Banked Some Weight Loss 2 Days In a Row And Fully Recovered From Cheat Days

Yesterday was the first time in a while that I actually lost weight without exercising. My weight was reduced from 79.4 to 79.2 kg. My max increase of about .7 kg was very low and would be hard to repeat. In fact, with such a low max increase, I was expecting to lose a little more weight. But the good thing is any day with a 1.2 kg or less gives me some chance of losing.

As expected, I gained more today during the daytime. After my 3rd meal, I had gotten up to 79.9 kg, which was .7 kg over. Since .7 was yesterday’s max, this meant that I was destined to gain more today. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There is still a chance of losing weight again by the time of tomorrow morning 11 o’clock weigh-in.

I didn’t take the time to check in right after the 4th snack, but my weight right before the final snack was actually 79.8. My weight actually went down between the end of my 3rd snack and shortly before the 5th and last meal.

The last snack was a little bigger, and I was at 78.1 at bedtime. But that was still a very nice .9 kg over the starting weight. Such a number shows a very good chance of losing weight over this 24-hour period. My guideline for that is still about 1.2 kg if not exercising. Being .3 under that at bedtime is in no way a guarantee, but it shows potential. After losing .2 kg yesterday, this would be my 2nd day in a row of losing some weight.

I got up early, but my weight had gone down to 79.1. That 1.0 kg drop was already enough for a daily weight loss with 5 hours to go. However, I never get too excited at this point in the day. The last 2 hours are sometimes really good and sometimes strangely show no weight loss at all. At any rate, I am quite happy because it’s been a while since having 2 days in a row of weight loss. I will still be more or less breakeven on the snacks-only diet with no exercise at day’s end. Of course, any cheat days require me to exercise. I have no solution at this time to recover from cheat days except through exercise.

My plan is to abstain from exercising until next week. I will finally have more time to do that because my child is headed back to school.

Exactly what I said above happened. From 6 to 11, I suddenly lost almost no weight. However, I went down slightly to 79.0. All in all, though, a loss of 1.1 kg from bedtime to final weigh-in (about 13 hours), was still good. And it helped me produce a daily weight loss of .2 kg. That also completes 2 days in a row of weight loss (.2 on both days and .4 all together). Finally, I have completely recovered from the 2 cheat days and even lost .2 for good measure. And this was done with no exercise.

This is not to say that not exercising is a good thing. It is most certainly not. But it’s good to test your diet plan and see if you an break even without exercise. Then, when you don’t have time to get in a workout, you can at least break even on average if following a diet that allows you to do that.

First Snacks-Only Day After 2 Cheat Days; Thoughts On Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

It is time to get back to a disciplined diet after 2 days with very little self-control. I feel very lucky to have gained only .2 kg over these 2 days, but that’s not a reason to let up at all. I had my cheating fun, and it’s time to get back to a snacks-only diet.

Today started out very well. After the first 3 snacks, I was still only .6 kg over the starting weight of 79.4. That is the best I have seen in a long time. Yes, I definitely have a lot of extra weight to lose in the next 2 or 3 weeks, as 79 is getting too high. But this is a great start if I can keep this up the rest of the day.

Although I did not exercise per se today, my daughter and I played on the playground in this apartment complex. That was a little bit of exercise and a smallish amount of sweating. After the 4th snack and playing, I was back down to only about 79.8 (this is an estimate). That is about the lowest my weight has ever been after 4 snacks since it is only .4 kg over the starting weight. Maybe I lost more weight than expected running around the playground. But I can’t imagine that it was more than .2 kg, if that.

Today, I basically had 5 snacks, but it could be called 4 and 2 really small ones to end the day since they were about 45 minutes apart. My weight was still only 80.1 after the last snack. That is only .7 kg over the starting weight and is one of the lowest maximum daily weight gains that I have ever recorded.

