Friday, February 26, 2016

WWI #135 - Basketball, Birthday, Break ... But Holding


Well ... holding. Weight is exactly the same as weigh-in last week. Average however, was down to 161.31, which was a drop of 1.4 pounds. I actually had a pretty good weekend. Still had the bump up Monday morning, but it was the lowest Monday morning in a while. I was motivated to have a good week ... until bumps in the road, or the wrist rather. Poor #3. A trip to the Urgent Care did disrupt my Monday, and my week. NUMBERS: Average intake for the week was 2071, average daily burn 2671. It did result in a deficit of -2152.

Here's a quick daily recap:
  • Friday (0219): Got in my hour of elliptical, and was even able to hit a Zumba class. Spent most of the evening at the highschool; a food pickup, snack bar duty, video taping #2's game. They won. kept calories in check!
  • Saturday (0220): Just 40min of elliptical. A couple basketball games for the boys. #3 at 5:00 and #5 at 7:00. They both lost. But I did keep calories at 2000, pretty good for a weekend!
  • Sunday (0221): Birthday for #2 son!  40min elliptical was all for exercise, but I actually got more daily steps than yesterday with some food prep and cleaning. We had our big steak dinner. I was over on intake, but not uber over.
  • Monday (0222): I'd really planned on a productive day. I did get in early elliptical and Zumba ... then a call from the school that #3 had hurt himself in gym. 3.5 hours later we got back from urgent care. Broken wrist :(  All the stress and time away from home did keep calories low!
  • Tuesday (0223): Zumba and my hour of elliptical. Follow up appointment for the wrist, but casting will have to wait until the swelling goes down. A little emotional eating today, but not too badly over.
  • Wednesday (0224): Got in my hour of elliptical and Zumba. Should have done weights but ... didn't. Quite over on calories too. Not a great eating/exercise day. Basketball game for #5 in the evening.
  • Thursday (0225): I was helping head up Zumba today, it was a small crowd, especially with the three of us on stage instead of on the main floor. Also got in my hour of elliptical. I should have gotten more exercise in ... at least I kept calories in better check than yesterday. Basketball game for #5 in the evening.
#3 and his team. West Hills Wildcats.


 A couple of buddies kidnapping #2 on his birthday. 

 #2 ... 17 years old. Red Velvet Birthday Cake.

 Looooong wait at the Urgent Care (didn't feel very urgent!)
Broken wrist ... and yes, he's right handed ;(

Hubs bought me some Bose - wireless headphones.
Perfect for listening to my audiobook while getting a little housework done.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

NBA League Pass

It's time for another TV Tuesday. While I've posted before about ME using only Netflix, Amazon or Playon to watch television, we've had to keep cable just for the sports channels because ... I have five basketball boys!

My most invested child is my 12-year old.   He's quite the NBA fan. He can tell you anything about players, stats, etc. It's crazy. Last year I'd added NBA TV so he could watch games that weren't offered on the standard cable channels. There was another option we hadn't tried, although I'd looked into it several times ... and that was NBA League pass. 

It was a little pricey, almost $200 ... and it wouldn't include the local games (here, the Utah Jazz) which of course are the ones my boy was most interested in (we could still catch them with our regular cable on ROOT). When a free trial for League Pass was offered, we tried it out, and my son LOVED it. With our Roku box, and the NBA app (and the free trial), my son could watch all the games, AND he could watch while in the gym downstairs (on the treadmill). Because, in addition to being an NBA fan, my #4 is also a Fitbit fanatic. It you think I get a lot of steps ... for the past few months he's easily had me beat! So anyway, after our free trial in  January,  the price dropped by about half (as the season was half over) ... and I indulged. We ordered League Pass. 



A couple things I wish I had known ...
  • The fine print, which showed only after you placed the order indicated that it could take up to a week for the cable company to update the NBA of the status, allowing the online options (Roku/App) to work. My son was frustrated that after we'd ordered it, we still had to wait a few days to activate our account and let him watch while in the gym.
  • NO ONE mentioned that he could watch using the Comcast cable box (channels 430-450ish, which were activated immediately), so he missed a few days when he could have watched upstairs anyway.
So ... my basketball boy has been loving this NBA season and stepping it up at the same time. Even as I'm writing this blog post, I can hear him on the treadmill down in the gym while watching a game. He and I do conflict a bit, having to share the gym (lucky for him I am done for the day). I really try to get my workouts in while he's at school, so he can use the gym when he wants in the evening ... even though he already has more steps than I do today! Crazy kid!

You can see my pink slippers between the treadmill and elliptical in the picture above ... if I forget, and leave them ON the treadmill (when he wants to use it), my munchkin will helpfully pre-postition them on the elliptical for me. Isn't that nice of him?  As we alternate gym use, we both have to exit back to the main Roku menu between whatever I'm watching and his basketball games ... adjusting the volume, moving the remotes between the machines. #firstworldhomegymproblems. *Ü*



Anyone else out there on League Pass?

Friday, February 19, 2016

WWI #134 - Down

Well, I survived Valentine's day (and eating out twice over the weekend) and a Monday with the kids out of school (which just switches up the schedule) and still managed a loss this week. I remember being unhappy when I inched up to the higher 150s ... now I really want to get there again (and then continue working down).  NUMBERS: Down .9 for the official weekly weigh-in, down .96 for the average (162.7). BIG overage on Saturday, no real lows ... average intake was 2193. Average daily burn was 2632.  Crunching the numbers, that did end with a small deficit for the week (-817). 

Here's a quick look back at the last seven days ...

  • Friday (0212):  Not only do the early morning practices get me up at the usual 6:30 alarm, but I'm able to hit a Friday Zumba class. I also got in my hour of elliptical. Kept eating in check today too. So it was a good day, especially for a Friday. #2 had a game over at the high school, it was an exciting one, we got the win.
  • Saturday (0213): A little sleep in, then over to the church to watch #3 in a church-ball game. #4's last game was at 2:00, but he didn't want to go, and I didn't make him. Hubs and I had an early Valentine's dinner date at Archibalds, and picked up some chocolates too. #3 had two games in the evening. They lost both. I got in about an hour of walking while waiting, in addition to the 20min elliptical earlier in the day.
  • Sunday (0214): Valentine's Day! We had a family breakfast. I had a nap. In the early evening we went out to my folks for our monthly get-together and played games. I actually did get in 20min on the elliptical and kept calories at 2000. 
  • Monday (0215): President's Day. Hubs was still working, but the kids were off. I slept in a little. Did get in 40min Elliptical and Zumba with Southziders. #3 had a game, and I got in some walking while waiting for it to start (thank goodness for noise-cancelling headphones and my audiobook). Grocery shopping and spaghetti for dinner. Over on eating today.
  • Tuesday (0216): Back to the routine! I was in charge of the Zumba class this morning. It went well. Also got in an hour of elliptical. #3 had an orthodontist appointment. I picked up some things at the grocery store. Headed across town to watch #2 in an away game. They won. First Tuesday night without practice in a while, I was SO tired and went to bed early. Lower eating day too.
  • Wednesday (0217): Excellent exercise day. An hour of elliptical, Zumba, Bike and WEIGHTS. Also kept calories in check. #5 had a basketball game in the evening, they won. 
  • Thursday (0218): Zumba and an hour of elliptical. Weird weather! Busy afternoon/evening, although I didn't end up hitting everything on the calendar. #3 had games, but I had to send him with a teammate while I took #5 to his game. Both boys lost, but both got baskets.

