Monday, October 5, 2015

Zumba September 2015

Wacky Wednesday at MZL - Think Pink!
September 30, 2015

I went to Zumba 24 times in September ... that is down a few from the previous months. There wasn't class on Labor Day (Sep7) and I missed a Friday class to help out at the elementary school. The Fridays I did hit, I went back to Heather Jones's classes, but alas, she has decided to discontinue her free Friday :(  There are some Friday classes here in West Jordan, but they all start at 9:00ish, and that just doesn't work with the middle school's late start (I'm dropping #3 off at 9:30). So I tried on Friday by myself, and that may be what I have to do ...

My numbers were a little lower this month. I know I felt some fatigue, just really haven't had as much energy.  It's been hard to get the heart rate up, the ChargeHR has almost always been 100calories under the FitbitOne this month. I also noticed, that when I was in charge of picking my songs, I was staying away from some of my more energetic ones (Terrible, Estoy) in favor of "easier" ones ...

Here are the stats for September.

Marian was still out of town after the Labor Day weekend and asked me to sub for that class (0908). I didn't do it all myself, as there are other "helpers" to fill the hour. I did get my highest calorie average and highest average heart rate that day (which makes sense, as I'm up front, and picking my favorite songs I know the best). MZL almost always gets the award for the highest step count, and they did this month (0902) with 7421.

There was a Southziders Neon party on a Friday night (the Friday I missed no less) ... and I didn't have anything going that night (Hubs was off on a hike) but my motivation was low. I didn't get any Zumba classes on Saturday, but I did do a little 20min workshop with the 9-11 year old girls in our area. That was fun.

I did throw in a TRACK workout, just to see how the stats compare to Zumba. I would alternate jogging and walking as needed while I watched my son's basketball practice (0929). It actually did come in higher for the calorie estimate and step count (with 8864 steps!) ... but I sure do enjoy Zumba more! I don't jog for enjoyment, but I can say that Zumba is something I look forward to.

Hopefully I can get my heart rate up more next month!

I didn't get many pictures in September - 
Here are a couple I snagged from the various group pages.
MZL - View from the Stage
(if you look,  you can see me down on the floor)

Amanda at Southziders
(Love the line-up. Looks like she has multiple arms and legs!)

Sunday, October 4, 2015

September 2015

September was a bad blogging month ... I pretty much only did my weekly weigh-in posts, and even with that I missed a couple weeks and had to catch up in a combo post. It was also not great for weight. I started the month at 168.10, and ended at 168.9 ... that doesn't sound so bad. Unfortunately, it doesn't really represent what the September scale looked like when looking at all the numbers and stats. The average weight was 169.43, which is up 2.94 from last month. The low for the month was 166.4. The high was 172.2. Yup ... I went into the 170s :(

Weight aside, it was a pretty good month. Back to the school schedule, return to routine. Got the birthdays behind us (for a few months anyway). We had some family fun ... a couple of hikes, a weekend trip to Park City, some bowling (and I won!) and a cousin's wedding. We got a new car ... and new ducks. The kitties are finally getting along!

I did have a little scale success there at the end of September. I hope that bodes well for October, even though October brings out the Halloween treats and the candy corn. Actually, the candy corn was definitely an issue this past month!

