One of the things that you will see with perhaps most weight-loss blogs is they give you a rosy picture of everything. They say running is good. Then, they turn around and say walking is good. A low-fat diet is good. Then, they turn around a recommend a low-carb diet or weightlifting instead of jogging. I don’t do that. Instead, I just tell you what is working for me and what is not working. And calisthenics are just not working out for me as a weight-maintenance tool.
Day 73 Summary:
Starting Weight: 75.1 kg
45-minute mixed workout session with no jogging
gained .6 kg (to 75.7)
Over the past few days, I have not lost weight despite doing a lot of jogging. However, I have pretty much been breaking even.
In this situation, I would prefer to jog one more day at least to at least lose a little weight. But the issue I am coming up against is the fact that it has been several days since I have done situps, pushups, and other calisthenics. Surely, I need to do a calisthenics workout at least once a week to avoid letting my muscles get out of shape. So it’s to risk it a little bit and do this nonjogging workout. I have not had good results with these workouts. But it’s also beneficial to keep some upper-body muscles and abs in decent shape even though these sessions have not resulted in positive weight loss.
I was 76.0 kg before my workout. And after, the scale said that I still weighed the same. This is not good for losing weight. But physically, my muscles sure felt like they got a pretty good workout.
My workout was over at about 7 at night. And I needed to have a little more food. So I will be going up over 76.0 after that. Then, we’ll have to see how much I drop overnight. But it’s probably not going to be good. My guess is I will gain a lot over this 24-hour period. And that will force me to do yet another 90-minute run to try to make up for today’s weight gain.
This turned out to be a really bad day. I was well over 76 at bedtime. And by morning, that dropped to 75.7 kg. That’s a really poor weight gain of .6 kg just in one day. And this was not even a cheat day.
I am still not going to give up on these workouts because my muscles do need the exercise. Otherwise, I would only be working the leg muscles used in jogging. And that is neglecting a large portion of my body.
If you are having trouble losing weight, then you may have to sacrifice and do your most effective workout even if you don’t like it. If you can lose weight while lifting weights or something else, then that’s great for you. But this has not worked for me. So my focus is on jogging about 5 days a week and much less frequently doing a calisthenics workout. Otherwise, the risk of gaining some of my weight back is just too big.
Let me just make a quick note. Since my muscles have gotten in better shape lately from doing a lot of pushups and situps, the intensity is less than before. So I will increase my reps next time in an attempt to get better results. But there is no mistaking that, even after a year of tracking and testing things, jogging is the only thing that consistently helps me lose or maintain weight.
Mixed Workouts With No Jogging (these are all 45 minutes)
total +1.3 kg
average .1625 kg of weight gain in 8 sessions