Monday, February 8, 2016

WWI #132 - Decent Drop

I can't really say "the weekend" was bad, because Friday was actually pretty great for food and fitness. Saturday and Sunday ... they weren't great, but Mon-Thursday were good for eating and exercise. It showed up on the scale this week too. NUMBERS: Down 1.1 for the official weigh-in, average dropped 2.56 (to 163.74). While I was uberly over on Saturday, I had some low intake days too. Average intake for the week was 1957. Average daily burn was 2611. This resulted in a deficit (-2605) for the week. 

Here's a quick look back at the past seven days ...
  • Friday (0129): I was able to hit a Zumba class, and it was great! I got in 30min elliptical during the day, and then I ended up on carpool duty to basketball practice. This was a 2-hour practice, but a little too far to go home and come back. It was at the local community college, and they have a full gym, so I paid to workout and spend 30min each on upright bike, elliptical, recumbent and treadmill. A big end to the day, and calories in check.
  • Saturday (0130):  Hubs was busy with a derby, and I had two basketball games with the boys. But Hubs and I did squeeze in and early dinner date. Very over in calories intake, and only 20min on the elliptical for exercise:
  • Sunday (0131): No exercise. Not horrible on eating, but still over burn for the day.
  • Monday (0201): Snow again, so I skipped the drive to Draper and did Zumba on my own, but it was good. Also got in an hour of elliptical and I did WEIGHTS! Kept calories low too. Over to the high school in the evening for team dinner duty.
  • Tuesday (0202): Feeling a bit stiff and sore from weights yesterday, but got in Zumba and 40minElliptical. Basketball game in the afternoon, practice in the evening. Got 4000 steps walking while waiting. Another low intake day.
  • Wednesday (0203): Zumba and an hour of elliptical, but still feeling a bit sore. A little higher calories today, but not too bad. #5 had a basketball game at 9:00, and Hubs took #4 to a Jazz game downtown. Late night for everyone.
  • Thursday (0204): Zumba and an hour of elliptical. Got a little walking in during basketball practice. I skipped #3's game, as it was quite far, but took #5 to his 9:00 game except ... oops, it was at 8:00. Low calorie intake day.



 At the community college gym ... two hours of working out while waiting

...during basketball practice for these cute kids!

 ...grabbed a team photo on Saturday of #4 and his team

Walked while waiting on Tuesday during practice - but wore the wrong shoes!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Farewell Fitstudio :(

Time for a Thrifty Thursday post ... but one bearing bad news. Fitstudio ... the program to earn points for your activity is shutting down. I first blogged about Fitstudio back in 2014, so it (and I) had a good run. Since that time, I became a weekly shopper at Sears and Kmart. I received so many great deals. I guess I'm not super surprised the program is ending, because it was basically just giving away money. 

So ... I guess I'll have to go back to my previous posts, where I recommend Fitstudio and alter them, as Fitstudio is no longer accepting new members. Current members can collect points through February 10, then no new points earned through activity will be posted. Member's points will remain active for the regular 7-day expiration period. Any other "Shop Your Way" points earned through shopping/coupons, etc. should not be affected.

I try not to be hard on any program that is promoting fitness and rewarding activity. I understood when several months ago they cut back the credit from $5+ a week to $2. I only wish they were a little more forthcoming to their members. They have our email addresses ... a heads up to that change, and THIS change, would have been nice. The notice of Fitstudio's farewell is posted on their website (fitstudio.com) and if you attempt to log into your Fitstudio dashboard. No mention of this on their facebook page.

Maybe the drop in credit several months ago was a good thing ... I'd already cut down on my Kmart/Sears shopping a bit. Not the bite of closing the program isn't quite so bad. Ironically, I'd joined a Facebook page promoting SYW deals and steals and through that group I discovered coupons, sweeps and double checked my emails for surprise points perhaps I'd been missing all along (assuming they were just spam). So I still may be shopping at Kmart/Sears depending on my offered savings ... I have been a bit spoiled!

I just thought I'd give a shout out here on the blog ... to those I've recommended this program to, just so you are all aware. And a THANK YOU to Fitstudio for promoting activity with financial rewards. Thanks to Kmart and Sears too, it was a great program while it lasted!

Monday, February 1, 2016

January 2016

Well, month one of 2016 is done. I started slow, still shaking off whatever sluggish sickness had plagued me for most of December, but started feeling back to myself by the end of the month. I remembered to grab my Fitbit graph (of intake vs calorie burn), kept up my daily mile and journal entries, and am getting this post up promptly ... so I feel like that is success!

As for WEIGHT ... I started the month at 166.5. Ended at 164. The high was 167.3 and the low was 162.9. Average was 165.74. About 10 pounds up where I was last year.  Food and Fitness ... Average intake was 2124. Average burn 2409. Average step count per day ... just 13336. A lot of room for improvement.  I hit Zumba 13 times during the month. I was pretty good and getting in elliptical almost every day, although I didn't always get my hour. I hit the bike several times, got some walking in. I only did weights once. 

On the family front ... a BUNCH of basketball. Keeps me very busy! Family over for New Years, and Sunday travels for missionary homecoming/farewell. Hubs had a lot of Pinewood Derbies, work was crazy, and he had a business trip to Vegas. 

***JenB's Journal for January***

0101 (Friday) 166.5. Steps 2480. Total Burn 1751. Exercise Burn 0/0 (no exercise). Calories in 2800. New Year's Day. We slept in some, then Hubs made us a pancake breakfast. I grabbed a little nap, then we headed over to Maga's house for her annual pastry wreath. Every year she says it's going to be the last year she makes it. We'll see. It is a huge amount of work! We hung out there for a while. The kids (and some adults) played Spoons (which #5 had wanted to play last night, but I wasn't sure my parents would be up for something so fast moving). We headed home, and I got in a real nap (like three hours). Hubs is now watching "Making a Murderer" on Netflix, but it's not really my cup of tea, just too depressing!

0102 (Saturday) 167.1. Steps 12082. Total Burn 2363. Exercise Burn 593/588 (60minElliptical). Calories in 1200. Hubs went into work (it's Saturday silly!) and #2 was off to play basketball with buddies. His Fitbit is still giving us trouble. I replaced the battery, hope that helps. I got in a few sessions on the elliptical throughout the day, and spent quite a bit of time on the computer updating my fitness blog. Got Oct/Nov/Dec monthly updates done. Did a post on the family blog and missionary blog too. The boys wanted to hit the rec center, so I dropped them off for a couple of hours. Then #5 was invited to play basketball with his buddies at a nearby church, so I dropped him off there. It was good, as I needed to connect with the coach anyway, and exchange a check for a new uniform. #5 is pretty pleased with it. Kept calories in check today ... I was hungry, but I resisted eating more after this morning's weigh-in.

