Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June 2015

June ... it was a bit of a fail. Or a big fail really. You can see the custom calories in vs calories out graph. I had to create my own because I forgot to grab the image from Fitbit at the end of the month. Fail. Still over eating, while my exercise has decreased. Fail. My ranking on my Fitbit friends list dropped way down. Fail. I haven't been good about updating entries in Daily Mile, and alas ... I broke my 750+ streak on MFP when I forgot to log my food for a day. Fail. Not to mention the scale fail. Weight is up. In the 160s, which I vowed never to see again. NUMBERS: Started the month at 161.8 and ended at 162.60. The average for June was 162.16.  Average intake was 2368. Average daily burn was 2756.

School ended for the boys. I do think the summer schedule is a challenge for me. Suddenly, I can sleep in. And I do. Unlike my uninterrupted hours while the boys are in school, now I have mommy duties all day. Even though the boys are WONDERFUL and really quite self-sufficient, I never know when I'll be needed for chauffeur duty or other mommy jobs. I'm just not good at the wondering and waiting ... I don't feel like I can start a workout, and I get a lot less done. I have still been hitting my Zumba most mornings, and fitting some elliptical in during the day. It wasn't a good month for other exercise though. I did pull out the Wii (and WiiFit) and hit it a couple times, and the boys have enjoyed it too.

One week, two of the older boys were off at basketball camp. We've begun our summer bowling, as in years past. We celebrated Father's Day ... and my own father had a heart attack just a few days before the holiday. There were some stressful days, but he's doing great. Our duckies continue to grow, and have moved outdoors. Duckie time can cut into exercise time too, as I need to see to them in the morning, and then we usually spend quite a bit of evening time out with them as well. 

So that was the quick recap, if you want to delve into details, here are my journal entries for the month ...

*** JenB's Journal ***
0601 (Monday) Weight 161.8. Good Day. Total Burn 3346. Exercise Burn 1360/1595 (40minElliptical, Zumba, 60minTrackWalk). Calories in 2100. The last week of school, the last week of the school schedule ... Got the kids off to school. Not making lunches for the older boys, as they had to clean out their lockers and they don't want to carry a lunch around (so just hot lunch). #4 still taking cold, but it's harder for me to remember not doing it first thing with the others. Didn't get in any early elliptical, as I felt like I needed to practice a couple of the songs for Zumba (I'd prepped the playlist yesterday, it was ready). Zumba went great, another high on the HR for me. Stopped at Kmart on the way home and grabbed some black pants for #2 that he needs for work (starting at KFC tomorrow). I was going to stop at the post office, but there was such a line, I gave up. I had to get home, because the AC guy was there to look at the unit. I was NOT working yesterday and the house was HOT. Got it working again. Blessed coolness.  The little guy is starting up summer basketball, with practice this evening at 7:00. At the rec center, with the track above the court. I took my shoes and headphones, although I didn't feel like jogging. Mostly walked, did a couple quick little jogs here and there while I watched the boys practice. There was also a circuit training class going on on the track. Made it crowded and as much as I didn't appreciate them, I'm sure they didn't really love me circling around. There is a big park adjacent to the rec center and I might just walk it next time. Got 8000 steps on the Fitbit One (the Charge was a lot lower for some reason). Home for a shower and to bed ... although there was a little excitement first, as there was a mouse in the house! I called for the cat, and the cat took care of the mouse!

0602 (Tuesday) Weight 160.5. Good Day. Total Burn 3004. Exercise Burn 1050/1261 (40minElliptical, Zumba, 1mileJog, 50minWEIGHTS). Calories in 2500. I was running a little late, forgot to make #4's lunch until right before it was time to go. I was leaving the neighborhood as my Zumba friends were entering, coming to class. I quickly dropped the boys and got back to the church, I only missed the first song. At home, I got in elliptical, a mile jog on the treadmill, and then weights. #2 started his job ... and we all suddenly had a craving for fried chicken. Yes ... we went and saw him on his first day. I'd actually done ok on calories to that point, but fried chicken DID sound good and I did eat. #3 had a basketball practice over at the high school. I did a quick stop at Smiths after dropping him off, unloading at home, then back to pick him up. 

