This post was created as part of a relationship in which I was sponsored by Weight Watchers and given a free three month subscription to try their new Personal Coaching product and write about my experience. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own. #WeightWatchers #WWsponsored
Last week, I told you that I’ve decided to jump back on the Weight Watchers wagon. What I didn’t tell you was that there is a new Weight Watchers Personal coaching program that has made all the difference. You guys know I like to keep it real, so it shouldn’t surprise you for me to admit that I was skeptical about the whole thing.
Five years ago, I tried Weight Watchers to lose some weight. I went to all the meetings, and lost a decent amount of pounds. Quickly, I found out that I was obsessing too much about the weight on the scale. My day was made or broken by my weight loss goals for that week. It wasn’t a healthy way to start the year. For me, the meetings weren’t super helpful either. It was a lot of rah rah cheerleader stuff that just didn’t apply to my life. Not knocking the meeting leaders, that kind of support just wasn’t the kind of support I needed to be successful.
The leaders were giving tips like bringing your own snacks when you go out to dinner rather than just eating what you wanted. There were tons of tips about eating lite this or no fat that. It was no wonder that I only lasted about two months the first time I ever tried Weight Watchers. It just wasn’t something that fit in my real full fat life.
Even when Weight Watchers asked me to try again, I was hesitant. I asked a lot of questions and let them know I was going to follow the points system, but was going to do it in a way that fit my life. I wasn’t going to listen to the tips that made me miserable or things that were doing their best to separate me and my eating habits from the real world. This applied to my personal coach too.
My personal coach, and I met for the first time this week. Well I should say “meet”. The program allows you to use the Weight Watchers platform to schedule a one on one coaching session via telephone. When I went to set up my coaching session, I looked for times that fit my schedule and a coach that sounded like she might have a clue.
Each coach has a little bio about themselves, which is a huge help to pick the “right” coach for you. Crystal’s bio said this:
The fact that she never gave up her favorite foods, and she said “we can rock this” I knew Crystal was the coach for me. (It’s also really cool she lives in Montague, which is where Jack Porter from Revenge lives) Setting up our first sessions, was a easy as clicking the “pick a time” button.
My meeting with Crystal was really awesome. She was really easy to talk too, and had a really realistic look at how each person needs to make the Weight Watchers program work for them. She was really supportive about the fact that I was ready to eat less of my favorite foods rather than to eat fat free filled and fake sugar laden food like substances.
Our call was about 30 minutes long, and she really listened about what my goals were (trying to become pain free by losing some weight) and helped me set some action plans before our next call. This week I decided on trying to eat a fruit or veggie at every meal. This girl can tear up some fruit and veggies, but I always forget to fit them in. So the mission for next week is to get in as many servings as I can, and really enjoy eating them. Not just force feeding myself rabbit food.
Crystal is really supportive, and even has her own Facebook group so I can chat with her and her other coaching clients whenever I need some support. This is so great for me because, I live online and you never know when you just need to chat with someone. Support is the key success to meeting any health goals. That and having a group that support you in your specific goal not try to put their “agendas” on you. Everyone in Crystal’s group has been amazing, and some have even joined my 30 day no soda challenge!
It’s been 2 weeks since being on Weight Watchers, and I have to say that even my cynical self is impressed. So far it’s been a very useful tool in my tool box. Between Weight Watchers, giving up soda, and going gluten free (more on that gem later) my brain fog is gone, my energy levels are already going back up, and even my pants are starting to feel a little loose. All that without giving up any of my favorite foods, having a few rough days, and not eating one single fat free thing (well I mean I didn’t change from half and half to skim milk)
At this point, Weight Watchers has my interests piqued. It’s turning out to be a great decision to join, and it’s something that even cynical hard butts like me can make work using whole foods. Can’t wait to share with you how it’s going next week. Until then, make sure to check out my 30 day no soda challenge and check back on why I decided to go gluten free.
Want to give Weight Watchers a whirl? Make sure to sign up here. It’s a great time to get started, and Crystal has some sessions still open. She kicks ass! You are going to want to snag her as your partner in getting healthier. (Well, her and me of course 😉 xoxo)
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