Monday, May 23, 2016

A Re-Interest in Pintrest

I go through phases ... I guess we all do, right?  I can't remember when I first discovered Pinterest. I was late coming to the party, I was NOT one of the first. Those first few days were Pinterest heaven though. Spending SO much time on the computer pinning things, arranging boards, imagining all the great things I would make ...

Then ... maybe months went by when I never even logged on. I might occasionally pin something, just to have it for some future moment of need, or check a recipe I knew I had on hand, but not a lot of time spent on my boards.

Just recently, I've had a re-interest in Pinterest. I've started looking up, and even TRYING some recipes. Yes ... I've been baking, that is NOT good for the weekly weigh-ins! A couple months ago, when Hubs was recommitting to exercise and eating better (another phase which is on hold for him with several Meniere's attacks and pinched nerve pain he's dealing with now) HE actually joined Pinterest and started keeping track of some food and fitness topics. 

Just like in my other social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) ... I have two Pinterest accounts. My original one, and then one set up for my JenB'sJourney, which focuses more on food/fitness (although I do share several boards with my main account). I think the only thing I've pinned lately are Zumba routines though. On my main account however, I've been pinning Birdhouses (I like birdhouses and have a little "birdhouse" garden), Ducks (as we have ducks!) and unfortunately a lot of desserts. I've actually tried out a few pins too!

I do plan on trying a few more of the recipes. I made chocolate chip cookies over the weekend (they were good), a simple chicken dish (just okay), churro waffles (the boys prefer Daddy's regular) ... I do like to "review" what I've tried. It's another board I have. Tried and Reviewed. I even have a "Pinterest" board, for all the funny Pinterest stuff.

 ... you can follow my JenB'sJourney or my family account  and I can follow you back, and see what you are up to. I do enjoy seeing what people are pinning, it gives me a little glimpse into what they are like, what interests them ... at least during a Pinterest phase. I also laugh a little at what Pinterest sends to ME thinking I might be interested in  ... 10 chocolate pins I might like? Seriously, I JUST got this email!

 I should probably go check out these recommendations ...

Friday, May 20, 2016

Weekly Weigh-In #147

After being up again last week, I had a great Friday. I kept calories in check and got oodles of exercise. Then Saturday happened ... and there were donuts. It was bad. Eating was definitely an issue this week.  Other than Friday, I just couldn't keep calories low. I did improve on the exercise a bit. And guess what? Logged a loss! Although crunching the numbers, I'm not sure I really earned it ...

NUMBERS: Weight came in at 165.7, which was 2.2 pounds lower than last week's weigh-in. The average though? Up ... 2.2 pounds exactly (to 168.7). I found that a bit ironic. I did cross over into the 170s after the weekend. Bad. Average intake was 2534. Average burn was 2899. An overage of 552 calories for the week. FOOD: I started so good on Friday, under 2000 calories, but it ended up being my only under day.  Saturday there were donuts. Just because there are donuts doesn't mean I have to eat donuts, but try telling that to my brain. And I pulled a "I've already screwed up today, so why don't you make popcorn" that evening. Then there were those Swig Sugar Cookies I posted about last week  ... still around and still a problem. Logically I know half the time I'm not even that hungry ... FITNESS: While I didn't hit 30k on any day this week, I did exceed 3000 calories (FitbitEstimate) on five days. I got in my hour of elliptical five days, six Zumba classes and did two sessions of weights. I also hit the bike a couple times. FAMILY: This was a pretty laid back week, not much going on. I noticed my bedtimes reflected this. There was duckie distraction, as we brought them outside more this week, letting them stay in the pen during the day.

  • Friday (0513): While it wasn't a good weigh-in for the morning, it was decent motivation for me. I kept calories in check and in addition to elliptical and Zumba (which I did on my own) I got in bike and weights!
  • Saturday (0514): Started off great hitting a Zumba class, but when I got home ... donuts. Thus the bad eating began. Uber over, and only 10min elliptical.
  • Sunday (0515): Just 10min on the elliptical felt so hard today. Eating was over with Sunday Circles in the morning, and a brisket dinner in the evening. Homemade oreos too ...
  • Monday (0516): Back to up early, easily got in my hour of elliptical. Zumba with Southziders and some shopping on the way home. Over on intake ... almost all completely empty calories.
  • Tuesday (0517): In addition to elliptical and Zumba, I hit the bike and mowed the front lawn. Almost kept calories under 2000 today, just not quite.
  • Wednesday (0518): #3 needed a ride to a morningside at 6:15, so although up early, it shifted my usual schedule. I didn't get in all my early elliptical but still managed my hour for the day. After Zumba, got steps shopping and putting groceries away. Had a quick basketball meeting over at the high school in the evening and picked up pizza for dinner on the way home.
  • Thursday (0519): Good start to the day with some early elliptical and then Zumba. A quick stop at Smiths after. Hubs and #3 did a derby in the evening. I made Swig cookies again, but did get in a little additional elliptical to end  the day.
 *** Five Photos from the Week ***

Every week I update the steps I receive from my #1 son (on a mission in Mexico). Here are the past couple weeks ... it was the first time I had hit the first place position in a while. I haven't lasted long there, as #4 son resumed the first place ranking ...

My Fitbit Family ...
Interesting to compare the placement with the steps.
It just depends on how everyone else does that week too!

Here's Hubs prepping the brisket ... started it Saturday. 
Low and slow and 19 hours later, Sunday dinner.
Mashed taters and Brazilian cheese rolls too.

#5 out getting the ducklings dinner ... worms! Sometimes we'll just drop everything and spend an hour or more outside letting them forage, while we dig up the garden looking for goodies.  Distracted by duckies! It's been happening a lot lately!

This past week I posted about my trip to Walgreens
I did end up going back and getting basketballs. 
Never can have to many basketballs at our house!

 Fitbit Feedback for Thursday ...
 I really felt like I needed to get one more green spike in my day.
So I did.

So there it is ... another week, another weigh-in, another weekly recap.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Achievemint Update ... Update

I first discovered Achievemint back in June of 2013. Getting PAID for healthy habits? Sign me up! Back then, there were a number of reward programs, and I was participating in them all. Over the years, many of the programs have transformed or ended all together.  I always recommended Achievemint to any of my family and friends who had a Fitbit (other trackers and apps work too) because it was so easy. Just sign up, link your Achievemint account to your tracker ... and forget about it. Follow emailed updates, or check in occasionally online, and at some point, you'll reach your reward. Request your redemption (wait a bit) and walla ... $$. 

I've done a number of blog posts about my Acheivemint Experience (Achievemint UpdateFitness Reward Followups, Another Achievemint Update are the main ones). So why another post from me? Because there are new changes, and as I notice people checking out my older entries (other than my Fitbit post, my original Achievemint Update is my most popular post) and I wanted to include the most recent information. 

A couple of days ago ... I received an email from Achievemint. Just a form letter, but as far as I know (I've asked around with family and friends) no one else has received it, and it's not on their site (or mentioned on their Facebook or Twitter) so I thought I'd put it out there! GREAT info ...

Hello, motivation. Goodbye, reward limits.

