I’ve Lost Control Of Diet And Must Consider Changes

Day 497

I have been very successful for a couple of years now losing and then maintaining my weight. However, there have been plenty of ups and downs over my current Pentamize weight maintenance period. And there are times when you realize you are getting off course and need to start considering some changes. Today, I realized that I have gotten off course on diet and will have to get back to a much more rigorous routine.’

I have suddenly gained 1.1 kg in only 3 days. While it is possible that this result is from my body just needing more food temporarily, the reason I have been successful is partially because I track and don’t let this kind of alarming increase go on for a week or two. I don’t know how long it might last if I don’t start making changes.

These changes do not necessarily have to mean anything dramatic. It could be as little as tracking more closely and maybe eating a little less in the evening hours. This is why I created the Danger Zone method. If you get close to that mark and certainly if you reach or surpass it, then it is time to sacrifice and, if necessary, eat a little less than desired.

It seems that I have not sacrificed much at all the past few days. Now is the time to stop this ugly increase before the damage requires an extreme level of sacrifice. A slight sacrifice is easier than extreme measures, at least for me. That is because I don’t really like dieting and having to sacrifice like this. So the smaller the sacrifice, the better.

Thankfully, the kind of sacrifice I am talking about is pretty easy, at least in concept. You just track yourself and stop when reaching or getting close to the Danger Zone. As usual, the hardest part is having the willpower to stop eating when the numbers dictate that you have to. There is where I don’t know any secret, but I do have a suggestion. Try to slow down and not even get close to the Danger Zone early in the day. If you reach it early in the day, then you may find yourself having to go hungry at night as bedtime approaches. Eating small meals throughout the day has helped me in this regard.

I wrote the paragraphs above after gaining another .3 kg today. An overnight drop of 80.1 to only 79.5 was devastating. That was after eating way too much and increasing about 2.5 kg today at the max. That 2.5 is approaching a semi cheat day, although it was not intended as such and just got a little too much out of control. There isn’t much left to say other than that I am just going to have to track and sacrifice more, especially in the evening hours. Even a 90-minute run could not save me today.

Results Through Day 57

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
Day 24 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 78.3 to 78.5
Day 25 – 0 minutes – lost .2 kg – 78.5 to 78.3 (break day)
Day 26 – 90 minutes – lost .4 kg – 78.3 to 77.9
Day 27 – 0 minutes – gained 1.6 kg – 77.9 to 79.5 (cheat day and break day combined)
Days 28 and 29 combined – 0 minutes – gained .3 kg – 79.5 to 79.8 (one cheat day, one partial cheat day, and 2 break days)
Day 30 – 90 minutes – lost 1.3 kg – 79.8 to 78.5
Day 31 – 0 minutes – gained .3 kg – 78.5 to 78.8 (break day)
Day 32 – 89 minutes – lost .6 kg – 78.8 to 78.2
Day 33 – 90 minutes – broke even – 78.2 to 78.2
Day 34 – 90 minutes – lost .8 kg – 78.2 to 77.4
Day 35 – 90 minutes – gained .3 kg – 77.4 to 77.7
Day 36 – 90 minutes – lost .5 kg – 77.7 to 77.2
Day 37 – 80 minutes – gained .3 kg – 77.2 to 77.5
Day 38 – 90 minutes – gained .1 kg – 77.5 to 77.6
Day 39 – 90 minutes – lost .3 kg – 77.6 to 77.3
Day 40 – 90 minutes – lost .1 kg – 77.3 to 77.2
Day 41 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 77.2 to 77.4
Day 42 – 60 minutes – gained .3 kg – 77.4 to 77.7
Day 43 – 87 minutes – lost .3 kg – 77.7 to 77.4
Day 44 – 90 minutes – gained .8 kg – 77.4 to 78.2
Day 45 – 90 minutes – lost .8 kg – 78.2 to 77.4
Day 46 – 50 minutes – gained .3 kg – 77.4 to 77.7
Day 47 – 86 minutes – lost .5 kg – 77.7 to 77.2
Day 48 – 90 minutes – lost .6 kg – 77.2 to 76.6
Day 49 – 86 minutes – gained .1 kg – 76.6 to 76.7
Day 50 – 89 minutes – gained .3 kg – 76.7 to 77.0
Day 51 – 90 minutes – broke even – 77.0 to 77.0
Day 52 – 90 minutes – broke even – 77.0 to 77.0
Day 53 – 70 minutes – gained .2 kg – 77.0 to 77.2
Day 54 – 90 minutes – lost .3 kg – 77.2 to 76.9
Day 55 – 90 minutes – gained .7 kg – 76.9 to 77.6
Day 56 – 90 minutes – gained .1 kg – 77.6 to 77.7
Day 57 – 90 minutes – gained .3 kg – 77.7 to 78.0
gained .8 kg (5 cheat days, 2 partial cheat days, and 6 break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 846
4414 minutes total
average run time – 77 minutes (rounded up)

