Thursday, May 3, 2018

April 2018


Ah April ... the weather is getting warmer, but we still got hit with spring snow a couple of times. Easter celebrations, Spring Break, and several friend/family get-togethers. The food and fitness numbers weren't particularly great for the month, but that's how it goes sometimes. 

NUMBERS: Weight started at 175.8 and ended at 177.10. High was 178.6 with 173.9 as the low. Average was 176.29. Eating was over, only stayed under goal four days. Intake average 2566. Average Burn 2827.  4913 extra at the end of the month. Step average was 22917, total steps 687,519, with 243 logged miles. 13 days with 3000+ burn, 11 days with 30k steps. Cardio minutes 3340/3653. 

Life ala Life Cycle ...

EXERCISE: I hit the elliptical 22 days this month, achieving my hour 16 of those days. Treadmill time 18 days ... 11 days with double duty. 20 Zumba classes, and a little extra on my own. Three times on the bike. Weights twice. 

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Quite a bit of family (&friend) time... Friends from California, a couple cousins from Seattle, Easter, a visit to the cemetery, a bridal shower. #5 is busy with basketball again. With the weather warming, I'm back to mowing the lawn and spending more time in the yard, gardening, and doing duck duty. A couple visits to the salon for nails, a visit to the doctor for #3's strep throat. The usual grocery shopping and driving around. 




***JenB's Journal ***

0401 (Sunday) Weight 175.8. Steps 6698. Total Burn 2130. Exercise Burn 0/319 (no exercise). Calories in 2800. I'd been too tired last night to prep the Easter baskets (buckets at our house) ... not that I really had much for the boys. Just some candy, headphones for #5 (which he knew about and had already been using for a couple days) and silly putty for #4. So ... I got up and set them out, such as they were. Did the dishes, as there always seems to be a sink full waiting just for me. Got started making roll dough and finishing up the dessert I'd started yesterday. Hubs got the brisket smoking, and then was peeling potatoes after I got the rolls rolled out (orange rolls and regular dinner rolls). I made the batter for Brazilian cheese rolls to take with us. Dinner was at 5:00. #3 had to work, but the older boys came with their girlfriends. It was a beautiful day out. Sunny and warm. 

0402 (Monday) Weight 177.2. Steps 19550. Total Burn 2666. Exercise Burn 763/867 (30minElliptial, Zumba). Calories in 2300. First day of Spring Break. I had my alarm set for a little after 8:00, but got up a little before that on my own. I'd actually been awake and restless for a while. Hubs and gotten up uber early, around 2:00 ... I got up and off to Zumba. I was subbing for Debbie today. Carma was there to help. Not a big class today. Stats: 6971 steps. 3.1 miles. 428/432 burn. AvHR111. High 148. In zone 12 of the 65 minutes. Stopped at Smiths on the way home. I'd entered in the refills for my prescriptions and got the notification that they were done. There were quite a few things on sale too, so I had a big checkout. When the mail came, my new Motiv ring was there. I got it charged and set up and started wearing it. Missed my morning Zumba workout, but I got in a 20min session on the elliptical mid-day, and then a quick 10min before bed. The boys just hung around home, playing games and jumping on the tramp. Not a nice day though, cold and dreary. I got my monthly review for March up on the blog. #5 had a basketball game in the evening. Hubs was out cold when I got back. #3 had been working, but then was up really late ... I wasn't sleeping deep (and Hubs woke up too) to hear him up and around after 1:00. 

0403 (Tuesday) Weight 176.7.  Steps 21084. Total Burn 2160. Exercise Burn 910/958 (30minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/2.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 2200. I don't feel like I've been sleeping very well. Hubs either ... he had another early off morning. I haven't really even been trying to get up early and get elliptical in this week. Spring Break is going to be a break for me too. There were tons of dishes waiting for me. Hubs had sliced brisket last night, #1 had eaten dinner and had stuff left out and #2 had made cookies. So ... dishes, first thing. Headed to Zumba and there were workmen there, tearing out all the carpet. Rolls of new carpet in the gym, but we still danced. It was just three of us. Marian, Cathyleen and me. Barbara hasn't been around the last couple classes. I was hoping with Spring Break we might see some of the people that can't come with school conflicts. Couldn't really get the heart rate up. Stats: 5094 steps. 2.2 miles. 325/287 burn. AvHR104. High125. In Zone 2 of the 54 minutes. #1 had taken the day off school and was playing video games with his brothers. I got in a session on the elliptical and a treadmill time.   #3 had a friend sleep over on his floor last night. He had some friends over a little later in the day, then went up to Park City with them. #5 went to hang out with a friend, and #4 had a friend come hang out here. I picked #5 up around 4:00 and dropped him and his buddy off at High Jump, a local inflatable place. Used to be Jump N Bounce, but ownership changed a while back, but we hadn't been since (we used to go quite a bit with some neighbors before they moved to California ... an ironic twist was as I picked up the boys and dropped the friend home, I got a text from our Cali friends, here in town wanting to get together!) I made some cookies from a box (oatmeal scotchies ... no one seemed very interested though).#4 then got picked up to go downtown to the Jazz game, with the tickets from his Junior Jazz season. Nosebleed seats, but fun to be with several teammates. Jazz won. Looks like it will be a championship year.

0404 (Wednesday) Weight 176.4. Steps 20591. Total Burn 2733. Exercise Burn 500 (30minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 3500. Got 10min elliptical in after I got up, and then hit Zumba with MZL. Stats: 7295 steps. 3.34 miles. 492 burn (both devices). AvHR119. High141. In zone 31 of the 68 minutes. I probably should have stopped at the store, or got my nails done (they need it) but I was feeling tired and wanted to go straight home. #5 ended up getting picked up to go hang with a friend for much of the day. I was rather lazy. Didn't hit the treadmill and had to force myself to get in a 20min elliptical session to hit 30min for the day. Eating was out of control. Hubs made popcorn in the evening as well. Oof, Uber over.

