Weight Watchers Freestyle Week 1 Success

Making the decision to switch from the Keto diet to the new Weight Watchers Freestyle plan was not an easy decision to make. I had tremendous success with Keto, until I didn’t. More than that, I hate change! The idea of starting something new and it possibly not working for me, was almost too much to handle. Gaining my weight back is not an option. However, what ultimately pushed me to try Weight Watchers is the fact that I was just as scared to embark on my Keto journey and look how that worked out for me!

*This post may contain affiliate links*

weight watchers freestyle
Image via Pexels

My Dieting History

I’ve tried Weight Watchers in the past and I was not very successful with it. Why? Mainly because I wasn’t ready to commit to ANY diet plan at that time. My will power was non-existent. Not because I didn’t have will power, but because I didn’t WANT to have will power. It wasn’t until I did the Keto diet that I learned about how my body processes certain foods, and the why behind everything we eat. Most importantly, I learned that I can survive just fine WITHOUT sugar. I know it sounds crazy, but I will go days/weeks/months without eating any sugar and I don’t miss it. That was a key to learn. Especially since I was a self proclaimed sugar addict!

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Large (US Version)Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Large (US Version)Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Large (US Version)Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale, WhiteFitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale, WhiteFitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale, White

Why Weight Watchers Freestyle?

Some people have asked me, “why Weight Watchers Freestyle program?”. They want to know why I can’t just eat based on how I’ve learned and continue on my merry way. In all honesty, I like the structure that a program that requires tracking offers. My life is crazy busy from the second I wake up until the second I go to bed. If using an app that the Weight Watchers Freestyle program offers to take all the guess work out of eating, then I am all for it! Not to mention, a lot of people I know (including my husband) are following this program so it’s nice to have support.

Weight Watchers Instant Pot 2018 Freestyle Cookbook: 130+ Affordable, Quick & Easy WW Smart Points Recipes for Fast & Healthy Weight LossWeight Watchers Instant Pot 2018 Freestyle Cookbook: 130+ Affordable, Quick & Easy WW Smart Points Recipes for Fast & Healthy Weight LossWeight Watchers Instant Pot 2018 Freestyle Cookbook: 130+ Affordable, Quick & Easy WW Smart Points Recipes for Fast & Healthy Weight LossWeight Watchers SmartPoints Kitchen ScaleWeight Watchers SmartPoints Kitchen ScaleWeight Watchers SmartPoints Kitchen ScaleWeight Watchers New Complete Cookbook, SmartPoints Edition: Over 500 Delicious Recipes for the Healthy Cook's KitchenWeight Watchers New Complete Cookbook, SmartPoints Edition: Over 500 Delicious Recipes for the Healthy Cook’s KitchenWeight Watchers New Complete Cookbook, SmartPoints Edition: Over 500 Delicious Recipes for the Healthy Cook's Kitchen

So…How Did Week 1 Go?

I was very excited to weigh in for week 1. With Keto, I had been on a year+ long stall. I gained a little after having my gallbladder removed and after that, everything became difficult. When I stepped on the scale, I found myself saying to myself, “oh please oh please let there be a loss”. And there was! I actually lose 5.4 pounds my first week! My husband lost 10 pounds! I can’t tell you how happy I was to finally see a loss!! Now on to week 2!

Interested in joining Weight Watchers Freestyle? Using my unique link below, you will receive a free month and so will I!

https://www.weightwatchers.com/us/checkout/iaf/?iaftoken=F439DE5700

Leave me a comment if you are doing Weight Watchers and what your favorite Weight Watchers meal is! I am looking for new recipes to add to my collection!


KT Tape for Total Knee Support

I have been having issues with my knees for YEARS. About 10 years ago, I dislocated my kneecap (read how here…it’s a really funny/embarrassing story). Ever since then, I have had issue after issue with my knee. A month ago, I stepped into the garage and my leg gave out and I literally felt my lower part of my leg go one way and the upper part of my leg go the other way. It was as gross as it sounds. I now needed to figure something out.

*This post may contain affiliate links*

What Have I Done for my Knee So Far?

Last summer I met with my knee doctor and we went over options for my knee. My MRI wasn’t terrible in that I needed surgery immediately, but it wasn’t great either. One part of my issue is that I have a lot of damage to the cartilage. The doctor recommended that I looking into gel injections. Basically, they inject gel in and that acts as the “cartilage”. They typically last 6-8 months before you need to redo the gel injection.