A Little Blog Post About Cake (Gained a Small Amount Eating It Today)

Day 496

Today was my daughter’s birthday. While this was not a cheat day, we did get a cake for a little party. But we did not make a bunch of food and pig out, either. So this turned out to be not such a bad day overall. I gained .1 kg by the end of it all.

A small weight gain was not surprise. Cake is one of the worst things you can eat in my experience. It is both a bread product and, depending on the type of cake and recipe, has a lot of sugar added. So eating a lot of it can be a big problem for me. Nonetheless, I tried to control other parts of my diet today because of that cake. And it appears that I did a so-so job in that regard since the end result was not so bad. This was not so lacking in discipline to consider it a cheat day, and I would not even go so far as to call it a partial cheat day.

The overall result includes a full 90-minute run, so there was no lack of exercise. Diet was a slight problem today. But as can be seen overall, you can celebrate something like a birthday but still limit the damage by exercising some discipline on other areas on the very same day. In this case, I ate some cake, avoided drinking coke or other bad drinks, and stuck to my basic diet apart from the cake.

What may have helped the most and what may help you on a celebration day like this is to replace a percentage or portion of your diet with cake or other bad stuff. So if you normally eat 2000 calories but eat 500 calories of cake, then reducing the rest of your diet to 1500 calories can be helpful. I am not giving a specific scientific formula here. This is just a general approach to LIMITING some of the possible weight gain when you can’t escape joining in on that birthday cake or some other tasty but bad food for a weight maintenance diet. Of course, 500 calories of cake or other snack-type food is not preferable to 500 calories to vegetables or some other healthy option. I am not even attempting to draw such a comparison.

With all this said, I did not even track my diet this time until morning. I was 78.9, which was a rather large 1.3 kg over the 77.6 starting weight. I was saved to some degree by a good run result. My heart rate seems to have increased lately during runs. It was about 132 at the end today, and my weight dropped to 77.7. That was also today’s final weight.