0405 (Thursday) Weight 177.6. Steps 17424. Total Burn 2537. Exercise Burn 420/724 (Zumba) Calories in 2200. Those calories are probably low. Not keeping up with my tracking (or eating) very well during this Spring break. Had bad duckie dreams. In it one of my males, Abbott had beak and bum issues. When I woke I peeked out the window and ... only saw Blackfoot and Costello, no Abbott (very unusual as they always stick together). I put on shoes and went out to check ... and Abbott was okay, but stuck down the window well. The boys were still sleeping so it was up to me to get him out. The boys generally just scramble in/out, but I got a ladder. Abbott freaked out a bit as I put it down, and I didn't want him to hurt himself. He seems fine though. I hit Zumba with MZL, then stopped at Sams for a couple things, then Walmart, as #2 needed some smaller (than Sams) things restocked. Walmart still had a bunch of Easter candy on clearance. Reeses eggs and our FavoREDs jelly beans. I bought a bunch. Pretty much all the Easter candy for THIS year was purchased last year ... it lasts fine. I'd asked #3 if he'd clean the bathroom in prep for company coming over. He did, and vacuumed and straightened the kitchen too. It was great to see the DiFran family again. We've kept in contact over Facebook, but haven't actually been together IRL in over two years. So easy to be together again though. Kiana and I can chat for hours and the boys love to hang out. They played some spike ball and video games. They were here from about noon until 5:00. They had plans in the evening, #3 had work (hadn't been scheduled but filling in), #4 a derby with Dad and #5 basketball practice. The older to boys were home in the evening, and #2 was funny, stressed out over an NBA game. His team won though.

0406 (Friday) Weight 178.6. Steps 19115. Total Burn 2550. Exercise Burn 576/723 (Zumba, 

Hubs slept in today too, as he had a doctor's appointment at 8:30. No sense going all the way into work (even early) just to come back. He ran to Lowes, and then the doctor. Got his BP medication refilled and something for sleep. I headed to Zumba. Quite a few instructors today. Stats: 6318 steps. 2.88 miles. 375/396 burn. AvHR112. High138. In Zone 10 of the 62 minutes. Straight home after, no store stop. Hubs was actually taking the whole day off. He's a little burned out. He took the little's to see Black Panther. Invited me, but after not being overly impressed with the last super hero movies I've seen (WW, Guardians, Thor) I wasn't sure I wanted to spend the time/money/calories ... I'll just wait until it's streaming somewhere and watch while working out. It had crossed my mind that Hubs and I could go out to dinner or something, as he was home and #5 didn't have practice. The night was free, but Hubs totally crashed napping around 4:00 ... I honestly wasn't sure if he was going to wake up before bedtime or just roll it over into the night. He did wake up for a bit in the evening. I was taking the garbage out and was surprised to run into my duckies, there in the front yard! Someone had left the gate open. Who let the ducks out? Who, Who? I ended up digging in the front flower bed with them, uncovering some worms and just supervising them in the new area (new bugs and all that). #5 had been invited to a "Stranger Things" party at 5:00, so I put the ducks back and dropped him off. Pickup was at 9:00. I'd done a treadmill walk earlier in the day, and tried out the bike, getting in some reading. With the new month, I have my "Prime Lending Library" book that I can only read on my bigger Kindle device (works perfect for the bike though). Picked up the munchkin and headed to bed.

0407 (Saturday) Weight 176.7. Steps 15306. Total Burn 2459. Exercise Burn 625/642 (60minElliptical). Calories in 3400.  Weird dreams ...rainy morning. Blackfoot laid her egg in the pen, so it was dry. I didn't find an egg yesterday. No worms all around like the last rainy day though. Hubs ran a few errands then was off to do a derby in Bountiful. This was a fundraiser, for adults, in a bar. #1 son helped out ... he was the only one old enough to attend. I got in for my needed nail appointment. I made lasagna for dinner, making a vegetarian batch for #2 with some faux beef crumbles. No games today, leagues had the day off for Spring Break. #1 had picked up his girlfriend in the morning, she'd had her wisdom teeth out at a research center and was just released in the morning. He went back to visit again after the derby. #2 and his girlfriend hit a movie (The Quiet Place, he said it was great) and #3 had work. Hubs went out to his mom's to check in and say hi to visiting family. He asked if the littles wanted to go, but they didn't want to leave home, and I had a bunch of dishes, ducky duty and needed a shower.

0408 (Sunday)  Weight 175.9. Steps 5883. Total Burn 1936. Exercise Burn 0/129 (no exercise). Calories in 3300. Last sleep in morning ... back to the school routine tomorrow. I've enjoyed the break. We headed over to Maga's house around 10:00 for a Sunday Brunch. We actually had ALL the grandkids, so we took a photo of them. There was monkey bread, breakfast burritos, waffles, bacon and fruit. We got a call to come check on one of the chickens ... one had died. Memories of our duck just the week before. back at home, I was working on my computer (window in front of me) and saw some ducks fly in and land in the backyard behind us. I had to go check it out (climbed on a stool to peek over the fence) and it was three males. Hi ducks! Hubs was working in his garage, as per usual. Picked up some scaffolding and is going to paint. I made chicken pillows for dinner, making a couple with the faux chicken for #2, some without mushrooms for #3, and some plain tenders for #4 and #5 (and me). 

