Start Weight:(29 Jul 11) 176.0 lb
Current Weight:(07 Apr 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 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 journey started when saw a vacation picture and realized it was nearly 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

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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

Diet Broken for Operation
I was hospitalized 2 times last year and was bed-ridden for a good part of the year before and after back surgery. When in the hospital, only order healthy food and just watch calories. My hospital let me chose as little or as much as I wanted so I was mindful of what I was choosing. I recall several healthy options along with a lot of bad foods (cupcakes, pie, chips, etc). When back at home, you aren't moving much so you don't need a ton of calories or carbs. Concentrate on lean proteins (get a powder if you can't prepare meats) and lots of fresh fruits and veggies--what you eat should be highly nutrtional to help your body heal. I didn't gain any weight despite being in the condition I was in. I was shocked because nearly everyone I know in my position usually gain a lot of weight--so it can be done. I guess I give credit to the permanent changes I made to my food choices. They have become the way I eat, not a temporarty thing to lose weight.
posted 23 Mar 2015, 08:57
Not eating enough calories before I max out my carbs
What about an avocado? It's a superfood, high in calories, full of good fats, vitamins, etc., low net carbs.
posted 17 Mar 2015, 11:47
Low carb question
I keep mine between 50-100 g daily but somtimes go as high as 150 g daily. Most days I do keep it in the lower range. And like howzat4u, I mainly watch/cut out processed grains and sugars.

Going low carb takes a while for your body to adjust but the longer you do it, it gets easier as your body switches from glucose to fat for fuel. This is a great article on your body and that it prefers fat for fuel over glucose. Good luck!
posted 10 Mar 2015, 08:42
Need a more balanced diet.
A rule of thumb is 1 g of protein per 1 lb of lean body mass daily. Going low carb, I keep my net carbs (carbs-fiber) between 50-125 g daily and mainly from veggies, the rest I fill with good fats. I wouldn't go crazy trying to get exact about it. I was like you, lots of fats and carbs but hardly any protein. I've definately found a better balance.
posted 06 Mar 2015, 16:04
Dieting + working out with no results, help
[quote=dayberndt]Try to almost completely eliminate fat from your diet for a week, then the next week any sugar/carbs (max of 20 netcarbs a day).quote]

I don't even know if it's even possible to eliminate all fat from your diet but every cell in your body has a layer of fat and when that layer is made up of good fats it helps prevent insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes) and insulin sensitivity (most common reason for gaining fat). Fat also slows down digestion, assimulates those fat solubale vitamens, helps you lost fat, etc. So fat is not bad, too many calories is.
posted 25 Feb 2015, 09:48
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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 :)
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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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