Results Through Day 56

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
Day 24 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 78.3 to 78.5
Day 25 – 0 minutes – lost .2 kg – 78.5 to 78.3 (break day)
Day 26 – 90 minutes – lost .4 kg – 78.3 to 77.9
Day 27 – 0 minutes – gained 1.6 kg – 77.9 to 79.5 (cheat day and break day combined)
Days 28 and 29 combined – 0 minutes – gained .3 kg – 79.5 to 79.8 (one cheat day, one partial cheat day, and 2 break days)
Day 30 – 90 minutes – lost 1.3 kg – 79.8 to 78.5
Day 31 – 0 minutes – gained .3 kg – 78.5 to 78.8 (break day)
Day 32 – 89 minutes – lost .6 kg – 78.8 to 78.2
Day 33 – 90 minutes – broke even – 78.2 to 78.2
Day 34 – 90 minutes – lost .8 kg – 78.2 to 77.4
Day 35 – 90 minutes – gained .3 kg – 77.4 to 77.7
Day 36 – 90 minutes – lost .5 kg – 77.7 to 77.2
Day 37 – 80 minutes – gained .3 kg – 77.2 to 77.5
Day 38 – 90 minutes – gained .1 kg – 77.5 to 77.6
Day 39 – 90 minutes – lost .3 kg – 77.6 to 77.3
Day 40 – 90 minutes – lost .1 kg – 77.3 to 77.2
Day 41 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 77.2 to 77.4
Day 42 – 60 minutes – gained .3 kg – 77.4 to 77.7
Day 43 – 87 minutes – lost .3 kg – 77.7 to 77.4
Day 44 – 90 minutes – gained .8 kg – 77.4 to 78.2
Day 45 – 90 minutes – lost .8 kg – 78.2 to 77.4
Day 46 – 50 minutes – gained .3 kg – 77.4 to 77.7
Day 47 – 86 minutes – lost .5 kg – 77.7 to 77.2
Day 48 – 90 minutes – lost .6 kg – 77.2 to 76.6
Day 49 – 86 minutes – gained .1 kg – 76.6 to 76.7
Day 50 – 89 minutes – gained .3 kg – 76.7 to 77.0
Day 51 – 90 minutes – broke even – 77.0 to 77.0
Day 52 – 90 minutes – broke even – 77.0 to 77.0
Day 53 – 70 minutes – gained .2 kg – 77.0 to 77.2
Day 54 – 90 minutes – lost .3 kg – 77.2 to 76.9
Day 55 – 90 minutes – gained .7 kg – 76.9 to 77.6
Day 56 – 90 minutes – gained .1 kg – 77.6 to 77.7
gained .8 kg (5 cheat days, 2 partial cheat days, and 6 break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 846
4324 minutes total
average run time – 77 minutes (rounded up)

Why And How I Created Pentamize Tracking

Day 495

I actually did not weigh myself at all during the day (meaning before sleeping). This can spell disaster if you have trouble instinctively controlling your diet or don’t use calorie counting or some other method of diet control or tracking.

The main reason I do Pentamize tracking and usually weigh myself constantly is because I actually did the weigh-once-a-day thing for like 7 months and only lost 17 pounds. That daily weigh-in probably did help me lose that weight. However, it really seemed like an awfully slow pace of weight loss. 17 pounds in 7 months is about half a pound a week. While not terrible, it felt like it would take forever to lose 50 pounds or so, and I was hoping to lose about 65 pounds total. Something needed to change.

A lot of people who write on weight loss decide to write a book on weight loss first and then come up with the material. This is not how the Pentamize weight loss system was born. It developed from my notes when I realized the results I was getting after increasing my tracking activity levels. I was just lucky that I had started to write everything down at some point.

So I did not actually decide to create the Pentamize system until I realized the system had pretty much sprung into existence on its own. Although I am a writer, there was no plan on my part to write anything on weight loss until I discovered these results. Writing a book became the natural thing to do at that point.

All I want to do in life is be happy and help a few people improve their lives, even if in a small way. If all I can do is get people to weigh in more often, some of them are going to lose weight. One common element of success that you see again and again is that spending time at something improves your level of success at that activity. Well, this has translated well for me when it comes to weight loss. I spend loads of time tracking my diet and exercise and modifying based on those results. Those things have resulted in tracking being almost like a hobby, but a serious hobby that you really like to do on a daily basis instead of an occasional hobby. I was never good at sports or games or whatever. But there is something I am finally pretty good at – weight loss and maintenance. Other than family, it’s the most satisfying thing I have done yet. The Pentamize system created itself through my experimentation. All I did was arrange it in such a way that it can be read on paper or online.

With all that said, I am far from perfect and failed to properly track today. So this may cause a setback, but I know that hard work can always make up for a bad day.

Hard work is what I will need this time. After failing to track, I was a ridiculous 78.4 in the morning, or 1.5 kg over the starting weight. Then, we had a break-in our building here, and that was a distraction. So I did a mixed workout of some jogging and some lunges (no weights, just bending at the knee while stepping forward). This resulted in a poor weight loss of .7 kg. So everything in both diet and exercise was bad today, and that created a poor weight gain of .7 kg, as I went to the bathroom and ended the day at 77.6 kg.

