Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The End of 2014

Well here we are, the last day of 2014. I'm not quite caught up to feel like I'm starting the new year fresh. I never got around to my November Recap post, and I wanted to have my family blog up to date before 2015 started (I've done several blog posts in the past week but am still not quite current). 2014 still feels a bit unfinished, and I'm not sure that will change before midnight tonight.

As far as weight ... I'm almost exactly where I was last year. That's just barely under the "overweight" mark. While I am happy about that, I would like to be 10-15 pounds less, or at least under 150 for sure. Last year, I hit a low of 144 after a week of being very sick. Of course I knew that wasn't real weight loss, and I rebounded back up to the 150-155 range pretty quick. This year, I earned that 144 (back in Sept/Oct) and kept it for a little bit, but haven't been able to hold it over the holidays. 

I wanted to compare my stats this year with last year ... I usually do that on the Walker Tracker website. I've been inputting my numbers there since I started back in 2008. I had done a blog post about Walker Tracker back in June (here). I mentioned there how I had considered giving up on it, but the draw to the data was too much. I got caught up in June and then ... promptly forgot about it again! I really hadn't been thinking much about it until I wanted to go compare this year with the previous years! At this point I am SOOOOO behind, but again, I do really like the data there.

Another site I started was Daily Mile. I started it mid-2013. I'll easily fall behind in my entries there too. I do have a widget on my blog sidebar, so that does push me a little to keep it up to date. I also have it post my weekly stats to my Facebook page. That is motivation to get all my numbers entered by Sunday night so I don't get a "Jennifer logged ZERO workouts and ZERO miles this past week" when I did get my workouts in ... just not logged. As it has been a bit of a struggle to keep up my logging here, I have also considered giving it up. But ... I HAD to finish out 2014 anyway, right? I've decided to make it a little easier, rather than inputting every different workout separately (Zumba, Elliptical, Treadmill, etc) I'll just do one daily one with my different exercises and miles in the notes. 

I just have to say I LOVE my Fitbit ... that it connects and updates automatically! At least I know all those numbers are recorded whether I write them down or not. 

I do still write everything down *Ü*  Last January, I changed my notebooks (Revising My Records) and I'm pleased to say that has worked really well this year. I have my medium-sized notebook will all my day's stats from the entire past year. I transfer all that to an excel file too (I had been using GoogleDrive but switched back to excel, Drive was driving me crazy).

There was a January post last year that featured my calendars too ... (Calendars and Keeping Track). After many years ... I stopped making my little color-coded family calendar. I just got busy I guess. It makes me a little sad, it was such a tradition for me! I kept my "exercise calendar" for about half the year (you can see them on some of the monthly recaps) ... I really liked them, but they were a bit of work to make. I gave up on my little Streaks calendar app too.

Some things continue to work. Some things don't.
I'm still going strong on My Fitness Pal ... see my log-in streak of 593 days? I still need to improve what I eat, but I least I'm logging everything.  I stay up-to-date on my MFP entries too. I find I need to input my food as I eat it ... it's so easy to forget if you don't! I have to have my MFP food entered by midnight to credit my PACT program as well. That is pretty good motivation too.

So, in prep for the New Year ...I think I am going to try and continue on with Walker Tracker and Daily Mile. I'm not sure if I'll catch up completely on WT for 2014 though (not even sure if I can at this point). I hope to stay updated on my blog, weighing in each Friday, with multiple posts during the week too.  I'm not planning any big changes in how I keep my records. 

2014 was a big change for me as far as exercise ... I was introduced to Zumba. I had never done it before 2014, and ended up going to classes five days a week for most of the year. I wish I could say there was more of a weight change because of it ... but there have been other, non-physical changes (in confidence, stance and friendships). Hopefully I'll be adding some racquetball back into my routine (as the hubs is getting back to the gym himself).  We'll see what the next year brings!

A final wrap up of the last weekend ...

 Hub's brother flew in as a Christmas surprise, 
so all the adults went out to dinner.

 We got together with extended family on Hub's side.
Much laughter while playing "Heads Up"

 We invited my BIL, MIL and SIL over for breakfast Sunday morning.
Waffles, bacon, sausage, hash browns, hot chocolate...
Don't my men look cute cooking in the kitchen?

Sunday evening we went out to Maga's for smoked brisket and pulled pork. I made Brazillian Cheese Rolls (a current family favorite, so quick and easy and yummy too). It seems that almost all the social activities are food related! Dinner out, dinner and games, family breakfast, out for drinks, family dinner ... it is any wonder it's hard to control calories during this holiday season?

Late link-up with MIMM and Workout Wednesday. We do have my folks and some of the kids cousins coming over for New Years games tonight. I'm not sure I have it in me to make it to midnight!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

WWI #75 ... After Christmas

I'm falling into the stereotype of Christmas weight gain this year. 
It was a BAD week. 
With the munchkin's birthday, then Christmas Eve and Christmas Day ...

I had been doing so well for a few months there. I'd dropped into the 140s and was staying there pretty comfortably. Then ... over 150 the entire week and another jump for weigh-in. Not good! I had some struggles with motivation as the holidays approached. I actually put my PACT on hold, not committing to exercise (although I still did get my Zumba in Mon, Tues and Wednesday). Christmas Day was pretty pitiful. I didn't even get 3000 steps! My little niece had noticed our whole family tracking steps and asked for a pedometer for Christmas. Her parents picked up a Misfit Shine for her. 

The eating hasn't been good either ... no deficit this week, in fact I was over 2540. Average intake was 2270, average burn just 2346. I am just feeling off. I've really been struggling to get extra activity in. Even just 40minutes (one show) on the elliptical has been difficult. I've been reading, but NOT riding. I've been dragging and finding myself reaching for food even when I know I'm not that hungry. Not sure if it's the "holiday blues" or what, but I've been feeling a bit down, and down on myself. I haven't shaken it yet, but I hope to soon! I know we all go through these phases. This weight gain is a little discouraging ... I just feel like I haven't moved much in well over a year. I mean I am close to goal and I'm happy to at least be "stuck" where am at rather than stuck at a higher weight ... gotta get back under 150 again though. That's for sure!

When I was growing up, we'd take a traditional picture of us kids lined up in the hallway, youngest to oldest. I have NOT been doing that in my own family, but I did line the boys up this year. With #1 preparing to leave on an LDS mission, I am taking note of these family moments that he'll be missing in for the next two years. :(

The boys and their spoils ... I'll admit Christmas can stress me out. I like to buy gifts as needed, or as deserved, or as I find them and want to give them. The obligatory gift giving at Christmas makes me a bit crazed and I always feel like a bit of a failure. I am glad it's over at this point! There is still another week off school (off schedule), and the New Years Eve/New Years Day celebrations ... then the return to routine, and hopefully to me having a bit better weigh-ins to report each week.


Monday, December 22, 2014

The Weekend and WWI #74

It's that time of year ... to "don our gay apparel". I looked in the Christmas box and found some shirts for myself and the two little ones. They consented to take a picture (ok, actually, they didn't, it was quite the ordeal and #3 taking the pictures didn't help any!).

At this point, I think I'm pretty prepared for Christmas. That's a good thing, as it's just days away. There will be a few last-minute wrappings, as UPS makes deliveries down to the wire. Some food prep ... I'm in charge of bread sticks and chicken noodle soup for our Christmas Eve celebration.

I'm NOT doing so well on the food and fitness front. I DID weigh in last Friday, as I always do, but I never got around to getting my official weekly weigh-in blog post up. Sigh ...

Profound Fact: Did you know, if you cut back on your activity, but still eat your usual amount (and maybe a bit over, and NOT good stuff) that you will gain weight? Go figure! It wasn't a very good week.  I managed to get my Zumba in Mon-Thurs, and I got in SOME elliptical each day, but not my usual hour ANY day last week. No bike, treadmill or weights either. Not great. I mean yes, it's been busy, but I don't know if it's really been worse than usual. It's just my motivation that has been lacking.

In addition to the profound fact mentioned above ... I also have always joked that there is a certain amount of weight out in the universe. When one person loses, another gains. It's equilibrium! *Ü*  Well, the hubs, after getting on the wagon and falling off, and on again and off again ... is ON again. He said it was some of the pictures from our recent Limo/Lights outing that jolted him into doing something. Anyway, apparently I am giving him a gym membership for Christmas! Yes, we have our own personal gym (J&G's) but I've taken over in there. My shoes all all over the place, it's MY show paused on the TV, if we both want to work out, of course I get dibs. Additionally, while our equipment is pretty nice for a home gym, it isn't quite the quality you'll get with commercial machines. Our elliptical and bike definitely need a tune up, as they both squeak annoyingly.

Hubby's sweaty selfie.
So ... hubs has started workout out again, and tracking food on MFP, and he had success this week losing a few pounds. So it's no wonder I gained right?

I'll admit, I am a bit on the "It's the holidays, I'll get back on track January 5th" train of thought. That's when the kids go back to school, the return to the routine. I'm not being HORRIBLE right now, but I'm certainly not where I was when I was losing in September/October (right after the kids went back to school after the summer ... structure is good for me!)

NUMBERS from the week ... average intake was 2450 (ouch), average daily burn was 2487 (ouch), I didn't even manage a deficit, but had an overage of 2250 (ouch). No wonder the scale moved upward (2.5 pounds from last week, ouch). 

So that was my weekly weigh-in ... Now a quick look at the weekend. 
Linking up with MIMM.

 My baby turned NINE years old! Poor kid, with a birthday so close to Christmas it so often gets lost in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. I think we did manage to have some fun this year. They had a Christmas party on Friday at school, and he took in treats to pass out. I ended up missing Zumba and going in to help out with the party in Anxiety Child's class.  On Saturday, the birthday boy had his basketball game (they lost, bummer for the birthday boy!) and then we went bowling! 

