Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I won $1000 just for getting healthy!

After I completed my first Beachbody program, Focus T25, I was down about 13 pounds, but 19 inches overall. My coach encouraged me to enter the Beachbody Challenge, but I never got around to it. 
Fast forward 7 months. I am now a Beachbody coach, myself, and I went to the Coach Summit in June. It is the annual convention where we go for training workshops, recognition, and corporate launch news. 

The official opening of Summit was on a Thursday afternoon, but our large team had a Summit of it's own during the day. I was asked to be the opening speaker and spend 5 minutes talking about my fitness journey. You can view that talk here: My Story

At Summit, the Beachbody Challenge Contest finalists were on stage. There was a male and female from each of the age categories. A snazzy video presentation for each of them was played for the 9000 coaches in attendance. The videos were emotional! Each person's story was compelling and special. Their lives were transformed on many levels. This isn't just about losing weight, it's about changing lives.  There were "before" photos of the contestants and they each spoke about how they felt and what struggles they had before the challenge. They discussed what programs they did and how their lives had changed. Each one of them brought tears to my eyes. They were all amazing and dramatic transformations: one woman's husband didn't recognize her when he returned from deployment!

The winner of the Challenge lost 203 pounds in 9 months! WUT!! You can read his story Bradley J
Bradley won $100,000 in addition to his monthly and quarterly prizes! WOW! The "runners up" had to settle for only $25,000 each. However, even if they never got a penny, they were all winners, because they got their health back. They got their lives back!

My teammates, after seeing the inspirational stories, and hearing mine, encouraged me to submit my photos and story, so when I did I got online and finally did it. Then I promptly forgot about it.

Three weeks later I opened up my email and saw this: 

      Congratulations! You've won $1,000 in The Beachbody Challenge!

Thank you so much for sharing your incredible, life-changing transformation story with us. Helping people achieve their goals to lead healthy, fulfilling lives is our mission in life, and YOUR story is a shining example of the success that real, honest people can achieve with Beachbody® programs. Thousands of Beachbody customers submitted their results to The Beachbody Challenge last month, and YOUR story scored the highest from your respective age and gender group. As one of our monthly winners, it's an honor to offer you a prize of $1,000. You've EARNED IT!

Wow! What a nice surprise that was! So, I submitted my paperwork and spoke to a nice man named Arte on the phone on Monday. He told me that my story is very unusual for someone "in my age group" and that results were great. He said I am automatically entered in the Quarterly Contest at the end of July and it would be up to the Internet to vote for me, but if I win that I'll get $5000 more! Wheee!  He also told me that no matter what happens then, I am eligible to compete for the Grand Prize next June. They will send me a reminder, ask for fresh pictures with a dated newspaper, and I could very well be one of those people on stage at Summit next summer! 

So, here is my story, on the Beachbody Challenge website: BB Challenge Monthly Winner Christine R

Do you know what I am most excited about? My mission as a Team Beachbody Coach is to Inspire and help others to get healthier. By winning this contest, and moving ahead to the next stage, my story is getting seen by thousands of people that would not otherwise have seen it. I hope that it will be inspiring and motivating to some of them!