Thursday, February 26, 2015

Do I continue

It has been forever since I wrote a post, do I even remember how?!  So much has happened.  We have moved from Idaho, which still makes me sad, but we are hopeful to return in a few years.  We are back in a state that embraces winter, it has to, lol.  We thought we had left these harsh winters behind, jokes on us.

I haven't been taking a lot of photos right now but probably will in the spring.  Currently, I'm busy working on some UFOs, three quilts and one knitting project I hadn't touched since Wisconsin.  I finished one of the quilts last month, the second quilt is ready to be quilted and the third is finally pieced and ready to be put together.  The knitting project is now knitted and just awaits being seamed - it's a spare tire cover for the Jeep.  What have you been up to?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Surprise! I'm still around. :)

I have been enjoying learning the birds in my new home state. :)  Here's a little canyon wren I found yesterday.  What have you been up to?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Leslie Gulch BLM Oregon

The road into the area. 

The start of the trail. Basically you follow a creek bed and scramble up rocks. 

Husband and I have always been curious enough about where paths lead to park the car and get out and walk. However, this is my first time carrying a pack. I really want to do a backpacking adventure so I need to practice. My pack weighed 12 lbs, it's a start. I also am clueless about how to attach my new walking poles, hoping to figure that out. 
We saw butterflies, but none waited for a photo, and wild flowers. 

The area looks a lot like Utah. But is closer to home. 
This is the view from the top. I really learned how to use my poles getting up here. 

Owl pellet
We followed a different branch of the creek back to the car and I had to figure out how to get down from the top of this big rock. Dennis found a way down and then reached above his head to help me down. Scary!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Changes in me

There's something I love about flowers, in all their stages.  Even as they fade away.

I have felt so energetic and happy all day.  I really can't explain why.  I was disappointed when I stepped on the scale today and weighed the same as last Saturday.  But it didn't defeat me.  I am 15 lbs down in a month and I wish it was moving faster but this past week I have seen the inches change,and my clothes feel looser, so I can live with not losing a single pound this week, I guess.

I went to Zumba this morning and enjoy it so much!  I've been doing it about 3 weeks now, 2-3 times a week, and I can see my progress.  I'm able to jump more and feel less tired at the end of the hour.  There are also improvements in my range of motion - woo hoo!

Outside of Zumba I didn't run much this week so I decided to skip a week at timing my mile.  Last Friday, I got my mile down to 12:30, still working on getting it lower but that was almost a full minute less than the previous week's 13:20.

Yesterday, I did the fit test for Insanity - it kicked my butt, lol.  I actually did better than I thought I would.  I decided to do that 25 minutes test every day for a week before actually starting the program.  So today, I not only had my hour of zumba, but also the 25 minute insanity test.

My biggest problem area is my lower stomach, that part below the belly button, I have had many surgeries and aside from the scars I have found it a very hard area to "fix".  Well, planks and burpees are helping! Why have I never tried them before?! lol

My goal for this week is to move more.  Every single day, for this one week, I want to do something.  Mon, Thurs & Sat are taken care of with Zumba. :)  And the insanity challenge.  Great week ahead!