This is the 4th day of my 100-day test. I ended up losing weight today, to the tune of .2 kg. So it was a good day that probably should have been a lot better. Something happened overnight, and the usual overnight loss, which does vary, was very low. This was disappointing because my diet was quite good. So it required a 90-minute run to avoid a potential weight loss.
During this experiment, I don’t have any issue with running less at times even if it appears that it will result in an overall daily weight gain. But today, I had already decided that a 90-minute would probably be good because my run times the past 2 days were only 70 and 64 minutes. Actually, I ran about 89 minutes today. Since I want to get a specific average for this entire 100-day test, I will give specific times instead of rounding off. Otherwise, that could affect the overall numbers.
I started today at 77.0 kg, and the big issue to consider was that I had just gained weight 2 days in a row. Gaining 3 days in a row is definitely a bad sign. So I was already leaning towards running 90 minutes, but was waiting until the pre-run weigh-in to make a final decision.
At 4:30 in the afternoon, I was at an extremely low 77.7, for a daily increase of only .7. This is not normal for that time of day, but I did go to the bathroom a couple of times. Maybe that’s why it was so low. The next meal did raise me up to 78.5, which was more normal. At that point, I needed to limit food intake to one more meal or certainly not more than 2 smaller snacks.
The rest of the day was successful as far as diet goes. I had a smallish amount of food and some popcorn and went to bed weighing about 78.4.
Everything seemed fantastic, and then reality threw a curve ball. For some reason, I only dropped to 77.9 overnight. That is a paltry low .5 kg. Occasionally, that happens, although the average is about .8.
Having already gained weight the past 2 days and then having this weird overnight result, it seemed clear that 90 minutes was the way to go. So I ran 90 minutes and had a better result than expected. I finished the day at 76.8, which was a daily weight loss of .2 kg.
The better thing is that, after 4 days of this test, I am exactly back at the breakeven point of 76.8 kg. So my weight maintenance is going fine so far despite dropping a total of about 47 minutes off of the max average of 90 minutes per day.
Since I just had a good day here, there is some chance to reduce the run tomorrow. I am usually making this a “game time decision.” It depends on how much I need to lose right before the run. Again, though, the idea for this 100-day experiment is to be flexible. So at times, I will make the decision to run less regardless of the anticipated outcome. Otherwise, it wouldn’t really be a flexible schedule if I always inflexibly decided to run 90 minutes every time it looks like I might gain a little weight.
Here are the results of the first 4 days:
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
same weight as the beginning right now
minutes saved from max of 90 – 47
313 minutes total
average run time – about 78 minutes