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I realize that I haven’t had very much to talk about lately.  Well, I have, but not a lot of time or desire to write.  I’ve been SO BUSY it’s ridiculous.  Oh my goodness.  So today, I’m just going to leave this page open, and blab about what’s on my mind.  Ready?  Launch.

Topic 1: Dan Carcillo.  Okay look, it’s no secret that I ADORE Dan Carcillo.  Why?  I really don’t know.  But he’s awesome.  And I don’t mean “just on the ice,” because quite frankly, he’s not always awesome on the ice.  I’m talking like, in person, he’s a really nice guy.  I like his spirit, even if it does get a little out of control sometimes.  I love his passion and excitement.  I don’t know, I just love the guy.  But that “hit” the other night (or, as some may call it, shove, push, slam, dumbass move…etc.) was just dirty, Daniel.  I saw it happen, thought to myself “Oh god, really, another suspension?  What is wrong with you?!” It was a really stupid move on his part, that is true.  And he’s going to get his hearing today, and he will deserve whatever punishment he receives.  That much is true.  But I’m sorry, just because he made one bad decision (okay, more than one…but it happens!) doesn’t mean the city of Chicago should shun him, call him a f*cking idiot or wish that he would die.  Seriously, I’ve heard all of these things in the same sentence from a so-called Chicago fan.  You can be mad at the guy, yes, I am too.  But the fact is, he’s a part of our team, and when he’s NOT being a bonehead, he’s fairly productive, playing his role, and making other people happy.  People make mistakes.  And yes, some mistakes are worse than others.  But the fact is, things like this happen.  It’s unfortunate, but they do.  He should be punished for his actions, yes, but goddamit stop wishing death on him!  That’s just plain uncalled for!  Think about the last time you made a big mistake at your job.  A mistake where you deserved major punishment.  A mistake you didn’t sit there and think, “Gee, I’m going to royally fuck up today because that’s who I am!”  Chances are, every mistake you’ve made has been accidental.  You didn’t sit there and think through the whole thing…because if you did, the mistake wouldn’t have been made.  Now think again about that HUGE MISTAKE you made.  Maybe it lost an account for your company.  Maybe it caused someone else to get fired.  Whatever the end result, you probably felt pretty guilty, right?  And you accepted any punishment given to you, am I correct?  Your coworkers were probably pissed at you, your boss was probably pissed at you, and your Regional Manager probably gave you a stern talking to, possibly even suspended you from your duties or forced you to “take time off.”  Think about how you felt.  All you did was wish you could go back in time and change what you did, because you realize it was the wrong move, am I right?  Now think again about when you came back, whether it was the next day or the next month.  You still probably had that sense of guilt, but you probably also worked extra hard to prove to everyone that was still mad at you that you weren’t out to make things bad for everyone…that it was just a mistake.  And let’s be honest here, that one HUGE mistake…it probably wasn’t your first slip up, and it probably won’t be your last.  Maybe it will be your last BIG slip up, but you will continue to make mistakes, because you are human.  You will continue to slip up on things here and there, whether at work or at home, and you will continue to accept the consequences for your actions like an adult, and use each mistake as a learning experience.  There, now please apply this entire concept to Danny Boy.  Big mistake and/or dumb decision…yeah, but it’s not the first and surely not the last.  And he’s not the only person who’s done it before.  So stop acting like he’s some sort of “danger to humanity” and allow him to serve his suspension AND injury time off and learn from his incredibly dumb mistake, okay?  For the love of Pete, he’s HUMAN!  These things happen.  Everyone fucks up at their job here and there, and some times are worse than others.  But we all get back up, try our hardest not to make those mistakes again, and no matter how hard we try…mistakes still come.  So get off his back, let him serve his time and go back to supporting the rest of the team instead of wasting all of your energy cutting him down.  For fucks sake, go be a fan and cheer on the team that’s playing tomorrow in Philly. 

