Friday, December 25, 2015

WWI #126 - Been NAUGHTY

Oh dear me ... I've been naughty this week and it shows on the scale. Down right devilish (if the 666 has that meaning). It's been hard. With the holiday schedule, kids out of school, and I've just had a cold that has sucked away all my energy. 

I've been dragging for a couple of weeks now. No fever (I did get a flu shot), but a sore throat, cough and just absolute exhaustion. Some headache, a touch of nausea here and there, and just feeling "fuzzy". I'd dropped my PACT from my usual five workouts per week to four, then to three ... and I just put it on a break for this week all together! I didn't feel like I could really commit to anything!

I only ended up hitting one Zumba class this week. Only 10min here and there on the elliptical. Several days I went without any activity altogether. Unfortunately, unlike my sickness a couple years ago (where I lost my appetite completely and lost 10 pounds in a week) I have still been eating ... a lot.  NUMBERS: Official weight is up 3.9 pounds. Ouch! The average is up, but just (just?) 1.28 to 163.9. Average in was 2237. Average daily burn only 2004 (lazy, lazy week!). That resulted in an overage of 4598. Yikes!

Here's a quick recap of the week:

  • Friday (1218): Daddy and the two little boys took off for a quick weekend trip to Vegas. Just #3 and I home. He had basketball practice and then ended up going to see the new Star Wars movie (again). I should have gotten in some exercise but ... only 10min elliptical for the whole day! 8227 steps.
  • Saturday (1219): Did 10 minutes on the elliptical, and then didn't make it down to the gym again. Worked on the computer much of the day (videos and making photo collages for a family calendar) then took #3 to his basketball game. Did keep calories in check though, even while indulging in ice cream.
  • Sunday (1220): Just dragging! Didn't attempt any exercise, eating was over, even though nothing even tastes good and I'm not feeling starving. Did get presents wrapped and under the tree. Hubs and the boys made it home, and #2 got in late from Orlando. Nice to have everyone back in the nest.
  • Monday (1221): If Zumba had been close, I would have tried it (I think) but I just didn't have the energy to drive 20min. Didn't hit any elliptical either. Spent much of the day on the computer again, and then a family Christmas party in the evening.
  • Tuesday (1222): Zumba can't get any closer than my Tuesday class, so I went, but it was HARD to push through. I was glad to be done. Didn't attempt any additional exercise (but did get over 10k today). Didn't get a nap, but had to lay down and rest for a bit several times during the day.
  • Wednesday (1223): Pretty much spent the entire day on the computer working on a family slideshow (pictures of the year shown at the annual Christmas Eve party). No exercise, only 3193 steps. Unfortunately I like to nosh while sitting at my desk ...
  • Thursday (1224): Christmas Eve ... the boys still wanted to go play at the gym (running them there and back have been my only reason to leave the house these last few days) so I dropped them off. Got breadsticks rising and finished making the chicken noodle soup (I'd cooked the meat, prepped it on Tuesday so I wouldn't have it all to do today). I was still active more today than I have been and I wasn't feeling great as we headed out to the party. We got home early and I went straight to bed, so Hubs had to play Santa ...
 A few pictures ...

#2 son off in Orlando on Saturday
They won the JV tournament there! 1st place!

Hubs hitting the Hoover Dam on the way home on Sunday ... in addition to my two youngest, some extended family went too.  That's my nephew who HAS to do bunny ears in every photo *Ü*. Hubs likes the selfie stick I bought him, I love that he's putting it to use!

Monday festivities on the Hub's side of the family. 
Santa and his wife came!

... and of everyone!
(the big head is #1 son, our attempt to include him while he's away in Mexico)
Christmas Eve (my side of the family)
Every year, after Christmas is all set up (Santa has come) I take a picture, before the chaos of Christmas morning. Because I wasn't feeling well, I didn't get a picture this year ;( (I forgot to tell Hubs to include that step in the prep). I was actually up in the night with a coughing attack, and walked out and saw the scene, but didn't think of grabbing the camera then. It was such a pretty picture too. And by morning ... it had changed. But that is FriDAY, and part of next week's post.

I did feel like I got a lot accomplished this week ... other than exercise/eating anyway. I'm actually almost completely caught up on making the highlights from the boy's basketball games. I did finish up the calendar and get it ordered (for all my siblings), although I feel bad I didn't get it done in time for Christmas Eve. I completely the family slideshow, got all the presents purchased and wrapped, made the breadsticks and soup.

I AM horribly behind on the family blog. And here ... on my Daily Doings and monthly updates. At least I'm committing to my weekly check in. Internet accountability. Even on naughty weeks like this was.

Monday, December 21, 2015

WWI #125 - Wimpy Week

Well, it was a bit of a wimpy week. Things are busy with basketball and the holiday season, but the truth is, I've just been slacking off some. I haven't been getting in my early morning elliptical, and it's slipped from my usual hour per day to a lot less. I only hit Zumba three of the five weekdays. No bike, treadmill or weights. Wimpy week.  NUMBERS: Weight was down .9, although average went up a tiny smidgen. Average intake was 2293, average daily burn just 2344 ... that is quite low for me! That resulted in an overage of 2635.

Here's a quick weekly recap:

  • Friday (1211): No Zumba today, and only 40min on the elliptical. #2 was gone to a basketball tournament. I wish I could have gone to see him play, but it's a little far, and I had school and  basketball practices to get boys to/from. Lost a little control with the candy eating today.
  • Saturday (1212): Busy day, there was a Zumbathon but I just haven't been motivated lately. No actual exercise today. I dropped #5 off at a friend's for a birthday party then took #4 to his game. #2 was off to his tournament again. #5 had a double header, games at 5:00 and 7:00, I watched the first then left him with teammates, while I took #3 to his basketball game. Now to make highlight reels from all the clips!
  • Sunday (1213): No exercise again, and eating was over. We did hit Mountain Mikes for pizza, but it wasn't as good and #4 was in a bad mood. Snowstorm in the evening.
  • Monday (1214): Slow and snowy for the commute. Got the kids off without too much trouble and headed out to Zumba, but then traffic came to a stop. Not sure if it was snow or an accident or what but it wasn't moving. I knew I wouldn't make it, so I headed back home. I did still make my stop at a store or two. Only 40min Elliptical for the day.
  • Tuesday (1215): Yea for Zumba. It's so close I could walk through a snowstorm if I needed to, but the roads weren't bad today. Only 20min elliptical though, as the late afternoon was occupied with Hub's Christmas Work party. I had to arrange rides for the boy's basketball practices. #2 left for Orlando with the basketball team.
  • Wednesday (1216): Zumba and 30min of elliptical.  Ran #4 to a friend's house and grabbed Little Ceasers crazy bread on the way home. #5 had a late basketball game (9:00) but at least it was close.
  • Thursday (1217): Zumba and 30minElliptical. Didn't do bad eating today. Dropped the little ones at practice (Daddy pickup) then took #3 to his game. They won this week, and #2 reported in that they had won their game as well. Hubs took the three boys to a late night screening of Star Wars. I didn't go, it was past my bedtime!
Some pictures from the week ...
 Got snow? Luckily #4 is so serious about getting steps that he volunteered to shovel!
Looking smart and slender in his new jacket (that should be under the Christmas tree, but oh well)

The team off to Orlando, playing at the parks in between balling!
Both JV and Varsity took the tournament! Big win!

Look who was cheering on the team on Thursday!
The boys were very good!

Star Wars ... starting at 10:45. Past my bedtime!

I'll admit. I'm in a holiday slump. I've had a slight cold for a bit now, I just can't shake it. Not really bad, just makes me feel run down. While I usually enjoy exercise, it's been an effort lately. With all the holiday stuff, the routine is off, and it will be even worse the next couple weeks with the kids out of school. At this point, I'm just getting through until the New Year, and then hope the return to routine will get me recommitted. New Years Resolutions and all that ...

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

WWI #124 - Stuck in the 60s

Not having my computer for a couple of week, I got out of the habit of inputting my stats, writing a daily journal entry, and updating the blog on Friday. Not that there is much to tell. Weight has been stuck here in the 160-165 for a while now. This week is no different.  For actual numbers ... official weigh-in was up 1.4 from last week, although the average for the week was down -1.56 (162.57). Average intake was 2286. Average daily burn 2619. Itty bitty deficit of -80.

