What to Expect at a Wellness Workshop

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What to Expect at a Wellness Workshop

Remember Etch-A-Sketch? Remember how you spun the two dials to scrape whatever that stuff was on the TV-shaped screen into a masterpiece and, just as quickly, started all over again simply by shaking it?

Coach Pamela Bell likens the concept to WW Workshops.

“The power, the importance and the take-aways from the Workshops can’t be overstated.”

“I call it the Etch-a-Sketch moment when you walk into the Workshop,” she said. “The prior week falls away. It’s a fresh start. It’s a new week for a new project and it feels fresh and clean.”

That’s the beauty of those meeting, but it only …. scratches the surface. The power, the importance and the take-aways from the Workshops can’t be overstated.

“The moment you step into that Workshop room, you’re surrounded by people who totally understand what it’s like to count SmartPoints and the dynamics of the camaraderie,” she said.

WW Coach Sue McDonnell believes “the Workshops are what make us unique.”

“As opposed to some other weight-loss plans, I believe our Workshops are so important because they offer Member support, motivation, friendship, ideas and tips,” she explained. “And, it’s a safe place. There’s absolutely no judgment when they come in because they are being inspired, supported, motivated and it’s OK to cry at a Workshop.”

“Workshops are so important because they offer Member support, motivation, friendship, ideas and tips.”

Unlike Tom Hanks’ admonition in A League of Their Own that “there’s no crying in baseball!” getting emotional at a Workshop, though not common, is not unusual and comes with being human.

“No, it doesn’t happen a lot, but losing weight can be a long struggle alone and sometimes it’s a very emotional journey,” Sue said. “Our Members come to us from a variety of backgrounds and situations and they know it’s a safe place.”

Sue tells the story of one Member “who had a great deal of weight to lose and probably sat in our Workshop room for maybe 5 or 6 months and never said a word. As she started losing weight, she became more talkative and has this absolutely incredible sense of humor. She has bonded with 2 other Members who also have lost their spouses and the three of them are an absolute joy.”

“She realized that her journey was not alone. There were others there who were there to support her. She has just reached her 100-pound milestone.”

“Either the Workshop needs you or you need the Workshop.”

Pamela applies a philosophical approach to the value of the Workshops. “Either the Workshop needs you or you need the Workshop,” she said. “If you had a great week, the Workshop needs you. If you’ve had a rough week, you need the Workshop.”

And that doesn’t change whether the Member is new or Lifetime.

“Almost a third to a half of those in my Workshops are Lifetime Members and they still come on a weekly basis,” Pamela said. “It says a lot about the dynamic that they continue to recognize the need and the value of that community.”

Sue’s Saturday morning Workshop group “is probably the most-bonded group, and they certainly are the most-prolific posters on our Facebook page. They even have their own hashtag,” she explained. “They have bonded so much they have formed little groups that go to the gym together and they’re now organizing for a 3k or 5k run.”

Pamela recalled the a-ha moment story of one her Members “who heard that people, like her, were losing weight slow and steady and that losing slowly was OK. That was the piece that gave her the encouragement to keep moving forward.”