959 Geocaches – 2395 km on foot – 90lbs – 350 Days!
I am actually losing weight doing the geocaching diet. I just did my second weigh in and I am now 10 lbs lighter than when I started two weeks ago. When I came up with this challenge I knew it would be a lot of fun, but I was not sure if I would actually lose weight. I am being very careful with the size of my portions at meal time and I am trying not to snack all the time but otherwise I am not sticking to a strict diet. Our meals are simply what we should be eating to sustain a healthy lifestyle long term. In the first week I was constantly feeling hungry and now I am only getting that feeling when I am actually hungry. My muscles are also not as stiff as they were in the first week. I walked 13km yesterday and I feel pretty good today. I still have a lot more aches and pains than I should but at least I am seeing some improvements. If I can average 5lbs a week I can reach my weight goal by June. Ok, I know that the closer I get to my goal the less I will lose each week but I can dream right? Seeing some early results is at least providing some more motivation to ensure I reach my desired fitness level.
To lose the 90 lbs I want a lot of dedication will be needed. Fortunately as I am moving from being a geocaching ‘nut’ to being a geocaching ‘junkie’ I realize the common characteristic of other ‘junkies’ is their dedication to geocaching. I am not their yet but I am slowly learning what it takes. The other night we had just finished putting the kids to bed when I checked my e-mail and noticed that there was a new cache only a few km away. I ran upstairs to get tell Lisa where I was going, grabbed my caching backpack and ran out the door. My heart was beating rapidly and I had a hard time keeping within the speed limit as I wound my way through the dark streets to the location of the cache. My heart sank a little when I see a couple cars on this dead-end street but I did not give up hope as I thought I should be able to catch up to them. I grabbed my flashlight (I have to get a better one) and I rushed towards the first location of this multi-staged cache. Just then I heard voices, I looked towards the location I was headed but I did not see any lights. I look around and I saw some flashing in the bushes (tee hee) before I saw the group of people who belonged to the cars. My shoulders dropped as I slowly moped over to the flashing lights and jubilant voices. ‘I’m too late eh?’ ‘Yup’. No first to find for me on this cache. I arrived at the location 25 minutes after it was published and yet it was far too late. I fumbled in the woods half heartily for a while before deciding I would be better to walk to this location the next day, get more distance on my walking challenge, and find it in the light. Watching the local first-to-find club in action showed me that there are another few levels of dedication needed before I reach their professional status. As I mentioned on day 4, I’m hanging with the cool kids now.
Last night was perfect for night caching. It is mid-winter in Canada and I am walking in the woods, in the dark, in the drizzle, with a light jacket on, looking for caches. What paradise have we moved to. I met up with some local geocaching legends and we hit the woods to find two new night caches in my favourite park in the area. I was lucky that they allowed me to tag along as I still am not too fond of geocaching at night by myself. Night caches are definitely much better to do in a group though your heart-rate still reaches the same extreme levels when you see ‘eyes’ reflecting back at you. These guys were pros and we found the caches much faster than if I had gone alone. I think I have to do more caching with a group as it was a lot of fun last night.