I was fully expecting to see a gain on the scale this week, because my appetite has been pretty high, but I actually dropped a little weight:
Last week, I was at 123.8, and I was 123.0 today, so I was down 0.8 today. I'm not kidding when I say my appetite was high--my average calories per day this week was 2,213. I must have been making up for the week before, when my appetite was kind of nil. But, I've been trying to listen to my body, and if I'm hungry, I'll eat more; if not, I'll eat less. It's working out well this way.
I originally planned my high-calorie day for Thursday, and I ate 2,891 calories that day. Then, I ate normally on Friday all day until the evening. I went to a birthday party for Jessica at a Mexican restaurant, and I hadn't planned to eat there. But once I got there, and everyone was having margaritas and chips and all that good stuff, I ended up indulging. I had two margaritas, chips with guacamole, and a piece of birthday cake--which brought my calorie total to 3,599 for the day! And honestly, I don't feel one bit guilty about it. I didn't binge, and birthday cake is going to happen in life (as are margaritas). I reeled in my calories the following day, and no harm was done.
My runs were good this week, too. I was SUPER excited about the 10K on the treadmill Monday. Tomorrow, I'll write more about the training I've been doing, and update how it's going. I started to write it here, but it was just too complicated, so it needs a whole post of its own.
As far as my long-term goals:
Staying binge-free: Today is Day 225, and I'm going strong. It feels amazing! Some days, a binge doesn't even cross my mind. Even this week, when I was clearly eating much more than usual, I just trusted my body to go with it. Maybe I was hungrier for a reason. I didn't try to hold back just because the number of calories seemed really high; I felt like I needed to eat more, and I did. And somehow, I still lost a little weight. But I love that I never let that turn into a binge. In the past, I most certainly would have let Jessica's party give me that "Screw it!" attitude, and I would have just continued to eat everything in sight all week.
One new recipe weekly: I almost let this week slip by. With Jerry being in NYC, I didn't cook much for myself and the kids (we had sandwiches, pizza, and leftovers). Yesterday, Jerry had to bring in something for a potluck at work; and on Pinterest, I found a beer and cheese dip for pretzels. It was super simple--I threw it together quickly and it ended up being delicious! I tasted a couple bites before he took it to work. It's not the prettiest looking dip:
But with pretzels, it's actually really good! There are only four ingredients: cream cheese, beer, ranch dressing mix, and cheddar cheese. I let the kids try it, too, and they really liked it. This would be a good snack to make when we have friends over.
Another good week in the books! :)