Friday, March 2, 2018

February 2018

Oy ... I feel like February was a failure! The end especially.  President's Day (kids off school) threw off my schedule ... that and some big snow! #2 had a birthday ... 19 years old. #5 had a double diagnosis of knee issues which slowed him down this month too. There was lots of baking ... Valentine Cookies are pictured in the collage above, but there were Superbowl sugar cookies too, in addition to all the other usual treat temptations.

NUMBERS: Starting weight was 172. Ended at 173. High was 173.7. Low was 168.4 with the average coming in at 170.91. Average intake 2491. Average burn 2759. Overage of 3166 for the month. Step average 20498, total steps 573946 with 225 logged miles. Cardio minutes came in at 3060/3331 with 80 minutes w/weights. 

Now I know February has fewer days than the other months ... but fitness numbers are down regardless.  EXERCISE: I stayed most consistent with my Zumba. Went to 19 classes and did a little extra on my own. As for elliptical, I hit the machine 22 out of the 28 days, but only achieved my hour on 16 of those days. 18 days had treadmill time, just with 6 days with double doses.  I did a lot of reading in February ... but alas, not while riding. Didn't get on the bike once. Two times w/Weights. OTHER ACTIVITIES: The usual driving and grocery shopping. Basketball was a little lower than it would have been without #5's knee issues ... which was our medical hour this month. Some salon time, both for my nails and haircuts for the littles. And I went to a movie! First movie I've been to in over two years. Greatest Showman. 

*** JenB's Journal ***
0201 (Thursday) Weight 172.0. Steps 27601. Total Burn 3036. Exercise Burn 1229/1252 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.75milesTreadmill). Calories in 2400. Just like last week, big scale slide up from Wednesday to Thursday. What's up with that? It's discouraging! Got in my hour of elliptical in the morning, then Zumba with MZL. Stats: 7428 steps. 3.26 miles. 446/425 burn. AvHR105. High135. In Zone 9 of the 69 minutes. After class I stopped at Sam's Club, just picking up a few things. I wasn't feeling that great, a little spinny myself, and cold. I snuggled up in bed for a bit. I got up to try and get some things done but had to go lay down again. #1 had the day off work, and unloaded the dishwasher for me before heading out to see a movie with his girlfriend. #5 didn't have his usual practice, but the team was getting together for bowling. I dropped him off to catch a ride (they went to Lehi) and then picked him up from Coach's house when they got back ... around 9:30. Had to laugh that here the first week that #4 didn't have his 9:30 pickup (as their Junior Jazz is done) I still had a pickup to do! I was still awake though. I hadn't thought I would be, but Hubs and I ended up having a "grown up" discussion with #2 in the evening.

0202 (Friday) Weight 170.9. Steps 24339. Total Burn 2858. Exercise Burn 1210/1086 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.80milesTreadmill). Calories in 2500. Hubs was off at the normal time, but I stayed in bed for a bit, as I can with late start. Just one 20min session on the elliptical before getting the boys off and heading to Zumba. MZL in West Jordan. Stats: 6556 steps. 2.88 miles. 380/427 burn. AvHR105. High133. In zone 4 of the 62 minutes. One of the gals in class asked if I could drop her off at Gene Fullmer after, so I did ... and passing Dunford on the way home, I grabbed some donuts. And ate some donuts. Got in my remaining elliptical sessions to hit my hour, and one time on the treadmill. After the school pickups, I dropped #5 off at his coach's house to catch a ride to practice. They were a little earlier today, 5-7.

0203 (Saturday) Weight 170.6. Steps 12331. Total Burn 2259. Exercise Burn 410/477 (40minElliptical). Calories in 3300. Oy, that intake. I started the day without eating anything, getting in a session on the elliptical, then running to Smiths (they had a sale on hamburger and I restocked other groceries) then taking the two littles to get much needed haircuts. Whew. Then #5 had a double header with his Grizzlies team at 3:00 and 4:00. They won the first, lost the second ... but they made a much better showing against this team they had played earlier in the season. That game had a score of 5-35 at the half, this time it was tied at 27. They started draining 3-pointers in the second half though, and our boys couldn't quite keep up. #5 had an 8:00 game with his Wolves, but Maga had arranged a family dinner (adults). I arranged for #5 to get a ride to his game. I was sorry to miss it, but they lost and didn't play particularly well, so I guess it was a good one if I had to miss. It was one of the further ones too. Dinner was nice. The calories there added in with some treats I'd indulged in earlier really added up. I did get a second elliptical session in at some point. I'd hoped for a third to get my hour of elliptical, but that didn't happen. 
0204 (Sunday) Weight 171.2. Steps 9491. Total Burn 2273. Exercise Burn 250/488 (20min Elliptical). Calories in 2800. #2 was up and off early to work, but the rest of the family was around, so we did our big breakfast. #1's girlfriend joined us. Hubs was a little in and out as he was running some errands and working in the garage redoing lights... then prepping dinner. It was the Superbowl today, and we always have a Superbowl Smorgasbord.  This year Hubs went a little crazy! Pork ribs, beef ribs, steak, tri-tip, marinated chicken ... then potatoes, corn, peas and Brazilian cheese rolls. Yes, calories were over again, even before the Superbowl sugar cookies I made (shaped like footballs). The boys wanted the Eagles to win, or at least didn't want the Patriots to win again, so they were happy with the end result. #4 is really the only one crazy about football.

