It’s a new year, so why not start it with a post on losing weight with a review of the new Weight Watchers coaching program? It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged on my personal site because I’ve been so busy writing for everyone else. I’m kind of like a hairdresser who doesn’t cut her own hair. Anyway, I think I found the best deal on the program through a trifecta of rebates with no need to use a coupon code, saving me $56.39 on the 3 month Weight Watchers personal coaching program. Here’s the break down:
- Ebates – $10 Weight Watchers Program rebate (normally $5 back)
- Discover Card – 1% rebate (was 5% in December so I missed 4% by a few days – oh well)
- Weight Watchers – $20 off the starter fee until march no coupon code needed
- Weight Watchers Coaching Program Discount – $25 off the three month plan no coupon code needed
- Total discount = $10 (Ebates) + $1.39 (Discover) + $20 + 25 = $56.39 discount
Please note that Weight Watchers changes their program and specials frequently. You may not be able to get this deal, but you may find a better one. Ultimately, if you go through Ebates, you’ll get the Weight Watcher program special, plus the gift card from Ebates (if you’re new to the program) and the rebate (everyone uses Ebates gets this).
Weight Watchers Program Cost
The cost of the Weight Watchers personal coaching program along with discounts and specials varies by zip code. In Arizona, the Total Access pass wasn’t available for me to purchase online. I was presented with only three options:
- Essentials program – $59.85/3 months or $19.99/mo + $20 start up fee ($49.25/3 mo with rebates)
- Meetings + Essentials program = $52/month ($41.48 for the first month with rebates)
- Personal coaching + Essentials program – $139.85/3 months or $54.95/month ($128.46/3 months which works out to $42.82/mo with rebates)
I think I would’ve pitched in another $15/month to have the Total Access pass had I been given the option. If you have that option, it seems like a fair price to pay for weekly meetings, personal coaching and the online support.
What’s Included in the Weight Watchers Programs
24/7 Chat with a Personal Coach
Weight Watchers sure has changed since my last attempt to lose weight with their program. They now include 24/7 chat functionality with a team of coaches. When I signed up last night I downloaded the mobile app to test out this functionality. The mobile app is a bit hit or miss, but the chat function loaded fine last night. I chatted with one of the coaches and she helped me with questions that I had about the program. There was no wait to get into the chat at 10:30PM Arizona time, mostly because the rest of the world is sleeping.
This morning I tried the chat function on my laptop. It took about 1 minute to connect with a coach. I asked a few questions to see if the coach would motivate me given that I clicked on the Get motivated button. The coach congratulated me and asked me if I had any questions, which was nice. After sharing that I didn’t think I could do the program, the coach gave me a few tips and ultimately told me to focus on one thing at a time. Not bad advice!
After closing out that chat, I clicked on the Get back on track button to see if my experience would be different. This time I got in within 30 seconds and chatted with a coach who was absolutely phenomenal. During the 14 minute chat session I gave her three chances to end it and move on, but she didn’t budge. She kept on asking me questions to see what was the root cause of my “I quit” message. At the end of the chat she got me to commit to logging my food for the week. Now that’s serious coaching! The only reason why I ended the chat was because I accidentally navigated away to another section on the Weight Watchers site. There’s your bonus tip…don’t navigate away if you’re in a chat session!
While the 24/7 chat function may seem more like technical or customer support, it’s nice to see that the coaches add the tips relevant to the chat to help motivate Weight Watcher members. You may even get someone who cares enough to ask you a billion questions and get you to commit to a goal for next week. For $19.99/mo the ability to chat with someone within 1 minute during the busiest weight loss season of the year is simply a steal.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus® system
All programs also give you access to the PointsPlus® system, meal ideas, videos and community. The videos are helpful, especially if you’re new. I tend to avoid the community because everyone has an opinion on my journey. Sometimes not so positive. I end up giving more advice than I get, so I simply tend to avoid it and focus my time and effort on other volunteer activities.
The PointsPlus® system basically assigns point values to food choices you make. You get a set amount of points to spend per day and a bank of weekly points to dip into when you go over your daily points. Food groups that are healthy, such as fruits and vegetables are zero points. I guess I’ll eat more of those. All of your food is tracked online through e-tools or on your mobile Weight watchers app.
Weight Watchers Meetings + Essentials
The weight watchers meetings + essentials package gives you everything above plus meetings and private weigh in. If you like the idea of physically going into a meeting and being accountable to someone who stares you in the face as you stand on a scale…this option is the best. Having attended meetings in the past, they are a great way to get education, meet friends and guilt yourself into actually committing to the program for the next week. I lost over 20 lbs the first time I followed the program by attending the meetings.
Weight Watchers Personal Coaching + Essentials
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
The personal phone coaching sessions consist of one 30 minute initial session and 15 minute follow up sessions. Your coach calls you at the number you provide, so make sure it’s correct. Once you have your first session with your coach, you can schedule up to 3 additional sessions at a time. There’s no limitation on coaching sessions that I’m aware of, but once I find it you can bet I’ll blog about it. Of course, who has the time to talk to a coach all day long anyway? I’m planning on talking to mine weekly. Maybe twice a week if I’m having one of those crappy weeks.
Until your first session, there really isn’t anything you can do on your dashboard because the action plan and messaging functionality are disabled. They’ll enable those areas after your first meeting. I haven’t had my coaching session yet, so I’ll post part 2 of this review after my session.
Weight Watchers Personal Coaching Program Review – Part 1 Summary
So far, I’m pretty impressed with the new Weight Watchers Program in 2015. If money is tight, I recommend the Essentials program. For under $50 for 3 months of support you should be able to get a handle on the program, lose some weight and make a decision whether or not you’re moving forward with your subscription. You should know within 3 months if this is going to work for you.
If you have the extra money and can swing around $130 for 3 months of personal coaching, I think you should try it. Let’s be honest…your health is definitely worth $1.42 per day or under $10 per week. Of course, some of you have a great group a friends that you can rely on or maybe a private Facebook group to belong to. If that works for you, then great! I have those things and I still need that extra support.
I did consider hiring a personal health coach this year. The one I looked into cost about $1,200 for six months. Of course that included private sessions via office or by phone. I also considered hiring a VA to get on my tail about my health this year until I found out about the new Weight Watchers personal coaching program. The Weight Watchers program is cheaper than the VA option, which would have been a lame idea anyway. It’s definitely cheaper than the health coach option.
To read part two of my weight watchers personal coaching review, click here.
My Focus Area for 2015
If you haven’t gathered by now that my focus area for 2015 is health…well…surprise! I have one thing in common with over a million other people of this world.
Every year I choose a focus area; not a resolution. I don’t resolve to be any one thing, rather I choose to put focus in certain areas and improve one thing at a time. The last two years have been focused on transitioning to my new job and starting my business (yup…that’s 2 jobs) while being the best I can be at being a wife, mom and friend. This year I’m maintaining in those areas, but my health will come first when I evaluate what’s on my “plate”. I am ready to put more focus on my health this year.
To accomplish this, I’ve been practicing using the word NO. In the last month, I’ve said no to at least 4 things that I would’ve said yes to. I’ve said NO to extra work projects, extra side hustles and extra volunteering. It’s been hard for me because I’m the “yes” girl. People have been disappointed, but guess what? Many of the folks who I thought would be disappointed actually said they were proud of me. They found someone else, which left me with time to go to my doctor appointments, yoga, cook dinner and get some reading in. I’m ready to take NO mainstream this year and focus on my top priority.
What’s your focus for 2015?
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