Today turned out to be the worst day I remember in a long time. Even looking at it after the fact, I have no idea what happened. Nothing went right except that my food intake was only slightly higher than usual. Considering that, the results were just terrible even though I did not do anything in terms of diet or exercise that would produce such a bad result.
I am writing this 2 or 3 days later to have a fuller perspective on what happened. And I can say that I lost all the weight back and even more on the next day. So while it’s not possible to pinpoint why today was so bad, it has been confirmed to be only a temporary effect. This does happen quite a bit when you are tracking on a daily basis. While tracking daily is a key to my success that I believe is indispensable, I have to be careful not to go crazy over a day of weird results. Just relax, keep your head down, and carry on. This is what has always worked for me. You only have to worry when your average result is clearly showing that you are not meeting your weight loss or maintenance goals.
Today, I was only up to about 78.4 at 4 in the afternoon. That was a 1.3 kg increase from the 77.1 start. That is a good start for the early part of the day. After this point, I am usually consuming less, but this is partially a result of drinking more water in the first part of the day. The reason for that is that the first part of the day includes rehydration after running. So once I hit 1.3 or 1.4 or something like that at 4 or 5 in the afternoon, then it’s time to start being a little careful and keep the meals or snacks small. It’s easy to suddenly get way over a 2.0 kg daily increase if you eat even one big meal.
I ate a little too much today, but not any kind of amount that would be expected to cause a .5 kg weight gain, which is exactly what happened today. When I went to bed, my weight was 79.1, which was exactly 2.0 kg above the day’s starting mark.
Everything should have been okay for at least breaking even today when considering that bedtime weight. But it all fell apart after this point. I was 78.6 kg when getting up. I know this is possible because I have seen it before. But losing only .5 kg overnight is really bad. It put me in a position of probably gaining weight even with a 90-minute run. Now, imagine if my diet was such that I increased 2.5 kg during the day before sleeping. This is why diet is crucial, and I am talking mostly about how much you eat. You just can’t stuff your face and expect to recover from exercise. The successful balance is almost always going to include eating less unless you already do not have a weight problem.
Although my weight did drop to 78.3 before the run, this horrible day continued. Strangely, I lost only .7 kg during a 90-minute run. Even in cold weather, this is a ridiculously low amount. It can’t get much worse than that. This dropped me to only 77.6, and it was time to weigh in right after the exercise session. So there I was, gaining .5 kg on a day with a 90-minute run that was NOT a cheat day. In fact, it was only slightly worse than average as far as diet goes.
Today felt demoralizing. However, as I explain above, daily tracking can be very misleading. As long as it is just one or two days, there is nothing to worry about. The body retains weight on certain days, and there is probably nothing you can do about it that would be healthy. Starving is not healthy, and you aren’t going to starve every day, anyway. You are going to end up having bad days unless you are starving every day. Eating less is generally good, but starving is not the way to go. Read tomorrow’s blog post to see how I lost back all of this weight in one day plus some extra.
Results Through Day 6:
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
gained .8 kg overall
minutes saved from max of 90 – 62
478 minutes total
average run time – about 80 minutes