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: