Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Jillion Jackets

Time for another edition of  "What I'm Wearing Wednesday" ...

When it's Winter ... we need to stay warm, right? It's been a mild winter here (in Utah) and jackets have been the main outerwear this year. How many hoodies does a girl need? Apparently, quite a few! Here's what's hanging in my office, easily accessible as I'm in and out of the house. I've posted before that I lack color confidence and I embrace the black ... and that is obvious again looking at my jackets! But isn't my hoodie hanger adorable? I remember looking for an over the door rack and when I saw this one, I knew it was the one for me. It makes me smile every time I look at it.

A new addition this Winter was this cute Boymom sweatshirt hoodie. As a mom to five boys, this apparel appeals to me. It's big and fluffy and comfy and cute. One of the other hoodies hanging there is made of a thinner, more athletic fabric with a quarter-zip, more appropriate for heading to Zumba. Often I don't feel like pulling something over my head at all, so I need one or two full-zip jackets too.  One huge hoodie is actually one of Hub's old ones, which I only wear in the backyard when I'm on duckie duty (as that is often a bit dirty and dusty work, I don't want to wear my nice jackets for that).

I have a couple non-hoodie jackets too. I don't use the hoods often really (only if it's raining or something). I picked up a cute jacket a year or two at Sam's Club, which is a grayish design. I wear it when I'm wearing plain black bottoms.

As I head to Zumba however, I am usually wearing some grayish capris with a similar (yet contrasting) pattern. When I found this cute jacket (pictured on the left here) on sale at Sears I picked it up. I love the runching along the front zipper. It just adds a bit of a feminine feel, and makes it a little unique compared to all the other jackets out there ... and of course I love the basic black.  And the thumb holes, I like those too. Do you?

Of course, the jackets must also work well tied around the waist during dancing at Zumba.  

I'm not alone. Here's the "hoodie hook" for my #3 son.

My munchkin though (#5) will NOT wear a hoodie. He refuses to pull anything over his head after he's done his hair (he's just 12 years old, but do NOT mess with the do!) He's also a brand snob, and won't wear anything but Nike, and they are $$. So he only has two jackets, both zip-up. One red, one black ... glancing through any family photos you'll be sure to see them again, and again, and again!

Hundreds of Hoodies.
A Jillion Jackets.
A Couple of Coats ... Just In Case.

What about you? 
Do you like having a hood? Are you okay with over-the-head or do you require a zipper closure? Thick or thin? Thumb-holes? Color? Name brands? Do you hang on hooks or in a closet? Does a jacket work for your winter or do you need something stronger to stay warm? What are you wearing?

Monday, March 12, 2018

Week #240

Another up. The week started off promising ... I had a motivated Monday. Still not quite my usual 30k activity, but I kept the eating under control and had a nice scale slide. It didn't stick though. That was the only day I kept intake under my 2000 goal. Exercise was good Monday-Thursday, but the weekend went wrong, wrong, wrong.

NUMBERS: Not huge increases on the scale really. Official weight up .3 from last Monday. Average up .24. Only one day with calorie intake under goal. Average intake 2757. Average daily burn 2798. End of week overage of 2897. Just one 30k day, but four days with 3000+ burn (unfortunately, a few 3000+ intake days too). Step average 21417 with 53.99 logged miles. Cardio minutes logged in at 720/756/727 with 30min w/Weights.

EXERCISE: I achieved my hour of elliptical five of the seven days this week. Those five hours were all, there was no extra. Four times on the treadmill (30min each) and five Zumba classes. I did a lot of reading this week, but none of it while riding. I did one weights session.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: The usual driving and grocery shopping. A side trip to Shopko as well. One basketball game for #5 ... 9:00 start time! Oy, that is past my bedtime!

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

  • Monday (0305) Still not quite back to my 30k days. I need to fit in a second treadmill time or a bike session. Just the one treadmill time today, in addition to my usual hour of elliptical and Zumba. Some shopping steps. Kept calories in check though. #5 had a late basketball game. 27789 steps. 3073 burn. 1800 intake.
  • Tuesday (0306) Not a 30k day, but I did do weights! Also my hour of elliptical and one treadmill time ... I even jogged some of it instead of just walking. Marian's Zumba was canceled as there was a funeral in the building, so I went to HeatherB's class. Hubs and #4 did a derby in the evening. National Oreo Cookie day ... I made homemade oreos. Eating over goal but barely under burn. 26808 steps. 3050 burn. 2800 intake.
  • Wednesday (0307) Hit my 3000+ burn, even though I didn't get to 30k. Hour of elliptical early, Zumba w/MZL and one treadmill time. Intake was uber over though, even with the higher burn. Cookie monster. 26592 steps. 3076 burn. 3200 intake.
  • Thursday (0308) Finally hit 30k for a day this week. Same workouts as previous days (hour of elliptical, Zumba and one treadmill time) but some shopping steps (a Sam's stop + Walmart) and other activity pushed it over today. Eating still high, but under burn anyway. 30520 steps. 3356 burn. 2800 intake.
  • Friday (0309) Well ... this Friday was a fail. Only Zumba today for a workout. Zumba (w/MZL) was really good. Lots of energy and higher stats than usual ... but with #5 out of school and late start at the middle/high schools, my morning routine was off and I didn't get my elliptical in early ... or at all! No treadmill time either. Just no motivation after the morning dancing. Although I was off duty dropping #5 to/from school, I spent the same amount of driving time getting him to/from friends. Also had to get him to/from practice in the evening. 14877 steps. 2508 burn. 2800 intake.
  • Saturday (0310) was a lazy day. No exercise. Not sure why I didn't do some. I should have, especially as eating was uber up. Hubs hosted a "pinewood derby workshop" in the morning, sharing his know-how, tools and other supplies. This has become an annual thing before the Pinewood Derby in our area. Lovely morning for having a bunch of people over in the garage. No basketball games today. I mowed the lawn.  9894 steps. 2133 burn. 3000 intake. 
  • Sunday (0311) Hour of elliptical, three 20min sessions. Big family breakfast, but no big dinner today. There were Krispie Kreme donuts though ... 13442 steps. 2387 burn. 2900 intake.
*** What I Watched While Working Out ***
Four movies this week ... Australia (2008) is looong (2 hours 45 minutes) and I realized I'd seen it before as I started watching it. I didn't really remember it though, so I watched it again. It was good, but I didn't finish it in a day. Started the week off with Demolition (2015) ... If this had been in theaters, I never saw a preview. I liked it up until they destroyed the house, and some of the other interactions with the kid were a little disturbing. It wrapped up in the end leaving me looking back favorably for the most part. Fifty Shades Darker (2017) ... I have read the books and seen the first movie so, free on the HBO channel. Just had to make sure to watch when the boys weren't home and might bop in during questionable scenes. Abandon (2002) was another on the HBO channel, leaving this month, so I figured I'd give it a try although I'd heard nothing about it. It was just okay. The huge "twist" wasn't really surprising. To finish up my elliptical for the week, I watched the latest "Grey's Anatomy" and a bit of "Colony" ...

Five Featured Photos ...

 #5 had a bad bloody nose. 
At least it was before his game and we got it under control by tipoff. 
You can see his game highlights HERE.

This event actually took place a while ago, but just aired this week. Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) has a Facebook show called "Returning the Favor" where he showcases someone who makes the world a bit of a better place (and he then does something nice for them). This was spotlighting a fellow in the area and #5 participated in the "parade" held in the man's honor. I had to snag a couple of the shots where #5 was visible ... because if you blink you'd miss it ;) You can watch the episode HERE.  

 Blood brothers ... #3 donated blood, #2 donated plasma.

We got our first egg Thursday ... still the only egg so far.

