Why And How I Created Pentamize Tracking

Day 495

I actually did not weigh myself at all during the day (meaning before sleeping). This can spell disaster if you have trouble instinctively controlling your diet or don’t use calorie counting or some other method of diet control or tracking.

The main reason I do Pentamize tracking and usually weigh myself constantly is because I actually did the weigh-once-a-day thing for like 7 months and only lost 17 pounds. That daily weigh-in probably did help me lose that weight. However, it really seemed like an awfully slow pace of weight loss. 17 pounds in 7 months is about half a pound a week. While not terrible, it felt like it would take forever to lose 50 pounds or so, and I was hoping to lose about 65 pounds total. Something needed to change.

A lot of people who write on weight loss decide to write a book on weight loss first and then come up with the material. This is not how the Pentamize weight loss system was born. It developed from my notes when I realized the results I was getting after increasing my tracking activity levels. I was just lucky that I had started to write everything down at some point.

So I did not actually decide to create the Pentamize system until I realized the system had pretty much sprung into existence on its own. Although I am a writer, there was no plan on my part to write anything on weight loss until I discovered these results. Writing a book became the natural thing to do at that point.

All I want to do in life is be happy and help a few people improve their lives, even if in a small way. If all I can do is get people to weigh in more often, some of them are going to lose weight. One common element of success that you see again and again is that spending time at something improves your level of success at that activity. Well, this has translated well for me when it comes to weight loss. I spend loads of time tracking my diet and exercise and modifying based on those results. Those things have resulted in tracking being almost like a hobby, but a serious hobby that you really like to do on a daily basis instead of an occasional hobby. I was never good at sports or games or whatever. But there is something I am finally pretty good at – weight loss and maintenance. Other than family, it’s the most satisfying thing I have done yet. The Pentamize system created itself through my experimentation. All I did was arrange it in such a way that it can be read on paper or online.

With all that said, I am far from perfect and failed to properly track today. So this may cause a setback, but I know that hard work can always make up for a bad day.

Hard work is what I will need this time. After failing to track, I was a ridiculous 78.4 in the morning, or 1.5 kg over the starting weight. Then, we had a break-in our building here, and that was a distraction. So I did a mixed workout of some jogging and some lunges (no weights, just bending at the knee while stepping forward). This resulted in a poor weight loss of .7 kg. So everything in both diet and exercise was bad today, and that created a poor weight gain of .7 kg, as I went to the bathroom and ended the day at 77.6 kg.

Results Through Day 55

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
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
Day 51 – 90 minutes – broke even – 77.0 to 77.0
Day 52 – 90 minutes – broke even – 77.0 to 77.0
Day 53 – 70 minutes – gained .2 kg – 77.0 to 77.2
Day 54 – 90 minutes – lost .3 kg – 77.2 to 76.9
Day 55 – 90 minutes – gained .7 kg – 76.9 to 77.6
gained .8 kg (5 cheat days, 2 partial cheat days, and 6 break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 846
4234 minutes total
average run time – 77 minutes (rounded up)

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