I'd like to drop a couple of dress sizes before my younger son's wedding in August. I'd also like to have more energy and a flatter abdomen.
My plan is to exercise in some way every day and watch my eating, especially in the evening, and find healthier foods.
I live just west of Akron, Ohio. I started out teaching English and German in a high school near here, but quit once I had my 2 sons. Thankfully, I haven't had to work and have spent quite a bit of time volunteering at school and at church. A few years ago I hopped into the job market for a couple years and worked in the office at Dillard's. It was fun while it lasted.
Bonjour! And thank you for your comment on my blog 'A hike in the Brie area East of Paris'.
For most of my hikes, I use booklets published by the Fédération française de randonnée. I own about 12, all from areas around Paris, with about 40 hikes in each. But of course there are many more, for all the regions in France. Here is their catalog online: http://www.ffrandonnee.fr/boutique/le-ca talogue-des-topo-guides.aspx I don't know how good your French is, they are all in French of course... I also use hike leaflets (not sure what the word would be) that I found in tourism offices. It is becoming so popular to hike that many tourism offices around France offer, often for free, these leaflets with hikes.
As for online hikes, yes, there are lots. Indeed, I sometimes look for 'randonnée' (hike) and then the name of the area I want to go to. This is how I found this great site with lots of hikes in the Aisne area (North-East of Paris). I is a bit far from home, but I will definitely do some of these hikes, especially as they have a whole series on WWI. Here is the site: http://www.randonner.fr/rando/Circuits Once on the hike, you need to click on the orange button 'Télécharger la fiche rando' to access the description of the hike.
The problem is that most of this information is in French. I found a good website with hikes written by a British couple, and there are some in France, but they don't give the maps. I think they use the same booklets I use. http://easyhiker.co.uk/
There are also books (in English) of walks in Paris. I use a couple of 'Paris walks' books in French, but I know thanks to Sparkfriends who visited that there are some in English.
You have inspired me to write a blog on this subject one of these days. I am sure some readers of my blogs who speak French could find this information useful too.