Here's a quick week recap:
  •  Friday 1204: With late start at the middle school, I stayed in bed a little longer today. #3 actually got on his bike and rode to the store to grab some apples for his teachers (it was cold! I'd have given him a ride after dropping off brothers if I'd know he was that serious!) We went to school a little early, so he could give away said apples. If I'd planned ahead, I might have tried to hit a free Zumba class, but alas. Didn't go to the later $5 one either. Just not feeling motivated. Managed to get in 50 minutes on the elliptical (all 10min sessions). Did okay at keeping calories in check though. #2 had a basketball game in the evening, I had to arrange rides for #3 and #5 for their practices, but it was worth it to watch my boy play.
  • Saturday 1205: Basketball for two of the boys today (#4 and #5). I hit both games, but didn't get in any exercise. Eating was over today too ... watched some Homeland with hubby and he made me popcorn.
  • Sunday 1206: I had 10min left on my show (as I'd only done 50min on Friday) so I jumped on the elliptical to finish it up ... but that was the only exercise for the day. We had our usual Sunday Circles family breakfast and just had a lazy day at home.
  • Monday 1207: Back at it after the bad weekend. Up early. 90minElliptical, my Zumba and bike. Did a store stop and made Haystacks for dinner. Good productive day.
  • Tuesday 1208: Not up as early as yesterday, but still got in additional elliptical today (80min) as well as Zumba. #5 had basketball practice in the evening and I walked the halls while reading my book ... almost three miles for the hour. Didn't eat nutritiously but did keep calories in check.
  • Wednesday 1209: An hour of elliptical and my Zumba. Stopped at a couple stores, that always gets me additional steps. #5 had a basketball game in the evening, it was close but they won. Did okay on calories until I overindulged in some brownies ... oops!
  • Thursday 1210:   Only 40min of Elliptical today, but did have a good Zumba class. Definitely went overboard on the eating today. Hubs had a new garage door opener installed. I dropped #4 off at practice, then took #3 to his game (and had hubs pick up from the practice). Our boys couldn't quite pull off a shot at the end, and lost by three. #2 had also played in a tournament game, they lost by three in overtime. He sat varsity, and the boys and I watched it and it was being broadcast, and #2 got some playing time! Fun to hear his name announced by the commentator :)
... and couple quick videos ;)

A video posted by BlackhamBall (@blackhamball) on

I sure do love watching my boys play basketball! I take all the video clips and turn them into a highlight reel (see the full Junior Jazz game here, and #2's JV game from Friday here. Sometimes with the youngest, I have to wait until I have material from a few games before I have enough clips to make a muvee.) With four boys playing, and multiple games per week, I have quite a bit of computer catch-up to do ... and then blog about it of course! Speaking of sitting in front of the computer, I've spent a little too much time doing that right now, gotta get up and move!

Monday, December 7, 2015

WWI #122 and #123 - Catching Up

I got my computer back today! Yea! And happily, it didn't lose any data. I spent a little time inputting my numbers from the past couple weeks so that I can do a quick catch-up on my weekly weigh-ins. 

The week of Thanksgiving was tough. The kids only had school Monday/Tuesday, which throws off my schedule. There was the Thanksgiving feast, and then some sickness. My youngest (age 9) got sick with the flu (it was a loooong night with him throwing up every 20-30 minutes). Luckily, it was just a 24-bug, and no one else in the family succumbed. However, I got sick with a runny nose, sore throat ... no fever, so I think it was just a cold. It sure did drag me down though! I didn't get much sleep at night, and that made the days hard too.

Weight has been staying somewhat steady. Small ups and downs. For the weigh-in the day after Thanksgiving, I was actually exactly the same as the week before ... not too bad considering. This past Friday, I was down, but the average was actually up ...

NUMBERS: For Friday, November 27, average weight was up (to 163.34). Bad week for food and fitness. Average intake was 2414. Average daily burn 2605. No deficit for the week, I was over by 1108. For last Friday, December 4, the stats did improve. Although average weight went up again (to 164.13), average intake dropped a bit, to 2150. Average burn was 2652. There was a small deficit for the week (-722). 

I'm not going to do my usual weekly recap (I still have to catch up on my journal entries for my day to day doings) but here are a few photos from the past couple weeks ...

November 22 ... Wedding Reception for my Niece

My Thanksgiving Dinner ... this year the extended family decided to try going to a downtown hotel for their "Grand Buffet". I've mentioned I have anxiety issues, and they got the best of me, with the drive downtown,the crowds and the cost (it was $81) I was having a tough time (as was my mini-me #4 anxiety child). Thanksgiving is usually my favorite holiday. :(  The picture above was basically my meal. I didn't bother going back to stand in line a second time. It had taken so long the first time my food was cold before I sat down. At least it kept calories in check ...

I did make our annual "turkey cookies" (I didn't realize the child had eaten an eye before I took the picture!) I only decorated about six this year, as the kids actually prefer the sugar cookies without all the candy corn. Me? I adore the candy corn! At least it is now gone with the holiday ...

Replacing the candy corn temptation is our Santa head filled with M&Ms. I don't love M&Ms, but I do find myself snacking on them. Unfortunately, our poor Santa suffered a fall (thanks to the kitties) and cracked. #3 glued him back together again ...

We put up our tree the day after Thanksgiving ... and the kitties LOVE it. This is our first Christmas with cats (we adopted Oreo, pictured above, last January, and Joy in June). I'm a little surprised they haven't toppled the tree yet. We haven't even put any ornaments on, for fear of what the kitties will do!

... and, we are back to basketball full time now! All four boys at home are playing, #4 only has one practice and game per week, but the other boys have multiple games and practices! In addition to all the running around and waiting and watching, I also video tape the games, and then make highlight reels. Just getting my computer back today, I have FOUR games from last week to go through!

I also need to catch up on my monthly updates. As my computer crashed there at the end of November, I never did my November Update or my monthly Zumba update. I actually never updated October either! I'm really behind. I need to catch up before the end of the year so I can at least start 2016 up to date!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

November 2015

November ... not as good as last month. It was birthday month (for both Hubs and me), Thanksgiving and a family wedding. Average daily intake went up, to 2427. Average daily burn dropped, to 2801. Weight started at 161.30, and ended at 164.70 ... those were the low and high for the month as well. The average weight was 162.94, which is actually down from last month, which surprised me some.

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

1101 (Sunday) 161.3. Total Burn 2071. Exercise Burn 200/323 (20minElliptical). Calories in 2900. Ah, got my sleep in. Such a lazy morning. We didn't do our family Sunday Circles as we were going out to my folks for the monthly "Westra Waffles" gathering in the afternoon. I must admit, I had some Halloween candy and some of the cookie press cookies for breakfast. Hubs and I got in a nap, isn't that what Sunday's are for? Hubs did make his fabulous waffles from scratch, and I'd had him pick up a white buttercream birthday cake from Sam's Club yesterday (my mom's favorite, and it's her birthday this week, as well as several others this month, including me. That's a favorite cake of mine too). We were going to take a picture with the cake and my mom, myself and Hubs. I tilted the cake just slightly to get it in the camera frame a bit better and it slid right off the plate, upside-down onto the counter. Oopside-Down cake! It didn't turn over well at all. Poor cake! It made it memorable anyway. High calorie food day though ;(

1102 (Monday) 162.4. Total Burn 3999. Exercise Burn 1987/2243 (80minElliptical, Zumba x2, Bike). Calories in 2000. Ready to get back at it after the weekend. Up for early elliptical and getting the kids off to school. Zumba with Southziders with a few errands on the way home. Busy day at home with housework and such, squeezing in additional elliptical and time on the bike. A little Papa Murphy's for dinner (on of the earlier errands).  In the evening I hit another Zumba class. I was pretty tired today! 38K!

1103 (Tuesday) 160.8. Total Burn 3368. Exercise Burn 1460/1623 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Track). Calories in 2650. Happy to see the slide on the scale, but it was a rough morning. The weather was extremely windy and I was waiting for #4 to have a meltdown (even though he has been doing SO much better with his weather phobia). He was going ok, but then did breakdown right when it was time to leave. In addition to the weather, they had been told it would be a substitute today, which he struggles with as well. I think he would have been okay with just the weather or the sub, but both at once? Too much. I told him we could do a homeschool day (how much do they learn with a sub anyway?) and quickly pulled out some of the books and such, which postponed me getting #5 to school, and HE broke down into tears not wanting to be late (we weren't late!). Ah ... I should have brought #4 with me to Zumba, as I was worried about him (I was only one minute away) but he had done fine at home. He is a good worker. It wasn't quite the Tuesday I had planned. I didn't make it onto the bike, although I did get in several sessions on the elliptical still.  #1 wrote from Mexico yesterday, so I updated the blog and his Fitbit steps. #5 had basketball practice in the evening and I jogged the track during it. 32K day. Not great eating though ... a little big of anxious snacking going on. I don't even love Snickers that much, but they were around after Halloween.

1104 (Wednesday) 162.5. Total Burn 3283. Exercise Burn 1539/1528 (80minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 2500. A little unhappy with the scale shift back up. I know I didn't eat good yesterday, but still had a decent deficit! It just seems that if I eat over 2000 calories I gain, no mater what my activity was for the day. Unfortunately ... it didn't keep me from overeating again today. Overindulged in treats, and then spaghetti/cheesy bread for dinner. I did get in my elliptical, with a little extra. Zumba was good as usual, and I did hit the bike.