Hello Jen,
We heard your frustration with not being able to earn additional rewards on AchieveMint once you hit your limit. Staying healthy is an ongoing process and we wanted AchieveMint to reflect that. That’s why there’s no limit to the amount of rewards that you can earn now -- it also allows even more members to participate and we hope it keeps you engaged and motivated. We’ve also improved our payout system to ensure prompt reward redemption.
Here’s how our new points system works:
• Earn up to up to 80 points a day for the daily amount of tracked activity you do (biking, walking, running, swimming and other forms of exercise).
• Earn up to 6 points per day for the activities you do fewer times a day (like logging your meals, recording your weight, or taking your blood pressure).
• We now pay you $10 for every 10,000 points you earn, instead of making you wait to accrue 25,000 points before you earn $25.
• You might notice that you earn points more slowly. This allows us to let you earn unlimited rewards and stay motivated to keep doing healthy activities as part of your daily lifestyle. So, we think that’s a good thing.
• In addition, we’re adding new programs that offer extra opportunities for you to earn cash or rewards on top of your baseline AchieveMint points. Stay tuned for more information about contributing to clinical studies through our new AchieveMint Studies product!
• Points expire one year from the date they are earned.

We’re also introducing the newest version of our AchieveMint app for iOS. It’s a convenient way to integrate with Apple Health, earn points faster and get on-the-go updates.
Your friends at AchieveMint

I'd received over $100 in payouts from Achievemint before I received a nice email saying I'd hit their threshold and I wasn't able to earn any more rewards. I was disappointed, but totally understood. I knew there was a waiting list, and this would allow more people into the program. That's fair. I never disconnected my Fitbit or other apps (Instagram/Twitter), and I guess I was still earning points, even though it wasn't toward a payout. When I received the email above, I went ahead and logged into my account and had enough points to redeem a reward! I've requested it ... and now I'm waiting, and my remaining points are progressing toward earning again ...

As the email above stated ... Achievemint has adjusted how activities earn. I don't remember exactly what earned how much before, but I do know these amounts are a bit less, but you can still earn almost 100 per day. I weigh in everyday (on my Fitbit Aria, linked to my Fitbit account), my Fitbit records my sleep,  I enter food on MFP (which is an app option to add on Achievemint) which syncs with my Fitbit and ends up here. Of course Fitbit counts my steps and active minutes. I also post on Instagram and Twitter daily, and get a little kickback from that. Here's a quick snapshot of my recent account activity ...

I did add the Acheivemint app to my iphone. There are a bunch of  apps that Achievemint accepts data from, so be sure to check out what is available and make sure you are linked up!

So ... any other Achievement people receive the email I did? As I AM the go-to girl, I did hear back from family that some accounts still say "you have reached the reward threshold" but I did a quick email to the company asking about this (and got a very fast response too! Thanks Achievemint!) saying that this is temporary, that everyone is earning toward a reward at this point and that should be updated in the next couple weeks. So earn away! I'll update when I receive my most recent reward! ;)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

My Kindle Unlimited Experience

I've been a Kindle girl for a few years now. Hubs had purchased a Kindle Fire to try, but it wasn't until I added the Kindle app to my iphone that I really discovered digital  ... and became a convert. While I've always loved to read, I had a hard time having books on hand when I found a spare moment. Not a problem any more! I have hundreds of books just waiting for me in my Kindle Cloud (granted, many of these have been free or very inexpensive offerings I've heard about from Pixal of Ink or BookBub ... and often you get what you pay for. But then again, I've been very happy with a ton of these free offerings). I also have a list a mile long of titles available from my library, and I use GoodReads to find even more recommendations (and keep track of what I have read). Since converting to Kindle, my reading repertoire has expanded almost infinitely!

So, while I adore Amazon and I covet my Kindle ... when I heard about Kindle Unlimited, I scoffed a bit. $10 a month? I admit it, I'm cheap, and I have a hard time justifying buying books, especially when I have so many free ones at my fingertips. We have AmazonPrime, and with that, I could borrow a book from Kindle's Lending Library (which I assumed was the same content as Kindle Unlimited ... this is actually incorrect I discovered) so I had access to some of those books anyway (and I have been dutifully borrowing my book a month, even though I dislike reading it on my Kindle device instead of my phone). For the most part, Kindle Unlimited does NOT have the new, latest and greatest stuff (while it advertises best sellers like Hunger Games and Harry Potter as part of the plan, those are older, and I've already read them, hasn't everyone?) so it never even tempted me at all.

Then I read AngelFall ... I'd picked up this for free back in 2013 and finally got around to reading it. I enjoyed it and looked up the sequels (and this is WHY many authors/Amazon offer free  books, to hopefully get you hooked and make you pay to finish the series *Ü*) The sequels were $4-5 each (at the time, prices change and they are just $2 as I post this), and I noticed they were part of KindleUnlimited. I figured if I read both of them, and another book or two, it would be worth a $10 payment (if I just did it for a month). But even better, Amazon offers a 30-day free trial, so, I signed up. And started reading ... I wanted to get my monies worth (even if it was free *Ü*). 

21 books later, I was pretty darn pleased with my 30-day KindleUnlimited free trial. I was happy with the quality of the content and loved being able to access the books from my Iphone (not just my Kindle device). One very pleasant surprise was the audio options. I've just recently adapted to audio and many of the books included in Unlimited had free narration as well. I LOVE this read-along feature Amazon offers (being able to see the book in print and have the narration as well). I started wearing my headphones everywhere, to get the most "reading" in during my trial.

As my month came to a close, while I did enjoy Kindle Unlimited, it just isn't worth a month-to-month $10 fee for me. As mentioned above, I have oodles of books ready to read. I have created a list, tracking books on KindleUnlimited that I would be interested in (sequels to those I picked up for free, those with audio options, or just ones with good reviews that have caught me eye) and maybe I'll actually pay for another month here and there ... we'll see.

That said ... I do always worry about the hassle of canceling a free trial. This was a snap. I just accessed my Amazon account online, went to the "Digital Content" section, and followed the "Manage Your Digital Subscriptions" link. I watched my date, and ended my free trial the day before I would have been charged. Amazon still allowed me access to the content through the next day ... although it did end at 12:00 Eastern Time (I'd planned on a little bit more reading before bed but POOF, my borrowed books were gone!)

Addressing the "Unlimited" portion of the plan ... you ARE limited to ten books at a time. Why do they call it unlimited if there are limits? But seriously, 10 books at a time is fine. You will need to manually return (using the "Manage Your Digital Devices" link) books to allow you to download more.

I'm back to borrowing from my library, and reading the books I already have in my Kindle Cloud. Plenty of content there to keep me busy for a while! But thanks Amazon for the free trial! I just wasn't quite able to finish up the final book (book3) in the Clone Chronicles ... I figured I'd just borrow it as my May Kindle Prime book. But that is how I found out that because a book is part of Kindle Unlimited, it is NOT necessarily part of Amazon's Lending Library.  Lucky for me, I had downloaded the book to an extra Ipod I had ... one with the wifi turned off ...  so I actually still have it on my device for the moment (as long as I don't bring it back online until I'm done!)

Have you heard of Kindle Unlimited? Your thoughts on the program?
My GoodReads Profile.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Weekly Weigh-In #146

Well I must admit, I was disappointed when I stepped on the scale this morning. Up again? I was SO determined to turn it around and I tried this week. I really tried! And it was a pretty good week ... or so I thought until I examined the numbers. Okay, maybe I didn't do that great after all (and I really blew it yesterday, the day before weigh-in). There were some improvements though ...

