Lost .7 KG On First Recovery Day After New Years

Day 106

Starting Weight: 78.2 kg (beginning of recovery period)
Ending Weight: 77.5 kg
Result: lost .7 kg

Well, here we go again. I have another long recovery period after the cheating on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. After running on the 31st for 2 hours and getting down to about 75.3 kg, I rose sharply to 78.2 kg by the end of New Year’s Day. That is one ugly increase of about 6 pounds. Ouch.

Anyway, I am used to cheating days really hurting me. This is exactly why I have discovered in my Pentamize tracking that both diet and exercise are mandatory components of my weight loss and maintenance. It just gets a little disappointing sometimes that I literally gain more than 5 pounds sometimes on a cheat day. It’s another one of those areas where life is just not fair. Someone like me has to work so hard to stay in just decent shape. Meanwhile, some people eat anything and have no problems. But this is par for the course in life. You do what you have to do if you really want to stay decently healthy. And this is one of my life goals now. So I won’t take “no” for an answer.

For Day 106 and the start of this post-New Year’s recovery period, I decided to run for 90 minutes. My body has been hitting it pretty hard on the jogging lately to recovery from these holiday cheat days. So while I added 2-hour runs recently, they are a bit too much for my liking. I actually prefer about 1 hour, but I still go 90 minutes when it seems necessary. And it’s definitely advisable during this recovery period. However, it’s okay to reduce to 1 hour on some days.

My weight was 77.4 kg after the run. This was surely over 1 kg of weight loss, but I didn’t track exactly what it was. Nonetheless, it had to have been good because today’s starting weight was 78.2, and I had 2 or 3 small meals before exercising.

After eating a post-workout meal and drinking some water, I rose to about 78.6 kg. This is good as long as I don’t eat anymore today. However, it is only 6 at night. So I may need a really small snack before going to bed. But if I maintain discipline the rest of the night, I will definitely lose some good weight by morning.

I did a pretty good job and only ate a little more. And my weight dropped to 77.5 kg by morning. This is a solid loss of .7 kg and a great start to this recovery period.

90M and -1.3 kg
90M and -.3 kg
90M and -.3 kg
90M and -.3 kg
120M and +1.6 kg (cheat day)
90M and -.7 kg
total 5408 and -5.0 kg
averages of 73.08 min jogging and -.068 kg in 74 days

Gained 1.6 KG Due To New Year’s Eve Party

Day 104

Starting Weight: 76.0 kg
Ending Weight: 77.6 kg
Result: Gained 1.6 kg (this was a cheat day, so that’s the reason for the large gain)

After 5 straight days of losing weight, today is bound to end that for one big reason. It is New Year’s Eve, and I am going to a party. So there’s no way I can keep the weight-loss streak alive. Thus, I have reached the end of my successful recovery period after cheating on Christmas Eve and Christmas.

I had a great recovery from 78.8 to 76.0 over the 5 days. That is 2.8 kg, which is 6.17 pounds. And I did this without extreme dieting of any kind. Heck, I even had a few chips and 3 or 4 croissants, which are bad food choices. But it does show that moderation is the real key to success for many people. I did, however, do a jogging session every day. And that was also a major key to this recovery period.

There is one last thing to do in this recovery period. I need to go out and run again in the afternoon before the party. This will not prevent weight gain on the day overall because cheat days like this always end up bad for me. However, the idea is to limit as much damage as possible, obviously within the reasonable limits of my workout ability. I am not going to go out and run a marathon or something, as my body is not in shape to do that. But I intend on running for either 90 minutes or 2 hours. I will make that decision before the run and then stick to it.

I finally decided to run for 2 full hours. It was quite windy, but I made it. During that session, I dropped 1.5 kg to get down to 75.3 kg. Then, I went to the bathroom and lost an extra .1 kg. That made 75.2 kg my low water mark for the day. The rest will be weight gain since my workout is over and it’s time to start partying. I’ll assess the damage in the morning and then go from there. But tomorrow is definitely a break day, too. So we’ll see how ugly this gets.

