I am interested in hearing from pilgrims who have done the Camino while considerably overweight.... like, morbidly obese according to BMI. This will be me, unless I can lose 16lb in the next 6 weeks. And then I will be nearly morbidly obese...
Have you done it and lived to tell the tale? I’m guessing the key is pace - listen to your body. I have 31 days to do the first 26 stages of CF from Brierley
’s book, then the final 7 days to Brierley
’s stages in company.
I'm almost in that category I think.
According to all the online guides my ideal weight is about 75 KG.
Though I was last that weight when I was about 12 I think!
20 years in the Military and being really fit, I'm not sure I ever got down to that weight either......
I generally sit at about 95 kg. Yes.......Way to heavy! I got up to 99 a few months ago!
That shocked me into dieting.......
I just enjoy food and wine to much
If I can get to 80-82 kgs long term I would be delighted.
On my first Camino in 2015 (St Jean to SDC) I think I set out at about 92 kgs.
I was about 91 kgs when I got back.
I am determined to get down to at least 85 kgs before starting at the end of April this year.
Because I don't want it to hurt so much!
It will take strict diet, exercise and will power
But I know if I can shed a few kgs it will make the whole thing so much easier.
Being grossly over weight made it hard..........so much harder than it needed to be.
My feet took a lot of punishment. They just got really sore...... and my knees........and my shins.......
Whilst I avoided blisters, I developed Achilles Tendonitis in training (back in 2015) that is still with me today.
You talk about doing the Brierley
Carrying an extra 15kgs+ of body weight + backpack, I simply couldn't.
My feet and legs were OK up to about 22-25 kms a day.
On the 3 days I pushed to 28-33 kms it was just too much for my legs and feet and they never really recovered.....
During the last 100 kms, I was down to 12-15 kms a day due to injury......
So I know, deep down, that every kg of body weight I can lose pre Camino, will make my Camino more comfortable. Much more comfortable! Sure it will still hurt sometimes........I don't think any Camino is pain free. But hopefully it will hurt less.......
Most people I came across who were very overweight had problems of one kind or another. Some had terrible blisters.......
The day to day punishment on your body will wear you down.......and things start to hurt.........really hurt.
Losing some weight pre Camino is just going to reduce that impact on your body.
On the 'kind of linked' question above re weight gain or loss during the Camino, that is a very personal thing. It could go either way.
I finished about the same weight.
Possibly due to eating everything that I came across (Joust style) and knocking back a bottle of wine most days
Buy Hey, I don't go on the Camino to lose weight
I go to enjoy the journey......