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After being on Weight Watchers for five years, one question I see or hear a lot is about protein shakes. While I don't recommend replacing any of your meals with a shake, I do think a protein shake is a fantastic snack, especially if you're on the go or need something quick after a workout (especially if you're strength training). I've tried a bunch of different protein shakes, and it's complicated on Weight Watchers because so many of them can be tons of points. Here are my top five protein shakes that are low in calories and SmartPoints.
5. Tera's Whey
4. Premier Protein
3. Protein Milkshake
2. Muscle Milk 100 Calorie
1. Biotrust Low Carb
Bonus: Urby Modern Creamer, smooth vanilla
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I was almost selected to be in a WW commercial, so I’m here to tell you what that all entailed in case you're curious! I’ve been a member of Weight Watchers since December 2015, when they just launched the Beyond the Scale program, and have been a Lifetime member for a few years now. I've lost a grand total of 73 lbs.
I really want to share this process with you guys about how this all worked so you can get a little sneak peek behind the scenes and, in case you’re ever in this position, know what to expect. I ultimately wasn’t selected - and I’m not bitter or anything, so this isn’t being written out of animosity! - but still wanted to let you all get a chance to know what’s behind the curtain.
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It all started with an Instagram Story. I check Stories every so often on Instagram, and as I scrolled through the one for WW, I saw them call out for people to submit their stories online for a chance to be a part of their Spring 2020 marketing materials. I wrote up my success story and sent it along with a before and after of myself, as requested. I explained in depth how I started Weight Watchers in December 2015 after I graduated college and didn’t want to share any of my graduation photos with anyone, and how my mom and I were actually returning to Weight Watchers after we lost weight on it when I was in high school a few years prior. We knew it was a plan that worked for us, so we figured it would work again so long as we worked it.
I was then sent an email from the Weight Watchers team asking for a video of me answering some of their questions a few days later. They asked me a lot of the same questions that were covered in the initial submission, but I had no problem re-answering them so they could have everything handy or however they needed it for the process. I was told that if I was selected to interview, I would be compensated for my time at that second stage.
Every time they’d tell me I’d hear back from them by a certain day, they’d be very late in this process. I think this was partly because the selection phase was really close to the day they wanted to film - I was interviewing for a commercial that would air in about two weeks. Honestly, I’m not sure if the commercial’s filming ever happened or not due to COVID-19 since this was all happening in early March, but I guess time will tell if we see some spring marketing materials pop up!
Anyways, after a few days where I’d anxiously await a promised email, I finally was told I was moving forward to the interview stage. A Zoom conference call was set up with me and a few of the people with the production company, since WW uses an agency rather than an in-house team, and no one from WW was on the call. The questions they asked me were really redundant in the sense that I had answered these twice now. So if you ever apply, just be prepared to share your story a lot and to repeat yourself.
No one brought up anything about the aforementioned payment. I didn’t bother to ask in the interview to not seem rude, and the interview only lasted about 10 minutes. They told me they loved my story and were pretty into it, but after a few days (again, much longer of a wait time than promised), I was told by the WW employees who initially reached out that they were going in a different direction so I was not selected. My guess is that it’s because I’m a Lifetime member who is not trying to lose a ton of weight and already has - they were really focused on how much weight people lost on myWW since it rolled out in November, and I’ve been maintaining.
I politely asked WW about the payment I was promised, and had to follow up with them after a week of no responses. It was then they then told me that it was only for those who were selected for the commercial (as you can see in the provided screenshot, that wasn’t what they told me). After replying with their previous emails to me copied and pasted, they eventually agreed to give me the promised compensation… and that was a process, too. Whoever was in charge of this shoot didn’t seem to really have their ducks in a row. They sent me all these tax forms with things that didn’t apply, directed me to the wrong people to ask for help (and they got seemingly frustrated when I’d reach out to the people they directed me to with questions), and then eventually just gave up and verified my address to send me a check. I got $50, which I didn’t necessarily care about but felt like on principle they should honor what they originally told me.
All in all, the experience felt pretty disjointed and unorganized. It was stressful not because I was anxious about being selected or not, but because everything was really rushed and all over the place, and communication on their end could have (and should have) been handled way better. I wish I had someone to tell me what I could expect before this process, so I hope now that you can be prepared in case you see a similar Instagram story to the one I did!
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I often am asked what I bring with me to Walt Disney World that is easy for Weight Watchers (now myWW) members to stay on track. It is possible to not use all of your Weekly SmartPoints on your Disney vacation! Here are my favorite snacks to bring. For some great meal options, check out my Restaurants Guide.
There are a few go-to snacks that I like to bring to the parks with me when I know I'm going to be a while and I don't feel like spending money.
