Monday, September 25, 2017

Weekly Report #216

It was a cold and rainy week. That doesn't impact me much, as I'm an indoor exerciser. I got 30k days Monday-Thursday, but petered out a bit there at the end of the week. Still managed 20k days Friday and Saturday, then just made it over 10k for Sunday. But overall, still a successful week I think. The low this week was lower than the week before. Progress ...

NUMBERS: Official weight was up the tiniest bit (.1) and the average was down a tiny bit (-.32 to 167.29).  Average intake was 2014, average burn 3000. Had one day where intake was over burn, but still had a decent deficit for the week (-4600). Step average 27,143 with 94.64 logged miles. Four 30k days, four 3000+ burn days. Cardio minutes were quite consistent (logged on different devices) ... 1150/1151/1125, with 60min spent with weights. 

EXERCISE: I achieved my hour of elliptical six out of the seven days this week. Treadmill time every day. Five Zumba classes with a little extra on my own. Two sessions on the bike. 

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Still mowing the lawn, although that will be coming to an end shortly. Grocery shopping steps ... down a little this week, as Hubs helped out. Three basketball games. I went to the salon to get my nails done, and took #4 in for a much needed haircut.

Here's a look at the day by day ...
  • Monday (0918) Watched "Pitch Perfect 2" as I got in my hour of elliptical and hour of treadmill. Also Zumba w/Debbie. Mowed the lawn. Hubs got home from his weekend bike trip. Over on calories ... dang chocolate chip cookies! 33138 steps. 3361 burn. 2400 intake.
  • Tuesday (0919) Full day. Actually got my entire hour of exercise in while getting the boys off to school (woke a little early). Zumba w/Marian. Nails done (just sitting for an hour, ugg). Two times on the treadmill and a little extra elliptical to finish up my movie (Logan). Did weights, and some bike before bed. Hubs and #3 did a derby in the evening. 35011 steps. 3442 burn. 1600 intake.
  • Wednesday (0920) Dragging a little, as is often the case the day after weights. Still managed a 30k day. #3 is now driving himself to school, which gives me 20 extra minutes in the mornings ... enough for that third 20min session on the elliptical, getting in my full hour early. Zumba w/MZL, then two treadmill times. Haircut for #4 after school. Double dinners ... meatball subs for the boys, savory crust chicken bake for Hubs. I actually attempted the bike before bed, but my legs said no (even though I go fairly easy). 31170 steps. 3239 burn. 1500 intake.
  • Thursday (0921) Got in my hour of elliptical early, then Zumba w/MZL. Two times on the treadmill before the kids got out of school. Good thing I got in the exercise early as #2 was in the gym, then #3. Repairman came and fixed the dryer and dishwasher. So nice to have those working again! Made chicken and wild rice soup for dinner, cookie press cookies for dessert. #5 had basketball practice in the evening. 31373 steps. 3231 burn. 1800 intake.
  • Friday (0922) Didn't make it to 30k today. The late start/early out just disrupts my usual routine. Zumba with MZL, my hour of elliptical, once on the treadmill, and a session on the bike. Made more pumpkin press cookies (as yesterday's batch was GONE). Hubs and #4 did a derby. 26381 steps. 2965 burn. 2000 intake.
  • Saturday (0923) Managed 20k today ... my hour of elliptical, one time on the treadmill and a little Zumba on my own. #5 had THREE basketball games. We left the house at 11:30 and didn't get home until 4:30. Won all three, and he had a stellar game in the second (20 points). 21829 steps. 2633 burn. 2000 intake.
  • Sunday (0924) I really wanted to keep my streaks (hour elliptical, treadmill time) alive, but it felt so hard today. Maybe I need a rest day. I did 30min on the elliptical, and a walk on the treadmill. Calories way over today. We had our big Sunday breakfast, and Hubs made a yummy dinner of smoked roast, mashed taters and corn. There is some movement on the eggs in the incubator ... 11110 steps. 2130 burn. 2800 intake.
Five Featured Photos ...

Kitten is was in heat this week ... which makes her adorably annoying. Mega meowing and always asking for attention. It's the only time I can ever hold her.  She seemed to need constant contact, climbing up on the boys.  A couple funny photos ...

 ... kitten as a scarf

 ... and as a hat.

 A little baking. Cookie press pumpkins!

 My cute munchkin after his third game. 

 A few weeks ago I shared a picture of my beautiful sunflower ...
It is now ready for Halloween!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Weekly Report #215

Well today's weigh-in isn't as low as I hit during the week, but still almost a pound drop from last Monday's measurement. I had 30k days Mon-Fri and 20k days Sat and Sunday. Staying active, and improving the eating ... quantity if not quality. Here are the weekly Fitbit stats and numbers ...

NUMBERS: Official weight down .9, average down too (-1.66 to 167.61). Average intake 1950 with average burn 3148. Deficit for the week (-5975).  Step average 29308 with 112.78 logged miles. Cardio minutes 1230/1171/1224 and 60min w/weights, 60min abs/core. As mentioned above, I hit 30k five days this week. Those same days had 3000+ burn as well. 

Life ala Life Cycle ...

EXERCISE: Very consistent with my hour of elliptical and treadmill time. Every day this week for both. Five Zumba classes with a little extra on my own. Five times on the bike, reading and riding. Two weight workouts, and four ab/core sessions.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: A little lawn mowing, some shopping steps, two basketball games and the usual driving kids around. We had friends over several times this week, and Hubs left for a weekend biking in Moab

Here's a quick look at the day to day ...

  • Monday (0911) Good start to the week. Got in my hour of elliptical, treadmill twice, bike and Zumba w/Debbie. Workout movie was "Cinderella" today. A quick store stop to restock some groceries. Gathered Golden Girls eggs (I thought she'd stopped laying but she just switched spots). Spaghetti dinner. 32586 steps. 3313 burn. 1900 intake.
  • Tuesday (0912) Zumba with Marian, and I did a little extra on my own too. Three 20min sessions on the elliptical, two 30min sessions on the treadmill (watched "Allegiant"). Also did some weights. Hubs had a derby ... and a Menieres attack. Made it through with help from the boys. Dominos for dinner. Even though I had plenty of activity already, I might have hit the bike before bed ... but there were boys in my gym (#2 this time). 32798 steps. 3467 burn. 1700 intake. I wanted some ice cream in the evening but I resisted.
  • Wednesday (0913) Had to push to hit my 30k today. Zumba w/MZL ... a little shopping after. My hour of elliptical, 30min treadmill time and a session on the bike before bed. Small ab workout. Mowed the front lawn. Haystacks for dinner. 30283 steps. 3108 burn. 2000 intake.
  • Thursday (0914) Ugg ... bad night. Awake for a while, and then bad dreams when I did finally fall asleep. Woke up unsettled and off. Got in my hour of elliptical, and hour of treadmill watching "Nocturnal Animals" which was dark and depressing. Zumba w/MZL and a quick shopping stop after. Beef Stroganoff for dinner. No practice for #5, so it was a quiet evening. Good thing I had hit the gym earlier in the day, as #3 was in there for 2.5 hours. Still hit my 30k. 30959 steps. 3189 burn. 2100 intake ... oops, a little over goal. Caved to some cravings that involved peanut butter (Reeses). Passed on the opened bag to #1 son to finish (or hide!)
  • Friday (0915) Pretty active for a Friday! Only one elliptical early, with the late start. Zumba w/MZL, with a little extra on my own. Finished up my elliptical with two more sessions to equal my hour. One time on the treadmill, a session on the bike and I did weights. Hubs is off for a weekend biking in Moab. 31028 steps. 3313 burn. 1750 intake.
  • Saturday (9/16) Got in one elliptical session before heading out to basketball with boy #5. They won. Ran some errands ... dropped #4 off to hang with friends, grabbed stuff from the store and library. Two more elliptical sessions to equal my hour. Another basketball game. Another win. Some treadmill time and a little ab work. Made chocolate chip cookies. 23760 steps. 2862 burn. 1800 intake.
... and Five Featured Photos ...

 I had a video clip of these "bubble battle balls" in action last week. The boys and their friends had fun this week ... but alas, I don't think they (the balls) survived.

 ... had to restock the food for the ducks. All the wild birds seem to enjoy it too!
50 pound bags! #1 son carried both at once into the backyard. 

I had thought Golden Girl had stopped laying ... but she just switched spots. I found these Sunday night. Hubs said we could leave them and let her sit, but the thought of a whole new brood of babies got me a little overwhelmed and I gathered them. It's too late in the season!

 ... picking tomatoes left he with red scratches. 
I think it was actually a pokey squash plant!

