Monday, October 16, 2017

Weekly Report #219

This week was just a tad off. Nothing bit, but I was feeling really run down Monday and Tuesday. Those are usually my most motivated days. Slight switch-ups in some Zumba classes. No bike. No weights. An unexpected scale shift up mid-week, unexpected downs at the end of the week. Eating was up ... so having my weight stay almost the same (down .1) for the weekly weigh-in is absolutely acceptable to me. 

NUMBERS: Official weight down .1. Average also down (-1.0 to 165.36). Intake exceeded burn one day this week. Intake average was up, 2350. Burn average 2980. Did manage a deficit for the week (-1840). Step average 26,754 with 76.73 logged miles.  Cardio minutes logged as 990/1076/956/1000 and while I didn't do an official weights workout this week, I did do 20min of abs/core. Four 30k days, those days were also 3000+ burn. 

EXERCISE: I guess my little 20min Ab/Core workout wasn't long enough to make it onto the weekly Life cycle graph. Seven hours of elliptical, one hour each day. Treadmill time five days. Five Zumba classes. Recently I've been hitting MZL three times, but this week I went to Southziders, which I haven't been to in a while, and I subbed Debbie's class on Friday. Didn't make it onto the bike. 

OTHER ACTIVITIES: The usual driving kids around, lawn mowing and shopping. #5 had three basketball games on Saturday. Family party Sunday, but it was here at home.

Here's the Day by Day ...
  • Monday (1009) Made it past 30k today, but it felt harder than my usual Monday. Hour of elliptical early, Zumba w/Debbie & and a little extra on my own. Twice on the treadmill, although the second didn't get done until later in the evening. Quite a bit of ducky time today. Kept calories in check ... barely, but it was a struggle. Not starving, but wanted to eat. 32238 steps. 3247 burn. 2000 intake.
  • Tuesday (1010) The lethargy from yesterday continued today, didn't make 30k. Even caved to a nap.Zumba was tough, couldn't get my energy up. Still got my hour of elliptical in early, and two treadmill times later in the day. Lasagna dinner, chocolate chip cookies for dessert, but it was a bad batch, just didn't look appetizing, which I guess is okay as then they didn't tempt me. 28210 steps. 2968 burn. 2000 intake.
  • Wednesday (1011) Didn't quite get my hour in early ... had to finish the final 10min later in the day. MZL Zumba day, but there was a funeral at the church, so I hit Southziders instead. Also got in two treadmill times. Over calorie goal today, too much snacking. 30216 steps. 3097 burn. 2250 intake.
  • Thursday(1012) Got my 30k today. Started with the hour of elliptical. Zumba w/MZL and two times on the treadmill. Also abs. Worked outside in the garden with the ducklings playing at my feet. Sloppy Joes did NOT go for dinner (only #4 ate one) but everyone liked the homemade oreos I made later...including me. 32558 steps. 3318 burn. 2400 intake.
  • Friday (1013) 30k day on a Friday! I don't know if I ever stopped moving. Slow start though, only one 20min elliptical early, but I finished up my hour later in the day. I was subbing Debbie's Zumba class today. One time on the treadmill. Mowed the lawn and did some cleanup of the house as #2 was having friends over in the evening. Oops on the eating, quantity and quality. 31255 steps. 3193 burn. 2700 intake.
  • Saturday (1014) Catching up on the latest episode of "Grey's Anatomy" is my motivation on the weekend. Got in my hour of elliptical. #5 had three basketball games. Made baked ziti for dinner and #1 and friends carved pumpkins. Another oops over on calories, but today it was actually over burn too. 16642 steps. 2517 burn. 2700 intake.
  • Sunday (1015) Nice, relaxed Sunday morning. Breakfast with the family. Extended family over in the evening for a brisket dinner and a little hot tubbing for the cousins. Got in two 20min sessions on the elliptical earlier in the day, then 10min before the party, 10min after. 16156 steps. 2518 burn. 2400 intake.
... and Five Featured Photos

 #2's Charger got clipped in the school parking lot :(  
At least the person left a note and contact info

 Kitten appears to be in heat again already ... wants cuddles ALL the time!
She's very vocal and will not leave the boys alone.

#2 and his girlfriend made peanut butter kisses cookies ...

 Haven't seen Christa in months ... then we saw each other three times this week.
Had to grab a "Fitbit Friends Photo" 

 I'm generally just in gray/black - but we were asked to wear purple on Thursday.
A domestic violence awareness operation.

Next week, it's Fall Recess on Thurs/Friday ... we'll see if that impacts my routine! 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Making the Move to Movies

The last movie I saw in the theaters was "The Force Awakens" ... it was December 2015. I went with Hubs and the kids. It was actually their second time, they'd scored tickets to an early opening, but that showing had been too far, too late and just too crazy for me.  That was the only movie I'd been to in a while, and I haven't been back since.

Ticket prices continue to climb, that's just one deterrent. Another is the "required" movie treats ... candy and popcorn. It's not the movies without that, right? Between the caloric intake, and the lack of energy output (simply sitting) ... it's just hard when attempting to lose weight.  I'd catch the occasional movie once it hit DVD or streaming. When I could watch it at home, either in the gym while working out (no popcorn or candy either!) or with Hubs (in bed, which I prefer to sitting. I don't "sit" well for long). Those often DID include popcorn, but I like that we can stop the show if needed ... and can have captions. I like captions!

But still ... I tended to stick with TV series (JenB TV) to watch as I worked out. It was just easier to make a commitment to a show, and know that was what would keep me entertained as I worked out for the next few weeks. If I stopped mid-episode, it really didn't matter that much. With a movie, I really felt like I needed to finish it the same day I started (closure!) and sometimes I wasn't getting in two hours of exercise in the gym.

A couple months ago I decided to make the move to movies while I work out. With school starting up, I figured I'd get back to my hour of elliptical in the morning, and then I could hit the treadmill twice (30min each) later in the day ... that would finish up most movies. I have quite a few to catch up on! Now I'm not a Star Wars fan, but I figured since it was a Star Wars movie that had been the last I'd seen, I'd start off with a Star Wars now ... Rogue One. 

Eh. I'm not really a Star Wars fan. My family is ... #3 was a fanatic for a while! Now the latest installment is making waves ... but I'll be waiting a while to see it myself. And I'm okay with that.

Hubs and the boys have been hitting quite a few movies over the years ... but as I made MY move to the movies, my first selections were ones they had not seen. I guess because they are BOYS. 

I had caught a few of the Disney shows over the years ... my boys did like "Frozen" although I can't recall if they saw it in theaters. I remember when we first got the DVD, I made sure I watched it start to finish during a workout day, before I saw bits and pieces as the boys watched it upstairs. But Moana didn't really peak their interest. It was on Netflix, so that was an easy one to start with. It was cute, I liked it ... and it actually had some energy and excitement, which is something I appreciate when watching while working out. 

Then, there were the live action fairy tales, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. I had to borrow Cinderella from the library, but didn't have to wait long for my hold to come in. Beauty and the Beast had a ton of holds .... but then it was added to Netflix for instant streaming.

I liked Cinderella. I liked the Disney version, but I was glad this wasn't a live-action recreation of that. It had it's own unique approach. One of my favorite movies as a teen was "The Slipper and the Rose" ... another Cinderella retelling. I've never cared for the Rodgers and Hammerstein version. I had starred as Cinderella in a different stage version during my teen years. 

As for Beauty and the Beast ... I couldn't help but think with as much CGI as was required to make the beast and the household come to life, that it was suited for animation so much better. I really liked the original Disney version. This just didn't really do it for me. I know there is a stage adaptation, but I haven't seen it.

I've enjoyed my move to movies. While I liked the continuity of a TV series, and it would often hook me and keep me coming back ... it's also nice to have a totally different story every day. From fairy tales, to horror, to paranormal post-apocalyptic to historical ... I'm getting a wide variety of entertainment in my gym. So in addition (or instead of) my TV Tuesday posts, I'll be sharing some of the movies I'm finally getting around to watching, and I'm going to try and keep my "What I'm Watching" page a little more current (mainly for me *Ü*).

Any movie recommendations for me?

Monday, October 9, 2017

Weekly Review #218

Last week, I was up over two pounds. This week ... down over five. Maybe I was motivated. I had a good week for exercise and eating. Happy it showed on the scale. In addition to a good weigh-in this morning, I also hit a new low during the week (on this latest journey down).

NUMBERS: Official weight down 5.7 pounds. Average down also (-1.23 to 166.63). I was able to keep intake under burn every day. Average intake 1643. Average burn 3559 ... resulting in a large deficit for the week (-7630).  Step average was 27,948 with 111.01 logged miles.  Cardio minutes came in at 1160/1086/1199/1144 with 80 minutes strength training. 