It was a rather impromptu party, but we got Maga, Aunt Ana and her boys, all the brothers, the boy next door and even #2's girlfriend to attend. It was pretty fun. There was pizza, and then games in the arcade (which the kids like as much or more than the bowling). In the evening Grandma and Grandpa came out and we had cake and ice cream and played games.

Sunday after church we went out to Maga's for the annual "Sunday before Christmas" Christmas party. We played the "candy bar game" and bingo  and had soup and rolls ...

 and PLENTY of dessert. This is the leftovers ...
I made lemon jello cake, cinnamon rolls and brownies. Maga made a pineapple dessert. The cake didn't even get touched (I'm sure my boys, sans Hubby now being good, will finish it) and birthday boy had requested cinnamon rolls for his birthday breakfast. There is still some birthday cake left too. Ahh the temptations. AND ... I opened one of the packages of salted caramels.

So it was a great weekend with family and fun ... not so good lately on food and fitness. Hubby being good SHOULD help ME refocus, although I might need to get the holidays behind me and get back on a schedule. These next couple weeks with the kids out of school, I can sleep in, and I do plan on indulging in that! Schools and schedules will return, and hopefully I'll be excited to share my weekly weigh-in rather than putting off my Friday post!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Zumba in a Santa Hat

One of the Zumba classes I frequent has had a number of "themed" dance days. There was the 80's spotlight, western wear, hula skirts and leis ... it IS fun and can add some extra energy. Today? It was Santa Hats, and even though it was a bit HOT with that fuzzy hat on my head, I participated.

We'd had to move from our regular church building to a smaller/carpeted gym. There were a few unfamiliar songs, and it was harder to see the instructors without a stage. I wasn't expecting great numbers, but the HRM read 421 calories burned at the end of the hour, and the Fitbit said 549 and 8707 steps. Not bad!

There have been some Christmas numbers added to a few of the Zumba classes too. At first I had mixed feelings about them ... why learn something new when you'll only be able to do it a few times? But, the songs are cute, the steps were pretty easy, and I've ended up really enjoying them.

Here's a couple we've done in my Tuesday class.

They have helped me get into the Christmas spirit a bit more.

We did get our tree up and decorated.
We just do the hodgepodge of ornaments. I must admit, my favorites are the one the kids have made in school or church over the years, especially if they have a picture on them. Thank you to all the teachers who helped create them! These really do mean the world to me. I also hosted an "ornament exchange" party for a number of years and have many fun ornaments and memories from that.  

Not too many presents under the tree as of yet. I do have some additional purchases I haven't gotten around to wrapping yet. I'm not feeling super prepared for Christmas this year. I don't have many ideas for #5, which is doubly bad as it's also his birthday on Saturday! I even asked him outright and even HE didn't have many ideas.

The schedule has been a bit crazy and I'm still struggling a bit with the exhaustion ... I haven't been getting in as much activity as usual.  

Glad I still got my Zumba on this morning.
Linking up with Workout Wednesday.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"Realistic" Reads

Topic Tuesday - Five Recent "Realistic" Reads

I must admit, when it comes to reading, I like the supernatural stuff. Dystopian worlds, zombies, vampires, aliens, magic and more. Sometimes, I will move back to the more "realistic" reads. I DO put realistic in quotation marks, because while there are no paranormal persons in these stories, "realistic" usually does stretch the definition a bit.  I think I'm much more willing to suspend my disbelief in the books that are totally out there.

Anyway ... just a quick recap of some recent realistic reads:
  • Anna and the French Kiss: I'd heard a lot of great things about this book. When I first started it, I loved it. Very conversational, very easy to read. Quite a bit of humor and some romance. As it went on, I got a little frustrated with some of the characters, and didn't end up liking it as much as I thought I would.
  • His Frozen Heart: I was asked by the author to review this book. It was a quick read. I did get involved in the story and the characters. Like I mentioned above, I get a bit nit-picky with "believable" things. Would this really happen? It was a bit of a stretch, but still an exciting, romantic read. Aimed at a slightly older audience without the extremes (in language or sex) that most New Adult books seem to feel is necessary to include.
  • Watched: This is a free download from Amazon Kindle. They can be a little hit and miss. This one wasn't great. It seemed very "teen" and had me rolling my eyes quite a bit. Again, many circumstances that really stretch believability. It would be fine for teens though (without language or sex). I caught some church references sprinkled throughout the book and looked up the author to find she is LDS.
  • Gated: I grabbed this as a download from the library without really reading the blurb. I thought this was a dystopian tale, but it wasn't. Well ... it is pre-apocalypse, at least in many of the character's minds. A group of people in a gated community preparing for the end of the world. While it seems a little unbelievable, quotes at the beginning of the chapters from Jim Jones, Charles Manson, David Koresh remind the reader that such cults and communities do exist. It was a really interesting read that really kept me intrigued. I had no idea how it was going to end.
  • Every Soul A Star: I really liked this book. A simple tale following three teens as they come together in the desert to observe an eclipse. The three characters are very different but the reader really gets to know each one, and learn a little about astronomy too. It was definitely a feel good book, one I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to teen readers.

With the exception of "Every Soul a Star" ... I believe the other four books are the first in a series. I don't know how much the "Anna" books even continue on with this storyline - I don't believe they do. There are just two more books with similar romances. "His Frozen Heart" definitely had an ending here, but also left some things open. There will be a sequel but it isn't out yet. "Watched" has two more books, but I don't think I'll be reading them. "Gated" has at least one sequel, and I am very interested in reading it. Of course my library doesn't have it yet ... am I interested enough to pay almost $10 for it? THAT is the question!

Do you like "realistic" reads, or actual non-fiction, or the supernatural stuff?
Have YOU read any of these titles?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Another Weekend, Another Monday

It's Monday again ...
We did a little "going through closets" over the weekend. #3 was clearing out t-shirts he no longer wears. I looked through them and found this one and thought it was PERFECT for #4. He's my anxiety child, and Monday mornings are so hard for him. Returning to school after the comfort and safety of home over the weekend. He did ok this morning. He did ask me to walk him into school ... which was a slight problem, because I only had slippers on. We hadn't exited the neighborhood yet, so we went back home quick and I changed into shoes. #4 made it through the day ...

And I made it through the weekend. Just barely! I was dragging so much last week, by the time Friday rolled around, I didn't have it in me to go to my Zumba class. I don't know if there has ever been a time when I could have gone, but didn't. I dropped off the kids (which requires multiple trips, especially on a Friday morning) and then came back home and crawled into bed and stayed there for a few hours.

Last year at this time, I was struck down with the flu. For a solid week, I didn't want to move, I didn't want to eat (very rare for me!) and I had to force myself to drink. I lost 10 pounds in seven days, and then ended my flu with the stomach flu. It was miserable. I wondered if I was going to repeat it this year, but other than the extreme exhaustion, I really haven't had any other symptoms.

I still had my PACT to complete ...
so I did push myself to at least hit 10k on Friday and Saturday. I've given myself the leeway to take ONE day off a week, so I didn't worry about it at all on Sunday. Unsure of what I might be feeling this coming week, and with #5's birthday and the Christmas holiday coming right up, I actually changed my PACT for the next few weeks, only committing to four days instead of six on the exercise. Just in case ... and maybe it will be nice not to really HAVE to exercise if I'm not feeling it. Usually I want to. I actually have trouble NOT exercising as the norm!

What else happened over the weekend?

#3 and I finished up his science fair project. 
Whew ... I'm glad it's done! And it's not even due until Tuesday! 
We got it completed three whole days early!

I sneak in a Sunday Selfie many weeks (it's often the one day of the week I actually don't have my hair in a pony tail, not wearing my workout wear, etc.) I'm hidden out of the way behind the piano, but this week our music chorister caught me taking a picture and wanted in on the action. And then he called me out and had me post it to Facebook. 

I'm really TRYING to stay on top of things this weekend to start the week right. I wrapped some presents and prepped for Christmas. I got my Daily Mile updated. My Daily Doings (journal entries) are now up to date. It's Monday ... and I'm doing my Monday post (ok, it's 9:00 in the evening so I'm just squeaking it in).  My morning weigh-in was over 150 (151.1) which isn't quite as bad as last week. I'm still feeling tired though, and #2 HAS been sick (chills/fever, cough, absolute exhaustion, no appetite). He stayed home from school and slept all day long. I really hope he feels better, as he has a game tomorrow. I hope I get over my tiredness and that no one else gets sick! 

Linking up with MIMM ... how was YOUR weekend?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Stats

Weekly Zumba Stats
I only got in FOUR classes this week ... GASP!

