This is NOT ok.

Self Care

 

Something happened this morning and I feel like I can no longer be quiet about this.  I have been targeted for so long by distributors and salespeople selling body wraps and creams claiming they can "fix" my "broken" body.  Every time I make a post talking about how I am okay with the stretched skin I have on my stomach from carrying two ten pound babies I get literally hundreds, if not thousands, of emails, comments, and private messages from people who claim their miracle product or pill can fix my "problem".  I've always stayed silent about it because I never knew how to gracefully acknowledge the situation, but I will no longer be picked on, bullied, and shamed.  I am using my voice and standing up for myself.

I was tagged this morning by someone who follows my public Facebook page (thank you Lindsey!) and she let me know that someone had stolen my photographs and used them to sell their It Works! wrap:

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**edit:  Since this post went live, I went back in and I blacked out this guy's name and phone number.  I found out he was getting hate texts and hate messages from my post, which isn't something I would condone and I kind of feel bad for him so decided to protect him from future hate.**

To see my photographs and my hard work stolen and used by someone to sell a product I would never endorse was gut wrenching.  My heart started racing and my palms started sweating as I stared at my phone looking at my picture on this false advertisement.  These photographs were taken for an article I wrote for Bodybuilding.com called, "8 New Mom Fitness Rules".  In that article, I encourage moms to be kind to themselves, to remember that it's not a race to lose any weight you put on during pregnancy, and to be proud of your progress along the way.  I never, ever would have told a new mom that she needed a wrap to feel good about herself.  In fact, the irony of the situation is that I encourage just the opposite!!  I have started the Own It Campaign encouraging women to own their stories and to find beauty and strength in their vulnerabilities.  I have helped Heidi Powell with her Perfectly Imperfect campaign encouraging women to accept and love their imperfections.

I reached out to It Works on social media with this post:

IMG_4950[1]Facebook must have shown that post in the newsfeeds of people who follow my page because a lot of people started commenting and liking my post.  I was upset about the whole situation and needed to clear my head, so my husband and I rounded up the kids, got in the car, and headed to the gym for a morning leg workout.  My phone was blowing up, but I was waiting until my workout was over until I read, commented, or responded to anything.  I was told that this post had thousands of likes and shares, but It Works! must have decided to delete my post because when I got back from the gym and got online to check my post, it was gone.

To be fair, I did receive an email from It Works! later this afternoon apologizing for the situation and stating that the independent distributor broke policy by using my photographs.
It Works Response
I have had some time to think about the turn of events this morning, and I recognize that it wasn't It Works! sharing false photographs, but rather an individual that is a representative for the company who used unethical marketing. This is where I believe we need to change the conversation and start talking about a very disturbing trend in the way women are marketed to.

I am somewhat ashamed to type this out, but I used to hate my body.  Truly.  I was a long distance runner for most of my life and I never looked like the other runners on my team.  Most of the top athletes had long legs with a petite build, and I was born with short legs, a long torso, and a naturally more muscular build.  I never had the long, lean legs synonymous with the image of a marathon runner.  I would spend hours twisted around staring in the mirror and wonder why (no matter how many miles I ran) I couldn't get the cellulite off the back of my thighs.  I don't remember ever wearing regular swimsuit bottoms in high school and always covered up with board shorts because I was embarrassed of my thick thighs.  Growing up my stepdad would tease me and my nickname growing up was "puddin" because 'whatever I puddin my mouth would go straight to my thighs".  From a very young age, I was teased and taught to be ashamed of my body.  I used to flip through magazines and stare wishfully at celebrities bodies and wish I could just look the way they did.  I thought that if I could change the way I looked I would finally be happy.

