0603 (Friday) 164.7. Steps 24005. Total Burn 3069. Exercise Burn 1085/1310 (60minElliptical, Zumba, WEIGHTS). Calories in 1600. Last day of school for the munchkins. The middle school had a regular start time, so I was able to hit a Zumba class after dropped the kids to school (I hit Debbie in Daybreak). Came home and cleaned up then headed to the elementary for the award program there. Early out at both schools (high school graduation was yesterday so they were done), but #3 went home with friends, so I didn't have to pick him up until later in the day ... and then he really just wanted me to shuttle him from one set of friend's to the next. #5 had basketball practice, which he's been struggling with ... (it's so far away, and long, and hard ... and I'm only 10). We did have a big long talk about what he wants to do. Continue playing competitively, knowing that practices and expectations will only get harder, or move to rec if he just wants to play for fun, or take the summer off for a break ... he says he does want to play competitively still, and wants to play with this team (he is playing up a grade, but we just hadn't been able to find a team his age). He is the youngest and smallest. I really hesitate to talk to a coach (on the high school level anyway, don't want to be that "problem parent") but did feel like I could mention it to this coach, that maybe if there could be a "fun" item thrown into the harder drills and such, it would make a huge difference for us. Coach was very receptive and #5 did say "this practice was actually fun" when he got home. Hubs flew back from his overnight company trip, but went straight to work, then to a wedding reception and was out late. On the ducky front, Ally is not doing well at all, can't walk, her "wing walk" is just pitiful to see. I've had to move her around, and make sure she can reach food and water, and have her swim (she's a little tilted in the water too) a few times a day. On the wild ones ... Momma and babies left in the morning and wandered a bit ... then came back. Wandered in the evening again, then came back. I did see another momma and six babies (about the same age) at the canal as I drove past. Haven't seen as many there this year.
0604 (Saturday) 165.1. Steps 18565. Total Burn 2672. Exercise Burn 550/909 (20minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 1400. Woke up early to let our big babies out of the pen. Mamma and her babies took a walk. After I looked out the window and couldn't see them at the neighbors, I was going to take a walk to the canal to see if they made it there ... but looked in the back quick, and there they were. They'd snuck back in when I wasn't watching. Mixed feelings about it at this point. It would be a bit easier if they were gone, but I'd miss seeing them. Anyway, as I was up, I hit a Zumba class, but wasn't able to get my HR up at all. Hubs went into work for a bit. In the night, #2's car was pranked. Peanut butter all over the handles, coconut oil too. And inside ... pounds of shredded paper confetti. In attempting to clean it up a bit, #2 simply unloaded it all into the street. I ended up out there for over an hour attempting to sweep it up, but it's all over. Our driveway looks horrible with the mess the peanut butter a other oils left, in addition to shreds of paper everywhere. Very frustrating! In the evening, #5 had a couple basketball games. They easily won the first. The second was the championship game against Mayhem. They'd won us once, we'd won them once, so we knew it would be tough and could go either way. It started off rough for us ... we couldn't make a shot and they couldn't miss. Finally some started falling, but it was hard battling a 10point deficit the entire game. Brought it to within three there in the final minutes for an exciting finish, but the other team got the win. I'd hoped #5 would handle it a bit better than he did (there were tears).