0603 (Wednesday) Weight 160.5. Good Day. Total Burn 3272. Exercise Burn 1000/1529 (40minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2000. #2 slept in today (he had worked late last night) and said he really didn't need to go to school ... these last few days are a bust. But that meant I had to take #3. I've been spoiled not having to drive him to school lately. Got the younger boys off, told #2 to clean his bathroom and room before he went anywhere, and I hit Zumba. Stopped at Sears and Sam'sClub on the way home. I also hit the post office and did get the multitool sent off to #1 in Mexico. We'll see if it gets there. At home, I spent some time with the ducklings (isn't that in everyone's day?) and set their pen up and left them outside most of the afternoon, keeping an eye on them. #2 was gone when I got back, but had done his jobs. I got in some elliptical. Picked up the kids, bringing home an extra, a friend of #5 ... and another friend seeing this had his mom follow us home and he stayed and played too. Another friend came over, so I had three extra 3rd graders and they were LOUD. I think it stressed #4 out too, as they would leave doors open and such. I mowed the front lawn, then we moved the duck pen and I mowed the back (I often just do the front, as that's what people see). All of a sudden, a big wind blew in! I went outside to check on the ducklings, and the pen, and figured I'd  better get them back inside to the brooding box. Luckily, #5 was nearby and came when I called and helped me catch them. #3 had been playing out front when the wind hit, and he ran to help too. We got them settled in a new, bigger box. I had sent #3 out to grab a neighbor's recycling bin that had tipped over and was blowing. It was about 30 minutes later when I realized he had never come back in. It was dark out, he didn't have his phone ... I had a moment of mommy panic wondering where he could be. I figured he COULD be out in the neighborhood, maybe had noticed other cans over, but had that moment of "what if" something had happened. I tried not to panic, he is 14, figured he was fine and I'd give it just a bit more time before I posted on FB asking if any neighbors had seen him and did a drive around the neighborhood. He did show up, and he had walked all over the neighborhood righting garbage cans and picking up trash. I do wish he had just poked his head in before wandering off. 

0604 (Thursday) Weight 160.5. Good Day. Total Burn 3162. Exercise Burn 1235/1419 (40minElliptical, Zumba X2). Calories in 2500. Dropped #3 off to school, then the two little ones and headed to Zumba. Claudia was there to handle the last bit of class after Marian left. I stopped at Kmart after, grabbing a couple online orders and checked out with some points.  I had #2 run to school to grab his yearbook and drop off a check paying for #3's summer basketball. Had the duckies out most of the day. Picked up the kids after school, and made dinner, Hawaiin Haystacks. I headed off to Zumba. I'd arranged for #2 to take #3 to his 8:00 practice, and Daddy ended up taking #5 out to cousins, as he really wanted to play Monopoly and there weren't takers at home. #4 was home along for a bit, but I don't know if he even realized it. The NBA playoffs started, and he was happy the Warriors won. Grabbed #3 from his practice at 10:00 and to bed! TOM is here :(

