Officially official!

December 6, 2016

Yay!

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What a great weekend. I must say, this was a whole new experience for me. I’ve never worked at a job where I’ve been to any type of formal training. I was really anxious about the weekend and I had a lot of fears and anxiety going into these last three days. I think my biggest fear, as I’m sure was felt by so many of us at Leader training this weekend, was standing up in front of a group of people and speaking.

A large part of me had decided that since I was so comfortable talking and sharing in my own Friday morning Weight Watcher meeting, that it wouldn’t be a big deal. Another part of me knew that now all eyes would be on me, and I just might be a nervous wreck. 

What did I learn this weekend that will help me the most in being a Successful Weight Watcher Leader?

Be myself. Listen to my members. Get to know my members. Do not overthink how I will word the next question that comes out of my mouth, but listen to the person that is speaking.

The first couple of times that I did any role playing this weekend, my nerves were all over the place. I will say, that as the hours went by, and as we all were able to get to know each other just a little bit better in our small groups, the nerves started to fade just a little. Don’t get me wrong, I was still really nervous on our last role play, but I felt like I worked through it a little better, and I felt like I was actually leading a meeting. My small group was great at participating. We all helped each other work through a Mock meeting by offering up a part of our real story and our personal experience as a Weight Watcher member. I only cried once and it was a one on one role play that I was doing with my new friend, Helen. I got really wrapped up in the moment!!

These are just a few of the amazing people that I was able to share my Leader Training in Dallas with this weekend. What an awesome group. So many great stories, so many nice and interesting people. I wish I had a chance to chat with all of them just a bit more, but the ones that I did get the opportunity to know just a tad, were all so nice.

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There were new Leaders from all over the United States. I think that there were 29 of us? We were split up into two groups, so it was hard to get to meet everyone. I know that we had Leaders in training who have reached Lifetime status and we had Leaders in training who are still on their weight loss journey.

I met one new Leader who had lost 20 pounds to get to goal and I met one new Leader who had lost 260 pounds to get to goal. I met many in between. I met new Leaders in their twenties and I met new Leaders in their sixties. What a wonderful and diverse group of people!

I wish that I had taken my picture with the trainers. Connie, Kathleen and Maria were the trainers for my group and they were AWESOME! They all had a great sense of humor, they all shared their own story, and they were all just so darned nice! I’m fairly certain Connie is a stand up comic, and I might be in love with her.

Friday was a long day, and after wine with a few new friends in the hotel bar, I was off to my room for some hot tea. I watched a few planes take off and land at DFW, then I crashed. Learning is exhausting!

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We stayed at the DFW Hyatt at the airport, which is apparently where they do WW training on a regular basis. The meals that we ate together as a group were prepared by the staff right out of a Weight Watcher cookbook! Nice, huh?

I didn’t take a picture of every meal, but here are most of them.

Breakfast each morning was in the hotel restaurant at the buffet. I took advantage of the Omelet Bar each morning, along with a few taters, Chicken Sausage and fruit.

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One of the meals that they prepared for our group? Chicken Fajita buffet with lots of veggie options too.

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Another lunch for our group, a Veggie or Beef Burger option with all of the fixings. There is a Veggie Burger under there somewhere. I was starving at Saturday’s lunch!

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We had dinner on our own Saturday night. I decided to stay at the hotel and rest up. I had wine with a few new friends in the bar, then I enjoyed dinner with two of my new friends in the hotel restaurant. I opted for the Chicken with extra veggies. Dinner was delicious.

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We wrapped up late Sunday afternoon and I headed to the airport with my Weight Watcher Kansas City buddies where we ended the day with a beer. Of course we did!

I am leading a meeting at 9:30 in the morning as a sub. I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow.

I have several opportunities to fill in as a sub for the rest of December, so I’m really excited to get to work this month.

It was great to be inspired and motivated by so many Weight Watcher members this weekend. 

I tracked like a champ today!

Here are the day’s eats….

Breakfast – 7 SP

Kodiak Pancake Mix (1/2 C Water) topped with Cherries (I keep some frozen, and I cooked them just enough for a sweet topping!) and 1 tsp Pure Maple Syrup, Egg Whites Scrambled.

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Lunch – 9 SP

Street Taco size Corn Tortillas filled with Grilled Chicken (I found some in the freezer) with 1 Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge, Apple with Almond Butter and a Honey drizzle.

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Dinner – 8 SP

Dinner was out. I never made it to the store. We have no food!

The perfect Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad, dressing on the side. (no dressing was needed)

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Have a great day!

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“love the life you live, live the life you love”

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16 responses to Officially official!

  1. julesfarm@yahoo.com December 7, 2016 at 3:19 am

    Thank you Amy! I hope that I am able to be all of those things for my members. Thank you for sticking with me and for taking the time to comment. I really do appreciate it.

    I can’t wait to share this next part of the journey!

  2. Congratulations on your accomplishment! After reading your blog for so long, I believe that you will be a compassionate, knowledgeable and and extremely personable leader. You have motivated and taught me much. Thanks Julie!

  3. julesfarm@yahoo.com December 6, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Thank you Latiffany!!

  4. julesfarm@yahoo.com December 6, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Lol. I can’t fix you, you’re perfect just the way you are.

    Hugs to you and THANK you for being so sweet.

  5. julesfarm@yahoo.com December 6, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Nancy, You’ve been with me for a long time! I so appreciate your comments. Thank you for sharing my excitement in my little journey here.

    I can’t wait to share!

  6. julesfarm@yahoo.com December 6, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    You are the sweetest Joan. Thank you so much for your support.

  7. julesfarm@yahoo.com December 6, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Thank you Laurie!!

  8. Congratulations! I am so happy for you!

  9. That all sounds so wonderful. I will be thinking of you at 930 this am (az time) and sending warm sunny thoughts your way! You are so positive, real, and funny yourself I know you’ll be a great leader! Can’t wait to hear all about your first mtg today! I had an leader back 25 years ago that I still remember some of the things she said – I have a feeling you will be a leader just like she was! …. now can you “fix” me? 😳… I’m outta control here and not getting a grip like I know I need to and want to…. 😡 Hugs Ronda ❤️I know: lots of emojis there- but hey! I be got a lotta emotions going on here!!!!

  10. Hope you got a good night’s rest for your first meeting!
    I’m excited for you–lol.
    Let the fun begin. I know there will be serious moments but a lot of joy also.

  11. Congratulations! You make dreams come true.

  12. Congrats! I can hear the excitement in your post! You’re going to do an amazing job!

  13. julesfarm@yahoo.com December 6, 2016 at 4:31 am

    Thank you so much!!

  14. julesfarm@yahoo.com December 6, 2016 at 4:30 am

    Sarah! Congratulations to you on your weight loss!

    You can ask, but it is a really hard question to answer. Um, not much? lol

    You are paid a base pay for the amount of time that you are at a meeting from start to finish, but you are also paid commission on products sold and new members that sign up during your meeting.

    There are so many other things that you do as a Leader that you receive compensation for. Time traveled, reading emails, making phone calls, any training, preparing for your meeting, etc. There is so much more involved than I realized.

    So you can see how it really is a hard question to answer. I will tell you however, that no WW Leader is likely wealthy based on their WW income.

    Sorry I can’t be more exact for you, but I hope that helped a little?

    Congrats to you again!!

  15. Congrats, Julie!

  16. I’m wanting to become a leader. I’ve achieved life time after losing a lot of weight. Can I ask about the salary for being a leader?