0103 (Sunday) 164.6. Steps 7469. Total Burn 2030. Exercise Burn 290/267 (30minElliptical). Calories in 2300.  Hubs went into work again. He's such a hard worker! Without him around to make his famous waffles, we didn't have our usual Sunday Circle breakfast. Church changed from 9:00 to 11:00. I did start the day with a session on the elliptical. It was tough. I was going to stop at 10min but pushed until 20. I had planned on making it back down ... but I didn't, but no nap either. I did some blogging and end of year cleanup on the computer and my iphone.

0104 (Monday) 165.1.  Steps 17436.  Total Burn 2788. Exercise Burn 1000/1025 (70minElliptical, Bike, 30minWEIGHTS). Calories in 1900. Return to the routine. I was a little afraid it would be hard to get up after having slept in for the past two weeks, but everyone was up without issue. I got the kids off to school, and should have headed out to Draper for Zumba, but I just wasn't up to it today. The drive, starting late, and then I stop at a store on the way home ... it's 3+ hours usually. I'll test myself out on three days of Zumba at the close ones these next three days and see how I do. I did get in my elliptical (and an extra 10min because I miscounted!), bike, and even weights. In the afternoon, #2 had his JV game over at the high school. I went and video taped it. They won easily. I'll be on the computer tomorrow going over clips and making a highlight reel! ;)
0105 (Tuesday) 165.1. Steps 24377. Total Burn 2964. Exercise Burn 1200/1201 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 1900. Got the kids off to school and hit Zumba. I got in some elliptical in during the day. Spent some time on the computer going through clips of yesterday's basketball game and then making a muvee. #3 had an ortho appointment after school. Got him home just in time to go with Daddy to a derby. I took #5 to his basketball practice and walked the hallway while I waited. Got in some reading, but gave out a little early as my legs were so tired. I was feeling yesterday's weight workout

0106 (Wednesday) 165.5. Steps 11529. Total Burn 2357. Exercise Burn 300/591 (30minElliptical). Calories in 2200. I was planning on hitting Zumba, more because I was going to run a few errands afterward while I was out, but then #4 was complaining of a stomach ache and stayed home from school. I've often left him for an hour and still hit Zumba, but I didn't today. Only got in a couple small sessions on the elliptical. I spent quite a bit of time in the scrapbook room today gathering a set of papers to donate for the upcoming basketball auction.  #3 went ice skating with the church youth. #5 had a 9:00 at Bennion, which isn't too far. The boys looked snazzy in their new uniforms, but they seemed a little rusty. They haven't practiced or played in a couple of weeks with the holidays. Still got the win though.

0107 (Thursday) 165.5. Steps 17773. Total Burn 2667. Exercise Burn 500/901 (10minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2200. #4 was in my gym this morning ... but I didn't really care. Just not feeling motivated! Some foggy conditions this morning, seemed to drive out of it while dropping #3 off to the middle school, but it got a lot worse heading the other direction to the elementary. The kids said the aids put up cones and wouldn't let them play beyond them (only where they could see). I hit Zumba. Need to figure out some stuff, as after Marian left for work and my iphone was used for music, the digifit app kept announcing to everyone as I changed zones and stuff (it was the first time playing music while using the new HR app). Ran some errands afterward, to the dollar store and Smiths. Forgot to fill up with gas afterward though, it was on my list! Picked #3 up after school and ... ran out of gas. Right close to the gas station, we almost made it. But then the car locked up, I couldn't move it into neutral to even attempt pushing it. Had to buy a gas can and fill it up twice before the car would start. Spilled gas all over too. Quickly pulled in and filled up, then went straight to grab the little boys - at least we weren't too late. Dropped off some canning supplies to a neighbor (why did I even have the stuff? I don't can) and then took a shower, because I was filthy and smelled of gas. #3 had a game, but I had him hitch a ride with a teammate, while I took #4 to/from his practice, then took #5 to his game. It was snowing, and driving in it made me nervous, but we survived. The game before ours took an ugly turn, with the coach yelling at the ref and getting ejected, parents yelling and then they finally just called the game (with 4:00 left). Stuff like that always just affects me so negatively, I hate it. Especially in front of the kids. They are in 4th grade! Our boys came out strong, #5 made the first basket ... but then he couldn't get another shot to fall (did make several attempts). The other team came back, tied it up, then got in a final basket for the win. Our boys were quite down about it. My boy, on his other team, has had some recent losses, but all the other boys were coming off the winter/fall season undefeated. It's good to have a loss and see if you can keep your head up. #3's team also lost.

0108 (Friday) 165.9. Steps 6612. Total Burn 2063. Exercise Burn 0/288 (no exercise). Calories in 2800. Slept in a little, as we do on late-start Fridays. I'd put some croissants out, but I didn't have one myself. Of course, I still did awful on food today (three ding dongs! Why did I even buy ding dongs!) We have a little beverage fridge, and I noticed someone had tried to tape it closed (unsuccessfully) when I was grabbing a drink for a lunchbox. The problem was the small freezer portion which had completely frosted over. So ... I had to defrost it. It's usually an outdoor job, but I just pulled out the milk (the only perishable items, unplugged it and put some towels around to catch the drips. When middle school got out, I picked up #3 and his friends and dropped them off at West Jordan high, where Copper Hills was playing that day. I went back home for a bit, then dropped #5 off at a teammate's house to get to practice, then went back to WJ to watch #2 in the JV game. They won. I didn't stay for varsity, but had to make one more trip back to grab #3 when it was over (it was a sweep, all three of our teams won).

0109 (Saturday) 166.8. Steps 6072.  Total Burn 1964. Exercise Burn 0/191 (no exercise). Calories in 2400. #4 had the first basketball game of the day at 9:00. This was a more difficult game, as they re-seeded the teams and tried to put equivalent teams together, but our boys did get the win, #4 had four points. I was dragging ... as is usual lately. #5 and I did run back to the school to watch his Junior Jazz buddies play. Then he had a game in the evening that overlapped with #3's game, so I dropped #5 off at a teammate's house to catch a ride. I then took a couple of the boys and had them help me drop off the auction items at the high school. Then it was off to #3's game. Our boys couldn't quite pull it together to get the win. One of the players on the other team broke his wrist (trying to stop my boy from making a basket). Hate to see injuries!

0110 (Sunday) 166.2. Steps 2594. Total Burn 1741. Exercise Burn 0/0 (no exercise). Calories in 1800. Hubs went into work, trying to get on top of things there. Without him around we didn't do our usual Sunday Circle breakfast. I did make cocoa and toast. Did get in a nap today. Not much movement. I did catch up on some computer stuff (blog entries, made a muvee from yesterday's game). Made some cookie press cookies at the boy's request ... unfortunately then I eat them too!