In addition to the gel injections, the doctor also recommended I met with the surgeon to get his take on things. That meeting was really good. My surgeon and I decided that I will exhaust every possibility before resorting to surgery. So I met with a physical therapist to get a program that I can do at home and the gym and I did the gel injections. I religiously did my exercises over the course of the year. Things were going well, until they weren’t. When I started getting a lot of pain again, I made an appointment with the doctor and we set up another round of gel injections. Just after the third injection was when I had the incidence in my garage. Back to the doctor and surgeon I went.

Meeting with the Surgeon

After talking things over with the surgeon and having him evaluate my knee and compare those results with the evaluation from last year, it was apparent that things have gotten a lot worse. He recommended two surgeries. The first surgery, called the MACI Procedure is a scope procedure where he will go in, look around, clean up the backside of my kneecap and take a biopsy of my cartilage. That biopsy will be sent to a lab and more of my cartilage will be grown in that lab so it can be implanted back into my knee.

The second surgery will be where he takes my cartilage and replaces it back in my knee. In addition to that, he will also perform a MPFL reconstruction to reconstruct the ligaments and give me better patellar stability. After reading up on both surgeries, I feel it is a good plan of action. I can’t continue on with the pain and instability. Getting the surgery scheduled will happen this coming Tuesday, as the scheduler is out of town.

Best Way to Stabilize the Knee for Support

So, as you can imagine, I have had my fair share of braces over the years. My favorite brace is the DonJoy Reaction WEB Knee Support Bracekt tape. If you are looking for good knee support, this is your brace. It’s well worth the money and right now it’s on sale for $40 off!! While I like the support of the knee brace, and have been wearing religiously every day for the last month or more, it’s sometimes hot or it doesn’t fit well under my clothes if I’m wearing long pants. Someone mentioned that I should try KT Tape. I know a lot of people swear by KT Tape, but I was always skeptical. However, after watching a bunch of videos on YouTube,  decided to give the KT Tape a chance.

kt tape
Does the KT Tape Offer Support?

Again, I will say, I was SUPER skeptical, but I picked up some KT Tape and tried it out all day yesterday. Within minutes of having it on, I was amazed at how stable my knee felt. The true test came when I had to walk down some stairs. I felt just as stable walking down the stairs as I do when I am wearing my brace. As the day went on, I really felt this was a good option for those times that I either couldn’t fit my brace under my clothes (or didn’t want a super bulky look) and when it decides to be triple digits outside! Things were going great until my leg (hours and hours after putting it on…it’s meant to stay on for multiple days) started itching really bad. It became unbearable. I took the tape off and I had a rash where the tape was. Unfortunately, it looks like I am allergic to the adhesive.

While I had a reaction to the adhesive, many people do not and they swear by this product. I will need to do some research to see if there is another product I can use that may use a different adhesive. Hopefully after surgery (whenever that will be) I won’t need a knee brace or the tape! Fingers crossed!


Today I Joined Weight Watchers

This weekend, my husband and I decided to change things up and start a new diet plan. After a super long conversation with members of my husbands family that are doing Weight Watchers (and scanning random foods in the fridge and looking up how many points vodka and tequila are), we decided to give this new Freestyle Plan a try. The new plan seems really interesting. Not to mention, if I am being completely honest, I am looking forward to eating a little fruit for awhile.

*This post may contain affiliate links*

weight watchers

What Happened to Keto?

If you’ve been reading this site long or follow me on social media, you would know that, up until today, was following the Keto diet. I still love Keto. How could I not. Initially, I lost close to 90 lbs with the Keto diet. However, due to getting my gallbladder removed and dislocating my knee and not being able to go to the gym much at all, and eating things I shouldn’t eat, I gained a little weight back. For months, I have been at a stall. I think, in some areas, I was still losing a few inches here and there, but the scale was not moving. I’d love to say that didn’t bother me, but it does.

 

Freestyle 2018: The Essential Guide to Sustained Weight Loss (Over 100+ Point Recipes)Freestyle 2018: The Essential Guide to Sustained Weight Loss (Over 100+ Point Recipes)Freestyle 2018: The Essential Guide to Sustained Weight Loss (Over 100+ Point Recipes)Weight Watchers Popped Crisps, BBQ, 5 bags per boxWeight Watchers Popped Crisps, BBQ, 5 bags per boxWeight Watchers Popped Crisps, BBQ, 5 bags per boxWeight Watchers French Vanilla Smoothie, (7 x 0.77oz) slim packs net wt. 5.4ozWeight Watchers French Vanilla Smoothie, (7 x 0.77oz) slim packs net wt. 5.4ozWeight Watchers French Vanilla Smoothie, (7 x 0.77oz) slim packs net wt. 5.4oz

Why Weight Watchers?

