Friday, January 15, 2010

Green weight loss challenge

Ok so it is the end of week 2 of my, what I call, "Green Weight Loss Challenge" and I have to say it is more difficult than what I first thought it would be. We are a single car family and therefore walking to work is not always feasible as I may have to go pick up the kids somewhere or what have you. I also find I am missing the physical act of actually driving a car. My goal is to walk to work 4days a week and so far I have walked 7 days over two weeks. Not bad but I can do better. The walking is not hard, in fact I rather enjoy it, but it is not resulting in any weight loss. As I stated in the introductory blog about this, I don't want to change my eating habits all that much, but I think maybe I have been eating more because the walking makes me hungrier. So I need to make an effort to eat the same calories I was eating before I started the walking.

The green part of the challenge was to monitor my carbon footprint reduction. This is where a fair amount of mathematics comes in. According to Offsetters my car would emit approximately 4734kg of carbon annually based on 20000km. This equates to 0.237kg/km, meaning that for each trip I don't take to the office I reduce my carbon emissions by 1.136kg. For trading purposes 1credit=1tonne so I only have to walk to work another 873 times or for another 4+ years to get one credit.

When I put it that way, this challenge becomes more and more challenging. I have to find other ways to reduce my carbon emissions.

So to sum it all up:

Weight loss to date....................................................0lbs

carbon reduction to date (7 x 4.8 x 0.237)............7.96kg

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