Thursday, December 28, 2017

Weekly Report #229

Yikes ... I'm late getting my weekly weigh-in post up this week. But, it fell on Christmas Day, it's somewhat understandable that I didn't sit down at the computer as is my usual routine Mid-Monday. Happily, I did receive my Fitbit report with weekly stats (it's automated, hopefully employees had the day off to spend with their families). Even with all the holiday craziness and a birthday (#5 turned 12) Mon-Thurs were fairly structured, still on schedule. But then the end of the week, and next week? The schedule is shot! Holi-Daze!

STATS: Official weight was down 2.1 pounds, but the average was up (1.41 to 168.44) and unfortunately that's likely more indicative of current trends. Average intake was 2229.  Average burn 2680. There was a small deficit for the week (-613). Step average was 21,042 with 55 logged miles. Cardio minutes 730/762/788/751 ... oops again, no time w/weights.  Three 30k days, four 3000+ burn.


Life Ala Life Cycle ...

EXERCISE: As I mentioned above ... Monday-Thursday stayed on schedule. Those four days I got in my hour of elliptical, treadmill time and Zumba. I only hit the treadmill once on Wednesday and I got a little extra elliptical in Friday. Only four hours of Zumba, but all that time before/after class adds up ... I TRY to do some Zumba at home to make the graph correct, but I only did about 10 min on my own at home this week. 

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Some driving around, and the usual grocery shopping. A little "other" shopping too (some was for the ducks). We had a birthday dinner out, and a family party Sunday on Christmas Eve. 

Here's a look at the Day by Day ...

  • Monday (1218) Almost 32k today. Started with an hour of elliptical early, then Zumba with Debbie, and then two treadmill times. A little grocery shopping, house cleaning and we finally put up the Christmas tree. Steps 31942. Burn 3251. Intake 1800.
  • Tuesday (1219) Same exercise activity as yesterday, but distance was slightly less. I guess I didn't push as much. Hour of elliptical, Zumba w/Marian and two treadmill times. A stop at Lowes, work on the duck pen, wrapping presents ... Steps 31602. Burn 3150. Intake 2300.
  • Wednesday (1220) Happy Birthday to my baby boy. 12 years old. I got in the usual hour of elliptical in the morning and Zumba w/MZL, but only one treadmill time during the school day ... out to dinner with the family in the evening. 27248 Steps. 3021 burn. 2500 intake.
  • Thursday (1221) Last school day before Christmas break. It was early out at the elementary. I got in my hour of elliptical, Zumba w/MZL and two treadmill times. #5 still had basketball practice in the evening. 32678 steps. 3260 burn. 2200 intake.
  • Friday (1222) Kids out of school ... and I'm off schedule. Just two 20min sessions on the elliptical today. Spent several hours on the annual extended-family slideshow for the party this Sunday. 10532 steps. 2076 burn. Not taking a break from tracking calories ... but not being very good at logging either. Diary says about 2000, but I'm thinking it's low.
  • Saturday (1223) No exercise, not very active. Baked chicken for soup tomorrow. Made chex mix. 4486 steps. 1842 burn ... didn't accurately count calories. 
  • Sunday (1224) Christmas Eve. Made breadsticks and chicken noodle soup. Family party with my side. Family photo, slideshow, candy bar game ... actually went to bed EARLY on Christmas Eve (had to get up in the night for Santa stuff). 8804 steps. 2161. 2500 calories.
What I Watched While Working Out
Four good workout days ... four movies. Started with Anesthesia (2015) which I'd never heard off. It had several familiar faces in it though. I think it was attempting to be like "Crash" (which I really liked) with the interweaving stories, but it didn't quite click for me or really impact me the way Crash did. Out of the Furnace (2013) was just depressing. While the blurb says it's about a man attempting to find justice for his brother when the law won't ... that part of the storyline doesn't even come into play until more than 2/3 through the movie. Didn't love it. Logan Lucky (2017) was just recently in theaters, and Hubs and the boys had gone to see it there ... and had been throwing quotes out ever since. "Cali-flower? Did you just say califlower?" "I am in-car-cir-a-ted" "I looked it up on the Google" "It was JV" ... anyway, we had a "free" Redbox rental so Hubs grabbed it and I finally got around to watching it (and the family re-watching it, but I watched it myself in my gym). It was a lot of fun, and now I get all the jokes much better. Finally Bridge of Spies (2015) which was longer than two hours ... I tacked a little onto another gym day. I'm a Tom Hanks fan, and I quite liked this "based on actual events" retelling. Twice during the movie, Tom Hank's character turns to a placid fellow and asks him "Don't you ever worry" to which the man replies "Would it help?" ... does it help? It hit me, as did everything about this movie. While parts were difficult to watch, it definitely had a uplifting moments too. It will stick in my memory and I would recommend it.

Five Featured Photos ...

Wednesday "Wedding Setup" Zumba

... birthday dinner

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 The birthday boy and Maga!

 Christmas Eve Family Photo

... Santa came!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Fitbit ONE Done? Alta Alternative?

Pretty much everyone who knows me at all knows I'm a Fitbit fan. I got my original Fitbit Ultra back in 2010. I upgraded to the One shortly after it became available. I tried out the ChargeHR (still keeping my One too ... double tracking!) and recently upgraded to the Charge 2. I've sold family and friends on Fitbit and am the resident "go to gal" for questions. I've done oodles of Fitbit posts here on my blog. 

As a Fitbit Family, we've tried out almost every make and model. We've had dozens of Ones and Zips through the years. Some malfunctioned, some were lost, and several are sitting unused here at our house. My youngest started wearing one again (a Zip ... he lost his One). My oldest has the Blaze, my 14-year old the Alta.

Recently, my One was giving me a little trouble. It wouldn't sync, and I'd have to do a "soft restart" to get things going again. As I'm addicted to my Fitbit feedback and don't want to deal with lost data, I thought I'd look into getting a new One to have on hand as a backup if this one failed.

That's when I found out ... 
the Fitbit ONE is done. 

Fitbit has discontinued it! While (for now) the Zip clip is still an option in their inventory, it seems Fitbit is focusing on wrist trackers. The Flex, Alta, Charge, Blaze, Surge and the latest, the Ionic. All wrist trackers. 

Fitbit ... don't you know? Not everyone likes wrist trackers! Many people don't like the look or they prefer actual watches. Many are unable to wear wrist trackers due to work/sport restrictions.  I for one, am not sold on their accuracy. Wearing both the Charge and One and comparing numbers ... the wrist tracking Charge is almost always well below the One (and the One step estimates are closer to actual measurements via GPS or treadmill displays and my old Omron, as detailed below). Many have complained that activities using arms to push (strollers/shopping carts) result in missed steps. At the end of the week, I generally have a difference of over 20k between my two devices.  And while my experiences have always had wrist trackers come in lower, many have exclaimed over extra steps added for simple hand movements.



The Fitbit One has a very loyal following. Many are original customers, dating back to when the One was the ONLY  option. Even as all the other, more advanced alternatives, became available, I and so many others were still completely happy sticking with our little Ones. News that it is no longer being sold has many up in arms. There's a thread devoted to it on the Fitbit Forums with unhappy customers commiserating and complaining about its loss.

What alternatives are there? Fitbit has tried to convince customers that the Zip or Flex are options ... they are NOT. They are completely different ... and inferior. Then the Alta, with an aftermarket 3rd party clip was brought up. At first I dismissed the idea, but then figured I'd look into the Alta alternative a little bit more.


I ordered a clip, and then borrowed my son's Alta. You can see in the pictures here that the One and Alta are quite similar in size and shape, both easily worn under clothes clipped to a bra or on pants pockets.  The Alta has two models available, one with a heart rate tracker and one without. While the basic Alta has a price point of $129.95, it has been offered for $99 very often ... that matches the selling price of the One (generally listed for $99 ... although now due to supply and demand, some are selling for over $200 on ebay) ... although you do have to factor in the additional $8 for the aftermarket clip! Wearing both the One and the Alta in basically the same spot on my bra (and still wearing my Charge2 on my wrist) I compared numbers and the Alta and the One seemed quite consistent. Here are some of my activities the last couple days ...

Steps tracked for 20 min elliptical ... Charge 2181, Alta 2714, One 2774
Steps tracked for 20 min elliptical ... Charge 1781, Alta 2615, One 2613
Steps tracked for 30min/1.80mile treadmill walk ... Charge 3449, Alta 3857, One 3851
Steps tracked for 30min/1.75mile treadmill walk ... Charge 3292, Alta 3682, One 3676
Steps tracked for 60min Zumba ... Charge 6233, Alta 7337, One 6276
Steps tracked for 60min Zumba ... Charge 5907, Alta 7156, One 6515

Total Steps Monday ... Charge 28108, Alta 31997, One 31942
Total Steps Tuesday ... Charge 26287, Alta 32085, One 31602

Now who is to say the Alta/One numbers are closer to correct than the wrist worn Charge? Well, I've been a double tracker gal for a while. Before I got my Charge, I wore an Omron pedometer on my hip. Its numbers and the Ones were always quite close (Omron/One). Also, the One's estimates are closer to actual readouts (the treadmill tells how many miles have been walked). 

Double tracking ... One and Omron.
They were usually close, but I remember this day in Feb2014
when they were EXACTLY the same.



So ... in size, cost, accuracy, the One and Alta alternative are fairly close.
Both show the same stats, both have silent alarm options.
Both have illuminated displays and a rechargeable battery.