#3 got a new Apple watch ... which replaced his Fitbit Flex.
I need to get him a clip-on Fitbit so I can see his steps!

 The fifteen-year old and friends watching the JV game on Friday.
Too cool to smile! 

Remnants of Valentine's Day


 Flowers for the girls at the family gathering.

#5 and his team after their Wednesday win.

...and here he is in action!

A video posted by BlackhamBall (@blackhamball) on



Basketball is winding down ... I mean, it never actually "ends" as the boys usually continue to play, but the official season is almost over. I love watching my boys play basketball. I'll miss it, even if I do end up with more free time without all the games and practices (and sitting at the computer making muvees of their highlights). I made it through Valentine's day ... but we do have a birthday this week (#2 turns 17!) so I'm sure there will be feasting ... and cake. I'm still waiting to hear the results from my doctor's appointments last week ... I'll check back in next Friday, as always!


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Attemping Audio


I know a lot of people LOVE audiobooks ... but I haven't been one of them. I love highlighting passages in my Kindle and I'm a fast reader. I'm just a very visual girl. I like to READ my books. I think my hearing is fine, but I just have a hard time catching everything when it is spoken (I always turn on subtitles with any show I watch). But with basketball season in full swing, and me spending an extra hour at various locations waiting (during practices or between games) I decided to give audiobooks a try. I had been reading on my phone, but and it was a little hard to concentrate ... and to walk and read at the same time. The thing that really made me make the switch, was I was getting a crick in my neck from looking down at my phone while I walked. 

I local library has audiobooks as well as digital reads for free borrowing. Easily downloadable and playable on my iphone. I did have a couple audiobooks on my wishlist, ones that were ONLY available as audio. One of them was available for immediate download, so I quickly grabbed it, Hubby's Bose noise-cancelling headphones and headed with the munchkin to practice. 

It worked out pretty well. I could walk faster and more comfortably with my eyes up. The headphones were good at cancelling out the background noise (and there is a lot, even out in the hallway) so I was able to concentrate on the words. At home, I tried them on the stationary bike ... although I can also read easily on my ipad there. I had a two hour wait during the munchkin's practice, but the location had a gym. I had my earphones on the entire two hours as I went from stationary bike to elliptical to recumbent to treadmill (30min on each). I made some progress on the book that night! I ended up listening as I drove in car (back in Spring2015 I posted my Music vs Silence post and I still haven't been able to go back to music while driving, but an audiobook is great) and even slipped on the headphones as I cleaned up the kitchen!

Anyway, here are my "recent reads" via audio ...

I'd read the first three books in the "Wolves of Mercy Falls" trilogy, and have had this on my "to read" list since it came out a while back. Unfortunately, my library only had it in physical format, or audiobook, and neither appealed to me at all. So I waited, and waited, and waited. I even debated buying it, but wasn't sure I wanted to spend $10. I'm glad I didn't either. I really didn't care for this installment. The only one I recommend totally is book 1 "Shiver". But now I can mark this off my list.

As I had liked my audiobook experience after all, and I still had games and practices going on, I looked for another audiobook as I finished up my first one. I selected my library's option to show me ones that were available for immediate download (some have a waiting list) and "Glow" sounded interesting. 

This book takes place in deep space, with people traveling on a ship to establish a "new earth". The perspective shifts between Kieran and Waverly, but as they are separated, it would stick with one storyline for so long, then go back to the other, which left me a little distanced from both.  There was also a very interesting ... I'm not even sure if it's positive or negative ... approach to religion on God. 

Story aside, the audio had some accents and inflections that got rather annoying to me. I know it's to help differentiate the "voices" but having one kid sound like he has a stuffed up nose all the time was a little hard to handle.

As I finished up "Glow" I went through my library list of audiobooks and put quite a few more on my "wish" list. I'm still leaning toward books my library has only as audio, but if my listening trend continues, I'll probably pick books that I COULD read digitally but go ahead and pick up the audio version.

I did remember a recommendation from a friend for "Dark Life" ... and looking for it at my library and finding it only available in audio format. So that was my next selection ... and I'm already about halfway through. That's one thing that is a little harder for me with audio ... I don't know how close I am to being done. I realize there is a table of contents, and that times are listed next to the chapters/sections, but can't see my status simply. Physical books still corner the market for that feature, but even digital downloads show a progress bar closing on completion.

Another struggle I've had with audiobooks ... and admittedly, some of this can be attributed to user error ... was having it skip around. This happened the most in the first book I tried. I'm not sure if I was accidentally pushing buttons moving things forward and back, or if I'd leave it running (but not audible to me) ... and let me tell you it's pretty hard to find you place again if you lose it with audiobooks! Physical books to have an edge there as well. But I'm adapting ...

I've enjoyed my adventure in audio more than I thought I would. I know ... I should probably listen to something a little more educational or uplifting than more YA paranormal/scifi stuff. We'll see. And of course I still have a regular digital book that I am "reading" reading, when I don't want to have headphones on.  Check back next month for more recent reads :)

Saturday, February 13, 2016

WWI #133 - Wonky Week but Holding

Well, this week was a little wonky, so I'm pretty pleased to have at least kept things about the same. With the bump up on Monday morning, I wasn't sure I'd be able to. Things started off "off" on Friday when I had a doctor's appointment. I really have trouble with anything like that, as it disrupts my day and I dread it. Then ... it didn't exactly go as planned. In for a routine removal of an IUD ... and they couldn't find it. Not super stressed about it, but also NOT what I'd wanted, and now MORE appointments. Then the 15-year came down with the flu, Hubs too. Fever and coughing and much miserableness (and even missed games and work, although #3 pushed through and didn't miss any school, although I was waiting for a call most days). Superbowl Sunday, a couple extra excursions to the elementary, another doctor visit ... the week  strayed from my usual structure.

