Tracked Appropriately And Lost Weight As Expected

Day 487

Starting Weight: 77.7
Ending Weight: 77.2
Result: lost .5 kg (over a pound)

Including today, I have now lost 1.0 kg in the last 3 days. 2 days ago, I had a humongous loss of .8 kg. Then, I took a little step back yesterday and gained .3. Today showed an excellent drop of .5 kg.

The day started out great for my diet performance. I had only gone up 1.1 kg, from 77.7 to 78.8, at 5 in the afternoon. I notice that having a good start is what helps me have a good weight-loss day. If I have a bad start, it can be difficult sacrificing the rest of the day because I am going to always get at least a little hungry. I also tracked closely this time instead of my recent bad habit of not tracking throughout the day. Tracking can help you have a good start, as well. When I have done poorly lately, it has been when I failed to weigh in until about bedtime. By then, it is usually to late to salvage the day if you have overeaten at that point.

Tracking early in the day allows you to make adjustments. Those adjustments can be a slight sacrifice on your diet instead of having to starve the rest of the day. For example, eating slightly less for the last 2 meals is a heck of a lot easier than having to completely skip the last meal, which can result in hunger pangs and even starving.

I had another snack and was about 79.2 at 7 in the evening. At 1.5 kg, I was still below the Danger Zone mark of 1.8. From this point, it looked like I could afford to eat one more small snack. I felt that and a run of 90 minutes would help me recover from yesterday’s weight gain of .3 kg. As it turned out, I lost that .3 plus .2 kg more, finishing with a solid daily weight loss of .5 kg. That is a little more than a pound.

I did not weigh myself before sleeping this time because it was not necessary due to the fact that I was in such good shape diet wise. After being 1.5 kg over, I had a small snack before going to bed. Then, I woke up and was 78.3 kg. That was an okay overnight weight loss of about 1.0 kg.

The plan was to put in another 90-minute run, and I almost did that, finishing up 4 minutes early. It didn’t seem that important to push it because I knew that I was going to lose weight, anyway. So since I got back to the house a little early, it seemed okay to finish up at that time. At any rate, I lost roughly 1 kg and finished the day at 77.2 kg. And that was after weighing in a little early.

Tomorrow’s blog will detail an even greater day, where I actually lost .6 kg plus recovered completely from the holiday cheat days and got to a net weight loss on my 100-day test. It was all smiles after tomorrow’s
running session.

Results Through Day 47:

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
gained .4 kg (5 cheat days, 2 partial cheat days, and 6 break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 771
3539 minutes total
average run time – 75 minutes

Again Failed To Track, But Results Not As Bad As Expected

Day 486

I don’t know what kind of weird phase this is, but I just keep on failing to do my Pentamize tracking. Although this is having negative impact overall, I am still only .9 kg over the starting weight of my 100-day test of flexible exercise scheduling. I surprisingly gained only .3 kg today despite overeating and also running for only 90 minutes. However, a faster pace than usual for the run may have helped to limit the damage.

The reason I personally need to track is the lack of a natural internal ability to perceive how much I have eaten at a particular time of the day. Some people probably have this innate ability, but I am lacking it. Thus, tracking throughout the day may actually be more important to me than some others. Knowing this, I don’t know why I keep dropping the ball on my tracking. While I don’t love tracking all the time, I don’t exactly hate it, either. Maybe I am just a little burned out on it all. However, getting burned out on tracking and diet is the absolute worst. If anything, I could possibly slow down on exercise, but diet is a requirement for my weight maintenance. I have observed this over and over.

Starting at 77.4 today, I failed to track most of the day and was surprised to find myself in the Danger Zone. After peeing, the scale showed me at 79.4. So I was probably 2.1 or maybe even 2.2 kg over before going to the bathroom. This was unexpected, and my lack of ability to monitor this food intake absent consistent tracking by weighing in is why I have worked hard to develop a habit of consistent tracking. If I keep failing at this, I could see myself getting up to 79 or more again. So far, though, I am not that bad off and just need to get back on track (pun intended).

Even after the 2.0 kg weigh-in, I was still a little hungry and had to sacrifice by reducing my expected food intake for the rest of the day. I ate a little more and was 78.7 when waking up. That was a so-so overnight drop, and I needed a good exercise result to break even. Unfortunately, scheduling was a problem. I started late and could only run for 50 minutes.

I tried to make up at least a little for the lost time, and my heart rate confirmed that effort. It was at a very high 160 or so at the end, which is actually the highest all winter so far. However, with only 50 mins. of running time, the weight loss turned out to be .7 kg. That got me down to 78.0.