NUMBERS: Up .7 from last week, average was up too (.44 to 166.5). My average intake was 2207, which while still over what I'd like (under 2000) was my lowest in weeks, since February in fact. My average daily burn was 2879, which is my highest weekly average this year. So that's good. Crunching the numbers, I had a weekly deficit of -1663.  I haven't had a deficit in weeks (since the beginning on March).  My average steps were 22259. 40min weights, 789 active minutes, 59.08 miles. FOOD: I really tried to keep things in check this week, and other than yesterday (when I binged on a big box of milk duds and a few other items) I did pretty good. Stayed under the 2000 calorie goal three days. Still a lot of room for improvement on the eating. FITNESS: I had one 30k day this week, I did have a couple in April, but they have been few and far between. I was able to hit a daily calorie burn of 3000+ four days this week (per Fitbit). I got my hour of elliptical in six days this week, five Zumba classes, and I did do a session of weights. FAMILY: Mother's Day this past week. Hubs really struggling with a pinched nerve, a few basketball games ... been baking this week, which doesn't help with the eating at all!

Here's a quick look at the day to day ...
  • Friday (0506): Good day. I got in a Friday Zumba class, did my hour of elliptical, and did WEIGHTS! Kept eating in check ... even with making cookies!
  • Saturday (0507): Busy day, although we had the day off of basketball. I hit a few stores and went out to my folks. Mother's Day for my mom, I gave her a Roku box and PlayOnPlus subscription and spent a couple hours there teacher her how to use it all. Updated her iphone and organized apps too. Did fit in my hour of elliptical, and kept calories in check.
  • Sunday (0508): Mother's Day. I received breakfast in bed, and we got to talk to our missionary. Did go over a bit on calories (RedRobin dinner and made homemade Swig cookies), and only got in two 10min sessions on the elliptical. 
  • Monday (0509): Back at it! Up early, an hour of elliptical and got good stats at Zumba. Some shopping, blogging, and catching up on housework.  Stayed busy and kept calories in check. Late basketball game in the evening for #3.
  • Tuesday (0510): Another full day. An hour of elliptical, good Zumba class, and I mowed the lawn. Went to watch #5's basketball double header in the evening. Barely kept calories at goal.
  • Wednesday (0511): 30k day! Elliptical, Zumba and whenever I go shopping I get in extra steps (Sams/Walmart and putting groceries away). Planted some flowers, and went and watched #2 in a basketball game in the evening. A little over on calories ... should NOT have bought potato chips today!
  • Thursday (0512): Dragging a bit today. Hard to push through Zumba. Broke up my hour of elliptical into several small sessions. Worked on basketball video and did some blogging ... I tend to snack when sitting at the computer. WAY over on calories today ... and then I made cookies, and ate cookies :(  
*** Five Photos from the Week ***
Mother's Day ... a few of my favorite things.

... and a Skype call from our Mexico missionary.

... outdoor time with the ducklings (and #3)

...  made a batch on Sunday, and another batch last night.

My new shirt ... I first mentioned it in a previous blog post, and I DID end up ordering it. It just describes me so perfectly. In fact, here in the picture I'm donning my headphones and audiobook, as I do now when I go to the boy's basketball games. I'm not sure if that counts as re-entering society.

Check back next week ... hopefully I'll improve some of my stats, and shift the scale in the other direction.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Basketballs, Big Bottles and Red Noses

It's  been a while since I've done a Thrifty Thursday post, 
After Zumba today, I figured I stop at Walgreens, as it's right on the way home (yes, I'm a sweaty mess, but if I don't go while I'm already out and about, I won't go). In the weekly ad, I noticed they had some basketballs for $10 each. My boys go though basketballs! I'd also received an email to add a coupon (7000 points/$7 earned on a $20 purchase), so it would be a pretty good deal. I was also thinking I'd pick up a Red Nose while at Walgreens. Have you heard of Red Nose Day? It's aimed at raising money and awareness for poverty stricken kids. It's coming up May26. I purchased a red nose (I actually grabbed three of them) and was given three Red Box vouchers as a thank you!

The Red Nose cost $1 (all proceeds going to kids in poverty) 
Redbox rental worth $1 ... 
That's a decent deal, right?

So sadly, I didn't get any basketballs, I couldn't see any on the shelf, although when I checked online at home, it said the store had some in stock. Unfortunately, the basketballs were in store only, but while online I found some other deals ... I ended up placing an order for $60 (good prices/free shipping) and then got $10 off for using Visa Checkout. I also got over 22,000 in points ($22+ on a future purchase). Deal!

While at the store, I DID find my big bottle jug again! 
I picked up mine at Big Lots a couple months ago. I've LOVED it. I love my water ice cold, and before, with whatever water bottle I was using, I'd either put too much ice, and then run out of drinkable water during Zumba class, or I wouldn't put enough ice in, and my water wouldn't be cold enough (I know, first world problems, right?) For $5.99, I figured I'd pick up a backup in blue. Good to have a backup, and I've offered my awesome water bottle to my boys as they go play basketball (and often run out of water, especially on double header games). They always turned me down though, not wanting to take my big PINK water bottle for some reason.

I've had a lot of people ask me about my water bottle, so now I can steer them to Walgreens as a possible option. It is on Amazon too, but for much more $$! I do get teased about it too ... saying I must get quite the arm workout carrying it into class. It's true ... but I love it, and love having the water around to drink when I get home too.  My son has teased me that my car thinks it is a small child ... also true, as when I place it on the passenger seat, it will set off the seat belt alarm.

So, I feel like I had a some successful savings (and spending) this Thrifty Thursday. 
Even if I didn't end up getting the basketballs ...

And while we're on the subject of Walgreens ... I did have over 20,000 points ($20) I could have used, but you can't spend and earn points on the same purchase. I guess I could have used my points to cover my in-store purchase, but if you let your points pile up, they do earn a bit more in credit (I like to hit the high of $50). I have my Fitbit tracker attached to my Walgreens Balance Rewards account, so I'm earning about $2 a month with that (and it accumulates). Then I add some points with purchases ... Hubs stopped at the store a bit ago to fill a couple prescriptions and didn't give them our account #. Silly husband! We could have received 200 points with his filled medications. While I was online today, I grabbed the receipt and entered the information and walla ...

Now back to the beginning of this blog post ... Red Nose Day
Have you heard of it before? I think the whole red nose approach is a cute and clever way to get people involved in the cause. I'll be watching the media to see if it pops up on my newsfeeds. I do have to say, as I was posing for my picture ... it was REALLY hard to breathe with that thing on! *Ü*

Monday, May 9, 2016

Weekly Weigh-In #145

To anyone wondering about my blog ... I sure haven't had much success in the weight department in a while. But I do keep posting my weekly-weigh in, as I need the accountability and the record for myself, even if I'm not being an example or inspiration to anyone else. This last week was especially bad ...

