Finally Back To Weight Loss After Christmas Cheat Days (Lost .6 KG)

Day 463

It’s been a whirlwind of overindulgence the past 3 days. I had a cheat day on Christmas Eve and Christmas and a partial cheat day on December 26. The end result of all this has been a large weight gain of 2.1 kg, or about 4 1/2 pounds. Those are some ugly numbers but exactly what I am used to happening. I gained like 5 kg in only 6 days on a recent trip. However, I had no substantial workouts during that trip, which added to the overall damage.

This time, I only took one break day and have run two runs of about 90 minutes. Those 2.1 kg include 2 runs. Looking at these numbers, you can see exactly why I simply cannot afford any cheat days. Even with working out, they cause me to gain weight.

Yesterday and today are somewhat odd and should be looked at together to get an accurate picture. Yesterday, I weighed in late and gained .2 kg. Today, I weighed in early and still ended up losing .6 kg. So across the 2 days, I have now lost .4 kg, or an average of .2 kg per day. This is pretty good when considering yesterday was still a partial cheat day.

Yesterday, I weighed in at about 3:30 in the afternoon, which was about 5 hours late. To get things back to normal, I ran in the morning and weighed in about 5 to 5 1/2 hours early. I lost .6 kg. If I had waited the full 24 hours, I might have lost less weight due to eating one small meal. But it was important to get back on the right schedule since weighing in at 3 in the afternoon does not work for my routine. This is especially true since I have to look after my daughter during the daytime every day until January 2. So if I ran at 8 in the morning, it would be annoying trying to fast until 3 in the afternoon to get a good weigh-in. Nonetheless, .6 is far from a record, anyway. So it’s not significant. The important part is that, looking at the past 2 days combined, I have started a good recovery process.

Despite getting this recovery launched, I will have another 2 cheat days on December 31 and January 1. So I am just kind of treading water for now and will be holding my breath again soon. Then, starting on January 2, I don’t plan on having any cheat days for several weeks. Thus, my entire focus will be on recovering from the holiday cheat days. This is going to involve mostly 90-minute runs. Although my hope with my current 100-day test is to reduce my average run time to well below 90, that has not happened yet. And I already know that these runs are necessary to recover from cheat days. We’ll have to see what happens. But at a current average of 83 minutes, I am actually 1.5 kg overweight for this test. But that is because of the cheat days, so it must be put into that context to make sense. The numbers will surely look better after I recover.

Results Through Day 23:

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)
Day 22 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 78.7 to 78.9 (partial cheat day)
Day 23 – 90 minutes – lost .6 kg – 78.9 to 78.3
gained 1.5 kg (3 cheat days, a partial cheat day, and one break day)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 163
1907 minutes total
average run time – 83 minutes

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