There were about 2 hours left, and I managed to lose .3 kg more over that time. That made for a 77.7 finish and a daily gain of .3 kg. That certainly could have been worse. Despite all the tracking mistakes, I am within .7 kg of the pre-Christmas mark.

Results Through Day 46:

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
gained .9 kg (5 cheat days, 2 partial cheat days, and 6 break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 767
3453 minutes total
average run time – 75 minutes

Gobbled Up .8 KG Today To Recover From Yesterday’s Messy Gain

Day 485

To quote a familiar phrase, “What a difference a day makes.” Yesterday, I hit rock bottom and gained .8 kg. Today was literally the exact opposite. I lost .8 kg to completely erase yesterday’s meltdown in a single day.

I blogged yesterday about how I had gotten into the habit of not weighing myself throughout the day. And that came back to bite me hard yesterday, with a large weight gain of .8 kg. With a lack of tracking stats to analyze, it’s not clear what happened. So you would figure that today’s turnaround was probably because I got back to doing some hardcore tracking. That hunch would be wrong.

In fact, I pretty much got lucky today despite not getting back to a good tracking routine. Just like on recent days, I failed to track my weight during the daytime. The first time I weighed myself today was shortly before bedtime. It just so happens that that weigh-in produced good news. From a start of 78.2, I was only up to 79.3 kg. That is a fantastic result and only happens when my diet is under good control.

Of course, I can pat myself on the back a little, but the truth is that it was probably only due to just not being very hungry today. It certainly was not due to diligent tracking because waiting until bedtime to check for the first time is almost worthless. At that point, you are just hoping that you did not overeat. And I was lucky today in that regard.

Good news turned to bad news when I awoke in the morning. For some reason, I had only dropped to about 78.8 kg, from the previous night’s 79.3. That is ridiculously low, and my great day was suddenly at risk. However, with a start of 78.2, my chances of losing some weight were still very high.

Things turned for the better again for my running session. I dropped to 77.7, which was a pretty good loss of about 1.1 kg. That got me down to a loss of at least .5 kg on the day, with additional time before the final tally.

I lost .2 kg more in the bathroom and finally .1 more to get back down to 77.4 in one day. Although this was a great recovery this time, I am still concerned that my weight is not easily getting back down to the pre-Christmas mark of 77.0. When I get close to 77.0, my weight seems to want to pop back up. This is a constant struggle. On the bright side, I am still within striking distance of the 100-day-test starting mark of 76.8.

Results Through Day 45:

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
gained .6 kg (5 cheat days, 2 partial cheat days, and 6 break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 727
3403 minutes total
average run time – 75 minutes (76 if rounding up)

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

Reversed Yesterday’s Gain With an Equal Weight Loss

Day 483

Yesterday, I gained .3 kg, so it seemed right to keep up my steady exercise schedule and go for a typical 90-minute run. That is almost what happened, as I stopped only 3 minutes early, completing an 87-minute jogging session. That just happened to be good enough to exactly erase yesterday’s weight gain of .3. I lost .3, so I just went in the opposite direction (the right direction this time).

It would be so easy to lose weight or at least maintain if I could tell the difference between today and yesterday. But that is still not possible, at least for me. All that I can do is look at various tracking numbers throughout the day and try to see some kind of pattern.

Actually, the main similarity that I see in these 2 days is low overnight weight loss. Yet, you can see that the end result was totally different (a swing of .6 kg). So that comparison does not reveal anything that is very helpful at crafting a weight maintenance plan. I know that a loss of only .5 or .6 kg overnight is not good, but I have never figured out a way to prevent it.

What really helped me today was a good weight loss from the run. After a disappointing nightly loss of only about .6 kg (about 79.3 to 78.7), things got way better. I dropped down to 77.5 after the running session. That 1.2 is more than what I have experienced lately. I had already lost .2 kg by that point in time, but it was also just about time to do the final weigh-in. It was a 77.4, to get me right back to where I started yesterday.

It was also helpful today that I only increased about 1.5 kg at the max, which is way below even the new Danger Zone max of 1.8 kg.

In the end, trying to compare any 2 random days seems to prove worthless unless I make major mistakes on those days. This is the big benefit of Pentamize tracking. Although you cannot control everything, you can start to see patterns of mistakes. And by learning to avoid those mistakes, you can lose or maintain you weight.

Today, I was fortunate to lose a little weight, but I have started a nasty trend of not tracking my weight very closely. Tomorrow, I pay a big price for that bad habit.

Results Through Day 43:

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
gained .6 kg (5 cheat days, 2 partial cheat days, and 6 break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 727
3223 minutes total
average run time – 74 minutes (75 if rounding up)