CONS ...
  • No altimeter: The One tracks "floors" and the Alta does not. I like the floors feature, but it's not a deal breaker for me. It IS for many people.
  • No timer: Press and hold the button on the One and it starts a timer. It may seem obsolete because the Alta has auto-tracking (which is listed under Pros) but it's a feature I used almost daily. It's how I knew I'd completed at least an hour of Zumba or used it to time weight workouts.
  • Display: On the One, you press the button change the display options, on the Alta, you have to "tap" ... personally, I have trouble with the tapping (not hard enough, too hard and it skips forward). I prefer pressing the button! Initially, I was very displeased with the vertical display on the Alta, but I checked into it and was able to switch it to a horizontal presentation just like the One, which I prefer.

PROS ...

  • Auto Tracking: The Alta will recognize your activities so you don't need to start/stop the timer to record workouts or sleep! That is a nice feature. 
  • Reminders to Move: I've enjoyed this feature in my new Charge 2 (the One doesn't have it, nor did my old ChargeHR). If I haven't reached my 250steps each hour, I'll get a small nudge to do so. I rarely sit, so I don't get the reminders that often ... the vibration is quite light, sometimes I miss it.
  • Battery Display: With the One, I can only tell the battery level by checking the app or website, or plugging it in to charge. The Alta shows the battery level as one of the options as you scroll through the stats. 
  • Wrist Option: While this post is aimed at the Alta in a clip as an alternate to the One,  you do have the wristband option if by chance you wanted it at some point.

There are several 3rd party clips to choose from ...
This is the one I bought off Amazon

So, while I was originally quite dismayed at finding out the One was no longer available ... my experiment here has proved to me that the Alta will be an adequate alternative for me. My One is still working for now, and I'll wear it until I wear it out! We'll see if Fitbit listens to its clip customers and comes up with any more acceptable solutions. Fitbit doesn't recommend wearing trackers other than the way they were intended, saying that can lead to faulty step counts. Yet my experiment (and I realize two days isn't "proof" or anything) seemed to indicate that it is the wrist wearing placement that can cause greater inaccuracies. And ironically, Fitbit markets a pendant worn around the neck as an option for their Flex2 ...

... I best return the Alta to my son, before I get addicted to THREE trackers at once!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Weekly Report #228

These holidays are getting the best of me! We had the Christmas Party for Hub's side of the family yesterday, and today? Up again for weigh-in. A little over where I was after Thanksgiving weekend. And the true Christmas challenge is yet to come.

But I did receive my Fitbit stats this week!

NUMBERS: Official weight up 136 pounds. Average up too (1.17 to 167.03). No deficit this week, over by 271. Intake average 2457. Burn average 2795. Step average 23697 with 62.51 exercise miles. Cardio minutes 840/894/893/838. Three days over 30k.


 Life Ala LifeCycle ...

Activity was down a bit this week. I only got my elliptical hour in five of the seven days. Five days with treadmill times too. Just four Zumba classes ... Fridays have been a challenge. Not so much for me, I would be going if MZL was having them at the WJ building, but there have been conflicts with the gym being in use.   No bike. No weights. 

The usual driving around and grocery shopping. Almost all the Christmas shopping has been online/delivery. Nail appointment ... I really like having nails, but I dislike the upkeep! I went out to eat with my mom ... slow meal with talking.

Here's a day by day ...

  • Monday (1211) Bad night. Just shy of 30k today, even with the usual (hour of elliptical, Zumba, two treadmill times) activity. A quick stop at Walgreens, the usual carpools, made sugar cookies. The kids had several friends over. 187 steps. 2983
  • Tuesday (1212) Did hit 30k today ... barely. The usual activity. Hour of elliptical, Zumba and two treadmill times. #2 went in to the podiatrist to have his ingrown toenail treated and #5 had a school activity, a community parade/celebration (Mike Rowe in filming his "Returning the Favor" series) so his after school pickup was a little later. Over on eating ... just being bad! Still cold and foggy! 30024 steps. 3039 burn. 2600 intake.
  • Wednesday (1213) Doing a little car switch as #2's car is in for repair and he can't legally drive a rental. So I dropped off his car and picked up the rental and he took my car. I miss my heated seats and steering wheel! #4 had me pick him up early from school, not feeling well. Other than those things ... a normal day. Hour of elliptical, Zumba and two treadmill times. Kept calories in check. 31327 steps. 3205 burn. 1800 intake.
  • Thursday (1214) 35k day! Usual activity ... hour of elliptical, Zumba and two treadmill times. Our car was done mid-day, so I returned the rental to the body shop and picked up #2's Charger. A couple shopping stops. 35002 steps. 3351 burn. 2300 intake.
  • Friday (1215) Didn't get up as early as I usually do (late start at the schools) but still got in two 20min sessions on the elliptical first thing. One more later in the day to equal my hour. No Zumba. One time on the treadmill. Hubs and the boys hit the new "Star Wars" while I went out to visit my mom. We went out to lunch. I overate there and the whole day. 18804 steps. 2499 burn. 3200 intake.
  • Saturday (1216) Busy with basketball today. Four games, but happily no scheduling conflicts. 10, 1, 6, 8. Some shopping. Christmas candy sale! Fit in 30min on the elliptical. 14969 steps. 2396 burn. 2300 intake.
  • Sunday (1217) No exercise today. Big family breakfast in the morning, family Christmas party in the evening. I made brownies and sweet chex mix. Santa came ... 7568 steps. 2092 burn. 2800 intake. 
What I Watched While Working Out
Monday-Thursday I got in my hour of elliptical and hour of treadmill ... that's about a movie a day, so four movies this week. I picked movies that were available on streaming (we have Starz and Showtime right now) but NOT at my local library. The Fifth Estate (2013) was based on true story, the founder of WikiLeaks. I thought it was just okay. I had a bit of a hard time with the white hair look. Flyboys (2006) was one I hadn't heard of, and one I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would. Set back in WWI, sometimes it was a little hard not to compare the flying/fighting with more current/futuristic movies (like Star Wars).  Law Abiding Citizen (2009) ... the whole "suspension of disbelief" really had to come into play here, but it kept my interest and my adrenaline up. Jarhead (2005) was a pretty F-ing movie ... with that I mean that they seemed to be trying to see just how many times it could be said during the film. It was an interesting look at a more recent war. I always struggle a bit with how the military is represented. I realize it has to be tough, but seems so extreme and inhumane. And I'm talking about how they treat each other, NOT the enemy. 

Five Featured Photos ...


There was fog ... and frost. It does look pretty on trees and things. 

Lots of packages ...

Ready for Star Wars!

Santa came to the family party!


Jingle-bell earrings!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Weekly Report #227



While technically it looks like a loss from last week to now ... it's still up from the preceding weeks. Why is this so hard? I did good on exercise Mon-Thurs, but the eating is the issue. While four of the seven days intake was below burn (estimates on both of course), I wasn't able to keep intake under 2000, which seems to be the key. This girl likes to eat.

**Fitbit failed to send my weekly report ***
Again. Didn't get one for my ChargeHR either. 
Come on Fitbit!

NUMBERS: Official weight down one pound. Average down a smidge (-.13 to 166.54). Tiny deficit for the week (-55) with average intake at 2393 and average burn at 2843. Step average was 23939 with 68 logged miles. Cardio minutes 840/848/839 with 30minutes w/Weights. Four 30k days, those also had 3000+ burns. 


Life ala Life Cycle ...

The first four days were good ... Monday through Thursday I got in my hour of elliptical, my hour of Zumba and hour of treadmill.  I hit the bike once, and got in one weight workout.

Then, the weekend. I failed on Friday, hitting the elliptical and treadmill for 30min each. Only 30min total time on the elliptical for Sat/Sun.

The usual driving around, grocery shopping and basketball games were the other weekly activities (I know, my life is exciting!)

Here's the day by day ...

  • Monday (1204) Back to the routine. 30k day. Hour of elliptical, Zumba w/Debbie and two treadmill times. Stayed busy w/blogging, shopping, laundry, dishes and ducks. Made a muvee too. Chicken&wild rice soup for dinner. 31634 steps. 3236 burn.
  • Tuesday (1205) Productive day. 30k. Got in my hour of elliptical early. Zumba w/Marian. Two treadmill times and weights during the school day. Bike before bed. Made coconut goodies ... ate some too. Over on intake today. Under burn, but ... 33777 steps. Hubs worked until very late! 3273 burn. 2600 intake.
  • Wednesday (1206) My usual for a 30k day ... hour of elliptical, Zumba w/MZL and two treadmill times. A little grocery shopping. Taco salad for dinner. Mint brownies for dessert (most went into the freezer for storage). 32566 steps. 3328 burn. 2150 intake.
  • Thursday (1207) The numbers are very similar to yesterday ... of course the workouts were pretty much the same. Hour of elliptical, Zumba and two treadmill times. Some shopping at Sams. Pot roast for dinner, gingersnaps for today's baking. #4 and #5 had basketball practice in the evening. 33540 steps. 3329 burn. 2300 intake.
  • Friday (1208) Urrg ... feeling a bit off today. Nothing specific, but I attempted elliptical twice in the morning and gave up after five minutes. Very unlike me. I did eventually get 30min on the treadmill, and 30min elliptical. Double practice for #5 in the evening. 16312 steps. 2369 burn. 2300 intake.
  • Saturday (1209) Just one 20min session on the elliptical. Busy with four basketball games with the boys. Chocolate milk taste test in the evening. 11258 steps. 2261 burn. 2700 intake. 
  • Sunday (1210) Rest day, although I did 10min on the elliptical. Family breakfast, brisket dinner. Cleaned out a closet. Made a muvee. 8487 steps. 2106 burn. 2700 intake.
 What I Watched While Working Out
Just four days of good workouts ... just four movies. Brimstone (2017) kept my interest. Very dark and disturbing. Had four "chapters" with time shifts (present, past, further past, back to the present). Mr. Brooks (2007) was interesting, if a bit far fetched. I'd heard of The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) but had never seen it. I really liked it, even though I'm not into golf at all. Finally there was Cold Creek Manor (2003).  I think I was expecting more of a supernatural scare, but this was just a mystery with a crazy previous owner.  I liked all the movies this week. Bagger Vance was the one I'd most recommend. Just a "feel good" show.

