Post By Email Testing

Jetpack’s Post By Email is a really handy feature. But the main problem I am having with it is that I try to compose an email in Rich Text that includes some HTML with text and image links, but the links only appear in blue. The image is not visible. I can’t figure out how to get the image to actually show up as an image and the hyperlinks to appear as hyperlinks. Instead, they just show up as blue cllickable links, with the HTML appearing as plain text. This won’t work for publishing to actual human beings.

I am trying a partial workaround with this email. I will attach the image using Gmail’s attachment feature, but the problem with this is that I need to use some specific HTML links. Changing that HTML is against the program’s rules, so this can’t be done unless your only real purpose is to show an image that is not clickable.

I am sending this by email and will see if the cookie shows up in the WordPress post and in the Facebook post.

The second part of this test is to use the Gmail Insert link feature to see if it appears as a clickable hyperlink in WordPress and Facebook. The link is below.

Sample Hyperlink

Peace Onesie

This is from our peace collection. I am a Zazzle affiliate.

This is from our peace symbol collection. This one is in the Arabic language, but you can choose any language from the collection that you want. We have over 100 languages in this collection. I am a Zazzle affiliate.

Day 454 – Somehow Broke Even When Drinking Coke

Day 454

There are days when you are going to break even (or possibly even lose a little weight) despite making some mistakes. The thing I did today was drink one of those smaller bottled cokes. I am talking about the smaller ones that you get in the fridge near the checkout counter in stores. Without that coke, it’s possible that I would have lost weight today. Nonetheless, losing a little discipline and still managing to break even gives me hope. It actually feels like a positive day in that respect.

I started today at 76.8, which is the exact starting point for my 100-day test. That means I am right back to breakeven at the end of this day.

At 6:30 in the evening, I had gotten up to 78.6 kg. This was enough to put me close to the 2.0 kg Danger Zone. For those who have not read my other blog posts, the Danger Zone is the point at which you determine through Pentamize tracking that you should not surpass in terms of daily weight gain. 76.8 to 78.6 is a 1.8 kg increase. This is getting really close to that 2.0 mark, which puts me in danger of gaining weight. The Danger Zone is a guideline only. It is possible to go below it and gain weight, and it’s possible to go over it and somehow still lose a little. But you wouldn’t want to be risking that every day.

Even when reaching 1.8 kg, I was still a little hungry. And I was still sipping on that coke. However, I was able to eat a small snack and keep further food intake to a minimum. Thus, my weight at bedtime was 1.6 kg over for the day, or 78.4 kg. In this spot, it would be nice to drop a lot of weight overnight. Otherwise, I am going to be cutting it pretty close even with a 90-minute run. Unfortunately, results were not so good today overnight. I lost about .6 kg only and was down to 77.8 after getting up and using the bathroom.

At that point, I could still break even if losing 1.0 kg during my 90-minute run. When in full weight loss mode, this would have been child’s play, as I was averaging close to 1.5 kg for a 90-minute run. But that average dropped after losing most of my excess weight and seems to be dropping even more in the recent cold weather. Today, I managed to lose exactly 1.0 kg from the run, and that put me at 76.8 and the breakeven point both today and for the 100-day test overall.

Once again, my problem is not maintaining weight because I am even when I have a cheat day. Recovery from cheat days has always been successful across what is now 454 days of weight maintenance. The problem is that I have to work out so much to maintain. Maybe there is no substitute for hard work (not including surgery, which is not something most people would want to risk). I just don’t know why it has to be this hard. Yes, today I drank a coke, which didn’t help me. But even on days when I maintain better discipline, I am often having to run 90 minutes to break even.

Results Through Day 14:

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
breakeven overall (one cheat day and no break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 62
1198 minutes total
average run time – about 86 minutes

The Difference Between Breakeven Point And Danger Zone

Day 425

I was somewhat alarmed today after the first meal and drinking fluids to rehydrate from the run. From a run finish of 78.1 kg, I rose back up to 79.6. I had a decent-sized breakfast, but it wasn’t anything huge. However, this includes drinking water, tea, and coffee. So a large percentage of this fast weight gain is probably due to that. I only went to the bathroom once before weighing in at 79.6. My starting weight today (before the run) was 79.1 kg.

Today, the recommended max weight is 79.9. And that is the maximum just to expect to break even (at least if that is my weight at bedtime). So I could be in some trouble today, but it’s far too early to say what is going to happen here because I could drop a lot as my body uses the fluids that I drank after exercising.