 Hubs hosting his "derby workshop" ... the Pinewood Derby is coming up for our local scouts. Hubs knows not everyone has the know how, tools and supplies to complete their car, so he opens up the garage every year to help out anyone who wants to attend. He offers patterns and ideas, tools for cutting, drilling, sanding etc. Different ways to add weight and paint are also some of the stations offered. It was a good turnout this year, and the weather was wonderful!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Week #239 ... Another Bad Week

Another bad week. Weight up again. I admit to feeling off. Eating has been almost out of control. I was listening to the radio talking about the cross-country skiing athletes, and how during their intensive training they have to eat 8000 calories a day, and how difficult that is. That is a lot! But most people would say 3000 calories is a lot ... but it's pretty easy for me. I'm active, and often get a burn of 3000 too, but more often than not I'm overeating, and trying to out cardio such calories just doesn't work. I'm not sure why my willpower is so weak. I'm a wimp!

So ... stats were up with an increase in exercise. 
Weight was up with an increase in eating. 

NUMBERS: Official weight up 1.2. Average up 1.1. Average intake was 2886. Average burn 2781. No deficit, over by 3651 for the week. I didn't keep intake under 2000 any day. Burn was 3000+ three days, but no 30k days. Step average was 21355 with 55.99 logged miles. Cardio minutes 760/788 ... nothing with weights. 

Life ala Life Cycle ...
EXERCISE: I hit the elliptical six days this week, and achieved my hour five of those days. Treadmill time four days. 30min each session. Zumba classes Monday-Friday, five total. I actually got back to the bike too! 

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Nothing outside the norm this week. Just driving kids around, grabbing groceries and one basketball game as we finish up the winter seasons (just one league left).

... here's a look at the Day by Day.

  • Monday (0226) Better beginning than last week, but still not my standard. Started with my hour of elliptical. Zumba w/Debbie was forced to squish into the small, carpeted primary room. Just one treadmill time. #5 had a game in the evening. Easy win. 27445 steps. 3053 burn. 2300 intake.
  • Tuesday (0227) Didn't quite get my hour of elliptical in early, had to finish up the final 10 minutes later in the day. Zumba w/Marian. One treadmill time. Some duckie digging ... broke my pitchfork :( Chicken pillows for dinner. 26950 steps. 3046 burn. 2500 intake.
  • Wednesday (0228) Oy, not feeling it today. Alarm went off, and I skipped my first workout and stayed in bed. So just two 20min elliptical early ... and then I didn't get the last one in! There were boys in my gym all afternoon, but I could have/should have in the evening. Still did Zumba w/MZL and one treadmill time. Some shopping steps too. Totally dragging and ready for bed early. 22133 steps. 2805 burn. 3000 intake.
  • (Thursday 0301) Got in my hour of elliptical, although I had to finish the last of it at the end of the day. Zumba w/MZL. Draggy day. Needed a nap ... and I took one. Eating has been out of control ... tons of treats, then chicken/rice dinner, then Hubs made popcorn. I can't resist his popcorn! 21958 steps. 2845 burn. 3200 intake.
  • Friday (0302) Pretty fab day for a Friday! Almost 30k. Still slept in a little, just one elliptical session early. Zumba w/MZL. A treadmill time and two more elliptical sessions. I even got on the bike while catching the state boy's basketball game. Not quite as stressful for me as last year, when my boy was playing in the semi-finals. Still not great on calories, but better, at least under burn. 29144 steps. 3162 burn. 2600 intake.
  • Saturday (0303) Just 30min elliptical. I considered doing weights, but it didn't happen. Stayed "active" though, got my 250 steps in all 14 hours of the day. Did some cleaning and grocery shopping. No basketball games today. Prom for #3. Hubs cut his finger ... much blood. Makes me woozy. 15218 steps. 2542 burn. 3000 intake.
  • Sunday (0304) No exercise. Rest day. Uber over on the eating w/family breakfast, family dinner and Girl Scout cookies delivered yesterday. Tagalongs! 6635 steps. 2016 burn. An embarrassing 3500 intake.
*** What I Watched While Working Out ***
Those weeks I was able to get in four or five movies, I did a little more treadmill time. Usually a second 30min session. Combine that with my hour of elliptical, and that was enough for most movies start to finish. Usually I'm motivated to finish a movie before the end of the day. I like that closure. This week ... I wasn't motivated enough, and I just finished up the next day. Filled in any extra time with my current series (Colony and Grey's Anatomy). White Out (2009) was a thriller, murder mystery. I probably wouldn't have paid to see it in theaters, but it was a decent workout film. Kept my interest and adrenaline up. In fact I was interrupted while watching as #3 couldn't get his car started in the morning and needed a jump. It was cold outside, but coming up from the gym, having worked up a burn and picturing the freezing temps from this movie ... it didn't feel that bad outside. The Nice Guys (2016) was next ... an action/comedy. Kept my entertained and interested. Hubs said he might like to watch it too. Finally Brooklyn (2015) which didn't have much action, but did tell a story and I wasn't quite sure how it was going to go.  So ... I did like all three of my movies this week. 

Five Featured Photos ...

 Bye Bye Betta ...
Hawkins was old and hadn't been looking good. 
It wasn't a surprise.

 Jumping the truck Monday morning. Glad #1 was home to help!

 Icicles off the church at Tuesday Zumba ...

Prom for #3

Hubs encounter with the table saw. 
Relieved it wasn't worse. I got woozy as it was.
There was a lot of blood (this is the next day).

Friday, March 2, 2018

February 2018

Oy ... I feel like February was a failure! The end especially.  President's Day (kids off school) threw off my schedule ... that and some big snow! #2 had a birthday ... 19 years old. #5 had a double diagnosis of knee issues which slowed him down this month too. There was lots of baking ... Valentine Cookies are pictured in the collage above, but there were Superbowl sugar cookies too, in addition to all the other usual treat temptations.

NUMBERS: Starting weight was 172. Ended at 173. High was 173.7. Low was 168.4 with the average coming in at 170.91. Average intake 2491. Average burn 2759. Overage of 3166 for the month. Step average 20498, total steps 573946 with 225 logged miles. Cardio minutes came in at 3060/3331 with 80 minutes w/weights. 

Now I know February has fewer days than the other months ... but fitness numbers are down regardless.  EXERCISE: I stayed most consistent with my Zumba. Went to 19 classes and did a little extra on my own. As for elliptical, I hit the machine 22 out of the 28 days, but only achieved my hour on 16 of those days. 18 days had treadmill time, just with 6 days with double doses.  I did a lot of reading in February ... but alas, not while riding. Didn't get on the bike once. Two times w/Weights. OTHER ACTIVITIES: The usual driving and grocery shopping. Basketball was a little lower than it would have been without #5's knee issues ... which was our medical hour this month. Some salon time, both for my nails and haircuts for the littles. And I went to a movie! First movie I've been to in over two years. Greatest Showman. 

*** JenB's Journal ***
0201 (Thursday) Weight 172.0. Steps 27601. Total Burn 3036. Exercise Burn 1229/1252 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.75milesTreadmill). Calories in 2400. Just like last week, big scale slide up from Wednesday to Thursday. What's up with that? It's discouraging! Got in my hour of elliptical in the morning, then Zumba with MZL. Stats: 7428 steps. 3.26 miles. 446/425 burn. AvHR105. High135. In Zone 9 of the 69 minutes. After class I stopped at Sam's Club, just picking up a few things. I wasn't feeling that great, a little spinny myself, and cold. I snuggled up in bed for a bit. I got up to try and get some things done but had to go lay down again. #1 had the day off work, and unloaded the dishwasher for me before heading out to see a movie with his girlfriend. #5 didn't have his usual practice, but the team was getting together for bowling. I dropped him off to catch a ride (they went to Lehi) and then picked him up from Coach's house when they got back ... around 9:30. Had to laugh that here the first week that #4 didn't have his 9:30 pickup (as their Junior Jazz is done) I still had a pickup to do! I was still awake though. I hadn't thought I would be, but Hubs and I ended up having a "grown up" discussion with #2 in the evening.

