I've been a fitness coach for a little over a year now. When I first signed up, I thought for sure that I wasn't "fit" enough to be a coach. My friend (and MY coach) told me that I didn't have to be at my goal weight, I just needed to be willing to show people that I had changed my life, and have a desire to help others do the same. Since that time, I have continued to be a loyal Beachbody program customer, just like everyone else. I get excited to try new programs. Some I like, some I don't. I'm not programmed by beachbody to LOVE everything that they do. In fact, there are some programs and supplements sold by them that I can't see myself EVER using, and thus will never recommend to my customers.
I'm going to be totally honest with you here. For the first few months that I was a coach, no one wanted my help. The practical side of me said that this wasn't worth it and that I should quit wasting my time, but I MY body, and my LIFE changing with my very own eyes. I KNEW that what I was doing was working, and that even if no one else saw value in themselves enough to invest in a program, they were working for ME, and that was reason enough to keep going and keep putting my results out there. Slowly but surely, sharing my progress started to pay off, and I found more and more women coming to me asking me what I had done to get in such great shape. Because of that, I actually HAD people to coach! It was so rewarding to see women, some of whom were my friends, take control over their lives and begin to make themselves and their health a priority. They would check in with the challenge groups that I was running, respond to my private messages, and tell me about their successes. Then...inevitably, some would stop. I would guess that 3 out of every 5 people that I start working with stop within the first 30 days. They stop responding. They stop checking in with the groups. I send them private messages that are seen but not responded to. Then, I feel like shit because I know what's happened. I know that either the stress of life has gotten in the way and they are completely paralyzed because they feel like they have SO much to do and not enough time or energy to do it, or they have gotten tired of keeping track of their food, or saying 'no' to the nachos that their friends ordered for happy hour...and they've given up. I remind the people that I coach to never go more than a day without exercising. Once you miss two days, it's hard to get motivated on that third day. Miss three days, and it becomes "I'll start again Monday" and you start to go off the rails on your nutrition. Then before you know it, every Monday is a "do over" for the previous week. THIS is why the group is important. The ones who cling to the support get through these times more easily. The ones that don't, and decide to "go it alone" are the ones that end up struggling and ultimately giving up. When this happens with the people that I have invested in, my confidence starts to waiver... "Am I not supporting them enough?" "Should I be checking in more?" I worry that I've somehow let them down. But then, I go into my support group, and check in to find that there are STILL people posting in there. There are still people ENGAGED with the group, who are posting their victories, big and small. They are UTILIZING the opportunity that Beachbody has given them. They slip up and miss workouts or over indulge at times, but they always bounce back the next day. They begin posting about how they MISS working out when they are sick or have an injury. They talk about how their co-workers offered to buy them lunch from a fast food place but they said 'no' because they preferred their healthy packed lunch instead. It's then that I realize that not only have they made some new friends and developed a support system, but they've actually CHANGED THEIR WHOLE LIFESTYLE. For every 3 people that quit, there ARE 1 or 2 that have had their lives CHANGED...I mean COMPLETELY CHANGED. Having Dr.'s take them off of medications, being able to wear a tank top without being self conscious, lowering their blood pressure, or just being able to run around and play chase with their kids when they never have before. See, what I have to remember when someone goes radio silent, is that while THEY may not be ready, there are people who ARE ready. I feel like a fraud sometimes because all that I am doing is opening up an OPPORTUNITY for people. That's part of the reason why coaching is free. I do get commission, but when you purchase a program through a coach, you aren't just getting workout program in the mail. You are getting an OPPORTUNITY to change YOUR LIFE. I recommend programs and products that I think will give each person the best results, offer them my unconditional guidance, and hook them up with a great group of people for support. But I have to remember that's all I CAN do. Just like a personal trainer or a doctor, I CAN'T do it for them. I CAN'T monitor what they eat or do the workout on their behalf. When it comes to changing your life, you REALLY have to want it. It may not be easy, but it will be so worth it. If you really want it, I'm here. I will support you as long as you want my support and are willing to put in the effort to get the results. I'll even continue to try and support you when you stop engaging with me! But when it comes down to it, you have to feel that fire in your belly. You have to figure out your "why" that will keep you going when times get tough. YOU have to put in the time and effort . If you're ready to do it, I'm here to help. If you're not, I'll be here when you're ready!
Hi! I'm Andrea Cummings. I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle that I can MAINTAIN and that still lets me feel like I'm not being deprived. I like to exercise, but I also love to eat (nachos!). My main focus is to be healthy, not skinny, and to help others do the same! I love Jesus, but I also say fuck a lot, so if you're offended, I may not be the gal for you.