It’s really cold. Let’s go snowshoeing!

Even though it is pretty cold out I had the bright idea to go snowshoeing today. When I say cold I mean it was -40 degrees below yesterday with the wind chill. Today is better. It was 3 degrees when we left and 4 degrees when we came back. So pretty much a heat wave 😉  Since I haven’t purchased a lot of new clothes in the past three years or so I had to scrape some cold weather gear together. I started collecting things a couple of days ago. The first thing on my list was long johns. I don’t own any that fit. So I had the bright idea to borrow husband’s. The first pair I tried on was a no go. That followed with a small freak out from me when asked if they fit. So I waited until this morning to try on the next pair. They fit! Well, kind of but enough to wear underneath my pants in the wilderness. I also found a facemask that I thought was mine. Turns out it is personal trainers. He said he lost his; I guess I found it 😉 I scraped together some other miscellaneous cold weather gear of my own and we were off.

The snowshoeing went well except for the cold. Now this is the first time I have went were there is an alright amount of snow. After 30 minutes into it or so my thigh started to ache. Well you know me immediately I though tumor. I must have gotten a tumor in the middle of the night and now it is presenting itself. I kept it quiet for a little bit until finally I had to say something. Personal trainer informed me it was from snowshoeing. Phew! I know it sounds silly but that it is the first thing that comes to mind when I get a new pain or something. Anyway it was a beautiful day in the woods and the snow made it even better. Today was supposed to be gym day but we did a snowshoeing day instead. I know you are probably thinking I am trying to avoid the scary gym. I kind of am but the outdoors is way better than any old gym. We did reschedule for Saturday morning.

After hypothermia set in we decided to head home. Just kidding it wasn’t any where near that but it was still pretty cold. We logged a good 45 minutes in; which I think is pretty good on a day where the high is around 4 degrees. Of course I took some snapshots of our frozen journey. Enjoy!

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Snowshoeing in Wisco
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See that white stuff by my face? Yeah that is my frozen hair
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River is brown. Not sure why?

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Beautiful Snow

We finally received some snow again so of course I broke out my snowshoes. Second time I was able to use them and it was great 🙂 I am actually getting better at putting them on so maybe I am getting more mechanically inclined? Anyway, it was a great day and it was awesome to get outside. Since the snow came down so fast it ended up sticking to everything and stayed that way for a while so I got some nice pictures. (Well, what I think are nice anyway) But now we are going to be in a cold streak with wind chill advisories so it will be back to the elliptical for me 😦 Hope you enjoy the pics!!

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Friday night snowshoeing, Monday morning workout and everything inbetween

I guess you could call this post a “filler”  From what I have been reading you’re not supposed to write “fillers” but I have never been much of a rule follower and I have so much to share so here goes!

First off I joined Facebook!! Not me personally, but my blog! I am amazed at the reception I have gotten. I have 53 likes already and I just joined on Friday! Thank you to everyone that has “liked” my Facebook page 🙂 If you scroll way down to the bottom on the right hand side there is an option to “like” my Facebook page. I am enjoying it so much that I have even considered joining the Twitter 😉 We will see because I am still a little confused on what I am supposed to do on the Twitter.

Friday night I was able to try out my new snowshoes! Very exciting and it didn’t result in an ER trip. Personal trainer had been talking about going snowshoeing at night when there is a full moon because you can see and he said it is really cool. So Friday night was our night. Personal trainer arrived at my house around 6:00 p.m. and we started adjusting my snowshoes. It actually took two grown men to do this. In a way I kind of felt like Cinderella but in another way I kinda felt like a dumb ass. Instead of a glass slipper I had snowshoes. Then I realized “How in the world am I going to do this by myself?” I need to get more mechanically inclined? Unfortunately, the clouds didn’t cooperate so we were stuck just walking up and down a small hill at the entrance to the arboretum. I was a little worried that people would think we were crazy for walking back and forth but as far as I know no one pointed and laughed. We did get to enter the arboretum and snowshoe a little but it was kind of dark. I am hoping for better luck next month. Of course I asked a really stupid question “Is there a full moon every month?” I got a yes if anyone was wondering. The snowshoes came off pretty easily so maybe there is hope for me.

Saturday was the day set aside to finish Christmas shopping. I did the full Autumn shopping experience. I drank iced coffee, had supper, got my nails did and shopped for many hours. If I wouldn’t have been by myself I would have indulged in an adult beverage. I know I will be busted by husband when he reads this because I left out the nails part. But shopping got really hard and stressful and I just wanted to sit down 😉 Maybe it was the fumes from the polish but they talked me into getting a pedicure and manicure. They also talked me into getting “gel” nails. I am still not sure what this all entails even though they are on me. I am also not sure how to get them off. The gal told me they aren’t fake nails and they will stay much longer than regular polish. She was so right about that. After taking a while off from cleaning I had to cram it all in last night. Not a chip or scratch. Not sure if I will have nail left or just bloody stubs after the gel nail removal. I will keep you all posted as I am sure you are at the edge of your seats 😉

Monday morning I decided I better go workout since I unintentionally took the weekend off. Lucky for me personal trainer is on vacation so I can take Avery with me. I hope he is enjoying his vacay as much as I am 🙂 It is so nice to go workout in the morning instead of trying to cram it in after husband gets home. It seems like I am always rushing off after supper to go workout and then when I get home it is bedtime for Avery. Plus it is safer for me when during the day. If you have read my blog before you know things get tricky for me after dark. Anyway after a break from working out I was surprised how much my workout today tired me out. Phew it was a little intense! I had to listen to quite a few “rally” songs to get me going. “Rally” songs are what I like to call songs that get me movin’. I have a couple faves. I am glad I got to workout in the privacy of a home instead of a gym. There is talk of me going back to the gym but I haven’t officially committed. Even though it was intense I feel so much better after working out. I was feeling really sluggish and now I feel great! Except for the nagging feeling that I need a nap I feel great 😉

Thanks for reading my “filler” and I promise to have more interesting stuff down the line. Who knows maybe it isn’t a “filler” but I am new to blogging and the lingo so I am going to go with it. Don’t forget my amateur photography!

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Gel nails
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Monday morning workout
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Snowshoeing after dark