But ... I did do good with getting in my hour of elliptical on the weekdays. Back to some morning sessions which starts the day off right. I got in Zumba Mon-Thurs and even did WEIGHTS once! My biking has fallen by the wayside a bit these past couple weeks, maybe as I've been getting my audiobook in during waiting walks at basketball practices, while cleaning the house, and while driving in the car. But I should get back to the bike!

NUMBERS: Weight was down .4, average was 163.66 (about the same as last week, down the smallest of smidgens). Eating was just okay this week, with an average daily intake of 2148. No super high splurges, but only one low day. Average daily burn was 2666. Resulting in a deficit, but only a small one (-421). 

Here's a quick recap of the week ...

  • Friday (0205): I had a doctor's appointment in the morning and left it less than motivated for the day. Got in a little elliptical, but also some emotional eating. Went to watch #2 play  basketball at my old Alma Mater.
  • Saturday (0206): Not a great night, #3 was coughing a lot and spiked a fever. He was feeling lousy all day, and had to miss his two important basketball games. I did go watch #4 play in his, and made a highlight muvee after. Just 10min on the elliptical, and over on the eating.
  • Sunday (0207): Superbowl Sunday. We aren't into it big time, but #4 has been following football for a while now. I made a french toast breakfast, but we skipped our usual Superbowl Smorgasbord because of sickness (#3 and Hubs). I made (and ate) football sugar cookies. No exercise.
  •  Monday (0208): Back to the routine. An hour of elliptical and Zumba with Southziders. Off to the elementary to watch #4 in a Shakespeare play during the day. In the evening we went downtown to watch the Harlem Globetrotters.
  • Tuesday (0209): An hour of elliptical and Zumba with Marian. Another doctor appointment (ultrasound) followed by some errands. To the high school in the early evening for #2's JV game, and then walking while waiting during #5's practice (the last one).  29145 steps, and kept low calories!
  • Wednesday (0210): An hour of elliptical and Zumba with MZL. I even got in a weight workout. #5 had a 9:00 game, clear across town, and it started late too ... I did get a little walking in while waiting.
  • Thursday (0211): An hour of elliptical and Zumba with MountainView ... and me. I was late to class because I stopped by the school as #4 was getting an award. I made up the lost 15min at home to equal my hour. I did run a few errands (Kmart, drycleaners, picking up prescriptions). #3 had a 6:00 game in the evening, and #5 had an 8:00 one, but I had a conflict so I just had him catch a ride with a teammate. They got squashed, 4-23, but my boy did make one of the two baskets. He's coughing now too though ...

... and a few photos

Snow on Saturday
My #4 HATES the snow ... but still stomped out his name in it.
Gotta get steps somehow, right?

Superbowl Sugar Cookies (and my #5) on Sunday

Enjoying the antics of the Harlem Globetrotters on Monday.

 Finally a photo from #1 son!
It's been almost four weeks since he sent one.

... strutting Shakespeare style. 
Now he wants "sports leggings" after wearing costumed tights.

I did go ahead and change my PACT back to four days a week.
(I'd wimped out, reducing to three for several weeks).

Valentines day coming up on Sunday, and the kids are out of school on Monday (which always messes with my schedule somewhat). Hubs and #3 are pretty much over their sickness, and I don't think anyone else has caught it (fingers crossed!). Check back next week, for the continuing saga of JenB's Journey!

Monday, February 8, 2016

WWI #132 - Decent Drop

I can't really say "the weekend" was bad, because Friday was actually pretty great for food and fitness. Saturday and Sunday ... they weren't great, but Mon-Thursday were good for eating and exercise. It showed up on the scale this week too. NUMBERS: Down 1.1 for the official weigh-in, average dropped 2.56 (to 163.74). While I was uberly over on Saturday, I had some low intake days too. Average intake for the week was 1957. Average daily burn was 2611. This resulted in a deficit (-2605) for the week. 

Here's a quick look back at the past seven days ...
  • Friday (0129): I was able to hit a Zumba class, and it was great! I got in 30min elliptical during the day, and then I ended up on carpool duty to basketball practice. This was a 2-hour practice, but a little too far to go home and come back. It was at the local community college, and they have a full gym, so I paid to workout and spend 30min each on upright bike, elliptical, recumbent and treadmill. A big end to the day, and calories in check.
  • Saturday (0130):  Hubs was busy with a derby, and I had two basketball games with the boys. But Hubs and I did squeeze in and early dinner date. Very over in calories intake, and only 20min on the elliptical for exercise:
  • Sunday (0131): No exercise. Not horrible on eating, but still over burn for the day.
  • Monday (0201): Snow again, so I skipped the drive to Draper and did Zumba on my own, but it was good. Also got in an hour of elliptical and I did WEIGHTS! Kept calories low too. Over to the high school in the evening for team dinner duty.
  • Tuesday (0202): Feeling a bit stiff and sore from weights yesterday, but got in Zumba and 40minElliptical. Basketball game in the afternoon, practice in the evening. Got 4000 steps walking while waiting. Another low intake day.
  • Wednesday (0203): Zumba and an hour of elliptical, but still feeling a bit sore. A little higher calories today, but not too bad. #5 had a basketball game at 9:00, and Hubs took #4 to a Jazz game downtown. Late night for everyone.
  • Thursday (0204): Zumba and an hour of elliptical. Got a little walking in during basketball practice. I skipped #3's game, as it was quite far, but took #5 to his 9:00 game except ... oops, it was at 8:00. Low calorie intake day.



 At the community college gym ... two hours of working out while waiting

...during basketball practice for these cute kids!

 ...grabbed a team photo on Saturday of #4 and his team

Walked while waiting on Tuesday during practice - but wore the wrong shoes!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Farewell Fitstudio :(

Time for a Thrifty Thursday post ... but one bearing bad news. Fitstudio ... the program to earn points for your activity is shutting down. I first blogged about Fitstudio back in 2014, so it (and I) had a good run. Since that time, I became a weekly shopper at Sears and Kmart. I received so many great deals. I guess I'm not super surprised the program is ending, because it was basically just giving away money. 

So ... I guess I'll have to go back to my previous posts, where I recommend Fitstudio and alter them, as Fitstudio is no longer accepting new members. Current members can collect points through February 10, then no new points earned through activity will be posted. Member's points will remain active for the regular 7-day expiration period. Any other "Shop Your Way" points earned through shopping/coupons, etc. should not be affected.

