Gained More Than 3 Pounds On a Cheat Day

Day 407

It is now November 1, 2017. This will be the last cheat day in a while. I am almost certain that this cheat day is going to spell disaster for the “slow” 60-minute runs. It doesn’t look like I will be able to recover from a big weight gain due to a full cheat day. But I am going to continue and finish 30 days of these tests, including the cheat day, just like I included the cheat day for the fast 60-minute runs. Neither of the past 2 days was a full cheat day, so this 30-day period will have only one legitimate cheat day (that is today).

We had a buffet meal at one of the local restaurants, and my weight rose dramatically to about 79.8 kg. And that was at 4:30 in the afternoon, with plenty of time before the end of the day. I guess I’ll push this puppy to at least 3.0 kg before the day is done. It’s at 2.6 so far.

I continued munching the rest of the day, and the results were exactly what you would expect. Although I did not weigh myself before sleeping, my weight was still 80.0 when getting up, and that was after peeing. So this is even worse than I was expecting. I will probably be somewhere in the 78 range after running later this morning. And it will probably even be in the high 78s.

Well, this was expected, and I don’t like it. But I need to test these slower 60-minute runs to see how bad it can get with a break day. It’s already pretty much a foregone conclusion that a regimen of slower 60-minute runs is not going to work. I had already gained .2 kg before today, and there is probably no way to physically recover from this weight gain. Some dreams are fantasies. And thinking that I could run slow for 60 minutes and maintain my weight appears to be nothing but a pipe dreak.

So it’s probably back to the drawing board. But the good thing is that all I have to do is make some simple adjustments since my record of Pentamize tracking has given me enough information to know what does work. I already know that 90-minute runs are great, and they do work at a slower pace. I have also maintained with 60-minute runs when there is a focus on running a bit faster. So maybe recovering from cheat days with longer runs and doing mostly slower 60-minute runs on a typical day is best. And when I eat a little too much but not so much that it is a cheat day, I can run a little longer on those days to make it up. I think one thing is clear from my testing of 60-minute exercise sessions so far. That is that I can at least do them the majority or a large portion of the time and maintain my weight. This is a positive because it at least means not having to run 90 minutes all the time. And since that was the entire goal to begin with, it’s a net positive.

I ran later than usual, but my weight was still 79.6 when starting. It is certain now that I will be in the high 78s or, if my results are really bad, possibly in the low 79 range.

I ran and worked on keeping a pretty slow pace, and my heart rate was about 124 to 128 at the end. And I lost .8 kg, which at least reduced me to 78.8. That had to be the final number because time was already running late on doing the weigh-in. As a result, I gained a hefty 1.6 kg on this cheat day. My 60-minute run result was fine (.8), but it was obviously not going to be enough to avoid this rotten result.

Going forward, I want to do at least a few more days of the slower 60-minute runs. I may suspend the plan to do a full 30 days if it becomes obvious that there is no way to make back the weight gained on this cheat day. It was pretty obvious already that cheat days were going to be a huge problem if the idea is to ONLY run 60-minute slow sessions and nothing else. I don’t see how I am going to lose the 1.6 kg gained from this cheat day. But I will give it a few more days to see what happens.

Note: The numbers below are misleading if you don’t know the whole story. Today is a cheat day that messed everything up big time. The key is to look at the difference between the hard runs and the slow runs, but also to keep in mind that I will need a few days to see if I can recover from this cheat day with slower runs. I probably can’t. But the tracking results will be valuable, and I can always recover later by doing more exercise.

Total 60-Minute Days: 41
Result: gained 1.4 kg (77.4 to 78.8)

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: 7
Results Starting At 77.1 kg
Result: gained 1.7 kg (currently 78.8)

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