Wednesday, 29 February 2012

My very first sale in Herbalife

Natalie and I started on our weight loss challenge on a Thursday, and that very next day, the Friday, we were invited to dinner at a friend's house. There we had a very nice pork roast, which wasn't so bad, diet-wise, but then came the milk tart! Not just a normal slice, but a whole quarter! Yup, she split the whole tart in 4, and we each had a whole quarter of a milk tart. Not to mention the chocolate and tea after that as well!

I thought that my chances of getting some results after my first week were slim after this pig out! But, in the end, I still managed to drop my 2.4kg, and Natalie her 1.7kg!

Anyway, about a month into our challenge, we invited our friend over for dinner to our place, and she couldn't believe her eyes! This was the first time someone made a big fuss about our great results, and I must admit, it felt good!

She immediately started asking us about how we did it, and what we were on, etc. I showed her our tub of Formula 1 Shake, and she immediately said that she wanted to try some as well!

That was how we made our first sale in our Herbalife business - at that stage we didn't even think of doing Herbalife as a business, but this got me to thinking, and I decided to take it on. I mean, my first sale I didn't even put effort in to make!

Our friend ended up buying a Formula 1 Shake, as well as a Formula 3 Protein powder, and we made a sweet R150 profit!

I always thought that I wouldn't be able to do something like Herbalife as a business, because I'm this shy IT nerd who doesn't like selling, but I can honestly say that with Herbalife, that pretty much comes automatically. Just seeing our great results (and we've only been on it for a month!), our friend immediately bought some.

So, for anyone out there thinking that you cannot do Herbalife as a business because you can't sell, think again. The sales come automatically! And with a little more effort, even more sales are possible!

If you want to do Herbalife as a business, my tips would be as follows:

  1. Firstly, get on the products and get some results
  2. Sign up to become a distributor
That's it! The rest comes automatically - your friends and family will definitely notice the difference, and you might get a sale or two out of that, which will only boost your confidence even further. After that, it really gets a lot more easy!

I am confident that I'm going to make it huge in this business. Watch this space!

Monday, 27 February 2012

How did I lose my 14.5kg?

In August 2011, I weighed 95.5kg. Now I'm showing 81kg on the scale :D

I reckon I still have a good 7 or 8kg to go though, but thanks to these amazing products, I'm super confident that I'll get there!

Have a look here:

The pic on the left was taken about a year and a half ago, and the one on the right over the past weekend. Quite a difference, even if I have to say so myself! ;)

Before I tell you guys exactly what I did to lose all this weight, I really want to share this: Losing so much weight, after struggling with being overweight for my whole life, feel simply amazing. There are no words to describe how awesome it is to lose weight like this, it's really the best feeling in the world!

Now, to get down to the details!

We started our weight loss challenge in September last year, and went all in. Here's what we bought:

  • Chocolate Flavoured Formula 1 Meal Replacement Shake
  • Fiber & Herb Tablets
  • Thermogetics Herbal Tea
  • Formula 3 Personalized Protein Powder
I'll cover each product in much more detail later, but here's how I took the products:

For breakfast we would have a Formula 1 Shake, with some added Formula 3 Protein powder. Also a full glass of water with the Fiber & Herb tablets.

After that, if we feel like it/remember, we have some Thermo herbal tea.

That was breakfast, which was usually around 8:00 or so (ahh it's nice working for yourself from home). At about 10:30 - 11:00, we have a healthy snack (will post some healthy snack ideas later as well!).

Come lunch time, we have the same as we did for breakfast, but most of the time we skip the tea, since it does contain some natural caffeine, and both the wife and I aren't big coffee drinkers!

Mid-afternoon we have another healthy snack, and in the evenings we make something healthy (usually chicken/fish with veggies).

Uhm, that's it! With the above routine, I lost 11kg in 12 weeks (winning our weight loss challenge hehe). We did go out for dinner every now and again, and we also went on a week long holiday in between where we cheated quite a bit, but with the Herbalife products, we really managed to keep on losing some weight.

Now, the happiest I am to report about is how in these 12 weeks we didn't do any exercise at all! But I can also tell you this, losing a few kilos MAKES you want to start doing some exercise - it comes automatically!

So after our weight loss challenge, we started hitting the squash court like 3 or 4 times a week for 30-45 minutes. Our first thought was immediately focused on how much easier it went on the squash court! After thinking about it, I realised it was because I'm not carrying a bag of potatoes with me (they weigh about 10kg here in South Africa)! 

After our weight loss challenge, we weren't as strict on ourselves anymore, but still managed to keep shedding a few hundred grams every week. Heck we even managed to NOT gain weight over the holidays, which included my wife's AWESOME Oreo Cheesecakes!

I'm now on a total of 14.5kg, and Natalie is standing on 12kg (see her before and after mugshots below). It truly feels amazing to have been able to lose that much weight, and we're still keeping it off after six months!

Getting results like these really makes it super easy to become a Herbalife distributor. I mean, as you can see, the results speak for themselves!

If you have also had great results on Herbalife, please post it in the comments section below, I'd love to hear your story!

