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

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

demetra bengle
last weighin: steady Steady
on diet MY WAY
last weighin: losing 1.7 lb a week Down
buddies only
last weighin: losing 0.7 lb a week Down

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

5:2 Diet Christmas Feast
Once you start losing and keep it off, it gets addicting and you get a much bigger high from the scale going down as opposed to eating something sinful. Stick to it, it's only a couple of weeks and when you are done, you'll be glad you did it. Fasting has taught me so much about the quantity and quality of food and how bad I ate. I now see that I consumed way too much food or calorie-packed foods. When you are given 500 calories a day, it's a real eye opener. My old way was just cutting back on the same bad foods with lots of exercise but that never worked. More people should try fasting even if for a few months.
posted 15 Dec 2014, 11:18
5:2 Diet Christmas Feast
During this time, it is a dicipline game. For me, it was easy to stick to 2 fast days during the week and the other weekdays eating relatively healthy. The weekends are what killed me but even so, enjoy as long as Monday you can get back on track. I did not gain any weight over the holidays last year. If you have parties all throughout the week, maybe switch to alternative day fasting for a while and fast only on days without parties. When you do alternative day fasting, I believe you can eat up to 175% of your RDI on non fast days. But if you have control issues, you may end up derailed. If you can just tell yourself...short term pain for long term gain. Is that cheeese, cookie, cake, cocktail really worth packing back on all the fat? To me, the answer was clearly no. This year, I'm wearing all the cute dresses and outfits that I always longed to wear and I'm happy I stuck to it. I knew at the end of the holidays that I was back in square 1 I would have been so angry at myself. Good luck.
posted 12 Dec 2014, 12:30
Logging everything everyday, or not?
I don't mind logging everything but I make all my own food so I have to enter in a recipe (which isn't always the same) or log every ingredient. It's a pain. Most of the foods that are in the database are packaged foods which I try and eat little of. What's also annoying is when I do enter a packaged food, the calories on the site differ from the ones on the package for the same thing (size and all).
posted 01 Dec 2014, 12:36
Why can't I loose weight faster
I believe in quality of food too--high quality protein and good fats, little to no processed foods. Many people cut fat in order to reduce calories which is a big mistake. Your body needs good fats in order to produce the hormones that help your body regulate fat storage. You only need to log what you eat for a while to get a true sense of how many calories you are consuming and what types of foods. When I started, I was shocked to see so little protein and lots of carbs. I worked my butt off at the gym and didn't lose 1 lb. I changed my diet and now just get activity vs extereme workouts and I'm down about 40 lbs.
posted 20 Nov 2014, 10:11
I keep gaining weight despite gyming.
Great article NB. That's what happened to me when I hit the gym 4-5 times a week doing spinning, hardcore full body weight workouts, I got fatter and I was starving all the time. When I hear of people long cardio sessions I cringe. Unless your training for something, quality of workout is far more effective than quantity. Performing intervals and full-body exercises can be done in as little as 20-30 minutes. Although, diet should be addressed first because as they say, you can't work off a bad diet.
posted 13 Oct 2014, 08:45
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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 :)
on diet It's Not a Diet! It's a Lifestyle!  steady weight

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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 Jills Journey's post - 5:2 Diet Christmas Feast.
mrspackrat replied to Jills Journey's post - 5:2 Diet Christmas Feast.
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