1105 (Thursday) 162.4. Total Burn 3395. Exercise Burn 1690/1641 (60minElliptical, Zumba x2, Bike). Calories in 2300. It was nice to get back to Mountain View Zumba after I had to miss last week (for the school Halloween activities). I ran some errands after (Kmart and Smiths). An open can of Pringles and a bag of Mother's Frosted Animal Cookies made calorie control hard. I went to my evening Zumba class and we actually had it (two others showed up this week). I did stop at Little Ceasars afterward for Crazy Bread ... yes, I had a couple pieces. #2 and #3 got home around the same time with McDonalds, but everything was eaten. Time for a shower! 

1106 (Friday) 161.7. Total Burn 2964. Exercise Burn 1250/1214 (50minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 40minWEIGHTS). Calories in 3100. Slept in a little, then got in some elliptical and got the boys off to school, including late start at the middle school. I had just been planning on attempting an hour of Zumba on my own, but Nina texted and asked if I could come to her class (music struggles on her ipad and I have a bunch backed up on my phone) so I did that. Much better workout than if I had just stayed home. Got in some additional elliptical and time on the bike, and even squeezed in some weights! In the evening, Hubs and I and #3 went to Desert Star Theater (live shows, currently running a Star Wars parody), meeting my folks there. It's dinner theater, and we ordered pizza, and cheesy bread for me, which sent me soaring over allowed calories for the day.  

1107 (Saturday) 164.2. Total Burn 2405. Exercise Burn 400/641 (30minElliptical). Calories in 2900. Another early morning basketball game. Another win. Undefeated so far this season, just one final championship game next week. More basketball coming up, as #2 and #3 will play on school teams (pending tryouts, but ... they will both make it). #4 surprised me by saying he wanted to play on a team with his friends. While he's uber active and always playing basketball, soccer and football he has refused to play on an actual team for a couple years now. And #5 ... his current little team is going to move up to a more challenging super league, and then a previous coach invited us onto a 5th grade superleage team too (playing in two leagues) ... so he'll have three game a week. I'm thinking we'll have some overlapping schedules and conflicts. Hope I can work it all out! Hubs went with him mom to a funeral of an old family friend, dropped off some treats at my mom's (her birthday today) and brought some treats from Paradise Bakery home too. It was still pretty cool out, but I did rake the leaves in the backyard, completely filling up the green waste, and then got the lawn mowed. I fit in a little elliptical, the 10 minutes left from the show yesterday that I didn't get back to, and then one other 20 minute session. Hubs was off with some friends for the evening ... which sometimes leaves me get in some additional exercise; but not tonight ... I was tired and headed to bed.
1108 (Sunday) 163.8. Total Burn 1723. Exercise Burn 0. Calories in 2700. Totally lazy day! Slept in, then we did do our Sunday Circles. I'd picked up the first season of Homeland from the library, and Hubs and I had a bit of a marathon watching it today. Much laying in bed! And some popcorn. I also made homemade Oreos. Not a good day for food and fitness.

1109 (Monday) 164.3. Total Burn 3474. Exercise Burn 1700/1715 (90minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 30minWEIGHTS). Calories in 1800. Back to the routine! Early elliptical, kids to school, me to Zumba, some errands on the way home. Additional elliptical, bike and even weights again! Kept calories in check better today, even with the kids requesting cocoa and toast (which is a temptation for me). Basketball tryouts started today too. #2 trying out for JV/Varsity, #3 for sophomore (although more just for the experience, we're planning on the middle school team for him). I had to pick him up when it ended at 7:00, so I didn't hit my evening Zumba the way I have the last couple Mondays. Watched an episode or two of Homeland with hubs and nighty-night.

1110 (Tuesday) 162.0. Total Burn 2791. Exercise Burn 1200/1045 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 2500. Cold and dreary day ... I had ordered 65° and sunny for my birthday! Alas ... got the kids off, and hit Zumba. Got in elliptical and bike ... and a nap. I had the heat turned down in the house and the blankets on the bed were calling! The boys still had basketball tryouts after school, but were out by 6:00. We went out to Tepanyaki for my birthday dinner, and hubs had brought home a cake for afterwards at home. So ... calories were over.

1111 (Wednesday) 163.6. Total Burn 3362. Exercise Burn 1285/1607 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 2200. Got in early elliptical, then off to Zumba after dropping kids off at school. I stopped at Maceys on the way home, restocking our Oreo supply and other "essentials". Then a quick stop at Sears for a pickup and checkout. Then Sam'sClup for milk, bread and eggs, the Walmart for yogurt. The stores just don't have the same items, at least not on sale. So there was quite a bit of walking around while shopping, and again at home bringing in the groceries and putting them away. Then off to the middle school to check out #3 for an orthodontist appointment. In the evening, it was parent/teacher conferences for the two little boys. Glowing reports of course!

1112 (Thursday) 162.8. Total Burn 3384. Exercise Burn 1692/1634 (60minElliptical, Zumba x2, Bike). Calories in 2000. Early elliptical, then Zumba. More elliptical and bike. Had to remind myself about early out at the elementary. #5 invited a couple friends over to play all afternoon. I was able to get my evening Zumba in, even though it was just three of us. Did a quick stop at Smiths afterward to grab a gift certificate for a bridal shower tomorrow. Hubs and #3 were gone to a derby.

1113 (Friday) 160.5. Total Burn 2755. Exercise Burn 1025/1018 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2550.  The elementary kids were out of school, so I slept in a little, then cooked up the croissants I'd laid out last night (new cocktail ones from Sam's ... not quite as fluffy as the Walmart ones). I went to Nina's$5 Zumba class after dropping #3 to school. Got in some elliptical during the day, but no bike or weights, which I should have. #2 officially made the basketball team at the high school. I had a bridal shower for my niece, so that took up most of the evening. It was good to see some extended family I hadn't in a while (my cousin has an anxiety child too, I didn't know that ... also 12-years old). I did have some ice cream and a cookie, which pushed calories high (after I hadn't had a great day anyway). Didn't get home until after 10:00.
1114 (Saturday) 161.2. Total Burn 2193. Exercise Burn 400/453 (40minElliptical). Calories in 2900. The little one had his final basketball game at 8:00 in the morning. This was the only game that really challenged our boys, and it was quite close for the second half, and we only won by one. The boys were thrilled with their undefeated season. We stopped for donuts on the way home ... donuts, popcorn (while starting season two of "Homeland" with the Hubs), and Popeyes chicken. Not great eating for the day, and only 40min on the elliptical (an episode of "The Good Wife").

1115 (Sunday) 162.9. Total Burn 2099. Exercise Burn 400/348 (40minElliptical). Calories in 2600. Ah, Sunday sleep in. Then hubs suggested breakfast, so we did that. He left to do a little work at the office. #2 had to work as well, although I did get him and his brothers to write #1 son, as is our Sunday tradition. I did get in a nap, then we went out to my MILs for dinner, soup and rolls. Back at home I made brownies, but more for lunch treats than a Sunday treat ... although I did have one. I had trouble getting to sleep that night, then got a horrid tickle in my throat that kept me coughing. I finally got up and tried to eat something (hopefully scratching the itch as it went down) ... not a good night.

1116 (Monday) 164.3. Total Burn 3217. Exercise Burn 1440/1458 (80minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 1900. Back to the routine. Up for early elliptical, then Zumba, then errands (Kmart and Maceys) then home. Got in additional elliptical and bike, but didn't get to weights. I don't know why it's so hard for me to do weights. I enjoy it, it's just getting started that is the challenge. #3 stayed after for school for basketball tryouts. The weather was quite miserable, cold and snowy blowy. I made sure I was there waiting when the elementary kids got out. I didn't see #2 all day, as he was up and off early, then went straight from school/basketball practice to work, and didn't get home until after I was asleep. Taco salad for dinner, which I don't eat ... although I did have some Fritos. We've had some cookie dough in the fridge for a while, so I used it to make a Skookie ... I was going to try and resist, but I ended up having a little.
1117 (Tuesday) 163.6. Total Burn 2999. Exercise Burn 1310/1244 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 2100. Got in my early elliptical, and my early Zumba class. Tuesdays I have more time, but other than a little extra elliptical, I didn't really get in any additional exercise. I did however update all four blogs! I wrote up our hiking adventures for the family blog, a quick update from the missionary, wrapped up the basketball season for #5, and then did a TV Tuesday post on my Jen'sJourney. So ... that was a little more sitting than usual, and I do tend to snack when I sit. #2 came home from school during lunch anxiously awaiting his basketball shoes, and luckily the man in brown (UPS) didn't disappoint. He was so excited to get them, as they had pictures after school that day. #3 stayed after school again for his middle school basketball tryouts and the team was announced at the end (he made it, no surprise there). Hubs and I have been watching "Homeland" and got in an episode before bed.

