Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Weekly Review #199

There it is again ... that two pound jump from Sunday morning to Monday morning, just in time for the official weekly weigh-in. This wasn't a particularly good week though, so the final scale reading isn't surprising or undeserved. I'm a little surprised it didn't show up sooner, as I got off track early in the week, not just a "wicked weekend".  Feeling a bit discouraged.Self-sabotaging.

NUMBERS: Official weight (177.3) is up .2 from last week. Average up also  (.8 to 176.03). Not surprising, as there was an overage this week (2685) with average intake up to 2643, and burn dropping a bit to 2779. Step average was 20,531 with 56.46 logged miles. Over 3000 burn three days, and over 30k two days. 


EXERCISE: I got in my hour of elliptical just four days this week. Life Cycle rounded it up to five hours, as I did 40min on Friday (but not my hour). I got in three Zumba classes and did an hour on my own. Twice on the treadmill ... just once on the bike and only one small session with weights. 

Mowed the lawn and went on a couple of walks too. 

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Two basketball games with #5 (Memorial Day Tournament) and a program at his school. Extended family over on Sunday for dinner. 


Here's the Day by Day ...

  • Monday (0522): Got my hour of elliptical in first thing, but then got an email that Debbie's Zumba was cancelled. I still did an hour on my own. Also my treadmill walk, but didn't get to the bike or weights. Hubs and I went on a canal walk in the evening, saw a couple mama ducks with their broods. 33218 steps. 3248 burn. 2200 intake.
  • Tuesday (0523) Got in my hour of elliptical early, then Zumba w/Marian, walking to/from class. Back at home I did my treadmill time, weights and ended the day with some bike before bed. 32532 steps. 3327 burn. 2500 intake.
  • Wednesday (0524) I got in my hour of elliptical early as usual. Then there was a bit of a scheduling shakeup. My regular Wed/MZL Zumba wasn't having class, so I decided to hit Southziders. A quick store stop on the way home, and then there was prep for dinner, as #1 son had invited the missionaries to partake of our famous smoked ribs. I really could have/should have gotten in additional activity still ... but I didn't. Uber over on calories too. 21716 steps. 2907 burn. 3000 intake.
  • Thursday (0525) Oops I did it again. Only my morning exercise and uber over on calories. Started the day with my three 20min elliptical sessions, then went to Zumba w/MountainView. Then ... I stopped for donuts on the way home. And proceeded to each donuts instead of getting back down to my gym. I picked up middle school and elementary school, and thought I'd have to pick up #3, as he hadn't come home with his brother after school. #3 and friends were hanging out in the gym much of the afternoon - but I still could have, should have gotten down for a little something (bike, treadmill) at some point.  23735 steps. 3036 burn. 3000 intake.
  • Friday (0526) Only got in two 20min sessions on the elliptical. I really thought I'd get down for one more to equal my hour, but between birds, 5th grade program, kids friends over and a basketball game, it didn't happen. I made Snickerdoodles, but bombed this batch. 13172 steps. 2443 burn. 2400 intake.
  • Saturday (0527) I mowed the lawn and got in grocery shopping steps, but no official exercise. Basketball game with #5. 12168 steps. 2364 burn. 2800 intake. 
  • Sunday (0528). We had some "excitement" with a backed up sink and then a family party. No exercise. 7178 steps. 2173 burn. 2700 intake. 
Five Featured Photos ...

 Walking to Zumba with my shadow self ...

 Disappointed in Dominos ... dinner fail.
It's supposed to be a simple white garlic sauce with cheese.
They forgot the sauce and it just looks awful (and didn't taste good either).

Fed the missionaries on Wednesday.
Hubs smoked ribs ... although #1 son did the work this time.

School program for #5 (he's in the red).
Photo with friends after.

 The monsters are getting bigger - and skraggly!
The littles (ducklings) have been spending days outdoors now too.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Weekly Review #198


I sure haven't been good at getting additional blog posts up this month. Struggling a bit to stay current with just the weekly update (and don't even ask how far behind I am on the family blog!). Also didn't do very well this week with food and fitness. Mon-Wed were good, but starting Thursday, I've just felt a little off. Nothing major, but it does affect the motivation.

NUMBERS: No loss this week, up .5. Average was up too (1.32) to 175.23. Didn't come close to the lows of last week. I did have a small deficit (-1360) with my intake average of 2264, and burn average of 2922. Step average was 23,933 and I had 83.41 logged miles (I log my bike miles manually, while Fitbit only calculates per steps, thus the difference there. Actual distance 8+ miles, only recorded as 1 mile with "steps").

Managed to snag the top two spots on my Charge HR Fitbit friend list. 
The only day I didn't exercise was Sunday. 

Cardio minutes 880/853/977 and 60min spent on strength training. 
Three days over 30k, four days with a burn over 3000.




I got in my hour of elliptical four days this week. On both Friday and Saturday I did 40min ... but that isn't my hour. Four Zumba classes. Three times on the treadmill, and a walk (during basketball practice). Three times on the bike.

Two weight workouts ... 
I wimped out the rest of the week. 

Just one basketball game this week, but I also spent an hour waiting at practice (well, I walked). If this tracked my DUCK time, there would be quite a big spent with them too (cleaning out the pens, making sure they have food/water, just spending time supervising) ...

Here's a quick look at the day by day ...
  • Monday (0515): Good start to the week. An hour of elliptical early. Zumba with Debbie. My treadmill walk and a session on the bike, plus some weights. National Chocolate Chip Cookie day, so I HAD to make (and eat) cookies! 34196 steps. 3540 burn. 1700 intake.
  • Tuesday (0516): Highest step count of late. Started with my hour of elliptical, Zumba with Marian, with a walk to/from class. Treadmill time, bike and a little strength training. Also mowed the lawn. 35477 steps. 3419 burn. 2050 intake.
  • Wednesday (0517): Got in my hour of elliptical early. Zumba with MZL and a stop at the store after. Treadmill time and a session on the bike. 34130 steps. 3435 burn. 2300 intake.
  • Thursday (0518): Didn't quite get my hour of elliptical in early, but did by end of day. Zumba with MountainView. Felt a little lightheaded while working in the backyard and was off for the rest of the day. Still went and walked at #5's basketball practice, but it was interrupted when he got a major bloody nose.  27327 steps. 3042 burn. 2300 intake.
  • Friday (0519): Feeling off again. Only got in my hour of elliptical today. Made Swig sugar cookies ... and ate some of said cookies. 11499 steps. 2400 burn. 2300 intake.
  • Saturday (0520): Neighborhood 5k, but no one in our family participated. Got in 40min elliptical and mowed the lawn. Basketball game with #5 and out to dinner with the family. 16499 steps. 2518 burn. 2600 intake.
  • Sunday (0521): Slow Sunday, my only steps came from some shopping, restocking groceries. Fairly lazy day. 8405 steps. 2100 burn. 2600 intake. 
Five Featured Photos ...

 Got the flowers last Sunday (Mothers Day) ... 
but didn't snag the picture until this week. 

 Burst a blood vessel in my eye somehow ... scary looking!

Spending a little time with the monsters.

They like to hang out with my son as he sunbathes too.

I got a little sun myself while mowing on Saturday.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

TV Shows - Selling Sex

Time for TV Tuesday

In TV today, there are plenty of shows with an MA rating for violence, language and of course ... sex. So many shows are loaded with sexual content, but then there are a few that sex IS the story. I'll admit to being a bit embarrassed about indulging in some shows ... guilty pleasure and all that. Although really, I wasn't that impressed with any of these three.