0409 (Monday) Weight 178.1. Steps 32998. Total Burn 3386. Exercise Burn 1425/1562 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/4milesTreadmill). Calories in 1750. Back to the routine. I beat Hubs out of bed. #4 was up before my waking of him though. No egg this morning. Fit in my full hour on the elliptical early, watching "Titan" a Netflix movie (just okay). Zumba w/Debbie ... had a pretty good crowd today. Stats: 5986 steps. 2.69miles. 375/369 burn. AvHR108. High130. In zone 5 of the 60minutes. Stopped at Smiths on the way home to restock groceries. The yogurt granola bars #3 likes were on sale, and I picked up muffins for him and some vegetarian options for #2. Got the groceries put away, the kitchen cleaned up, a load of laundry, the usual. Hit the gym for some treadmill time, jogging. We lost internet for a bit ... but I guess much of the area (all the kid's schools) were affected by a power outage. We never lost power though, and the internet was up again pretty quick.. good thing too! I'd made arrangements for one of the other moms to pick up middle school carpool, so I could be around to help #3 with his senior registration. It opened at 3:00, and everything fills up in the first few minutes, so you have to be fast and have a plan. He had so many semester classes, that we had quite a bit more to enter in. We got everything but the final class he wanted (basketball), it was full (and this was just two minutes after it opened up). We did get him in a "foods" backup, but then switched to weight training with several friends. Those are two tense minutes! I picked up elementary as usual. Got in another treadmill time, just walking this time. Completed my weekly blog post and made a muvee of last week's basketball game. Then it was off to #5's basketball game this week. 9:00 start. Ugg. Some of our kids live in Utah County, so they have about an hour drive after too. Ours is just about 10 minutes. Easy win ... too easy. Can't really even cheer when our boys are dominating so much. I was surprised Hubs was still awake when we got back. He'd been painting in the garage though, so he'd stayed busy. Even though the game wasn't stressful, it takes a while to unwind after the late games.

0410 (Tuesday) Weight 175.6. Steps 31477. Total Burn 3362. Exercise Burn 1420/1561 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 30min/2.3milesTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 3000. Hubs was up around 5:00, I got up around 6:00. Fit in my three 20min sessions on the elliptical while getting the boys off to school. Prepped a playlist, as Marian had texted me a couple days ago asking me to sub. When I showed up at the church, it was still completely torn up. Last week they had all the carpets in the halls pulled up, with big rolls in the gym. Today, the chapel was torn up, all the pews were in the gym. There still would have been a small open space to dance in, but the sound wouldn't work with the sliding doors to the chapel open ... and the glue fumes were pretty bad. We moved to the Relief Society room. I could plug into the sound system there, but it's small and on carpet. There were just six of us there. I'd planned the playlist just for me, but Carma came, so I quickly added in some of her songs. Stats: 6124 steps. 2.68 miles. 438/402 burn. AvHR118. High147. In zone 26 of the 63 minutes. Felt like I should have accomplished more today, not sure where the time went. The usual kitchen cleanup, dishes, laundry, ducks (egg this morning, and there WAS an egg yesterday, it was just in the pool, I didn't see it until I emptied the water today). One treadmill time, jogging. Instead of a second, I hit the bike. I've switched my audio of "The Lovely Bones" to the Kindle ... it was the author narrating and I just didn't care for her voice. Is that bad? But it means I have a couple different library books to get through before their due date. Need to read! Speaking of reading, I read the prologe of "Steelheart" to #3 to see if I get him interested in it ... he needs to be reading it (actual need, school assignment, not that book per say but A book).  Usual school pickups. As I hadn't done middle school carpool yesterday, and it had been a week with Spring Break, it felt like it had been forever. #4 texted to see if a friend could come home with him to hang out. Of course, I wish he'd do that more often. They played video games and jumped on the tramp. Hubs was really late getting home, although I don't think it was all work. Bar stop? He was pretty much straight to bed. I was ready too. #3 was out late for a school night (even after I texted him 10:00 curfew). Grrr.

0411 (Wednesday) Weight 176.8. Steps 31251. Total Burn 3381. Exercise Burn 1491/1564 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/4milesTreadmill). Calories in 2500. Hubs was up and off early, like 2:00 am early. He hasn't been sleeping well. I didn't sleep great last night either. Hit the elliptical first thing. I'd planned to watch a movie on HBO, but I was logged out. Again. So frustrating. I realize that people's plans are always changing and they need to keep verifying you are still active, but it requires going online, entering all the DirectTV info. It takes about five minutes, which admittedly isn't much, but I'm on such a strict schedule for my morning workouts. If I'm off even five minutes, I can't get it all in. I watched a Netflix movie instead, and then got the HBO up and running so I should be okay for tomorrow. Zumba with MZL. 6694 steps. 2.94 miles. 433/433 burn. AvHR113. High142. In zone 9 of the 64 minutes. I'd checked my Motiv numbers after my hour of elliptical, and they were almost identical to my Charge2. But the ring doesn't like my dancing, doesn't pick up steps well (under 4000, compared to 6000+ on the two Fitbit devices) although the calorie burn and active minute steps are still on par. After class I went to Reams. Always good for produce. Apples, oranges, tomatoes, and small bags of salad. Picked up roast, which I threw in the crock pot when I got home. One the way home, I drove through the car wash. First time on my own. It was so nice and sunny today, I went outside and read a little in the sun. Rain tomorrow, snow on Friday ... that's the forecast at least. I checked the Seattle forecast for the boys, heading off for the weekend and it's rain, rain, rain, there. Picked up kid carpools. #3 was parked in front of my garage spot. He was only there for 15minutes, but that was right when I got home from picking up #5. Had to park on the street and then move the car to the garage later after he left to work. Made some homemade ice cream, using up a little of the chocolate milk (non DariGold). Hubs was home from work early and laid down for a little bit before heading out to a derby. #4 went to help. I'd done one time on the treadmill during the school day (jogging) and did one more later. #1 went to go see "A Quiet Place" and he took #5 with him. #2 saw it last Saturday and really liked it. #3 saw it a couple days ago.


