Another Break Day (4 in 5 Days), But Result Was Not So Bad

Day 471

I had another unplanned break day today, but the results were not as bad as usual. However, I want to explain the difference between an unplanned break day without tracking and an unplanned break day with Pentamize tracking.

Without belaboring the point too much here, I’ll say that the common advice of weighing yourself only once a week makes no sense at all to me unless someone has a serious psychological problem that dictates against more frequent weigh-ins. My Pentamize system is the opposite. I am tracking all the time, and that is exactly what let me know that today’s unplanned break was okay because the damage done was minimal. I can easily recover from a gain of only .3 kg.

I started out great on diet, and the day was good all day in terms of diet discipline. At the maximum, my weight had only increased about 1.4 kg, to about 79.9. That’s a solid number considering that my Danger Zone is at about an increase of 2.0 kg. If I had run for 90 minutes, this would have been another very big day of weight loss and the second big one in a row. But there is no need to rush here. This is not a race even though I have a lot of ground to make up to get back to the pre-holiday weight of 77.0.

What allowed me to take a break, though, is that I woke up and weighed in at 79.1 kg. That was .6 kg above my daily starting weight with about 2 to 3 hours to go before the final weigh-in. At that time, I was still planning on running for 90 minutes or at least close to it. But when I went outside to take care of some business, it was darn cold. I immediately felt like not running. And while I do have the money to go to the gym, I choose not to for various reasons. I am always running outside no matter how cold it is.

I decided that I might run later, but I went to the bathroom and weighed in at 78.8 kg. That was close enough to breakeven for me to decide on an unplanned break day. I can recover from that .3 kg easily.

To sum up today’s results, you can easily see that my tracking helped me make the decision to take a break. Without the tracking, would I have been .5 kg? 1.0 kg over with a hard recovery in the next few days? How are you supposed to know when you can take an unplanned break when you don’t weigh yourself to see where you are at? So tracking not only tells you when you need to work out. It can also tell you when it is okay to take a break. If being able to take an unplanned break is not enough incentive for you to start tracking the Pentamize way, then there is probably nothing else I can say to convince you.

Results Through Day 31:

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)

gained 2.0 kg (5 cheat days, 2 partial cheat days, and 6 break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 613
2187 minutes total
average run time – 71 minutes

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