Entering Day 18 of my Pentamize maintenance phase, I was in a bad way due to gaining weight on both Days 16 and 17. On Day 16, I gained .2 kg. And on Day 17, the bottom dropped out for some reason. I gained .5 kg. I ran 30 to 40 minutes on these days.
Well, there are a couple of ways to analyze Days 16 and 17 and then respond to them. But the real key is to maintain a good attitude and recover from this bad streak of weight gain.
First, this could just be a temporary bad streak. And in that case, there would be nothing to worry about. Even working out much longer than 30 or 40 minutes, I occasionally gained weight or only broke even 2 to 5 days in a row when completing my Pentamize full mode. And I worked my butt off during that time. So it was not a result of slacking off.
Second, though, you have to consider whether what you have been doing in terms of exercise is enough over the course of time to result in weight loss. 2 days of results is usually not going to be enough to make this determination. I will give more recommendations on this in my Pentamize ebook, which you can purchase from the home page.
In this case, I was already doing a number of longer running sessions. And after 2 bad days where I didn’t really work out that long, my batteries were recharged and ready to have a good workout.
My max workouts are 90 minutes except for a rare special run or something once every blue moon. So I took the attitude that it was time to reverse the trend by doing a 90-minute run. I run outside and try to time it so I get back home at just the right time. I was a little early this time and finished at 79 minutes.
By the way, this was an Evening Dominator session, a special technique that I teach in my book. And it worked like gangbusters. I completely erased Day 17’s weight gain of .5 kg (about 1.1 pounds) and lost the same amount. My weight was 74.9 kg when weighing in after getting up in the morning. The following shows the roller coaster for these past 3 days:
Day 16: 74.9 kg
Day 17: 75.4 kg
Day 18: 74.9 kg
Those swings are somewhat unusual but hardly surprising. After Day 18, my averages for jogging sessions improved to 55.6 minutes and .05 kg per day. Yesterday was only .02 kg per day. So you can see that averages can swing wildly in the early stages of either full or maintenance mode. But after you get 50 days or something like that, the average won’t move so much like that in a short period of time.
So what should you learn from this blog entry?
You are going to have bad streaks. It’s inevitable. Don’t let it get you down. Instead, focus on recovering from a bad streak. That usually means doubling down and working even harder to reverse the recent trend of weight gain. Never tell yourself that you are destined to fail. That’s the easy way out. The harder but successful way is to try even harder.
Also, you need to find your average at whatever workout you are doing. Short streaks won’t give you an accurate picture. Both losing and maintaining weight are processes that occur over weeks and months. You aren’t going to find your winning formula in 2 days. You are going to find it by tracking everything over a longer period of time. In the meantime, work harder than usual on at least some days. This will allow you to track harder workout sessions that you can compare to shorter ones. Eventually, you will see what works.