Love & Advice from Elizabeth Gilbert

Dear Friends,

I was lucky enough to come across a post written by Elizabeth Gilbert (the author of Eat, Pray, Love) and I would very much like to share it with you in a moment. Because I have grown up in a Herbalife family and because we are still so actively involved in the Herbalife community it stands to reason that the topic of what it is to be a Herbalife distributor is often on my mind. Obviously this can mean to many different things to so many different people. I have met some Herbalifers who have immediately filled me with awe, love, and respect, and I have met some who have baffled and unsettled me. I have met perfectly shaped gorgeous beauty queens (and kings) and I have met matronly folk with lumps and bumps who are big foodies like I am. Always this has kind of excited me. I think, for some people, they can look at a not-perfect person and go “how dare that person represent the brand!” (these are the people who unsettle me) but for me, I always look at it and think isn’t it wonderful that all these different people, in their different shapes and sizes, are all part of one big great company? There is no standard shape or size that allows you into the club. You don’t have to be of a certain age or race or background to belong. I LOVE that about Herbalife. It is all those different people who I have seen and met and experienced over my years of being in a Herbalife family that have made me love this company. Those people have proven to me that this product really is for everyone and that the business can work for anyone who wants it to work for them. (more…)

Keeping It Inclusive

Good morning Herbalovers!

As usual, I was just having a bit of a think.

I mentioned recently that Anthony, Matt, Thando, and Vanessa were in Paris for the extravaganza. Of course they’re back now, and very excitedly sharing tales of their adventures and musing about how nice it was to be able to meet up with their Ghanaian friends who they haven’t seen in a while.

Whenever I think of these massive events that the company puts on, I must admit that I do actually get quite a tingle of pride. It’s hard not to if you’ve ever been to one. And if you haven’t been to one yet you really should make it a goal to go.

Why? Because you learn something extra important when you attend these events:

You learn that Herbalife truly is for everyone. Nothing solidifies this as much as going to an international event does.  It is very hard not to fall in love with something like that and it is undoubtedly my personal favourite thing about what it is that we do. Sometimes when you’re kind of working in your own little bubble, it’s not so obvious that there’s this beautiful inclusivity out there. Sometimes it might even look a little bit exclusive (hello tiny people with big muscles and zero body fat) but when you experience Herbalife on a big scale like one does at an extravaganza you realise that people from absolutely all walks of life are making this lifestyle work for them.

Rarely does one find themselves surrounded by such a massive collection of backgrounds, cultures, races, ages, sizes, shapes. It is such a beautiful reminder of how much representation matters.

Whoever you are, no matter your background, there is space for you here.

If you’d like more information on what we do and how we do it, feel free to contact us to set up an appointment.

Thando in Paris

Herbafriends, I wanted to take a moment to just honour a bit of happiness that I have been feeling over the last week. And that happiness is about our friend Thando.

Thando has been a smiling face in our Herbalife family for so many years now. Yes, that strong and graceful panther that has the heart of a lamb? Yeah. That guy. Thando.

Well, Thando is currently in Paris with Anthony, Matt, and Vanessa. There are others around too, but these four are together and doing all the touristing together. They’re staying together. Jogging together. And of course, attending the extravaganza and all the extras together. They are having the best time.

And this is where my happiness comes in. After my family (and possibly my cats) travel is hands down my absolute favourite thing. There is nothing quite like travel to grow you as a person. It teaches you. It humbles you. It challenges you. It excites you. It pushes you to the edge of your limits. Travel is life-giving. Being able to SHARE that with others is incredible. Sharing it with someone that you have loved and admired for so many years is even more incredible. I can see that my dad is in his absolute ELEMENT having his friend with him right now.

Seeing Thando out there, on his first international travel experience, safe with my family but still on that exquisite ledge leading away from his comfort zone, seriously makes my heart smile. I’m so happy for you, Thando. I’m so glad you took the plunge and decided to go with our crazies to Paris. I’m so glad that the travel bug will probably bite you now and that you will likely see yourself on many international trips in the future.

