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