NUMBERS: Official weigh-in was up 1.9. And I have to admit, I stepped on the scale more than once and took the lower reading even at that. Average was also up, not by a lot (.15), but up (to 166.06). Average intake was 2679, average daily burn was 2632. An overage of 4044 calories for the week. No strength minutes, 507 active minutes. 39.02 miles. Step average 17593 for the week. FOOD: I actually got ONE day under 2000 calories, but then one day WAY over (what got into me on Thursday? Besides a LOT of food ...) Only managed a deficit one day. FITNESS: Got in my hour of elliptical four out of the seven days. Only three Zumba classes this week (I just wimped out on Monday's class, no good reason for skipping). No bike, treadmill or weights. FAMILY: It was an absolutely insane weekend (basketball tournament, Pammy party, WestraWaffles), but the week wasn't as busy as it has been lately. Here's a quick recap ...
  • Friday (0429): Hubs home for the day. Pulled the kids from school for a passport appointment. basketball games in the evening. Only got in 30min elliptical for the day.
  • Saturday (0430): BUSY day! FIVE back to back basketball games starting at 8:00 in the morning, then a huge family party for my MIL, then spending the evening with family flown in from Seattle. No time for exercise today! Of course I can still overeat ...
  • Sunday (0501): Tried to tidy the house as family was coming over for breakfast, then later we headed out to family for our monthly gathering (my side). I did do 10min on the elliptical, just to finish up the episode I'd started Friday. Actually kept calories in check today though ...
  • Monday (0502): Tired from the weekend, so I skipped Zumba. Still did manage my hour of elliptical. Went to watch a basketball game in the evening.
  • Tuesday (0503): I was in charge of the Zumba class today (so no skipping out) and I got in my hour of elliptical. Had a bit of duckie time while prepping dinner (chicken and rice) and dessert (lemon jello cake). Hubs and #3 did a derby.
  • Wednesday (0504): Got in my hour of elliptical and Zumba, with shopping steps afterward. #2 had a basketball game and #3 and #5 and Maga came to watch with me.
  • Thursday (0505): Hour of elliptical and Zumba. I knew we were going out to dinner in the evening, but I wasn't able to reign in the eating during the day, so I was WAY over after the evening meal!
Pictures of the Week ...

 Party Setup. Chocolate fountain and tons of treats!

 Full family photo

Just one duckling hatched ... had to spend quality time with him.

 ... until we adopted some additional friends.
Still mallard ducklings, but a black breed mutation.

 Watching basketball on Wednesday.

I'm REALLY going to try harder next week on the eating ... except there is Mother's Day ...

Monday, May 2, 2016

Zumba Stats 2016

This is a post in progress ... updated each month! 

Since I started going to Zumba classes a couple years ago, I've tracked my stats (steps, calorie burn estimate, heart rate, etc.) from the beginning. At first, I'd grab a photo of my Fitbit and Polar, and post the picture on Facebook. Then I started keeping an excel file, and posting the results monthly. For 2016, I think I'll just keep it a running blog post, just one, updating it each month.  

I regularly hit four classes a week, Southziders on Monday, Marian's class on Tuesday, MZL on Wednesday and MountainView on Thursday. I'll try to fit in a Friday if I can make it work. I wear the Fitbit ChargeHR and the Fitbit One. This year, I also added the Sosche/Digifit combo for some additional heart rate estimates.

To hit new highs on the Fitbits, I would need to exceed a 500 calorie burn, over 7600 steps, and heart-rate highs in the 140s (although anytime I get a 130 average reading I'm pretty thrilled.) The Sosche is coming in quite a bit higher on all counts, so it will have it's own set of record setting stats. I'll continually update this post,  so although it will look familiar, it will have new information monthly.

January 2016
I only hit 14 Zumba classes in January, which was slightly better than December, but not up to my usual activity ... especially considering the whole "new years resolutions" motivation for the month.  I was building myself back up I guess. Two classes the first week, three the next, four the following, and finally the full five for the last week of the month. In addition to my regulars, I was able to hit a couple Fridays, once with Debbie, and once with Nicole. I've highlighted the highs for the month, nothing quite record setting, but some good stats. With the Scosche being new, the January highlighted numbers are the ones to beat ...

February 2016

February is a short month ... even with an extra day this year. Still, I got more classes in than I did in January. 20 in total. With some early morning basketball practices on Fridays, I was able to hit five classes a week a few times this month (with both Debbie and Nicole). No double days. I've highlighted the top stats for the month. Steps beat January's high, as did the ChargeHR calorie estimate (just squeaking in the last, extra day in February).

March 2016

22 classes in March. I did pretty good hitting Friday classes this month (the middle school was out a few times which alleviates the carpool conflict), even doing an hour all on my own one week. No night classes (double days), I'm not sure if I'll ever get back to that. I just don't have the energy in the evenings! I did hit one new high (steps) this month. I love seeing how the stats stack up class to class, month to month!

April 2016
Only 15 hours of Zumba in all of April ... not only was the number of classes wimpy, but so were my stats for many of them! My highs were decent, competitive with the previous months. The Scosche high probably WOULD have been on April25, except I forgot to charge it. I missed a Monday and a Wednesday ... just because I wasn't feeling up to it those days. I hit one Friday class in April .... on day 1. 

Stay tuned for stats. Moving in March up next ... 

***2016 in Pictures ***

MountainView - January 21, 2016
Marian had a meeting so we three "babes in black" ran the class. I do tend to get higher numbers when I'm up on stage, and when I get to pick the playlist ... as it's all songs I know and like. So it's not surprising this day was one of the highest in January.

 All shapes, sizes and colors are welcome at Zumba.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

April 2016 (Monthly Review)

Ah April ... NOT a great month for me. 
Weight and intake higher ... exercise was down.

WEIGHT: Started the month at 164.10 and ended at 165.4. High was 167.5, low was 162.7 and the average ended up at 165.04. FOOD: I had never managed a deficit any week this month, and ended with an overage of 11161 calories :( Mint chocolate chip ice cream still a contributor. FITNESS: I did pretty good with my early elliptical (and thus elliptical in general), but lapsed a little on Zumba, only getting in 15 classes for the month. Only five times on the bike, and just two sessions of weights. STATS: Average intake was 2593, average burn was 2582. Average steps 18158 (235.35 miles). 80min strength training, 2609 active minutes. FRIENDS: Some very tragic happenings to my Zumba friends ... passing of a baby and near drowning of a toddler. FAMILY: More Meniere's and pinched nerve pain for Hubs. #3 got his cast off and was back to basketball. #2 was back to basketball as well, and #5 had never stopped. A BUNCH of basketball in April. School registration for the older boys, and I was distracted by duckies. We had a couple big family gatherings, a baby blessing (which I didn't make and felt awful about), a graveside gathering and a 70th b-day party for Pammy.

*** JenB's Journal ***

0401 (Friday) 164.1. Steps 19509. Total Burn 2681. Exercise Burn 999/935 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2800. No school for the older boys today, which meant no carpool conflicts for Zumba. Nicole was having a class, and I love hers, but I hadn't hit Debbie's in a while, so I was going to go for it. Unfortunately when I got there, everyone seemed to have yoga mats, and Debbie wasn't anywhere in sight. I asked, and I guess she is out of town and it's just yoga for a few weeks. I wish I'd known, so I hadn't wasted time driving out there. I still had time to make Nicole's class though, as it was still starting at 9:30 (even with no middle school). I got in my hour of elliptical and a weights session during the day too. I worked with the older boys on their schedules for next year, registration is next week. The littles still had school, and early out at the elementary. #5 had a friend come over for a playdate, and then I dropped him off to go to basketball practice. Hubs was home late (stopped for a drink and then by the Apple/ATT store to see if the new iphone was around to check out). We were debating a movie and popcorn, but as I got out of the shower Hubs was hit with another attack ... Menieres or a reaction to a Lortab taken for his shoulder, which has been making him miserable for a week now :( 
0402 (Saturday) 164.4. Steps 17619.  Total Burn 2461. Exercise Burn 530/702 (40minElliptical, Bike, LawnMow). Calories in 2800. Hubs had considered a 5k with the munchkins, but with his lack of sleep this week, and wanting to take it east until his sciatica feels better ... no 5k. Yea for sleeping in! We didn't have much on deck for the day. I got out and mowed the front lawn and did some cleanup in the flower bed. #5 had a basketball game at 2:00 (they won) and Hubs dropped off our tax stuff (yes, we left it to the last minute) and then took off for Wendover with a work buddy. I got in elliptical while catching up on "Scandal" and did a session on the bike while starting a new book.