0605 (Sunday) 165.9. Steps 16184. Total Burn 2695. Exercise Burn 650/920 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2100. Can't help but wake up early. We actually left our big babies out last night, as although there are still occasional altercations, the two sets of ducks have basically been staying out of each other's way. It's hard to keep ours penned up when we (and they) see Mamma and babies with free reign to run. Everyone was still good in the morning ... Momma took a walk again, came back again. We had our big Sunday breakfast. Hubs did some yardwork, putting the boys to work as well. He made a trip to the Apple store yesterday and switched to the new SE phone, and let #3 taking over his old one (but newer than #3's). I made ziti for dinner, with homemade breadsticks, and cinnamon rolls for dessert. On the ducky front, we did get a visit from the Department of Wildlife Services based on the complaint from the online lady taking umbrage with our having ducks in our backyard. At this point I actually welcomed the visit (please, tell me what to do at this point and take it out of my hands). He reviewed the situation and seemed perfectly content that the ducks were not being mistreated or held captive and closed the case. He said if we were okay with them staying and they wanted to stay, that was fine with DWS too. He had seen the video (Hubs catching one of the ducklings much to Momma's chagrin, I'd pulled it from online but the lady made a copy) and said honestly she'd face much worse out in the wild everyday. Still a concern for me that the online lady might post it to an animal loving website with our address/info and encourage others to harass us more as punishment. We had lot's of ducky time in the evening. They LOVE the running water and digging around in the muddy dirt. Our ducks came to investigate Daddy digging up the garden area and were rewarded with worms as he turned the dirt over. Ally does seem to be doing a bit better, dare we hope? She even stood and walked a bit. I can see she is moving her right leg more when she swims.Hubs and I are a few weeks behind on GOT, but got in one episode tonight.
0606 (Monday) 165.9. Steps 26922. Total Burn 3129. Exercise Burn 1150/1361 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2200. First official "summer" day. There was a bit of a sleep in. I checked on the duckies, and momma and babies were gone. I did a walk around the circle and down the street a bit but couldn't see them, or hear any sound of momma/babies in distress (caught at a window well somewhere). I even did walk up to the canal, but no sign of them there either. I hit my Zumba class and did a quick grocery store stop on the way home. #3 wanted to go to the rec center for basketball, so I dropped him here. When I picked him up a couple hours later we stopped at the church parking lot and had some driving practice (he got his learner's permit a while ago and we've been slooow). Still no Momma and babies, so I think they are gone. While we'll miss them, it's a bit of a relief too (after the online ducky disaster, and it did conflict with raising our own six ducks). I emptied the pools ... we'll see if they stay a little cleaner with fewer ducks to muck them up. Ally was walking again (just a bit and she'd have to stop and rest, but walking!) I prepped the leftover dough into more breadsticks and cinnamon rolls, and made chicken soup for dinner. I'd mentioned to the boys about seeing a mamma Killdeer on the corner (she was there last year, raising her little family). It's a crazy, busy, populated corner, lots of traffic (both cars and walking), but that's her spot! When I'd walked to the canal in the morning, she'd run to the other side of the street, pretending to have a broken wing (pretty convincing too!). On the way back, she didn't notice me coming (there is a fence) and so I happened to notice where she had hopped up from, and there mixed with the rocks, were four eggs, camouflaged perfectly. If I hadn't been looking for them I wouldn't have seen them. I'd mentioned it to the boys, and #3 and #4 took a walk up to the corner to take a look. #5 wanted to see too, so I said I'd walk up with him. We saw her and her eggs, then continued on to the canal to look around there. Guess who we found? Momma and all twelve babies! They made it! While there are still plenty of dangers around in the wild, what I was really worried about was the trek from our yard to the canal. I'm not sure which route they took, but they got there. We'll probably be taking more walks on the canal now!
0608 (Wednesday) 165.1. 31443 steps. Total Burn 3135. Exercise Burn 1370/1398 (60minElliptical, Zumbax2). Calories in 2850. Well, I'm NOT getting up as early in the summer. Still got in an elliptical session before Zumba. I was feeling so tired in class, heart (nor heart rate) in it, but still went through the motions and got a good step count. Stopped at Sam's and Walmart on the way home, but my feet were hurting. Put the groceries away and got caught up on some computer stuff. Drove #3 out to play basketball with his buddies, then took the littles to the gym so they could play basketball. I did an hour of Zumba practice while I waited and supervised (my ipod died though, dang it! It was just a backup, but I preferred it to my phone for some things.) Had to push to get my additional elliptical in to hit my hour. Watching "DowntonAbby" season 6 now. Daddy and #3 hit El Pollo Loco for dinner. Their churros were good! I really overate today. Just feeling hungry and having cravings (peanut butter ... Nutragous, Nutty Bar, PB cookies) and was feeling so stuffed at the end of the day!