0205 (Monday) Weight 171.7. Steps 31866. Total Burn 3439. Exercise Burn 1450/1656 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.5milesTreadmill, Weights). Calories in 1250. Well. weight up from last week, but not surprising after this weekend. Hubs slept in, I was up before him. Got a little preoccupied during my morning so didn't quite get my hour. Had to finish up 10min later in the day. I noticed my gas tank was full when I dropped #5 off at school. It had been close to empty. Nice of Hubs to fill it up for me. I remembered everything I needed for Zumba and got there on time today. Debbie should be back for next time. Stats: 6478 steps. 2.88 miles. 423/421 burn. AvHR115. High143. In zone 18 of the 62 minutes. I stopped at Smiths on the way home as we needed some buns for french dip. I need to plan ahead a bit better, as I'd just been to the store on Saturday. I stayed productive today. Got a couple blog posts done (my regular weekly one and a belated month recap) and a family letter out. General clean-up and laundry and such. Two treadmill times and weights. #2 made himself some soup with a recipe from his girlfriend (I helped a tiny bit as we tried to figure out the InstaPot together). Afterschool pickups and then #5 had a game at 8:00. It was a tough team, and they would pull ahead and our boys would bring it back, but we ran out of time while they were ahead. Poor #5's knee has really been bugging him. When #2 was his age he had knee issues too. Diagnosed as "Jumper's Knee" which just needed some rest and ibuprofen and it eventually got better. Thinking this may be the same thing so we'll try the same treatment. He has a few days off before practices later this week. Hubs had gone to a movie with a work friend and wasn't home until late, and then he shaved some meat, so we didn't get to bed until 11:00.

0206 (Tuesday) Weight 169.2. Steps 31531. Total Burn 3218. Exercise Burn 1384/1444 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.66milesTreadmill). Calories in 1700. I didn't get my hour of elliptical in this morning, because instead of my 3rd session, I was driving to the middle school to drop off papers #4 "really needed" but had forgotten. Barely got back in time to get #5 to school. Then Zumba w/Marian. Seven of us there today. Stats: 6396 steps. 2.83 miles. 397/375 burn. AvHR106. High144. In zone 10 of the 64 miles. #1 was in and out today, with just a half day of work. Off to "The Killers" concert in the evening.  I got in my two treadmill times, did a little duckie digging and some extra Zumba. Hubs was doing more work in the garage in the evening. #3 went to a movie with his upcoming prom date ... he said they might be boyfriend/girlfriend already. I prepped some meatless lasagna for #2 to have tomorrow as although we have a fridge full of leftovers, it's all meat that he won't eat.