0403 (Sunday) 164.5. Steps 2888. Total Burn 1746. Exercise Burn 0/-2 (no exercise). Calories in 3000. Totally lazy day today. Slept in. We went out to my MILs, a conference brunch tradition. My BIL brought smoked brisket. There were rolls and fruit. Back at home, I took a great nap, then did some reading in bed. Hubs prepped some steak for dinner, yummy mashed potatoes too. I was so full! While the nap earlier had been delightful, perhaps it wasn't that great of an idea, as I had a hard time falling asleep in the evening. 

0404 (Monday) 165.6. Steps 30720. Total Burn 3345. Exercise Burn 1600/1579 (90minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, WEIGHTS). Calories in 1850. I woke before my alarm, but Hubs was sleeping in. I got up, woke #2, prepped him some breakfast and packed him a lunch. #4 wasn't in the gym, so I hit it earlier than usual, getting in a full hour (two 20min sessions, two 10) as I got the other boys off to school. Zumba with Southziders. Got good stats. Stopped at Smiths for some groceries on the way home. I put on my headphones and listened to my audiobook while I unloaded and put things away. I prepped dinner, making four pans of Ziti (two for us, and two with gluten free pasta for my dad). I made some chicken salad too. Got in some extra elliptical then picked up the kids. #2 got registered, but didn't make it into one class, we'll see how that changes up. I did weights and bike then got dinner done. I kept calories in check today too. Good productive day, and NO trouble falling asleep tonight!

0405 (Tuesday) 163.7. Steps 26843. Total Burn 3040. Exercise Burn 1270/1311 (80minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2050. Up early again to prep breakfast and lunch for #2. I just gave him the leftover danish pastries from Sunday for the morning. I probably should go back to prepping lunches the night before, as I am still a bit rushed. Got in a few early elliptical sessions as I got the other boys off to school. #4 hadn't been feeling well last night, and right before school he broke down saying his stomach hurt. He ended up staying home and resting for the day. I still went to Zumba. With class pushed back to 9:00, I have time to come home and then walk, and it was a brisk but lovely morning. I couldn't quite get my heart rate up in class, I'm not sure why. I really felt like I was trying to push it. I was keeping an eye on my phone in case #4 needed me. I got a couple calls, but neither from him. I love my Tuesday class. I know every single person there! Home again, I got a blog update done (monthly review). Plenty of other things I SHOULD have done ... but I grabbed a quick nap. Because I could. Grabbed the kids after school. Hubs and #3 headed to a derby, and #5 and I headed out to Murray for his basketball games. In this Tuesday night league only three teams signed up, so they have two games, against the same two teams, every week.  I was a bit nervous to see how they would go, as when #5 played in the Murray league with his 4th grade team, we got squashed, beaten badly, most games. But here, both games were pretty even (although we ended losing by a bit in the first, the boys had kept it even for the first half and it is doable). Poor #5 had a turnover (backcourt violation) right in the final seconds of the second game when we were only up by three. He was in tears, thinking he'd lost the game for his team. The other guys managed to get a layup for two points, but we were able to hold off further scoring and get the win ... but #5 was still so upset at himself and whimpered the whole way home. Silly boy! Another decent food day. I did edge over 2000 by a bit, but did stop myself from eating any more.

0406 (Wednesday) 162.9. Steps 26590. Total Burn 3051. Exercise Burn 1320/1300 (80minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2600. Up at 5:30, made #2 a strawberry smoothie which he said was yummy. Packed his lunch and got him off to school. #4 was in the gym, but finished early, so I got an early start as well. After getting the boys off to school, I checked FB and was saddened to see instead of a birth announcement from one of the MZL instructors, a post that the baby he passed away. So sad. I wasn't sure if people would be in the mood for Zumba, but I went and class still happened and I actually got pretty good stats. Did a stop at Sears (a pickup), Sams and Walmart, then donned my headphones and audiobook as I got everything put away. Worked a little on a basketball video, updated the missionary blog. I didn't slow down, but also didn't get back down to the gym until squeezing in a couple sessions between kid carpools after school. I'd been trying to control calories, knowing we had a dinner in the evening (basketball banquet for #2). Scheduled 6-10. FOUR hours? Of sitting? Ugggg. Dinner was prime rib, which I'd already stuck in MFP, but I did end up overeating for the day (under burn, but over goal). The event was long. Talking about all the seasons, all the kids, showcasing the seniors (there were eight this year). It was a long night. 

0407 (Thursday) 163.6. Steps 23108. Total Burn 2860. Exercise Burn 1176/1105 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 2600. Up early, got in some elliptical while getting the boys off to school. I was a tich late for Zumba, and they had started. Marian did a few songs, then headed out for her vacation. Tirsa, Melanie, Christa and I rotated to fill the remaining time. I brought Marian's bag home, as I'll be handling the Tuesday class while she's still away. It was a nice sunny day, and I did go catch some rays for a bit. Worked on a school schedule for #3 (registration is tomorrow), got a blog post up (book review) and did the dishes. #5 had a friend come over after school. Hubs and #3 did a derby in the evening. I'd really hoped to keep calories in check ... but then overdosed on Reeses Eggs. At least they are gone now ...

0408 (Friday) 163.6. Steps 14552. Total Burn 2461. Exercise Burn 635/622 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2900. Feels like the first Friday in a while since I've had both kid carpools in the morning. There have been several Fridays off for middle and/or elementary. I did sleep in and get a slow start on the morning. I wanted to try to get Zumba on my own, but it didn't happen. After school, it was registration for #3. We had all his classes prepped and ready and refreshing the computer so that the moment it opened at 4:00 we could input all our choices. It was a stressful two minutes, but we got all his classes! As soon as we were done, we checked the first couple, and they were full. It helped that #2 had his registration on Monday so I had the steps down pat. #3 then wanted to go hang out with his friends and discuss schedules and such, so I dropped him off. I was quite tired, managed to stay up until 10:00 for his pickup. 

0409 (Saturday) 164.5. Steps 11620. Total Burn 2185. Exercise Burn 420/425 (40minElliptical). Calories in 2600. The youngest had a basketball game today, so I went to plug the videocamera in to charge the battery and ... no charger. I'd taken it to the game on Tuesday, as I needed to recharge for the double games. Did I leave it there, plugged into the wall? How could I be so stupid? I've almost left it several times ... SO frustrated with myself and, videoing the games it what I do! I don't know how to just watch. I was just sick about it. Hubs took pity on me and took the camera and was able to find me a battery charger (not exactly the same, have to remove the battery) but set for today's game. He then went into work, as he's been behind there, they've been so busy. #3 put together the soccer goal #4 got for Easter. Glad to have it up finally! #5 and I went to his game. It was a tough one. The other team was good. We were down by about 10, but managed to come back, and even pull ahead, but then the other team had a great run and pulled ahead again. The kids handled the loss pretty well. We face this team again next Saturday ... Had a pretty laid back day at home after that. Hubs grabbed a movie (The Big Short) and we watched it while munching popcorn.