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Why did I initially join Herbalife

If you've read my Intro, you will see that the wife and I went on this weight loss challenge thing, and with that started taking some of the Herbalife products - I ended that post by saying that we became Herbalife Distributors not only because we were impressed by the products, but also to learn more and in the end help other individuals also wanting to shed a few.

I didn't, however, mention what our initial reason was for joining. There are two kinds of people who become Distributors in the Herbalife business - 1. Those who want to do Herbalife as a business, and 2. Those who want to gain access to the very sweet 25% discount on the products, and save some money when buying products for themselves.

So, at that stage we were very focused on losing weight, and since we were getting that amazing results on the products, we decided to sign up as a distributor purely for the 25% discount we can get.

With our very first order after signing up, we made back in savings the money we paid for the "IBP" (International Business Kit).

I was told you could get up to 50% discount on the products, and I really wanted to get that discount (more on how I got there later!). The products are that good, and I can literally see myself using it for the rest of my life. Heck, it's been almost 6 months since we've started on the products, and I can honestly say that I haven't grown tired of it one bit!

Anyway, it was great signing up, my "sponsor" was super helpful, and showed me how easy it was to order my own products. And after signing up, we were already saving several hundred Rand with every order.

That was how we became Independent Herbalife Distributors! More stuff to come shortly! :)

Saturday, 25 February 2012

My Introduction

My name is Rudi van der Walt, and I am privileged to live in Cape Town in South Africa with my gorgeous wife, Natalie, and our two mongrels, Betsie and Einstein (pictured below).

Just to give you a little bit background on me, I was born and raised in a small Karoo town, and with that came lots of vleis, reis and aartappels (meat, rice and potatoes for those of you who don't know Afrikaans). I had an amazing mother who always treated our family with the most awesome food. Hence, I was always on the overweight side of the scale...

Needless to say, I gradually kept gaining weight as time went by, and in August 2011, I was topping the scales at a solid 95.5kg (210.5 pounds) - way too much for my 1.73m (5 feet 8) frame...

Right about then, Natalie heard about this weight loss challenge thing, and she really wanted to go and check it out. (all the good wine and good food that comes with living in Cape Town was starting to take its toll!) - I protested this madness with all my might, but eventually my grip (solid as it were!) on the door frame gave in, and I was dragged to this thing - I mean, MEN DON'T DO WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGES for crying out loud!

We got there, and were greeted by these skinny and healthy looking people, and the first thought that crept into my chubby head was "These people are just doing this to brag about how skinny and healthy they are!". Also, on the table was a display of Herbalife products. "Oh dear" I thought, "Not HERBALIFE!"... At that stage I didn't even know what it really was all about, I just knew that I wasn't in the mood for these herb people...

Anyway, I decided to fulfill my part as "awesome husband" and decided to support Natalie in this endeavour... We had a seat at the table (we were quite early), and started paging through this file, and in it we saw NORMAL looking people, all who've had amazing results on Herbalife products. Some people lost weight, some people had more energy since going on the products (or so they say!), some people's skin cleared up from the acne, but what caught my attention most was the people who have lost weight.

I thought to myself, if these people can do it on these products, surely I can as well. That was when we both signed up for this weight loss challenge thing.

I was still very skeptical, and me being the ONLY guy in the challenge didn't help much either! We decided to go all in, and buy the products (which they did say was optional though...) - the next day they delivered our first batch, and we were committed.

My first week wasn't fun at all. I detoxed like all hell, and suffered through some nice headaches and nausea. It was probably to get all the CHEESE out of my system you see! Luckily for Natalie, she didn't detox at all... I was grumpy and a big pain, so I'm very glad she didn't kick me out of the house that week, or even break something on me!

After week 1, we went back to get weighed again. I thought by myself, if I went through all the hell, and I didn't get any results, then I'll leave right there and then, go out and buy a celebratory pizza!

Reluctantly I got on the scale, and the digits stopped on 93.1kg. That was 2.4kg down!!! (5.3 pounds) In ONE WEEK! I was, and forgive me for putting it like this, OVERWHELMED WITH JOY! I didn't suffer for nothing! I was grinning like you can't believe, and I even won the prize for the person who lost the most that week!

Natalie also didn't do too shabbily, and dropped 1.7kg (3.75 pounds), but I still bragged with my awesome shedding!

I'm not going to bore you with the rest of what happened on the challenge, but I did end up losing 11kg in the 12 weeks, and Natalie lost a total of 8kg. I came in first place, and Natalie second! We both kept on losing after that, and now, on 25 February 2012, I'm standing on 14.5kg lost, and Natalie on 12kg, and we're still going strong.

Here's a before and after shot of me:

The pic on the left was taken in June 2011, and the one on the right December 2011. Not too shabby hey?

We were both so impressed by our results on the Herbalife products, that we've decided to become distributors ourselves, and to help people like ourselves who has struggled with their weight all their lives as well.

This blog will be my public Herbalife Journal if you will, and I will write articles and all kinds of stuff about my journey as a Herbalife Distributor, and ex-obese guy. It's been almost 5 months now, and it has been quite the journey already! I hope to give anyone interested out there some inspiration, be it to lose some weight, get more healthy in general, join this thriving business, or just to share some general lessons and stories in life!