Topic 2: My vacation. Ok deep breath.  Now I’m done ranting about moronic “fans.”  Sigh.  Here we go.  So…a month from Friday, I leave on vacation.  If you don’t know, Brian & I are doing a big Blackhawks roadtrip.  We’re hitting up their games in Denver, San Jose and Phoenix…plus a day in Vegas, just for a break.  Oddly enough, the night that we’re flying into Phoenix is the night my cousin is getting married, so various parts of my family will be down there.  We aren’t going to the wedding itself, but we’ll probably get together with my dad and a few random pieces of the Goodrich crew.  But seriously, I am so excited for this.  I haven’t taken a real “vacation” in a while.  A weekend here, a mini roadtrip there, but nothing like this in a few years.  And I’ve NEVER hit up this many cities in one trip in my life.  We have everything booked except for a couple of flights, and with prices going up and down and up and down day by day, I’m just waiting a little while longer to see if we can snag a deal.  I’m hoping that’s the case.  If not, well, at least the flights (even at their most expensive) are pretty doable and Southwest doesn’t charge for checked bags.  So yay.  Vacation, almost ready.  And at all three games, we never sit higher than 9 rows off the ice.  Sweet deal. 

Topic 3: Why I am a Beachbody Coach.  This is something that’s been bothering me for a while.  While Beachbody Coaching is a “job,” yes, and it does earn me a side income (which is why I encourage everyone to consider it if fitness is something they are passionate about…) the money is NOT why I do this.  The reason I am a Beachbody Coach is because I truly believe in the products, the company, and…most importantly…the results.  I am a 100% Beachbody Success Story, and I love this company.  I joined because I wanted to help other people achieve the same results (or better ones) than I have personally achieved!  Everyone needs some sort of motivation, and that is why I do what I do!  I don’t do it “for the paycheck” or “to get a discount.”  While these are all really great perks, I do this because I want to help people.  I want to “End the Trend” of obesity.  I want to help everyone I know reach their full potential.  I want to show people that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get your body to where you want it to be.  I want to prove that a DVD program WORKS just as well (if not better) than their expensive gym membership.  I want to show everyone that fitness and nutrition can be fun.  I want to prove that not everything you see in an infomercial is a gimmick (although most infomercials are…) and I want to show people that there is no “miracle pill” or “magical machine” that is going to get them into the best shape of their life.  You have to put in the effort both in the kitchen and in the workout, but if you have the right tools, the right support and the right company backing you 100%, YOU CAN DO IT.  So that is why I am a Beachbody Coach.  I do it because I want to see you succeed.  Would I love to reach the level where I can quit my full time job and have Coaching as my primary income, well yeah!  Who wouldn’t?!  But if I were to stay exactly where I am right now, financially with Coaching, if I were helping enough people see their true potential, the thank yous that they give me is worth more than any paycheck.  And I will be happy. 

Topic 4: Camera. So in regards to my vacation, I need a new camera.  Mine is starting to do funny things.  Like…lock up for no reason.  It’s still functional, but I’ve wanted to upgrade for a while now, and I figure now it’s necessary.  So hopefully this week I’ll be able to buy one.  I sure hope so, I really do.  I want the Canon Rebel t3i, and Best Buy has a pretty decent sale on one with a super zoom lens package thingy.  (Like my pro lingo there?)  So hopefully I can get my hands on that baby…soon!  So yeah, buy some artwork so I can afford a better one, would ya? 😉

Topic 5: John Madden.  NO DALE TALLON, YOU CAN’T BE AS COOL AS WE WERE IN 2010.  I don’t care that these are primarily “your guys,” stop signing all of the players we had to get rid of because of your mistakes in Chicago (which, by the way, you are already bound to repeat in Florida…) John Madden, love him to death, is now a Panther, along with Versteeg, Kopecky, and Campbell.  Well, and Skille, but we’re not really counting him in this blurb.  Dale Tallon is like that annoying kid who keeps trying to sit with you at the lunch table in elementary school.  He’s really annoying and dorky, and kind of a buzzkill (because, you know, you use that word all the time in elementary school…) but he just keeps trying to be as cool as you.  Each day he does something new to try and impress you or to try to be you.  He shows up with new clothes, he brings your favorite treats to try to convince you he’s cool.  He wears the same shirt you wore last week.  He brings in cookies.  But still, no matter how awesome he tries to be, he’s still annoying as hell and you do not want to let him sit next to you at lunch.  And by the way, he kinda smells.  So yeah, take that Tallon!  You smell!  Stop trying to be Chicago in 2010.  You just can’t ever recreate that magic.  It was magic.  It was chemistry.  You just can’t buy it back.  It has to show up. 

