4th Day In a Row Of Losing Weight

Day 308

After 3 days of solid weight loss, it may be time to give back a little. My history of Pentamize tracking doesn’t show many streaks of weight loss that are 4 or more days in a row. And this also applies even if working out every day. Nonetheless, this is an interesting spot because it is early in a post-vacation recovery period. So there may be chances to continue losing weight every day for a longer number of days than usual. At any rate, I am trying to maximize the streak by exercising every day for 90 minutes. All of these workouts are jogging sessions.

I woke up at 6 in the morning and weighed in at 80.3 kg. This is similar to yesterday morning’s weight at the same time. However, I woke up earlier than yesterday. So I could possibly be a little bit ahead. Nonetheless, it may be difficult to keep the streak alive today. That is going to depend a lot on the results of my workout. If it is at least 1.2 kg again or more, I have a good chance of losing weight. If it drops below 1.2, then the streak is in trouble. Since I can’t will myself to lose a specific amount of weight in a defined time period, the most I can do is not worry about and just try to have at least an average pace.

The run was a mixed bag. Although my left ankle felt better, which allowed me to run faster and finish with a pretty high heart rate of 140, I still lost only about 1.1 kg. I was expecting more than that, and it only got me down from about 80.2 to 79.1.

It’s still not clear to me why I lose less weight during the workout these days. However, the good part is that I have adjusted to this and can still maintain my weight or lose during recovery periods. My main theory is that I am in better shape, thus meanng that I would have to run even faster or longer to lose the previous average of 1.5 kg. That is not in the cards for me because my current schedule is challenging enough as it is. Again, though, I have adjusted to the lesser during-workout weight loss. I don’t know if this means eating less or not because I don’t track calories exactly. Rather, I just track my weight throughout the day and have a good idea of whether I am doing good or bad based upon that weight tracking. If you still aren’t clear about how to do weight tracking for yourself, my Pentamize book shows you how to do this.

I was dropping slowly after the run and decided to officially end the day at 78.9 kg. Still, that successfully resulted in the 4th day in a row with weight loss, although today’s loss was only .1 kg. I’m going to go for 5 in a row tomorrow and think there is a decent chance of achieving that. Of course, I am also happy to hit the 78 range after getting all the way up to 81 during the vacation (83 before losing a lot overnight on the last night). The 78.9 is 1.9 kg above my pre-trip 77.0. So I still have a long recovery here. But it’s at least possible to do it within a week or two if this streak continues.

3 Days Of Weight Loss In a Row After Vacation

Day 307

I am coming off of 2 of the best days that I have ever had when combined together. My total weight loss over the past 2 days was 1.7 kg. It doesn’t get much better than this absent some really extreme measures, such as running a marathon or starving. I don’t do either diet or exercise to those extremes. So the 1.7 over 2 days is just about the best I have ever done.

Today, I might end up giving some of that weight back temporarily. Certainly, this pace can’t just keep going every day. Although I will be running 90 minutes again, what I noticed during the day is that I was drinking a large amount of water. While water intake is vital and may even help weight loss in the long run, it can produce a short-term result of weight gain. Certainly, over just a 24-hour period, water intake can cause weight gain. So as long as I keep my diet in check, I will not feel bad if gaining a little weight today. That is probably pretty normal in this situation, where continued weight loss like the past 2 days becomes less realistic as the days go by.

Before my last meal, my weigh-in showed about 81.2 kg. It’s hard to say if this is good or bad because it depends on how much of the weight increase from 79.3 is water. I don’t know that it’s even possible to measure such a thing. But if I stay at or below about 81.5 kg, I can estimate that I’ll be able to at least break even after tomorrow morning’s workout. This is just a rough estimate at this time. It could be better or worse. Because of the comparatively high water intake, it’s just too hard to predict.
In a situation like this, it’s best to try to be extra careful on diet for the last meal of the day. If I pop up to 82.0 kg, that is probably going to be way too much.

I need to make a little adjustment here. After eating and weighing again, it showed that I was only 81.1 kg. This is a very good number and should allow me to lose weight again today. I’ll just have a little water and a small snack before going to bed later.

I was 80.2 directly after getting up and urinating. That already puts me in position to lose weight by the end of the coming jogging session. And I will likely lose even more before that starts in about 1.5 hours.