 Restocking on Golden Oreos ... #1 posted this to his snapchat.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

TV Tuesday - End of Summer Series

 TV Tuesday - What Have I Been Watching?
(while working out ... of course!)
I struggled a bit with my workouts during the summer months. I rarely even got in my hour of elliptical, which had been pretty standard until recently.  Not being on the school schedule, forcing me to get up early, having those few hours of ME time ... Another reason was I struggled to find something to watch that really grabbed me. I tried several series that I ended up giving up on. They just didn't hold my interest (hmmm, sounds like another TV Tuesday blog post). They didn't make me want to get in that extra elliptical or treadmill time,  just to see what happened. Didn't keep my adrenaline pumping.  I did go through three seasons/series from start to finish in my gym ... and Hubs and I watched a couple together too (not in the gym, but in this same time frame, so I'm including them here). 

  • Big Little Lies: As we are paying a little extra to get access to HBO (I would have been willing to wait on GOT, but Hubs wanted to watch week to week ... it IS hard to avoid spoilers) I figured I'd watch another show on that subscription. I'd heard some buzz about "Big Little Lies" and it certainly had some big names.  Not really an adrenaline boosting one to watch (except in just a few parts) but it did keep my interest. I don't know that I can say I liked it ... it was rather depressing, although it did offer hope/redemption in the end. I can't even comprehend the lifestyle presented (these mom's of 1st graders putting on a big fundraiser where everyone dresses up? So not my scene). It reminded me a little of Showtime's "The Affair" how it had a present day investigation going on, but we watching don't really even know what happened ... and then you see the story progress in the past until all is revealed.
  • Shooter: I'd watched the movie starring Mark Wahlberg a long time ago. I remembered the most basic premise (army sniper being set up) but couldn't really recall much after that ... so no spoilers for the series for me. This one was a good one to watch while working out. A lot of action. Definite storyline progressing from one episode to the next. It grabbed me. I got a little frustrated with all the people switching sides ... I actually cheered when one of the bad guys got taken down. Had some interesting background music throughout.
  • Scandal: Season six ... I came into this show a little late, catching the first season or two on Netflix. Then being caught up, it was one I watched week to week as it aired ... but I hated the wait between episodes.  This last season I did not watch until it was done and on Netflix. Not sure how I feel about this season ... especially the end.
Ozark was a bit of a binge ... watched it pretty much in a weekend. Started on a Thursday, got in a couple episodes, a couple more on Saturday ... and the rest on Sunday (that would be six. 10 episodes in the season). Many people have compared it to "Breaking Bad" (one of Hub's favorite shows) and I can see the parallels. Family man involved in a dangerous business as the premise. We liked it.

... and Game of Thrones. You almost can't wait to watch an episode, as there are so many spoilers all over. It's been discussed to death, so I don't know that I'll add anything here. The watching week to week does distance me from it a bit. I think I distanced myself a few seasons back (that awful red wedding really did me in). It will be interesting to see how it all ties up. We have a bit of a wait. Hmmm, shall we cut out our HBO subscription until then?

Monday, September 11, 2017

Weekly Report #214

Managed to keep things pretty consistent weight-wise this week. I slipped a bit on the eating and dipped below goal for activity on Sat/Sun. We had the Labor Day holiday and we had our third birthday celebration this week ... now we are done with birthdays for a bit (a couple of months anyway). Overall, I'm happy with the stats this week.

NUMBERS: Official weigh-in was +.1 ... average was down though (-1.77 to 169.27).  Average intake edged up again, 2129. Average daily burn was 2990. Crunching the numbers, it was a small deficit for the week (-570).  Step average was 26,372 with 100.21 logged miles.  Counting up cardio minutes, the numbers were 1080/1056/1005 ... 60 minutes w/weights.  Three 30k days. Three days with burn 3000+ ... one day with calories IN that high. Oops!

Life ala Life Cycle ...

EXERCISE ... my hour of elliptical was completed every day this week. I also had treadmill time every day. Five Zumba classes (I was the sub leading on Monday), with a little extra practice on my own. Three sessions on the bike. Just one with weights. I know strength training is important, but often I'm stiff and sore and dragging in the days after a hard weight workout.

OTHER ACTIVITIES ... I'm pretty boring. Driving kids around. Out for grocery shopping. #5 had a basketball game. What can I say, I'm a homebody.

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

  • Monday (0904) Labor day. Hubs home and kids out of school ... but I still got my exercise in and eating under control. Most of the "free Zumba" classes took the holiday off. My Monday instructor had plans, but asked if I'd sub. So I did. Also fit in my hour of elliptical, some treadmill time and a session on the bike. Hubs smoked tri-tip and pork loin for dinner. I was so close to 30k, I made sure I finished those remaining required to hit that mark. 30163 steps. 3240 burn. 1750 intake.
  • Tuesday (0905) Back to the school schedule. Early elliptical and then Zumba w/Marian. I knew #3 would monopolize the gym after school, so I made sure I got in my exercise during the day. Finished up my elliptical hour, treadmill time and did weights. Pickup from the middle school was a nightmare (bad accident at an intersection nearby caused traffic to stop blocking in the school parking lot). Chicken Cordon Bleu for dinner. A little bike before bed ... had to push to make it to my 30k day! 30207 steps. 3366 burn. 1200 intake.
  • Wednesday (0906) Feeling my weight workout from yesterday. Sore and dragging a bit. Zumba was a little tough. Movie of the day was "Jason Bourne" which was a good workout movie. Lots of running and fighting to keep the adrenaline up. Got in my hour of elliptical and an hour on the treadmill. Got some shopping steps and mowed the lawn. Eating was a little over again ... had the munchies! 28327 steps. 2991 burn. 2500 intake.
  • Thursday (0907) Pretty much the exact same exercise as yesterday ... an hour of elliptical, an hour of treadmill and Zumba. 4700+ steps more today though, some shopping steps and I mowed the front lawn. Birthday for my oldest - 22 years. There was red velvet cake and peach cobbler, but I don't like either ... hadn't done great on the eating anyway though. 33035 steps. 3217 burn. 2450 intake.
  • Friday (0908) Put on "Collateral Beauty" for my workout show today ... it was about 90 minutes long, enough for my hour of elliptical and treadmill time. Also went to Zumba w/MZL. Made, and ate, Snickerdoodles in the evening. 24951 steps. 2954 burn. 2200 intake. 
  • Saturday (0909) Got in an hour of elliptical and some treadmill time today. Should have done a bit more to hit my 20k goal, but was feeling so tired. #5 had a basketball game at 3:00, they got the win. Totally overate today (starting with Snickerdoodles for breakfast, then the boys finished them off). 19293 steps. 2645 burn. 3000 intake (oy!)
  • Sunday (0910) Big family breakfast, but then I managed to keep calories in check for the rest of the day. Hit the elliptical for three 20min sessions, a treadmill time, and made it onto the bike for reading/riding. 18628 steps. 2519 burn. 1800 intake. 
Five Featured Photos ...

 After having sweat drip into my eyes ... I've started bringing a towel to Zumba!

 ... a little bb gun shooting in the backyard. 

 Sunflower bouquet brightens my day ...

 #3 and kitten ... snuggle buddies 

 The birthday boy! 22 years old!

... and a bonus video
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I didn't have much for the birthday boy, and when I saw these bubble balls on clearance at the store ($10 each) I grabbed a couple. I figured they probably wouldn't last very long, but for $20 I'd risk it. They have been a hit (literally and figuratively). I wish I'd grabbed a few more at that price! It's only ended in tears on time ... so far.   Probably burns a few calories, but I haven't participated myself!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Weekly Report #213

Who knew I'd be so happy to see the 160s again. It's all perspective I guess. It's the first time this year, and for a bit before that too (September of last year I believe ... over a year ago). Third week in a row for good food and fitness ...

NUMBERS: Official weigh-in down. -4.2 pounds.  Average stayed almost exactly the same (from 171.06 last week to 171.04 today). I stayed under goal five days, but kept intake under burn all seven days. Average intake was 1864. Average daily burn was 3109. A deficit (-6361) for the week.  Step average 28,601 with 96.15 logged miles. All seven days over my 20k goal, with four over 30k. Four days with burn 3000+, really should have been six, as two days were just shy of the mark. 

EXERCISE: I'm back with my hour of elliptical consistently. Hit it all seven days this week. Five Zumba classes (Mon-Fri) with a little extra on my own. I had treadmill time every day too. Only hit the bike twice, and I was a bit wimpy with weights this week. One full-body workout, and one ab/core.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: I know my transport time is still likely way under most people, but I hate being in the car. Alas ...mommy chauffeur duties are required.  One basketball game, the usual lawn mowing and grocery stops. Got my nails filled. Hit Sears and the library this week, a birthday dinner out and a family get-together ...

