By the time of my morning weigh-in, I was 74.3 kg today. That made this Day 52 of my Pentamize blog a breakeven day since I started at the same weight the morning prior.
I decided to take a break day since my sleep schedule was way off, anyway. And I had made a decision to take a break if I got down to 74.4 or below yesterday. Since my morning weigh-in was 74.3, I got just low enough to be able to take the day off.
In 6 days of break days during the 52-day period of this maintenance phase, this is the first time that I at least broke even. The first 5 all showed weight gain. And this is the reason I don’t have more break days. In my case, I really don’t like working out that much. But as you can see from my results, there is no really no choice for me. So my average is only about one break day per week. It is actually a little less than that at the moment.
I took no break days when I was losing the weight. However, if you are still using my Pentamize methods to lose weight, there is no rule that you cannot take break days. I just wanted to lose the weight faster and decided the best way to do that was to exercise at least a little every day.
More On Flexible Workout Schedules and Potential Problems
Normally, it is not really a good idea to take a break day when you gained weight the day before. But in this case, I had only gained .1 kg. So it felt fine to go ahead and get some rest from my rather flexible but active workout schedule. You can read the Day 51 blog post to read more about the flexibility of my exercise schedule. While some people need a very specific routine, a more flexible system gives me a sense of freedom. When I need a good workout, that’s when I do it. And when it feels like it’s time to take a break, then I do it even if I had previously planned an exercise session.
This flexible routine won’t work for everybody. In some ways, you actually need more discipline to have a flexible schedule. Let me give you an example. If every time you feel like taking a break, you just do it without considering your recent weight gain or loss, then you may end up taking far too many break days. This can cause you to start getting out of shape and also gaining some weight. In essence, the danger of a flexible schedule is that it can cause some people to get lazy.
When I say I am flexible, that doesn’t mean doing anything all the time just based on my feelings. It means I work out when necessary but also take a break when I can afford to do it. If I gain weight 2 days in a row, the next day is not going to be a break day even if I feel like taking one.
Whether you can have a flexible schedule like me depends upon how that affects your diligence level. And sometimes your work or life schedule is going to dictate your exercise scheduling decisions. For example, if you simply never have time on the weekends, then you are probably going to need to work out on the weekdays even if your body doesn’t feel up to the task.
Only you can decide if a flexible schedule causes you to go too far off course and take too many break days. For me, it’s not a problem. If you aren’t sure, then you can try it and see what happens. As with everything in life, experiment some and see what works best for you.
Days With No Workout
total +1.7 kg
average +.28 kg in 6 days