This past weekend, we spend all day with my husbands family. Some people are doing Weight Watchers and we were talking about the new Freestyle Program (and we scanned way more things from the fridge than I care to admit) and it seemed really interesting to me. I like that you can eat fruits and veggies and it not count. While I will most likely still stay away from the starchy veggies, the idea of eating a nectarine or a few strawberries is fantastic!

Will You Ever Go Back to Keto?

Maybe. Right now, the goal is to stick with Weight Watchers for the next three months. If I like it, I will stick with longer. My hope is that my body gets out of it’s rut and starts losing weight again. I read that our metabolism can get used to a way of eating and just stall out. Chances are, that’s what has happened with me (along with not being as strict). One thing I am sure of, everything I have learned with Keto will probably help me be successful with Weight Watchers. For instance, I will not be adding sugar back to my diet at all. Sugar makes me feel horrible. Not to mention, I’ve seen first hand this weekend what it’s like when you do allow yourself sugar…your crazy sugar addiction comes back hardcore. No thank you!

Stay tuned for yummy Weight Watchers friendly recipes! I plan to journal this experience in the same way I did my journey with Keto. If you have any recipes I must try, please leave me a comment letting me know!!


Surviving Keto in a Non-Keto World

We are almost done with June. The summer months can be especially difficult for people following a diet plan, especially Keto. If you think about the majority of the yummy foods you find at summer BBQ’s, its things like chips and dip, chips and salsa, corn on the cob, delicious desserts, etc. None of those things are “Keto approved”. However, you do NOT need to let that allow you to fall off the wagon or say no to the many invites you will be getting this summer. It is totally possible to survive Keto in a non-Keto world.

*This post may contain affiliate links*

non-keto world

Image via Pexels

The Keto diet has been a huge part of my life for over the last two and a half years. I am going to be completely honest here and not try to be all, “oh it’s so easy to avoid the non-Keto foods”. That’s not true. Even those with the best will power will have struggles and if they say they don’t, they’re not being truthful. However, what is easy is to set yourself up for success by remembering these three tips for surviving Keto in a non-Keto world.

How to Survive in a Non-Keto World

Tip #1: Make a plan. If you are going to a BBQ, you know the main dish item will most likely be hamburgers, hot dogs, steak or chicken. It is typically foods that are easy to make on the grill. All of those things, for the most part, are Keto approved. All you have to think about are the side dishes. You know they will most likely have a salad. Plan to fill up on salad and meat.

Tip #2: Offer to bring a Keto approved side dish. I don’t know about your BBQ’s, but a staple side dish at most BBQ’s that I go to have cheesy potatoes. Offer to bring this loaded cauliflower casserole. I guarantee you, not many people will even realize the difference.

non-keto world

I mean, look at it, it looks phenomenal and I am sure it tastes just as good. But…if cauliflower is not your thing, and I get it, not everyone likes it, then you HAVE to make these bacon wrapped asparagus and throw them on the grill (or the Air Fryernon-keto world…my absolute favorite appliance)!

non-keto world

Tip #3: Pop a piece of gum in your mouth or brush your teeth. I don’t know about you, but once that piece of gum goes into my mouth, the only thing I drink is water and I don’t want to eat anything. Food and drinks (besides water) taste gross mixed with mint gum. There are some really good Keto friendly gum on the market.PUR Gumnon-keto world is my favorite.

So, as you can see, it is totally doable to survive Keto in non-Keto world. If you happen to fall off the wagon slightly, don’t beat yourself up. What I do when that happens (and it does happen) is I take my probiotic like normal before bed and the next morning I go to the gym and do a long cardio workout. For the rest of that day, I try to eat as few carbs as possible. That has seemed to help me over the years.

If you would like to find out more information about the Keto diet, you can check out my Keto diet archives here. For more delicious Keto friendly recipes, check out my Keto diet recipes archives here. Enjoy!


Keto Diet Stall – Top Reasons Why

Like any diet or lifestyle change, there are bound to be times where we face little hiccups. There will be times that we fall off the wagon or make a conscious decision to take a break. It’s totally normal. It happens. What happens after those moments is what matters. Both my husband and I have been following the Keto lifestyle for well over two years now. We’ve had our fair share if ups and downs. For me, dealing with my gallbladder issues and then recovering from surgery, was a bit of a hiccup for me, but I am bouncing back. For some of you just starting the Keto diet or looking to start it, you may be wondering what the top reasons why people experience a Keto diet stall are. Lucky for you, I’m going to tell you!!