I try not to be hard on any program that is promoting fitness and rewarding activity. I understood when several months ago they cut back the credit from $5+ a week to $2. I only wish they were a little more forthcoming to their members. They have our email addresses ... a heads up to that change, and THIS change, would have been nice. The notice of Fitstudio's farewell is posted on their website (fitstudio.com) and if you attempt to log into your Fitstudio dashboard. No mention of this on their facebook page.

Maybe the drop in credit several months ago was a good thing ... I'd already cut down on my Kmart/Sears shopping a bit. Not the bite of closing the program isn't quite so bad. Ironically, I'd joined a Facebook page promoting SYW deals and steals and through that group I discovered coupons, sweeps and double checked my emails for surprise points perhaps I'd been missing all along (assuming they were just spam). So I still may be shopping at Kmart/Sears depending on my offered savings ... I have been a bit spoiled!

I just thought I'd give a shout out here on the blog ... to those I've recommended this program to, just so you are all aware. And a THANK YOU to Fitstudio for promoting activity with financial rewards. Thanks to Kmart and Sears too, it was a great program while it lasted!

Monday, February 1, 2016

January 2016

Well, month one of 2016 is done. I started slow, still shaking off whatever sluggish sickness had plagued me for most of December, but started feeling back to myself by the end of the month. I remembered to grab my Fitbit graph (of intake vs calorie burn), kept up my daily mile and journal entries, and am getting this post up promptly ... so I feel like that is success!

As for WEIGHT ... I started the month at 166.5. Ended at 164. The high was 167.3 and the low was 162.9. Average was 165.74. About 10 pounds up where I was last year.  Food and Fitness ... Average intake was 2124. Average burn 2409. Average step count per day ... just 13336. A lot of room for improvement.  I hit Zumba 13 times during the month. I was pretty good and getting in elliptical almost every day, although I didn't always get my hour. I hit the bike several times, got some walking in. I only did weights once. 

On the family front ... a BUNCH of basketball. Keeps me very busy! Family over for New Years, and Sunday travels for missionary homecoming/farewell. Hubs had a lot of Pinewood Derbies, work was crazy, and he had a business trip to Vegas. 

***JenB's Journal for January***

0101 (Friday) 166.5. Steps 2480. Total Burn 1751. Exercise Burn 0/0 (no exercise). Calories in 2800. New Year's Day. We slept in some, then Hubs made us a pancake breakfast. I grabbed a little nap, then we headed over to Maga's house for her annual pastry wreath. Every year she says it's going to be the last year she makes it. We'll see. It is a huge amount of work! We hung out there for a while. The kids (and some adults) played Spoons (which #5 had wanted to play last night, but I wasn't sure my parents would be up for something so fast moving). We headed home, and I got in a real nap (like three hours). Hubs is now watching "Making a Murderer" on Netflix, but it's not really my cup of tea, just too depressing!

0102 (Saturday) 167.1. Steps 12082. Total Burn 2363. Exercise Burn 593/588 (60minElliptical). Calories in 1200. Hubs went into work (it's Saturday silly!) and #2 was off to play basketball with buddies. His Fitbit is still giving us trouble. I replaced the battery, hope that helps. I got in a few sessions on the elliptical throughout the day, and spent quite a bit of time on the computer updating my fitness blog. Got Oct/Nov/Dec monthly updates done. Did a post on the family blog and missionary blog too. The boys wanted to hit the rec center, so I dropped them off for a couple of hours. Then #5 was invited to play basketball with his buddies at a nearby church, so I dropped him off there. It was good, as I needed to connect with the coach anyway, and exchange a check for a new uniform. #5 is pretty pleased with it. Kept calories in check today ... I was hungry, but I resisted eating more after this morning's weigh-in.

0103 (Sunday) 164.6. Steps 7469. Total Burn 2030. Exercise Burn 290/267 (30minElliptical). Calories in 2300.  Hubs went into work again. He's such a hard worker! Without him around to make his famous waffles, we didn't have our usual Sunday Circle breakfast. Church changed from 9:00 to 11:00. I did start the day with a session on the elliptical. It was tough. I was going to stop at 10min but pushed until 20. I had planned on making it back down ... but I didn't, but no nap either. I did some blogging and end of year cleanup on the computer and my iphone.

0104 (Monday) 165.1.  Steps 17436.  Total Burn 2788. Exercise Burn 1000/1025 (70minElliptical, Bike, 30minWEIGHTS). Calories in 1900. Return to the routine. I was a little afraid it would be hard to get up after having slept in for the past two weeks, but everyone was up without issue. I got the kids off to school, and should have headed out to Draper for Zumba, but I just wasn't up to it today. The drive, starting late, and then I stop at a store on the way home ... it's 3+ hours usually. I'll test myself out on three days of Zumba at the close ones these next three days and see how I do. I did get in my elliptical (and an extra 10min because I miscounted!), bike, and even weights. In the afternoon, #2 had his JV game over at the high school. I went and video taped it. They won easily. I'll be on the computer tomorrow going over clips and making a highlight reel! ;)
0105 (Tuesday) 165.1. Steps 24377. Total Burn 2964. Exercise Burn 1200/1201 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 1900. Got the kids off to school and hit Zumba. I got in some elliptical in during the day. Spent some time on the computer going through clips of yesterday's basketball game and then making a muvee. #3 had an ortho appointment after school. Got him home just in time to go with Daddy to a derby. I took #5 to his basketball practice and walked the hallway while I waited. Got in some reading, but gave out a little early as my legs were so tired. I was feeling yesterday's weight workout

0106 (Wednesday) 165.5. Steps 11529. Total Burn 2357. Exercise Burn 300/591 (30minElliptical). Calories in 2200. I was planning on hitting Zumba, more because I was going to run a few errands afterward while I was out, but then #4 was complaining of a stomach ache and stayed home from school. I've often left him for an hour and still hit Zumba, but I didn't today. Only got in a couple small sessions on the elliptical. I spent quite a bit of time in the scrapbook room today gathering a set of papers to donate for the upcoming basketball auction.  #3 went ice skating with the church youth. #5 had a 9:00 at Bennion, which isn't too far. The boys looked snazzy in their new uniforms, but they seemed a little rusty. They haven't practiced or played in a couple of weeks with the holidays. Still got the win though.