0609 (Thursday) 166.9. 30199 steps. Total Burn 3251. Exercise Burn 1434/1478 (60minElliptical, Zumbax2). Calories in 2300. #3 was playing basketball in a tournament up at the university today. I don't drive there, so I'd had to find him a ride. I dropped him off at a basketball buddy's house at 7:50 and he was off. I hit a little elliptical, then Zumba with MountainView. Marian was there, although she won't be around much more of the summer. I brought her a couple of my hanging towels as a thank you. The littles wanted to play basketball, so we did that, and I got in another hour of Zumba, just practicing (but getting better stats than the morning class). #3 checked in, giving me updates on his and #2's games (four games, four wins). I made "savory crust chicken bake" for dinner. A family recipe for hubs growing up. Just mixed results. Spent a little time out with the duckies in the evening. The big pool is NOT staying any cleaner with fewer ducks. I went downstairs to hit my final elliptical session, as I stepped on and started to push the pedal, there was a resistance and a bang and then a pitiful, frantic "meow" ... Oreo was IN the back of the elliptical! He does that, very often he'll run in with me and go right for it, and I make him get out. Today, I had NO idea he was already in there. I don't know how he was hit or squished, he had trouble getting out but seemed to be moving okay. He ran up the stairs and I ran up too to check on him. His fur was very dirty (the gears are greasy) but other than that no obvious signs of injury. I continued to watch him all night. He can be a very calm kitty, so it's hard to tell if he's acting unusually. I'm so sad about this! My poor kitty!
0610 (Friday) 166.1. 20976 steps. Total Burn 2779. Exercise Burn 1000/1043 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2200. Hubs was up early at 5:00, and I was awake too ... but that's too early to get up, especially in summer, right? I ended up going back to bed and then sleeping in. I didn't quite have the motivation to get to Zumba class, but we did take the boys to play basketball, and got in an hour of practice on my own. Dropped #3 off at a basketball buddy's house to catch a ride to his games today. Also dropped #5 off to catch a ride to his basketball practice. Made some gingersnaps to send as a thank you. Also ate many gingersnaps. I was dragging so much today, legs and feet just feeling so tired. I went to bed early.
0611 (Saturday) 167.2. 17853 steps. Total Burn 2534. Exercise Burn 750/759 (60minElliptical, Bike). Calories in 2800. Hubs was up early (around 5:00) to start the pork on the smoker. He came back to bed and we both ended up sleeping in after that. I missed my Saturday Zumba class, but with my legs so tired I wasn't really planning on it anyway. I still did get in three 20min sessions on the elliptical throughout the day, and I did a session on the bike. #2 and #3 were off to basketball games up at the University in the morning. Unfortunately #2's team got eliminated in the first round, and #3's team lost in the second. They'd hoped to do better, but oh well. That happens. We had some rain, sprinkling in the morning, and quite a downpour later in the day. I managed to mow the front lawn during a quick break in the weather. Hubs took the kids to Panda Express for lunch, then #5 was invited to a friend's house to play. We had Hub's pulled pork for dinner, and I made coconut goodies, which #2 ate a ton of, although I still got my share. Overate today, over burn too.
0612 (Sunday) 168.7. 7959 Steps. Total Burn 2068. Exercise Burn 210/284 (20minElliptical). Calories in 2300. Hubs was up rather early and off to work. Does he not realize it's a weekend, and he's on salary? He was helping prep the model home. Without him here, we skipped the big breakfast, and I made scones instead. I got in a little nap, then ran out to my mom's, taking some of the pulled pork. She's been suffering from a pinched nerve for a bit now too (Hub is improving). I did get in a session on the elliptical, but was feeling so tired. I took a shower and got in jammies early. Hubs and #3 went over to the church for an Eagle Court. When they got back, Hubs took the kids to Maga's to see the kittens. I would have gone (I love kittens) but ... was already in jammies!