Strangely enough, my weight appeared to be stuck in place. I was still about 79.7 a couple of hours later. Sometimes, it is possible to go 3 or 4 hours and hardly lose any weight even though the average for me appears to be a little under .1 kg per hour during non-exercise time. However, I also need to go to the bathroom and will check after that. It may suddenly drop me quite a bit. But unless things turn around quickly, I am in trouble today because I will have to eat another small meal soon. I don’t like going 4 or 5 hours without eating anything at all. This seems to cause me to get too hungry and sometimes overeat.

After hitting the head, I dropped to 79.4. This still seems like it’s too much. It is imperative in this situation to eat small meals. It’s the only way to definitely avoid accidentally going over the daily breakeven point of 79.9.

For my second meal, I had some broccoli and a pretty small amount of meatballs. After eating that and going to the bathroom, my weight was back up to about 79.7. That was a successful small meal. Unfortunately, vegetables don’t seem to fill me up. So I may get hungry again too soon. Nonetheless, I am currently slight below the breakeven point of 79.9. Recall, however, that I am trying to be well below this at bedtime since I am in a recovery period.

This is just turning into a weird day. It seems that water is staying in my system, and I was up to 79.9 before the last meal. It seems destiny is not on my side today.

The final meal put me up to about 80.3 kg. That is far worse than yesterday’s max, which was 79.9. However, that was at 9 at night. So there is some hope still of at least breaking even today. But it’s not looking good at the moment. The only other possible thing I have left other than starving would be to do an extra session right before the final weigh-in. I mean something like a 30-minute run or whatever is necessary. I am not inclined to do that in the morning. But if I were .3 or more over, I might be forced to do it.

The whole day was weird, but I ended up weighing 79.2 kg in the end. So I did drop about 1.1 kg overnight, and that resulted in the minimum weight gain of .1 kg. If the day was that bad and still resulted in only a .1 kg gain, then I am pretty happy. I know that the average day with a 90-minute run is fine. My body was just doing some weird stuff today.

I am going to discuss the difference between this current schedule’s breakeven point and the Danger Zone, which is what I was using under the system that I just quit using. Depending on how you define them, they are more or less the same thing. But these two concepts are expressed differently, and which one you use is going to depend on your schedule.

The breakeven point changes every day, so it’s not a specific number. Let’s say you are 85 kg when you wake up and do a final weigh-in for that daily period. The breakeven point is a weight above that that you don’t want to surpass at any point during the day, or at least don’t want to be above that point at bedtime. How you arrive at the breakeven point is to do Pentamize tracking for several days by weighing yourself before you go to bed and when you do your final weigh-in after waking up. Mine varies, but I am currently at about .8 kg of weight loss for this period. And the .8 is what I am sticking to for now as the amount to increase over the day’s starting weight to determine the breakeven point.

Starting Weight: 85.0 kg
Amount Typically Lost While Sleeping: .8 kg
Breakeven Point: 85.8 kg

You generally need to stay below the breakeven point on average to lose weight. Hitting that every day would cause you to pretty much break even, which is fine if you have already reached your goal and are only trying to do weight maintenance. However, if you typically have a small or large weight problem, there are probably going to be times where you gain weight and need to lose a little (what I call a “recovery period).

The Danger Zone applies when you do your daily final weigh-ins after both working out and sleeping. In this case, you can determine the approximate amount that you can increase during the day so that your sleep time and exercise will be enough at the end of the period to break even. Unlike the breakeven point, which changes every day, the Danger Zone is the same every single day, except that you may need to modify it over time if your diet or exercise routine changes (or your metabolism or other body changes require you to increase or decrease the Danger Zone maximum daily weight.

To figure your Danger Zone max daily weight increase, you need to do Pentamize tracking for several days. Let’s stick with the 85.0 kg starting weight. In this case, I have determined that 2.0 kg is good if doing faster 60-minute runs. This is for me, but your numbers may be quite different. In my case, though, they would look like this:

Starting Weight: 85.0 kg
Danger Zone max weight: 2.0 kg
Breakeven Point: 87.0 kg

As you can see, the Danger Zone and breakeven point can be calculated and used for tracking at the same time. We are really talking about the same thing, but they are just expressed differently. You can even give them any name you want since these are names I made up when creating the Pentamize system and writing this blog.

