Second Partial Cheat Day Results In a Little More Weight Gain

Day 325

In yesterday’s blog, I talked about how I actually gained 9 pounds at a party. That sounds alarming. But after sleeping and also running for 90 minutes, that amount dropped to about 2.2 pounds, or exactly 1.0 kg. This kind of wild swing can occur when your weight increases by a large amount in a short period of time. If a lot of the weight is water, then it will come down really fast and may completely leave your body overnight or over 48 hours or at least a short period of time. But if a lot of it is food, then you may end up having to work hard to lose it all. In yesterday’s case, the extra 1.0 kg even after working out shows that I have some work cut out for me to lose that. But at least it’s not 9 pounds.

Today, we still had food left from the party and had some of the coke left over. So this ended up being the second partial cheat day in a row. In fact, my weight rose right back up to the 82 range again. I went to bed at about 82.2 kg.

Note: Although I rose to a similar max weight today, that does not mean I cheated as much. Yesterday, I started at 78.1 kg. But today, my starting weight was 79.1 kg. So the amount consumed, including food and all fluids, was about 1 kg less than yesterday. This means I didn’t cheat as much. However, unless I lose a large amount of weight overnight, I will still be at risk of gaining some weight even by the end of the morning running session. This is not the end of the world. Increasing by 3 kg during the day is very risky. I try to stay below 3 kg, and that includes any amount from water. Once I pass about 3.0 kg, I am in serious risk of gaining weight on the day even if working out for 90 minutes. Be aware that this 3.0 kg figure could be different for you since people have varying metabolism efficiency and other biological factors.

After going to bed early and sleeping for roughly 5 hours, I was 81.5 kg. That was a fairly fast drop of .7 kg. Hopefully, that number will continue to go down. I was not able to get back to sleep and finally just got out of bed at about 2:30 and decided to get online and do some surfing and a little work. More sleep would probably be better for losing even more weight. But I will hopefully continue to drop until it’s time for my run, which will be early today. I need to run at about 7 in the morning and will probably go ahead and do 90 minutes again.

I was able to finally get back to sleep after dropping to about 80.9 at roughly 4:30 in the morning, and then woke up at 7:30 at 80.6 kg. This was actually a much better drop overnight than last night, where I was still 80.8 or so at 11 in the morning.

Although the overnight drop was better today, the run result was not as good. I ran for 80 minutes, and the last 25 minutes or so were hard, with a finishing heart rate of about 156. Yet, the scale said that I lost only 1.1 kg, which reduced my weight to 79.5 kg. With a couple of hours to go before weighing in, I am at risk of gaining a little weight today because it will be hard to get down to 79.1. Nonetheless, my overall result is still better than yesterday, when I gained 1.0 kg. I am already doing better than than despite the poor run result because today wasn’t as bad of a cheat day as yesterday.

Today, my ankle was hurting pretty badly at the start of the run. So the first 30 minutes or so seemed even more like a warmup than usual. That may have negatively affected my overall result even though the last 20 minutes were great. By that time, my ankle was not hurting nearly as much.

My final weight was 79.4 kg, which was a daily weight gain of .3 kg. I just didn’t seem to be dropping much after the run. So I just weighed in a couple of hours early, and I am fine with this particular weight gain today since it was a partial cheat day, anyway.

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