1118 (Wednesday) 162.1. Total Burn 3434. Exercise Burn 1400/1683 (70minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 2400. I was up early, as #3 had a "morningside" at 6:15 and needed a drop off. Cooler weather, we went ahead and broke out the hot chocolate maker. I have to be careful, as I can sip a couple cupfuls easily without really thinking about it. Got in early elliptical, and made a quick batch of blueberry muffins that I took to Zumba as they were having a baby shower afterward. I really don't get into the social stuff in the MZL group much, but did feel like I should make a contribution as I am grateful for the free Zumba classes they provide. I did a little shopping after, stopping at Sears, Sams and Walmart. Shopping always does bring in some extra steps. #5 brought a buddy home from school, I just had to have the parents pick up a little early, as I had to get over to the high school at 5:30 for some paperwork for boy's basketball. It was the "meet the team" night, where they announce the players and put on some scrimmages for show. I quickly filled out the paperwork, then ran to Little Ceasers and picked up three pizzas and some crazy bread. I'd told #3 I would, as he was going straight to the high school after their practice and he hadn't been home to eat all day. I ended up picking him and a couple friends up from the middle school and running them to the high school (they had planned to walk, but it was dark and cold!). They enjoyed the pizza. I sat for about three minutes on the bleachers when I remembered I HATE sitting on those benches. I went into a corner and walked around while I watched. When my son was playing I went up to the top bleacher and stood and videotaped, and still got a little walking in. After the show, we had a parent's meeting. I was totally overwhelmed last year, as I didn't know everything expected of the parents (making dinner for the team, making lunches for the team, providing raffle items, "volunteering" in the snack bar) as well as costs. #2 has been working and earned the money to pay for their trip to Orlando coming up here quick. So... I handled the night with less anxiety than last year. But still, long night and very ready to go home. Hubs also had a long day, doing a derby after work (a lego one). He barely beat us home.
1119 (Thursday) 162.2. Total Burn 3108. Exercise Burn 1160/1361 (70minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2300. Happy birthday to Hubs! He was working as usual, but co-workers and friends were treating him to breakfast, lunch and song at the office. At Zumba, there were just a few of us there, and the speaker system usually provided wasn't out. Marian has her own box, so we went ahead with class. We found out later that some had received an email saying class was cancelled. I guess I'm glad we didn't get the update, because I was happy to have class! I was dragging a bit today, laid down for just a bit ... and thus didn't get in my bike. Also, needed to make a cake of course! Hubs actually had a derby again tonight. He took the youngest to "help" as #3 (his usual helper) had practice late. It was a parent meeting for the middle school team after. I did go to my evening Zumba, but no one but the instructor was there, so we didn't do it. I was feeling tired, and wanted to be home when hubby got home, so it was ok. We had a little cake. Yum!
1120 (Friday) 163.2. Total Burn 2761. Exercise Burn 1102/1008 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2400. Slept in a little with the middle school late start. I went straight to a Zumba class after, hitting as much as I could (it has started at 9:00) and then after I went with Debbie back to her house and we swapped steps on a few songs. Ended up well over an hour combined. Got in my hour of elliptical as well. Baked some chicken for dinner, and Hubs and I indulged in popcorn while watching our episode of Homeland. 
1121 (Saturday) 164.1. Total Burn 2421. Exercise Burn 300/663 (20minElliptical). Calories in 2700. Ah, Saturday sleep in. I'd laid some croissants out last night, so that was breakfast. I did get in a 20min session on the elliptical, finishing up my episode of "Grey's Anatomy" ... I didn't get back to the gym all day. I did work up a sweat though, as I cleaned and rearranged our food storage room. It took hours, and lots of lifting and running up and down the stairs. It looks much better and I now know where we stand on several items (I need to restock the tomato sauce stat!) I pulled out several cases of sodapop that was old, and let #4 get out the bb gun and shoot them up (we did have to make a quick run to the store for bbs as we couldn't find any in the house). Hubs was busy much of the day redoing some of his derby stuff. In the evening, we went to my niece's wedding reception. We took the kids, but #4 was NOT happy about having to put on Sunday clothes and leave the house. He was a grump the whole night!
1122 (Sunday) 162.8. Total Burn 1833. Exercise Burn 0/83 (no exercise). Calories in 2900. Another lovely lazy morning. We did our Sunday Circles. #2 was too lazy to join us for breakfast even after I pulled his blankets off the bed. Hubs made a Costco run. We got in a little nap. Then we went up to Park City to the Windy Ridge Cafe, a restaurant we had enjoyed on our vacation up there. When it came to Hub's birthday dinner, that was his choice (and I had a $25 gift certificate they had sent me after I left a good review for them on a website). It was a thoroughly pleasant day. Hubs and I had watched the final episode of the second season of Homeland, and then watched Jurassic World that night. It didn't do it for me. Now the original Jurassic Park ... that was good!
1123 (Monday) 164.5. Total Burn 3193. Exercise Burn 1530/1433 (80minElliptical, Zumba,Bike). Calories in 2500. Got in some early elliptical, 40min before heading out to Zumba. It was a slow start there, as one of the cords wasn't working and backup speakers needed to be located. But, we got it done. Stats were quite high, but I didn't really feel like I was giving more that morning. Hmmm. Fitbit said something about an update, I wonder if that has anything to do with things. Stopped at Kmart on the way home ... grrr, forgot to have them use my points! I never do that! Dragging a bit during the day. It's TOM time. Got in additional elliptical and bike. Didn't need to pick up middle school carpool as he stayed after for basketball practice. I left a little early to stop at the library on my way to get him, and he ended up going to the Jazz game with a friend, so I really wouldn't have had to make the trip at all. Oh well, I did need to make the library run. I'd done okay on calories during the day (controlled quantity anyway, not quality) but then had a little of the mac&cheese I made for the munchkin, and I had Hubby make popcorn for our evening episode of Homeland (started season three ... that was my library pickup).
1124 (Tuesday) 164.5. Total Burn 3229. Exercise Burn 1435/1482 (80minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 2000. Got in some early elliptical as I got the boys off to school. Hit Zumba, my eyelid was twitching all throughout class and it was so distracting! Got in some additional elliptical and bike. Last day of school for the boys, although it wasn't early out at the elementary, and #3 had stayed after for his basketball practice. I'd had an invite to a U-Jam class in Daybreak, but I was dragging so much ...
1125 (Wednesday) 162.5. Total Burn 2844. Exercise Burn 675/1101 (20minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2000. Alas, I'm writing this in retrospect because I turned off the computer last night and ... it didn't turn back on again. Arrgg! Luckily, we do have multiple computers in the house, I can use my iphone for social media and to check my mail. This close to Thanksgiving we won't be able to get it in, so I'm going to be without it for a while. The kids were out of school, which makes things harder (getting out of bed, exercise). I did make it to Zumba, although only 20min on the elliptical. #5 had a basketball practice with his 5th grade team at the local community college. It's a little out of my comfort zone driving, but I did okay. There was room to walk while I waited. There was actually a track above the court, and a complete gym (this is where Hubs and I play r-ball) but I hadn't prepped for that at all, so I just walked the hallways while I read my book.

1126 (Thursday) 161.8. Total Burn 1951. Exercise Burn 150/197 (30minTreadmill). Calories in 2400. Thanksgiving. Usually this is one of my favorite holidays, but not this year. BIL wanted to try hitting the buffet at Grand America instead of having it at home. Hubs and I had tried the regular Sunday Buffet a while back and hadn't been impressed. I did not want to do it, but I guess that was the family choice this year. I should have just stayed home. Between the drive there (I don't do downtown), the crowds, the cost (over $80 a person) ... I just had a mini-anxiety attack. Then the whole self-loathing kicks in. #4 had trouble too and was in tears. We both managed to man-up, but it was pretty miserable. Looooong lines, and I didn't even care for the food, which was cold by the time we made it through the line and back to our table. My stomach was in knots and I couldn't really eat anyway. I was just glad when it was over.  

1127 (Friday) 163.2. Total Burn 2236. Exercise Burn 410/483 (40minElliptical). Calories in 2500. I was a little surprised the weight was up, but I guess I did eat some stuff once we were back home yesterday.  I should have hit Zumba, in fact I was specifically asked asked to come. I had two classes to choose from and had even thought I might do double ... but was still feeling miserable from yesterday, insomuch that I was actually feeling sick. Managed a bit on the elliptical.  

1128 (Saturday) 163.3. Total Burn 2198. Exercise Burn 310/435 (30minElliptical). Calories in 2600. Looooong night. I woke up to #5 crying around 1:00, and he was sick and throwing up. Apparently it wasn't the first time, but his older brothers had taken care of him ... got him a bucket and a towel, a glass of water and sprite, even pulling out crackers and chicken soup. Poor kid kept throwing up about every 30 minutes after that. He nor I got any sleep. Zumba Underground was offering their Saturday class for free, but ... not happening after that night! Did manage 30min on the elliptical throughout the day. #5 finally stopped barfing, but was still down all day. We put the Christmas Tree up, and Hubs took #4 to BIL's house for his annual "Leg Lamp Lighting" and donut party.

