Cathy Minle is a mom of a 2 year old little man. When she had her son, she decided to work from home. She was a former Arbonne Consultant. She is now a ViSalus Independant Distributor. In this interview, she will tell us more about her carreer choices and her work life balance tips.
Cathy, tell us more about you:
My name is Cathy Minler and I’ve been a WAHM for about 2.5 years now. In my previous life I worked in the administrative field for about 10 years. It was something I just fell into due to the stability of the hours and money but it wasn’t something I ever enjoyed. I felt like I was living someone else’s professional life and it was taking a huge toll on me. When I had my son in January 2009 I knew this was my time to make a change. My husband and I agreed that I would stay home and raise our son without daycare but I still needed to bring in some income from home. So I discovered the world of direct sales and it has allowed me to stay at home.
What is ViSalus Sciences about?
ViSalus Sciences is a health transformation company that is your bridge to greater life, health, and prosperity and it is the home of the Body by Vi 90 Day Health Challenge. It was co-founded by Ryan Blair, Nick Sarnicola and Blake Mallen about 6 years ago and introduced to the US market through direct sales. It has since expanded to Jamaica and just had its official launch in Canada this past weekend after being here unofficially for the past 16 months. ViSalus’ mission is to make a positive impact on the life, health and prosperity of everyone we can reach.
Why did you choose to represent this company: What motivated the change from Arbonne?
I spent 2 years as an Independent Consultant with Arbonne and loved the products and the women I worked with but even though I was having some success off and on with it, it wasn’t stable enough for me and my family. Unfortunately when I started my Arbonne business I didn’t do much research on other companies first and I should have because I may have realized that Arbonne’s structure and compensation plan were not a fit for me and my family.
I started watching some women in ViSalus on Facebook for about 5-6 months and I started researching them as well. After a few months I realized that their structure was more in line with how I wanted to run my business. Also home parties are not a huge focus and I’m able to do a lot of my business on Facebook so that was a much better fit for me and my family. Plus I loved the products and I knew I would feel comfortable representing them as they are high quality.
So why ViSalus versus all the other weight loss/protein shake products out there?
The simple answer is quality. We are committed to offering the highest quality, cutting edge health and wellness products which meet the highest safety and quality standards. We believe that science and research are the foundation on which we can satisfy
our consumers’ needs for better nutrition.
How does this program work?
The program works differently depending on what your health goal is. Basically you state what your 90 Day Health Goal is and then use the products based on that. So if you would like to lose 20 lbs you would replace two meals/day with the shakes and still have 2 healthy snacks and a healthy dinner. You could also take more products such as the Vi-Pak vitamins or the hunger suppressor. You can also use the same products to build lean muscle. You would simply have your shake after your workout instead of replacing a meal.
Why should I use a protein shake?
Protein shakes are great for a variety of people – people wanting to lose weight, those wanting to build lean muscle, or people with food allergies or even picky eaters. They are a great way to get the nutrients you need without all the extra calories. They nourish your body and allow you to start losing weight while you’re learning how to eat for fat loss. They make meal preparation super convenient for those that just don’t have time to make a healthy meal. And they are cheaper than making a pit-stop at the local drive-thru window. ViSalus’ shakes offer solutions to a dieter’s three main challenges: eating right and cutting calories, boosting a tired metabolism and helping with energy and finally helping calm hunger and the stress of dieting.
Do I still eat food?
Yes, absolutely!!! If you’re trying to lose weight you will replace 1-2 meals/day but you still have 2 healthy snacks and a healthy dinner. If you’re hungry, you eat but you choose healthier choices. Many of my clients and I have found that the products really help to kill your cravings for the junk food too. Before I started this program I was eating easily a chocolate bar/day and pop and fast food 3-4 times/week but now I barely touch the stuff! And that’s amazing for me to pass up chocolate!!
Are there any restrictions?
No restrictions. Obviously if you continue to make unhealthy choices then you most likely won’t find success with this program but I have had a few cheat snacks or days and still continue to lose about 2 lbs/week.
Does it really work? Do we regain weight after finishing the program?
Yes it works! In 8 weeks I have lost 16 lbs and about 14″. I feel amazing – healthy, increased energy, no more brain fog, my clothes are fitting like they should and more. My sister has lost 17 lbs in 7 weeks and her husband has lost over 20 lbs in 7 weeks. My sister and I have done almost no exercise in this time but her husband has done almost daily exercise. If you return to your unhealthy eating habits after stopping the shakes then yes you will regain the weight most likely. The thing I love about the ViSalus products is you don’t have to stop using them. I have a lot of food allergies so I will continue to use these shakes forever. There is no harm in that. I may not do 2 shakes/day after I reach my goal weight but I will definitely do at least 1/day