And that’s about all that’s on my mind right now.  So….yeah, go Hawks.  Beat the Flyers.  The last time we were there…this happened:


First off, whoa, sorry I haven’t posted in a while.  The holidays got CRAZY busy and I didn’t even get to finish the Christmas series I started.  Sorry about that.  But with the holidays now coming to a close and the year ending…THIS WEEK (whoa!), it’s time for everyone to start thinking about New Years Resolutions.  Did you know that about 65% of resolutions have to do with weight loss?  That’s staggering!  Is yours health/fitness related?  I know mine is! 

If your resolution is fitness related, I want you to keep reading.  If you want to get into the best shape of your life and improve your health and fitness in ways you never would have thought possible, I want to invite you to join me in my Beachbody Challenge group.  It is a 60-Day Challenge, and it’s the easiest way to achieve your goals.

As part of my group, you will be one of only five likeminded people, all set on achieving the same goals.  We will be tracking our progress along the way via Facebook, Twitter, email, whatever method keeps our accountability going strong.  We will hold each other accountable each day, and we will motivate, inspire and encourage each other to achieve amazing results.  Put your faith in this challenge, because it works!

As added incentive, you’ll be eligible to participate in a contest called “The Beachbody Challenge.”  All you have to do is log your workouts online for a chance to win $500 every day – and if you submit your “Before” and “After” photos as well, you have a chance to win the $100,000 grand prize.  I’ve won daily prizes twice already, so there’s no doubt that people do win these things!  Now, keep in mind, there are only five people in this group, and spots will fill up quickly.  I’m putting this out there so you can get involved NOW!  If you want to hear more details or if this interests you, please contact me at before January 2!  I’ll give you all of the information and walk you through the process.  It’s going to be an amazing challenge and I hope you want to join us. 

As always, if you’re ever in need of information on fitness products, coaching, or community support, please visit and sign up for Team Beachbody!  I’ve lost all of my weight with Beachbody; the products work!  And by joining the club, you can save up to 25% on all of your products.  It’s a great company, out of this world workouts, and they’re the best way to get in shape for the new year!

Until next time, friends….take care 🙂

I will start with this: Beachbody is an amazing company. They are the first company I have truly believed in, and there has not been one product, series or idea that they have put out there that I didn’t understand, embrace and recommend to everyone in my life. I love this company, I do. 100% of my personal success is a direct result of Beachbody. It wasn’t until I started using their products and embracing the community that I had any kind of success. If you are looking for a company that cares about its customers and really stands behind their message, Beachbody is that company. I have nothing but amazing things to say about them. With that being said, I have to share with you my personal struggles. For a couple of years, I have been a Beachbody Coach. Yet, in those few years, I have had little to no success. My rank has not changed, my income has hardly increased, and while the discount on their amazing products is quite the perk, the membership & website fees (though insanely low when compared with other companies) is starting to really bust my budget now that I have purchased a desperately-needed new car. I am still a 1.5 income household. I am still struggling paycheck to paycheck. And while the opportunity to succeed with Beachbody and really earn more and do more with them (the idea that I can succeed with them so well that I could quit my full time job) is appealing, and I know plenty of people who have done just that, I am struggling, and I am considering finally hanging it up as a coach. I don’t want to, but unless I can have that “a-ha” experience, it’s going to be necessary. Here’s a breakdown of the reasons I think I am struggling. I’m not using these as excuses. In fact, I encourage other coaches, business owners, etc. to read these and give me feedback as to how to reverse these situations and make this opportunity work for me. So here we go, a breakdown of the struggles I have with Beachbody Coaching. Keep in mind, these are not struggles that everyone will face, and I do not discourage you from signing up as a coach yourself. In fact, I encourage it wholeheartedly.

