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1/10/13 6:00 P

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I'd say you did pretty well Donna! I have been doing extra exercise this week and I have left the chips alone all week, but my scale isn't showing any progress. I am heading to my TOPS meeting shortly and I am hoping the chapter scale looks better than mine at home does!

QUEENVICTORIAN, I don't think I am quite up to making my own trails over rough terrain. I don't mind making my own trail, but I don't do well with rough terrain- even without snow.

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1/10/13 4:22 P

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I put my pedometer on before we went out geocaching today and when I finally got back to the truck it read 9407 steps . . . .woo hoo . . . .got plenty of exercise today.

Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. By Charles Swindoll


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1/10/13 11:10 A

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Yes, DH says there are great trails at the old Snow Valley. But then again, his idea of a "trail" is suspect. He likes to cut through rough territory.



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1/9/13 6:06 P

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QUEENVICTORIAN, are there trails for snowshoeing at the old Snow Valley? We discovered the remnants of the old ski area a couple of years ago (before it burned). It must have been a nice place at one time, but it was pretty run down when we saw it. I have been told the West River Trail is a good place to go snowshoeing, but we haven't ventured that far from home with our snowshoes yet. We used to go up through the woods behind our house, but hubby said he wasn't sure it would be a good place to go this year due to washouts and downed trees.

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1/9/13 5:15 P

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We are headed to the Burlington Bike Path and some other trails in that area tomorrow for some geocaching . . . not sure if we are going to need snow shoes or not.

Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. By Charles Swindoll


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1/9/13 1:44 P

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We are a showshoe-loving family!

BUT.

I have a newborn and she isn't quite ready to brave the chilly weather with me on snowshoes. DH has been out at old Snow Valley Ski Resort here in Manchester, VT. He loved it. I am jealous.

For me right now, I have been focused on working out indoors and also taking brisk walks outdoors when I can get the time. emoticon

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1/5/13 9:08 A

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I thought I might go snowshoeing today, but I think I have changed my mind. The wind is blowing things around on my porch, so I am not sure being out in the woods on shoeshoes is a good idea. I don't want any limbs coming down on my head! I might have to resort to indoor exercise today.

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1/5/13 7:41 A

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The weekend is not a good time to visit EMS or Ski Rack if you want some personal attention . . . they are very busy this time of year . . . . try a week day after work or day time if you are off.

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1/4/13 8:12 P

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Well ladies, thank you so much for the information and education. That was very helpful. Yes, the web site I was looking at was the EMS. I'll probably try to stop by there this weekend to find out more. In the meantime, the high stepping through snowy fields is definitely a work out, but rather not get my pants all snowy :)

Rather the pain of discipline, than the pain of regret. - Bob Andrews

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1/4/13 2:28 P

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I have a pair of Atlas snowshoes. They work fine, although there are better ones out there I purchased mine during a heavy stage. Regular snow boots will work with the new bindings. Check your local cross country ski centers, they may have some you can rent. I have a pair of A Tubbs as well. I like my Atlas pair when in the woods, no tails to get caught up in the underbrush.
Went out snowshoeing again this AM, while the sun was still out. The wind came up even though in the 20's felt much colder. It is a good aerobic work out

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1/4/13 8:02 A

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We bought ours a few years ago and they are Tubbs. You can wear any boot with them . . . I have an insulated hiking type of boot. If you live in the Champlain Valley you can go to the Ski Rack or EMS and talk to them . . . .they have very knowledgeable people there who won't pressure you to buy and make sure you have what is right for you. They are expensive for good snowshoes but it is an investment . . . . .we haven't worn them out and I never think I will have to buy another pair.

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1/3/13 9:10 P

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I'm only a novice, but from what I understand you take the length times the width and match that to your weight. For example, the ones I have are 9 x 30 so they are good for up to 270 pounds. I almost bought 8 x 25s but since I was just barely under 200 pounds when I bought them and I figured with boots and heavy clothes I would be over 200 I was afraid they might not hold me up well enough. I almost wish I had bought the 8 x 25s, but I use the bigger ones okay. The only thing I have found is that I can just barely tighten the bindings enough. If I had gone with the smaller ones the bindings would have been smaller too. As for boots, I'm sure there are boots made for snowshoeing, but I wear a pair of waterproof, insulated hiking boots with a pair of heavy socks and my feet have never gotten cold or wet. My hands get cold before my feet do. Ours are Tubbs because we got them on clearance (they were the previous year's model but we didn't care). Walmart used to have Yukon Charlie's, which were a lot cheaper and didn't look too bad. We bought our son and daughter-in-law those. They haven't used them much, so I can't tell you how they like them. I didn't notice if Walmart was selling them this year or not. Ocean State Job Lot has been selling some fairly inexpensive ones. If we hadn't already bought ours I probably would have bought those. I am sure they are not as good as the ones we have, but they would have been good enough for us to make sure we liked it before spending a lot of money and if we did like it we could have upgraded later if we wanted to.

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1/3/13 8:44 P

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Hi Ladies! I was just looking at snow shoes on-line last week. I've been considering buying some, but haven't used them before and need more education. Can anyone suggest a quality brand. And does the weight capacity equate to the length? I think I need 30's. Are they more difficult to use the longer they get? And can you wear any type of shoe/boot with them? Thanks.

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1/3/13 8:27 P

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I am hoping I can convince hubby to go this weekend- as long as it is warmer than it was today. I worked through my break and lunch today rather than go out walking like I usually do. Whereabouts are you located in southern Vermont? It sounds like you have a little more snow than we do in Rockingham. We got about 10 inches from the bigger storm and then another 4 from the second one.

I don't have artificial knees but I find hills to be a challenge- not going up hills but coming down them. My hubby likes to tell me I don't have to worry about getting DOWN the hill, but I tell him I want to stay upright while I am doing it!

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1/3/13 8:17 P

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Went snowshoeing yesterday. I don't know if I'm being overly cautious but with my new left knee, I'm nervous about climbing hills. I did love being out even if it was not for a long time. If it's warm enough on Friday the 4th I'm going again. We have about 18 inches here in southern VT emoticon


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1/3/13 7:45 A

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There was a note on ront Porch Forum last night about cross country and snow shoe trails here in Grand Isle emoticon . . . and we have enough snow already this year.

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1/2/13 9:32 P

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Well, since we have snow I guess I should be thinking about getting the snowshoes out. I enjoy it, but not when it is bitterly cold. I think we need to find a new place to go because hubby said when he was out in the woods where we used to go during hunting season that there are several places where the rains this year left gullies and there are tree branches that have fallen across them. I would hate to step over a limb and fall into a ditch that I couldn't see, so I think we need to look for a safer place.

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1/1/13 5:56 P

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Now that the holidays are over DH and I plan on taking one day per week for geocaching again . . . we had gotten out of it lately. I also am going to be tracking more consistently and drinking my water. Wednesdays are my regular bowling league.

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1/1/13 3:37 P

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I don't have much of a plan in place for exercise, but I do plan on TRYING to track my food intake and make sure I get at least 64 oz of water every day.

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1/1/13 11:26 A

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Being retired, my plan will be about the same as 2012. Have been "off the wagon" so to speak for the past couple of weeks. Time to get back to the gym, and back to our healthy eating habits. Happy New Year !!

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1/1/13 9:42 A

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What are you doing for your wellness this winter?

Working out in Vermont is fun. What's your plan?

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