EXERCISE: I got in my hour of elliptical every day this week. Treadmill time every day except Saturday, so six out of seven days. Five Zumba classes with a little extra on my own. Four times on the bike. One time w/weights and two small ab/core sessions.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: There are always some shopping steps getting groceries and mowing the lawn. Simply sitting while I get my nails done and driving the kids around. Saturday was booked with basketball ... #5 had FOUR games. They were tough ones too. They lost three, but managed a win for the final one. 

Here's a look at the day by day ...

  • Monday (1002) Weight bumped up over the weekend, but that motivated me. Good day for exercise and eating. Hour of elliptical and hour of treadmill while watching "Beauty and the Beast". Zumba w/Debbie. Some abs and bike before bed. 30276 steps. 3172 burn. 1550 intake.
  • Tuesday (1003) Started the day with my three elliptical sessions, got in two treadmill times later in the day while watching the Netflix movie "What Happened to Monday". Zumba w/Marian and I got in a weight workout. Also mowed the lawn. Don't know if I ever stopped moving today (except in the car driving kids). Chicken pillows for dinner. 32971 steps. 3378 burn. 1800 intake.
  • Wednesday (1004) Had a tough time keeping calories in check today ... I did, but I wanted to eat ALL the things. Stayed busy though ... elliptical, treadmill, bike and Zumba w/MZL. Also a nail appointment, grocery shopping & duckie time. Hubs had a derby, wasn't home until late. 31854 steps. 3167 burn. 1700 intake.
  • Thursday (1005) Productive day. Elliptical, Zumba, Treadmill, Bike and abs/core. Also kept calories in check, even with Dominos for dinner. #5 had basketball practice in the evening. 34172 steps. 3300 burn. 1650 intake.
  • Friday (1006) 30k on a Friday! #3 and a buddy were in the gym early, but I got 30min elliptical in before elementary drop-off. I was subbing for Debbie's Zumba today. Took the ducklings into the elementary school for #5 to do a show and tell. Fit in treadmill and bike, cleaned the house and dropped #5 off at practice. Wondering if I forgot to log some eating as calories were low. 32802 steps. 3300 burn. 1000 intake.
  • Saturday (1007) Busy day with basketball ... #5 had FOUR games. Tough ones too, lost three, won one. Fit in my hour of elliptical, but that was it for exercise, although I did a little work in the garden. Kept calories in check. 14815 steps. 2435 burn. 1600 intake.
  • Sunday (1008) We didn't do our big breakfast (Hubs ran into work) ... which is helpful when counting calories. No big dinner either, turkeyloaf, which I don't eat. I made some sugar cookies, but only had one. Got my hour of elliptical in, and 30min treadmill time. 18749 steps. 2659 burn. 2200 intake.
Five Featured Photos ...

Monday at Zumba I felt a pinchy pain on my ring finger, I took off my ring and had a slight tear in the skin. Not sure if the ring caught or what ... but I've been giving my finger a break to heal, even though I feel a bit naked without my wedding ring on.

Silly kids complain of being cold ... but when the house was 64° I figured I could turn on the heat for the first time this Fall. Of course it warmed up a bit ... enough that we switched back to A/C.

 #1 and friends ... and duckling date!

Pink out at the high school football game. My #3. 

#2 wondered if anyone would notice if he tried to take his little brother's place on the basketball court this weekend. The uniform fits ... kind of! 

I keep meaning to blog more than just this weekly weigh-in ... I have some posts running through my mind, but I just don't sit down at the computer long enough to get them out!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Weekly Report #217

I'm a little late getting my weekly weigh-in and report up on the blog ... and I will be backdating it to October 2 to keep everything chronologically correct. This wasn't a great week, and it showed up on the scale popping back up into the 170s. BUT, I can say (writing this late) that it adjusted quite quickly, as I was fairly sure it would.  I was distracted by duckies this week (our eggs hatched) and two of my Zumba classes cancelled (unable to use the church gym). Eating was a bit up too.

NUMBERS: Official weight up 2.4 pounds but the average stayed almost the same (up .57 to 167.86) so I'm not too stressed about the first number. Average intake 2314. Average daily burn 2930. Managed a deficit for the week (-2227). Step average was 25,833 with 92.72 logged miles.  Just two 30k days, although four were 3000+ on burn. Cardio minutes 1050/1049/1093/1022 ... no weight workouts (as admitted above, an off week).

A look ala Life Cycle ... Checking out my chart, it's obvious I don't get out much. I'm a homebody. Life Cycle is ironically a bit of an introvert incentive actually. I feel I get "credit" or "proof" for leaving the house (even though my exercise is actually in the home gym).

EXERCISE: Hour of elliptical every day, as well as treadmill time all seven days. Zumba ... only three classes, a little extra on my own. Two times on the bike. OTHER ACTIVITIES: Some shopping ... I missed mowing this week (between weather and the grass not growing as much). #5 had three basketball games, all on Saturday.

Day by Day ...
  • Monday (0925) Started the week off with a bang ... 30k day. Got in my hour of elliptical early, then Zumba w/Debbie. Hit the treadmill twice and then got on the bike before bed. We had one of the eggs hatch today. 32614 steps. 3309 burn. 1900 intake.
  • Tuesday (0926) Got in my three 20min sessions on the elliptical while I got the boys off to school. Zumba w/Marian. Twice on the treadmill ... watched "X-Men Apocalypse" but I guess I missed a couple of the movies before it. Oops. Eating was a little out of control today. A bit of a stress with the eggs, but the remaining three ducklings made it out. 23405 steps. 2958 burn. 2500 intake.
  • Wednesday (0927) Just about 700 steps shy of 30k, should have stepped a bit more. Routine was off today ... #3 was out of school today (PT Conferences) ... both he and #1 spent some time in MY gym today. No Zumba class either, as they were cleaning the church. I did 30min on my own, got my elliptical in early, and fit in two treadmill times between boys. Also mowed the front lawn. Too many treats today. 29297 steps. 3032 burn. 2200 intake.
  • Thursday (0928) Good day for fitness ... not so much for food. Oversnacking. But got in my hour of elliptical early, Zumba w/MZL, twice on the treadmill and a bike session. #5 had basketball in the evening. Hubs and #3 did a derby. 32355 steps. 3206 burn. 2600 intake.
  • Friday (0928) Fridays are often "off" a bit with late start and early out ... more so today as I didn't have Zumba (cancelled at the WJ building). I'd hoped to get in a weight workout with that extra hour, but it didn't happen. Still did my hour of elliptical and two treadmill times. Made oodles of snickerdoodles (huge batch ... not entirely intentional) but I think I kept calories in check, even with snacking on some. 22213 steps. 2739 burn. 2000 intake.
  • Saturday (0930) Wrapping up the month ... got in three 20min sessions on the elliptical and 30min treadmill walk. Caught up on the new "Grey's Anatomy" episodes while I worked out. Busy w/basketball as #5 had three games. Popcorn and a DVD in the evening (The Big Sick). 19171 steps. 2567 burn. 2300 intake.
  • Sunday (1001) Same workouts as yesterday. An hour of elliptical, half hour treadmill time. Watched season premieres of "This is Us" and "The Good Doctor" during my workouts. Big family breakfast, big family dinner ... and more snickerdoodles with leftover dough. 17164 steps. 2492 burn. 2700 intake.
I almost forgot my Five Featured Photos ... 
not any people pictures this week!

Lots of ducky pictures ...

... and out experiencing the world for the first time.

 More cute critters ...
 Cuddling Kitties

#3 got asked to Sadie Hawkins

... and we had a rousing email exchange with my family over word usage.
It was pretty funny! My mom always said "boughten" growing up.
Just FYI ... spell check catches it (indicating it is NOT a word).


September has come to an end ... on to October!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

TV Tuesday - Zombie Comedy

I recently finished up the third season of iZombie. I was really sad to have it come to an end. I figure the fourth season is coming soon, but as I wait for it to hit Netflix, the wait will be longer for me. I watched season 1 while doing cardio (elliptical or treadmill). When I started seasons 2. and then 3 ... I switched it to my weight workout show. 

When I'm doing my weight/strength training ... I'm not always able to really "watch" or even see the TV. When I'm on my back on the bench doing a chest press, or down on the mat in a plank ... so shows during strength training need to be ones I can keep up with even without dedicated attention.   While I like action/drama for cardio (get that adrenaline pumping!) this kooky comedy worked well for weights. The show also needs to be one where I can wait a bit between episodes, as while I try to get in multiple weight workouts, sometimes it's only once a week. iZombie fit the bill nicely.