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Do you know what changed that horrible, self-degrading, inner vicious dialogue?  Let me give you a hint.  It had nothing to do with a wrap, a magical pill, or an expensive shake.  It had everything to do with the way I started to talk to myself and by focusing on self care.  I started setting tiny (micro) goals for myself.  I started to prove to myself that my worth was more than the way I looked, and that I could set out to do something and actually achieve it, even if the goals were tiny.  Eventually I got brave enough to start setting goals that weren't so tiny.  Very slowly, over a long period of time, I started to believe that my value wasn't dictated by the leanness of my legs or how I looked in a bikini.  I started setting time aside each week to focus on improving myself, which included things like regular exercise that I enjoyed and cooking nutritious meals.  I allowed myself to have interests and self-improvement goals outside of just being a mom and a wife.  I started spending time on things that actually made me happy and proud of myself, instead of wasting my time wishing I could look like a celebrity or changing a part of my body that was genetically never going to change.  I stopped telling myself that I needed fixed, that I needed to look like someone else, and that I wasn't enough.  I learned that sharing things that made me feel vulnerable took the power and fear away from those feelings and I started building true, inner self confidence.

The reason I am talking about all this is because of how hurt it makes me feel when I see slimy, shameless, and deceitful marketing techniques targeting women who feel the exact way I used to feel.  Women who hate their bodies, who feel insecure, and who wish they could look like someone else are being targeted by companies who claim they can "fix" these women.  I mentioned earlier that I have gotten thousands of emails, messages, and comments from people selling skin-firming products.  I see the same trends over and over.  People telling me, "you are beautiful, BUT..." or "you look amazing, BUT...":

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It Works Scam3Or phrases like, "We all have imperfections and we all hate them":

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These are just a few examples of the thousands of spam messages I get all the time.  **edit: two of the people that sent these messages have since reached out to me and apologized for the way their message came across.  I think it shows a lot about their character that they reached out to me, and I have no hard feelings on my end.  The photos were less about them and more about just showing a sample of the endless messages I get.**

The thing that is so heavy on my heart is knowing that I am at a place now where I can easily dismiss these messages as people using bad marketing techniques, but there was a time in my life (majority of my life actually) where I wouldn't have been able to dismiss them so easily.  Those insecure voices would have started to creep up in my head, those negative thoughts would have started getting louder, and my paper-thin self confidence would have crumbled while wondering if maybe I wasn't enough just the way I am.  I probably would have given in and spent a lot of money trying to get fixed.

This is where I believe major changes need to happen.  Since when did it become acceptable to approach a friend (or stranger) and tell them you could fix a part of their body?  A plastic surgeon would never walk up to someone with a big nose and tell them they can "fix" their face.  That would be flat out rude!  An orthodontist would never come up to an insecure teenage and tell her he could make her beautiful by fixing her smile.  That would be borderline unethical.  For some reason, however, it has become acceptable for representatives of these skin care and body wrap companies to target postpartum moms, who are already in an emotional and vulnerable phase of their life, by telling them their bodies need to be "fixed".  The bottom line here is that there is a right way and a wrong way to market yourself.

Two of my favorite bloggers have already opened the conversation on this topic.  Jennifer from Mama Lion Strong witnessed a team of It Works! representatives attacking a new mom group at her local mall.  She writes, "Some new Moms are strong.  Some new Moms are confident.  Some new Moms are very sure of themselves and their journeys.

But many are not.  Many are tired.  Many are struggling with their self worth.  Many feel lonely and isolated.  Many cry in the bottom of their showers wondering whose body they are living in and if their husband finds it as disgusting as they do.

Nobody wants to feel that way. Most would do anything to not have to feel that way anymore.

And this is why new Moms become diet/fitness/cosmetic industries #1 target.  This is why my local "it works" team plants itself outside of a new Mom exercise class."

Post Baby Body


January, founder of Birth Without Fear, talked about how she clicked on the hashtag "postpartum" recently on Instagram and saw the hashtag being spammed by thousand of independent distributors.  In her own words, "Getting healthier and fit is awesome!  Moms come in all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels.  We are all on our own journey and progressing and working through our crazy, tired, postpartum, motherhood lives the best we can at any given time.  This is not about comparing.  This is about becoming united.

