The other day I went for a long hike around a residential area and the surrounding parks and beaches. While I was nearing the end of my walk, about 11km in, I had slowed my pace a little and was just enjoying the scenery when I heard a voice behind me exclaim ‘A-ha, I caught up to you!!’ When I turned to see who it was I saw this elderly gentleman walking flat out while grinning ear to ear. I don’t know if I have ever seen anyone look so proud of his accomplishment than this aging man who was indeed walking at a slightly faster pace than I was. Was he trying to make me feel fat and slow; was he competing with himself and thought I made a good measuring stick; or was he just compelled to point out this occurrence for fun. Instead of trying to belittle this monumental accomplishment and argue that I was just winding down from a long distance hike, or distract him by showing off a couple travel bugs I had found, I just said ‘yes you did’, smiled back, and then turned down a different road to leave him to chase down another victim.
I saw my first bear since starting the geocache diet yesterday and wouldn’t know it was right near a cache. After struggling up gruelling hills, rushing rivers, and downed trees, I finally got to the cache site and practically sitting on it was this big…no… gigantic bear. Now what I was I to do? I really wanted to claim this cache and not turn back but what if this bear (did I mention how big it was?) would not let me past? Should I turn away and avoid confrontation or cause a potential battle for the glory of geocaching? Before I could make up my mind the bear saw me and started to charge. As the bear got up I could see the cache it was blocking. I quickly ducked the bear’s initial charge and then made a bolt for the cache. I was almost there when……..OK I really only saw the bear on the side of the road while driving to the next town….but it was big!!
I came home from 13km – 15 cache hike yesterday only to find that the video Groundspeak had made about us was posted on their website. Tired from the walk, and all wound up with excitement for finally seeing the video and reading the positive response from it, I went up stairs to get a head start on making dinner. Right beside the refrigerator Lisa had laid a trap for me and I unconsciously took the bait. Lisa had a meeting to go to that night and she decided to get the kids to help her make a big batch of cookies. So here I am tired, hungry, and my mind was full of things related to the release of the video. When I woke up from my daze and got my bearings I already had a cookie in my mouth. Without thinking I had picked up a cookie and was eating it!! I couldn’t even recall if this was my first one or not. This is not the first time that I have caught myself in this unconscious state of eating while my mind is captivated on other thoughts but the timing of this really drove the issue home to me. Minutes after watching my video proclaiming to the world my desire to lose weight, and after having a productive hike, here I am stuffing my face with cookies (chocolate chip too). I instantly stopped and ate a carrot stick instead.
Other then my slip-up with the cookies I am hoping that the video release is a turning point for my diet. One of the reasons to make my weight loss a publicly known challenge was to play to my competitive nature and to use the added attention as motivation to succeed. I have been getting a rush of comments from this video encouraging me on at this very important stage of my life and this has given me a real desire to really make this opportunity count. I started this challenge very strong but lately I have struggled with my eating and my weight loss has stalled. I know what needs to be done and now I just have to make sure I do it every day. Thank you everyone who has sent me good wishes on my quest. Before you know it I will be lean, quick, and strong so no 70 year old man will be able to pass me no matter how long I have been hiking, and no 800lb bear will get between me and a cache…just kidding.