Five Featured Photos ...

 #5 got new basketball shoes ...

 We have Christmas Lights ...

 It was "National Brownie Day" ... HAD to celebrate ;)

 Kitten "helping" #2 with homework ...

... and a chocolate milk taste test!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Weekly Review #226


Well ... this wasn't the week, or weigh-in, I wanted. It started off good as far as exercise, but eating was never quite in control ... and it got out of control a few days there. Unlike last week (with Thanksgiving and kids out of school), I had NO excuses. Hopefully the two pound jump from Sunday to Monday morning was some water retention with our late night popcorn binge and it will quickly correct. It's the eating. I need to do better.

I DID get my Fitbit report this week 
(after it mysteriously disappeared for two weeks).
 NUMBERS: Official weigh-in up 1.6 pounds. Average up too (1.16 to 166.67). Average intake was 2564. Average burn 2937. Intake over burn three days ... no deficit. Over (280). Average steps 25,915 with 7607 logged miles. Cardio minutes 900/979/976/909. Minutes with Weights 30/15.


Life Ala Life Cycle ...

EXERCISE: Hour of elliptical completed six out of the seven days. Treadmill time five days. Just four Zumba classes ... no MZL class on Friday. I'd hoped to do an hour on my own, but I didn't. One session on the bike. One weight workout, one Abs.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: The usual driving around and grocery shopping. A little Christmas shopping too. Basketball started up. Four games on Saturday.  Hubs and I went out on a dinner date. 




A look at the Day by Day ...

  • Monday (1127) Back to routine ... got in my hour of elliptical early, then Zumba (Carma and I subbing Debbie's class). Two treadmill times, bike, and a little extra Zumba. Weights too. Had hoped to keep calories under 2000 but I was hungry. 37373 steps. 3509 burn. 2200 intake.
  • Tuesday (1128) Hour of elliptical then Zumba w/Marian. I did some practice on my own at home too. Two treadmill times and some abs/core. 34276 steps.3255 burn. 2400 intake.
  • Wednesday (1129) Hit 30k, but didn't feel very productive today. Got my hour of elliptical in early, Zumba w/MZL and two treadmill times. #4 had "Job Shadow" with Grandma today. A trip to CalRanch for duck stuff. 31305 steps. 3103 burn. 2300 intake.
  • Thursday (1130) Didn't quite hit 30k ... so close but just too tired at end of day for those 500+ more steps. Hour of elliptical, Zumba w/MZL with a stop at Sears and Sam'sClub on the way home. Also a wasted trip to Big5, as they were sold out of their sale items. One time on the treadmill. Made sugar cookie Christmas trees yesterday, cookie press trees today. Ate said cookies. #4 had practice, I dropped him off and #3 picked him up so I could head to bed. 29484 steps. 3204 burn. 2200 intake.
  • Friday (1201) No Zumba :( Did get in my hour of elliptical. One time on the treadmill. Lots of "end of month" stuff to do (blog post, photo backup, number crunching). Stayed busy. #5 had double basketball practices in the evening.  19768 steps. 2702 burn. 2900 intake.
  • Saturday (1202) Busy day with basketball, four games with the boys. Fit in 30min on the elliptical. Hubs brought home some donuts in the morning, and there were still cookies and other treats around too. Hubs got a dog run set up ... for the ducks. Christmas lights up on the house too. 15210 steps. 2495 burn. 2700 intake. 
  • Sunday (1203) No big breakfast. Hubs and I did a lunch date (chicken fettichini for me) and some Popeyes in the evening. Plus popcorn ... uber over on calories in. Got in three 20min sessions on the elliptical at least. 13986 steps. 2294 burn. 3250 intake.
What I Watched While Working Out ...
An odd assortment of exercise entertainment this week ... Burke&Hare (2010)... I've enjoyed the silly Simon Pegg in other movies. This one didn't quite do it for me. Just ehh. Brooklyn's Finest (2009) with an all-star cast. Totally dark and depressing. Big Night (1996) had high reviews, and I really like Stanley Tucci and Tony Shaloub, but ... again, it was just ehh for me. I could see this being discussed and dissected in a book-club like setting. Mark Anthony had a cameo role ... never said a word! Killing Season (2013) with John Travolta with a weird beard and accent. Didn't have good reviews, and unfortunately, I agree! I was just shaking my head and rolling my eyes. The Last Survivors (2014) is one right up my reading alley. Wast this ever in theaters, or was it a direct to streaming? Again ... just ehhh. I don't think I'd recommend any of the movies I watched this week.

Five Featured Photos...

 #4 went with Maga to work ... Job Shadow

 A couple of my cookie creations this week ...

 ... and these cuties (#2 and his girlfriend) made cookies too.
Is it any wonder my calorie counts are out of control?

 New Office Space -- the bedroom desk HAD been my spot for 20 years. I decided it was time to let Hubs have a turn there (he is less cluttered, which is nice for the bedroom). My new spot isn't bad at all ... kitty seems to like it!

... and we got a dog run set up. For the ducks ...

Friday, December 1, 2017

November 2017

There were many family get-togethers this November ... all involved eating. My birthday. Hub's birthday. Thanksgiving, and my BIL's annual "Leg Lamp Lighting" (are you familiar with the movie "A Christmas Story?" Fall basketball wrapped up with a 1st place position for the Grizzlies, and Cooper went to the Capital. 

NUMBERS: Weight started at 165.8 and ended at 165.9. The high was 167.3 with the low 163.5. Average 165.13. Average Intake 2327. Average Burn 2927. Deficit for the month (-7177). Total steps 773,455 with the average at 25,782 and 334.86 logged miles. Cardio minutes came in at 4160/4409 with weights 120/30 for the month. 



Life ala Life Cycle ...

EXERCISE: I got my hour of elliptical in 24 days, just missing three days overall.  Also 24 days for treadmill time. 21 Zumba classes, with a little extra on my own. Four sessions on the bike. Weights three times, Abs/Core twice.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: More eating out this month with the birthday dinners. The usual chauffering, and grocery shopping. Some non-grocery shopping as well, and salon time getting my nails done.

I did mow the lawn once ... I guess I forgot to log it or it wasn't enough to make it on the monthly graph. It's been a nice November weather-wise.



*** JenB's Journal ***

1101 (Wednesday) Weight 165.8. Steps 32581. Total Burn 3290. Exercise Burn 1550/1529 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.75milesTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 2400. Leftover Halloween candy ... for breakfast and during the day. #1 even went to the store to try and grab some after-Halloween sale Reeses pumpkins. I got in my three 20min sessions on the elliptical while getting the boys off to school. Then Zumba w/MZL. It's been a smaller group lately. I'm fine with that. Used to be predominantly polynesian and hispanic too, but not today. Stats: 6497 steps. 2.8 miles. 457/419 burn. AvHR116. High 141. In zone 22 of the 65 minutes. I would have stopped at a store on the way home, but as #1 had run to Walmart in search of clearance candy I'd given him a list of the few items we needed picked up. It was a bit breezy out. I don't think the duckies liked that. They retreated into the doghouse and I didn't open up the pen until later. Spent some time with my "end of the month" activities ... getting a blog post up, one second every day video, backing up photos. The latter was made MUCH more difficult because when #2 backed up his phone (upgraded to the new iphone8) all his pictures appeared on my phone. All 2500+ of them. Ahhh. It was a little fun to glance though, I'd seen many of them. Attempted some research to see if there was an easy way to get them off. Turned of the stream and icloud and I think that should help future stuff but didn't impact those already on my phone. I guess I get to do it all manually. Got in my two treadmill times to finish up my movie, a "zombie" one called "Cell" where cell phones are what turned people. Eh. Also got in a session on the bike before bed. #1 was feeling off again and skipped class again (biology this time). It's hard when college kids live at home. I wouldn't be aware of it if they were living on campus somewhere. #3 also ducked out of school early (basketball class). Took a nap, I felt bad waking him for his 4:00-9:00 shift.