0412 (Thursday) Weight 176.1. Steps 31115. Total Burn 3183. Exercise Burn 1329/1339 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 2800.  Awakened in the night by noisy rain and wind. It was around 4:00, and I don't think I really got back to sleep before getting up around 6:00. Hubs woke up to the rain too, but surprised me by coming back to bed and he definitely got back to sleep. I beat him out of bed. He said that was his first restful night in a while. I got the boys off to school and got my elliptical in during the early hours. The rain turned to snow after I dropped #5 off, and it was a full blizzard as I drove to Zumba. They had a ton of instructors (and Kava talks after), I was surprised they put a second song of mine on. Stats: 6000 steps. 2.53 miles. 401/351 burn. AvHR109. High136. In zone 6 of the 63 minutes. I didn't stay for the social after, as I wanted to get the shopping done and get home. Stopped at Sam's. Didn't need a lot, but grabbed the few things we needed to restock. #2 was home when I got home, skipping school today. After getting the groceries away, I did my duck duty (I didn't want to go out in the rain this morning. I did wear my boots as there was snow sticking to the ground). Found Blackfoot's egg for the day and gave the birds their belated breakfast. Then, the cats went crazy! Chasing each other around and fighting, not the cute little playful stuff. It was Oreo instigating it too! Joy would try to run off but he'd tackle her then there would be hissing and yowling and scratching and they didn't stop. I took a broom and separated them, putting Oreo in our room and letting Joy stay where she had retreated in #3's room. After a bit, she was waiting outside the closed door. I opened it, and Oreo was waiting there on the other side. They seemed fine after that. I got in one treadmill time during the school hours and one more later after kid carpools. Just walking today though. #5 had gone to a math competition today. He said they got demolished, but that it had been a lot of fun. Hubs had a derby, #1 had the night off so he went along to help, and his girlfriend went too. She said she had never seen one. This one was actually double, Achievement Day girls first, then Cub Scout boys. #5's practice got cancelled, which always makes both #5 and I feel like we get the evening off. Got the boys packed and prepped for travel tomorrow.


0413 (Friday) Weight 175.9. Steps 25301. Total Burn 2920. Exercise Burn 1005/1108 (30minElliptical, Zumba+, 30min/2milesTreadmill). Calories in 2200. Alarms set for 4:00 in the morning, as Hubs and the boys headed to the airport for their 5:50 flight. They got their traditional McDonalds breakfast. I went back to bed. They arrived in Seattle fine, and I gave the cats and birds their breakfast and headed to Zumba. Stats: 7447 steps. 3.41 miles. 472/500 burn. AvHR115. High 149. In Zone 17 of the 70 minutes. I stopped at the Dollar Store after class, had a few things on the list from there. Quiet day at home, even though #2 was in and out and around. Hubs checked in and sent pictures of their adventures of the day. No running #5 to basketball practice, I had the evening off. To bed a little after 10:00 ... the guys in Seattle were up much later (they had a nap at the hotel, but still, I was exhausted and assumed they were too!)

0414 (Saturday) Weight 177.3. Steps 19373. Total Burn 2551. Exercise Burn 607/753 (30minElliptical). Calories in 3000. Slept pretty good, slept in a little (still awake around 7:00). Other than a practice dance here and there, no Zumba today (I'll do a quick dance to make sure I get my 250 steps each hour if I haven't otherwise). Half an hour elliptical, and one 2.5mile treadmill time. #2 texted from work saying he and a friend were planning on using the gym at 2:30, so I got my gym time in earlier. I ran to Smiths to restock some groceries. #2's vegetarian "meat" products were on sale, and I grabbed a couple turkey breasts (actual turkey for us). Got all the groceries put away. Mowed the front lawn and did ducky duty. Pretty quiet around the house, although #2 and his girlfriend were around for a while. Didn't get as much feedback or photos from activities in Seattle today. I stayed busy on the computer and got a few catch-up posts done for the family blog, and one for my JJ blog as well as some book reviews (I finished both my audio and Kindle book today).


0415 (Sunday) Weight 176.1. Steps 10365. Total Burn 2128. Exercise Burn 180/325 (30min/2milesTreadmill). Calories in 2300. The guys were home pretty early, around 9:30. They were all pretty tired as they'd had to get up early, and had been up late the night before. Nothing much on deck today so they could nap if they wanted. Got started on loads of laundry. Hubs did close his eyes, then repacked and headed out to the airport again. Off to California with work guys, touring design centers. Didn't even get one night in his own bed. I made a belated breakfast of bacon and pancakes, and later homemade oreos ... I ate some too. Then my tummy was a little off and I headed to bed. Blah.


0416 (Monday) Weight 175.2. Steps 29047. Total Burn 3036. Exercise Burn 1381/1240 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.75milesTreadmill, 30minWeights).Calories in 1600. Back to the routine. Even with Hubs gone, I woke around the usual time before the alarm. Got my three sessions on the elliptical in during the morning send-off. Watching "The Lovely Bones" which, while I didn't love the book, is not nearly as good as the book. Zumba w/Debbie. Stats: 5589 steps. 2.33 miles. 410/352 burn. AvHR107. High134. In zone 7 of the 67 minutes. Motiv said 3992 steps. 412 burn. High HR 153. 35 active minutes. I didn't stop at a store on the way home. Got two treadmill times in during the school hours ... good thing too as #2 and a buddy ended up in the gym later. I had plans to do 4mph walk for the hour (two 30min) and then jog a mile, for five total miles ... but 4mph felt a lot harder than my usual 3.6. I didn't do it again for the second, and didn't jog at all. I did do some weights though. It was a horribly windy day, all day. I kept watching the basketball hoop and the garbage cans (they are in a more sheltered spot on the side of the house and were okay). Looking out for the ducks too, but they seemed okay. A few chairs blew around in back, and when I peeked I saw the hot tub cover had blow open. #4 helped me get it back down and we latched it (we don't normally). It's amazing that #4 is unfazed by it all ... a few years ago I would have received a call from the school and he'd have retreated to a corner in the basement under a blanket with headphones on. So glad he outgrew his phobia. All mine just seem to be getting worse with age. #5 had a 9:00 game ... oy. Keeps me up past my bedtime. I was asleep at 9:30 yesterday. This was against a tough team, Olympus Titans. We started slow, but then got on a roll and we were leading into the half ... #5 made a 3-point buzzer beater to end the half. But alas, couldn't quite hold them, down by four at the end. #5 was quite crestfallen, but it was a good game. He had the team high with 14 points. Home and to bed ... I did keep calories in check today!


