Yep- in three weeks, I ran a total of 7.1km. Now this isn’t really my fault. Many of the camps I stayed in stated in the brochures that they had running tracks in the bush with guides or small gyms with a running machine and a yoga ball. But basically, none did. Only one camp had a gym and that was right at the beginning of my trip. So I merrily went for a jog and then said to myself “Ohhhhh don’t worry, all the other camps have gyms, take a few days off and enjoy your holiday”.
So yesterday, less than 24 hours after getting home from 22 hours of plane trips and airports, I headed out for a walk with my girlfriend then bounced up to the gym for a run, followed by a super quick power walk to the local kmart to buy a hammer. It was what I needed to get the cobwebs off. In the gym, where I ran 3km or so, I was quite surprised by the level of fitness I had retained. Sure I wasn’t breaking down speed records but for some reason I had it in my mind that I’d be puffing along like it was my first run. So I am pretty happy with that.
But the most surprising thing about the last few weeks was my weight. Let me lay out a standard day for you at the camps we went to.
6:00- Eat small breakfast such as muffins, cereals or in some places bacon and eggs
11:00-12:00- Brunch which consisted definitely of bacon and eggs, meats, cheeses, breads, etc.
4:00-4:30- High tea which was normally ice teas with cakes or muffins.
7:00-8:00- Predinner drinks and snacks(ie spring rolls, curry puffs, finger foods etc)
8:00-9:30- 3 course dinner!
LOOK AT THAT. So basically a day consisted of eating, sitting in a car, sleeping, and much more eating.
So when I got home I jumped on the scales nervous about what I might have blown out to weight wise. I expected a solid 3kg+ gain. I took a quick breath and jumped on the scales and peered down.
I SOMEHOW LOST ABOUT .5KG! WHAT THE F*CK!
How could I have eaten that much food and still lose weight. Sure I probably lost a little muscle mass which is heavier than fat etc etc. But come on! For the last week I had bacon and eggs TWICE A DAY! WITH SAUSAGES!!!
So, funnily enough, I am now only around 1kg away from my first primary weight loss goal. So, funnily enough, my trip has enthused me to run harder and further and keep kicking down the weight. God bless Africa and god bless Bacon and eggs.