I first blogged about iZombie back in October of 2016 when I finished up season 1 (Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies Oh My). Everything I said about the show then ... it's cartoonish feel and the silly scenarios still describe the second and third seasons. While it is obviously a comedy, there really are some dramatic and emotional moments. I really like these characters. 

While on the topic of zombie comedies, I feel I should mention the new Netflix original "Santa Clarita Diet" which Hubs and I watched together ... for a bit anyway. It got a little too silly and Hubs gave up on it, but I'll finish out the season (only 10 episodes) ... maybe even during weight workouts!

It has similarities to iZombie, with extremely silly situations ... which a bunch of f-bombs and projectile vomiting thrown in. 

Just as Liv, from iZombie, is featured creatively cutting up brains and prepping them in fun foods, Sheila grinds up body parts for a protein smoothie. Definite difference between the two shows, in the first, only brains are acceptable to the zombie appetite whereas in the second show, she eats it all. And I mean everything!

While I've really liked Barrymore in many movies (The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates, Music and Lyrics) I can't quite connect with her character here. Her acting seems stilted, her enunciation off. VERY different character for Olyphant also, who I've only seen in the dark dramas "Deadwood" and "Justified" ... it's strange to see him smile and act so silly!

Well ... speaking of weights, it's time for my strength training workout. 
What will I watch?

Sunday, October 1, 2017

September 2016

Wake me up when September ends ... September was fairly full! We had birthday celebrations, new inflatable toys, a bit of basketball and a crazy kitten. Biking in Moab for Hubs, a new car ... and new ducklings (our eggs hatched). The seasons are turning ... and my gorgeous sunflower featured in all its glory in last month's collage is now looking ready for Halloween. 

NUMBERS: I'm still attempting an entire month where I keep my intake under burn ... close this month! Just two times my graph lines crossed, with intake above. Overall, pretty good. Average intake 2057, average burn 3022 ... crunching the numbers, there was a large deficit for the month (-19560).  Weight started at 170.3, and that was also the high. Ended at 168.13 (-2.17 difference), with a low of 165.5 and an average of 168.13 (- 7.13 from last month!) 

EXERCISE: I got my hour of elliptical in every day except one ... 29 days. Treadmill time was all 30 days. Zumba was down a little, as a couple classes were cancelled. 19 classes with some extra on my own. Hit the bike 12 times and as for weights, I tried some smaller sessions with an ab/core focus (six times) and full body weights (four times) for a total of 10times/5hours.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Lawn mowing still making the monthly chart, although with the seasons changing, it's winding down. The usual grocery shopping and time behind the wheel. Hit the salon for nails twice and a haircut for #4 ... out to eat only once, but it was family fun (party of seven!) Can't forget about basketball! Multiple games on Saturdays for #5. 

So ... feeling fairly successful for the month, except that it sure seemed to get harder there at the end. Slipping some on the eating and exercise. Need to keep it up if I want the weight to go down!

*** JenB's Journal ***
September 2017

0901 (Friday) Weight 170.3. Steps 25292. Total Burn 2979. Exercise Burn 1263 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min.1.77milesTreadmill). Calories in 1750. Late start ... I was still awake early, but #3 had beat me to the gym. I only got in one session while getting the boys off to school. Comcast was scheduled to come out sometime between 10:00 and 12:00 ... I didn't want to sit out Zumba just to wait and have them probably not come, but needed someone home just in case. Luckily #2 was available. So I made it to Zumba. Stats: 6721 steps. 2.93 miles. 490/453 burn. AvHR119. High136. In zone 31 of the 63 minutes. I made it home by 10:30 The tech showed up around 11:00. We went around back and saw the obvious problem ... the line was completely cut, left disconnected. What were the technicians yesterday thinking leaving us like that? Were they planning on coming back? The line wasn't even live, so the guy had to go to the box, which requires him to drive to the other neighborhood that backs us, as that's where the hub box is. Then he had to string a line from where yesterday's technicians had left it sticking out of the ground all the way around to the cable box by the garage. But we're back! Whew. We need our wifi! I'd started a DVD (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and finished watching it with my workouts later in the day. When it was done I figured I'd go back to "Now You See Me 2" which I had started yesterday morning before the disconnect. It wasn't there on HBO anymore! I guess it expired at the end of August! But you know what ... no big loss. I was rolling my eyes at it anyway. Went back to my "Blue Bloods" series for my remaining gym time that day and I'll start a new movie tomorrow. I'd kept calories quite low, as we'd planned on a dinner out at Tepanyaki for our birthday boys. Hubs said he'd try to get home around 4:30-5:00. He wanted to get the new car registered, but didn't quite have time. We did dinner. It was yummy as always. A bit pricey for our party of seven now that the littles don't qualify for the kids meals anymore. #5 had practice, and he was a bit late. Normally at the Community College, which is a bit of a drive, but there had been a conflict, so it was at the church by coach's house ... ironically my Zumba church I'd just been to this morning! Hubs dropped #5 off, and I picked him up when it was over at 8:00. 

0902 (Saturday) 169.4. Steps 28534. Total Burn 2991. Exercise Burn 1100 (60minElliptical, 60min/3.35milesTreadmill, Bike, Abs/Core). Calories in 1400. Finally the scale dropped from the 170s. Kept me motivated. Did better with eating and exercise than usual for a Saturday. Hit the elliptical for three 20min sessions throughout the day. Today's movie was "If I Stay" ... I read the book a while ago and quite liked it. I thought the movie was well done. Twice on the treadmill, bike and some abs/core. Into the salon for a fill on my nails. They needed it. I'd made an appointment yesterday and got the first spot (9:00am). She was super busy, appointments only the whole day. Her sister was on vacation. Mowed the lawn. Hubs got the boys working out back, cutting down some weed trees. He repaired a leaking sprinkler and created a better ducky barricade. Picked up the truck, in for some repairs, and did some work on #2's Charger too. Busy day. Hubs grabbed some Popeyes for a late dinner. I'd kept calories really low, so even with that indulgence I didn't go over.

0903 (Sunday) 168.6. Steps 21475. Total Burn 2712. Exercise Burn 935/935 (60minElliptical, 60min/3.19milesTreadmill). Calories in 2400. I don't sleep in much, even when I would be allowed to. Hit the elliptical first thing, and got in a couple more sessions to finish up the day. Treadmill twice too ... had to finish up my movie. "Insurgent" ... second in the Divergent trilogy. I've read the books quite a while ago. Saw the first movie. Not loving the movies though.  We did a family breakfast, but I wasn't up for making waffles. Did pancakes instead. Hash browns, bacon and sausage. We had a family party later in the day. My folks, with my in state siblings and some aunts/uncles and cousins I hadn't seen in quite a while. It was a birthday celebration for the Aug/Sept birthdays, of which we have three ... so I brought three cakes! I also brought our big jump rope, and that was a good activity for all the kids. Got fun video/pictures of all five Blackham boys bouncing in it. Hubs decided to pull a "Jen" and stayed home in the empty house. Not sure when he's really ever had the quiet house to himself.  #2 brought his girlfriend ... perhaps a tad overwhelming with all the extended family. I told them that when our planned first date fell through for (now)Hubs and I, we ended up at a similar activity (my side of the family, extended family party). I was pushing it on calories with all the cakes and ice cream and other treats ... and then when we arrived back home, Hubs made his yummy popcorn, which of course I can't resist. Still not too bad, under burn ... but I hope it doesn't kill my weigh-in tomorrow.

0904 (Monday) 169.2. Steps 30163. Total Burn 3240. Exercise Burn 1330/1616 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.85mileTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 1750. Labor Day. Hubs was off work and the kids out of school. Most of the free Zumba classes were cancelling, and Debbie had plans, but asked if I could sub ... so I did. Carma was available to help. When I pulled up, there were quite a few cars in the parking lot. NOT a good sign. Sure enough, the gym was full of sweaty guys. They were good to pull out. We only needed the one side. We weren't a big group, but always more fun than trying to do it home alone. Stats: 6135 steps. 2.74 miles. 438/399 burn. AvHR115. High 131. In zone 9 of the 62 minutes.  I stopped at Smiths on the way home, mostly to refill a couple prescriptions, but we needed bananas and lettuce too. We didn't have a lot on deck today. Hubs took the boys to see a movie (Logan Lucky). #5 had a birthday party, they went to Airborne.  Got the cars cleaned and Hubs smoked tri-tip and pork loin for dinner. I made some Brazilian cheese rolls and I try to do the cleanup when Hubs has done the dinner. #3 had to miss as he was at work. Hubs was in bed early (like 8:30) and I wasn't quite ready to call it a night so I hit the bike for some reading/riding. I had achieved my hour of elliptical and a time on the treadmill too. 