1102 (Thursday) Weight 165.2. Steps 31212. Total Burn 3211. Exercise Burn 1450/1453 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 2400. Hubs was up and off early (around 4:00) for a long weekend with his brother in Canada. I couldn't get back to sleep though ... although I still didn't get up until 5:45. Got my hour of elliptical in, then Zumba w/MZL.  Stats: 6908 steps. 3.05 miles. 427/441 burn. AvHR 115. High 143. In zone 17 of the 65 minutes. Stopped at Sam'sClub on the way home. Didn't let the ducks out immediately as they were in the doghouse. When the sun came out more a bit later I went and let them out for their free time. Nice day today, but the weather is turning this weekend. Early out at the elementary. I really have to remind myself of that these off schedule days. Finished up my movie "Secrets In Their Eyes" (Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman) with two times on the treadmill. Really meant to get back down for abs or bike. #3 was around after school and did hit the gym for a bit. Cooked up Snickerdoodles with the dough from the freezer ... still waiting on the replacement parts for my mixer. Spent some time out with the duckies prepping the pen, changing the water, and put them in for the night. Dropped #5 off at bb practice, picking up Collin on the way. They help us with carpools so often it was nice to be able to return the favor, and he's right on the way. Back later for pickup. Having some tummy trouble tonight. Actually went down to the gym to bike, but wasn't sure I'd be able to make 30minutes. I was already at 30k, so it's all good I guess. The boys were watching "Stranger Things" and passed up where I was. I had to run in the kitchen to take my pill and try not to catch anything.

1103 (Friday) Weight 164.9. Steps 26372. Total Burn 2961. Exercise Burn 1200/1204 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/2.1milesTreadmill). Calories in 2500. Elementary was out today, so I planned on sleeping in some. Up around 7:00. I almost forgot to give the duckies their breakfast (a salad and kibble) with the routine disrupted. They always seem like they are STARVING. Not sure how wild duckies make it! Got in 30min elliptical before heading out to Zumba w/MZL. The parking lot was still almost empty when I got there at 9:10 (supposed to start at 9:00) but more people trickled in. Stats: 6255 steps. 2.7 miles. 429/396 burn. AvHR111. High 141. In zone 20 of the 63 minutes. I stopped at the salon for a fill afterward, as it's on the way home. I'd been biting at my nails and picked the topcoat off some on several. Poor #5 was pretty bored I think. His Minecraft hadn't been working, but I got it up and running. That entertains him. We don't have any friends in the neighborhood and hadn't really made plans with any outside it. #1 had cut his work short to go to a doctor appointment ... they basically said "if you think it's eggs, stay away from eggs" ... they didn't do a blood test for celiac or salmonella or really anything. Very disappointing. He missed his school class for that too. I still had the usual middle school pickup. #5 had his practice, our usual ride wasn't going so I was dropping him off at the coach's house (closer than practice, which I CAN drive, but it's out of my comfort zone and takes a lot longer). #4 wanted to hang with friends, and I dropped him off afterward. They played basketball at the park for a while, then went to play games at one of the nearby houses (all the other boys live close/walkable). I was a little late putting the ducks in their pen for the night. It can be harder when I'm late, as they don't see well in the dark and it's harder to get them where I want them to go. But I'd left the pen propped up, with the light on, in case they wanted to go in for the warmpth or doghouse, and sure enough, they were already in there waiting. I gave them their dinner and put the pen down for the night. I was feeling a little off and tired and texted him around 9:00 asking him how much longer he thought they'd be going, and he replied a while. I might have pushed him coming home, but he so rarely goes anywhere or does social things, so I didn't want to cut it short. But ... my feeling off went to feeling terrible. Such a bad headache, and nausea and cramps. Is that what a migrane feels like? #3 was home, and I made arrangements with him to pick up #4 when his activity ended (about 10:30). Then #3 went to a sleepover with his Copperton friends.

Saturday (1104) Weight 164.9. Steps 13746. Total Burn 2385. Exercise Burn 350/629 (30minElliptical). Calories in 2100. Last night at practice, #5's team decided not to play in their 9:00 am game. It was against the top team, who had already smashed us once. There was no possiblity of a win and they all voted to sleep in and save strength for the 4:00 playoff game in the Dimple Dell league. I sure didn't mind sleeping in after my night. I was feeling back to normal though. I went out and fed the duckies. I propped the pen up while I put their food in, and while my back was turned ... it fell. I saw two startled ducks at the back of the pen, one outside the pen and ... where was the fourth? He was pinned under the log I use to prop up the pen. Poor baby! I rescued him and I think he's okay. I watched for a while and he seemed to be walking and eating normally. I dug in the garden for them, and cleaned out the pen area, refilling the water and pool ... the next few days are turning rainy and colder. I got in a session on the elliptical, and did some cleanup of the house. #1 had invited friends over to he wanted it straightened ... he even cleaned the main bathroom, which really needed it. Then #5 and I were off to his 1:00 game with his Grizzlies. It was against the #1 seed, a team we hadn't played during the regular season (Fire). They had beat the two teams we'd lost to (UBC and Legends) but not by much, and we hadn't lost to those two by much, so we figured it was winnable, should be a good game. It was. Very close the entire time, and then our boys pulled ahead and got the win! Onto the championship game (a rematch against either UBC or Legends). We had a bit of time to go home, change uniforms, restock the water and recharge the camcorder ... then off to the Wolves game. Another good, close game. The other team had good defence and kept our boys from attempting shots, and the shots they did get off weren't going in. They pushed through and pulled it out in the end. Onto next Saturday, and if we win that, then the Championship game the following week ... but I looked it up and it would be at the exact same time as the Grizzlies championship game. Arrgg! I guess we'll see what happens next week before we stress too much. #5 wanted to go play basketball with friends again. Originally the plan had been 4:30 ... a time I'd be gone and couldn't take him, and #2 was leaving around 4:00 to go play ball with his buddies. I suggested he take #4 with him, then when #4 got the call that his friends were at the park, #2 could take a quick break and run him there (the church he was playing at was not too far from the park). But ... #4 never got the call, it got pushed to 6:00. #4 played a couple games of 21 with the bigger kids as he was there with them. I was home in time to run him at 6:00 ... although at that point it's so close to getting dark, I wasn't sure it was worth it. I stopped at the store on the way home, and sure enough, before I was even done shopping, #4 texted for pickup (it had been about a half hour). I quickly checked out and ran back to get him. It was completely black! #1 had his friends over and played games ... figured they'd get that in while Dad was gone ;) He comes back tomorrow.

Sunday (1105) Weight 164.7. Steps 19408. Total Burn 2623. Exercise Burn 950/865 (60minElliptical, 30min/2milesTreadmill). Calories in 1900. Slept in ... and we benefitted from the extra hour due to daylight savings. I won't like it getting dark earlier though. Without Hubs home, and with a family activity later in the day being breakfast stuff, we didn't do our big breakfast ... just cocoa and toast. I did a quick store stop to grab a cake for the family gathering tonight. I got some workouts in today, three times on the elliptical and one treadmill time. Finished up the second season of "Stranger Things" and successfully watched it myself before seeing spoilers while the boys watched. The three (#2 and #3 aren't watching, too busy) brothers watching have just two episodes left (which is what I had when the day started). We headed out to my folks for a family party. Celebration of November birthdays (both Hubs and I, my mom and more). I brought the cakes and some peppermint patties for a gift for Mom (she likes them) and all the kids went in on an Instant Pot for her too. My youngest brother's family left early, when their oldest threw up. My oldest brother was there with a couple kids as well as my Aunt and Uncle. #1 brought his girlfriend, and #3 came as he had the day off work. Missed #2 as he was working though. Hubs was home when we got back, even though he had over an hour delay waiting on the plane. It snowed in Seattle as he was leaving. Good to have him back. Regular routine again tomorrow ...

Monday (1106) Weight 164.3. Steps 30863. Total Burn 3247. Exercise Burn 1350/1494 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.56milesTreadmill). Calories in 1500. Happy that the weight didn't do it's usual weekend bump-up. I did TRY to keep calories in check. Was able to do so today ... even with a little leftover birthday cake for breakfast. Three 20min sessions on the elliptical early. #1 was home, the pancakes from last having disagreed with him again. He missed work, but made it into school. Zumba w/Debbie ... I was running a tad late but still got in my hour. Stats: 5876 steps. 2.53 miles. 359/351 burn. AvHR107. High138. In zone 8 of the 60 minutes. Stop at Smiths on the way home, as even though I'd just been on Saturday, we needed a few things. Unfortunately my prescription didn't get filled in time (it was actually out, so they had to call the doctor for a refill which was authorized, but I do need to get in for my annual physical)... so I'll have to go back again in the next day or so. Wasn't super productive during the day. It does take a while to unload the groceries and get them all put away. I did spend a while down in the food storage room getting everything in place (sometimes I just drop the bags and wait to put away another day). #1 helped me out by returning the cable box to Xfinity. They have such poor customer service there though, took him over an hour, and all he had to do was drop it off and get a recipet.  That should be a 5min process. Could be automated. But I'm glad I didn't have to do it. Got my weekly weigh-in blog post up. Unload and load the dishwasher. Garbages. Laundry. I got one time on the treadmill while the kids were at school, and another after pickups. Cooked some chicken for dinner prep (tomorrow's) and made black bean and spinach enchiladas for tonight. #2 was at work though, and Hubs worked late and then wasn't hungry, but #1 ate them ... he was the one who requested them. Trying some elimination of wheat and egg, so I used corn tortillas, although they sure don't keep rolled as well and break easily. Prepped some bread crumbs for tomorrow too ... they get nice and dry and crispy when I leave them overnight. Last day of decent weather for a few days, so out with the ducks I refilled their waters and turned over the soil in the pen, restocked the bedding and got them in for the night with their dinner. Then I unhooked the hoses so if(when) it freezes we don't get broken pipes. Hubs was up for watching an episode of "Outlander" before sleep.