0417 (Tuesday) Weight 174.3. Steps 31526. Total Burn 3170. Exercise Burn 1414/1366 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/4milesTreadmill, 10minAbs/Core). Calories in 1990.  Woke around 4:00, and didn't feel like I fell back asleep. Stressing about taxes (tax day today, haven't heard back from our tax guy yet with our responses to his questions. Our bad for leaving it so late, I'm sure he's swamped with others like us. But still, I'm stressed ...) Other odd worries too. I can worry about so many things. I must have fallen asleep though, because when the alarm went off at 5:50 it definitely woke me up. So groggy. Up, and I feel better after that first workout. SNOWING. Got the kids up. Went to check on the ducks and give them a little breakfast. Blackfoot hadn't laid in her most recent spot ... it was wet there. I saw the boys in the back corner and she was under the table, a previous nesting spot. Maybe still laying? I feel like the egg has been warm the last couple days I've grabbed it. I didn't want to disturb her, so I quietly filled the food in the pen and restocked the water. I'd been confused as I stepped out onto the back porch. I grabbed the shovel and removed the snow, and only one of the two mats was there on the porch. Where was my big one? #1 said maybe it had blown away in yesterday's wind. But the mat is flat, and heavy ... yet when I looked around I found it in the window well, so I guess that is what happened. I did get in my three 20min sessions on the elliptical while getting the boys off. Then Zumba with Marian. Yea, no contractors doing carpet today. Stats: 5494 steps. 2.37miles. 374/314 burn. AvHR110. High132. In zone 7 of the 60 minutes. Got two treadmill times in during school hours (one jogging one walking) which was good, as there were BOYS in my gym later in the day. #2 and friends, and then #5 later.

0418 (Wednesday) Weight 173.9. Steps 28781. Total Burn 3227. Exercise Burn 1250/1448 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 35min/2milesTreadmilll). Calories in 2700. Ugg, another 4:00 am waking. Again, not sure if I really fell back asleep, but felt so groggy at 5:45 when I got up. Three elliptical sessions in early, then Zumba w/MZL. Stats: 6794 steps. 3.02 miles. 422/404 burn. AvHR111. High134. In zone 5 of the 65 minutes. After class I headed out for errands. Ran through the car wash, dropped off drycleaning, brought plastic bags to be recycled and then got groceries at Reams. Driving bu Dunford on the way home ... I stopped for donuts. Shouldn't do that! I was really busy for a while after getting home. We didn't really need chicken, had some in the freezer already, but they had chicken tenders on for $1.29 a pound. To help preserve space and make them easier to defrost when needed, I repacked them all into single layers in big Ziploc bags. Got the other groceries put away, including making sure the food room was straighten up and everything on shelves. I'd given the ducks grain earlier, but gave them their "salad" and did a little digging for worms. Hit the treadmill, just walked today, but went two miles instead of stopping at 1.75. I try to do that if I think I might only have the one treadmill time ... which happened. #2 and friends were in the gym in the afternoon. I was pretty busy then anyway, making dinner. Macaroni rosa. I made a vegetarian version for #2 (just subbed the chicken with his "fake" chicken) ... regular chicken for the rest though. I suppose I could boil up some gluten-free noodles and set some aside for my dad. I'll need to try that next time, although it does get complicated individualizing everything. I'm the worst eater of all though, I don't eat Macaroni Rosa myself. Did some house cleaning. I had asked #4 to pick up his room and I was surprised to find he had! I vacuumed. It needed it, kitty litter and spilled on the carpet when he'd gone to pour more in. Got the stairs and kitchen/family/bedrooms vacuumed to. Folded #2's laundry. Had to replace the light in the duck pen. At this point it's just there for light (not heat), and they don't even stay the night in the pen. Emptied garbage cans and then put out the big bins for pickup tomorrow. Finished my audiobook, started a new one. Hubs got home!

0419 (Thursday) Weight 174.9. Steps 31987. Total Burn 3300. Exercise Burn 1350/1494 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 35min/2milesTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 2100. I've been good at getting in my hour of elliptical in each morning. After getting the boys off to school, I hit Zumba w/MZL. Stats: 6667 steps. 2.91 miles. 434/405 burn. AvHR108. High145. In Zone 8 of the 67 minutes. Skipped Sams today but stopped at Walmart. Had quite a list. After I checked out, I went to the garden center and picked up a pool and chaise lounge. Unfortunately, the pool wouldn't fit into the car :( I had to return it ... But #3 stopped by and grabbed one for me a little later. We filled it up, and while I haven't seen the ducks in it yet, the water is dirty, so I think they have been. The sides are high, so I put a bin and some logs that can work as stairs. Hubs had a derby in the evening. #3 went with him, although he'd run to get a haircut and was cutting it close getting back. #4 was around and could have filled in, except that he was asleep. #5 had practice, so I dropped him off and ran back to pick him up. I'd gotten in one time on the treadmill during the day, and got a session on the bike in that evening. Then shower and to bed. 