Results Through Day 55

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
Day 24 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 78.3 to 78.5
Day 25 – 0 minutes – lost .2 kg – 78.5 to 78.3 (break day)
Day 26 – 90 minutes – lost .4 kg – 78.3 to 77.9
Day 27 – 0 minutes – gained 1.6 kg – 77.9 to 79.5 (cheat day and break day combined)
Days 28 and 29 combined – 0 minutes – gained .3 kg – 79.5 to 79.8 (one cheat day, one partial cheat day, and 2 break days)
Day 30 – 90 minutes – lost 1.3 kg – 79.8 to 78.5
Day 31 – 0 minutes – gained .3 kg – 78.5 to 78.8 (break day)
Day 32 – 89 minutes – lost .6 kg – 78.8 to 78.2
Day 33 – 90 minutes – broke even – 78.2 to 78.2
Day 34 – 90 minutes – lost .8 kg – 78.2 to 77.4
Day 35 – 90 minutes – gained .3 kg – 77.4 to 77.7
Day 36 – 90 minutes – lost .5 kg – 77.7 to 77.2
Day 37 – 80 minutes – gained .3 kg – 77.2 to 77.5
Day 38 – 90 minutes – gained .1 kg – 77.5 to 77.6
Day 39 – 90 minutes – lost .3 kg – 77.6 to 77.3
Day 40 – 90 minutes – lost .1 kg – 77.3 to 77.2
Day 41 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 77.2 to 77.4
Day 42 – 60 minutes – gained .3 kg – 77.4 to 77.7
Day 43 – 87 minutes – lost .3 kg – 77.7 to 77.4
Day 44 – 90 minutes – gained .8 kg – 77.4 to 78.2
Day 45 – 90 minutes – lost .8 kg – 78.2 to 77.4
Day 46 – 50 minutes – gained .3 kg – 77.4 to 77.7
Day 47 – 86 minutes – lost .5 kg – 77.7 to 77.2
Day 48 – 90 minutes – lost .6 kg – 77.2 to 76.6
Day 49 – 86 minutes – gained .1 kg – 76.6 to 76.7
Day 50 – 89 minutes – gained .3 kg – 76.7 to 77.0
Day 51 – 90 minutes – broke even – 77.0 to 77.0
Day 52 – 90 minutes – broke even – 77.0 to 77.0
Day 53 – 70 minutes – gained .2 kg – 77.0 to 77.2
Day 54 – 90 minutes – lost .3 kg – 77.2 to 76.9
Day 55 – 90 minutes – gained .7 kg – 76.9 to 77.6
gained .8 kg (5 cheat days, 2 partial cheat days, and 6 break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 846
4234 minutes total
average run time – 77 minutes (rounded up)

First Day Losing Weight In 6 Days

Day 494

I did not do much extensive tracking today. However, the last time I weighed myself during the late afternoon to early evening, I had gained only 1.4 kg so far. That had me at 78.6 kg, from a start of 77.2.

It seemed like my diet was going better on this day, so I decided to have one or two more small meals or snacks and not bother tracking the rest of the night. However, I am so used to tracking that I jumped on the scale one more time, anyway. I was 78.8 kg at that time and had one more meal.

The morning result was a nice semi-surprise. I had dropped to 78.0 kg. This had to have been more than a drop of .8 kg since I ate a little more after the 78.8 kg weigh-in.

The 78.0 kg morning weigh-in actually gave me an outside chance of getting back to breakeven on my 100-day experiment. But it would take either a better-than-average result or a good result plus losing more in the bathroom. That was not likely because I had already gone to the bathroom big time before the morning weigh-in.

My running session culminated in a heart rate of about 132 at the end after a typical 90-minute session. I had made the decision to push for the full 90 minutes cause it looked like I might get back down to 76.8.

Today’s session was good enough for a loss of 1.1 kg, and that left me just .1 kg short of my 100-day-test starting weight of 76.8 kg. I was at 76.9, and a small pee in the head did not drop that one bit. So I ended the day at 76.9 kg. Since today started at 77.2, that put me at a good daily weight loss of .3 kg.