Day by Day recap ...

  • Monday (0828) Got in some early elliptical, an hour total for the day. Zumba with Debbie in Daybreak and a little additional practice on my own. Two times on the treadmill. I'd hoped to hit the bike, but I was wiped out and already at 30k. That's good enough, right? Happy birthday to #4 ... 14 years old! Yes, there was cake, but I did keep calories in control. 31297 steps. 3306 burn. 1800 intake.
  • Tuesday (0829) Three 20min sessions on the elliptical. Zumba with Marian with some extra on my own. One time on the treadmill and a session on the bike. Caved to some cravings/stress eating, and while I didn't keep calories under goal, they didn't get too out of control. Hubs came home with a new car today, then he and #3 did a derby. 31836 steps. 3274 burn. 2300 intake.
  • Wednesday (08/30) Got in an hour of elliptical, Zumba with MZL, and two times on the treadmill. Also did a weight workout. Mowed the front lawn and did some grocery shopping. #5 had a basketball game in the evening. 33050 steps. 3351 burn. 1500 intake.
  • Thursday (0831) Got in my hour of elliptical, Zumba with MZL and one time on the treadmill. Wifi out from mid-morning until the end of the day (tech coming tomorrow). I stream TV/Movies while on the elliptical/treadmill. Zumba practice and bike (reading) don't require wifi, but I was SO not motivated to move. Grabbed some DVDs from the library and used that for afternoon/evening sessions. Happy birthday to #3! More cake ... 28722 steps. 3153 burn. 1900 intake.
  • Friday (0901) Not bad numbers for a Friday, with late start and early out messing up my usual routine. Add into that waiting for Comcast to come out and fix the wifi they disconnected yesterday. But we're back w/wifi ... whew! An hour of elliptical, Zumba with MZL and one time on the treadmill. Dinner out at Tepanyaki ... party of seven. We had all our boys! Basketball practice for #5. 25292 steps. 2979 burn. 1750 intake.
  • Saturday (0902) Up early for a nail appointment, but did squeeze in an elliptical session before ... two more during the day to add up to my hour. Twice on the treadmill. Also hit the bike and abs/core. Got the lawn mowed. Hubs kept busy with yardwork and car stuff. No basketball today, but it starts up again next week. 28534 steps. 2991 burn. 1400 intake.
  • Sunday (0903) I got in an hour on the elliptical and an hour on the treadmill. Watched the movie "Insurgent" while working out. Family party in the evening. My folks, siblings and even some aunts/uncles and cousins. A little over on calories today, with family breakfast, cake and ice cream and Hubs popcorn. 21475. Burn 2712. Intake 2400.
Five Featured Photos ...

 Monday - Happy Birthday to #4

 New car ... it does fit the whole family

 Thursday - Happy Birthday to #3 ... 17 years old

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Family dinner out Friday

 Saturday yardwork

... and a bonus video from Sunday
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Saturday, September 2, 2017

August 2017

August has ended ... and with it, the summer schedule. The boys are back in school. It's a return to the routine. Up earlier. School drop-offs and pick-ups. A little alone time during the day. I actually attempted to improve the eating/exercise even before school started up ... and I'm happy to say it has shown some results. 

NUMBERS: Weight started at 177.5 and ended at 170.1. The high was 180.8, the low 170.1 and the average was 175.26. So from start to finish, there was a loss of 7.4. A difference of 10.7 from high to low. Average down 3.13.  Average intake was 1962. Average burn 2959. A big deficit for the month (-20,441). Step average was 25,646. 795,018 total steps. 447.46 logged miles. 4780/4477 cardio minutes, and 445 minutes w/weights or abs/core.

EXERCISE: I ellipticalled every single day, but my hour of elliptical really slipped during the summer.  It's back. I was able to fit in my full hour 21 days this month.  24 Zumba classes with extra on my own. 24 days with treadmill time and 16 sessions on the bike. While individual weight workouts weren't as long, I increased frequency, with 13 non-cardio (weights/core) workouts.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: It was a pretty laid back month, not too much going on. Out to eat once (belated anniversary dinner) and a bit of basketball. That will go up again next month, but will never compete with last spring!

I keep track of my goals with a "streaks" app.
Here's a quick glance at July and August. 
August (especially the end) improved a lot ...except for Zumba.

... so hopefully I can keep up the food and fitness, and see the scale shift more in September!

JenB's Journal. 
August 2017.

0801 (Tuesday) Weight 177.5. Steps 25272. Total Burn 3082. Exercise Burn 1200/1280 (30minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.63mileTreadmill, Bike, Weights). Calories in 2700. Glad to see a shift in the scale again. I was pretty motivated today. Started the day with Zumba. I didn't have my helpers today, I was leading the entire class on my own. I was a little worried we wouldn't have much of a class. It's been small, and without Carma and Suzanne ... when we started it was just Barbara and Cathyleen, but then we did have a couple more show up. I'm fine with small actually. Stats: 6518 steps. 2.88 miles. 544/465 burn. AvHR124. High152. In zone 40 of the 63 minutes.  Back at home, I got some dough made and rolled out breadsticks and cinnamon rolls. I'd pulled a lasagna I'd made earlier out of the freezer for dinner. Had to have it a little early, before the boys headed out (work, date). Hubs wasn't home when it was done, but he's been trying to eat healthier and this would have been a little heavy. I don't eat lasagna, but I ate plenty of bread. I got in some elliptical, treadmill and did weights. Right before bed I did some reading/riding. 

0802 (Wednesday) Weight 177.7  Steps 18871. Total Burn 2587. Exercise Burn 672/745 (30minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2200. Feeling a bit off today. I couldn't get the heart rate up at Zumba. Stats: 5906 steps. 2.6 miles. 359/342 burn. AvHR102. High126. In zone 0 of the 60 minutes. I did weights yesterday, and sometimes the soreness can impact me. Also a bit down as the basement gym is in a bit of transition. Hubs bought a new (to us, from a gym) treadmill. He's never quite felt comfortable running on ours (it was a cheapy, but worked for me). The old treadmill wasn't out, but was folded up. So I couldn't treadmill, it was in the way for a weights workout, I had a hard time even getting to the elliptical. It just made me give up on exercise for the day.  I did mow the front lawn, and made a run to the store. Needed to pick up a prescription and restock a few things, even though I'd just been shopping on Monday. The two littles have been a bit under the weather since their return from vacation (#4 started on the trip) and haven't really been up for much of anything, just laying around and watching TV all day. The new ducks are acclimating, but still shy. I pulled out some of the other feed (regular chicken feed and cracked corn) and have tried to give them a buffet to see what they like. My garden is growing! In the evening, Hubs and #1 attempted to move the new treadmill down, but it's a beast and will require some figuring out. So ... we got the old treadmill back into position until then. Hubs and I were in bed early, watched the latest episode of GOT and are now up to date (we've watched all three new episodes this week). 

0803 (Thursday) Weight 178.1. Steps 23195. Total Burn 2773. Exercise Burn 1070 (30minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.5milesTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 3000.  I'm worried about getting up early again when school starts. I was barely up by 8:00 today. The kids have been sleeping in even more (of course the littles, with their colds haven't been sleeping well at all, poor bugs). I hit MZL in Kearns and it felt like a pretty good workout. Stats: 6780 steps. 2.96 miles. 472/417 burn. AvHR113. High129. In zone 10 of the 65 minutes. I made some scones with the left over dough, and turned what was left into more cinnamon rolls. The two littles have been under the weather since their return. Not really up to anything more than watching tv and resting. #5 should have had practice in the evening, but I didn't think he was up for it and kept him home. #1 thinks he's coming down with it now too. The littles said pizza sounded good, so I made a run to Little Ceasars. I'd already eaten too much, then Hubs made popcorn and we watched the first couple episodes of Ozark. Stressed a bit about an upcoming mini-vacation to St. George, I probably won't go, as usual.