Tuesday (1107) Weight 163.5. Steps 28021. Total Burn 2985. Exercise Burn 1340/1234 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.75milesTreadmill). Calories in 3100. The days started off good, normal. Got in my hour of elliptical ... Showtime had signed me out down on the gym Roku though, which was annoying. I had to re-set that up. Luckily I had gotten up a little early and had a little extra time so I stayed on schedule. Cold morning, so I fed the ducks but kept them in the pen with the heat lamp until later in the day. Brrrrr. Brisk backyard ... and it will just get colder, and snowey! Got the boys off to school and hit Zumba. I had Marian's bag, so I have to be on time! I usually am anyway. Stats: 5760 steps. 2.52 miles. 357/328 burn. AvHR109. High134. In zone 6 of the 59 minutes. I knew #3 would be around after school and probably using the gym, so I made sure to get in my two treadmill times during the day. Watched "Southpaw" which I didn't think I'd like (but I am much more willing to give movies a chance in the gym than in the theater) and it was actually pretty good. After school pickups, then I made chicken pillows for an early dinner. Hubs wasn't going to make it home until really late anyway. Trying to catch up on work after he missed a couple days for his getaway, they lost an employee, so that work is falling to him ... and they are just busy regardless. I lost ALL motivation in the early evening. So tired. Didn't feel sick or even off, just exhausted. It was about 6:30 and I only half jokingly asked the kids if it was too early for me to go to bed. Yesterday part of the drain could have been the low calories ... NOT the case today, as I'd been a nibbler, eating everything, including half a carton of Moose Tracks ice cream. Uber over. Hubs had been given two tickets to the Jazz game for the evening, but as he was working late, he was passing them on to the kids. #2 was too busy, #3 a little young to handle the trip downtown on his own and #1 had school ... not that that stopped him, he went, taking his girlfriend. I did go to bed early. Not to sleep really, but just had to rest my eyes for a while. Was still awake when Hubs got home and we watched an episode before falling asleep.

Wednesday (1108) Weight 164.2. Steps 35040. Total Burn 3521. Exercise Burn 1550/1773 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.8milesTreadmill). Calories in 2600 . Slept better I think. My stats (Fitbit and Sleep Center) didn't really show it, but I know I had a couple dreams that I still remembered when waking ... although then they fade pretty quick. One had to do with the ducks ;) #3 didn't have school today, as the sophomores were taking a practice ACT and seniors had college prep ... Juniors just had the day off. He slept in until quite late, well after I returned from Zumba and a shopping stop. The morning was very cold, so I fed the ducks but had them stay in their pen. Had to break the ice on their water. Everything was frozen over. I even wore a jacket to Zumba (usually it is just tied around my waist ... it did end up there after a few songs). Carma came, and I brought one of #4's Alta bands, as hers was broken and I'd bought him a set. Class hasn't been big lately, and was pretty small today. Stats: 7596 steps. 3.43 miles. 494/491 burn. AvHR 117. High 137. In zone 24 of the 70 minutes. Stopped at Maceys on the way home. I needed more lettuce for the babies, but there was a ton of stuff on sale too. Grabbed #4's favorite cereal, usually over $4 priced a 3/$5 and the cookie mixes (I wanted to restock on the sugar cookie and peanut butter ones) and a bunch of other stuff. Even with #3 home, I was on my own unloading as he was still sleeping. Took much of it downstairs, but didn't get it put away immediately ... but I did by end of day. Still quite cold out, but I let the babies have free run of the yard. #1 showed up at home. Should have been at school after his morning work shift but was feeling yucky with a headache, sore throat and fever. He was freezing, so he bundled up and got under the covers and I got him the heating pad and some hot chocolate and some ibuprofen. He slept for a while and then moved into the overheated phase. I got two treadmill times in before afternoon pickups. I whipped up one of the fancy brownie mixes (cookie/brownie) I'd picked up earlier ... they all got eaten. I made macaroni rosa for dinner. I thought all pasta had egg, but it actually does not (although processed on the same equipment that does the egg noodles). #1 was too hungry to wait for it though, so he had leftover enchiladas. #2 had some and Hubs later, after work and a derby. #3 was at work and the littles don't eat it. I don't eat it. Still ate plenty today. Did okay, and was under goal just barely ... then Hubs brought home some glazed donuts from the derby and they looked yummy. I did get a session on the bike in too, so still kept calories under burn, but over goal.

Thursday (1109) Weight 164.2. Steps 31071. Total Burn 3099. Exercise Burn 1330/1351 (60minEllipitcal, Zumba, 60min/3.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 3500. Didn't quite get in my hour of elliptical in early ... got a little off schedule having to check credit cards and such when Hubs got a suspicious email about a $50 giftcard he'd supposedly purchased. Although he had set up an Itunes account for him originally, he now uses thes family one, but doesn't even have itunes on his computer. So ... I think we are okay. Think it was a phishing scheme. There had been a "click here if you did not authorize this purchase" and I had warned Hubs not to give out ANY information, and he said it did look suspicious. I forwarded the email to Apple security. That did put me behind schedule, so I only had time for a 10min session before elementary drop-off. Zumba with MZL. Feeling a bit sluggish this morning. Stats: 6651 steps. 3 miles. 391/342 burn. AvHR109. HIgh 128. In zone 3 of the 63 minutes. There were a lot of instructors there today, as they were having a baby shower for one of the ladies afterward. I just do the dancing though, not the social stuff (of which MZL does a lot). I usually stop at Sam's, but skipped it today, as I knew I had to make a run to Smiths. I saved that for later though. #1 had skipped work and school again, still feeling flu symptoms. Not a productive day ... just not feeling motivated. I'd put a roast in the crock pot earlier, and I roasted some baby potatoes to go with it. Baked some cookies (just a fridge pack ... still don't have my mixer parts). Afternoon pickups ... early out at the elementary, then middle school, then back to the elementary for parent/teacher conferences with #5. Raving review of course, as always. I did get in two treadmill times. Hubs and #3 did a derby. The ducks were out all day. It was really nice today. Sunny and warm (60°s) and I even had to turn on the a/c in the car. #5 had practice in the evening. I dropped him off then ran to Smiths. Picked up my prescription, and some stock up on good sales (brownie mix for 49¢ and Cream of Mushroom/Chicken for that too). Grabbed more greens for the birds, also a big mini watermelon. Hurried home and unloaded, getting perishables put away, and other stuff downstairs (although not put away, that will happen another day) and back to the church to pickup #5 from practice. Feeling very tired and ate EVERYTHING today. Didn't take my thyroid medication (that was the prescription that needed picking up) nor my SQ. Not sure if that affected my energy, or if that's all just psychosomatic.

Friday (1110) Weight 164.2. Steps 28308. Total Burn 3011. Exercise Burn 1340/1265 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.65milesTreadmill). Calories in 3200. Happy Birthday to me. My weight really hasn't fluctuated this week, which is a little surprising as eating has been a bit (more than a bit) out of control. Today too ... starting with #3 making me waffles for breakfast. No simple mix, but from scratch, with separated eggs, whipped egg whites and everything. A candle in it too. #5 was out of school, so I didn't have the usual morning school run. Got in just one elliptical session, then off to Zumba. I didn't do a store stop on the way home. Got in my remaining elliptical to add up to my hour, and got in one time on the treadmill. No elementary pickup with them out, but still had the middle school pickup. I'd planned on dropping #5 off for practice at 5:30, but Hubs wanted to do a family birthday dinner and wanted #5 there ... so no practice today. Coach ended up cancelling as a couple other kids couldn't make it either. Friday nights can be hard. We all loaded up into the Sequoya and headed out, but not too far into the ride, Hubs pulled over and he and #1 switched places, as Hubs was spinning. He said to continue to the resturant, that it would either pass or he could stay in the car (although I would have been fine going home too). He ended up feeling okay and eating with us. Maga came too. Yummy cheese sticks and fish and chips. We had made it there before the dinner rush, but it was sure packed as we were leaving. We also hit horrid traffic on the way home ... the power was out over a big area. Traffic lights out at the intersections on 40th at 98th and 90th. Smiths was completely black, as was the gas station and McDonalds and the other stores in the area. It must have been an interesting experience for those inside the store (Smiths) away from windows ... would have been pitch black! I guess these days everyone has phones, so they have a "flashlight" with them almost always, but still. Power was one past 90th (in fact Smith's gas station had power). I hadn't put the duckies away before dinner, so I prepped their meal and got them in their pen for the night. Hubs is always a bit "hungover" after an attack, even a minor one. He lay down for a bit and I teased him that I was afraid he'd be asleep if I hit the treadmill for 30min. He said he'd still be up ... but he wasn't. He did wake up though, and we watched an episode of "Outlander". ♥

Saturday (1111) Weight 164.5. Steps 24420. Total Burn 2828. Exercise Burn 965/1081 (60minElliptical, 60min/3.58milesTreadmill, WEIGHTS). Calories in 2000. Love being able to sleep in ... even if I don't really sleep in. Awake and up around 7:00 anyway. Hit the elliptical for a session first thing. Hubs headed into work, and then was meeting a friend to go to Wendover for a guy's night, early birthday for him. #5 had a couple basketball games in Lehi, and I wasn't up for the drive or three hours there (games at 12:00 and 2:00) so I just sent him with a teammate. Dropped him off. Got in another elliptical session, one treadmill time and weights. Spent some time outside filling the green waste with leaves. We don't have one tree in the yard, but still manage to accumulate a lot of leaves. Refilled the ducks water and turned over some of the soil. I meant to mow the lawn, but ran out of time. #5 had a 5:00 game at Eastmont, and I was taking him to that and watching and video taping it. We won this one, which means we play in the championship next week at 1:00 ... the exact same time as #5's 6th grade team playing in their championship. We've both been stressed about this for well over a week. Hate to miss an important game, to let a team down ... but I feel like he should play with his Grizzlies, as they need him a bit more and we committed to them before we agreed to the Dimple Dell league. I did approach the coach about our predicament and he was understanding. Still .... arggg!  With Hubs gone in the evening, I got in a late treadmill time. Not bad steps for a Saturday, and knowing I wasn't getting in as much activity as a weekday, I really tried to keep calories in check for once this week!