*** JenB's Journal ***

0901 (Tuesday) 168.1. Pretty Good Day. Total Burn 3099. Exercise Burn 1225/1312 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 2400. Kids to school and straight to Zumba. Got in my hour of elliptical throughout the day, and reading/riding on the bike. Should have done weights, but I was dragging during the day and didn't get to it. Had additional pickups after school, grabbing #3 from his weight training workout at the high school, then back there in the evening for #5's basketball tryout. I didn't have to stay, but I did watch. He did good but there aren't many boys his age, probably not enough for a team. Too many treats (mint ice cream and candy corn were the main culprits today).
0902 (Wednesday) 168.8. Good Day. Total Burn 3057. Exercise Burn 1050/1123 (40minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 1200. Had a good day. Hit Zumba, then a few stores on the way home (Walmart, Sams, Sears). Got in elliptical and bike, but more important, I controlled calories today! Really didn't have any treats, although I did make brownies for the boys and liked the bowl a bit. Second session of basketball tryouts for #5, but as I feared, not enough for a team. We may still put one together with the 3rd/4th kids that were there, at a local superleague, we'll see.
0903 (Thursday) 166.9. Good Day. Total Burn 3277. Exercise Burn 1370/1497 (60minElliptical, Zumba x2). Calories in 2000. A Zumba instructor I'm friends with on Facebook but had never actually met came to Mountain View Zumba today, so that was fun. Of course we had her do some numbers. I didn't stop anywhere on the way home today and should have gotten more done in at home, but I was dragging. Hit my evening Zumba with a neighbor. Hubs ended up grabbing a couple ducks that had been abandoned in the neighborhood ... so we have duckies again. These guys are huge though! Not your standard mallard like the wild ones or the ones we had. I'd done pretty good on calories, but did snack a bit on chips and candy corn there at the end of the day.
0904 (Friday) 167.7. Good Day. Total Burn 2919. Exercise Burn 988/1135 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 1550. I'll admit to being discouraged at the weigh-in today. Hubs slept in a little too, had a bit of duckie time, and was around for the croissants I had remembered to lay out for breakfast. Dropped off the kidlets and went to my Zumba class. Got some elliptical in. Had to check out the elementary kids early, as #5 had a dentist appointment. He didn't know he would have to get a "numb cheek" and was pretty upset about it. I ran a couple errands while he was being worked on. Did get done in time to pick up Mr. Middle School. My SIL had said she'd do my hair (highlights) so I went out there for a few hours in the evening. It sure is hard to just sit for hours! My poor back was feeling it. But I like being blond again. Kept calories in check today (even with the morning croissant).
0905 (Saturday) 168.5. Bad Day. Total Burn 2659. Exercise Burn 400/870 (40minElliptical). Calories in 2900. Weight up again? I had a good day yesterday, I just don't understand it! It is TOM time, but I usually haven't been able to see any correlation with it and weight gain. The morning was good. I started with some elliptical, then spent the morning with the little boys cleaning the basement ... their room and the bathroom (which was very scary!). Pulled all the sheets off, put new ones on and had the washer running all day long. Hubs was out running errands ... and just driving around, in the new car much of the day. He came home with Krispy Kreme donuts. I had done good on food for the morning but then I bagged it and it ended up a bad eating day with the donuts and some other treats.  
0906 (Sunday) 169.2. Bad Day. Total Burn 2415. Exercise Burn 420/620 (40minElliptical). Calories in 3000. There were still some donuts from yesterday, that was breakfast. I did my duty as primary pianist, but I'm hoping that might end soon. Hubs and I did get in a little nap, then we headed over to my folks for the monthly "waffles and welatives" gathering. Hubs made his waffle mix, and I had made some muffins. We also brought the water balloon filler, even though the day was quite cool. #3 and I had grandma walk us around the yard telling us the kind of trees they have as we gathered some leaves to press for a biology assignment. Between the donut breakfast and waffles and such ... not a good eating day.
0907 (Monday) 169.5. Bad Day. Total Burn 2466. Exercise Burn 500/672 (20minElliptical/Hike). Calories in 3200. Hubs had the say off for Labor Day. It's also #1's birthday, but with him off in Mexico, we didn't have a big celebration of it here (we had written and sent packages I hope made it there in time). Hubs wanted to hit a hike. We grabbed #2's girlfriend and headed up the mountains ... with half of Utah. It was crazy crowded, which just amps up my anxiety, but I tried not to let it get out of control. We went to Hidden Falls, then Donut Falls. Donut Falls was crazy crowded. At some spots on the trail there was a "line" as only one person could traverse a certain spot. The falls themselves were covered with people and we couldn't even attempt to get very close. Even just what we did got the kids feet wet and they were not happy about it! So ... it was a bit of a fail. No one had really had breakfast, so we stopped at Chuck-a-Rama for lunch (about 1800 calories right there in that meal estimation). We didn't have much else going on for the day. Hubs made Mac and Cheese (from scratch) for dinner. We got our weekly email from #1 son and I updated the blog. Back to the routine tomorrow.
0908 (Tuesday) 170.1. Good Day. Total Burn 3230. Exercise Burn 1360/1432 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, WEIGHTS). Calories in 2200. And ... over. I was so not wanting to cross into the 170s, but I just can't seem to stop it. But ... had a good day today, although calories were still a bit high. The Zumba instructor was out of town for the Labor Day weekend, so she had me handling the class, which was fine with several of us there who knew routines. Back at home I got in elliptical, bike and weights. Made a lemon jello cake to celebrate #1's birthday yesterday (even though he isn't around to eat it). Hubs was out really late and I just wasn't able to get to sleep until he got home.
0909 (Wednesday) 170.1. Bad Day. Total Burn 2787. Exercise Burn 825/985 (40minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2850. Totally dragging today. Not sure if it is lack of sleep, or muscle fatigue from yesterday's workout, but NO motivation today. Went to Zumba but couldn't get the heart rate up. Only a couple of sessions on the elliptical. I must admit, I laid down and napped for a bit. And I was starving for treats ... and I ate.
0910 (Thursday) 171.3. Good Day. Total Burn 3120. Exercise Burn 1250/1314 (40minElliptical, Zumba x2). Calories in 2300. The scale sure doesn't take much to move up, whereas it won't go the other direction, even when the numbers say it should (which admittedly, hasn't been much lately). Again, totally dragging. Made it through morning Zumba, did some elliptical. I wasn't sure if I'd get to my evening Zumba class, as #5 had a basketball practice at the high school at the same time. There was also a football game at the high school, which meant parking would be a zoo. I convinced #3 to help me out, attending the practice with the little guy, so I could just drop them off and then hit Zumba. I went right back after and the timing was about perfect. In my rush, I didn't hit Little Caesars, but knowing that I had gone earlier after picking #3 up from his weights session at the school. So there were breadstick in the meal log today. Over in calories, but not too bad.  
0911 (Friday) 169.1. Bad Day. Total Burn 2517. Exercise Burn 710/725 (40minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 3100. Late start Friday. Got the kids off then hit Zumba. I started out fine, hitting a high HR even during the warm up ... then the fatigue that has been plauging me all week hit. I could just feel it in my arms and my legs. Didn't get great numbers. The instructor has been a little discouraged by the lack of people and energy and announced she's going to shut down this free class. It doesn't really surprise me, but now I'm not sure what I'll do for Fridays. I'm feeling a bit burned out, maybe I'll just take them off. We'll see. Only got in a little elliptical today. My BIL's family was in from out of town. They dropped their girls off to hang at our house while the adults went out (I stayed home). They didn't get back until 1:30ish. BIL also reassured us our cats weren't killing each other, but merely playing ... so we let them stay out together for most of the night.  I spent some time on the computer (blog update, finishing a basketball muvee) and I tend to mindlessly eat while I work ... and that happened. An entire box of Sugar Babies, gone!
0912 (Saturday) 170.6. Okay Day. Total Burn 2128. Exercise Burn 300/327 (Hike). Calories in 1800. There was a hike planned while the out-of-town family was here. We headed out early, and hit the Bells Canyon Trail. It was pretty steep, a bit hard for Maga and the little kids. The hike to the waterfall was two miles, so we cut things short, stopping at the reservoir (which was very low, more like a big mud puddle). We went back to my other BIL's home and he made donuts. Pumpkin spice ones, so I wasn't tempted. Home again for a bit, then we were off for a wedding. It was warm out! There was food there, Mexican ... which isn't really something I like so again, not that hard to control calories. I did have a cupcake. Didn't get in any exercise today. 
0913 (Sunday) 169.7. Okay Day. Total Burn 2210. Exercise Burn 200/414 (20minElliptical). Calories in 1900. Got in some elliptical, and walked to/from church ... that was it for exercise. We did our usual Sunday Circles for breakfast. Hubs went up to Oktoberfest for some of the day. I did manage to keep calories in check today, actually wasn't that hard today.
0914 (Monday) 170.5. Good Day. Total Burn 3255. Exercise Burn 1200/1455 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 1700. Ready to get back it. Got in a little elliptical before Zumba, had a good class out at Southziders. More elliptical, bike and I mowed the lawn. Kept calories in check today too, even though I mad banana bread (and ate a slice).
0915 (Tuesday) 1706.6. Okay Day. Total Burn 2847. Exercise Burn  1000/1046 (40minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 2600. A little over indulgence on banana bread today. It was a cold and stormy morning, so the toasted, warm bread just hit the spot. #4 was stressed because of the weather. I walked him into the school and we talked to the principal and teacher about options if he didn't want to go outside for recess. I actually came back to the school in the afternoon for a volunteer project (helping bleach t-shirts) and the weather was awful! Pouring rain and big thunderclaps. #4 survived though. Hubs had a derby in the evening. #3 went along to help, even though it meant missing basketball open play over at the high school.
