Monday, October 31, 2016

"Thrilling" Halloween

It's Halloween! I not a big fan. In fact, I'm a bit of a Halloween hater. A few of my Zumba classes had introduced some seasonal songs into the playlists. "Thriller" being one of course. I was able to hit a Friday class, and we were encouraged to dress up. I did! I surprised myself a bit, because I usually don't go to that much effort.

The costumes and songs did add a fun energy to class!

Here's a peek at that class Thriller here ...
We also did Thriller on Wednesday at MZL, and Saturday at Thryve. Thursday, Melanie came and did quite a few Halloweenish songs (Ghostbusters, I Want Candy, Monster Mash and more) but no Thriller. My friend Christa and I taught the Southziders class this morning, as Nina and Cassie had kids in parades at the school. I didn't put in the effort to attempt to learn to lead one of these at the last minute though, so today ON Halloween, we were pretty standard. 

At our elementary, it's tradition to have the 6th graders perform Thriller. Last year, my #4 was taking part ... reluctantly. The dance was right after the parade, and I honestly wasn't expecting much. It was pretty entertaining though, and I'd positioned myself perfectly, right in front of my kidlet. 

 He looked "thrilled" but I loved it!

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Weekly Weigh-In #170

Straight to the NUMBERS this week: Official weigh-in was up .4. Average up 1.56 (173.69). Ironically there was supposedly a deficit (-1655) with my average intake of 2343 and average burn of 2818.  Step average was 21416. 30min with weights, 806 cardio minutes, 78.42 exercise miles. FOOD: Only under goal one day this week. Candy corn ... I eat it by the handful this time of year (as I have a glass pumpkin full of the stuff). Surprise salted caramels were a temptation too. FITNESS: Over 3000 burn four days, just one 30k day. Six days with at least an hour of elliptical, five Zumba classes, one time each with the bike, treadmill and weights.

Daily recap:

  • Friday (1021): Intake 2500. Burn 2810.  No school because of Fall Break. I was able to hit a Zumba class though, in addition to my 80minElliptical.
  • Saturday (1022): Intake 2300. Burn 2361. Managed to get in an hour of elliptical. #5 had a basketball game, they won in OT. 
  • Sunday (1023): Intake 2400. Burn 2062. Big breakfast and bigger dinner. My measly 20min elliptical was not nearly enough to counteract calories, but Sunday is my rest day.
  • Monday (1024): Intake 2500. Burn 3291. Early morning driver's ed has ended, but I still got up at 6:00, and got in an extra elliptical, for 90min total today. Zumba with Southziders, and some treadmill time too. Under burn, but still over on eating ...
  • Tuesday (1025): Intake 1900. Burn 3093. Zumba with Marian, with a walk to/from class. 80minElliptical, a session on the bike, and weights. Also kept calories in check ... unless I forgot to log something, which unfortunately is likely!
  • Wednesday (1026): Intake 2500. Burn 3039. Have a son sick today. He's no trouble, but I just didn't get much done. Still hit Zumba with MZL and managed my 80minElliptical.
  • Thursday (1027): Intake 2300. Burn 3068. Son still sick and home from school. Zumba with MountainView and my 80minElliptical.

Five Featured Photos (This week in Pictures):

Sweets from my sweet ... this hasn't helped with calorie control.

 Fall leaves on my Tuesday walk to Zumba (a little PokemonGo too!)

On the PokemonGo topic, they had a Halloween update, making certain (scary) Pokemon much more common for this week before the holiday. Gastly, Haunter and Gengar! Cubone, Zoobat ... plus more "candy" with each catch. Unfortunately #4 has been sick Wed/Thurs and not able to take full advantage (although he did catch his first Gengar at the doctor's office). I'm getting pretty good at catching Pokemon now too, and I'll do it while I'm out and about (and he's in school) and pickup multiple Pokestops at all my Zumba classes. Data usage has become a problem though ... we went over last month.

Pumpkin prep ... an appropriate carving for our basketball family!

Hubs has been busy with derbies!
Tues/Wed/Thursday this week.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Required Reading & Lexile Levels

I'm an avid reader ... my boys have NOT inherited this habit from me. Pretty much the only reading they do, is required reading. Silly boys! Books are AWESOME! While I keep myself pretty busy with the 500+ books waiting in my Kindle Cloud, and my mile-long library list, I'll often try to keep up with any assigned books the boys are reading for school. 

My sophomore's Language Arts class was reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" ... it's one I have read before, but it had been a while. My 15-year old asked me to re-read it, so we could discuss it before class. Okay! We had two copies, but I'm a digital gal. Luckily I was able to download it from the library (I would have purchased it if needed, but love the library loan). We'd read a couple chapters, as assigned by the class. He and I would discuss what happened, and which words needed further definition.  For example ... After reading chapter 11, we had a list of words.  Wrathful, apoplectic, philippic, umbrage, interdict, tirade, cantankerous. After going over the definitions, my son said "well that was an ANGRY chapter, wasn't it?!" 

My son would bring home his quizzes and show them to me. He ended up doing quite well, better than he expected. I enjoyed our book discussion times too. I'll admit, I got a little teary talking about some of the events there at the end.

I'd tried to read along with "The Scarlet Letter" last year with my #2, a junior. That book didn't quite keep my interest, and that child didn't engage in book conversations with me either, so I gave up on "helping" out. My 7th grader is starting up "Frankenstein" so I guess that will be on my list soon.
For the first reading assignment however, my 7th grader got to choose his own story, with the requirement that it be on their lexile level. Are you familiar with "lexile" levels? I'd heard them mentioned here and there along with the SRI testing. So my son and I spent a bit of time looking up books on

My son tested at 916 ...  
He was supposed to select a book within a close range (850-950). 
My guessing had been a bit off. 

Longer, complex novels (in my thought, thinking of my 12-year old reading them, i.e. "Ender's Game" at 780, "Gregor the Overlander" at 630, "The Maze Runner" at 770) are too low. I was surprised by "Hatchet" (1020) and "Island of the Blue Dolphins" (1000)... two I really enjoyed but ones I don't think are over his ability at all.  "To Kill a Mockingbird" as mentioned above, required reading for my sophomore, came in at 870. Just to make it MORE confusing ... "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" is listed as 950??? I do NOT understand this ranking system!

He ended up going with "The Great Brain" (840) ... it's a book I loved when I was young. I went ahead and reread it so I could discuss it as well. Unfortunately, I couldn't find it in Kindle edition and had to read hard copy. Oh, the agony of a real book ... It was bulky and heavy(ish). I had to turn pages. Highlighting words required an actual marker. I had to turn on a lamp in the dark. Luckily, I made it through, and he made it through. Book report is done and turned in.   

Ah ... school assignments. Required reading. I loved it back in the day!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Musical Monday - Car Crash

It's been interesting listening to music in the car again. I have SO many songs in my Itunes library. I just put the playlist on random and see what comes up next. Music from my teenage times, musicals, obscure soundtracks, and Top10 from recent years have all spouted from my speakers.

Several times in the past couple weeks, my 13-year old has turned to me and asked "WHAT IS THIS?". Silly boy hasn't been properly exposed to Billy Joel and some of the other 80s greats!

When familiar songs come on ... it's another issue. In our little morning carpool, a couple of our carpooletts start singing along. Loudly. The slightly off-key crooning is driving my son to distraction. Seriously stressing him out (anxiety issues). I may need to create a "carpool playlist" of only songs I'm sure the kids do NOT know to appease my son (or he's taken to wearing headphones with his own music blaring to drown out any annoyances .. like everyday conversations).  

Do you sing along with songs in the car?