0207 (Wednesday) Weight 168.4. Steps 26335. Total Burn 3096. Exercise Burn 1217/1327 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 30min/1.8milesTreadmill). Calories in 1700. I fell back asleep after Hubs left this morning and needed my alarm to wake up. I did get my hour of elliptical in early. Got the kids off to school then hit Zumba w/MZL. Stats: 6458 steps. 2.94 miles. 409/419 burn. AvHR114. High145. In zone 14 of the 61 minutes. As I'd done shopping on Monday, I didn't feel like I needed to stop at Maceys today. Went straight home. #2 had called into work and slept in. He did hit classes for a bit but was home most of the day. I baked the lasagna rolls up for him and he said they were good. So he has that and his soup for leftovers for a few days anyway. Got in one treadmill time and a bit of extra Zumba. Made cookie press cookies ... hearts for Valentine's Day. They tasted a bit off to me ... maybe I won't be tempted by this batch. Got the kitchen cleaned up, dishes washed, vacuumed the house ... and to bed.
0208 (Thursday) Weight 169.3. Steps 33441. Total Burn 3306. Exercise Burn 1395/1564 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.65milesTreadmill). Calories in 2300. Started the day with my hour of elliptical, got the kids off to school, then hit Zumba w/MZL. Stats: 6592 steps. 2.89miles. 376/417 burn. AvHR102. High130. In zone 1 of the 62 minutes. Stopped at Walmart on the way home. I don't hit it nearly as often as I used to, when they matched ads. I miss that. They are still less expensive on a few things, so when I run low on those particular items I'll make a trip in. I didn't hit Sam's today, as I usually do on Thursdays. I got in two treadmill times, some extra Zumba and made a muvee. Picking up #5, I totally spaced out and drove past my turn. I guess I was in auto-pilot and going to get #4, again (I'd picked him up just a little earlier). So I had to flip around and make my way back to the elementary. I guess I'm surprised it hasn't happened before. #5 had his usual practice, but we ended up not going. His knee has really been bothering him. He's been in tears after every game. He did say he bonked it or something during the NBWA game a couple weeks ago. Several years ago #2 had knee pain and I took him in. Originally it was misdiagnosed as a bone chip. The othopedist said it was "Jumper's Knee" which is common for active kids at this age. Just rest and ibuprofen for the fix (more for the anti-inflammatory than for pain relief) ... so we are trying that, although "rest" for him does happen. But their Thursday night practice is mostly running and conditioning, they don't shoot at all. I really should have hit the bike or something, even though I was good on steps. Hubs picked up a turkey breast and prepped it to smoke this weekend.
0209 (Friday) Weight 168.8. Steps 25710. Total Burn 2950. Exercise Burn 1243/1189 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 32min/2.0milesTreadmill). Calories in 2850. With late start, I set my alarm an hour later, and needed it! Fell back asleep after Hubs left and had weird dreams. Got in 30min on the elliptical and #5 off and made sure #4 was ready for his carpool, then I headed out to Zumba w/MZL. Stats 6768 steps. 3.02 miles. 395/377 burn. AvHR106. High133. In zone 5 of the 63 minutes. Straight home after. #2 was home, as Friday is his off day. He napped most of the day. I hit the treadmill and did more elliptical to equal my hour. Early out at the elementary, and then I dropped him off at a teammates house to catch a ride to Grizzlies practice, as the 3:00 start time was right when I needed to pick up middle school. I did the middle school pickup, then grabbed #5 from practice and grabbed pizza (it was National Pizza Day) and he had a slice, and then I dropped him off at his Wolves practice. He got a ride home from that. Hubs worked in the garage most of the evening ... sure made his body cold!

0210 (Saturday) Weight 169.2. Steps 13129. Total Burn 2187. Exercise Burn 200/413 (35min/2.0milesTreadmill). Calories in 2700. So annoying when I still wake up at an early hour on my "sleep in" day! Still stayed in bed for a bit. I was about to hit the gym when #3 beat me to the top of the stairs (on his way to the gym). He had work at noon, so I let him go first. I did get a walk in before #5's first game at 1:00. It was against Olympus, who our boys had beat by just one in OT last time. I'm not sure if it's because it didn't really matter to the standings (2nd or 3rd, would play a fairly easy team first round of playoffs) but the Coach pulled #5 for the last while, and the other team pulled ahead for the win. I thought maybe #5's knee was hurting him too much that he'd told Coach he couldn't play, but #5 said he felt good enough that he could have gone back in. Maybe Coach was saving him for the next game at 3:00 ... although the boys then played a practice game at 2:00 too. Olympus was playing Herriman (who we would be playing at 3:00) ... and Herriman won them! We had thought the 3:00 game would be an easy win for them, and thus us. It still was an easy win for us. Those three hours felt a little long. Glad to be done with basketball for the day. #5 ended up going home with a friend, and then spending the night. I've been wanting to see the movie "The Greatest Showman" ...breaking my 2+ year non-movie streak. We went for the 4:45 showing, but it was pretty much sold out (only a couple single seats left) so we bought tickets for the 6:45 and then went back. The movie was good, I enjoyed it. The theater itself sure had changed since I'd been there last, with "luxury loungers" and plenty of leg room. Still couldn't quite get comfortable as at home. Missed my captions, and Hub's popcorn is better. But glad we went. Been a while since we'd had a date. Hub's foster sister from years ago was in town, so he went to say high after the movie. It was late enough that I went straight to bed.

0211 (Sunday) Weight 169.8. Steps 7092. Total Burn 2029. Exercise Burn 0/252 (no exercise). Calories in 2500. Rest day, no exercise. I thought about it a couple times and almost hit the gym or bike, but didn't. Hubs was home, so we did our breakfast. He smoked bacon and #1 made waffles. Missing #2 at work, and #5 slept over at his friend's house. Hubs ran some errands. I picked up #5. Worked with some videos. Hubs smoked a turkey breast, more for slicing than for dinner, but I roasted some baby potatoes. While laying in bed this morning, I remembered that it was Valentine's Day this week. Last year, I'd prepped a simple "garbage can" box for #5, but he wanted something else, and we ended up scrambling that morning putting something together. I had a brainstorm to make a Rubix cube box ... he's obsessed with them of late. I mentioned the idea to him and he liked it, so we spent the evening making that and it turned out cute.

