On Day 13, which was October 1, 2016, I ended up not exercising at all. As I walked outside, it was raining. And it was already a bit late as it was. There just wasn’t enough time to wait and see if it was going to stop raining. So I decided to make this an off day.
There is a difference here between now and when I was in full weight-loss mode. Some people won’t imagine this, and some will think it’s normal. But I worked out every single day for about 5 months when in full mode. If it rained, I ran under the soccer stadium roof at the stadium near my house. Or I did some hardcore calisthenics inside if I had to. But the maintenance phase is something you should definitely envision doing the rest of your life. And working out every single day the rest of your life is just not realistic for most people, including myself. So I have eased up a little compared to full mode and don’t mind taking a break a few times a month. But I still work out almost every day.
I failed again on an off day. Luckily, I did not overeat on this day and only gained .2 kg (nearly half a pound). Still, that is not good when you project it out over several off days. However, I was still 74.8 kg after today. And that is below the starting weight of 75.0. So far, my break days are both bad days in maintenance mode.
Days With No Workout
total +.8 kg
average +.4 kg in 2 days
2-Week Maintenance-Mode Update
I am doing just fine with maintaining my weight so far. It’s been about 2 weeks, and I am still at 74 or 75 kg despite even having some off days. So I am feeling good about this and am working out less. Even on days that I do work out, I have been jogging less.
What you don’t see in the numbers above is that I have been eating a little bit more and have taken a couple of moderate cheat days and more snacks than usual on non-cheat days. But this is my maintenance phase, not my the hardcore full weight-loss mode. So this is not a bad thing because I am achieving my goal of maintaining. The point is that I could work a whole lot harder than this if necessary. And that is the goal of the maintenance phase. Don’t kill yourself. But don’t let yourself go so much that you start to put on weight again.
There is a happy maintenance medium in there that is easier to find if you work your butt off in the beginning to lose the weight. Then, you know what hard work is and can more easily “downgrade” a little during the maintenance phase. Yes, it gets easier. But you must maintain discipline. I have only dropped approximately 10 to 15 minutes off of my average run. However, that reduction actually makes the runs a lot easier.