0107 (Thursday) 165.5. Steps 17773. Total Burn 2667. Exercise Burn 500/901 (10minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2200. #4 was in my gym this morning ... but I didn't really care. Just not feeling motivated! Some foggy conditions this morning, seemed to drive out of it while dropping #3 off to the middle school, but it got a lot worse heading the other direction to the elementary. The kids said the aids put up cones and wouldn't let them play beyond them (only where they could see). I hit Zumba. Need to figure out some stuff, as after Marian left for work and my iphone was used for music, the digifit app kept announcing to everyone as I changed zones and stuff (it was the first time playing music while using the new HR app). Ran some errands afterward, to the dollar store and Smiths. Forgot to fill up with gas afterward though, it was on my list! Picked #3 up after school and ... ran out of gas. Right close to the gas station, we almost made it. But then the car locked up, I couldn't move it into neutral to even attempt pushing it. Had to buy a gas can and fill it up twice before the car would start. Spilled gas all over too. Quickly pulled in and filled up, then went straight to grab the little boys - at least we weren't too late. Dropped off some canning supplies to a neighbor (why did I even have the stuff? I don't can) and then took a shower, because I was filthy and smelled of gas. #3 had a game, but I had him hitch a ride with a teammate, while I took #4 to/from his practice, then took #5 to his game. It was snowing, and driving in it made me nervous, but we survived. The game before ours took an ugly turn, with the coach yelling at the ref and getting ejected, parents yelling and then they finally just called the game (with 4:00 left). Stuff like that always just affects me so negatively, I hate it. Especially in front of the kids. They are in 4th grade! Our boys came out strong, #5 made the first basket ... but then he couldn't get another shot to fall (did make several attempts). The other team came back, tied it up, then got in a final basket for the win. Our boys were quite down about it. My boy, on his other team, has had some recent losses, but all the other boys were coming off the winter/fall season undefeated. It's good to have a loss and see if you can keep your head up. #3's team also lost.

0108 (Friday) 165.9. Steps 6612. Total Burn 2063. Exercise Burn 0/288 (no exercise). Calories in 2800. Slept in a little, as we do on late-start Fridays. I'd put some croissants out, but I didn't have one myself. Of course, I still did awful on food today (three ding dongs! Why did I even buy ding dongs!) We have a little beverage fridge, and I noticed someone had tried to tape it closed (unsuccessfully) when I was grabbing a drink for a lunchbox. The problem was the small freezer portion which had completely frosted over. So ... I had to defrost it. It's usually an outdoor job, but I just pulled out the milk (the only perishable items, unplugged it and put some towels around to catch the drips. When middle school got out, I picked up #3 and his friends and dropped them off at West Jordan high, where Copper Hills was playing that day. I went back home for a bit, then dropped #5 off at a teammate's house to get to practice, then went back to WJ to watch #2 in the JV game. They won. I didn't stay for varsity, but had to make one more trip back to grab #3 when it was over (it was a sweep, all three of our teams won).

0109 (Saturday) 166.8. Steps 6072.  Total Burn 1964. Exercise Burn 0/191 (no exercise). Calories in 2400. #4 had the first basketball game of the day at 9:00. This was a more difficult game, as they re-seeded the teams and tried to put equivalent teams together, but our boys did get the win, #4 had four points. I was dragging ... as is usual lately. #5 and I did run back to the school to watch his Junior Jazz buddies play. Then he had a game in the evening that overlapped with #3's game, so I dropped #5 off at a teammate's house to catch a ride. I then took a couple of the boys and had them help me drop off the auction items at the high school. Then it was off to #3's game. Our boys couldn't quite pull it together to get the win. One of the players on the other team broke his wrist (trying to stop my boy from making a basket). Hate to see injuries!

0110 (Sunday) 166.2. Steps 2594. Total Burn 1741. Exercise Burn 0/0 (no exercise). Calories in 1800. Hubs went into work, trying to get on top of things there. Without him around we didn't do our usual Sunday Circle breakfast. I did make cocoa and toast. Did get in a nap today. Not much movement. I did catch up on some computer stuff (blog entries, made a muvee from yesterday's game). Made some cookie press cookies at the boy's request ... unfortunately then I eat them too!

0111 (Monday) 165.8. Steps 10042. Total Burn 2178. Exercise Burn 300/419 (30minElliptical). Calories in 1850. Usually Mondays are motivated for me ... but not this morning. I could barely drag myself out of bed and get the boys off to school. I didn't hit Zumba. I did 10min elliptical in the early morning, and then 20 ... it was hard and my heart rate was really high. Unfortunately after that I just crawled into bed and slept most of the day until I had to pick the kids up from school. I tried to do a little housework, dishes and laundry, and some homework help. Maga and A&A came over ... they thought #2 had a game today (it's tomorrow) but she took all the kids to McDonalds. I had been going to make spaghetti, but now that everyone had eaten ... poor hubs had to have cupOnoodles again. I did make a quick run to Sams as we needed milk/bread and a pair of dress pants I'd ordered from Sears.

0112 (Tuesday) 164.4. Steps 12262. Total Burn 2305. Exercise Burn 400/549 (Zumba). Calories in 2600. Well I did hit Zumba this morning. If there is any class I'll go to, it's probably Tuesday. It's so close, I have no excuses! I wondered if my heart rate would be uber up again like yesterday, but that wasn't the case. I had a little time back at home, then off to the elementary to check out the two youngest and take them to the dentist. Just sitting for over an hour, but at least they came out with no cavities from their checkup. We did a quick stop at Wendys ... and I had a small Frosty and some fries. Dropped the boys home then hit the high school to watch #2 play. It was a blow out! It was against Cottonwood, which is my (and Hubs) alma mater. All three teams won and I got a ton of highlights for my muvee. Grabbed Dominos pizza on the way home, after stopping at the middle school to grab #3 from practice and run him over to the high school to watch the varsity game (he'd been willing to walk, but it's cold and dark out there!) I don't eat pizza per say, but I eat the Parmesan bites and a crust with white sauce and cheese (basically breadsticks).   #5 had his practice at 7:30, but he was feeling a little off, so we decided to skip it. I was okay staying home and going to bed early.

0113 (Wednesday) 164.4. Steps 19559. Total Burn 2832. Exercise Burn 786/1073 (30minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2000. Almost a "normal/goal" eating/exercise day today. Still not quite back to where I was, but better. I got in an early elliptical session and hit Zumba. I stopped at Maceys on the way home to grab some groceries. Worked a little making a muvee from yesterday's game. #5 had a 6:00 game, nice and close. The location ... not the score. Our boys got blown out. Not sure why we were so off, but nothing would land. My munchkin scored the first six points ... the only six points for the first three quarters. Then our boys came back a bit, but too little too late.