0111 (Monday) 165.8. Steps 10042. Total Burn 2178. Exercise Burn 300/419 (30minElliptical). Calories in 1850. Usually Mondays are motivated for me ... but not this morning. I could barely drag myself out of bed and get the boys off to school. I didn't hit Zumba. I did 10min elliptical in the early morning, and then 20 ... it was hard and my heart rate was really high. Unfortunately after that I just crawled into bed and slept most of the day until I had to pick the kids up from school. I tried to do a little housework, dishes and laundry, and some homework help. Maga and A&A came over ... they thought #2 had a game today (it's tomorrow) but she took all the kids to McDonalds. I had been going to make spaghetti, but now that everyone had eaten ... poor hubs had to have cupOnoodles again. I did make a quick run to Sams as we needed milk/bread and a pair of dress pants I'd ordered from Sears.

0112 (Tuesday) 164.4. Steps 12262. Total Burn 2305. Exercise Burn 400/549 (Zumba). Calories in 2600. Well I did hit Zumba this morning. If there is any class I'll go to, it's probably Tuesday. It's so close, I have no excuses! I wondered if my heart rate would be uber up again like yesterday, but that wasn't the case. I had a little time back at home, then off to the elementary to check out the two youngest and take them to the dentist. Just sitting for over an hour, but at least they came out with no cavities from their checkup. We did a quick stop at Wendys ... and I had a small Frosty and some fries. Dropped the boys home then hit the high school to watch #2 play. It was a blow out! It was against Cottonwood, which is my (and Hubs) alma mater. All three teams won and I got a ton of highlights for my muvee. Grabbed Dominos pizza on the way home, after stopping at the middle school to grab #3 from practice and run him over to the high school to watch the varsity game (he'd been willing to walk, but it's cold and dark out there!) I don't eat pizza per say, but I eat the Parmesan bites and a crust with white sauce and cheese (basically breadsticks).   #5 had his practice at 7:30, but he was feeling a little off, so we decided to skip it. I was okay staying home and going to bed early.

0113 (Wednesday) 164.4. Steps 19559. Total Burn 2832. Exercise Burn 786/1073 (30minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2000. Almost a "normal/goal" eating/exercise day today. Still not quite back to where I was, but better. I got in an early elliptical session and hit Zumba. I stopped at Maceys on the way home to grab some groceries. Worked a little making a muvee from yesterday's game. #5 had a 6:00 game, nice and close. The location ... not the score. Our boys got blown out. Not sure why we were so off, but nothing would land. My munchkin scored the first six points ... the only six points for the first three quarters. Then our boys came back a bit, but too little too late.

0114 (Thursday) 163.5. Steps 12091. Total Burn 2349. Exercise Burn 451/589 (Zumba). Calories in 2250. I'd been a bit stressed about tonight, as I had conflicts with games and practices and such, but I'd managed to work them out. As it turned out, #3's game got cancelled due to a water main break at the school it was going to be at. So I cancelled my carpool and was able to get #4 to practice and #5 to his game. Another blow out loss. But again, my munchkin was able to get four points (out of six ... ouch!) Hubs had gone to see Seinfield doing standup. I hadn't realized I could have gone too, although trying to find carpools for all the kids would have been pretty crazy. Hubs said it was great. He was home asleep before I got back though. Those 9:00 games are so late! I had a hard time winding down (even though I wasn't wound up from the game or anything, just the driving and being up was enough). I indulged in a little late night ice cream. Not wise the night before weigh in! I did hit my Zumba class this morning, with a quick stop at Kmart to pick up an order and check out with some SYW points.

0115 (Friday) 164.6. Steps 10362. Total Burn 2244. Exercise Burn 0/475 (no exercise). Calories in 2500. #3 had early morning basketball practice. I dropped him off at 7:00, then picked him up immediately after dropping off the munchkins. Just enough time for him to shower and change then I ran him back to school.  Just a couple hours, then early out at the elementary, then off to the middle school to grab #3 and buddies. We stopped for Little Caesars so they wouldn't starve, then I dropped them at a rival high school to cheer on our team. I went back at 5:15, Hubs was even home and we went together. There was NO parking, which is a bit unusual for basketball at the high school. I found a spot in back, and we made our way through to the gym. There was something else being hosted at the school too, but we got there right before the game was scheduled to start. Except it had already started! The quarter was half over and my #3 told me that #2 had made a couple baskets I'd missed. If something says it starts at 5:15, start at 5:15 dang it! It was a good game. This school (Bingham) has been the rival for a number of years. Always a close and exciting game ... unfortunately they do get the win more often than not. Today was one of those days. Tied with seconds to go, they had possession and were able to get the basket for the win. Varsity lost too, which was their first loss this year. We'd had extended family come to the game, and we went out to dinner afterward, birthday celebration for my BIL. We went to Archibalds in Gardner Village and it was good. Their fried mozzarella was so good, I want to go back just for that. Then home again and to bed. No exercise today, but still did manage to hit 10k.

0116 (Saturday) 166.4. Steps 13751. Total Burn 2225. Exercise Burn 350/454 (30minElliptical). Calories in 2500. I had good intentions today. I got up and hit the elliptical for 20 minutes. #3 was playing in a tournament today, in addition to his regular district league, so he had games at 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00. The first two were at the same location, Corner Canyon, which is a super nice high school. We had the main court to ourselves (sometimes they split it and have two games going on). Unfortunately, the boys lost both games. We did a quick stop at McDonalds on the way to the next game. A parfait for #3, and I tried their fried mozzarella. Not anywhere close to the yumminess of last night. Up to that point, I'd done pretty good on eating. I'd just taken some nuts, clementines and a granola bar to the game. This final game for #3 was close, tied with seconds to go when my boy was fouled. Two free throws and we won! We rushed off to #4's game. I'd had Daddy take him. Unfortunately, I did miss a couple baskets my boy had made, dang it! He is one who really likes the videos too. They won as well. We headed home ... and proceeded to NOT eat good for the rest of the evening.




0117 (Sunday) 166.1. Steps 4493. Total Burn 1876. Exercise Burn 0/121 (no exercise). Calories in 2000. Hubs was actually home, and so we made our Sunday Circles breakfast. Then we dressed for church, going South to my brother's meeting as his sons were speaking. One just returned from a mission, and one will be leaving shortly. We noticed some low lying clouds as we were driving toward point of the mountain, and drove right into an unending wall of fog. We missed our exit because we couldn't see the signs. I have enough anxiety just being on the freeway, add fog ... I wasn't feeling very well! After the meeting we were going to go to my brother's house afterward to visit and eat, but ... we couldn't find it in the fog. So we headed home. Once home, I headed to bed as my head was really hurting. At least it did keep calories somewhat in check for the day, even with going out with some friends to Chilis a bit later. Then #4 and I worked on and finished up his science fair project. Always glad when things like that are done.

