Trouble Controlling Diet Today, But Maybe This Is Normal

Day 490

Today, I have reached the exact halfway mark of my 100-day “flexible exercise schedule” test. Overall, the results are quite nice, but I would like to review these results and see if there is anything that stands out as particularly good or bad. I am only .2 kg over the starting weight of 76.8 kg. In reading this, keep in mind that I am in maintenance mode, not actual weight loss mode. I didn’t expect to lose weight because I am already around my target of 75.0. This test is to see if I can maintain when reducing my average amount of exercise. So 77.0 from a start of 76.8 is definitely a maintenance success.

I will briefly go over today’s results. They were not good, as I increased .3 kg, from 76.7 to 77.0. This included an 89-minute running session, so lack of exercise was not the reason for today’s gain. Rather, I had some trouble controlling my diet today and ended up in the Danger Zone again (just like yesterday). And while I made an unlikely recovery and almost broke even yesterday, you can’t be getting into the Danger Zone all the time and expect to bail yourself out again and again. So I have to get control of my diet again, which seems to be somewhat slipping out of control. However, it’s still possible this is just one of those things that naturally rights itself.

The most positive aspect of the first 50 days (the first half) of my test is that I am pretty much at the breakeven point despite a substantial amount of cheat and break days over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. If we include the one cheat day before Christmas, I have had 5 cheat days and 2 of what I generally like to call “partial cheat days.” These are when I let loose a little bit but try to exercise reasonable control. But I have also had 6 break days, which almost always result in weight gain in my case. This is surprising to some degree, but not too much when you consider that I spent a month recovering from these days.

The reason my average run time is 76 minutes is because of these cheat and break days. It’s certainly not due to shorter running sessions since the majority of my runs have been 84 to 90 minutes. When you have break days with 0 minutes, that quickly lowers the average.

For the last 50 days of this test, the only difference I am expecting is less cheat and break days. This is a natural consequence of not having a holiday period. There is a birthday or two in there, but those do not have to be break days. I’ll probably only have a couple of cheat days. Success seems likely. I just hope to have some days with shorter exercise sessions since the 90-minute ones get annoying. Less cheat and break days might allow me to do that.

Results Through Day 50

Day 1 – 90 minutes – lost 5d .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
gained .2 kg (5 cheat days, 2 partial cheat days, and 6 break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 776
3804 minutes total
average run time – 75 minutes (76 if rounding up)

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