I was approached recently by a rather aggressive sales rep for a well-known international supplements company that supposedly helps people to lose weight. She had seen my name on the Vancouver Mom list of Top Bloggers. When she discovered that I am a Fit 4 Two ® fitness trainer and a personal stylist she thought I would make an ideal sales rep for her multi-level marketing company.
Our conversation about weight loss went something like this:
Her: “Our products will help you lose weight”
Me: “But I’m not trying to lose weight.”
Her: “It will help your postnatal fitness clients to shed their pregnancy pounds.”
Me: “I don’t assume that’s their top goal. I train my clients so they can rehab after childbirth, become stronger and have more energy for parenting. Exercise also helps de-stress and improve their overall health. Some of my clients would like to run another marathon down the road. Some just want to be able to get down and up off the floor to play with their kid. If their goal is to drop pounds, I promote healthy eating vs weight loss using supplements.”
Her: “Um. Ok. What about your personal styling clients? They want to look better in their clothes, right?”
Me: “Yes, but that’s why we find them clothes that fit well and make them feel great in the body they have now, not a few pounds from now.”
Her: “Wow! You’re really positive!”
Me: “Thanks, but that’s just the way I feel.”
Her: “So…could I interest you in a 30 day cleanse?”
Me: (Shaking my head) “Yeah, I don’t think so.”
I was annoyed and disturbed that she could not seem to get her head around my objections to promoting her products. She even made a follow-up call a few days later to offer me a free membership! An additional stream of income? Sure that might be nice, but not if it means going against my core values.
Yes, I can help you lose weight if that’s what you want, but I will never assume you do. Don’t believe for a second that you are not already fabulous and deserving of all good things just as you are.