0916 (Wednesday) 171.3. Okay Day. Total Burn 2894. Exercise Burn 1000/1090 (40minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 2700. Banana bread, some breadsticks from Papa Murphy and candy corn pushed me over on calories today. I'm finding it hard to stay motivated during the day ... still stormy outside.
0917 (Thursday) 171.3. Okay Day. Total Burn 3155. Exercise Burn 1354/1350 (30minElliptical, Zumba x2, Bike). Calories in 2700.  Marian couldn't make it to Mountain View Zumba today, so she asked me to handle the class with the other helpers. I prepped a playlist and it went well. Got in some exercise back at home, but again, lost motivation mid-day. Luckily I did have enough energy to make it to Zumba in the evening. I wasn't carpooling with anyone, so I grabbed some Crazy Bread on the way home.
0918 (Friday) 170.0. Okay Day. Total Burn 2363. Exercise Burn 400/566 (40minElliptical). Calories in 1800. Slow start Friday. After dropping off the munchkins, I did a quick run to Maceys to grab some beef they had on sale. Home just in time to unload quickly and and then take #3 to middle school, late start. Then I went straight back to the elementary to help out with the "olympics" there. #4 was in the 3-lap run and came in second place. His team won the olympics though! He'd really been stressing about the whole thing, but I think he enjoyed it after all. Luckily, the bad weather we've been having all week and cleared up for today. Back at home, I waited for the appraiser, as we're refinancing. That took up some of the afternoon. Hubs took off work a bit early and headed up the mountains to join my brothers and dad for a hike. I was invited, but thought they might be going further/faster than I'd be able to. There was a Zumba thing, Southziders 1-year birthday party ... I just couldn't find the motivation to leave the house again. So, slow exercise day ... at least I did keep eating in check. 
0919 (Saturday) 169.3. BAD Day. Total Burn 2180. Exercise Burn 300/387 (20min Elliptical). Calories in 3750. Hubs was running errands in the morning, and brought home donuts. They were yummy donuts, I had more than one. I walked over to the church around 11:00. The "Achievement Day" girls (ages 9-11) had an activity going on, and I had been asked to come talk a bit about Zumba and show them some steps. I did four songs and felt it went well. #3 had a party in the late afternoon, I took him out and Daddy picked him up after. I'd stuck a roast in the crock pot, and we had that for dinner, with Hub's yummy mashed potatoes too. Then some popcorn as we watched a movie.
0920 (Sunday) 171.8. BAD Day. Total Burn 1862. Exercise Burn 0/54 (No Exercise). Calories in 4000. We got up early and headed up to my brother's church to hear his step-daughter report on her mission to Texas. We went over to the house after to visit and eat, but had to duck out a bit early to get #2 home for his shift at KFC. I took a lovely nap. We decided to get dinner, and went to Red Robin, it had been a while! More popcorn as we finished our movie (wifi had gone wonky last night and we had to stop watching). 
0921 (Monday) 172.2. Good Day. Total Burn 3110. Exercise Burn 1250/1300 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 1600. I got in a 20min and a 10 min session on the elliptical in the morning before dropping the kids off at school. It's nice to get a jumpstart on the day like that. Hit Zumba and stopped at a couple stores on the way home. #5 had a little friend over after school. I managed to control calories today ... which isn't at all the same as eating healthy, but still ... made more banana bread today as I had a big bunch turning brown. Limited myself to one slice though!
0922 (Tuesday) 168.9. Good Day. Total Burn 3295. Exercise Burn 1400/1504 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Track-30min/2miles, Bike). Calories in 2100. So nice to see a little scale shift after a good day. It motivates me. Got in early elliptical, and more throughout the day to hit my hour (finished up season 1 of Revolution, going on to Season 2). I've been getting a lot of reading in to between my bike rides and before bed. #5 had basketball practice in the evening, at the gym with a track above. I brought my headphones and shoes and did some jogging, and #4 came along to practice his basketball skills too. But they actually didn't have the gym open (there were practices on all the courts) and he got kicked off and wanted to go home, so I ran him to the house then back to the gym for pickup. Maybe next week I'll get a full hour of jogging/walking in, but 30min was actually enough for me today! Hubs and #3 were doing a derby, and #2 was off playing in a basketball game. Wish it was closer, I love to watch him play. Did okay on calories today. Candy corn is still a huge temptation, and I make it even harder by having it around! I can eat that stuff by the handful (although I take several small bites of each kernel of corn *Ü*). The banana bread was around to tempt me, and then the little boys wanted toasted cheese for dinner and it looked good (but I limited myself to a half).
0923 (Wednesday) 168.0. Good Day. Total Burn 3340. Exercise Burn 1360/1554 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, WiiFit). Calories in 1200. The scale shifted a bit more. Yea! More motivation to keep it in control. Several elliptical sessions to hit my hour, but it's great getting a couple in during the morning hours before Zumba. #3 has still been working out in MY gym, which has made it a little harder to get in my workouts later in the day. While he was in there today, I decided to hit the WiiFit. It's been a while. #4 mentioned he had been using it (to weigh himself, and said he's lost 5 pounds in the last week or so! I'd been aware of him actively trying to exercise and eat better, but was still surprised!) Just 10min for me, mostly balance exercises. Also mowed the lawn and got in my reading and riding. Really managed to keep calories in check (while still consuming candy corn).
0924 (Thursday) 167.2. Good Day. Total Burn 3385. Exercise Burn 1635/1604 (60minElliptical, Zumba x2, Bike). Calories in 2000. The little boys have been wanting to go early to school, to get in some extra playing time. It generally works out great, but on Thursdays I usually go straight to Zumba after dropping them off, and that already puts me 10-15 minutes early. I didn't want to be 20+ minutes early, so I ran back home, even though it was only for a short while. Still did make it to Zumba on time. I had gotten some elliptical in before, and I got in more after to equal my hour. Did my reading and riding too. Hubs had a derby, and #3 went, even though he could have gone to basketball at the high school. #2 also chose work over basketball clinic, working the Real soccer game (a concessions stand). I hit my evening Zumba, and stopped at Little Caesars for Crazy Bread. I'd done quite well on calories to that point, but I just can't resist that yummy, soft, buttery, bread! Still, not bad for the day.
0925 (Friday) 166.4. Good Day. Total Burn 3074. Exercise Burn 1390/1297 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 30min/2milesTreadmill, 30minWEIGHTS). Calories in 1800. After getting the kids off to school, late start for #3, I came home and attempted Zumba myself. We don't really have a good, open spot. In the past I've tried it in the gym downstairs (not great), and in the family room (the new couch situation no longer gives enough space) and the master bath, which is what I did today. I have a mirror and use the computer for the playlist. It went okay. Early out at the elementary. Hubs and #3 did a derby in the evening. Friday night ones are rare, but with nothing on deck for the evening, I got in a little additional exercise. Kept calories in check too.
0926 (Saturday) 167.4. Very Bad Day. Total Burn 2186, Exercise Burn 300/403 (30minElliptical). Calories in 3500. Up a pound :(  ... frustrating after a good Friday! I'd laid croissants out, so that was breakfast. #5 had his first basketball game with this new team ... ouch, it was a slaughter (by our boys). It was 72-0. We had considered playing up in the Superleague, but that had it's disadvantages (having to provide uniforms, no practice space, this was the first time the boys were playing together), but it seems as though that would have been the right move after all. It was Homecoming at the high school for #2. They did their "day date" (bubble soccer) and then dinner and the dance. I only got in a little exercise today ... got in a LOT of eating :( 
0927 (Sunday) 169.5. Bad Day. Total Burn 2032. Exercise Burn 100/238 (10minElliptical). Calories in 2450. So, that jump on the scale was deserved I guess. Hubs and I had an argument ... down day. We did our usual breakfast, but I didn't eat much (depression diet kicking in a bit). Walked to/from church, did my usual Sunday piano. Got in a nap. Hubs suggested bowling with the boys. I had some fried cheese sticks there and actually won the first game after getting a couple strikes in a row. Made homemade oreos in the evening.
0928 (Monday) 170.8. Good Day. Total Burn 3087. Exercise Burn 1200/1285 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 1500. Horrible night, couldn't sleep. Down, discouraged, defeated day. Didn't even feel like going to Zumba, but I did, and felt a bit better for going. Went through the motions today. At least the helped keep calories low.
0929 (Tuesday) 169.1. Total Burn 3251. Exercise Burn 1600/1459 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 60min/4.5milesTrack). Calories in 2450.  A bit disappointed I didn't get a scale drop like last week after a good Monday. Still dragging and down. Another night of bad sleep. Again, didn't feel like going to Zumba, but much better than staying at home in the fetal position. Routine of elliptical and bike, and in the evening #5 had basketball practice. I didn't feel like jogging the track, but didn't want to just sit, or make trips back either, so I jogged the track. #4 had an active day, and came and played basketball at the gym too, and hit a new high of 32k, beating me for the day (which he really wanted to do! I was at 29K). Hubs had a derby he went to straight after work and didn't get home until late. I did overindulge in banana bread and some comfort treats today.
0930 (Wednesday) 168.9. Total Burn 3181. Exercise Burn 1220/1390 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 850. Not sleeping at night. Still down and off. Hit MZL, it was a "pink" theme for breast cancer awareness. Still getting in the steps, even if I'm not getting the heart rate up. Stopped at a few stores on the way home, grabbing some groceries (Maceys, Sams, Walmart). I wasn't very hungry, and really didn't eat all day. I'd put a roast in, and that was dinner, with some Brazilian cheese rolls. I didn't have any sugar today ... TOM time too.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

