Today has turned into a partial cheat day. I ate 1 1/2 cheeseburgers, a bunch of fries, and 2 1/2 cans of coke. That put me up to 80.3 after that large lunch and some ice cream. The start today was 78.0, so that was already an increase of 2.3 kg. As I said, though, this is a partial cheat day. So higher numbers are expected.
I’m coming off a great first recovery day, but today is likely to be a hiccup because my first meal was way too big. This is fine, though. I pretty much skipped what would have been the second meal. However, it’s likely too late to have a good day even though the plan is to do a 90-minute run. Since I already increased 2.3 kg, even a long run is not likely to help produce a weight loss.
I am not too upset at the moment. In fact, it’s relieving to know that I don’t have to almost starve every day, which is what was happening with those slow one-hour runs. I used to think running an hour a day, even if a pretty slow pace, would be enough to lose or at least maintain weight. That’s a negative in my personal situation. However, I can hopefully run 60 minutes at a slow pace about half the time or maybe even more than half the time. Today will not be one of those days, as I am going to go for 90 minutes every day until getting down to at least 77.0. I am then going to start a 100-day test of flexible exercise routines. More on this when the time comes to start it.
Things got even worse. After the last meal, I was up to 81.1 kg, which is an increase of 3.1 kg over the 78.0 starting weight. Oh, well. I have time to recover, and there will be no more cheat days or even partial cheat days for a while.
Going into the morning and drinking one cup of tea, I found myself at 79.8 kg right before the run. That was a pretty poor overnight weight loss of 1.3 kg, but with the understanding that the cup of tea may have increased that a little.
Something interesting to look at, though, will be to see how this breaks down with an increase of 3.1 kg and a slow 90-minute run. It looks like it’s going to be really bad, though. I may gain as much as 1.0 kg today. However, I don’t want to be too upset because it did end up being a partial cheat day, including a late last meal that may involve a fair amount of digestion that has not been completed yet. I can certainly recover from the high 78 or even low 79 range. It’s just a matter of staying busy and doing what is necessary. And I know from close to 2 years now of Pentamize tracking that sustained 90-minute runs at a slow pace have always worked for me as long as I watch my diet. After recovering to 77.0 or better, I will then revert to the 100-day “Flexible Exercise Routine” test and shorter runs when the opportunity presents itself.
As I do at times, I decided to take a break today to change up my schedule and daily official weigh-in routine. It seems that abstaining from drinking water before running is an unhealthy practice. My schedule lately has been to wake up, abstain from drinking or eating anything, go for a run, and then do a final weigh-in after the run for that 24-hour period. Unfortunately, though, this forces me to not drink anything before exercising to avoid gaining additional weight. This has always seemed like a bad idea, and I don’t want to do it anymore.
Instead, I am going to do my official weigh-ins in the mornings when getting up. This will be before running. Thus, when I do have time to wait before exercising, I can abstain from eating during that period if I want. But I won’t have to worry about not drinking water because the official weigh-in will already be completed. This is the way I used to do it in Pentamize full weight-loss mode. For some reason, I stopped doing it that way. It’s time to go back now.
Because of the exercise break, I have a large weight gain today over this 24-hour period. Then, I will do my first official weigh-in under the new schedule when waking up in the morning. It doesn’t really matter what that weight is. I already know that there are plenty of 90-minute runs ahead for me, so it will just take a little longer to recover. Eating less today because of no exercise session will help a little, though.
I dropped rather slowly to 79.6 kg by about 1 in the afternoon. This is a little more than 24 hours before yesterday’s final weigh-in. This amounts to a weight gain of 1.6 kg on a combined partial cheat day and break day since my weight was 78.0 yesterday. Considering everything, a 1.6 kg is not surprising. It still would have been somewhat of a weight gain if I had exercised. But it certainly would have been a lot less.