It looks like I may be in big trouble for my 3rd day of slower-run testing. I started out fairly well for the first meal and water. From a start of 76.9, I was at about 78.3. However, things got a lot worse. Although it doesn’t seem like I ate a whole lot, my weight rose up to 78.9 kg at 5:15 in the afternoon.
78.9 is .4 kg more than yesterday’s weight at around the same time. Also, I maxed out at 1.8 and 1.7, respectively, for the first 2 days of this test. However, I am already up to 2.0 kg today, with yet another meal to go.
The thing I am not sure about is how much of this is water. My weight might drop sharply by morning if a lot of this is water. But even though I am almost insane about the extend of my Pentamize tracking, even I don’t bother differentiating between weight from food and weight from water. This is not how my tracking works. I include both the food and the water. And based on that, I am already in the Danger Zone. There is nothing I can do but just let this happen. I will need about 30 days of testing on these slower sessions. Otherwise, the results won’t be reliable. I don’t even care if I gain weight over this period because having an answer is the most important thing.
Perhaps I will find out that running slow for 70 minutes instead of 60 is enough to break even. Whether the answer is good or bad, I just need an answer so I can make proper adjustments. But one thing I am committed to not doing is starving or running really hard all the time. I can run longer, but I can’t run hard if “hard” means high intensity. Maybe I will have to run longer, but harder is out of the question. I have made this decision on that. If slower 60-minute runs are not enough, then I will either have to adjust my diet choices or run a longer duration. My body is not going to be able to handle these hard runs every day.
As I said in the title of this blog post, I must make slower runs work for me one way or another. And if 60 minutes is not enough, the time will have to be longer. Alternatively, different diet choices will have to be made. That would likely entail more vegetables and less meat.
Days with a lower 60-minute run are certainly going to sometimes result in weight gain. If even 90-minute runs do this, then of course I am going to gain weight on some days. The idea is to stay the course. I will know by the end of 30 days where I stand on this.
By 6:30, I had gotten back down to around 78.6 kg, which is an increase of 1.7. That was very much needed before my last meal, which I will attempt to keep at about .2 kg. I can possibly save the day today, but it will only be through the form of highly rigorous Pentamize tracking that you see in this blog post.
At 8, I weighed in at 78.7 kg. Thus, I was very successful at having one last very small meal. It pretty much satisfied me, and I should be able to abstain from eating anything else the rest of the night. Another thing is that I actually lost weight from 5:15 to 8 despite eating one more meal. This, of course, can only happen with natural non-exercise-related weight loss. But it’s also a testament to the fact that that last meal was small enough to keep me from gaining much weight while also just big enough to satiate me. Including half a banana and a few carrot sticks really seemed to help this time. It should be noted, though, that carrots and bananas are not the absolute best diest choices because they are actually pretty high in carbs. I am not claiming any such thing, as my Pentamize method focuses more on eating in moderation than exactly what you eat. But I personally minimize sugar and carbohydrates.
Similarly to the past 2 days, I was 77.9 kg when getting up. This will probably give me a chance to break even or lose a little weight. But if my weight “sticks” again like the past 2 days, then that won’t happen. But at least I have a chance.
My run result was just okay. I weighed in at 77.2 after it was over, which was a loss during the session of about .7 kg. Considering that my heart rate was only about 120 to 124, that is actually a pretty good result. Nonetheless, this does put me .1 kg over yesterday’s mark at the same time. So it could be difficult getting down to 76.9. I may be in trouble here. But if I am, it won’t be a terrible day.
After a good visit to the head, I dropped to 77.0 kg. That left me just .1 kg over the breakeven point. I have certainly avoided a really bad day but also likely won’t be able to lose weight. Recall, though, that I had increased to a max of 2.0 kg last night. So I pretty much expected a high risk of gaining weight today. All in all, my spirits are good.
Because of a time change this morning, we fell back one hour. Thus, I will weigh in at 11:10 in the morning to make the time almost exactly 24 hours instead of 25 hours.
My weight got stuck at 77.0 kg, and that was the final tally. So I gained .1 kg today. For the first 3 days of the current test, though, I have lost .1 kg.
Total 60-Minute Days: 37
Result: lost .4 kg (77.4 to 77.0 kg)
Total Hard Runs: 34
Result: lost .3 kg (77.4 to 77.1 kg)
includes one break day, one cheat day, and one semi-cheat day
Total Slow Runs: 3
Results Starting At 77.1 kg
Result: lost .1 kg (currently 77.0)