I am laughing inside at a recent story where someone supposedly chided a mother for feeding her child a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in a store. “Whatever” is what I say. I had 2 or 3 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches today and am losing weight. If it works for you, no need to listen to anyone. One thing I can say about losing weight is that I don’t read much that is helpful, and a lot of it is actually misleading and contradictory. Who is to say that you should not eat peanut butter? Depending on whom you talk to, it’s a good source of nutrients. And while eating too much bread is bad for weight loss, the body also needs some carbohydrates. And the jelly is usually not good for you, but moderation is the key. How am I losing weight today if a small amount of sugar is so bad? Moderation makes anything possible. I used only one piece of bread for each sandwich and used only enough jelly to make it “go down easier.” Every human being is not going to sit around eating nothing but broccoli, spinach, and turnips. Yes, spreading a quarter of an inch of jelly on a sandwich is probably bad. That is just common sense that you are overeating when you do that. Spread it thin and use only one piece of bread.

I had a decent but not great weight loss overnight and was 79.4 in the morning. That put me at breakeven for the day, but with 4 more hours until the weigh-in. I feel a little bit constipated, but this has not stopped me from having a good day.

During those 4 hours, I was able to finally go to the bathroom. My weight did not go down much over this period, but I did finish at 79.2, for a daily weight loss of .2 kg. With 4 hours to go, I was hoping for more. But any loss where no exercise is involved is a good loss.

2 Cheat Days Surprisingly Result In Very Little Weight Gain

This blog post covers 2 cheat days that both had no exercise (read for details). I did not do any tracking except the very beginning and then the very ending of the 2-day period (48 hours later). My starting weight was 79.2, and I was mildly shocked to step on the scale 2 days later and weight in at 79.4. That was only a total gain of .2 kg, for a daily average gain of .1 over this period. Very surprising and happy that I won’t have to spend a week or something to recover.

I will say that the second of these 2 days was more of a partial cheat day than a full one. The first was a full cheat day, though.

On the first day, I went out with the family and had a pretty big bacon cheeseburger with fries and a coke. That is probably my favorite cheat-day meal of them all. However, this was definitely not a huge meal. The burger was more of a medium size.

After that lunch of burger and fries and coke, I had a pretty big dinner. We had some fried chicken, pork soup, and more coke. So while I did not have one huge meal, I did have 2 pretty big ones that would never be consumed on a snacks-only diet.

I ate yet again before the usual daily weigh-in time in the morning. However, that was not a particularly large meal. So for the first day, I had 2 semi-large meals and about 3 additional snacks.

While I did not really exercise on this first day, there is a caveat to this statement. I did walk for 45 minutes or so to get to where we were going and back. And we ate at one of those places that has slides and other stuff for kids to play on. My daughter wanted me to play, so I did do some crawling and running around in that play area, working up a little bit of a sweat. All in all, I figure my total weight loss from physical activity on this day was probably only .2 to .4 kg. That is not enough to burn off many of the extra calories from a cheat day. It was, at best, minimal exercise.

The second day was not as bad on diet as the first one. I did not have any particularly big meals, but some of my snacks were a bit bigger than what a snacks-only diet is supposed to be comprised of. I also had 2 can cokes, which certainly added some sugar-based calories. As I said, though, I don’t have a weight measurement for the first day. Thus, I don’t know if I gained weight or not on this second day. I guess it’s possible that I actually lost a little on this day. But even if I did, it’s clear that drinking coke is not a good idea if you are trying to maintain a diet.

These last 2 days were Tuesday and Wednesday, so it’s time to get back to a snacks-only diet on Thursday. I might not be exercising on Thursday, but I definitely want to get back to a proper diet. There will be plenty of time to exercise next week, as my daughter is starting school again. I will finally have some time to actually focus on what I need to do starting on Tuesday.

Note that it’s a good idea to exercise on a cheat day, but my schedule didn’t work out this time. If I had exercised, I may have actually lost weight. It sure would be nice if the typical cheat day had this kind of result. But I can’t rely on such results and generally exercise on the same day to prevent some gain and aid recovery.

How To Handle Your Weight “Freezing In Place”

Overall, this was another good day on diet performance with yet another disappointing ending. However, it was better than yesterday’s .3 kg weight gain. I am still happy with this diet but wish I could lose a little weight with it without exercise. But beggars can’t be choosers. LOL.

I was only .9 over after the 3rd snack, which is a pretty typical start to a decent diet day. The rest of the day after the 3rd snack usually results in a lot less net weight gain. That is probably because I tend to drink more water in the earlier part of the day than later.

At first, I thought that .9 might be a pretty bad start. But as I continued to track, I realized that the majority of weight is usually in the earlier part of the day.