  • The Arrangement: This had a definite "Pretty Woman" feel, to start anyway. Apparently a loose connection to Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes with the cult-like"Institute" instead of Scientology. The story just didn't really keep my interest. I finished the season, as I like closure, but I won't be watching more (if there is more). 
  • The Client List: I guess originally this was a movie, then turned into a series? I just watched the series. About a mother who has to turn to giving extras with massages to support her family. It really wasn't explicit, but did feature JLH in a lot of skimpy outfits ... and a bad accent! I had a bit of a hard time getting past her western drawl. The storyline was a little silly (the whole "client list" thing)  and the fact that all the guys coming in paying for these "happy endings" are young and handsome and really just want someone to talk to. JLH's character is quite the therapist.
  • Harlots: As the title states ... this show takes place in a brothel in the 1700s. This was the most explicit of the three shows. The storyline was interesting, but ultimately quite depressing. I'm also not a fan of the period, with the big wigs and powdered faces. Only eight episodes, so I did see it through to the end. 
Generally, when I'm watching while working out, it's pretty private (as it is a home gym). When the kids are home however (more so in summer than when school is in session) it's not unheard of for them to pop in to ask me a question. If I ever have a show like this, or anything else prompting the MA rating, I try to have the remote control handy to quickly turn it off if needed ;)

Weekly Review #197

Last week my "wicked weekend" didn't show up on the scale. This week ... it did. I'd managed to drop a bit by the end of the week (Thurs/Fri), but then Sat/Sun/Mon the scale climbed back up. Big jump Monday morning, after an indulgent Mother's Day ;) I'm really hoping it's one of those unnatural ups that immediately goes back down (I mean, when it's a two pound jump in one day? Silly scale!) It was an active week, with improvements in almost all the stats ...


NUMBERS: Official weight at 176.6, up two pounds, but the average was down (-1.13) to 173.91.  I had a deficit for the week (-2100) with average intake 2264 and average daily burn 3050. Step average was 25,622, with 95.88 logged miles. Cardio minutes 1000/946/1041 and 80min w/weights. Four days with 30k steps and 3000+ burn.



My week ala Life cycle ...


EXERCISE: I hit my hour of elliptical five days this week (graph says six as I did some on Saturday and then it rounded up). Four Zumba classes and then some on my own. Four sessions on the bike (so that was two hours of dedicated reading too *Ü*). Five times on the treadmill, plus an hour walk while waiting during basketball practice (which I believe logged here as basketball instead of walking). Hit the weights twice this week. OTHER ACTIVITIES: Four basketball games, the usual grocery shopping, a little gals evening out (pedicures) and at the podiatrist with #2 for his troublesome toes.

Here's a quick look at the day by day ...
  • Monday (0508): Full day! Fit in the usual exercise ... an hour of elliptical, Zumba w/Debbie, an hour walk, a session on the bike and weights. A visit to the podiatrist with #2 and then ducklings! Three eggs hatched. 33552 steps. 3592 burn. 2300 intake.
  • Tuesday (0509): A bit distracted by ducklings today, as our final egg was struggling, but did finally hatch. Got in my hour of elliptical, Zumba w/Marian (walk to/from class), bike and 30min treadmill walk. #3 got his braces off! Basketball game in the evening with #3, his final game of this spring session. 31011 steps. 3366 burn. 2000 intake.
  • Wednesday (0510): Hour of elliptical early, Zumba with MZL, hour Twalk, bike and lawn mow. Had to run #1 to drop off and pick up his car as he had some work done on the sound system. 33096 steps. 3455 burn. 2100 intake.
  • Thursday (0511): Got in my hour of elliptical, Zumba w/MountainView, bike, weights, 30minTreadmill and an hour walk during #5's basketball practice. Stop at the grocery store and an accident (just observed, had to detour) picking up middle school carpool. The birds add a bit (more than a bit) of work too. 33883 steps, 3370 burn, 1800 intake. 
  • Friday (0512): Not as productive ... late start leads to later elliptical. Still got in my hour, but not so early. Did 30min of Zumba on my own, and 30minTreadmillIntervals. Made snickerdoodles and #5 had practice. 22735 steps. 2900 burn. 2200 intake.
  • Saturday (0513): Just two 20min sessions on the elliptical for exercise (and catching up on "Grey's Anatomy" *Ü*). #5 had three basketball games them my SIL kidnapped me (and the other gals in the family) for a pedicure. Hubs was gone to the dunes all day. 16527 steps. 2513 burn. 2450 intake. 
  • Sunday (0514): Mother's Day ... definitely over on the eating with a big breakfast in the morning and a family bbq in the evening. Some duck(&gosling) drama. No exercise (other than the frantic barefoot walk around the neighborhood in search of our missing gosling ... found her!) 8549 steps. 2156 burn. 3000 intake (there was b-day cake too).
Five Featured Photos ...

 Three ducklings hatched Monday ...
the fourth finally broke free Tuesday afternoon. 

After two long years ... a straight smile!

 Senior Dinner Dance on Friday for #2 and his gal

 Pampering the piggies with my SILs and MIL

Happy Mother's Day to Me ...
Look what my cute boys came up with!
... a re-creation of a favorite photo (adding in #4 and #5 too)
My how things change in 16 years!





Monday, May 8, 2017

Weekly Review #196


I'm a little surprised to log another loss this week. I did really good Mon-Thursday, but then the weekend happened ... but happily it didn't show up on the scale! NUMBERS: Official weigh-in 174.60 which is down 1.6. Average weight came in at 175.04, which is down 3.62 from last week. Average Intake 2214. Average Daily Burn 2919. A decent deficit for the week (-1930). Average Steps 23,417. Logged miles 99.12. Cardio minutes 945/847/1007. 40min with weights. I hit 30k four days this week, and all those days were 3000+ burn days as well.





I hit my hour of elliptical five days this week. My LifeCycle says six, but that's because it runs Sun-Sat and I calculate Mon-Sun (and that extra hour happened last Sunday, which was last week for me). Four Zumba classes, four times on the treadmill (an hour walk each time) and four sessions on the bike (30min, reading/riding). 

I didn't get in any official exercise on Saturday, but did mow the lawn (and registered as a workout, thus seven for seven days this week). 

Got in my usual grocery shopping, stopped at Big5 for some sports stuff with #3, and quite a bit of basketball this week (Spring Slam tournament added five games, #3 had two with Spring Fling, and #5 had his usual two too). 

Here's a quick look at the day by day ...
  • Monday (0501) Started May with a 30k day. An hour of elliptical early, Zumba with Debbie, an hour walk and a session on the bike. Basketball game with #3 in the evening. 30553 steps. 3333 burn. 1600 intake. 
  • Tuesday (0502) Another 30k day. Hour of elliptical early then Zumba with Marian. Broke up my treadmill time into two sessions, a mile jog, then intervals, with weights in-between. A session on the bike a little later, plus a run to the grocery store. Hubs and #3 did a derby. 33635 steps. 3552 burn. 1400 intake. 
  • Wednesday (0503) 30k day three days in a row! I've been quite consistent with my activity, and same today. Hour elliptical, Zumba with MZL, hour treadmill walk and 30min on the bike. #3 had a game in the evening and we stopped to grab him a water bottle on the way home (as someone walked off with his).  Hubs and #1 did a derby. 31368 steps. 3268 burn. 1900 intake.
  • Thursday (0504): Hour of elliptical, Zumba with MountainView, treadmill time and bike. #5 had practice, #3 had two games in the evening. Hubs did a derby, with #4 helping (under duress). Major munchies ... 32748 steps. 3376 burn. 2900 intake.
  •  Friday (0505): Only elliptical today ... but I got in a little extra, 75min total. Late start and early out, and two games in the evening with #3, practice for #5. Again, over on intake! I'd stopped at the store on the way home from middle school carpool. Too many treat temptations. 19416 steps. 2721 burn. 2700 intake.
  • Saturday (0506): No official exercise, although I did mow the lawn (and it was enough to register on my ChargeHR). Three basketball games today. First with #3 (they won!) and then two games with #5 (one win, one loss). Hubs smoked some ribs for dinner. I was already over on calories (again) though. 8341 steps. 2123 burn. 2600 intake.
  • Sunday (0507): Too many calories, even without our big Sunday breakfast. No big dinner either, but all the little things add up. I hit the stationary bike for some reading/riding in the morning while Hubs went off on an actual bike ride. 7858 steps. 2058 burn. 2400 intake.