Sunday (1112) Weight 164.2. Steps 11097. Total Burn 2228. Exercise Burn 440/494 (40minElliptical). Calories in 2700. Hubs was home, so we did our big family breakfast. I put on hashbrowns and sausage while Hubs smoked bacon and made waffles and eggs. I always feel so full after our big breakfast ... just want to go back to bed! But, Hubs wanted to make dinner and needed some stuff from the store, and I wanted a couple things, so we went together. I was a bit silly. I'm not sure if he'll go shopping with me again. ;) I did get in a couple sessions on the elliptical, catching up on a "Grey's Anatomy" while I worked out. The older boys were all gone in the evening, so it was only four of us (Hubs and I and the two littles) for his yummy bacon wrapped turkey tenders and mashed taters. I had made sugar cookies, pumpkins and my annual turkey cookies. I had a couple of those too. Calories uber over. Back at it tomorrow! ♥

Monday (1113). Weight 166.4. Steps 33246. Total Burn 3217. Exercise Burn 1475/1646 (60minEllipitcal, Zumba, 60min/3.6milesTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 2200. I beat Hubs out of bed ... that's pretty rare. #1 was still asleep too. I had hoped he hadn't had to call into work sick again, but he said he'd arranged for a couple days off. Got the boys off to school, and fit my hour of elliptical in as I did so. It is cool out, but the sun was up so I let the ducks out of the pen before heading out to Zumba. It was fun, we had quite the crowd today! Several new people, one gal and her little girl that I recognized from Thursday's MZL class. Stats: 6567 steps. 2.92 miles. 420/440 burn. AvHR113. High 139. In Zone 14 of the 63 minutes. I stopped at Costco on the way home. My salted caramels were on sale, and I figured I'd grab some, although they were priced higher originally than I'd thought, so it wasn't as good a deal as I was anticipating ($6.99). I'm always a bit annoyed when in their mailer they just say "$2.50 off" ... and don't say what the price actually is. Grabbed some lettuce for the ducks, some chocolate milk for the boys and a couple other items. I'm more comfortable with Sam'sClub. I know where everything is, and I LOVE their Scan and Go for checkout. This was probably only my third or fourth trip to Costco myself. Brought in the groceries. I still haven't gotten the last purchases put away downstairs, still need to do that. Did some dishes and laundry. Hit the treadmill once while the boys were in school, and then again after afternoon pickups. #5 had a friend come home with him to hang out. I made them Mac&Cheese, as he didn't get picked up until after 7:00.  No real dinner as we have leftovers and Hubs worked late. #1 was gone all day, off to his girlfriend's after his college classes. #2 had a basketball game and #3 had work. #4 watched all the NBA games of the evening, several close ones. I hit the stationary bike, watching a show rather than reading. Trying to get in the Starz/Showtime stuff as we have them for three months free, and then I am planning on cancelling. Tried to keep calories in check, but went over goal. At least stayed under burn.

Tuesday (1114). Weight 164.5. Steps 33371. Total Burn 3395. Exercise Burn 1425/1648 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/4.1milesTreadmill, 15minBike, 15minAbs). Calories in 2500. Hubs was up uber early this morning. I got in my hour of elliptical early. Got the boys off to school, pets fed, ducks out. Zumba w/Marian. 6228 steps. 2.7miles. 414/380 burn. AvHR116. High140. In zone 21 minutes. Marian had to head out to work so I finished up class. Not super productive during the day, although I did get in both my treadmill times while the kids were at school, as #3 didn't have work and planned on hitting the gym in the late afternoon. #4 wanted to go play basketball with friends. First it was just at the local rec center, then it was to be at one further from home (Herriman) and a little out of my comfort zone and willingness to drive ... but I said I could get him to a friend's house if he could catch a ride from there. Then it switched back to the nearby rec center (Gene Fullmer) but they were still meeting at a friend's house. But when I got there, instead of dropping him off, we were picking up and I was still taking them to the rec center. It was fine, but I wondered if it was an "oops" or if it was calculated. #4 mentioned "I don't remember Gene Fullmer being this far away" ... and it isn't, but it takes a lot longer if you go the opposite direction to pick up a friend, and then have further to drive and there's rush hour traffic. Took a while to get home, and then they only hung out there for a little over an hour before wanting to be picked up again. Traffic was still bad. So that was an hour+ of driving I didn't have planned in my day. I had gone done to hit the bike when I got the "come pick us up" text ... so only 15min rather than the usual 30 minutes. I did some abs too, and also got in some Zumba practice. I haven't been doing much of that. I'd spent a little time earlier rearranging playlists into 1. MY songs that I do regularly 2. Songs I know perfectly but don't really consider them "mine 3. Songs I know pretty well and can do if I'm Zumbaing on my own and 4. Those that I'd need to look up steps, can't do without an instructor. So lots of activity today ... but also lots of eating. I'd made frosted graham crackers with the leftover frosting from the turkey cookies (those were still around to tempt too). I posted about frosted graham crackers on social media and it was fun to see so many memories and responses about them. Then #2 brought home donuts from Dunford. I cannot resist them. He brought a pink cookie and also had a belated birthday present, a cute keychain with a picture of all my boys (including Hubs). Hubs worked late again, overwhelmed with work :(

Wednesday (1115) Weight 165.3. Steps 37207. Total Burn 3448. Exercise Burn 1450/1698 (60minEllptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 1950. Hubs slept in until 5:00 today ... that's about his normal (whereas Monday he was later and I beat him up, and yesterday he was up and off at 3:00 am). I didn't feel like I'd slept very well, although my trackers didn't seem to indicate too bad of a night. I felt like I'd been awake since 4:00. Dragging a bit, but my hour of elliptical is habit. I got it in, and once the boys were off, I hit Zumba w/MZL. There have been low numbers there lately. Stats: 6551 steps. 2.86miles. 415/414 burn. AvHR113. High 136. In zone 11 of the 62 minutes. Stopped at Walmart on the way home. The tub/shower in the master has been a bit backed up. I had a little tool for clearing it out, but it had been misplaced, so I wanted to grab another (grabbed three to have extras). Got a thermometer for out in the duck pen (wireless, so I can see it from inside) and a small one for down in the gym ... I like to see the temp down there. It's usually pretty chilly! Picked up some fruites and veggies, and when putting them away, I just pulled out the crisper drawers all together. They have been sticking and ... yikes, I could see why. Something had dripped down onto the bottom of the fridge and, it was scarey! Took a while getting that cleaned up. Ironically, as I was on social media a bit later it was posted that today was "clean out your fridge day" ... who knew? The toilet in the main bathroom also had its flusher broken (slipped off) but #1 was home in the morning and was able to get that repaired. Did a little more Zumba practice and got in one treadmill time while the boys were in school. Afternoon pickups, then I mowed the lawn. It hasn't grown much lately, with the cold and the water off, but it's still nice to get it evened out, and to pickup up the leaves that have blown all over. I'd planned on doing it today, but when I was unloading the groceries earlier it was SO cold. It had warmed up a bit in the afternoon. Then I spent some time out back with the ducks. Turned over the pen and refilled all the water tubs. It gets dark so early now! I put the duckies in the pen for the night with the evening meal ... keeping an eye on the temperature now that I can. For the most part, the ducks don't gather under the heat lamp most of the time, but huddle together in a different corner. Sometimes in the morning when the temperature drops more, I do find them closer to the heat. Hubs had a derby, and #3 went along to help. I hit the treadmill one more time, even though I was already over 30k. I needed to finish my movie of the day. Did a little better keeping calories in check ... quantity if not quality.

Thursday (1116) Weight 164.6. Steps 33628. Total Burn 3348. Exercise Burn 1351/1600 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.6milesTreadmill). Calories in 1800. Another big day.  Got in the usual exercise, although I got a tiny bit off schedule in the morning. After the initial 20min, I only got in two 15 min sessions, and had to finish up with a 10min one later in the day. Zumba with MZL. Stats: 6657 steps. 3.01 miles. 413/419 burn. AvHR118. High 155. In zone 19 of the 60 minutes. Stopped at Sears on the way home to pickup an item I'd ordered. I had some "freecash" and I wandered the store to see if anything struck my fancy, but nothing did. I'll check out online. Quick stop at Sam'sClub too. One treadmill time while the kids were in school, one later in the day. Hubs and #3 had a derby. #5 had practice, and #4 wanted to go play basketball at Gene Fullmer with friends, so I had a bit of running around in the evening hours.