1129 (Sunday) 165.1. Total Burn 1989. Exercise Burn 0/228 (no exercise). Calories in 2300. Hmmm, I can't remember what happened today .... probably nothing. I miss my computer.
1130 (Monday) 164.7. Total Burn 3340. Exercise Burn 1600/1579 (80minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, WEIGHTS). Calories in 2200. Back to routine and a good day. Zumba in the morning, additional elliptical, bike time and even weights. Calories were a bit high, but felt good to be active again.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Computer Crash ;(

My computer has been on it's last legs for a while now... close to capacity, making strange noises. This past week, it turned off, and never turned back on. With the Thanksgiving holiday, we haven't been able to get it in yet to see if it can be revived, or the information on it saved.

We do have most things backed up, and we have a backup computer in the home, plus my iphone to access email and social media and such. I'm not completely cut off. But I do miss my computer. 

Not having it around, I didn't get to inputting all my weekly numbers to find my stats. I don't have my "Snag It" program to grab an image of my weight chart for a blog update.  Weight Friday was exactly the same as the week before, which isn't too bad for the day after Thanksgiving.

Hopefully I'll be back shortly ...

Monday, November 23, 2015

WWI #121 -Yo Yo

Back at the beginning of the year, I remember my weekly weigh-ins going back and forth ... 151 on week, 153 the next, and alternating week to week. I was frustrated that I was so close, but couldn't quite break into the 140s. Now, that weekly yoyo seems to be back, just 10 pounds up from earlier in the year. I'd LOVE to be back at 153! Alas ... I'll keep working. Numbers weren't great this week. Up 2.7 for the official Friday stat. The average did drop a bit (.8, to 162.4). Average intake was 2393. Average daily burn was 2829. I did end up with a small deficit for the week (-885).  Here's a quick week recap ...

  • Friday (1113): The elementary was out today, but I still had the middle school drop off. Hit the 10:00 Zumba class though, and got in some elliptical. Had a bridal shower in the evening for my niece.
  • Saturday (1114): Early basketball game, stopped off for donuts. Add in popcorn and Popeyes and only 40min on the elliptical ... not a great day for food and fitness.
  • Sunday (1115): Got in 40min on the elliptical, and also got in a nap. Big breakfast, and then soup at my MILs in the evening. 
  • Monday (1116): Back to the routine. Zumba, elliptical and bike. Should have done weights! Eating was a little high, but did keep it under 2000.
  • Tuesday (1117): Zumba, elliptical and bike ... and blog updates! That did mean a bit of sitting today. Snacking was a little high.
  • Wednesday (1118): Zumba, elliptical and bike. Bad food day, higher calories and all snack stuff. Had boy's basketball stuff all evening.
  • Thursday (1119): Zumba and elliptical ... didn't get to the bike, and didn't get in my evening Zumba (no one showed). Hubs birthday today, but he was off most of the evening doing a derby. I did make him a lemon jello cake, yummy!
Pictures From The Week
 #2 and his new personalized basketball shoes

 Back with my butt in the bleachers watching basketball.

 I ordered this artwork (image from Amazon) for Hub's birthday gift.

 Ask for a simple smile and I get this ... just blow!
Happy Birthday Hubby! I ♥ U!

Still some celebrations this weekend ... more birthday stuff for Hubs, and a wedding reception. Next week is of course Thanksgiving! The kids are only in school Mon and Tues, so the schedule will be a bit skewed. We'll see how it goes for weigh-in next Friday!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

TV Tuesday - PlayOn and PrimeTime

Quite a while ago, I did a post about streaming shows vs watching them on DVD (I didn't even discuss watching anything "live" ... because I just don't do that!) I rarely watch DVDs anymore. Streaming is just so simple.

We have Netflix and Amazon Prime. Between the two, I have a "to watch" list a mile long. As I mentioned in my previous post, I also use the PlayOn service. 

PlayOn updated their program in October. It was a rather large change ... and I'm not very good with change. However I must say, after a couple hiccups, I am LOVING the updates, and it is really changing what I'm watching (keeping up with current shows rather than waiting for them to hit Netflix/Amazon or DVD). 

PlayOn works with your PC, and then can stream anything available on your computer to your television, via several different devices (we use a Roku box, that we have for Netflix/Amazon anyway). I love that I can watch downstairs in my gym while I workout. Most of the networks make their shows available online, and with my PlayOn service I just record them to my computer, and then stream them to my TV. The PlayOn service even skips the ads! I could always fast forward through them, but now it's automatic, and I love that! You can also subscribe to programs and they will record automatically. I even get my beloved captions on many of the networks and Hulu (the free version, I didn't want to pay for another streaming service!)

PlayOn is touted as a way to cut cable. Unfortunately ... we still have cable, as my boys MUST watch the NBA. The premium channels (HBOGO, AMC, USA, etc.) also require a cable login. But I still love PlayOn as it makes viewing shows on my timetable so much easier. 

So ... what am I watching?

I saw "Zoo" come up as a recently added program on Netflix, and I figured I'd give it a try. I guess it was a "summer show" on CBS. I'd just recently finished up Revolution (What I'm Watching October 2015) and so it was a bit hard to see the main swashbuckling hero from that show, now a stereotypical nerdy scientist. But I did like the show overall.

I'd heard quite a bit of buzz about "How To Get Away With Murder" but hadn't seen any episodes or really knew anything about it. The first season appeared on Netflix, so I watched. It was one that kept the excitement and interest. I finished it up as the new season began to air ... and so I've added it to my list of shows I'm keeping current on.

I've mentioned my favorites before ... Grey's Anatomy is at the top of the list. Two seasons ago, I mentioned the unique use of background music; familiar songs, reworked. I didn't see it last season, but now it's back. I really pay attention to the background music! I wasn't sure I cared enough able my other regulars to follow them week to week ... but now that PlayOn has made it so easy ... I am. I have subscriptions to Nashville, Scandal, The Good Wife and The Walking Dead. I'm only an episode or so behind on most, but I haven't caught ANY TWD yet ... although I have heard about Glen.

I recorded "The Voice" and got the kids watching it... I just wanted them to watch something other than "Friends" or "One Tree Hill."  I couldn't quite get interested enough myself (too much talking, not enough excitement for working out). #3 and #4 are completely hooked on it this season.

Hubs and I have been watching "Homeland" ... one we watch together, while lounging in bed and eating popcorn. 

What are YOU watching?
How do you watch your favorite shows?

Saturday, November 14, 2015

WWI #120 - Ups and Downs

I wasn't expecting this week to be good weight-wise, as I started off the weekend SO BAD as far as food and fitness (it was a "birthday week"). I was a little surprised to get the drop from last week (still up a smidge from two weeks ago), as the numbers for the week really weren't very good. While technically the scale shows a 1.2 drop from last week, my average was up 1.61 (163.20). Intake was up, averaging 2457, and average daily burn dropped to 2872. Still, I ended up with a weekly deficit of -827. Here's a quick week recap ...

  • Friday (1106): Did pretty good during the day, getting in elliptical, Zumba, bike and even weights! Kept calories okay, but then we went to a dinner theater with my folks. Cheesy bread there pushed me way over.
  • Saturday (1107): Basketball game at 8:00 in the morning. Got in a little elliptical, raked leaves and mowed the lawn. Hubs was out for the evening, so I could have/should have gotten in some evening workouts, but alas. Overate as well, tons of treats and some bakery items Hubs had brought home during the day.
  • Sunday (1108): Slept in, and had a marathon "Homeland" watching session complete with Hubby's popcorn. High calorie intake day, very little burn (absolutely lazy day!)
  • Monday (1109): Back at it with elliptical, Zumba, bike and weights. I didn't make my evening Zumba class, as I had to pick up #3 from basketball at the same time, but still almost a 30k day. Kept calories in check.
  • Tuesday (1110): My birthday. The usual school stuff, elliptical, Zumba and bike. In the evening we went out to dinner, which pushed intake calories high for the day.
  • Wednesday (1111): An hour of elliptical, Zumba and bike. Had to check #3 out of school for an orthodontist appointment, and PT conferences with the little boys in the evening. Calories were a little high.
  • Thursday (1112): I did get in my double Zumba today, as well as elliptical and bike. Kept calories right at 2000. 
A couple pictures from the week ...

 Dinner theater with my folks and child #3

My boys, kitties and a birthday cake

Saturday, November 7, 2015

WWI #119 - Up, Up, Up

Well dang, I wasn't able to hang onto the loss from last week. Up a little over the weekend, a small drop after a good Monday, then up a little again. Eating was up this week. I really am not sure why I had been more successful in controlling calories the past few weeks. I was back to my "norm" this week, with an average up above 2000 ... I didn't have one day under. Just had the munchies, and there was Halloween candy around, and other tempting treats. I upped my exercise too, but it just doesn't seem to matter. If I eat over 2000, the scale shifts up, regardless of deficit or extra activity.  NUMBERS: Friday weight was up 1.3 pounds. Average was only up .1 (161.59). Average intake was 2350. Average daily burn was 3106. It resulted in a deficit of -2796. Alas. Exercise UP, Eating UP, Weight UP.  Here's a quick week recap ...

