My gosh, I have had a hungry week. Well, not always hungry. Sometimes just snacky. Hungry, I can understand - especially on my long run day. Normally, after our Saturday run, we'll eat breakfast at Blue Baker and then not eat again until late in the afternoon (usually Mexican food, complete with chips and salsa). The last two Saturdays, though, we've been HONGRY, and have had three meals. How crazy, right? But combine super long days (we wake up at 4:00 am) plus expending a lot of energy and it makes sense. Even with eating three meals, they were all fairly small, so it wasn't like we were on a mega-calorie feast. However, Saturdays are not a day for me to restrict food, so I don't worry about this being a diet day.
What doesn't make sense is how dang snacky I was last week. All week long. No matter what I tried to eat, I kept randomly wanting to snack each afternoon on into the evening, even after dinner. Which is not the way to lose weight. Now, I don't keep much in the way of junk food in the house, but for me, having more of anything I planned on eating is not good - it makes me feel like I'm backsliding into my old ways of just plain eating too much. So there was a mental disturbance going on as well as the physical aspect of being snacky.
After adding up the calories of what I ate each day, I was not overboard in terms of maintenance eating...but I'm still trying to get lighter for running, so losing weight was my goal. Last week was a wash in those terms. Am I upset? Well, yes and no. Knowing how long it takes to truly lose weight (let's face it, how many people who've had tremendous losses each week have kept it off?), I understand that one week will not be the end of me. But I'd sure like to nip this snacking thing in the bud before it turns into a month of zero progress.
I might be a little more hungry, overall, because I'm running more - even during the weekdays. I might not have realized that last week and didn't account for it with what I ate for breakfast and lunch, but I still prefer to eat fairly light meals - anything that leaves me too full makes me feel bad about myself. So while I'll keep eating my usual meals, I'll work on having more substantial, yet low calorie, snacks on hand - and I'll be sure to have something mid-afternoon, which I didn't previously do. To that end, I've bought some hummus and veggies (cucumber "chips" work really well) for a healthier, filling snack, and I've also loaded up my fridge with fruit. Hopefully I can get a better grip on this. The Houston half marathon is only four months away!