Learning Portion Control with Weight Watchers Personal Coaching

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

So, over the past couple of months I’ve been on the Weight Watchers plan. It’s not a diet – because honestly, diets don’t work. A “diet” means you are making a temporary change. You go “on” and “off” of a diet. That’s why they don’t work. Weight Watchers is an awesome lifestyle change, that helps you learn to eat proper portions of the right foods, and live healthier. But, that’s not always so easy. Which is why in addition to their awesome app, online tools, local classes, and all the rest – they now also have personal coaching. Someone to be your expert when you have questions, cheerleader for motivation, and more.

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Learn How Weight Watchers Personal Coaching Really Works

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

Recently I told you guys a little about my weight – and showed off some not-so-flattering pictures of how it’s fluctuated a ton over the past ten years. I also mentioned that to really get on track with a healthier lifestyle in this new year, I would be partnering with a personal coach from Weight Watchers. I was really excited to get started… But I’ll admit, just a little nervous too. I filled out my online assessment, so that my coach would know a little more about me before our first call, then got ready to set up my very first coaching appointment. I was super impressed with how easy the process was, and how fun the call was!

Is it bad that right before scheduling my coaching call, I ate this big ol’ piece of chocolate goodness? I savored every last little bite, and told myself it was the last big indulgence for awhile. It was good… But as I ate it, I realized that I was ok with giving up sweets like this, if it meant getting healthier and having more energy to keep up with my crazy-busy lifestyle. But the good news is, after talking to my coach, I realized I don’t have to totally deprive myself of treats – this plan isn’t a “diet,” it’s super flexible, and your coach is there to guide you along the way.

How Personal Coaching Works:

As I mentioned, you first fill out an online assessment, so that you’re coach can learn more about what specific needs you have, since we’re all unique people with different lifestyles and goals.

Next, you get the option to choose your own coach. I LOVED that. There are men and women, all different ages, from different parts of the country. I picked a coach who lives here in the Pacific Northwest, who is also a mom running a home business. I figured she’s understand my challenges pretty well. Also – don’t feel any pressure. You can change your coach at any time if you don’t feel like you “click.”

Then – and this is another favorite part – you get to schedule your own coaching call. You can see at a glance what your coaches schedule is like, and choose the date and time that fit into your busy life. So helpful for me! And if something comes up, you can reschedule up to 24 hours ahead of time too.

Weight Watchers app helps you find healthy restaurant options

Before my first call, I browsed over the website a bit, to learn a little more about how the tracking system works, checked out the recipe section to get some ideas, and tried using some of the tools available on my dashboard. That way, if anything didn’t make sense, I’d be able to ask questions right away. Luckily, everything is so intuitive and easy to understand I had no problems using it. I even downloaded the Weight Watchers app to my iPad, so that I could access it on the go. I love this feature shown in the photo above – you can search tons of restaurants, to help you make healthy choices when dining out. Since I travel a lot, this is really helpful.

Weight Watchers yogurt parfait - only 4 points!

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New Year, New Me – With Weight Watchers

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

So. It’s almost the new year. 2015. Can you even believe it? I mean, seriously…. I can’t even always remember to write 2014 on my paperwork now, how can it be almost 2015? This year started off amazing, but the past 4 or so months have been so stressful, and the whole year just passed by SO incredibly quickly. But, as I do at the end of every year, I’m in the process of making new goals. New plans. Because I like to make every year bigger, better, and brighter than the one before.

High school weight

Not an amazing quality photo, since I had to steal it from a friend’s facebook page. But, this is me in high school. Like…. 1996-ish. I totally thought I was fat. Ohmyheck – to look back now? I was super skinny. I wish I could be this “fat” these days. I know we all often naturally gain weight as we get older. But my weight has fluctuated so much over the past few years, and I’m determined to fix that. Let me show you a little bit of the action:

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Are You Losing the Diet Game?

“The fad diets that many Americans are on are perfect if you want to be hungry all the time and miserable.” – Nathan Pritikin…. That quote really does kind of sum it up, right? Now, don’t get me wrong – I don’t think every program out there is bad. Not at all. I’ve had great success with both Weight Watchers and Nutrisystem. My best friend has lost 100 pounds using the Omni drops. I know several success stories from Isagenix and Advocare. But, the basic way to lose weight, get fit, and be healthy is the same as it’s always been – a diet based on real, whole foods, exercise, and a positive attitude. A diet like Weight Watchers is great – if you use it as a way to jump start learning about nutrition and healthy choices, and make it a lifestyle. But the simplest way to weight loss isn’t “going on a diet,” it’s changing your diet. Check out the tips in the infographic below, and leave me some comments to let me know what you think….. [Read more…]

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Losing Weight is Easy with a Simple Start…

I was given a free one month subscription to Weight Watchers to try their new #SimpleStart plan and write about my experience.Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own, as always.

