What I've learned recently
When I started this, I was just trying to get a read on what I was eating daily. That was the end of July. I have no idea what I weighed at the time. I didn't really register on my scale at home. It would fluctuate wildly, and I was heavier than the professional scales could handle at the local Ymca.
I was eating waaay over 3000 calories a day. I figured out my BMR was 2929.7. Once I committed to doing this, I was averaging around 1700-1800 a day. But I was having trouble feeling full. I never was in full on 'need to eat to survive' mode, but never really felt full, or satiated. It was definitely manageable.
Around the same time, in late July, I had gotten back to running. Since that time, I'm running about 2 miles 3 times a week plus nautilus 3 times a week at the Y. The running is going up every week in distance or speed, so I'm progressing there. Since I've started really ramping up the running, I'm finding that 1700-1800 isn't really cutting it. Not all week. I'm getting ravenously hungry at times.
I'm finding this happens more on the weekends. I may be eating more out of boredom than anything else, but I'm feeling REALLY hungry at these times.
So I guess my question is this: (after rambling on so far)...Is it ok for me to have a 1500-1600 calorie budget on weekdays, then go to 2200-2400 calorie budget on friday and saturday? I still do pretty well on Sunday, it's really just Friday and Saturday...especially Friday, which I call Friday Fatday. I worry that by trying to stick to this harder number of 1700-1800 every day I might be setting myself up to fail horribly. If I do a smaller number 5 days, then a higher number for 2 days, but still less than my BMR, I think I can prevent myself from just saying eff it for ANOTHER time.
Anyway, what I've been doing so far has been working, anyway, as I'm down to 346 from whatever I was before (I think close to 370, if not over). I've actually been able to buy a scale at Sears to use at home, that doesn't grunt or groan when I get on.