0118 (Monday) 167.3. Steps 5822. Total Burn 1966. Exercise Burn 0/190 (no exercise). Calories in 2000. MLK holiday, but Hubs was still up early and off to work ... off to Vegas in fact. Builder's Convention there. The rest of us enjoyed another sleep in. #2 woke frantic at 10:00 as he was supposed to be at basketball practice (tell Mommy these things and she'll help wake you up). I had debated going to Zumba, but the kids wanted my chauffeur services. I dropped #3 and #4 at the rec center for some basketball at 10:30. #5 didn't want to go as he had basketball with his 4th grade team at 11:30. Dropped him off, then picked up the other boys shortly afterward, taking #4 to a church with his buddies, for a basketball science fair experiment. Picked up #5, and he had a friend (who has moved away but was in the neighborhood for the day) over to play. I did have to run quick and grab #4 when his shindig ended. I had a moment in the afternoon when I had to grab a bucket, certain I was going to be sick. It came on so suddenly, but then passed again and I was fine. Weird. Headed out to #3's basketball game which started at 5:30 ... well it SHOULD have started at 5:30. They were running 30 minutes behind! Parking had already been atrocious, then having to wait a full hour before the came, in the chaos of four courts (whistles, yelling kids/parents/coaches/refs) ... I had such a headache before the game even began. Then we got smooshed, and kids kept walking across the court right in front of my video camera (trying to capture the few highlights I could). I was SO ready to get out of there, and I NEVER want to go Soccer City again. It's fine for soccer ... I enjoyed my soccer experience when I played there a couple years ago. But NOT basketball! Home for a shower, catch up on a little computer (I'm behind on making muvees and blog posts) and to bed! Inputting food, I was a little surprised calorie count was reasonable ... I probably forgot to input stuff, which happens when you wait. Although even if it is correct ... it was nothing nutritious. Snickers Peanut Butter Bars ...

0119 (Tuesday) 167.3. Steps 25199. Total Burn 2847. Exercise Burn 1139/1071 (40minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, BBwalk). Calories in 2200. Actually got in one session of early elliptical, then got the kids off to school and hit Zumba. My SIL came today. We had a good group, enough that Marilyn took to the stage so everyone could see for sure. I had really good intentions for today, but did end up back curled in bed for a bit. Didn't actually fall asleep, just needed to rest. Did get in additional elliptical and bike ... trying an audio book for my bike and walking/reading time, as my neck has been hurting so bad these past few days (and looking down at a book is the worst). #'3's basketball practice was long, until 6:30. Then #5 had his at 7:30 ... I donned my headphones and walked the halls while listening. #3 needed some homework help when I got back home (argumentative essay), which worked us past 10:00. #2 had trouble today with Daddy's truck. Couldn't get the key to turn at school (finally got that worked out) but then it had a dead battery after work. His buddies tried to give him a jump but that didn't work, so they just gave him a ride home. We're now a one-car family until we get this figured out ... and my handy hubs isn't home!

0120 (Wednesday) 167.3. Steps 15068. Total Burn 2434. Exercise Burn 400/658 (Zumba). Calories in 2300.  Didn't get any elliptical in ... at all today. I did hit Zumba but was pretty miserable. Just not feeling well. Sweating, but that cold, chills sweat. It was a real push to make it through class, and of course I didn't get my usual numbers. I had a couple errands (Walmart/Sears) but was counting the minutes until I could be home and climb back into bed. Which I did. Set the alarm for kid's pickups after school. I did make some chicken soup for dinner. #5 had a game at 6:00, at least it was close by. #2 was playing as well, but I couldn't hit them both (they won though). Shower and to bed!

0121 (Thursday) 167.3. Steps 16367. Total Burn 2585. Exercise Burn 500/825 (Zumba). Calories in 2100. I'd been so drained yesterday, I was a little worried about leading the Zumba class today (Marian had a meeting). I wasn't on my own, Christa and Amanda were there to help, and I actually felt good. Olivia came again. I rushed out afterward to get to the elementary school to check out the science fair there. It was cute to see #4 and all his friends. I took pictures, and even did a blog post when I got back home. I've NEVER posted something so promptly. I was really thinking I'd get in some additional exercise today ... but I was SO tired when I first got up I'd promised myself if I just got up, got the kids off, hit Zumba and the school I could come lay down for a bit (just a bit, because it was early out at the elementary). I probably could have kept going if I pushed but ... #3 had practice after school until 5:00, with a game at 6:00, so we were rushing a bit. I do like Union Middle School. Fairly close, good hallways to walk (I did get in some steps) and good for filming. Their basketball nets are new, and the ball would get stuck often. Our boys were really down in the first quarter (I did grab the score, but I thought it was by about 20) but rather than giving up they rallied and came back and even pulled ahead at one point. It wasn't quite enough, as the other team had their own come back for the win. But it was close, and a good game. #5 had a 9:00 game, but before we left, Hubs made it home from his trip and he and I went to where the truck was stranded at #2's workplace and jumped it and brought it home. Then the little one and I were off to his game. We're a little "out of our league" in this league, but tonight's game was against the one other team in our same position. So it was a good game, and we got a win. 

0122 (Friday) 166.4. Steps 10150. Total Burn 2208. Exercise Burn 350/448 (Zumba). Calories in 2200. The kids were out of school today as it was the end of the quarter, so we all slept in ... except for Hubby who was back to work. I did hit a 9:00 Zumba class. I usually can't on Fridays with the middle school late start at 9:30, so I figured I should take advantage while I could. Debbie in Daybreak has a good turn out. She did a little more toning, and with me not knowing the steps as well (from not attending this one regularly) and, once again, my energy being low, my stats were only so-so. The munchkins were in need of a haircuts badly, so I stopped at Fantastic Sams on the way home to get us on the list. They were dead when I was there, but by the time I had brought the boys back they were quite busy, so I was glad we were already checked in (and still had to wait). But both boys look SO good with their haircut. I debated taking in #3 to the DMV, to see if he could pass the written test and get his learners, but one was closed and I didn't have the energy to make it out to the other (a friend went and said lines were loooong). Still need to get that done, poor kid! I was on snack bar duty over at the high school. One of the things you have to do as a parent of one of the basketball players is take a couple shifts in the concessions stand. I chose the sophomore game, because the noise and crowd of varsity would stress me out. I then watched #2 play his game, and then headed home (I'll stay for varsity next year when he's on the team). #5 had practice, but as I was busy all afternoon, one of his teammates had graciously said they could pick him up for me. I really couldn't do it without teammates pitching in sometimes and I'm so grateful! I made cookie press cookies when I got home, and gave some to the carpool as a thank you.