0905 (Tuesday) 169.1. Steps 30207. Total Burn 3366. Exercise Burn 1400/1765 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 30min/1.87mileTreadmill, Bike, WEIGHTS). Calories in 1200. I beat Hubs up. Got in two elliptical sessions while I got the boys off to school. "The Giver" was the movie of the day. Zumba with Marian over at the church. Stats: 6558 steps. 2.89 miles. 495/443 burn. AvHR120. High147. In zone 35 of the 65 minutes. Not a huge crowd. Livi came and said she'd try to make it more often. Back home, I hit the gym, knowing #3 didn't have work today, and thus would monopolize the gym after school. Finished up my elliptical with one more session, one time on the treadmill and I did a weight workout. #3 said I didn't need to pick him up, as he could catch a ride with a buddy (coming over to workout) so that saved me 20min in the car ... but then pickup for #4 took twice as long, an extra 20+ minutes. There was a bad accident at the intersection just East of the school. Bangerter and 9800. It's fairly tricky to make a left out of the parking lot on a regular day, but today, as they were diverting all traffic off the busy Bangerter, the chances to sneak out were even rarer. We were just sitting in the parking lot for the longest time. Our regular route back up 9800 would have been super slow too, so instead I pulled straight through into the Walmart parking lot, made my way through there and up into the neighborhood and wound my way through back to 4000 W further down. I barely made it home in time to drop off the kids and leave again for elementary pickup. I'd actually texted #1 son who was home to be ready to make that run if I didn't make it. #3 and friend were in the gym much of the afternoon. #4 wanted to go hang with friends, to I dropped him off at Sky Park and went back for him about an hour and a half later. Dropped off the DVDs I'd watched, as the library is right there. I prepped dinner. Chicken Cordon Bleu and my regular fried chicken for the littles. Took care of the duckies, watered the plants, did the dishes, cleaned a bathroom ... I had saved these for the afternoon knowing the gym would be busy. Hubs went down for a walk on the treadmill but had to cut it short as he was hit with a dizzy spell. I did what I could to make him comfortable. I wasn't quite ready for bed yet (it was 8:00 or so). I ended up hitting the bike. While it's not a hard workout, it felt a little hard this time. My legs are already feeling the earlier weight workout a bit. I did finish up my book.  

0906 (Wednesday) 168.4. Steps 28327. Total Burn 2991. Exercise Burn 1340/1228 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.37mileTreadmill). Calories in 2500. Garbage day ... yea! Our cans were overflowing, all three of them (garbage, recycling and green waste). Was able to get in two elliptical sessions while getting the boys off to school. Zumba with MZL ... a little technical difficulty with the sound system, and a little physical difficulty with me. Feeling the weight workout from yesterday! A bit sore and stiff. Stats: 5884 steps. 2.58 miles. 349/406 burn. AvHR114. High146. In zone 9 of the 60 minutes. Stopped at Macey's for a little grocery shopping on the way home. #3 had work after school, so I knew I'd have the gym available, so I didn't make great use of my time during the day. Attempted a little nap but didn't fall asleep. Hit the treadmill once and finished up my third session to complete my hour of elliptical. The usual triple pickups after school, although #3 was running late, so we had to go straight from the high school to the middle school pickup. Usually I made a quick stop home to drop him off. He drove the truck to work, attempting to get comfortable with it. I'd arranged for a repairman to come look at our dryer. The heating element has only been working sporadically, and it takes forever to dry without heat. Unfortunately he would have to order the part, and at $135 ... I've never really liked this dryer. Maybe we'll just replace it. I hit the elliptical once more, finishing up the show for the day "Jason Bourne" which I liked. A good one for working out. Lots of fighting and running ... keeps the adrenaline up and at two hours in length required the second treadmill time. I was dragging so much by evening though, I thought about the bike, knowing that would get me to my 30k day, but I was just too tired. I'd eaten more than my current usual ... more like my old usual. Both quantity and quality. Much munchiness today. 

0907 (Thursday) 169.3. Steps 33035. Total Burn 3217. Exercise Burn 1450/1458 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.46milesTreadmill). Calories in 2450. Same exercise today as yesterday, but today ended up higher is steps and burn. An hour of elliptical, an hour of treadmill time, and Zumba. Stats: 7504 steps. 3.38 miles. 476/487 burn. AvHR113. High133. In Zone 13 of the 65 minutes. Stopped at Sam'sClub on the way home. Got the lawn mowed, as now I had a place to put the clippings. Today's workout movie was "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them" which I'd heard of while it was in theaters. I wasn't sure it was one I'd be interested in. While I liked the Harry Potter books, I hadn't cared for the movies. This was that same Harry Potter world. I did like the movie though. #5 had practice in the evening, so I had a couple evening drives to drop-off and pick up. Also Happy Birthday to #1 son! 22 years old. I updated the Facebook album as I do annually. Maga brought over peach tort, and I'd picked up a red velvet cake. I actually don't like either, but I'd eaten badly again today already anyway.

0908 (Friday) 169.2. Steps 24951. Total Burn 2954. Exercise Burn 1220/1187 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.75mileTreadmill). Calories in 2200. Slept in a little with late start. Just got in one 20min session on the elliptical while getting the boys off to school. Zumba with MZL. Stats: 6501 steps. 2.91 miles. 465/401 burn. AvHR112. High143. In Zone 16 of the 63 minutes. Back at home I got in my two remaining elliptical sessions and treadmill time. I didn't have to pickup #3, as #2 was heading to the high school to play football with the 4th period and he brought his brother home. Usual pickups for #5 and #4. Not much motivation later in the day. I should have hit the treadmill again, but I'd finished up my movie. "Collateral Beauty" which was good, but just the hour and a half in length. The two hour movies push me to get in that extra treadmill time to finish up. Still could have should have done bike and/or abs/core, but didn't. Made snickerdoodles though. Dropped #5 off for practice, catching a ride with coach today. #3 worked and took the car, as the truck was in for a repair. #1 went to go see the new "IT" movie.

0909 (Saturday) 169.8. Steps 19293. Total Burn 2645. Exercise Burn 770/884 (60minElliptical, 30min/1.7milesTreadmill). Calories in 3000. Started with snickerdoodles ... for breakfast. Then more crap. Much like the old days. First day in a while that I've eaten over burn, dang it! Up fairly early. I debate doing a movie on a Saturday, as I'm not sure I'll get in the gym time to finish it up ... but then again, that's motivation right there. Watched "Z for Zachariah" today. Another 90min film. I'd read the book ages ago, and other than the basic premise, this sure strayed from the original material. Hated the end. Got in my hour of elliptical and one time on the treadmill while I watched. Didn't mow the lawn today, as I'd just done the front on Thursday. Maybe Monday I'll hit both. #4 wanted to go watch his buddy in a football game (funny, he won't come watch his brother in basketball!) so I dropped him off at the middle school. It was chaos! They had 5-6 games going, no parking. I just dropped him off and hoped he'd be able to find his friend. I texted him a few minutes later, making a stop at the library on the way home in case he wanted me to loop back and pick him up. BUT ... his phone wasn't working! It's been giving him some trouble off and on, and wasn't connecting at all. I tried calling, Facetimeing, checking him on Find my Friends ... nothing was working. I wasn't sure how long these kid games lasted, or when he'd need a ride home, and I was just stressed not knowing for sure if everything was okay. I went back a little over an hour later and wandered, and found him. He had tried to text, saying his friend's mom would give him a ride home. It hadn't sent, just as he hadn't received any of my attempted contacts. I wish he'd thought to ask to borrow a phone and make a quick call, or have the mom text me just to let me know he'd found them alright. We mom's exchanged numbers, so now I have that contact info anyway. #5 had basketball games today. Two of them ... but BOTH at 3:00, so ... just one. I tried to feel out his Wolves coach to see how he'd feel if #5 missed, but he said he needed him, as our backup point guard was out with an injury. The Grizzlies team did still have a point guard, and we'd committed to Wolves first, so he did play with his Wolves. He struggled a bit at the start, attempting but not making several shots. Finally got in a 3-pointer but that was his only basket this game. Still lots of assists and he played almost the entire game. He was tired. We got the win though. 47-31. Checked in with the Grizzlies team and they'd done just fine without my boy, getting the win 54-16.  In the evening, it was the big rivalry of the U vs BYU. My boys watched, but don't get overly into it. I was so tired, I went to bed. Was a BAD day for eating. 