Today’s positive takeaway is that my diet performance was much better than recent results. I don’t even comprehend what has been going on lately, but it has been Danger Zone City for the majority of days for a week or so now. So at least there is a positive change there.

For my next test, I am thinking of testing 50 days where I only track the starting and ending weights, and doing 50 days during the same time period where I do extensive Pentamize tracking. That could be a disaster unless I am somehow able to instinctively control my diet without tracking. Also, I will be forced to run 90 minutes on most of those days since I will have no idea where I am at. Such a test won’t have broad scientific validity because it is just me. But it will show what can happen, given the right (or perhaps wrong) circumstances.

This was also my first day in 6 days of losing weight. That would be pretty alarming in full weight loss mode. In maintenance mode, it is not as alarming, especially because I reduced my session time yesterday.

Results Through Day 54

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
Day 24 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 78.3 to 78.5
Day 25 – 0 minutes – lost .2 kg – 78.5 to 78.3 (break day)
Day 26 – 90 minutes – lost .4 kg – 78.3 to 77.9
Day 27 – 0 minutes – gained 1.6 kg – 77.9 to 79.5 (cheat day and break day combined)
Days 28 and 29 combined – 0 minutes – gained .3 kg – 79.5 to 79.8 (one cheat day, one partial cheat day, and 2 break days)
Day 30 – 90 minutes – lost 1.3 kg – 79.8 to 78.5
Day 31 – 0 minutes – gained .3 kg – 78.5 to 78.8 (break day)
Day 32 – 89 minutes – lost .6 kg – 78.8 to 78.2
Day 33 – 90 minutes – broke even – 78.2 to 78.2
Day 34 – 90 minutes – lost .8 kg – 78.2 to 77.4
Day 35 – 90 minutes – gained .3 kg – 77.4 to 77.7
Day 36 – 90 minutes – lost .5 kg – 77.7 to 77.2
Day 37 – 80 minutes – gained .3 kg – 77.2 to 77.5
Day 38 – 90 minutes – gained .1 kg – 77.5 to 77.6
Day 39 – 90 minutes – lost .3 kg – 77.6 to 77.3
Day 40 – 90 minutes – lost .1 kg – 77.3 to 77.2
Day 41 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 77.2 to 77.4
Day 42 – 60 minutes – gained .3 kg – 77.4 to 77.7
Day 43 – 87 minutes – lost .3 kg – 77.7 to 77.4
Day 44 – 90 minutes – gained .8 kg – 77.4 to 78.2
Day 45 – 90 minutes – lost .8 kg – 78.2 to 77.4
Day 46 – 50 minutes – gained .3 kg – 77.4 to 77.7
Day 47 – 86 minutes – lost .5 kg – 77.7 to 77.2
Day 48 – 90 minutes – lost .6 kg – 77.2 to 76.6
Day 49 – 86 minutes – gained .1 kg – 76.6 to 76.7
Day 50 – 89 minutes – gained .3 kg – 76.7 to 77.0
Day 51 – 90 minutes – broke even – 77.0 to 77.0
Day 52 – 90 minutes – broke even – 77.0 to 77.0
Day 53 – 70 minutes – gained .2 kg – 77.0 to 77.2
Day 54 – 90 minutes – lost .3 kg – 77.2 to 76.9
gained .1 kg (5 cheat days, 2 partial cheat days, and 6 break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 846
4144 minutes total
average run time – 77 minutes (rounded up)

Gained a Little When Cutting 70 Minutes Off Run Time, But Not Such Bad Results

Day 493

After not spending much time on the scales today, I found myself at 78.7 kg at 9 at night. That is only .1 kg under my current Danger Zone mark of 1.8 kg.

The same thing is happening again today. I am still hungry. There was a time when even 2.5 was okay, particularly during warmer weather and while routinely jogging for 90 minutes. That is not true at this point in time, with something like 1.8 to 2.0 kg of increase during the day resulting in only a breakeven day even after a 90-minute jogging session. I am starting to see possible improvements in run results, but there is not enough of an improvement to change the Danger Zone mark, which I will be keeping at 1.8 kg for now.