0420 (Friday) Weight 173.9. Steps 31906. Total Burn 3304. Exercise Burn 1562/1503 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/4.28milesTreadmill). Calories in 2800. I'd set the alarm to 7:30, because I can sleep in on Friday. But I didn't. Awake around 4:00. Again. Someone else was up around that time too. I got up but missed seeing which kid was wandering. Fed the kitties, as they often scratch and bump my door in the morning if I haven't. I went back to bed, but I don't know that I fell back to sleep. Hubs got up around 5:30. I got up a little before 6:00. My normal time Mon-Thurs, but not Friday. Having the extra time (not having to wake or prep kids until 7:30) I did an hour on the treadmill rather than my smaller elliptical sessions. I even jogged. Drove #5 to school and made sure #4 was ready for his pickup, then I headed to Zumba w/MZL. Stats: 7154 Steps. 3.23 miles. 450/470 burn. AvHR113. High135. In zone 17 of the 67 minutes. I made a quick stop at the dollar store after, looking for a deodorant Hubs had liked. I'd checked a couple stores, and thought maybe I'd picked it up at the Dollar Store. They did have a similar one there, but not the one he liked. I didn't end up checking out. Had a bit of a lazy day. I'd got one elliptical session in early, so I had 40 min left to do, got in a 10, then a 20, and finally a 10 to finish up later in the day. Did some reading and a book review. Some ducky digging in the evening. Dropped #5 off for his ride to practice. #1 got "IT" to watch ... I was too tired. #3 had gone to bed early too. Hubs was out in the garage until I don't know when, I was asleep when he came in.

0421 (Saturday) Weight 175.3. Steps 11580. Total Burn 2346. Exercise Burn 0/539 (No Exercise). Calories in 2000. I usually turn my ringer off at night (and forget to turn it back on during the day) but I hadn't turned it off last night. And I got a call at about 2:30 in the morning. It was #3. He'd not been feeling well and had gone to bed early last night, but my first thought was that he'd gone out and was in trouble somewhere. Second thought was that he was in trouble right here at home, and that was the case. He was over the toilet throwing up, and he said he'd felt like he was going to pass out. He didn't even feel like he could get to my door. I'm a fairly light sleeper and I think I would have heard him if he'd called out, or the sound of him vomiting likely would have awakened me. It woke #1, who also came out to check on things. Hubs slept through it all, as did #5 out on the couch. #3 hadn't eaten anything for a while, feeling off since about 3:00 yesterday, so he had nothing in his stomach to throw up, all bile, which tore up his throat too. He was pretty miserable. I didn't have any popsicles on hand (which can help with the sore throat and to rid the vomit taste) but stuck some otter pops to freeze. I grabbed some cool apple sauce, and he had a little of that, and said okay when I offered to make some chicken soup (Campbells). Fresca and saltines too. Up for about an hour with him. He opted to stay out on the couch and watch a little tv. I went back to bed. He was back in bed in the morning but wandered out a bit later and didn't look good. He hadn't thrown up again, but he was running a fever and his throat was really sore. He complained that he just couldn't get comfortable. The boys always say that the master bed is SO comfy, so I offered it to him and he said okay. I did lay a sheet down to hopefully barricade any germs so I wouldn't get sick myself. He slept ALL day. Hubs was a little put out, as he would have liked a nap himself (his side of the bed was free). He'd had a derby in the morning. Originally the plan was #3 helping out, but as he had been feeling sick Friday night, I had asked #4 to be ready to step in if needed ... and it was needed. It was a the church I went to when I was young. Hubs and #4 stopped by my folks on the way home to say hi as they were so close.  #5 had a couple games. The first at 1:00 with his Grizzlies at West Jordan Middle. Traffic was really bad. I flipped around and took Bangerter, and then hit construction, but we made it on time. They got the win. I did NOT get my 250 steps in that hour, I was trying so hard this week. Home for a bit to rest, restock water, recharge the video camera, then off again across town to the cursed Albion school. The Wolves have never got a win there ... and didn't again today. It was a pretty good game. The other team had a strong/tall center that was hard to battle against. #3 finally woke up and I checked his throat and could see white spots of infection that looked like strep to my untrained eye. I ran him to the Instacare and sure enough, strep. I dropped him back home and then went to pick up the prescription. Finally got a shower and to bed.


0422 (Sunday) Weight 176.6. Steps 12836. Total Burn 2370. Exercise Burn 0/568 (no exercise). Calories in 2800.  #3 woke me around 6:30 saying he couldn't sleep and hadn't been able to sleep and wanted a meal but was afraid it would cost $40,000 ... he wasn't quite all there. I had him take his morning dose of antibiotics. I had to take the water glass out of his hand after he drank because he didn't seem to know what to do with it. Despite him saying he couldn't sleep, I tucked him back into bed and he seemed to go right to sleep. I went back to bed too, but left his door open, and my door open so I could keep an eye out if he got up wandering (the rooms are next door). I couldn't fall back to sleep. I had been out cold when he woke me ... last night too! Hubs started smoking dinner, and I made some breakfast. Hashbrowns, bacon, sausage, french toast. Hubs took the cars in for oil changes, having me pick him up after he dropped one off. #2 helped later in the day with pickup. Hubs ran out to his mom's to help out there and went to Lowes, I asked him to get me some potting soil. I'd ordered a little greenhouse and #1 had put it together for me yesterday. It was in place outside ready for plants, so I got that done, even though I don't know that the greenhouse was necessary. The weather looks good. I'm doubting there will be another cold/frost night. Hubs trimmed and edged, then I mowed. He fertilized and watered. #3 seemed to be feeling better, back to normal. He did have to call in sick to work, as he hadn't been on the antibiotics for 24-hours yet and was still contagious. We had dinner of roast and chicken, potatoes and I made cheddar bay biscuits.