  • Monday with Southziders ... HRM 407, Fitbit 475 and 6752 steps. "In Zone" 44 of the 64 minutes. Average HR 123. A bit of a late start today, but it gave me a chance to chat. I do like the social interaction that these Zumba classes provide. Perhaps because it was late, we skipped the prayer today. Am I bad to say I prefer that? Didn't quite get as high numbers as I have the past few weeks, but the HRM was still giving me a bit of trouble. We had Nina and Sabik, and guest instructor Lydia (I recall seeing her at the MZL classes). Good start to the week. Wore my Zumba leggings and got compliments on them.
  • Tuesday with Marian ... HRM 343, Fitbit 451 and 7202 Steps. "In Zone" 33 of the 62 minutes. Average heart rate 113. The little boys were cooperative getting off to school a bit early, so I  made it on time today. My HRM was misbehaving though. I'm quite frustrated with it! My heart rate did finally go up when I lead my two numbers. Fitbit numbers were very good anyway. I'm just dragging a bit, felt a little off but pushed through. Enjoying the Christmas songs.
  • Wednesday with MZL ... HRM 431, Fitbit 495 and 7606 steps. "In Zone" 47 of the 64 minutes. Average HR 126. Had an issue with anxiety child at school drop-off (a sub) and I ended up taking him home and setting him up with some homeschool assignments. He is very good at following through without direct supervision. I still made it to Zumba, I was quite late (about 20 minutes after 9:00) but they hadn't started yet! Polar seemed to be working today, didn't really notice  reading zero much, but it did seem to get stuck on certain numbers (112, then the 220 high ... I really don't think that was my heart rate at any time, much less the several minutes it was reading that). Seemed HARD today. A friend said it seem easier to her.
  • Thursday with Claudia&Kristy ... HRM 353, Fitbit 457 and 6915 steps. "In Zone" 38 of the 59 minutes. Average HR 118. #4 had a tummy attack right before school. Although his anxiety can create physical symptoms, I didn't feel this was that. I was pretty sure it would pass (with a trip or two to the bathroom) but he didn't make it to school in the morning. My oldest was home to keep an eye on him, so I did make it to Zumba ... although I'm feeling SO run down that the thought of missing was actually a bit more appealing than distressing. But, I went. Again, not sure if the HRM readings are very close to correct, had some funky stuff going on. It always distracts me. I'm wondering if I should bag it, but I really do like the feedback when it's working correctly.
On Friday ... I had no excuses. I could have made Heather's Class. But the thought of driving across town just seemed too much. I wasn't sure I had enough energy to make the trip worth it. I debated hitting MZL's Friday class. After dropping off my middle-schooler, I'd only make half of it, but I figured that was all I had in me. I decided against even that, came home and climbed into bed. I don't think I'm SICK. I have had a nagging headache here and there for a while, but no runny nose or cough. I have felt I've had some hot/cold sessions, but no fever that I can tell. It felt good just to rest on Friday though. It was exactly one year ago that I did get sick and knocked out for over a week (losing 10 pounds in those seven days). I sure hope this isn't a precursor to anything like that!

I hope I'm up to my Zumba next week, it will be my last "normal" week before the kids get out of school for the holiday break and all the Christmas and New Years stuff throws things off schedule. I'm already looking forward to the return of the routine in January!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Weekly Recap & Weigh-In (#73)

It's Friday (ok ... it's Saturday, I didn't get around to finishing up my post yesterday). Time for a look back at the week and the official "step on the scale" accountability.

This past week was not a good one. I'm not sure why. My energy has just been completely sapped! Starting with the weekend ... I usually still get in my hour of elliptical, even on Saturday and Sunday. But not last week. Mondays are almost always my most motivated days. Monday was good. Elliptical, Zumba, bike and treadmill ... and kept calories in check. I was happy when my weight dropped Tuesday morning after the jump after the weekend (not only over 150, but the high in quite a while). 

Then ... I just lost it. I didn't go overboard on eating (well, Wednesday was a 3000 intake day with a family activity in the evening ... hot chocolate and then some Popeyes). It was my activity ... I just didn't feel like my usual energetic self. I still hit Zumba Mon-Thursday but it was HARD every day. I did NOT do weights this week, nor any additional bike or treadmill. It was all I could do to get in my hour of elliptical each day.

So NUMBERS ... I'm surprised I didn't log a gain this week. Weight actually dropped a couple ounces (although the average went up by a few ounces). Other than the Monday morning jump, weight stayed quite steady. With uber-calorie days Sunday and Wednesday, intake averaged high at 2436. With my low energy, I only managed an activity average of 2820. So ... no deficit this week, my calories in were more than calories out (only by about 70, but not good when I'm aiming for a deficit of -3500 or more).

Tuesday ... realizing my energy was low and I wasn't getting much done, I agreed to take the kidlets to Airborne (a trampoline park). They got plenty of steps for a couple hours while I sat and read my book. I did get a little extra walking in at a basketball practice, but even though there were a couple of games, I didn't get in steps there (both because of lack of energy, and the locations weren't ideal. I video taped instead).   Wednesday we went down to Thanksgiving Point to drive through the light display ... In a limousine!


Missing #2 who couldn't miss basketball practice. The limo and lights part was fun (with the extended family too, cousins, Aunts, Uncle and Maga) but the drive there wasn't. My anxiety was in full force as we were late, hitting rush hour traffic, driving at night and all the headlights and brake lights. At least the weather was fine, snow and ice wouldn't have helped.

I had a couple struggles with #4 (Anxiety Child) this week too (he's the one making funny faces in the pictures above!). He's been doing better, going to school without crying or complaining (which is NOT to say he likes it, he's just trying). But Wednesday they had a substitute and he couldn't quite handle that. I home schooled him for a half-day and had him go in the afternoon (when they had their regular rotations). Thursday he was ready to go when he was hit with an extreme stomach ache. I actually didn't think this was school related, but we waited it out (had him go to the bathroom and he started feeling better). So he missed the morning that day too, but then went to school when the pain passed. I was lucky that #1 son was around, so I still made my Zumba classes those day, although with my lack of energy, I actually wouldn't have cared too much if I'd had to miss (which would usually be TRAGIC for me! Can't miss Zumba!)

So ... am I getting sick? Other than the extreme exhaustion, I don't really feel "sick" at all. No tickle in the throat, or coughing or runny nose. Yet anyway. I have had a lingering headache. It was exactly one year ago that I came down with the flu. I remember trying to push through it the first few days, before it knocked me down completely. Crossing my fingers there is not a repeat of that this year!

... and just following up on the topic of Salted Caramels from last week ...
I didn't eat ANY this week!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Reading While Riding

I've never been one for riding bikes. The traffic, the helmet, weather conditions, dogs, bugs, flat tires. I don't have to deal with any of that on my handy dandy stationary bike. Plus it has another great advantage ... I can read while I ride!

I'm sure no one recommends reading while riding a regular bike!

Many people poo-poo the idea anyway, saying that if you are reading, you are probably not putting everything into your exercise. I don't dispute that. My "exercise" isn't on the bike, my bike riding is just a little extra activity I do. No, I don't get a big calorie burn, nothing close to a spin class or mountain bike ride, but it's more than I would have if I had been sitting or laying down.

I think I actually concentrate better on my book while riding the bike. I am more focused on my reading than if I'm completely comfy. I do read each night before I fall asleep, and sometimes my mind wanders, and I feel my eyes growing so heavy. On the nights the boys had a late basketball practice, I would go read on the stationary bike in order to stay awake!

A couple of my boys have even jumped on board. I encouraged my oldest to give it a try, and he did. For #4, when we were doing a couple trial run "homeschool" days (anxiety issues) I had him do some reading and riding as part of his routine. I'm not the only one who has thought of this ... I found this article online (Elementary School Replaces Desks With "Reading Bikes" and Test Scores Skyrocket). In the picture in the article, the kids are reading regular books. I LOVE digital books for reading on the bike, it's much easier to "turn" the pages and my ipad mini fits on the bike perfectly. 

It's a bit ironic ... I ADORE reading and always have, but my boys? It's not something they have ever enjoyed. At times they would get into a book or series, but they only read because it is required, not for their own enjoyment. These last few years however, my oldest HAS started getting into books. He's only into non-fiction, seeking knowledge, not entertainment. He even got a job at Barnes and Noble! He was pretty happy when he won the prize in a work contest ...

He was wearing the headphones while reading and riding, which was actually a good thing, as I wanted to hit the elliptical at the same time. That way I could still watch my show without disturbing him (I'm not really used to the family coming down to MY gym).

I've done quite a few "What I've Been Reading" posts ... book reviews and recommendations. I had totally planned one doing one on that topic this past Tuesday, but I didn't get around to it. I'll try to get it up this coming "Topic Tuesday" and do one once a month. I read enough that it should be easy to come up with something to say on the subject. I LOVE reading ... have I mentioned that?

Well ... time to hit the home gym again!

Linking up with Thinking Out Loud and a late Workout Wednesday.

Monday, December 8, 2014

What Happened This Weekend?

Monday morning accountability.
I can't say I was really shocked ... it wasn't a great weekend.
Do you ever have those self-destructive days? I thought I had a pretty good week last week. I was determined to reverse the recent upward scale slide. I was uber active all week long, and did pretty good on the eating. But it didn't show up on the scale. I admit, I was disappointed, and had a little bit of the "if being good doesn't work, lets just see what happens when I totally screw up!" attitude. 

  • Friday mornings are a bit crazy. There is early morning basketball practice ...two additional trip for drop-off and pick up, in addition to the three existing trips to school. I didn't start my day with a workout. I made it to Zumba, and got in two 20 min sessions on the elliptical. I pretty much ALWAYS get three. I'm a little OCD about my "hour" elliptical, but it didn't happen on Friday. I went to watch #2 play in his school basketball game. I manned the video camera during his game (highlights below) and then walked during the JV game (#2 dressed and sat the bench but didn't get any playing time). I stopped and grabbed some Dominos Pizza on the way home. We hadn't had it in forever, but they had a 50% off deal on. Not the best dinner, and I'd indulged in salted caramels throughout the day, even after contemplating them as the cause for my Friday failure at weigh-in ...
  • Saturday I was up early, dropping #2 off to practice and taking #5 to his game. I videoed this game too, although I don't get enough highlights from a single game ... I'll wait and make a compilation video at the end of the season. Back at home, the kids asked for French Toast. I made it, I ate it. I only got in two 20min elliptical sessions Saturday too. No Zumba, but quite a few steps from shopping with the kids. #3 had a game in the early evening, and there was no place to walk ... so I manned the video camera again. Hubs picked up some Popeyes ... fried chicken for dinner.
  • Sunday I made our usual Sunday Circles breakfast. I indulged in a Belgian waffle, bacon and hash browns. I got hit with the sleepies after the morning meal and crawled back in bed and figured I'd just take a rest day. I actually feel SO much more tired when I don't exercise though. A little later I was dragging so much I went and did 20 minutes on the elliptical, but that was all the exercise I got in for the day.  In the evening we had the inlaws over and Hubs made his famous BBQ (steak, marinated chicken, mashed taters). I made Brazilian Cheese Rolls, which have been a big hit at our house recently and our guests loved them too. We had Skookie for dessert. WAY over calories for the day!
So ... three days of "eh" exercise and oodles of intake calories, I'm not really surprised at the 152.7 on the scale. I guess there was that small part of me that was hoping that because the scale didn't move as predicted when I was being good, maybe it wouldn't move as predicted when I was being bad. But it did. Now to try and correct it! Linking up with Marvelous in my Monday as I recap the past week and start a week fresh!