Five Featured Photos ...

#3 had 23 points in his game on Monday!

... the babies are getting bigger!

#1 catching some sun, and letting the babies have some outdoor time.

Cuddly Kitties!

 Eat - Sleep - Sports - Repeat 
... that's my #Boymom life and I love it!


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

April 2017

Ah April ... Spring is coming, although Utah weather can change on a dime! Sunshine ... then snow. Plenty of April Showers. It's been a rainy spring. Still, everyone is spending a bit more time outside. I'm back to mowing the lawn and prepping the garden. We had Easter and Spring Break (we didn't do much, but we did go bowling). We had family in town and had a few gatherings. Back to basketball for the boys, and watching the NBA playoffs too. We added a couple fluffy, feathered friends to the family, and more are coming (eggs are in the incubator). And, for the first time in a looooong while ... I'm able to say it was a successful month. 

NUMBERS: Started the month at 181.2, ended it at 175.60. High was 183.8 and the low was 175.5. Average weight was 178.66. These are all down from last month. Average intake was 2122, average burn 2864 and I ended up with a big deficit for the month (11,111). Average Steps came in at 20,530. Total steps 645,892. Logged miles 399.24. Cardio minutes 3875/3576 and 285 min with weights. ACTIVITIES: I got in my hour of elliptical 24 days this month. 14 Zumba classes (plus a little extra on my own), 21 times on the treadmill, and 18 sessions on the bike. 

Other than my exercise ... I was fairly busy with basketball (although nothing compared to February). #3 is playing again, JV now, and #5's spring season (with two teams) started up. Getting to games always adds some hours to my travel time, but I've also been running kids around more. We need to get another car, so #3 can drive himself around. #4, my fellow homebody, will still require rides for a while. He has been hanging with friends for hours on end. Playing basketball at the park ... even in the rain (April Showers and all). If you followed the blog a few years ago, you know that we had major struggles with him and his weather phobia. This is HUGE. 


So what changed for me to finally log a 5.6 loss this month? I actually recommitted back in March. I upped the exercise, and have really tried to do better with the eating ... and I have. I do much better with quantity than quality with both food and fitness though. Still can improve there, but hopefully I can keep this up and continue to go down ...

*** JenB's Journal ***

0401 (Saturday) 181.2. Steps 11836. Total Burn 2321. Exercise Burn 600/490 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2100. Why is exercise so much harder on Saturday? Weekdays I get in my hour of elliptical before 8:30, but today, I really had to push just to get through that first 20min session. I did one more in the morning, then one later in the day. #5 had two basketball games. The first one at noon at #4's school. It was a team they had played before and won, but a tough one ... got the win again today with a bunch of great (and crazy) shots. The next game was at 4:00 at Midvale Middle, which isn't in Midvale anymore. A few years ago #3 had many games at Midvale Middle when it was still in Midvale. It was quite run down and they tore it down after that season. I think this Sandy location is just a temporary home, but I'm not sure. Not as close as Midvale, but not too bad either ... closer then some of the locations in this league. I have my headphones on, so I'm not sure exactly how it all started or what was said, but there was some conversation that turned ugly, and then turned physical. Unfortunately, it is OUR parents who took it from words to action. I hate that so much. I really don't care what words are being said, you don't go punch someone over a 6th grade basketball game! One of our dads was thrown out of the game and a lady on the other team called police and everything, although I don't think anything ended up happening with that. We managed to finish the game, and our boys got the win. The day was ruined for me though.  #1 had a super busy day. Took off with Aunt Olivia to hit the first session of General Conference (at 10:00-12:00, but they had to be there at about 7:00 or so ... craZy). Then they joined some extended family to go see a visiting Broadway production of "The Lion King". He barely made it to the Priesthood session (started at 6:00 ... #3 went alone as Daddy is gone and #2 was working) and then had a date to "Beauty and the Beast".  

0402 (Sunday) 181.8.  Steps 5509. Total Burn 5509. Exercise Burn 100/161 (Bike). Calories in 2200. Kitty was annoying rattling my door about 6:30 in the morning. I got up and got them food and then went back to bed. Not back to sleep, but I had a lazy day. We did do our big breakfast, even without Daddy. #3 made the waffles. I did bacon, sausage and hashbrowns. I was taking a rest day, but did do 30 min on the bike, reading while riding.  Hubs got home from his quick weekend getaway a little earlier than I had expected. Early enough that he got in a little nap. Orange Chicken for dinner.

0403 (Monday) 183.8.  Steps 20277. Total Burn 2876. Exercise Burn 950/1043 (60minElliptical, 30minZumba, Bike, 30minWeights). Calories in 1500. I must admit, the scale situation totally had me down this morning. Discouraged. Still got in my elliptical, although with double carpool in the morning I was 10min shy of my hour and had to finish up a bit later in the day. Did some shopping after dropping #5 off at school ... forgot to buy milk (2%).  Grrrr. Finished up my elliptical, did some Zumba practice, reading/riding on the bike and small workout with weights. It was registration day for #3. He had his schedule all picked out, but it's first come first into class on the computer. We'd done great last year, actually practicing inputting to be able to do it quickly, putting in specific classes first to make sure he would get them. I asked him if he wanted my help again this year and he said yes. So we were sitting at the computer as the clock turned to 3:00 and registration opened and it was a stressful three minutes, but by 3:03 we had his schedule successfully. Several of his friends weren't as lucky. It's tough! Then #3 took the Durango and went to In&Out for an interview, and actually had two and has another on Wednesday. If he gets hired, he'd be making more than his brother who is practically a manager at KFC, and possibly even more than #1 in training at Discover... fingers crossed. It's so close, he could actually walk there if needed. I'd ordered a new Fitbit Alta for #4 ... he'd been wearing the Flex but the battery kept dying and it had trouble syncing. It is several years old. Got that charged and set up for him. #1 son went to a school orientation at SLCC. I made chicken pillows for dinner, with fried chicken for the littles (and me) and yellow rice. I tried to keep my portions very small. I had splurged on some PB Easter M&Ms ... but now the package is gone. That was my only "treat" for the day.  Final game in March Madness ... it's April! My boys weren't terribly invested in either team but they were watching. #3 took the car and went to watch with friends. #2 was more interested in hanging out with his girlfriend (but I do think they watched the end with the other brothers). Hubs and I were in bed before it was even over ... we're early to bed people!

