Just hanging out watching some football and blogging! The other 2 yayhoo’s are asleep! And, I’m realizing that Thursday nights and Friday mornings are my fave time to blog 🙂 But, I should probably not try to multi-task and watch football ‘cuz it’s taking me forever to write….I’m especially excited for the NFL this season. I always love football….especially my Broncos (and I will tolerate the Vikings but dang do they disappoint a person….just ask my hubby)…..but this year is my first year in Fantasy Football and my team is rated 2nd on our report cards 🙂 My kicker was the only player I had playing last night but he got me 9 pts!! AND, I was #7 in the draft and picked up Aaron Rodgers, so here’s to hoping he has a good season!!….which is basically saying I hope the PACKERS have a good season….and, well, meh. Ha, sorry Bothe’s if anyone is reading this 😉 That’s the interesting thing about Fantasy football. Sometimes you gotta cheer for players and teams you wouldn’t typically cheer for 😉
Anyhoo, ONTO TOUGH LOVE and inspiration and some serious PROPS…..
I wanted to share a little story about the 1278459 reason I love having my very own personal free coach…
Her name is Val and I’ve never had to pay her a penny for her love and support! (AND, I will say I’ve paid other “macro” coaches and different types of “expert” coaches hundreds of dollars for FAR FAR less than what she’s given me!!!!!!!)
According to Webster’s, the definition of a coach is:
a : a private tutor hired a coach to help her daughter prepare for the test b : one who instructs or trains an acting coach a birth coach; especially : one who instructs players in the fundamentals of a sport and directs team strategy….and went on to give these examples: a football coach, a pitching coach, a gymnastics coach…
I’d love to add a life COACH & health & wellness COACH to this list of examples!
In my mind, a coach is simply a person who helps you get to your goals….whatever they may be! Growing up, my basketball coaches helped me get better at basketball and taught me the value of teamwork. Both goals I had…..or didn’t know I had lol! And, I can tell you that not all of the coaches I had growing up were EXPERTS or honestly even had prior experience at what they were doing!! But, they were passionate (MOST of them lol) and (MOST of them lol) just loved and supported us the best they knew how.
To me, that’s the best definition of a true coach: one who is passionate about helping others achieve their goals.
And, to me, and to the entire Beachbody company as a matter of fact, it doesn’t require anyone to be an expert in fitness & nutrition or hold any certain types of degrees or certifications. Heck, our trainers and our programs do ALL of that FOR us! Beachbody was way ahead of the game and they do that FOR us and continue to find cutting edge methods to get people lasting and amazing results if they put in the work! As a TBB coach, we simply just have to love our clients and our coaches hard and support them the best we know how on the way to their goals. We don’t have to be personal trainers or registered dietitians or hell even be uniquely passionate about fitness & nutrition (although I am!!)! We just have to know how to extend a hand to someone else….just like our coach did for us.
That’s what Val has done for me.
She, to this day, helps guide me in the best approach to my goals (which honestly is most of the time just simply not to give up and it’s not even just about my health & fitness goals….EVEN MY LIFE GOALS!). She talks me off the ledge. She’s the first person to tell me I can do something when I’m stuck or trying to tell her that I just can’t. She cuts through the bullshit of my responses and excuses and tells me like it is. Soooo, YES, she’s been by my side for almost 4 years now. When I joined her team, she helped me choose a program called TurboFire! And, when I told her I had already tried Shakeology and I pretty much HATED it, she told me that without a doubt it would help me be healthier and get to my goals faster and then helped me pick a new flavor and find recipes that I still use and absolutely love to this day. It was a random weekend in October of 2013 and my life would be forever changed.
She’s been there through my IUD craziness and the highs and LOWS that came with it ~ my all-over-the-place emotional battles with health, food, my job, coaching, being a mom and even my marriage.
She’s not a personal trainer or a nutritionist or a dietician and wouldn’t be able to calculate my macros for me or tell me exactly what to do physically to get to that stage next year.
But, all that she is far outweighs all of those things. And, I’m speaking from personal experience here ‘cuz I’ve had all the above! And, while I absolutely learned from those people in my life and I don’t think I would change any of that, only one of them was still with me after I walked out the door….not one of them ever messaged or texted me JUST to see how my day was going…..and while a few of them did say things to me like “You deserve success, now let yourself have it,” most were gone from my life after I stopped paying them for their services (with the exception of my girl Poppy! if you’re interested in following flexible dieting and need help with what macros you should eat, SHE is your girl and she has an amazing FB group for support!) and I didn’t get near the support and time as I have from Val. I get that’s pretty much how the world works so believe me when I say I’m not bashing any of them ~ it’s simply how so many things in the fitness & nutrition-world are designed! However, writing this blog post has totally reaffirmed how amazing an opportunity this is….both AS a client and as a coach if you go that route!! And, I know it’s gonna be her tough love and her support and encouragement that helps get me to the stage….and honestly that’s what I really need. (Ha, because AGAIN, I have all the workouts and nutrition plans at my fingertips for the logistical side of this….it’s the inside that pushes the rest!)
So, this week when I was fighting a tummy flareup and definitely not feeling well or on top of my game, I reached out and told her that I thought I maybe just needed to switch programs…..go back to the basics and focus on my nutrition with either Country Heat or the 21 Day Fix. My right wrist has been bothering the heck out of me and some of the moves in my new program I have to not only modify but some I’ve just been having a hard time doing at all. But, she challenged me. I’ll admit when I’m not feeling well, I start to doubt my abilities and I start looking for an easier way 😉 Well, she wasn’t gonna let me out with an easier way. She pushed me that I need to finish this thing! Even if I have to modify. Even if it hasn’t looked perfect yet again this round…..that even though I’d be doing something else, quitting on a program just because of a bump the road would only leave me feeling a little defeated. And, when I asked her what she thought would be the most effective program for me right now….this is what she said…”I think it will be more effective for you to not give up dina! If i was half way through a program and I felt like it was getting harder, i would hope you would tell me I could do it! to remind me that I can do it and that I am strong enough….because you are!”
Well, alright then! Yes, I am strong enuf! It’s just sometimes I have to be reminded of that…and she’s right there to do it.
I told her I wouldn’t give up on these next few weeks! And, even though my next workout sucked ass to be quite honest, I KNEW she pushed and that I’m following through with the right thing. It’s hard. It’s supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everyone would do it. And, honestly, I was yet again making it harder than it needed to be. Mostly because I didn’t FEEL good. But also because I’m more COMFORTABLE with Country Heat & the Fix!! Those are two of my fave programs and I’ve done them so much I don’t have to be challenged or pushed. But, I need to get and stay UNCOMFORTABLE during these next 200 and some odd days 😉 Being comfortable isn’t gonna get me to that stage. AND, I seriously do LOVE this program! I have never had so much fun doing intense cardio as with this workout!!!
AND, she just gave me an amazing incentive for after I do this thing!!!!!!!!!! Stay tuned!!
So, THANK YOU for talking me off the ledge yet again Val! Onward and upward!! This was at our first Coach Summit in 2014 in Vegas!! Each year just gets better and better!
AND, not only has this girl been there for me, she’s been there for many others and it shines through in an awesome accomplishment she just made in her business! I just had to give her some serious props because she just hit a cumulative $100,000 in income yesterday since she started coaching 4 years ago! We get paid every Thursday for doing something we absolutely love….and as she would say and so would I….we would do this even if we didn’t get paid! (But, it sure is an amazing blessing for our families that we do!!) Way to go girl! LOVE YA!