0202 (Friday) Weight 170.9. Steps 24339. Total Burn 2858. Exercise Burn 1210/1086 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.80milesTreadmill). Calories in 2500. Hubs was off at the normal time, but I stayed in bed for a bit, as I can with late start. Just one 20min session on the elliptical before getting the boys off and heading to Zumba. MZL in West Jordan. Stats: 6556 steps. 2.88 miles. 380/427 burn. AvHR105. High133. In zone 4 of the 62 minutes. One of the gals in class asked if I could drop her off at Gene Fullmer after, so I did ... and passing Dunford on the way home, I grabbed some donuts. And ate some donuts. Got in my remaining elliptical sessions to hit my hour, and one time on the treadmill. After the school pickups, I dropped #5 off at his coach's house to catch a ride to practice. They were a little earlier today, 5-7.

0203 (Saturday) Weight 170.6. Steps 12331. Total Burn 2259. Exercise Burn 410/477 (40minElliptical). Calories in 3300. Oy, that intake. I started the day without eating anything, getting in a session on the elliptical, then running to Smiths (they had a sale on hamburger and I restocked other groceries) then taking the two littles to get much needed haircuts. Whew. Then #5 had a double header with his Grizzlies team at 3:00 and 4:00. They won the first, lost the second ... but they made a much better showing against this team they had played earlier in the season. That game had a score of 5-35 at the half, this time it was tied at 27. They started draining 3-pointers in the second half though, and our boys couldn't quite keep up. #5 had an 8:00 game with his Wolves, but Maga had arranged a family dinner (adults). I arranged for #5 to get a ride to his game. I was sorry to miss it, but they lost and didn't play particularly well, so I guess it was a good one if I had to miss. It was one of the further ones too. Dinner was nice. The calories there added in with some treats I'd indulged in earlier really added up. I did get a second elliptical session in at some point. I'd hoped for a third to get my hour of elliptical, but that didn't happen. 
0204 (Sunday) Weight 171.2. Steps 9491. Total Burn 2273. Exercise Burn 250/488 (20min Elliptical). Calories in 2800. #2 was up and off early to work, but the rest of the family was around, so we did our big breakfast. #1's girlfriend joined us. Hubs was a little in and out as he was running some errands and working in the garage redoing lights... then prepping dinner. It was the Superbowl today, and we always have a Superbowl Smorgasbord.  This year Hubs went a little crazy! Pork ribs, beef ribs, steak, tri-tip, marinated chicken ... then potatoes, corn, peas and Brazilian cheese rolls. Yes, calories were over again, even before the Superbowl sugar cookies I made (shaped like footballs). The boys wanted the Eagles to win, or at least didn't want the Patriots to win again, so they were happy with the end result. #4 is really the only one crazy about football.

0205 (Monday) Weight 171.7. Steps 31866. Total Burn 3439. Exercise Burn 1450/1656 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.5milesTreadmill, Weights). Calories in 1250. Well. weight up from last week, but not surprising after this weekend. Hubs slept in, I was up before him. Got a little preoccupied during my morning so didn't quite get my hour. Had to finish up 10min later in the day. I noticed my gas tank was full when I dropped #5 off at school. It had been close to empty. Nice of Hubs to fill it up for me. I remembered everything I needed for Zumba and got there on time today. Debbie should be back for next time. Stats: 6478 steps. 2.88 miles. 423/421 burn. AvHR115. High143. In zone 18 of the 62 minutes. I stopped at Smiths on the way home as we needed some buns for french dip. I need to plan ahead a bit better, as I'd just been to the store on Saturday. I stayed productive today. Got a couple blog posts done (my regular weekly one and a belated month recap) and a family letter out. General clean-up and laundry and such. Two treadmill times and weights. #2 made himself some soup with a recipe from his girlfriend (I helped a tiny bit as we tried to figure out the InstaPot together). Afterschool pickups and then #5 had a game at 8:00. It was a tough team, and they would pull ahead and our boys would bring it back, but we ran out of time while they were ahead. Poor #5's knee has really been bugging him. When #2 was his age he had knee issues too. Diagnosed as "Jumper's Knee" which just needed some rest and ibuprofen and it eventually got better. Thinking this may be the same thing so we'll try the same treatment. He has a few days off before practices later this week. Hubs had gone to a movie with a work friend and wasn't home until late, and then he shaved some meat, so we didn't get to bed until 11:00.

0206 (Tuesday) Weight 169.2. Steps 31531. Total Burn 3218. Exercise Burn 1384/1444 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.66milesTreadmill). Calories in 1700. I didn't get my hour of elliptical in this morning, because instead of my 3rd session, I was driving to the middle school to drop off papers #4 "really needed" but had forgotten. Barely got back in time to get #5 to school. Then Zumba w/Marian. Seven of us there today. Stats: 6396 steps. 2.83 miles. 397/375 burn. AvHR106. High144. In zone 10 of the 64 miles. #1 was in and out today, with just a half day of work. Off to "The Killers" concert in the evening.  I got in my two treadmill times, did a little duckie digging and some extra Zumba. Hubs was doing more work in the garage in the evening. #3 went to a movie with his upcoming prom date ... he said they might be boyfriend/girlfriend already. I prepped some meatless lasagna for #2 to have tomorrow as although we have a fridge full of leftovers, it's all meat that he won't eat.

0207 (Wednesday) Weight 168.4. Steps 26335. Total Burn 3096. Exercise Burn 1217/1327 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 30min/1.8milesTreadmill). Calories in 1700. I fell back asleep after Hubs left this morning and needed my alarm to wake up. I did get my hour of elliptical in early. Got the kids off to school then hit Zumba w/MZL. Stats: 6458 steps. 2.94 miles. 409/419 burn. AvHR114. High145. In zone 14 of the 61 minutes. As I'd done shopping on Monday, I didn't feel like I needed to stop at Maceys today. Went straight home. #2 had called into work and slept in. He did hit classes for a bit but was home most of the day. I baked the lasagna rolls up for him and he said they were good. So he has that and his soup for leftovers for a few days anyway. Got in one treadmill time and a bit of extra Zumba. Made cookie press cookies ... hearts for Valentine's Day. They tasted a bit off to me ... maybe I won't be tempted by this batch. Got the kitchen cleaned up, dishes washed, vacuumed the house ... and to bed.
0208 (Thursday) Weight 169.3. Steps 33441. Total Burn 3306. Exercise Burn 1395/1564 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.65milesTreadmill). Calories in 2300. Started the day with my hour of elliptical, got the kids off to school, then hit Zumba w/MZL. Stats: 6592 steps. 2.89miles. 376/417 burn. AvHR102. High130. In zone 1 of the 62 minutes. Stopped at Walmart on the way home. I don't hit it nearly as often as I used to, when they matched ads. I miss that. They are still less expensive on a few things, so when I run low on those particular items I'll make a trip in. I didn't hit Sam's today, as I usually do on Thursdays. I got in two treadmill times, some extra Zumba and made a muvee. Picking up #5, I totally spaced out and drove past my turn. I guess I was in auto-pilot and going to get #4, again (I'd picked him up just a little earlier). So I had to flip around and make my way back to the elementary. I guess I'm surprised it hasn't happened before. #5 had his usual practice, but we ended up not going. His knee has really been bothering him. He's been in tears after every game. He did say he bonked it or something during the NBWA game a couple weeks ago. Several years ago #2 had knee pain and I took him in. Originally it was misdiagnosed as a bone chip. The othopedist said it was "Jumper's Knee" which is common for active kids at this age. Just rest and ibuprofen for the fix (more for the anti-inflammatory than for pain relief) ... so we are trying that, although "rest" for him does happen. But their Thursday night practice is mostly running and conditioning, they don't shoot at all. I really should have hit the bike or something, even though I was good on steps. Hubs picked up a turkey breast and prepped it to smoke this weekend.
0209 (Friday) Weight 168.8. Steps 25710. Total Burn 2950. Exercise Burn 1243/1189 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 32min/2.0milesTreadmill). Calories in 2850. With late start, I set my alarm an hour later, and needed it! Fell back asleep after Hubs left and had weird dreams. Got in 30min on the elliptical and #5 off and made sure #4 was ready for his carpool, then I headed out to Zumba w/MZL. Stats 6768 steps. 3.02 miles. 395/377 burn. AvHR106. High133. In zone 5 of the 63 minutes. Straight home after. #2 was home, as Friday is his off day. He napped most of the day. I hit the treadmill and did more elliptical to equal my hour. Early out at the elementary, and then I dropped him off at a teammates house to catch a ride to Grizzlies practice, as the 3:00 start time was right when I needed to pick up middle school. I did the middle school pickup, then grabbed #5 from practice and grabbed pizza (it was National Pizza Day) and he had a slice, and then I dropped him off at his Wolves practice. He got a ride home from that. Hubs worked in the garage most of the evening ... sure made his body cold!

