Starting Weight: 76.3 kg
Ending Weight: 77.5 kg
gained 1.2 kg
After 2 days of gaining weight for a total of .9 kg (about 2 pounds), things are going really sour now. However, since Day 272 was a cheat day, some of this bad streak was to be expected. It’s not clear, though, why I gained .3 kg more on Day 273. It is fairly uncommon to lose more than .1 or .2 kg when doing a 90-minute run. But it’s not rare, either. So hopefully the .3 was just a natural body readjustment.
After starting the day at 76.3 kg, I drank a lot of water and a little juice. I also had quite a bit of food. Coming off of 2 days of weight gain, the hope was that I would not need much food today. But I was hungry for some reason. This may cause a 3rd day of weight gain. After finishing all meals by about 5:30 in the afternoon, I weighed in and found myself at 79.4 kg. This is disaster territory unless that starts to fall naturally over the next 4 or 5 hours, after which I will hit the sack.
After waking up and hitting the head, I waited to weigh in because I had a short meeting to attend. I weighed in at 78.0 after that and then 77.8 after going to the bathroom again. That was at 9:30 in the morning.
I am writing this a little after 9:30 and am not sure what to do now. I don’t feel like working out, but I am at a ridiculously high 1.5 kg over yesterday’s final weight of 76.3 kg. That would be a disastrous result. So it seems like I need to work out at least a little even if not a full 90 minutes. I am just thinking that a weight gain of 1.5 kg on one day would be much more difficult to recover from than whatever burden I have to endure in running today. This is especially true since I can just take a slow pace, lose a little less than normal, and accept a small weight gain instead of a meltdown like a 1.2 to 1.5 increase that I am going to see if I don’t work out at all.
My thinking here is consistent with what I advise in my Pentamize Weight Loss System book. Even if you hate exercise, there are ways to make it more endurable. And the way to get through a day like this is to remember that even lower-intensity exercise is better than no exercise at all. The key is to get a decent workout, and that usually means more than a slow or even medium walking pace. If you want to burn a lot of calories, walking often won’t get it done. But this doesn’t mean you have to do a high-intensity workout. Even a medium-intensity workout on the lower end can burn a lot of calories. You just need a tracking record to determine how much you must work out for each particular situation. And as stated above, this doesn’t even mean losing weight on every single day that you work out. Sometimes, it means gaining less, not losing more. And that is good enough on some days, although you will have to lose on your best days if you are going to lose or maintain overall.
Unfortunately, it was also raining pretty hard today. So that was interfering with plans to run. This is going to result in a really bad weight gain if I don’t work out at all.
Ultimately, my decision was to take a break day. There are times when you have to sacrifice your body when you’d rather have a break but need to work out. But on the flip side, there are times when you have to sacrifice your weight loss or maintenance plan to let your body rest. And today was a day to rest. It’s a bad result, but I will just have to make up for it over the next days and maybe weeks.
I finished the day at 77.5 kg after not exercising at all. That is a gain of 1.2 kg, up from yesterday’s 76.3. Ouch. I will be in a bad mood the rest of the day. But I can make up for this and will make up for it.