WWI #114 - Deficit/Down

I have a bit of a vicious cycle. Friday, my official weigh-in day, is usually the lowest weigh-in of the week. I generally have "good" days Mon-Thursday as I benefit from the structure of schedule and routine. But the weekends ... I tend to blow it. With both exercise and eating. Monday mornings I'm usually up quite a bit from Friday morning, and then work to see if I can get it back down by the next official weigh-in. 

This past week was no exception. I was a little lower this Monday morning than I was the last, but then I didn't have a nice drop on Tuesday morning. I wasn't sure it was going to happen this week. I didn't give up though, I kept at it, and the drop showed up Thursday morning, and my official weigh-in is actually down  a pound from last week.  NUMBERS - Down 1.1, average down 1.26 (to 168.37).  I had a weekly deficit of 3460! It's been quite a while since I had decent deficit. That does coincide with the one pound scale shift.

Average intake was 2050 ... that's the closest I've gotten to goal (of 2000) in a while! I had an uber low day Wednesday, and good days the other weekdays, but a HORRIBLE day on Saturday. Those are hard to balance out. Average daily burn was 2989, which is a little more active then I've been of late. I've been getting up and at it early, getting in 30-40 minutes on the elliptical first thing, before taking the kids to school and hitting my daily Zumba. I would get in additional elliptical to add up to an hour (each weekday anyway), and I've been hitting the stationary bike for my riding&reading. I also jogged the track Tuesday evening, which is something I'll keep up for a few weeks while #5 has basketball practices. 

So it was a good week for eating and exercise. Not a great week for sleeping or sanity. It was a down week, depression and anxiety eating at me quite a bit. At least it did seem to impact my appetite some. I call it "the depression diet" and it doesn't always work well on suppression, it sometimes leads to comfort eating too. There were still plenty of treats, but on Wednesday, I actually didn't eat ANY sugar the entire day. Unheard of for me. 

Just gotta break that cycle and keep control during the weekends!
I have hope for this coming weekend. Check back next week.

*** Pictures from the Week ***

 Homecoming for #2 and his girlfriend

Bowling with the Boys ... I won!
I also ate some fried cheese sticks ...

 Kitten introducing herself to Mr. Fishy

#4 hit a new high (on Tuesday) on his Fitbit, 32K! 
He beat me that day, I was at 29K. 
The next day, he passed me up on our Fitbit Friends list too. 
That has been his goal!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

WWI #113 - Finally Some Success

Finally, the scale shifted a bit in the right direction. Let me tell you, the weekend was AWFUL. I ate so much both Saturday and Sunday and didn't move much. Weigh-in Monday morning was the new high. But then, things finally started to move. My numbers don't really reflect the change, but then again they didn't always coincide with the gains either. NUMBERS: Down 3.6 pounds this week. Average dropped .81 to 169.63. Average intake was 2350, average daily burn 2791.  I did have a small deficit for the week (-395).  Here's a quick recap of the past seven days ...

  • Friday (0918): It was a busy morning. I dropped off the elementary kids then ran to the grocery store. Rushed home to unload and then drive #3 to the middle school. Went straight back to the elementary after to help out with the "Olympics" there (#4's class). Hurried home to meet the appraiser looking at the house. Finished that up in time for after school carpools. Hubs went on a hike (I was invited but thought it would be too hard for me, as it was just the guys) and I SHOULD have gone to a Zumba thing ... but I was tired. Only a little elliptical for exercise today. Kept calories in control though.
  • Saturday (0919): The 8-11 year old girls were having an activity over at the church, and I had been asked to come show them some Zumba. We did four songs and I thought it went well. Also did 20min elliptical.  But eating ... Hubs brought home yummy donuts, we went out to Red Robin (fish and chips! cheese sticks, mudd pie) and then watched a movie while munching popcorn. BAD eating day.
  • Sunday (0920): Instead of our church, we went up to my brother's ward to hear his step-daughter speak. There was an open house with socializing and food after.  Pot roast and mashed taters for dinner, and then popcorn again. HORRIBLE eating day.
  • Monday (0921): Got up early enough to get in some elliptical before dropping the kids at school. Hit Zumba and a couple stores. Got in additional elliptical and bike. Made more banana bread, but limited myself to one slice and did keep calories in check.
  • Tuesday (0922): Early elliptical again, Zumba, more elliptical, bike. In the evening, #5 had basketball practice at the gym with a track above. I jogged for 30min/2miles. Eating was a tad high, but a good day.
  • Wednesday (0923): An hour of elliptical, Zumba and bike. #3 has been in MY gym making afternoon sessions harder to fit in. I hit a little WiiFit (in another room) and mowed the lawn. Really kept calories in check today!
  • Thursday (0924): An hour of elliptical, bike and Zumba x2 (once in the morning, once in the evening). Kept calories right at 2000.
Hubs had three pinewood derbies this week. #3 went along and helped for all three. #2 has been so busy working after school, I hardly ever see him! My little munchkins SO want to beat me in steps! They have upped their activity. They went to a neighborhood park several times this week to play basketball, and have been racing around the circle, and #4 has pulled out the jump rope too. I was pretty active this week too though (other than Sunday, when I didn't even get 4000 steps in).  #4 really wants to achieve the #1 spot on the Fitbit friends list! He actually surprised his Dad and I by saying that HE has lost five pounds in the last week or so! I didn't even know he was weighing himself. He is 12, and is a little more hefty than his brothers, but recently he's really been working on being healthier; just drinking water, turning down some treats, eating his "apple a day" ... both Dad and Grandma had commented he seemed to be thinning out a bit of late.

So that was this week!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

WWI #111 and #112 - Catching Up

So ... I haven't been very good at blogging lately. It goes a bit hand in hand with having success on the scale, and with food and fitness. If I have nothing to report, or just gains again, I'm just not feeling the motivation to spend the time creating a blog post advertising it all. I have had a couple readers check in ... everything is fine, just discouraged. I have still been recording my numbers, so here's a belated catch up for the last couple weekly weigh-ins ...

As of Friday, September 11, I was up 1.4 pounds from the previous week (167.7 to 169.1). Ouch. My average was also up (from 168.06 to 169.49). My numbers for the week weren't great, but again, weren't THAT bad. My average intake was 2571. Average daily burn 2800. I did have an overage of 1650. 

I'm not going to put a daily recap for the week, 
but it is all updated there on my Daily Doings page.

A few photos from the week of Sep4-Sept11 ...
 My SIL gave me highlights

We went on a Labor Day Hike
(along with the rest of Utah! It was SO crowded!)

 We celebrated #1 son's 20th birthday (even without him here)

 Had our case of pears ripen ... we've been eating a lot of pears! Yummy!

... and the next week's numbers. up again (.95), average also up (to 170). I did TRY to control calories some days, and dropped the average intake a little, to 2357. Average daily burn was 2715. Still over by 550 for the week. 

We did another family hike ...

 I helped out at the elementary - prepping shirts for their "Olympics"
Bleach and Vinegar. Smelly stuff!

... and the kitties are FINALLY getting along!

So there's a quick catch-up. I do enjoy my blogging. I often have little posts running through my head, and my weekly weigh-in and recap is good for ME to double check my numbers and reflect on the week. I'll try to keep it up (not the weight though! I want that to go DOWN).

Saturday, September 5, 2015

WWI #110 - After the Birthday Weekend

Up a pound after the birthday weekend ... I guess that isn't super surprising. But, I did have some really good days once we got back, returned to the routine and the structure of school, so I was hoping to at least keep the status quo. Alas, the scale said no.  Up .9, and the average up .99.  Missing a couple measurements too, as we were on vacation, and I didn't take the scale! Some numbers were an improvement though. Average in 2193, average daily burn 2751, which lead to a deficit for the week of -775.  Not huge, but it was a deficit, which I haven't been having in a bit.  Here's the weekly recap ...

  • Friday (0828): Late start morning, early out at the elementary. I did fit in Zumba and some elliptical in. After everyone was home from school/work we headed up to Park City for the weekend. Did a little swimming, went out to dinner and had some birthday cake. #4's birthday today! He's twelve!
  • Saturday (0829): Got up and went to breakfast then hit the mountain resort. Alpine Coaster, Alpine Slide, lift, trampoline, rock climbing and mini golf. We were done about 4:00. Another dinner out and more swimming back at the condo.
  • Sunday (0830): Wish we had a later check out, to allow the kids to swim once more, but alas, we simply packed up and headed home. Did our usual Sunday Circle breakfast and relaxed before the week starts back up. 
  • Monday (0831): Happy birthday to #3, he's fifteen! Kids off to school, I got in my Zumba, elliptical, bike and mowed the lawn. Hubs came home with a new car (we've been car shopping for several weeks). Kept calories in check today, even resisting the Oreo Ice Cream birthday cake!
  • Tuesday (0901): Got up at 5:30 today, early start to the day. Got in Zumba, elliptical and bike. Should have done weights, but didn't do it. Wasn't quite able to control calories today either, ice cream and candy corn were calling. In the evening, I took #5 to a basketball tryout at the high school.
  • Wednesday (0902): Did really good controlling calories today, and got in quite a bit of activity (Zumba, elliptical and bike). Another basketball session with #5 in the evening, just to be told there weren't enough their age to form a team.
  • Thursday (0903): Zumba in the morning, some elliptical during the day. Didn't get to the bike. Zumba in the evening again. Hubs brought home a couple ducks! Ducky time again. Did pretty good on calories, but shouldn't have snacked after getting back from Zumba!

