Yesterday was the most gratifying day yet of my slow 60-minute running sessions experiment. For the first time in a while, I was back to being under the starting point of 77.1. I got down to 77.0 after having a huge day with a weight loss of .5 kg. Thus, I have lost .1 kg over this testing period. The fact that the period includes a cheat day is the icing on the cake. I didn’t anticipate being able to recover at all. Yet, it was pretty much smooth sailing to get from 78.8 to 72.2 after that cheat day.
It’s important to keep a few things in mind when analyzing the results of this test. First, I am in maintenance mode because I have lost most of the weight that I expected to lose. In full weight loss mode and with 20 or more pounds still to lose, I would expect the results to be even better than what they have been. But since I have lost most of my excess weight already (75.0 is the target weight but is hard to reach), mere weight maintenance is the goal. And I am achieving that.
The second thing to remember is that it’s still a little too early to start drawing conclusions on the results. Yesterday was the 15th day, though. That is getting close to my general guideline of testing at least 20 days. In this case, however, I have decided to do a full 30 days of testing. So at the halfway point, I have achieved weight maintenance even with one cheat day and full recovery from that cheating.
Today saw a pretty large increase of 1.3 kg from the first meal. However, that included more water than I consumed yesterday. This might still work out fine over the next 3 hours or so. If that water is out of the body by then, I may still be able to stay below the Danger Zone today. However, I have no real expectations of staying at or below 1.6 kg, which was yesterday’s max. That is typically hard to do, although I have managed to stay at 1.7 on many days during this period. Today may be more difficult, though, because of yesterday’s large weight loss of .5 kg. If I were to just break even today, it would seem to be a win to me.
As planned, I was able to drop back down to 78.0 over 2 to 3 hours. This allowed me room to eat what needed to be eaten for enough energy to get through the day. It was looking pretty iffy but is looking a lot better now.
Today is turning into a roller coaster. I was up to 78.7 unexpectedly and then back down to 78.5. Then, I decided there was no choice but to have one more meal. I was too hungry to get through the rest of the night.
My last meal was a little too big, and I rose to a max of 2.1 kg, which was 79.1. This just wasn’t the right time to stay out of the Danger Zone, probably because I lost so much yesterday. A loss of .5 on a slow one-hour run day is not common, so a negative bounceback effect is possible. I also drank more water today than yesterday.
The hope now is to just break even or not lose too much, as it would be very difficult to lose weight with these numbers. However, I must get used to this if I want to do slow runs forever. It’s not going to be intense enough to break even almost every day. The numbers are destined to go back and forth. But looking at the first 15 days, there is great promise of making this my primare exercise routine instead of the dreaded 90-minute sessions. If I want to get back down to 75, that may not be possible with this routine. But if I am happy hovering around the 76 and low 77 range, there is hope.
After waking up and finishing in the bathroom, I was 78.1 kg. That was a good drop from last night’s 79.1. It’s still going to be tough to break even. But this was a good start.
My results from jogging were a typical loss of about .6 kg. That put me at around 77.5 kg, or .5 over today’s beginning weight of 77.0. With 3 or so hours to go, it looks like I may gain a little weight this time. But as long as it’s only about .2 kg, that’s not so bad coming off a really great day with a loss of .5 kg. Plus, I did go into the Danger Zone today. So there wasn’t much I could do to avoid this after I let that happen.
At 10:30 in the morning, I was down to 77.4. The natural weight loss continued, and I was down another .1 at 11:30. So my weight was 77.3 at that time.
I might weigh in about an hour early. However, at 11:30, with 2 hours to go, I was still up .3 kg. That’s giving back too much of yesterday’s great loss of .5. Thus, I feel it is good to wait at least on hour and perhaps weigh in one hour early. If I am .2 kg up at that time, I might call it a day and just try to do better for Day 417.
I went to the bathroom again and actually got down to 77.1 kg at 12:30 p.m. This actually gave me a chance to break even on the day, so it supplied me with the motivation to wait one more hour and see if I can actually break even.
After that last weigh-in, I was stuck. So I ended the day at 77.1, for the minimum weight gain of .1 kg. So for this 16th day of the current test, I am at the exact breakeven point of 77.1 since that was the starting weight on the first day. Increasing weight by 2.1 kg today and still gaining only .1 kg is better than I was expecting. But it doesn’t change anything because the 2.0 kg Danger Zone still appears to be just right.
Total 60-Minute Days: 50
Result: lost .3 kg (77.4 to 77.1)
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: 16
Results Starting At 77.1 kg
Result: even (still 77.1)