Personally, I have determined that the schedule using the Danger Zone is not to my liking. I prefer to be able to exercise when I want to, depending on the day’s general schedule and other considerations. So to do this, I weigh in first thing in the morning and then work out when my schedule permits during the daytime or even at night. It’s way too cold here right now to run at night. But when it gets warmer, I might decide to do that. However, even that is not really preferred when doing final weigh-ins in the morning because running makes you hungry. If you run at night shortly before sleeping, I have found that you get hungry and eat something right before sleeping. This is not good in my opinion because it carries a higher risk of being overweight in the morning.

Lost .3 KG Despite Poor Exercise Result

Day 424

The difference between the current tracking schedule that I started yesterday and the old one is that my final weigh-in is the first thing in the morning. That final weigh-in is also the starting weight for the next day. Today, that is 79.4 kg, which was down from 79.8 the day before. Thus, I lost .4 kg on the first day of this new Pentamize tracking system.

Note: This is not actually an old schedule or system. I have followed this schedule before, but it has been a while because I like to try new things and see if I can improve even more. For now, I am going to stick with doing daily final weigh-ins at 8 in the morning. This schedule is pretty much what I did when cutting my weight from about 106kg to 75 kg, or about 68 pounds. It might be the best system. I am going to return to it now and see how things go. The first day was solid, though.

I had a really disappointing weight loss from running this morning. I checked multiple times, and it said 78.6 kg. That is a very low .8 kg loss during a 90-minute run, down from the start of 79.4. Geez, that is about the lowest I have ever recorded. If I recall correctly, there was one day that was only .7. However, it started raining pretty hard this morning, and that, along with some strong winds, slowed me down some. That may have been the reason for the .8. Nonetheless, it made for a pretty poor start to the day.

The absolute max that I should be today is about 80.2. That is the approximate breakeven point. However, it’s vital to always stress that 80.2 should be the absolute maximum because that is just an estimate for breaking even, not actually losing weight. If you are just in weight maintenance mode and not trying to lose anymore, then 80.2 would be fine on a day like this. But I am trying to recover down to 77, so staying below that mark is important. Note that the 80.2 is derived from adding .8 to 79.4, with .8 being a rough estimate of how much I lose overnight. If I go over 80.2, there is a high risk of gaining weight on the day.

If I only go a little over the breakeven point but finish eating several hours before bedtime, my weight might slowly drift down to that weight by bedtime. However, this is highly risky and not advisable. It’s best to note that breakeven point and try not to go over it at any time during the day. I know it is not possible for many people to do that every day, but the goal is to try to stay at or below that each day. Bad days happen, but you’ll have to work even harder to recover if you let these bad days happen often or, worse yet, take a lot of cheat days.

After the first meal and plenty of fluids after exercise, I was up to 79.4 kg, which was the starting point. It’s about 12:30 in the afternoon. That seems like about as good of a start as I could expect. It includes water, coffee, tea, and some food.

I had some strawberry smoothies but attempted to keep it to a small portion. After having those, I went to the bathroom a little later and had risen to 79.7 kg. This is still pretty good so far. My max weight was 80.3 yesterday. However, it was 80.3 at about 9 at night, after I ate something I should not have. If I watch my weight and also avoid eating late, then I should be in good position today.

I was able to get down to 79.5 before having a pizza. That put me at around 79.9 kg. Then, after dropping a smidgen, I had a final snack that put me at around 79.9 again. This is only about .5 kg above the day’s starting weight of 79.4.

At 9, I literally had only a couple of bites to eat. My weight was still 79.9 at that time. It’s only .1 kg more than where I was trying to finish. I figured finishing at 79.8 would give me a chance to drop to 79.0, for an additional .4 kg. That would be the same weight loss as yesterday. It’s impossible to say now exactly what it will be. But it will be below 79.4. So I have almost guaranteed another good weight loss on this second day of the new schedule. And I have managed this even while eating a pizza.

I woke up at 4 in the morning, which is annoying because that is way too early. Nonetheless, I was already down to about 79.3 kg. That was a small weight loss already with about 4 more hours to go before the final daily weigh-in. However, the rate of weight loss slowed down after that. I was not able to get back to sleep and lost only .2 more kilograms by weigh-in time. That was still a good loss of .3 kg on the day, and that was achieved despite a very poor exercise loss of only .8 kg for a 90-minute session. I was going for .4, but any time you can lose .3 is still a big daily success.
I am ready to continue with this same progress, although not with much excitement when 90-minute sessions are involved. That is something I have never learned to enjoy, but it’s part of the sacrifice necessary to keep the weight off (especially in recovery periods). I still need to lose 2.1 kg to complete this recovery and start my 100-day test. The .7 kg of loss in the first 2 days is a solid start, though.