Sundays are always slow, with the sitting at church. I did my Sunday Selfie ... which I do sometimes when I'm bored :) My Omron pedometer can be a bit bulky at my waist, especially in a skirt. So today, I clipped it to the top of my boot!

I did walk to/from church, the weather over the weekend was wonderful! It has been all week, and the forecast continues to look really nice. I know some people want snow for Christmas, but I'm loving these 50° days!

In addition to the lack of movement during the basketball games (I need to stand still for the video-taping) I also made some highlight videos. This requires about an hour going through the clips, and then another hour or so making the muvee. But they are a fun way to relive the glory moments. The entire game condensed to just a few minutes. Here's #2 and #3's game from the weekend...

 My #2 is #3 (on his jersey *Ü)

My #3 is #31

I find as I'm sitting at the computer, going through video clips, or writing a blog entry ... I get the munchies. I get the munchies BAD. It's just second nature to grab something and eat it while I work, even if I'm not particularly hungry.

The bad news ... I at a LOT of salted caramels this weekend.
The good news ... the opened packages are now GONE.

The bad news ... I still have two big packages of salted caramels.
The good news ... they aren't open. I SHOULD be able to resist as long as they aren't open.

Well ... enough sitting in front of my computer typing. I've been sipping on a Fresca to keep my mouth busy, not snacking! Still, time to get up and move. Even though the Motivation Monday link-up is no longer active, I always try to motivate myself and start off the week with a bang! I've done pretty good so far today. Thanks for checking in *Ü* How was YOUR weekend?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday Stats

Zumba, Zumba, Zumba, Zumba, Zumba
Five Days ... Five Classes

  • Monday with Southziders ... HRM 473, Fitbit 517 and 7676 steps. "In Zone" for 39 of the 69 minutes. Average heart rate 127. I'd anticipated a hard morning with Anxiety Child ... but it didn't happen! "I even surprised myself" he said as I dropped him off without complaining or tears. Great to hit Zumba to start the week. Good numbers! I helped lead four songs.
  • Tuesday with Marian ... HRM 424, Fitbit 484 and 7275. "In Zone" for 51 of the 61 minutes. Average heart rate 125. Anxiety Child cooperated again today, so I thought I'd make it on time. I was only a minute late, but class had started. Marian introduced some fun Christmas songs!
  • Wednesday with MZL ... HRM 430, Fitbit 537 and 8140 steps. "In Zone" 47 of the 70 minutes. Average heart rate 116. I carried my shoes/hat/HRM in with me, and dropped the watch part of the Polar. Luckily someone found it and brought it in. I couldn't seem to get my heart rate up at the start of class though, not sure why. Some songs I wasn't as familiar with? A little sore from my weights workout yesterday? Not positive the HRM was working 100% either. Still stepped up and got good Fitbit numbers. Had a new Christmas song with this group too. Brought in some toys as they were asking for donations. Not quite as big a crowd today (still more than the other Zumba classes I attend, but not as many people as usual.)
  • Thursday with Claudia&Co ... HRM 389, Fitbit 457 and 7032 steps. "In Zone" 41 of the 63 minutes. Average HR 119. I dropped off the kids at school (Anxiety Child had a good morning) and went straight to Zumba, which gets me there a little early. There is always a little setup (pulling the dividers open/closed). Marian started, and Nina came soon after, but no Claudia today. It is so nice when there are multiple instructors so a class doesn't get cancelled when one person has to skip. Marian did her Christmas numbers, gotta get them in while we can
  • Friday with Heather ... HRM 315, Fitbit 472 and 6673 steps. "In Zone" 32 of the 63 minutes. Average heart rate 114. My Polar was misbehaving, especially at the start. You can see I upped the numbers slightly in the chart above, as I know it missed out on some. Time to wash the strap and hope that fixes the problem. All of the other Zumba classes are held in larger church gyms ... but this one is a small one. It gets a little crowded at times (I'm a bit claustrophobic). One of the things I DO like more about this class is it does NOT start with a prayer like all the others do. Am I a bad person for finding that a positive thing? *Ü*
It was nice to get back to my five different classes for the week ...

Friday, December 5, 2014

WWI#72 and Salted Caramels

Blah, blah ... another weekly weigh-in. Another week up again! I must admit, I really had high hopes for this week. I thought for SURE I was going to be able to reverse the rising trend of the past few weeks. But no. I'm a little bummed. I'm just barely under my "150" limit, and I bopped over it twice. Not good.

NUMBERS: Up 1.4 from last week. Average was up too ... 1.38. My intake was a little high, at 2107 but I was extra active! My average burn for the week was 3132 per day. I had several 30K days, getting in my hour of elliptical spread throughout each day, my hour of Zumba Mon-Fri, several sessions on the bike and treadmill and a weights workout. There were several basketball games (Sat/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri) too, where I walked around while I watched, usually getting in 6000+ steps during the hour. Crunching the numbers, I had a deficit of 5041! That should be a loss, not a gain. Of course ... the numbers are all estimates, I do realize that. It's hard to know for sure on calories in and calories out even when you are keeping a food diary and monitoring activity.

I was trying to think back on what could have changed these past few weeks. Why, after losing steadily for several weeks, have I started to gain some back? Oct and the first couple weeks of November were great ... then? There were birthdays, and Thanksgiving, but the other addition ...

Salted Caramels
Last Christmas Hubs gave me a box of salted caramels from Willam's Sonoma. They were wonderful! I never succumbed to the whole "pumpkin spice" temptation that others did during the fall (I like the smell of the candle, but the taste? I'll pass). Salted caramels seem to be a winter holiday trend, and they ARE a major temptation. Hubs bought me another box from William's Sonoma. It's gone. There were some for sale at Sam'sClub ... half the price, and I figured I needed to at least give them a try. They were really good too. Then hubs found some at Costco for an even better price. I joked that I probably should try all the  brands out there to compare. I really have trouble stopping at a single serving ... I wonder if the shift in the scale is reflecting my current salted caramel addiction?

I should try a WHOLE WEEK without eating any ... can I commit to that? I'm not sure ... not as long as there is an open container in the house (which there is). It's a good thing these things are seasonal!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Look ... Leggings!

I follow several Zumba instructors on Facebook, and a few weeks ago I heard many of them talking about some great giveaways they had received to pass on to their favorite students. I didn't really pay it much heed. My Zumba classes are already "giveaways" (Free Zumba in Utah) and although I thought some of the Zumba Wear I'd seen was cute, it wasn't something I was planning on adding to my wardrobe anytime soon ...

Then I went to one of my classes, and my Tuesday Instructor (thanks Marian!) gave me this coupon. I am the skeptical sort, so I figured there were some strings or something ... and I wasn't sure if I could even pull off leggings (body wise or confidence wise). I went home and looked up the deal ...

Hmmm ... a little tight, a little bold, even if they were MY colors (black and gray). $50? I'd never spend that on an item like this (I'll spend that on gadgets like my Fitbit or Polar, but not clothes) but here it was FREE, although I did need to pay the shipping (a little over $5). 

I had tried a pair of leggings at a local store. Although I've been in a medium in most things for a while, I just wasn't comfortable with how tight and form fitting they were. I ended up buying an x-large. When I tried working out with them at home ... they started to slip. I just returned them, sure that leggings weren't for me. Here ... willing to risk the $5 shipping investment, I wasn't sure what size to order. I did get a giggle out of Zumba's sizing chart -

Based on the measurements ... I was probably "marvelous" but I just wasn't sure. I read the reviews and some said they ran small. I ordered a "lovely" (large). was super fast with the shipping. When they arrived I tried them on and really liked the feel. Silky smooth, and the form fitting feel was completely new to me. I still wasn't sure it was ME. I wore them to my Tuesday class (I'll often stop at a store or something on the way home from my other classes, but not on Tuesdays. Just wearing them to class was enough of a challenge, I wasn't going to wear them out in public.) My Tuesday teacher was the one who had given me the coupon too.

The elastic waist wasn't adjustable They DID fall down a bit ... I would have to pull them up.  I've heard this can be a common problem. I had been quite the seamstress in days past, so I figured I could handle a quick-fix. I felt a little sacrilegious cutting a small hole in the waistband ... but I did it. I then threaded a string (ok ... a shoelace) through and - I had an adjustable drawstring. No more falling down. 

While the leggings are super comfy ... I'm still not entirely comfortable in them. That's just me. I'm used to baggy. I'm used to plain, not patterns. I wore them to my Friday class and my Zumba instructor there had a pair on too ... she had on the blue ones. They would be way to bright for me! And ... while it seems to be the trendy thing to do, I tied my jacket around my waist. That helped bolster me a bit. It covers up the butt ... and then I have somewhere to clip on my Omron pedometer.