Friday (1117) Weight 164.1. Steps 25945. Total Burn 2858. Exercise Burn 770/1110 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.75milesTreadmill). Calories in 2200. Slept in a little this morning. Only got in one elliptical session before getting boys off to school. No official Zumba class today either. MZL got kicked out of their building ... for the next several Fridays too, with holiday parties and such. I could have hit Debbie's, but #5 didn't want to go as early as usual (it was raining and cold out) so the timing didn't really work ... and I figured I hadn't done an hour on my own in a while. So I did that. StatsL 5953 steps. 2.57 miles. 401/325 burn. AvHR112. High 137. In zone 8 of the 60 minutes. Got in my two additional elliptical sessions and one time on the treadmill. #5 had games in the evening, but they were further away and late and I didn't feel up to it. I sent him with teammates. While I did crappy on quality (finished up the last of the turkey cookies), I at least controlled quantity on calories ... until the evening when I had Hubs make his popcorn.

Saturday (1118) Weight 165.2. Steps 10280. Total Burn 2170. Exercise Burn 0/419 (no exercise). Calories in 2900. #5 had a 10:00 game in North Salt Lake. With me not comfotable driving there and unable to catch rides because we had to be back before the rest of the team ... Hubs drove us and came in and watched the game. Wolves got the win. Back home and Hubs went into work for a bit and then to a friend's birthday party. #5 and I headed to his 1:00 game with the Grizzlies. This was the championship game in the Gene Fullmer Fall superleague, 6th grade division. We'd been 4th going into the playoff, but knocked off the #1 seed last game. We were playing Legends, who had beat us during the season, but it was a close game and I knew our boys could win against them. And they did! This win was because of our "big men" who were beasts! They got nice t-shirts. I didn't get any exercise in today, but still managed 10k steps. Rearranging day! Hubs had brought up having a space for him (desk/office) ... we've tried a couple things in the past and they didn't really happen and I reclaimed the space when it went unused. He'd mentioned moving into "middle earth" which is an odds and ends room. He'd moved the piano in there, and the kids computer is in there as well as jackets and backpacks and shelves of stuff. I knew he'd go crazy in there ... but figured I could handle it. If I moved my "desk" there, he could have the bedroom desk. It would solve a couple other issues too ... me being in the chair and in the way as he made his way to his side of the bed. Me unable to work on my computer when he's sleeping. Me being a slob and driving him crazy. We'd moved the piano out the other day (back into the front room) and I spent some time cleaning up the space, moved a table in, moved the computer and my stuff in and then cleaned up the desk I left behind so it was all clean and ready for him. Happy birthday (it's his birthday tomorrow). His mom wanted to do a birthday dinner, so the boys that could (#2 and #3 already had plans, #3 off to Sadie Hawkins) went with us to Market Street, which is one of Hub's favorite resturants ... although he wasn't very impressed with the steaks, and I actually prefer Red Robin's fish and chips. He loves their Raspberry Almont Torte... but he was too full to eat it, so we got it to go.

Sunday (1119) Weight 165.4. Steps 11862. Total Burn 2239. Exercise Burn 250/513 (10minElliptical, 30min/1.8mileTreadmill). Calories in 2200. I was awake early ... which doesn't mean I got out of bed early. Happy birthday to Hubs today. He ended up getting up and going to work! Worked half a day. Without him here we didn't do our big breakfast ... didn't even do any family breakfast. Everyone to their own. I stayed busy with feeding the animals, starting laundry, unloading the dishwasher, more organizing, catching up on computer stuff. #5 went through his clips from yesterday's championship game. I did a bit on it, but didn't finish up the highlight reel yet. Hubs stopped by Costco on the way home, grabbing a turkey, prime rib, and other things. A computer moniter was one thing, and he got his desk set up. The boys gave him their gifts, and I had a couple little things. I made a lemon jello cake. #3 was working, but got off at 5:00. We went out to dinner, up to Park City to Windy Ridge Cafe, which we'd been to a couple times before. The boys LOVE their popcorn shrimp, sweet potato fries and mac&cheese. Unfortunately, they don't make the popcorn shrimp anymore. That was a huge disappointment!

Monday (1120) Weight 165.3. Steps 30678. Total Burn 3143. Exercise Burn 1050/1391 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.6miles Treadmill). Calories in 1400. Back to the routine. Hour of elliptical early ... well, sans 10 minutes, which I finished up a little later in the day. Zumba with Debbie. Stats: 5953 steps. 2.69 miles. 393/358 burn. AvHR113. High 141. In zone 15 of the 63 minutes. Did a stop at Smiths on the way home, mainly produce. Got in two treadmill times during the day. Decent day out, so I hooked up the hose and refreshed all the waters for the ducks and turned over some dirt. Afternoon carpools. Made spaghetti for dinner, but only #2 and the littles were around. Hubs was working late, #3 was at work, and #1 was just off ... Then #2 went to his basketball game and #5 and I headed out to his basketball game. This was the championship game for the 7th grade at Dimple Dell. Postponed from Saturday, when it conflicted with #5's 6th grade championship game. It wasn't changed because of that, but because the team had the tournament Saturday, but regardless, we were happy #5 got to play. Unfortunately, the Wolves couldn't quite get the win. They were within three with just over a minute left, but in the end the other team extended that lead. #5 was a little emotional earlier in the game, but seemed to get a handle on it by the end. Overall though, really good season. All the games were competitive and close.

Tuesday (1121) Weight 164.1. Steps 28832. Total Burn 3073. Exercise Burn 1325/1326 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.6milesTreadmill). Calories in 1450.  Hubs was awake a bit in the night, and thus slept in a little. I was up before him. I did get my whole hour of elliptical in this morning. Zumba with Marian. Stats: 5953 steps. 2.69 miles. 393/358 burn. AvHR 113. High 141. In zone 15 of the 63 minutes. With this class so close, I always go straight home after. I'd my longest "at home" day of the week. #1 was home too, his day off work. He did go to school for a bit. Unfortunately, I wasn't that productive here on my "at home" day I got in both my treadmill times during the day though, as #3 didn't have work. I just assume he'll want some gym time after school ... and he did. My workouts finished up with my movie perfectly. I watched "Concussion" which I'd been aware of when it was in theaters. I wasn't sure I'd be able to handle Will Smith's accent, but he did a good job. Interesting story. Glad my boys play basketball. Not free from injury, but not as rough. It was a beautiful day outside! I could live life in weather like this! About 60° and sunny. I went ahead and set up the big pool for the duckies. Refreshed all the other waters as well, and the silly duckies were attempting to swim in the smaller tub when the big pool was right there. They finally discovered it by night time. Weather-wise I could leave them out of the pen. We don't really have predators to worry about either. But ... I like to peek out and see them and know they are safe. I made chicken pillows for dinner. I'd pretty much planned on just making "leftovers" but then Hubs and the older boys were around when they were done (the littles and I don't like them). I also made cookie press pumpkins. I'd finally recieved my replacement parts for my mixer and wanted to try them out. Worked great ... although the dough was sticky and a little hard to work with.

Wednesday (1122) Weight 164.2. Steps 23690. Total Burn 2854. Exercise Burn 1041/1106 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2300. The boys didn't have school, so we didn't have our usual early rising routine. I did get up in time to do one session on the elliptical before heading to Zumba with MZL. Stats: 6576 steps. 2.88 miles. 413/395 burn. AvHR114. High 137. In zone 15 of the 63 minues. Had a few more instructors and people than we usually do. After class, I stopped to get my nails done. I'd picked off both pinky nails, and the others weren't in great shape. It's only been six weeks or so since I'd had a new set, but I just don't like regular polish. I went with a new set again ... but OUCH. My fingertops are tender. Back at home, #4 was bored. I'd told him to try and arrange something with friends. He's always been my homebody, but now he doesn't seem satisfied staying home. But he doesn't initiate either, but waits for friends to. #1 ended up taking the two littles to Nicklecade and then the mall, so that was fun for them I think. I got in my remaining elliptical sessions and then did some housecleaning prep. We are hosting Thanksgiving tomorrow. Hubs grabbed some Chick-fil-a ... and it was yummy.

Thursday (1123) Weight 164.9. Steps 7889. Total Burn 2119. Exercise Burn 0/339 (No exercise). Calories in 2800. Thanksgiving Day. Hubs and I slept in a little. He got up and got the turkey and prime rib started smoking (he'd done some prep earlier too) and I got started making rolls. There was Zumba at MZL and elsewhere, but I was a little late getting started as is. I was still getting them rolled out and realizing they really didn't have enough time to rise. Unfortunately the weather wasn't cooperating much either. Usually, #1's room gets nice and warm and that's where I put the rolls to rise. It's also a good spot because I can close the door and keep the cats from walking across the rising rolls. Hubs was a little frustrated too, as the prime rib was done early, and the turkey was taking longer than expected. But, it all worked out. I made some Brazillian cheese rolls too, and then put the regular rolls in. Could have used double (or triple) ovens today! I'd made some orange rolls and had planned on having them done early, before, as they are good cold, whereas everything else needs to be right out of the oven. Sent home some leftovers with family and still have some ourselves.

