As part of the process of starting all of this I've been doing a lot of online research, not only on the hikes themselves and preparation/equipment needed, but also on workouts and healthy weight-loss. It has become abundantly apparent that there's a lot of crap out there regarding the latter. It's near impossible to find a website that doesn't either a) promote the use of a diet pill/supplement or b) requires you to pay for their 'special secret' (which will probably just end up being a pill/supplement from some ancient, recently discovered Chinese plant). All of this research has just confirmed what I already knew (and I'm sure you all did too), weight-loss is a huge money maker. Ultimately, it's a very simple premise: burn more calories that you consume, but people don't want to stop eating what they love and if that includes McDonald's, well...
In my search, I have found a lot of useful information and suggestions on Woman's Health Magazine. It has a lot of information on both working out and eating healthy including an interactive page to create your own balanced workout and handy dandy printable sheets with snack ideas. And despite a few of the third party pages I ended up at, everything on the site I've accessed has been free... so far. On the site, there's also a six week weight-loss meal plan. After reading through it and checking out all the recipies, I've decided to give it a try. Six weeks of not having to think about meal plans or even my shopping list (they have a printable list) but still eating good foods and no 'quick fix' suppliments, why not? As this week is my one month weigh-in and I already have meals for most of this week, I've decided to start it next Monday.
To go along with the six week meal plan, I've decided to also stop drinking. I'm not a big drinker anyhow so it's not like that will be a big challenge, but for anyone wanting to lose fat, alcohol will hinder them. To further kick start the 'getting in shape' process, cutting out alcohol just makes sense.
The next blog will note how successful the first month has been, fingers crossed!