0123 (Saturday) 167.6. Steps 8877. Total Burn 2101. Exercise Burn 250/352 (20minElliptical). Calories in 2000. Calorie count is decent ... but I'm thinking I forgot to add stuff because it didn't feel like a good eating day. I need to input BEFORE I eat to make sure I'm getting everything in (and perhaps that might dissuade me from actually eating some things). #4 had an anxiety attack about basketball a couple days ago ... he doesn't want to play any more. The last game was just "too competitive" for him, with the other team playing so hard, arguing with the refs. It makes me so sad, he was doing SO well. I didn't make him go to practice on Thursday (he was an emotional wreck), and he missed his game today. I was so bummed, I wanted him to play so bad! There are just a couple games left, I'd like him to finish the season, and I don't even have a team picture (and this is his team with all his buddies! If I ever needed a team picture, this was it!). He and I hit the library today and did a little grocery shopping. Hubs was helping some family and friends make derby cars for upcoming Pinewood derbies. #5 had a game at 5:00, and #3 had a double header at 6:30 and 7:45. I probably could have made it from the little one's game if I rushed and had #3 get a ride, but I just had Daddy take the munchkin. Daddy hadn't seen him play this season yet. They lost, but it was a good game. #3's team won both of their games. It was a busy day over at the high school too. #2 had been on "clock duty" (running the clocks, scores for the Bantam league) and then dressed up in a white shirt and bow tie for the basketball fundraiser dinner and auction. We'd bought some tickets to help him out, but couldn't make it because of the game conflicts. I had "donated" (required donations) some scrapbook paper and a hot chocolate set. I heard the hot chocolate set did well in the auction.

0124 (Sunday) 167.3. Steps 5431. Total Burn 1830. Exercise Burn 204/54 (20minElliptical). Calories in 2000. Again, not sure I trust my calorie count ... although Daddy did go into work today so we didn't have our usual Sunday breakfast. We got quite a bit of snow, back East "Blizzard2016" is in the record books and news. I did do a quite session on the elliptical, finishing up the episode I had started yesterday. I did get a little nap in (although the boys were SO noisy in the kitchen) then did some computer stuff (paying bills, blogging, making muvees). After Hubs came home, we watched a few episodes of "The Affair" ... no popcorn though. Ready for a new week ...

0125 (Monday) 167.7. Steps 25350. Total Burn 3047. Exercise Burn 1304/1269 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 2000.  Good start to the week. Got in some early elliptical while getting the boys off to school, then hit Zumba. My SIL and MIL came today! Fun! I didn't do my usual stop at Kmart after, but came right home. Hit the bike and additional elliptical. Got in some computer time (blog, muvee) and did NOT give in to a nap. A couple loads of laundry done too and then did run to Sam'sClub in the evening, as I'm on lunch duty for the basketball boys tomorrow and I needed to stock up. Love Monday nights at Sams ... they are pretty dead. It was SO cold unloading the groceries though. Poor Hubs is trying to catch up at work and was there very late. #2 hadn't been scheduled to work, but someone didn't show so he went in. Dedicated like his daddy. Actually kept calories under control today ... not great content but at least the numbers were in check. I really tried to get things recorded in MFP promptly, because I haven't been doing that very well and it's easy enough for estimates to be off anyway. Felt like it was a good day though.

0126 (Tuesday) 165.6. Steps 25182. Total Burn 2895. Exercise Burn 1130/1150 (30minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, BBWalk). Calories in 1900. Another good day for both food and fitness. The scale shift does help with the motivation. Got in one early elliptical session, then had my Zumba class, Back at home I got in additional elliptical and some reading/riding on the bike. I was on "lunch duty" for the high school basketball team. I had to prep a dozen lunches and deliver them to the school. It took a while! After picking up the kids from school I headed out to watch the JV team play. The other team started off with a slam dunk and was raining three pointers. Our boys kept it close but weren't able to get the win (although varsity did!). Got home just in time to take the munchkin to his basketball practice. Like last week, I brought the headphones and listened to my audiobook while I walked the halls waiting. Hubs had a derby, but it was up North, so he'd just taken the trailer to work with him.

0127 (Wednesday) 164.9. Steps 22536. Total Burn 2936. Exercise Burn 1018/1177 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2200. Got in some early elliptical while getting the boys off to school. It's good to get back to doing that. Even with the 12-year old spending a lot of time in the gym! He's up even earlier and usually done by 7:00. He had 10k before school yesterday! Crazy kid! Hit MZL Zumba ... felt a ton better than last week, but I was a little late and they had started when I got there. I didn't quite get my full hour. I stopped at Walmart on the way home to grab some yogurt and other groceries. I did give in to a nap today. Got in some additional elliptical to equal an hour at least, but no bike (and I need to get my reading in before books are due back at the library!) Daddy and #3 were off to do a derby, and I took #5 to his basketball game. Love it when they are close and early (6:00). We won too, playing a Copper Hills team (and #3's coach's 5th grade team). My munchkin hadn't scored the entire game, but got fouled at the end and did make both free throws, so he did get two points. Went a little over on calories today, but still felt it was a good day.

0128 (Thursday) 164.6. Steps 21714. Total Burn 2914. Exercise Burn 1084/1162 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2200. Got in a couple 10 min sessions in the morning while getting the boys off to school. Hit Zumba and had a good class. My SIL came again, and we actually had a pretty good crowd. It had gotten sparse a few months ago and it's nice to have the numbers going up again. I did a quick stop at Walmart on the way home, exchanging the strawberry/banana yogurt for banana cream (I goofed, my boys only like the "dessert" type yogurt, not ones with actual fruit). Should have gotten more accomplished today, I did get in a little more elliptical to equal an hour at least. Got the house cleaned up a bit. Hubs had a derby and #2 didn't have anything (miracle!) so he went to help. Busy basketball evening for me and the other boys. #3 and #5 both had games at 8:00, to I had to arrange a ride for #3 (dropped him off at a teammates as we were a little out of the way for pickup). I dropped #4 at practice and arranged for him to get a ride home with a basketball buddy, and I took #5. I was expecting them to get trounced, but they actually played really well. Still lost, but I was proud of how they played. My munchkin got seven points, playing almost the entire game. I was SO sad I missed #3's game! It was against their friends/rivals at Sunset Ridge. Our boys only had six players to start, so again, lots of playing time. A big comeback, clutch freethrows by my son for the win by one. And I missed it! Why did the games have to be at the same time tonight?! We'll actually have a rematch on Saturday against this same team. I wasn't really wound up or anything, but I sure had a hard time getting to sleep!