0212 (Monday) Weight 171.4. Steps 29146. Total Burn 3082. Exercise Burn 1378/1316 (60minEllipitcal, Zumba, 60min/3.52Treadmill). Calories in 1700. Wasn't a good night for either of us, we were both awake for a while in the middle of the night. Back to getting up early. I beat Hubs up. Wonder Woman hit HBO, so I watched that for my movie today.  I got my hour of elliptical in early while getting the boys off to school. Zumba with Debbie. She's back! 6106 steps. 2.75miles. 395/389 burn. AvHR111. High142. In zone 11 of the 60 minutes. I remembered to bring #5's paperwork (b/c and immunization record) to the middle school, stopping on the way home. Then a stop at Smiths for some groceries. Dragging a little. Did manage to get in two treadmill times and finish up the movie. I actually didn't like it as much as I thought I would after hearing so many people rave about it. I think I just don't care for superhero shows anymore. #3 was off to management training, #2 to a game, and #5 and I were off to his game. Our boys were playing the undefeated, top team today ... and beat them! #5 didn't make one basket, very unusual for him. He did attempt a couple shots early on, but for most of the game he was passing and getting the assist. I think he (and everyone) was still fine with his performance. Gordy was the crazy scorer tonight.

0213 (Tuesday) Weight 168.8. Steps 32549. Total Burn 3320. Exercise Burn 1400/1569 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.55milesTreadmill, 40minWeights). Calories in 2500. Better night, for me anyway. Hubs was awake in the night still. Work worries. I got my hour of elliptical in early, got the boys off to school, then hit Zumba with Marian. She didn't work today and so could stay the whole time. Stats: 5339 steps. 2.34miles. 312/301 burn. AvHR102. High128. In zone 2 of the 53 minutes. Had a productive day, didn't stop moving. I called the orthopedic doctor and almost took #5 in today, but then switched to a 3:30 appointment tomorrow. Got in two times on the treadmill and did weights. Got some kitchen cleanup and laundry done. After school pickups, then made strog for an early dinner, as Hubs and #5 were off for a lego derby. Ended up being the ward of one of my high school friends. Also made homemade oreos, making one batch with a white cake mix and coloring the dough pink for Valentine's Day. Then helped #5 prep his Valentine's cards for tomorrow. I will be grabbing him a bit early from school, hope he doesn't miss much. Sometimes all they are doing is watching a movie or something, other times it is a party, although it's not always at the end of day. Best to get his knee checked out for sure though.

0214 (Wednesday) Weight 168.8. Steps 26223. Total Burn 3063. Exercise Burn 1252/1291 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 33min/2milesTreadmill). Calories in 2300. Started the day with my hour of elliptical. Got the boys off to school then hit Zumba with Southziders, as there was another funeral at the MZL building. Stats: 6145 steps. 2.81 miles. 445/408burn. AvHR119. High141. In zone 30 of the 62 minutes. Stopped by Reams on the way home to grab more veggies, and they had milk and soda on sale. Got in some treadmill time ... I knew I'd only get the one today, so I did a little bit extra to hit two miles. Went early to pick up middle school, getting there before school got out so I could get them home and then get to the elementary school. I'd told the other moms that I was going early, to have the kids hurry out. Mine and the other boy did, but then we were waiting, waiting, waiting for the other gal. I texted her and ..."oh, I'm not coming today" ... that would have been nice to know! So I didn't get out as early as I wanted, and the elementary parking lot was pretty much filled (even though it was still 20min before it was letting out) but I managed to park, and #5 was already waiting for me in the office, which did save another five minutes. We barely made it to the doctor's office on time ... of course then, we wait. It was just the PA, but he seemed very competent and knowledgeable. With the swelling and the injury, he diagnoses bursitis, but also "Jumper's Knee" which is what I had suspected. It's just hard to STOP and miss games unless you know for sure, but that is what he said was needed, along with ice and anti-inflammatory medication and some stretches. #5 was in tears a bit, but this is better than a fracture or other injury. A couple weeks and it should resolve. He did have a big weekend planned. Practice Thursday, double practice Friday, three games Saturday, two or three games Monday. Just one game with Grizzlies, but it is a playoff game. The others were the Wolves in an AAU tournament. I contacted his Wolves coach, but have yet to talk to the Grizzlies one. We might still go to that game and have him sit on the bench and maybe play a little if they need him for the win. I remember #2 did that back when he was diagnosed with Jumper's Knee years ago.  There was a bad accident there by the clinic we were at. It had happened earlier, a car slammed into a stopped bus. It was a fatality, so it closed everything down there for a bit. It didn't impact our drive, but we could see the lights from the waiting room. Found out later it was a senior from Herriman High. Also in the news was a school shooting in Florida with 17 killed.  Super sad, on Valentines Day no less. Back at home, I made heart sugar cookies. They turned out good (I ate too many) but it was a bigger job than I thought and took me longer, and the kitchen was still a mess when Hubs got home. Usually the best present I can give him is a clean house. I've been doing better, but still fail so much of the time. He brought me (well, my duckies) mealworms ... at my request. This batch hasn't had live ones before, and they didn't quite know what to do with them. Hubs had suggested a movie and popcorn (DVD in bed, his popcorn) and that was fine with me. Better than attempting to go out! He got BladeRunner from Redbox and brought his gas burner in to use the old aluminum pan (which wouldn't work on our induction stove). I was a little full from the cookies, but of course there is always room for popcorn. We were both falling asleep during the show though ... a drawback of watching in bed. So, we stopped it and will try to finish it tomorrow.