0804 (Friday) Weight 178.9. Steps 23043. Total Burn 2875. Exercise Burn 905/949 (30minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 2900. The boys were SHAGGY and needed haircuts, the only time Aunt Olivia was available was at 9:00 ... same time as my Zumba. I was thinking I'd just skip today, or attempt it on my own, but then #1 decided to call in sick, not feeling well at all. So, his car was now available, and #3 could take the littles (as he wanted a trim himself) ... so off to Zumba I went. I was a too late to hit Debbie's (starts at 9:00 a little further) so I went to MZL. Third day in a row with them, but they have so many different instructors that it's really NOT too repetitive. Stats: 6516 steps. 2.95 miles. 427/412 burn. AvHR111. High135. In zone 13 of the 63 minutes. I did a quick stop at Walmart on the way home. Back at home I got in some elliptical and some treadmill time. #3 had work, taking the Durango. It was national chocolate chip cookie day. I, and the boys were a bit confused at this because we thought we'd just celebrated that back in May. I investigated and I guess that had simply been national chocolate chip day. I tried a different recipe and wasn't very impressed unfortunately. #1 decided he needed a haircut too ... and had to pay for his. He attempted going to a wedding reception for a mission associate, but said he felt pretty awful and came home and went to bed. I was up a little late waiting for #3 to get home, and when he did he didn't pull the car in ... because he was planning on going to a sleep over with friends and just telling me about it after the fact. I spoiled that be still being awake. I let him go but told him I wasn't impressed with his planning and that it wasn't acceptable (even though it was a technique #2 would employ).

0805 (Saturday) Weight 180.2. Steps 13135. Total Burn 2364. Exercise Burn 350/531 (30minElliptical). Calories in 2750. Hubs was up early for a run then he trimmed and edged the lawn. I should probably master those. It makes such a huge difference in the look of the lawn and Hubs is so busy he doesn't get around to it as often as I'd like. I mowed. I got in my some elliptical. I'd thought I might try to hit weights, but #3 had friends over in the gym. Hubs had planned on having some movers come to get the new treadmill into the basement but that fell through. He made a Costco run and got some ribs on the smoker. #1 made a donut run... so yes, intake was uber over.  #5 had a basketball game. He wasn't 100% but not too bad, but we only had six players. My little guy can normally play the entire game without a break, but he could have used a bit more rest today. He was a little on edge, emotions bleeding through, especially as he wasn't on with his shots (he did eventually make a 3-pointer). It's funny, sometimes you recognize kids or parents, although teams have switched up. We hadn't played THIS team (Salt City Hustle) before, but I recognized a couple parents, and one kid who must also be playing up like my little, as he had been on a 5th grade team our Grizzlies had to face several times Spring season. Down by 10, couldn't quite catch up. Ribs for dinner. A bit of a down day, disagreement with Hubs over finances. Stupid small stuff ...

0806 (Sunday) Weight 180.8. Steps 9784. Total Burn 2064. Exercise Burn 360/249 (20minElliptical, 30min/1.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 2600. Hubs was off early for a bike ride with work buddies. We didn't get around to a family breakfast without him here. Low key day. I got in one session on the elliptical and some treadmill time. Hubs and I had started "Ozarks" on Netflix, watched an episode Fri and again Sat. Today, we binged and finished it! That was a little TOO long laying in bed, my body was aching. Hubs made popcorn again ...

0807 (Monday) Weight 180.2. Steps 26111. Total Burn 3088. Exercise Burn 1150/1265 (30minElliptical, Zumba+, 30min/1.5milesTreadmill, Bike, Abs/Core). Calories in 1350.  Up early enough to hit an elliptical session before Zumba w/Debbie. Stats: 5807 steps. 2.54 miles. 431/394 burn. AvHR114. High135. In zone 22 of the 60min. I probably should have stopped at Smiths on the way home, but I hadn't really prepped the grocery list yet. #3 borrowed the car to head to a friend's house to swim ... even though the weather was overcast and quite cool. At least then I wasn't fighting him for gym time. #1 took the littles bowling. All three have been under the weather this past week and didn't feel up to basketball ... but bowling was doable. I got in a little more elliptical, treadmill and while not a full weight workout, I did some ab/core stuff. Also some Zumba practice, prepping the playlist for tomorrow. I hit the bike later in the day. I was glad I'd gotten to the treadmill, as Hubs had the movers come. The new one is a used one from a gym, commercial ... and a beast. It was quite the job to get it down into the gym, which ironically is the absolute furthest spot from the front door (which Hubs ended up taking off it's hinges, as well as taking the banister off the stairs). Finally got it down and the old one up (into the garage for now) and then Hubs had to put the one back together, then rework the plug, as apparently these industrial types are different. Unfortunately, it then blew the breaker so ... we'll need an electrician. We've talked about that before, wanting an actual plug (or a few) in the gym rather than running extension cords as we are currently. But I'm wondering when it will happen ... no treadmill time until then. I guess I'll have to re-up my elliptical. Meatball subs for dinner. #3 had to work, but I was able to get him one before he was off. It's a good easy-prep meal to dole out at different times (meatballs and sauce in the crock pot, just prep the bread and cheese when needed). The two littles ate with #3, Hubs and #1 later ... #2 had work in the evening too, and then we didn't see him until late as he went to play basketball and then slept over at a friend's house. Kept calories in check today ... also have tried going back on the wellbutrin, starting last night.

0808 (Tuesday) Weight 177.9. Steps 28668. Total Burn 3358. Exercise Burn 1400/1548 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, Bike, Weights). Calories in 1200. Nice to see the scale shift after a good day. It sure doesn't seem to take much to move it in the opposite direction! Up early again, enough to get in two full elliptical sessions first thing. Then Zumba with Marian ... with Marian. She was home from her cabin this weekend. Stats: 6659 steps. 2.9miles. 456/454 burn. AvHR116. High131. In zone 14 of the 63 minutes. Did some Zumba practice at home too, as well as weights and some reading/riding. Also hit the elliptical again, and got in my full hour. First time in a while ... but I guess it's just taking the place of the treadmill ... still out of commission. Controlled calories again!

0809 (Wednesday) Weight 176.4. Steps 24747. Total Burn 2960. Exercise Burn 1100/1149 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 2550. Hit the elliptical twice (one was only 10min though) before heading out to Zumba.  Stats: 6230 steps. 2.72 miles. 428/420 burn. AvHR113. High133. In zone 23 of the 60 minutes. I rushed home after to quickly change my sweaty self and make it to a doctor's appointment for #4. This dang cold has been hanging on forever. Well, two weeks anyway. Still coughing, still stuffy. Right when he returned from the trip, he complained of ear pain a little, and that his ear wouldn't "pop" after the plane ride. His ears have still been bothering him, and he's having trouble hearing! Seriously, the other day he had the music on SO loud. When I came in and called to him ... no answer, as he couldn't hear me. So ... doctor visit. He does have an ear infection. Hopefully antibiotics will clear it up, and he'll get back to normal. I felt like I was translating for him at the doctor's office though, as they'd say something, and I'd have to repeat it right in his ear or make motions. They did a routine physical too, as it's been a while. His eyes are fine ... I stood behind him and watched the chart too, and I think I'm slightly better than he is (he got a couple wrong). I'm very grateful for my eyesight, especially as all my siblings, and Hubs now have glasses (at least part time). They gave us a paper prescription, so I figured we'd stop at Target, rather than Smiths. I didn't need any groceries and #4 would enjoy browsing there more while waiting. We bought him a new backpack for school too. #3 had work, but didn't have to borrow the Durango, as #2 had left this morning for a few days in St. George (w/his girlfriend's family, our family is heading down on Saturday ironically, they will try to meet up). #3 loves it when #2 is gone and he has a car for a few days! We need to get him something, as this juggling of schedules is hard, and I don't really want to have to drive him to/from school and work each day. Hubs has an idea about getting a new family car (that he would drive) and keeping his truck (#3 could drive it ... if he dares. I don't! It's massive!) We'll see what happens. Hubs headed home from work a little early, and we went to Market Street Grill (actually, the Oster Bar, as it was a little too early for the main restaurant) for a belated anniversary dinner. I'd probably like some of the fish dishes, but I'm always a little nervous to try something new ... especially at such expensive prices! I got the fish and chips ... but in truth I prefer Red Robin's version. We hadn't been home long when Hubs got a call about his mom. She'd taken a bad fall several weeks ago, ending up in the hospital with a brain bleed, and some symptoms were reoccurring. They did end up at the ER again, and she was admitted for the night. Hubs was there until after midnight.