0129 (Friday) 163.8. Steps 27078. Total Burn 3037. Exercise Burn 1380/1281 (60minElliptical, 60minBike, Zumba, 20minTreadmill). Calories in 1800. There was a Zumba class I had wanted to hit, and I was trying to figure out how to make it with the middle school late start ... drop the kid off at a friend's a bit early? But then, his basketball practice got switched to the morning, which adds two more trips to the school ... except that the kid decided just to stay at the school after practice, which saved me two trips and made it possible for me to hit the Zumba class! I was glad I did too, I had a lot of fun there. She incorporated some U-Jam stuff. I stopped at the store on the way home and was smiling and saying hi to everyone, I was in such a good mood. I was almost dancing in the aisles. I got in some elliptical, but didn't push, as I had volunteered to take the kids to practice today, and I planned on staying at the gym there (and that would be two hours!). Picked up the kids after school, and then headed out to the community college in the early evening. I did the upright bike, elliptical, recumbent bike and then treadmill (just walked). It was weird being on an elliptical other than my own. I put on my headphones and listened to my audiobook the entire time. Kept calories in check, so it was an awesome Friday.

0130 (Saturday) 162.9. Steps 9398. Total Burn 1237. Exercise Burn 200/386 (20minElliptical). Calories in 3400. Started the day with a session on the elliptical. I almost stopped at 10min but pushed to 20. That was it for exercise for the day. #4 had a basketball game at 12:00. They won easily. I was glad he overcame his anxiety and was able to play. Hubs and #3 were gone to a derby for much of the morning and afternoon. It was a big one. Hubs suggested going out to dinner when he got back. I sure hadn't banked calories for it, but it had been a while since we had a date, so we went. Yes, I was over on calories, but oh well. #3 had his game at 9:00. I took him and his friends over early so they could watch their friends/rivals play. They cheered them on for their first game, then playing against them in the second. We got the win and my boy had a great game with 11 points (three three-pointers!)

0131 (Sunday) 164. Steps 4527. Total Burn 0/13 (no exercise). Calories in 2000. Hubs was working, so we didn't do our big Sunday Circle breakfast ... which does save on calories for the day. I took a rest day, and it was lazy. I got in a nice nap! I made some muvees of the boy's games and updated the missionary blog. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

WWI #131 - Finally a Good Week

Finally! I had a good week. The scale shift was great, but I know there can be a lot of crazy fluctuation there. I was surprised when I crunched my numbers that they weren't actually that wonderful, but I felt proud of myself for pushing through these few days. I was almost back to my "normal" ... meeting my goals. It's been a while since I've been hitting 22k for the day. 100 active minutes, my 1000 calorie exercise estimate for burn. While the weekend wasn't wonderful, I did good Mon-Thursday. I hit my Zumba and elliptical. I got in a couple sessions on the bike. I do still need to get back to weights, I know. Although I could do better (as always), I kept calories under control better and did a better job of recording them in a timely fashion. In addition to food and fitness, I stayed on top of inputting my numbers each day into DailyMile (and then a daily tweet on Twitter) and updating my journal entry promptly. I'm even getting this blog post up on Friday! So all in all ... felt like a good week and I'm happy. 

NUMBERS: Weight shifted from 166.4 to 163.8, down 2.6 pounds. Average didn't really change much though (166.3).  Average intake was 2129, Average burn was 2562. The result was -916 for the week. Not a lot, but at least it was in the negative.

Here's a quick week recap:
  • Friday (0122): No school for the kids as it was end of quarter. That meant sleeping in, but also allowed me to hit a Friday Zumba class (Debbie in Daybreak). Busy basketball afternoon as I was on snack bar duty over at the high school, then watched #2 in his JV game. #5 had practice, but a teammate's family picked him up for me. Just a 10k day.
  • Saturday (0123): Got in a session on the elliptical in the morning, then it was a busy basketball day, although #4 didn't want to go to his game (and I didn't force him). I took #3 to his double header in the evening while Daddy took #5 to his, and #2 was at the high school all day working with a basketball fundraising event.
  • Sunday (0124): Woke to snow. Got in a 20min session on the elliptical in the morning to finish up the TV episode I'd started yesterday, but it was a pretty lazy day. 
  • Monday (0125): Got in an hour of elliptical throughout the day ...back to getting some early sessions while getting the boys off to school. Hit Southziders Zumba (it's been a while) and did reading/riding on the bike. Kept calories at 2000. 25Kday.
  • Tuesday (0126): Another day of Zumba (w/Marian), bike and an hour of elliptical. Spent a while in the kitchen making a dozen lunches for the basketball team (then dropped them off at the high school). Also attended #2's away game. Basketball practice for #5 in the evening and I walked while I waited. Another 25k and 2000 calorie intake day.
  • Wednesday (0127): Had a good Zumba class (MZL) and an hour of elliptical. Was dragging a bit in the early afternoon. Hubs and #3 did a derby while I took #5 to his basketball game.
  • Thursday (0128): Activity the same as yesterday,  Zumba (MountainView) and an hour of elliptical. Hubs had another derby, #2 went to help. Both #3 and #5 had 8:00 games (so I missed one) and #4 had practice ... busy basketball evening! I used to go to a Zumba class on Thursday evenings!
Pictures from the week ..
 Family Fitness ... my MIL, SIL and nephew came to Monday Zumba!

 ... a dozen lunches for basketball boys
(chicken salad sandwich, apple slices, cheddar cheese chunks, brownie, chips and a water)

My new water bottle ... it's big (and pink)

 Walking the halls with my headphones again (during basketball practice).

Ate the last of my salted caramels ...
(did a blog post on my family blog Salted Caramel Comparison)



Thursday, January 28, 2016

Looking Back on Pact 2015

I've posted many times about fitness reward programs. Earning a bit of a kick-back from the activity I'm doing every day anyway. When I find someone who has a Fitbit, I love to tell them about the reward programs I recommend (FitStudio, Achievemint & Walgreens).  I usually leave Pact off my list, just because there is a risk with Pact, you can actually end up paying OUT money if you don't fulfill your commitment. 

January 2015, I posted about my experience to that point (My Yearlong Pact). As another year has now passed, I figured I'd do an annual update. If you just want the facts ... last year I made $113.38. This year it was $74.5. A decent return for doing things I'd be doing anyway.

