Am I Getting Out Of Control With Too Many Break Days?

Day 472

It has reached the point where I feel that my routine is getting out of control. I have been patient with myself because break days are okay on a holiday like New Year’s Day. But too much is too much.

I have now had 4 break days in 5 days when my typical schedule is to have about one break day on average per month. Certainly, one could argue that one break day a month is not enough. But 4 break days out of the last 5 days is obviously not the answer to that.

Funnily enough, I have actually LOST WEIGHT over these days overall even though only one day had weight loss. I started at 79.5 kg on December 30 and am now 78.8 at the beginning of today. The way I lost weight was having a huge day of 1.3 kg and only a small weight gain on the other days.

Despite having lost weight over these 5 days, that does not mean I have been doing the right thing. Getting out of your usual routine can be okay in some situations. But the danger is not going back to that routine because you get lazy or at least lose some motivation.

To be 100% sure that I am going to run today, I have decided to do it tonight instead of in the morning. It’s time to get a 90-minute run in the books before I reach a possible point of no return (losing too much motivation to stat doing something again that I frankly still don’t like that much).

One unusual thing that has been happening the past few days is that I am gaining less throughout the day than expected. For some reason, this happened again today. I had a little more food than what I normally would by 6 in the evening, including a small frozen pizza. Yet, when checking weight, I was only 79.7 kg, which is .9 kg over today’s starting weight of 78.8. This is obviously a welcome change, but I cannot wrap my head around why this is happening. Is it a matter of losing more weight than usual as I come off of the cheat days? I don’t know, but the good thing about the Pentamize tracking system is that you don’t need to know exactly why you get the results that you get. You just need to know that your combination of diet and exercise is working.

Today’s workout plan is to go nice and slow since I have seen that a large weight loss from exercise is not necessary. Tracking goes both ways. It can tell you that you need to do more, but it can also tell you when it’s okay to slow down. I need to run for 90 minutes, but it need not be fast at all. The idea is to not be hungry at the end of this run. If I run slow and don’t eat afterwards, then I should be losing plenty of weight by the morning weigh-in.

I got down to 78.7 as a result of a pretty average running session. That dropped to 78.5 right away from hitting the bathroom. At that point, I was already under the day’s start of 78.8 kg. However, I needed a small meal and some water. That added approximately .3 kg.

My overnight results were not great. I finished in the morning at 78.2 kg. However, because of such a great result before sleeping, the .6 kg or so was still enough to lose .6 kg on the day. This was a big weight loss day, mainly due to a successful diet. The exercise and overnight results were not even that great.

Results Through Day 32:

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

gained 1.4 kg (5 cheat days, 2 partial cheat days, and 6 break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 614
2276 minutes total
average run time – 71 minutes

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