  • Friday (1030): The kids were out of school, so I was able to hit a free Zumba class. Also got in an hour of elliptical and 30min on the bike. Too many treats, but just barely over 2000. Not bad for a Friday.
  • Saturday (1031): The youngest had an 8:00 basketball game. They won.   I made cookie press cookies (pumpkin shaped) in the afternoon. Hubs took #3 to a friend's for a party, and the younger two kidlets went trick-or-treating. I only got in an hour of elliptical today, but #4 (12-years old) hit a new high, 40,000 steps!
  • Sunday (1101): Slept in, then started the day off with a session on the elliptical. Didn't get back down to the gym though. A little nap, then off to my folks for the monthly "Waffle and Welatives" party. We also celebrate birthdays. My mom's (and mine, and Hubs) are coming up, so I picked up a cake from Sam's Club. As we went to pose for a picture, I proceeded to dump the cake upside down on the counter. Oops. Over in calorie oops too.
  • Monday (1102): Nice active day! Up early for some elliptical, then Zumba and some quick shopping stops. Got in additional Zumba and bike, and then hit an evening Zumba class too. Big stepping day, over 38,000 steps. Kept calories right at 2000.
  • Tuesday (1103): Scale did a drop after yesterday. Ate too much today though, just grabbing some of the kids Halloween candy and other treats. Even with an hour of elliptical, Zumba, and track time (almost five miles) while waiting at basketball practice, still a deficit, but ...
  • Wednesday (1104): Scale shifted up again. Got in my elliptical, Zumba and bike. Still too much snacking, just can't seem to stop. Spaghetti dinner and cheesy bread didn't help ...
  • Thursday (1105): Got in early elliptical, then additional to add up to an hour. Zumba in the morning, and some bike. I've gone to my evening Zumba class the last couple weeks, but when no one showed we went home. There were a couple people there today, so we danced. ;) I did stop and grab some Crazy Bread from Little Caesars on the way home though ... had a couple pieces.
***Pictures from the Week***
 Do these count as "costumes"? Off to trick-or-treat.
#4 gave all his candy to #5.
Neither of them like anything with nuts ... so those go to me. 
Mmmmm, Reeses!

 "OOPS"-sidedown Cake!

November Bloom?
I was shocked to see my lilac blooming again!
Not the entire tree, just some buds here and there.
I thought it was only a spring thing!

I hope to have a better eating week coming up ... but it hasn't started off very well.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

October 2015

I was a day late, but I did remember to snag the Fitbit graph of in vs out for October. It was actually a good month! I hit goals ... average burn above 3000, and intake below 2000.  It did show up on the scale too. Started the month at 166.5. Ended at 161.30. Average was 163.59, which was down over five pounds from September's average. Low was 159.6 and high was 166.7.

October was Halloween of course (see me in my little kitty cat ears helping out at the elementary school). The little boys almost didn't even go trick-or-treating, but decided to at the last minute. #4 hit 40K that day, and passed me up on our Fitbit friends list. Hubs and the boys had a get-away to St. George and I went in for my annual exam (all my numbers/tests were pretty good).  That was October!

Here are the journal entries from the month ...

1001 (Thursday) 166.5. Total Burn 3474. Exercise Burn 1500/1691 (60minElliptical, ZumbaX2, Bike). Calories in 1800. Well there was the scale shift. I wasn't sure it was going to happen this week. That was the highlight though. It was a rough morning. Even with the bad sleep, I've been getting up and hitting the elliptical first thing, getting in 30-40minutes in before hitting Zumba. This morning, there was an issue with the computer that had #4 stressed out, and #5 broke down completely, stressed about missing school tomorrow, as Daddy has planned a weekend getaway and wanted to leave early. So ... I went into the school when I dropped off the munchkins and talked with the teacher and everything will be fine. I hit Zumba, then stopped at the store grabbing a few groceries and my prescriptions. My thyroid medication actually didn't have any refills left, but they were able to call and get another month ... but I do have to get into the doctor for my annual exam. I did start my anxiety medication back up. I'd quit it in the Spring, not really feeling it was doing anything. I'm not sure if it helps my anxiety at all, but I do think maybe it helps with nervous eating. I've been doing better since I started it up again, and when I stopped is when I had my weight gain over the summer ... got in my elliptical,  but my bike was interrupted when I had to pick up #3 from school (he was scheduled to go to weights, but it got cancelled). We went back to the school a bit later for parent/teacher conferences, although they are "student lead" and I didn't really talk to many of the teachers (the kid has all As). I went to evening Zumba, taking a neighbor girl who wanted to attend too. Not many people tonight, it sure varies. I got my best stats of the week at this class. Kept calories in check today too. 

1002 (Friday) 165.3. Total Burn 2878. Exercise Burn 1259/1107 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 30minWEIGHTS). Calories in 1800. I went ahead and took #5 to school, then hit Zumba. I usually can't hit Debbie's class on Fridays, as it starts at 9:00, and I have to drop off #3 at 9:30, but with middle school out today, I could! It was nice to get to that class again. Back at home I helped pack up some stuff, and then Daddy and the three little boys were off for the weekend. #2 couldn't miss school or work, so he was staying home, and I was staying home with him. It was a very quiet day. I was able to keep exercise and eating better than a usual Friday, and better than I would have on the road with the family. I couldn't get to sleep until really late though.

1003 (Saturday) 166.2 Total Burn 2636. Exercise Burn 1000/860 (60minElliptical, Bike, 30min/2.25 Treadmill). Calories in 2000. I'd thought about hitting Zumba over at USSD, but then I slept in after my late night to bed. Another quiet day, as #2 was out with his girlfriend for most of it (with the car, Dad had taken mine, I didn't want to drive his big ol' truck). I got in some exercise. Eating was ok ... it was cold and rainy and cocoa and toast sounded good ... and I haven't been able to stay away from the candy corn. 
1004 (Sunday) 166.7 Total Burn 2500. Exercise Burn 609/721 (60minElliptical). Calories in 1800. Another quiet day. #2 slept almost the entire morning, and then was off to work. My family was having their monthly gathering, but Daddy and the boys were getting home around that same time, so I stayed home and made them dinner and dessert. I do enjoy the quiet house for a short time, but it's nice to have everyone back too.

 1005 (Monday) 167.3  Total Burn 3246. Exercise Burn 1379/1464 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 30min/1.5milesTreadmillIncline). Calories in 1600. I must admit to being a little sad at the scale shift up over the weekend. I was good all three days and had deficits, and still a two pound up. But ... it is lower than it has been lately on a Monday morning, so that is good I guess. Got in 40min on the elliptical (three sessions) between getting the kids up and off to school. Hit Zumba, then stopped at Kmart and CalRanch on the way home (more food for the duckies). Laundry and such, then afternoon pickups. Mac&Cheese for dinner. Hubs was out with a work friend for dinner and a movie and didn't get back until late. #2 was working, and the little boys got caught up on "The Voice" and watched it live ... commercials! I can't stand commercials! Netflix, Amazon and PlayOn have spoiled me! 

1006 (Tuesday) 166.7. Total Burn 3546. Exercise Burn 1750/1767 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 60min/5milesTrack). Calories in 1500. Got in some early morning elliptical before getting the boys off to school. Hit Zumba, then home for a while. Additional elliptical, bike and weights. #5 had basketball practice in the evening. I sure didn't feel like jogging, but it's either that, or sit and wait, or make multiple trips. Jogging it is. I really surprised myself getting in over 9000 steps during that hour. Kept calories low today too. It helps when I make a dinner I don't like (Taco Tuesday).

1007 (Wednesday) 165.6. Total Burn 3277. Exercise Burn 1400/1505 (80minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 1350. Early elliptical, boys to school, then Zumba. Stopped at Sears/Sams/Walmart on the way home. Indulged in some Skinny Pop, and even a Nutrageous bar (I've had one in my drawer for a while now and resisted).  Additional elliptical, even an extra 20min today. Reading/riding on the bike too, although it was late in the evening, I wasn't sure I would get it in. The older boys had basketball clinic. Managed to get in dinner (Hawaiian Haystacks) before they left. It's hard to coordinate schedules. I do like the chicken&gravy over rice, but I didn't have any tonight, keeping calories quite low for the day, even with my earlier indulgences.
1008 (Thursday) 164.2. Total Burn 3342. Exercise Burn 1640/1578 (60minElliptical, Zumba x2, Bike). Calories in 1900. Early elliptical, Zumba, and a quick stop at the store. Additional elliptical and bike. Hubs and #3 had another derby tonight, I managed to make a spaghetti dinner to feed them before they were off (although #2 was gone to work already). I did indulge in some of the french bread. Evening Zumba, then home for a shower and to bed.

