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
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.