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.
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.