0605 (Friday) Weight 159.9. Ok Day. Total Burn 2651. Exercise Burn 750/911 (40minElliptical, Zumba) Calories in 2300. Last day of school for the little ones. They had an awards assembly, so I knew I couldn't make my usual Zumba. I had a couple backup options I was toying with, and did make it to Debbie's class at 9:00 (after dropping off the boys and then going straight back for the assembly). I'd put the ducks out in the morning, and then the skies turned dark and the wind kicked up. I called #3 to have him bring the ducks inside, and had to take a call and some texts during class, which was a bit distracting. Polar also wasn't working. TOM time too. So not the best stats this morning. #4 got an award, but I think I could have just taken a picture of it at home (which I did) and skipped the assembly (I had asked #4 if that would be ok, but he said NO, he wanted me there). Home for just a bit, then back to pick them up. I won't miss the daily pickup, especially with the construction in front of the school! It is National Donut Day, and #2 had picked up donuts ... and I did eat. The weather was nice again, so we put the ducks back out. #3 got invited to a friend's church to play basketball, and then ended up hanging out almost all evening. #2 was supposed to have his second shift at KFC, but he came home with stomach pain and diaherrea and spent the evening in bed. Hubs wanted to go on a date, to the movie Pitch Perfect 2, but I wasn't sure when I'd need to pick up #3, and I wasn't feeling 100% myself. I suggested Hubs take the two little boys, and they were big Pitch Perfect fans and had really been wanting to see it. So that's what they did.
0606 (Saturday) Weight 161.6. Pretty Good Day. Total Burn 2577. Exercise Burn 450/827 (40minElliptical, WiiFit). Calories in 1900. Did I actually keep calories in check today? I believe I did ... unless I forgot to write something down in the food journal, which is a good possiblity.  In the morning, I debated possibly hitting Zumba, but it would have been pushing it a bit getting to #5's basketball game. They won. At home, did some cleaning and such around the house. Hubs ended up heading out to Mesquite with a work buddy and was gone for most of the afternoon/evening. I seriously THOUGHT about hitting the treadmill for a mile jog, or the bike for some reading/riding. I did pull the Wii from my gym and put it in the boy's room (they had a Wii there, but it was apparently not working). I got it set up, and did a little WiiFit. It had been over 200+ days, and 14 pounds up since I'd done it last. Yikes! But as it is now new and novel again, the boys seemed interested in it too.  Got a bit of blogging done. I'm actually almost caught up on the family blog! Got hit with quite a storm in the evening. Thunder, lightening, wind, pouring rain. I barely got the duckies inside in time. #4 was a little stressed, had to seek shelter in his safe room. Other areas a bit South reported flooding problems, including my BIL.  

0607 (Sunday) Weight 160.5. Okay Day. Total Burn 2395. Exercise Burn 350/652 (20minElliptical, ZumbaPractice). Calories in 2600. Laid out croissants to rise last night. Love them fresh and hot out of the oven. Then the kids and I went to church, I had piano duty. Home again, and we did our big Sunday Circles breakfast. I laid down for a bit, but didn't really fall asleep like I usually do for my Sunday nap. Hubs decided on a family hike, then included some cousins, which just added some extra time (and a little more babysitting than family outing to me) so I stayed home, as I really needed to practice some Zumba for tomorrow anyway. #2 was gone most of the day working the REAL game.

0608 (Monday) Weight 160.8. Good Day. Total Burn 3234. Exercise Burn 1300/1489 (40minElliptical, Zumbax2) Calories in 1900. First official day of summer. I still woke up pretty early. #2 was off with friends to the gym (not MY gym but the actual gym) and #3 was off to a youth conference for a few days. I dropped him at the church as I went to Zumba. Polar didn't really work today, didn't quite top my high numbers from the past couple weeks. Stopped at Kmart, Reams and Papa Murphy's on the way home. Got in some Zumba and Wii. It was pretty quiet with just the younger boys around. Then they ended up going next door to hang with a neighbor. I went to a 5:00 Zumba class, but was lacking in energy. Not sure if that's a great time for me. Got home, baked up a pizza. Should have taken #5 to basketball practice (and me walk the park or track during it) but he didn't want to go, and I didn't really feel like it either, so I let him skip. 

0609 (Tuesday) Weight 159.8. Good Day. Total Burn 3039. Exercise Burn 1300/1300 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30minBike, WEIGHTS). Calories in 2350. Not having to drop the little guys at school, I was able to walk to Zumba this morning. The weather was beautiful. Class was good. Saw a mama ducky and her babies on the walk home. The neighbor and #5 were busy playing and #4 was bored... second day of summer and he's bored. We called a friend and that helped out a lot. I still was able to get in elliptical, bike and weights.  