Well, I gained 1.6 kg from the previous morning. But considering that I had gotten down to 75.2 earlier, it was an increase of 2.4 kg from that point. Most of this was about 6 large cans of beer. While I did have some coke and ate quite a bit, that beer really did me in. The worst part is my weight only dropped from 78.2 to 77.6 while sleeping. It seems it should have been a a lot more than that due to all the fluids that I drank. But for some reason, I didn’t really go to the bathroom that much.

The thing about beer is that it is full of carbs. And one of the things I did when devising my Pentamize weight loss system was to seriously reduce carbohydrate intake. I realize that this is not necessary for everyone. But it can be one of the keys to success for many. One thing is for sure, though. Drinking a lot of beer is not a common weight-loss strategy. No need to argue on this one.

120M and gained 1.4 kg (cheat day)
120M and -.6 kg
90M and -1.3 kg
90M and -.3 kg
90M and -.3 kg
90M and -.3 kg
120M and +1.6 kg (cheat day)
total 5318 and -4.3 kg
averages of 72.85 min jogging and -.059 kg in 73 days

Now On a Hot Streak of Losing Weight 5 Straight Days

Start: 76.3 kg
Start Of Run: 77.1 kg
End of Run: 75.9 kg
Ending Weight: 76.0 kg
Result: Lost .3 kg

This is Day 103 of my Pentamize weight maintenance blog. And I am trying to lose weight 5 days in a row today. I started the day at 76.3 kg and rose to 77.1 by the time of my workout session, which was at 3:45 in the afternoon. That increase to 77.1 was due to two meals. Breakfast was a little bigger than usual, with bacon, eggs, and a little rice. The second meal was probably only about half a pound or a little more, as it was mostly a few mini-meatballs.

The last 4 days have been my post-Christmas recovery period. And it has been very successful. During those 4 days, I have dropped from 78.8 kg to 76.3 kg. That is 2.5 kg all together, which is a little over .6 kg per day on average. It doesn’t get much better than that. One of the days had a 2-hour run, and the others were 90-minute run.

My plan was to run 90 minutes again today. It turned out to be a pretty slow run because my body is tired. But my heart rate was still 120 at the end. And I dropped from 77.1 to 75.9 kg. That is a decent loss of 1.2 kg during the workout session. That is slightly below average, but this is fine and at least gives me a chance to lose weight 5 days in a row.

I probably rose a little too much after the workout, going back up to 77.0. That was at about 7 at night.

After taking a short nap at about 9 at night, I got up and then couldn’t sleep. My weight was about 76.5 kg at around midnight. So it was dropping fast, making it likely that I will lose weight 5 days in a row in this post-Christmas recovery period. The problem is I am not sleepy and kind of hungry. So this could be a problem.

while I did wake up and had trouble going back to sleep, things went well because I abstained from eating or drinking anything. The result was an additional drop of .5 kg from the 76.5 mark. I finished at 76.0 kg.

This recovery period has been very successful. I have now lost weight 5 days in a row. And during that time, the drop was from 78.8 kg to 76, which is 2.8 kg. That is around 6 pounds. Like I said a few days ago, this should not be measured against an athlete cutting weight or someone starving. I did not cut weight or starve or use any kind of drug or substance. This was almost 6 pounds of natural weight loss in 5 days.

It is now the 31st as I am writing this. I will not be able to lose 6 days in a row since the New Year’s Eve party is tonight, which means it is a cheat day. So I have done the best I can do over the last 5 days. And I need to go out in the afternoon and do one more run. New Year’s Day will then be a break day and possibly a cheat day. This depends on whether we have some extra party food lying around the house. Yes, I will gain weight again. But this is a good enough spot, and the last 5 days showed my solid ability to recover.

120M and gained 1.4 kg (cheat day)
120M and -.6 kg
90M and -1.3 kg
90M and -.3 kg
90M and -.3 kg
90M and -.3 kg
total 5198 and -5.9 kg
averages of 72.19 min jogging and -.082 kg in 72 days

Still Going With 4 Days of Weight Loss After Christmas

Day 102

Starting Weight: 76.6 kg
Ending Weight: 76.3 kg

This is now the 4th day of my recovery period from Christmas, where I gained a ridiculous amount of weight. I rose to about 78.8 kg from a start of a little more than 75 due to Christmas Eve and Christmas gorging. But over the last 3 days, I lost about half of it back, getting down to 76.6. And I have today, tomorrow, and a daytime run on New Year’s Eve before the next and final holiday party for me. It looks like I have hope of getting down to the 75 range by then. I don’t mean it’s possible to reach 75.0 without starving, which is not something I ever really do. But the goal is to at least get under 76.0 before that party.