While I was driving with my 16-year old son (HE was driving, gotta get those practice hours in) the music was playing as usual. I wasn't paying particular attention until my son muttered "that song really isn't appropriate you know!"  No - it wasn't some explicit version with foul language, it was "Car Crash" by Matt Nathanson. I had to laugh a little ... as I skipped the song. 

I can't help but notice the beat on this song ... it was on my "running" playlist, one that I could jog to. Those rare times I jog to music, my footfall MUST MATCH the beat exactly. This one is actually a bit on the fast side for me (since I'm sllloooooowww). I looked it up at to catch the BPM ...

I'm more of a 5mph gal (12 minute mile) myself, but for those times I need a challenge and inspiration, I'll have to give this one a try, and continue to make sure it doesn't appear on the playlist when my student-driver is at the wheel. *Ü*

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Weekly Weigh-In #169

Weight was up and down all over this week. Very little rhyme or reason. With this being Weigh-In #169, I was hoping to have a 169 on the scale (not that 169 is where I want to be, but I thought it was doable this week). Official weigh-in was about where I was at least week. After a bit of a drop after Mon/Tues I thought the scale might record a loss, but then it slipped up again after Wed/Thurs. NUMBERS: Officially down .1, average dropped to 172.13 (-1.9). Average Intake was 2143. Average Burn was 2722. Crunching numbers, there was a deficit for the week (-1943). Step average was 19164. 30minWeights, 753CardioMinutes, 65.83 exercise miles. FOOD: Only managed to keep calories under 2000 one day this week, but didn't have any days over 3000. Big meals on Sunday, donuts on Thursday ... candy corn every day in-between.  FITNESS: Only got in my hour of elliptical four days this week. Zumba also four for seven. No treadmill, but did do tennis! Bike once, weights once. 

Here's a day by day recap...
  • Friday (1014): Intake 2100. Burn 2705. Bit of a down day. Managed 80minElliptical.
  • Saturday (1015): Intake 2200. Burn 2355. Got in 20minElliptical and some tennis with #4 in the morning. #5 had FOUR back to back basketball games in the evening. Whew!
  • Sunday (1016): Intake 2500. Burn 2042. Slow Sunday (20minElliptical), big breakfast and bigger dinner!
  • Monday (1017): Intake 1700. Burn 3100. Great day! 80minElliptical, Zumba with Southziders and a session on the bike. Kept calories in check too. I always seem to do better with the return to routine after the wicked weekend.
  • Tuesday (1018): Intake 2050. Burn 3138. Pretty good day.  Zumba with Marian is early and close. 90minElliptical today, and I did weights. 
  • Wednesday (1019): Intake 2100. Burn 3035. Four 20min sessions on the elliptical, Zumba with MZL. Shopping steps and lawn mow. 
  • Thursday (1020): Intake 2350. Burn 2680. Fall Recess. Still hit Zumba (with MountainView) but only managed two 20min elliptical sessions. A bit of house cleanup, as we had company in the evening. Donut day pushed calories over.

Five Featured Photos ... 

 Tried tennis with this kid (#4)

 Zumba Photobomb

Finally gave in and allowed the update ...
(I don't like change!)

Mowing the lawn ... love the smell and the sun!

#5 - quite the bottle flip feature!

... and a quick video clip bonus,
 deep-3 buzzer beater from #5!
A video posted by BlackhamBall (@blackhamball) on

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tasty Tuesday - Brazilian Cheese Rolls

I know many of the health/fitness blogs out there have a  food focus ... featuring recipes of good-for-you food. Me? I have not excelled at the eating side of this journey at all. But I figured I could still share a recipe or feature a food here and there. Don't expect anything too healthy though!

I made Brazilian Cheese Rolls this past Sunday. Also known as Pao de Queijo (my brother spent a couple years living in Brazil, so they call them by their real name). Bread of cheese ... yum! They have become a family favorite, and a go-to dinner bread, especially when we need something last minute. They are so quick and easy. They are also gluten-free, always requested at family parties (as my dad, brother and sister all suffer with Celiacs).

I first discovered them at one of the Brazilian restaurants. Then my son needed to make a South-American recipe for his Spanish class. I picked up (and pinned) the recipe from Our Best Bites. There are many others out there, but we LOVE this one, so I haven't gone on to try any of the others.

The Tapioca Flour is the only tricky ingredient to find. I've found it in the bulk section at Winco, but Hubs recently brought me home a 25 pound bag he found at a local kitchen supply store ... much easier than attempting the bulk buy in plastic bags, when I know I want a lot. 

You need a blender and a mini-muffin pan ... I once tried making them in a regular size muffin tin, and they were okay (a little more eggy in the middle).  I love the smaller bite-size. I only have one mini-muffin tin, but I've found I can empty it, and immediately refill the batter for a second batch. It doesn't even require a second coat of cooking spray, and often the second batch comes out better than the first, and people are happy to have an opportunity to have them hot out of the oven again.

I love how puffy they are ... often almost popping right out of the tin. Unfortunately, they do collapse quickly most of the time. They still taste good, but they don't look nearly as pretty. I've searched for solutions to this problem, but so far is seem to just be par for the coarse, similar to a souffle.

Unfortunately, with the oil, egg and cheese ... they aren't "healthy" or low calorie. I always top them with Parmesan cheese and some kosher salt too. At least I don't add butter as I do with traditional bread/rolls.

There were several entries already in the MFP food bank ... I don't know how accurate this is, but looking at it I'd assume it's fairly on target. I have a hard time limiting myself to three though. They are so easy to eat!

That's it for this first edition of Tasty Tuesday! 
Have you tried Brazilian Cheese Rolls?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Weekly Weigh-In #168

I'll admit. I was completely discouraged last week and gave up a little. What's the point perspective. This week wasn't bad considering. I still exercise ... because I actually enjoy the activity. Even eating didn't get too out of hand. NUMBERS: Official weight down 2.3 pounds (but still up over two pounds from the week before). Average weight way up (+2.74 to 174.03). Intake average for the week was 2171. Burn average was 2813. Step average was 21044. 40minWeights, 854 cardio minutes and 74.63 exercise miles. FOOD: Actually had two days under 2000, no days over 3000. FITNESS: Actually hit my hour of elliptical every day! 7 days! Four Zumba classes, one session on the bike and one workout with weights. 

Here's a day to day recap ...
  • Friday (1007): Calories in 1900. Daily Burn 2607. Four 20min sessions on the elliptical. Afternoon was spent making cookies (I'd been asked to bring some in to a funeral). 
  • Saturday (1008): Calories in 2400. Daily Burn 2429. An hour on the elliptical. Basketball conflicts today. #5 had three games, was able to play in two, I only attended one.
  • Sunday (1009): Calories in 2700. Daily Burn 2178. Family breakfast and then a ton of treats pushed my over today, even with an hour of elliptical.
  • Monday (1010): Calories in 2100. Daily Burn 3135. Got in 80min on the elliptical and Zumba with Southziders. Some shopping and cleaning and welcome home Hubs!
  • Tuesday (1010): Calories in 1700. Daily Burn 3119. An hour on the elliptical, Zumba with Marian, with a walk to/from the church, also a session on the bike and WEIGHTS. Calories under control too. Good day!
  • Wednesday (1012): Calories in 2200. Daily Burn 3201. Feeling hungry today, had to work to keep calories in check. Four 20min sessions on the elliptical, Zumba with MZL, mowed the lawn and did a walk along the canal.
  • Thursday (1013): Calories in 2200. Daily Burn 3020. Four 20min sessions on the elliptical and Zumba with MountainView. Feeling down today, but didn't completely let calories run amok. 
 Five Featured Photos ...