 #4's birthday cake! White with buttercream frosting.

 #3's birthday cake. Oreo Ice Cream Cake.

 Some of the activities at Park City Mountain Resort

New duckies! They are huge!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Zumba August 2015

Marian's Morning Class in West Jordan. 

August 2015 Stats

I hit 29 Zumba classes during the month of August. I did double (back to back even) classes on Monday mornings, and double classes on Thursdays (one in the morning, one in the evening). I didn't hit any Saturday classes in August though ... with basketball games and family outings, Saturday mornings were pretty booked, and it's a sleep in day ;) With school starting back up, I got back to Heather Jones's class on Friday (a little further, but the only one that works with the late start at the middle school). It was fun to get back to that one!

I like to post my "winners" for the month ... the highest average heart rate, highest steps, highest calorie burn. Sometimes the three different stats are achieved by three different classes, and sometimes they all are credited to one. That is the case this month. My Wednesday, August 19th class with MZL hit highs in all three categories. Class was 66minutes long, and those few extra minutes do help push the final stats up, but it was a great class that day.

Here are a few snapshots from some of the other classes this month ...
(Well, I guess they are all actually from Mountain View. Thursdays in West Jordan). 

Silvia is one of the helpers at Mountain View. She has the moves!

Kristen Swinton and I have been Facebook friends for a while, but had never met in real life. She is a Zumba instructor over on the East side (Cottonwood/Holiday area) with both free and paid classes. She had a Thursday free and decided to come hit a class with us at MountainView. It was fun to meet her in person, and of course we had her do a few numbers too!

One week at Mountain View, we didn't have a key to the building. That can't stop us though! Marian plugged her ipad into her car speakers and we Zumba-ed in the parking lot. It was a nice cool morning with a breeze, and it was almost preferable to the hot church gym! It's not the first time this has happened, and it probably won't be the last!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

August 2015

Well, I keep thinking the weight can't possibly get worse when I am still trying. I haven't given up. I'm still exercising and still tracking my eating (or overeating as is obviously the case). Alas, August again went up. Started the month at 163.10 and ended it at 169.70. Yikes. One week, I had an unexplainable four pound jump. Those were my low and high for the month as well. Average was 166.49. As noted in the chart above, average intake was 2584, average daily burn 2820.

August was busy, as we crammed in all the end of summer stuff. We went on a couple of hikes, hit the lake with the waverunners, went to Lagoon (the local amusement park). Hubs organized a very successful family reunion, and the boys spent many a day playing basketball and swimming at the local rec center. August was the end of our duckie days too, as two of our duckies flew away, and we found a home for the one who didn't (as she seemed sad and lonely all by herself). We will miss our ducky time, although they did require a bit of time too. Hubs and I also made a return to the racquetball court ... I hope it wasn't a one time thing!

Last year, September/October were very good months for me. With the return to routine and the structure of school, I was able to control the calories better, and up the exercise, and I lost enough to dip down below 150. I'm at a higher starting point than I was last year, but I really hope I can regain some of my motivation and willpower to have some success this September.

