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

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mrspackrat's Latest Member Challenges

  Making It Through The Holidays Part 1 Halloween
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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

Low Calorie Diet with no results??? *frustrated*
The only way you can get away with low calories is when you have a super nutient-rich diet (no empty calories). Most people don't eat that way and I never met a teenage that does Smile

But body inflammation will make it hard to lose body fat and getting good fats/increasing omega 3 fats through seeds, nuts, oils, fish, etc., is essential in reducing body inflammation. But also decrease your omega 6 fats (think unhealthy oils like, peanut oil, soybean oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, and safflower oil--many packaged foods are packed with omega 6 as well as chicken, beef, pork, etc).

Also eating low calorie means you could be deficient in many important vitamins and minerals your body needs to communicate/function properly like magnesium and vitamin D.

Your body is not a simple machine and the types of foods we eat help your body produce the right hormones that help regulate body fat. Add in a little exercise, even if it's walking, and you'll be good to go.
posted 17 Sep 2014, 08:25
Low Calorie Diet with no results??? *frustrated*
Not sure if you are doing this but sometimes when people go low calorie they also go low fat when it's really the processed carbs they should be cutting to save calories. Besides getting a good amount of protein, eat plenty of good fats, they are needed to produce the hormones which help your body burn fat.
posted 16 Sep 2014, 08:25
Cauliflower pizza
laner68 wrote:
I steam the cauliflower so it get a lot of water in it. Then cool it and try to get all the water out. I add 1 egg, 1/2 cup parmesan grated and a little garlic powder.
Then form it onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment, paper towel blot it again to get more water out, then bake about 25 min at 425
It's super yummy, but I want it a little crispier, w/o burning it (that's the water problem I think)

There's really no reason to cook the cauliflower beforehand. Just mix your ingredients and bake.
posted 22 Aug 2014, 09:44
Cauliflower pizza
I've never had that problem. Maybe there's an ingredient I use that you don't? Here's my recipe:

2-3 cups grated cauliflower
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon dried basil (crush it even more between your fingers)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (crust it even more between you fingers)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
optional a few shakes of crushed red pepper
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
1 egg

We actually eat it as a side dish rather than using it as pizza crust.

posted 21 Aug 2014, 08:14
Yes, the simple/processed carbs are what are driving your cravings. You need to find a way to replace them with other foods and the cravings will go away.

But don't be afraid to skip breakfast. There was a time I would have NEVER done that but I practice intermittent fasting where skipping breakfast is a normal way of life. I just consume most of my calories within an 8 hour window and often my "breakfast" is around noon. You still have to watch total calories for the day.

If you care to read, here's an article that explains what IF is and how do do it:

posted 07 Aug 2014, 11:50
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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 :)
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