I don't know that I'll be shopping at again anytime soon. It's not really my style or price range ... but I am loving my leggings!  I have to admit ...I feel just a little different, and little more "Zumba-ish" when I'm wearing this outfit.  So thanks again Zumba. Once again you pushed me out of my comfort zone, for better or worse. *Ü*

Linking up with Workout Wednesday
Can clothing change your confidence?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

TV Talk Tuesday

My TV time is exercise time. I only watch while I workout. 
What have I been working out to lately?

Last month I was getting into the shows starting their new seasons ... and I am still interested in them (caught up on several, behind on a few). But I'd heard a lot of good things about the show "Nashville" that I went ahead and requested a hold at my local library. With the library hold program, you are never quite sure when it is going to come in. I got it pretty quick, and it was the entire season. 24 episodes. And it was due back in one week!

I abandoned watching anything else (Grey's, Scandal ... even The Walking Dead!) and just watched Rayna James and Juliet Barnes sing and struggle with their social lives and careers while I elliptical-ed, walked on the treadmill, and even while I did my weight workouts. I do workout a lot... but I didn't quite get through all 24 episodes in the week. I kept the DVDs a few extra days, paid the fines, and finished it up. Season 1 done.

Back in my high school and college days, I was a singer myself. I never did envision or even want stardom. I was content to be the lead in the school musical, sing solos at church, and place in local talent competitions. I've enjoyed watching music shows like American Idol (years ago, not lately) and The Voice. I really enjoyed the singing series "Smash" ... catching up on it once it hit Amazon Prime. While I'm not big into country music, I have really been enjoying the show (and the music). There sure is a lot of sleeping around though!

At one time, DVDs were the preferred method of catching up on past programs. Before Netflix and Amazon Prime really hit the scene, and even after, when wifi was iffy. I LOVE closed captions! I just can't catch all the spoken words (especially on the treadmill, it is noisy!) and although Netflix and Amazon have come a long way in adding subtitles to their shows, DVDs have had captions for a while. One complaint I had on the captioning on Nashville is the song lyrics weren't subtitled. The music is such an integral part of the show, I really wish I'd been able to catch all the words (which I wasn't!). Some shows even caption the background music ... I just felt like I missed out on the meaning of much of the music.

So I'm almost done with Season 2 now ... and I've been recording the current Season 3 (using PlayOn/Playlater ... ABC does include captioning as they post their shows to the web). I'm not sure if I'll jump right to it when I finish Season 2 or take a break and watch something else ... hmmm.

While I watched Season 1 on a show streak, I've been interspersing a  few favorites while watching Season 2.  I couldn't help but laugh in a recent episode of Grey's Anatomy where one of the doctors has on a "wrist thingy" and is taking stairs and bouncing in place to get more steps! I'm a little behind in Scandal, but hearing that a prisoner was eating 2700 calories a day? I've been gaining at 2200 and that's when I'm very active. No fair guys! I don't think I've seen the characters on Nashville fitting in exercise (at least on the show) ... of course I rarely see them eat either (although there is plenty of drinking going on). How do they stay so trim (I guess those concerts can be calorie burners)...

Any other Nashville fans out there?

Monday, December 1, 2014

One Super Sunday Sleep In

I know there was a sleep study that indicated it was better for the body if you had a consistent wake up time every single day. But for ME? Weekends are made for sleeping in!

This was my Fitbit sleep tile Sunday morning when I FINALLY rolled out of bed. I'd gone to bed at 9:59, and got out of bed at 9:53. I was in bed for 11 hours and 54 minutes, and "asleep" for 10 hours and 4 minutes. My average is probably around six hours of sleep a night. It felt good to catch up a bit. Sunday was actually the only day over the entire Thanksgiving Weekend that I was able to really sleep in though.

My MIMM Weekend Recap ...
  • Friday, I planned on hitting my Zumba class at 9:00. So that WAS a sleep in, based on my usual 6:00 rising time. I ended up needing to pick up #2 from his friend's at 10:30 that evening (that is past my bedtime!) even though Daddy and #1 son were out late that night already.
  • Saturday ... #2 had to be at the high school at 8:00 in the morning to go driving for driver's ed. Normally, he has basketball practice at that time, but not this weekend. I was glad #2 got one of his driving done (he has to do three) as the other workable time is 5:00 a.m. THAT is early! #2 actually attended a family event (see the picture below) and so he was home, instead of out with friends that evening. That meant an early in night for me!
  • Sunday ... It felt SO good not to set the alarm and just stay in bed until I was ready to get out. It made breakfast quite late, insomuch that it was more of a brunch. We are on the 1:00-4:00 church schedule for another few weeks. Then we'll switch to the 9:00-12:00 with the new year. I'll miss my Sunday sleep ins I think ...
 At the annual "Leg Lamp Lighting" party. 
Missing #1 (he had to work), and Anxiety Child was NOT happy.
I have to say ... I'm very happy to have the Thanksgiving holiday and the November birthday's behind us. I know Christmas is right around the corner, but I feel like I have three "normal" weeks (as far as school and such) to try and get back on track a bit. The return to the routine. Basketball is starting up again, so schedules will be a little crazy in the evenings. #3 has a game starting at 9:30 at night, downtown! He won't get home until after 11:00 on a school night ... and that's definitely past MY bedtime!

I did bop over 150 for my weigh-in this Monday morning (150.5). I'd done so well for several weeks, I'd like to get back to bigger deficits, lower caloric intake, keeping up the activity.  I had been quite nervous about this morning regarding Anxiety Child. He struggles almost every Monday, having to return to school after the weekend. With this longer weekend, I was anticipating a complete meltdown. He surprised me (and himself) by having a good morning and getting off to school without complaints or crying.  I've told him I want him to make it through these next three weeks, and then we'll revisit the homeschool possibility if that's still something he really, really wants.

But for now? Three weeks of a schedule. 
Which means alarms set for 6:00. 
With a few more Sunday Sleep Ins. I'm going to enjoy every one!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

November 2014

At the end of the month I try to do a quick recap of the month and include my journal entries. I'm backdating this post, so you won't know exactly how behind I am. November was NOT a good month for weight, maybe that's one reason I put off doing my recap. I didn't even bother to make my "Streaks" calendar marking my good days, or my "exercise" calendar ... even though it probably would have been easier this month, as I did really cut back.

There were some birthday celebrations (my mom's, mine and the hubs). Some struggles with Anxiety Child and some homeschool days. Thanksgiving. More basketball. Even with my discovery of Play Later's new ad-skip technology which got me excited about catching up on my current shows, I just lacked motivation this month. The eating got a little out of control too, with the dinners out, birthday cake, the salted caramels making their debut, and the weather finally turning colder and us breaking out the hot chocolate maker ...

Weight to start ... 144.9.
Weight at the end of the month ... 149.0.
Not a good month.

I generally try to rearrange my "daily doings" into a chronological order for the month recap ... but I've been SO behind I'm just doing a simple cut and paste this time (so they are in descending order).

1130 (Sunday) Weight 149.0. OK Day. Fitbit Steps 12878. Total Burn 2323. Exercise Burn 650/645 (60minElliptical). Calories in 1900. Slept in today! Finally did get up and do my first session on the elliptical then made breakfast. Went to church. Anxiety Child was having a struggle today. I'd planned on making tacos, but everyone was snacking on different things. I attempted the Brazilian Cheese rolls but they didn't turn out this time, not sure why. I made a double batch of brownies, leftovers for lunches. Hubs did some of the things on my "honeydo" list ... clearing the drain in the basement tub, filling my car tires, and screwing in a cabinet that was lose. I had some things on a list for #1 to do, but he didn't do anything! Back to the schedule tomorrow! Starting fresh with a new month too :)

1129 (Saturday) Weight 148.5. Ok Day. Fitbit Steps 15503. Total Burn 2502. Exercise Burn 650/827 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2400. Didn't really get to sleep in, as #2 had to be at his driver's ed today at 8:00 to do one of his required roads driving. Hubs went off doing errands much of the day. I took #4 and we ran to Winco to pick up some tapioca flour (for Brazilian Cheese Rolls)  and then stopped at the dollar store. Later in the afternoon I took #3 to the Sam'sClub parking lot where we counted cars who stopped at the stop signs for a social psychology experiment (are people more likely to stop when someone is watching?) In the evening, my BIL hosted his annual "Leg Lamp Lighting Party" featuring the leg lamp from "The Christmas Story" and hundreds of homemade donuts. The weather was pretty nice for it ... and my car has heat now!

1128 (Friday) Weight 148.1. Pretty Good Day. Fitbit Steps 21689. Total Burn 2850. Exercise Burn 1100/1177 (60minElliptical, Zumba) Calories in 2000. My car hasn't had heat, which has been inconvenient as the weather has turned. Hubby and #1 dropped it off at the shop to get it fixed, which meant #1 and I were sharing his truck for the day. I took it and #2, dropping him off at a church for basketball with buddies, then I hit the Zumba in West Jordan. I usually go out to Sandy, but wasn't sure I could be away that long today. I usually can't hit the MZL group as they start at 9:00 and that doesn't work with middle school drop-off, but it worked out perfectly today. I went to Maceys on the way home to grab a few groceries. I didn't have a very productive day. I was wondering when they would call with the burb done, which didn't end up happening until 5:30. I'd run #2 a couple more places ... he always needs chauffeur duty.  We did get the car back before #1 had to go into work. As he was working late, he said he'd pick up #2, so I was anticipating an early night in. Hubs ended up going out with a buddy, and #2's phone died and I didn't have a way to hook him up with #1 or Daddy, so I ended up making the run to pick him up at 10:30 that night.