We do not need to be told we are not good enough.

We do not need chemical laden lotions, potions, or seran wrap.  What we need is love, grace, friendship, and support."

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At the end of the day, what have I taken away from this event that happened this morning (that has consumed way, way too much of my time today)?

1) I wish that It Works! and other similar companies would put a MAJOR emphasis on the right and wrong way for distributors to market their businesses.  This should be done in all new distributor training, not just hidden away in the small print of policy and procedures.  There should also be harsh punishment for using non-compliant advertisements and it should become company culture that there is a zero tolerance for unethical marketing or using non-corporate ads.  Corporate culture is created from the top-down.  When corporate addresses this is a problem within their organization then true change can occur.

2)  I don't have a problem with multi-level marketing or direct sales companies.  Direct sales can be a great way for many at-home moms to make extra income if they have a legitimate product and are done the right way.  I don't even have a problem with It Works! distributors or their product line in general.  What I do have a problem with is distributors who use shady and slimy marketing techniques to earn their commissions.  If you are a leader or a top-ranking distributor in your direct sales company, use your influence! If you see someone on your team targeting postpartum moms or using language in their posts that might make someone feel less-than, step in and stop them!  Do team training and talk about how marketing this way can potentially jeopardize your personal brand.  Lead by example.  Make your parties so fun that party guests want to host their own parties, but please, please don't target someone who you think has stretched skin or cellulite and tell them you can help them out if they host a party for you.

3)  For the record, I have never used an It Works! wrap and all my results came through proper nutrition and exercise over a long period of time (no quick-fixes).  I regularly get asked about things like body wraps, fat burners, etc and I always let people know that I don't use them.  They are very expensive products that only provide short-term results.  Instead, I encourage women to spend the $100 they would have spent on a wrap or fat burners and splurge on something like really fun workout clothes that they feel really comfortable in, or find some new, fun recipes and use the money to buy some nutritious and wholesome foods that you may not normally purchase.  Things that seems too good to be true usually are.

4)  Lastly, if you have been targeted by someone trying to sell you a product to "fix" your body when you didn't think you needed fixed, I hope that you can find comfort in knowing you are not alone.  Those of us who have been attacked can stand together, find a strong voice, continue to share this message, and we can stand firm and united in our belief that we. are. enough.

Your friend,
Natalie


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44 Comments

  1. Awesome post. I’m not a new mom, but I definitely have moments of low self-esteem and am vulnerable to quick fix companies. You handled this situation perfectly.

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  2. instead of flipping out and going to an extreme why didn’t you just contact this distributor directly. That picture could have been shared with him and told it was from wraps. Instead you blast him and try to Shame him on the Internet when you don’t know if what he did was an honest mistake. Distributors are pretty good at removing pictures if they are told that it’s not accurate or from the wraps. I applaud you for your progress and hard work but how about just confronting him and discrediting him.

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    • I did contact him directly via the phone number in his ad through text and a phone call and I never heard a response. I was respectful of It Works in my post, I didn’t flip out (as you suggested), I wrote a blog post on my website about it. My picture was all over Facebook this morning and I have the write to respond and clear my name and brand reputation from false advertising.

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  3. I am so glad you spoke up, as you should! I am so tired of the it works spam all over. But, to steal photographs? That’s a new low. BTW, you look amazing – go you for working so hard! You make us mamas struggling, but chugging along proud!