Hubs Experiencing the Food in Seattle with Siblings

Studly Son in his new Suit

... the chairs were left up ... again.

Kitty "helping" me make the bed.

Quite the crowd at Wednesday Zumba with MZL!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Musical Musings

I love music. When I first started my exercise routine over 10 years ago, I had dozens of different playlists ... one for every mood. I collected songs with a 5mph beat, to pace me when I'd attempt jogging. I'd put music on while I'd clean up the kitchen or drive in the car ...

Over a year ago I did a "Music vs Silence" post ... I had some forced silence (broken radio) during drives, and I was drawn to it. I liked the quiet. As I chauffeured the kids, it prompted some great conversations.

At home, I converted to audiobooks while I worked around the house, or killed time between basketball games (even if there was a track, when previously I might have jogged or walked to music).

But I've missed music ...

With child #4 in middle school, and a school carpool in place ... the silence was a little uncomfortable. So I spent some time in Itunes, prepping a playlist, adding songs I haven't listened to in forever.  I have so much forgotten music! Songs I haven't listened to in years. Sometimes I hear one of my old "jogging" songs, and I feel that urge to try it on the track (although I have resisted said urge, my few treadmill times have still been to the television). 

Of course, with my Zumba Mon-Thursday, I still got in a lot of music this past year. Some songs stay in that "Zumba" zone, but others cross over into my everyday. I'll often stop quickly to Shazam and/or ask the instructor about a song that hits grabs me. One piece, introduced during the cool down/stretching really hit me hard ... It was created to promote a movie/movement really highlighted here in Utah. Operation Underground, "The Abolitionists". I never got around to seeing the movie, but I HAD to look up the song. It's sad and haunting and beautiful ...

... I figured, as I rediscovered some of my music, I'd do some "Musical Monday" posts and share some favorites, old and new, with you too. Play on ...

Friday, October 7, 2016

Weekly Weigh-In #167

WHAT? Whereas last week I had an unexpected, and undeserved loss ... this week, completely unexpected and undeserved gain. I was GOOD this week! I was really trying, keeping calories in check. Made it through the weekend without a big scale shift, then up, Up, UP.  Not fair. Even if last week's weigh-in was a fluke, and shouldn't have been as low as it was, I can't for the life of my figure out what went so wrong this week. It wasn't the numbers (other than that one on the scale!) ...

NUMBERS: Heavens ... up 4.9??? The average was down a smidge (-.64 to 171.29, it didn't include this week's weigh-in though, as I calculate it Fri through Thurs). Average intake was 2029, average daily burn was 2883. Crunching numbers, I calculated a weekly deficit. -3729. Where is my one pound loss?  Average steps 22229. 35minWeights, 855minCardio, 90.41 exercise Miles. FOOD: I actually stayed under goal (2000) four days this week! I didn't have any over 3000 days. FITNESS: I did have 3000+ days for burn four days this week, although I didn't hi any 30k days. Got in my hour of elliptical six days, Zumba five days, three sessions on the bike, one on the treadmill, and just one with weights.  

SO completely discouraged this week. I'll admit to feeling down almost all week. Friday, with last week's weigh-in, I was pretty optimistic and motivated. I really wanted to keep that scale shift, and stay in the 160s. Even after a good day on Friday, it bumped up. Saturday wasn't great for eating or exercise, but Sunday I kept calories in check and even got some exercise in, even though it was a down day. I've been unable to shake the sadness this week. Monday was more of the minimum for fitness, but food was in check. Tuesday ... eating and exercise were good, if not great ... yet, the scale. An up? And then up again? I'll admit on Thursday, I was in a little bit of a "what does it even matter" mood, but I still got in my activity and kept eating in control.

Almost FIVE pounds? One week?  A "good" week?
Here's a day by day recap ...
  • Friday (0930): Calories in 1900. Daily Burn 3125. Feeling motivated after the weigh-in. Got in 80minElliptical, Zumba-ed on my own for an hour, got in a session on the bike, and did weights. I did make Swig Sugar Cookies ... they'll be tempting me this week.
  • Saturday (1001): Calories in 2750. Daily Burn 2523. Those cookies be calling ... just an hour of elliptical today for exercise, although I did mow the lawn. Videoed #5 in a couple basketball games. Homecoming for #2, all day at a wedding for Hubs.
  • Sunday (1002): Calories in 2000. Daily Burn 2116. Down day ... had to get in some exercise endorphins. 20minElliptical and a session on the bike. 
  • Monday (1003): Calories in 1700. Daily Burn 2907. Four 20min sessions on the elliptical, Zumba with Southziders ... I had to push through a bit. Just dragging.
  • Tuesday (1004): Calories in 1850. Daily Burn 3327. 80minElliptical, Zumba with Marian, Bike and Treadmill. Should have done weights though, so even though I kept calories in check, it just felt like an okay day. 
  • Wednesday (1005): Calories in 1900. Daily Burn 3129. Back to just an hour of elliptical. Zumba with MZL. Shopping steps, plus lawn mowing and a walk.
  • Thursday (1006): Calories in 2100. Daily Burn 3052. Hour of elliptical and Zumba with MountainView. Discouraged day with weight up, but really tried to still keep things in control.

 I didn't take many pictures this week ... but it was Homecoming for my Senior. I missed the photo session (same time as my munchkin's basketball game) but was able to snag pictures from #2's phone and from other parents ...

 The guys at the game Friday night ...

 The guys ... ready to pummel their dates

 Hey, my boy happened to be with the Homecoming Queen! The photographer part of me really wants to shift them over to another background, free of empty water bottles and such. 

Silly socks!
The boys all got matching socks ... they matched each other, and nothing else!

Thursday, October 6, 2016


A few months ago, I did a little write up about PokemonGo ... and it's still going here at our house. It's been amazing motivation for my mini-me homebody boy. If Daddy or I are running errands, he wants to come with, to check in a poke-stops and catch wild pokemon. During the summer, and now after school, he roams the neighborhood, clocking kilometers to hatch his eggs.

He (just turned 13 years old) doesn't have his own phone, but we have a family cell-phone that he has been using for this game. He doesn't take it to school ... so I had the bright idea that I could bring it to Zumba. All my Zumba classes are held in local churches, and all churches seem to be either a gym or a poke-stop. Happily for him, MY Zumba churches have all been pokestops. 

At first, I figured I'd just check in a couple times, once before class and once after. But in three of my classes, while I'm standing/dancing in the church gym, I'm in position to hit the poke-stop after it resets ... which happens about every five minutes.

So ... in between songs, as I go grab a drink, I reach down to the open iphone and give the stop a little spin, wracking up pokeballs, potions, razzberries and even an egg here and there. #4 has been pretty happy with my help.

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My little nephew is also big into this PokemonGo business. His dad just caught him a Charizard close to where he works downtown. I am NOT that cool. I've tried a time or two to catch a critter as they appeared when I've had the phone in hand. I've watched my munchkin do it dozens of times ... yet I was never successful.

Until today. 

I caught a Pikachu. It was after Zumba, and I'd stopped at a store to grab a few groceries on the way home.

I'm certainly no Pokemon Master, but I'm not too bad as a Pokemon Mom. Especially as I go to Zumba at least four times a week, and can usually hit up the poke-stop ten or so times each class. 

What can I say, I like to multi-task. 

Zumba ... and Pokemon Go!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies (oh my)

 Time for TV Tuesday!
Showcasing some supernatural shows.

My mother was the first person to recommend "iZombie" to me. I noticed the first season was on Netflix, so I decided to give it a try. I really thought it would be too silly. The main character (turned into a Zombie, but still able to retain her human side as long as she consumes enough brains) is subtly named Olivia Moore ... or "Liv Moore" (live more, get it? Ha ha). Not only are several of the characters cartoonish ... cartoon drawings (comic book style) introduce the show during the title credits, and as scene starters.

