Gearing Up For Winter Fitness Adventures!


I’ve mentioned that my 2017 goal is to get FIT. I want to get in the absolute best shape of my life this year and really tone up – and build flattering muscle weight on my body. I got a great start on that in 2016 with all of my outdoor fitness adventures, and could not wait (!!!) for snow-framed waterfalls and icicles for my first season of winter hiking! πŸ™‚

I find hiking to be such a great workout because it uses a wide range of muscles with the constant change in terrain and elevation. My first winter hike was on Christmas Day, a full TEN miles of FUN – but it was 70 degrees and sunny that day.;)

Knowing we had chilling temps and snow in the forecast this week, I decided to get out and go shopping for some GREAT winter hiking boots…

Mountain Outfitters in Monteagle TN

I was torn between shopping online (my usual!) or getting out and going to REI or maybe Cumberland Transit. I ended up going up the mountain to Mountain Outfitters in Monteagle, TN. They have a great winter hiking boot selection there (too).

It was such a fun store, especially for an outdoor enthusiast. πŸ™‚

The first thing that caught my attention was this beautiful corduroy Patagonia mini skirt! Especially after wearing my new denim mini a few days before that did NOT fit me (anymore). πŸ˜› I decided to take back a few sizes and see what size I really am now…

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This was a size FOUR!! 😯 πŸ™‚ WOW!

I didn’t buy it on the spot because the prices were really high in-store, but I did a quick google search and found the same skirt on Poshmark super cheap – in a variety of colors. πŸ˜‰ I love that site for GREAT deals. I’ve ordered a few things there already.

I tried on three different brands of hiking boots – the best of the best.

The KEEN Women’s Durand Mid WP Hiking Boot not only fit me best and was the most comfortable, it was definitely the highest quality!

Keen Hiking Boots

I wear a size 8 in most shoes and my high heels, but an 8.5 in my dressy boots and hiking boots. The half size up was a perfect fit! Even with the Smart Wool Socks, which are a must have for winter hiking. πŸ˜‰

Keen Winter Hiking Boots

I double checked the prices online from my smartphone on both of those items too of course. They were both cheapest on Amazon with free shipping, but not by much so I went ahead and got the boots & socks on the spot while I was there.

I worked up a great appetite shopping (lol!) so next I stopped in at the Mountain Goat Market there in Monteagle and had a beautiful low carb salad – topped with roasted chicken and bacon. πŸ™‚

Eating Low Carb at Mountain Goat Market in Monteagle TN


I love Mountain Goat Market. πŸ™‚

It’s a cool little eclectic spot that makes great food, plays great music, and has FUN shopping! I picked up a couple of inspirational keychains while I was there:

Keychains : Inspiration


We finally had a little snow here in Tennessee the last two nights. Not a lot, and not as much as expected, but I’m hoping there’s more snow up on the Plateau where I love to hike. Or at least some beautiful icicles at my favorite waterfalls!

I’m off to find out… in my new hiking boots. πŸ™‚

Stay tuned for photos!

What’s YOUR favorite way to exercise, especially in the winter months??

Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler


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12 Responses to Gearing Up For Winter Fitness Adventures!

  1. Millie Orr says:

    Lynne, you look fabulous!,,

  2. Kelly says:

    You look wonderful! I have not seen mfp logs for a while. Have you stopped?

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Thank you Millie & Kelly! πŸ™‚

      I got off track posting my MFP diaries when the site went down and I had other technical issues to deal with, then the holidays, but I’m working on the next one as we speak… so stay tuned: they’ll be back ASAP. πŸ™‚ *cheers*

  3. Stacey says:

    I will definitely check out these boots. I am actually in the market for a pair. I also like the boots you were wearing for the day. Would you mind sharing the name of those, too?

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Stacey ~ I love those wine colored boots! They are SO comfortable. I got them on Amazon as well, here: They aren’t expensive but quickly became my go-to shoe in the cooler months. πŸ™‚ LOVE! They have a 1″ platform and 3″ heel, but they are very easy to walk in.

  4. Karen says:

    You go girl! Gonna be a great year!

  5. Leigha Baer says:

    Hey Lynn πŸ™‚
    Size 4!! You look great!!
    Those boots look really great too! Did you water-proof them?
    I haven’t had a good pair of boots since I left Buffalo for the south 17 years ago. I’m not even sure what happened to them I guess I just traded them out for flip-flops. lol
    I’m not yet in good enough shape to do any hiking but I do need a really good pair of walking shoes for now. Any suggestions?

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Leigha πŸ™‚ I started out walking myself, and got up to good fast paced walks over time by being consistent, then upgraded to hiking… and more strenuous hikes. πŸ™‚ It was worth the time spent!

      For walking shoes, I would search that specifically – because they make shoes for walking, running, hiking, etc. I’m not sure what the differences are. I walked in my Northside water sandals all Spring/Summer/Fall of course.

      KEEN also makes “walking shoes” and I’m super impressed with the brand after trying on so many others, so you might start with that search here: Let me know what you decide on!

  6. Beth says:

    You have inspired me! I have searched locally for trails where I can hike. Mind you, I am heavy and out of shape, but surely I can take a nice walk! I have invited my hubby to go along, so we have planned for next Saturday to hike! The weather is supposed to turn to warm, so it should be perfect. I would like to make this a healthy habit. Will work on it!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      You’ll really enjoy it, Beth. πŸ™‚ Even the easy trails are so much more fun than walking in town or working out at home. Even better to make it a “date” πŸ™‚ I love getting out with my friends for a great walk!

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