0410 (Sunday) 165.8. Steps 6078. Total Burn 1975. Exercise Burn 0/208 (no exercise). Calories in 2400. Hubs got up early and went to work, which was a bit of a problem for me, as we were supposed to go to my brother's church today for a baby blessing. I've been there before, and South is more doable than North (which just isn't happening with me driving). I mapquested it, and it really isn't that bad of a trip. Does require the freeway, which is a major anxiety trigger for me (even as passenger, but as driver? Ummm, I haven't driven on the freeway in years). I went through me inner turmoil (you can do it. I can't do it. Come on, don't be a worthless wimp, you can do it. I can't do it). I worked myself up into a complete panic attack until I was sick and sobbing and just ended up back in bed for most of the day. Of course it's "National Siblings Day" and Facebook is full of posts from people about their awesome siblings and families, making me feel like the worst sister/daughter/wife/mother even more. I did manage to get up midday and make lasagna for dinner. Hubs ended up being hit with another Meniere's attack, which was just the perfect ending to a crappy day. But at least he was home. There have been a pair of ducks in the neighborhood. They were next door, and I coaxed them over to our house. Pulled out some of our duck feed from last year and gave them some water. It was like "ducky time" of old watching them waddle around the backyard. I wished Hubs felt good enough to come out and watch them. They did fly away. I would love them to nest in our yard. I'd be happy to feed them and provide them with a pool to swim in. It would be easier with wild ones than raising them ... but Hubs did already purchase eggs, currently in the incubator. We'll get ducks one way or another. Started off good on calorie intake (depression diet) but then converted to comfort food and overeating by the end of the night.
0411 (Monday) 165.2. Steps 13407. Total Burn 2360. Exercise Burn 450/596 (40minElliptical). Calories in 2000. Hubs had a "hangover" from this attack yesterday, and I had one from mine. NO energy this morning. I did pull out of bed at 5:30 and get #2 off to class, then the other boys. I should have gone to Zumba. I never miss Zumba ... but I just didn't have it in me today. I was also distracted by ducks ... they were out in a neighbor's yard in the morning and I tried to encourage them into our backyard again. They almost went, but then got spooked and flew away. I left the gate open, and put out some water and food. Later I looked in the backyard and they were there! I set out the big swimming pool for them. Got some computer stuff done (letters off to the missionary, tax stuff) then took a nap. I cleaned the house a little, as we had company coming over later, the DiFran family. Friends that moved away four years ago and were back in state visiting. Picked up the kids after school and grabbed some Papa Murphy pizza. It was really fun to visit and have the boys play. #3 had basketball practice at 8:30, so we said goodbye to our friends. Hubs came home and got a little duckie time in before he headed to bed ... and then the ducks flew away again. Hopefully they will come back again tomorrow.

0412 (Tuesday) 164.9. Steps 28565. Total Burn 3105. Exercise Burn 1150/1342 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 3000. Started the day pretty good, up early, with a couple early elliptical sessions in while I got the boys off to school. #4 was complaining of neck pain, enough that he didn't think he could handle school. Hmmm, last Tuesday he was "sick" too. Is something happening on Tuesdays? I told him he could rest for a bit while some ibuprofen hopefully kicked in and just dropped off #5. I hit Zumba. I had Marian's bag as she was out of town. Christa, Suzanne and I handled the class. When I got home, #4 was feeling better enough, so I dropped him off at school. I stopped at Macey's on the way home, grabbing a few groceries. When I went to bring them in (and I often let the kitties out for a bit while I do) the ducks were in the front yard. I shooed them into the back ... I'm glad they came back again! I got everything away and finally finished up my Friday weigh-in post. Hubs came home a little early from work, to grab a quick nap before heading out to a derby. I headed out with #5 to his basketball games. One at 6:00, the other at 8:00, so we just stuck around. I got some walking in while I waited. I also brought my headphones, and listened to my audiobook. And YEA! The officials there had my charger that I had left dangling last week. Our boys won the first game, lost the second. We still beat Daddy and #3 home, as the derby had been farther away in Utah County. Hubs has tried to turn those ones down, but this one slipped through. I think I'd done okay on eating ... until I got back from basketball and some cravings hit, and I caved to the cravings.

0413 (Wednesday) 165.3. Steps 27406. Total Burn 3038. Exercise Burn 1150/1473 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 2700. My heavens, #2 was impossible to pull out of bed this morning. And I literally pulled him out of bed. He just lay on the floor while I annoyed and tickled him until he finally got up. I've been so tired lately too, sometimes I can only pull myself out of bed by promising myself I can grab a little nap later in the day. Got the boys off to school, getting some early elliptical in during the process. Went to MZL, wearing teal today, for a "Kava Talks" presentation after class. It did get started late, and with the presentation, they cut class short by about 15min, but I did some additional dancing at home to equal my hour. On the way home, I stopped at Walmart and Sams to grab groceries. Put everything away and did some house stuff while listening to my audiobook. It was a cool, rainy morning. At first, only the male duck showed up, and that had me a bit concerned (they are always together), but then both flew in. I shooed them into the backyard and they spent the morning there, but flew away when the rain came down harder. I didn't see them the rest of the day. Where do my duckies go when it rains? And at night? After school, #5 had a friend over for a playdate. I made tacos for dinner, and #3 had a late practice (8:30-10:00). I had to go down and do my reading on the bike ... if I did it in bed I'd fall asleep and not pick him up. Eating was unfortunate again today ... I'm really not starving, or craving ... I just eat. A lot.

0414 (Thursday) 165.3. Steps 20123. Total Burn 2715. Exercise Burn 977/951 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 3000. At least #2 was easier to get up this morning ... he decided not to fight it, as I had been so persistent yesterday. Made him scrambled eggs this morning, as it was rainy and overcast, a little cold for a smoothie. Got in a couple sessions on the elliptical as I got the other boys off to school. Headed to Zumba. It was an emotional morning, as Marian had shared yesterday that a story on the news, about a 13-month old baby falling head first into a cooler with a bit of water in it and nearly drowning, was her grandson. He was life-flighted to Primary Children's and is on a ventilator. Scary and sad. She had us helpers fill in some songs until she felt up to doing some. I came home and pretty much crawled into bed. Just needed the warmth and escape. Didn't really have the energy to do anything (hadn't been able to get good stats at Zumba really either). It rained most of the day. Very dreary. The ducks were around in the morning but then I didn't see them later in the day. #2 had a basketball game in the evening. I would have liked to go watch, but it was out of my comfort zone to drive, and I just wasn't quite feeling up to it. Hubs had another Menier's attack at work today (he didn't let me know until after it was done). He was down from 11:00-2:00, and then he is always drained after. He came home and was hungry and craving a burger, so I grabbed him some In&Out, then he went to bed. Checked in with #2 ... they lost by three points. He went over to the high school after to practice shooting in the gym and didn't get home until late. At least he (and I) get to sleep in tomorrow.  I indulged in comfort food today.

