A Little Blog Post About Cake (Gained a Small Amount Eating It Today)

Day 496

Today was my daughter’s birthday. While this was not a cheat day, we did get a cake for a little party. But we did not make a bunch of food and pig out, either. So this turned out to be not such a bad day overall. I gained .1 kg by the end of it all.

A small weight gain was not surprise. Cake is one of the worst things you can eat in my experience. It is both a bread product and, depending on the type of cake and recipe, has a lot of sugar added. So eating a lot of it can be a big problem for me. Nonetheless, I tried to control other parts of my diet today because of that cake. And it appears that I did a so-so job in that regard since the end result was not so bad. This was not so lacking in discipline to consider it a cheat day, and I would not even go so far as to call it a partial cheat day.

The overall result includes a full 90-minute run, so there was no lack of exercise. Diet was a slight problem today. But as can be seen overall, you can celebrate something like a birthday but still limit the damage by exercising some discipline on other areas on the very same day. In this case, I ate some cake, avoided drinking coke or other bad drinks, and stuck to my basic diet apart from the cake.

What may have helped the most and what may help you on a celebration day like this is to replace a percentage or portion of your diet with cake or other bad stuff. So if you normally eat 2000 calories but eat 500 calories of cake, then reducing the rest of your diet to 1500 calories can be helpful. I am not giving a specific scientific formula here. This is just a general approach to LIMITING some of the possible weight gain when you can’t escape joining in on that birthday cake or some other tasty but bad food for a weight maintenance diet. Of course, 500 calories of cake or other snack-type food is not preferable to 500 calories to vegetables or some other healthy option. I am not even attempting to draw such a comparison.

With all this said, I did not even track my diet this time until morning. I was 78.9, which was a rather large 1.3 kg over the 77.6 starting weight. I was saved to some degree by a good run result. My heart rate seems to have increased lately during runs. It was about 132 at the end today, and my weight dropped to 77.7. That was also today’s final weight.

Results Through Day 56

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
Day 56 – 90 minutes – gained .1 kg – 77.6 to 77.7
gained .8 kg (5 cheat days, 2 partial cheat days, and 6 break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 846
4324 minutes total
average run time – 77 minutes (rounded up)

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