0910 (Sunday) 169.9. Steps 18628. Total Burn 2519. Exercise Burn 880/735 (60minElliptical, 30min/1.7mileTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 1800. Slept in a little today. We did our big, family breakfast with smoked bacon, sausage, eggs, hashbrowns and waffles. Got in some exercise throughout the day (movie of the day was "Carriers" ... ironically with Chris Pine again. He'd been in my movie yesterday too.) Hubs and the littles ran to Maga's house for a bit. I tried to get a little nap in, but didn't actually fall asleep. During my evening garden/duck duties I found two things ... we have some big tomatoes (the cherry tomato plant has been nuts but I'd only seen a few green ones on the beefsteak plant) and Golden Girl did NOT stop laying eggs ... she just moved into the duck house. I happened to look in and see a clutch there. I'll have to go back and count ... and gather? Hubs said we could just let her sit on them, but I'm not sure I want a little brood this late in the season.

0911 (Monday) 169.3. Steps 32586. Total Burn 3313. Exercise Burn 1450/1535 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.74mileTreadmill, Bike, Abs). Calories in 1900. Good motivated Monday today. Did the double drop off in the morning, fitting in two elliptical sessions in between. We do have the extra vehicle now, but the truck is a monster and I'm really worried about #3 driving it to school where there are so many cars and kids and craziness. He's been doing fine taking it to work. Maybe after a little more practice I'll feel more comfortable ... and that will take off a trip in the morning and allow me to get my full hour of elliptical in early. Zumba was with Debbie in Daybreak today. Stats: 5710 steps. 2.48 miles. 359/338 burn. AvHR109. High132. In zone 7 of the 57 minutes. Golden Girl had appeared to be sitting on her eggs this morning ... and it totally stressed me out. Cemented the fact that I don't want a big batch of babies this late in the season. I don't want Mr. Mallard lonely for the next month while she sits. Don't want to have to have her sit, just coming off the nest a couple times a day to eat/drink. Not sure Mr. Mallard would be a good daddy (he's a little aggressive toward us and other birds. The daddy ducks aren't often around when the babies come). When I got home from class, Golden Girl wasn't on the nest ... so I went and gathered the eggs. I had made a stop at the store on the way home. Picked up some grapes and bananas, which we were out of. They had some good 99¢ sale stuff too. My Dipps PB granola bars. The bubble balls were gone, not surprising. Movie of the day was the new "Cinderella" and I liked it. Did my final session on the elliptical to finish up my hour and got in two treadmill times. A little bit of Abs/Core and then I went on the bike before bed. Listened to my audiobook instead of reading, as I need to get through this one. I have another hold come in I should get started on. I do think I like actual reading (over listening) when on the bike. Made spaghetti and cheese bread for dinner. The boys were cute talking about music ... what songs were the first ones they heard by certain artists. It's fun to listen to them talk. Hubs was home late though, missed dinner. Very tired tonight! Time for bed!

0912 (Tuesday) 168.4. Steps 32798. Exercise Burn 1550/1694 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.75mileTreadmill, Weights). Calories in 1700. Got my two sessions on the elliptical in as I got the boys off to school. Then Zumba with Marian. Stats: 6063 steps. 2.63 miles. 397/413 burn. AvHR115. High135. In zone 13 of the 60 minutes. Back at home I got in my final elliptical, a couple treadmill times, 30min of weights and some Zumba practice. After school pickups ... bringing a friend home with #4, which was fun for him. The got in the dinosaur outfit and the bubble balls. Also played a little pool and ping pong. Hubs had an early derby ... and a Meniere's attack. He's been anticipating an attack happening on a derby night. He really would like to train the boys so that they could do it if he was indisposed. He rested for about 30minutes, then had #1 drive the truck with the trailer attached, and #3 drove #1's car. The boys were able to set up while Hubs continued to rest and recover enough to do the race. #1 came back home, he had school later. #5 had in impromptu practice at a local park. #2 dropped him off for me and he caught a ride home. #2 and a friend were in the gym in the evening. I jokingly asked him if he'd reserved it! Luckily I had gotten all my exercise in already, although I might have hit the bike if they weren't in there. Workout movie today was "Allegiant."  No egg from Golden Girl today.

0913 (Wednesday) 167.4. Steps 30283. Exercise Burn 1225/1341 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.6milesTreadmill, Bike, Abs). Calories in 2000. Movie of the day was "Vampire Academy" ... oy. That was pretty bad. I really enjoyed reading the series and the spin-off though. Got my hour of elliptical and treadmill time done while watching. Zumba with MZL. It ran a little short today, unusual for them. Stats: 5703 steps. 2.5 miles. 349/339 burn. AvHR112. High137. In zone 9 of the 55 minutes. Stopped at Cal Ranch and Maceys on the way home. Had to get more chicken feed and cracked corn for the duckies (got an egg today) and a few groceries. Still struggling with the dryer ... one load a day, starting first thing, and running the dryer (no heat, that's what is broken) several times all day long before it finally dries. Triple pickups after school, #5 brought a friend home today. A little rain on and off, but I got the front lawn mowed. The back still hasn't grown much, as it doesn't get watered regularly. Haystacks for dinner. #3 had to work. Hubs was packing for his weekend bike trip, so I hit the bike downstairs. I didn't really feel like it, but I was close to my 30k and I feel guilty just reading in bed ...

0914 (Thursday) 168.4. Steps 30283. Total Burn 3108. Exercise Burn 1225/1341 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.61mileTreadmill, Bike, Abs). Calories in 2000. Not a good night. I woke around 2:00 and just started stressing about everything and anything. Money mostly, but also getting the kids to the dentist, car stuff, dryer stuff, ducks, basketball ... everything and anything. Hubs apparently wasn't sleeping great either, and was up and off to work around 3:30ish. I must have fallen asleep again in the wee hours of the morning ... enough to have bad dreams that left me unsettled and off. Then the weather is a bit windy and dreary. Weight was up. Why weight why? I had "Pitch Perfect 2" scheduled for my show, but I couldn't get the library DVD to play, so I streamed "Nocturnal Animals" instead. It was dark when I could have used comedy today.I didn't care for the movie at all, and it wasn't even because of my mood. Just blah. It was shorter, so my hour of elliptical and one treadmill time pretty much covered it, I did do a second treadmill time to finish up, switching to a series when it ended ... easier to do when streaming that with a DVD, as I have to manually flip a switch to change the inputs for that. Stroganoff for dinner. I keep debating baking ... but better for the calorie count if I don't. Hubs finished up his packing as he leaves tomorrow. He ran some errands, taking the wave runners to his mom's house. She had a spot for them whereas our driveway is quite congested. Not sure if the weather is going to warm up enough to use them again this year. Found an egg Golden Girl laid in the tomato plant ... NOT a good spot as I was watering and didn't notice it there. If you wash them, then you have to refrigerate them immediately.

0915 (Friday) 166.6. Steps 31028. Total Burn 3313. Exercise Burn 1600/1566 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 30min/2.05milesTreadmill, Bike, Weights). Calories in 1750. Silly shifting scale ... nicer numbers this morning. With the school late start, I set my alarm an hour later and did sleep in until it went off.  Only one elliptical in early. Double drop-offs and then off to Zumba. MZL had announced they were relocating class to a studio one of the gals was opening, but a few of us still met at the church and danced there. I'm not good going to new locations, and unless the studio was the same size as a church gym (it's not) I was afraid it would be too crowded. I was glad they still had it here. It was POURING rain as I arrived! Stats: 6829 steps. 2.96 miles. 483/482 burn. AvHR118. High132. In zone 30 of the 65 minutes. Since I'd stopped at the store the last couple days, I didn't really need anything after and went straight home, trying to get the most of my limited alone time before early out. Triple pickup in the afternoon, and Hubs was off for his bike weekend. #1 dropped him off by the freeway to meet a friend picking him up. #5 had practice and so that was on my schedule.  Going with Coach today rather than our usual ride. Coach called and said he was grabbing pizza by our house and offered to grab #5 early, so that saved me a trip. #5 hung out at their house after practice for a bit too, playing the newest NBA2K.  I made a muvee of the Wolves game from last Saturday (before I get new footage from games tomorrow), did some reading/riding and did weights.  Finished up iZombie, which was my "weights" show (not one I really had to watch closely) so I'll have to find something else. In the early evening, there was sounds from the ducks that required investigation ... can't recall exactly what it was. A thump, weird quacking ... something that had us running to check on them. They were both in the window well! Really have no idea how that happened. If one was peeking over the ledge and fell in, and then the other joined? #2 jumped down and scooped them out. Mr. Mallard does seem to have a bit of a limp. Have to keep an eye on him. Golden Girl laid her egg in the tomato plant again.

