Last month I neglected to celebrate my one year anniversary as a Beachbody Coach. Theoretically this should’ve been something I recognized and shared, but I never got around to it. Instead I found myself continuing an internal debate on whether I was wasting my time or if I could truly get something out of this.
The Beachbody coaching opportunity presented itself to me at six months postpartum, just three months after I created this blog. Initially I signed up as a “Discount Coach” to save 25% on Shakeology, but then thought I’d give “working the biz” a shot and see if I could earn some side income.
After a year of trying, I realized I couldn’t devote the time needed and expected to grow my Beachbody business. Monday through Friday I work full-time; in the evenings I’m cooking dinner, giving baths, and spending time with my children. Once they’re asleep, I have to do my workout. On the weekends my husband works, so I’m solely responsible for entertaining two tiny toddlers. Once he’s home, we’re back to cooking dinner, giving baths, and spending time with our children. While I know many other coaches have these same responsibilities if not more and are still able to work the biz, I personally realized I had too much on my plate, and coaching stood at the bottom of the totem pole for me.
While I occasionally earned commission, it was pennies compared to how much I spent myself and the amount of time and effort I put in. Between monthly recurring Shakeology and supplement orders, my monthly coaching account fee, and other miscellaneous purchases, in 13 months I spent a total of $2,052.66 while only earning $732.76 in commissions, nearly triple the amount! 😳 It wasn’t until I booked what will be my first vacation in a long time and started budgeting to pay for said vacation that I realized the output to input ratio. $2,000 in one year! You know what I’d rather do with $2,000 than buy Shakeology? I’d rather go on vacation with my family! Or even buy myself a new Louie Vuitton!
With that being said, I’m not knocking Beachbody or the coaching opportunity. Beachbody On Demand has allowed me to rediscover fitness after baby. The coaching opportunity, while I might not have been successful in commissions, it helped me evolve as a person. Personal development was highly encouraged as a coach, and once I opened that door, I realized the importance of it, and personal development is something I will continue to entertain thanks to Beachbody.
Moving forward, I haven’t entirely quit Beachbody; I’ve just transitioned from a coach to a customer. I still plan to involve Beachbody in my life as I truly love the workouts and their pre- and post-workout supplements. I’m excited to refocus any spare time I do have to Toning With Twins. This blog was meant to be an outlet for me to share my postpartum fitness journey, and while Beachbody was obviously a true part of that, I honestly feel I tainted my articles and photos with sales pitches. I’m ready to rediscover my true intentions with Toning With Twins and even explore areas of fitness and nutrition outside of Beachbody.