I hope this excitement sets the tone for the next phase of your Herbalife journey, and your life. Don’t tell the others but you’ve always been my favourite and watching your life wind upwards is a fantastic treat!

Don’t Let the Haters Get You Down

I don’t know about you, but even though I know better I tend to find myself perusing the comments section of news articles all the time. This is a vile habit, really. It’s a skewed reminder that the world out there can be quite awful, without the cushioning truth of the existence of good to balance it out. In other words: it’s not good for the head unless that sort of thing excites you. It does not excite me in the least.

But of course, I rarely resist. Which is why, when News24 shared a story about some ex Herbalife distributors and their plans to sue our company because they didn’t get rich with Herbalife, I found myself perusing the comments.  (more…)

90 Day Challenge Results

One of my favourite things about being part of the local (and international) Herbalife family is that product results are something that you get to see in real life all the time. What do I mean by that? Well, sometimes those pictures and stories of incredible results that you see online or in magazines or in those little presentation booklets feel so far removed from your reality that they can easily slip into the realm of fantasies and pipe dreams.

It’s a little different though, when you meet someone in person and they are able to show you a picture of how they used to be, or share with you the results they have experienced on their journeys.  In those instances you can’t help but be inspired by the progress you see before you. The best part being that this kind of experience solidifies the truth that you haven’t quite allowed yourself to grasp yet: you can do it too. (more…)

Herbalife Whispers

I was at an event at The Grand Hotel over this last weekend and I decided to sit in the quiet reception area and wait for the rest of my party to arrive before getting lost in the throngs of people at the registration desk. While I was sitting there just quietly taking a breath, I couldn’t help but overhear two women opposite me whispering to each other. What were they whispering? Well, they were talking to each other about the Herbalife meal bars, and how convenient they found them to be.

Now honestly these women must have thought I was a bit mad (maybe that’s why they got up and left after a while?) but every now and then I’d glance up from my obvious eavesdropping and smile as if I knew them. Of course, I didn’t know them, but I did know their feelings.

 

The thing is, I know full well how important convenience is when it comes to self care. Basically they were saying “I’m not very good at looking after myself well, but I’m doing this thing and it’s a step in the right direction”. Why did I know that’s what they meant? Because I recognise the feeling all too well. I’m sure many of us do. In the midst of the chaos of life, sometimes doing something ass simple as feeding yourself something good can make all the difference.

Perhaps I should have butted in on their moment with my own tales of saving convenience. Maybe I should have piped up and let them know that I too am terrible when it comes to skipping meals. I didn’t though. They obviously already have someone in their life looking after their Herbalife needs. They hardly need my input.

So instead of butting in I just revelled in the glorious fortune of overhearing the whispered relief of two fellow Herbalife consumers, and took a moment to once again be grateful to be part of this incredible company.

How about we love ourselves?

Can I get very real with you for a moment?

If you’re here, reading this, then it’s because you’re either involved in Herbalife or somehow directly or indirectly linked to someone who is. You might be here because you got here by accident, or maybe you were searching for answers to your lifestyle management issues. You might be here because it’s Springtime now and you’re freaking about about your summer body.

It doesn’t really matter why you are here, I’m just glad that you are.

I hope that you’ll indulge me for a moment. I would like to strip myself down a bit and allow my vulnerability to show – possibly a little too much. I just have something important to say, and it cannot be said from behind walls.

If you, yes you, are here because you are ready to make a change to your wellbeing, your health your lifestyle, I want you to do something very important for me first.

I want you to give yourself a break. Stop beating yourself up about your thighs. Stop staring at your double chin in disgusted judgement. Stop lambasting yourself for each and every perceived imperfection on your person.

You are beautiful. You truly are. The lumps and bumps are just lumps and bumps. The inability to run around the block? That’s just a weakness. So what? Your freckles. Your pale skin. Your chicken arms. Your stringy hair. Your knobbly toes. These are just things. They have no real value.

