I have some thoughts on counting calories below. But first, let me summarize my daily progress.
I am definitely planning to run 90 minutes again today. After the weight gain of .3 kg yesterday, that is my only viable choice since I need to try to recover. This does not mean that I will run harder than usual. Read yesterday’s blog post for more on why I keep my exercise intensity the same even when trying to recover from a bad day.
After the morning weigh-in of 77.1 kg, I was up to about 77.8 before the run. That run was from about 2 to 3:30 in the afternoon. So I was definitely not done eating for the day by that time. However, a .7 kg increase by that time of day is pretty good.
The wind was blowing very hard throughout the run, and that definitely slowed me down many times. I personally also have a tendency to lose some motivation in high wind, and that can also affect my running pace. Nonetheless, by the end of the run, I lost a decent amount and close to the average. My weight was about 76.4, which showed a loss of 1.3 kg during the jogging session. Along with drinking water and eating, I rose back up to approximately 77.6 after the run. I felt that I ate pretty much the proper amount for the day. To me, that is having enough energy to get through the next 2 to 4 hours.
I realize that “having enough energy to get through the next 2 to 4 hours” is not a hard scientific formula. But with practice, you should be able to determine how much you can eat and still lose weight. In determining how much you can eat, it’s very helpful to learn my Pentamize tracking techniques. Otherwise, you will either have to sit there and count calories or just wildly guess about how much you are eating.
I lost about 67 pounds without ever counting calories on a daily basis. Personally, I think counting calories is too much work. And depending on your personal situation, you might not even have the tools and resources to do it completely or accurately. My book gives plenty of specific tips on how to track your diet without calorie counting so you can figure out how much you are eating and whether it is too much to lose weight.
I always like to point out that my comments are not meant to criticize calorie counting or discourage you from doing it. Obviously, some people have done this with success. And you should be generally aware of the calories you are consuming. For example, you ought to know that a whole bag of chips is absolutely loaded with calories and is probably going to be disastrous for your diet. But a head of broccoli has much less calories and is clearly going to be better for your diet. But rigorous calorie counting can be a difficult and time-consuming process. If you have a meeting with someone at a new restaurant, can you be sure that you are correctly counting the calories of the dish you have never eaten before? And this is where my Pentamize techniques provide you a simpler alternative. It’s all in my book if you are interested.
I didn’t drop so much overnight and was at 77.1 right after waking up. But that was not my official weigh-in, as I usually do that after going to the bathroom a second time. That is also before eating or drinking anything at all.
At my official weigh-in, I was 76.9 kg. So I lost .2 kg on Day 212. That is a nice reversal from yesterday’s mistakes and weight gain.