Friday (1124) Weight 166.1. Steps 18410. Total Burn 2589. Exercise Burn 550/859 (Zumba, 30min/1.8milesTreadmill). Calories in 2400. No Black Friday for me! Hubs and #1 still had work and were up and off early. I slept in a little, then went to Zumba. Debbie was out of town and had asked Carma and I to sub. MZL had cancelled anyway. It was only four of us though. Back at home, it was Thanksgiving cleanup. All the dishes, getting the extra table put away and the furniture back into position. The boys went and played some basketball at the church. Hubs didn't work the full day, and when he got back he suggested we go look for chairs for our desks. I just used an old kitchen chair when I was sitting at the desk in our room (and that got in the way as it was) but with the move, I had more room where I was at, and Hubs wanted a nicer chair, and it wouldn't be in the way if I wouldn't be sitting in it. I was hesitant to head out on Black Friday, but we figured Office Max wouldn't be too bad. It wasn't, although we still had to deal with car crowds in the shopping center. At first I had just thought Hubs could grab a chair, but it was good I went along, as we have different tastes. Not really in style or looks, but how they feel. Men and women are different sizes, so what I found more comfortable he did not. In fact, the chair I ultimately chose he sat in for one second and said "definitely not that one!" It presses in at my back some, lumbar support, and I like that. We brought two chairs home and made the two oldest boys assemble them. I'd done okay on calories, but then Hubs and I watched a movie and HAD to have popcorn. His choice, "Wind River" which was okay.

Saturday (1125) Weight 167.3. Steps 20177. Total Burn 2636. Exercise Burn 800/874 (60minElliptical, 30min/1.8mileTreadmill). Calories in 1900. Weight is up. Not really surprising. Really tried to keep calories in check, and did okay exercise for a Saturday. There were no basketball games, so that helped. Got in three 20min sessions on the elliptical and one time on the treadmill. Watched "Seal Team Six" which was a shorter movie, so fit into that exercise time frame. Hubs did start the day with temptation, bringing home yummy donuts! In the evening, it was the annual "Leg Lighting" at Uncle Clay's house. There were donuts there too, homemade ones. #4 and I didn't go, but everyone else did, the oldest taking their girlfriends. Got a great picture with Uncle Clay in a pink bunny suit (it and the lamp from the movie "A Christmas Story"). The weather was very temperate, probably the nicest it's ever been for the event. I just didn't want the temptation of more donuts, and it's pretty crowded with neighbors and friends ... all of whom we don't know. Aunt Olivia ended up taking #3 and #5 to see the new Justice League movie. I'm thinking #4 would have like to have been there for that.

Sunday (1126) Weight 166.7. Steps 13663. Total Burn 2261. Exercise Burn 650/494 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2800. Hubs got up early and put the turkey on the smoker. He'd prepped it yesterday.  Then he went into work. Without him around, we skipped our big breakfast ... especially as there would be a big dinner, although not full Thanksgiving fixings as on Thursday. I got my hour of elliptical in, although I had to push to get the last 20min (two 10min actually). I'd meant to hit the treadmill (had 30min left on my movie) but Hubs wanted to watch "Fortitude" ... and we did. Quite the marathon. Four episodes to finish up season two ... which was really weird! It kept me interested, but I'm also glad it's over (series finale, not just season finale). Probably watch "Homeland" next. We did have popcorn, and this was after our turkey dinner. #3 got his drumstick this time.

Monday (1127) Weight 167.6. Steps 37373. Total Burn 3509. Exercise Burn 1550/1762 (60mimElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.65milesTreadmill, Bike, Weights). Calories in 2200. Back to the routine. After five days "off" it actually felt good to get back at it. Hubs was up and off around 5:00. I got up at 5:30. Fit in all three of my elliptical sessions as I got the boys off to school. I stressed a bit in the morning, as I was subbing for Debbie's Zumba and #1 had borrowed the aux cord on Friday when they went to play basketball at the church and hadn't given it back. I'd looked in his room and couldn't find it, and worried it might be in his car ... he was at work. But then #3 looked in his gym bag and it was there. Whew! I'd prepped the playlist last night. I arrived right at 9:00 ... I try to be early when I'm teaching, but just got off a little late. Jill had opened the building but then had to run. Carma showed ... but no one else and we wondered if anyone would show. Then they trickled in. We had about seven. Class went well. Stats: 6802 steps. 3.01 miles. 445/428 burn. AvHR116. High136. In zone 20 of the 64 minutes. I'd hoped I'd be able to skip a store stop on the way home, as Hubs had just been over the weekend ... but alas, we needed a few things. Stopped at Smiths. It was a cold and rainy day. Windy too. As I peeked out the window at the ducks upon arriving home ... their pen had blown over. They hadn't been in it. I had let them out earlier. I hadn't planned on being out working in the cold rain, but felt like I needed to get to the pen before it was destroyed any further. While it was tipped over, I emptied out the waters and turned over some of the soil. I righted the pen and tried to piece it back together. It's in bad shape, just being three years old ... having been used in the pumpkin drop, and flying over the fence in a wind storm earlier in the year. We really need to replace it with a dog run, but that hasn't happened yet. I was able to get it back together. The light hadn't broken. I finished bringing in the groceries too. Brrrrr. Didn't receive my Fitbit report again. Got basketball schedules for the boys, so I input all the times in the calendar. Five games on Saturday  ... and no scheduling conflicts. At least for me. #3 is scheduled to work during his game :(  I got two treadmill times in during the school day. Double afternoon pickups. #5 had a friend come home with him, and he didn't get picked up until almost 8:00! Hubs was that late coming home too though. #2 had a basketball game.

Tuesday (1128) Weight 165.9. Steps 34276. Total Burn 3255. Exercise Burn 1410/1514 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.6milesTreadmill, Abs/Core). Calories in 2400. Feeling my weight workout from yesterday. Sore legs. Didn't quite get my hour of elliptical in before getting the kids off to school, but finished up the final 10min later in the day. Zumba w/Marian. Just four of us. Marian left for work about halfway, and we three remaining (Kathyleen and Barbara) just kept it casual, me asking if they had requests, stopping to break down some steps. Stats: 6140 steps. 2.67miles. 373/347 burn. AvHR 104. High 129. In zone 1 of the 64 minutes. Got my two treadmill times in while the kids were at school. Also did some Zumba practice, trying to perfect a cute Christmas song Marian does (so I can lead it in other classes). #4 had a friend come over after school. Grilled some chicken and made some simple strogonaff ... putting in leftover prime rib instead of the hamburger. My mom has been feeling off lately and was in for some tests and ended up being admitted to the hospital overnight. Arteries clear but some unexplained internal bleeding. She was very anemic. They gave her three pints of blood. #3 and I got to talking today about finances and taxes and such ... ended up chatting about it all for over an hour.

Wednesday (1129) Weight 165.9. Steps 31305. Total Burn 3103. Exercise Burn 1310/1359 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.5mileTreadmill). Calories in 2300. Again, I didn't quite get my hour of elliptical in during the early hours. Had to finish up with 10min later ... that didn't happen until right before bed. Instead of school today, #4 was doing "job shadow" which is accompanying an adult to the workplace to see how this whole "employment" thing goes. All the other boys have done it too, an 8th grade activity. They all went with Dad to the workplace, visiting the office and construction sites. But it was a bad day for Hubs, he had a bunch of meetings, and an uber early one. #4 would not have enjoyed it. Maga to the rescue. She works up at the capital, which is cool. #4 was a little frustrated in the morning as I had him dress a little nicer than usual ... not Sunday wear, but he still put up a bit of a fuss. Zumba with MZL. Stats: 6374 steps. 2.8miles. 378/368 burn. AvHR 112. High 136. In zone 12 of the 60 minutes. I did do the "Merry Christmas Everyone" number. After class I stopped at Cal Ranch to grab a backup bulb for the duck pen, and some bedding for them. Straw and pine chips. Not very productive for my alone hours ... did get in a treadmill time. Didn't have the middle school pickup obviously, which was a nice break for the afternoon. Made some sugar cookie christmas trees. Got another treadmill time in.

Thursday (1130) Weight 165.9. Steps 29484. Total Burn 3204. Exercise Burn 1200/1457 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.75mileTreadmill). Calories in 2200. Actually got in my full hour of elliptical this morning. After getting the kids off, I hit Zumba with MZL. 6728 steps. 3.02 miles. 389/445 burn. AvHR 115. High 136. In zone 13 of the 61 minutes. Stopped at Sears and Sam'sClub on the way home. Got in a treadmill time and then did some reorganizing in the gym. #3 had complained of some of my stuff being in the way, so I moved some things around. Hopefully he'll be happy with the change up. Afterschool pickups, then I ran to Big5, as I'd received a "1-day sale" email that had a couple items I was interested in ... I should have called first, as both items were sold out. I couldn't even see a space where they would have been and wondered it they had any stock at all! So that was a wasted trip. #5 could have used a new basketball ... he JUST opened a new one I had around but it got a sticker in it while playing at a school and is leaking now. #3 had a friend over and they worked out in the gym after school. #3 did say the extra space for him was nice. I made some cookie press cookies. With all my sets, I have two different "tree" disks and used both. I pulled the Christmas stuff from the shed. The last couple years I haven't done much decorating, but I usually put a few things out anyway. While I was out back I hooked up the hose and changed the waters for the ducks. When I went to put them away a bit later in the evening ... two of them were down the window well! #1 jumped down and rescued them. I reunited them with the other two and put them away in the pen for the night. #5 usually has practice, but the church they use had an activity. But #4 now has practices Thursdays 8:30-9:30. I had thought I'd drop him, do a Smiths run (need to pick up a couple prescriptions) and then go back, but I was dragging and my legs were so tired. Even without a second treadmill session I was almost at 30k. I asked #3 if he'd be willing to do the pickup, and he said yes. So after I got back from dropping off, it was into jammies and into bed. 
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