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
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ended: 08 Nov 10
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mrspackrat's Buddies

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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

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
Are You Sabotaging Your Own Weight Loss Goals?
Two things I follow. The 80/20 rule of eating where you eat the healthiest 80% of the time so you don't deny yourself anything. Also, don't eat more just because you work out. Most workouts only burn about 200-400 calories but many people justify more or larger portions of food that ends up being more than their workout burned. I concentrate on total calories for the day being a certain amount workout or not.
posted 07 Oct 2015, 10:11
"Tricks of the Trade". Fool Me Once Shame On You. Fool Me Twice Shame On Me.
Glaun, at least you know it and are aware of your calories (whether you log them or not). I have family that have no clue how many calories they pack in before they even hit dinner. And then beg for ideas on how to exercise harder to lose weight. If you breakfast/lunch is already 2,500-3,000 calories, no workout is going to help you!
posted 04 Aug 2015, 14:27
Mayo and Ranch and Dip Replacement!
Trader Joe's has a few yogurt dips that are really good too. A guacamole dip, spinach and kale dip and some sort of jalepeno yogurt dip. I use veggies to dip to so low in calories, good for you, yum!
posted 01 May 2015, 10:38
5:2 Fast Diet
I have, I still do. I'm fasting today actually. I've had lots of success and besides weightloss, I have seen great bloodwork results too. Good luck! It can be a little hard at first but as you do it, it gets easier. If you want ideas on what I eat, just look at my food diary. I only log fast days (most times).
posted 30 Apr 2015, 10:14
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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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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)

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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