You have real value.

So just stop. Love yourself. Embrace yourself. Dare to call yourself beautiful. Give yourself a moment to really look at yourself through the eyes of an artist. You are beautiful.

Because you know what? You can keep beating yourself up about everything that’s wrong, or you can love yourself enough to start making the right choices.

Let’s start our morning with yoga because we love ourselves.  Let’s go and sweat it out at Fit Club because we love ourselves. Let’s change some of the dangerously bad habits because we love ourselves. 

We are indirectly taught at a young age how to submerse ourselves in self-loathing. We go from innocent children, unaware of our  (mostly non-existent!) imperfections, to suddenly having to deal with the pressure of peer acceptance. For many of us this does not work out very well. Sometimes the people around us teach us very quickly how to hate ourselves, and then we spend years perfecting that art. We spend our time comparing ourselves to others, and we hardly ever allow ourselves the luxury of giving ourselves a break. We deny ourselves the joy of going to the beach because we do not approve of how we look in our bathing suits. We deny ourselves the body & soul happiness that comes from doing all sorts of things (dancing, running, going to the gym, playing sports we love) because we have learned to be afraid of making fools of ourselves. How much do we miss out on simply because we are too hard on ourselves? Because we refuse to forgive ourselves for not being perfect?

So right now…how about you and me give ourselves a break? How about we embrace our not-so-perfect thighs and baby-stretched bellies and love ourselves anyway? Because you know what? That love can play a huge role in helping us get to where we want to be.

Herbalife (and life in general) is not about turning you into a stick-thin model with zero imperfections. Herbalife is about helping you reach your Level 10. And your Level 10 has nothing to do with anybody else. You’re not going to get there while you’re throwing hate at yourself. It may not necessarily be scientific, but I do sometimes believe that self-hate is more damaging to our healthy lifestyle efforts than chocolate is. It is detrimental to your health in the way disease can be detrimental to your health.

So today, you and I are going to stop that, ok? And when we forget, we  are going to remind each other. Can we show ourselves the same kindness that we so freely give to others? Because I’d kind of like my kids to be kind to themselves. And I’d really like my family members to be kind to themselves. And my friends. And all of my Herbalife my team members. Some of us just need a little help sometimes.

Let’s focus on our Level 10 for one reason and one reason only: because we love our bodies.

There’s no place for hate within these bright green walls anyway!

 

 

The Herbalife Inclusivity

Some of you may have noticed that Anthony – my dad – isn’t around this week. He’s actually in North Carolina right now, at the Herbalife Honours event. I do envy him right now.

Whenever I think of these massive events that the company puts on, I must admit that I do actually get quite a tingle of pride. It’s hard not to if you’ve ever been to one.

This is because one thing becomes very apparent when you attend these massive events:

Herbalife is for everyone.

And how can I not love that? It is my absolute favourite thing about what we do. Sure, when you’re working on a small scale, this inclusivity may not be so obvious. Sometimes, it might even look a little exclusive, depending on where you look. But on a large scale it is something that cannot be hidden.

When you go to a big Herbalife event, be it an extravaganza, or an awards ceremony, or a retreat, or a Herbalife holiday, you immediately realise that you are surrounded by so much diversity. It is quite intriguing.

In what other space do you find yourself surrounded by such a massive collection of backgrounds, cultures, races, ages, sizes, shapes. The representation is endless.

And I love that reminder.

I love being reminded that you don’t have to be any specific way to succeed in this business. You don’t have to come from a specific background, you don’t have to be a specific race, you don’t have to have a specific style, or body type, or carry yourself in any specific way.  You can be a down-to-earth casual type, you can be a sport and fitness fanatic, you can be a serious businessman, you can be a plain homemaker. All you need is a willingness to learn and a bit of tenacity.

Whoever you are. Whatever you are. There is space for you.

Above all else I cannot help but love this little nugget of truth the most.

If you’d like more information on what we do and how we do it, feel free to contact us to set up an appointment.