“Happiness is a choice. Why not be happy all the time? Being unhappy doesn’t get you anywhere.” – Jerry Bruckner If you’ve ever met me in real life, know me just  from social media, or have read more than a couple of posts on this site, then you’ve probably noticed that I’m one of those annoyingly optimistic “glass is half full” type of people. I don’t let obstacles get me down or discouraged, I use them as motivation for finding new solutions to challenges. I haven’t always been this way, but since becoming a mom a few years ago, I swear I was changed with some type of “post-partum optimism” or something. {So far as I know, that’s not a real thing. But a post describing my experience with it is coming up one of these days… :)} And, as I get started with the new adventures of 2014, I’ve been excited to see how small changes are adding up to make me feel even happier, healthier, and more in balance {my word of the year.}

Super healthy, super loaded, stuffed baked potato recipe from weight watchers

One big change already this year has been diving into the Simple Start plan from Weight Watchers. I’ve talked about it a TON the past two weeks, as I’ve followed this plan to jump-start my goals of getting healthier – from sharing super yummy recipes ideas like this Stuffed Baked Potato, to the awesome motivational quotes I tweet out after seeing them each day when I log in – I’ve definitely shared a million updates on my personal Facebook and Instagram encouraging my friends to try this out too. It’s pretty clear that I’m a believer. {Not to be confused with the term “Belieber“, which I am emphatically not. Lol.} And I’ve been really excited to see how many of my friends have now joined me in the Simple Start plan too!

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Super Healthy, Super Loaded Baked Potato – #SimpleStart to Weight Loss

I was given a free one month subscription to Weight Watchers to try their new Simple Start plan and write about my experience. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own.

“I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.” – from Weight Watchers free #SimpleStart app… Ok ladies. Last week I told you guys about a super awesome way to kick start your weight loss – a totally free app from Weight Watchers called Simple Start. It’s pretty much what you’d expect from the name – a simple way to just jump in and get started, not just with losing weight, but with getting healthy. For two weeks you focus on WHAT you’re eating, not how much. No points to add up, no portions to measure. Just a big ol’ list of good-for-you foods, and some rockin’ recipes that make those foods totally shine. And – they don’t believe in “guilty” pleasures. They believe that every day needs a small indulgence, so they guide you to adding those daily, in a smart way. Skeptical? Well – take a look at what I’ve been eating this week:

Super healthy, super loaded, stuffed baked potato recipe from weight watchers

Super healthy, super loaded, stuffed baked potato recipe from weight watchers

I showed you guys some examples of the recipes you’ll find on the Simple Start app last week. And this one is kind of adapted from one of their amazing lunch recipes – to fit what I had on hand, and the mood I was in. The lunch recipe on the app includes a loaded baked potato, a bowl of vegetable soup, a side of salsa. Well, I skipped the sour cream on the potato, and nixed the soup. Instead, I added just a bit of grilled chicken breast to my potato, and a side salad to get more veggies in. And I have to tell ya – I’m not usually much of a veggie eater. But the creative recipes on the app truly inspired me, and have had me eating things I usually don’t. Broccoli? Crazy. But this was the second time in a week I ate a potato stuffed with piles of broccoli! Yum. And me suddenly loving broccoli is kind of a big deal.

Low fat super loaded stuffed baked potato recipe

Low fat super loaded stuffed baked potato recipe

I mean – look closer at this bad boy? Does that look like a “diet” food to you? No way. Didn’t taste that way either. But I’m learning that making simple swaps is easier and tastier than I thought… I didn’t put any butter on this tater. I used reduced-fat Weight Watchers cheese. {Who knew there were so many Weight Watchers branded foods in the grocery store? Makes it even easier to follow this plan. And easy is what I’m all about.} But – I ramped up the flavor with things like some freshly ground black pepper, a bunch of red pepper flakes, and a little bit of southwestern seasoning on the chicken. OhmyYUM.