0810 (Thursday) Weight 178.1. Steps 19180. Total Burn 2754. Exercise Burn 760/993 (30minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2300. Hubs was up and off early to check in with his mom at the hospital. They were doing another CT scan to see if the new bleed was any worse from last night. There was no change. He was there for hours as they waited to consult with a neurosurgeon and options and whether it was safe to travel this weekend ... as there was the St. George trip planned (with extended family, and Maga insisted she was still going). One one hand, it IS a good way to force her to stay down and relax and have people with her all the time. At home, she'd probably want to go into work, not just rest in bed all day. The did check that if anything happened, the hospital down there would be able to handle it, so the trip is still on.  Poor Hubs though, the stress and lack of sleep is hard on him. He tried to go into work, but ended up coming home for a nap. Just to complicate things, he'd arranged for an in-ground trampoline to be installed in the backyard this morning. Equipment on a trailer had been brought over last night, coming just as he rushed out. We had the area staked, and utility lines are a complication, and without him home to even attempt to work things out, the installation had to be pushed back (although I wouldn't mind if it was cancelled altogether. Not sure where Hubs got the idea for the in-ground trampoline ... he didn't discuss it with the kids or me!) #1 had the day off, but had to call in sick yesterday, as he had no voice (so hard to work a telephone customer service job). All three boys were laying around coughing and sniffling. #5 had basketball games today too. He had a friend over in the morning (one who has moved away, but calls us whenever they are in the area to see if the boys can get together) and then I medicated him and dropped him off to catch a ride to the games. They are in Lehi ... 30+ minutes away without any traffic, at the Karl Malone Training Center, which I don't care for. Three courts so overpowering sound with all the competing whistles, yelling and squeaking shoes. Add to that, there is no space courtside ... there are a few chairs set up for spectators, but feet end up hanging over into the court. Add to that one game at 3:00 and another at 5:00 so total time gone with travel was five hours or more. I'm not up to that. I wasn't sure if #5 was up to it but he wanted to try, to support his team. He struggled during the first game though, coughing a lot, sitting out almost the entire second half. Felt a little better during the second game but did get hurt (one of #3's friends happened to be there, recognized him and texted #3 about it). He was fine, but I was anxiously awaiting his return home. Between stressing about him, sick kids, the tramp situation, the treadmill situation (no movement there), concern over my MIL and Hubs, not much sleep ...blah. I had gone to Zumba in the morning. Stats: 6813 steps. 3.01 miles. 443/451 burn. AvHR114. High130. In zone 13 of the 63 minutes. I managed 30 minutes on the elliptical, but had to push to finish.

0811 (Friday) Weight 179.2. Steps 27952. Total Burn 3290. Exercise Burn 1420/1453 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, Bike, Ab/Core, Hula). Calories in 1900. Can't believe I kept calories in check today. #1 son brought home some donuts ... that's usually killer for me. I did have one, and probably would have had more, but HIS choices are not mine (apple fritter, maple bar, chocolate cake, flavored old fashioned, red velvet). One chocolate pershing at my request. A couple glazed, but they were gone pretty quick (the other boys, who also didn't care for his other choices). #1 had gone into work this morning, but come home. Still coughing a lot, and the attempted talking on the phone just made it worse. I was able to get in a couple sessions on the elliptical before hitting Zumba. I went to MZL, as I get a higher step count and such than Debbie's Friday class (I don't care for the toning). I enjoyed class. Stats: 7297 steps. 3.28 miles. 514/526 burn. AvHR120. High144. in zone 36 of the 65 minutes. The did the Beyonce "Move Your Body" where I sprint when it says "run to the left, run to the right" ... got my highest heart rate there! I had taken #2's Charger, as it had been parked behind the Durango. Had to get home quick, as #3 needed it to get to work. He had an 11-8 shift today.  I did several loads of laundry, so the boys would have their pick of clothes to pack for their upcoming trip to St. George. The two littles got packed up, and Hubs prepped when he got home from work. He spent some time attempting to clear some space on his phone, as he's almost out of room. I got in some additional elliptical and Zumba practice, and I hit the bike and did some ab/core.

0812 (Saturday) Weight 177.4. Steps 17858. Total Burn 2587. Exercise Burn 600/770 (30minElliptical, 30min/1.5mileTreadmill, Bike, Weights). Calories in 3000. Hubs had originally thought to leave around 10:00, but that didn't happen. They didn't get off until around 1:00, which was okay as they couldn't check into their house until 5:00. He sure had a busy morning though! Rearranging the vehicles (as the tramp situation isn't going to happen while he's gone. Glad to have the trailer back in it's spot, not in front of the house). He trimmed and edged, and cut down a scrub tree growing up through the lilac. He emptied the hot tub (it had been yucky and not usable, and #1 had wanted to use it) and got it cleaned and refilled, AND he fixed the electrical issue to get the treadmill up and running. Originally he said the job was beyond his skill level, but he did it. Had to turn off power to the whole house as he installed the new outlet, but it's done. Of course I had to give the treadmill a try, after several days of not being able to walk while I watch. Unfortunately ... I really don't like the new treadmill :(  It has big handles/arms, which everything I've read says you shouldn't hang onto anyway. They are totally in the way. I guess I swing my arms as I walk, and I kept banging my hand into it. I swear I'll have bruises and am going to have to change the way I walk. It also feels shorter, I got a little too close to the back end a couple times. I miss the one button change for incline and speed that my treadmill had. It was so nice to be able to switch it up with one button. When I'm running, it's so hard to even hit one button (to go back to walking) much less three or more with this one. Incline is even worse. I could just hit "10" to the incline would go all the way up on the old machine. Here ... that would take 20 button pushes. I'm a bit sad and discouraged. I sure hope Hubs really loves it. I didn't get to the treadmill until after Hubs and the boys hit the road. Things were just chaotic and crazy all morning. I managed one session on the elliptical, and another small one in the evening to hit a half hour. I had planned on weights today, and just wasn't sure I had the energy to make it happen, but I did. Eating was awful today though.

0813 (Sunday) Weight 177.7. Steps 22247. Total Burn 2690. Exercise Burn 1030/886 (60minElliptical, 60min/3.12mileTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 2650. Home day (I didn't go anywhere) but not a rest day.  Hit the elliptical a few times. Treadmill twice. Also the bike. I'd thought I might mow the lawn, as I hadn't yesterday, but we were hit with hail. The guys in St. George had quite the storm last night, but now the weather looks lovely for the rest of their stay. #2 arrived back home in the afternoon. Still over eating today.

0814 (Monday) Weight 178.0. Steps 32564. Total Burn 3248. Exercise Burn 1465/1425 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.51milesTreadmill. Bike).  Calories in 2000. I hit the elliptical first thing, then Zumba with Debbie. Hubs took the Durango, so I was driving #2's Charger. Class was good. Stats: 6109 steps. 2.78 miles. 370/404 burn. AvHR103. High131. In zone 5 of the 63 minutes. I stopped at Smiths on the way home, grabbed lettuce, bananas, cat food and a few other items. Got the groceries put away and did another session on the elliptical. #1 then took to the gym for a weight workout. I went out and mowed the front lawn. It was overcast, but the rain waited until later in the day. Treadmill time ... attempted intervals. Ugg. Hit the bike and a little Zumba practice. Set up the playlist for tomorrow. One more treadmill walk before bed to push me over 30k. First time in a while. Barely managed to keep calories at 2000. Quantity ... quality was still not good.

0815 (Tuesday) Weight 177.2. Steps 26726. Total Burn 2960. Exercise Burn 1340/1139 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.6mileTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 1500. Blah. Not a good night for sleep. Argument issues/feeling sad/bad. #2 needed his car in the morning ... so I drove the beast (Hubs big truck). Just in the neighborhood. I don't think I'd trust myself with it out in traffic. Suzanne, Carma and Christa were all there to help.  Stats: 6753 steps. 2.95 miles. 464/458 burn. AvHR116. High144. In zone 20 of the 65 minutes. After class, I dropped off some zucchini (I'd posted to the neighborhood group to see if anyone wanted any, we have tons). I'd hit the elliptical once before class. Got in a session soon after, and one more before bed for my full hour today. Some treadmill time and bike. Should have done weights ... even started, then stopped, just didn't have it in me. Maybe tomorrow? Went in for a fill, it was overdue. Finished up a muvee.  Kept calories in check today. One the vacation end, the guys went to Vegas to see "Blue Man".

0816 (Wednesday) Weight 176.3. Steps 29134. Total Burn 3191. Exercise Burn 1350/1396 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.82mileTreadmill, Bike, Weights). Calories in 1500. Slept better ... but :( I'd asked #2 if I could take his car(Charger) in the morning. While I was down on the elliptical, I heard him get up and leave and was sad, thinking for sure he hadn't remembered (I didn't think he was going anywhere). I wasn't sure if I'd dare take the truck to Zumba or if I'd have to miss. But ... he did remember and he took the truck. So I made it to Zumba with MZL. Stats: 7612 steps. 3.41 miles. 450/429 burn. AvHR107. High131. In zone 9 of the 69 minutes.  Back at home, I got in some time on the treadmill. I tried some intervals again. Also hit the bike and weights. Hubs and the boys were heading home ... I was tracking them on "Find my Friends" and arrived just after 4:00, as Hubs had originally estimated. I tried to clean up a bit before they got home. The main vacuum is out of commission, but I at least got the hardwood floors done. Did my laundry, knowing I'd probably have several loads with the guys home from their trip. I should have planned a home cooked meal better. I made tacos and homemade oreos. Kept calories in check. Communication definitely kept in check.