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  4. Love your post! I have yet to have my photos used for anything like this. I’ve used Advocare (an nutritional company) to help aid in my nutrition and I’m an Advisor, I’ve lost 72 pounds since January 2014. I’m proud to have lost the weight and I love my stretch skin and stretch marks I embrace that about my body which I the total opposite of how I was as a teen (I suffered an eating disorder) i make my story very public with my YouTube channel (FitByKatFitness) and my Instagram (@katarinalexis) and even though I say that I love my marks and skin and I try to spread body empowerment, the only distributors that try to tell me “great progress, I have something that can help with your loose skin and marks its called It Works” they are the only the are so pushy with stuff. I understand that they make money by selling the stuff I do too with Advocare but I would never EVER use someone else’s photos to get a sell I have my own clients that have made great progress I ask their permission before I share their results. I support you in what you did I probably would of done the same thing. 😉

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  5. I am an It Works distributor and I am so sorry this happened! We are absolutely trained from corporate to only use our before and afters or our customers after their written consent has been given. Unfortunately we have people that don’t follow the policies we have in place and just do their own thing just like any company. I am a mom like you and had 2 babies in 2 years and I can completely relate with how different our bodies feel afterwards. I am also a firm believer that good nutrition sets the foundation for any successful weight loss. Our wraps are not meant for weight loss and we certainly are not trained to target who we think has loose skin or not. That is not ok and I would freak if someone did that to me! It Works is a great company. I was a customer for a while before becoming a distributor. I know our leaders would be very disappointed in this. You handled this situation well.

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  6. You’re probably alot calmer then i ever could have been. I’ve had the woman hating and shaming pages take my pictures and make horrible nasty memes while i was pregnant with my second. Unfortunately other then reporting it to Facebook and asking them to take it down i had no option. It was an anonymous page ran by cowards who didn’t post who they were and probably looked worse then i felt. I had comments from people like “kill it with fire” and “omg this thing is breeding” or one picture i was sitting down and some one said ” omg that poor bench 3..2…1… break!” People tell me to kill myself and baby or how my husband was screwing my best friend and horrible horrible things…

    I’m in a better place then i was then but not much. Once in a while a picture surfaces or i look in the mirror the wrong way ans it comes crashing back. Slowly I’m getting back in shape and treasuring my babies and our time

    Thank you for sharing it and being the bigger person. You don’t need to worry about anyone or their thoughts!

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    • Wow, Meg I am so terribly sorry that happened to you. My heart was breaking for you and I started tearing up as I read your comment. I will say, as much as I hate knowing you went through that, it takes part of the sting away to know that other people have had to go through it too. Thank you for commenting and hopefully we can stand together and be a voice to let people know that online theft and bullying is. not. ok.

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  7. You are amazing! Not just for speaking up, but for always being so open about all the different aspects of you and the different phases of your life. From one mama to another, thank you for being fully yourself and letting your light shine!

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  8. Thanks so much for this post! There are so many products out there saying to use this cream/system to firm up your face/butt/legs/thighs/breasts. I’ve always felt that we all age and we’re never going to have perfect skin so I’ve never bought into any of the anti-aging stuff, even from the company I work for. Besides, it takes WAY too much of my time to use five different things every night to keep my skin firm/tight. I just want it to be clean! I felt the same way about my body as you did as I was growing up- my thighs are too thick, my butt is too big, why can’t I have a long slim body like these other athletes and models. It was all a LIE! I feel so much better in my skin now than ever before now that I am 33 years old. I wish more people had emphasized that this is the body that GOD gave to me, and it is BEAUTIFUL! What also helps is that my husband thinks I’m beautiful, even when I am pregnant and feeling huge. Thanks so much for keeping it real with all of us. I hope your day has gotten better!

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  9. I’m so sorry this happened to you. As a distributor (and personal trainer/fitness lover) I’m always SUPER careful with how I word things. Generally, I love their skin care….just one small thing though…no chemical laden lotion/potion the products are all natural. If you like your body, I love your body and I completely respect that you stood up. I preach this EVERY DAY, this is not 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon. You better know the person or know the person that knows them using the product. Bummer this distributor chose to handle it that way.

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  10. Yes, 1,000 times over. I have personally have been targeted this way by ItWorks, Plexus, Shakeology, and more distributors in this fashion and it is NOT OKAY! My sisters tried it. Both admitted that they quit it because they found out very quickly that you had to be A) obnoxious and rude like this, and/or B) unethical/immoral like this in order to be successful, and they both refused to stoop to that level.