0215 (Thursday) Weight 170.3. Steps 37464. Total Burn 3375. Exercise Burn 1554/1593 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 2400. Hubs was still sleeping this morning. I beat him up. He said he was spinning a bit in the night. He left for work, still not 100% and ended up coming back home and working from home, and resting a bit more when needed. I got the boys off and hit Zumba w/MZL. It ran a little long, so the numbers were higher than usual. 8821 steps. 4.04 miles 529/543 burn. AvHR112. High137. In zone 13 of the 80 minutes. They were having their "Valentine" celebration today, encouraging red/pink clothes and having a potluck breakfast after. They'd requested paper plates and we had a bunch on hand so I volunteered to bring them. I don't generally stay for the food though, as I usually want to get on with my day ... and I'm a little anti-social ;)  Hit Sam'sClub on the way home. Unloaded everything and got things put away. Cleaned up the kitchen, doing dishes, etc. Hit the treadmill and did some Zumba practice. Picked up kids from school and hit the treadmill again. Hubs had a derby in the evening, and #5 was going to help as he was sitting out his basketball practice (#4 was happy he didn't have to go as was the original plan). Except ... Hubs derby computer is his work computer, and it was at work. He didn't realize it until he was about to leave for the derby, and his work is 30+ minutes away in the opposite direction. He called a friend who lives up North, and that friend was willing to do the huge favor of grabbing the laptop and driving it out. Good friend! Hubs offered to pay him for his time and gas but the friend declined. Maybe it's karma, as Hubs has often helped out others.

0216 (Friday) Weight 169.5. Steps 25274. Total Burn 2923. Exercise Burn 1218/1168 (60minEllipitcal, Zumba, 30min/1.75milesTreadmill). Calories in 1950. Slept in an extra hour with late start ... middle school was out today. I got in a couple elliptical sessions early, then hit Zumba w/MZL. Stats: 6655 steps. 2.99miles. 380/431 burn. AvHR106. High138. In Zone 4 of the 61 minutes. At the start, it was only me and another instructor to lead, but then more showed up and we had plenty. More kids than usual, other schools must have had more than just the middle school out, although my elementary and high schoolers still had school. I stopped by the nail salon after class for a much-needed fill. #5 had two practices scheduled, one with each team, but sat them both out. I didn't mind not running around as much as I usually do Friday afternoons.

0217 (Saturday) Weight 168.5. Steps 14939. Total Burn 2487. Exercise Burn 430/717 (40minEllipitcal). Calories in 2400. Hubs was up fairly early running some errands and spent much of the day working in the garage. I got up and got a session on the elliptical in ... on more a little later in the day. Caught up on Grey's Anatomy. #5's Wolves teams had games at 10:00 and 12:00. With the AAU app I could catch up on the scores, they lost both games. #5's Grizzlies team was playing at 1:00. He shouldn't play ... but the team needed the win (or would be knocked out of the playoffs) and I think they may have needed him for the win. Also needed one of our big guys, who wasn't there! I texted his mom and she thought the game started at 1:30. They hurried over and were late but made it, and the boys got the win. Next week will be the true challenge. #5's knee was hurting some, so we went home and iced it and he rested the remainder of the day. Hubs made some popcorn and we watched "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" ... until he fell asleep ;) There was some snoring going on.

0218 (Sunday) Weight 170.2. Steps 6907. Total Burn 2077. Exercise Burn 0/297 (no exercise). Calories in 2800. Hubs was up and off to work for the first part of the day. We did a smaller breakfast at home. Fried up some bacon and sausage and hashbrowns. Hubs grabbed some steaks and I marinated some chicken and he bbqed for dinner, making potatoes and corn and I added Brazilian Cheese Rolls. #1's girlfriend came over but she didn't stay too late, because a winter storm was forecast. I boarded up part of the duck pen to try and keep the upcoming snow out.