0817 (Thursday) Weight 175.9. Steps 30268. Total Burn 3306. Exercise Burn 1450/1518 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.58mileTreadmill, Bike, Abs/Core). Calories in 1500. Bad night again. Might have to pull out the PJ. It's been a while. Hubs back to work. No KGB. I hit the elliptical for a session before heading to Zumba w/MZL. Stats: 7456 steps. 557/549 burn. AvHR127. High143. In zone 55 of the 65 minutes. Sometimes when I'm down, even Zumba can't snap me out of it. Other times, it's a literal lifesaver. Today was one of those days. I made a quick stop at Target on the way home. When #4 and I stopped their last week to pick up his prescription (which he was a good boy and remembered to take it while he was on vacation without me reminding him every morning and night) I'd grabbed a couple cargo shorts for #5. He liked them, but they were too big. I'd looked online and could get them shipped in the right size, so I'd done that. I meant to shop and grab some Ludens cough drops (#1 and #5 are still coughing a lot) but forgot. #3 was in the gym with a friend when I got home. When they were finally done, I hit the elliptical again, and then the treadmill. Got in bike and some ab/core later, as well as one more elliptical session. 30k day. #3 had work at 3:00, but I thought I'd need the car for #5's practice (it turns out they didn't have it tonight after all) so I dropped him off. I stopped at the Nike store, and grabbed a pair of Nike Free again. I have a pair that I like for Zumba and even for just wearing around. As I hate shoes, these feel the least like I'm wearing any? I need to find some in basic black though, my first pair are pink, and these are a bright blue. These are also a size larger than my norm, but the 8 felt too small. #3 was working till close, and I figured I wouldn't be up that late, so #1 and I drove over separately and dropped off a car for him. Hubs had asked us to grab some mealworms for the ducks, so we stopped at Petco quick on the way home. Got a few feeder fish too. The ducks weren't super cooperative. They did seem to like the mealworms but won't come too close. They seemed intimidated by the fish ... wouldn't even get in the pool. I did call it an early night.

0818 (Friday)Weight 174.5. Steps 33764. Total Burn 3240. Exercise Burn 1500/1430 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.2mileTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 1500. Another morning. no contact. I got a session in on the elliptical and went to Zumba with MZL. Stats: 6716 steps. 460 burn. AvHR119. High139. In zone 27 of the 65 minutes. Quick stop at Target on the way home to grab cough drops and Kleenex. #3 had friends over in the gym, I wasn't sure when they'd finish up (it was around 12:30, a little earlier than I expected). They stayed and played some ping pong. I hit the elliptical again, and treadmill and bike. #3 had work at 4:00. I'd need a car for one trip (#5's practice dropoff) but #1 said he'd do that, so #3 took the car. Hubs wasn't home until late. Black Friday. I'm not sure if I've ever felt worse.

0819 (Saturday) Weight 174.1. Steps 23293. Total Burn 2779. Exercise Burn 950/1003 (60minElliptical, 60min/3.16milesTreadmill, Weights). Calories in 0. So ... not a good night. But I did get an entire book read. Hubs left for work (He doesn't work weekend per se but does go in to catch up and get things done as needed).  I got in some exercise and mowed the lawn. Cleaned off a dusty shelf and made a DI run. Dropped #3 off at work, as I'd need the car. #5 had a basketball game, but he also had a bad blister. He'd pulled the skin off last night (that's a no-no) and it was really hurting him. I tried to bandage it up, but with a shoe on it was just too painful. He sat the bench and cheered his team on. Luckily, they didn't really need him today, an easy win (even with one of our other good players out with a concussion). Picked up #3 from work. Hubs brought out some orange chicken from the freezer, so that was dinner. He and I watched last Sunday's GOT. He'd already seen it but I hadn't. But now I have.

0820 (Sunday) Weight 170.7. Steps 29043. Total Burn 2954. Exercise Burn 1350/1183 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.11mileTreadmill, Bike, Abs/Core). Calories in 1550. Hubs got up and smoked bacon and made waffles. It had been a while since we had our Sunday Circles breakfast.  I pulled out some hashbrowns ... but they had gone bad. #2 was gone to a couple farewells, so he missed out. Hubs hit work again for a while. I got my exercise in ... quite a bit more than the usual Sunday stuff. Watched the latest GOT and then sleep.

0821 (Monday) Weight 170.9. Steps 20144. Total Burn 2534. Exercise Burn 869/772 (30minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.6mileTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 800. I've been struggling with recent events. It has helped in the scale situation I guess ... down 7.1 pounds this week. I've escaped into exercise and felt a little too ill to eat. Sometimes Zumba can snap me out of a funk, or at least life my spirits temporarily ... other times, it's just not happening. I didn't have the energy and felt my emotions on edge. I thought I should probably sneak about before anyone asked if is I was okay. I didn't get out quite in time. There were tears. Stats: 5271 steps. 2.27 miles. 310/317 burn. AvHR97. High 132. In zone 2 of the 58 minutes.  I stopped at Smiths on the way home and grabbed more lettuce (for us and the ducks) and my prescription. I hadn't been sure if the doctor would authorize a refill without going in, but they did. Back at home I got in some additional exercise. It was the ECLIPSE today. Around 11:30 was when it would be most visible ... but of  course I hadn't planned to have the special glasses on hand. Not that my kids cared, but if I'd had them, I'm sure they would have looked and had it be a fun experience for them to remember. The next eclipse is in 2024 and Utah will be in the direct path. Tons of pictures posted about the eclipse! There have also been many pictures posted across FB about school starting up. #3 starts tomorrow, and the other three on Wednesday. We are fully represented this year ... elementary, middle school, high school and college.

0822 (Tuesday) Weight 170.1. Steps 32159. Total Burn 3069. Exercise Burn 1550 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.4milesTreadmill, Bike, Weights). Calories in 1900. High school started today, so I was up at my usual "school schedule" waking, which is out of bed around 6:00. With the return to that routine, we'll see if I get back to my hour of elliptical first thing. One session at 6:00, one at 7:00 and one at 8:00, with getting kids up, breakfast and lunches, carpools, etc. in between. Today I managed two elliptical sessions, and then finished up the hour with two 10min ones later in the day. Dropped #3 at school ... hopefully we'll get him so wheels soon. It's crazy cars and kids all over in the morning! Zumba over at the church. I was so sad Suzanne wasn't there. She had said she was going to work as school started up, that today would be her last day, and then we didn't get that. I wasn't surprised Christa didn't make, although she had said she'd try. She and Marian were both stuck in the post-eclipse Idaho traffic. I was so grateful that Carma was there at least. I'd barely made it through Zumba yesterday and passed on leading any songs at all. Too hard to smile and put forth extra energy. I was doing better today, but still not sure I would have been up to leading the entire hour on my own. It was a small class anyway, just me, Carma and Mindy to start, then we had two others come in a little later. Not my usual high numbers when I'm leading. Stats: 5865 steps. 2.53 miles. 434/381 burn. AvHR115. High137. In zone 16 of the 62 minutes. Back at home I got in a couple treadmill times, Zumba practice and weights. Some bike before bed as well as my additional elliptical. Felt a little hungrier today, but still kept calories in check without too much trouble. Picked up #3 after school. Tomorrow I'll have carpool for all three youngest, which will keep me hopping. #5 had back to school night, which went really quick. Just checking in where his classroom is, where his desk is, sighing a few things. This is a big year at the school apparently, their 45th anniversary. With #5 being the "graduating" class they are being featured on a big board as you walk into the school (they took the pictures at the end of 5th grade). #5's is SO cute, his expression while balancing a basketball on his finger. We hurried home and he changed, as he had a basketball thing over at the high school. We're fine with the team he's on (Wolves). Neither he nor I really want to commit to two teams, but almost feel it's a necessary part of playing the politics of school ball (yes, even if he's only in 6th grade). He has enjoyed playing with his Grizzlies team, and actually playing at his grade level (the Wolves are a grade up for him) but there just aren't many kids his age (which is why we have him playing with the Wolves). So if they don't end up with a team we're both okay with that, although we really like some of the kids and would miss playing with them. It will be a bit stressful if they do make a team, trying to juggle schedules, hoping games and practices don't overlap, more $$ ... in fact they charged $40 just for this tryout, calling it a "camp" and making more into that, but I feel like that probably discourages some from trying out and is really just a money maker for the high school basketball. Still not sure where #3 stands, or where he even wants to stand. One of the other kids "quit" the team (not chosen yet, but announcing he's not going to tryout). He's one similar to my son, so that could actually increase #3's chances at making the team ... which he's not sure he wants. I'm torn on it too. I really love seeing him play, but all the other stuff stresses me out (having to help with concessions, dinners, lunches, banquets, fundraisers, etc.) So I guess whichever way it goes we'll just look at the positives and go from there. The camp tonight ran from 7:00-9:30 ... that's a little late for kids, the day before school starts no less ... it's a little late for Hubs and me! Hubs was down and out around 8:30 and I could feel myself dragging. #3 helped out by dropping #5 off (and apparently there was some paperwork, which he filled out) and picking him up. I wanted to check in with #5 about how it went, and how his blister was doing (I'd ordered some special blister band-aids and we'd put one on. It had healed some since Saturday too) but I couldn't keep my eyes open. I'll have to figure out something for tomorrow night. I'll have to do the 9:30 pickup, as #3 is working late ... and then I'll have to figure out how to get him home (someone pick-up, or we drop off a car) as we don't have an extra car for him to take.

