What Am I Going to do with the Geocache Diet – Day 259

January 2010

When I started this weight loss challenge I was certain I would succeed.  I was not concerned if I lost all 100 lbs in a year but I was sure I would come close.  Unfortunately, after a good start, I have done very, very poorly.  I have not lost any significant weight in a while and I have hit a plateau at a still unhealthy weight. So does this mean that the geocache diet does not work and that I should stop and try something different?

While I will not defend my poor results of late I will defend my original strategy.  The Geocache Diet was born out of frustration and an almost impulsive reaction to wanting to get into shape.  I was very unhappy with how heavy I had become but I was even more disappointed with how inactive I was.  The plan was simple, exercise more, eat less, lose weight and get in shape.  Simple and effective.   In analytical terms weight loss is not complex.  You burn off more calories than you consume, you lose weight.  The geocache diet was essentially one portion of the plan.  It was not really a diet plan, it was an exercise challenge.  I have been successful with the exercise challenge as I am on target to meet my geocaching and hiking distance goals plus I have made significant progress in my fitness.

What I was not successful at, lately at least, is controlling my poor eating habits.  I completely underestimated how hard it would be for me to eat better and not to crave food.  We are living a much different lifestyle then we did a couple years back and I guess I thought that with an exercise routine, and a new focus on healthy living, I would easily be able to control my eating and lose weight at a steady pace.  With our busy lives I lost focus, I started reverting back to my old habits, and the weight loss stalled.

October 2010

What is next?  Obviously I will not succeed in losing all the weight I wanted in the time frame I planned but this is not a time to say  “Oh well, I failed”.  I have to keep going.  Instead of looking at the big picture I am going to look at this on a week to week basis.  I want to have a good week and then I will concentrate on the next week.  I need to plan out our meals and follow it through.  Each week I will update how successful that week was so I am accountable to myself.  By the end of the year I gave myself for the geocache diet I will recap how successful I was and then keep on going until I reach my weight and health goal.  I will keep the progress tracker the same until the days get to zero but instead of weight to go I will recap how much weight I have lost, and perhaps on a per week basis.  I am hoping that this change, of looking at this week to week, and focusing on the weight loss more, will allow me to see better results towards my ultimate goal.

I wish I could say I have been more successful so far and I am very disappointed in myself as I know I can succeed.  That being said my family is still right behind me and will support me throughout my challenges.  They understand how difficult this has become but they also have faith in my desire to complete what I started.  Thank you to everyone who has followed my progress, or lack of, so far and I promise that eventually I will finish this challenge completely.  Now I have to get to bed so I can do a long hike tomorrow.

  5 comments for “What Am I Going to do with the Geocache Diet – Day 259

  1. October 12, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Martin,
    I think you’ve already succeeded. You’ve challenged yourself and made health a priority. You have a wonderful family and the diet allowed you to grow closer, explore your wonderful island together and shed some pounds. I say congrats.
    Your friend at Groundspeak,
    Eric

    • October 12, 2010 at 9:25 am

      Thank You Eric
      I must say that there has been far more to be happy about then disappointed with.

  2. October 5, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Thank you very much for your comments. I was never completely comfortable making this a weight loss challenge but I went ahead with it because of one main reason. It could be quantified. The goal was to get in shape and be healthy and have enough energy in the day to get the most out of family life. If I make the right choices on a daily basis with respect to exercise and eating then I will feel better and the loss of weight will be a noticeable by-product. I am a numbers guy and a target weight at least gave me something to show some progress while writing about it. Now I think about it, I should come up with a series of physical goals, like being able to run up so many stairs without being completely winded, or being able to play soccer with my kids for an hour.

    Carol, you are completely correct about wasting time being disappointed in yourself. Life is too short not to love what you do and have fun with the people you love. This is really what the whole website is about and why we made such a drastic lifestyle change. We have overhauled our lives and are much happier on a daily basis because of it.

    For now I will keep the scales as I do want to finish this challenge as a numbers challenge. One positive by-product, of many, has been that I can isolate really why I let myself get so unhealthy in the first place. Exercise is essential and I have loved putting daily exercise back into my life. I really enjoy sitting down with the family and having a healthy meal. The part that has slowed me down from getting as healthy as I would have liked is how I turn to food when there is a little stress. We have removed a lot of the daily stress but with three young kids there are times where it is hard to really slow down and think about what you are eating. I know I cannot dwell on it and let it bring me down yet I still have to figure it out because I need to be able to physically be able to do all I want to with my kids for many years to come.

    Thanks again for all your comments and encouragement. It is really appreciated.

  3. October 4, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I am convinced that the obsession with weight that started sometime in the late 60’s caused more harm than good. You are on the right track with exercise, and overall, many of your food choices are good ones. Throw away the scales! Eat when you are hungry, and try, more often than not, to choose what you know to be healthy (but delicious) foods. Think of it as being good to yourself to put only the best fuel into your body. If you choose a less healthy option, make sure it is really worth it. Never go more than three hours during the day without nourishment. Then, stop worrying about the actual number of pounds. For one thing, you probably know that the muscle you are gaining from exercising weighs more than fat.

    Just enjoy life, Martin. You have a beautiful family, and so many of the stories and thoughts recorded here have inspired and warmed my heart. I do really appreciate your introspection, but life is too short to lose time being disappointed with yourself, especially when you have so much to be proud of.

  4. erin
    October 4, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Martin – kudos to you! What you haven’t done is lose sight of your goals – which is where most people “fail”. It’s a tough journey you’re on, and I think you’re doing amazingly well!!! You have fun, enjoy life, and have time for your family. So proud of you!!!!

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