How to Make Weight Watchers Veggie Soup

Another amazing recipe I’m loving right now is the Simple Start Vegetable Soup. It’s just about the easiest thing ever, but I’m addicted. The basics are that you add some healthy oil – {it suggests Olive Oil, but I use my new fave, LifeOiL that I use in everything lately} – heat it up in a pan. Chop up some veggies, and throw ‘em into the oil. Add some chicken broth and canned diced tomatoes, cook it all up with some seasonings, and ohmyheck – enjoy. {See a bowl of the Weight Watchers Simple Start Veggie Soup here.}

Weight Watchers Breakfast - Fat Free Yogurt with berries

Weight Watchers Breakfast – Fat Free Yogurt with berries

I didn’t get a pic of it, but one of my fave breakfast ideas from the Simple Start app so far has been the “Toast with Cheese and Fruit.” And, before I get to that one, or the one above, let’s chat: I was super skeptical of these recipes at first. Like I said last week – I’m an extremely picky eater. And by that, I mean plain as heck. Boring.  I was a vegetarian for 6 years in my early 20’s. I still can’t really cook meat – do not even ASK me to cut a chicken breast into slices, ohmyheckohmy. I also don’t like many veggies. {Weird for a vegetarian. Heard it before. I know.} There’s no kind of fruit I’m not in love with though… Or carb. Oh baby baby, I love me some bread. Potatoes? The only way the world can make me not love them is making them au gratin. {You mean, “au grossness?”} So, it’s always a challenge for me to find a healthy eating plan that works for me and my quirky preferences.

Woah – Surprised face!

But almost every recipe on the Simple Start app works for me – even when I didn’t believe it would. So, like I mentioned above – Toast with cheese and fruit. One of the breakfast options is a couple of slices of reduced calorie whole wheat bread, topped with some fat-free ricotta cheese, and fresh blueberries. {Disclaimer: They also add some sugar substitute, which I don’t do.} You put it all on your toast, put it under the broiler with a couple other ingredients, just until the blueberries burst, and then totally devour with a surprised look on your face as you realize you like ricotta cheese in something other than a fat-loaded pasta. Oh – the possibilities! :) Which is why I’ve now been using blueberries on everything – like topping my fat free Greek yogurt with berries for breakfast! Again – yum. This is not a weight loss plan that makes you feel deprived. For reals.

Super healthy super loaded stuffed baked potato

Super Healthy, Super Loaded Baked Potato – #SimpleStart to Weight Loss

Ingredients

  • 1 potato
  • 1/2 tsp healthy oil - olive oil or LifeOiL
  • 3 oz grilled chicken breast strips
  • 1/4 cup fat-free cheese
  • Fresh Broccoli, as much as desired
  • Red pepper flakes - as desired
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Wash a medium sized baking potato, and rub with a healthy oil like olive oil, or my new fave - LifeOiL. Place on a baking sheet and cook at 400 for approximately 35 minutes, or in the microwave for about 6 minutes.
  2. Once cooked, make a few slices to open the potato, and top with grilled chicken breast strips, cheese, and broccoli.
  3. Heat again - either in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1-minute, or in the oven for another 5-10 minutes.
  4. After removing from oven, top with some freshly ground black pepper, and if you like it spicy - add some red pepper flakes to taste.
  5. Eat and love :)
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If you’re ready to have a super simple start to getting healthy, fit, and fabulous this year, I can NOT recommend the Simple Start app enough. {Seriously, my friends are sick of me talking about it and showing it to them.} Get more info here: Weight Watchers Simple Start App.

And let’s chat ladies: Do you have weight loss goals? Plans? What are you doing – what are your goals? Leave some comments here, tweet me your goals at @sunandsipcups with the #SimpleStart hashtag, or post to my Facebook wall – photos, questions, motivational quotes, anything. Let’s help keep each other on track!

 

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Get Started on the Paleo Diet – 100’s of Recipes & Free eBooks

“The greatest wealth is health.” - VirgilIt’s true, if you don’t have your health, nothing else really matters, right? And January is that time of year when we’re all kind of burned out on eating so many huge holiday meals, plus the loads of sweets and treats from the past couple of months, that we’re all pretty darn ready to commit to eating better in the new year. I’ve been using the new Weight Watchers Simple Start app to help get me motivated, and am always for new healthy recipes to add to my meal planning. One trend I’m really liking lately is the Paleo diet….

Tons of free Paleo recipes and tips

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