0210 (Saturday) Weight 169.2. Steps 13129. Total Burn 2187. Exercise Burn 200/413 (35min/2.0milesTreadmill). Calories in 2700. So annoying when I still wake up at an early hour on my "sleep in" day! Still stayed in bed for a bit. I was about to hit the gym when #3 beat me to the top of the stairs (on his way to the gym). He had work at noon, so I let him go first. I did get a walk in before #5's first game at 1:00. It was against Olympus, who our boys had beat by just one in OT last time. I'm not sure if it's because it didn't really matter to the standings (2nd or 3rd, would play a fairly easy team first round of playoffs) but the Coach pulled #5 for the last while, and the other team pulled ahead for the win. I thought maybe #5's knee was hurting him too much that he'd told Coach he couldn't play, but #5 said he felt good enough that he could have gone back in. Maybe Coach was saving him for the next game at 3:00 ... although the boys then played a practice game at 2:00 too. Olympus was playing Herriman (who we would be playing at 3:00) ... and Herriman won them! We had thought the 3:00 game would be an easy win for them, and thus us. It still was an easy win for us. Those three hours felt a little long. Glad to be done with basketball for the day. #5 ended up going home with a friend, and then spending the night. I've been wanting to see the movie "The Greatest Showman" ...breaking my 2+ year non-movie streak. We went for the 4:45 showing, but it was pretty much sold out (only a couple single seats left) so we bought tickets for the 6:45 and then went back. The movie was good, I enjoyed it. The theater itself sure had changed since I'd been there last, with "luxury loungers" and plenty of leg room. Still couldn't quite get comfortable as at home. Missed my captions, and Hub's popcorn is better. But glad we went. Been a while since we'd had a date. Hub's foster sister from years ago was in town, so he went to say high after the movie. It was late enough that I went straight to bed.

0211 (Sunday) Weight 169.8. Steps 7092. Total Burn 2029. Exercise Burn 0/252 (no exercise). Calories in 2500. Rest day, no exercise. I thought about it a couple times and almost hit the gym or bike, but didn't. Hubs was home, so we did our breakfast. He smoked bacon and #1 made waffles. Missing #2 at work, and #5 slept over at his friend's house. Hubs ran some errands. I picked up #5. Worked with some videos. Hubs smoked a turkey breast, more for slicing than for dinner, but I roasted some baby potatoes. While laying in bed this morning, I remembered that it was Valentine's Day this week. Last year, I'd prepped a simple "garbage can" box for #5, but he wanted something else, and we ended up scrambling that morning putting something together. I had a brainstorm to make a Rubix cube box ... he's obsessed with them of late. I mentioned the idea to him and he liked it, so we spent the evening making that and it turned out cute.

0212 (Monday) Weight 171.4. Steps 29146. Total Burn 3082. Exercise Burn 1378/1316 (60minEllipitcal, Zumba, 60min/3.52Treadmill). Calories in 1700. Wasn't a good night for either of us, we were both awake for a while in the middle of the night. Back to getting up early. I beat Hubs up. Wonder Woman hit HBO, so I watched that for my movie today.  I got my hour of elliptical in early while getting the boys off to school. Zumba with Debbie. She's back! 6106 steps. 2.75miles. 395/389 burn. AvHR111. High142. In zone 11 of the 60 minutes. I remembered to bring #5's paperwork (b/c and immunization record) to the middle school, stopping on the way home. Then a stop at Smiths for some groceries. Dragging a little. Did manage to get in two treadmill times and finish up the movie. I actually didn't like it as much as I thought I would after hearing so many people rave about it. I think I just don't care for superhero shows anymore. #3 was off to management training, #2 to a game, and #5 and I were off to his game. Our boys were playing the undefeated, top team today ... and beat them! #5 didn't make one basket, very unusual for him. He did attempt a couple shots early on, but for most of the game he was passing and getting the assist. I think he (and everyone) was still fine with his performance. Gordy was the crazy scorer tonight.

0213 (Tuesday) Weight 168.8. Steps 32549. Total Burn 3320. Exercise Burn 1400/1569 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.55milesTreadmill, 40minWeights). Calories in 2500. Better night, for me anyway. Hubs was awake in the night still. Work worries. I got my hour of elliptical in early, got the boys off to school, then hit Zumba with Marian. She didn't work today and so could stay the whole time. Stats: 5339 steps. 2.34miles. 312/301 burn. AvHR102. High128. In zone 2 of the 53 minutes. Had a productive day, didn't stop moving. I called the orthopedic doctor and almost took #5 in today, but then switched to a 3:30 appointment tomorrow. Got in two times on the treadmill and did weights. Got some kitchen cleanup and laundry done. After school pickups, then made strog for an early dinner, as Hubs and #5 were off for a lego derby. Ended up being the ward of one of my high school friends. Also made homemade oreos, making one batch with a white cake mix and coloring the dough pink for Valentine's Day. Then helped #5 prep his Valentine's cards for tomorrow. I will be grabbing him a bit early from school, hope he doesn't miss much. Sometimes all they are doing is watching a movie or something, other times it is a party, although it's not always at the end of day. Best to get his knee checked out for sure though.

0214 (Wednesday) Weight 168.8. Steps 26223. Total Burn 3063. Exercise Burn 1252/1291 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 33min/2milesTreadmill). Calories in 2300. Started the day with my hour of elliptical. Got the boys off to school then hit Zumba with Southziders, as there was another funeral at the MZL building. Stats: 6145 steps. 2.81 miles. 445/408burn. AvHR119. High141. In zone 30 of the 62 minutes. Stopped by Reams on the way home to grab more veggies, and they had milk and soda on sale. Got in some treadmill time ... I knew I'd only get the one today, so I did a little bit extra to hit two miles. Went early to pick up middle school, getting there before school got out so I could get them home and then get to the elementary school. I'd told the other moms that I was going early, to have the kids hurry out. Mine and the other boy did, but then we were waiting, waiting, waiting for the other gal. I texted her and ..."oh, I'm not coming today" ... that would have been nice to know! So I didn't get out as early as I wanted, and the elementary parking lot was pretty much filled (even though it was still 20min before it was letting out) but I managed to park, and #5 was already waiting for me in the office, which did save another five minutes. We barely made it to the doctor's office on time ... of course then, we wait. It was just the PA, but he seemed very competent and knowledgeable. With the swelling and the injury, he diagnoses bursitis, but also "Jumper's Knee" which is what I had suspected. It's just hard to STOP and miss games unless you know for sure, but that is what he said was needed, along with ice and anti-inflammatory medication and some stretches. #5 was in tears a bit, but this is better than a fracture or other injury. A couple weeks and it should resolve. He did have a big weekend planned. Practice Thursday, double practice Friday, three games Saturday, two or three games Monday. Just one game with Grizzlies, but it is a playoff game. The others were the Wolves in an AAU tournament. I contacted his Wolves coach, but have yet to talk to the Grizzlies one. We might still go to that game and have him sit on the bench and maybe play a little if they need him for the win. I remember #2 did that back when he was diagnosed with Jumper's Knee years ago.  There was a bad accident there by the clinic we were at. It had happened earlier, a car slammed into a stopped bus. It was a fatality, so it closed everything down there for a bit. It didn't impact our drive, but we could see the lights from the waiting room. Found out later it was a senior from Herriman High. Also in the news was a school shooting in Florida with 17 killed.  Super sad, on Valentines Day no less. Back at home, I made heart sugar cookies. They turned out good (I ate too many) but it was a bigger job than I thought and took me longer, and the kitchen was still a mess when Hubs got home. Usually the best present I can give him is a clean house. I've been doing better, but still fail so much of the time. He brought me (well, my duckies) mealworms ... at my request. This batch hasn't had live ones before, and they didn't quite know what to do with them. Hubs had suggested a movie and popcorn (DVD in bed, his popcorn) and that was fine with me. Better than attempting to go out! He got BladeRunner from Redbox and brought his gas burner in to use the old aluminum pan (which wouldn't work on our induction stove). I was a little full from the cookies, but of course there is always room for popcorn. We were both falling asleep during the show though ... a drawback of watching in bed. So, we stopped it and will try to finish it tomorrow.

