How to Stick to the Weight Watchers Plan while on Vacation

This year I won an award at my company and they sent me to Cancun, Mexico for a five-day vacation. While I was excited about the trip, I was pretty panicked about trying to stay on the Weight Watchers plan while vacationing, especially since the resort was all-inclusive. Yup, free food and drinks all day long. Everywhere. Even room service was free.weight watchers vacation

Over the course of five days I enjoyed my time in Cancun and followed the Simply Filling list as close as I could. Ultimately, when I stepped on the scale to weigh in I had only gained two pounds, which I attribute to water weight since they came back off in two days.

If you’re headed out the door, ready to enjoy your next vacation I hope the tips below help you stay on track.

Set Reasonable Goals

Before I left to party paradise, I met with my Weight Watchers personal coach to create a reasonable strategy for this vacation. I don’t go on vacation too often and have never been to an all-inclusive resort, so it was important to me that I live it up during this trip. We came up with four goals for the week:

  1. Incorporate daily activity.
  2. Choose seafood as the main entrée and vegetables first.
  3. Have a dessert using my 49 weekly points allotment after I’ve consumed my healthy meal.
  4. Have fun and be OK with a small gain.

These goals were reasonable and still allowed me to have fun. I left without feeling the pressure to stick with tracking everything.

Carry Water Everywhere

I never left my room or the resort property without at least two bottles of water. That way I knew I had clean drinking water while on excursions and wouldn’t be tempted by all of the free alcohol at the resort. But, I won’t lie. I did have a few drinks here and there. By the way, Tequila shots are 4 Weight Watchers Points Plus®.

Incorporate Activity

Each day I incorporated some type of activity into my routine. Here’s what I did:

  • Monday: Travel day and check-in at the resort. My activity included tons of walking in the airport and on the beach.
  • Tuesday: Kayaking, walking and snorkeling
  • Wednesday: Excursion to Chichen Itza, lots of walking and cliff diving at Cenote Ik’Kil in Yucatan. The platform is actually much closer to the water than in the video, but still scary for this Gen Xer.
  • Thursday: Shopping at Playa del Carmen. Can’t come home without souvenirs for the kids. That’ was about 4 hours of walking. Then we danced the night away.
  • Friday: Travel day and tons of walking.

Relax and Have Fun on Vacation

Being OK with a slight gain really took the pressure off of this trip for me. Did I stay on plan and within my 49 weekly points? Absolutely not. But, I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world.

Don’t let the program stop you from having fun. Incorporate lots of activity and see the sights. Try to stick to the Simply Filling program if you’re not tracking on your vacation. Weight Watchers will still be here when you get back home and back on your normal routine.

 

Join Weight Watchers for Free and Get Cash Back

weight watchers for freeI logged onto Weight Watchers tonight and noticed that they have a great special going on right now. You can join Weight Watchers for free until February 14, 2014. Plus, sign up through Ebates and get $5 back plus a $10 gift card. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an offer where you can get Weight Watchers for free. If you’re interested in the Ebates deal Click Here.

Join Weight Watchers for Free

Here’s the skinny….Basically, lose 10 lbs in two months and they’ll refund your standard monthly fees for two months. If you lose 1-2 pounds a week, you should be able to reach this goal without starving yourself. This offer is not available in franchise areas like AZ and ME, which totally bums me out since I live in Arizona. If you have 10 lbs to lose now’s the time to get started.

I’ve really enjoyed the online personal coaching program since I joined it almost four weeks ago. I did get a sign up special, but it wasn’t a good as the deal they’re offering now.

My Weight Watchers Progress

If you’ve been following my posts for the last few weeks, you know I’m on the Weight Watchers Online Personal Coaching program. You can read my reviews in the previous 2 posts if you’re interested in learning more. I’ve been losing at a rate of one pound per week for a total of 4 pounds so far.  It’s a pretty slow weight loss, but I’m thrilled with it given that I haven’t lost a single pound in 6 months.

This week my goals are to exercise Monday, Wednesday and Friday and pre-plan Saturday’s meals. Saturday and Sunday are really hard days for me to stay on plan. If I pre-plan and keep myself busy, I should see the weight continue to melt away.

Are you on the Weight Watchers program? I’d love to know what program you’re participating in: online, personal coaching or meetings. Then, let me know what you think of it in the comments below.

*Note: This blog contains a referral link to Ebates. If you sign up with Ebates, I’ll get a credit for referring you and you’ll get a bonus such as a $10 gift card when you shop through their links. I use Ebates to shop online and have earned hundreds of dollars since I joined in two years ago. I always combine Ebates with a points credit card (that I pay off each month) and a coupon code. This way I get the best deals on the things I’m buying anyway.

This post is not sponsored or endorsed by Weight Watchers. I am a customer, but am not compensated by Weight Watchers in capacity.

Weight Watchers Personal Coaching Program Review – Part 2

In my last post, I reviewed the different options for Weight Watchers in 2015 and explained the new Personal Coaching program. It’s been a few weeks since I started, so now’s the perfect time to share my review on the components of the Weight Watchers Personal Coaching program.