There is one big difference between today and the last 2 days, and that is my diet and body are getting back to normal. This means that I am likely to gain weight without exercise. The 80.2 figure is .9 kg above today’s starting weight yesterday morning. This means that I would definitely be gaining weight assuming no exercise. That is the unfortunate reality of my life and has been the reality ever since beginning Pentamize tracking in full weight-loss mode.

I would like to take more breaks. But the only way to do this is to change my diet. However, I feel that my diet is where it needs to be. It allows me to eat foods that satisfy me, keeps me from starving, and also keeps me from gaining so much weight that the exercise is not enough. I just can’t eat mostly vegetables. That kind of food lifestyle just doesn’t satisfy me. If it were the only option, perhaps that would be possible. But as long as I can eat some meat and limited carbs and exercise enough to lose or maintain weight, then that’s my preference.

I had a very tough run because my body felt tired and my left ankle continues to experience pain. Nonetheless, I was able to muster a decent amount of energy towards the end and measured my heart rate at 136. I lost 1.2 kg, which is right around the new average. What I mean by “new average” is that I was averaging 1.5 kg last year. But they has dropped in warmer months to approximately 1.2 to 1.3. I don’t know the reason for this drop, but it’s only a small change and may actually show that I am in better overall shape.

Anyway, here are my new post-vacation results:

Day 1: lost .6 kg
Day 2: lost 1.1 kg
Day 3: lost .3 kg (losing from 79.3 to 79.0 today)

I plan on continuing my 90-minute runs for the time being. Despite the large water intake yesterday, I was still able to pull off a good .3 kg weight loss. So the streak continues for now.

Solid Weight Loss Of 1.1 KG With a Slow 90-Minute Run

Day 306

For the second day in a row, I had lost weight even before doing any exercise. However, I am going to get back to running today, which will result in an enormous loss of weight at weigh-in time.

I was 80.3 before running, and the starting weight yesterday morning was 80.4. So while that is the minimum weight loss on my scale, it is still the second day in a row of losing some without exercise. And I opted to go ahead and not run at all yesterday to give myself a needed break. But that was mostly because of the .6 kg of weight loss. I didn’t even need to work out to record a great result.

Today is different because, although I am showing a loss, it is very small. It appears that my body is now getting closer to readjusting after the vacation. And that is actually not a good thing since my normal results show a weight gain absent exercise. It’s time to get back to work now and do the right thing, especially because I still have a lot of weight to lose.

I will either be in the lower 79 or upper 78 range after the jogging session. This means I will still be about 2.0 kg over the pre-vacation 77.0 kg mark. And even when reaching 77.0 again, I need to keep going because my target weight is 75.0. However, the first goal for now is to get back to 77.0. I don’t want to think of it as having to lose 4.0 kg. Rather, let’s just take this in smaller bites of about 2 kg each.

With a start of 80.3, there was an outside chance of hitting the high 78 range for this run. However, my body seemed to have very little energy. So I just took a slow pace the whole time, finishing at a low heart rate of about 114. Nonetheless, I lost 1.0 kg, getting down to 79.3. So far this is a tremendous recovery from vacation.

I am setting my post-vacation weight at 81.0, which is what I was the first morning. So based on that, I have already lost 1.7 kg in 2 days. Yesterday was .6 kg of weight loss with no working out at all. Today was 1.1 kg of weight loss with a slow 90-minute run.

There is no way I can keep up this great recovery pace for much longer. It’s just too much weight loss too fast. However, I am now ready to work out almost every day and expect to have a consistent loss until getting back to my initial goal of 77.0. No, that doesn’t mean every day will show a loss of weight, as corrections in the opposite direction are to be expected. But in terms of the trend, my expectation is to steadily lose the weight until hitting 77.0. Then, I will consider a break.

Day 305: Unusual Weight Loss Of .6 KG On a Break Day

This is an unusual day, but I have some ideas why things may have happened the way they did. I had actually lost weight even before running, which is the strange part for me. That rarely happens and has almost never happened during my Pentamize tracking career. I do remember breaking even without exercise but don’t remember ever actually losing weight except one day when I was really sick. And while I was slightly sick today, as well, my diet was fairly typical (mostly meatballs and yogurt).