1127 (Thursday) Weight 146.4. Bad Day. Fitbit Steps 13329. Total Burn 2361. Exercise Burn 610/697 (60minElliptical) Calories in 2800. Slept in a little. My usual Zumba was cancelled, and although I'm sure there was probably something available out there, I decided to take the day off. I did still do some elliptical though. I got up and made the Pie in a Pan dessert, then Lemon Jello Cake (hubs request for dessert). The brownies were ready, and the turkey cookies .... well the kids were already eating them! They weren't going to make it to the party! Oh well. #3 and I also made up some Brazillian Cheese Rolls for a school assignment. We'd made them before, but everyone really enjoyed them today. I had thought we could take the leftovers to Thanksgiving, but there were no leftovers, even after making a second batch. We ended up with an impromtu cleaning out of the little fridge. The door had been left open a little, which made the ice build up in the freezer section until the door wouldn't close. It was a fairly nice day though, and good to get it defrosted and cleaned out anyway.  Hubs made the potatoes and we were off to my BIL's for dinner.Good meal and company. I'd brought Apples to Apples and #4 played with his cousins (we'd brought it to JUMP yesterday and played a little there too ... hopefully the kid got his fix). I went down and did a final 20min on the elliptical. I came back up to hubs already asleep (it was about 10:00). I did overeat today, but not too terribly.

1126 (Wednesday)Weight 147.1. Pretty Good Day. Fitbit Steps 23437. Total Burn 2910. Exercise Burn 1100/1243 (60minElliptical, Zumba) Calories in 1600. The kids were out of school today for Thanksgiving break. #2 still had an early morning practice, I dropped him off at the high school at 8:00. I should have planned to hit Sam'sClub quick during their early hours, but I hadn't thought ahead and didn't have any makeup on and was just wearing slippers. I went to Zumba, then stopped at Sams. Grabbed some potatoes (hubby is on mashedtaters duty for Thanksgiving) and a few other things. We had friends in from out of town and had plans to meet up at the local JUMP place at 1:00. The kids were very excited and counting down until we could go. We hadn't seen these friends in over a year. We joined up with them and it was a happy reunion. The kids bounced for a couple of hours and then we went back to our house for a bit. After they left, #4 was in tears, sobbing, so sad to have to say goodbye to his good friend again. He said "I wish Marc would move back and go to my school. They I would go to school every day without complaining." I am on dessert duty for tomorrow so I made brownies and sugar cookie turkeys. #2 was out late with friends, but I figured #1 could pick him up after his work (he finished up at 11:00) or Daddy went out with a friend (he ended up not getting home until around 1:00 even though he said it was going to be a short visit! *Ü*) But I ended up going to pick up #2 at 10:30, as his phone had died and I wouldn't have a way to contact him with one of the other rides.

1125 (Tuesday) Weight 147.2. Good Day. Fitbit Steps 35585. Total Burn 3325. Exercise Burn 1620/1657 (60minElliptical , Zumba, 1.5milesIncline, 60minWeights, BBWalk8000). Calories in 2250. #4 had seemed fine after school, and fine this morning, but he crashed right before school started. I told him he could come to Zumba with me if he would go to school right after. We were still late to Zumba, and he didn't participate the whole time. Said he wasn't feeling well. I gave him my phone and had him read a chapter of the book they are reading in school (which was what he was missing). Didn't quite get the numbers, coming in late and being distracted by the boy. I did do Shake and Chocolate. I dropped #4 at the school after and he went without too much more trauma. At home I got in weights and some walking/incline and did a little more Zumba on my own. I didn't pick up #3 after school, as he had basketball practice. I wish I had a carpool for the little ones, as they don't get out until 3:35 and #2's basketball game started at 3:30. So ... I was late. Hubs had come from work to watch too.  #2 did really well and the team won. I stuck around a little after (#3 was coming over from the middle school to watch the JV and Varsity games and I told him I'd take home his backpack so he wouldn't have to lug it around all night). #2 ended up dressing for the JV and sitting the bench, which meant there was a chance he could play. So I decided to stick around and watch, but NOT sit (my back was already hurting from the sitting so far). There was a little corner where I walked around and could still see the game. #2 did get to play for one whole minute right at the end :)  They won as well, as did varsity that night. Happy that hubs was willing to go back and pick up the kids, because a warm shower was calling my name that night.

1124 (Monday) Weight 150.3. Good Day. Fitbit Steps 31292. Total Burn 3615. Exercise Burn 1400/1929 (70minElliptical, Zumba, 10milesBike). Calories in 1850. Very rough morning for #4, but they say he's always fine once I leave. I went to Zumba. It was only Nina and T today. I helped out doing four numbers. I stopped at Kmart and picked up some slippers for #3 and a belt for #5 (with my SYWR points). I also stopped at Smiths and picked up a prescription and a few groceries. I had been a bit stressed for the basketball "team dinner" tonight but I totally lucked out! The JV and Varsity were having their own dinner, so we only had to feed the sophomores. We just decided to do pizza and cookies and the other two moms bought the stuff (although I volunteered). I brought plates and napkins. #2 had just stayed after school for practice. I had run #3 to his practice at 5:30, then I grabbed him from that practice and ran him and a friend to the high school at 7:00 and then stuck around for the dinner and brought #2 home. Back at 9:30 to grab #3.

1123 (Sunday) Weight 149.2. Ok Day. Fitbit Steps 11624. Total Burn 2266. Exercise Burn 500/587 (50minElliptical). Calories in 2200. Usual Sunday. Sleep in. Big breakfast ... again, I skipped the waffle, although I did sneak some cookies from last night. Hubs was looking through a box of pictures for much of the day. Church was usual. #4 struggled a bit, as it had been a few weeks since he'd been to class (with us going to my brother's ward, primary program practices, etc). Homework help and such too. Tried to get #4 excited to pass of the state capitals tomorrow. He has them down! He wanted to play Apples to Apples but we were all a little burned out on games and the grandparents weren't available (I did ask!). I made homemade oreos for the Sunday treat.

1122 (Saturday) Weight 148.2. Not A Great Day. Fitbit Steps 10797. Total Burn 2168. Exercise Burn 560/494 (50minElliptical). Calories in 2450. Feeling better,  but still not 100%. Just felt like taking it easy today. Hubs and the two older boys went up to Payson to help move Maga's stuff from storage into the new house. They were gone most of the day. It was a cold and dreary day out. Overcast and gray, rain, then snow. I stayed in bed until late and never even made the bed. I got in a little exercise and felt ok, but didn't want to push too much. Played some games with the kids ... Scattegories, BabbleOn and Boggle. Made cookie press cookies ... pumpkins for Thanksgiving. Hubs and the boys got home, and #2 had me take him to his girlfriend's house. He was going to practice his driving, but the snow scared him, so I drove. It was pretty bad. Not really slippery, but visibility was had. Couldn't see the lines on the road, and my windshield wipers leave a swath of stuff right at eye level. He was getting a ride home, so I took a shower and changed into jammies when I got back home. Hubs took the two little ones out to see BigHero6, while #1 and #3 chilled at home. A bit too many calories, especially without much exercise to combat them.

1121 (Friday) Weight 147.5. Pretty Good Day. Fitbit Steps 23214. Total Burn 2875. Exercise Burn 1159/1205 (70minElliptical, 60minZumba). Calories in 1800.  Even with school late start, it was a no sleep-in morning for me. I had to get #3 to practice at 6:30. Then #2 to high school at 8:15, the elementary kids off at 8:40 ... back to the middle school to grab #3 and take him home for a quick shower, then back for school at 9:30. Whew. Five trips out before 10:00. I went out to Zumba. Heather was late, and when we opened up the church, the power was out. We headed to the backup church. So nice to at least have that option. A few new people. On of the gals was standing so close to me though, I didn't feel I could move. I finally rotated to the back of the room where there was more space.  I need space. I stopped at Kmart to try and grab the new Pokemon game fro #4. they didn't have it, so I stopped at Smiths Marketplace and got it there. Home for a bit, then pick up the early out elementary, then middle school pickup. I was thrilled when I got back and #4 had pulled his tooth out! Hopefully no more pain there then! Hubs had a derby and #3 went along to help again. It was a pretty low-key Friday night. I'd made chicken soup earlier, but #4 doesn't eat it and asked for toasted cheese. I was making it when I was suddenly hit with a dizzy spell. I felt like I was going to pass out. I was cold and clammy. I just wanted to finish the sandwich for my son before I went to lay down but I couldn't find the spatula (which he finally handed to me, but I had burned them by then). I was DONE for the night. I felt awful. Freezing and like I might throw up. Hubs came home and got me a bucket and a heating pad and I fell asleep. I had mentioned to him that #2 was still out, so he took care of getting him home too.

1120 (Thursday) Weight 147.8. Great Day. Fitbit Steps 34754. Total Burn 3701. Exercise Burn 1700/2030 (60minElliptical, 60minZumba x2, 10milesBike). Calories in 2000. #4 has been doing SO well, but he reverted this morning and was crying about school. I walked him into the classroom and made my get-away. I'd forgotten my purse, and phone! I've been very absent minded lately. I ran home to get them before Zumba, but it made me late. I should have just gone straight and then stopped after. I did hit a store after, Sam's Club, restocking on milk and bread. Grabbed some salted caramels to compare them with the really expensive ones Hubs had picked up a week or so ago (they compared!) I picked up #2 and #3, and then took them to pick up the little ones. We went straight for haircuts afterward. #4 decided he'd just have me do it (to get us home faster, but it saves me $10+ too). I dropped #2 off at the high school for his practice, and got #3 home in time to go to a derby with Daddy. I did then cut #4's hair, and it didn't look too bad. I was running a little late to Zumba, I don't remember why. I don't like being late! Last week I hadn't been feeling well, but happy to say that wasn't the case tonight. I was able to keep the heart rate up. After it ended, I went and picked up #2 from practice and hurried home to #4, who had been texting that his tooth was hurting more and he wanted me :( Poor kid!

