Back On Track & Back On The Trails…


Keto SnacksI decided to eat off plan this week. I haven’t done that in ages, not for several days in a row at least – in close to 10 months or more.

Why? Because I was really unhappy with how I looked over New Years Weekend in the photos I shared with you, and just decided to step back and regroup.

Of course eating carbs is not the answer, and my goal for 2017 remains the same: to build healthy, attractive muscle weight and continue eating low carb. And so I got right back on track yesterday, including my very first “winter hike” of the season for some good exercise. πŸ™‚

Winter Hiking Adventures

Being out of ketosis, plus the freezing weather, made for a lot less energy than I usually have on my hikes. But I still got in some solid exercise!

I also ate low carb of course, which means I’ll have Keto Flu to deal with in a few days. πŸ˜› I missed breakfast because I was busy writing this post for you, so I grabbed a low carb burger on the way out to my hike.

I got a Low Carb Frisco Burger from Hardee’s. It’s just the Frisco Burger on the menu in a lettuce wrap instead of a bun. They’ll make anything on the menu low carb for you if you ask. πŸ˜‰

Low Carb Frisco Burger from Hardee's in a lettuce wrap

It was well below freezing yesterday, with a high of only 18 degrees, so these hand warmers came in extremely handy! πŸ˜‰ This is the first time I’ve used them, and I’ll definitely be taking them on every hike this season:

Hand Warmers for Hiking

My first stop on the hike was the top of a smaller waterfall on the way to Foster Falls. I say “smaller” – I discovered later it was MUCH higher, just less water volume…

Hiking Foster Falls

Of course I jumped the fence as usual, because I like the BEST view of any waterfall: the very top. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

To give you an idea how high up I was on a straight drop, here’s a view of where I was standing above – from the opposite bluff:

Foster Falls Overlook

Wow 😯 lol

Here’s a quick video I took from that bluff too:


Before I got over to that other bluff though, I took a detour off-trail and hike downriver (literally) to the top of Foster Falls.

Hiking Downriver

Here I am at the top of Foster Falls. πŸ™‚

And yes it was slick – I had to be especially cautious with the frozen spots!

LowCarbTraveler at Foster Falls, January 2017

Part of the trail was over a very slick pile of fallen icicles. Taking photos proved challenging in the chilling temps with the bitter wind. Instead of taking off my two pairs of gloves (with handwarmers inside), I framed the photo… then touched the screen with my nose to take the shot. πŸ˜› πŸ™‚

winter hike

Did I mention my friend Caroline is over again this weekend? πŸ™‚

By special request, we had one of her famous omelets for dinner! YUM…

Low Carb Omelet

It was FULL of ham, spinach, onion & cheeses. πŸ™‚ Delicious!

Here’s my MyFitnessPal food diary for yesterday:

MyFitnessPal Net Carbs Food Diary


My hike was a short one, considering how cold it was and how bad I was feeling. In addition to being out of ketosis, I’ve felt like I had a cold coming on all week… and had a NyQuil hangover. πŸ˜›

I still got in some good steps for the day though:

Winter Exercise Goals

I learned a lot on my first “winter hike” in super cold temps…

Wearing several layers of clothing, a bulky outer coat, scarf, hat and two pairs of gloves made me feel very confined and a bit clumsy. It definitely slowed me down. It also restricted my range of view, in addition to my range of motion.

I also discovered the type of hat & scarf I wore, which was super warm!… was not ideal for off-trail hiking, lol. It kept getting snagged on tree branches and briars through some of my more adventurous climbs, which was really just annoying – but could easily be dangerous. So I’ll keep that in mind for future hikes this winter. πŸ˜‰

Bundling up for Winter Hikes


I was going to go on another short hike again today, but I ended up staying in to take it easy – and stay warm. The cold weather yesterday just made my cough even worse. πŸ˜›

It’s great to be back on track though, and back to my fitness goals!

I forgot how miserable it feels to eat off plan, between the bloating and the unhappy tummy – blah. It gave me a chance to step back and get my head on straight though, and was a great reminder why I continue to eat a healthy ketogenic diet… and what my TRUE goals are for the year: to build shapely muscle.

How are things going with you?

I would love to hear how your first week of the year went, and how you’re doing with your 2017 goals so far. I would also love to hear if you’re exercising as part of your goals, and if so – what is your favorite exercise during the winter months??

Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

p.s. I love LOVE love my new Keen Hiking Boots! πŸ™‚ That plus the Smart Wool socks kept my feet dry and warm through the entire hike!


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22 Responses to Back On Track & Back On The Trails…

  1. Barb says:

    Beautiful places you have to hike! I have those exact same socks and they are so warm! I’m always wearing wool socks in the house! We live in a 1911 farm house in Ohio, the floors get cold! We are a family of hunters and I have to say hand warmers are one of the best thing ever invented! I can buy a big box of them at Sam’s club or Walmart sells them also, maybe cheaper than the ones you have.
    This has been my first week back on LC and I’m feeling good. I took it easy this week and got most exercise from walking the dog out in the snow. Now that detox is behind me I’m going to start lifting weights 3x/week and cardio the other 2. I like to follow the stronglifts 5×5 program. It’s simple to follow and works the whole body!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      I’m new to wool socks and hand warmers, but I fell in love with them – fast! πŸ˜‰

      I’ll check out the Stronglifts 5×5 program. That sounds right up my alley! It DOES feel great getting back on track, doesn’t it? I think the break did me good in a number of ways (given it’s been almost a year since I’ve done that!) and WOW it reminded me how GREAT I feel eating clean & keto. πŸ™‚

  2. Karen says:

    LOVE my Yaktraks!! And I was all gung ho to actually start walking outside… but then the forecast says it’s going to -30Β° AND… it’s dark when I go to work and dark when I get home. Excuses. Excuses.

