Life as I Know It

Chapter 1: How to Join Weight Watchers

Okay folks, I’ve officially been a Weight Watcher for almost two weeks now and I’m already seeing success. Yay! The best part about this plan is that I can eat tons of zero point foods during the day so that I don’t ever really feel hungry. If I start feeling a bit empty, I can eat an apple, peel a banana or even grill up a whole skinless chicken breast if that’s what sounds yummy.

Since I’m enjoying this program right out of the gate, I decided to start my story with a quick guide on how to join Weight Watchers. I researched the program online and also joined via that venue, but I’ve seen several people walk right into a meeting and join on the fly. If you’re like me, I like to know what I’m getting into and look for red flags before I commit myself (and my pocketbook) to a timely endeavor. With that being said, I went straight to Weight Watchers online at

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Once you are at the WW website, you can read all about the program, view success stories and get the lowdown on pricing options. Of course the longer the term the better the pricing, but it seems like they have been offering special deals all month long. I purchased a three-month membership that included the weekly meetings and the online app (which is totally awesome). You can just purchase the app or even opt for personal coaching if you decide those might be better options for you, but I was told at this week’s meeting that research has proven that people who attend regular meetings see more success. I haven’t actually seen the research, but I’m just sayin’. . .

To find out more about the pricing options, click on the “Pricing” tab at the top of the page. In the middle of the pricing page you should see the three membership choices. You can click on each of these tabs to read more about the different options. When you are ready to make a choice, click on the tab you want and then click on the orange oval below those tabs that says “continue with . . .” for the choice you want to make. You will be taken directly to a page that shows a price breakdown for your particular plan choice. You can view all the details related to a plan and then click on the blue box that says “Select this plan” to make your choice. You will then go to a page that asks for personal information and then payment options that are easy to follow. I will tell you that once you pay, you are active immediately. So if you don’t plan to start right away, you might want to hold off on the purchase until you are ready.

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Speaking of meetings. . . here are a few tidbits about finding the best fit for you. Before you decide to sign on with Weight Watchers, you might want to make sure that there is a meeting time and location that works for your lifestyle. Here again, the WW website makes this a simple task.  On the page with the three membership tabs (shown above), simply scroll down until you see a heading called “Convenient Locations” and click on the “Find a Meeting” link. When the new page opens, simply put in your zip code and hit the search button to the right. Voila! You will then see all the meeting locations near you. If you click on a meeting location, you can then see all the meeting times and leaders.

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The most confusing thing for me about selecting a meeting, was that I thought I had to commit to a meeting time and location and sign up for that particular one. This is not the case. You can show up to any meeting at any time and you will be welcomed with open arms, although those arms really only want to hug you once a week.

There’s a little note at the bottom of the meetings page that urges newcomers to arrive at their selected meeting 30 minutes ahead of time. I think this only applies to people who haven’t signed up ahead of time, because you will need to fill out paperwork and submit payment, which takes a bit. If you join online as I did, you can simply arrive about 10-15 minutes early, wait your turn if there is a line, show your membership information via your smart phone and tell them you are new.  At this point, your friendly WW staff member will step up and take good care of you.


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