Even after increasing to 78.7, I had some more food to get through to bedtime. There was no point in tracking then, so I went to bed without checking. But I increased about 2.0 kg again, and my morning weight showed a 78.4. I had already decided yesterday to jog only 70 minutes. I am sticking to that plan even though it’s likely to end in a weight gain. There is no way to get down to 77.0 with a 70-minute running session. So unless I suddenly go to the bathroom a lot, the final result today will be a weight gain.

77.4 after the run. That is not bad for a 70-minute session. However, I did go to the bathroom and had a small pee before jogging. So the actual amount lost during the session may have been a little less than 77.4 kg. At any rate, this at least gives me a fighting chance to break even today because I have about 2 hours to go until the official daily weigh-in. A small gain on a 70-minute-run day would not be so bad, though, considering my food intake for this daily period. By that, I mean 77.1 or 77.2 would not be so bad. 77.3 or more would be a little disappointing and make me feel pressure to try to recover tomorrow. I don’t want to feel that pressure.

Luckily, I finished the day at 77.2 after going to the bathroom. My weigh-in may have been 30 minutes or so early, but that likely would not have made a difference except maybe .1 kg. So it’s fair to just call it 77.2 and a weight gain today of .2 kg. All things considered, I am not feeling too disappointed because I was able to cut 20 minutes off the run and can now hopefully regroup with a little more body rest than usual and put in a good 90 minutes tomorrow. Cutting out that 20 minutes was definitely more important today than worrying about a small weight gain. Of course, I did not know it would be a small weight gain, which is why it is so important to try to keep up a reasonable diet.

Results Through Day 53

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
Day 24 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 78.3 to 78.5
Day 25 – 0 minutes – lost .2 kg – 78.5 to 78.3 (break day)
Day 26 – 90 minutes – lost .4 kg – 78.3 to 77.9
Day 27 – 0 minutes – gained 1.6 kg – 77.9 to 79.5 (cheat day and break day combined)
Days 28 and 29 combined – 0 minutes – gained .3 kg – 79.5 to 79.8 (one cheat day, one partial cheat day, and 2 break days)
Day 30 – 90 minutes – lost 1.3 kg – 79.8 to 78.5
Day 31 – 0 minutes – gained .3 kg – 78.5 to 78.8 (break day)
Day 32 – 89 minutes – lost .6 kg – 78.8 to 78.2
Day 33 – 90 minutes – broke even – 78.2 to 78.2
Day 34 – 90 minutes – lost .8 kg – 78.2 to 77.4
Day 35 – 90 minutes – gained .3 kg – 77.4 to 77.7
Day 36 – 90 minutes – lost .5 kg – 77.7 to 77.2
Day 37 – 80 minutes – gained .3 kg – 77.2 to 77.5
Day 38 – 90 minutes – gained .1 kg – 77.5 to 77.6
Day 39 – 90 minutes – lost .3 kg – 77.6 to 77.3
Day 40 – 90 minutes – lost .1 kg – 77.3 to 77.2
Day 41 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 77.2 to 77.4
Day 42 – 60 minutes – gained .3 kg – 77.4 to 77.7
Day 43 – 87 minutes – lost .3 kg – 77.7 to 77.4
Day 44 – 90 minutes – gained .8 kg – 77.4 to 78.2
Day 45 – 90 minutes – lost .8 kg – 78.2 to 77.4
Day 46 – 50 minutes – gained .3 kg – 77.4 to 77.7
Day 47 – 86 minutes – lost .5 kg – 77.7 to 77.2
Day 48 – 90 minutes – lost .6 kg – 77.2 to 76.6
Day 49 – 86 minutes – gained .1 kg – 76.6 to 76.7
Day 50 – 89 minutes – gained .3 kg – 76.7 to 77.0
Day 51 – 90 minutes – broke even – 77.0 to 77.0
Day 52 – 90 minutes – broke even – 77.0 to 77.0
Day 53 – 70 minutes – gained .2 kg – 77.0 to 77.2
gained .4 kg (5 cheat days, 2 partial cheat days, and 6 break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 846
4054 minutes total
average run time – 76 minutes (rounded down)