0610 (Wednesday) Weight 159.5. Pretty Good Day. Total Burn 2702. Exercise Burn 800/964 (40minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2200. MZL Zumba had to change buildings, too far for me to travel. I'd been wanting to try out another class by Sunset Ridge anyway, so I did that. It was a good class. The instructors were high energy, the class was pretty packed. I didn't get that great of stats between Polar distractions and all the songs/steps being new to me. Back at home, our neighbor J was playing with #4 today, and #5 was the one left out and bored. So luckily HIS friend came over and it all worked out.  I unfortunately wasn't as productive today.

0611 (Thursday) Weight 160.2. Good Day. Total Burn 3412. Exercise Burn 1100/1670 (40minElliptical, ZumbaToning/Zumba, 2milesTreadmill). Calories in 2300. My usual Thursday class had to cancel as the church floors were being refinished. I went ahead and tried another class, not really Zumba, more toning (squats, lunges, arms) ... I do prefer my Zumba. Stopped at some stores on the way home (Kmart and Smiths ... bought lots of cookies on their $.99 sale). Did some simple walking on the treadmill and some elliptical at home. Had my usual evening Zumba ... the church parking lot was packed, which threw me off as it's generally pretty deserted. There was a piano recital going on in another part of the church. I stopped by Walgreens and grabbed crazy bread from Little Caesars on the way home. Daddy and #2 had gone to do a Lego Derby. The other boys were watching the NBA finals.  

0612 (Friday) Weight 159.6. Ok Day. Total Burn 2782. Exercise Burn 800/1044 (40minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2800. I hit an 8:30 class for Zumba. I'd been to this one before, but not in a while, as I'm usually driving kids to school at that time. It is nice to get it in and done so early in the day. #2 was off for another day of basketball up at the university. I'd love to see him play but I don't dare drive up there. A guy came to find the leak in the A/C,  found it, but will have to order the part and come back (luckily the AC is working during this as the weather is warm). Got in some elliptical during the day. The boys were bored, so I said I could take them bowling with the "kids bowl free" program (still have to pay for shoes) but then I realized it was past the time (has to be before 1:00). We went and hung out at the park for a bit, then stopped at Macey's. I bought the boys ice cream cones while I grabbed some groceries (I'd forgotten bananas yesterday, and a few other things).  There was a Zumba fundraiser in Midvale in the evening, I should  have hit it, but I was dragging so much! Hubs had gone biking with my brother, and then went to hang out with a buddy. I might have been anticipating a bit more on a Friday night, and admit to being a bit down, and some emotional eating. It seems everyone is posting on social media about going to see Jurassic World. My kids haven't even seen any of the Jurassic series, and I had a bit of an urge to see it, so I pulled it out and we watched the first movie.

0613 (Saturday) Weight 161.6. Ok Day. Total Burn 2334. Exercise Burn 350/584 (30minElliptical). Calories in 2000. I'm wondering if that calorie count is too low, I was trying during the day, but still, I've just been going over so much. Hubs did ask if I wanted to go out in the evening for a triple chocolate meltdown and I passed (shouldn't pass on the mini-date, but definitely should pass on the calories). Started the day with a 9:00 basketball game for #5, they won. He and I stopped at a couple stores on the way home (grabbing some deoderant on sale at Walgreens for the boys, a new ball and purse at Kmart). At home, Daddy was putting the boys to work in the yard, much to their chagrin. My nephews were having a birthday party in the afternoon. I misunderstood and thought it was a family party, but it was actually a friend party. I had planned to stay for a family party, but I really don't enjoy kid birthday parties (as evidenced by my poor kids lack of friend birthday parties) so Hubs drove me back home. He went back, taking the duckies, which was a hit for the kids there (although it stressed MY kids out, and stressed the duckies out a bit too, although they got lots of mealworm treats). 