  1. Lack of Direction: Here’s the story of how my coaching career began. I signed up, eager to get down to business and drive my success like no other! I read my manuals, filled out my personal goal worksheets, set up my home office, sent out emails announcing my new plans, contacted the people in my upline…and I waited to hear a response…from anyone. The response from family: “Oh, well that’s nice. Are you sure paying for this monthly is a good idea since you’re currently unemployed?” The response from friends: “Oh cool, so does this mean you can get me a discount on things?” The response from my upline: None. I tried again, no response. Not one person in my upline has ever returned a single contact attempt. Maybe I was just unlucky in where I was placed. Maybe the person who’s string I was placed in was one of those “I’m in it for the discount” coaches and I just lost out on placement, I don’t know. But whatever the reason, I’ve never had any contact from my upline, and therefore I have never truly been given a “here’s how to get started” lesson outside of videos and brochures available on the Coach Homepage. So Coaches, here’s my question for you: if you’ve experienced this, how did you get past it? How did you reach out to someone else? Who was it? I’ve heard to reach out to “Coach Relations” a few times, but here’s the problem: I don’t know who that is. So help me out. That’s right, I’m asking other coaches for help. Which brings me to point #2…
  2. Coach “Rivalry:” I don’t know if anyone else has seen this at all, but I sure have. To me, coaching is a business based on individual effort as well as a team effort, this is true. However, it’s still a community and I feel like if I reach out to another coach, they should be willing to help, not shun me away. Maybe this was just my own personal experience, but in the past, I contacted a few other coaches and asked for help in starting over. I explained my feeling of being lost and my true desire to succeed, and I was given the brush off. The people that were supposed to help me turned me away because I was not a “part of their team.” It was as if they were worried I was going to steal their secrets or something, when all I really wanted to do was get a little push in the right direction; get advice, maybe have a face to face meeting or an email conversation. I hear of people I know (granted, not that I know well but people I have met face to face before) having this great success, and I turn to them for help and they treat me like some sort of corporate spy, stealing their business secrets. Just because I’m not in your downline doesn’t mean you can’t give me a little bit of advice. I’m not asking for how to “beat you,” I’m asking how to get started to create my own path and my own success. When my own “team” doesn’t respond to my inquiries, I have to look elsewhere, and I’d rather turn to someone that I have at least met before…rather than an anonymous source at corporate headquarters.
  3. Lack of Time: Now I know this one seems like the ultimate excuse. But I assure you, it’s not. I want to know how you successful coaches have managed to fit this into your schedules. Those of you who do this full time, I admire you and I aspire to have that same success. But I know you all had to start somewhere, and you were probably in my shoes once: working a full time job to pay the bills, taking on various side projects to earn income, balancing work, social life and family…how did you fit in your coaching? What are the “little things” I can do that will make the biggest impact? I get frustrated because I see all of these webinars and videos and live chats that I know I should attend, but they are all happening while I’m at work or while I’m in the middle of another project. I assume this is where a lot of information is revealed and explained (see point number 4, coming up), but working an 8-5 job means I can’t attend. And I know that most of these webinars or calls are recorded and available to review later on, but when I get home from my 8-5, most of the time I am working on art projects, spending time with family or doing something else that I find equally important, and by the time I have a few minutes to at least get started listening to a recording or watching a video, it’s 6 hours until I have to wake up to start the next day. A busy schedule should be no excuse. So coaches, help me out. How do you budget your time? How do you decide which calls/webinars/etc. are more important? Do you catch them all if possible? Do you “not miss certain ones?” And furthermore, how do you hear about them more than a few hours before? Because it also seems like I don’t hear about any of these things until a few minutes before they happen…or after they’re already over.
  4. Lack of Knowledge of Events/Products: As I briefly touched on in #3, I feel like a lot of the important information is revealed in calls/webinars/etc. And as explained, I have yet to find a way to make these things fit into my schedule, and I’m overwhelmed with how many there are, and I’m almost intimidated by the thought of starting at the beginning and reviewing all of the ones available. But it seems to me that a lot of these really cool events and products are things that I could easily use as tools to promote and build my business (as you other Coaches have…) but I feel like I never hear about them until it’s too late. For example, this whole “Challenge” thing…I’m still not really sure what it is, how to use it, etc. I’ve read the information in the pdfs and I’ve tried to figure it out, but I still don’t know how to use this to my advantage. But