Lost .4 KG And Now Heading Into New Year’s Cheat Days

This is Day 26 of my 100-day test of flexible exercise workouts. While I am over so far, it’s clearly duet to the holiday cheat days. So I am happy with this so far. I totally intended to include the holidays to make this a more realistic experiment.

Today was another good recovery day. This was needed because I am about to hit 2 more cheat days in a row. This is the blog post for December 30, 2017, so New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are coming starting tomorrow.

I lost .4 kg today on a strange one with roller-coaster results. My diet was great as far as how much I ate, and it was actually pushing towards not eating enough. I got a bit of a headache that might have been from low food consumption. At any rate, the key is to not starve, and I didn’t starve. I am just clarifying that I was getting pretty close to starvation, which is not my goal. But in this circumstance, I decided to sacrifice a little more than usual due to trying to at least get into the 77 range before the New Year’s cheat days.

I just barely managed to get into the 77 range and finished today at 77.9 kg. That was a daily loss of .4 kg, and more was expected considering how the day was going. However, I was on a different schedule than recent days. Instead of running in the morning right before the final weigh-in, I had to run at night (the middle of my daily Pentamize tracking periods) due to a scheduling problem.

I was only up to about 79.0 at the maximum (.7 kg up from 78.3) today and had even dropped some to 78.8 before the run. This was looking like a monster day, but nothing really went well from that point forward. I only lost about .8 kg from a 90-minute run, getting down to 78.0. The pace was pretty average, with it being moderately cold (above freezing). At that point, I really needed one more meal before sleeping, and that meal plus post-exercise water for rehydration raised my weight to about 78.5 kg.

I was hoping to lose a lot of weight overnight, but it was literally a disaster. I woke up at about 6 in the morning, and still weighed about 78.3 kg. That is about the worst I have ever seen, but it perhaps makes sense when considering I ate so little. Anyway, the last 4 hours did not include any exercise, and I abstained from eating or drinking anything and lost .4 kg. So this allowed me to lose .4 kg today. Although I was expecting to lose more, my predictions have never been all that accurate. Even when doing rigorous Pentamize tracking, I have found it impossible to predict daily results even though the end result is always good weight loss or maintenance.

It’s now time to have a couple of cheat days. I was really hoping to lose more before this second cheating period. However, losing 1.0 kg in 4 days is really not bad at all. So this period between Christmas and New Year’s has been pretty successful as a short-term recovery effort.

Results Through Day 26:

Day 1 – 90 minutes – lost .2 kg – 76.8 to 76.6
Day 2 – 70 minutes – gained .2 kg – 76.6 to 76.8
Day 3 – 64 minutes – gained .2 kg – 76.8 to 77.0
Day 4 – 89 minutes – lost .2 kg – 77.0 to 76.8
Day 5 – 75 minutes – gained .3 kg – 76.8 to 77.1
Day 6 – 90 minutes – gained .5 kg – 77.1 to 77.6
Day 7 – 90 minutes – lost .9 kg – 77.6 to 76.7
Day 8 – 90 minutes – gained 1.5 kg – 76.7 to 78.2 (cheat day)
Day 9 – 90 minutes – lost .1 kg – 78.2 to 78.1
Day 10 – 90 minutes – lost .7 kg – 78.1 to 77.4
Day 11 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 77.4 to 77.6
Day 12 – 90 minutes – lost .4 kg – 77.6 to 77.2
Day 13 – 90 minutes – lost .4 kg – 77.2 to 76.8
Day 14 – 90 minutes – broke even – 76.8 to 76.8
Day 15 – 90 minutes – lost .2 kg – 76.8 to 76.6
Day 16 – 90 minutes – gained .6 kg – 76.8 to 77.2
Day 17 – 90 minutes – lost .2 kg – 77.2 to 77.0
Day 18 – 87 minutes – lost .1 kg – 77.0 to 76.9
Day 19 – 84 minutes – gained .1 kg – 76.9 to 77.0
Day 20 – 0 minutes – gained 1.7 kg – 77.0 to 78.7 (combined cheat day and break day)
Day 21 – 88 minutes – broke even – 78.7 to 78.7 (odd cheat where I actually broke even)
Day 22 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 78.7 to 78.9 (partial cheat day)
Day 23 – 90 minutes – lost .6 kg – 78.9 to 78.3
Day 24 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 78.3 to 78.5
Day 25 – 0 minutes – lost .2 kg – 78.5 to 78.3 (break day)
Day 26 – 90 minutes – lost .4 kg – 78.3 to 77.9

gained 1.1 kg (3 cheat days, a partial cheat day, and two break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 253
2097 minutes total
average run time – 81 minutes

Actually Lost Some Weight on a Break Day (Unusual For Me)

Day 465

Today started out at 78.5, after I gained .2 kg yesterday. Including the loss of .6 the day before, the last two days are still showing a good loss of .4 kg. I guess that’s a decent start to this short recovery period, which may not be long enough to get back down to 77.0 before the next two cheat days. Those will be on December 31 and January 1. And that will finally be the end of the holiday cheat days.