0415 (Friday) 164.8, Steps 13686. Total Burn 2310. Exercise Burn 630/548 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2200. With late start, we could all sleep in a bit this morning... but I still woke at 4:30 (when Hubs usually is up and off), 5:30 (when I get up to help #2 get off), and 6:30 (my old norm) ...I finally just got up at 7:00. It was snowing outside, but it didn't last long. I got in 10min on the elliptical and then got the munchkins and #2 off to school. Back home, I did 20min, starting last night's Grey's Anatomy. I guess it was a 2-hour show. I hoped to get through it all today, but only ended up getting my hour. Not enough motivation to get to Zumba on my own after dropping #3 off to school. The ducks were around all morning. I went out and set up the feed under a board so the grain wouldn't get so damp. I tried digging up some worms for them too, but the ground was still quite dry, even with the recent rain. I did find a few worms for the ducks. Got in a nap, then picked up the kids from early out elementary. Hubs and #3 left for a derby. I was on carpool duty today for basketball practice for #5, but was able to just drop them off, and another mom was bringing them home. I showered and got into jammies early, I was ready for bed. I've been so tired lately!

0416 (Saturday) 164.4. Steps 12974. Total Burn 2173. Exercise Burn 320/416 (30minElliptical). Calories in 3600. The munchkin had a 9:00 game, and worrying I'd oversleep, I wasn't able to sleep in. This was against the same team we played last week. We lost last week ... but won this week in overtime! I went ahead and made the highlight video of both games when I got home. Sometimes I'm quick.  I didn't really have a lot else on the docket for the day. Hubs ran some errands, bought a new smoker (happy father's day?) and then we went out for an early dinner at Texas Roadhouse. Ate too much, of course!

 0417 (Sunday) 164.8. Steps 5372. Total Burn 1936. Exercise Burn 0/150 (no exercise). Calories in 3250. Did sleep in this morning, which was nice. The duckies must have too, they were quite late in coming today, but did show up. Hubs made waffles, for our Sunday Circles breakfast we haven't had in a while. I did grab a little nap today. For dinner, Hubs prepared smoked ribs on his new smoker. Masher taters too. I made Brazilian Cheese Rolls and for once they didn't fall. I wish I knew what I did so I could replicate it! I thought about hitting the elliptical or bike, but did keep the day as a rest day. Unfortunately, calories in were way over.

0418 (Monday) 167.5. Steps 32032. Total Burn 3181. Exercise Burn 1250/1404 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 1800. Up at 5:30 to pull #2 out of bed and prep his breakfast and lunch. Got in some early elliptical as I got the boys off to school. Hit Zumba, had a good class. Stopped at Kmart on the way home, grabbing a basketball for #4 (his popped). Should have gotten in weights or something, but was dragging and laid down for a bit. I did get in a session on the bike after picking the kids up from school. #3 had two games in the evening. He didn't even want me to video. We were both very disappointed as he'd been put on the second string team, away from all his best buddies. As expected, they lost both games, although my boy did pretty well. I was also nervous to have him play, as this was his first time back after his break. He did get knocked into in the first game and had to come out for a bit, and in the second his calves seized up and he wasn't able to finish, which was too bad as that game was actually close. I hope he can finish out this series without too much discouragement and frustration. As I wasn't manning the camera, I walked while I watched during the first game (as there was a track above the court) with my audiobook on. The second game was in a smaller gym, so I was sitting (but still listening to my book as I watched). I was SO tired as it started, but then by the time we got home and to bed ... I couldn't get to sleep. I did actually keep calories in check today! 

0419 (Tuesday) 164.7. Steps 25914. Total Burn 3011. Exercise Burn 1076/1269 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 1600. Up and early elliptical in. Walked to/from Zumba ... then, lazy day. Some computer work. Made some chicken pillows for an early dinner as Hubs and #3 left for a derby and I dropped #5 off at a basketball buddy's house to catch a ride to his game(s). I went to watch #2 play over at the high school. they won in overtime. Controlled calories today!

0420 (Wednesday) 164.9. Steps 30243. Total Burn 3000. Exercise Burn 1000/1238 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2600. It was quite the ordeal to pull #2 from bed this morning (literally pulling him from bed). He didn't even try the smoothie I'd made for him, but the other kids liked it a bit later (I just stuck it in the freezer until they were up). Got in some early elliptical and hit my Zumba class. Low energy = lower stats for me today. Not sure why I was dragging so. Stopped at Walmart after to grab a few groceries. After picking up the boys from school, I took #3 and #5 in for a haircut. Hubs and #5 left for a derby, and I took #3 to his basketball games. Soccer City. I hate Soccer City for basketball. There were two basketball games going, two volleyball games, and two soccer games. The sound is overwhelming! I brought my headphones and listened to my audiobook while I walked, and watched our boys get trounced. It was two games, I didn't have the energy to keep walking during the second game, and I'd already hit 30k for the day, so I figured I could sit. So tired ... but trouble falling asleep. 

0421 (Thursday) 164.5. Steps 23605. Total Burn 2916. Exercise Burn 1032/1156 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 3500. At least #2 got out of bed a little easier this morning. I got in a couple sessions on the elliptical while getting the boys off to school, and then hit Zumba class. I'd been feeling draggy, but was able to perk up and get the heart rate up better. I stopped at Smiths to grab a few groceries. Spent some computer time gathering photos. Did the dishes and laundry. Prepped meatball subs for the dinner tonight. #2 had a game, but it was at Highland, which is across town, and I didn't feel up to fighting the traffic. I should have gone though, he said he had a good game, and they won. It was nice having an evening at home too though. Hubs and #3 had a derby. I did go overboard on eating, exceeding my burn by a bit.
0422 (Friday) 164.5. Steps 11778. Total Burn 2277. Exercise Burn 425/518 (40minElliptical). Calories in 2900. Slept in until 6:30. I could have stayed in bed more, but I was awake. Made lunches and got the boys off to school. I have such a hard time with motivation on Fridays. I had wanted to do Zumba on my own ... but I didn't. I barely got in elliptical for the day (catching up on last night's Grey's Anatomy).  I pulled out a ziti I'd prepped earlier for dinner tonight. #5 had basketball practice. It was a quiet evening at home. I made coconut goodie cookies though ... not good on calories today, and the leftovers don't bode well for tomorrow!

0423 (Saturday) 166.1, Steps 12517. Total Burn 2283. Exercise Burn 320/181 (30minElliptical). Calories in 2900. Got some cleaning done in the morning. At 2:00, #5 had a basketball game (easy win). It started raining on the way home, and stayed that way the rest of the day. It was the 24th anniversary of Grandpa Gordy's passing. We always go to the cemetery as a family, and did so today too, even in the rain and cold. I was happy that #4, Mr. Anxiety did fine, even when a high wind warning came across the radio. My anxiety was up too. I very much dislike the drive to the cemetery, and I just don't like cemeteries. We didn't stay long though in the weather. We stopped at Crown Burger after (another tradition) and ate. I didn't do too badly, splitting a fish and chips with my MIL. I had eaten all the remaining coconut goodie cookies today though. I'd put a roast in the crock pot before I knew we were going out, so that will pretty much be leftovers. Mr. Duckie was hanging out a bit today, but I only saw pretty girl for a bit. I was glad I got a peek at her though.

