Gained .8 KG; Getting Lackadaisical On Tracking Takes Its Toll

Day 484

I briefly stated yesterday that I have been developing a bad habit of not checking my weight throughout the day. If you read my Pentamize book, one of the main things you will read about is my tracking system. There’s nothing revolutionary here. It’s actually just checking your weight on a regular basis, as opposed to what many supposed experts tell you to do.

It bugs the snot out of me to see thees people recommend to only weigh yourself once a week. That advice is completely inexplicable and really only seems to apply to people who have some sort of mental illness that might be exacerbated by continuously weighing in. So I am not saying that this applies to 100 percent of people. But today is a very stark reminder that my success in losing and now maintaining weight rests heavily on rigorous weight tacking.

Today, I simply didn’t weigh in at all till morning. And I got a big shock at the time of that morning weigh-in. I was taking a very rough estimate that I had probably gained maybe 1.2 to 1.5 kg or so at that point. But to my dismay, I was way over that. even after going to the bathroom twice, my weight was at 79.1 kg. That was 1.7 kg over the beginning weight of 77.4 kg.

Another drawback to not weighing in constantly is you are just guessing what happened. In this case, not knowing can hurt you, at least over time. If you lack information about what is happening to your body, then there is no way to reliably adjust to improve results. Today, I don’t know hat my max weight increase was, except that it had to have been well more than 1.7 kg since that was my weight after using the bathroom twice in the morning. However, it’s at least possible that it was only a little more than 2.0, and that my weight just didn’t drop much overnight. But maybe I was significantly over 2.0 and did have a decent overnight drop. One day of not knowing the answer to this doesn’t matter much. But if you consistently fail to track, you are never going to determine how to improve. This is why I track. That knowledge is power, and that’s how I know that my Danger Zone mark is currently 1.8 kg (it was 2.0 in warmer weather).

Feel free not to track if you really don’t want to. But good luck somehow collecting the information necessary to lose or maintain weight.

Today’s run didn’t help that much, either. I did drop to 78.3, but that was only a drop of about .8 kg. Then, my final daily weight was 78.2, for a daily weight gain of .8 kg. Yet again, tracking has proven its worth as a tool for at least my own personal success. In this case, proof of this value is seen in what happens when you don’t track. It is quite uncommon for me to gain .8 kg when running for 90 minutes. That’s just crazy and is about like a cheat day. But because of my lackadaisical performance today, I don’t even know how much my weight increased before it started to naturally go down.

Results Through Day 44:

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
gained 1.4 kg (5 cheat days, 2 partial cheat days, and 6 break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 727
3313 minutes total
average run time – 75 minutes

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