Olivia had been on a path to become a doctor, but switches to the morgue ... easier access to brains there. Upon consuming said brains, Liv also assumes some of the characterizations and qualities of the deceased. She also sees visions (often of their death), which she passes on to the local police to help solve crimes (her diet consists mostly of murder victims). 

It sounds super silly, doesn't it? But you know what? It worked. I really looked forward to the next episode, and even got in some extra elliptical sessions to watch just one more. While there is a lot of humor, it did have its serious and exciting moments. A dramedy. I even figured I'd try and catch the new episodes as they aired with the Fall Premiers ... but then I realized that it's Season 3 starting up (air date still not set, not until 2017). Season 2 recently came out on DVD (quite a few holds at my local library, I must not be the only one enjoying and catching up on this series). No season 2 on Netflix yet, but I just checked and it IS coming later this week (October 6). Yea! Plenty of time to catch up and then see if I want to continue catching it week to week ...

Next, no Zombies, but a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost!

The series "Being Human" has been out for a while. There is a British version going in the UK (five seasons on Netflix), and an American one here in the states (four seasons on Netflix). I decided to watch the American version. 

Here we have a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost, who decide to become roommates and try to live as humanly as possible.  I watched season 1 quite a while ago. I liked it a lot, but then decided to move onto something else when I finished it up. I'd been meaning to get back to this series for quite a while, and so recently, it was season 2.

It didn't take much to get back into the story (I worry about that a bit when I go months or even years in-between watching). I didn't enjoy this second season as much as I remember liking the first. There were a lot of flashbacks (for our resident vampire). A LOT a bloody orgies ... I realize they are vampires, there will be blood, but it was a little too much and too icky (I struggled with this watching the first season of TruBlood too). Also the CGI werewolf shifts, and waking up bloody and naked. I had to push a bit to finish up the season. Not sure when/if I'll continue ... we'll see.

Are you into supernatural series? 
"Supernatural" is one I've been meaning to get back to as well ...
(stopped after season 4)

Sunday, October 2, 2016

September 2016

So ... September. The school schedule is in full swing, and I started using the alarm feature on my ChargeHR to remind me of  carpools and other appointments. Back to basketball for the boys. New uniforms for my munchkin, and three games each Saturday! The older boys are playing and practicing too. My duckies decided to fly away for good, so my daily ducks walks came to an end. We had some weird weather ... two tornadoes touched down, unheard of here in Utah!

STATS:  Weight ... started at 170.6, ended at 169.8. High of 173.5 and the last day of the month was the low. Average came in at 171.9. Average intake was 2442, average daily burn was 2962. Crunching the numbers, ended up with a deficit for the month, (-2839). Step average 22791. 285 minutes in the weight room, 3777 cardio minutes, 350.71 logged miles. Got in my hour (often 80min this month) 22 days. Hit a Zumba class 21 times. Got on the bike for 8miles/30min ten times, and seven times on the treadmill. Eight weight sessions.

*** JenB's Journal ***

0901 (Thursday) 170.6. Steps 33247. Total Burn 3489. Exercise Burn 1600/1670 (80minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 2.5mileIntervals). Calories in 2300. Active day today. Got in a couple elliptical sessions as I got the boys off to school. Hit MountainView for Zumba. A couple walks to the canal, plus bike, treadmill and extra elliptical today (had to finish up my episode).  

0902 (Friday) 170.6. Steps 21013. Total Burn 2721. Exercise Burn 1000/916 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 3200. Discouraged with myself today. It was a draggy day. I should still get up at 6:00 on Fridays, even with the school's late start ... but again, I didn't. The last carpool is at 9:30, which causes a late start to "my" day. My free Zumba classes had started at 9:00, but I was going to attempt on my own, but I was dragging so much I had to lay down for a bit first. I did get in an hour of Zumba but it was half-hearted and I really had to push to finish. Had to push to get the hour of elliptical in too. Should have done weights, but it wasn't happening. Should have banked calories, as we had planned on hitting Red Robin as a belated birthday bash for our two birthday boys. I was disappointed when #2 said he couldn't come as coach had asked the seniors to help set up for the football game. Red Robin was yummy. #2 and #3 went to watch the high school game. Hubs wanted to watch "The Dark Knight".

0903 (Saturday) 172.2. Steps 24244. Total Burn 2907. Exercise Burn 800/1103 (60minElliptical, Bike, Weights). Calories in 2300. Hubs decided to sell the suburban. He took it up to Davis County today to make the trade. He put in a little time at work then took an Uber home. I guess it will be nice not to have an extra car in the driveway. We don't have room. But #3 just turned 16 and will want access to a vehicle, and #1 will be home in a few months too. We'll end up with another car, or two, soon enough. I got in a session on the elliptical, and then did the weight workout I hadn't done yesterday. Mowed the lawn, fed the duckies, went on a little errands trip (library return, Smiths) bringing along #4 for some Pokemon Go-ing. It was a very successful trip for him. Picked up several items as we circled the park by the library. Hatched a Charmander from an egg (he was pretty happy about that) and then he almost hyperventilated when a Raichu appeared on his nearby (within 200 meters) list. I humored him and drove around aimlessly for a few minutes and success, it appeared and he caught it on his first throw of a great ball. Happy boy! Aunt Olivia came over in the evening after her work at Supercuts to give the boys haircuts. I paid her with a mint brownie (she won't accept payment but will accept the brownie, and that's one less around here to tempt me, although she's attempting to lose weight too, so not helpful to her either). It was a cool evening and one of the boys suggested a fire, so we did. Roasted some marshmallows. 

0904 (Sunday) 171.4. Steps 5603. Total Burn 1926. Exercise Burn 0/102 (no exercise). Calories in 2700. Lazy Sunday, it was a planned rest day for me. I did take a morning walk to see the duckies. They were there, but stand-offish. I made pancakes for breakfast. Hubs smoked bacon and we cooked up some of the blueberry sausage that the boys had discovered on their campout last weekend (#4 and I had picked it up at the store yesterday. I did not eat any of said sausage). Hubs took off for some errands. I took a nap, although I don't think I actually slept. My ChargeHR didn't pick up sleep anyway. Updated the blog with my missionary's latest letter and photos and had the boys write their brother. We took off in the early evening for my brother's house, for the monthly Westra Welatives and Waffles party. We did a quite stop at Cabela's on the way home, as #4 informed us there were tons of Poke-stops in the store. Unfortunately it was 7:00 and it closed at 7:00, but he was able to grab a few, and got some good items, so he was happy (he had hoped for more on the ride to Uncle Derek's house, but had been disappointed). Hubs made popcorn when we got home ... I'd actually done okay on calories before that!

0905 (Monday) 171.7. Steps 19610. Total Burn 2782. Exercise Burn 600/1134 (40minElliptical, Bike). Calories in 2600. Labor Day. Hubs even had the day off work. Southziders and Debbie in Daybreak had cancelled their Zumba classes ... I think I would have still gone if either had been up. Oh well. Got in a walk to the canal, but no duckies (not my duckies anyway). Got in a couple sessions on the elliptical. #4 and I ran some errands, hit Maceys for their caselot sale. Shopping steps, and then there is putting everything away. I spent some time in our food storage room sorting and organizing and such. Hubs started stuff smoking early and worked all afternoon for a 5:00 dinner. We'd invited his side of the family out, and his mom and sister's family were able to come. We were all stuffed. Maga brought a cake to celebrate the birthday boys (#4, #3 and #1) so that will save me making a cake on Wednesday for our oldest in Mexico (as I got my photo op). Hubs was tired, but I wasn't quite ready for bed yet. I hit a session on the bike before bed. Return to the routine tomorrow!

