Jump Start from a Personal Coach

When I joined Weight Watchers this time around, there was a membership level that included online coaching with a Personal Coach. I’m not even sure if this option has always been available and understandably there is a significant price difference for that type of membership.

I opted to go with the online only membership as I had in the past. The promotion that I joined on included an offer of one free session with a Personal Coach. What could I possibly gain from a session with a Personal Coach, what could she tell me that I don’t already know? But, I had already made my mind up that “this time” was going to be different, so I thought I would try something different. I decided to go outside my comfort zone and take advantage of it and I scheduled the online session with the Coach, and I’m so glad I did.

My call with Peggy was so easy, it was like we already knew each other, she didn’t rush the 30-minute call, we talked about our dogs (because mine were barking the entire time) and other small talk before getting into developing my Action Plan.

At her suggestion, I agreed to create my meal plan for the following week on Saturdays, then grocery shop and cook/prep on Sunday. After over 5 months, I continue to do this each week (most people know that 5 months is a long time in the “diet” world).

At the time of our session in December, I committed to going to the gym 4 days a week by actually scheduling which days I would go. I never swayed from it and today I go to the gym 6-7 days a week, the only days I take off is to attend a 5K or a hike.

But the very best advice that Peggy gave me was to look into Podcasts. I mentioned to her that I was getting kinda bored on the treadmill (which is all I could do when I first started). At times, I was actually ending the workout because of boredom not fatigue. Peggy opened my eyes to Podcasts!! I love them and cannot get a good work out without them! I download my shows, which vary in length, my favorite show is about 60 minutes. I get so involved in the show that the hour flies by and I cannot wait until the next day to listen to the next show. Sometimes I’ll even extend my workout so that I can listen to 2 episodes.

Currently I’m listening to Half Size Me (free on iTunes). I started with episode #1, which I believe was from 2012. I’m listening to the episodes in order and still haven’t caught up to the current episodes. The content is mostly interviews with real people! Real people like me. Each day I hear something from one of the interviewees that I can relate to.  When I’m done with my daily morning workouts, I feel physically, mentally and emotionally regenerated and ready to take on my day.


I’m not much of a writer and I certainly never thought I would start a blog, but here I am. Recently I began my journey into a new healthy lifestyle and I’m loving it!

As I am discovering new things about healthy living and about myself, I want to share it all with EVERYONE. I am also finding that those close to me are growing tired of hearing about it.

I try not to start a conversation about my weight loss, as I don’t want to seem as though I’m bragging (but, ya I am) but once someone brings it up I find myself getting on a roll and talking about everything from Weight Watchers, to my gym routine, to my FitBit, to my new workout outfit …. once I start into my ramble I quickly notice the boredom and lack of interest. I’m working on learning to accept a simple compliment and not take it as a request for information.

One of the many new things I’ve come across lately is so many inspirational and motivational stories that people have to share. That is part of the reason I decided to start a blog. Mostly I’ll be able to share some of my experiences during my weight loss journey, and share some of my tips and tricks I’ve used and maybe somewhere along the way I can provide some inspiration and motivation to someone else.

Mostly I want to ramble on and on to others that have the same interests and actually want to hear what I have to say. So, welcome to my blog and I hope I can grow it a bit and extend to more like-mined people. Please subscribe so you don’t miss anything and of course any feedback would be greatly appreciated.