0114 (Thursday) 163.5. Steps 12091. Total Burn 2349. Exercise Burn 451/589 (Zumba). Calories in 2250. I'd been a bit stressed about tonight, as I had conflicts with games and practices and such, but I'd managed to work them out. As it turned out, #3's game got cancelled due to a water main break at the school it was going to be at. So I cancelled my carpool and was able to get #4 to practice and #5 to his game. Another blow out loss. But again, my munchkin was able to get four points (out of six ... ouch!) Hubs had gone to see Seinfield doing standup. I hadn't realized I could have gone too, although trying to find carpools for all the kids would have been pretty crazy. Hubs said it was great. He was home asleep before I got back though. Those 9:00 games are so late! I had a hard time winding down (even though I wasn't wound up from the game or anything, just the driving and being up was enough). I indulged in a little late night ice cream. Not wise the night before weigh in! I did hit my Zumba class this morning, with a quick stop at Kmart to pick up an order and check out with some SYW points.

0115 (Friday) 164.6. Steps 10362. Total Burn 2244. Exercise Burn 0/475 (no exercise). Calories in 2500. #3 had early morning basketball practice. I dropped him off at 7:00, then picked him up immediately after dropping off the munchkins. Just enough time for him to shower and change then I ran him back to school.  Just a couple hours, then early out at the elementary, then off to the middle school to grab #3 and buddies. We stopped for Little Caesars so they wouldn't starve, then I dropped them at a rival high school to cheer on our team. I went back at 5:15, Hubs was even home and we went together. There was NO parking, which is a bit unusual for basketball at the high school. I found a spot in back, and we made our way through to the gym. There was something else being hosted at the school too, but we got there right before the game was scheduled to start. Except it had already started! The quarter was half over and my #3 told me that #2 had made a couple baskets I'd missed. If something says it starts at 5:15, start at 5:15 dang it! It was a good game. This school (Bingham) has been the rival for a number of years. Always a close and exciting game ... unfortunately they do get the win more often than not. Today was one of those days. Tied with seconds to go, they had possession and were able to get the basket for the win. Varsity lost too, which was their first loss this year. We'd had extended family come to the game, and we went out to dinner afterward, birthday celebration for my BIL. We went to Archibalds in Gardner Village and it was good. Their fried mozzarella was so good, I want to go back just for that. Then home again and to bed. No exercise today, but still did manage to hit 10k.

0116 (Saturday) 166.4. Steps 13751. Total Burn 2225. Exercise Burn 350/454 (30minElliptical). Calories in 2500. I had good intentions today. I got up and hit the elliptical for 20 minutes. #3 was playing in a tournament today, in addition to his regular district league, so he had games at 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00. The first two were at the same location, Corner Canyon, which is a super nice high school. We had the main court to ourselves (sometimes they split it and have two games going on). Unfortunately, the boys lost both games. We did a quick stop at McDonalds on the way to the next game. A parfait for #3, and I tried their fried mozzarella. Not anywhere close to the yumminess of last night. Up to that point, I'd done pretty good on eating. I'd just taken some nuts, clementines and a granola bar to the game. This final game for #3 was close, tied with seconds to go when my boy was fouled. Two free throws and we won! We rushed off to #4's game. I'd had Daddy take him. Unfortunately, I did miss a couple baskets my boy had made, dang it! He is one who really likes the videos too. They won as well. We headed home ... and proceeded to NOT eat good for the rest of the evening.

0117 (Sunday) 166.1. Steps 4493. Total Burn 1876. Exercise Burn 0/121 (no exercise). Calories in 2000. Hubs was actually home, and so we made our Sunday Circles breakfast. Then we dressed for church, going South to my brother's meeting as his sons were speaking. One just returned from a mission, and one will be leaving shortly. We noticed some low lying clouds as we were driving toward point of the mountain, and drove right into an unending wall of fog. We missed our exit because we couldn't see the signs. I have enough anxiety just being on the freeway, add fog ... I wasn't feeling very well! After the meeting we were going to go to my brother's house afterward to visit and eat, but ... we couldn't find it in the fog. So we headed home. Once home, I headed to bed as my head was really hurting. At least it did keep calories somewhat in check for the day, even with going out with some friends to Chilis a bit later. Then #4 and I worked on and finished up his science fair project. Always glad when things like that are done.

0118 (Monday) 167.3. Steps 5822. Total Burn 1966. Exercise Burn 0/190 (no exercise). Calories in 2000. MLK holiday, but Hubs was still up early and off to work ... off to Vegas in fact. Builder's Convention there. The rest of us enjoyed another sleep in. #2 woke frantic at 10:00 as he was supposed to be at basketball practice (tell Mommy these things and she'll help wake you up). I had debated going to Zumba, but the kids wanted my chauffeur services. I dropped #3 and #4 at the rec center for some basketball at 10:30. #5 didn't want to go as he had basketball with his 4th grade team at 11:30. Dropped him off, then picked up the other boys shortly afterward, taking #4 to a church with his buddies, for a basketball science fair experiment. Picked up #5, and he had a friend (who has moved away but was in the neighborhood for the day) over to play. I did have to run quick and grab #4 when his shindig ended. I had a moment in the afternoon when I had to grab a bucket, certain I was going to be sick. It came on so suddenly, but then passed again and I was fine. Weird. Headed out to #3's basketball game which started at 5:30 ... well it SHOULD have started at 5:30. They were running 30 minutes behind! Parking had already been atrocious, then having to wait a full hour before the came, in the chaos of four courts (whistles, yelling kids/parents/coaches/refs) ... I had such a headache before the game even began. Then we got smooshed, and kids kept walking across the court right in front of my video camera (trying to capture the few highlights I could). I was SO ready to get out of there, and I NEVER want to go Soccer City again. It's fine for soccer ... I enjoyed my soccer experience when I played there a couple years ago. But NOT basketball! Home for a shower, catch up on a little computer (I'm behind on making muvees and blog posts) and to bed! Inputting food, I was a little surprised calorie count was reasonable ... I probably forgot to input stuff, which happens when you wait. Although even if it is correct ... it was nothing nutritious. Snickers Peanut Butter Bars ...