0906 (Tuesday) 172.4. Steps 30215. Total Burn 3385. Exercise Burn 1600/1590 (80minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 1800.  Back to the school schedule. I was awake before my alarm anyway. Up to make lunches, got in a couple sessions on the elliptical in-between the three trips to the various schools. I went straight to the church after dropping off the youngest. Had to open the gym partitions, close the one to the chapel. Move some chairs and other set up. I practiced one song too ... I guess my ChargeHR got confused and "started" my workout early, about 15 minutes before the class began. That throws off that stats a bit. We had a lot of helpers today, so I only did two songs myself. I wore my new Ryka dance shoes ... and didn't really like them. Felt like they were rubbing, and felt hard. I wonder if I can break them in or if they are a loss. After class, I walked the canal, but again, MY duckies weren't around. My walks may be done ... my duckies may have flown, which is good I guess.  I got in additional elliptical, a couple extra 10min sessions too. I did weights ... wimpy workout, I admit. I had two afterschool pickups today. Made tacos for dinner. Did some reading/riding, then took #5 to his basketball practice. I'd debated staying and jogging, or walking, but my legs were SO tired. I ended up just dropping him and coming home. #4 went with me, early, for pickup, and we drove around the park a few times gathering poke-stops. Hubs was gone in the evening to a movie with our BIL. I'm just not into movies myself, so I'm supportive when he hits them with others. Kept calories in check. Still not great quality, but at least quantity was under goal.

0907 (Wednesday) 171.4. Total Burn 3693. Exercise Burn 1884 (90minElliptical Zumba, 2.5mileIntervals). Happy birthday to my firstborn. Twenty-one! Hope he is happy in Mexico. Looking forward to when he's home again. Got a good start to the day, getting in a couple sessions on the elliptical in-between getting boys off to school. Three morning carpools. Then Zumba with MZL. I was fairly late, but as usual, they were too, so I didn't miss anything. I stopped at Sams/Walmart on the way home. We didn't need much, just a few things from each store. I didn't walk to the canal today to check on duckies ... every time I drove over the bridge (and there were lots of trips) I'd look, and I never saw them. I got in additional elliptical. Finished up my hour, then got in extra. Jogged a couple miles on the treadmill ... was able to get the HR up, and have most of the workout in the cardio zone. Mowed the lawn too. Hubs and the littles did a derby in the evening, while the older two had basketball clinic. 

0908 (Thursday) 170.8. Steps 34816. Total Burn 3681. Exercise Burn 1650/1885 (80minElliptical, Zumba, 3mileIntervals). Calories in 1950. Got in a couple sessions on the elliptical as I got the boys off to school. MountainView Zumba today, then a stop at Reams to grab a couple things. Tomato sauce was on the list ... well, NOT on my written list but should have been. I forgot it. Cheaper there than at the other case lots around. I keep looking at the canal as I cross, but haven't seen MY duckies around. Got in additional elliptical, and some treadmill time during the day. #2 and #3 had their clinic in the evening, but it was split tonight into seniors/juniors and soph/fresh so I had to drive #3 there, although #2 went back to bring him home. 

0909 (Friday) 170.8. Steps 23428. Total Burn 3067. Exercise Burn 1000/1259 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Weights). Calories in 2800. Not a great night for sleeping. Hubs was awake a lot too. I was awake at 6:00, but Hubs wasn't up yet. I have a hard time getting up before him (and it's usually not a problem, as he's an early riser). Up at 6:30 though, earlier than the last couple weeks. I did get in a couple elliptical sessions while getting the boys off to school. I prepped for Zumba, and went straight to MZL after dropping off middle school carpool. They had sound troubles and started even later than usual, so I still got 50 minutes in (even getting there a half hour late). I got in a weight workout back at home, and finished up my elliptical, but that didn't happen until the end of the day. Early out at the elementary, and I had to grab #3 from school as he'd stayed after for his own weight workout there. I was also on carpool duty to basketball practice for #5. #4 came along as well, catching a few pokemon and stocking up at Poke-stops. I did a walk to the canal and found duckies, but not my duckies.

0910 (Saturday) 172.2. Steps 15299. Total Burn 2655. Exercise Burn 650/852 (20minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2400. ACT for #2. He's hoping to improve his score. I got up early too and hit an 8:15 Zumba class I'd heard about. I'd met the instructor once over a year ago, when she subbed at MountainView. I'd friended her on FB and that's how I heard about it. Not an LDS church, but close. Cement floors. I'd have worn different shoes. Lots of familiar songs, but different choreo.  I didn't quite get home in time to run #3 to his driving range at the high school, but I'd had Hubs on backup, so that worked. #2 was getting out about the same #3 would be done, so I arranged for him to bring him home, as I was off with #5 to a basketball game in Lehi. The kids said the floor/standards were nice, but I wasn't impressed with the facility for spectators. No place to sit, right up against the court. Three games gone on (multiple whistles and exponential noise). I had my headphones on though, so that helps. It was close, a three pointer there at the end could have won it, but we lost by two. The boys were pretty happy with their performance though. They had made some good runs and a comeback after getting behind. When we got back home, I took #5 to a friend's house for a party. Hubs had been busy smoking brisket all day. I had to go grab #2 from a friend's house, as he didn't have his car (getting new tires). We ate, then Hubs and #2 went to grab the Charger and I went to pick up #5. Then it was the BYU/UofU rivalry game. #4 has been into football, so it was on. He did take a break and challenged me to ping pong, which has made a comeback in our home. We've been playing it quite a bit. Hubs ended up watching the game, and I even sat down for a bit at the end. I have to admit I was cheering for BYU there at the end. I graduated from there, but I'm not a die-hard fan or anything. They just made a nice touchdown there at the end. A kick would have tied the game, but they went for the win with a two-point conversion. I thought it was gutsy and would have loved to have them get the win ... but they didn't. But again, I don't really care one way or the other.

0911 (Sunday) 173.1 . Steps 10407. Total Burn 2156. Exercise Burn 0/347 (no exercise). Calories in 2700. Hubs wanted to hit the lake one last time before the weather turns (although next weekend is still looking rather nice). #2 had even got work off to go. I probably should have gone too, as I haven't been beaching this summer. It's not really even a fear of being in a bathing suit (although that is not appealing) ... it's the long drive, and wait while putting the waverunners in the water, and then just sitting around uncomfortably in the sand and sun. I just don't enjoy it at all, whereas I DO love a quiet rest day at home alone. It wasn't that restful though. I hadn't mowed the lawn yesterday and it needed it, so I did it today. I also needed to restock for school lunches. I made a trip to Sam's and my purchases were all healthy! Just milk (one gallon was chocolate) and a bunch of fruit - pears, kiwi, strawberries, grapes, frozen fruit mix. I had moments of rest, but didn't get in a nap or anything. The guys got back around 5:30. 

