Strangely Broke Even Despite a Cheat Day On Christmas

Day 461

Today was my second cheat day in a row. The results were markedly different, but not just because of running 90 minutes. Of course, I would have gained weight if not for the exercise session. But the fact that I broke even on a cheat day was surprising even with a 90-minute run.

Let’s compare today and yesterday. On Christmas Eve (yesterday), I had a cheat day and a break day at the same time. My total weight gain was 1.7 kg. Let’s assume I had run and produced a decent weight loss of 1.0 kg. That means I still would have gained .7 kg. Thus, it’s rather clear that I ate way too much yesterday – so much that I would have gained about 1 1/2 pounds even if I had exercised. But with no exercise at all, I gained a whopping 3 1/2 pounds (approximately).

Today was a very different story. Even before the run, I was only .8 kg over the day’s starting weight of 78.7 kg. Although I did not bother weighing myself before sleeping, it was quite surprising to be at 79.5 kg when waking up. I was expecting at least half a kilogram more than that since this was a cheat day. By that time, I actually had a decent chance to lose weight on this cheat day. That is something that virtually never happens (I do remember being close to the breakeven point before on a cheat day).

With a decent run result, I would have lost weight today. But my result was a pretty paltry .8 kg after a run that was partially in the rain and running against a fairly strong wind for a substantial portion of the 90 minutes. Based on my Pentamize tracking results, these are poor weather conditions for weight loss during an outside running session. And the .8 today was not very good at all. My heart rate dipped to about 116 beats per minute at the end of the session. That is slower than average, so I can’t be too surprised at the poor results.

By the end of these two cheat days, I was somewhat happy to be 1.7 kg over the starting weight of 77.0 before these 2 days began. Since single cheat days can often be even worse than these 2 combined, there’s reason to feel a little relieved. Of course, I have a long ways to go to fully recover back to 77.0 kg. However, there is some chance of doing that before December 31, which will be my next holiday cheat day. I will also probably double up again and have a 2nd cheat day on New Year’s Day.

I don’t really know why I didn’t gain more weight today. All I know for sure is that I believe I ate less meat today and did not eat any yogurt. But I drank plenty of coke, which is never helpful, and kept myself pretty full all day.

Unfortunately, I had another partial cheat day on December 26, which could end up hurting me more than today’s results. That day is not over yet, so I can’t give an update here. Read the Day 462 blog post to find out what happened.

Results Through Day 21:

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)
gained 1.9 kg (two cheat days and one break day)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 163
1727 minutes total
average run time – 82 minutes

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