  3. Jim Dillon says:

    Hi, I admire your dedication with winter hiking. It builds oxytocin in your body. For me, I do indoor rowing for 5,000 meters or about 28 minutes. I completed 40,000 for the past eight days. I also did an abs workout. I am trying to follow the Primal Blueprint plan. I have lost around 40 pounds and I am pleased with the increased energy I have. Thanks, Jim

    • Lynn Terry says:

      That’s awesome, Jim!

      Winter hiking is definitely more challenging, lol – but now that I have a new pair of waterproof winter hiking boots… I intend to put them to GOOD use this season. πŸ˜‰

  4. Julie wheatley says:

    I wish I could get that motivated to just go to the gym much less walking outsideβ˜ƒβ˜ƒβ˜ƒβ˜ƒ

    • Lynn Terry says:

      I prefer working out at home to the gym, but some people are more motivated at the gym. I personally find it intimidating. πŸ˜‰ It took me forever to REALLY get motivated to exercise regularly… until I got my fitbit. That thing motivates me to move like nothing else ever has!;) This is the one I just upgraded to: Do you track your exercise or workouts in MyFitnessPal with your meals, or with any other app? It helps a lot!

  5. Denise says:

    Lynn you are always an inspiration, even if you decided to eat off track. Your honesty is refreshing and it’s just what I needed for encouragement to get back on track. I live in the northeast and many viruses and flues have been breeding like gnats plus overlapping each other. After being sick for 4 weeks and living on toast and tea I’ve gained 10 pounds and was wondering how to get started again. Thank you for stopping my self doubt and to hop back on a healthy way of eating. Any suggestions of what to nibble on while sick for the future?

  6. Kliz says:

    Good thing you weren’t worried about being in ketosis for a while… Because NyQuil will kill you with all that sugar!

    I think it has somewhere around 20 Carbs per serving.

    It’s hard for me to remember to think about things like that when I was so used to them before low carb.

    I’m hoping to be more active in the new year. The first 45 pounds came off fast, but I need to tone up too.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      That’s true – the liquid Nyquil is very high carb. But my research shows Zero carbs for the liquid caps, which is what I use. πŸ˜‰

      I did have to get a friend to bring me some Robitussin DM though, and they brought me liquid (my mistake, for not clarifying!). It WORKED (yay, lol) but it was higher carb. I’m not sure how much. One of the ingredients IS sucralose, so maybe not as bad as Nyquil. Two different sources are saying only 5 carbs for the serving (dose).

    • Lisa Constant says:

      Wow, I never even thought about OTC medications. I work in the graphics dept. of a generic manufacturer of these kinds of medications along with stomach remedies, antacids and fiber powders. I just spoke to my regulatory people about nutrition content and trying to get this information put out for the public so they can make better informed decisions about their health.

      We do make many sugar free versions of most of our product lines but according to my lab guys we use mainly sucralose as our sweetener.

      Thanks for the enlightenment.

      PS. please be careful going over fences like that, the Firefighter, EMT and rescue technician in me just had a slight heart attack.

      • Lynn Terry says:

        Thank you – I’m always very cautious. πŸ™‚ This last year has been all about facing my fears and pushing my comfort zone… and my hiking adventures allow me to do that in more tangible ways while also working through mental barriers. πŸ™‚

        It would be GREAT if there were an easier way to get nutrition facts for meds. Especially for those with diabetes or other health conditions & allergies that rely on this type of information.

  7. Amy Ormsby says:

    I thought you looked great in your New Year’s post!! I need your friend to come make an omelette for me. That looks delicious!! Happy New Year!!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Thank you Amy πŸ™‚

      Caroline made me another beautiful omelet this morning… and this time I took notes, photos & even some video! Stay tuned for the “how to” – because her omelets are amazing!!

  8. Tracie says:

    I love your posts, so real. We are all human and slip up in some way from time to time. You are so inspiring to so many. Ive told my husband about you many times and I hope to make it to some of the trails you visit at some point!
    2017 has been great to me so far. I had been stalled for a few weeks but last week started a 128 ounce a day water challenge. Drinking this much water has really made me reevaluate when I’m hungry versus thirsty and I’m happy to say I’m down 7 lbs since last week! Thats really amazing considering how close I am to my goal of 150!
    Starting weight on 4/17/16 258
    Current weight 153
    Current goal weight 150
    Height 5 ft 9

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Way to go, Tracie!!

      That’s A LOT of water of course so just be sure to watch for signs of drinking more than your body can process: muscle cramps, headaches, dizziness, light headed, etc. If you get even the slightest symptoms – drink chicken broth immediately to replace the sodium & electrolytes flushed out of your body. And of course make sure you eat plenty of sodium (don’t go “low sodium”) during that kind of water challenge. πŸ˜‰

  9. Ruth A Fritton says:

    Enjoyed reading about your outdoor exercise. I live in western New York where outdoor activity is near impossible when you are 72, had a shoulder replacement last July and a broken ankle a few months before that. I just purchased an exercise ball, 2 lb and 4 lb medicine balls and a step up platform for indoor exercises. The problem is the ball came with no exercise instructions and I haven’t received the rest yet. I have a lot of arm exercises that I do every other day for my shoulder but need core and leg exercises to do indoors. Need some inexpensive exercises for what I’ve bought since I have numerous medical bills so can’t afford much. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • Jim Dillon says:

      Go onto Google or and type, “what are exercises for a medicine ball? The results were ten postings of exercises. The one entitled “25 Must-Try Medicine Ball Exercises” seemed the most promising.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Great suggestion, Jim!

      I like YouTube searches too. πŸ™‚

      Kudos for finding things you CAN do!

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