Disappointing Run But Still Very Good Overall Result

Day 383

After a solid weight loss of .3 kg yesterday, I am hopefully in position to get on a roll and lose the weight recently gained from one cheat day and a separate break day. I have already lost back 1.1 kg, down to 77.4 from 78.5. Before the break and cheat day, I was down to 75.9 kg. So I had a large weight gain of 2.6 kg. That is way too big but not surprising. Since doing Pentamize tracking, I have seen over and over again that I really don’t have a good metabolism anymore and must diet and work out for successful weight maintenance.

The reason I like to limit cheat days to only 1 to 3 times a month is precisely because it is so hard to recover. If I could recover in only 2 days, this would not matter so much. But recovery can easily run into more than a week. So I simply can’t afford to take more than about a couple of cheat days per month.

Today, I was surprised to check the scale at 3:30 and see that my weight had increased to 78.9 kg, which was from a starting weight of 77.4. This is an example of why a lot of people gain too much weight and how not tracking the Pentamize way contributes to that. There is some extremely unfortunate, widespread advice out there to weigh in only about once a week. This might work if you know you have a winning plan and know that you are eating exactly what you are supposed to eat under that plan. But unless you have a finely tuned weight loss or weight maintenance plan and abide by it to the letter, then weighing in only once a week is like shooting in the dark. You may hit your target, but the odds are you are going to miss unless you get lucky.

After hitting 78.9 so fast, I decided to try to abstain from eating for a little while. This is now entering into some extremely hardcore Pentamize tracking. You know you are serious when you literally weigh yourself every couple of hours and make necessary modifications based on those results. In this case, I really want to lose some weight today because I am still upset at the inexplicable .4 kg weight gain from 2 days ago. Yesterday was a good recovery, so I want to continue that because I actually only need to lose .1 kg today to make back all of that weird gain.

From 3:30 to 6:30, all I did was drink a little bit of coffee. That helped me drop to 78.5 kg, which is solid and puts me only 1.1 kg over today’s starting weight of 77.4. This is a very good position to be in now. If a take just one more small meal, I will almost be guaranteed to lose weight today. Of course, weird things happen like 2 days ago. So we’ll just roll with whatever happens as long as I am at least doing the right thing.

I did well the rest of the night, ending at approximately 78.7 kg. That is only 1.3 kg over the starting weight. Honestly, I simply can’t do much better than that. I actually lost weight from 3:30 even when eating a little bit. And 1.3 also includes all fluids, which is usually just black coffee for me along with a little water to rehydrate after exercise sessions. The 78.7 is also about .4 kg better than yesterday’s max weight. Something is seriously wrong if I can’t lose weight by the end of this day.

My overnight weight loss was not terrible but a little disappointing. I was 78.1 kg. The good thing is this figure is .3 kg better than yesterday at almost the same time. So I have a good chance now to lose weight. The bad part is it shows that, once again, there is basically no way for me to maintain my weight unless I am either exercising a lot or starving. The only thing I have not really tried is a vegan diet or at least vegetable-heavy diet that minimizes meat intake. I guess I could try this, but it’s not clear whether my mind can even get around to that. And the other thing is it’s probably too expensive.

Progress got even better between waking up and the run. I dropped all the way down to 77.6 in almost 4 hours. So I was only about .2 kg over the starting weight even before running. This is good in that I am obviously going to lose a lot of weight today. But it is disappointing a little bit because it shows yet again that I have no chance of maintaining weight without a whole lot of exercise.

Despite having a good run and finishing up with a heart rate of about 144, my weight only dropped to 77.0 kg. That is a very low drop of only .5 to .6 kg. But I think you have to look at the Big Picture. This is probably because I just didn’t have that much weight to lose, such as excess water weight. Still, I lost .5 kg today after a final weigh-in of 76.9 kg.

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