Wow, it's been 30 weeks since I started counting calories? It seems like it was just a month ago! I've now been on maintenance for 15 weeks, and I'm kind of stunned at how well I'm doing. I never expected to struggle as little as I have, let alone get under my goal weight. I'm not saying that it's been easy, but it definitely feels much easier than the last time I hit my goal weight.
I got a new scale last week, and I actually really love it! I have been SO attached to my Health O Meter for over a decade, because it was just so reliable; even after trying other scales, I would go back to the Health O Meter each time. Now, I think I've found a winner!
Just for this week, for comparison's sake, I'll weigh in on both scales. Today's weight:
I was 122 again, on the Health O Meter, so I didn't gain or lose anything this week--great! As to how that compared to the new scale:
That said 123.8, so it's almost 2 pounds heavier than the Health O Meter. I did some experimenting to see which is correct, and I discovered something odd. When I would put a dumbbell on my Health O Meter, it would always read the correct weight of the dumbbell (my "accuracy" test), so I assumed it was accurate. The new scale gave the same exact reading for the dumbbell, meaning it was ALSO accurate. How could that be?
After a bunch of experimenting, I discovered that the more weight that is on the Health O Meter, the less accurate it gets... and at my weight, it's off about two pounds. I weighed myself before going to the doctor's office yesterday, and the doctor's scale read the same as this new scale. So, while I didn't gain any weight this week, I'm going to consider 123.8 my current (accurate) weight. (Interestingly, it's very likely that my starting weight was actually 255 or 256 and not the 253 my Health O Meter read).
Anyway, about the new scale... I originally saw it on Instagram, and the girl using it had a discount code, so I thought I was getting it for a good deal at $50 ($64 after shipping). Turns out, you can get it much cheaper! It's called the Balance2 Digital Body Scale, and here is a link to the cheapest place I've found it online--it's $39 with FREE shipping (that's not an affiliate link, so I don't get anything for sharing. Just thought I'd save you $25 if you're looking for a new scale and like this one.) I think it's such a pretty scale, and I'm so glad that it's accurate and consistent!
This week, I ate an average of 1938 calories a day, so I think 1900-ish seems to be the number my body likes to maintain my weight.
I had a great week with my running--two 3+ mile runs at a sub-8:00 pace, which definitely helped with my confidence in going forward with my race training.
My 80/20 ratio (easy running to moderate-hard running) was slightly off, at 78/22, so this week, I'm going to try and add a little more easy running to get the ratio at 80/20. I really need to increase my long runs a bit, too--I'd like to get in a couple of 10+ milers before the race.
As far as my long-term goals go:
Staying binge-free: Today is Day 218, and I'm getting stronger by the day :) I'm now even able to keep Nutella and even ice cream in the house without so much as a thought of bingeing on it.
Trying one new recipe weekly: This week, I tried Crock Pot Sweet & Sour Meatballs. I love the kind of crock pot recipes that you just throw things in and then they are done when you're ready to eat. The only prep for this was to chop a green pepper and combine the sauce ingredients to pour into the pot. I had six meatballs with half a cup of rice, and it was 430 calories. The meatballs (and sauce) were very good! The whole family liked this recipe, and I'd definitely make it again.
Overall, awesome week and I hope to have a repeat of it next Wednesday!