0916 (Saturday) 166.2. Steps 23760. Total Burn 2862. Exercise Burn 850/1106 (60minElliptical, 30min/2.25mileTreadmill, Abs). Calories in 1800. I set the alarm just in case I might sleep in ... #5 had a 9:00 game. I was able to get in a session on the elliptical before to start the day. It was at Elkridge, which is #4's school.  Our team was there, the other team was there ... one ref was there, but no site supervisor or clock or person to run the clock and take stats.  At about quarter after we went ahead and got started, with one of the dads trying too keep track with a piece of paper and clock running on his phone. Luckily, it wasn't a close game at all, so it wasn't as important as if it had been a close one. Another ref and the on site people finally showed up around half time. I wasn't sure if they would even put the score up as it was a bit of a blow out. #5 had his buddy Austin come home with us after the game and hang out until about 2:00. They wanted to battle in the inflatable balls, but the air pump had been put away with the wave runners Hubs took to his mom's house. The boys still played with the one that was semi-inflated. It wasn't after they were done. #4 had been invited to a church activity with his group of friends, so I dropped him off there. He was able to get a ride home. After I dropped him I stopped by Smiths to grab a few things on their new weekly sale (and was able to grab some romaine lettuce trim for the ducks), and then to the library to return DVDs and pick up new ones. Made chocolate chip cookies. #3 worked 11:00-5:00 ... he's been being scheduled 30+ hours, which is too much during school, and too late on school nights (although I don't know that he'd really go to bed any earlier). When he got home, #1 took him and the two littles to IT. IT! It's rated R! And scary! I actually had some alone time on a Saturday (as #2 and his girlfriend were out too). Hubs checked in early before signing off for the weekend ... no cell signal for a few days. I hate being out of contact. HATE it. Early to bed. I was SO tired.

0917 (Sunday) 167.0. Steps 23739. Total Burn 2781. Exercise Burn 1050/1029 (60minElliptical, 60min/3.45mileTreadmill, Bike, Abs). Calories in 2400. With Hubs not here, we didn't do waffles, but I made pancakes with some bacon and sausage.  Looking at my LifeCycle graph, I wanted to get in a treadmill time and a bike to make it correct (it had already rounded up even though I was a half hour shy on both activities). I also wanted to get my hour of elliptical in because I'm on a streak. I meant to put on one of the DVDs that was 90min, but did a longer one. So I ended up doing an hour of treadmill to finish it up. "Jupiter Ascending" was the movie ... and it was pretty bad, even though it had some big names. Pretty quiet Sunday at home. #2 went to a couple farewells. #3 had trouble starting the truck after work, so #1 went over to help and they got it started. Kitten is in heat again. It's the only time I can hold her. Hubs comes home tomorrow.

0918 (Monday) 168.4. Steps 33128. Total Burn 3361. Exercise Burn 1400/1603 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.87milesTreadmill). Calories in 2400. Back to the school schedule. Today's movie was "Pitch Perfect 2" for my hour of elliptical and hour of treadmill. I've been trying to jog some on the treadmill rather than just walk. I don't keep it up for too long though. Zumba with Debbie. Stats: 5819 steps. 2.58 miles. 372/392 burn. AvHR112. High143. In zone 13 of the 58 minutes. There was a decent crowd there today. No store stop on the way home today. Got the lawn mowed, front and back. Hit the back with the sprinkler. Triple pickups in the afternoon. No word from Hubs until late afternoon. Originally he'd thought maybe he'd be back around 3:30, but they didn't leave Moab until around then. Grilled some chicken and had rolls for dinner. Baked up the rest of the chocolate chip cookie dough ... over on calories today mainly because of cookies. Hubs had #2 pick him up around 8:00 (#1 was busy, I wasn't sure about driving the new Sequoia myself). Brought home some melons (they'd passed Green River's "Melon Days" on the way home.) Managed to make it through the weekend with no dizzy spells. He was pretty wiped out, understandably. Not sure why I was though. We were in bed early.  

0919 (Tuesday) 169.8. Steps 35011. Total Burn 3442. Exercise Burn 1570/1683 (70minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/4.02milesTreadmill, Bike. Weights). Calories in 1600. I was up early, enough to start my first elliptical session before 6:00, and get a second in before taking #3 to school. Got my third in before taking #5 to school ... my first full early hour in a while. Zumba with Marian. Stats: 6311 steps. 2.78miles. 407/377 burn. AvHR109. High134. In zone 5 of the 64 minutes. Small class today, just Marian and four of us. Marian left early to get to work so I finished up. I got in a little extra on my own at home too. I went in to get my nails done, going with color today rather than the french tip. Not loving it. Not sure if it's color in general, or just this color I chose. I was watching "Logan" for my movie today. It's over two hours, so two times on the treadmill, and a little bit more elliptical to finish it up. I liked it though. Lots of proFanity (rated R) but it kept my interest more than many of the movies lately. Intense ... good for the workouts. Got my weight workout in ... as I'd finished up iZombie, I needed a new "weights" show ... one that doesn't require a lot of attention or even "watching" as at times on my back or in positions where I can't really see the TV. I decided to go back to "Glee" which I'd given up on quite a while ago. Happy that Netflix remembered where I was. Triple pickup after school, then Hubs and #3 did a derby, a Lego one ... they run long. I'd put a ziti in the oven for today's dinner and leftovers. I'd hit my 30k and didn't have a ton of energy, but still went ahead and did some reading/riding before bed. My fan is broken though ... apparently #2 and a friend were in the gym late last night (very surprised I didn't hear them as the gym is directly below the bedroom, I must have been sleeping pretty deeply) and knocked it over. I miss my fan for weight workouts and bike sessions. I have a little one I set up, but it isn't the same. Might have to invest in a new one. This one was 20+ years old! I guess I'm surprised it lasted this long. 

0920 (Wednesday) 168.1. Steps 31170. Total Burn 3239. Exercise Burn 1330/1504 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.45milesTreadmill). Calories in 1500. #3 took the truck today, so I didn't have to take him to school for the first time this year. Saved me 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the afternoon. Yea! With that extra 20min, I got in an elliptical session, fitting in my full hour early. Zumba with MZL. Feeling a little stiff from the weight workout yesterday, didn't really get the heart rate up. Stats: 6577 steps. 2.91 miles. 396/395 burn. AvHR111, High135. In zone 1 of the 61 minutes. Stopped at Maceys on the way home. Needed 2% milk, bananas and ice cream. Glad their 5quart tubs were on sale, we were out. Got the groceries put away. Hit the treadmill twice to finish up my movie. Had put in "Lucy" a DVD from the library ... when I realized I'd already watched it at some point. Switched to streaming, random pick "A Monster Calls" which I didn't love, not a great one for working out, but it did have me in tears a couple times. Only double duty for afternoon pickup. One of the boys in carpool for middle school was a little late and in tears ... he's being bullied. Kids had pulled his pants down. Not the first time. At home I asked #4 if he'd seen it happen and he said no, and also said he didn't know the kids who did it ... those statement contradict each other. I know he's hesitant to step up and get involved. It is scary. While he's got his great group of friends, he's got his own quirks and I've been SO grateful that we've never had to deal with this through the years (even in elementary with his weather phobia, all the kids and teachers were really good with him). Frustrating that kids can be so mean.  #3 had work ... it's been nice having the extra vehicle so we don't have to worry about getting him to/from places. I did need the Durango, as #4 has been SO shaggy I'd  checked in online at Great Clips (we usually try to go to Aunt Olivia but just haven't been able to connect these past couple weeks and couldn't wait any longer ... I swear the kid has a blond afro. Hair grows straight out!) It was a little frustrating, because we had about 24 minutes to wait as I went to pick up #5 from elementary school. It would work out pretty perfect, I'd get back from that and #4 and I could go. But then the check-in time INCREASED. To 50+ minutes. How does that work? We were signed in, did a stylist break an arm and leave? I know they get walk-ins, but those aren't supposed to get ahead in the line up. It threw off my afternoon! Luckily we didn't have to wait quite that long. Still had to wait 10min or so when we got there even though we arrived at our check-in time. #4 looks much better though. I'd put meatballs and sauce in the crock pot for an early dinner, for #3 before he went into work ... and all the kids ended up eating early.  I made a family recipe I got from my MIL "Savory Crust Chicken Bake" for Hubs, using up the leftover chicken. #1 and #2 tried it too and said it was good. I don't eat meatball subs or the chicken bake and didn't really have any dinner myself, which happily kept calories in check. I'd hit my 30k, but it was still early, so I went down for some reading/riding on the bike, but ... my legs were just too tired. I was too tired. I was SO tired. I ended up in bed early while Hubs hit the treadmill.   

