“The Mountains Are Calling and I Must Go” – John Muir
I look at life as one big wondrous adventure and for me hiking in the Smokies is a significant part of that experience! In my younger years, I was an avid hiker. I love the Smoky Mountains and spent many weekends camping and hiking the trails. I was, physically, in great shape and often took on some pretty ambitious hikes. It was not unusual for me to hike anywhere from 5-15 miles per day. But with the arrival of children my hiking days slowly came to a close. I did manage to continue on for several years, bringing my children along with me. Yet, as they grew older and began taking interest in various activities, like many parents, I soon pushed my passions aside to help my children achieve their goals. Do I regret this? Absolutely not! However, now that my children are much older I have decided it is time to revive some old dreams.
The first on the hiking bucket list is Mount LeConte via the Alum Cave Bluff trail. I wish that I could just hit the trail this weekend and mark this off my list. Unfortunately, my many years of an inactive lifestyle is certainly going to hinder this goal. Therefore, my first step in my quest for Mt. LeConte is for me to be physically prepared for the journey.
I hope to accomplish this by losing a significant amount of weight and becoming physically fit.
My weight loss plan includes a low carb/high protein/no sugar diet while practicing intermittent fasting.
In addition, I will improve my physical condition by weight lifting 4 times per week along with 30 minutes of walking daily. I also plan to start hiking some easy trails and gradually work my way up to the harder ones.
Wish me luck and please comment below with any advice or suggestions!