Joined August 2010
Weight History

Start Weight
176.0 lb
Lost so far: 39.0 lb

Current Weight
137.0 lb
Performance: Steady

Goal Weight
137.1 lb
Still to go: 0.1 lb
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.

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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Becca P
last weighin: steady Steady
last weighin: losing 0.9 lb a week Down
last weighin: losing 2.5 lb a week Down
on diet HCG Phases
last weighin: gaining 0.6 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

Well crap! Smile
posted 06 Oct 2017, 07:18
How to add a combo food?
I know saves time Smile
posted 03 Jan 2017, 14:50
How to add a combo food?
You enter it in your "cookbook" as a recipe. Click on My Cook Book and then Submit Recipe. There's an option to publish it?? or something like that but really just save it for your use. Then you can add it to your food diary each day without having to add each ingredient.
posted 03 Jan 2017, 11:08
Low carb question
To calculate total calories, I've always taken my goal weight x 10 to lose weight. Stick to your 50 g for carbs. Protein depends on how active you are. I take my lean body mass x .5 (sedentary)or .8 (moderately active) or 1 g (active) to determine total grams of lean protein daily. Fill the rest of your calories with fats.
posted 18 Nov 2016, 14:27
Help! What am I doing wrong?
You also indicate that you are eating 1300 calories but do you deduct calories for your workout to get to that total? I find people overestimate the calories they burn at the gym. Most good/solid workouts burn only about 250-300 calories. I wouldn't even count that against my total calorie count for the day. Also, the types of foods you consume can make a difference when it comes to storing fat. High glycemic foods drive up insulin which promotes fat storage. So if you are eating at the top of your calorie range and eating foods that promote fat storage, you're not going to see much as far as fat loss. More maintenance of your current weight.

A really good way to burn stored fat is not to eat. So many people eat from the time they rise to the time they go to bed. Instead, take advantage of that fast state your body naturally goes into each night after your last meal and before your "breakfast" the next day. Try and go 16 hours if you can (eat within an 8 hour window). Makes a big difference.
posted 18 Nov 2016, 10:10
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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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Lose Weight with Hypothyroid
A group for all of us suffering from hypothyroid,which make most of us look like hippo!

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

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

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