0119 (Tuesday) 167.3. Steps 25199. Total Burn 2847. Exercise Burn 1139/1071 (40minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, BBwalk). Calories in 2200. Actually got in one session of early elliptical, then got the kids off to school and hit Zumba. My SIL came today. We had a good group, enough that Marilyn took to the stage so everyone could see for sure. I had really good intentions for today, but did end up back curled in bed for a bit. Didn't actually fall asleep, just needed to rest. Did get in additional elliptical and bike ... trying an audio book for my bike and walking/reading time, as my neck has been hurting so bad these past few days (and looking down at a book is the worst). #'3's basketball practice was long, until 6:30. Then #5 had his at 7:30 ... I donned my headphones and walked the halls while listening. #3 needed some homework help when I got back home (argumentative essay), which worked us past 10:00. #2 had trouble today with Daddy's truck. Couldn't get the key to turn at school (finally got that worked out) but then it had a dead battery after work. His buddies tried to give him a jump but that didn't work, so they just gave him a ride home. We're now a one-car family until we get this figured out ... and my handy hubs isn't home!

0120 (Wednesday) 167.3. Steps 15068. Total Burn 2434. Exercise Burn 400/658 (Zumba). Calories in 2300.  Didn't get any elliptical in ... at all today. I did hit Zumba but was pretty miserable. Just not feeling well. Sweating, but that cold, chills sweat. It was a real push to make it through class, and of course I didn't get my usual numbers. I had a couple errands (Walmart/Sears) but was counting the minutes until I could be home and climb back into bed. Which I did. Set the alarm for kid's pickups after school. I did make some chicken soup for dinner. #5 had a game at 6:00, at least it was close by. #2 was playing as well, but I couldn't hit them both (they won though). Shower and to bed!

0121 (Thursday) 167.3. Steps 16367. Total Burn 2585. Exercise Burn 500/825 (Zumba). Calories in 2100. I'd been so drained yesterday, I was a little worried about leading the Zumba class today (Marian had a meeting). I wasn't on my own, Christa and Amanda were there to help, and I actually felt good. Olivia came again. I rushed out afterward to get to the elementary school to check out the science fair there. It was cute to see #4 and all his friends. I took pictures, and even did a blog post when I got back home. I've NEVER posted something so promptly. I was really thinking I'd get in some additional exercise today ... but I was SO tired when I first got up I'd promised myself if I just got up, got the kids off, hit Zumba and the school I could come lay down for a bit (just a bit, because it was early out at the elementary). I probably could have kept going if I pushed but ... #3 had practice after school until 5:00, with a game at 6:00, so we were rushing a bit. I do like Union Middle School. Fairly close, good hallways to walk (I did get in some steps) and good for filming. Their basketball nets are new, and the ball would get stuck often. Our boys were really down in the first quarter (I did grab the score, but I thought it was by about 20) but rather than giving up they rallied and came back and even pulled ahead at one point. It wasn't quite enough, as the other team had their own come back for the win. But it was close, and a good game. #5 had a 9:00 game, but before we left, Hubs made it home from his trip and he and I went to where the truck was stranded at #2's workplace and jumped it and brought it home. Then the little one and I were off to his game. We're a little "out of our league" in this league, but tonight's game was against the one other team in our same position. So it was a good game, and we got a win. 

0122 (Friday) 166.4. Steps 10150. Total Burn 2208. Exercise Burn 350/448 (Zumba). Calories in 2200. The kids were out of school today as it was the end of the quarter, so we all slept in ... except for Hubby who was back to work. I did hit a 9:00 Zumba class. I usually can't on Fridays with the middle school late start at 9:30, so I figured I should take advantage while I could. Debbie in Daybreak has a good turn out. She did a little more toning, and with me not knowing the steps as well (from not attending this one regularly) and, once again, my energy being low, my stats were only so-so. The munchkins were in need of a haircuts badly, so I stopped at Fantastic Sams on the way home to get us on the list. They were dead when I was there, but by the time I had brought the boys back they were quite busy, so I was glad we were already checked in (and still had to wait). But both boys look SO good with their haircut. I debated taking in #3 to the DMV, to see if he could pass the written test and get his learners, but one was closed and I didn't have the energy to make it out to the other (a friend went and said lines were loooong). Still need to get that done, poor kid! I was on snack bar duty over at the high school. One of the things you have to do as a parent of one of the basketball players is take a couple shifts in the concessions stand. I chose the sophomore game, because the noise and crowd of varsity would stress me out. I then watched #2 play his game, and then headed home (I'll stay for varsity next year when he's on the team). #5 had practice, but as I was busy all afternoon, one of his teammates had graciously said they could pick him up for me. I really couldn't do it without teammates pitching in sometimes and I'm so grateful! I made cookie press cookies when I got home, and gave some to the carpool as a thank you.

0123 (Saturday) 167.6. Steps 8877. Total Burn 2101. Exercise Burn 250/352 (20minElliptical). Calories in 2000. Calorie count is decent ... but I'm thinking I forgot to add stuff because it didn't feel like a good eating day. I need to input BEFORE I eat to make sure I'm getting everything in (and perhaps that might dissuade me from actually eating some things). #4 had an anxiety attack about basketball a couple days ago ... he doesn't want to play any more. The last game was just "too competitive" for him, with the other team playing so hard, arguing with the refs. It makes me so sad, he was doing SO well. I didn't make him go to practice on Thursday (he was an emotional wreck), and he missed his game today. I was so bummed, I wanted him to play so bad! There are just a couple games left, I'd like him to finish the season, and I don't even have a team picture (and this is his team with all his buddies! If I ever needed a team picture, this was it!). He and I hit the library today and did a little grocery shopping. Hubs was helping some family and friends make derby cars for upcoming Pinewood derbies. #5 had a game at 5:00, and #3 had a double header at 6:30 and 7:45. I probably could have made it from the little one's game if I rushed and had #3 get a ride, but I just had Daddy take the munchkin. Daddy hadn't seen him play this season yet. They lost, but it was a good game. #3's team won both of their games. It was a busy day over at the high school too. #2 had been on "clock duty" (running the clocks, scores for the Bantam league) and then dressed up in a white shirt and bow tie for the basketball fundraiser dinner and auction. We'd bought some tickets to help him out, but couldn't make it because of the game conflicts. I had "donated" (required donations) some scrapbook paper and a hot chocolate set. I heard the hot chocolate set did well in the auction.

0124 (Sunday) 167.3. Steps 5431. Total Burn 1830. Exercise Burn 204/54 (20minElliptical). Calories in 2000. Again, not sure I trust my calorie count ... although Daddy did go into work today so we didn't have our usual Sunday breakfast. We got quite a bit of snow, back East "Blizzard2016" is in the record books and news. I did do a quite session on the elliptical, finishing up the episode I had started yesterday. I did get a little nap in (although the boys were SO noisy in the kitchen) then did some computer stuff (paying bills, blogging, making muvees). After Hubs came home, we watched a few episodes of "The Affair" ... no popcorn though. Ready for a new week ...