because I don’t have a team who has ever responded to inquiries and I can’t make it to live events, etc., I’m in the dark. In fact, I didn’t even know that the “Challenge” was going on until it was weeks into it. I visited my coach office in the morning (as I do every day) and I see things about “How So and So is Blowing it Up with the Beachbody Challenge” and whatnot, and I had no idea what they were talking about. It’s overwhelmingly frustrating to me. I want to know about these things. I want to use them and take advantage of the tools available. But when my main source of news and information is the Coach Homepage itself, it’s hard. Many of the things I want to know about don’t show up in the news feed, and if they do…it’s almost too late for me to use it. So I want to know if there are any of you out there who are in my boat: no ability to attend webinars, etc. on a regular basis and using the coach homepage as your primary source of information. If you are, how are you hearing news as it happens?
  5. Overwhelmed by Information and Events: While this is a good thing, it is also quite the point of frustration. There is SO MUCH GOING ON with Beachbody all the time. From new products to live events, chats, webinars, calls, promotions, opportunities, and so on and so on…there are tons of things going on at the same time. If I had all day to sort through them all, I could probably keep up fairly easily. However, I don’t have a full day to do that. So by the time I get a few minutes (or if I’m lucky, a few hours) to sit down and read up on things, four new things have popped up and I’m back being way behind again. How do you guys stay on top of what’s happening? I assume that this, along with most of my other issues, are all the result of the support of your coaching team. Correct me if I’m wrong.
  6. Inability to Attend Events: Speaking of things going on and how there is A TON, one of the really cool things that Beachbody and its Coaches seem to do is host live events. Whether that’s a community thing, a house party, the Summit, whatever it may be…a gathering of like-minded individuals, whether for the purposes of connecting with other coaches or recruiting new team members or just reaching out to your community to spread health and wellness through a weekly fit club workout…it’s a really admirable idea. However, I have yet to have the ability to attend even one of these events. Many of the ones I would like to attend because I feel they would be beneficial to overcoming my struggles are not local, therefore they are out of the question because I cannot afford to take days off work and travel to a seminar or gathering. I have yet to hear of any kind of helpful event in my area (Chicago suburbs, for those wondering) that I have been able to fit into my schedule or travel to, but I would love to attend one if given the chance. I would love to sit in on a “new coach training.” It would thrill me to work out with others via a fit club. I would love to attend any sort of gathering where I can connect with people who understand my passion for this company, whether they are coaches or just people that love fitness. I want to attend events. I want to bring friends to events and expose them to these things that I love. I would love to host one of my own, but as the next point will explain…I have yet to be able to do it. So Coaches, a question for you: what events, when scheduled in your area, do you consider a “DO NOT MISS” event? Which types of events have you learned the most, made the most connections, had an a-ha moment, etc.? Are there certain events that take priority over others? Do you attend every single one you can? Give me a little insight as to how you operate.
  7. Lack of Community Interest: I touched on this in the last paragraph, but this is one that really is starting to get to me. I mentioned that I would love to have the ability to host events and gather up people who have this desire to pursue fitness, whether as a coach, customer or just a supporter…whatever role they would be willing to pursue. My struggle comes when I realize that though I have a lot of “fit-minded” friends, not one of them has ever taken my passion seriously. They’ve seen my story, whether through my retelling of it, or by seeing me go from point a to point b, and they know that this is for real. However, when it comes to trying to show them the benefits of anything I do or use, I always get the same response. “No thanks.” I’ve tried organizing events, getting friends together to attend events, etc., and each time, it falls through due to lack of interest or response. They say it starts with who you have closest to you (friends and family) and while that’s true, they can only say “no” to you so many times before they’re going to get frustrated. I know. For instance, my mom has seen me through my entire journey. She believes in the products and the company as I do, but when I ask her, “Mom, you’ve been borrowing my Turbo Jam DVDs at least once a month for the past year, why don’t you make the investment and get a copy for yourself?” or “I know you love the way Shakeology makes you feel, and you said you really thought it tasted great, why not sign up for HD and guarantee your supply each month?” or even “Mom, your progress is so encouraging. You need to share your story with others like I do, you’re already doing this all the time, why don’t you just try out being a coach?” Her response is always the same. “Why would I want to buy the series if I can borrow it from you all the time? Why would I order Shakeology for myself, let alone on home direct, when it’s so expensive, and