0404 (Tuesday) 181.8. Steps 30433. Total Burn 3291. Exercise Burn 1467/1470 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, Treadmillx2~60min/3.5miles). Calories in 1650. Got in my three 20min sessions on the elliptical as I got the boys off to school. Zumba with Marian. The sun was out, but it was still quite chilly, so I drove. 6107 steps. 2.76 miles. 402/385 burn. AvHR115, High147, in zone 14 of the 58 minutes. After class I headed to Sam's Club, mainly to get the milk I didn't pick up yesterday at Maceys. Of course I end up picking up more than milk! Got in some extra exercise during the day, treadmill and bike. #2 and friends were in the gym after school and then #4 was in it later. I was able to hit it for a walk before bed. I made meatball subs for dinner, but the older three boys weren't interested. Hubs and #3 did a derby.

0405 (Wednesday) 180.2. Steps 31422. Total Burn 3492. Exercise Burn 1630 (80minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 30min/2milesTreadmill, Weights). Calories in 1900. Got in my hour of elliptical in the morning, then I went to Zumba with Southziders. I feel like I haven't been there in forever! I usually don't do Wednesdays there, as if I do Wednesdays, MZL has a close class, but SZ was having a 3-year anniversary party. Amanda had even come up from Layton, so it was fun to see her and several others I haven't seen in weeks/months. It's a late start, at 9:30 ... and then it starts late, it was 10:00 when it actually started. 6943 steps. 3.06 miles. 470/431 burn. AvHR114, High141, in zone 25 of the 70 minutes.  I stopped at Reams on the way home ... what's up with daily shopping trips this week? Making beef klusky for dinner and needed a couple more things. Back at home I got everything put away, dinner started (slow cooker), bike, treadmill, 30min weight workout and some cleaning (dishes/laundry, etc).  #1 went on a run, and I passed him on my way to pick up #5, and then again as we came back home. I was also on middle school pickup duty, not my normal day, but filling in.  #3 had his final interview at In&Out and thought it just went okay. Hoping to hear in the next day or so. Finished prepping dinner. Hubs and #1 son ate it anyway.  Got in couple more 10min sessions on the elliptical and then Hubs and I watched an episode of "Sneaky Pete" ... he had started it on his own a bit ago and thought I might like it. I started downstairs while working out and caught up with him, and we're watching the final couple ones together. I got a foot rub too!

0406 (Thursday) 179.3. Steps 27181. Total Burn 3217. Exercise Burn 1365/1397 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 2.25miles/30minTreadmillIntervals). Calories in 2300. A little over on the eating ... I was very hungry come evening and caved to some cravings, both salt and sugar. Started the day off with my early elliptical. Headed to Zumba but got a text that the gym floor was being cleaned, so no Zumba :(  I came home ... and did an hour on my own. Stats~ 6513 steps. 2.88 miles. 428/412 burn estimates. AvHR117, High139, in zone 22 of the 63 minutes. Also got in a session on the bike and treadmill. I got kicked out of my gym early though, as #2 and friends ducked out of 4th period (basketball class ... but basketball is over for them, now it's focus is on the Juniors and Sophomores). #2 left his keys/car for #3 to drive himself come and caught a ride with buddies. That saved me a trip having to make a trip to the high school. #5 had practice at 5:00. Traffic isn't great, it is taking 20min each trip (dropping him off, then picking him up) ... I SHOULD stay and jog the track or walk the park or something, but I've been pretty wiped out in the early evenings. Took an early shower. Hubs and #3 had a derby, #1 had Institute. Hubs prepped some stuff for smoking tomorrow ... not for us though, for work (so he had to load up the trailer too). I wasn't sure I'd stay awake to watch our final episode of "Sneaky Pete" together, but I made it through.

0407 (Friday) 178.5. Steps 18346. Total Burn 2796. Exercise Burn 950/978 (60minElliptical, Bike, 30min/2milesTreadmillIntervals. 30minWeights). Calories in 1800. Slight scale shift. But dragging a bit today. I felt a sore throat coming on yesterday, and it's really bad. Checking out my throat, it's cankers ... several of them on the roof of my mouth, one on my tongue. I'm telling myself that's what it is, I'm not sick (no stuffy nose ... but it is giving me quite the headache). I made it through my three 20min sessions on the elliptical but then had to crash for a bit. Seriously, just didn't have the energy to do anything but lay in bed. After recovering for a bit, I did do weights, bike and some treadmill time. Getting the to gym before boys were home. I figured I could still do my Zumba a bit later (I do it in my bedroom) but Hubs was home a little early, and feeling tired again ... no dancing happened. #5 had his practice as usual. I made chocolate chip cookies (gave some to the teammates who gave him a ride home). I was going to make our usual recipe, but it calls for shortening and I was almost out. I switched to a recipe that just used butter and they turned out good. But same batch at the beginning was nice and thick, fluffy, and the later ones were flat ... which still tastes good but isn't as visually appealing. I was SO ready for bed! Hubs had a little second wind after laying down for a nap. He was on pickup duty for #3. I'd dropped him off at the high school soccer game and he'd been hanging with friends ever since. Hubs ended up dropping #5 at practice ... so #3 could have driven the Durango himself. We just never know. He needs a car, although I don't know where we'll put it. #1 went on a double date, lining up his cousin with his good friend (and having his cousin line him up) then he went to a dance and playing games ... all nighter! 
 
0408 (Saturday) 179.5. Steps 13262. Total Burn 2259. Exercise Burn 300/441 (50min/2.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 2650. Didn't sleep well. The sore throat was bothering me all night. Slept with gum to try and keep some moisture. I'd thought I'd mow the lawn today, but it was raining. Hubs to the Durango in to get new tires. The left front one had a very slow leak, and when I got the one patched a bit ago, they said we'd need new ones soon. Happy to have Hubs handle it! He ran some additional errands and brought home a new lawn mower. It's electric, push button start, very light ... it feels like a toy! But it works. Things dried out enough that I was able to mow. The only thing is that it is opposite the old mower in the blade engagement and the moving forward. So a couple times I wanted to stop and it wouldn't, as I was letting off the wrong lever.  Hubs put the old mower up on KSL for free and it was snapped up in a couple minutes (and he received a couple more calls before he could take the ad down). I got in some treadmill time, just keeping it an easy walk for the weekend workout. #5 had a game at 4:00 over at the rec center. #3 came along to watch. We only had six players, but had a fill in too. But ... facing a tough team. Got a little crushed. After the game we headed straight to Red Robin meeting my side of the family there. Hubs and the other boys (sans Callahan, who was working) met us there too. My brother Shane was in town from California ... thus the get-together. It was fun to see family and eat my favorite fish and chips. Throat is still sore, but food/drink isn't irritating the lesions like it usually would with a canker ... makes me wonder if it's something else. #3 was really cute entertaining his little cousins with Snapchat filters. Home again ... Hubs and I started the Amazon series "Bosch" ... and he made popcorn.

0409 (Sunday) Weight 181.5. Steps 5417. Total Burn 2044. Exercise Burn 100/225 (10minElliptical). Calories in 2500. I still wake early, not really sleeping in ... but staying in bed, for a while! We woke to SNOW. Quite a bit, and heavy ... lots of broken branches and trees around. Hubs smoked bacon and made his waffles. I always feel like I need a nap after a big meal. I took one. Hubs was prepping dinner. He'd invited his side of the family over for BBQ. I did some cleanup around the house to help prep. Dishes ... cleaning the bathroom. While searching for a sponge I found an old NEW Tuffy Scrubber. They don't make the orange ones anymore. I'd been hanging on to my old one for a long time. It was in rough shape but still worked ... until Hubs was cleaning his smoker stuff and it fell in the water (he hadn't used it, knowing I'd be mad if he ruined it, but even just falling in the water for a few moments coated it with black grease). Happy to have a Tuffy scrubber again! It's my go-to for dishes! I made Brazilian cheese rolls too. Family brought regular raised rolls, salad, fruit and homemade donuts for dessert. So much food. Definitely over on calories. A bunch of the boys (and the one girl cousin) hit the hot tub. Most of the snow had melted but there were some small patches still that the kids would go jump in, then get back in the hot tub. Ready for bed when evening rolled around!
 