0614 (Sunday) Weight 162.6. Bad Day.  Total Burn 2065. Exercise Burn 100/310 (10minElliptical). Calories in 3200. I got up early and finished up the 10 minutes on my show that I didn't have the energy for yesterday. We made our big breakfast. I hit primary to play the piano, but I generally dread it. Tried to lay down for a little Sunday nap, but it didn't really take (like last week). I made jello cubes and prepped Brazillian cheese rolls, and we headed out to my MILs for an early Father's Day celebration (we we'll be with my side next week). My SIL who cuts hair gave three of the boys trims. 

0615 (Monday) Weight 163.7. Good Day. Total Burn 3194. Exercise Burn 1045/1432 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 1300. Yikes, weight up. It did motivate me to control calories today though. Kept them low. Went out to Zumba in the morning. Had to put away chairs that people had left set up in the gym. In our Stake, it's church etiquette to put chairs away, whoever uses them last. Then ... the music would not work! We tried everything, and finally just had to say "sorry" and send everyone home. Very disappointing. I stopped at Kmart, picked up an order and checked out. The boys wanted to go bowling, so we left as soon as I got home (as we have to be done by 1:00 with the Kids Bowl Free program). In previous years I've bowled too, but I just let the boys (the three youngest and a neighbor friend). I walked around a bit while I watched them. I did get in an hour on the elliptical, and as I hadn't got my Zumba fix in, I hit Debbie's class in Daybreak at 5:00. Then I dropped #5 at basketball practice. I didn't stay ... it was looking stormy and rain had started. The storm just got worse. As we were in bed, a HUGE clap of thunder and lightening hit. Hubs and I just looked at each other, then I checked on the kids while he checked on the ducks (which are outside now). #4 had been downstairs, and had heard the thunder, but was somewhat insulated. #3, not one who is scared of weather, said that one did scare him to death!
0616 (Tuesday) Weight 160.9. Good Day. Total Burn 2893. Exercise Burn 1150/1152 (40minElliptical, Zumba, 30minBike, 40minWEIGHTS). Calories in 2200. Started the day with Zumba, walking to and from the church. The older boys had basketball camp. #2 from 10:30-12:30, and #3 from 12:30-2:30. #2 could drive himself, but I had to be on chauffeur duty for #3. The little boys were content playing at home with a neighbor boy.  I got in some elliptical, bike and weights. Didn't do as well keeping calories in check. #2 was then off to work concession at the REAL game. The other boys were excited to watch game 6 of the playoffs. #3 was invited to a friend's to watch, so I dropped him off. Then ... we got one of those calls you don't want to get. My nephew, who has been staying with my folks, called to say my dad just had a heart attack and was at the hospital. Hubs and I went out to meet my mom (several of her neighbors), and my brothers (my sister lives too far away). Dad was still alive, and there were reasons to be optimistic. He'd been playing tennis, a neighbor saw him go down and had her husband, a doctor, some perform chest compressions while she called an ambulance. The ambulance got there quick, got him to the hospital quick, and he was getting good care. There were a couple blockages, so they put in stents, but Dad was on a respirator and sedated and we wouldn't really know for another day or more ... Hubs and I didn't get home until 2:00 in the morning.  

0617 (Wednesday) Weight 160.9. Pretty Good Day. Total Burn 3057. Exercise Burn 750/1311 (30minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2700. No change in Dad overnight, and they wouldn't even try taking him out of sedation until later in the day. I went ahead and went to Zumba. Got some elliptical in, mowed the lawn, got #3 to basketball. At one point at the computer, I looked down and realized I'd eaten a ton of Riesen chocolate caramels (there was wrapper evidence). Bleh, distracted, comfort, stress eating! Hubs and I were going to head out to the hospital in the evening, but Mom said there really wasn't a reason to come, as he was still sedated and unresponsive.
0618 (Thursday) Weight 162.4. Ok Day.  Total Burn 2697. Exercise Burn 850/943 (40minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2300. I went to Zumba in the morning. I did need to run the last 15minutes of class, as Claudia wasn't there. Waited for word on Dad, and the doctors brought him out of sedation, and he was able to recognize everyone and respond well!  Still having some troubles communicating (throat sore from the breathing tube). He could not remember the heart attack, and was having short term memory issues. Hubs and I went out in the evening, and were taking Mom back home for the night. Dad did NOT want to stay in the hospital, he just wanted to go home. It was very hard to leave him :(