0125 (Monday) 167.7. Steps 25350. Total Burn 3047. Exercise Burn 1304/1269 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 2000.  Good start to the week. Got in some early elliptical while getting the boys off to school, then hit Zumba. My SIL and MIL came today! Fun! I didn't do my usual stop at Kmart after, but came right home. Hit the bike and additional elliptical. Got in some computer time (blog, muvee) and did NOT give in to a nap. A couple loads of laundry done too and then did run to Sam'sClub in the evening, as I'm on lunch duty for the basketball boys tomorrow and I needed to stock up. Love Monday nights at Sams ... they are pretty dead. It was SO cold unloading the groceries though. Poor Hubs is trying to catch up at work and was there very late. #2 hadn't been scheduled to work, but someone didn't show so he went in. Dedicated like his daddy. Actually kept calories under control today ... not great content but at least the numbers were in check. I really tried to get things recorded in MFP promptly, because I haven't been doing that very well and it's easy enough for estimates to be off anyway. Felt like it was a good day though.

0126 (Tuesday) 165.6. Steps 25182. Total Burn 2895. Exercise Burn 1130/1150 (30minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, BBWalk). Calories in 1900. Another good day for both food and fitness. The scale shift does help with the motivation. Got in one early elliptical session, then had my Zumba class, Back at home I got in additional elliptical and some reading/riding on the bike. I was on "lunch duty" for the high school basketball team. I had to prep a dozen lunches and deliver them to the school. It took a while! After picking up the kids from school I headed out to watch the JV team play. The other team started off with a slam dunk and was raining three pointers. Our boys kept it close but weren't able to get the win (although varsity did!). Got home just in time to take the munchkin to his basketball practice. Like last week, I brought the headphones and listened to my audiobook while I walked the halls waiting. Hubs had a derby, but it was up North, so he'd just taken the trailer to work with him.

0127 (Wednesday) 164.9. Steps 22536. Total Burn 2936. Exercise Burn 1018/1177 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2200. Got in some early elliptical while getting the boys off to school. It's good to get back to doing that. Even with the 12-year old spending a lot of time in the gym! He's up even earlier and usually done by 7:00. He had 10k before school yesterday! Crazy kid! Hit MZL Zumba ... felt a ton better than last week, but I was a little late and they had started when I got there. I didn't quite get my full hour. I stopped at Walmart on the way home to grab some yogurt and other groceries. I did give in to a nap today. Got in some additional elliptical to equal an hour at least, but no bike (and I need to get my reading in before books are due back at the library!) Daddy and #3 were off to do a derby, and I took #5 to his basketball game. Love it when they are close and early (6:00). We won too, playing a Copper Hills team (and #3's coach's 5th grade team). My munchkin hadn't scored the entire game, but got fouled at the end and did make both free throws, so he did get two points. Went a little over on calories today, but still felt it was a good day.

0128 (Thursday) 164.6. Steps 21714. Total Burn 2914. Exercise Burn 1084/1162 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2200. Got in a couple 10 min sessions in the morning while getting the boys off to school. Hit Zumba and had a good class. My SIL came again, and we actually had a pretty good crowd. It had gotten sparse a few months ago and it's nice to have the numbers going up again. I did a quick stop at Walmart on the way home, exchanging the strawberry/banana yogurt for banana cream (I goofed, my boys only like the "dessert" type yogurt, not ones with actual fruit). Should have gotten more accomplished today, I did get in a little more elliptical to equal an hour at least. Got the house cleaned up a bit. Hubs had a derby and #2 didn't have anything (miracle!) so he went to help. Busy basketball evening for me and the other boys. #3 and #5 both had games at 8:00, to I had to arrange a ride for #3 (dropped him off at a teammates as we were a little out of the way for pickup). I dropped #4 at practice and arranged for him to get a ride home with a basketball buddy, and I took #5. I was expecting them to get trounced, but they actually played really well. Still lost, but I was proud of how they played. My munchkin got seven points, playing almost the entire game. I was SO sad I missed #3's game! It was against their friends/rivals at Sunset Ridge. Our boys only had six players to start, so again, lots of playing time. A big comeback, clutch freethrows by my son for the win by one. And I missed it! Why did the games have to be at the same time tonight?! We'll actually have a rematch on Saturday against this same team. I wasn't really wound up or anything, but I sure had a hard time getting to sleep!

0129 (Friday) 163.8. Steps 27078. Total Burn 3037. Exercise Burn 1380/1281 (60minElliptical, 60minBike, Zumba, 20minTreadmill). Calories in 1800. There was a Zumba class I had wanted to hit, and I was trying to figure out how to make it with the middle school late start ... drop the kid off at a friend's a bit early? But then, his basketball practice got switched to the morning, which adds two more trips to the school ... except that the kid decided just to stay at the school after practice, which saved me two trips and made it possible for me to hit the Zumba class! I was glad I did too, I had a lot of fun there. She incorporated some U-Jam stuff. I stopped at the store on the way home and was smiling and saying hi to everyone, I was in such a good mood. I was almost dancing in the aisles. I got in some elliptical, but didn't push, as I had volunteered to take the kids to practice today, and I planned on staying at the gym there (and that would be two hours!). Picked up the kids after school, and then headed out to the community college in the early evening. I did the upright bike, elliptical, recumbent bike and then treadmill (just walked). It was weird being on an elliptical other than my own. I put on my headphones and listened to my audiobook the entire time. Kept calories in check, so it was an awesome Friday.

0130 (Saturday) 162.9. Steps 9398. Total Burn 1237. Exercise Burn 200/386 (20minElliptical). Calories in 3400. Started the day with a session on the elliptical. I almost stopped at 10min but pushed to 20. That was it for exercise for the day. #4 had a basketball game at 12:00. They won easily. I was glad he overcame his anxiety and was able to play. Hubs and #3 were gone to a derby for much of the morning and afternoon. It was a big one. Hubs suggested going out to dinner when he got back. I sure hadn't banked calories for it, but it had been a while since we had a date, so we went. Yes, I was over on calories, but oh well. #3 had his game at 9:00. I took him and his friends over early so they could watch their friends/rivals play. They cheered them on for their first game, then playing against them in the second. We got the win and my boy had a great game with 11 points (three three-pointers!)

0131 (Sunday) 164. Steps 4527. Total Burn 0/13 (no exercise). Calories in 2000. Hubs was working, so we didn't do our big Sunday Circle breakfast ... which does save on calories for the day. I took a rest day, and it was lazy. I got in a nice nap! I made some muvees of the boy's games and updated the missionary blog. 
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