0921 (Thursday) 166.5. Steps 31373. Total Burn 3231. Exercise Burn 1385/1470 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.55milesTreadmill). Calories in 1800. Finished up my hour of elliptical early ... should be the norm now.  Yesterday I'd tried to pick all the ready produce from the garden, filling up a big box. Zucchini, squash, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes. I took it to Zumba today. Thursdays is the big class. Everything was gone when I left. Happy someone can use it all! Stats: 7157 steps. 3.22 miles. 452/439 burn. AvHR118. High137. In Zone 23 of the 63 minutes. Quick stop at Sam'sClub on the way home to grab a few things. Including a new pillow ... there was a wet spot on one of them last night. Kitten? A bit on the bedspread too. I washed the bedspread and pillow case, but the pillow itself had looked disgusting enough that I just put it in the trash. Garbage day today too. Finally fit the big cardboard box #4's pool table had come in. The recent rain made it foldable. Anyway, air dried the bedspread and put #3's laundry in. With the dryer not heating, it takes ALL DAY on air fluff. But, the repairman called and had the part and could come. Yea! He was able to get us up and running (and heating) and also had time to look at the dishwasher, which wasn't been draining. Not a huge deal, it still washes, but a pool of yucky water would stay in the bottom until I stopped that cycle and hit "drain" ... it made everything moist and a tad smelly. So, $300 total for the trip and repairs, but happy to be back in business. Was able to dry the current laundry load and do towels, which had piled up. I fit in two treadmill times before double duty pickups after school ... better than triple pickups ;) It was good I'd gotten all my exercise in, as #2 was in the gym for a bit, then #3. I made chicken and wild rice soup for dinner, with cheesy bread too. Then made cookie press cookies ... pumpkins for fall. #5 had practice at the church close by. His school was also having a big "birthday" celebration that he kind of wanted to attend ... I didn't, those things totally stress me out! It started at 6:00, so I told him we could hit it if he wanted, maybe be a little late to practice, but he said he'd just do practice. I dropped him off, drove by the school on the way back ... as I thought, NO parking, cars all along the street. Pickup at 8:00. It was raining. I can't recall the last time I've driven in the dark! The rain didn't help. It was fine, but my eyes were struggling a bit. Tonight, Hubs was the one in bed early (asleep before 8:00!)

0922 (Friday) 166.2. Steps 26381. Total Burn 2965. Exercise Burn 1300/1202 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.91mileTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 2000. Slept in a little with late start. Just one early elliptical. Zumba with MZL. Got in my additional elliptical back at home, as well as a treadmill time. Instead of a movie I just watched series today (Blacklist and Blue Bloods). Early out at the elementary, then middle school pickup. Hubs had a derby, #3 had to work, so #4 went along to help. Not thrilled about the work, but does like the money. Hubs wanted to take the truck to the derby, so #3 took the Durango ... so #1 dropped #5 off for his ride to practice (w/coach). Made another batch of cookie press pumpkins, as last night's are gone! Yes, I contributed to that. 

0923 (Saturday) 165.5. Steps 21829. Total Burn 2633. Exercise Burn 850/884 (60minElliptical, 30min/1.72milesTreadmill). Calories in 2000. Got up and hit the elliptical first thing, went down for my second session and #3 was in the gym. When he's in the gym, he's in there for a while! He finally finished up with weights and then went for a jog. I did a little Zumba (just 10min) while waiting for him, then hit the elliptical again. #5 and I left around 11:30 for his first game with his Grizzlies at noon. They won. Rushed to his second game at 1:00, with him changing in the car. Luckily, it wasn't far and we made it in time for tip off. He still started. This team did add a back-up point guard (Siah), but he'd been out with an injury and this was his first time back ... unfortunately he's out again for a bit with a badly dislocated finger just a few minutes into the game. It was crooked! Our boys got the win pretty easily ... #5's 20 points helped. He was on fire. We'd worried a little, not only coming from a game before, but the 6th grade and 7th grade play with different sized balls! Slightly different weights can throw kids off, but apparently that didn't impact my boy today! We had a little time after, the next game was at 3:00, not too far (Union). #5 and I did a stop at Arctic Circle for a little lunch. I had tater tots. Won the third game too. Finally back home. Finished up my elliptical hour and even hit the treadmill ... I wasn't sure I was going to make that. I also mowed the front lawn. Hubs had hit the store to pick up roast for smoking tomorrow. He prepped that in the evening. I didn't have a specific dinner planned, so Hubs sent #2 out to pick up some Popeyes. I was so close to my limit on calories, but I had one piece.

0924 (Sunday) 166.5. Steps 11110.. Total Burn 2130. Exercise Burn 425/354 (30minElliptical, 30min.1.65mileTreadmill). Calories in 2800.  Slept in this morning. Hit the elliptical first thing, but it felt hard. Hubs was prepping waffles. I got some bacon frying. It was a decent brand, but didn't cook up evenly. We were out of sausage too. Hubs also made eggs. I hit the elliptical again after breakfast, but stopped after 10 minutes. Maybe I need a rest day. I hate to break my streaks, but oh well. It was stake conference, where they rezoned the wards, eliminating one and combining. Unlike other areas, where they are dividing because they have so many, in our area all the wards only have a few kids. Not that it impacts US much as we've been inactive. Got the monthly bills paid and a muvee made. Hubs had been smoking the roast since early morning. Actual meal was around 4:00. Shredded the meat, making french dip ... but as I don't like it that way, he also made potatoes for me (and everyone had some because they are the best). I was pretty full after dinner, had to go lay down and digest for a bit before tackling dishes (only fair as Hubs did the dinner). Hubs got a well deserved little nap. #1  invited a girl over, and #2 had his girlfriend (but she's vegetarian). The countdown on the eggs in the incubator is up ... and there is some movement there on two of the eggs. Hubs and I gave the Netflix show "Black Mirror" a try. That was weird. 

0925 (Monday) 168.5. Steps 32614.. Total Burn 3309. Exercise Burn 1510/1539 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/4.01mileTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 1900. Back to school schedule. It's been nice not having to drive #3 to high school in the mornings.  I hadn't finished my movie yesterday "The Golden Compass" so I finished it up and then just watched some "Blacklist" to finish up my exercise for the day. Zumba with Debbie. Stats: 6592 steps. 2.96 miles. 390/437 burn. AvHR113. High135. In zone 10 of the 62 minutes. Then back at home, two times on the treadmill and a bike before bed. We'd been watching the eggs all day. The two that had first shown signs weren't progressing at all. The other two eggs both had small signs in the morning, and by afternoon, one had overtaken the others. The two littles and I were there to watch as it hatched. I prepped the brooder box but left him in the incubator overnight. It was an early to bed night for Hubs and I.

0926 (Tuesday) 167.5. Steps 28015. Total Burn 3168. Exercise Burn 1350/1424 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/4.17mileTreadmill). Calories in 2500. Not a good night. This whole hatching business does completely stress me out. I know it happens everyday in nature, but it's hard when it's right in front of you and you are watching them struggle so. Two years ago, three of the eggs started the hatching process ... and only one made it out. Heartbreaking! Hubs and I were really worried about the two that had started, then stopped progressing. One had its little beak out and visible. Hubs had carefully peeled back a bit of the shell, but it seemed to be the membrane that was the issue. You have to be cautious with that because there are still blood vessels involved and a tear can cause the duckling to bleed to death. I was up a couple times in the night checking on them, but no movement. Hubs got up around 3:00 too and tried wetting the eggs (the incubator is very moist, but just an added effort). Hubs ended up just going into work after that. I fell back asleep for a bit, dreaming of ducklings and kittens. It was a little hard to get up as morning rolled around, but I did, and got in my three 20min sessions on the elliptical while getting the boys off to school. The two eggs had shown some movement from our 3:00am check-up ... and one even hatched right before I took #5 to school. We were both able to watch its emergence. Before I headed to Zumba, I turned on the light in the brooder box and set the thermometer in just to make sure it would be the proper temperature before I moved the babies. Zumba with Marian. Small group again. Stats: 5763 steps. 2.52 miles. 363/351 burn. AvHR112. High134. In zone 10 of the 58 minutes. Back at home, I put both hatched babies into the brooder box and the began to dry and fluff. The other egg (just started showing cracks this morning) did a great job unzipping and was out in the early afternoon ... the other egg. Still struggling! Little beak opening and closing, egg shaking as it tried and tried. The membrane was just so tough. I could see there were no blood vessels in the visible parts, and I oh so carefully opened up bits to give beak boy a little more wiggle room. The egg was actually almost off him and he still wasn't able to make progress. Parts of the membrane were absolutely sticky. I worked with him a little more ... bent over and sweat dripping. Finally the egg was off, but poor little one still didn't unfold, staying in the cramped position he'd been in in the egg. I was still worried ... finally he started to unfurl and move around a little. I finally moved him into the brooder box with the others. They seem to smush him, but if I tried to intervene, the little one would burrow back under them. Long duckling day! I did get two treadmill sessions in ... watching X-Men Apocalypse. I know I've seen one movie with the "young" Charles and Eric, but I guess there were more, and I've missed some. I'll have to see if they are at the local library. Hubs had a derby. I quickly prepped him some leftovers. We're really going through the chuck roast he smoked over the weekend, it's pretty much gone (and he'd smoked two of them). I should have hit the bike, but wasn't feeling up to it. My back was hurting and my legs are just so tired. Should have been a weights day today too ... didn't do very well on the eating either.

