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
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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: gaining 2.9 lb a week Up
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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

Desk work / Long hours
I work a desk job. I do intermittent fasting to maintain my nearly 40 lb weightloss (and which helped me drop the weight in 6 months).
posted 24 Nov 2015, 07:59
I do the 5:2 also. I really love it and you feel so good after a fast day. Some days it can be hard and if that happens, just don't worry and try another day. The more you do it, the easier it gets.

Foods that are satisfying and keep me going are protein--hard boiled eggs, cottage cheese, fish, chicken, protein powder and lots of fresh veggies. I recently discovered chicken broth to sip on. Low calorie and very filling. Super healthy if you make your own stock from scratch.
posted 13 Nov 2015, 07:52
Intermittent fasting
I lost my weight an continue to do IF (5:2 fast) because of the benefits. I no longer get shaky, have a headache or am crabby when I don't eat (great blood sugar). My cholesterol is awesome. My arthritis disappears. I have low body fat.

Are there weeks when I don't do IF, sure, I've actually gone months without it. There are many forms of IF too. As someone mentioned, it's when you DON'T eat. You can do the 16/8 a couple of times a week, do it every day, do the 5:2 like I do. There are others. So to me, it's flexible and a great way to access those fat reserves and a form of cleansing for your body.

As far as nutrient deficiencies, that's impossible with the way most people practice IF. Plus, my fast days are 500 calories and I get more nutrients in those 500 calories than some people get on a 2000 calorie diet.

So for me, this is very sustainable and was my solution to losing weight and keeping it off. People who love food or can't control themselves won't succeed no matter what they do. It's definitely not for everyone but I recommend anyone give it a try. Anyone wanting to see what it's all about just google "Eat, Fast and Live Longer" a BBC documentary. It was what started me.
posted 05 Nov 2015, 11:45
Why am I stuck?
High carbs, low fat, IMO that's why. Your body needs fat to burn fat. I can see lowering bad fats but get plenty of good fats. They help with insulin sensitivity and reduce body inflammation.
posted 26 Oct 2015, 10:56
Fast Mimicking Diet
From what I read, you have to buy these packets for this diet. I say, save your money. There are several ways you can do an intermittent fasting and reap the benefits and you can eat your own foods. There's the 5:2 Diet of fasting 2 days a week on 500-600 calories, eat normal the other 5 days. There's even a 16/8 fast where you fast 16 hours a day, eat normally 8 hours a day. There's many other variations where you can get the same results as this Fast Mimicking Diet at no cost to you. I've been fasting for a few years now and really think it helps in overall health and weightloss so there I would encourage you. This program, I wouldn't personally do it.
posted 07 Oct 2015, 10:20
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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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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

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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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