Day 166 of Pentamize Weight Maintenance Blog
Weight At Beginning Of Day: 80.4 kg
Weight Right Before Afternoon Run: 81.4 kg
Weight After Running Session: 80.2 kg
Final Weight: 80.4 kg (broke even this time)
Let me first recap Day 165. I had an excellent result, with a weight loss of .6 kg. That followed a trend of several days of smaller amounts of weight loss. So for 4 or 5 days now, I have lost at least a little weight every day. However, Day 165 was the big breakthrough that allowed me to totally recover from the cheat day that I had on Tuesday.
My vacation recovery is going pretty good now. The max was 82.8 kg, ad I just dropped to 80.4 on Day 165. This is 2.4 kg, which is between 5 and 6 pounds. And this occurred over approximately 3 weeks since the first week after returning on February 5 was not a full recovery period. I was still adjusting back to this time zone and finishing up some snacks and stuff that we had brought back from our trip.
5 pounds over 3 weeks is just fine. Although it is less than the 7 to 8 pounds that I would often lose in full weight-loss mode, I don’t believe it matters much at all because that faster weight loss occurred when I weighed much more. So at this point, I would not expect much more than roughly 4 to 6 pounds of weight loss per month. So that should mean between 2 and 3 months to fully recover and get back down to 75.0 kg.
To reach 75 kg again, I need to lose 5.4 kg. And 5.4 kg is close to 12 pounds. So we are probably still looking at at least 2 months to completely recover.
Going forward, if I take any other vacations in the future, I need to devise a way to not cheat so much and also make sure to at least get close to my regular level of exercise. 2 to 3 months of recovery is a much longer time than I am comfortable with as far as being in a recovery period. It’s just too long because recovery requires more exercise. And I prefer to reach my target goal and slow down at least on some days. I don’t really want to run 90 minutes all the time indefinitely. Although I am happy with doing that frequently, I have to do that almost every workout during recovery.
As far as this Day 166 goes, I just broke even. I don’t feel bad about this because the big trend of weight loss the past 4 or 5 days cannot continue forever. During the course of my Pentamize tracking, I have not had a whole lot of periods of 6 or 7 days of weight loss in a row. 3 or 4 days in a row is common. But after that, it becomes much less common, as the body tends to correct in the other direction.
The key is to keep up the good work and not really rest until I have met my goal. I have decided to take a break day if I can get down to 79.9 kg. That does not mean a complete break, as I will at least run or do something for 30 minutes. If I get down to 78.9 kg, I will allow myself to take a complete day off. But it will not be a cheat day in terms of diet. This will be only an exercise break, not a diet break. Until reaching 78.9, any breaks will be reduced exercise, such as 30 or 45 minutes, but not a total break.