0619 (Friday) Weight 160.7. Pretty Good Day. Total Burn 2834. Exercise Burn 850/1089 (40minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2000. Went to Zumba in the morning, hitting MZL. It's hard having multiple options and feeling unfaithful to some instructors! I feel a little bad going to a class where I'm just one in the crowd, whereas in other classes I am actually missed. I do like my variety though. We had a pretty mellow day at home. I got in some elliptical. Took #3 to the last day of his basketball camp, and took the little boys and a friend over a bit early for pick up, letting them play at the park for a bit.  In the evening when Hubs got off work we went out to the hospital again. Dad was doing even better, off the oxygen. He would doze here and there, but when it was time to leave (and we were taking Mom home) again, he insisted on leaving with us. It was even worse than last night. He was sure he had driven to the hospital and that he could just drive home. He was adamant we get him his clothes and we were afraid to leave, that he'd try to get out of bed and hurt himself. We stayed later hoping he'd doze off again, but now he was wide awake. Finally Hubs and I were going to go wait in the waiting room, hoping he'd relax and fall asleep, but he did remember we were Mom's ride. He asked if we were taking her too, and I said yes, if he'd let her go ... and he did. Still hard!  

0620 (Saturday) Weight 161.4. Bad day. Total Burn 2338. Exercise Burn 250/589 (20minElliptical). Calories in 2800. Hubs was up and off early going to the dunes for some ATV and motorcycle fun. I THOUGHT about hitting Zumba, but then didn't. Got a notice from the instructor that it was cancelled anyway. #5 had his basketball game at 11:00. A couple brothers came along to watch! We stopped at CalRanch on the way home and grabbed some more feed for the ducks. At the hospital, Dad was moved from intensive care to the 3rd floor, and seems to be steadily improving.

0621 (Sunday) Weight 162.5. Bad Day. Total Burn 2090. Exercise Burn 0/335 (no exercise). Calories in 2200. Father's Day. We were too slow to get breakfast in bed for hubs. He'd gone to let the ducks out, so we brought him breakfast outside. It was a lovely morning so the boys ate outside too. I walked to/from church to do my piano primary duty. We had a party at my brother's in the early evening. Surprise! Dad was released from the hospital and was able to attend! I brought brownies, Cool Whip dessert, Chex mix and jello cubes. I ate WAY to much Chex mix.
0622 (Monday) Weight 165.5. Good Day. Total Burn 3352. Exercise Burn 1260/1580 (30minElliptical, Zumba X2). Calories in 2350.  Started the day early, taking the two middle boys to the high school at 6:00 am. They are off for a week basketball and buddies 24/7. I went to Zumba ... there were chairs and tables (and plates of donuts) left out in the church cultural hall.  Very frustrating to have to do this each week. At least the music worked! Got in a good workout. Stopped at Kmart, spending my weekly Fitstudio points. Stopped at Smiths and Reams on the way home as well. Got in some elliptical. Took the little boys to the DollarStore, then picked up a pizza from Papa Murphy's for dinner, and grabbed the boys some Wendy's for lunch. Went to Zumba at 5:00, quickly cooked up the pizza once I was home, then took #5 to his evening basketball practice.

0623 (Tuesday) Weight 165.7. Ok Day. Total Burn 2947. Exercise Burn 1030/1174 (40minElliptical, Zumba, 30minBike). Calories in 2700.  I must admit, I was a little surprised and discouraged when the weight didn't drop. It almost always does after a good Monday. I guess the food yesterday (with the Wendy's and pizza) wasn't great. Walked to/from Zumba. One of the gals stopped over after to show her little girl our ducks. Took the little boys bowling. Got in some elliptical and some bike, but didn't fit in weights. Hubs and #4 went off to a derby. I had to take #5 to his cub scout pack meeting. We'd been requested to bring a treat to share, so I'd made homemade oreos. With the baking and the yummy temptations there, I overindulged in the eating.