1009 (Friday) 164.3. Total Burn 2519. Exercise Burn 770/754 (60minElliptical, Bike). Calories in 1950. A little bummed that weight went UP from yesterday's weigh-in. I definitely had a deficit yesterday. Not sure if I was down about that (although overall satisfied with the one pound loss for the week), or just a bit worn out from my week, but it wasn't a terribly productive day. Friday is late-start anyway (at the high school and middle school) and now that I don't have a Zumba class to go to ... I was just dragging after the final drop off. I didn't have internal motivation to do Zumba on my own, instead, I took a nap. Because I'm a SAHM with kids in school and I'm spoiled and lazy like that. Early out at the elementary. Grabbed some Papa Murphy on the way home from picking up the middle-schooler. That was dinner. I did have some of the thin crust with alfredo. I wanted more, but limited myself to two pieces. Hubs and #3 did a derby again. #5 had a friend over, and I didn't quite feel comfortable disappearing into the gym, so I didn't get in a lot of activity today.

1010 (Saturday) 164.4. Total Burn 3002. Exercise Burn 950/1236 (60minElliptical, Bike). Calories in 800. Slept in a little, then hit the elliptical first thing. #5 had a basketball game at 11:00. I tried to walk around a little as I ran the video camera. He and I did a little shopping after, picking him up a new ball and some new shoes. It was a productive day at home. Vacuuming, bathrooms, laundry, cleaning out some cupboards and mowing the lawn. Hubs took the ducks to a farm for the winter. Big football day for the local colleges, but #4 was watching basketball (pre-season NBA). #2 worked the Real soccer game (double header) then stopped by KFC, and ended up staying and helping them close as they were understaffed. I did get in additional elliptical and my reading/riding on the bike ... kept calories way low today. 

1011 (Sunday) 163.2. Total Burn 2472. Exercise Burn 650/713 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2400. Not sure if it was my empty tummy keeping me awake, or something else, but it wasn't a great night for sleeping. Hubs left early for some pickleball. I had to hit church a little earlier than my usual, so we didn't do the traditional Sunday Circle breakfast. There were Krispie Creme left over from yesterday ... hubs had brought them home after his trip dropping off the ducks (I had one yesterday, one today,  #4 resisted and didn't have any! The other kids had them for breakfast). Walked to/from church. #2 was off to work again. The rest of us hit Texas Roadhouse for an early dinner. I limited myself to one roll. I hadn't totally planned on an hour of elliptical today. I did one 20min session in the morning, and ended up doing two more in the evening after eating a bit more than I had planned. Still kept intake under burn ... just barely!

 1012 (Monday) 164.8. Total Burn 3180. Exercise Burn 1450/1412 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 30min/1.5mileTreadmillIncline, 10minWii). Calories in 1400. Back to the routine. Got in early elliptical, 40min before Zumba. Stopped at Kmart on the way home. #2 was home, hadn't been feeling well at school. He had a basketball game in the evening, but was skipping it to attend a work thing (who IS this kid?). He was able to get a nap in too. Poor kid is really burning the candle at both ends. Hubs took #4 to a Jazz game (pre-season, but front row seats). Didn't get a letter from my missionary today :(

1013 (Tuesday) 163.2. Total Burn 3280. Exercise Burn 1600/1523 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 60min/4milesTrack, 15minWEIGHTS). Calories in 2050. The kids often like to go a little early to school, get in extra playing time. Today we were early enough that I returned home and then walked to Zumba. It was a beautiful morning, but the cool outside made the gym in the church seem extra warm. It felt so good to walk out into the cool morning after class! I really need to get more accomplished, especially on Tuesdays, the early class gives me some extra time. I just haven't felt very motivated of late. #2 was working a double Real game, so he was off as soon as school was out. #3 has had a cold, but still hit weights after school, and the basketball clinic in the evening. #5 had scouts after school, and then basketball practice in the evening. #4 came with us and shot around, while I walked the track. I just didn't have any energy to jog tonight.

1014 (Wednesday) 162.9. Total Burn 3458. Exercise Burn 1621/1701 (100minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 2000. Got in my early elliptical, and then more than the usual throughout the day (I started a new show, "Zoo" which has me hooked). Zumba at MZL, it was a "purple party" for domestic awareness. They always take group pictures with these, but I usually take off quickly at the end. This time they stopped class quick, so I was actually in the picture. I went overboard with the candy corn today ... I can't just have one handful, I end up having several.

1015 (Thursday) 162.6. Total Burn 3148. Exercise Burn 1400/1393 (60minElliptical, Zumba x2). Calories in 2450. The kids are out of school for UEA, so I slept in, and didn't get in any early elliptical. In fact, I barely made it to Zumba at 9:00. The kids actually seemed bored already (just on day one) and #3 and #4 both spend a bit of time in the home gym (MY home gym). I hit evening Zumba as well. Hubs was packed and supposed to fly out to Seattle today at 5:45, but got to the airport late and missed the flight. He ended up re-booking for the morning, so he came home to sleep. He just can't stay away ;) There had been an advertisement for the buffet Golden Corral and the two little boys thought it looked good. We hadn't been in forever, so I told them I'd take them today. It was a bust. The kids were not impressed at all. I was glad they had gotten in on a $2 special. I ate too much though ...

1016 (Friday) 164.2. Total Burn 3042. Exercise Burn 1380/1278 (30minElliptical, Zumba, 80min/4.5milesTrack, Bike). Calories in 2000. With no school carpools, I was able to hit Zumba. The two yougest kids wanted to go shoot hoops at the rec center. I feel comfortable leaving them if older brothers are there to watch ... but older brothers didn't want to go. So I stayed, walked the track and did some bike while they played. My folks came over in the evening. We went out to Mountain Mike's pizza, which had a gluten-free crust for Grandpa, and video games for the kids. We always bring plenty of quarters. Then my folks came back to the house and we played games. Scattergories, Rummikube and Apples to Apples. It was a fun night. We missed #2 who was working.

1017 (Saturday) 164.5. Total Burn 2889. Exercise Burn 1200/1123 (100minElliptical, Bike, Hula). Calories in 1800. We didn't have a lot on deck today, no basketball games with the fall break. I went to the grocery store to grab some things, we were about out of milk and bread. #3 got invited to go play basketball with his buddies, but then they got kicked out of the church, so I had to go right back and pick him up. There had been rain in the forecast, but it didn't hit until late. I didn't even know it was raining until #3 pointed it out. #2 was working concessions at the soccer game, I hoped they didn't get too wet there!

 1018 (Sunday) 163.2. Total Burn 2540. Exercise Burn 830/781 (60minElliptical, Bike, Hula). Calories in 2450. Without Daddy here, we didn't do the usual Sunday Circles, as he is the waffle maker! I did pancakes instead. Usually pancakes don't really appeal to me, but I had some. I got in some exercise, but not a lot, just barely enough to cover calories for the day (as they were a bit high, dang ice cream and candy corn temptations!) I got in a nice Sunday nap as well. 

1019 (Monday) 164.4. Total Burn 3513. Exercise Burn 1730/1754 (100minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, Hula). Calories in 1800. Back to the routine. Up early for some elliptical before getting the boys off to school. It was a "purple party" at Zumba, and quite a larger crowd than the usual. I did a quick stop at Kmart on the way home. Got in several more elliptical sessions and my bike. Also some hula. Monday Mountain Mike pizza day, I just grabbed it to bring home. Hubs returned safely from his trip, but didn't get in until really late.

1020 (Tuesday) 162.3. Total Burn 3601. Exercise Burn 1650/1847 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 60min/4.1milesTrack). Calories in 2400. Up and ellipticalled, then got the boys off to school. Walked to/from Zumba again. Back at home, I made dough and prepped breadsticks and cinnamon rolls. I baked up some chicken and made soup for dinner. Got in some additional exercise and did weights. #5 had his practice in the evening, so I walked the track while waiting. 

1021 (Wednesday) 164.0. Total Burn 3339. Exercise Burn 1444/1575 (80minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 1850. The usual morning (elliptical sessions and morning school carpools) and then Zumba. Got in extra elliptical throughout the day, and bike. Made some scones with the leftover dough.

 1022 (Thursday) 162.8. Total Burn 3487. Exercise Burn 1595/1731 (80minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, Lawn Mow). Calories in 1950. Got in my elliptical, Zumba and bike, and got the lawn mowed as well. Evening Zumba didn't happen though, as I was the only one to show ;(  Still at 31+K for the day!

1023 (Friday) 162.6. Total Burn 3185. Exercise Burn 1270/1430 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 1450. I sleep in a little on Fridays with late start at the high school and middle school. I wasn't feeling 100% either. My stomach felt a little sick, and my head was foggy. I did some elliptical and got the kids off to school. I wasn't sure if I had the motivation to even try to do Zumba on my own. Then Nina posted about her $5 Friday class, a new location, and I knew right where it was. I decided it hit it. It was a little crowded ... and I hoped being a paid class it might start on time, but alas, still late ... but I was so glad I went and I felt good after (although later in the day the tummy/head issues did come back a bit). Got in some additional elliptical and bike. Should have done weights, but didn't get them in. Early out at the elementary, and after middle-school pickup, #3 had a game (at Soccer City, close to my Monday Zumba). They lost. Two more games tomorrow. Kept calories in check. 