0410 (Monday) Weight 182.9. Steps 23786. Total Burn 2965. Exercise Burn 1300/1130 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 30min/2milesTreadmill, 30minWeights). Calories in 1850. School is out for a week for Spring Break. So ... sleep in. Except for the fact that I still wake up at 5:30. Didn't GET up for a while though. Only got in one 20min session on the elliptical in during the morning. Figured I'd hit Zumba, decided on Debbie's class over Southziders as it gets me out a full hour earlier. Wasn't sure it would happen, as there were a bunch of missionaries in the gym, but they had just finished up. Class Stats~ 5289 steps. 2.4 miles. Calorie burn 350/344. AvHR 108, high 135, in zone 7 of the 58 minutes.  I wasn't sure what the kids would need/want to do today. #4 did text during Zumba saying he wanted to go play ball with his friends at 10:00. I hurried home from Zumba ready to take him, but I guess it fell through. #2 was in the gym with his buddies. #3 wanted to go play basketball with his friends. He can drive, but I wasn't sure if I'd be okay without the car all afternoon. We ended up letting him take #2's Charger, and I dropped #2 off at work, as it's close by. #2 figured he could get a ride home, as a friend was also working until close, but Hubs and #3 ended up dropping the Charger off to him later in the evening. I had thought of taking the littles to tennis or the park or something. It just isn't as fun with just the two of them. #5 asked if a friend could come over and I said yes, but no one ended up coming. I do thing the boys were bored. First day of Spring Break and bored ... not that they complained or anything. They are such good boys. I made chocolate chip cookies again. We just did leftovers for dinner.  I did make it down to the gym during the day to hit bike, treadmill and weights. Kept calories in check. Decent day for disruption of routine.

0411 (Tuesday) Weight 181.8. Steps 26054. Total Burn 3044. Exercise Burn 1270/1216 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 40min/2milesTreadmillWalk). Calories in 1950. Second day of Spring Break. I got up and hit the elliptical for my first 20min session, then did a 10min one before heading to Zumba with Marian. 6429 steps. 2.88miles. 438/438 burn estimates. AvHR112, High150, in zone 14 of the 61 minutes. Back at home I finished up my hour of of Elliptical. Asked the boys what they wanted to do for fun, and #5 suggested bowling. #4 was up for it but #3 wasn't interested. I took the two little ones. All three of us bowled the first game, then I let the two boy play a second ... I sat it out. Then they played in the arcade. Burned through $10 pretty fast. I was really dragging later in the day. I baked up more chocolate chip cookies with the leftover dough. Picked up pizza for dinner. Hit the treadmill, but only felt up for a walk. Finished up TWD earlier with the elliptical, and watched the latest "Grey's Anatomy" while I walked. Should have hit the bike in the evening, but didn't. Hubs worked late. Brought home duck eggs ... it's starting ...
 
0412 (Wednesday) Weight 180.8. Steps 22451. Total Burn 3010. Exercise Burn 1200/1351 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 2800. Not a good food day. Too much snacking, and then I made dough for breadsticks and cinnamon rolls and orange rolls ... and had to taste all three. Spaghetti dinner in the evening. During the day I got in my hour of elliptical and hit the bike, but didn't get to treadmill or weights, which should have been on the docket for the day. Just dragging! I made it to Zumba with MZL though. It's been a while since I've gone, last time was on a Friday, which is a little different dynamic ... different instructors tend to make it on different days. It was fun to see some friends I hadn't seen in a while. My neighbor Denise who attended classes with in the summer is also coming with me this week, as she's off work for Spring Break. Anyway ... stats. 6939 steps. Burn 491/492. AvHR120, High145, in Zone 33 of the 63 minutes. Usually MZL has a ton of instructors, but they only had three there today. They did put on a couple of my songs and had me lead. It was nice to be back, I'm going to try to get it back into the routine rotation. The two little boys had been invited to go play basketball at a church with friends. I dropped them off and grabbed them again later when they were done. We stopped at Smiths on the way home to grab a few groceries and my refilled prescription. #3 had asked if friends could come over and hot tub. I said yes, but then that fell though ... maybe a good thing because #2 did have friends come over and hot tub.

0413 (Thursday)  Weight 180.7. Steps 28258. Total Burn 3293. Exercise Burn 1400/1456 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 45min/2.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 1900. Got in a couple sessions on the elliptical before hitting Zumba with MountainView. 6479 steps. 2.87 miles. 424/450 burn. AvHR116, High142, in zone 18 of the 60min. Also got in a session on the bike, some treadmill time and weights. I'd asked the boys if they wanted to hit "HiJump" (formerly Jump N'Bouce) a local inflatable place ... but they said they were fine just hanging at home. I'm sure fine with that but I do feel guilty not doing anything fun over Spring Break. They are just such easy going kids. I made a chicken alfredo shells dish that #1 had seen on FB and thought looked good. The two older boys liked it, Hubs thought it was just okay. I didn't eat it (I'll eat chicken alfredo, but this had a bottled sauce which smelled weird to me, and cottage cheese ... ewwww). #5 had practice. #2 helped me out by dropping him off for me (it was right as I was prepping dinner) but I picked him up. I saw a black duck as we passed the canal there. Really looks like one of ours from last year. Hubs DID bring home eggs yesterday and put them in the incubator ... so it begins again. I finally got a blog post up about our last year's ducks, but it's a two-part post. I only got half done, about the wild Momma and babies. I still need to write up about OUR six. #3 was out with friends for much of the afternoon and evening. It was a horribly windy day! Trees had broken last Sunday with the snow, and now with the wind more trees and branches went down. Of course, it's garbage day too! Recycling never came! That's the worst bin in the wind too, because it's so lightweight. Ours blew over and #1 and I ran around trying to pick up all the packaging and boxes that flew out. I'm not sure if the truck just missed our circle ... the neighbors cans on the street were pulled in or looked emptied. But I'm honestly not sure if they got picked up, or if neighbors just gave up and pulled them in ... or THOUGHT they got emptied by the truck, when it had really been the wind. I did okay on calories surprisingly enough. I snacked on Hot Tamale candies throughout the day. Hubs made popcorn as we watched an episode of Bosch. #1 and #3 had an altercation and #3 was quite upset. We stayed up for a while talking.

0414 (Friday) Weight 178.6. Steps 25705. Total Burn 2990. Exercise Burn 1300/1174 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 30min/2.25mileTreadmillIntervals). Calories in 1700. I didn't get in any early elliptical. Had to look up some tax stuff upon awakening, then it was off to Zumba. Debbie's class again, but she was out of town and had a sub (Cindy). While I dislike change in life, I like to experience different instructors. 5341 steps. 2.41 miles. 323/368 burn. AvHR111, High126, in zone just 3 of the 50 minutes (class did run short). Hubs had arranged for some guys to come wash the windows, in and out. They had been scheduled for the afternoon, but had a cancellation and wanted to come early (10ish). I was just getting home from Zumba, but the boys let them in. #2 was off for his weekend getaway (basketball tournament). I did get in my hour of elliptical, a session on the bike, and some treadmill time. #5 had his practice, I dropped him off at 5:30. Hubs had gone from work to meet his brother at the airport and they and other extended family went out to an early dinner. #2 had left his car, so #3 took it to go hang with friends (and they went bowling) and #1 went off for some volleyball and skookie. Hubs came home and grabbed #4 and took him to go see cousins (I felt like I needed to stay as #5 was getting dropped off and I didn't want him to come home to an empty house ... he's just 11). We'd be seeing family tomorrow too. 