0912 (Monday) 173.4. Steps 27816. Total Burn 3203. Exercise Burn 1330/1433 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 2.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 2200. Back to the routine. I don't know why it's so easy to get up early and get exercising on Monday mornings, but I'm not motivated at all on Sundays! Maybe my rest day is good in that I'm sure ready to get back at it after. Got in two elliptical sessions in-between boys getting off to school. Headed to Draper for Southziders. We had a couple new gals, pretty, perfect bodies AND could dance. They added some energy. It was a nice big crowd too. I was a little surprised my stats weren't higher. They were good, but a couple times I pushed until I felt like I was going to drop (I DID nudge into the "peak" zone on my ChargeHR for ONE minutes). Chatted with a couple missionary moms after, and one of them grew up in Puebla! Small world. I even got a letter from my missionary today (he's been a bit hit and miss for several weeks now) and updated the blog! On the way home from Zumba I stopped by Reams, just grabbing bananas, and the tomato sauce I forgot on my last trip. Spent a little time in the food room getting the case situated. Cleaned the kitchen and did some laundry. Finished up a basketball video. I hit the treadmill for a couple miles. I should have made dinner, as I had some extra time, and everyone was home in the evening (well, not #2, he was working). But ... I'd planned on pizza, so we did Dominos. Hubs and I had started the Netflix Original "Stranger Things" this weekend and it had grabbed me. After dinner, I told Hubs we should watch an episode or two, and he was game (we ended up watching three). So I didn't get my evening reading/riding session I had planned. A little over on the eating, but not too bad.

0913 (Tuesday) 172.2. Steps 29234. Total Burn 3400. Exercise Burn 1450/1596 (80minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, Weights). Calories in 2300. Everything according to schedule this morning. On Tuesdays, when I'm in charge at the church, I head over straight after dropping off the littlest at elementary. I'm uber early, but it's not enough time to go home in-between. I didn't have to open doors today. It had been stake conference, so it was all open. I closed the doors to the chapel, and swept up, as there was a bunch of little on the floor. With a little time still, I went over a couple routines. Of course my Charge did pick that up as the start of my workout again ... adding 15 extra minutes, which throws off my stats. Class was good. Just had Christa, Steph and Suzanne for helpers, so I lead more than my usual. Got in some additional exercise at home, but kept an eye on the clock as I had to grab #3 early from school and take him to the orthodontist. I hadn't been getting a bill, we'd been on auto-pay for the last child in braces, but it had never got set up, but also not bills going out. It had crossed my mind, but I hadn't looked into it. The office did catch their error today, so we did have a big bill as we catch up to the previous unbilled months. I was on middle school pickup duty, then elementary as always. We just did leftovers tonight, as we had plenty on hand and I want to get them used up. The older boys had basketball clinic in the evening, and #5 had practice (moved from the rec center to West Hills). I dropped him off but had #2 pick him up so I could jump in the shower after my final workout.

0914 (Wednesday) 172.2. Steps 22116. Total Burn 2959. Exercise Burn 1050/1155 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2800. Got the kids off, got in a couple elliptical sessions then hit Zumba with MZL. I was dragging today though, couldn't get the heart rate up. Because of weights yesterday? Not really sore like from Friday's workout, but I'm very often affected the day after regardless of soreness. I didn't do my usual store stop on the way home ... instead, dragging SO much I laid down for a little nap. I'm spoiled, I can. Got in one additional elliptical but no other exercise, other than playing some ping pong with #4. Very over on the eating. Candy corn has been calling. I opened a bit bag ... I shouldn't have done that. I can eat the stuff by the handful. And even though I'm not uber impressed with Sam's latest salted caramels, I was eating them today too. Some golden oreos left out tempted me too. I made dinner, chicken pillows and yellow rice, fried chicken for the little boys (and me). I don't know if I wasn't that tired because of my nap, or because I was stressing about basketball tomorrow night (both boys have games in Lehi tomorrow) ... or because Hubs was snoring (he doesn't usually). I could NOT get to sleep. I got up ... and ate some ice cream. A bit of a binge on eating today. Not looking forward to stepping on the scale tomorrow.

0915 (Thursday) 173.4. Steps 23632. Total Burn 3021. Exercise Burn 1124/1232 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2550. Another dragging day ... and starts off bad grabbing a caramel or two (or three) for breakfast. Just 30min (instead of the usual two 20min sessions) on the elliptical in the morning. I was in charge at MountainView, but had Christa to help. I thought numbers would be a little higher being up front and picking the playlist. I mean they were good, Scosche was high, but ChargeHR wasn't quite where I wanted it to be. Stopped at Smiths on the way home. It's a little chilly walking through the freezer section in a sweaty shirt. Got groceries put away. Another nap. I have NO energy. I've been stressed about basketball tonight. It's in Lehi, further than I drive. #2 will be driving and taking his friends (which also makes me nervous), but I need to get #3 there. It sure would have been nice if the coaches had let us know what was going on before last night (I wasn't sure if #3 was on the sophomore team or not, you know, as there haven't been tryouts yet). I'd like to go watch too, especially as both boys are playing, one at 7:00 one at 8:00. Hubs said he'd take us ... I feel so guilty putting him out when he's worked all day. Things like this just make me feel SO badly about myself. I SHOULD be able to drive there myself. Hubs even took us a different route, bypassing the freeways, a route I might dare try myself? There are more games coming up. I was glad I got to watch though. #2's team had a close game, double OT, but they pulled off the win. That made us a little late to #3's game, which they won easily.

0916 (Friday) 171.7. Steps 18369. Total Burn 2595. Exercise Burn 750/798 (60minElliptical, 1mileTreadmillWalk). Calories in 1950. Still dragging a bit from my depression over my driving skills (lack thereof). One of these mornings I'm still going to get up at 6:00 as I do all the other weekdays. I could get in an elliptical session and do weights before the kids even get up, with late start. But today was not that day. I got in some elliptical, but didn't even attempt to hit Zumba. I mowed the lawn (just the front) as I knew I'd be too busy tomorrow. Quite a bit of chauffeuring in the afternoon/evening. #3 stayed after for driving ranges, so I had to pick him up. I was taking the boys to SLCC for #5's practice. That drive pushes my comfort zone and I have to remind myself to breathe. #4 came along to catch Pokemon along the way and I took a couple small detours which resulted in him catching a Snoralax and another Riachu. He was pretty happy. As soon as I got home, after being in the car for an hour, #3 wanted a ride to the high school to watch the football game. At least #2 was already there and could bring him home after. Shower and to bed!  

0917 (Saturday) 172.2. Steps 11806. Total Burn 2310. Exercise Burn 360/506 (Zumba). Calories in 2200. Hubs was up early to get pork butt smoking, and then to work for a meeting. Hubs works so hard! As I was up, I went ahead and hit Teresa's Zumba class. I made pancakes for breakfast when I got back. #5 had three basketball games today! The first was at 2:00, in Lehi. He and I caught a ride with teammates. It was a close game, and at the end there was a questionable call and of course our coach was yelling about it (it cost our team the game). He is loud. After the game, one of the mom's on the other team came up to our coaches wife, stuck her finger in her face and told her she should be ashamed of her husband. Our coach's wife take that well and there were almost blows among the women, and then it started up with the men. That just ruins the game for me, I'm so uncomfortable with conflict and really ... this is kids basketball, let it go! The kids were being good sports ... it was the parents. So, home for just a bit to recharge (myself and the video camera) and off again. Playing first with his 5th grade team, then with his 6th grade team. These are in the same league, and not only did they make sure the games didn't conflict for us, but they put our games back to back at the same location every week. WONDERFUL! I mean, the kid might do a little better with some rest between games, but it really is so much simpler for me to just have them both at once. Fun for the kids and #5 to see him play with his "other" team before or after. Both of these games were uber easy wins. #3 had come to watch. Back at home, Daddy had pulled pork all ready for us, which was nice, because I was hungry. Then I was hit SO hard with the sleepies. I literally couldn't keep my eyes open (just before 9:00). I went to bed. I wasn't able to fall asleep, but just closing my eyes felt good. Hubs came to bed around 10:00 and beat me to sleep after all ...