0219 (Monday) Weight 171.5. Steps 10058. Total Burn 2187. Exercise Burn 310/433 (30minElliptical). Calories in 2200. President's Day ... so slept in. Hubs was up and off early. Said the roads were really bad. It had snowed much of the night. #1 and #2 were off pretty early and I checked in on them with Find my Friends to make sure they'd reached their destinations alright. I could have, should have, gone to Zumba, but I just didn't feel like facing the roads and snow and outside. My energy just plummeted. Only 30min of elliptical for exercise all day. I let the ducks out and kept and eye on them all day. There were some spots of low snow, but really no "no snow" spots. I tried to clear some spots for them with the shovel but the blowing snow took over. The ducks didn't seem to mind. Their water had frozen mid-day though. Quite a bit of snow had blown into the pen. I'd left the door open if they wanted to go back in. They didn't, but the snow did. So I raked out all the moist straw and wood chips. I just left the dirt until right before I put the birds back in for the day. Then I lay new bedding down. Reupped their food and water and then covered the open section of the door with a big board. I tried to tie an old tarp around the top section where snow could blow in, but it came down. My fingers were absolutely frozen! I did my weekly weigh-in and blog post, and family epistle. I'd thought about taking #5 to watch his Wolves play, but with the weather, I wimped out. I was happy to take a shower and put on jammies by 7:00. Checked with one of the basketball moms and she said it was a super easy win even without #5.

0220 (Tuesday) Weight 171.9. Steps 24805. Total Burn 2830. Exercise Burn 1207/1041 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.75milesTreadmill). Calories in 2900. Oy, hard to pull out of bed this morning. More snow last night, so the roads were bad again. #3 was late to school. I got #5 dropped off and went to Zumba, wearing boots and bringing shoes to change into. Just four of us today, and Marian had to leave early so I finished up. Stats: 6160 steps. 2.73miles. 417/379 burn. AvHR110/134. In zone 10 of the 65 minutes. Straight home after, and other than afternoon kid pickups, I didn't go out. I hadn't let the ducks out in the morning, just taking them their breakfast salad and adding some grain. There is just snow everywhere. No place for them to hang that isn't covered. At least the pen is pretty dry. I finally let them out for a couple hours in the late afternoon as I needed to do a little work in their pen and it's easier if they aren't in there when I do that. They wandered around some. Don't really seem to mind the snow that much, but it's hard to think they aren't freezing! I was not very motivated today. Got one treadmill time in, and finished up the 10minutes elliptical I hadn't hit earlier (didn't get started in time for the first workout to be 20min, only time for 10). I'd thought of hitting the bike, but didn't. Got the kitchen cleaned up and did some laundry. Finished up a highlight reel of #4 ... one more to go, then finish up the basketball blog post. I hadn't done great on eating, then Hubs made popcorn. A couple of the boys went to the high school to watch the final game. CHHS lost, which makes them and Riverton co-champions for region (like last year, tied with Bingham). 

0221 (Wednesday) Weight 172.8. Steps 29346. Total Burn 3254. Exercise Burn 1310/1468 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 35min/2milesTreadmill). Calories in 2000. The high school was out today, so #3 got to sleep in. #2 also slept in, taking the day off for his birthday. I got the littles off to school and got in some morning elliptical (10min shy of my hour). Kept the ducks in the pen, but took them out fresh water and food. Their water had frozen over, first time that has happened. Zumba with MZL. Stats: 7000 steps. 3.11miles. 459/472 burn. AvHR119. High 148. In zone 26 of the 63 minutes. Emily wasn't there, not many instructors, so I did more songs that usual. Carma wasn't there but Kirsten was, and we had her do "Say Hey". After class I stopped at Maceys. Ran into Cathyleen there. Grabbed some groceries and a little cake for #2's birthday. Then a stop at the Dollar Store for a few things. With both boys home, I had help unloading, which was nice! I cleaned out a cupboard in the laundry room to make some space to store the dishsoap I'd stocked up on. Threw out some old items and advertised some freebies (bubbles, etc) on the neighborhood FB page. I found a treasure though! A bag that had FOUR of the old orange Tuffy Scrubbers in. They were discontinued years ago. I'd hung onto the one I had, because it in horrible shape was still better than anything I could buy new. I'd replaced it a while back when we discovered one in the trailer when we cleaned it out. It was in pretty rough shape, but still working ... but now I have four brand new ones! They could last me years ;) I let the ducks out for a bit in the afternoon, although with snow everywhere, there isn't a good place for them to do. They still seem to enjoy wandering. Afternoon pickups per usual. I only got in one treadmill time and my last 10min elliptical. Not because boys were home and in my gym. I was just busy with other stuff ... and then a little lazy. Maga came over in the evening, but missed the birthday boy, who was out with his girlfriend. He made it back for us to sing happy birthday to him. I gave him a "sushi making class" voucher which he and his girl seemed excited about.