***JenB's Journal ***

0801 (Saturday) Weight 163.1. Bad Day. Total Burn 2502. Exercise Burn 600/744 (50minElliptical + Lawn Mow). Calories in 2800.  #5 had his basketball game at 11:00. I hadn't been able to pull off my video from the last few games as the card reader on the computer seems to have gone kaput. Hubs brought out a portable card reader, so I was able to get that taken care off before gathering more video footage. Hubs brought home some yummy donuts, and I indulged in other treats during the day. Got in some elliptical, mowed the lawn and hit the grocery store. In the evening, we went out to my brother's house. He's been helping us get our trust/will set up (something my mother has been pushing all us kids to do) and had hired a notary to come over to finalize things for us and for another brother. So we turned it into a party with Papa Murphy pizza. We stopped at Cabellas on the way home, wandering past the trout tank, trying some fudge samples and seeing all the animals on display. It was a fun evening.  
0802 (Sunday) Weight 164.3 Bad Day. Total Burn 1993. Exercise Burn 0/228 (no exercise). Calories in 3100. Fresh croissants for breakfast. I walked to/from church, that was only activity for the day. Got in a nice nap ... I've been sleeping really badly almost every night, but I was OUT this afternoon. In the early evening we went out to my folks for the monthly family gathering. Hubs made his waffle mix (we'd skipped our usual Sunday Circles at home). My SIL stepped up to man the other waffle maker, so it was a little more relaxing for me this time than the past few, when I've been "on duty".  My brother and his wife announced the gender of their baby, another girl! I worked a bit with my dad's Fitbit, as it hasn't been working. Got it updated and charged (I think the upstairs charger may have been on the fritz). Hopefully Dad can get back to wearing it again now. High calories because of excess snacking, including a piece of cheesecake, which I don't even really like that much.
0803 (Monday) Weight 165.1. Okay Day. Total Burn 3027. Exercise Burn 1150/1257 (40minElliptical, Zumba x2). Calories in 2900. It was a cool and rainy morning. An instructor I like has started a Monday class at 8:30 in the morning. I figured I could hit it, and then go straight to Southziders. Back to back Zumba! I took a wrong turn on the way, which made me a bit later to my second class, but they hadn't started yet. The divider in the gym was locked, so we only had a half. We usually spread out more, but it was fine. I stopped at Kmart on the way home, then went to Smiths. With the cool weather and the rain, it just felt like a soup and breadstick sort of day. When I got home, I got started on the dough and got the breadsticks rising. I got in a little elliptical then worked on the soup, and used more dough to make cinnamon rolls. I really felt like I was on my feet all day. It was a yummy dinner though. #2 had his girlfriend over and she and our neighbor boy ate with us. Daddy didn't make it home until a bit later, but I'd made a second small pan of breadsticks so he could have some fresh ones too. No basketball practice in the evening, as the rec center is refinishing the floors. It was rather nice to have the evening off. With all the baking, my calories were high for a Monday.
0804 (Tuesday) Weight 164.8. Bad Day. Total Burn 2694. Exercise Burn 740/926 (30minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2800. The day started good, I had invited a neighbor to Zumba and we walked over together. Class was good. Another friend got a Fitbit ChargeHR! #5 had a dentist appointment at 11:00. I took him in, and while they were working I ran a couple errands (Walmart/Sears) and got back before he was done. Set up some additional appointments for the other boys too.  I made scones for the boys with the remaining dough from yesterday. Tuesdays are usually great workout days for me. Should have been weights and bike, but I only got in 30min on the elliptical. I was going to do 10 more minutes, but #4 was beating me in steps and seemed SO happy about it, I almost didn't want to overtake him. Also ... I was feeling rather crappy! I spent a bit of time just reading in bed. I did finish TWO books. Prepping a bit of salad for the duckie, I sliced the tip of my thumb. Ouch! Already feeling off, and now woozy too. Hubs was out late with a co-worker, and #2 worked late then went with friends for a final "summer overnighter".  Another high calorie day. Tried some of the new "Jif" Keebler cookies, and obviously I liked them ...
0805 (Wednesday) Weight 163.6. Pretty Good Day. Total Burn 2712. Exercise Burn 881/951 (30minElliptical, Zumba, Bike30) Calories in 2300. Zumba in the morning, with a quick stop at the store for things I'd forgotten in Monday's grocery store run. A little bike and elliptical during the day. My current show, "Call the Midwife" is great, but it's 50minutes each episode, which leaves me with odd numbers ... either 50 minutes or 30 minutes of elliptical.  The gym floor is being refinished a the rec center, so the kids can't play basketball this whole week, but I did drop them off to swim for a while. Kept calories a little better today.
0806 (Thursday) Weight 164.1. Good(ish) Day. Total Burn 3294. Exercise Burn 1517/1530 (40minElliptical, Zumba x2, Bike30). Calories in 3000. Great fitness day, but ate back almost all of it in food. Zumba in the morning, with ANOTHER store run ... I haven't been keeping a good check on what we need (out of milk!) Got in elliptical and bike. Hubs took a couple of the kids to see a climbing competition in Park City. I hit my evening Zumba and grabbed Crazy Bread on the way home. Calories spiraled a bit out of control today... TOM is coming.
0807 (Friday) Weight 164.7. Good(ish) Day. Total Burn 3000. Exercise Burn 1019/1233 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2800.  Debbie in Daybreak has had to cancel classes the past little bit, but she was back, so I hit her class in the morning. Got in an hour on the elliptical. Fitness was good for a Friday. Food intake was high though (those new Jif cookies are yummy, and I had Hubs make popcorn as we watched a show in the evening).
0808 (Saturday) Weight 166.4. Okay Day. Total Burn 2664. Exercise Burn 660/887 (10minElliptical, 40minRball, Hike). Calories in 2500. Not really surprised with the weight jump with the high food, and the popcorn late last night. Hubs made pancakes for breakfast. I usually don't eat breakfast, it was a little heavy on the tummy. No basketball games today. Got in a mini session on the elliptical, but then didn't make it back down to my gym. Not that I wasn't still active, after a nap anyway. Hubs and I went and played racquetball, and then we went on a hike with the three little boys. Both were a nice change! But ... food intake was high for the day, even though our stop at the cupcake shop after the hike had an abrupt end when Hubs didn't have his wallet with him.
0809 (Sunday) Weight 166.  Bad Day. Total Burn 2214. Exercise Burn 100/439 (10minElliptical). Calories in 3350.  We did our Sunday Circles in the morning. I got in 10min on the elliptical and walked to/from church. Lazy day. Hubs made mac&cheese and the boys played on the tramp while we had some duckie time. Food was BAD ... between some Krispie Creme donuts that appeared, some red gummy bears Hubs bought me, and me making homemade oreos. And of course the waffles/bacon and mac&cheese too ... sheesh!
0810 (Monday) Weight 167.3. Good Day. Total Burn 3147. Exercise Burn 1385/1365 (40minElliptical, Zumba X2, Bike). Calories in 2550. Weight is up even more... not surprising of course. Did my double Zumba morning, 8:30 and 9:30 class, then got in some elliptical and bike during the day. Back to basketball practice in the evenings, but I just dropped the boys early at the gym and they stayed. Made fried chicken and yellow rice for an early dinner before. I only had a little, but still was over for calories for the day.
0811  (Tuesday) Weight 166. Good Day. Total Burn 3096. Exercise Burn 1070/1321 (30minElliptical, Zumba, WEIGHTS, Hike). Calories in 2700. Started the day with Zumba, walked to and from. Only a few more weeks of that, as I don't have time to walk once school starts back up. Got in some elliptical and WEIGHTS, a full hour! In the evening, we went up the mountains for a hike. It was quite similar to the other in basic stats. Just over a mile, but it was a bit more of a climb in elevation. This hike, we had the entire crew along (grandma, aunts/uncles/cousins and even #2's girlfriend), and instead of leading the way with a quick pace, Hubs was in the rear, helping out. So I know I personally didn't push as quickly as I had on our first hike, trying to keep up ;) We're lucky it turned out. On the way up the mountain, it started pouring rain, and at the top, although it was clear, there was thunder and stormy clouds. Poor #4, my weather-phobic child was in quite a state. I found some headphones in the car, and pulled out the ipod with music on it and had him use that to try and drown out sounds of the storm. He was okay after a while. We went out to Crown Burger after.
0812 (Wednesday) Weight 166.4. Pretty Good Day. Total Burn 3078. Exercise Burn 1177/1301 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 2450. Hmmm, not much going on today. The usual Zumba and elliptical, also got in some bike. Food ... not good, I don't think I ate one thing that could be considered nutritious. Hubby was out late. 
0813 (Thursday) Weight 166.4. Good Day. Total Burn 3118. Exercise Burn 1487/1341 (60minElliptical, Zumba x2, Bike). Calories in 2000. No key at Zumba this morning, so we danced in the parking lot. It was actually very nice, a shady spot with a breeze, but it was short (just 40minutes). I got in an hour of elliptical and 30min on the bike at home. Hit evening Zumba, taking a neighbor who hadn't been before, so I didn't stop and grab the usual Crazy Bread. Actually kept calories somewhat in control ... even with some Snickerdoodles that Hubs had brought home from work. #2 texts late that he's going to a friend's for a sleep over ... at 11:30 when we are already in bed. That kid! I didn't sleep that great, had to get up and lock doors and such (usually he does that as he's the last one in).
0814 (Friday) Weight 165.5. Bad Day. Total Burn 3001. Exercise Burn 993/1229 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 3300. Hit Zumba in Daybreak, and stopped and grabbed some Crazy Bread on the way home, as I hadn't last night. That was lunch.  I wasn't doing good today on eating, too many treats! Still some snickerdoodles and candy temptations. In the evening, Hubs took the boys over to Maga's house where he had set up three tents. Cousin sleepover. He took his projector and they watched a movie. #2 had to work, and got home late enough that he didn't think it would be worth it to go over (after 11:00). I indulged in a little popcorn, which wasn't a good idea as I was already way over in calories. And when I make it myself, it isn't nearly as good as when Hubs makes it.
0815 (Saturday) Weight 166.5. Bad Day. Total Burn 2585. Exercise Burn 900/808 (60minElliptical, Bike). Calories in 2100. Back to a basektball game for #5 ... the crew did return from the sleepover in time (the game wasn't until 11:00). #5 didn't make any baskets himself, but he had a ton of assists! Easy win. Hubs was out looking at cars, as we need something for #2 (he's currently driving the older truck, but it's registration has expired and it won't pass the emmissions inspection without a costly and time consuming repair). Hate car shopping and situations! Craving candy ... Twix and peanutbutter stuff!
0816 (Sunday) Weight 168.6. BAD Day. Total Burn 1719. Exercise Burn 0 (no exercise). Calories in 3500. Hello jump on the scale! And today won't help. We decided to make the most of the end of summer and hit the lake with the waverunners. Hubs and work buddies have been out a few times, but the kids and I haven't had a chance this summer (not that it's something I really enjoy). We set out pretty early, did the stop at McDonalds where I indulged in a couple of hashbrowns. Yummy. We also dropped off our ducky. She's been lonely since the other two ducks flew away. We contacted the fellow we had adopted those two from and he agreed to take Andy. It was sad to say goodbye, but I think she will be happier. Snacking on treats while sitting on the beach ... I got in a few steps, but I forgot my Fitbit! I didn't even get in the water. It was a nice day. We had to get back as #2 had to work at 4:00. Hubs was craving some fried chicken I guess, so we went to visit him at work. He treated us to some extra cookies and a shake. Too much food today!
