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
I’ve been working with a Weight Watchers Personal Coach for about three weeks now and I have to tell you guys, this program is making dieting so much more manageable for me! One of my biggest obstacles when it comes to dieting is that I have a really hard time forgoing the sweets. Sure, I can give them up for a little while…and then I binge, give up on the diet and we’re right back to square one.
If you haven’t tried Weight Watchers, I’ll explain why this program is just so incredibly different from every other weight loss program I’ve tried (and I’ve tried quite a few!). On the Weight Watchers diet, you can eat ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. Fried food, soda, candy, cake, muffins, cookies, toffee, conch fritters…you can literally eat whatever you want! The catch? Of course there’s a catch, I won’t lie to you.
You have to track what you eat and not go over your daily (and weekly) allotment of Weight Watchers PointsPlus. The biggest difference between Weight Watchers and other diet programs I’ve done over the years is that Weight Watchers teaches you how to eat well. There’s no starvation, no denying yourself the things you love; it’s all about moderation. Once you learn how to eat the right way, losing weight is easier and it’s easier to keep that weight off for the rest of your life!
While I was in the Bahamas last week, I was served conch fritters at every meal. I LOVE conch fritters and wanted to eat them – so I did. ONE. At each lunch and dinner that offered conch fritters, I ate a single one, which satisfied my taste buds, and then I moved on to my salad.
Every time I was presented with something that I really wanted to eat but would risk using up all of my PointsPlus, I opened up the Weight Watchers app and looked at my motivation from my Weight Watchers Personal Coach…
You see, with the new Weight Watchers Personal Coaching program, you have access to support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! You can chat with someone, send a message to your Weight Watchers Personal Coach, call in; they are there to help you every step of the way. If you are having an “I really want to eat an entire batch of brownies” moment, you can chat with a trained coach via the mobile app or online chat to get the support you need!
It’s pretty awesome! Having my own personal cheerleader is such a huge help, and knowing that there is someone to hold me accountable for my success or failure really helps keep me on track. Instead of being stressed out about sticking to my diet in the Bahamas, I ate what I wanted – in moderation – and stuck to my diet!
One of my action plan items for last week was to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. I have a really hard time finding motivation to exercise, and I was honest with my Weight Watchers Personal Coach and told her that I am lazy and hate to exercise. I needed to find a way to get creative and WANT to exercise. She suggested that I walk my dogs or find some type of outdoor activity as my form of exercise. She said that anything that gets you up and moving is exercise; we don’t have to spend all day running on a treadmill or lifting weights to exercise, we just need to move our bodies! This advice was invaluable because I’ve always felt that if I didn’t do a typical exercise routine, I might as well not do anything. Now I am finding ways to fit in activity that I can have fun with!
While in the Bahamas, I spent my exercise time in really fun ways. I woke up before the sunrise and took long walks along the beach…
I took the resort kayak out to a nearby rock formation, which was about a mile out. Kayaking in the ocean is a great way to get your exercise in, as fighting against the waves really works your upper body. I only kayak every so often, so I didn’t realize how much it works your muscles! Even my underarms were sore the next day!
I also did a lot of swimming, which is a great full-body workout.
I was really fortunate during my trip in that our resort provided a really healthy, nutritious breakfast full of fresh fruits, low fat yogurt, hard boiled eggs, and freshly squeezed orange juice.
I just threw the pastries out to the hermit crabs and ate fruit and a boiled egg for breakfast, and snacked on the fruit and the other boiled egg and yogurt during the day. I also gave the hermit crabs the delicious chocolate chip cookies that housekeeping left during turn-down service. I took one bite and out they went!
They also had bowls full of oranges and apples all over the resort, so I had plenty of healthy snacks – which count as zero PointsPlus! When it came time for lunch and dinners, I filled up on salad and ate just a little bit of the protein and starches. Bahamaians are really big on shellfish, and I happen to be allergic, so it was actually pretty easy to skip the fattening fried lobster and cracked conch.
I found a really great feature to the Weight Watchers app during my trip that I just have to tell you about! We didn’t have WiFi on the island, but I was able to track my food and exercise without connecting to the internet! The app pulls the PointsPlus value from the databank of food items and records them, then you just sync once you have an internet or cellular connection. Make sure to remember to sync once you’re back online so that those PointsPlus are deducted from your daily balance.
As helpful as the Weight Watchers app is, my favorite part of the program is having my own coach! Mary P is awesome and I always request her when it comes time to schedule a new session. Sessions occur weekly, and you can even reschedule or create appointments online or through the Weight Watchers app.
My trip to the Bahamas was last-minute and I had to use the app to reschedule my appointment last week. It was SO convenient because I use my phone for just about everything!
The Weight Watchers Personal Coaching program has been an incredible benefit to me, and it can help you too! As a member of Weight Watchers Personal Coaching program, you’ll have all of the help you need in your weight loss journey, and be armed with the tools you need to keep that weight off once you lose it!
You can find out more about the Weight Watchers Personal Coaching program here. If you do sign up, please let me know what you think!
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