0423 (Monday) Weight 178.2. Steps 25628. Total Burn 2988. Exercise Burn 1120/1187 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 35min/2.0milesTreadmill). Calories in 3000. Really crappy night. I was awake around 2:00 and couldn't get back to sleep. Miserable. Some stress, upset about a little situation. :(   I let #3 sleep in and stay home to make sure he was fully recovered. He didn't wake up until after 11:00. I got in my hour of elliptical early as I got the other boys off to school.  Zumba w/Debbie. It was so hot, but then we turned on the A/C and that really helped. Stats: 4884 steps. 2.1miles. 331/271 burn. AvHR103. High125. In zone 0 of the57 minutes. Stopped at Smiths on the way home to grab some groceries. Mainly fruits and veggies, but Almond milk was on sale and the two older boys have been drinking that. I laid down for a little when I got home. Got in some treadmill time. After school carpools. #3 seemed to be feeling better ... he cleaned up the kitchen and did a great job. It's the day Grandpa Gordy passed away 26 years ago. We often remember him and visit the grave, and did so today. #1 was working and #3 had gone into work as well, but the rest of us went out to meet Maga and Ana's family. Crown Burger after ... I'd done okay on calories up to that point. Hubs took an Ambien ;)

0424 (Tuesday) Weight 177.2. Steps 31927. Total Burn 3294. Exercise Burn 1470/1501 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/4milesTreadmill). Calories in 2200.  I woke before Hubs, but he got up first. I barely made it down to the gym to get my first, full workout in. Finished up my hour then dropped #5 off at elementary. Headed to Zumba. A gal who had showed up to Debbie's class also came today with her mom. We had a nice sized group. Marian had to head out early so I finished up. Stats: 6282 steps. 2.75 miles. 428/398 burn. AvHR113. High139. In zone 15 of the 65 minutes. Home alone for a while today. I brought the birds breakfast and gathered the eggs. Dishwasher and laundry. Got the blog post up I didn't get to yesterday. Worked a bit on a basketball video but didn't finish ... I'd hoped to, as #5 had a game again tonight. They won. It was against Bingham, who has been a top team. I think this was a different team though. Still pretty good. Very competent, tall center but lots of the other boys were really small (our team has some super small too, several smaller than my small #5). It was actually closer than it should have been (just by three) as we'd been up by 10+ several times. Hubs had a derby. #3 went along to help. 

0425 (Wednesday) Weight 175.8. Steps 30762. Total Burn 3232. Exercise Burn 1455/1421 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/4milesTreadmill). Calories in 2700. Started the day with my three 20min elliptical sessions. Didn't think Blackfoot laid an egg, as I didn't find it on my first foray out to give the birds their breakfast. I did find one later in the day though. She switched spots, which is okay, as the back of the doghouse is hard for me to get to! After dropping #5 off at school I went to Zumba w/MZL. Stats: 6730 steps. 2.96 miles. 431/418 burn. AvHR111. High136. In zone 8 of the 65 minutes. 26 Motiv minutes. Straight home after class. I do need to get into the salon for a fill, but didn't want to today. Stayed fairly busy. Got the monthly bills paid. Computer work, moving some photos from Dropbox to Google Drive (freeing up space on Hub's computer). Blog post up. Ducky duty, emptying the big pool and refilling. I received my Garmin Viofit3 yesterday and wore it for the first time today. Some things are good, but others are frustrating. Still think Fitbit is the superior product by far. Double duty carpool in the afternoon. I had the sprinkler running on dry spots, as the 20min drives are perfect for moving it around ... except then I left it on when I was back home, and it stayed in that spot for over an hour before I remembered. Two treadmill times today, one jogging, one walking. Hubs had a derby in Layton, so he took the trailer to work and left from there. Had a friend help, and they went out to dinner after, so he was home late. He was frustrated too, as the timer and computer stopped talking, which complicates it all, and he has another derby tomorrow. He stayed up late trying to get it fixed but no luck there. The boys were watching the Jazz game. Can't believe they blew a 25 point lead and lost. I couldn't keep my eyes open though. To bed for me ...

0426 (Thursday) Weight 176.3.  Steps 33990. Total Burn 3389. Exercise Burn 1524/1575 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/4milesTreadmill. 15minST). Calories in 2800.  Hubs was still messing with his computer/timer first thing this morning. Still no luck. He was off to work. I got two elliptical sessions in, but then #1 son went to leave and realized Dad had parked the trailer behind the 3rd car garage, blocking #1's car in. #3 had already left with the truck, and Hubs had the Sequoya. My Durango doesn't have a hitch. What to do? I ended up running #1 to the high school where he met up with #3 (who needed to get stuff from the truck) then #1 took #3's truck for the day. I missed my third morning elliptical but made it back in time to get #5 to school. Then I hit Zumba w/MZL. Stats: 6853. 2.99 miles. 450/448 burn. AvHR114. High147. In zone 13 of the 65 minutes. 35 motiv minutes. I stopped at Sams after. Didn't think I needed much, but as always, ended up with  more. Got milk and lettuce, kitty litter, chips ... there were some cute men's shorts. I never know sizes for sure (thinking for #4 and/or #3). The small looked too small. Grabbed medium. #3 said they would be too big but #4 tried them on and thought they would work. We washed them to see if the would shrink just a bit. Hubs was home early to try and get the derby timer working ... and he did. It needed a new cord. He's ordered a backup timer to have on hand, as well as having extra cords on hand. He got in a little nap (#3 did too) before they left for today's derby. Kids were not well behaved here. #3 can usually handle it but he was bugged today. #5's basketball practice was cancelled, so we felt like we had the day off. I'd gotten in my two treadmill times during the day, and finally finished up my elliptical hour, as I never got that third session in this morning. My phone rang... and it was ME calling. What? I answered and it was a recorded message "from" ATT saying the account had been compromised and I needed to enter the account holder's last four digits of the SSN. I did not do that, and Googled it, and it seems a common scam. Funny how something so small that I did NOT fall for can still throw me off. I immediately went for comfort food and overate.