0215 (Thursday) Weight 170.3. Steps 37464. Total Burn 3375. Exercise Burn 1554/1593 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 2400. Hubs was still sleeping this morning. I beat him up. He said he was spinning a bit in the night. He left for work, still not 100% and ended up coming back home and working from home, and resting a bit more when needed. I got the boys off and hit Zumba w/MZL. It ran a little long, so the numbers were higher than usual. 8821 steps. 4.04 miles 529/543 burn. AvHR112. High137. In zone 13 of the 80 minutes. They were having their "Valentine" celebration today, encouraging red/pink clothes and having a potluck breakfast after. They'd requested paper plates and we had a bunch on hand so I volunteered to bring them. I don't generally stay for the food though, as I usually want to get on with my day ... and I'm a little anti-social ;)  Hit Sam'sClub on the way home. Unloaded everything and got things put away. Cleaned up the kitchen, doing dishes, etc. Hit the treadmill and did some Zumba practice. Picked up kids from school and hit the treadmill again. Hubs had a derby in the evening, and #5 was going to help as he was sitting out his basketball practice (#4 was happy he didn't have to go as was the original plan). Except ... Hubs derby computer is his work computer, and it was at work. He didn't realize it until he was about to leave for the derby, and his work is 30+ minutes away in the opposite direction. He called a friend who lives up North, and that friend was willing to do the huge favor of grabbing the laptop and driving it out. Good friend! Hubs offered to pay him for his time and gas but the friend declined. Maybe it's karma, as Hubs has often helped out others.

0216 (Friday) Weight 169.5. Steps 25274. Total Burn 2923. Exercise Burn 1218/1168 (60minEllipitcal, Zumba, 30min/1.75milesTreadmill). Calories in 1950. Slept in an extra hour with late start ... middle school was out today. I got in a couple elliptical sessions early, then hit Zumba w/MZL. Stats: 6655 steps. 2.99miles. 380/431 burn. AvHR106. High138. In Zone 4 of the 61 minutes. At the start, it was only me and another instructor to lead, but then more showed up and we had plenty. More kids than usual, other schools must have had more than just the middle school out, although my elementary and high schoolers still had school. I stopped by the nail salon after class for a much-needed fill. #5 had two practices scheduled, one with each team, but sat them both out. I didn't mind not running around as much as I usually do Friday afternoons.

0217 (Saturday) Weight 168.5. Steps 14939. Total Burn 2487. Exercise Burn 430/717 (40minEllipitcal). Calories in 2400. Hubs was up fairly early running some errands and spent much of the day working in the garage. I got up and got a session on the elliptical in ... on more a little later in the day. Caught up on Grey's Anatomy. #5's Wolves teams had games at 10:00 and 12:00. With the AAU app I could catch up on the scores, they lost both games. #5's Grizzlies team was playing at 1:00. He shouldn't play ... but the team needed the win (or would be knocked out of the playoffs) and I think they may have needed him for the win. Also needed one of our big guys, who wasn't there! I texted his mom and she thought the game started at 1:30. They hurried over and were late but made it, and the boys got the win. Next week will be the true challenge. #5's knee was hurting some, so we went home and iced it and he rested the remainder of the day. Hubs made some popcorn and we watched "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" ... until he fell asleep ;) There was some snoring going on.

0218 (Sunday) Weight 170.2. Steps 6907. Total Burn 2077. Exercise Burn 0/297 (no exercise). Calories in 2800. Hubs was up and off to work for the first part of the day. We did a smaller breakfast at home. Fried up some bacon and sausage and hashbrowns. Hubs grabbed some steaks and I marinated some chicken and he bbqed for dinner, making potatoes and corn and I added Brazilian Cheese Rolls. #1's girlfriend came over but she didn't stay too late, because a winter storm was forecast. I boarded up part of the duck pen to try and keep the upcoming snow out.

0219 (Monday) Weight 171.5. Steps 10058. Total Burn 2187. Exercise Burn 310/433 (30minElliptical). Calories in 2200. President's Day ... so slept in. Hubs was up and off early. Said the roads were really bad. It had snowed much of the night. #1 and #2 were off pretty early and I checked in on them with Find my Friends to make sure they'd reached their destinations alright. I could have, should have, gone to Zumba, but I just didn't feel like facing the roads and snow and outside. My energy just plummeted. Only 30min of elliptical for exercise all day. I let the ducks out and kept and eye on them all day. There were some spots of low snow, but really no "no snow" spots. I tried to clear some spots for them with the shovel but the blowing snow took over. The ducks didn't seem to mind. Their water had frozen mid-day though. Quite a bit of snow had blown into the pen. I'd left the door open if they wanted to go back in. They didn't, but the snow did. So I raked out all the moist straw and wood chips. I just left the dirt until right before I put the birds back in for the day. Then I lay new bedding down. Reupped their food and water and then covered the open section of the door with a big board. I tried to tie an old tarp around the top section where snow could blow in, but it came down. My fingers were absolutely frozen! I did my weekly weigh-in and blog post, and family epistle. I'd thought about taking #5 to watch his Wolves play, but with the weather, I wimped out. I was happy to take a shower and put on jammies by 7:00. Checked with one of the basketball moms and she said it was a super easy win even without #5.

0220 (Tuesday) Weight 171.9. Steps 24805. Total Burn 2830. Exercise Burn 1207/1041 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.75milesTreadmill). Calories in 2900. Oy, hard to pull out of bed this morning. More snow last night, so the roads were bad again. #3 was late to school. I got #5 dropped off and went to Zumba, wearing boots and bringing shoes to change into. Just four of us today, and Marian had to leave early so I finished up. Stats: 6160 steps. 2.73miles. 417/379 burn. AvHR110/134. In zone 10 of the 65 minutes. Straight home after, and other than afternoon kid pickups, I didn't go out. I hadn't let the ducks out in the morning, just taking them their breakfast salad and adding some grain. There is just snow everywhere. No place for them to hang that isn't covered. At least the pen is pretty dry. I finally let them out for a couple hours in the late afternoon as I needed to do a little work in their pen and it's easier if they aren't in there when I do that. They wandered around some. Don't really seem to mind the snow that much, but it's hard to think they aren't freezing! I was not very motivated today. Got one treadmill time in, and finished up the 10minutes elliptical I hadn't hit earlier (didn't get started in time for the first workout to be 20min, only time for 10). I'd thought of hitting the bike, but didn't. Got the kitchen cleaned up and did some laundry. Finished up a highlight reel of #4 ... one more to go, then finish up the basketball blog post. I hadn't done great on eating, then Hubs made popcorn. A couple of the boys went to the high school to watch the final game. CHHS lost, which makes them and Riverton co-champions for region (like last year, tied with Bingham). 