0613 (Monday) 168.5. 31562 Steps. Total Burn 3353. Exercise Burn 1660/1570 (60minElliptical, Zumbax2, Bike). Calories in 2150. With summer, I've still been waking fairly early. Between Hubs getting up and off to work, it being so light outside, and kitty wanting his breakfast ... I am awake and do usually feed Oreo and Joy .... but then I often get back in bed, because 5:00ish is just too early especially for summer! I hit Southziders for Zumba. It was quite late to start, but luckily I'm not in a particular rush. I stopped at Smiths on the way home to grab some groceries. It's nice having the kids home to help bring them in and get them put away. The little boys and I did our hour at the church, them playing basketball and me practicing Zumba. It's SO much easier to practice there where I have some space, and it's helpful being the location I'll be leading (for visualization) and I'm really gaining some confidence. Still not planning on becoming an instructor, but I think I'll really enjoy subbing this summer. Got in my hour of elliptical and even a session on the bike. A little over calorie goal. Still way under burn, but it seems like unless I stay under 2000, I don't lose (even if I burn a ton).
0614 (Tuesday) 167.2. 27815 Steps. Total Burn 3185. Exercise Burn 1564, 1410 (60ninElliptical, Zumbax2). Calories in 2250. #2 and #3 are at a basketball clinic Mon-Thurs this week at 9:00. Happily #2 can drive them, as I'm trying to keep Marian's "start on time" policy while subbing the Tuesday class. My practice has paid off and it's easy to do an hour now! The little boys still wanted to hit the church for basketball (#5 had a couple of friends over) so we did, and I practiced for another hour, all different songs than this morning. Still got in elliptical - should have done weights, but I remember how drained I felt after last week. Maybe I'll just save them for Fridays, when any stiffness or soreness won't affect me as much (as I usually don't have the same workouts on weekends). I tried another Pinterest chocolate chip recipe ... just okay. Taste is fine but they don't look particularly pretty. Turned some leftover pulled pork into tacos for dinner.
0615 (Wednesday) 167.7. 35238 Steps. Total Burn 3536. Exercise Burn 1557, 1752 (60minElliptical, Zumbax2). Calories in 2800. I went to Zumba with MZL as usual for Wednesdays. It had started when I got there, but I still got in my hour. I requested a couple songs. Afterward I stopped at Walmart and Sams for some shopping. We were out of a lot of stuff, so both checkouts were bigger than usual, as well as more shopping steps. It's nice to have the boys home to help bring in groceries and put them away. I got some chicken marinating for dinner, and got my elliptical in, and #4 and did our hour at the church (basketball and Zumba practice). Changed the water for the ducks and got some laundry done.#3 ended up inviting friends over, which is fine, as we're so seldom "the house" for the older boys. We had enough dinner to feed them (four extra). Hubs barbecued the chicken on the smoker and made his mashed taters. I made Brazillian cheese rolls and they were a hit (as they usually are). My legs were feeling very tired today! I did get in a lot of steps!
0617 (Friday) 168.4. Steps 14494. Total Burn 2308. Exercise Burn 590/526 (20minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2600. I woke up not feeling very well, I even grabbed a bucket to put by the bed just in case. I didn't even attempt a Zumba class, but did try a session on the elliptical, and a little later in the day when the kids wanted to play basketball, we did go to the church and I did a low-key Zumba practice. I was supposed to get in a weight workout today .... but it didn't happen. I didn't make it back down for more elliptical either. Dropped #5 off for his basketball practice, then took #3 to a friend's house to hang out for the evening. Hubs brought home donuts, but he was having one of his attacks, so he was straight to bed. I guess it IS good he pulled the plug on the family vacation, because otherwise he would have been on the road with the boys at that time. He felt a little better by bedtime, so we caught up on GOT and ate some popcorn.