A Review of the Weight Watchers Personal Coaching Program Cost

In my last post, I explained how you could get the personal coaching program for about $42.82/mo. Well…there’s actually a better promotion going on through the end of the month. Here’s the new breakdown for getting the absolute best deal on the program:

  • Ebates – $10 Weight Watchers Program rebate (normally $5 back)
  • Discover Card – 1% rebate
  • Weight Watchers  – $20 off the starter fee until march no coupon code needed
  • Weight Watchers Coaching Program Discount – One month free when you sign up for 3
  • Total discount = $10 (Ebates) + $1.09 (Discover) + $20 + 54.95 = $86.04 discount

This makes the personal coaching + essentials program – $109.90/3 months or $36.63/month ($98.81/3 months which works out to $32.94/mo with rebates). Even if you’re not using the trifecta of rebates, you’re getting a steal of a deal considering the cost of other weight loss or life coaches.

If you signed up in January and didn’t get the free month deal, try calling customer support. They may be able to help you. You never know, they might be able to tack on a free month to the end of your plan.

A Review of the 24/7 Chat with a Personal Coach

Weight Watchers Personal Coaching program includes 24/7 chat functionality with a team of coaches. You can chat through your desktop or any mobile device. I’ve used the chat about 10 times since I started, from questions like: “How do I follow Weight Watchers when traveling to an all-inclusive resort” to “ Do I include my gummy vitamins in my PointsPlus® calculation?” Each coach was able to answer my questions in a timely fashion. Here are the answers to those questions if you’d like to know:

  • How do I follow Weight Watchers when traveling to an all-inclusive resort? Focus on drinking plenty of water, eating fruits and vegetables, choose seafood for the main course and avoid the all-inclusive alcohol. I wasn’t happy about the alcohol answer, but I anticipated this answer.
  • Do I include my gummy vitamins in my PointsPlus® calculation? The answer is no.

Obviously the chat included other motivational tips and questions, but you probably just want the summary anyway.

Weight Watchers seems to have chat down to a science because I’ve always connected with a personal coach in one minute or less. That’s awesome, especially when I needed someone to talk me down from the German Chocolate cake that my co-workers left in the kitchen to foil all January dieters. All-in-all you just can’t beat getting instant answers or motivation at the moment you need it. The added plus is that you don’t feel obligated to reciprocate.

A Review of the Weight Watchers Personal Coaching + Essentials Program

With the personal coaching + essentials package you get 1:1 coaching via phone with a Weight Watchers coach. The coaches seem to be meeting leaders or past meeting leaders. They have all lost weight on the program and kept it off. With the personal coaching program you get the essentials, which is everything above except meetings. You also get:

  • 1:1 phone consultations
  • Personal action plan
  • Text reminders

My first phone coaching session lasted for 30 minutes. My personal coach went over my goals, explained the program and we set weekly goals. My goals were to track all of my points and stay within my budget. Next, my coach encouraged me to schedule time with her at least twice a month. I ended up scheduling weekly calls because I need the accountability each week. My coach was both positive and realistic, providing answers to all of my questions.

After our session, my personal coach sent me my action plan and a message of encouragement. After she sent me a message, I was able to converse with her via the messaging function. The messaging function is like sending an email to your coach. It’s not the same as the chat function.

The second phone consultation included my report on performance for the week, tips and tricks from my coach and a plan to address any stumbling blocks. My coach shared her experiences as well as experiences from members that she’s seen combat the same struggles. As our session came to a close, we created action plans for the following week. This week my strategy is to break up the 49 extra weekly points into 7 points each day. If I don’t use them, I lose them. I also agreed to pre-plan Friday and Saturday meals.

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Weight Watchers Personal Coaching Program Review – Part 2 Summary

So far, I’m pretty impressed with the new Weight Watchers Program in 2015 for these reasons:

  • Cost: I had plans to hire a personal coach this year, but couldn’t afford the price of one. For those of you who just scoffed at this given my question about all-inclusive resorts, I’ll just say one thing. I had really stellar performance at work, and my company chose to recognize my efforts with a free trip. It’s never happened to me before, but I am forever grateful for the gifts that God provides…both good and bad.
  • Convenience: The ability to chat with someone anytime is amazing. Phone consultations mean that I don’t spend money or time driving to see someone either.
  • Solid Advice: Personal coaching with someone who knows the program, has experience losing the weight and has taught other members to lose the weight is invaluable. Experience and results combined with a program that’s scientifically developed trumps a degree without experience any day in my opinion.
  • Great Attitude: The coaches on the program have fantastic attitudes. I haven’t met one that was negative yet, although I did have a few on the chat that seemed more like technical support than motivation. If you get one of those, just end the chat and try someone else.

I’ve lost about 3 pounds so far, so I’m going to keep it up. I would definitely recommend the Weight Watchers Personal Coaching Program to anyone who is considering giving it a go. Sign up for it in January to get the best price and tell me what you think! I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below.

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*Note: This blog contains a referral link to Ebates. If you sign up with Ebates, I’ll get a credit for referring you and you’ll get a bonus such as a $10 gift card when you shop through their links. I use Ebates to shop online and have earned hundreds of dollars since I joined in two years ago. I always combine Ebates with a points credit card (that I pay off each month) and a coupon code. This way I get the best deals on the things I’m buying anyway.

This post is not sponsored or endorsed by Weight Watchers. I am a customer, but am not compensated by Weight Watchers in capacity.