Craving Sweets While on Weight Watchers – Arctic Zero to the Rescue!

I purposely skipped my Monday Weight Watchers weigh in this week. I had a pretty rough weekend with all the Memorial Day BBQ’s and ended up eating ALL the food for three straight days. So, with that being the case I figured I’d just get back on track and weigh in next Monday as planned.

Today, (Tuesday) was pretty uneventful, for the most part, with respect to my food intake. 

Breakfast: Cold Brew Coffee with Half / Half = 4 Points

Lunch: Watermelon, celery, apricot, 1/4 cup of roasted almonds = 4 Points

Snack: Apricot – 0 Points

Dinner: 1 meatball, Cabbage Soup & 1 slice of buttered toast: 8 points

As usual my cravings hit after dinner time. I wanted something sweet. I have been trying to find things that are both Weight Watchers friendly, but also taste friendly! It’s hard! Many of the treats I have attempted to eat are full of artificial flavors and sugars, which always taste weird to me. Today, I browsed the freezer case at Fred Meyers and saw that Arctic Zero had a few enticing flavors. One serving of Arctic Zero (1/2 cup) is only 1 WW Point – but you can eat the entire pint for just 4 points. Unbelievable right?! I may have done a little jig, right there in the freezer isle of Fred Meyer. I think that different flavors may have slightly different point values, but the flavor I chose had the point values listed above.

Arctic Zero Cookie Shake is a healthier ice-cream, but tastes nearly as good as the “real stuff”. I was all set up on the deck, ready to devour my frozen dessert when I saw this:

Choices: To wait or not? It was a hard choice but I ended up going back inside and waiting the recommended time frame to enjoy a creamier treat – well, I waited about 8 minutes anyway.

The verdict: Arctic Zero feels like cheating, but it’s not! Of course, I ate the whole pint. It was delicious and worth every point. While I typically feel guilty about having treats, there is nothing to feel about this. I saved enough point to enjoy it and even if I had only had 1 serving, I would have been satisfied.

  • GMO Free
  • 3 Grams of Protein per serving
  • Lactose, Gluten & Fat Free
  • Low Glycemic

Knowing that I have options to eat sweets and still keep within my WW points, makes me feel like maybe I can do this long term. The older I get the more I want to change my way of eating, for life – not as a crash diet. I think I can do that with Arctic Zero on my side. Arctic Zero is sold at Fred Meyer in The Dalles or at Safeway & Rosauers in Hood River. Check it out!

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Stopping With The Keto – Starting With Weight Watchers

That’s a wrap with the keto diet. Its been successful in the past but now that I’m older it just isn’t working out. I lost about 8 pounds at first, but the diet has been so restrictive that I just can’t continue. I don’t feel good. The energy I normally have is gone. Two other issues have also plagued me: bad breath and constipation. I haven’t pooped in 4 days. This has got to end.

Being fat has also got to end.

My insurance sends me a postcard to remind us that Weight Watchers is 100% free with my plan. It’s worth a shot right? I literally have nothing to lose!

Starting weight: 199.8

Weight on Day 3: 192.4

Goal Weight: 170

Pounds to lose: 22.4

Yes, I lost over 7 pounds in 3 days. From what I understand it was mostly water weight, I am still feeling good about this. Who wants to be carrying around a bunch of extra fluid? Another clue that it was fluid retention is that I got up to use the restroom 4 times during each night. Typically, I never wake up to use the restroom.

There are several programs to use when doing the weight watchers way of life. I am doing the online only program. In the future if I decide to attend the support meetings there is one held at Oregon Dept of Military (ODM) located at 402 E. Scenic Drive in The Dalles on Thursdays at 5:30 PM. You can check the weight watchers site to see what meetings are close to you.

I’m feeling pretty comfortable with the Weight Watchers program right now. I believe that is a healthier lifestyle than the keto diet. I’m working on portion control and healthier food options. Most fruits and vegetables are worth zero points, so they are unlimited for the most part. You can also earn additional points by being active. I plan on weighing in and posting once per week on my progress. I might even get brave and do some before & after pictures.

 

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What IF Keto Kitty Is a Real Thing?

I’m back on the Keto way of eating. It works for me & makes me feel great. Once I get past the initial hump, its easy and the scale goes down like a $2 hooker. People always feel so free to voice their opinion of what and how I’m eating.

“I knew someone whose heart blew up from eating that way. It literally BLEW UP!”

or another one of my favorites…

“There is no proof that this diet will make you lose weight”

I’m pretty good about just shrugging shit off. I seriously don’t care what anyone else is eating. You do you – and I’ll do me. Of course, there are the goods and bad to any way of eating / dieting. For me, the benefits of being in ketosis far outweigh the negatives. The positives that I always notice within a week or so are:

  • My face clears up
  • I have endless energy
  • I don’t crave food throughout the day
  • I am able to turn down cheat foods easier
  • My waist becomes smaller
  • The roundness / inflammation to my belly disappears
  • I feel confident

While I’m first starting out (or restarting in this case) I try to focus on all the good things that happen to me when I cut out sugars, breads, pastas and all those other carb heavy foods. In order to get on the right path, I also cut out fruits and other natural sources of sugar. It’s just the choice I have to make if I want the sugar/carb cravings to stop.

As your body enters ketosis many people with develop something commonly referred to as dragon-breath. It’s exactly as it sounds. I’m pretty sure I’ve had it. Although I could not smell it, I could taste it. My mouth just tasted hot and not fresh. I’ve read about this and knew to expect it. What I have not experienced is keto kitty. You, like me, may be asking “what in the hell is that?”. Well, according to about 20 or 250 (who’s counting?) in my low carb lifestyle Facebook group, its when your body is in ketosis and instead / in addition to excreting the keto gases from your mouth, they exit your …cough cough….your crotch. There, I got that out. Yes, they confirmed that their coochie was stinky as all get out during their keto diet.

I honestly wish I hadn’t read that.

It’s making me second guess this way of eating choice. Be fat or have a possible stink puss. Which is worse?! I’m counting on it not happening, since I’m pretty sure it didn’t happen before. Maybe it’s just one of those urban legends that started as a way to discourage someone, and in the end spread like wildfire over the internet. Either way, if I get one whiff of something being off ‘down there‘ I’ll just stay fat.

 

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