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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mrspackrat's Buddies

Online now bigbassbrent
last weighin: gaining 2.4 lb a week Up
Kris AZ
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demetra bengle
last weighin: losing 0.2 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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mrspackrat's Latest Posts

Sleep Aids
GABA is a chemical that is made in the brain and has a claming effect on nerve impulses. This makes you more tranquil, a sense of wellbeing. Without it, you'd constantly remain on edge and anxious with no ability to relax (think of people with ADHD). There are dietary forms of GABA which can be taken for relieving anxiety, improving mood, reducing PMS, and of couse ADHD. They apparenlty help the brain produce GABA.
posted 25 Jul 2014, 15:07
Sleep Aids
Again, I'm not a proponent of pills but rather finding natural ways. A newsletter that I got just had tips on sleeping. Maybe one of these may help.

1.Make sure that you’re getting enough magnesium in your diet. Taking 300 -500 mg of magnesium supplement can really help. Most people (something like 80%) are deficient in magnesium.

2.If you’re on a low carb diet eating a little fat before bed can help you fall asleep faster and have a more restful night. Try getting a teaspoon of MCT oil or a tablespoon of coconut butter or almond butter either with your last meal or snack before you sleep.

3.A tablespoon of raw honey can also help if you’re on a low carb diet and can’t sleep.

4.A cup of warm (non-caffeinated) drink can help calm you down and help you sleep--an herbal tea like chamomile tea.

5.GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that really calms you down and helps you sleep. It’s especially good if you end up staying up late working or doing something that’s stimulating before going to sleep.

6.Try sleeping in the dark without any ambient light. The darker the better, especially for quality deep (REM) sleep.

7.If possible, try and get to bed before 11pm so that you can take advantage of the melatonin hormone which peaks at around 11pm. Melatonin helps you fall asleep faster and get a better quality of sleep.
posted 24 Jul 2014, 15:26
Day 3 - Low carb Journey
We all have days like that, changing the way you eat for life takes time. Eventually that cereal won't look so appealing Smile Actually most processed foods are not that appealing to me anymore, you'll get there.
posted 24 Jul 2014, 11:18
IF Question
Draglist, I am doing 1 thing he recommended in his article which is having a small amount of protein and greens. I mix a high quality whey with mixed greens in a blender. It's a great drink! Supposedly this may actually increase the benefits you get from fasting. I'm definatly going to continue with that habit if anything just to get some much needed protein added to my diet.
posted 22 Jul 2014, 17:11
IF Question
It's like anything, there are always various opinions. It does make sense that if you have a heavy meal that it will take a long time to digest. I read and reread his comments on circadian rythyms and my eyes glazed over Smile I didn't think IF was that scientific lol
posted 21 Jul 2014, 12:25
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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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5:2 Lifestyle
Group for people who have embarked on the 5:2 lifestyle (5 feed days, 2 fast days a week)

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

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

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