My weight was about 1.1 over after the 4th snack. That continued a good trend. In order to possibly have a day of weight loss, it is nice at this point of the day to lose back down a little before the 5th snack (the last one of the day lately, although I sometimes have 6). That did happen today. I got back down to about 1.0 over (79.2) before the 5th and final snack.

A little after the 5th one, I weighed in at 79.5, which was 1.3 over for the day. The only thing I will be having the rest of the day is black coffee, which is how I get almost all my water, aside from water in my food.

Things looked pretty good at that point, and the overnight results were decent. I lost about 1.0 kg and got down to 78.5 with 3 1/2 hours before the weigh-in.

All I can say about the rest of the day is that it was pretty average. My weight needed to drop .3 kg and get to 79.2 for a breakeven day. A decent rate of weight loss for me over a period of several hours is about .1 kg per hour. That is almost exactly what happened because I finished at 79.2. This means that I lost .3 kg in about 3 1/2 hours.

Average is perfectly fine for this situation, especially considering that I will sometimes “freeze in place” and lose nothing for even 3 or more hours. That “freezing in place” thing is something that always confuses and upsets me when it ends in a daily weight gain. But these things do even out over time, so I have grown to accept it. There are also times when I suddenly lose .3 kg in one hour (this usually includes going to the bathroom). Just like anything in life, you need to learn to accept the bad parts if you are also getting the good parts. I certainly accept the occasional fast spurts of weight loss, so I have to consider that and accept the freezing.

How you can handle this for your own weight loss or maintenance is to track enough to understand your estimated average. Think on a long-term basis and understand that virtually everything in life goes in cycles. Short of the Earth’s rotation or a few things like that, cycles are inconsistent. League champions almost never win every game (never with basketball), you can’t win 30 hands of poker in a row even if you are the best player in the world, and even big things like the weather are totally inconsistent. So it’s no surprise that your digestion, metabolism, rate of perspiration, stool, and loads of other factors are going to affect your rate of weight loss over short periods. Don’t worry about it as long as you have an average that is successful.

Mildly Disappointing Day With Some Weight Gain And No Exercise

The day started out pretty good. I was at 78.6 right before the 3rd snack, with a starting weight of 77.9.

After the 4th snack, I was up to 79.1 (1.2 over). This is not so great, but it’s not bad, either. By way of comparison, I maxed out at 1.5 kg over yesterday. So it would be nice to have a pretty small last snack, but without starving myself.

The next thing that happened is what I expected to happen every day on the snacks-only diet. I went back down to 78.9, which is exactly what happened for weeks when testing this diet with no exercise. Unfortunately, this is not usually what happens the day after exercising. Time and again, my weight sticks on throughout the day after having done substantial exercise the day before.

Before sleeping and with 10 hours before the weigh-in, I was at 78.9. I expected to be less than that, but it’s on pace to be close to breakeven.

Holy crap. Another weird overnight result. I was still at 78.5 when getting up about 3 hours before the final weigh-in. That is really bad and something you would not think would happen on a snacks-only diet where my maximum increase was only about 1.2 to 1.3 kg over. Yet, I was still .6 kg over when waking up. While this is not the worst I have seen, I am still puzzled that this could ever happen.

The last 3 hours were an improvement, and I lost .3 kg to finish at 78.2. At least that limited my daily weight gain to .3 kg.

This was a bad day even though I did everything right in terms of this diet. However, there are a couple of important things to consider:

1. I am a bit constipated. This can affect your short-term weight statistics, and obviously in a negative way if you are trying to break even (maintenance mode) or lose weight; and

2. I am on a snacks-only diet that I have already determined is close to breakeven without exercise. And since I did not run today or do any other exercise, a weight gain is not a surprise. I am going to have days with weight gain, some with loss, and a minimum of days that are exactly breakeven.

If you think about that second point, it wouldn’t even be that surprising to see about 40% of days have at least a little weight gain if the ultimate result is breakeven. So while I am a little disappointed today, a run of 30 to 45 minutes could have easily erased that .3 kg.

My main goal at the moment is to get used to the fact that I am going to have to do some exercise even with a somewhat challenging snacks-only diet. I won’t be able to follow it absolutely perfectly. That is never going to happen. Along with that, I have to keep pounding into my head that I am going to have plenty of days of weight gain because that always occurs with a breakeven diet.