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  11. Natalie,
    You are such an inspiration! I commend you for the classy way you dealt with this situation! When we met in Atlantis, you were so encouraging and inspiring. I follow all of the amazing things you and your family do, and I am proud to have gotten to know you and am honored to call you a “friend.” You are an incredibly genuine person, who takes time to encourage others, which is hard to come by. I am sorry that this happened to you, but at least you were able to turn this around and, yet again, inspire so many!

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  12. If you don’t want pictures of yourself being used improperly on the Internet, then don’t put your pictures on the Internet. It’s just part of the deal. And if your vanity needs you to post your amazing body transformations or mommy issues to feel productive or happy, then find another outlet. I mean really, how to people have time for these mommy blogs anyway?? Get a job!!

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    • Hey Stephanie, I wish you the best of luck with your It Works business.

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  13. Bravo!! Very well handled Natalie! I admire the way you remained calm and decisive despite the personal attack of this consultant. I take comfort in many of your posts and rejoice in your honesty about your body and your journey. I’ve recently gained back 20lbs and I’m struggling to love myself at all stages. So, I appreciate your willingness to share the imperfections of your post part in recovery. I feel we would be better off if we should all be as brave as you! Perhaps WE should flood Instagram with photos of honest postpartum recovery and hashtag it as such. Showing anyone who follows that hashtag that all women recover differently and we are all beautifully imperfect! Keep writing and sharing YOUR way. We need it.

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  14. I wish my only issue was my obesity. Unfortunately, it’s hard to fix ugly….lol

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  15. Wow. I’m so terribly sorry this happened to you. I’m an It Works distributor and as someone else mentioned, corporate does train us NOT to use photos that are not approved by them. Unfortunately too many do not follow this rule and it absolutely infuriates me. It discredits the products and makes us look bad. I think every woman deserves to be proud of her body. I’m a curvaceous woman And I love the body I have. I’m healthy, happy and confident. I’ve had people say “the wraps must not have worked for you”. They do work but I love myself the way I am!!! I don’t need a wrap to make me feel better! If you don’t feel good about yourself on the inside their is no wrap, pill, form of exercise or diet that will give you your confidence. Your light must shine from within!!!! Again, I truly apologize for what happened to you. Best wishes to you!

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  16. this makes me very sad. I am a it works distributer and I did not get into selling it even because of the wrap I used the products to assist with my type 1 diabetes which I have had since I was 3 yrs old And the magic pills you say have assisted me with my sugars. We promote highly a healthy life style not only using our products. Eating right and excersising it’s even in the after care of our wrap. My favorite clients are those healthy fit moms that are healthy strong and very fit but with all the work at the gym they will not get rid of the stretched skin. Like Our wraps do. I don’t think because people want to look better, in their eyes that’s a bad thing. Why do you go to the gym? To feel and look better. With our products they are not a fast fix it takes time and consisteny along with exercise and healthy eating. I understand being upset about a single distributer posting your pic that is wrong. But that should have anything to do with our products. Research them the ingredients what they do who the have helped. There’s more to these products then you may know. Each distributer own their business and runs it the way the choose or know. Some do not run their with integrity but I take a lot of pride in my business and the products and what they have done for me and my family. Especially my mom is my favorite client these helped her after chemo and radiation.

