and results in more weight. It’s a vicious cycle and it’s hard as hell to break.
We all want to lose weight fast. If something doesn’t provide instant gratification, it’s easy to lose hope and just give up. We yo-yo with dieting. We get bored of our workouts. Our friends, family, coworkers, society in general sabotage us by lack of support for our efforts. So we get stuck. Stuck being fat and stuck being miserable.
I work for a company called Beachbody. I coach for them and help people learn how to eat healthier without dieting and also help them get through Beachbody’s exercise programs. I don’t do this to make money, although it is a perk. In fact, most of the time I do this for people for free. I do this because Beachbody saved my life. Seriously. Beachbody gave me something that Atkins, Slim Fast, Jillian Michaels, Self, Crunch, 24 Fitness, Jenny Craig and countless other things I tried couldn’t. Support. Through Beachbody, I found people who were there for me. Who were on similar journeys or who had been. With the support I found, learning how to eat healthily and learning to love working out, I lowered my blood pressure from 170/100 to 110/60. I reversed my prediabetic status. I reversed my non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. And I earned a body and state of mind that is healthy and confident.
With coaching, I pay this forward. I work with people in a way that is different than other weight loss groups I’ve participated in. See, what I believe is that being overweight is a symptom of something deep inside. When you’re hurting inside, you wear it outside. When you start learning to love yourself, you reflect that by taking better care of yourself and the weight starts to come off.
The first step is to do some soul-searching to find within yourself why you put on the extra pounds in the first place. The next step is to focus on really why you want to lose them. For some people, they want to finally be able to sport a bikini or look good in a dress for a wedding. But for a lot of people, their reasons are deeper than that. They’re tired of feeling sick all the time. Their health is declining. They’re tired of being miserable, ashamed and depressed. Keeping focus of your WHY is a great source of motivation. That’s what keeps you driving forward and sticking with your goal. And having a group to push with, well, that’s the icing on the cake. When we feel supported and we feel like people truly care about whether or not we reach our goals… when we know people are paying attention, we work harder. So I run challenge groups. We all do a program together. We all stick to healthy eating together. Most importantly, we all check-in with each other EVERY DAY. We keep each other accountable and on track. I work with my challengers in the group and one on one to make sure everyone reaches their goals.
If you think that you could benefit from working with me in one of my challenge groups, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll tell you how to join Team Athena and I will hold a place for you in one of my upcoming groups. Please note that to participate in one of my challenge groups, I must be your assigned Beachbody coach. All programs and challenge packs can be purchased through my site, www.beachbodycoach.com/turborachel. You can just buy the program, (you don’t have to buy the whole challenge pack) to participate in a challenge group. Here is a schedule of what is coming:
Brazil Butt Lift Challenge (starting April 9th – there is still time to get in on this):