Geocache Diet – Day 32

906 Geocaches – 2284 km on foot – 85lbs – 333 Days!

Back in Day 20 of the Geocache Diet I gave my thoughts on how I gained the weight in the first place by analysing my eating habits.  Weight loss and weight gain is a formula of input and output and although I was guilty of eating too much I also burned off too few calories.  Most of the commercial diet plans, while they recognize the importance of exercise, focus more on the eating portion since there is more money to be made on the consumption side.  Creating a healthier lifestyle for me and my family will have to include regular exercise which is why I created the Geocache Diet as an exercise challenge.  How did I get to a point where I was exercising so little?  I was always so active.  I love the outdoors and I was always involved in sports.

When my life got busy I made some choices as to what to do with my time.  In high school I was very active in competitive rowing and I was on the water daily.  After high school I had to decide if I was going to continue rowing on the University team. I was determined to concentrate on my studies with a full course load and I wanted to continue to work part time to avoid getting into debt.  I could not do all three and have time for sleep so I chose school and work as I thought that was the best choice for my future.  I have not stepped into a rowing shell since.  I did recreational sports during University but my fitness level slowly got worse.  I got married a year after graduation 50 lbs heavier then my rowing days but a 14 month honeymoon of being active each day (you know hiking, swimming) caused me to lose the weight.  When we returned I concentrated on my career and while I did keep active at first this slowly decreased as I was getting more involved in the city lifestyle.  When the kids arrived I was so busy that exercise almost was non-existent as I was far too tired to do much of anything other than parenting and work.  A year after the twins were born I took a moment to contemplate things and I realized that my fitness level had gotten so low and my daily life was so far removed from what makes me happy that a change was needed.  If you read some of the posts in the ‘Our Transition’ section from this time period you will see how desperate we were for a change and to live our life the way we want.

We have made significant changes to our lifestyle and a big part of it is to be more active.  I chose the Geocache Diet as a way to lose weight as it just fits with who I am. I love being outdoors, I love being with my family, and I love exploring (the gym is not for me).  I feel that if I am true to who I really am and do things that I love to do that it will be enough motivation to get back in shape.  After only 8 months after quitting my job and moving to Vancouver Island my perspective on things have changed so much that I have a hard time relating to the person I was just one year ago.

Life is all about choices and to make the best choices based on your own personal priorities.  We have 24 hours to spend each and every day and we are in control to what we do with each hour and each minute.  In the past I have not always made the best choices as to what to do with my time.  I do not know how many times I have said that there is not enough time in a day to do what I want to do and then I end up spending time watching a boring TV show, reading some

What I'd rather be doing

pointless gossip article, or stuck in traffic on the way to a dull job.  I have streamlined my life and now besides doing what I need to do in order to make a living I now have enough time to have a lot of quality moments with the family and to do some of the activities, like geocaching and hiking, which make me happy.

Sorry for rambling but to me this is therapeutic.  I want to be a positive person and not be weighed down by the negative things in my past but if you are not happy with your current situation it is good to identify what you really want, how you lost your way in first place, and how to change your life in order to make your goals occur.  Diets do not work long term but I strongly believe that lifestyle overhauls that match your own personal ideals and goals do.  I am an active person at heart and through the Geocache Diet and playing with my kids; I have absolutely loved being active again.  It is a long time coming.

I am keeping on pace with the Geocache Diet targets and it is becoming easier to do so.  Lisa and I dropped off the kids yesterday and did a fabulous multi-staged cache together while enjoying a good walk.  The weather, while not so good for Winter Olympic events, is fabulous for getting out on the trails and finding some caches.   Over the next few days I am going to try and push myself by walking further distances and try some hills to test my fitness level to see if it is increasing like I think it is.   The main thing is that I am still progressing towards my goals and having a lot of fun as well.

  2 comments for “Geocache Diet – Day 32

  1. kathiella
    February 18, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Great post and so many of us can relate to this idea of being active as a kid/teen, then suddenly stopping and one day realising that all our earlier fitness has disappeared and we are that fat old person we never thought we would become.

    I love that you are doing some multis as well and not just counting up how many tradis you can collect.

    I am with you on the outdoors vs. a gym. I cycle to work most days and it takes me almost an hour each way. I think I’d go nuts if I had to cycle indoors in a gym for more than 5 mins, let alone two hours. Yet even in the freezing cold, I look forward to it every day and am really missing it since I can’t do it in the snow.

    I probably don’t need to tell you this, but spend as much as you can on shoes. I used to do a lot of walking until one day I bought some new shoes which triggered an inflammation of my plantar tendon under my foot. They were actually not bad shoes, but I let a salesman tell me that running shoes are fine for walking. They aren’t because you roll off your heel differently in both activities. Since then it keeps flaring up so my walking is somewhat limited. I cycle a lot now, which is just as good.

    Hey so now I wrote a book in response to yours!

    • February 18, 2010 at 7:52 pm

      Thank you for the comment. It is never too late to make a change. In North America, especially in the west, our cities are so spread out that people have become dependent on driving everywhere. There are a strong minority who walk and cycle instead of driving but the majority drive everywhere.
      It has taken me a while to find shoes that are comfortable and they sure make a difference, especially being so heavy.
      I enjoy doing geocaches of all different types; variety is good. The 1000 geocache number I am doing on the challenge is arbitrary which is why I included the 2500km goal as well. I know people who have done close to 100 caches in a day and to do drove to each location. I am doing the same caches but I am walking to each location instead. I figure if I meet my distance target and make changes to my diet than I will lost the weight, and why not find a few caches along the way.

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