0624 (Wednesday) Weight 165.6. OK Day. Total Burn 3088. Exercise Burn 1128/1316 (40minElliptical, Zumba, 30minBike). Calories in 3100.  Every morning, instead of getting a quick elliptical session in. I'm spending time with the ducks. I let them out of the pen, so they can root around the yard for bugs. Sometimes I'll try to turn over dirt to find worms (but I think they've eaten almost all we had!) Empty their water and refill it, refill their food - grains and "salad". Let them swim in the bigger pool. After ducks, I went to Zumba. I really like this new class, I feel like I will be able to get great numbers once I master the steps, and bring a little more oomph to it all. I was dragging today a bit. I did get in some elliptical, bike, and mowed the front lawn. Took #4 to the library and grabbed some DVDS (Netflix dropped all the "Suite Life of Zach and Cody" much to the boy's chagrin) and books. I overindulged in treats today, then made the boy's favorite dinner, fried chicken and yellow rice. Definitely over in calories today, even with a good burn. 
0625 (Thursday) Weight 165.4. Not a Great Day. Total Burn 2200. Exercise Burn 400/429 (40minElliptical). Calories in 2500. My usual Zumba was cancelled, as there was a funeral in the building. I could have, should have gone to an alternate class, but I just wasn't feeling it. I was just a little off, some tummy trouble. I would have hit my usual class, but didn't have the energy to try something new. I got in some elliptical, then took the little boys to a local park and sprinkler pad. Hubs came home from work a little early to take my iphone (a 4s) in and upgrade it. I've been putting it off forever, but it has been really glitchy and sticky lately, and last night it froze and wouldn't restart (although it did eventually). I WAS planning on hitting Zumba in the evening, but still feeling a bit draggy and off ... and I had to set up my new phone, and enjoyed the Daddy/Ducky time (watching Hubs with the ducks is more fun than my morning ducky time).

0626 (Friday) Weight 164.9. Bad Day. Total Burn 2239. Exercise Burn 400/471 (40minElliptical). Calories in 2650. So I got up, did ducky time, and made it off to Zumba. At 9:00 I was at the church, and not one car in sight. I waited for a bit, then figured I'd try to hit MZL. I went there, and again, an empty parking lot (with a note they had moved to the Kearns building). I just didn't have it in me to try a third location, so I just went home. I later found out that the first location DID have a class ... I hadn't even tried the door! Duh! Some people walked and the instructor had parked on the other side. I wasn't very motivated. I took the munchkins bowling, I even went without bumpers. We stopped at Arctic Circle on the way home, and I indulged in some tater tots. The basketball boys arrived home around 7:00, and I picked them up. Hubs and I had a quiet evening in, watching a show (True Detective) and eating yummy popcorn.

0627 (Saturday) Weight 164.00. Bad Day. Total Burn 2343. Exercise Burn 200/580 (20minElliptical). Calories in 2700. The little one didn't have a game today, much to his chagrin (they had a bye). I supervised the boys in chores, even made #2 clean the bathroom, even though he had to work a REAL game that night. Caught up on the boy's laundry. Made some coconut goodie cookies ... ate some too. Hubs was busy hitting several stores and then building a water balloon filler. He'd made a couple before, several years ago, but after much use and abuse they had broken. This one is even more "industrial" and should last a while! #3 raved about a visit to Dairy Queen while on his trip, so we made a family trip to try it. Hubs and I were NOT at all impressed, but the kids seemed happy enough. Ducky time in the evening, then another show and popcorn.