Wednesday (0823) Weight 170.7. Steps 32062. Total Burn 3305. Exercise Burn 1250/1522 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.72milesTreadmill). Calories in 1700. Hubs was up and off fairly early, as is his norm (shortly before 6:00). It was close enough to when I would be getting up that I hadn't fallen back asleep, but was just laying in bed, phone still on silent from the night. #3 knocked on the door and came in saying "Dad is trying to call you" so I quickly called Hubs. He hadn't even gotten out of the neighborhood, having been struck with a Meniere's attack. Usually he can't even bear the thought of moving, but he also was so close to home, and didn't really want to be where people he knew would pass and see (him sitting in his truck, an episode can look similar to someone really drunk). I went and picked him up, bringing a bucket (in case he threw up) and a towel (as there is generally profuse sweating). Parked right next to him and we were able to move him to the Durango, and then home to bed (with a stop to throw up, although he had nothing in his stomach). Lights out, fan on ... and wait it out. I needed to get the high schooler and middle schooler off. We had to leave just a bit early as I was driving double this morning. Dropped off #3 ... it's so crazy crowded with kids and cars. After the high school stop, we went on to the middle school for #4. Then home, to wake up #5 and get him ready for his day. There was some odd quacking outside from the duck, odd enough that I went to investigate. Just one duck. I could hear the other (the male) and peeked over the fence, and he was in the neighbor's front yard. Not sure if he flew (he is a mallard and can fly, she is a different breed and cannot) or if he ducked under the fence. #5 helped me round him up and get him back in the backyard. Silly ducks! The backyard gate had been open this morning, and on Monday morning ... both ducks were in our front yard then. Glad no dogs were out. Got #5 off for his first day. Came home, and Hubs had recovered enough to head to work. I changed and went to Zumba. Stats: 6961 steps. 3.09 miles. 437/418 burn. AvHR110. High 131. In zone 8 of the 65 minutes. Stopped at Maceys for groceries on the way home. They had some sales, nothing nutritious, but stuff the boys like. #2 was home when I got back. He could help bring in the groceries. Got everything put away and then got in some additional exercise. In the early afternoon, it was school pickup time. I grabbed #3 from the high school, dropped him home and then picked up the middle school carpool. Back to carpool. I generally have about 15 minutes after arriving home before I have to leave again to pick up elementary. Often I'd try to get in a quick 10min elliptical session ... today, duck round up. Again. Both ducks were out this time. They must have gone under the fence. Wrangled them back to the backyard. While I was there, I noticed something in the pool ... it was an egg. Did she lay an egg in the pool? I've heard of water births ... the first egg we've found. Just looked like a chicken egg. Duck eggs are supposed to be bigger, but it has to be hers I would think. Picked up #5 and got home just in time to drive #3 to work, as I would need the car and couldn't let him take it. Finally got around to mowing the lawn. I'd wanted to earlier, but it rained. Dropped #5 off at the high school at 7:00 for his second day of basketball camp/tryouts. Still had 20min on the elliptical needed to finish up my hour, so I did that. #1 said he was home for the evening, so he and I drove double to drop of his car to #3 at KFC so he'd be able to get home at closing. #2 said he'd pick up #5 from basketball at 9:30 ... so I was able to head to bed. I didn't think I was that tired, I'd been anticipating staying up for that final pickup. But as soon as I was in bed for just a bit attempting to read, my eyes were closing. It was a full day.

Thursday (0824) Weight 171.1. Steps 31510.  Total Burn 3303. Exercise Burn 1350/1699 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.68mileTreadmill, Bike, Abs/Core). Calories in 1250. Oops, had the alarm set for 6:45 instead of my usual school 5:45 ... generally I don't even need the alarm, as Hubs is up and off early, and as quiet as he tries to be, I wake up too. But he was still sleeping, and the alarm woke me up. It was still in time to get the kids off to school, but I was only able to fit in one session on the elliptical. Dropped kids off at high school and elementary, Mr. middle getting picked up by the carpool. Went to Zumba with MZL in Kearns. Stats: 6893 steps. 3.13 miles. 460/459 burn. AvHR122. High 142. In zone 37 of the 59 minutes. Stopped at Sam'sClub on the way home. Managed to spend much money $$. I think it was a bit of a workout pulling the groceries in the house, and then trucking them downstairs into the food storage room. Many trips up and down the stairs. Got in some treadmill time, bike and abs/core. Just haven't been feeling hungry lately, so keeping calories in check hasn't been hard ... although the scale hasn't reflected it. When I went to pick up #3 from school, I was stopped at the light as emergency vehicles came rushing by. Had to sit through a couple lights before everything reset. Made me a little late getting off to pick up #4 and the middle school carpool. As I headed down the street, there were all the emergency vehicles ... I was wondering if the street was blocked off, but they had cones set up for one small lane of traffic in each direction. I couldn't see exactly what was going on. As I picked up the kids, a recorded message came across the phone saying there had been a small plane crash and it could affect the schools as it was near the bus hub, and some power lines were out (I'd hit one intersection with the lights not working). When I picked up #5, he said he was out at recess and actually saw the plane going down, and then saw the "mushroom cloud" of smoke and debris as it hit the ground. All the kids had been hustled inside and the school brought in some crisis counselors if any of the kids were shaken up. #3 said he had been outside with his basketball class and they'd seen the smoke too. #5 should have had basketball skills practice, but his thigh was hurting him. Two and a half hours for the past two nights has taken its tole. Found another egg today, in with the herbs ...

Friday (0825) Weight 171.3. Steps 31257. Total Burn 3119. Exercise Burn 1487/1357 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.18milesTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 2700. Late start at the middle and high schools. A bit tricky giving rides to both the high schooler and elementary boy, as their start times are similar. #3 has been good to let me pull into a neighborhood near the school and drop him to walk, rather than having to fight all the crazy cars and crowds. It worked out. #4 was getting picked up by the carpool, so I made it to Zumba. Stats: 7183 steps. 3.26 miles. 455/458 burn. AvHR114. High135. In zone 18 of the 65 minutes. Stopped at Maceys again on the way home. They had a few weekend only specials, and #4 is desperate for some Coke-a-Cola. Had just a couple hours at home, not quite alone as #2 didn't have anything today and was around. Then, triple pickups after school starting with early out elementary. Hubs had gone to the lake with his work crew, so he wasn't home until late. Unlike the previous days of late, today I wanted to eat everything. And I did.Weight hasn't been budging anyway.

Saturday (0826) Weight 171.5. Steps 21787. Total Burn 2715. Exercise Burn 700/949 (40minElliptical, 40min/2.5milesTrack). Calories in 1600.  Technically I could sleep in ... but I couldn't sleep in. I was up fairly early. Did the usual morning stuff (feed the cats, feed the ducks, unload the dishwasher) and then hit the elliptical. Got in a second session a bit later ... but then didn't make it back down. Hubs and three of the boys went to the lake for wave running. #5 had a game at 2:30, but coach wanted everyone there a little early for warm up in the aux gym. I walked the track above for 40minutes before the game. We got the win, but it was tight there for a while. #5 still gets emotional when things aren't going perfectly for him. On the way home we stopped at Big5 to grab some socks for the birthday boys. Grabbed a pair of Nike shoes for #5 too. Also a quick stop at Reams for a cookies and cream ice cream cake (again, upcoming birthdays). I'd wanted to mow the lawn a bit earlier in the day, but we got a small rain shower, so I 'd put it off. It was nice as we got home, so I got the front and back done. Watered the plants. Made macaroni rosa for dinner, along with some chicken fettuccine alfredo for me and #5. I was dragging and so tired, hit the sheets early. Missed out on the homemade ice cream that Hubs made.

