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
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

last weighin: losing 0.4 lb a week Down
last weighin: gaining 1.0 lb a week Up
on diet MY WAY
last weighin: steady Steady
last weighin: steady Steady

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

Healthy Snacks
Also, try a smoothie if you have a blender. Avoid the kind packed with sugary fruits and fruit juices. All you need are 1-2 cups of mixed greens, frozen berries and a scoop of unflavored protein powder and mix with water. It's packed with nutrients, low in calories and sugar.
posted 02 Feb 2016, 10:49
Healthy Snacks
I like Kale chips.

Buy a bunch of flat kale, wash, dry and rip the leaves into chip-size chunks (toss the ribs or use them in a smoothie). Put about 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil in the palm of your hand and massage into the leaves (you don't want too much or they won't crisp up). Sprinkle with sea or kosher salt.

Heat oven to 295 degrees and bake on a cookie sheet for 10 minutes, flip, cook another 10 minutes.

They are very addictive! If you don't eat them in one sitting, just put them in a bowl but don't cover tightly or they get soggy. Leave uncovered or place a piece of paper towel or plastic wrap on top.
posted 01 Feb 2016, 13:34
Fasting with One Meal a Day during the Week
I've been doing IF for years. My favorite is the 5:2 but with the holidays I did a 16:8 fast. Having to fast, it was really an eye opener as to how much food I was eating but didn't need. You can fuel your body on really good foods and keep those cravings down. Most weight problems are not due to hitting the gym hard but what and how much you eat.
posted 11 Jan 2016, 08:49
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
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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

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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mrspackrat replied to Saige18's post - Healthy Snacks.
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