0918 (Sunday) 172.8. Steps 5726. Total Burn 1974. Exercise Burn 0/141 (WiiFit). Calories in 2500. It was nice to sleep in. We did our big Sunday Circle breakfast. Didn't smoke bacon, as we hadn't prepped for that (need to have it thawed and ready and allow extra time), and the kids have been into blueberry sausage more lately anyway. The pears have ripened, so I prepped a couple of those too. Yummy. Everyone bustling around the kitchen made me happy this morning. Hubs was making the waffle mix from scratch ... whipping up egg whites and everything. #3 was making buttermilk syrup, #4 was tending the sausage. #5 was unloading the dishwasher, as we'd be filling it up again soon. Even though it's after 10:00, I have to go drag #2 out of bed. I always feel like I need a nap after our big breakfast myself. Hubs ran some errands. We had an ipod emergency, as #5's was having authorization issues and we weren't sure we were going to get back in (it had been #2's previously, and he was at work, and he needed to help work through the authorization) but whew, got it updated and back. #5 was scared he was going to lose his Clash Royale deck. I did a quick trip to Sam's to grab fruit for lunches and restock the milk. Like last week, it was super busy. Long lines, and the self-checks weren't open. Frustrating. As I was finally checking out, I thought I saw Hubs walk in. I mean it was HIM. Bald up top, beard, black shirt, his stance and walk. But Hubs was home, prepping dinner ... it was weird, but after checking out I couldn't really go back in and track down his doppelganger. Hubs at home when I got back there, hadn't made a surprise trip to Sams. He was experimenting cooking the steak on a salt plate (youtube video he'd seen) but it didn't work out so well. It kindof exploded a bit. Hmmmm. Dinner was delicious though. He undercooks the meat a bit, then we have a "sizzle plate" inside (cast iron on a little indoor grill) which finishes it up and browns the outside. His mashed taters are so good too. I tried to add a little veggie with some canned french cut green beans. I was the only one who ate any. After dinner, Hubs and I watched Deadpool. He'd already seen it twice and wanted to share it with me. I enjoyed it more than I thought it would, although I probably like hearing Hubs laugh more than the movie itself. ♥

0919 (Monday) 173.5. Steps 34362. Total Burn 3797. Exercise Burn 1800/2006 (90minElliptical, Zumba, 2.5milesTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 1950. Nice motivated Monday! I do need to get up just a bit earlier, as it's been hard getting in my morning weigh-in, feeding the fish/cats and making lunches before the first kid carpool out. I also had to spend a little time locating #4's shoes (#3 had HID them, because he was tired of them being left out). I didn't quite get my full 20min in (had to quit at about 17min because the neighbor kid was here and it was time for carpool #2). That throws me off. I was able to bump my next session to 25min to make up the time. Zumba with Southziders. I didn't make any shopping stops on the way home today, just back home for house stuff (laundry, dishes, etc) and additional exercise. Got in some treadmill time and reading/riding. Ping Pong after school with #4. Aunt Olivia picked up the boys and took them bowling. I met them after to bring home my boys (cousins were there too) and we detoured around the park a bit to pick up poke-stops and return a DVD set to the library, and then the boys were hungry and "we have NO food at home" so I stopped at Arctic Circle and got them a little something (and had a few tots, but had kept calories low all day so it was still under goal ... barely). Unfortunately we were a little late and Hubs was already asleep (he'd had an early morning). I miss my goodnight kiss.

0920 (Tuesday) 171.7. Steps 24999. Total Burn 3151. Exercise Burn 1300 (80minElliptical, Zumba, Weights). Calories in 2800. I did get up just a tad earlier today, and it helped. But again, didn't get my full 20min elliptical in (had to call it at 15min) as I'd had to mess with #2's Fitbit that hasn't been syncing and needed a battery change. I hadn't realized it until I got an email from my missionary yesterday with his steps, input them to compare them with the family and saw #2 missing from the list. He's quite active, he should have been near the top. He was at work until late so I couldn't deal with it until this morning. Anyway, three trips to the different schools to drop kids off. Zumba with Marian. Nice to have Marian back. I totally don't mind handling the class when she is gone, I even enjoy it ... getting to lead more and picking the playlist ... but it's also nice just to hand it back to her and not worry about set up and such. I brought the family phone, the one #4 uses for his PokemonGo. I'd had him show me how to get a poke-stop. The church is one, so I grabbed it while I was there ... ended up doing it multiple times. A couple times before/after class, and even during, when I'd go grab a drink. I did get in a weights session back at home, and one additional elliptical (above my hour). Usually I might get more in on a Tuesday, but I was doing some reading ... not riding though, because it was a physical book ... "To Kill A Mockingbird". I wish I had it in digital, but not enough to pay $10 for it. #3 is reading it in school and actually asked me to read it too, so we could discuss it. They had started last week, so I had a bit of catching up to do, but I did! Up through chapter eight. It was fun to talk about it with him! #2 "forgot" him after school ... HOW do you FORGET your brother when you bring him home every day? I was picking up middle school, and then had to get #5 from elementary, so I couldn't get to him for another half hour or so. One of the older basketball boys was nice enough to drive him home. I took the boys over to the neighbor's to play with their puppy. They had a long day at work and hated having her in the kennel that long. I don't know who enjoyed it more though, the puppy, or my boys! #5 had basketball practice in the evening. A teammate needed help getting their boy there, so they dropped him off at our house early and #5 enjoyed having him hangout before. I dropped him back home after. Again though, Hubs fell asleep before I came to bed. Not that late, but when he's up so early, he's a tired man. And YES... I saw that I needed ONE more step to hit 25k, but I thought for sure I'd end up getting out of bed before midnight for something ... but I guess I didn't.

0921 (Wednesday) 171.8. Steps 27811. Total Burn 3130. Exercise Burn 1260/1360 (80minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 1900. Got four 20min sessions on the elliptical in during the day. Hit MZL for Zumba. Again, gathered some poke-stuff for my son, as the church is a poke-stop. Stopped at Maceys for some groceries on the way home. The weather is turning a bit nasty this weekend, so I mowed the lawn, front and back. Laundry, dishes, blog update and basketball highlight video done. But still felt like I hadn't accomplished what I should have for the day. Did keep calories in check at least.

0922 (Thursday) 171.5. Steps 24559. Total Burn 3065. Exercise Burn 1400/1268 (90minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 3000. Started the day fine with a couple elliptical sessions in the morning while getting the boys off. Hit Zumba at Mountainview. I was the only helper there, so it was more of Marian, yet I'd need at least three hours or more to get all my favorites. I grabbed some poke-stops there again. No shopping stops on the way home, just back to hit the elliptical a few more times. The older boys had games in the evening. In Lehi, so I arranged a ride for #3, and #2 would drive himself and friends. I actually asked if he'd mind if I hitched a ride, so I could watch him play, but he said yes, that would be embarrassing to have mom along in the car. So I sat these games out. They won them (double header for the sophomores). Hubs had a derby, and #4 went along to help. It was a little surprising, but he's more willing to go out because of PokemonGo (unfortunately the church was a gym, not a Pokestop). It was really stormy weather too, which would have driven him cowering to the basement in years past. Now ... he hardly batted an eye. Turns out two tornadoes touched down! Tornadoes were his trigger for his weather phobia and we always said they don't happen here in Utah. Our immediate area wasn't really hit with the storm.

