Today is the first cheat day of my 100-day test. This experiment is starting in December, so there are going to be plenty of cheat days. However, there is plenty of time to recover in January, and the test will not be over until early March. I actually want to have several cheat days to run the test under a realistic scenario. In real life, there is no way that I am going 100 days without any cheat days. So the test would be completely unrealistic if I did not include them. And December is obviously uber realistic when it comes to cheat days.
At my max weight for the day, I was up to about 79.6 kg. That is a very large increase of 2.9 kg since I started the day at around 76.7. This is probably a pretty average cheat day, though. I have done far worse on some days, such as gaining about 4 to 4.5 kg on a holiday cheat day. Still, there is obviously no one-day recovery from this. It’s probably going to be at least a few days trying to get back down to 76.7. Until that time, the plan is to continue running 90 minutes.
Overnight, I had dropped to some amount well below 79.0 kg. While I did not weigh myself right after waking up, I ate a meal before running and then weighed in at 79.1 kg. Just making a simple observation with the numbers, that means that I lost quite a bit overnight since I was still well below the evening’s max amount of 79.6 even after eating breakfast.
My run was 90 minutes, and it was another fairly disappointing outing. I dropped to 78.3 kg, and my final weight on this cheat day was 78.2, for a weight gain of 1.5 kg.
This drop of .8 kg from the run is not something that seems like it should be happening. I used to average about 1.5 kg of weight loss during 90-minute runs. It then went down to an average of about 1.1 kg as I lost a lot of weight and then transitioned to maintenance mode. However, even this decrease was during cold weather for a portion of the time. Now, during 2017’s cold weather, it seems to have dropped even more. I currently appear to be averaging about .9 kg since we have reached freezing weather or at least close to it on a semi-daily basis.
These worsening results may be a combination of the fact that I am in maintenance mode and running in freezing weather. But there appears to be something else going on, as well. I don’t know what that something else is. Hopefully, it’s not my metabolism getting even worse. It could actually be something good, like losing less because I am in better shape. At any rate, I will continue to track and see if I am able to adjust my diet to account for any changes in exercise results. I am not going to let differences in exercise results allow me to fail.
Looking at the updated numbers, I am obviously now well above the 76.8 starting mark of the 100-day test. However, that is because of today’s cheat day. So there is no cause to sound the alarm. I just need to stay focused on running 90 minutes a while to recover.
Results Through Day 8:
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)
gained 1.4 kg overall
minutes saved from max of 90 – 62
658 minutes total
average run time – about 82 minutes