Joined March 2011
Weight History

Start Weight
163.0 lb
Lost so far: 2.8 lb

Current Weight
160.2 lb
Performance: gaining 1.0 lb a week

Goal Weight
143.0 lb
Still to go: 17.2 lb
51 years old in Colorado. I started using Fatsecret in Feb 2011 and went from about 183 lbs to a low of 146 in the summer of 2012. I lost the weight by strictly counting calories (weighing ever gram of food I eat). The heaviest I've ever been was 194 lbs and my average as an adult was around 183 lbs. At 5' 7 1/2", according to BMI, I should be under 155 to not be overweight.

I started training in late June 2013, and ran my first 1/2 marathon in September. Did it mainly just to see if increasing my running times would finally get rid of my belly fat that I've had my entire (literally) life. That has always been my goal--a flat stomach. Which is something I've never had. And I will do it. I've run for 30 years now and when I've gotten my weight down below 150 my wife says I look gaunt. But I still have a lot of belly fat and I want a flat stomach. They say there's no way to spot reduce fat so the only way I know to get rid of the belly fat is to keep losing overall fat.

I started on the Fast 5:2 diet with a Fatsecret challenge on July 15th 2013 and I stuck to it for a full year without missing a single week of fasting (600 calories or less) two days each week. I found that, for me at 150 lbs, this diet allowed me to maintain my weight and eat, mostly what I wanted, 5 days a week. And I'm one who is hungry all the time. The fasting helps me continually know that I can ignore hunger. Obviously the less you weigh, the less food your body needs to maintain itself. So that is the curse of weighing less and why people find maintaining weight loss so hard. I say 'obviously' but I don't think most people think that through when attempting to lose weight. I know I didn't. So intermittent fasting helps me maintain.
In September 2014 I decided to try the 8-hour diet. Did that for a month and gained 5 lbs. Went back to 5:2 until Christmas 2014 when I stopped for a few weeks and gained 10 lbs. I'm back on 5:2 now while also limiting calories on the other 5 days.

sjdallas's Weight History

sjdallas's Latest Member Challenges

  30 Day Squat Challenge.... pre-summer '14
status: Completed
ended: 09 Jun 14
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  Tush and Abs Galore!
status: Completed
ended: 09 Jun 14
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last weighin: steady Steady

sjdallas's Cookbook

cals: 363kcal | fat: 5.51g | carbs: 62.62g | prot: 16.83g
Baked Oatmeal
A family favorite and healthy way to add oatmeal to your diet.
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sjdallas's Latest Posts

food diary acting up?!!
ketojane wrote:
What a relief to find that this has happened to others. It's an annoyance to have to change the calendar every day or to find that entries have disappeared.

posted 28 Aug 2014, 15:57
Challenges Help
Thank you so much for solving this. I've been fighting this bug for 6 months with no solution from the Fatsecret team. They've even logged into my account and entered my weight for me and found no problem. But I've received the error every day for 6 months and haven't been able to participate in challenges that entire time. Incredible that they couldn't provide this solution. By weighing in on I was able to then weigh-in on without getting the error. Wooo whooo. I can join a challenge again if I want to. Now if they would only address the other problems with the website like always defaulting to the latest date you used instead of today's date. That one really sucks. Sure wish enough people would complain to them about this.
posted 04 Apr 2014, 15:10
food diary acting up?!!
Damn, I just entered today's breakfast on yesterday's date--AGAIN!
posted 07 Feb 2014, 08:05
food diary acting up?!!
Please, everyone, would you click on the Contact link (at the bottom of every page) and let the Fatsecret team know how much this aggravates you! PLEASE DO THIS!. The website didn't started doing this until the last change a couple months ago. Previously it always came up with today's date and if you wanted to enter data for a different date, you had to select it. The old way makes much more sense than the new way of always defaulting to the last date you used Fatsecret in that browser. I use Fatsecret on 5 or 6 different computers and each time I go to a different one, it defaults to the last date I used it on that computer. So I'm always entering data on the wrong date because I enter data on one computer and then a little later I'm on a different one and it doesn't occur to me that I have to change the date as I've just been entering today's data on a different computer. I've been using Fatsecret for 3 years and it previously always went to today's date when opening it. I've emailed them via the contact link and they answered me back that they changed it this way intentionally. They said it was to be consistent across different platforms. But as others have mentioned, the mobile apps don't do this. They always default to today's date. As you can tell, this drives me nuts. PLEASE, everyone please email them and let them know you don't like it the way it is. Hopefully if enough people complain, they'll change it back to how it was. Thanks.
posted 05 Feb 2014, 09:44
How Do I Fall Back In Love With My Eliptical Machine?
Try combining your workout goal with another goal. I used to always watch tv shows on my elliptical and movies on my treadmill. But several years ago I started reading on my elliptical. I have a goal to read through my (chronological) Bible every year by July 1st. And I read it only on my elliptical. So knowing that I need to read to meet that goal gets me on the elliptical for 30-40 minutes nearly every day (I get ahead by reading 3-4 days readings most days so when I miss a day I'm not behind thus don't get discouraged). I've been doing this for about 5-6 years now and it works great for me.
posted 14 Jan 2014, 08:06
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16 December 2014

Didn't fast yesterday
on diet 5:2 Fast Diet  

05 December 2014

Looks like a wasted fast day because of eating pizza last night. We'll see.
on diet 5:2 Fast Diet  

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