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Monday, June 27, 2016

Ponderize Scriptures June 28 - July 3, 2016

Week: June 27 - July 3, 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.
 Moroni 7: 47 But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Weight Loss Journey Week 13 and 14

Week 13 (June 11) weight loss - .8 pounds
Week 14 (June 18) weight loss - .4 pounds
Total weight loss -1.2 pounds.
At least it wasn't a gain - because .....

I've been in a mood where I haven't been very motivated. I've had a bit of depression and anxiety. I haven't eaten the best or exercised as much. The weather was a lot cooler last week and I just wanted to hibernate in front of the TV. Argh! I hate when I feel like that.

But, I won't give up.
I'm feeling better again and motivated. 

I've been terrible at walking. A neighbor who I haven't met before came over a couple of weeks ago and showed interest in walking with me. She's seen me walk and wanted to join in. She's much older than me - probably in her 70's. This has put a snag on my motivation to walk. When I'm ready, I like to put my music in and move. I don't want to slow down or have to coordinate my walks because my schedule is all over the place. The pressures of having someone walk with me or watching me go on a walk and not taking the time to invite her has made me dread going on a walk. 

I don't know why it's affected me this way, but I just wasn't motivated to go on walks anymore. That was my first down fall. 

With the weather being so cool, I didn't want to go swimming because the water in the swimming pool isn't that warm. It's great on a hot day - but brrrrr on a cooler day.

Then my eating has gotten out of control and I was reaching for snacks, chips, ice cream and stuff like that.
Luckily for me when I was making all those bad choices, I did try to make myself move and get my steps in. I think that was my only saving grace to have any weight loss at all. 

I've been feeling sluggish, bloated and just blah. 

I'm not going to post my nutrition because it was bad. 

I did go on the "Nature Path" walk last Friday.

I did NOT go on the Boise Spark Team walk on Saturday.

I did go on a long walk Sunday evening. I could tell that my body was starting to get weak again. 

I've been hit and miss on riding my exercise bike. 

Yesterday I went swimming and felt a boast to my mood. I also worked in my yard, trimmed and mowed it. I had over 15,000 steps in and it felt great.

Today I had a super easy work day only 3 hours. Since I was in Boise, I took an hour walk on the nature path. Came home and went swimming. I plan to go swimming (treading water) again at the evening open swim.

I've feeling better, motivated and not so blah and bloated. I feel like I'm back on track. I did read an article on Spark People about why we quit. One point was being a perfectionist and not allowing ourselves to fail and not be perfect. That really hit home for me. I've had some off days - but it's OK - I don't have to be perfect all the time. I just have to keep going. 

I laughed when I saw this quote - it now hangs proudly on my fridge. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Ponderize Scriptures June 20 - 26, 2016

Week: June 20 - 26, 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 46:

11 For all have not every gift given unto them; for there are many gifts, and to every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God.

 12 To some is given one, and to some is given another, that all may be profited thereby.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Beautiful Flower Gardens 2016

Welcome to my garden 2016
Front Door 
The berm on the side of my house/property looking from the sidewalk to the back yard. This year I planted yellow Marigolds and red Geraniums. 
 Looking from the back gate to the sidewalk on the same berm. 
 Inside the back gate to the back yard. I added Petunia's with the yellow Marigolds and a few red Geraniums. 
 The kidney shaped berm off of the patio coming in from the gate. 
 Flower bed by my detached garage. Red Geraniums, red roses, Daisies will be blooming soon. The Iris' are finished blooming but they were a lovely blue. 
 Red Geraniums on the side of my patio. 
 This is a continuous flower bed that rounds from the patio above to the fence. More red Geraniums. 
 The Patio.
It's really beautiful this year.

I didn't plant any vegetables - I'll just shop at farmers markets this year for fresh veggies.

I added 36 new bags of bark to the flower beds this year.

I really love the yellow Marigolds and red Geranium look this year. It will look even more lovely when everything fills in. 

I sure love my secret garden!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Meridian Symphony Free Concert

I went to a free concert of the Meridian Idaho Symphony at Gene Kleiner Park. It was a little cool and the wind was blowing, but it was a nice evening. I really enjoyed the beautiful music. 
 Here are a couple of snippets from songs they played. They are not very long samples:
My Fair Lady "I Could Have Danced All Night"
Frozen "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"

The conductor let people / children come up and lead the music. There was a long line of people. It was fun to see their stature stiffen and the confidence show through everyone who took the conductor's stick to lead the song. It was fun to watch the children and teenagers lead the music. 
There were a lot of people who attended. I tried to get a picture of the hill - but the sun was shining overhead and blacked out the picture. It's a really nice band shell for these free concerts. One nice feature of living in Meridian, Idaho!! I love it!
Of course I have to go to the Village and watch the fountain show while I'm here. 
I love it when it's dusk and you can see the lights in the fountain. The fountain dance was "Jump" by Van Halen. I did take a video!! Here it is - enjoy!

Primary 4 Lesson 23

Primary 4
Lesson 23
Alma Counsels His Sons Helaman and Shiblon

Suggested Home Reading
Suggest that the children study Alma 37:33–47 and Alma 38:1–12 at home as a review of this lesson.

I made up the treasure chests for my class. Cut them out and glued with Elmer's Glue and secured overnight with a paperclip over each edge. In the morning I took off the paperclip and put the top notch into the slit on the body. Remember to make the slit on the treasure chest before gluing.
During class, I let them cut out the jewels and put them in the treasure chest.

I thought they turned out really cute.

Camel's Back Hike

This morning I met up with the Boise Idaho Spark Team for a morning hike in the Boise Foothills. Only 3 of us were available to go during a summer weekend - Kathy, Barb and me. We did 3.5 miles 8800 steps - which is nice because I was over 10K by 10 am this morning. I love getting it in early. 
Looking over the city from the foothills - you can see downtown Boise in the distance. 
Another angle from the same point. You can see why our town is called the City of Trees. 

I thought this hill was cool looking.  
I love trails with lots of trees / foliage - instead of just grass or sagebrush. It was lovely. 

We saw this monument on the trail. 

A look from the top of the Camel's Back hill down to the park or starting area to hike in the foothills. A lot of people hike up and down this steep hill - we didn't. 

A beautiful look at some of the trails.
We took a less steep trail back to the park. There were challenging parts where we hiked up hills, up built-in steps along the trail, and back down hills. I loved every minute of it. 

I hope we continue to do these weekend walks/hikes! 


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