Day 455 – Thinking Of Suspending Cheat Day Recovery And Why Some Goals Are Not Worth The Effort

Today, I was thinking long and hard about suspending my current cheat-day recovery period. I was 76.7 before the most recent cheat day and was 76.8 at the end of yesterday’s weight tracking. So I am only .1 kg over the pre-cheat-day weight.

Some goals are not worth it from a psychological perspective. Let’s put my 75.0 kg target maintenance weight into context. If I demanded of myself to run 90 minutes every day until reaching 75.0, then I probably would have just given up on weight loss or even maintenance a long time ago. My body gets too worn down when being pushed on a never-ending daily basis. And it would be almost a never-ending basis if I demanded that. Reaching 75.0 is a goal, but it’s not an easy goal. So instead of rigidly demanding that all the time even though it’s unrealistic, I am happy getting close to it and maintaining my weight within a reasonable range of 75.0 kg. This is necessary for both my physical and mental well-being.

So it’s really not that big of a deal if I go ahead and suspend the ongoing cheat-day recovery since I have pretty much recovered already, anyway. There is nothing magically bad or good about being .1 kg over (76.8 instead of 76.7). This is especially true because the unusually bad run results that I have been experiencing lately. I could end up going for a week and getting stuck at .1 or .2 kg over. This is not worth it in the long run. The other thing is that I use a typical bathroom scale to weigh myself. It could easily be .1 kg off, so I may have already recovered, anyway, without realizing it due to the scale being off by a hair.

Oddly enough, after thinking about this for a while and deciding that I would probably suspend the current recovery, I ended up losing .2 kg today, ending at 76.6 kg. But I probably would have suspended the recovery period tomorrow if I had not hit 76.7 or better today or tomorrow.

I was able to do very well on diet today, hitting only about 78.2 at 5 in the afternoon. After that, I kept the meals small (eating small meals cannot be stressed enough as a possible winning formula for you, but you’ll have to test it for yourself) and actually lost a little weight before going to bed. I was at about 78.0 when it was time to sleep.

Ironically, I had a really good run result compared to recent results even though my body seemed to be lacking in energy. I finally got a little more energy near the end and ended the session at a heart rate of about 128. That showed a weight loss of about 1.3 kg, which dropped me to 76.7. Then, I went to the bathroom, lost .1 kg more, and finished at 76.6 kg. With that mark, I was fully recovered from the recent cheat day and was at a loss of .2 kg for the 100-day test.

Results Through Day 15:

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
lost .2 kg (one cheat day and no break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 62
1288 minutes total
average run time – about 86 minutes

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