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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ponderize Scriptures May 30 - June 5, 2016

Week: May 30 - June 5, 2016

PONDERIZE. (Ponder and Memorize) Feast upon his words. 

Don't forget to save a little money each week too!! 

These 2 principles will lead to a better life.
 2 Nephi 28: 30 For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.

This verse always makes me think of this song from Saturday's Warrior, "Line upon Line". 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

 Today we honor those who have given the greatest sacrifice for our freedom. 
Thank you!
They Did Their Share

On Veteran’s Day we honor
Soldiers who protect our nation.
For their service as our warriors,
They deserve our admiration.

Some of them were drafted;
Some were volunteers;
For some it was just yesterday;
For some it’s been many years;

In the jungle or the desert,
On land or on the sea,
They did whatever was assigned
To produce a victory.

Some came back; some didn’t.
They defended us everywhere.
Some saw combat; some rode a desk;
All of them did their share.

No matter what the duty,
For low pay and little glory,
These soldiers gave up normal lives,
For duties mundane and gory.

Let every veteran be honored;
Don’t let politics get in the way.
Without them, freedom would have died;
What they did, we can’t repay.

We owe so much to them,
Who kept us safe from terror,
So when we see a uniform,
Let’s say “thank you” to every wearer.
By Joanna Fuchs 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Primary 4 Lesson 20

Primary 4 Manual
Lesson 20: 
Korihor, the Anti-Christ

Suggested Home Reading
Suggest that the children study Alma 30:12–18, 37–56, 60 at home as a review of this lesson.

I've focused activities on Testimony from the Friend below:

The answers:  Across—(1) gift, (2) godhead, (3) Melchizedek, (4) prophet, (5) spirit. Down—(1) good, (4) prayers, (6) confirm, (7) Holy Ghost, (8) speak, (9) testimony, (10) repent.

Weight Loss Journey Week 10

This is my last week of the SparkPeople X-Weight Challenge!!! 

I lost 4 pounds last week! Woo HOO!

I was the biggest loser again this week - overall and for my team!

Week 7 results for X-Weight Challenge:

8.3 pounds Weight Loss 
13,385 Cardio Minutes 
3831 Strength Training Minutes 

199.6 pounds Weight Loss 
103,847 Cardio Minutes 
26,992 Strength Training Minutes 

4.0 - THINK2BFIT (Sondra)

Here is how my team did!

2ND PLACE - Cruisin' For Losin' 

-0.08% Weight Loss 
2.8 Pounds Lost 
59.0 Total Pounds Lost to Date 
14 Members reporting in 
5 Losers 
-1.74% Total Starting Weight Lost to Date 
Biggest Loser 4.0 - THINK2BFIT 
ATC 1299 

2 Weekly Place 4,566 Weekly Minutes Cardio 
3 Overall Place 33,053 Accum Cardio Minutes to Date 

3 Weekly Place 901 Weekly Minutes ST 
3 Overall Place 7585 Accum ST Minutes to Date 

3 Weekly Place 1299 ATC points 
3 Overall Place 4249 ATC points to Date 

Here was my nutrition this past week - I'm still staying in my calorie range.
In preparation to exiting the X-Weighted Challenge this week, I've joined another walking team called VirtualWalking4Fun team. On this team we go for a virtual walk on a trail. I'll put in the distance I've walked daily and it will move me along the trail giving me pictures of what I'd see if I were really there. 

I'm virtually walking the Pacific Crest Trail. I wonder how long it will take me to go from Mexico to Canada. 
 Anything to keep me motivated to meet my goals is great. 
I probably mentioned that I joined the 10K Steps A Day Team. Here are my steps for May that I have logged:
May 1: 8095 steps - 3.39 miles 
May 2: 9221 steps - 3.86 miles 
May 3: 9498 steps - 4.04 miles 
May 4: 9412 steps - 3.98 miles 
May 5: 10,924 steps - 4.63 miles (date joined team and challenge) 
May 6: 10,095 steps - 4.27 miles 
May 7: 10,321 steps - 4.39 miles 

