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First time snowshoeing...

Saturday, December 29, 2012

I had a terrific day! Went to the Farmer's Market with one brother, had lunch with my parents, and went snowshoeing with my other brother.

At the Farmers Market I got fresh baked bread, parsnips, onions and a leg roast of goat meat, which I cooked up this evening with a bunch of veggies. So tasty and quite lean! I managed to walk Cooper for over an hour before my brother picked me up to go to the market, so I count the morning as a success.

Then I went and made lunch with my mom. We had sirloin, potatoes, onions, green beans, cherries, and a slice each of the bead I bought this morning. I sliced off four slices and brought them home with me, leaving the rest for my parents to enjoy. Mom believes in making the meat ssttreeeetchhhh, so a 28 oz sirloin steak became three 3oz steaks for lunch today, and the rest was cut up for stroganoff, soup and stir fry. I bet she gets at least 9 meals out of one steak. It is healthier to use meat more as the garnish than the main attraction on the plate.

After lunch I got down my dad's snowshoes, called up my brother, and went snowshoeing with him for over an hour. What a blast! And it is good cardio. We went around the perimeter of my parents' farm, then across the road and down by the creek. My brother Jeremy's dog went with us. Yes, the dog who was on death's door at Thanksgiving trotted along behind us almost the entire time. At one point he got confused and tried to cut through a snow drift and up an embankment, but he just couldn't make it, so Jeremy just scooped him up and tossed him over the drift. And he is not a small dog... he is a black lab. Injured the poor dog's dignity, and he was covered in snow, but he made it over just fine! I only fell down once as we were coming up a hill. I got the tails of my snowshoes crossed. When you are standing on your own snowshoe you stop rather suddenly. But I didn't faceplant, I just went to my knees. I managed to keep up the entire time and even took the lead for about half the time. It was great, and we laid a trail so my dad can go cross country skiing this coming week. Jeremy and I agreed to do some kind of snow sport each weekend as long as we have snow. Yay!!

After snowshoeing dad brought me and Cooper home, before heading off to take his afternoon nap. We got home and headed back out almost right away for another hour of walking. The best place to walk right now is the local college campus, as they are very diligent and thorough about plowing the sidewalks. Came home, pedaled 6.2 miles down in the basement, did some ST and jumping jacks, threw together a quick dinner, read a book, mucked around on the computer, put the roast in to cook, then took the dog out for his last walk of the day.

All in all it was a spectacular day!! emoticon emoticon
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    We love the snow, but don't get that much of it - would love to give snow shoeing a go, sounds like so much fun :)
    1845 days ago
    We have got to our snowshoes out this year if the snow allows. We have snow, but have to find the right place to do it. I have suggested going to the gun club to walk, but hubby isn't going for it yet. Not really al ot of snow on the ground, or enough according to him.
    1846 days ago
    Looks like the snowshoeing went great for you, I'm so glad.
    It is great that your brother is helping you with exercising too, by going once a week doing a snow activity.
    1847 days ago
    I bet snowshoeing is excellent cardio! Sounds like fun and should keep you warm no matter how cold it is. Cool!
    1847 days ago
    Sounds fantastic! I love the variety of exercises you get to do. How wonderful.
    1847 days ago
    Snow shoeing is on my bucket list. I love the snow but was never big on playing in the snow since I'd get cold and wet as a kid. But now I'm a grown up and can buy clothes that can keep me warm and dry in the snow, so I am starting to reconsider my prejudice against playing in the snow.
    1847 days ago
    I've always wanted to try that! Unfortunately we don't have much in the way of snow here on the east coast at the moment. Sounds like you had a great day! emoticon
    1847 days ago
  • _LINDA
    That is an awesome activity filled day!! I was thinking of trying snowshoeing as I don't do much in the winter outdoors, usually too cold.
    Enjoy your weekend and have a Happy New Year, keeping that Spark going!
    1847 days ago
  • RG_DFW
    1847 days ago
    You really get a lot done in one day! You are lucky to have a family that supports your healthy habits. Mine is pretty good except they like to eat out too much. That is my 86 yr old mothers hobby. Even she says so! Glad you had fun.
    1847 days ago
    Wow! What an awesome day. Really wish sometimes that we could get more snow here to get out in it and have some fun...usually we just end up with ice instead of snow. emoticon
    1848 days ago
  • ANNIE1114
    Sounds like fun!
    1848 days ago
    Sounds like a fabulous day!!!
    1848 days ago
  • PINKIE78
    Wow! What a cool day! Thanks for sharing it. Makes me feel like I was there. Very energizing! I like your comment about meat as a garnish. That's what I've been doing lately, without realizing it until I read your blog. Awesome!
    1848 days ago
    I'm happy for you! A good day snowshoeing!
    1848 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    1848 days ago
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