I forgot to grab a screen shot at the end of the year (dang it, I know I thought about it but I couldn't find it in my files). So the image up top is showing me reset for 2016. I've earned almost $3 so far! I did change my profile picture sometime last year (to match my Facebook/Instagram/Twitter which I had updated earlier in the year. When I originally started using Pact, I was a little more enthusiastic about the program and had committed to tracking seven days a week. Although I never failed to meet my Pact, there were a few days when I didn't want to! I dropped down to five days a week for most of 2015. I lost a little motivation (and my free Friday Zumba when school started up with a conflicting carpool) and I dropped it down to four days. Then I was dragging SO much in December, I dropped it down to three (you are in control of what you commit to and can change it weekly if you wish). 

I caught a cold or something in December, and wasn't even sure I wanted to commit to three times a week for my exercise and food tracking. I decided to put my Pact on break (which is another option). Or I THOUGHT I did anyway. I apparently put the food tracking on break, but not the exercise/activity (which is too bad because I really was still tracking food the entire time). I hadn't even checked into the Pact that week, because I thought I was on break! I did peek at it as the weekend hit and ...oops, NOT on break! I really pushed on Saturday (Dec26) to hit 10k, but I just didn't have it in me on Sunday.

For the first time ... I hadn't fulfilled my Pact.

Actually, as I was anticipating writing up a review for the year, I figured it would be good to have the entire experience ... which can include paying out. Pact doesn't pull from your  earned credit, but from the credit card you put on file (required when you sign up). I did laugh a little when I was notified of the $5 deduction for the week. "Thank you for contributing to the Pact experience" ... "contributing" is actually a punishment but the made it sound like you were being magnanimous.

So looking back at Pact in 2015 ... my payout for the year was $79.50.  Minus the $5 payment I had to make, I earned $74.50 for the year. The weekly payout changes from week to week. It depends on how many participants did and did not make their Pact. Those who don't pay, and the pot is distributed among those who fulfilled theirs. I noticed some higher payouts in December ... I don't think I was the only one who missed a workout during the Christmas season.

Starting over again now.
I probably should up my commitment to at least four days a week ...
Maybe FIVE. We'll see.
I'll check back in January of next year!



Friday, January 22, 2016

WWI #130 - 167.3

Since I didn't really count my drop last week as a true loss ... can I not count this week as a gain? Still struggling with motivation and energy, add a weekend full of basketball, Hubs out of town, kids out of school (on Monday), science fair ... the schedule was screwy this week. If you do the math, weight is up 1.8 pounds. Average up 1.11. There wasn't a lot of fluctuation this week, in fact the scale seemed stuck on 167.3 for four days in a row. It did drop a bit for Friday's official weigh-in. NUMBERS: Average intake was 2229, average daily burn 2311. This week there was an overage of 2711.

Here's a quick weekly recap ...

  • Friday (0115): Busy basketball day, starting with an early morning practice, running the 15-year olds to a neighboring school to cheer on the team, and going myself for the JV game. We had a family dinner out afterward. No exercise, and food was high.
  • Saturday (0116): Four basketball games today. We left the house at 11:00 and didn't get back until 6:30. I was pretty exhausted. I did do a little elliptical before leaving, and got some walking around in between games while I waited. I started off eating well, taking some nuts, clementine and granola to the game ... but then did a stop at McDonalds (only the cheese sticks though) and overindulged when I finally did get home.
  • Sunday (0117): We went out to my brother's ward to hear his son's speak. It was super foggy though, anxiety inducing! Needed a nap after that. Went out with some friends in the evening. No exercise, but not feeling well kept food somewhat in check.
  • Monday (0118): Hubs left in the morning for a business trip. Kids were out of school for MLK day and required my chauffeur services, so I didn't make it to Zumba. I was running them here and there, everywhere all day. #3 had basketball game in the early evening. Parking was horrible, it was running very late, four games going at once so the crowds and chaos were completely overwhelming... didn't help that our boys got bashed too. I was SO done! 
  • Tuesday (0119): Determined to have a decent day! Hit Zumba, and my SIL came, so that was fun. I did good with additional exercise today too. Bike and elliptical, then walked during #5's basketball practice in the evening. A little over on food, but a good day.
  • Wednesday (0120): Maybe I overdid it yesterday (although that used to be normal!) because I was dragging SO much at Zumba today. Had to hit a couple stores, but couldn't wait to get home and collapse. #5 had a basketball game in the evening, but it was early so I could get home and go to bed!
  • Thursday (0121): Our Zumba instructor had a meeting, so she asked me and the other gals to cover class this morning. I was a little worried after my lack of energy yesterday, but it went great and my stats were super. Rushed over to the elementary after for the science far. Two basketball games in the evening and then Hubs was home!

Pictures from the week ...
 
 Our foggy Sunday drive ...

 My SIL came to Tuesday and Thursday Zumba

 I tried an audio-book as I walked the halls during basketball practice
I think I've been getting a kink in my neck from looking down at my book while walking.
I don't do earbuds though - big Bose for me!


 My Tuesday ... 


 We didn't plan the color coordination (or lack, being black!)

Son #4 at the science fair.
I even got a post up on the family blog about it already (here)!
I'm never that prompt at posting!

We're also not great at getting the cars registered in a timely fashion, but look at that license!
All updated and January isn't even over!

Now NO excuses next week ... return to the routine, sticking to the schedule. Let's see if I can actually get some good numbers for when I check in again.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Kids, Kitchens and Cooking Shows

 Oh, Alton!

For today's TV Tuesday, I thought I'd do a quick post on what the kids have been watching. They have been fascinated with food, Food Network shows that is.  I remember watching "Good Eats" with the hubs quite  a while back. It was one we enjoyed (along with "Unwrapped"). But I was never really big on watching anything else on the Food Channel. I'm just too picky of an eater for anything to really apply to me. Cooking shows the last several years have seemed to morph into reality competitions and this past year ... my kids have discovered them.

It started with Cupcake Wars and I did a TV Tuesday about that about a year ago. They tried out the "Cake Wars" but didn't like them as much. My SIL recommended  "Cutthroat Kitchen" ... now that show is just mean! It isn't the best cook who wins, but the one who can outlast the sabotage! After the  boys finished up that (catching up with however many are offered on Netflix), they have been trying out some of the more traditional ones like "Chopped" and "Iron Chef". My munchkins discovered "Worst Cooks in America" and they loved that.

As I've mentioned, I rarely sit down and watch TV. I'll use it for motivation when I work out ... and cooking shows do NOT fit that bill for me (I like dramatic, action packed series that get the adrenaline pumping).  I'll catch bits and pieces of these productions as the boys are watching while I'm working in the kitchen.