1024 (Saturday) 161.9. Total Burn 2495.  Exercise Burn 650/744 (Zumba, Walking). Calories in 2550. I had been looking forward to a lazy Saturday morning sleep in, but then Hubs said he was taking off around 7:00 to go mountain biking. So I decided to get up too, and hit a Zumba class. I'd gone to Zumba Underground a long time ago, when it was in the basement of a house. She has since started Saturdays at a local gym. She was letting her Undergrounders in for free. It was a nice space, nice floor, just four of us. I'll try to hit it again. Then #5 had his basketball game at 10:00. Very easy win for the boys, but my munchkin slid into the concrete seating while trying to save a ball and hit his head hard. Poor kid. I was so cold and not feeling great when we got back home, so I layed down for a bit. Then I was off with #3 to his two games at 3:00 and 5:00. I was video-taping, but as we were getting thrashed I figured I wouldn't be making a highlight video, and I walked while I watched. I walked the hallway while reading in-between games, and even practiced a little Zumba when I found an empty room. In the evening Hubs and I watched "Age of Adeline" and ate popcorn. Yummy popcorn. Oops ... over in calories! 

1025 (Sunday) 161.8. Total Burn 2401. Exercise Burn 400/650 (40minElliptical). Calories in 2400. I got my lazy morning sleep in today. We were planning a big, early dinner, so we didn't do the usual Sunday Circles. #2 was off to KFC for a 10:00-10:30 shift. Poor kid, it's been understaffed so he's had so many more hours than he wants, but he's so loyal and helpful. Hubs and I did a little food prep, as he wants to eat better (and he didn't have a lazy sleep in, he was off for a run in the early hours). It was only my second time at Costco ever! We stopped at Smiths too, as the kids had gone through all the grapes I'd purchased just a few days earlier. They were great grapes! We hit Rodizio, the Brazillian steak house at Trolly Square right when they opened at 4:00. At first #4 seemed to be having a bit of an anxiety attack (complaining of his tummy), he didn't like anything on the buffet portion. But he surprised us by being willing to try a bunch of the different meats ... rattlesnake sausage, wild boar, chicken heart (he said that was disgusting). Our family favorites are the traditional beef and bacon wrapped turkey. We were all quite stuffed. It was a fun family outing, just wish the two oldest boys could have been with us.

1026 (Monday) 163.8. Total Burn 3732. Exercise Burn 1895/1970 (60minElliptical, Zumba x2, Bike). Calories in 900. Back to the routine. Getting up early enough to get in some elliptical before taking the kids to school. I quickly made some blueberry muffins too (well, me and Betty Crocker) to take to Zumba, as we were having a little breakfast baby shower for Nina after class. I did my usual quick stop at Kmart on the way home to spend my weekly Fitstudio points. Got in a little additional elliptical and bike. Laundry time too. #2 had work in the evening. Daddy took the three younger boys to Maga's for shakes. I hit a Halloween Zumba class located nearby ($40 for a 10-pass). It was a little more crowded than I would like, and almost all Halloween songs with everyone dressed up. It was also 90 minutes rather than the usual hour ... so big steps for the day. I wasn't terribly hungry today either, calories were way low.

 1027 (Tuesday) 160.9. Total Burn 3366. Exercise Burn 1675/1620 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 60min/4.5milesTrack). Calories in 1500. It was a little cool this morning, so the kids didn't go quite as early (I was busy prepping a roast for the crock pot too). I didn't quite have time to get back home and walk, so I just stopped on the way home from dropping the boys at the elementary school. Got in Zumba, and more elliptical and bike back at home. I also had a doctor's appointment, just my annual exam. Everything seemed fine, still waiting on some bloodwork. Got a flu shot and lab work, but was in and out in under an hour. Hubs had a derby and #3 went along to help. #5 had basketball practice. #4 went and just shot hoops and I walked/jogged while I waited. 

1028 (Wednesday) 159.8. Total Burn 3132. Exercise Burn 1050/1393 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2000. I was dragging a little this morning. Still got some morning elliptical in, and hit Zumba. I was actually surprised my stats were as good as they were. My left arm (flu shot) was feeling sore, and I just felt a lethargy in my legs. I pushed through, but then needed to lay down for a bit. Then off to the elementary to check out #4 for a dental appointment. I usually will leave the kids and run a few errands, but I wasn't sure anxiety child would be cool with that, and it wasn't supposed to be that long of an appointment. They pulled out a baby tooth that had a cavity. Unfortunately it had spread, so we'll need to come back in a month or so. I also made an appointment for #3 for ortho which was overdue. Got #4 settled  back at home, then did the other school carpool pickups. We didn't really have any plans in the evening, low-key night at home. 

1029 (Thursday) 159.6.  Total Burn 2731. Exercise Burn 700/993 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2200. I had forgotten to set my second alarm (I have one set for 5:30 to make sure #2 is up and off, then one for 6:30 for me). I woke a little after 7:00, and quickly woke #3 and we still got him to school on time, but I didn't get my early elliptical in. Dang ... and this was the morning I miss Zumba too. I just stayed at the school after dropping off the munchkins, finding a parking spot and then going into the gym to wait for the parade. After the parade, the 6th grade (#4) performed "Thriller" ... then it was off to #4's class to help with the halloween party. I had brought the cup crash, monster toss, eyeball relay and PicturEEKa and got the other parent volunteers set up helping. Seven minute rotations x 12 ... so finally done a couple hours later. I'd worn some kitty ears, and had my picture taken several times for the "parent in a costume" scavenger hunt. When 6th grade was done, I rushed to my 4th grader's classroom and there was in charge of Bingo. We finished up with about 25 minutes before school got out. Do I check the kids out and go home? Go home (for 10 minutes) and come back? I ended up just waiting. Long day at the school! Got in some elliptical at home, but that was it for exercise for the day. I went to Zumba, but like last week, no one showed. Hubs and #3 were off doing a derby. #2 was off working. 

1029 (Thursday) 159.6.  Total Burn 2731. Exercise Burn 700/993 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2200. I had forgotten to set my second alarm (I have one set for 5:30 to make sure #2 is up and off, then one for 6:30 for me). I woke a little after 7:00, and quickly woke #3 and we still got him to school on time, but I didn't get my early elliptical in. Dang ... and this was the morning I miss Zumba too. I just stayed at the school after dropping off the munchkins, finding a parking spot and then going into the gym to wait for the parade. After the parade, the 6th grade (#4) performed "Thriller" ... then it was off to #4's class to help with the halloween party. I had brought the cup crash, monster toss, eyeball relay and PicturEEKa and got the other parent volunteers set up helping. Seven minute rotations x 12 ... so finally done a couple hours later. I'd worn some kitty ears, and had my picture taken several times for the "parent in a costume" scavenger hunt. When 6th grade was done, I rushed to my 4th grader's classroom and there was in charge of Bingo. We finished up with about 25 minutes before school got out. Do I check the kids out and go home? Go home (for 10 minutes) and come back? I ended up just waiting. Long day at the school! Got in some elliptical at home, but that was it for exercise for the day. I went to Zumba, but like last week, no one showed. Hubs and #3 were off doing a derby. #2 was off working. 

1030 (Friday) 160.4. Total Burn 2930. Exercise Burn 1200/1187 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 2100. The kids were out of school today. I slept in, but was up in time to hit Debbie's Zumba class in Daybreak. I wore my Halloween shirt, and there were some Halloween songs again. I stopped at the Dollar Store and Walmart on the way home. I did get in elliptical and bike, calories went slightly over, but not bad for a Friday. Spent quite a bit of time going through the costumes ... it is purge time! Hubs was out with some work buddies late. #2 brought his girlfriend and some pumpkins over and they carved them. Ahh, the smell of pumpkin guts. We haven't gotten around to it for a few years, but the little ones didn't seem that into it.

1031 (Saturday) 161.3. Total Burn 2693. Exercise Burn 650/945 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2000. Happy Halloween! No sleeping in, as #5 had an 8:00 basketball game. They won. #3 wanted to hang out with some friends, friends that live FAR, where I haven't been before, and would require a late pickup. I just knew I wasn't up for it myself, but Hubs agreed to take him and pick him up. I made cookie-press cookies, in a pumpkin shape. They are a family favorite, especially of #3. One cookie press broke, but luckily I had a backup and was able to finish. The two little boys hadn't been sure they were even going trick-or-treating but decided to in the end. #5 just dressed up as a basketball player (one of his NBA jerseys) and #4 was going to go as a Lego Guy (he'd accidentally forgotten the costume at school yesterday, but I had stopped and picked it up) ... but I suggested a "Ref" to keep with the basketball theme. Normally, one parent goes out with the kids, and the other stays home to hand out candy. The boys said they were old enough to go alone, and would stay in the immediate neighborhood, so I let them (of course after a bit I stressed and wished I had gone). They made it back fine. #4 gave #5 all his candy, and I get all the "nut" ones (Reeses, Butterfinger, BabyRuth, Snickers) as the youngest is allergic. Too many of the cookies tonight too though!  #4 had been super active, and was close to a new goal of 40,000 steps on his Fitbit, so he kept walking around until he hit it. I was glad when everyone was in bed and asleep!
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