May 8: 16,593 steps - 7.07 miles (great day!) 
May 9: 15,587 steps - 6.64 miles 
May 10:15,632 steps - 6.66 miles 
May 11:15,667 steps - 6.67 miles 
May 12:11,814 steps - 5.03 miles 
May 13:11,884 steps - 5.06 miles 
May 14:15,590 steps - 6.64 miles 

May 15: 10,468 steps - 4.46 miles 
May 16: 10,768 steps - 4.58 miles 
May 17: 16,392 steps - 6.98 miles 
May 18: 10,718 steps - 4.56 miles 
May 19: 13,158 steps - 5.60 miles 
May 20: 13,036 steps - 5.55 miles 

These goals make me want to move my body. It's exciting to see how many steps I can do. It also is amazing at how many steps other team members log. Some do 20K - 30K daily - Wow!

The best part of logging my Weight Loss Journey is that it is keeping me motivated. I'm still going strong and am motivated to reach the end of my goal. I'm feeling strong and great! I can do this for the long run.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Ponderize Scriptures May 16 - 22, 2016

Week: May 16 - 22, 2016

PONDERIZE. (Ponder and Memorize) Feast upon his words. 

Don't forget to save a little money each week too!! 

These 2 principles will lead to a better life.
1 Samuel 16: 7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

Weight Loss Journey Week 9

This week I lost an additional 1 pound. 

Slowly but surely the weight will come off. It's not a sprint, it's a journey and it takes time. I'm also choosing to do this in a healthy way.
I ended up popping the blister and wow was there a lot of fluid in it. Now I just need to keep the area clean and hope it doesn't get infected. 

The good thing is that I have joined a team to get 10,000 steps in per day. This has been a huge motivation for me and so far I've met the challenge consistently. If I don't have enough steps in at the end of the day, I either ride my exercise bike or walk more until I've met my 10K steps. It's great motivation.

Here are my nutrition totals for the past week. I don't think I'll continue to post my meal plan unless you want to see it week after week. It's pretty consistent. But, if you want to see it - leave a comment and I'll continue to post my daily meals.
Unfortunately I caused a little drama in my team leadership. As I indicated last week, our team is falling apart and most have quit participating. My leader asked me if I had any ideas on motivating the team. My response wasn't very nice but here it is:
I don't have a clue on how to get this team motivated. I don't know if you saw the message I gave to all the inactive members last week. Here is what I posted on their sparkpage: 

"their name", we need you! 

 Team Cruisin’ For Losin”, we need to rally together. We need all 22 of you to join in the discussion page, support each other, and post your numbers. We are half way through the challenge and we all need to be active. Let’s do this! We need everyone on our team to join in the weekly challenges, help us post our numbers. So, If you’ve been absent, we are begging you to rejoin the challenges and conversations. We miss the members of our team that are absent. Please come back and join us. It’s much more fun to do this together. We need you! 

I don't know if you really want to know what I think about this team, but I'll tell you. 

This team has completely broken my spirit. The reason I went into total depression and just didn't care last week was because of this team and the leaders. Sorry if this hurts your feelings. Last Saturday when the Optionals were posted -- I just said forget it and ordered a pizza. I crashed bad because why should I try to succeed on this team when I just can't win. 

When I started on this team I was gung ho. I was so excited and just posted everything I did. Then when it was posted that the "Optionals were not a competition", I thought maybe I am over doing it. I looked at what other people - the winners were doing and trying to emulate them and tried to do better for the team every week. Every week, my motivation got weaker and weaker to post stuff because I felt like I might be hurting people's feelings - that is why I was being shunned. 

I am so mad that no matter how much I work on the challenges, cheer others on and try to stay active on this team I am never recognized on the ATC / Optionals. It wasn't until last week when you caught up on a cheer message of the weekly results. 

However, the Optional winners send me in a rage every week. No matter how I try to improve and succeed on this team I am never a winner. Do you really think that I don't go and compare my results to the winners? 

The same people win every time: 

Wk 1: Hollystormcloud, Bontazzie, Kamee720 
Wk 2: Jiminyc's, Kamee720, Chance04 
Wk 3: Kamee720, Chance04, Hollystormcloud 
Wk 4: Kamee720, Hollystormcloud, JiminyC 

Wk 5: All week it was just me and Chance04 working on the optional challenge. I thought maybe, just maybe I'll be a winner. But, no - at the end of the week (Wed) more team members put their numbers in. And low and behold, I still can't be a winner because "Everyone is a winner". 