0424 (Sunday) 166.1. Steps 7863. Total Burn 2019. Exercise Burn 105/250 (10minElliptical). Calories in 2200. Hubs was up early starting a pork butt on the smoker. We did do our usual Sunday Circles breakfast. I laid down for a bit during the day, but didn't actually nap. I went ahead and did a small session on the elliptical to finish up my show (the latest Scandal) I'd started yesterday. We had our dinner. I do like pulled pork, but without all the sides (mashed taters and such) I kept calories somewhat in check. Unfortunately, on such a low activity day, intake was still over burn.On the duckie front, today was the opposite of yesterday. Pretty Girl was here most of the day alone. I went out and dug up some worms to feed her.  She stayed until after dark.

0425 (Monday) 166.7. Steps 20550. Total Burn 2776. Exercise Burn 1149/1006 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2100. Back to getting up at 5:30 and attempting to pull #2 out of bed. Made lunches and prepped him a smoothie for breakfast. The duckies flew in right at 6:30 as soon as I opened up the blinds and looked out, but then they were gone again and I didn't see them the rest of the day. Got in a session on the elliptical and then dropped #3 at school. Unfortunately, he forgot a poster school assignment. After I dropped the munchkins off I had to run back to the middle school to hand it off to him. I only got the one early elliptical in. I went out to Zumba, trying out my new shoes for the first time (the Reebok). I think the laces were a little tight, as it felt like my feet were falling asleep in them. It was a little better after loosening the laces and I think they will work fine. I do miss the ankle support of the high top my old shoes had. I forgot to charge the Scosche over the weekend and it was dead ... too bad as my ChargeHR came in at pretty high stats and I wonder what the Scosche would have said. I came straight home today without stopping at any stores.

0426 (Tuesday) 166.1. Steps 23419. Total Burn 2965. Exercise Burn 1094/1196 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2400. Got the boys off to school and hit my Zumba class. It was cold and rainy, so I drove. Checked #3 out of school and took him to the orthopedist for a final followup on his wrist. They said everything looks fine (everything has felt fine). Then I took the same son to the dentist/orthodontist. He's been having pain in his tooth for a bit. They discovered that one back molar has a flaw (not a cavity cause by neglect), a hole. It had been flush against another tooth, not visible, but the braces have been turning it and now that it's more open, that's what has been causing the pain. Unfortunately, it's still really hard to get to. The orthodontist wants to put a more aggressive turn on the tooth to see if they can get it in a better position to work on it, without having to go through good portions of the tooth. So hopefully #3 can last a couple more weeks and then we'll see. Hopefully it doesn't require a root canal either. I have a huge hole in MY tooth too, I think it's just dead though, it's not causing me any pain, but I know I'll need to do something about it at some point. I hate going to the dentist. Busy afternoon. Hubs and #4 left for a derby. I dropped #5 off at a basketball buddy's house to catch a ride to his two games. I arranged for #3 to get picked up for his game, and I went to watch #2 play over at the high school (he did great, they won). Then I headed out to see #3 play in his second game. He'd texted after his first game saying he'd gotten hurt, hit the ground and had a couple gashes in his head. Apparently there had been blood everywhere! I feel horrible for not being there as the other moms helped clean him up, but I don't do well with blood, so maybe it was better I wasn't. I could still see blood in his hair, and a little on his uniform. I guess we're lucky they let him back on the court, as they are often very touchy (or non-touchy rather) about blood. Concussion too. He said he was seeing double for a minute after, but other than that, didn't show any concussion signs. He had a GREAT game! Scored the first 11 points for the team, and I think about double that once the game was over. We won for once. I'd actually planned on video taping the game, even though he had told me he didn't want any of these games recorded. But as every parent checked in with me on how he was doing, and I was still gabbing once the game started, I never managed to get the camera out. I wish I had though. There would have been a ton of highlights. Once we got home and he took a shower and I examined his head. One long gash was pretty superficial, but the other, was smaller but looked deep and was gaping open a bit, still bleeding (of course this was right after his shower which disturbed it I'm sure). I'm wondering if it did need stitches, but of course by this time all the urgent care clinics were closed, and #3 just wanted to go to bed. Hope it doesn't scar and interfere with hair growth visibly (Daddy has a few spots like that). I had a hard time getting to sleep of course ... 

0427 (Wednesday) 166.4. Steps 9187. Total Burn 2046. Exercise Burn 210/323 (20minElliptical). Calories in 2300. I woke with a headache and feeling sick to my stomach. Not that that is unusual, it's been happening pretty regularly. I just didn't feel up to pushing through today. Did 10min on the elliptical while getting the kids off to school and decided I didn't have the energy for Zumba. I'd planned on hitting Walmart on the way home from class, so I went right after I dropped the boys at school. I spent a bit of time on the computer working on a slideshow. That doesn't require much energy. Hubs had a derby in the evening and #3 went along to help. I was happy to have an evening at home to take a shower and get into jammies early.

0428 (Thursday) 165.8. Steps 21741. Total Burn 2929. Exercise Burn 1079/1170 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2600. Another early morning, sometimes Thursdays are a bit easier as we all know we can sleep in a bit tomorrow. Got the boys off to school and got two sessions of early elliptical in. Went to Zumba, taking a couple of bags of stuff for the Ecuador relief effort. Back at home I worked on my MILs muvee and did some laundry and house clean up. I picked up #3 from school and he changed into his basketball stuff, and I dropped him off at the high school. I then went and picked up the littles from school, took them home, then went back to the high school to watch basketball games. #3 played at 4:00 (they lost) and #2 played at 5:00 (they won). #3 stayed and ran clocks. We were then home for a bit, then off again to another game at 9:00. Both #2 and #3 had games, but as #2 can get himself there, I went with #3. He had a GREAT game. He hasn't cared if I videotaped his games (in fact he has expressly told me NOT to) but I did video today anyway... my headphones weren't working (need new battery) and I can't JUST watch! It was a great game to get on film, and #3 admitted he was glad I had got it. Now to get through all these clips sometime! More games tomorrow and Saturday!

0429 (Friday) 165.3. Steps 15834. Total Burn 2548. Exercise Burn 300/784 (30minElliptical). Calories in 2400. A little bit of a sleep in this morning, with late start at the high school and middle school. Hubs was taking the day off to get some party prep done (big to-do tomorrow). We also grabbed the kids from school a little early and took them to the post office to get the passport paperwork done (for an upcoming trip, just barely out of the country as the ferry stops in Victoria, Canada). Then #3 had a basketball game at 4:00. He stayed afterward and helped out at the scoring table running the clock or taking stats. I got #5 off to a birthday party at 6:30 then went back to the high school by 7:00 to watch #2 in his games (7:00 and 8:00). Both boys ended up staying until 10:00, and #3 caught a ride home with #2, with a detour to McDonalds. I was glad I didn't have to go back and pick up, I was in bed!

0430 (Saturday) 165.4. Steps 8966. Total Burn 2160. Exercise Burn 0/391 (no exercise). Calories in 2900. Crazy busy day! Up early to get #3 to his game at 8:00. Had to leave that early to get #5 to his 9:00 game (he'd come with, so we went straight from the one school to the other). Then I had a teammate take him home while I rushed back to Bingham to watch #3 play again at 10:00 and 11:00. Then we rushed home, #3 had a quick shower and we went out to the surprise party for Pammy (maga). The other siblings had gotten everything set up and Hubs had picked up grandma and was bringing her. We had a lot of people show and it was fun catching up with people we hadn't seen in years. Exhausting too! One brother and his family had flown in from out of state, so after we got everything cleaned up, we went over to Maga's house for more visiting and made plans to get together again tomorrow before their flight.
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