0923 (Friday) 172.3. Steps 17733. Total Burn 2712. Exercise Burn 850/935 (80minElliptical). Calories in 3200. Hubs couldn't sleep and was up early, like 3:00 early. He left for work. I thought for sure I would fall back asleep, but I didn't. I finally got up at 6:00 and hit the elliptical. I didn't quite have the energy for weights though. Made lunches, sans middle school, as they were out today. Which, being the conflicting carpool, made it so I COULD have hit a Zumba class. But with my early awaking, and some tummy troubles, I just wasn't feeling up to it at all. I did get some elliptical in. Catching a new premiere (This is Us) and the season premiere of "Grey's Anatomy".  Didn't get to weight during the day either though, nor any other exercise. It was a cold and rainy day, so I made chicken soup and homemade breadsticks, and cinnamon rolls for dessert. Dropped #5 off for his basketball practice. Should have hit a wedding reception, but with the weather and the early up ... both Hubs and I were ready for bed at 9:00. Even #2 was home and in bed. Goodnight!

0924 (Saturday) 173.4. Steps 12052. Total Burn 2446. Exercise Burn 450/636 (40minElliptical). Calories in 2700. Hit the elliptical for a couple sessions in the morning, then it was a basketball day, with #5 having three games. First with his 5th grade team (easy win), then his 6th grade team (blow out loss and yelling, our coach getting ejected), then 6th again (loss, but close). It's hard to stay current with highlight videos when I have this many games to do. Still cold and rainy out. I think my grass likes it, but no mowing today. #3 had friends over until late. I made them homemade oreos.

0925 (Sunday) 172.6. Steps 5534. Total Burn 2391. Exercise Burn 0/116 (no exercise). Calories in 2400. Sunday sleep in, but I woke with a headache. Blah. We did our Sunday Circles. Hubs smoked bacon and it was so delicious. He went to visit his mom and take her on a drive up the mountains to see the leaves changing colors. I got in a fabulous nap. #3 wanted crepes, but we were out of Nutella! Quick Sams stop to restock (milk, oj, fruit too). Just snacking for dinner, then Hubs made popcorn and we watched a few episodes of "Jim" and #3 and I discussed "To Kill a Mockingbird" which he's reading for school (and I'm reading to help discuss before class). 

0926 (Monday) 172.6. Steps 30054. Total Burn 3380. Exercise Burn 1500/1587 (80minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 1650. Really surprised the scale stayed steady over the weekend, especially with the popcorn indulgence last night. Hit the elliptical a couple times in the morning while getting the boys to school. Zumba with Southziders, got good stats. Small celebration for Cassie's birthday, so there were treats. I grabbed a small donut and cupcake and brought them home to eat later. Even with that, I kept calories under control today. Got in additional elliptical and a session on the bike. Mowed the lawn, front and back, and got in a couple games of ping pong. Spent quite a bit of time on the computer creating a new car playlist. So many songs I haven't listened too in forever. Tacos for dinner. It was a good day. 

0927 (Tuesday) 170.4. Steps 27805. Total Burn 3206. Exercise Burn 1300/1413 (80minElliptical, Zumba, Weights). Calories in 2400. Happy with the scale shift this morning. Can I keep it and more? I was able to get in my two elliptical sessions between making lunches and dropping kids off at school. It was a lovely morning, so I walked to Zumba. I couldn't quite get the heart rate up in class though. Got breadsticks rising with the leftover dough from Friday. Did some laundry, dishes and kitchen cleaning. Tuesdays I have middle school carpool too. Worked on the computer a bit prepping songs to give to Marian (our new numbers she doesn't have on her playlist). Squeezed in some additional elliptical and did a full body weight session. I'd hoped to feed #2, but he was at a friend's house all afternoon. Hubs and #3 left for a derby right before the breadsticks were done too. #5 had basketball practice. #4 came with and after we dropped him off we hit SmithsMarketplace. Everyone raves about the one up 7800, but they were out of everything I wanted, so it wasn't a great trip. We drove around hitting a few pokestops and then picked up #5. Caught a Lick-a-tongue on the way home, #3 was excited!

0928 (Wednesday) 171.7. Steps 30186. Total Burn 3263. Exercise Burn 1550/1479 (80minElliptical, Zumba, 2milesTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 2200. I must admit, a bit bummed with the increase in weight on the scale this morning. According to the numbers I still had a decent deficit, so I don't get the one pound increase. I do know there are fluctuations, and I have noticed a rise after a weight day. Something about the muscles hanging onto water? I don't know. Anyway, the high school was out this morning, so I could have slept in a bit (not needing to get #3 to early morning driver's ed) but it's more trouble than it's worth to change the alarm. I did snooze it once. I got in my two sessions on the elliptical. I finished up "Being Human.Season 2" yesterday and have started up on "The Last Ship. Season 3" via PlayOn, although I think I'm planning on keeping up with some new shows this season too. got the kids off to school and hit Zumba with MZL. My Scosche was showing some wild readings, skyrocketing heart rate that I definitely wasn't feeling. ChargeHR didn't get up at all. I was struggling a bit with energy. I made breakfast, pancakes, for #3 when I got back. Of course I had some myself too. While I got out of the one carpool to school, my son then wanted to go hang out with friends at a certain time ... then it kept getting pushed back and pushed back and didn't happen, but while I'm waiting, I don't feel like I can start a workout or other project (although I did get around to cleaning the main bathroom). He also mentioned having friends come hang here, which would have been okay too, but that didn't end up happening either. Not quite my usual routine day though. Hubs came home a little early and took #2 to get a new suit. I made scones for dinner ... fried bread topped with butter and sugar. Yum. Calories. I did get my additional workouts in though, it was a successful "workout Wednesday."  Got a blog update done, and went through clips from one of the basketball games I'm behind on.

0929 (Thursday) 170.5. Steps 25377. Total Burn 3071. Exercise Burn 1375/1277 (80minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 3100. Got the boys up and off to school, and two sessions on the elliptical in between making lunches and car rides. Zumba with MountainView. Again, couldn't quite get the heart rate up (6432 steps. 2.79 miles. Fitbit Calorie estimates 392/447. Average HR 111, High 133, in zone 4 of the 61 minutes. Scosche said 467 calories, avHR109, high147, in zone 7min). Not motivated at all back at home. I did get in additional elliptical (watched second episodes of "Designated Survivor" and "This is Us" ... the current shows have been motivating me) and bike (reading "Firelight" second in the "Steelheart" series) though. Made scones again after school, which used up the remaining dough. Meatball subs for dinner. I needed to run #3 to basketball clinic as #2 was out and about. Happily he brought him home, because I was in jammies and ready for bed at 9:00. Really frustrated with myself and my eating today. Total lack of control, but I grudgingly and guiltily logged it all anyway. The day before weigh-in too! 

0930 (Friday) 169.8. Steps 25307. Total Burn 3125. Exercise Burn 1350/1335 (80minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, Weights). Calories in 1900. I got up a little after 6:00 and got started on the day, getting in three 20min elliptical sessions as I got the boys off to school. I only had one drive myself (elementary) as #3 can catch a ride with his brother on Fridays, and while I usually drive #4, one of the other kids in the carpool also has anxiety issues and we figured we'd see if having her mom drive would help that (and my anxiety child handled it fine). I would have hit MZL, being a little late, but they had moved buildings today, further North. I did manage to get in an hour on my own, but it's hard to keep the energy up and stay motivated (6395 steps, 399 calorie estimate). I got in an additional elliptical (80min total, watching last night's "Grey's Anatomy" and then the premier of "Pitch" which I liked, these new Fall shows ARE motivating me!) and a session on the bike. I also did weights. I made Swigg Copycat Cookies, which took quite a while in the afternoon, and will not be good for the calorie intake, although I kept it under control today. #2 was off to the high school for the homecoming game. #3 skipped it to go help Dad with a derby. I dropped #5 off at practice. #4 had come along to catch pokemon and hit the poke-stops. We took a detour to circle the city park (a good restocking spot) and then drove by a local golf course, which is a spawning spot for Seel ... #4 was so happy to catch one, so it was worth the trip.

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