Before the Christmas cheat days, I was 77.0 kg. It would be nice to get back down to that before December 31. However, I only have two days left to do that. Losing from 78.5 to 77.0 in 2 days is highly unlikely. While not impossible, it would take one awesome day and another good day or two really good days of about .7 kg or so of weight loss. I did lose .6 kg 2 days ago, but doing that twice would still not be enough. Ideally, though, I would like to get well into the 77 range before the December 31 cheating begins.

After the bad diet performance yesterday, I was able to turn it around big time. Instead of rising to about 2.0 kg over the start like yesterday, my max increase was only about .9 to 1.0 kg. For some strange reason, I was only 79.1 when weighing in at 9:30 at night. I checked this several times, so it appears to be correct.

At about 6 in the evening, I weighed in at 79.4 and then had a rather small amount of food and drink between then and the 9:30 weigh-in. Regardless of what is going on, it looks like I am going to have a big day of weight loss. Hopefully, though, my run result will be better than yesterday’s paltry .7 kg. I did go to the bathroom quite a bit today, which may have added to a smaller diet compared to yesterday and the average day to produce such a small weight gain by 9:30 at night.

I kept on dropping throughout the night but before sleeping. My weight was about 78.8 at close to midnight. That is the biggest “before sleep” drop that I remember ever tracking. The downer is that I woke up and was still 78.6 kg. What a wild day this is. The best day ever turned into the lowest overnight drop ever. LOL. Still, when you average that out, it’s a huge drop. I was only .1 kg above the starting weight of 78.5 when getting up. That is extremely rare in my entire history of Pentamize tracking.

Since I need to do something this morning, I am going to take a break day. This would have been a huge weight loss day. However, I can still lose more weight tomorrow since I won’t be very hungry today (not running this morning means I will need to eat less). This will also give me the opportunity to drop my average run of 83 minutes. I will still either break even today or lose a little after going to the bathroom again. This is not what I normally do. But it feels like good timing to take a break. However, it will be important to eat less tomorrow to allow tomorrow’s run to produce a nice, big weight loss.

When looking at these recent numbers, it’s also important to keep in mind that the numbers for the 100-day test are currently misleading. This is going to always be true after a cheat day, but certainly after two cheat days, a partial cheat day, and two break days. It’s going to take probably a good two weeks or more to recover back down to 77.0 kg (just estimating here because it is impossible to predict exactly).

Today is one of the best break days ever. By the time of the final weigh-in, I had actually lost .2 kg, getting down to 78.3 kg. And while it could have been a monster day with a run, I would like to get that big average of 83 minutes per run down some. And today, it got down to 80 because of the break.

Results Through Day 25:

Day 1 – 90 minutes – lost .2 kg – 76.8 to 76.6
Day 2 – 70 minutes – gained .2 kg – 76.6 to 76.8
Day 3 – 64 minutes – gained .2 kg – 76.8 to 77.0
Day 4 – 89 minutes – lost .2 kg – 77.0 to 76.8
Day 5 – 75 minutes – gained .3 kg – 76.8 to 77.1
Day 6 – 90 minutes – gained .5 kg – 77.1 to 77.6
Day 7 – 90 minutes – lost .9 kg – 77.6 to 76.7
Day 8 – 90 minutes – gained 1.5 kg – 76.7 to 78.2 (cheat day)
Day 9 – 90 minutes – lost .1 kg – 78.2 to 78.1
Day 10 – 90 minutes – lost .7 kg – 78.1 to 77.4
Day 11 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 77.4 to 77.6
Day 12 – 90 minutes – lost .4 kg – 77.6 to 77.2
Day 13 – 90 minutes – lost .4 kg – 77.2 to 76.8
Day 14 – 90 minutes – broke even – 76.8 to 76.8
Day 15 – 90 minutes – lost .2 kg – 76.8 to 76.6
Day 16 – 90 minutes – gained .6 kg – 76.8 to 77.2
Day 17 – 90 minutes – lost .2 kg – 77.2 to 77.0
Day 18 – 87 minutes – lost .1 kg – 77.0 to 76.9
Day 19 – 84 minutes – gained .1 kg – 76.9 to 77.0
Day 20 – 0 minutes – gained 1.7 kg – 77.0 to 78.7 (combined cheat day and break day)
Day 21 – 88 minutes – broke even – 78.7 to 78.7 (odd cheat where I actually broke even)
Day 22 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 78.7 to 78.9 (partial cheat day)
Day 23 – 90 minutes – lost .6 kg – 78.9 to 78.3
Day 24 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 78.3 to 78.5
Day 25 – 0 minutes – lost .2 kg – 78.5 to 78.3 (break day)

gained 1.5 kg (3 cheat days, a partial cheat day, and two break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 253
1997 minutes total
average run time – 80 minutes

Post By Email Testing

Jetpack’s Post By Email is a really handy feature. But the main problem I am having with it is that I try to compose an email in Rich Text that includes some HTML with text and image links, but the links only appear in blue. The image is not visible. I can’t figure out how to get the image to actually show up as an image and the hyperlinks to appear as hyperlinks. Instead, they just show up as blue cllickable links, with the HTML appearing as plain text. This won’t work for publishing to actual human beings.

