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