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Skywalker's Sucess

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Taking a leaf from my NF friend Matt_72 I am setting up a placemarker thread in the Woot room.  This is a a record of my successes to date and a place I can update to reflect on permanent changes and challenges met.

 

Unlike Matt, I haven't had the weight loss successes that I have strived for but I have had some great adventures during my time (on and off) with Nerd Fitness.

 

My heaviest weight was around 92kg and I managed to lose ten kilos in about two years after starting training with a PT twice a week.  Then it stalled around 82kg regardless of the exercises that I was doing.  This is still my setpoint.  The lowest I have been is 77kg but now June 2015 I am back up around the 85 k again.

 

I joined NF in Nov 2012 (wow that was some time ago).   In this time I have:

 

Given up dietcoke completely - I was drinking around one can or bottle a day to keep me awake in the afternoon.

Now I don't drink any soda at all.

 

I am able to commute to work which is 24km each way and have done this twice a week.  While I don't always do this I know that I have the ability to do this.

 

 

These are the adventures I have undertaken since joining NF:

 

Walked most of the Great Ocean Walk over several weekends http://www.greattrailsvictoria.com.au/trail-details/great-ocean-walk

 

Hiked the Coast Track in Royal national Park http://www.enduroexplorer.com/coastal-trail-guide.aspx

 

Cycled around Sri Lanka - averaging 70km a day.  I was the slowest rider but managed to jump on my bike each day and make it to the next hotel each afternoon.

http://http://www.exodustravels.com/au/sri-lanka-holidays/cycling/cycle-backroads-sri-lanka/mir#itinerary

 

Hike the Milford Track in NZ.http://milfordtrack.net/location/

 

Cycle from Queenstown to Dunedin via the Central Otago Rail Trail in NZ http://www.otagocentralrailtrail.co.nz/

 

 

So while my weightloss journey has been pretty much non-existent I have challenged myself and been places and done things that I wasn't sure I was capable of.  Most of my family and friends don't have any inclination to sleep outdoors and self-propel so sometimes it is a bit of a challenge to keep moving ahead with the things that I enjoy doing.

 

I am hoping that putting this all in one place with some links to maps etc will assist with motivation moving forward and will give me a spot to map future adventures and successes.

 

 

 

 

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This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets:

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!â€

― William H. Murray

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Here to add on another adventure completed.  To see in 2016 I was on the Three Capes Track in Tasmania.  http://www.threecapestrack.com.au/ is a step into multi-day backpacking.  You carry clothes, food etc but get a bed in a cabin and stoves to cook on (along with a few books, games and yoga mats). My pack was around 12 kg which I didn't find too hard.  I've included some notes about the hike on my new blog - https://justgetmoving.wordpress.com/2016/01/08/three-capes-track-tasmania/

 

The planning for the next hike is the Overland Track, also in Tasmania but I am also considering Hinchbrooke Island, maybe mid-year

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2017 and I am on the ferry on my way back from doing the Overland Track. Seven days full pack carry. I managed to do this without spending a fortune. Just the one big purchase of a new tent.

It was a great hike (of course) with mountains, waterfalls, swimming homes, good hut options and great people.

This has been a long held aim to do this iconic walk.

Now I just need to keep the momentum and not fall into the post trip lull.

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Wow! I've always loved walking and camping in the great outdoors, and I have a HUGE respect for anyone who can take complete these long distance trails. I am quite green reading about your adventures. 

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Really just start walking.  Find a local trail and conquer it - make it your own.  Then look around for other trails so you don't get bored.  I always feel I could do more preparation but I have a good idea of my capabilities.  I like to be the one to plan the hike so I don't feel that I have to meet anyone else's expectations.  On the Overland Track I was by far the slowest, but I knew I had time to get to camp before dark and was always in and set up before dinner. 

 

I also have the advantage of having a great hiking buddy who can run rings around me, but is happy to wait at a creek or at the top of a hill for me to come shuffling along.  Again having organised the trip, she is happy to just come along and enjoy the time on the track.  

 

Really just get out and do some easy stuff and then you'll be more confident of what you can do.  How far you can walk, the hills that you can climb etc.

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Well now it's officially 2018.  It's interesting to read back on the previous entries.  Completing the Overland track in 2017 was a real highlight.  I had an aborted attempt at the Great Ocean Walk (had to pull out due to my hiking partner sustaining an injury).

 

I did complete a long circuit of Wilson's Prom Southern Circuit and have just come pack from the Falls Creek to Mt Hotham Alpine Crossing.

 

2018 should be a relatively quite year in preparation for a big 2019 involving overseas travel and a two week hike.  I plan to focus more on dropping some of the extra weight while improving my fitness (so a typical new year resolution).  Let's hope when I check back in at the start of 2019 I'll have something positive to report on.

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