Start Weight:(29 Jul 11) 176.0 lb
Current Weight:(22 Mar 14) 137.1 lb
Goal Weight:135.0 lb
following: It's Not a Diet! It's a Lifestyle!
performance: Steady

I'm a mom of 2 in my late 40's. My husband and I are watching what we eat for better health and weight loss. Never really overweight most of my life as I got older the weight just didn't seem to shed as easily. I made modifications to my diet going from a high carb diet (rich in cereals, breads, rice, pasta) to a better balanced diet of quality meats and lots of veggies.

I chose intermittent fasting to lose/maintain my weight. I follow the either the 16:8 (16 hr fast, 8 hr normal eating) or 5:2 way of eating (2 days, 500 calories fasting, 5 days normal eating). My "diet" or lifestyle as far as eating includes lots of nutrient-rich foods focused around fresh veggies, berries, nuts, quality proteins, good fats. I still eat some refined/packaged foods and sugar but on a limited basis.

My profile picture is a combination of my very first picture I posted on FS at my heaviest and a picture of me now. I was so angry when I saw that picture. It was 80 degrees or hotter and I was covered head to toe! It was at that moment that I started my quest to lose weight.

FatSecret member since: 30 Aug 10

mrspackrat's Weight History

mrspackrat's Latest Member Challenges

  Making It Through The Holidays Part 1 Halloween
status: Completed
ended: 31 Oct 11
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  10 lbs in 10 weeks
status: Completed
ended: 08 Nov 10
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on diet MY WAY
last weighin: losing 2.2 lb a week Down
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last weighin: losing 5.5 lb a week Down
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mrspackrat's Cookbook

cals: 301kcal | fat: 10.26g | carbs: 23.87g | prot: 26.33g
Turkey Enchilada Casserole
Sensational layered tortillas and ground turkey with enchilada sauce and reduced fat cheese.
cals: 378kcal | fat: 6.71g | carbs: 65.09g | prot: 16.97g
Mexican Style Quinoa and Black Beans
A yummy, healthy main dish with black beans and quinoa.
cals: 124kcal | fat: 1.11g | carbs: 11.90g | prot: 16.46g
Chicken Soup with Whole Grain Noodles
Perfect for cold and flu season, with plenty of natural flavor and vegetables.
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Why can't I loose weight faster
I believe in quality of food too--high quality protein and good fats, little to no processed foods. Many people cut fat in order to reduce calories which is a big mistake. Your body needs good fats in order to produce the hormones that help your body regulate fat storage. You only need to log what you eat for a while to get a true sense of how many calories you are consuming and what types of foods. When I started, I was shocked to see so little protein and lots of carbs. I worked my butt off at the gym and didn't lose 1 lb. I changed my diet and now just get activity vs extereme workouts and I'm down about 40 lbs.
posted 20 Nov 2014, 10:11
I keep gaining weight despite gyming.
Great article NB. That's what happened to me when I hit the gym 4-5 times a week doing spinning, hardcore full body weight workouts, I got fatter and I was starving all the time. When I hear of people long cardio sessions I cringe. Unless your training for something, quality of workout is far more effective than quantity. Performing intervals and full-body exercises can be done in as little as 20-30 minutes. Although, diet should be addressed first because as they say, you can't work off a bad diet.
posted 13 Oct 2014, 08:45
Am I eating too little calories?
Protein is so important, you need at least .4 g per for each pound you weigh. Protein deficiency is no laughing matter as your body begins to break down existing proteins as a source of amino acids. Prolonged protein deficiency means tissue loss, especially muscle tissue.

As a side note, I don't recommend soy as protein, it's poison in my mind (although I have a thyroid disorder and soy is the worst food you can eat).
posted 02 Oct 2014, 14:23
I keep gaining weight despite gyming.
There is the possibility you are overconsuming calories (people make that mistake when they workout and think they can eat more because they think they are burning more than they really are). But if you have a good daily calorie intake that isn't too much, then you are most likely ovrweight due to metabolic syndrome/insulin resistance and exercise can worsen the condition making it even harder to lose weight. Start with diet first--get lean proteins with every meal, eat good fats, lots of veggies, low sugar fruits, some complex carbs (but unless you are training for something, keep total carbs below 100-125g daily). Our bodies are not designed to live on processed food and often our diets are completely carb heavy which don't provide the proper nutrients and good fats. Revisit what you are eating and google insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome. There are many good tips on how to reverse it, suggested supplements, etc., which will get your body back to functioning properly and it will no longer store excess fat.
posted 02 Oct 2014, 09:39
Am I eating too little calories?
Amen mahjohn!
posted 02 Oct 2014, 09:28
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30 May 2014

Just had the worst lunch ever. If everyone was forced to eat my cooking, the world would NOT have a weight problem :)

02 February 2014

Despite being laid up, holding steady :)
on diet It's Not a Diet! It's a Lifestyle!  steady weight

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Group for people who have embarked on the 5:2 lifestyle (5 feed days, 2 fast days a week)

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For anyone interested in alternate day fast, The Fast Diet, The Longevity diet, 5:2 Diet or any similar fasting program

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A group for all of us suffering from hypothyroid,which make most of us look like hippo!

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