I could NEVER be on a show like these. Not as a contestant, not as a guest judge. I'm just to "plain and simple" when it comes to cooking. I'm very limited even to "normal" standards without going gourmet or attempting to incorporate the things that come up in these weird challenges (an anchovy cupcake? Um ... no!)

My 12-year old has been enjoying eggs most mornings. I just went through the simple steps of making an omelet, and now he can do it all on his own (which saves me major minutes in the mornings). It's good for my boys to see that the kitchen is a great place for guys. My sweet hubby does quite a bit ... he makes the best steak, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, waffles and popcorn.

Hubs and #1 son making breakfast ...

Do YOU watch the cooking shows out there?

Monday, January 18, 2016

WWI #129 - Still the Same

Not a lot to report this week. Still not feeling back to my usual self, still not getting back to my usual activity, still not controlling the eating. Weight not changing much. There was actually a bit of a drop (1.3 for my official weigh-in, 1.63 for the average) but it doesn't really feel like anything other than the normal fluctuations unfortunately. Gotta get back into the 150s before I feel like there has been a CHANGE. Average intake was 2138. Average daily burn was 2255. This ended in an overage for the week of 2527.

Here's a quick week recap: 

  • Friday (0108): Late start, early out. Extra chauffeur duty (but driving 15 year old boys around is rather fun) then cheering on #2 in his basketball game. Oops, no exercise, oops, a lot of eating ;(
  • Saturday (0109): Still dragging. No exercise. Caved to candy today too. Watched/Videoed a couple of the boy's games, but did have a conflict, so had to send #5 with a teammate.
  • Sunday (0110): Slow Sunday, not much movement at all. Spent some time on the computer and did get a little nap. Make cookie press cookies.
  • Monday (0111): Not feeling well today. I'd thought about hitting Zumba, but I took a nap instead. Did get a little on the elliptical but it was SO hard. 
  • Tuesday (0112): Zumba in the morning, then checked out the munchkins for a dentist appointment. Much sitting there. #2 had a game in the early evening. #5 had practice, but he wasn't feeling well so he skipped it. Not a good eating day as we stopped at Wendy's after the dentist, and I grabbed some Dominos after the game.
  • Wednesday (0113): Got in a little elliptical and Zumba today. Kept calories in check as well. Pot roast for dinner. #5 had a 6:00 basketball game.
  • Thursday (0114): Hit Zumba in the morning and stopped at the store on the way home. Hubs went to see Seinfeld, I got kids to practice and a 9:00 game.
*** Pictures from the Week ... All Basketball ***

 Driving this lot around was actually very fun! #3 and Friends.
They cheered the high school boys on to a win on Friday*Ü*

 #4 all ready for his Junior Jazz game on Saturday

#2 and the other starters taking a seat on Tuesday ... 
My boy  had 19 points and 9 assists!

Closing with a little clip from Thursday ...

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2015 Book Report

As 2015 as come to a close, I thought I'd reflect on my reading from this past year. I did several blog entries throughout these past twelve months (JenB'sBooks) so this is more of a general look. Although my boys are doing a bit better with their books, reading is still a chore, and writing a report is even worse. Here I am, reading and writing reviews of my own free will! I love Good Reads for keeping track of what I've read, what I want to read, and even other details, like where I got the book (shown in the graph above ... you can see I really use my local library's digital services as my "library-eborrow" presents the biggest portion of of the book I read this past year).
 

Here's my stat capture from Good Reads. I did find some memorable stories that warranted a 5-star rating from me. I look back quite fondly on several of my four-star rated reads too. It was a good reading year. I didn't quite get as many book as a couple years ago, in 2013 ... although I did input "The Fallen" series trilogy as one book (as I read them back to back and reviewed them as a whole). So, as indicated in the image up top, that was a 1,320 page "book" counted as one. My PAGES this year did exceed 2013. 

I read a good portion of these books while on the bike. I did a lot of reading/riding this year. I also often read while walking/waiting for my boy's basketball ... during practice or between games. I can often get a lot of steps, and a lot of chapters, in while I walk the hallways. 

On Good Reads and other places, you often see "reading challenges" and encouragement to read more. I feel a bit guilty for how much time I spend reading already. Sometimes I feel like I perhaps need have my reading "goal" limited to a certain number of books. I am really glad I can combine some of my reading time with exercise time ... then I don't feel as bad about it.

How many books did you read in 2015?


Sunday, January 10, 2016

WWI #128 - First Week of 2016

My weekly weigh-in and the new year fell on the same day, which is nice for record-keeping. Even with the return to routine, and the whole "New Year's Resolutions" thing, I still haven't been able to get back to my old, energetic self. Still struggling. NUMBERS: Official weight was down .6, but the average was up a smidge (to 165.9). Average intake was 2064, average daily burn was 2417 ... no deficit for the week, over by 564.

  • Friday (Jan1): It's hard to start the New Year off on the right foot when you sleep in, don't exercise and overeat. That was my New Year's day though!
  • Saturday (Jan2): Got in an hour of elliptical and kept calories low. Spent some time on the computer doing end of the year cleanup, and chauffeured the boys around for some basketball a bit. 
  • Sunday (Jan3): 30min on the elliptical today. Should have done better on eating, as we didn't do our usual Sunday Circle breakfast but treat temptations abounded and I indulged.
  • Monday (Jan4): Back to the routine. I just didn't quite have it in me to hit Zumba, but did get 70min on the elliptical, bike and WEIGHTS in. Kept calories just under 2000 too. #2 had a basketball game in the evening.
  • Tuesday (Jan5): Did hit Zumba, and got in an hour of elliptical. Ortho appointment for #3 today and basketball practice for #5. I walked around while waiting but my legs felt ready to give out! Did keep calories under 2000. Hubs and #3 had a derby.
  • Wednesday (Jan6): DOMS from Monday's weights affecting me, I hadn't been sure about hitting Zumba, then #4 stayed home from school sick. So no Zumba. Just 30min Elliptical, and a little over on eating. #5 had a game in the evening.
  • Thursday (Jan7): Foggy roads this morning. Did hit Zumba, but only got in 10min Elliptical.Still not feeling very motivated. Ran out of gas ... literally! Hit a couple stores, and had meant to fill up but forgot, then didn't make it home from #3's school pickup. Luckily we were close to a gas station, but still, not good. Had to send #3 with a teammate to his game, while I got #4 to/from practice and #5 to his game. Snowy roads! 
 Pictures from the Week ...


Maga's Pastry Wreath (a NewYear's tradition) 

 The boys dress up on home game days.
They look snazzy!

Tuesday Zumba
Pretty good crowd - Love all the bright shirts

Double duty on the HRM again - 
my new Scorshe in addition to my ChargeHR

 One of #5's basketball games ...




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