Joined September 2007
Weight History

Start Weight
229.0 lb
Lost so far: 3.0 lb

Current Weight
226.0 lb
Performance: losing 4.6 lb a week

Goal Weight
190.0 lb
Still to go: 36.0 lb
I am a FS veteran. I am 5'7" tall and muscular. I have had to work hard all of my life to get to a healthy weight but mostly I have struggled with body image issues since I can remember. I have high metabolic resistance and I strive to make the right choices every day. My autoimmune condition (Crohns Disease) and consequent medications impede my weight loss. I have two young children. The last one was born my c-section, after a very difficult pregnancy, in December of 2012. Since then I have struggled to get my energy back.

My main focus is on health. I am doing a whole-foods diet and I eat gluten-free and soy-free and I limit my dairy. By eliminating foods that I had sensitivities to I greatly improved my health. By eliminating refined carbs I reduced my cholesterol and body fat percentage before I got pregnant the first time. I am here for record keeping because it is the only way that works for me. I have done it before, I don't know why I shouldn't be able to do it again.

I love to read and my favorite diet and nutrition books are: "Patient Heal Thyself" and "Restoring Your Digestive Health" by Jordan Rubin; "The Body Ecology Diet" by Donna Gates; "Good Calories, Bad Calories" and "Why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubes; "The Cortisol Connection" by Shawn Talbott; "The South Beach Diet" by Dr. Arthur Agatston; "The Fat Flush Plan" by Ann Louise Gittleman; and "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon.

I love to read and discuss the latest research. Message me any time.

Get cholesterol and trigliceride levels down. Met goal! 12/21/07
Get cardio CRP levels normal. Met goal! 10/3/08
Get below 200lb (post pregnancy) -- Working on it!
Get below 160 lbs. -- Working on it!
Updated: 7/21/2013

sararay's Weight History

sararay's Latest Member Challenges

  No 'Carbs', No Refined Sugar
status: Completed
ended: 07 Feb 11
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  All Natural Food Challenge
status: Completed
ended: 09 Nov 10
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last weighin: gaining 1.3 lb a week Up
last weighin: losing 1.9 lb a week Down
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sararay's Cookbook

cals: 106kcal | fat: 7.20g | carbs: 9.87g | prot: 3.12g
Zucchini with Mushroom Tomato Sauce
A very flavorful vegetable dish, that will certainly make you drool.
cals: 130kcal | fat: 11.87g | carbs: 4.63g | prot: 2.10g
Sugar Free Chocolate Mousse
An absolutely divine mousse.
cals: 207kcal | fat: 15.82g | carbs: 6.18g | prot: 12.06g
Stuffed Mushrooms
These delicious mushrooms are sure to become an appetizer favorite.
cals: 163kcal | fat: 11.56g | carbs: 8.27g | prot: 7.89g
Spicy Cheesy Cauliflower Bake with Bacon
For those that like it hot, a real spicy cheesy cauliflower bake.
cals: 580kcal | fat: 46.39g | carbs: 5.28g | prot: 33.77g
Ragu Meatloaf
This meatloaf has the flavors of an Italian ragu.
cals: 154kcal | fat: 13.05g | carbs: 7.31g | prot: 3.17g
Pumpkin Pie
With no crust or sugar this is a rich guilt-free dessert.
cals: 328kcal | fat: 28.23g | carbs: 13.64g | prot: 9.48g
Pumpkin Almond Spice Bread
A hearty holiday bread that's gluten-free and low-carbohydrate.
cals: 345kcal | fat: 32.45g | carbs: 5.34g | prot: 9.39g
Pancetta Wrapped Asparagus Spears
A great Atkins side-dish or appetizer.
cals: 190kcal | fat: 16.46g | carbs: 4.96g | prot: 7.66g
Holiday Creamed Spinach
Even people who don't like spinach will like this recipe.
cals: 128kcal | fat: 5.63g | carbs: 8.93g | prot: 10.99g
Hearty Beef Stew
With a few low-carb substitutions, this hearty stew will still warm you up during cold winter months without as many carbs.
cals: 359kcal | fat: 34.18g | carbs: 7.14g | prot: 7.92g
Green Beans Alfredo
An Atkins low-carb side inspired by a pasta favorite.
cals: 136kcal | fat: 9.32g | carbs: 4.40g | prot: 9.37g
Greek Spinach Quiche
A taste of Greece in a yummy brunch dish that's perfect for low carb diets.
cals: 199kcal | fat: 14.11g | carbs: 12.22g | prot: 8.19g
Eggplant Pizza
You won't miss the crust in this tasty low carb pizza.
cals: 647kcal | fat: 46.38g | carbs: 49.93g | prot: 29.68g
Creamy Raspberry Breakfast Shake
This hearty shake lasts you all morning.
cals: 166kcal | fat: 16.93g | carbs: 3.35g | prot: 1.52g
Chocolate Coffee Mousse
This low carb mousse resembles an Italian tiramisu dessert and is simply delightful.
cals: 171kcal | fat: 12.09g | carbs: 9.70g | prot: 7.58g
Cheesy Spicy Cauliflower Bake
A low carb Mac & Cheese alternative that can also be made with broccoli.
cals: 195kcal | fat: 15.67g | carbs: 11.97g | prot: 3.53g
Carrot Zucchini Cake
A low carb tasty alternative to carrot cake.
cals: 17kcal | fat: 0.09g | carbs: 3.91g | prot: 1.01g
Cabbage Noodles
A low carb, low calorie and high fiber alternative to pasta.
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sararay's Latest Posts