0618 (Saturday) 168.4. Steps 8635. Total Burn 2045. Exercise Burn 100/263 (LawnMow). Calories in 2800. Still not feeling great. Decided to take it easy today too. I did get the lawn mowed, but that was it for any activity. Hubs went and got donuts again. I can't resist donuts. My family was in town, to I invited them to bring their kids to see our ducks. The kids really enjoyed feeding them mealworms and grapes and bananas. Our backyard isn't really built for entertaining, so we adults were squished up into the small shade area by the house. They all left to go hiking, but I wasn't feeling up to that. Father's Day family party tomorrow.
0619 (Sunday) 168.4. Steps 5862. Total Burn 2072. Exercise Burn 0/288 (no exercise). Calories in 2300. Father's Day! We should have done the whole breakfast in bed, but as the smoker is technically a father's day gift, we had to have it put to use, smoking up bacon for breakfast. #3 made the waffles, giving Daddy a break from that. Hubs ran some errands, and I got in a little nap. In the late afternoon we headed to my brother's house for our annual Father's Day gathering on my side of the family. Hubs brought a slackline kit he'd purchased a while back, and there were two trees that worked perfectly. It was a hit. It was also game seven of the NBA championships. #4 started watching at the house, and then we headed home during the 3rd quarter. Made it home in time to see the exciting end.Cleveland won.
0620 (Monday) 170.8. Steps 31052. Total Burn 3318. Exercise Burn 1600/1543 (60minElliptical, Zumbax2, Bike). Calories in 1800. The two teens were off to the high school at 6:15, heading to a basketball camp in St. George for the week. I went to Zumba with Southziders, and grabbed a few groceries on the way home. Got in elliptical, bike and our trip to the church for basketball and Zumba practice. I cleaned up the house some too, Hubs was quite amazed when he got home (a little sad that it is such an amazing thing *Ü*) We watched Sunday's GOT ... wow, that was bloody and violent! I did work hard to keep calories in check today.
0621 (Tuesday) 167.2. Steps 25760. Total Burn 2900. Exercise Burn 1420/1149 (60minElliptical, Zumbax2). Calories in 2000. Got one session on the elliptical in before I hit Zumba class. It was very small today, just five people (besides me). The little boys and I went back to the church a bit later for their basketball hour, and my practice. My second round stats were pretty low-key, but that's okay. Finished up my hour of elliptical, but really should have done weights or bike. Took a little nap instead. Changed out the duckie's big pool and spent some time out with the ducks both yesterday evening and tonight. Ducky time.
0622 (Wednesday) 167.4. Steps 24740. Total Burn 2891. Exercise Burn 1150/1147 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 1800. It's been harder getting an elliptical session in early when I'm not getting up as early. Still managed one before heading out to MZL's Zumba class. The parking lot was newly refinished ... they moved class on Friday, I'm guessing that was why. Good class today. I stopped at the dollar store on the way home instead of my usual Walmart/Sam's run. With the teens gone, I don't need to restock on as much quite yet. Prepped a package for my missionary, and got a letter from him today. I'll need to update the blog. He is still sending steps, but when I'm getting them with a few day's lag time, it throws off the step comparisons. The little boys said they didn't feel like going to the church for basketball, so we skipped it today. I got in a session on the bike instead of my second Zumba. I picked up Dominos for dinner. Hubs had another attack at work today :( and was still recovering when he had to head out to do a derby. The two little boys went to help. Kept calories in check today ... although I sure wanted to eat more!
0623 (Thursday) 167.3. Steps 27141. Total Burn 3072. Exercise Burn 1434/1306 (60minElliptical, Zumbax2). Calories in 2300. Went to MountainView Zumba with Melanie, she had me do a couple of numbers, which does help get my heart rate up I think. I stopped at Smiths on the way home to grab a few groceries. The littles did want to play basketball today, so we went to the church and I got in another hour of Zumba (low-key) while keeping an eye on them. Also got in my hour of elliptical ... and a nap. Made the little boy's favorite dinner, fried chicken and yellow rice. Eating some myself pushed calories over (although under burn). Hubs was home and to bed early, and even with my nap, I was ready for bed too. The teens return home tomorrow, which may be the end of early bedtimes. It was a nice week while it lasted.
