Yet Another Diet Setback

Day 477

Yesterday was a solid recovery effort, and I was able to get within .2 kg of my pre-Christmas weight of 77.0 and .4 kg of my 100-day-test starting point of 76.8. Now, I am back to bad today.

It’s ironic that I just spoke about my varying hunger level yesterday, and my hunger level shot way up the very next day (today). Without bothering to weigh in for most of the day, I rose from 77.2 to 79.3. By the time I checked and saw that, I was already in the Danger Zone and had increased about 2.1 kg.

Before bedtime, I inched down to 79.2 kg. That still had me up 2.0 kg on the day and probably looking at another weight gain. The initial daily possibility (not a specific goal, but at least something to look forward to) was to get down to 77.0 and make a full recovery or possibly even to get back to the breakeven point on my 100-day test. That idea seems to be a long shot now, but there is no need to rush it. I will make it soon enough.

Even though I was still hungry for some reason despite already being in the Danger Zone, my willpower improved, allowing me to abstain from eating the rest of the night and into the morning.

Normally, I definitely would have opted for a full 90-minute run today. But time was short, so I ran for 80 minutes. That resulted in a rather poor weight loss of .7 kg,, getting me down to 77.7 from the morning’s weigh-in of 78.4. That morning number showed a pretty average overnight weight loss of about .8 kg. Of course, it could be much lower than that and often is. But on a day when you increase over 2.0 kg, you really need at least .8 or more for your overnight weight loss.

Even with the .8 overnight loss, I needed to lose 1.2 kg more just to break even. That was unlikely to happen during cold weather, although it’s more likely in warm weather, at least based on my past Pentamize tracking results. Whether a 90-minute or shorter exercise session, I was expecting to gain weight on the day before the run even started.

When I was at 77.7 after the run, I still had about an hour left before the official weigh-in. So I was hoping to at least get down to 77.5 at that point, and even that would be a .3 kg daily weight gain.

I will briefly state what I am going to do tomorrow. Put simply, I want to do the same thing I almost always do instead of deviating or trying too hard to make up for today. Why is this important? It’s because starving can just make me rebound and eat more food the next day, and excessive exercise can either cause injury or enough fatigue to harm the next day’s session.

Luckily, I was able to go to the bathroom and finish at 77.5 kg. That made for a daily weight gain of .3 kg – pretty bad for a day with a 90-minute run. There is always tomorrow.

Results Through Day 37:

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
gained .7 kg (5 cheat days, 2 partial cheat days, and 6 break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 694
2716 minutes total
average run time – 73 minutes

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