Pokéwalker Challenge Update #1

It’s been nearly two weeks since I started carrying a pokéwalker around with me, and I think I’ve been doing a better job at forcing myself out of the house, taking longer routes and exploring this town I’ve lived in for 9 months. I’m now at the point where I need over 2000 steps per level, and while I’m averaging about 5000 steps a day, this is the part that I’m most worried about. If Snorlax isn’t levelling every time I connect to the DS, will that kill my interest? We’ll see. If you fancy seeing the stats so far, I’m keeping a Google Doc updated. It’s also pinned on my Twitter if you want to keep an eye on it and hurl abuse/encouragement my way.

Cool things I’ve found out because of Snorlax:

  • Toys “R” Us continues to have a shit amiibo selection.
  • Boonies Tesco has an amazing world foods aisle and I might just go there from now on.
  • Finding a thing on a map and walking to it is kind of fun.
  • Carrying my DS with me while Snorlax was low-levelled was sensible as it made the best use of my steps.


What’s that weird thing on the right of that Google Doc?

When you throw a pokémon into the pokéwalker, you get to choose a ‘course’ to walk along. Each course has 6 pokemon that can be found and caught, though you only have access to a selection of three at one time. Each course has pokémon split into three categories (A, B and C) and the game will pick one from each category to show up when you transfer a pokémon to the pokéwalker. Hopefully that’s making some sense if you’re looking at the document.

There’s a bit of randomness involved. For example, it took me forever to find a Doduo in the first route. To hunt for a pokémon, you need to spent 10 ‘watts’. You gain a watt for every 10 steps you take, and all watts are banked when you reconnect to the DS as they are used to unlock new courses. It means that if I’ve found another Kangaskhan instead of a Doduo (in the case of the first route), I need to transfer Snorlax to the game, back to the pokéwalker and then walk 100 steps because any watts I might have had were just banked.

It’s to stop you gaming the system and get you walking, so I don’t make a point of transferring Snorlax back and forth to find a particular monster. I’ll find them when I find them, and I have plenty of time. I’ve caught everything from the first three routes and I’ve still not banked enough watts to unlock a new course.

Anyway, its just another incentive to keep me walking. You can check the progress along with the rest of the stats if you wish to.


What’s a diet?

I mentioned in the last post that I have a few things in mind on the topic of weight loss, so I figured I’d talk about one that I haven’t told many people about. I’m trying something called a 5-2 diet, which has me eating normally (but sensibly) on 5 days, while I eat only 600 calories on the remaining two days. Basically, I only eat a light lunch on these two days. I’m not a breakfast person, so after eating lunch on Monday, I won’t eat again until lunch on Tuesday. My other chosen day is Thursday.

Seems a bit crazy, and yeah, it is a bit. It sounds a lot worse than it actually is, and while it’s not super easy or anything like that, it’s completely manageable. If you can overcome about an hour of stomach rumbling, as well as thoughts of what food you could be eating, you’re set. I find that 10pm-11pm is the worst time for that, and I feel completely fine on the following morning up until lunch.

Maybe I should take up weighing myself to see what kind of difference this makes in the long run, but even if it’s not helping me lose weight, I certainly feel pretty good doing it. It seems like a weird thing to say when I’d certainly be more than happy stuffing my face with chicken or pizza, but when it’s lunchtime after a 600 calorie day, you can’t help but feel pretty happy that you didn’t give in. Last Monday will have been my fifth time doing that, and I don’t plan on giving it up any time soon.


Yeah but are you still eating like a dog?

My eating habits are far from perfect, but it’s certainly a lot better than it was! Food at work typically consists of a chicken breast and salad, and my meals at home have been scaled down and actually have vegetables in them now. Seriously, my fridge has never been so green. Kale, you guys.

But like I said, it’s not perfect. I’m still having one or two Pepsi Max’s a day while at work (though I have shifted to water at lunch) and my portions are still a bit crazy, even if it’s all salad. I’m working on that though!

Edamame is quickly becoming a favourite of mine, too. You should read this RocketNews article on how to cook it properly, because it’s real good.

Anyway, that about does it. I’ll have updates in a week or so I’m sure, and perhaps I’ll have something else to show in this attempt to not eat like a monster.

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