0222 (Thursday) Weight 171.7. Steps 18273. Total Burn 2606. Exercise Burn 707/839 (30minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2300. Woke up not feeling well. Just a little dizzy, sweaty, light-headed. Just got 30min elliptical in during the morning. Wasn't sure I felt up to Zumba, but I went and felt a little better. Stats: 6664 steps. 2.98 miles. 396/390 burn. AvHR108. High 136. In zone 6 of the 62 minutes. After class I stopped at Sam's Club for a few groceries. Didn't get much done during the day. Laid down for a bit but didn't sleep. Let the ducks out for a little bit in the afternoon. I had put them in for the night when I noticed that snow was in the forecast (flurries were starting), so I went back out and put up the boards (to keep snow out of a portion of the pen at least) and it was good I did, because there was a lot of snow come morning. Hubs made popcorn again and we watched a couple episodes of Veep.

0223 (Friday) Weight 172.3. Steps 14273. Total Burn 2414. Exercise Burn 500/614 (10minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 3500. Holy snow. Hubs said it really wasn't bad when he left (around 4:00am) but it was terrible for our morning commutes. I hadn't left the house Monday. Tuesday wasn't too bad ... today was bad! My trip to the elementary took longer than usual. I got off a little later than I wanted to Zumba, and traffic was backed up. Not too many people made it. Just three of us (me, Emily and Anna) for instructors and then a few people following. Stats: 6400 steps. 2.83miles. 386/410 burn. AvHR108. High132. In zone 1 of the 64 minutes. After class, despite the bad weather, I hit Cal Ranch for some corn/bedding, then Reams for some produce. Then stopped for donuts. Finally back home. Again, just not feeling productive or energetic. I'd only done 10min elliptical in the morning, and then never made it back down to the gym. Hubs had suggested dinner out and my folks and his mom were on board. He wanted to go straight there from work, so arranged for his mom to pick me up. Red Robin was yummy. Home again after. I noticed #1 and #3 had left, and were together. I figured out that they were suit shopping, as #3 has Prom next weekend. Made my mommy heart melt that #1 was being such a good brother and helping #3 out. #2 went sledding with friends. #5 didn't actually miss practices today, as both teams ended up canceling.

0224 (Saturday) Weight 172.9. Steps 5621. Total Burn 1942. Exercise Burn 0/156 (no exercise). Calories in 3300. Still awake around 7:00, which is later than the weekday routine ... but sometimes I'd really like to sleep in. Hubs had tickets for the Jazz game tonight. He'd left them at the office, so he headed to the office and stayed to do a little work, then ran some errands. Had to take his car in to get the tire patched as he had a screw in it. #5 had a game at 1:00. I didn't really care if we won, as that would make us have a second game right after and I didn't think #5's knee was up for that (and it would be a tough team). We did NOT win. The first half was really bad ... 29-7. Ouch!  None of our shots were falling, but the other team was on fire. We did better the second half and got it within 10. #5 was hurting though. #3 had been excited to go to the game tonight, thinking he got off at 5:00, when he was actually scheduled to7:00. He was very disappointed. With an extra ticket, #4 tried to find a friend to go, but none were available at such late notice. #5 was able to get a friend (the same one who'd gone last time we had an extra ticket). These are great tickets! 2nd row, with free parking and food. The game was really close all night, but Jazz pulled it out. #5 missed his Wolves playoff game, which was at 6:00 (and would have been at 8:00 if they'd won). He didn't feel up to it after falling earlier ... and the Jazz game was a nice consolation prize to missing. I checked in with one of the other moms and it sounded like a repeat of #5's earlier game. Horrible first half, way behind, then nice comeback, just not quite enough (Wolves were closer though, within four). So Bantam and Dimple Dell ended today. The Monday night Murray league still has a few more games, but hopefully with everything slowing down #5's knee will finally get better! #3 brought me home some cheese curds from KFC (A&W) ... calories were already over before that.

0225 (Sunday) Weight 173.7. Steps 7215. Total Burn 2133. Exercise Burn 0/171 (no exercise). Calories in 3000. Yes ... I can eat 3000 calories pretty easily. Started the day off with french toast. It was yummy. Finished up some basketball stuff, videos and blog posts. Got the bills paid ... sometimes February catches me off guard, finishing up days earlier than other months. More snow had been in the forecast, and we got a dusting. The sun came out, and temp was 30° so I let the ducks out for several hours during the day. Helped #1 with some pricing for a homework assignment. Hubs was smoking some tri-tip and ribs. He made his mashed taters too, and instead of my usual Brazilian Cheese Rolls, I tried making Cheddar Bay Biscuits and they were a hit. Hubs is planning on shaving most of the tri-tip. Kitchen cleanup and then to bed.

