mrspackrat

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

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  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

KellyM25
last weighin: losing 0.2 lb a week Down
 
howzat4u
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myawethinTICself
on diet MY WAY
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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

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
Carbs... replacement foods
As a previous "carbivore" eating nearly 200-250+ grams of carbs daily, I had a lot of challenges replacing my favorite processed/refined carbs like cereal, breads, pasta, rice, etc. I replaced them with another carb--vegetables and low sugar fruits and berries. Other foods that make up my diet are good fats--nuts, seeds, avacado, coconut oil and good quality proteins like chicken, pork, fish, eggs. I still eat whole grains like quinoa, brown rice but in the old days I would have had 2-3 servings in a sitting. Now I only have one. But since discovering veggies and how to make them in a variety of ways, I realy love them.
posted 29 Apr 2015, 08:14
lose 2 pounds a week
There's a lot of people doing intermittent fasting on this site. I being one of them. Once I started,I never looke back, lost 30 lbs in 5-6 months. You can do alternative day fasting (500 calories on fast days),eat what ever you want on feed days, 2 day fasting/5 day normal eating, 16 hour daily fasts/8 hour normal eating. I have found I'm less hungry, have more energy, my blood results have improved dramatically. Unless you have some health issues, I'm not aware of, you could give it a try.
posted 28 Apr 2015, 14:43
Sunday is Fasting day
I love IF but couldn't do Sunday's. I wish I could but with the husband and the kids home and Sunday being the only day of the week I can make an big family meal, not possible. I do my IF during the week (5:2--2 days fast of 500 calories, 5 days normal eating). I hope more people try it tho, it's great and has done a lot for my health besides weightloss.
posted 28 Apr 2015, 14:34
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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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