0628 (Sunday) Weight 164.7. Bad Day. Total Burn 2800. Exercise Burn 0/103 (No Exercise). Calories in 2800. Hubs went into work in the morning, so I postponed our big family breakfast, hoping he would be able to join us. I had the boys attend church today, at least the last meeting. It was so hot out we drove, didn't walk. I made breakfast after church. Hubs didn't get back until later. I got in a lovely nap ... I've laid down the last few weeks but hadn't had a deep sleep. I did today! We went out to my folks around 5:00. Played some games (Rat-a-tat-Cat, Scattergories, Clue) and visited. Mom treated us to ice cream and brownies. We hadn't really had dinner, so Hubs grabbed some Popeyes on the way home. Is that unfaithful to #2, who was working a shift at KFC?

0629 (Monday) Weight 164.3 Pretty Good Day. Total Burn 2774. Exercise Burn 850/1019 (40minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2300. Weight didn't jump after the weekend, which I guess is good as it's so high anyway. Started the day with Zumba. I was running just a bit late, and as I turned the corner, I was passing the "backup church" where we sometimes move if we have an issue at the main location. I saw some of my Zumba-buds there, so I quickly pulled in. I guess the floors at the main building were being cleaned. This church is smaller, but we had a good crowd, and it felt fun and intimate.  I didn't get as good of numbers as I usually do when I am the main leader, but I did stop a couple times to video and download some additional music. I stopped at Kmart on the way home, and grabbed a bigger swimming pool for the duckies. The boys were pretty excited to try it out, and the duckies seemed to enjoy it too. Lots of splashing and diving. I'd stopped and grabbed a pizza and breadsticks from Papa Murphy's for dinner. #5 had basketball practice, and #3 and #4 went along too, and just played on the extra hoops. #3 left his iphone there, and although we hadn't been gone long, it was gone when we got back. It hadn't been turned into the front desk either, but the "find my friends" app showed it was still there. We were able to "ping" it, and found it. The janitors had picked it up but hadn't brought it to the front yet. Whew! Close call!

0630 (Tuesday) Weight 162.6. Pretty Good Day. Total Burn 2785. Exercise Burn 770/1030 (40minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2000. Tuesday is early morning Zumba day. I walked to the church. It's hot even at 8:30 in the morning! We had our class, and I got a thumb drive with some music on, and spent quite a bit of time on the computer today revising playlists and such. I'm hoping the new music revitalizes me somewhat! The boys wanted to go play basketball, so I took them to the gym, and paid for a 30-day membership. It was $22 per child, but it's for multiple facilities, including the outdoor pool. I think we'll get our monies worth. I left them there, with the older kids looking out for the younger ones. I went back home, but just not knowing when they would call wanting me to pick them up ... I wasn't very productive at home. #2 was also there with his girlfriend, so I was supervising that. They made gingersnaps (well, I made the dough, they rolled some out and I finished up. #4 was the first to give out, so I went and picked him up. As I went, little #5 was playing a pickup game with boys twice his size! I picked up the remaining boys about an hour later. We did Taco Tuesday for dinner. Hubs had stopped and picked up a ton of treats for the duckies (feeder fish, crickets, mealworms) so we had a fun evening with them. A storm hit in the evening. I did notice some wind (as did #4, who retreated downstairs). I heard there was some fabulous lightening, but I didn't see any myself.


  1. So the question...June wasn't what you wanted in terms of eating and exercise. What's the plan for July?????

    1. It's the eating! I'm not sure what I need to do, it's motivation and control. I did quite well this week, at least for the first few days, then blew it on Friday again. It's so easy to overeat!

  2. If summer is difficult due to kids being around more, maybe summer is a good time to do some "practice maintenance" where you work on just maintaining rather than losing. Then, start back in the fall all reset and with your metabolism probably working better and better able to work more intensely on the eating end of things?

    If you look at June as "practice maintenance" then it had a reasonably good result.

    Of course, I'm not saying you have to give entirely on weight loss during the summer, just suggested another way of making a virtue out of the difficulties summer presents.

    1. That has crossed my mind ... just try to keep the status quo and then really buckle down once school starts again, the return to routine. I know that helps with my exercise and productivity. Eating is an issue year round. I DID have success last Fall. I do think sometimes I just go through phases ...


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