Summary of the Geocache Diet To Date

We want to thank the fine folks at Groundspeak and for featuring the Geocache Diet and as one of their Lost and Found stories.  For the benefit of those of you who are reading about the Geocache Diet for the first time, maybe have just finished watching our story on, I thought I would provide a summary of what has happened so far and what this weight loss challenge is all about.

I needed to lose a lot of weight and I decided that combining my lifelong love of hiking with my new found love of geocaching would be a good way to do it.  The experience so far has been fun, challenging, frustrating, somewhat rewarding, and I still have a long way to go.

There you go… the geocache diet in a nutshell… heart warming stuff.   I am sure that you are now inspired to go back and read every single entry in the Geocache Diet saga to date (and maybe even the entire website).  Of course each blog is fascinating and gripping but I thought I would point out a few of the core blogs which will explain in better detail what I am doing, why, and how it has gone so far.

It is always good to start with an introduction and reading the About page, FAQ’s, and Day 0 (the day before I started) which will give you a good idea as to where my frame of mind was when I started, and what I was hoping to accomplish with this weight loss challenge.  Day 1 is also a good read but I still cannot believe that my carefully planned first cache, chosen because it would make a great photograph, was washed away by mudslide.

The goal of this challenge is to lose weight and this has been a struggle for me for quite some time.  On Day 20 and Day 32 I explore the reasons for being so heavy and what I feel it is going to take to keep the weight off.  On Day 90 I talked about my connection between my emotions and food.

I fell in love with Geocaching long after falling in love with hiking and exploring.  After an awe-inspiring walk I quiet often will sit down and just write about what I am feeling.  On Day 86 I wrote a blog after a glorious morning walk near home.  After these types of walks I am always in a good mood and I love to write.  Unfortunately when I am in these joyous moods I often come up with some of the most syrupy, fluffy, and sappy garbage I have ever written.

I am really just a novice when it comes to geocaching and I have been exploring some of the cool things with this wacky activity.  On Day 4 I said geocachers were not the ‘cool kids in school; On Day 41 I complained about certain hiding locations; On Day 60 I mention peeing in the woods; and Day 94 I make fun of dumb woodpeckers.

I am also still buzzing about my experience with ‘Eagle Beach’ on Day 139.

Thank you for checking out the Geocache Diet and please come back and see if I can actually reach my target.  I have a long way to go and I appreciate all the support I have received so far.

Our video can be watched here, on our website, on Geocaching.coms blog Latitude 47, or on Youtube.

  6 comments for “Summary of the Geocache Diet To Date

  1. June 8, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    I think this is fantastic! A dear friend of mine is in the process of auditioning for The Biggest Loser. I’d never watched the show before but found that I really liked the whole-person approach to weight loss.

    This is a great way to get healthy and in shape. You’ve got the whole family involved in a great game, a great physical activity, and building family memories. Congratulations!

  2. June 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Just saw the video. Keep up the great work :)I’ll be checking on your progress. Thanks for sharing your story and hopefully it will inspire others to get out geocaching and to drop a few pounds in the process. Best wishes… tsun

  3. Jenny (DJ&Jules)
    June 8, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I posted on the Geocaching blog too, but here is a post just for you.

    I had just started a diet, actually lets call it a lifestyle change, just a few months before we started caching. When I found out about geocaching, I was revving to go–it was just what I needed to get out there and be more active.
    After I lost my weight (80 lbs), I wanted to place a memorial cache out there to inspire/challenge others to do the same, however I never did. This is great what you are doing. It is inspiring me….I’m sure there are a few caches I could go get tonight. 🙂
    I laugh at how close others DRIVE to find a cache when it would be a short walk, a walk that could keep you healthy.
    KEEP GOING! I’ll have to check in every once in awhile to see how you are doing. You are off to a GREAT start.

  4. Tee
    June 8, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Congrats on your weight loss thus far! Many of my friends call me Pye, short for Pyewacket on GC. I hereby invite you to come spend the day caching in Sumas; bring bicycles if you’d like a guided tour. 🙂

  5. June 8, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Just got married last week and haven’t had time to change my Email address yet if you are wondering about the strange info.

    I just wanted to wish you good luck with your goal. I planned to do the same thing when I started geocaching about 4 years ago. Unfortunately, cervical cancer had other plans for me. I am cancer free now, but have some lingering side effects that keep me from walking long distances.

    I still geocache, and I hope over a period of time the effects diminish and the stamina and energy come back so I can resume my goal.

    Geocaching is fun and the secret to making this work is to do it everyday. That’s the hard part with a family and all.

    I’ll be watching your progress and sending you good luck messages.


    Peggy Kunkle

  6. June 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Congrats on the diet Martin and thanks for sharing your story! We’re looking forward to celebrating your success at the end of the year. Best of luck
    – Eric

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