Start Weight:(20 May 13) 269.0 lb
Current Weight:(23 Apr 14) 177.2 lb
Goal Weight:168.0 lb
following: Startrekker's Own Diet
performance: losing 5.8 lb a week

*Please note, my username's nothing to do with Star Trek. I just do a lot of walking and my first name means "star".* I'm a 48-year old woman, married, and teach college English. I'm also a US-Brit living in the UK for now, which is why I like using the US version of FS.

Until my mid-30s, I was pretty slim but, over about 12 years, I got so big that I couldn’t even do up the seatbelt on an aeroplane. In April 2013, I made a commitment to start being my body’s best friend, rather than its worst enemy, and set a weight loss goal of 122 lbs. I’ve lost the majority of that now and am out of the obese category.

My approach is to genuinely ENJOY the process of getting healthy and slim, and make it sustainable for the rest of my life. No magic shakes, gimmicks or pills -- just a good ol' fashioned healthy diet and plenty of exercise. I love to hear from other members, whether it's with comments, commiserations or celebrations, so please feel free to get in touch.


Achieved so far:
283/20.3 (DONE April 17)
276.6/19.10 (DONE May 1)
269/19.3 (DONE May 20)
252/18 (DONE June 19)
238/17 (DONE July 16)
224/16 (DONE Aug 30)
210/15 (DONE Oct 2)
196/14 (DONE Nov 6)
188/13.6 (DONE Dec 19)

Oops. Back up to 192/13.10 over Christmas/NY!
182/13 by end Jan (DONE Feb 10)
175/12.7 anytime in between (DONE Mar 26)
168/12 by April 17 2014

161/11.7 anytime in between
154/11 by end April 17, 2014 (ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY)

FatSecret member since: 17 May 13

startrekker's Weight History

startrekker's Buddies

Online now FullaBella
not sharing weight
Online now Tulipgirl6
last weighin: losing 2.2 lb a week Down
Online now crazykatz
last weighin: gaining 0.9 lb a week Up
Online now 2ManyCurves
last weighin: losing 0.2 lb a week Down

startrekker's Cookbook

cals: 111kcal | fat: 7.16g | carbs: 11.21g | prot: 2.33g
Tabbouleh Salad II
Salad using bulgur and parsley.
cals: 257kcal | fat: 10.74g | carbs: 2.76g | prot: 36.06g
Tuna Bites
Delicious small tuna cakes packed with flavor and good nutrients, that are very low carb.
cals: 242kcal | fat: 18.66g | carbs: 10.59g | prot: 10.09g
Cauliflower Fried Rice
Grated cauliflower instead of rice is both delicious and low carb.
cals: 316kcal | fat: 14.64g | carbs: 26.45g | prot: 21.63g
Beef Crockpot Stew
Only four ingredients needed for this simple crockpot stew.
cals: 298kcal | fat: 3.96g | carbs: 33.45g | prot: 29.68g
General Tsao Chicken
A healthy spin on a traditional favorite chicken and rice dish that's full of taste and flavor.
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startrekker's Latest Posts

Older women????
Me too, wholefoodnut. Love this positive, friendly thread.
posted 18 Mar 2014, 22:26
looking for macro-tracking veterans
Nice bod, northernmusician!
posted 09 Mar 2014, 17:39
What time of day to weigh
Used to weigh myself at about 6pm but that was always a bit depressing, as it included the food and water I'd had for the day. After a few months, started weighing myself first thing in the morning. Although I weigh myself every day, I only record and pay attention to the stats (on my Tanita body monitor) once a week.
posted 11 Jan 2014, 14:19
Diet Strategies for Christmas and New Year?
Anyone else worked out a deliberate strategy for coping with *and* enjoying eating/drinking/exercising over Christmas and New Year?

I worked mine out last night, after finding myself scoffing cookies, potato chips and whisky for the second night in a row. Committed to a plan where I don't deny myself entirely but I also don't slide altogether either.

Here's my plan:

1) Be '100% good' till Christmas eve -- no chocolate, cookies, crisps, alcohol, cake, etc.
(Managed this today, with a good hour's run, lots of water, protein and veg).
2) Relax a bit for Christmas eve/day, and allow a few of the above, in moderation.
3) Get back to being properly 'good' for the 5 days in between.
4) Relax again for New Year's eve/day.
5) Get back to 'good' again afterwards.