1119 (Wednesday) Weight 147.6. Pretty Good Day. Fitbit Steps 29005. Total Burn 2906. Exercise Burn 1350/1236 (60minElliptical, Zumba, BB Walk 8500). Calories in 2100. Happy birthday to the hubs! Unfortunately it was a pretty normal day for him, just working as usual. I put up some baby pictures on Facebook. I got the kids off to school and then hit Zumba. Didn't quite get the numbers on the Polar today. I tried to get the house straightened (that's what Hubby would like most) and left his b-day swag on the counter (Oreos, DietCoke and a new Roku ... I'd made him a quilt too but had given it to him earlier when he caught me finishing it up). Then I was off to see #2 play in a showcase game at the high school (just 20 minutes, against the other half of the sophomore team). Then the JV played the Varsity, then the Varsity played the faculty. That game was pretty fun to watch. Then it was a team meeting ... and I am officially overwhelmed. Required "volunteering" to make dinner for the entire team, pack lunches, work in the snack bar. All the money and fundraising. And the games had gone over, and the meeting was long, and #4 was texting me that his tooth was hurting and he wanted me home, and I wanted to be home. I'd made a lemon jello cake for hubby ... they had to sing and eat it without me (and the two basketball boys). Long night!

1118 (Tuesday) Weight 149.6. Good Day. Fitbit Steps 34759. Total Burn 3784. Exercise Burn 2050, 2097 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60minWeights, 3milesIncline, 10milesBike). Calories in 1450.  After not having my usual good Monday (eating wise at least) I was determined to have a good day today ... and I did. Got the kids off and made it to Zumba on time. Home for my weights workout, and some treadmill time and reading and riding. Hubs had received tickets for the Jazz game, so he took an excited #4 to that. Row 5! It was a quiet evening at home ... got in a little more exercise!

1117 (Monday) Weight 148.9. Good Day. Fitbit Steps 29796. Total Burn 3281. Exercise Burn 1300/1603 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 2milesIncline). Calories In 3000. The day actually started great (even with 6:30 carpools in the morning). #4 was FINE and went to school without complaining. Unheard of for a Monday morning lately. I went to Zumba and got great numbers there. I'd invited the parents over for Grandparents and Games, so I spent some time getting the house cleaned up and ready. We had a little friend (old neighbor) over in the afternoon to play with #5. I had #1 pick up pizza (including a gluten-free one for Grandpa). I'd dropped #3 off at practice and told him I'd be there at 7:00 to take him from the middle school to the high school, but I got distracted with the grandparents there. He had to call and ask if anyone was coming. Hubs went and did the transfer, and picked up #2 at the same time. The younger kids talked about homophones with Grandma (we've been making lists of them) and then we played Apples to Apples. I ate too much! Pizza and ice cream sundaes.

1116 (Sunday) Weight 149.2. OK Day. Fitbit Steps 12030. Total Burn 2269. Exercise Burn 450/590 (40minElliptical). Calories in 2000.  Sunday sleep in. I made the usual Sunday Circle breakfast and for the first time ... I did NOT eat a waffle myself! The boys have gone back to the regular pancake mix for their waffles. It's a ton cheaper, and it doesn't tempt me. I had been making just me a waffle from the more expensive mix, but I resisted today. We sat out church, although I still went to do my duty at the piano in primary. I walked to/from ... it was a little chilly! For dinner I made Baked Ziti, which I don't eat, so again, no temptation. I was able to stay at 2000 calories today. I cooked up some gluten free pasta and made a couple ziti for my dad too (they freeze well). Made brownies for dessert and leftovers for lunches, but again resisted eating any. Pretty good day.

1115 (Saturday) Weight 147.0. Ok Day. Fitbit Steps 14919. Total Burn 2083. Exercise Burn 450/416 (20minElliptical, BB Walk 7500). Calories in 1950.  Love to sleep in a little on Saturdays. #2 is going to have 8:00 practices, but not today. That didn't stop him from knocking on the bedroom door at 7:30 saying he needed a ride. Ummmm ... I'm still sleeping! His friends picked him up. It was Sadie Hawkins that night, and I guess the date is ALL DAY these days.  I was still taking it a bit easy, allowing myself a relaxing weekend. I only got in one session on the elliptical. In the afternoon, the Hubs and I hit a matinee,  "Catch Me If You Can" the musical at Hale Theater. It was good. Quite a workout for those dancers! In the evening #3 had his final basketball game for the fall season. I got in some steps before and during the game (about 7500). That was my only other "exercise" for the day.

1114 (Friday) Weight 145.8. Pretty Good Day. Fitbit Steps 21383. Total Burn 2784. Exercise Burn 1000/1124 (60minElliptical, Zumba)  Calories in 2300. Still feeling a bit off from whatever hit me last night. I got to sleep in a bit today, but #3's early morning practices will start next Friday. As of today, the kids wanted coccoa and toast, so I made that for breakfast and indulged a little myself. I did make it to Zumba and felt fine. Stopped at Maceys for a little grocery shopping on the way home. Early out at the elementary. Hubs picked up some Popeyes for dinner. I didn't like it the first time I had it ... maybe it had been the spicy instead of the mild. But I liked it tonight!

1113 (Thursday) Weight 144.8. Good Day. Fitbit Steps 34041. Total Burn 3710. Exercise Burn 1600/2000 (60minElliptical, Zumba x2, 10milesBike). Calories in 2350. Got the kids off to school then hit Zumba. Got in some reading and riding, although my bike book isn't totally keeping me captivated. Picked up the kids after school. #2 stayed for the last day of tryouts. Hubs had a derby and got #4 and #5 to go along and help. I dropped #3 off to his basketball practice on the way to Zumba. I was OFF at Zumba in the evening, I'm not sure what it was. I just felt a little dizzy, and cold. My heart rate dropped and I couldn't get it back up and I really didn't even care. I was able to finish the night but just barely. I think maybe I hadn't eaten enough. I did come home and eat some, and then snacked on some chick-fil-a that Daddy and the boys brought home. I had to run pick up the kids from basketball. #3 came out, but #2 was waiting for the final list to be posted. The coach saw me waiting and said "I don't know why he's being so slow, he KNOWS he made the team!"  We had been pretty sure he would, but until it's there in black and white you just never know for sure! He's a happy boy!

1112 (Wednesday) Weight 145.6. Good Day. Fitbit Steps 32238. Total Burn 3432. Exercise Burn 1800/1773 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 2milesIncline, 10milesBike). Calories in 1900.  Writing in retrospect ... why can't I keep more current on my entires? It's hard to remember when a week or more has passed. Good Zumba numbers today. Anxiety child seems to be doing a little better this week. Continued basketball tryouts for #2, he's been making all the cuts as expected. Hubs, #1 and #3 went with the church young men to see the movie "Meet the Mormons".  I had to go to the high school and attend a driver's safety showing for #2's driver's ed class (he came after tryouts). With my already existing anxiety regarding cars, it probably wasn't a good thing for me to see. It WOULD have been good for hubs, as he has some bad driving habits!

1111 (Tuesday) Weight 147.9. Good Day. Fitbit Steps 32706. Total Burn 3632. Exercise Burn 1965/1960 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 3milesIncline, 8milesBike, 60minWeights). Calories in 1450.  After my so-so Monday yesterday, it was good to have a good food/fitness day today. #4 did have emotional issues getting off to school, but I managed to make it to Zumba on time. Got in exercise during the day. #2 had more basketball tryouts today but said they went well.

1110 (Monday) Weight 147.1. Ok Day. Fitbit Steps 27653, Total Burn 3116. Exercise Burn 1300/1449 (60minElliptical, Zumba 20min/1mile Incline). Calories in 3400. It's my birthday today! My one wish was that #4 go to school without tears. That didn't happen. I didn't stay with him long though, as everything says dragging it out just makes it worse. I had been afraid I wouldn't get a Zumba class in. My usual Monday was cancelling to perform on a local tv news. I had a backup planned, but it started at 8:30, which didn't work. It ended up changing to 10:30, but then my usual ended up NOT being cancelled. So I still went to it after all. I skipped my Kmart stop, as I'd gone on Saturday and didn't have more points yet. I did stop at Sam'sClub and grabbed a cake ... I'd At home, I did get a call from the school from #4. I went to go pick him up, and we homeschooled for the afternoon. #2 was SO nervous this morning, as it is the first day of basketball tryouts at the high school. He stayed after school, and then tryouts were from 5:00-7:00. The rest of us went out to Texas Roadhouse for an early dinner. Dropped #3 at practice and thought we'd pick up #2 ... but he wanted to hang out until the cut list was posted. I'd invited my folks out. My mother had been craving the cake on her birthday, back on Friday. Hubs and I had stopped at the store to grab one for her but they didn't have one in stock then. They did today :)  My MIL stopped by too. We had cake and then played games. Then picked up both #2 and #3 at 9:00 ... of course #2 made cuts!

1109 (Sunday) Weight 145.6. Ok Day. Fitbit Steps 13559. Total Burn 2339. Exercise Burn 609/680 (60minElliptical) Calories in 1900. Had the usual Sunday Circles for breakfast. We went to our church, where the boys were in the annual primary program. Maga came out to see them. #4 was NOT happy about participating. After that meeting, we hurried up to my brother's church for his daughter's baby blessing. We went to his house afterward. He's lived there a year and a half and we hadn't been yet. They had BBQ chicken and meatballs, and lots of desserts. I ate too many cookies!

