Start Weight:(29 Jul 11) 176.0 lb
Current Weight:(04 May 15) 137.0 lb
Goal Weight:137.1 lb
following: It's Not a Diet! It's a Lifestyle!
performance: Steady

Proudly in "maintenance" mode.

I'm a mom of 2 just turning 50. I'm watching what I 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 journey started when saw a vacation picture and realized it was nearly 90 degrees and I was covered head-to-toe in clothing. I was so angry when I saw that picture and from that point was determined to make a change.

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

last weighin: losing 1.0 lb a week Down
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not sharing weight
last weighin: gaining 0.1 lb a week Up

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

Body designed to store fat rather than burn it for some
The video covers metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance. AMA statistics say that 34% of the adult population in the US suffer from metabolic syndrome. The older we get the more prone we are to getting this. I'm not going to post a boat load of research and site a bunch of websites. This is very real and this way of eating can help reduce body fat and improve overall health. Anyone with the symptoms may opt to change their diet and it may just help them. You young kids who eat what you want and hit the gym to drop a few have no idea what you're in for the older you get. Maybe you are healthy and can lose weigh easily, this wasn't directed at you.
posted 18 Apr 2016, 16:13
Body designed to store fat rather than burn it for some
Ummm, the researcher is skinnier than you. Dr. Manny is just the host of the show. Sometimes we should first see the story before we open our big mouth and spew hogwash?
posted 18 Apr 2016, 15:30
Body designed to store fat rather than burn it for some
Interesting Dr. Manny segment where his guest discusses how for some, sugars and carbs get stored more readily rather than being burned. For those people, it's not as simple as calories in/out. They need to focus on eating fat burning foods (leafy greens, broccoli, fresh meats, fish, healthy fats) to lose weight. Eliminate the fat storing foods (pastas, breads, even healthy whole grains like oats) because your body can't process them.

Also a few myths he addresses:

You can't work out on an empty stomach - Myth, it's actually better for fat burning
All fruit is good for you - Myth avoid the high sugar ones/high glycemic
A good workout means you have to sweat a lot - Myth, we've been tricked by the gyms to think you have to work out hard to lose weight, short interval workouts are more effective
posted 18 Apr 2016, 13:18
How to determine a Goal Weight
I just set mine based on when I last felt great and I surpassed that. Just watch total calories supposedly "burned" through exercise tracker on this site. It's not accurate at all.

Just set your ideal calories for the day and just watch that despite exercise. In setting total calories for the day, I was told to use your current weight x 12. That is the total calories to maintain your current weight. Any less than that and you should lose weight.
posted 25 Mar 2016, 15:10
Favorite free fitness videos/trainers?
Shin Ohtake with MaxWorkouts- simple, can do at home with little equipment, super effective. He teaches you how to work out doing intervals, no long workouts or laboring at the gym. He also doesn't keep selling you more workout tapes or food and supplements. Best program IMO.
posted 21 Mar 2016, 14:11
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27 April 2015

4 years ago today I had a picture taken of me that was eye-opening and kick-started me on my journey to lose weight. I reached my breaking point, I was ...

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 :)

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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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