0221 (Wednesday) Weight 172.8. Steps 29346. Total Burn 3254. Exercise Burn 1310/1468 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 35min/2milesTreadmill). Calories in 2000. The high school was out today, so #3 got to sleep in. #2 also slept in, taking the day off for his birthday. I got the littles off to school and got in some morning elliptical (10min shy of my hour). Kept the ducks in the pen, but took them out fresh water and food. Their water had frozen over, first time that has happened. Zumba with MZL. Stats: 7000 steps. 3.11miles. 459/472 burn. AvHR119. High 148. In zone 26 of the 63 minutes. Emily wasn't there, not many instructors, so I did more songs that usual. Carma wasn't there but Kirsten was, and we had her do "Say Hey". After class I stopped at Maceys. Ran into Cathyleen there. Grabbed some groceries and a little cake for #2's birthday. Then a stop at the Dollar Store for a few things. With both boys home, I had help unloading, which was nice! I cleaned out a cupboard in the laundry room to make some space to store the dishsoap I'd stocked up on. Threw out some old items and advertised some freebies (bubbles, etc) on the neighborhood FB page. I found a treasure though! A bag that had FOUR of the old orange Tuffy Scrubbers in. They were discontinued years ago. I'd hung onto the one I had, because it in horrible shape was still better than anything I could buy new. I'd replaced it a while back when we discovered one in the trailer when we cleaned it out. It was in pretty rough shape, but still working ... but now I have four brand new ones! They could last me years ;) I let the ducks out for a bit in the afternoon, although with snow everywhere, there isn't a good place for them to do. They still seem to enjoy wandering. Afternoon pickups per usual. I only got in one treadmill time and my last 10min elliptical. Not because boys were home and in my gym. I was just busy with other stuff ... and then a little lazy. Maga came over in the evening, but missed the birthday boy, who was out with his girlfriend. He made it back for us to sing happy birthday to him. I gave him a "sushi making class" voucher which he and his girl seemed excited about.

0222 (Thursday) Weight 171.7. Steps 18273. Total Burn 2606. Exercise Burn 707/839 (30minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2300. Woke up not feeling well. Just a little dizzy, sweaty, light-headed. Just got 30min elliptical in during the morning. Wasn't sure I felt up to Zumba, but I went and felt a little better. Stats: 6664 steps. 2.98 miles. 396/390 burn. AvHR108. High 136. In zone 6 of the 62 minutes. After class I stopped at Sam's Club for a few groceries. Didn't get much done during the day. Laid down for a bit but didn't sleep. Let the ducks out for a little bit in the afternoon. I had put them in for the night when I noticed that snow was in the forecast (flurries were starting), so I went back out and put up the boards (to keep snow out of a portion of the pen at least) and it was good I did, because there was a lot of snow come morning. Hubs made popcorn again and we watched a couple episodes of Veep.

0223 (Friday) Weight 172.3. Steps 14273. Total Burn 2414. Exercise Burn 500/614 (10minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 3500. Holy snow. Hubs said it really wasn't bad when he left (around 4:00am) but it was terrible for our morning commutes. I hadn't left the house Monday. Tuesday wasn't too bad ... today was bad! My trip to the elementary took longer than usual. I got off a little later than I wanted to Zumba, and traffic was backed up. Not too many people made it. Just three of us (me, Emily and Anna) for instructors and then a few people following. Stats: 6400 steps. 2.83miles. 386/410 burn. AvHR108. High132. In zone 1 of the 64 minutes. After class, despite the bad weather, I hit Cal Ranch for some corn/bedding, then Reams for some produce. Then stopped for donuts. Finally back home. Again, just not feeling productive or energetic. I'd only done 10min elliptical in the morning, and then never made it back down to the gym. Hubs had suggested dinner out and my folks and his mom were on board. He wanted to go straight there from work, so arranged for his mom to pick me up. Red Robin was yummy. Home again after. I noticed #1 and #3 had left, and were together. I figured out that they were suit shopping, as #3 has Prom next weekend. Made my mommy heart melt that #1 was being such a good brother and helping #3 out. #2 went sledding with friends. #5 didn't actually miss practices today, as both teams ended up canceling.

0224 (Saturday) Weight 172.9. Steps 5621. Total Burn 1942. Exercise Burn 0/156 (no exercise). Calories in 3300. Still awake around 7:00, which is later than the weekday routine ... but sometimes I'd really like to sleep in. Hubs had tickets for the Jazz game tonight. He'd left them at the office, so he headed to the office and stayed to do a little work, then ran some errands. Had to take his car in to get the tire patched as he had a screw in it. #5 had a game at 1:00. I didn't really care if we won, as that would make us have a second game right after and I didn't think #5's knee was up for that (and it would be a tough team). We did NOT win. The first half was really bad ... 29-7. Ouch!  None of our shots were falling, but the other team was on fire. We did better the second half and got it within 10. #5 was hurting though. #3 had been excited to go to the game tonight, thinking he got off at 5:00, when he was actually scheduled to7:00. He was very disappointed. With an extra ticket, #4 tried to find a friend to go, but none were available at such late notice. #5 was able to get a friend (the same one who'd gone last time we had an extra ticket). These are great tickets! 2nd row, with free parking and food. The game was really close all night, but Jazz pulled it out. #5 missed his Wolves playoff game, which was at 6:00 (and would have been at 8:00 if they'd won). He didn't feel up to it after falling earlier ... and the Jazz game was a nice consolation prize to missing. I checked in with one of the other moms and it sounded like a repeat of #5's earlier game. Horrible first half, way behind, then nice comeback, just not quite enough (Wolves were closer though, within four). So Bantam and Dimple Dell ended today. The Monday night Murray league still has a few more games, but hopefully with everything slowing down #5's knee will finally get better! #3 brought me home some cheese curds from KFC (A&W) ... calories were already over before that.

0225 (Sunday) Weight 173.7. Steps 7215. Total Burn 2133. Exercise Burn 0/171 (no exercise). Calories in 3000. Yes ... I can eat 3000 calories pretty easily. Started the day off with french toast. It was yummy. Finished up some basketball stuff, videos and blog posts. Got the bills paid ... sometimes February catches me off guard, finishing up days earlier than other months. More snow had been in the forecast, and we got a dusting. The sun came out, and temp was 30° so I let the ducks out for several hours during the day. Helped #1 with some pricing for a homework assignment. Hubs was smoking some tri-tip and ribs. He made his mashed taters too, and instead of my usual Brazilian Cheese Rolls, I tried making Cheddar Bay Biscuits and they were a hit. Hubs is planning on shaving most of the tri-tip. Kitchen cleanup and then to bed.

