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.
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.