Joined September 2010
Weight History

Start Weight
198.6 lb
Lost so far: 28.6 lb

Current Weight
170.0 lb
Performance: losing 1.0 lb a week

Goal Weight
165.0 lb
Still to go: 5.0 lb
Hi! I am Paula and I live in Colorado. I am a 54-year old mother of three, ages 30, 21, and 20. I have spent most of my life taking care of others and ignoring my own problems. I am out of excuses. I need to help me now.

I joined Fat Secret in 2010 thinking that walking for 45 minutes every day would get me the weight loss I desired. It didn't. I didn't log my food, I didn't check in every day, I just didn't take it seriously. My mistake!

In 2012, I lost 38 pounds by changing my eating habits drastically. I went from stress eating and eating without regard for calories and nutritional content to a diet that focused on lowfat, nutrient rich foods that kept me munching virtually all day. The plan worked very well for me as I didn't need to measure portions. I used Fat Secret as my primary tool for weight loss. I logged absolutely everything I ate. I read journals and they helped me stay focused knowing that I was in this with 1000's of other people with similar aspirations. Buddies inspired me with their stories and journeys even more. The challenges helped me set goals and start new exercise habits.

And then my mother passed away. I became the primary caregiver for my father (recently passed away from Alzhemer's) and the stress of taking care of him, losing my mom, being a single parent, working 50+ hours a week, etc. all took a toll. I stopped using Fat Secret, I ate without thinking, and I spent most of my time on my butt - working driving, or sitting with my dad.

I now have time for me. I need to take care of myself so that I can get to and enjoy my golden years. I have a trainer at work who is helping me improve my mobility. I have books, articles, and all of you real life experts to help me improve my diet. I am so excited to move toward health. I need this to work. My health requires it, my psyche needs it.

I welcome you to Fat Secret and I hope you have the same wonderful experience that I have had. Here is to more weight loss!

RiverRes's Weight History

RiverRes's Latest Member Challenges

status: In Progress
currently: Week 5 of 12
end date: Monday 10 Sep 18
view progress
  Preparing for Summer Challenge
status: Completed
ended: 18 Jun 18
view progress


Online now Phil
last weighin: steady Steady
last weighin: gaining 22.4 lb a week Up
last weighin: losing 14.0 lb a week Down
last weighin: losing 1.2 lb a week Down

RiverRes's Latest Photos

RiverRes January 2017
in challenge
I Love Summer Slim-Down
1 comment

RiverRes March 2016
in challenge
I Love Summer Slim-Down
no comments

RiverRes's Cookbook

cals: 227kcal | fat: 9.22g | carbs: 17.62g | prot: 19.01g
Turkey Shepherd's Pie
Delicious comfort food using ground turkey, hearty vegetables and cheese.
view complete cookbook

RiverRes's Latest Posts

My FS journey, as told by dogs
posted 26 May 2013, 08:54
At the very bottom of the page is "Contact". Click on this, fill it out, and send the issue with you weight not being shared with the FS techs. They should be able to help you!
posted 22 Jan 2013, 06:10
Veg or Flex buddy?
Hi! I follow the Ornish diet, but I don't have heart disease and so I can still eat meat every now and then. It sounds a lot like being a flexitarian.

I have lost 40 pounds in the past five months and you can count me among your buddies. I will send you a buddy request! Onward and downward!
posted 10 Jan 2013, 21:07
How Often Do you weigh yourself?
I weigh myself every morning and I am accustomed to fluctuations due to how hydrated I am. I record any new lows. If I just weighed once a week, I might weigh myself on a bad day and not give myself mental credit for the progress I have made that week. That would be disappointing!
posted 31 Dec 2012, 08:53
Reasons to lose weight (besides health/looks)...
Next summer when I have acheived my target weight, I will once again climb Glenwood Canyon to a beautiful place called, Hanging Lake". It is a "difficult" rated trail, but as I huffed and puffed my way up it this past summer (taking numerous breaks along the way), I was passed by a woman who was blind and a woman who was a breast cancer survivor. These two truly inspirational women and their supporters convinced me that that only person who could change me is me. The only person holding me back is me becuase you can do whatever you put your mind to. Another inpsiration along the trail was the Air Force Academy Hockey team - they were RUNNING the trail for fitness. Wow!

I can't wait to climb the trail once again with my teenagers as hanging lake is such a truly beautiful place. It is worth every step of the trail.
posted 31 Dec 2012, 08:44
view all RiverRes's posts

Other Related Links


LCHF: Low carb, High fat / Ketogenic Diet

RiverRes's journal

16 July 2018

No weigh in this morning. I am going to eat to my RDI and macros for the whole week and see how my metabolism is doing. Hoping for the best as I con ...

10 July 2018

Day two of fasting. I have done a 42+ hour fast every week for the past four weeks. I do intermittent fasting on the other 5 days. I am really enjoying ...

RiverRes's Recent Food & Exercise

RiverRes's Groups

The Big Fat Lie - Embracing Fat in your lifestyle
Discussion and support for people interested in the Keto/Ketogenic/Low Carb-High Fat (LCHF) lifestyle.

Recipes, places, time, pictures, memories, all about coffee.

50's with 25-50 lbs to Lose
50 somethings with 25-50 pounds to lose.

RiverRes's Recent Activity

RiverRes's Own Activity

RiverRes updated their Food Diary.
RiverRes supported nevertofeel's Weight Entry.
RiverRes supported Vickiauntmick's Journal Entry.
RiverRes supported tigger3995's Journal Entry.


thsiun recorded a Weight Entry at 150.6 lb.
wannabhealthier supported From371to184's Journal Entry.
From371to184 recorded a Weight Entry at 220.4 lb.
jimmiepop commented on their Journal Entry.

Other Member Diet Recent Activity

reader1 is following lovebug59.
vika.hor recorded a Weight Entry at 117.3 lb.
dewey730 recorded a Weight Entry at 176.2 lb.
Michele Q recorded a Weight Entry at 122.6 lb.
adamevegod1 commented on cscot's Weight Entry.
frunko1 recorded a Journal Entry.
Lannon recorded a Weight Entry at 188.8 lb.
comics recorded a Weight Entry at 207.0 lb.