I started at 81.0 and weighed in at 80.8 after waking up. But the key here is probably that I was losing extra weight that my body didn’t need after coming off of vacation. That’s the only thing that I can think of. It would be nice to have more days like this to allow for more exercise break days. Unfortunately, that just doesn’t seem to be in the cards. As previously said, the last time I remember losing weight without exercise is when I was really sick and was eating less due to the sickness. That doesn’t really count in my book since it’s an unhealthy way to lose weight. But in this case, I did it pretty much as usual and had still lost weight before working out.

Assuming, though, that this is just extra weight lost from eating too much over the past few days, then this situation can’t be replicated in a healthy way. I would have to overeat on purpose, and the overall end result would be a weight gain, anyway. So there is no good weight-loss secret here that I can use on a regular basis.

I actually decided not to run today because this is that rare time when a break day still results in weight loss. The other factor was that I had a headache. That factor pushed the needle towards not exercising today. Since losing weight on a break day doesn’t come often and my body needs the rest, this is the perfect time to take a break. Still, I managed to lose .6 kg, getting down to 80.4 kg from yesterday’s 81.0. That is even better than most days where I run for 90 minutes.

Today’s developments do mean that a workout tomorrow is vital and that I should be careful about letting my diet get out of control. While taking breaks at times is important, it is also vital to keep up a regular exercise routine. If you go too many days without exercising, your body can get used to that. This may result in your getting lazy and wanting to take an even longer break.

I have decided to stick with morning/early afternoon runs and official weigh-ins right after or shortly after those running workouts. This schedule gives me flexibility in case I need to weigh in a little early or a little later than usual.

Days 299 To 304: Gained 4 KG Over Vacation

This is my first blog post since coming back from vacation. I gained 4.0 kg. However, there are a lot of details to discuss about this because it is misleading without the details.

The main thing to keep in mind is that I did not work out at all before doing my return weigh-in. However, I was actually 83.3 kg the first night. But that was right after eating one final large meal. With no exercise, I managed to drop all the way to 81.0 kg for the morning weigh-in.

Even the figure of 81.0 would have been lower had I worked out before weighing in. Due to timing, I was not able to do that. Thus, the 81 could have been in the 79 range, which would have been a gain of 2 to 3 kg instead of 4.0 kg. With that said, this was still obviously a large weight gain no matter how you look at it. So I have a lot of work to do ahead of me.

During the trip, we did a lot of walking around for sightseeing. However, in no way did I “exercise” in any way that would be considered medium or higher intensity. It was all low-intensity walking. And this is probably why I gained so much weight despite considerable walking in the Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park area and around other parts of London. As a result, I consider all of these days to have been break days and cheat days at the same time.

The lack of results from walking is yet another reminder that low-intensity walking has never worked to help me lose, maintain, or even keep off weight. Even with a reasonable diet, walking has not worked for me. And this reaffirms that.

I had wanted to work out over vacation, and it turned out that Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park have a lot of great running trails. However, I just couldn’t find the time to do it. So I ended up having no serious exercise workouts at all over the course of the 6-day trip. This, of course, greatly increased the amount of weight that I gained.

Despite the terrible results, it’s another good reminder that I simply won’t be able to avoid gaining weight and being overweight unless I follow my Pentamize techniques. And that goes for both diet and exercise. Both are indispensable components.

I’ll just briefly talk about my diet over this trip. It was pretty much atrocious. I drank a lot of coke and ate plenty of snacks. Interestingly, though, we had no unlimited buffets. So the results could have been potentially even worse than what they were. I don’t know how bad they would have been with 2 or 3 buffet meals.

Another thing that did probably hurt a lot is that I had a lot of bread and other carbohydrate-rich foods. This is not what I really wanted. But the continental breakfast was far too heavy on that and unfortunately did not have any meat products or much good fruit or vegetables. So I was stuck with eating a lot of bread every morning, which probably hurt a lot in the weight-gain department.

Going forward for a few weeks, it’s clear now that I have a lot of weight to lose again. This is a major recovery period. I am 6.0 kg above my target maintenance weight. That is 75.0 kg, which is 165 pounds. My current weight is 81.0 kg, which is 178 pounds. So my needed weight loss is about 10 to 13 pounds since I am okay with being slightly above the difficult target weight. If history is a guide, this could mean several weeks of hard work. Last time, I seem to remember taking something like close to 2 months to get back close to my target weight. We’ll see how it goes this time, but I am going to try to do it a little faster.