Last year was one heck of a year for me, and in case you didn’t already know, which you should because it’s the first thing you see on my site, I won Top Beachbody Coach 2010 out of over 50,000 coaches here in the United States! Because of being one of the Top 10 Beachbody Coaches, one of the rewards was a week long trip to France, and we actually just got back from it a few days ago. It was one of the best experiences of my life, and something that I will talk about until the day I die. The food, restaurants, hotels, were all outstanding, but what made the trip were the people that were on it. Every single one of us Top 10 Beachbody Coaches are friends, and it just took the trip to a whole new level and allowed us to enjoy the experience together.
France is a very unique country, and very, very different than the United States. I thought that there would be quite a few similarities, and well, I was wrong. In fact, I couldn’t believe how much different their culture is over there! So what I’m going to do is run through a few things that I picked up on about the French people and their country.
(1) The French are in shape. The first thing that I noticed when we got to France was how fit the people were! I’m so used to being the minority in the U.S. because of being fit, but in France I fit right in. I only noticed maybe one or two obese people on the entire trip, and I’m not kidding about that either! They might have even been American tourists. So why are they so fit? For one, their portions are WAY smaller than in the U.S. Everything is pretty much cut in half. Two, they don’t have all the added crap that Americans put in their food like preservatives or additives. Next, they are very active. We saw so many people biking, running, and working out every day.
(2) They love their goat cheese! I mean dang, seriously people, enough with the goat cheese! I don’t know what it is about this food, but they literally can’t get enough, and want to make sure that any Americans that come and visit can’t get enough of it either. I swear that every single meal had goat cheese, and sometimes there was enough cheese there to make it an entire meal! Some restaurants served goat cheese as an appetizer, and then brought out more of it as a pre-dessert meal. Needless to say, I’m all cheesed out.
(3) Hatchback cars are the new “in” thing. We were on the bus heading to the French Riviera, and on the way there I noticed something rather interesting. The more I looked out the window, the more I noticed that every single car that drove by was a hatchback. So what I decided to do was count them, and I literally could not keep up! I would even go as far to say that 85% of the cars in France are hatchbacks. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense. Why? For one, their gas prices are absolutely ridiculous! It was something like $5.50 per gallon, and hatchbacks get good gas mileage. Plus, the streets were dinky, I mean seriously dinky, and if you didn’t have a hatchback, you weren’t parking anywhere.
(4) Very old, rustic, but uniquely built buildings. I thought it was pretty neat that every single building was made out of some sort of stone and was either tan or gray. On top of that, you rarely saw random houses, but rather they were all confined in small villages.
(5) Unbelievable scenery. I haven’t been to many places that have given me goosebumps, until I went to France of course. There was this one moment that I remember in particular, where we hiked to the top of the mountain, and on one side was a cliff that dropped into the Mediterranean Sea and on the other side was the mini Alps. I just stood there for a few minutes and took mental pictures so that I never forgot what that look or felt like. It was a moment that I will never forget. What’s crazy, though, is that there were many other moments just like that, like riding upon a field of flowers in the French countryside, and eating dinner in a small French diner in the village.
What’s so crazy about all of this is that I would have never guessed I would have been in this position 2 years ago when we were struggling financially, trying to figure out how we were going to afford a one bedroom apartment and pay our bills. I am where I am today because I decided to make a decision, a decision to commit myself 100% every day to improve our situation. It took sacrifices, extreme hard work, but it was all worth it because we are now living the dream. Becoming a Beachbody Coach has been a blessing for us, and I’m so excited to see what the future is going to bring!
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