0415 (Saturday) Weight 177.5. Steps 13138. Total Burn 2270. Exercise Burn 200/420 (40min/2miles Treadmill Walk). Calories in 2000.  With family in town, Hubs had invited everyone over for breakfast. I ran to the store for supplies while he prepped other stuff. As he got the bacon smoking and waffle batter going, I quickly mowed the front lawn. Breakfast was a success, but #5 and I had to duck out early to hit his basketball game. It was at a new location, all the way across town. We'd played this team twice before ... and lost twice, and today was no different, although these last two time we've kept it close (31-25). My munchin started the team off with the first five points, then finished it too, with a crazy buzzer beater half-court shot. 12 points total. Back at home, I hit the treadmill, keeping it easy with just a walk. Touching base with #2 off at his Idaho tournament too. They'd won their first two games on Friday, and their first Saturday game which put them in the finals, and they won, taking 1st.  #2 said they were 25min halves and it was exhausting ... but he balled it up as well. Wish I could have been there to watch. In the evening we headed over to the inlaws for a waffle dessert. I abstained as I was already at my calorie limit for the day. The NBA playoffs started today, and #4 was quite invested. First game was earlier in the day, then we were watching at the family gathering, and then turned it on at home. I put out the Easter baskets (or buckets in our case) right in front of the kids, but told them not to look ... but then we went ahead and went through them as Hubs was going to be gone in the morning (breakfast with his brother). Hubs and I went to bed, but our Utah Jazz had a buzzer beater for the win and the kids couldn't help but cheer loudly :)

0416 (Sunday) Weight 177.5. Steps 13451. Total Burn 2481. Exercise Burn 600/500 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2150. My BIL was dropping his wife and two girls at the airport and they were returning to Washington. he had a business trip, so rather than return home and leave, he was just staying an extra day and flying straight there Monday morning. Hubs and he went out to breakfast. Without Hubs home, and as we just had waffles yesterday, I made crepes for breakfast and we indulged in some Easter candy. I must have lapsed on laundry during the week because everyone needed it done today! Five loads. More NBA games on today. I hit the elliptical for three 20min sessions throughout the day. Hubs was smoking brisket for dinner and invited family over, so we had another gathering. The little cousins hit the hot tub again and Maga brought some outdoor fun activities that my boys quite liked (and she ended up leaving them for us as an Easter gift).

0418 (Tuesday) Weight 177.5. Steps 31358. Total Burn 3278. Exercise Burn 1446/1459 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 3miles/60minTreadmillWalk). Calories in 1950. Got in my hour of elliptical early. It was a little cool and overcast, and rain in the forecast, but I went ahead and walked to Zumba. When it's cool outside, I'm always hot as I walk into the building, even though it isn't that warm (just feels that way after being in 50°). The A/C was working at the Daybreak building yesterday. I tried to turn ours on, but didn't really feel any cool air. They turn it off for the winter months, and we're never quite sure when it's back on again. Class was good. Stats: 6144 steps. 2.68 miles. 432/404 burn. AvHR114, High140, in zone 21 of the 60 minutes. I did some computer work (finished up a basketball highlight reel, emails, etc) and then walked an hour on the treadmill. Also a session on the bike. Hit 30k fairly early in the day... really should have done something later, just to add some activity after hours, but didn't have much motivation. I'd already hit 30K! After school carpools, then I did kitchen cleanup ... then messed it up again making banana bread. We had so many bananas turning brown. Aunt Ana dropped off her kitty to visit ... it didn't go well, Joy was NOT having any, even though she is in heat. Hubs had a derby and both #1 and #3 went along to help.

0419 (Wednesday) Weight 176.5. Steps 29942. Total Burn 3402. Exercise Burn 1400/1601 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 30min/2milesTreadmill, Weights). Calories in 1600. I've appreciated this one pound drop on the scale these past couple days. It's motivating me to stick with it. Got in my hour of elliptical then hit Zumba with MZL. Stats: 6611 steps. 2.89 miles. 422/432 burn. AvHR115, High136, in zone 10 of the 62 minutes. Stopped at Sam'sClub on the way home. Shopping steps. I then jogged one mile, did weights, then walked one mile. Got in a session on the bike a little later. #3 had a double header in the evening, 7:00 and 8:00. They won the first, but lost the second, just barely, only down two. I'd done good on eating during the day, and I had been at about 28k as we headed to the games. I wanted to hit 30k, so I'd attempt to walk around a bit as I watched, but have to stand still when I'm video taping. I was getting some steps and when I was in the high 29,000 I figured I'd get there with the walk to the car and such ... but I didn't double check, and I just just shy on steps. #3 and I stopped at Wendy's on the way home, as it was right there and we were both a little hungry. I only had a couple nuggets, a few fries and some bites of frosty. I dropped #3 at the church, because two hours of basketball was apparently not enough. His two older brothers were there, as the men play on Wednesday nights. Hubs was already asleep when I got home at 9:30ish.

0420 (Thursday) Weight 175.5. Steps 30161. Total Burn 3282. Exercise Burn 1485/1469 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 60min/3milesTreadmillWalk). Calories in 2000. #3 had a school field trip and needed to be there a bit early ... so instead of my second elliptical session, I ran him to school. I was on carpool duty for #4 too, so triple trips this morning. Still got in two of the 20min sessions on the elliptical, but didn't finish up the final one for my hour until later in the day. Zumba with MountainView. 6047 steps. 2.68 miles. 434/426 burn. AvHR123, High 142, in zone 36 of the 55 minutes. Ran a little short as Marian has to get to work. With the shopping yesterday, we were still set, so I went straight home after. Got in an hour walk on the treadmill and a session on the bike. Dragging though, had to lay down for a bit. I'd wondered if #3 would get back in time to catch his usual ride home with his brother or if I'd need to grab him after school, but they got back to the school in plenty of time. #2 and friends were in the gym, as they have been every day after school.  Hubs and #1 went and did a derby, and #3 and I went to his game. 4th one in four days. We got the win but it wasn't a great game. Just sloppy, from both teams. We had seven players, but didn't have a couple of the usual kids, as JV has been split into two teams, with some kids playing on both, but the other team also had a game, so they were there. Again, Hubs was asleep when we got back. 9:30 IS rather late ;)  Even when the game isn't intense, it takes me a bit to wind down. Also, I WAS watching my steps, and went down on the elliptical for a couple minutes to make sure I hit 30K today.
 
0421 (Friday) Weight 175.5. Steps 20740. Total Burn 2939. Exercise Burn 1050/1136 (60minElliptical, Zumba30, 2miles/30minTreadmillIntervals). Calories in 2200. Slept in a little, as the schedule shifts a bit with late start. Still got in my hour of elliptical as I got kids off to school, but that didn't end until 9:40 today, whereas Mon-Thur the school start routine ends at 8:40. I drove middle school carpool today, so double duty this morning. No official Zumba, but I did a half session on my own. Got in a couple miles on the treadmill too, but didn't make it to weights or bike. I got kicked out of the gym a bit early ... the boys skipped out on 4th period (basketball class ... where the seniors don't do anything now that the season is over and the coaches are concentrating on the kids who will be playing next year).  I made Snickerdoodles. I was planning on sending some with #5 to his practice for his coach, but the kids pretty much ate them all. Yes ... I had some too.
 