I am trying a partial workaround with this email. I will attach the image using Gmail’s attachment feature, but the problem with this is that I need to use some specific HTML links. Changing that HTML is against the program’s rules, so this can’t be done unless your only real purpose is to show an image that is not clickable.

I am sending this by email and will see if the cookie shows up in the WordPress post and in the Facebook post.

The second part of this test is to use the Gmail Insert link feature to see if it appears as a clickable hyperlink in WordPress and Facebook. The link is below.

Sample Hyperlink

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Low Run Result And Pretty Poor Diet Discipline Do Not Make For a Great Day

Day 464

Today turned out to be destined for a failure. Basically, nothing went right on any level. Despite that, I did manage to limit the bad results to a weight gain of only .2 kg. While a weight gain on a 90-minute run day is always bad, it could have been a lot worse. This halts my recovery. But as will be seen tomorrow, I am making a very big comeback on the very next day. Read tomorrow’s blog post to see how well I end up doing.

Even during a recovery period, there are some bad days that you have to endure before making the full recovery. I have always recovered so far, except that I have not actually maintained all that close to 75.0 kg, which is my target weight. However, I have always gotten back down to the 76 range. Getting to the 75 range has proven to be very difficult, but I am happy to stay close to it because 2 to 4 pounds is not a big deal.

Yesterday was my first really good recovery day from Christmas. I lost .6 kg and was hoping to double up and have another good day today. But nothing went right.

First, keep in mind that I will sometimes sacrifice by eating a little less than desired. However, when I really feel like I need more food, I will eat it even if it comes with the risk of gaining weight. I am not talking about cheating here. I am talking about truly feeling that I need the food to have enough energy for the rest of the day. Today was one of those days where I felt like more food was needed. I got up to approximately 80.2 or 80.3, which is 1.9 to 2.0 kg above the start of 78.3. Since 2.0 is my Danger Zone mark, I was already at risk. However, some decent overnight weight loss and a decent run can still produce a breakeven day or a little weight loss.

As I said, nothing really went right today. When I woke up, my weight was 79.2. This was the only decent factor of the day (overnight weight loss is a key factor in the results). I dropped close to 1.0 kg overnight, which is pretty good and better than average as of late. At that time, I had a chance to break even by losing .9 kg on the run. So I had a real chance to break even and some chance of even losing weight at that time.

The day ended really badly, with a weight lost from the run of only .7 kg. That is about as low as it gets. It was a pretty slow run and maybe a little less than average. 2 years ago, I would not dream of losing only .7 kg when running 90 minutes. I used to average 1.5 kg. But that has changed, especially when it is cold outside. The .7 dropped me to only 78.5 kg. Then, almost shockingly, I went to the bathroom and still weighed in at 78.5. That was the end of the day, so I gained .2 kg.

Looking back at today’s results, all I can say is that really bad run result is what hurt me the most. It’s like my body was refusing to cooperate. But maybe there was some physiological need there to retain water or something. So be it. I’ll move on and keep doing the same thing. The results will come if I keep up the hard work.

Results Through Day 24:

Day 1 – 90 minutes – lost .2 kg – 76.8 to 76.6
Day 2 – 70 minutes – gained .2 kg – 76.6 to 76.8
Day 3 – 64 minutes – gained .2 kg – 76.8 to 77.0
Day 4 – 89 minutes – lost .2 kg – 77.0 to 76.8
Day 5 – 75 minutes – gained .3 kg – 76.8 to 77.1
Day 6 – 90 minutes – gained .5 kg – 77.1 to 77.6
Day 7 – 90 minutes – lost .9 kg – 77.6 to 76.7
Day 8 – 90 minutes – gained 1.5 kg – 76.7 to 78.2 (cheat day)
Day 9 – 90 minutes – lost .1 kg – 78.2 to 78.1
Day 10 – 90 minutes – lost .7 kg – 78.1 to 77.4
Day 11 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 77.4 to 77.6
Day 12 – 90 minutes – lost .4 kg – 77.6 to 77.2
Day 13 – 90 minutes – lost .4 kg – 77.2 to 76.8
Day 14 – 90 minutes – broke even – 76.8 to 76.8
Day 15 – 90 minutes – lost .2 kg – 76.8 to 76.6
Day 16 – 90 minutes – gained .6 kg – 76.8 to 77.2
Day 17 – 90 minutes – lost .2 kg – 77.2 to 77.0
Day 18 – 87 minutes – lost .1 kg – 77.0 to 76.9
Day 19 – 84 minutes – gained .1 kg – 76.9 to 77.0
Day 20 – 0 minutes – gained 1.7 kg – 77.0 to 78.7 (combined cheat day and break day)
Day 21 – 88 minutes – broke even – 78.7 to 78.7 (odd cheat where I actually broke even)
Day 22 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 78.7 to 78.9 (partial cheat day)
Day 23 – 90 minutes – lost .6 kg – 78.9 to 78.3
Day 24 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 78.3 to 78.5

gained 1.7 kg (3 cheat days, a partial cheat day, and one break day)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 163
1997 minutes total
average run time – 83 minutes

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