Day 14 of my Pentamize maintenance phase was October 2, 2016. I ran for one hour and broke even during this one-day period. I both started and ended at 74.8 kg, which is 164.9 pounds.
A lot of people may have a kneejerk reaction to this and think that it was a failed day. After running a whole hour at a moderate pace, I didn’t lose any weight. Well, that is what I used to think. And occasionally, I will slip into that negative mindset again. But it’s just not the proper way of thinking when it comes to weight loss.
I actually had a pretty good one-hour run today, losing 1 kg during the run. I ran extremely hard the last 13 minutes, which is probably why I got the same results in 15 minutes less time than on September 30. If I did not have a lot of experience with my Pentamize system and daily weigh-ins (months of experience and over 10 pounds of weight loss per month in full weight-loss mode), I would think there is something wrong with breaking even. But the experience has taught me that there are days where even a great workout will not result in overall weight loss. It’s a timing issue and does not negate the value of a good workout.
First, you almost certainly would have gained weight without the workout instead of just breaking even. So there is a benefit even in just breaking even on a day. Second, the benefits of a good workout could be seen on the next day or gradually over the coming days instead of all in the same exact 24-hour period.
Having a good workout and only breaking even and being upset about it is usually an instance of looking at the glass as half empty instead of looking at the good water that is there. Of course, this is especially true in a maintenance phase since the goal is to break even, anyway.
There are plenty of reasons why someone might have a good workout and still break even or even gain a little weight on the day. Just looking at a single day, it’s simply impossible to say what the reason or reasons would be. But just something as simple as water retention or delayed digestion could be the answer.
The right mindset to take here is that you are on a long journey and driving through a mountainous area. At times, you will go up. Other times, you will go down. Still other times, you will hit a stretch of flat land.
I want you to compare this Day 14, which had a one-hour run, with Day 15, where I only ran for 37 minutes. I broke even today, but I lost a small amount of weight the next day even though I barely ran half the amount of time. The key is to find a winning average, not to have a winless record. Having a winless record is basically an impossibility in weight loss.
Now, how do you know if a particular workout and diet routine is producing a winning average? That is the purpose of my book. I show you how to track and interpret that tracking. Order my Pentamize book from the main page.
My overall results on maintenance-mode jogging sessions so far can be seen below. You can also click here for all results, including daily tracking.
total of 648 minutes and -.9 kg in 11 days
averages of 58.9 min jogging and -.08 kg