“Honey, I really need your help to motivate me to get healthy again,” my husband commented more than once.
So what did I do to motivate him? I bought him a gym membership, of course.
Only it didn’t motivate him. He only went a handful of times in a few months, and thus, he didn’t see any results, and then we were out hundreds of dollars.
A year later, an acquaintance (now friend) asked me if I was interested in becoming a Beachbody health coach. She thought I would be great at it because she said I had been so encouraging in one of her online fitness challenge groups I was a part of.
My immediate response was no. But for some reason, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. All weekend I pondered the idea of owning my own business, being able to work from home, and helping supplement my husband’s income, all while getting back in shape and actually encouraging my husband along the way. I prayed about it and proposed the idea to Ruben.
He took a while to think about it, and finally concluded that we should definitely invest in our health, and if I would make all of his meals and snacks like I had promised I would, that he would give me 22 minutes a day to work out with me.
So I said yes. And here I am, an official work-at-home-mom who is not only getting in shape myself but encouraging others to be the best versions of themselves. And my husband is right by my side, sometimes both of us on the floor out of breath after a crazy workout, but he’s still by my side.
So why did I finally make this decision, and why am I passionate about this business actually working?
- I’m a stay-at-home-mom; I want to provide some financial stability since we are currently living on one income, in southern California, where everything is seemingly more expensive than the rest of the country.
I knew when I was pregnant with our first child that God was calling me to be a stay-at-home-mom, and I knew that sometimes it would be difficult, especially financially. It had gotten to the point where our budget wasn’t exactly matching our expenses, and I was honestly looking for a job. I knew I wasn’t ready to leave the home and my children just yet, but pretty soon we wouldn’t have the ability to allow me to stay home with them. Being a coach has provided a way for us to help pay off debt and get back on our feet. And I get to continue to be at home with my two wonderful kiddos.
- I want to continue to be a SAHM and be a part of my kids’ everyday lives.
I love that I have been able to witness every milestone. The first smiles, the first laughs, the first crawls, the first steps, the first words. All of it. And I don’t want to miss out on any of that as time passes just because I had to go back to work. (Don’t get me wrong, the mothers that do work outside of the home are heroes. I seriously don’t know how you do it all!) I want to be able to pick my kids up from school and help them with their homework. I want to be able to take them to baseball practice or dance class and enjoy the little moments. The in-between moments. The everyday moments.
- I desire to get healthy again after having my babies.I used to be an athlete. I mean, I played a sport every season in high school, and I was a dancer. I was always active. Once I entered college, I continued to play intramural sports, and I worked out in the gym 5 times a week. After starting my career as a teacher, I started to struggle to find time to engage in my fitness, but I would often hit the gym after work. Then, I got married. And my gym days of 5 times a week dwindled to about 5 times a year. I would go running every so often, but I could tell I wasn’t as in-shape as I used to be.
Then I had kids. I thought I didn’t have time to work out before, now it is a whole different ballgame. Between trying to keep the house clean, make meals, run errands, and engage in play and activities with my kids, my whole life seemed to revolve around my family. I wasn’t doing anything for me anymore, including eating healthy and working out. My meals consisted of grilled cheese sandwiches, granola bars, and coffee. Lots of coffee.I have a high metabolism, but apparently as you age, it slows down. And apparently after you have kids, your body isn’t the same as it once was. I no longer could eat cake and ice cream and pizza and not workout but still look fit. I knew I had to do something to start feeling better. Something to help me gain my energy back that I lost. Something to get me back to feeling like a normal human being again. And working out, eating clean, and coaching has helped me do all of that.
- I want to inspire others.My heart is to encourage people. So when Ruben told me he needed help to be motivated to get healthy again, I wanted to do something about it. This applies to my friends, my family, and even strangers. If there is something I can do to help others reach their goals and feel good again, then I want to be a part of that. I long to encourage other people to be the best they can be. To be healthy in all aspects – physically, mentally, and spiritually, and to actively pursue a life they love.
- My true passion is writing, and I want to supplement our income so that I can pursue that dream.Ever since I was in 6th grade, I knew I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. So I majored in English, and then became a teacher. I loved my students, but I wasn’t writing. I was teaching my students how to write. But I wasn’t writing.My hope in being a Beachbody coach is to be able to make some money so that I can continue to not only stay at home with my kiddos, but to be able to passionately pursue my dream of being a writer. Maybe I’ll just continue to plug away on my blog, or maybe I will actually write a book. Either way, at least this allows me some time and money to be able to what I love to do.
Apparently I have many reasons why I became a health and fitness coach. I couldn’t narrow it down to just one reason. And that’s okay. These “whys” are going to keep me going. They are going to keep me pursuing good health and hopefully encourage others to do the same. Our life is but a breath here on earth; why not live it to the fullest potential God instilled in us?