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Weight Loss


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Camino Frances 2016
Hello everyone! Just a general question:

How much weight did you gain or lose on the camino?

I will begin the camino in March. I have been trying to be more active to prepare, and I have lost 38 pounds (17kg) so far. In my recent research about the camino, I read a post that someone gained 15 pounds on the camino, and now I'm a little worried about it. xD

I would appreciate some feedback about this.
If you have weight to lose I would think you will continue to lose it. I had a croissant and cafe con leche I wry morning g a good lunch and a very healthy portion of a pilgrims meal every night and I lost 30 pounds. I wouldn’t worry too much about the pounds ficus on how strong you get each week
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To lose, or not to lose...that is the question
(Apologies to William Shakespeare)

In youthful days with youthful ways
I burned the carbs away
What weight I gained...was muscle
But not so much today

I never drank when I was young
Not until turned twenty-one
Beer was soapy water
But whisky, that was fun

I never drank for courage
In fact, I’d fall asleep
And,once I called from jail
My dad telling me “bleep...bleep”

A solid one seventy pounds back then
Maintained till forty-three
Got bounced out of a chopper
A pitiful mess...that’s me

Retired from active duty
I spent months to convalesce
First twenty pounds...then forty
My gosh was I a mess

Determined to reclaim relevance
A first Camino was in store
My faith was never greater
It’s my fitness that was poor

From St Jean Pied de Port...I trod
More guts than common sense
My extra weight and wayward ways
I shed, in recompense

A mostly svelte two hundred pounds
And no further Way to go
I’d gained in faith...and lost in weight
On my Very first Camino
Dear Arn, I love it! Buen Camino!


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13 pounds in 14 days. A lot of that was due to dehydration (I can sweat off two pounds of water in an hour from strenuous exercise, although under normal circumstances I'd put that back on the same day) but maybe half was actual weight loss.
I was eating way less than normal. I'd have some kind of fruit for breakfast, a sandwich around 10am, another sandwich around 1pm, and for dinner, I'd either cook pasta at the albergue or have the pilgrim's meal. For snacks, I'd buy those fruit and yogurt bars and candy bars
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