My weight at the beginning of the run was 77.6 kg. I did not lose as much today as I did yesterday. Instead, I lost only 1.0 kg, going down to 76.6 kg. And I ran even earlier than yesterday. However, I was 77.0 after yesterday’s run and going to the bathroom right after that. Thus, I am .4 kg ahead of yesterday’s pace so far, keeping in mind that I did finish the run at an earlier time.

For the rest of the day, the plan is to not eat too much. I’d say about .4 kg of food is a good amount, but not more than .5 kg. I am not going to actually weigh the food. The idea is to just estimate it. But hardcore tracking, such as actually weighing food, is certainly not a bad idea for someone who likes that sort of thing. It gives the best control over your weight loss or maintenance.

I rose to 77.1 kg and then had a 3-hour nap. During that time, I dropped back down to 76.6 kg. That was an excellent swing back down. I was still hungry and had a little bit of food, including some meatballs, one small piece of bread, and an apple. That put me at 77.0 kg. It’s an excellent weight for likely losing weight by the time of my weigh-in in the morning.

While it’s not easy to lose weight 4 days in a row, it seems like I am about to do that. We’ll see if I can lose 5 days in a row tomorrow. However, because of the party on the 31st, there will be no way for me to go for 6 days in a row because I will gain all the weight from the party. The next morning’s weigh-in (January 1) will definitely show a big weight gain.

90M and broke even
120M and gained 1.4 kg (cheat day)
120M and -.6 kg
90M and -1.3 kg
90M and -.3 kg
90M and -.3 kg
total 5108 and -5.6 kg
averages of 71.94 min jogging and -.079 kg in 71 days

3 Days Of Weight Loss In a Row After Christmas

Day 101

Starting Weight: 76.9 kg
Ending Weight: 76.6 kg

So far, there are a lot of crazy swings today. After starting at 76.9 kg, I ate more than usual and had an unexpectedly high weight gain to 78.6 kg. That is a full 1.7 kg and far more than usual. Maybe I ate more than usual, but there could be other factors at play. For example, I had such a great weight loss the past 2 days that my body may be trying to retain some weight as kind of countermeasure. I’m just guessing on that. But that kind of correction was common in my weight tracking during Pentamize full weight-loss mode.

As bad as the day started, I lost a lot of weight during my 90-minute run. I dropped back down to 77.1 kg, which was a solid loss of 1.5 kg. That was about average even during the summer. And I immediately went to the bathroom and dropped a smidgen more to 77.0 kg.

Still, at this point during the day, it was only 5:30 in the evening. So the goal was to have only one more meal and to keep it pretty small. I also will need some water but should largely avoid juice. The juice that I drank earlier probably contributed to the weight gain.

I had to sacrifice pretty hard the rest of the day. After eating a croissant (not a good food choice, but focusing on the amount of food more than the type), some grapes, and a little bit of some other stuff, I cut myself off from eating the rest of the day. After that last meal, I was at about 77.7 kg. This already put me in some jeopardy of gaining a little weight on the day. But there was still a chance to lose a little.

Actually, I ended up losing .3 kg, which was not expected. My weight dropped to 76.6 kg by morning. So that is now 3 days in a row of losing a substantial amount of weight during this post-Christmas recovery period. Based on my tracking record, it’s hard to lose weight 4 days in a row. But since I am in a natural recovery from gross overeating over Christmas, I think it will be possible to lose weight yet again on Day 102 and make it 4 days in a row.

60M and -.2 kg
90M and broke even
120M and gained 1.4 kg (cheat day)
120M and -.6 kg
90M and -1.3 kg
90M and -.3 kg
total 5018 and -5.3 kg
averages of 71.69 min jogging and -.076 kg in 70 days