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  17. Holy cow. I have been a distributor with It Works for almost 3 years and have seen (and reported to corporate) some unethical marketing. But if I EVER saw or heard of my team members doing something like that, my normally shy demeanor would become completely opposite. That’s completely unacceptable and it angers me because the rest of us suffer from a few people being unethical and violating company policy. I’m a mom and I personally love the products… but I’ve also NEVER sold a wrap without making certain my customer knew it’s not for weight loss. I use it to give me a boost. Like tightening skin after losing more weight. And it’s motivating- “if I look this good after a wrap, I’ll look even better if I hit the gym more often and eat better”. I am ashamed of the “distributor” who stole your photos. Written permission is always required to use anyone’s photos. I am glad you contacted the company, because I would love to see harsher consequences for the violators that make the honest distributors look bad. I have a new blog to follow now. 🙂

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  18. This is NOT ok! But it comes down to these companies throwing these ridiculous bonuses out which are obtainable but retain able so people are acting like vultures preying on people not only like you Natalie but people down on their luck financially with promises that they can change their life… Yes they changed my life instead of debt free I am so far in debt I cannot breathe!!! I believe in a healthy lifestyle change and you have my utmost respect on your journey in doing things the right way! Good luck to you and God Bless!!!

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  19. “I don’t have a problem with multi-level marketing or direct sales companies.”

    You should, at least with those who market the very products that appeal to and feed the very mindset you are opposing. Success in MLM requires cutthroat marketing tactics targeted at your friends, family, and whoever else might benefit from some miracle wrap, juice, shake, essential oil, diet, makeup, etc. It’s pathetic, and stay-at-home moms who sell to profit from their family and friends through such legal pyramid schemes ought to be ashamed of themselves.

    Bottom line: MLM is a huge part of the problem you are addressing. I bet half the people offering to send you something is simply hoping to add you to their downline.

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  20. How about the distributor do their work to see if they received copyrighted images. Ever heard of dragging and dropping an image in Google’s image search? Besides, I believe there are NO innocent mistakes when it comes to marketing. It’s all about the money.

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  21. Thanks for posting this encouraging post. You updated the post by blocking out the mans name, however, you forgot to blackout his name in the search bar 🙂

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  22. I linked my website because sometimes, as I read this, I went, “That’s what I said!” I was a little more blunt and got ferociously torn apart by my family, but I can’t say “Amen” to this any louder. Thanks Natalie!

    I don’t mention this in my blog post but I had a distributer ask me to use my Bachelorette party as an It Works! Party. I said no, so let’s just say someone who should have been at my wedding didn’t go because of it.

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  23. I disagree. I don’t think success in MLM has to be cut throat. I’ve never seen any of my team members throw out crazy incentives to join their team or had them beg people to join. Most of the time I’ve seen really excited people who genuinely enjoy sharing the product with someone who needed it. I’ve always checked with people who I am working with to see if they are already in contact with another consultant because I hate taking other people’s customers. Most of the leaders I know in the MLM I’m a part of have a high degree of integrity and are pretty easy going. They are personable and encouraging, not cut throat. As a SAHM, I’m not ashamed to present a high quality product if it’s going to help someone out. It’s not like I’m begging them to join. I offer them a solution and they make the decision to buy/join or not. The product speaks for itself, I don’t need to “sell” it at all. Sorry you have a negative reaction to MLM’s. They can be a great way to make an income when done with integrity and when we put other people’s needs above our own desire to make money.

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    • PS- I was “replying” to John’s comment above.

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  24. I absolutely agree with your issue about the distributor using your photos in his advertising. I do not agree with your statement that you were respectful of It Works as a company, or of other It Works distributors. As a group we do not “target” people or “attack” them. And the team I am with is all about helping people. We have more than wraps to help people, we have products to help people get healthy, to reduce pain so it is easier to exercise, to help with blood sugars, nutrition, skin care, anxiety and stress. We have much morr than wraps. We are not predators out to “get” people. I am in the business of helping people reach their health care goals. I don’t “fix” anyone, nor do I promise to “fix” them. I will, however, help people on their Healthcare journey. Our company specifically has authorized pictures to use AND policies AND training to prevent errors like yours happening. We are all sorry for your discomfort. It Works Global has apologized to you, as many of our distributors have. Implying that we do not have legitimate products on a public forum was less than stellar on your part. And in my eyes, was just as bad as that other person using your photos to promote a product on his forum.