0817 (Monday) Weight 168.6. Good Day. Total Burn 3356. Exercise Burn 1565/1567 (60minElliptical, Zumba x2, Bike). Calories in 2200. Hitting my double Zumba mornings while I can, before school starts. 8:30 class, then straight to the next one starting at 9:45. Made several stops on the way home, at Kmart, Papa Murphys (pizza and breadsticks for dinner), Walgreens (I had earned a $50 reward there through Fitbit Sync and some purchases in their Balance Reward program) and then, as I was passing Little Ceasers, I grabbed some crazy bread. I really need to stop doing that, as it's so yummy and I can't resist! Got in additional exercise at home, even considered hitting Debbie's Zumba to make it three in a day, but I didn't. Eating wasn't horrendous (it wasn't good) but not my usual motivated Monday. 
0818 (Tuesday) Weight 168.4. Pretty Good Day. Total Burn 2988. Exercise Burn 1200/1200 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 2400. When Hubs gets up and off around 5:30 each morning, I am awake, and I often don't fall back to sleep. I just lounge in bed. That will end once school starts next week, and today I just decided to get up and get going. I hit the elliptical and got in 20minutes before walking to Zumba (also the last week for that, as I don't have time after kid's carpool) and hit my 10X10 Tuesday, which I haven't done in quite a while. It should have been a great day, but my motivation slipped a bit. Ran the kids to the rec center, then #5 had scouts and I went back to Walgreens to pick up some pictures for a photo project for the missionary. That's been taking up a bit of time too. Should have done weights today, but it didn't happen. 
0819 (Wednesday) Weight 168.6. Good Day. Total Burn 3076. Exercise Burn 1310/1287 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 2200. Got up early enough to get in 10minutes on the elliptical first thing. The 14-year old and a friend have been working out in the mornings, mostly while I'm at Zumba, but sometimes a little earlier. I've been hitting a different Wednesday class, but went back to MZL today. My last visit there hadn't been great, but today was. I could tell right from the first song, my heart rate was up, and it was songs I knew and liked. They also pulled me up to do one, and then had me stay up as a "backup dancer" which I usually shy away from, but I must admit I do think it helps up the heart rate. Good stats today! I stopped for some shopping on the way home, hitting Sears and Walmart.  Additional exercise at home during the day. The boys hit the rec center again, trying to get the most of their membership before school starts back up. Unfortunately the tramp has ripped, so I did order a new one (from Sears, using some Fitstudio points) so hopefully that will be back up and running for them. They get a lot of activity on that. I thought about hitting an 8:30 zumba, but it's hard to get motivated that late. And, hubs is often only getting home around that time and would be asleep before I got back, and I want to spend a little time with my man! 
0820 (Thursday) Weight 167.8. Good Day. Total Burn 3057. Exercise Burn 1265/1272 (60minElliptical, Zumba x 2). Calories in 2250. Zumba in the morning, some elliptical at home. #5 had a friend over, but they all still went to the rec center for a bit. I did get hit with the sleepies during the day, should have got stuff done while they were gone but it didn't happen. Other than I did stop at the post office and mail off a package (photo album and such) to our missionary in Mexico. Hope it makes it there okay! Made spaghetti for dinner ... it's a little hard to Zumba on a full tummy, and I did have Zumba that evening, but still got good stats. Couldn't sleep well for some reason though ...
0821 (Friday) Weight 167.6. Good Day. Total Burn 2950. Exercise Burn 900/1166 (40minElliptical, Zumba/Bike). Calories in 1500. Crappy night, I'm not sure why. I think I did sleep a little after Hubs left, and before I finally rolled out of bed around 8:00. Crappy weigh-in, up two pounds again. Off to Zumba ... and I forgot my ChargeHR. Duh! I almost turned around and went back for it, but I was already running a little late (although I did make it there before the music started, just barely!) Missed checking my heart rate during and after. I passed Little Ceasers ... and did NOT stop and grab crazy bread (I didn't last night either, but last night everyone was full already anyway). Had a pretty productive day at home. Got in additional exercise on the elliptical and bike. Also cleaned some, prepping for school stuff, lawn mow, really never stopped and sat all day. Also controlled calories ... which was really quite miserable! Hubs took #2's truck to get it inspected, although we really didn't think it would pass ... it didn't. #3 rode his bike to  the orthodontist (it's close) as his last braces appointment had left a wire that was poking him.
0822 (Saturday) Weight 165.7. Bad Day. Total Burn 2470. Exercise Burn 400/697 (30minElliptical). Calories in 3000. Busy family day today. Hubs was up and off running errands. I took #5 to his final basketball game of the summer season (they won). Now I really need to get to his videos! In the early evening, we had a family reunion, that Hubs had actually put together. Over 80 people, all the local family (his mom's side) and even one cousin from out of state came. Visiting, waterballoons, jumprope, memory books, family photo, eating dinner and donuts ... uber over calories!
0823 (Sunday) Weight 166.2. Bad Day. Total Burn 2352. Exercise Burn 0/576 (no exercise). Calories in 2800. Today we had a family day going to Lagoon, a local amusement park. I can't remember the last time we went, it was years ago. Stopped at McDonalds for a quick bit on the way. As soon as the park opened, some of the kids went to hit the new ride "Cannibal" (and it was still a 30+min wait). #4 and I hit a couple others with Daddy. We met up with the other kids. It was pretty busy. Long lines. We were ready to call it around 4:00. Eating wasn't great ... lots of snacking. I actually hadn't done too bad at the park, but I ate quite a bit back at home.
0824 (Monday) Weight 168.5. Pretty Good Day. Total Burn 3011. Exercise Burn 1012/1222 (30minElliptical, Zumbax2). Calories in 2650.  The high school started today, so #2 was up and off early, as he's taking LDS seminary before school and it starts at 6:00. I did set my alarm, but I heard he was awake, so I didn't get up that early myself. Hit my usual double Zumba in the morning, last time for that for me. Stopped at a couple stores on the way home, then #3 wanted a ride to a friend's church to play basketball (which was the church I'd been hitting Zumba at a few times on Wednesdays). We had "Back to School Night" at the elementary. Happy that #4's class is inside, no windows even. 6th grade has been in the portables for the past few years, and I wonder if the principal moved them in just for my weather phobic boy. My 4th grader IS in the portables this year. We found their classrooms, met the teachers, etc.
0825 (Tuesday) Weight 168.5. Good Day. Total Burn 3291. Exercise Burn 1235/1502 (60minElliptical, Zumba, WEIGHTS, Bike). Calories in 2350. First day of school for the other three today. #2 again got up and off on his own. I've been prepping his lunch the night before so I don't have to get up that early myself. The other boys got up easily too. I had been worried after the summer of sleeping in. I'm back to driving #3 to school. I got spoiled last year after #2 got his license and started driving them both to school. One drop off at 7:20, the elementary at 8:30. I made it to my 8:45 Zumba and hit my 10x10. Had a productive day at home, getting in additional exercise, even weights! Did some cleaning and such too. It was a good day, although I could have controlled the calories a bit better. Too many treats, and then I put a roast in the crock pot and made Brazillian Cheese Rolls, and those added up too!
0826 (Wednesday) Weight 166.2. Ok Day. Total Burn 2892. Exercise Burn 763/1116 (30minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2650. It was a bit stormy today, so the morning was a little rough with #4. I went to MZL for Zumba, as it's nice and close, and I just do tend to get better numbers there then the one out by Sunset Ridge. I hit some stores on the way home (Sears, Walmart, Sams). The big bags of Brachs candy corn were available ... yes, I ate too much candy corn today! Only got in 30min on the elliptical. I was waiting for someone to stop by, and I don't feel like I can hit my gym, as I can't hear the doorbell downstairs. So ... it wasn't a super productive day.
0827 (Thursday) Weight 166.8. Good Day. Total Burn 3562. Exercise Burn 1765/1783 (70minElliptical, Zumba x2, Bike). Calories in 2200.  On Thursdays, I don't really have time to go home after dropping the kids off to school, so I just go straight to Zumba, even though I end up there quite early. Today, I stopped a couple blocks down from the church, dropping the car off at our mechanic, as the power seats/windows haven't been working. Hoping it was just a fuse that could be fixed in an hour, I left it there and walked up to the church for Zumba. Good class ... lots of purple today! After class, I walked back and yea, it had been a fuse, so we were fixed. Stopped at Smiths and grabbed my prescription and some groceries. Got in quite a bit of elliptical today too, I'd started early, actually getting up at 5:30 today, and getting in 30min before getting the kids off to school. I was wrapping up a series, and watching the new Walking Dead show. Got some reading in too ... I've had several of my holds come in all at once! Did okay controlling calories ... dang candy corn temptations! Evening Zumba too.
0828 (Friday) Weight 166.8. Bad Day. Total Burn 2818. Exercise Burn 630/1039 (20minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 3000. Happy Birthday to my #4 today. I was going to have nice fresh croissants but I forgot to lay them out to rise last night, so we did french toast instead. I got the kids off and went out to Heather's class in Sandy. I hadn't hit it all summer, as there were closer ones, but with school back in session, and late start at the middle school, it is the only one that fits my schedule... and I love Heather. I was a little afraid I would have "first time syndrome" again as it had been so long, but it all came right back and I got good stats. I stopped at Sears on the way home and grabbed some shoes and t-shirts to add to the few presents I had (oh, and picked up a new mat for the trampoline as well!). Early out at the elementary, then middle school pickup. Then we packed up for the weekend and headed up to Park City for a birthday weekend of family fun. The boys hit the pool at the condo and we went out to dinner. I'd brought up a birthday cake too.
0829 (Saturday) No Weigh In. Bad Day. Total Burn 2258. Exercise Burn 0/479 (no exercise). Calories in 2900. We headed out to grab some breakfast. There are no chain restaurant places like Denny's or Village Inn in Park City. We did a quick stop at Walmart (I ran in and grabbed a swimsuit for #4 who had forgotten his) and Hubs filled up with gas. We ended up at a Mountain Grill, which a website had said was inexpensive, but it was pricey for small servings! We then hit the mountain resort ... and want to talk pricey! It was $75 per person! Yikes. We hit the Alpine Coaster a couple of times first. The two little boys went with Mom and Dad the first time, then alone. Then we hit some of the other attractions ... the trampoline, rock climbing, a bounce obstacle course and mini golf. Then we did the Alpine Slide and rode the lift up the mountain. The lines were pretty long, and we all got some sun, even with sunscreen. The passes/park closed at 6:00, but we were all pretty much done by 4:00. We had a nice dinner (some at the restaurant, and bringing some back to the condo, as they had a take out deal that was so much better than the sit down prices) and then some more swimming and then to bed.
0830 (Sunday) No Weigh In. Bad Day. Total Burn 2017. Exercise Burn 0/226 (no exercise). Calories in 2300. I wish we could have extended check out in the morning to let the kids get in one last swim. Check out was 10:00, and the pool didn't open until 10:00. So we just packed up and headed home. We were going to stop for breakfast, but the location of choice (Pancake Haus in Sugarhouse) was packed and overflowing. We decided to just head home and make our usual Sunday Circle breakfast. The kids were anxious to see the kitties (after leaving them for a day and a half). It was nice to have some home relax time before the week started up again. #2 did have to go into work, and the rest of us enjoyed a dinner at Tepanyaki (#3's birthday choice).
0831 (Monday) 169.7. Good Day. Total Burn 3432. Exercise Burn 1350/1636 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 1450. Okay, I admit I may have stepped on the scale more than once to get a reading under 170. I really didn't think I'd be seeing these numbers again. :(  Motivated me to have a good day. Got in my elliptical, zumba and bike and mowed the lawn too.  I even kept calories in control, despite Hubs deciding to buy a brand new car (the cost of which stressed me out) and it being #3's birthday (I resisted the birthday cake). Good Day.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