*This post may contain affiliate links*

keto diet stall

Image via Pexels

So…as I said, with any diet or lifestyle change, there will be things that cause us to stall, fall off the wagon, etc. For me, I didn’t make a decision to step away from the diet. I, more or less, couldn’t cope with feeling so horrible from my gallbladder AND sticking 100% to the Keto diet. Instead, I was in survival mode. I ate mostly Keto, but also ate what would agree with me. Prior to all my gallbladder issues, I was in a horrible keto diet stall. I hadn’t gained or lost any weight for at least six months, but I think it was even longer than that. So what happened?

Keto Diet Stall – Top Reasons Why

  • You’re not actually in ketosis 

If you’ve been reading up on Keto, you will see that there are a couple schools of thought. There are some people that follow “strict Keto” and they track everything. On the other hand, there are people that follow what they call “lazy Keto” and they don’t track anything and just eat Keto approved foods. I’ve always followed strict Keto. I track every single thing I eat. By doing this, I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I am in ketosis. There is no fear of hidden carbs when I’m tracking. These ketone stripsketo diet stall can definitely help you determine if you are in ketosis or not.

  • You’re not drinking enough water

I know, I know. It seems like everyone is always harping on water intake. That’s because it’s SO IMPORTANT! Our body needs water to function properly. Beside that, drinking enough water while following the Keto diet helps with the dreaded “Keto breath”, it helps replace water that is lost throughout the day, water helps suppress your appetite, and most importantly (in my opinion), water helps to take stress off your kidneys. I once read to think of water as a lubricant for your kidneys to help them function properly. This 32 oz. water bottleketo diet stall or my 30 oz. Yeti cup is always with me and filled with ice and water!

  • Hidden carbs are making their way in

Hidden carbs can happen in a couple ways. First, you aren’t measuring your food. Measuring your food is so important. Eventually you can eyeball it, if need be, but even after over two years of being on the Keto diet, I still measure everything. I joke that it’s because my personality will not let me eyeball things, but truth be told, when I have no choice, but to eyeball it, it does stress me out! The second way hidden carbs make their way in, is by taking a bite of this and a bite of that. You know what I’m referring to. You may think those little bites don’t mean anything, but they do. That’s why you need to measure and track EVERYTHING! Pick up a food scaleketo diet stall and get started with weighing your foods!

  • You’re dealing with too much stress

You’re probably thinking, “what in the world does stress have to do with it?” but believe me, it has a lot to do with it. You see, when we are experiencing stress, our body releases a hormone called cortisol. When we are constantly feeling stressed and the cortisol is constantly being released, we start experiencing negative affects, such as weight gain. Learning how to deal with stressful situations is so important. For me, I like to listen to the Classical Goes Pop Pandora station while I read. The music is soothing and reading is my favorite thing to do (besides be with my family).

  • You’re consuming too much diet drinks

Now I am going to be 100% completely honest here. I do drink diet pop. Is it Keto? Not really since it does have artificial sweeteners. However, so long as I drink my water each day, I allow myself to have diet pop. I don’t like coffee and with as crazy as my schedule is each day, there is no way I would survive without caffeine! With that being said…READ THE LABELS and Google what you are drinking. Just because it’s “diet” or “sugar free”, that does not mean it’s always carb free. Case in point, I love diet Mt. Dew. However, did you know that technically diet Mt. Dew still has a little sugar in it because it is made with orange juice? Yep. I didn’t either until a few weeks ago. There’s another example of those hidden carbs I mentioned earlier. They add up.

  • You’re eating too much/not enough

You’ve heard it before, you need to eat to lose weight and it’s so true. However, if you are eating too much, even if it is Keto approved foods, you’re not going to lose the way you want to. You still have to eat at a calorie deficit to lose weight. On the same token, if you are not eating enough, your body will freak out and try to hold on to every little bitty thing it can so it can properly fuel your body. Again, I know I sound like a broken record, but this is why it’s so important to properly track your food intake so you know you are getting what you need!

  • You’re not getting enough sleep

Not too long ago, I read that your body does it’s best work when it’s sleeping. That statement says so much to me. Before, when someone would tell me that I need to sleep more to lose weight, I laughed them. Not even joking. However, it’s so true. If the fact that our body does it’s best work when we are sleeping, then we need to make sure we are getting adequate amounts of sleep a night, each and every night to insure that our body can do what it needs to do to lose weight (and everything else it needs to do).


There you have it, the top reasons why you may be experiencing a Keto diet stall. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about the keto diet or the keto diet stall you may be experiencing. I would be more than happy to help you break that keto diet stall, if I can!