I wasn't even going to post my optional page this week until Tuesday because this whole competition is all about being in the inside click - maybe previous team members ... I just truly don't understand. 

Also, one last thing. I have never understood why you and Linda never fill out a form and join in with the challenges. I don't understand this team at all. Why should I be motivated to participate when our leaders don't and when you are not recognized for what you do. 

I decided that I would find other teams to join to get motivation from and thank goodness for me, I found a great team - where I can post and work on the goals for myself and not for a team that no one really participates in except for the clicky winning girls. 

I don't know, but I absolutely hate this team and this challenge. I am doing this journey for me and not the team anymore. I am not a quitter and always measure up to any commitment I make, so I will finish out this challenge. But, I will never join one again. It has completely broken my spirit being on this team. 
What I found out was that I was posting my score for the optional challenge in the wrong place and even though the form was completely filled out to the max, the leader didn't look at what I did but only where the score was supposed to be logged and didn't question that there wasn't a score posted. 

Basically, even though there have only been 2 -7 people joining in the challenges, the leaders haven't even noticed what we were doing. To me that says a lot about how engaged our leaders have been on the team and why it has fallen apart. I feel really sad that they never noticed that I was filling out the form incorrectly after 6 weeks of participating. They should have caught my error on the 1st or 2nd week and guided me on how a new person to the team wasn't filling out the form correctly. It's very frustrating on my part. I'm also assuming that others have felt the same problem and just quit. 

I also realize that being a leader is volunteer and not a paid position, but if you volunteer, you need to do the job and keep the team motivated. 

I didn't want to cause drama, but after they realized that they had been shunning me, they apologized in front of the whole team causing me total embarrassment. I just wanted to be part of the team and recognized as doing my part.  

Here is what was placed on the team page: "My apologies to Think2BFit...I need to spend a little more time reading all of the posts in the optionals. I honestly did not see the score posted at the top. She has been scoring nearly perfect scores each and every week, and she needs to be acknowledged for her great work!!! Everyone give her a great big cheer!!! She deserves it!!! Woo!!Hoo!!!"

This week when the winners of the optionals came through I was the winner:
Since everyone has finished posting in the optionals, here are the results:
First: Think2BFit
Second: HollyStormCloud
Third: 2 BSXYKitten
Other winners were: Kamee, Chance, CBrinkley.. Everyone is a winner that participates in optionals. Optionals help all of stay focused on the week. Great Job to everyone and keep up the good work!!!

Anyway, I'm better now and have gotten over the embarrassment. I will continue to participate in the next 2 weeks of the challenge and then I won't sign up for another. It's just not been motivating for me - but something that has caused me frustration which leads to food comfort. I'd rather be on a team that motivates me and where I can just compete against myself. 

2 more weeks of the challenge and I'll move on with my journey on my own. I do love SparkPeople and having the tools to track nutrition and fitness for free. I also love the many teams to motivate you. Really, it's a great free program for my weight loss journey. 

I can do this!

Sunday, May 15, 2016


This lovely BLISTER started last Sunday on Mother's Day when I walked a lot. Unfortunately I ignored the pain and kept walking. Here are my steps this week: 

May 8: 16,593 steps - 7.07 miles (great day!) 
May 9: 15,587 steps - 6.64 miles 
May 10: 15,632 steps - 6.66 miles 
May 11: 15,667 steps - 6.67 miles 
May 12: 11,814 steps - 5.03 miles 
May 13: 11,884 steps - 5.06 miles 
May 14: 15,590 steps - 6.64 miles 

AND the blister has just kept growing. I think I am forced to take some time off and let my poor foot get well. 

I hate having to rest. I'm not sure if I should just go ahead and pop it - as it is getting pretty large. 

Drat! I feel guilty taking a break from my routine! But, I guess it's my body's way of slowing me down. 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Ponderize Scriptures May 9 - 15, 2016

Week: May 9 - 15, 2016

PONDERIZE. (Ponder and Memorize) Feast upon his words. 

Don't forget to save a little money each week too!! 

These 2 principles will lead to a better life.
Doctrine and Covenants 58: 27 Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;

 28 For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward


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