1108 (Saturday) Weight 146.4. Ok Day. Fitbit Steps 17532. Total Burn 2359. Exercise Burn 600/689 (40minElliptical, 40minBleachers). Calories in 2400. I'd set out some croissants to rise last night. #3 and I were a little rushed in the morning, getting him to his 9:00 game, but still managed to get out croissant in. I didn't have a good spot to walk, but I did have a set of bleachers to myself, so I "stepped". Up and down, during the game. I worked up a pretty good sweat! The boys lost though. Hubs had come home with a new enclosed trailer for his derby stuff. He was busy with that, then helping a friend build some derby cars with his boys. I picked up #2 from his driver's ed range, and then let him drive as we did a little shopping. Hit Kmart and Kohls, got him some jeans and a couple shirts. #4 accompanied us ... which is unlike the homebody him. In the evening, Hubs and the headed out to my folks. It was my mom's birthday yesterday and we were taking her out to dinner. My brother and his wife, and my sister (in from out of town) came too. It was fun. We went back to the house after for games and didn't get home until late. Of course #2 was out even later, but got a ride home.

1107 (Friday) Weight 144.7. Ok Day. Fitbit Steps 21070. Total Burn 2802. Exercise Burn 1025/1142 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2800. No school for the little ones, so no emotional upheaval from #4. In fact, he had almost been on a high last night, super happy and silly. He's had a couple loose teeth, and pulled one out this morning. I still had to take the older boys to school (much to their chagrin ... "Why do the elementary kids not have school??") I still went to my Zumba. I debated going to my usual class, as it's across town and I'd be leaving the kids home alone for a bit. They assured me they would be fine ... sometimes they like it home alone, playing basketball in the kitchen or things I might not allow if I was there. They are really good kids though, and I trust them not to get into anything while alone. So I went ... and it was good. The two boys were vegging too much though, watching TV and playing video games. I made them go outside and "get some steps on their pedometers" and they did. I didn't get in much extra exercise myself though. Hub's birthday is coming up and I was making him a quilt. I'd worked a bit on it the last week and was hoping to finish it up. I did the tying and was sewing the edges when Hubs came home earlier than expected and caught me in the act. Oh well, I gave it to him early. I had to run #3 back to the middle school in the early evening for basketball again. He's been asked to play up with the 9th graders for the coming season, so he's happy about that. More practices and games! It's all good. Hubs took the two little boys to Arctic Circle to redeem a couple prize winning gumballs #5 had earned his last time there. They stopped for some Popeye's chicken on the way home. I haven't been a fan of the chicken, a bit of a spicy flavor I'm not used to ... but it tasted good tonight and I ate more than I should have. I'd also binged a bit on Halloween candy earlier in the day. Too many calories today! 

1106 (Thursday) Weight 145.5. Good Day. Fitbit Steps 33490. Total Burn 3629. Exercise Burn 1800/1721 (60minElliptical, Zumba x2, 10milesBike, 1.5milesIncline). Calories in 2100. Part of the deal yesterday with #4, was that if I checked him out early, he had to go all day today without complaint. It was an "early out" day anyway ... he had some whimpers and tears but I just dropped him off. I didn't get out and walk him to class. I went to Thursday Zumba, which I'd missed the past two weeks. It was good to be back. I enjoyed my "alone time" at home. The elementary kids will be out tomorrow, and if this home school thing happens ... sigh. Kid pickups after school. Basketball practice for #3. The evening Zumba was happening, and I wanted to hit it and take #4 (as he had actually seemed to enjoy it on Tuesday). Tonight he petered out a bit. Maybe he only likes it if it gets him out of school! Still happy he came and tried it with me. We stopped and grabbed a pizza and some crazy bread on the way home. Picked up #2 when his practice ended at 9:00 (I hadn't seen him since I'd dropped him off at school at 6:30 in the morning) and it was an early night in.

1105 (Wednesday) Weight 146.9. Good Day. Fitbit Steps 35631. Total Burn 3746. Exercise Burn 1650/1822 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 10milesBike, 1.5milesIncline, Hula and extra Zumba). Calories in 1800. Continued struggle with #4. He wanted to talk to the principal again this morning, and I did have some questions about a duel enrollment (1/2 at school, 1/2 at home) possibility. I should have just made him go to class while we talked. The duel enrollment does sound like a feasible option, and the principal sounded willing to work with us, just concerned about giving into his anxieties rather than facing them. I had agreed to a "trial run" today ... I told him to go to class and then call me after lunch. We went to class ok ... good thing I had thought ahead and brought me Zumba stuff with me. Even going straight from the school, I was late. It felt good to have an outlet for all this frustration though. To just be able to forget about it for a bit. I did get the call from #4 so I went and picked him up. We pretty much stuck to his school schedule ... we did a little "recess" (three Zumba songs), then writing, working on an essay for class. Then keyboarding. We could log in to the program used at the school, so that was probably pretty much the same. We did another "recess" (as they do at school, of course I think physical activity is very important!) then a bit of art (finishing up a project we had been working on ... they would have had art at school today). Then some computer stuff they do at school ... read theory, xtra math and raz kids. I had to go pick up #3, and as I left to go pick up #5, I put #4 on the stationary bike, reading and riding. The "home school" portion actually went really well. I had pulled out a bunch of workbooks I had on hand, and printed off some assignments from ... but with the school using so many online resources that we can access from home too, there was more than enough to keep him busy. So it was a good experiment at least. I am feeling like it would be workable ... just would it be best? What to do?? #3 had a basketball game in the evening ... speaking of anxieties, it was one clear across town. One I have to drive on the freeway to get to. My anxieties were kicking in. I was prepared to do it if I HAD to ... but Hubs came home and was willing (he hadn't seen #3 play with this team yet this season) so I was happily off the hook. So much for setting an example for facing anxieties, right?

1104 (Tuesday) Weight 149.2. Good Day. Fitbit Steps 32255. Total Burn 3412. Exercise Burn 1823/1726 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 10milesBIke, 2milesIncline, 60minWeights). Calories in 1450. First morning with three school dropoffs. #4 was struggling, as usual. I gave up trying to get him out of the car at school and brought him with me to Zumba, telling him he had to dance along. He did quite well. After, we stopped home, finished up some homework, and I took him to school and checked him in. I walked him to his class, and he was balking as usual. As I opened the door, one of his classmates called out "Cooper!" in a happy voice, and he did go in. I have really talked to him, making sure he isn't having trouble with kids or bullying, but I don't think that is the case. Everyone seems really nice and supportive trying to help him through this. Back at home, I watched the phone in case he freaked out and called. He did actually ... but our phones have been having problems. He ended up calling Hubs, and Hubs texted me. I went back to the school, but when I peeked in he seemed ok, so I went back home. I did still manage to get in some exercise and such during the day, but I'm emotionally off. I did curb calories today though. #2 had practice after school, and then I picked him up at the high school at 7:00 and took him to the middle school for open gym, picking him back up at 8:00. Lots of running around in the car today!

1103 (Monday) Weight 149.0. Good Day. Fitbit Steps 28187. Total Burn 3049. Exercise Burn 1450/1364 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 10milesBike, 2milesIncline). Calories in 2000. #2 now has early morning driver's ed. It adds an extra, early drop off. #1 actually took the boys (our neighbor too) this morning but said that wouldn't work in the future. Too bad. I'll have to go out at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30. Of course the elementary drop-off is compounded by anxiety boy. It was NOT a good morning. I let him tell the principal HE wanted to be home-schooled (I don't want that!), we talked to his teacher and the school counselor.  I spent 45 minutes at the school before I was finally able to peel away (and that was with him sobbing still). I headed straight to Zumba, making sure I watched my phone if I did get a call. This is emotionally exhausting! I was glad I was still able to get my head/heart into Zumba, I wasn't sure if I would. I didn't eat much during the day. It's my niece's birthday and their family was throwing an impromptu dinner. I had conflicts, picking up #3 from basketball, but Hubs came home early and took the two little boys and #1. It had originally been planned for Cafe Rio (which doesn't interest me at all) but got switched to Red Robin (which is a favorite of mine). Right when I was picking up #3, I got a text from Hubs that they had just been seated. I asked #3 if he wanted to head out. He answered in the affirmative, so we did. I probably should have taken a minute to try to track down #2 to see if he wanted to go too ... we got there just as the fried mozzarella sticks came out. Perfect timing! I was glad I hadn't overeaten earlier. I was actually able to enjoy, without really going over calories.

1102 (Sunday) Weight 146.5. Ok Day. Fitbit Steps 12146. Total Burn 2359. Exercise Burn 600/689 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2200. Daylight Savings ... we got an extra hour this morning. Made the usual Sunday Circles and got in a couple sessions on the elliptical. #4 was having a complete meltdown during church. Not wanting to participate in the primary program, worrying about school tomorrow. Back at home I gave him a "chill pill" (basically a valium) and I'm not sure if it just didn't work, or if it had negative side-effects, because the child was crying non-stop for hours. He's now insisting that he can't be gone from home for so long, that he wants to be home schooled. Sigh ... what to do. Does not bode well for tomorrow morning.

1101 (Saturday) Weight 144.9. Ok Day. Fitbit Steps 22619. Total Burn 2521. Exercise Burn 800/860 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2500. #1 went and got donuts ... so they were sitting there waiting, tempting. I give into temptation. Hubs wanted to check out "The Container Store" at the mall, so I went too, making it a mini date. We got a pretzel while we were there. Back at home the sleepies hit SO hard, for both hubs and myself! We joked the pretzels must have been drugged. We both took a nap. #3 had his basketball game in the evening. I walked around while watching, getting in 6000 steps. Then I went and picked up #2, who hadn't been home since noon yesterday! Crazy kid!
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