0226 (Monday) Weight 173.5. Steps 27445. Total Burn 3053. Exercise Burn 1100/1275 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 35min/2milesTreadmill). Calories in 2300. Let's see if we can have a better Monday than last week. It didn't start out great though. On my second session on the elliptical, I was interrupted by my son, saying his car wouldn't start as he tried to leave for school. Oy. Luckily #1 was still home, and Daddy has a handy dandy portable jumper. We got him started (and had him take the jumper in case he had trouble starting it again ... which he did) but I missed my second workout. Got my next one in, and #5 dropped off to school. I have a hard time making it to Debbie's class by 9:00. As I pulled up to the church ... there were too many cars there. A bad sign. Sure enough, the gym was being used for a missionary activity. I have to say, it annoys me. Priesthood takes precedence over simple ladies wanting to workout ... even if they are the ones who have the gym reserved. We had to move to the primary room, which was way to cramped and small for the number we had (plus no place for kids to play) plus carpet, plus Jesus everywhere. Sometimes I love Debbie's playlist, but today I just wasn't feeling any of the music, in addition to my irritation. My feet felt heavy, I'd have worn different shoes if I'd know we'd be on carpet. Stats were not great, no surprise: 4178 steps. 1.8 miles. 308/235 burn. AvHR102. High138. In zone 6 of the 56 minutes. Stopped at Smiths on the way home. Needed to restock the cat food, and they had some decent sales on. I was hungry when I got home and indulged in some cereal. Got everything put away. #1 was around all morning, said his school classes had been canceled. #3 was home early (skips 4th period bb), went to a suit fitting then to management training. #5 had a game. His Wolves were happy to see him, especially as we were missing a couple other kids, so only six players. Easy win though. Saw the stat sheet and while #5 is still in the #2 position for overall scoring and 3-pointers, it's a little surprising as he had two games with no points at all (one he just didn't score, then he sat out last week for his knee). Back at home, Hubs was shaving the tri-tip and he made popcorn. I guess the scale will not improve tomorrow morning!

0227 (Tuesday) Weight 173.7. Steps 26950. Total Burn 3046. Exercise Burn 1230/1246 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.85milesTreadmill). Calories in 2500. #3 wanted to be awakened early, as he had the ACT today and needed to be on time (something we've been struggling with a bit lately). I got my first two sessions in on the elliptical, but had to cut the third one short as I got started a little late. #5 and got caught by both busses on the way to school. They have been coming earlier. Maybe we need to push our departure time a bit. It was an outside day. About 30°. I had let the ducks out early yesterday and today. Zumba with Marian. I was ready for some songs/steps I know/love and wasn't disappointed. Marian had me wrap up as she had to head out to work. Stats: 6680 steps. 2.97 miles. 426/415 burn. AvHR111. High136. In zone 10 of the 64 minutes. Unfortunately I wasn't super productive today during my alone time. Spent some time out with the ducks. Gave them some water, broke off some icicles (don't want them to fall and injure my babies), shoveled out some of the bedding from the pen into the garden ... broke my pitchfork dang it! Did some digging in the flower beds, even getting the ducks to come into the front yard for a bit. Still finding some worms even during winter. I did get in one treadmill time. I really meant to get a second, but it didn't end up happening. Barely got in my final 10min on the elliptical. Made chicken pillows ... mostly leftovers, but #4 had some. Also made some cheesy biscuits again. Hubs made himself some french dip with his shaved meat when he got home. I'd meant to watch some of the state basketball playoffs, but then I spaced it off  (when my kid isn't playing it's not a priority). Checked in to find that CHHS won over Bingham in the first round. No repeat win for Bingham this year. Eliminated first round. Finished up THREE books today ... my audiobook, my kindle app, and my borrowed book on Kindle Prime.

0228 (Wednesday) Weight 173.0. Steps 22133. Total Burn 2805. Exercise Burn 1000/1006 (40minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.8milesTreadmill). Calories in 3000.  Hubs was up and off at the usual time (5:30ish). When my alarm went off at 5:50 ... I just didn't want to get up and exercise. I reset the alarm for 6:30. Still got in two elliptical sessions while getting the boys off. Zumba w/MZL. Stats: 6396 steps. 2.89 burn. 393/419 burn. AvHR110. High128. In zone 2 of the 64 minutes. As I was leaving the church, I noticed a car backing out of Coach's driveway. When the car caught up with me at the light, it was Coach. I was going to Maceys for some grocery shopping and he stopped quick to ask me how #5 was doing. At the store, I stocked up on lots of unhealthy things. The Little Debbie snacks were on, and the boys love them. Some granola bars #2 likes. The little ChipsAhoy cookies. I was starving and proceeded to eat an entire bag. So shopping steps and steps from carting everything in. But ... another non-productive day. I just feel like curling up in bed with my book. I did get in one treadmill time, and figured I'd fit in my final elliptical later ... but then there were boys in my gym all afternoon. Excuses ... I could have ellipticalled in the evening, but instead showered and got in jammies early. In bed early. Hubs was still working on his computer, but I was able to fall asleep. Or not able to stay awake.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Week #238 - Bad Week!

Oy - that was a bad week! Eating was up, exercise was way down, weight went in the wrong direction from day one. Monday (last week) was the lowest weight all week.  Things started off on the wrong foot on Monday. President's Day, so no school ... sleeping in, no hour of elliptical early. We were also hit with quite the snow storm. I was a weather wimp and decided not to face the roads to make it to Zumba. Then I just never quite got back on track ... as the numbers show! The high school was also out Wednesday, which was #2's birthday as well. Another big snow Friday.

... and just par for the course for this week, I didn't receive my weekly report from Fitbit.
I emailed support, and happily they were quick to send it out. 
Not that I really want to showcase my stats this week ...

NUMBERS:  Ooof ... weekly weigh-in up 2.4. Average up 2.8. Unfortunately this wasn't just a jump from the weekend (as the average indicates). As mentioned above, the low last week was day one. Intake average way up, to 2829. Burn average down, to 2481. So no surprise it was uber over for the week (5266). Step average 15656 with 35.03 logged miles. Both way under my norm. Cardio minutes 495/529/552/499 with no weight workouts.

EXERCISE: I stayed most consistent with my Zumba. Still got in four classes, just skipping my Monday. I only achieved my hour of elliptical two days this week. I did do some elliptical other days, but not my usual. Only two days with treadmill time too. 

OTHER ACTIVITIES: The usual driving and grocery shopping. Cake on Wednesday for #2's birthday. Out to eat with the folks on Friday. We sat out #5's Monday game and his weekday practices (hoping his knee will heal) but he did play in his Grizzlies game Saturday afternoon. Hubs and the boys hit the Jazz game Saturday evening. They had another ticket (#5 took a friend) but I prefer to avoid the crowds and just catch it on TV.
Here's the Day by Day ...

  • Monday (0219) Between no school throwing off the schedule (President's Day) and a ton of snow ... it was NOT my usual motivated Monday. I wimped out facing the roads to hit Zumba.  Only 30min elliptical. #5's Wolves team had a game in the evening but he sat it out to let his knee heal. 10058 steps. 2187 burn. 2200 intake. 
  • Tuesday (0220) Still snowing. Got in my hour of elliptical, Zumba w/Marian and one time on the treadmill. Over on the eating. Mostly due to treats, but also some late night popcorn w/Hubs. 24805 steps. 2830 burn. 2900 intake. 
  • Wednesday (0221) Should have done a few more steps to hit 30k. Hour of elliptical, Zumba w/MZL and two miles on the treadmill. Some shopping steps and cleaning out cupboards. 29346 steps. 3254 burn. 2300 intake. 
  • Thursday (0222) Feeling a little off today. Light-headed, sweating, even before any workouts. Just 30min elliptical. Actually felt better after Zumba w/MZL, but then took it easy the rest of the day. 18273 steps. 2606 burn. 2600 intake. 
  • Friday (0223) Continuing my "off" week ... did 10min elliptical in the morning then never made it back to the gym. Zumba w/MZL. Grabbed donuts after picking up some groceries. Out to dinner in the evening with Hubs and the folks. Eating uber over! 14273 steps. 2414 burn. 3500 intake.
  • Saturday (0224) No exercise. Some computer work. #5 had a basketball game, then the boys went to a Jazz game in the evening. 5621 steps. 1942 burn, 3300 intake.  
  • Sunday (0225) No exercise. More computer work (basketball blog and videos, bills). Family breakfast and dinner. 7215 steps. 2133 burn. 3000 intake.
*** What I Watched While Working Out ***
With less time on the elliptical and treadmill ... there was less time for TV and movies. Only two movies this week, and my current series. I generally start the (week)days with a movie, and then switch to TV if I still have some time. Series are also for weekends or when I know I don't have 100+ minutes of exercise planned for the day. I really enjoyed the first season of Colony and was watching for season 2 to come to Netflix. Post-Apocalyptic/Alien Invaders ... write up my reading alley ;)  As for movies, I started with The Circle (2017). Now I knew going in that this hadn't received good reviews. I actually liked it (although not the ending so much). Very though provoking concerns about today's technology. Changing Lanes (2002) was an oldy, expiring from the HBO network. Eh ... very over the top, and then a complete turnaround redemption in the end.  Hopefully I'll get back to exercising more next week and have four or five movies to review.