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  25. Natalie, I hope you know that Cara has an angle there and that’s not about you. I wouldn’t even feel the need to defend myself to that. There is no way that someone who 1) has never illegally used pictures herself or 2) is not a troll would ever make that comment. Very suspicious.

    That said, you know that this is a perfect example of copyright infringement and have decided not to press charges?

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  26. the guy’s name is blacked out on his original post but his name still appears on the search bar in your photo.

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  27. Woo hoo! Sooo love this article!!!!!! Empowering women is something I am incredibly passionate about and I am very impressed by your mission to do this! :). I am actually a Consultant for a Direct Sales company as well (not any of the above mentioned) and LOVED your message about how people from these companies are approaching people! This is NOT something my company does or believes in doing. In fact, your message is right in line with our beliefs. ;). Beauty from the INSIDE out will get long term results as well as accepting YOURSELF AS YOU ARE, loving yourself and OTHERS as they are!!!! Keep it up Natalie-this is your calling and woman in our society need this kind of example. You are a gift!!!

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  28. I am an It Works Distributor. Let me start by saying that I was properly trained by my upline. I don’t approach people to “fix” them. I use company approved ads and flyers and wait for people to approach me, Do I make a lot of money that way? Not really, but I know I am helping people get fit and healthy. We are SO much more than the wraps! If you knew ANYTHING about our company, you would have known that! I personally, ALWAYS recommend exercise at least 3x a week and 8-8oz glasses of water AT LEAST, daily. You not only publically shamed this guy, but you made all of us LEGIT, Hard working Momma’s out there LOOK BAD!!! What happened to “Do unto others as you would have done to you”??? Maybe a public apology to ALL It Works Distributors would be nice!

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  29. Ok… Wow… It Works is NOT a “quick fix” company! Anyone that says so has NO CLUE what we teach & stand for! It took 1 yr for my tummy skin (from a pregnancy 9 yrs ago) to tighten up… And YES it’s about taking care of your skin (in the appropriate way) to get great results! This article is about ONE DISYRIBUTOR who used a pic he shouldn’t hv used. I make money from home doing this business (6 figures in 1 year!!) and it has saved my family from financial problems AND boosted my confidence. Bashing my company is PERSONAL & people need to do research before stating an OPINION like this one! (Totally disgusting),,, be a leader.. Not a follower. Rant over

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  30. By the way…. If you KNEW the women this company has
    1. Saved from abusive relationships
    2. Helped boost confidence
    If you knew how many fitness models and fitness trainers use and distribute our oriducts, you may realize the impact on the health industry… The opinions of people who have NO clue What they speak if just infuriates me! Your bashing won’t effect my business because my products work, but if it negatively effects one of my new distributors trying to get out of her bad relationship, it’s on you. Just think about that for a bit.. Soak that in… Happy blogging!!!

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    • How was I bashing? I was respectful of It Works and clearly stated that I didn’t have an issue with their company or their distributors in general. I simply wrote a blog post no my own personal website about my own personal experience with hundreds, even thousands, of distributors and consultants from many different types of companies who have aggressively reached out to me telling me how their products can fix my problems. The post was less about this particular person or your company and so much more about the improper way consultants are running their businesses (and not just one or two bad apples, I have hundreds of emails, messages and comments) and the way women are being targeted and marketed to.

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  31. Natalie, thanks for the post. I’m 6months postpartum and I’m feeling pretty crumby but I know that it took time to grow my baby and it’ll take time to get to a shape I feel more comfortable with… Especially since I have 2 kids to run after now. I don’t know if you know this already or maybe you can’t acknowledge it publicly but many of those vitamin supplement and wraps, cosmetic “fixing” companies are shady and there is no regulation on them. There is a documentary called “bigger, stronger, faster” and it shows all of that stuff. It talks about steroids as well but it was amazing to watch the scenes on how they doctor pictures and use filler in their pills and other treatments. The higher ups condone this behavior and probably only apologized because you caught them. It’s depressing. Thanks for doing what’s right and helping all us get to the place we need to be.