Love to hear how other people are planning to cope!
posted 21 Dec 2013, 15:34
Exercise to Protect Your Brain
Valuable advice!

Regular Exercise and Resistance Training Are Good for the Brain (March 24, 2010)

Ongoing physical activity has been linked to a longer life and all kinds of benefits for the body, including less heart disease, fewer falls and broken bones, greater lung function and a trimmer physique. Now, two new studies provide further evidence that regular exercise may be good for staying mentally sharp into old age. Resistance training, in which the body works against weight, may have particular benefits for the brain. The studies were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the medical journals from the American Medical Association.

In one study, researchers from Vancouver, Canada, divided 155 women ages 65 to 75 into three groups. Each followed different exercise regimens over the course of a year. In one group, 54 of the women did resistance training exercises once a week; in another, 52 women did twice weekly resistance training. Resistance training exercises emphasize strengthening the muscles and include the use of weights or lifting one's own body weight, as in doing push-ups or pull-ups. The remaining 49 women served as controls, participating in twice-a-week classes that focused on balance and muscle tone training rather than resistance.

After a year, women in both of the resistance training groups scored higher on mental acuity tests that measured mental focus and attention than those in the balance and muscle tone group. They also scored higher on conflict resolution tests, and they were stronger.

"This has important clinical implications because cognitive impairment is a major health problem that currently lacks a clearly effective pharmaceutical therapy," the authors wrote. In addition, they noted, "resistance training is not widely adopted by seniors." The amount of exercise that the researchers assigned was moderate and within the range of exercise programs commonly recommended for seniors.

In the second study, researchers in Germany found that regular exercise was associated with reduced memory and thinking problems in older adults. Men and women, ages 55 and up, who engaged in moderate or high physical activity over a two-year period scored higher on cognitive exams than their sedentary peers.

The researchers assessed the exercise habits of, and performed memory tests on, nearly 4,000 older men and women in southern Bavaria, beginning in 2001. At the start of the study, 418 participants, or 10.7, percent showed signs of memory and thinking problems. After two years, 207, or 5.9 percent, of the initially healthy study participants developed memory problems.

Among those who rarely exercise, the incidence of new cognitive problems was 13.9 percent. In contrast, the incidence was considerably lower among those who exercise moderately (6.7 percent) or at high intensity (5.1 percent).

The study didn't distinguish between specific types of exercise, like aerobic activities versus balance or strength training. Nor did it look at particular hobbies like walking or ballroom dancing, which earlier studies have shown may help keep the brain sharp. But the results add further weight to the idea that regular exercise can help keep the mind alert and lower the risk of cognitive problems, and maybe even Alzheimer's disease, in old age.

A study last year, for example, from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found that older adults who maintain their muscle strength are at lower risk of memory problems and Alzheimer's disease than their same-aged peers. Those who were stronger were also less likely to have mild cognitive impairment, a form of memory loss that, while not as severe as Alzheimer's, sometimes precedes the disease.

It may be especially important to exercise and adopt other healthy lifestyle measures early in life, given mounting evidence that Alzheimer's risk can be cut by exercise during midlife. Alzheimer's is a complex disease that likely depends on many factors, including the genes you inherit. Lifestyle factors are likely just one part of the preventive puzzle. While a twice-a-week visit to the gym won't guarantee a physically and mentally robust old age, it may help you to look, feel, and act younger.

By, The Alzheimer's Information Site. Reviewed by William J. Netzer, Ph.D., Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation at The Rockefeller University.


Teresa Liu-Ambrose; Lindsay S. Nagamatsu; Peter Graf; B. Lynn Beattie; Maureen C. Ashe; Todd C. Handy: "Resistance Training and Executive Functions: A 12-Month Randomized Controlled Trial." Archives of Internal Medicine, Jan. 25, 2010, Vol. 170(2): pages 170-178.

Thorleif Etgen; Dirk Sander; Ulrich Huntgeburth; Holger Poppert; Hans Förstl; Horst Bickel: "Physical Activity and Incident Cognitive Impairment in Elderly Persons: The INVADE Study." Archives of Internal Medicine, Jan. 25, 2010; Vol. 170(2): pages 186-193.

posted 05 Dec 2013, 08:44
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First day back at work after the Easter break and into a new shared rental for the next couple of months, while I complete the purchase of a flat nearby. ...

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