0422 (Saturday) Weight 176.3. Steps 18233. Total Burn 2656. Exercise 700/858 (60minElliptical, 30minWeights). Calories in 2800. Hubs left fairly early to go to work. He did a solo mountain bike ride too. I got in some elliptical ... my hour, although it took a few trips downstairs, 10min sessions throughout the day to get there. Mowed the lawn as well. #5 had two basketball games. First one at noon with his 5th grade team. We got beat (again, same team as a couple weeks ago) but #5 did great, with 18 points. Also got beat later at the 3:00 game with his 6th grade team. The other team was making crazy threes ... everyone on the team! We stopped for Dunford Donuts on the way home ... so yes, calories were over for the day. I made chicken pillows for dinner. A double batch this time, as the kids like them leftover, and there just aren't leftovers with the regular batch.
 
0423 (Sunday) Weight 177.1. Steps 12218. Total Burn 2361. Exercise Burn  400/551 (40minElliptical). Calories in 2700. Hubs went riding in the morning. Even without him here, we had our waffle breakfast, as #3 stepped up and made the batter. Bacon and hashbrowns too.  I got in some elliptical, one episode of "Night Watch".  Hubs bought a family pack chuck roast. He had put one in the smoker in the morning, and one in the Instant Pot a little later in the day. The smoked one was best, and we turned it into french dip for dinner. Hubs ran an errand ... and came home with two baby goslings. Oyyy. He had received two tickets to the NBA playoff game tonight too, and let #1 take #4 (they are the two biggest fans) to go watch. It was the 25th anniversary of my FIL's death, and we always try to go visit the grave with the extended family. #2 was working, the other two boys at the game, and #5 was feeling sick, so I stayed home with him ... so it was only Hubs and #3.

0424 (Monday) Weight 177.2. Steps 24630. Total Burn 3012. Exercise Burn 1050/1214 (60minElliptical, Bike, 60min/3milesTreadmillWalk). Calories in 1900. Morning started off a bit rough. Right before the need to leave for middle school carpool, #4 started crying, saying he didn't feel well. I let him stay home ... but still had to drive carpool (just one kid as the other in the carpool was also staying home sick). Also, kinda had a bit of a crash. Just the smallest comment can crush me (and my motivation). I got my hour of early elliptical in, but between having a sick kid and such, I didn't make it to Zumba. I could have, #4 would have been fine with me going, but I felt a little like crawling back into bed myself. He just rested all day, wasn't any trouble. I got in some treadmill time and hit the bike. I was glad #5 felt better, enough to go to school, but was anxious to check in with him at pickup. #3 didn't come home with his brother, but stayed after to practice skits for the SBO elections. Luckily #1 was available to go grab him when he needed pickup as I was in the middle of making dinner. Macaroni Rosa. I made chocolate chip cookies after too. Hubs brought the goslings up for some bath time and people time. We finished up the first season of Bosch.
 
0425 (Tuesday) Weight 176.2. Steps 26233. Total Burn 3109. Exercise Burn 1330/1294 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 2miles/30minTreadmillIntervals, Weights). Calories in 1900. Very rainy night. It woke me with rain hitting the window noisily. #5 usually sleeps upstairs on the couch (weird child, pick your battles) but went downstairs to his bunk bed as it was too noisy for him, lots of windows in the family room/kitchen. I got in most of my hour elliptical in early ... 10min shy, which I finished up later in the day. I'd received notification that Marian's Zumba was cancelled as there was a funeral at the church. On one hand, I really just wanted to climb into bed after school drop off. The cold, rainy weather was not very motivating. But ... this was also an opportunity to hit a different class. There was another free one nearby, HeatherB. I know several people there, as a couple of them make the rounds to other classes too. It was really fun. The instructor has a ton of energy and personality, lots of fun numbers. There were quite a few kids running around, right through everyone. That can be distracting. A couple times in the past we've had kids and women collide. Anyway, stats ... 5793 steps. 2.5miles. 357/346 burn. AvHR 110, High 131, in zone 2 of the 57 minutes. I was suffering from "first time syndrome" as I really didn't know any of the steps, although Heather was easy to follow. There is just a confidence and power when you know the routines yourself, it's easier to get the heart rate and burn up. I could tell that many of the women there were loyal followers and knew the routines well. I do wish this was one I could work into my schedule more often. Back at home I got in treadmill time and weights before the boys descended. When they were in the gym I did some mommy work ... dishes, laundry and made cookies. The boys needed haircuts and had been in contact with Aunt Olivia. She said "come now" so #1 and #4 headed over. #3 was still at school, but I knew he wanted a trim so I texted him and then went and picked him up and dropped him at Supercuts. #4 was done and I picked him up and took him to the park to meet his friends for basketball. They played for over three hours! Hubs and #1 went to do a derby. #3 had too much homework, as spent a while attempting to get me to sign the paper to opt out of his sage testing. I finally got back down to the gym for a session on the bike ... and then to bed. Had a hard time getting to sleep though, already feeling sore from the weight workout. The Jazz were playing ... I didn't hear the kids cheer as they watched, but we won.

0426 (Wednesday) Weight 176.6. Steps 31941. Total Burn 3324. Exercise Burn 1500/1524 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 60min/3milesTreadmill). Calories in 2500. The problem with making cookies for the kids ... is I eat the cookies too. For breakfast. WHY did I do that? The cookies aren't even that great. I know the whole "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" (if it's not cookies) but I generally don't eat anything until later in the day. I find if I do eat breakfast ... that's just that many more calories for the day, and I still eat the same the rest of the day. I'm generally not that hungry in the mornings. I got in most of my hour of elliptical, 10min shy, which I finished up later in the day. I went to Zumba with MZL and stopped at Maceys afterward to grab some groceries. #2 was home when I arrived back at the house (eating lunch) and he helped bring in bags. I then hit the treadmill for an easy, hour walk. Definitely feeling sore from yesterday's workout with weights. #2 and friends hit my gym after school. #3 stayed after ... which meant he'd need a pickup at some point, which isn't a problem per say, it's just that I don't know when it will be. I'm an on call chauffer.  #4 also wanted to go to the park to play basketball with his buds again, even though it was quite cool and raining. I figured they probably wouldn't last as long as they had yesterday. I hurried and hit the bike, hoping I could get my 30min in before I was called to pick up any of my peoples, and I did. #3 ended up getting a ride home. When I went to pick up #4 around 6:30, we swung my Dominos to pick up some pizza. There are still leftovers for the Hubs and #1, but not stuff the littler ones like. I was over calories, but indulged a little.  Hubs and #1 had a derby. #3 had a 9:00 game. They won, but #3 wasn't happy with his performance/play and seemed quite down. 
 