Do I Really Burn That Much?
I use this RDI calculator

It even calculates a 7-day zig zag (rotation) calorie plan for you. If you subtract 1500 from the FS totals instead of 1000, it is more accurate to your weight loss needs. At least it seems to be working for me and it agrees with the above RDI calculator and my doctor's recommendations. Smile
posted 02 May 2012, 12:06
Muscle Loss-- considering Metabolic Diet
I forgot to mention that if you choose to carb cycle, you might benefit from doing the higher carb-loading on days that you DO exercise so you burn the carbs instead of really "load" them on. KWIM?
posted 25 Apr 2012, 22:58
Tips for quick workouts
Honestly, I have been trying to work in cardio for two years now and I am a SAHM. I don't live in a safe neighborhood and getting people to walk with us was hard. Walking just does not raise my heart rate enough, even when pushing a stroller. I finally broke down and bought an elliptical (saved up for it). It is cheaper than a year at any local gym and I do it during her nap time. I get on it an hour a day now.

My husband gets on it when we put her to bed at 8pm and he works all day. He didn't want to go to a gym after work either because he wants to spend time with us after working all day. It is hard for him but he can pound out at least 2 miles on it in 30 minutes.

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posted 25 Apr 2012, 13:48
Muscle Loss-- considering Metabolic Diet
I actually put on muscle quite easily on Atkins. A few years ago (pre-baby) I lost 17% body fat (and 2 dress sizes) but only 5% of my weight in 3 months doing strict Atkins and exercising regularly (cardio 5x/wk and weights 3x/wk). I actually have high metabolic resistance. I didn't have any problems with energy level, but I found I did have to eat many small meals in order to keep my energy level up. Hunger was no longer the signal of needing to eat due to ketosis.

If I ate about 200 calories of protein and fat about 30-60 minutes before my 1-2 hour long workout sessions, I was fine. Once you get to maintenance and you don't have fat on your body to burn any more, of course you have to fuel your body with some pre-workout carbs, but while you have fat to burn, if you are in ketosis you should be easily burning the fat on your body. If you only eat enough carbs that you burn in your workout then theoretically you could stay in ketosis, or at least return to it quickly.

To the person who tried Atkins for 2 weeks and said they had no energy, it was probably because you were still detoxing from carbs. It also took me a while to get to a stable eating regimen on Atkins because it took me a while to realize that I needed to eat more often when I no longer felt hunger. Doing a diet for 2 weeks does not provide an accurate example.
posted 25 Apr 2012, 13:37
Regognizing progress
Made me smile!

posted 24 Apr 2012, 17:48
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