0624 (Friday) 167.8. Steps 18231. Total Burn 2681. Exercise Burn 1000/902 (60minElliptical, Zumba, WEIGHTS). Calories in 2800. Nicole was having a Zumba class with SuperMom's group, so I hit it. I haven't driven up 7800 recently, since school has been out, and construction made things difficult to get to the church, but I managed. I got in my hour of elliptical (three20min sessions) and also did weights. I was on drop-off duty for the little boy's basketball practice at SLCC. I was still out and about when the bigger boys returned home from their week-long basketball camp. They called Daddy and had him pick them up. Then #2 took #3 to a friend's birthday party, and picked him up again at midnight. Hubs and I relaxed with the ducks in the early evening, then with a show and popcorn a bit later. The popcorn definitely pushed calories over, but it was yummy.
0625 (Saturday) 167.7. Steps 17294. Total Burn 2446. Exercise Burn 700/680 (60minElliptical, Lawn Mow). Calories in 2200. I really should have hit a Zumba class, Zumba Underground was having one at a church at 8:30 ... should have, but it was a lazy morning. I did get in a few sessions on the elliptical (two 20, two 10) to hit my hour, and I mowed the lawn. Lots of laundry, finished up the monthly bills, and got a couple blog updates done. Hubs was smoking a brisket all day and it smelled to good, but just wasn't finishing up. He and the boys snacked on some when it was finally done after 11:00, but I was asleep ...
0626 (Sunday) 167.2. Steps 7434. Total Burn 2011. Exercise Burn 200/210 (20minElliptical). Calories in 2600. I have been feeling my weight workout from Friday, but it's okay, as Sat/Sun are generally pretty un-exercising anyway. I did get one session on the elliptical, but it's amazing how hard it feels on a Sunday/restday. We had Sunday Circles for breakfast, and the brisket (and bacon) for dinner. I also made Swig cookies again, we were out ...
0629 (Wednesday) 167.1. Steps 37352. Total Burn 3629. Exercise Burn 1700/1866 (60minElliptical, Zumbax2, Bike). Calories in 1200. Productive day today ... and kept calories in check! Started off with a session on the elliptical, then hit Zumba with MZL. They had me help with "It's Raining Men" and then when "In the Summertime" came on I started doing the steps so they had me come up and lead it. On the way home, I stopped at Walmart at Sams, so steps there, and putting stuff away. I spent some time in the food storage room rearranging and getting things on shelves. #3 wanted to hit Gene Fullmer, so I dropped him off (well, he drove, getting his practicing in) and then the little boys and I hit the church gym. It was a good practice for me, the hour was over before I knew it (and before I even did some of the songs I had planned on practicing). Got in my additional elliptical and mowed the front lawn. Meatball subs for dinner, although hubs ended up hitting a movie with a work buddy, so he was home late. I still had energy at the end of the day, so I went and did some reading while riding the stationary bike.
0630 (Thursday) 165.3. Steps 31176. Total Burn 3354. Exercise Burn 1572/1591 (60minElliptical, Zumbax2, Bike). Calories in 2600. A little "gym" drama in the morning. I got my first elliptical session in no problem, but then #4 and #3 and friend wanted the gym at the same time (the older one prevailed, as he had a friend over and was in first). There are SO many other things #4 can do while he waits (jumprope, basketball, etc.) but back to wondering if we need a schedule! Zumba with MountainView. It was so hot in the gym today. I couldn't feel any air moving. Pretty small group too. I debated stopping at Smiths after ... the kids are out of ice cream ... but I guess they can wait a little longer. #2 was playing in a game today, I thought about going to watch, but it was at the SouthTowne Expo center, so a BUNCH of temp courts set up. Worse than SoccerCity! He can drive himself so ... I didn't go (they lost by a lot, although #2 said HE had 20 points). Hubs was home a little early, needing a nap before doing a derby. #3 went along to help. Dominos for dinner. Calories were a little high today. I was craving sugar and opened a big box of Junior Mints ... and ate the whole thing!