I don’t have it every day? I can’t justify paying a fee each month to join the Beachbody club, let alone a different fee to become a coach, especially when I see the struggles you’re having.” Talk about discouraging. It’s true, when there’s a coach around, everyone wants everything for free. They know you have it, and when you lend out a series for them to “try it,” they seem to never make the leap to purchase it for themselves. They want to “borrow it” once a month when they feel the need. They want your extra Shakeology samples. They want you to buy things for them to get a discount. (Because once you share with them the perks of coaching when they show interest, once they find out that there’s a discount, they just say “Oh, well instead of becoming a coach, why don’t I just give you the money and you order it with your discount?”) It’s insanely frustrating to find so few people who have a true interest in this concept. And that’s really shocking to me, honestly. I attended NPTI and made connections with some great fitness minds, and you would think that this would be the jackpot for where to make connections and build your team, but it wasn’t. In fact, when I shared my story, the general response was, “Oh, that’s great. Good thing you’re getting real training now and you can leave the DVDs behind.” Ouch. So yes, lack of community interest has been a BIG struggle for me. How do you other coaches respond to negativity or resistance like this?
  8. Frustration Over Others’ Success: Now this one, I know is going to seem like personal jealousy, and you know what…it sort of is. I’ll be honest. I have seen people that I know start this business years after I have, and they are KILLING IT. They are earning more, doing more, and they are loving what they do in a way that I have never experienced…and it’s frustrating. I don’t know if it’s because some of them turned to Beachbody after losing a job and therefore had all day to do it, or if they fit it into a packed schedule like mine…but whatever their means, they have found their way, and it kills me to be so in the dark. I’ve been at this for a few years, and I’m struggling to find my “a-ha” moment. I’m struggling to prioritize what the most important things to focus on in this business seem to be. I’m behind, I’m last to learn everything, and I have no idea where to start…and people I know are crushing their goals, and I have no idea how they’re doing it. Again, chalk it up to having a great “team,” or to having more time on their hands, or whatever, but the fact is…they’re doing it, so I should be able to do it too! I want it. I want to be successful, but I also don’t want to lose sight of all of the other elements of my life. For instance, I don’t want to give up my art as a side income. It’s not only a side income, but it’s a passion. So telling me, “Well, stop drawing for a while and focus on BB Coaching” is not going to fly. While I’m willing to cut back on my workload after the holidays, eliminating that from my life is not going to happen. Especially not when it’s what brought Brian & I together (well, that and the Hawks, which you will also not get me to eliminate…just saying! Everyone has their one social outlet, and I gave up things like the bar scene, concerts and most vacations to make room for the Hawks). I see people with passions for other things; art, music, fashion, business, whatever. They have made this business fit their timeline without sacrificing their other passions, and it kills me! So know this, coaches, if you are successful, I am jealous. I will openly admit it. And you know that when a jealous person is honestly seeking assistance and/or help, they don’t like being talked down to. So when I ask for help, don’t treat me like a child. Don’t treat me like I’m lazy or stupid when I ask honest questions. Don’t laugh at me when I ask a question where the answer “seems so obvious.” Don’t talk to me like you’re a superior. Please, talk to me like someone who wants to help me. And if you don’t want to help me, don’t pretend like you do. I am jealous of you, and I want to know how to obtain your success, not steal your customers and business secrets. Honestly. I’ve run into this problem as well. And I’m not saying this is the general manner from coaches, Carl D., or anyone at Beachbody itself, but merely an issue I have run into that frustrates me. When I ask questions, sometimes I am treated like I’m a nuisance; like I’m just some nosy kid looking for “the big secret.” My genuine desire for knowledge and assistance usually ends up answered with, “You have to find your own way and make your own schedule. I don’t know how to help you because you don’t have the drive.” Which is not true. I’m asking because I do have that drive and desire, and I want to know how to translate my desire to success. So please, don’t take my jealousy as competition, take it as admiration.

 So basically, these are my biggest struggles. I want help. I want to learn what to prioritize in order to succeed. I want to hear from coaches, business owners, etc., who have had these same struggles. I don’t want to call it quits on Beachbody. I really don’t. I want to make this business all that I have dreamed it can be and all that I see it being for others. I want this, and I want to reach the level of success that I have seen so many achieve. I’m struggling because after years of attempts, I don’t know where to start. I’m ready to start fresh, and if that means starting over from scratch, that’s what I’m going to do. So please, give your thoughts, your advice, your ideas…give me inspiration. I desperately need it!