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  32. I take it you didn’t read her entire article, because if you had you’d have seen her point #2 where she has no beef with MLMs or these kinds of health and weight loss tools, and she gives examples of ways distributors can HEALTHFULLY advertise without degrading women. She has nothing to apologize for. You need to apologize for skimming an article and jumping to conclusions, though. Do unto others as you would have done to you and don’t twist her message. Read, think, then type. :thumbsup:

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  33. There is an amazing Facebook group, Loving Yourself After Baby, the photographer shoots great pictures of moms in just black underwear and a black bra, holding their kids its really cute!

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  34. I remind myself that my husband loves my body and is proud of me for giving birth to two children even if my body isn’t the same it used to be.

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  35. Agreed. I started as a customer and saw the value in my life with my fibromyalgia and how it many of the products helped my family, then decided I wanted to help others. I never joined for the wrap I joined for the rest of the products. I haven’t meet a single person personally that would do this, not that someone wouldn’t, but everyone I personally know in the company frowns upon this and I know for a fact they will cancel a Distubtor caught doing unethical things ranging in variety of thing. The CEO and his family are amazing people and would never want to see anyone hurt or viewed poorly ever. They watch closely, so I felt this turned into a slam as well. I understand being upset at the individual, but the company itself had no control and I know from personal experience that the supplements we sell has helped me be able to work and go to gym so no matter what anyone else says I am so grateful for this company

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  36. The use of your picture should have never occurred. I’ve been with It Works for almost 3 years, and it’s always been policy to use only corporate approved images and results pictures only with written permission. We are given proper training and policies in place to follow. That said, not everyone takes the time to read these policies and some conduct their business with unethical standards (which you’ll find true with any network marketing company). Please, anyone reading this post, don’t just the company. Their products changed my life. I am a mother of 5, and was considering a tummy tuck. I went years hating my body, I couldn’t get dressed in front of my husband, and intimacy only took place with all the lights off because I didn’t feel sexy (this was all self-imposed feelings because my husband has always told me that I’m beautiful). One $25 wrap gave me more than results…it gave me hope and a new-found love for my body. That wrap led me on a journey to a newer, healthier me. I’m now eating healthy and working out at the gym. It Works has helped me on so many levels. And I get to help others with it. I don’t target individuals. I simply let them come to me and ask questions on their own accord. We’re not all out hunting people with insecurities.
    Please don’t judge the company. Don’t judge the products. The error and blame falls on an individual’s shoulders, and their shoulders alone.

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    • Hey Julie, I am proud of you that you are making healthier changes and am really happy for you that you are starting to lose your negative self talk. Those are really big things to change.
      Here is the thing. I am not judging the entire company. In fact, in my blog post I clearly said I don’t have any problem with It Works distributors in general. I simply wrote about my own personal experience with hundreds, even thousands, of distributors and consultants from many different types of companies who have aggressively reached out to me telling me how their products can fix my problems. The post was less about this particular person or your company and so much more about the improper way consultants are running their businesses (and not just one or two bad apples, I have hundreds of emails, messages and comments) and the way women are being targeted and marketed to.

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  37. I am so sorry this happened to you, as a distributor this is very very terrible to see. I only started selling this product bc this product worked for me, and it is truly sad that he made the company look so scam-ish. It is people like him that make me work 10000000 x’s harder. Thank you for sharing. Good luck, and shame on him, but he will have his turn.

    -Secily Proud It works Distributor

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  38. I stumbled across your blog as a soon-to-be mom looking for stories of other moms who have struggled with body image post pregnancy, and I have to say you are an inspiration! Your honesty and strength are (very) much appreciated. Thank you for posting so openly about your experiences with this particular type of cyber-targeting and bullying! You’re right, this kind of behavior is not ok and the fact that you are brave enough to bring light to this type of behavior is exemplary.

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