0226 (Monday) Weight 173.5. Steps 27445. Total Burn 3053. Exercise Burn 1100/1275 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 35min/2milesTreadmill). Calories in 2300. Let's see if we can have a better Monday than last week. It didn't start out great though. On my second session on the elliptical, I was interrupted by my son, saying his car wouldn't start as he tried to leave for school. Oy. Luckily #1 was still home, and Daddy has a handy dandy portable jumper. We got him started (and had him take the jumper in case he had trouble starting it again ... which he did) but I missed my second workout. Got my next one in, and #5 dropped off to school. I have a hard time making it to Debbie's class by 9:00. As I pulled up to the church ... there were too many cars there. A bad sign. Sure enough, the gym was being used for a missionary activity. I have to say, it annoys me. Priesthood takes precedence over simple ladies wanting to workout ... even if they are the ones who have the gym reserved. We had to move to the primary room, which was way to cramped and small for the number we had (plus no place for kids to play) plus carpet, plus Jesus everywhere. Sometimes I love Debbie's playlist, but today I just wasn't feeling any of the music, in addition to my irritation. My feet felt heavy, I'd have worn different shoes if I'd know we'd be on carpet. Stats were not great, no surprise: 4178 steps. 1.8 miles. 308/235 burn. AvHR102. High138. In zone 6 of the 56 minutes. Stopped at Smiths on the way home. Needed to restock the cat food, and they had some decent sales on. I was hungry when I got home and indulged in some cereal. Got everything put away. #1 was around all morning, said his school classes had been canceled. #3 was home early (skips 4th period bb), went to a suit fitting then to management training. #5 had a game. His Wolves were happy to see him, especially as we were missing a couple other kids, so only six players. Easy win though. Saw the stat sheet and while #5 is still in the #2 position for overall scoring and 3-pointers, it's a little surprising as he had two games with no points at all (one he just didn't score, then he sat out last week for his knee). Back at home, Hubs was shaving the tri-tip and he made popcorn. I guess the scale will not improve tomorrow morning!

0227 (Tuesday) Weight 173.7. Steps 26950. Total Burn 3046. Exercise Burn 1230/1246 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.85milesTreadmill). Calories in 2500. #3 wanted to be awakened early, as he had the ACT today and needed to be on time (something we've been struggling with a bit lately). I got my first two sessions in on the elliptical, but had to cut the third one short as I got started a little late. #5 and got caught by both busses on the way to school. They have been coming earlier. Maybe we need to push our departure time a bit. It was an outside day. About 30°. I had let the ducks out early yesterday and today. Zumba with Marian. I was ready for some songs/steps I know/love and wasn't disappointed. Marian had me wrap up as she had to head out to work. Stats: 6680 steps. 2.97 miles. 426/415 burn. AvHR111. High136. In zone 10 of the 64 minutes. Unfortunately I wasn't super productive today during my alone time. Spent some time out with the ducks. Gave them some water, broke off some icicles (don't want them to fall and injure my babies), shoveled out some of the bedding from the pen into the garden ... broke my pitchfork dang it! Did some digging in the flower beds, even getting the ducks to come into the front yard for a bit. Still finding some worms even during winter. I did get in one treadmill time. I really meant to get a second, but it didn't end up happening. Barely got in my final 10min on the elliptical. Made chicken pillows ... mostly leftovers, but #4 had some. Also made some cheesy biscuits again. Hubs made himself some french dip with his shaved meat when he got home. I'd meant to watch some of the state basketball playoffs, but then I spaced it off  (when my kid isn't playing it's not a priority). Checked in to find that CHHS won over Bingham in the first round. No repeat win for Bingham this year. Eliminated first round. Finished up THREE books today ... my audiobook, my kindle app, and my borrowed book on Kindle Prime.

0228 (Wednesday) Weight 173.0. Steps 22133. Total Burn 2805. Exercise Burn 1000/1006 (40minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.8milesTreadmill). Calories in 3000.  Hubs was up and off at the usual time (5:30ish). When my alarm went off at 5:50 ... I just didn't want to get up and exercise. I reset the alarm for 6:30. Still got in two elliptical sessions while getting the boys off. Zumba w/MZL. Stats: 6396 steps. 2.89 burn. 393/419 burn. AvHR110. High128. In zone 2 of the 64 minutes. As I was leaving the church, I noticed a car backing out of Coach's driveway. When the car caught up with me at the light, it was Coach. I was going to Maceys for some grocery shopping and he stopped quick to ask me how #5 was doing. At the store, I stocked up on lots of unhealthy things. The Little Debbie snacks were on, and the boys love them. Some granola bars #2 likes. The little ChipsAhoy cookies. I was starving and proceeded to eat an entire bag. So shopping steps and steps from carting everything in. But ... another non-productive day. I just feel like curling up in bed with my book. I did get in one treadmill time, and figured I'd fit in my final elliptical later ... but then there were boys in my gym all afternoon. Excuses ... I could have ellipticalled in the evening, but instead showered and got in jammies early. In bed early. Hubs was still working on his computer, but I was able to fall asleep. Or not able to stay awake.

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