WWI #109 - At Least It's Not Up

Last week, after my miserable and mystery two pound jump, I was motivated enough to have a good food and fitness day on Friday, and I did have a two pound drop for the weigh-in the following morning. But Saturday and Sunday were full of family fun (no exercise, lots of eating) and the week wasn't all that great (even with the start of school and return to routine). NUMBERS: Down .8 from last week. Average is down .64. Average intake was 2450, average daily burn was 2933 ... equaling an overage of the week for 225. Here's my quick weekly recap:

  • Friday (0821): Had a good day with quite a bit of activity (although I forgot my ChargeHR for my Zumba class!). Also controlled calories, but I was very conscious of it, hangry by the end of the day!
  • Saturday (0822): Started the day watching #5's final summer basketball game, then we had a family reunion. It was a lot of fun. Hubs had put the whole thing together! Only 30minElliptical today.
  • Sunday (0823): We had a family day at the local amusement park. No exercise, but quite a bit of walking (over 16K for the day). Between all the standing yesterday and today in simple sandals, my feet and legs were quite exhausted! Didn't do horrible on food at the park, but was starving back at home.
  • Monday (0824): #2 started high school. Up and off by 5:30 ... Legs still feeling tired, but I did my double Zumba in the morning. Only 30min elliptical during the day though. Back to School Night for the elementary kids.
  • Tuesday (0825): First day of school for my 9th, 6th and 4th grader! Got them off, then hit Zumba, got in elliptical, bike and WEIGHTS. Productive day, and eating was okay.
  • Wednesday (0826): Zumba in the morning, just 30min of elliptical during the day. I was dragging a bit, and expecting someone to stop by. I can't hear the doorbell downstairs, so I didn't feel like I could workout for most of the afternoon.
  • Thursday(0827): Got the kids off to school, dropped the car at the mechanic, and walked to Zumba, which was at the church just down the street. Luckily, my minor electrical issue was fixed when I walked back. Got in quite a bit of elliptical (catching up on some shows) and some reading/riding. Didn't quite keep calories under 2000, but it was a pretty good day. 

Family Reunion Picture. See the MUVEE too ... 

Our trip to Lagoon

First Day of School Photos

... and this coming week? It's BIRTHDAY week. Three of our boys have birthdays! We're also having a family getaway weekend, so ... that will be a little tough on the eating and exercise!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hello Holds!

I love my local library. I rarely make it into the physical building anymore, as most of my borrowing is done digitally. It's just so easy! Select an item, and I'm taken to my Amazon account to download it to my Kindle. It's a three week lend, which is generally plenty of time for me to finish me read. Then ... the book goes back automatically. Impossible to have a late fee!

Just like physical books, digital books do have limitations on how many copies can be loaned out at once (depending on how many copies the library has purchased). There are almost always dozens on my list that are available for immediate checkout, but others, if I want to get them, I'm going to have to stand in line. I can put them on hold, and I'm notified when they are available.

Back in July, I put several titles I was interested in on hold ... some only had one copy, some had multiple, some had several holds ahead of me, some might be available as soon as the current copy was returned. I watched with a bit of trepidation as four of the books suddenly said "You are next in line for this title."  Of course I am happy to have my hold come in, but I wasn't sure about having FOUR come in at once! I'm a fast reader, but that might push my limits. Sure enough ... three of the titles became available. It's a use it or lose it (you have two days to check it out before your hold is cancelled). So I grabbed all three, and hope I can make it through! Of course I had to finish the book I was currently reading, and my son wants me to read "The Scarlet Letter" to help him with his school homework.

I received The Heir ... book #4 in "The Selection" series, which I really liked. It was at the top of my list, so it's what I'm reading now. Then I have Sever, the third and final book in the "Chemical Garden" trilogy. I read books 1&2 in the past month and figured I'd finish the series. The third hold is Ashen Winter, book #2 in the Ashfall series. I read the first book back in 2012, it's been a while, but I've seen book #3 always available for immediate download, but of course I can't borrow it until I'm done with the second in the series.

So ... I hope to be reading quite a bit in the next little bit. I'd like to hit the stationary bike almost every day, as I get 30 minutes in with that. I have been getting quite a bit of reading/riding in lately, I really enjoy perusing the pages as I pedal. Sometimes if I'm laying in bed, reading at night (or during the day) I'll get sleepy. Not a problem on the bike! And I love accomplishing two things at once.

Wish me luck, I have three weeks to read these three books, plus Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) might become available any day too! Time to get reading!
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