0927 (Wednesday) 167.6. Steps 29297. Total Burn 3032. Exercise Burn 1070/1276  (60minElliptical, Zumba30, 60min/3.46mileTreadmill). Calories in 2100.  Got in my hour of elliptical while getting the boys off to school. #3 didn't have school today. It was parent/teacher conferences ... but he's got all A's and I didn't have anything I needed to discuss with teachers. I had to wake #4, but #5 was up early on his own. He even unloaded the dishwasher for me because "he was bored". I headed out to Zumba to find the parking lot almost empty. The church closed for cleaning. I checked my email and there was a note that they were at the Kearns building, so I drove out there. It also had an empty parking lot (but no cleaning crew) and when I double checked the message, it was actually a different building. Duh ... the other regular Wednesday class they hold every week (they do two locations). I should have realized that. I wish I'd checked email before I left (as the time stamp was before I'd gone). I probably would have switched to Southziders, but by this time I was too late. I'd planned a grocery shopping trip for after, so I went straight to do that. Was able to get some free lettuce scraps for the ducks. Maceys then the dollar store then back home. #3 wasn't even out of bed yet. #1 was home. Normally he goes straight from work to school, but he'd had an earlier shift and had a little time to kill between ... and he spent it in MY gym. I did a little Zumba on my own (just 30min) and then prepped dinner. Hubs had requested Beef Klusky. I was going to pick up beef chunks, but they only had a tiny package, not enough. I ended up just grabbing a roast, and cutting it up into chunks myself. I browned them and then stuck them in the crock pot. Also got some Rhoads rolls out rising. #3 finally got out of bed and was going to hit the gym (for two hours!) but I begged him to let me go first, getting in 30min on the treadmill. No jogging today, not feeling up to that. Watching "Independence Day: Resurgence" for my workout show.  #3 went down when I was done. I went out back and gave grain to the ducks ... and all the neighborhood birds! It was warm and sunny, a lovely day. I turned on the hose and sprayed all the duck guck then mowed the front lawn. Not sure if it's crab grass or some other weed, but we have huge brown spots all over the lawn. #1 had a girl over and they pulled the ducklings out onto a towel in the front room. This batch isn't really as skittish as the four from Spring.  I left to pick up #4 and carpool, then #5 from elementary. Dinner when Hubs got home, then swimming in the bathtub for the babies (ducklings). 

0928 (Thursday) 167.6. Steps 32355. Total Burn 3206. Exercise Burn 1500.1467 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.71milesTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 2600. Nice routine day today. Got in my three 20min sessions on the elliptical early. Then Zumba with MZL. Stats: 6978 steps. 3.15miles. 402/424 burn. AvHR112. High132. In zone 11 of the 62 minutes. Stopped at Sam'sClub on the way home. My "scan and go" had logged me out, and I couldn't get logged in. Had to do regular ol' self check-out. At home I called and they "released" the email associated with the account so I could sign up again (I think I'd accidentally entered incorrectly before). So set again for next time. LOVE the scan and go! Got everything unloaded and hit the treadmill twice while the kids were in school. Watched "The Legend of Tarzan" which I didn't think I'd like at all, but it kept me entertained more than I expected. Double pickups after school. Hubs and #3 did a derby. Hubs was running a little late, so he had #1 hitch up the truck/trailer and bring it and #3 to the location. He stayed to help setup and then took the Sequoia (what Hubs had been driving) home ... well, he didn't come straight home but ran around a bit before his evening class. Not keeping calories in check :( quantity or quality. Candy corn is on the scene, as well as other treat temptations.

0929 (Friday) 167.6. Steps 22213. Total Burn 2739. Exercise Burn 957/971 (60minElliptical, 60min/3.49milesTreadmill). Calories in 2000. In addition to the usual "off" of Fridays with late start and early out ... Zumba wasn't happening at the WJ location. No Zumba :( I figured with that extra hour I'd make sure I got in a weights workout ... but that didn't happen. There had been a slight possibility of #5 calling and me bringing the ducklings in for a show and tell at the school, but we're going to wait until next Friday. I got in my hour of elliptical, and two time on the treadmill. Watched "10 Cloverfield Lane" which kept my interest. Double pickups in the afternoon. #4 hit the gym before heading out to the football game. The students were wearing orange in remembrance of a senior girl who passed away this past week. Diagnosed with leukemia and died five days later. #2 and his girlfriend went to the viewing as they had know her (#2's basketball buddy was very close to her). We took the duckies outside for the first time. Attempted to introduce them to their parents, but neither group was interested in the other. A little swim and towel time after. I made snickerdoodles ... a triple batch as I wanted to give some "thank you" cookies to a couple basketball parents. Except that I doubled the tripled amount of butter. oops! I had to then double everything else, making six-times a normal batch. Oodles of snickerdoodles. I baked up quite a few, put some dough in the fridge for fresh cookies in a few days, and tried freezing some too. #5 had basketball practice. I was dropping him off with his usual ride, but she had texted she was running late. I hadn't seen the text before we were already out the door. They live right by coach, so we drove by their house and saw both cars there ... so I did a quick call and dropped #5 with them to catch a ride rather than just hanging around for 15 minutes for our other ride. Nice to have options ;)

0930 (Saturday) 167.6. Steps 19171. Total Burn 2567. Exercise Burn 800/799 (60minElliptical, 30min/1.75mileTreadmill). Calories in 2300.  I'm not one who LOVES the weekend ... I think I actually prefer my routine of Mon-Thurs ... but I do like not having to set an alarm. Not that I really slept in that much. Hit the elliptical first thing, and twice more during the day to get to my hour. Instead of a movie, I'm catching up on some of the Fall shows that have started. I thought I'd recorded "Grey's Anatomy" and was excited to watch it, but it hadn't recorded. I watched "The Good Doctor" first thing, and set GA to record and watched the first episode of it later as I had some treadmill time. I hadn't realized it had started last week, so I had two episodes. #5 had basketball ... back to back games with his two teams, and then a game later w/Wolves. First one was with Wolves at Elkridge ... it's a little funny that I go there everyday for middle school pickup and still go on Saturdays too! There was a group of older boys that had finished playing and apparently had some time to kill and just stayed and played on the hoops behind the court. It is SO annoying and distracting to have the ball pounding (and that's where I'm standing to film, I'm afraid I'll get hit by a ball or a boy from behind). Sometimes a ref or site supervisor will step up and tell kids to hold the balls, but it's a problem almost every time at Elkridge and Joel P (same set up). I should love these courts as they are the closest ones to home, but I'm looking forward to any other location that doesn't have courts on the side. The first game was tough, a blow-out loss for us (first loss). Definitely not on the same level as the other team. They had a couple big boys that were blocking all inside shots. We got some three pointers off, but so did they.  #5 and I rushed off as soon as it was over to head to his next game, with him changing uniforms in the car. We made it though ... this one was an easy win. We only had six players, and one was Freeman, one of our favorite fellows whose family had moved to St. George after Spring season. They were up for the weekend and he stepped in to play ... I think he would have even if we weren't missing a few players. He had a great game too. #5 took a knee just above his knee and was in quite a bit of pain, sitting out much of the game, but he did go back in. Afterward though, he was really struggling just walking and didn't think he'd be able to play at 7:00 again. After some rest and ibuprofen, he said he thought he could do it, and ended up being fine. One of those injuries where movement helped loosen things up, whereas the sitting and holding still made it worse. Memories of a similar injury with #2 many years ago. Wolves won the evening game. Hubs had mentioned he'd rented a movie (The Big Sick) so we hurried home, and he was popping popcorn for us. #3 was finishing up with the babies in the bathtub, we'd taken them out for quite a while during the day too. They are growing so fast! The movie ... and the popcorn, was good. I got up for a quick bathroom break and heard Hubs stop the movie. I thought he was just pausing it for me, but he was falling asleep. Have to finish it up tomorrow. With Snickerdoodles for breakfast and Hubs popcorn, over on calories. I've lost a couple nails too. I admit, I gnaw on them. I really wasn't nervous during any of the games, but still ... biting my nails much of the time. It's not quite two weeks since the last fill. I usually try to go three weeks. End of the month, I remembered to grab my Fitbit graph.

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