Sunday (0827) Weight 171.8. Steps 16369. Total Burn 2533. Exercise Burn 800/741 (60minElliptical, 30min/1.7milesTreadmill, Abs/Core). Calories in 2300. Slept in a little this morning. Hubs was up early though, getting the brisket on the smoker. He then went on a bike ride with a buddy. I made french toast for breakfast, with bacon and sausage. I forgot I'd picked up hashbrowns.  I fit in my full hour of elliptical today, and also some treadmill time. #5 had a birthday party. Hubs made more homemade ice cream ... right before dinner too! I got some today. Dinner was yummy, but so much meat. #2 and #3 had to work but got a bit before they left. Season finale of GOT.

Monday (0828) Weight 173.4. Steps 31297. Total Burn 3306. Exercise Burn 1485/1509 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.65mileTreadmill). Calories in 1800. I was awake at 4:00 and couldn't get back to sleep, so I was ready to get up when the alarm went off around 5:30. I beat Hubs! Fed the kitties then hit the elliptical, woke the kids and got the first couple off to school. #3 and #4 aren't taking much for lunch, and they are growing teenage boys! I can't quite fit in another elliptical before taking #3 to school, as I have to leave a bit earlier than I did when driving middle school carpool (and I didn't always get it in then) but I got a 10min session, and another 20min on before dropping #5 off to elementary. Then Zumba with Debbie. Stats: 6126 steps. 382/371 burn. AvHR104. In zone 6 of the 60 minutes. No store stop today, although I probably should have, as we ran out of 2% milk later in the day (I drink skim, so not really a problem for me, but the boys aren't too happy). Hit the treadmill twice, but before I know it it's time for afternoon pickups. Leaving at 2:30 for #3, drop him off and leave again to grab #4 and middle school carpool. I did do 10min after arriving home before heading out again for elementary pickup. I didn't need the car the rest of the day, so #3 took it to work. I'd asked #4 what he wanted for his birthday dinner. He said the fried chicken and yellow rice I make ... so I made that, even though we have oodles of leftovers. It always takes quite a bit longer than I think it will. I never made it back down to the gym. I'd hoped to hit the bike, maybe get in some ab/core work, but I still hit 30k for the day without any gym time past afternoon. Maga came over with a little cake for #4, and I'd picked up an ice-cream cake that is a favorite. So we had cake. Chatted outside watching the duckies. Found a HUGE egg this morning! Hubs took the first few and put them in the incubator ... we'll see if they hatch.

Tuesday (0829) Weight  173.4. Steps 31836. Total Burn 3274. Exercise Burn 1485/1509 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 30min/1.72mileTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 2300. Still so tired this morning, did not want to get up. But I did. Got in two elliptical sessions as I got the boys off to school, then headed over to the church for Zumba. Marian is back. I was her only helper today. While I do enjoy leading and planning the playlist to get the songs I know and love, it's also nice to step back and let someone else be in charge. Marian had to head out to work, so I did the last 15 min. She'd been a bit discouraged at the start though, wondering if there were enough people coming to continue ... then we had a pretty full class with a few people showing up who hadn't been in a while. Stats today: 6615 steps. 2.93 miles. 478/455 burn. AvHR118, High 147. In zone 24 of the 62 minutes.
I had the house to myself for a bit, as both older boys had classes. I hit the treadmill and should have done weights, but I was dragging. The time just speeds by, and then it was time for pickups. #3 texted me that he didn't need a ride today, he could get one from a friend, but I didn't see it in time and was already there. His friends came over and they were in the gym for a couple hours after school. I did some Zumba practice, as I do that in my room, not the gym. Hubs called, needing some money moved around as he was buying a car today ... passing the truck onto #3 so he'll be able to drive himself around rather than needing my chauffeur services.  Then Hubs and #3 headed off to do a derby. Unfortunately there were complications with the computer, very frustrating for Hubs. He ended up going to a late movie with a friend. I went to bed, but did hit the bike before.

Wednesday (0830) Weight 172.1. Steps 33050. Total Burn 3351. Exercise Burn 1400/1588 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.56milesTreadmill). Calories in 1500. I was awake early and up before Hubs. Watching "42" for my movie while I exercise today. Got in 50min early elliptical as I got the boys off to school. Crazy cat screech from the backyard, but it wasn't out kitty and our ducks weren't in danger ...although I did have to retrieve Mr. Mallard from back by the trailer. Zumba with MZL. Stats: 7216 steps. 3.22 miles. 450/431 burn. AvHR112. High125. In zone 2 of the 65 minutes. Stopped at Maceys on the way home, as we were out of 2% milk and I stocked up on a few other things during their case lot sale. Both big boys were home when I pulled up, and helped bring in the groceries. Nice! Usually I'm on my own for that. Got in two treadmill times and mowed the lawn before heading out for pickups. #3 was working today, but I needed the car ... so he drove the monster truck. I guess he needs to get used to it. Got in a weight workout and then #5 and I headed out for his game at Dimple Dell at 7:00. Our boys fell behind at the beginning, but came back and pulled ahead as the half finished up. The other team pulled ahead at the end though, and got the win. It was a good game though. No yelling, and I thought the other team had good sportsmanship. Multiple times they helped our boys up and checked if they were ok after they were down. #5 did good. Got the first basket of the game, and a couple three pointers in the first half. Then a crazy shot put up from behind the back, and a half-court buzzer beater to finish the game.  Would have been more fun if it was for the win, but always fun regardless. I'm actually okay not playing tomorrow night. Weeknight games can be tiring.I'm tired anyway!

Thursday (0831) Weight 170.1. Steps 28722. Total Burn 3153. Exercise Burn 1243/1369 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.64milesTreadmill). Calories in 1900. I was up early again, again beating Hubs up. Unusual. Got in two elliptical sessions as I got the boys off to school. Watching "Now You See Me 2" ... not too impressed thus far. Before heading out to Zumba, I gathered some of our harvest. Several zucchini (some huge, oops), squash and a couple eggplant and brought them in a box to set out for anyone who wanted to take some. MZL often does things like that ... sharing food or clothes, passing things along to others. It seemed to get emptied out. I just hate having it go to waste! Stats: 6940 steps. 3.01 miles. 458/455 burn. AvHR113. High 129. In zone 7 of the 65 minutes. I stopped at Sam's Club on the way home. Really all that couldn't wait was watermelon. I'm not sure if my duckies could survive without their watermelon! The credit card processing was down though as I went to check out. They could take cash or debit, neither of which I had on hand. The cashier said she thought the "scan and go" app was still working. I'd heard about it but hadn't ever got around to downloading and trying it ... but I did then, and it worked and I'll definitely be using that again in the future. So maybe their being down was a good thing, made me try something I wouldn't have otherwise. Got home and unloaded (unfortunately on my own, as the big boys were gone) and then discovered our Wifi was out. Spent some time troubleshooting, resetting the modem, etc. Called Xfinity and there had been a work order ... Hubs had put in a request for them to shift the cable line over, as he wanted to put an in-ground tramp in the yard, and the cable ran right through the selected spot. I could see where they had done some digging in the back ... not where we needed it though. After waiting a couple hours, it seems the workmen were not coming back, so I called again and went through a bunch of troubleshooting with the customer service representative, again attempting to reset the modem, cable box (the TV was out too) and we ultimately figured that something got screwed up outside. Unfortunately the soonest someone could come out was tomorrow morning. So all day without internet. We rely on it SO much! Luckily we have our phones so we aren't completely cut off ... can check email and FB. It completely derailed my exercise for the day though. I mean I still COULD have done some stuff. Zumba practice doesn't require wifi, nor does the stationary bike (as I read on my Kindle, not "needing" Netflix like I do with the elliptical or treadmill). But ... the wifi being out seemed to suck out all my energy too. With my recent switch to movies, I had been looking at DVDs from the library and happened to have a couple on hold. I left a little early for #3's pickup, stopped at the library along the way and grabbed my holds and a few more DVDs too. After picking up #3, then #4, then #5 ... I did make it down to the gym and started a movie "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" but didn't finish. I need to start a movie at the start of the day to get through it all. The kids were actually much better than I'd anticipated with the wifi out. They really didn't complain, although #2 said he couldn't do some of his homework, as it was online only.  It better be fixed tomorrow! And ... it was #3's birthday today! 17 years old. He said a bunch of kids sang to him in the halls at school today. I didn't have much in the way of gifts for him. He's a "water bottle" collector and we added a few to his collection. A new backpack, a little perpetual motion machine and some PB M&Ms. Maga came over with a little cake (as she'd done for #4 a few days ago). We had some left over cookies and cream ice cream cake too. Planning a family b-day dinner for tomorrow.

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