0427 (Thursday) Weight 176.5. Steps 22078. Total Burn 2948. Exercise Burn 1140/1131 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 2600. I managed to get in my full hour of elliptical in early, as I got the boys off to school ... even with driving middle school carpool. MountainView for Zumba. Class went a little shy of the hour as it started a few minutes late but still finished on time as Marian had to get to work. I wasn't very productive at home ... it was a cold and dreary day, and it just made me want to curl up in bed ... and I must admit I did, even though reading on the bike would have warmed me up as well. I did finally hit the treadmill for a bit. #2 and friends hit the gym after school let out. #4 requested a ride to the park to play basketball with his buddies. #5 had practice from 5:00-6:00 ... I have yet to stay and walk like I used to with his practices (that's when they were a little further away and not worth the double drive). Then back to the park to pick up #4. Hubs and #2 were off for a derby. Hubs texted me he was having troubles with his timer. He was quite frustrated with that, but luckily it was a Lego derby, not a Pinewood derby, where the timing is much more important (the gate was still registering who came in 1,2,3,4 but no times). #2 had his girlfriend over and they played with the goslings for a while. Gave them a swim and towel time and treats. I ended up making homemade oreos (request from the boys) and also finishing baking up the rest of the chocolate chip cookie dough. Yes ... I went over on calories.

0428 (Friday) Weight 176.5. Steps 22267. Total Burn 2764. Exercise Burn 1000/953 (60minElliptical, 60min/3milesTreadmillWalk, Bike). Calories in 2700. No Zumba today, not even on my own. I thought I might get to it, but if I don't get it done in the morning, I just don't feel like I can do it when everyone else is around. Early out at the elementary, #1's work finishes up early on Fridays, #2 and crew came early and even Hubs was home, working on his derby timer, which wasn't working properly for him last night.  I did get in my elliptical and treadmill while others were gone, and fit in a session on the bike a little later. It was a COLD day, there was snow. #3, who has been hitting the outdoor basketball court with his friends most days decided to sit today out. Brrrr. #5 had his basketball practice. #2 was working, #3 was hanging with friends. I overate ... not good when there are cookies from the day before, I snagged some chocolate chip cookies for breakfast. It was the Jazz game in the evening and Hubs made popcorn for that ... Jazz lost though :(  Onto game seven. 

0429 (Saturday) Weight 176.5. Steps 15272. Total Burn 2540. Exercise Burn 350/724 (30min/2mileTreadmillIntervals). Calories in 1950. Up early to get a couple boys off to a 5k run. #4 had been wanting to do another one since they did the one last year. Hubs hasn't felt up to it, but #1 has been running, so I figured he could help (with the ride, registration, being the adult). No snow, but still very chilly for the 8:30 start. #4 hasn't been running as much, so it was a little harder for him. He definitely said he was feeling it in his legs. Both boys stayed together and came in tied for fourth place overall. They didn't stay for awards, although both probably would have placed in their individual age groups. I hit the treadmill and did two miles while they were running. That was it for my official exercise for the day, but I did some yard work ... wrestling with the evil elm growing through my lilac bush, weeding, and mowing the lawn. #5 had two games today. The first (6th grade) at 4:00, which was not a good game. The other team totally dominated, our boys only scored 17 points. Better at the second game (5th grade), where it was an easy win. #1 had a friend over, and #2 had his girlfriend over, and I ended up making homemade oreos again ... double batch again. But it was fun laughing and chatting with everyone gathered in the kitchen. I did a dab (which #3 says I'm not allowed to do) and had everyone laughing. I'm hilarious. I was a little surprised I kept calories in check today, but it was busy and I was on the move a lot, never stopping for an actual meal.   

0430 (Sunday) Weight 175.6. Steps 14334. Total Burn 2564. Exercise Burn 600/757 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2200. Hubs took off early for a bike ride, so we just did a smaller breakfast. Bacon, eggs, hashbrowns.  I hit the elliptical a few times to get in my hour. There were a couple NBA playoff games today, including a game seven Jazz vs Clippers ... Jazz won. I made cookie press cookies as the boys watched. For dinner, Hubs grilled up some burgers and hotdogs, and then I made some homemade chocolate ice cream. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Weekly Review #195

Last week, weight was popping all over the place (down, down, down then up, up) ... this week, it was quite consistent, sticking in the same spot for several days. At least that spot was a little loss, and for official weigh-in ... down a pound.

NUMBERS: Down 1.0 pound exactly for the official weigh-in, only down .3 for the average (176.44). Average Intake was 2250, Burn was 2894 ... small deficit for the week (-1720).  Step average was 22,385 with 94.05 logged exercise miles. Cardio minutes 930/869/908, just 30min with weights this week. Three days over 3000  (burn), just one 30k day.

Not quite as busy with basketball ... just three games (one with #3, two with #5). That impacts driving time too, although "mommy chauffeur" duty was up a bit this week. 

As for EXERCISE ... I got in my hour of elliptical six days this week. Three Zumba classes. I hit the treadmill six days, and the bike three times. Only managed a weight workout once. It was a pretty good one though, I was sore for several days after (which is why there's only the one ... I couldn't imagine squatting again so soon!)

With the warmer weather (although it did snow on Friday) mowing the lawn will likely be a weekly activity too. 



Weekdays are best for me ... with the structure of school schedules and routine. Weekends are a struggle, it just feels so much harder to workout on weekends, and so much easier to eat!


Here's a quick week recap ...
  • Monday (0424): Between a sick kid and feeling down myself, it wasn't the most motivated of Mondays. I skipped Zumba. Still got in my hour of elliptical, hour walk, and a session on the bike. Macaroni Rosa for dinner, chocolate chip cookies for dessert. 24630 steps. 3012 burn. 1900 intake. 
  • Tuesday (0425): Good day ... hour of elliptical in early. My usual Zumba was cancelled due to a funeral at the church, but I went to a different class and enjoyed it (HeatherB). Treadmill, bike and weights to finish out the day. Running around (well, driving, chauffeur duty) in the afternoon picking up kids from school, getting kids to haircuts, park play, etc. Hubs and #3 did a derby. Jazz playoff game too. 26233 steps. 3109 burn. 1900 intake. 
  • Wednesday (0426): Hour of elliptical in early, Zumba with MZL and a stop off for shopping on the way home. An hour walk and a session on the bike. Driving kids around in the early evening, and picked up Dominos for dinner. Hubs and #1 did a derby. #3 had a game. #2 has been working a LOT this week. 31941 Steps. 3324 burn. 2500 intake.
  • Thursday (0427): Feeling a bit sluggish today ... as almost always, still got in my hour of elliptical early. Zumba with MountainView, then a session on the bike. Rainy day, but #4 still wanted to go play (outside at the park). #5 had practice. #2 had his girlfriend over to see the goslings. I made homemade oreos, and finished baking up the rest of the chocolate chip cookie dough. 22078 steps. 2948 burn. 2600 intake. 
  • Friday (0428): Got in my hour of elliptical, although not quite as early with late start (starts me off late). No Zumba, but did an hour walk and a session on the bike. Cold, snowy day! Everyone was around in the afternoon. In the evening, another Jazz game.  22267 steps. 2764 burn. 2700 intake.
  • Saturday (0429): Two of the boys (#1 and #4) were up and off early for a chilly 5k. I did two miles on the treadmill while they were running. Some yardwork (lawn mow and weeding, attempted trimming of a tree) then a couple basketball games with #5 (one loss, one win). Fun evening at home with the kids and their friends and more homemade oreos.  15272 stwps, 2540 burn, 1950 intake. 
  • Sunday (0430): End of April! I got in three 20min sessions on the elliptical throughout the day. Small breakfast, Hubs grilled burgers and dogs for dinner. I made cookies and ice cream and the final game in the first round of the playoffs was a win for the Jazz. 14334 steps. 2564 burn. 2200 intake. 
 Five Featured Photos ...

 Duckie time every day (usually twice a day).
This really does take up a lot of time. Hubs loves them.

Kitty time every day too! x2!

Crazy kids playing in the rain!

5k! My Fitbit Boys.

... and clean cars. 
Both boys (and friends) spent hours washing and waxing!

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