I don't bother bringing fruit with me because it's sold all throughout the parks, and while it's cheaper to bring your own, it can weigh down your bag. So for me, the convenience is worth not bringing it!
Same goes for bottles of water; they're about $3 in the parks, so it depends on what bag you're bringing, how long you're planning on spending in the parks, and your food budget if you bring it or just buy a whole case at the grocery store and pack some in your bag. You can also get free cups of ice water from Starbucks and snack stands.
You can also get some portable measuring spoons as well, which come in handy for measuring things like coffee creamer or when you bring your own PB2! They also make measuring spoons that act as a digital food scale, and this way you're only carrying one around (and will be a great little tool to have at home, too!).
Looking to meal prep a little bit more? You can get reusable containers to pack your meals with you if you don't want to use plastic baggies! These are super convenient, especially for hotel rooms.
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Starbucks is located in all four parks and also has two locations at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney). Here's a list of the locations (plus keep reading for my favorite WW-friendly drinks and for an alternative option if you aren't a Starbucks fan!).
Magic Kingdom: This Starbucks is located right on Main Street, USA, on the right hand side. It's about halfway down Main Street, where the bakery used to be if you've ever been to Walt Disney World before Starbucks was there. It's still called the Main Street Bakery, but now you can spot the siren logo.
This typically has a super long line, so if you don't mind not having Starbucks coffee specifically, there are other places throughout the park that serve coffee and are typically less busy like Gaston's Tavern over in New Fantasyland. As I'll talk about more below, you can usually find a Joffrey's stand too (like over in Tomorrowland near Space Mountain).
Epcot: Recently (as of early 2020) relocated to the right hand side as you enter the World Showcase. You'll see the siren logo! There's also a brand new restroom there. If you're entering the World Showcase, head towards Canada and you won't miss it.
If you miss the Starbucks here or decide you want coffee later, there are a few Joffrey's stands scattered around the World Showcase.
Hollywood Studios: Under the name Trolley Car Cafe, it's near the intersection of Hollywood Blvd and Sunset Blvd when you first enter.
This used to be a great spot to watch the March of the First Order that happened before Batuu opened!
If you find this location busy, I recommend either finding a Joffrey's stand or seeing how busy the lines are at Ronto Roasters in Batuu (if you just want coffee) or over at Andy's Lunch Box in Toy Story Land, where they also serve coffee.
Animal Kingdom: Under the name Creature Comforts, it's located just before the bridge that takes you to the Africa section of the park on your left hand side. It's a large building, so it should be hard to miss, and it has the siren logo above it. While most places are phasing out to paper straws now, this one has had them strictly for a while, as Animal Kingdom tries to be more eco-friendly and keeps the safety of their animals in mind.
Disney Springs: There are two locations here! One is near World of Disney (you'll see it near the Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty statues), and the other is on the other side of Disney Springs near Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues (directly across from the Star Wars Galactic Outpost and next to the food trucks).
The location by World of Disney is more of a grab and go setup, but if you want to actually sit down for a while and enjoy the views, I recommend going to the one near Galactic Outpost. It has a gorgeous view of the hot air balloon and plenty of seating both inside and outside, and indoors there are tons of outlets if you need to charge your phone or if you're there for business and want to work from there on a laptop.
So, what's the big deal for WW?
Starbucks being at Disney is a Weight Watcher member's or calorie counter's dream come true because it's something you can track and be certain about.
Firstly, there are so many 0 Smart Point drink options available (an unsweetened iced tea on a hot day at the parks? Yes please!) and some other low point and calorie drink concoctions that we've all whipped together at Starbucks.
And unlike the rest of Disney Parks, you can actually accurately track the food here since Starbucks offers more than just junk food and pastries. If you're desperate and you don't mind skipping out on park food (which, in my opinion, isn't anything super special so you wouldn't be missing much) if you're eating at the park, know that these are options available to you that you can count your points for.
WW Tips for Starbucks
If you, like me, struggle with the SmartPoints in sugary drinks from Starbucks, here are a few delicious things you can get that taste like your faves and are little to no SmartPoints! These are my personal three faves:
Not a Starbucks fan?
Joffrey's is the official coffee vendor of Starbucks, and they have little stands located all throughout all the parks and also have a physical shop located in Disney Springs across from The Boathouse. They use a Light Cream, so if you like to put creamer in your coffee, it's one less thing to worry about if you're tracking points/calories.
Joffrey's brand is also usually what they're serving at Disney restaurants, bakeries, etc. that aren't clearly marked as Starbucks locations. So don't worry, you have options!
Jessica is a huge Disney, anime, and Star Wars nerd who channeled that love into motivation to lose 75 lbs.