Things I Virtually Never Do to Recover From a Bad Day

Day 211

Today, I was forced to run 90 minutes again due to yesterday’s nominal success of .1 kg of weight loss. I had hoped to have a bigger bounce than that. And I certainly did not make any big mistakes. So while the success was a small step, there is nothing to be disappointed about and no serious modifications to make today.

After starting out pretty good, things went bad. I ate a final snack late at night (about 9). That was a mistake, and I am probably going to pay for it. In fact, I was already in possible weight-gain territory, at about 77.7 at 9. That would usually put me at about the breakeven point, although it’s impossible to say exactly where I would land by morning. However, once eating a snack and rising about .3 to 78.0, I put myself in a big hole. Although not totally insurmountable, it would be hard to recover from this one.

I weighed in at 77.1 kg, which was a gain of .3 kg. So while that extra snack at night hurt me, I doubt that absolutely none of the .3 kg was digested. So it may be that I would have gained a small amount today, anyway. At any rate, that’s my positive spin on it, and I always like to find something positive on an otherwise bad day. Maybe my body was ready to gain a small amount, anyway.

This is a good time to talk about some things that I almost never do to recover from a bad day. I will likely gain weight today because of the mistake I made. But I think it’s important not to compound one mistake by making other mistakes.

First, I rarely go out and drastically increase my amount or intensity of exercise in a wild effort to make up for a mistake. This could have negative consequences even though it might work for just that one day. You could burn yourself out by working out too hard. And that could force you to slow down and do less exercise than planned on subsequent days. Also, you are more likely to get injured when dramatically increasing your exercise intensity or overall amount. The body may be “shocked” by the sudden increase, and this also tends to increase the risk of injury.

Second, I don’t starve myself. This is yet another thing that may help over a 24-hour period. In fact, it almost always would help in the short run. Of course, the easiest way to lose weight in the short run is to just stop eating. But is that healthy? Generally, it’s not. And it can cause uneven eating patterns. After starving yourself, you may rebound by overeating too much. There is even a risk that you will regain a bad habit of overeating.

Instead of worrying about a single day, I recover from a mistake by focusing on my normal routine. As long as that normal routine is already proven to be a successful system of weight loss, you’ll recover from your mistake in time. It won’t always be in one day because it tends to be easier to gain weight than to lose weight. You might recover in a week instead of a day. But this is why I endorse a full lifestyle change. Once you change your life to a successful ongoing lifestyle in the areas of both diet and exercise, recovery from mistakes is a simple matter of staying the course.

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