Five Featured Photos ...

 A presidential PENNY portrait
My brother created this ... cool, right?

 Monday was also "Mint Chocolate" day ...
I feel the need to support these smaller "holidays"
Mint brownie, mint chocolate chip ice cream ... mint oreo candy bar. Yum!

 Happy Birthday to my #2.

19 years old. 

Cleaning out a cupboard, I was rewarded with a TREASURE! These Tuffy scrubbers were discontinued years ago. I hung onto my last one for years, finally replaced it with one we found when cleaning out our camping trailer. It's on it's last strand (but I was still using it). I found FOUR brand new ones! I wonder how much I could sell them for on the black market (I'm not the only one who loves them) ... but of course I'm keeping them. I should be set for a while now, as they do last a loooong time.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Week #237

Weight fluctuated during the week, and then ended up right about where it was for last week's weigh-in. The usual Thursday up ... not super surprising as Wednesday was Valentine's Day and Hubs and I did a little movie/popcorn that night (in bed ... I don't like facing the crowds, especially on a holiday).

NUMBERS: Official weight down a smidge (-.3) with the average up a smidge (.15). With the intake average at 2293 and the daily burn average at 2904, there was a small deficit for the week (-1682). Only two days under 2000 intake. Four days with burn 3000+. Two 30k days. Step average was 24257 with 66.75 logged miles.  Cardio minutes 900/977/982/899. 40 min w/weights. 

EXERCISE: I hit my hour of elliptical five days, with a little more over the weekend. Five Zumba classes, with a little extra on my own as well. Five days had treadmill time. My Mon-Friday are my best days for exercise! 5 days! One weight session. 

OTHER ACTIVITIES: The usual driving and grocery shopping. Needed a nail appointment this week, and I took #5 into the doctor to get his knee checked out. Nothing super serious, but he's supposed to REST. He'd had a game Monday night before the diagnosis, and still played one game Saturday (but not the three he was scheduled, nor the practices Thurs and Friday).

Here's a look at the Day by Day ...
  • Monday (0212) Didn't quite hit my 30k ... I usually do to start the week. Just feeling a little tired and didn't push there at the end to get there. Hour of elliptical, Zumba w/Debbie and two treadmill times. Kept calories in check. 29146 steps. 3082 burn. 1700 intake.
  • Tuesday (0213) Productive (and 30k) day. Started with my hour of elliptical, then Zumba w/Marian. Two treadmill times, some Zumba practice, and WEIGHTS. Stroganoff for dinner, homemade Oreos for dessert...I'd been doing okay on calories until cookie time! Hubs and #5 did a derby. 32549 steps. 3320 burn. 2500 intake.
  • Wednesday (0214) Got my hour of elliptical, Zumba (w/Southziders, as the MZL building had another funeral) but just one time on the treadmill. The drive to SZ is a little longer, and class starts later, and a store stop on the way home ... so just a little less time during the day. Then I went to middle school pickup early, so I was there when they got out, to gain a couple more minutes as I check-ed #5 out of school for a doctor appointment for his knee. I've learned to go straight to the orthopedic specialist rather than instacare if possible. It was as I suspected, "Jumper's Knee" with some bursitis as well (he hit it during a game a couple weeks ago). Ibuprofen, Ice and REST. It's that third one that's tough, as he was supposed to play in a President's Day tournament this weekend with his Wolves in addition to his regular games plus practices. But it won't get better and could get worse. So I told his coaches and hopefully 10-14 days of rest should get him back on track. Made sugar cookie hearts and then watched a DVD with Hubs for our Valentine date. Except we both fell asleep before it was over ... 26223 steps. 3063 burn. 2300 intake.
  • Thursday (0215) Zumba w/MZL today, it was their Valentine celebration with everyone wearing red/pink and a potluck feast after. Class went a little long too, to steps/burn were higher than usual (8821 steps/536 burn). Also got in my hour of elliptical, two treadmill times and a little Zumba practice. Some shopping steps, and I think I just stayed pretty active all day, except for finishing the movie with Hubs ;) He had worked from home, feeling a bit spinny today. He and #5 did a derby in the evening. 34764 steps. 3375 burn. 2400 intake.
  • Friday (0216)  Middle school was out today. I started my day an hour later than the usual Mon-Thurs. Zumba w/MZL with a stop at the nail salon after. Early out at the elementary, but #5 sat out his two basketball practices in the afternoon/evening to rest his knee. 25274 steps. 2923 burn. 1950 intake.  
  • Saturday (0217) Just two 20min sessions on the elliptical. No new Grey's Anatomy, but I still had the one from last week to watch. #5 skipped his two Wolves games, but went to his Grizzlies bb game and played, AMA. Got the win. 14939 steps. 2487 burn. 2400 intake. 
  • Sunday (0218) we had a family breakfast in the morning, and BBQ in the evening. No exercise. Winter storm forecast for tonight and tomorrow and colder weather coming. 6907 steps. 2077 burn. 2800 intake.   
*** What I Watched While Working Out ***
I watched five movies down in the gym this week ... all were new releases (out in 2017) that were now streaming (via HBO). I'd heard a lot of good buzz about Wonder Woman. I liked it, but didn't love it. I think I'm just a little "off" superhero movies right now. Next up was The Zookeeper's Wife. I'd told my #2 that he should take his girlfriend to it, as she's a cute redhead who loves animals and matches the picture perfectly ... watching it ... NOT the best show for an animal lover! Sad, but I was glad I'd watched it. For Valentine's Day, I thought I'd do a bit of a love story, even if it was teenage love. Everything, Everything. Interesting premise, with a girl kept in her germ-free house. Twist there at the end I hadn't anticipated at all. My Sister's Keeper (2009) was my one older flick (set to expire from HBO in February). I liked it. Finally, Get Out, which my boys had really liked. I really didn't know anything about it, other than it was going home to meet the parents. I guess because of that I was almost expecting a bit of a "Meet the Parents" type show, which it wasn't (not that I remember that movie at all either). I think this really blew my boys away ... but for me, and my many paranormal reads, it really wasn't all that "wow" although it did keep my interest and adrenaline up.

Hubs and I also watched a couple movies ... NOT while working out. These ones were laying in bed while munching on popcorn. We didn't make it through either, falling asleep and having to resume the next day. That is a danger when watching at the end of the day in bed! Not so much of an issue when I'm in my gym ;)  Blade Runner was a bit of a confusing mess in my opinion. The words written at the beginning were super small and I didn't quite catch them (explanations setting thing up) and I hadn't seen (or don't recall) the original movie. I also didn't remember the first Guardians, although I know I saw it (in theaters no less). This one was super silly, and one I enjoyed much more with Hubs right there laughing. On my own I think I would have gotten a little more annoyed at the super silliness, as that even edged in here near the end. 

Five Featured Photos ...

 Wednesday I hit Southziders as there was ANOTHER funeral at the MZL building. 

 MZL's Valentine party was Thursday - 
my friend Emily had heart shaped sweat on her back!

Double diagnosis for #5's knee pain ...
Needs to take a break from basketball :( 

#1 son hid his "big head" in my office blinds.
I feel like someone is watching me!

... and I've been baking!
... and eating ...

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