0427 (Friday) Weight 176.7. Steps 23661. Total Burn 2941. Exercise Burn 1134/1078 (60minElliptical, 60min/4.1milesTreadmill). Calories in 2700.  I did sleep in some today. Had the alarm set for 7:30 and got up around 6:45. Hubs had been off early.  Got the boys off to school. MZL's Zumba had been moved to the West Kearns location because of a funeral in the building. I could have tried to hit Debbie's, but it's such a rush to get there after dropping off #5, and I don't love the weights portion she does Friday. I just didn't Zumba today. I thought I might get some in on my own, but it didn't happen. I got caught up on my Grey's Anatomy though, I had three episodes waiting for me. An hour of elliptical and and two treadmill times. One jogging, one walking. Early out at the elementary, then middle school pickup. #5 had practice and Coach called and said some of the boys were over early if #5 wanted to come hang out. Practice was at the church (my Friday Zumba church ironically) so I was on duty for pickup at 8:00. I stopped at the dollar store on the way home to grab a few things. Worked on a blog post, the Spring ducks/geese from last year. Made a muvee to go with it.

0428 (Saturday) Weight 175.8. Steps 14238. Total Burn  2436. Exercise Burn 450/625 (40minElliptical). Calories in 3000.  Didn't sleep in very late. Blackfoot laid an egg today (I think she skipped one or two days) and moved to the "chair" ... I love that spot, as I can see if she is in there, or if there is an egg from #3's window. Called the nail place early and got in for an appointment. Although I like the nails, I dislike the upkeep and the cost. Hubs was off running a few errands. Picking up a new laptop, which then kept him pretty busy with installs and such the rest of the day. I mowed the front lawn. #5 had back to back games with his two teams. 2:00 with Grizzlies at West Hills, 3:00 w/Wolves at Indian Hills. Unfortunately, the schools are about 30minutes apart. Luckily though, the first game was easy. It was 6-29 at the half, so we didn't have any qualms about leaving. Not that we had much of a choice, as the Wolves were missing one of their players, thus needing #5 even more than usual. We made it there in good time. Unfortunately couldn't get the win there. The other team was good, and had a "star" player who was really great and hard for our boys to defend. Wolves were up at the half. Coach was frustrated with the foul situation (many more called on our boys, although in my limited experience I agreed with many of the ones against us that I saw) and ended up getting ejected. Still not as volitile as some of the situations though. #5 and I stopped and grabbed some pizza and crazy bread on the way home. Hubs went to watch a district derby.

0429 (Sunday) Weight 176.7. Steps 11423. Total Burn 2405. Exercise Burn 0/517 (no exercise). Calories in 3000. #1 had requested smoked bacon ... not so much for breakfast, but to have leftover for sandwiches. Hubs had a turkey breast in brine, but didn't need to start smoking it early, so, there was bacon. Instead of the homemade waffles, I used a mix (an old favorite) and also did some "cinnamon roll" waffles. Hashbrowns, sausage and eggs too. It was nice out, so Hubs said he was going to eat out front. I joined him, but we got "sprinkled" as the sprinkler was on. He ran his car to Jiffy Lube, as it's been dripping oil since its oil change last week. He left it there and had me come pick him up, then drop him off later. I mowed the back lawn ... I'd done the front yesterday but no one sees the back. But Hubs wanted it done. I did some weeding, pulling up the grass between the flagstones and pulling up some tulip bulbs to replant in better positions for next year. Stayed pretty busy and active. Hubs was planning on burgers for dinner for the boys. I was off to my mom's for a bridal shower for my niece. It was fun to see some of my cousins I hadn't seen in a while. I stopped at Smiths on the way home. Hubs had been earlier, but had forgotten bananas and our Amazon balance was down (and it was 4x the reward points). It was only a little after 8:00 when I got back, but Hubs was asleep. I cleaned up the kitchen, not getting to bed until almost 11:00.


0430 (Monday) Weight 177.1. Steps 31640. Total Burn 3279. Exercise Burn 1461/1461 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/4milesTreadmill). Calories in 1500. Hubs alarm went off at the usual time, but he didn't get up. With his early to bed and staying in bed, I wondered if he'd had a Meniere's attack in the night. When he did get he said he felt like he had and that he was feeling off. I got my three 20min sessions on the elliptical in. I'd prepped the HBO login last night so it would be ready this morning. Dang RokuTV always logs me out which throws me off when I'm on my strict morning schedule. It was raining this morning. I hadn't really had that on my radar. At least Blackfoot's current laying spot stayed pretty dry. I did grab the eggs (three of them) this morning, so she might move tomorrow. Got the boys off to school and headed to Zumba w/Debbie. Fun class today. Could really feel the A/C ... love that! Stats: 5435 steps. 2.34 miles. 377/358 burn. AvHR119. High147. In zone 23 of the 55 minutes (I was a little late). 22 Motiv minutes. Frustrated with the Garmin ... the steps/burn doesn't seem to transfer when I sync. Burn should, and does sometimes, but it didn't for my elliptical and Zumba today. But steps? It doesn't even have a spot for them. It shows miles, pace, speed ... but I want STEPS, and active minutes for that activity. It still counts the total for the day, but I'd have to write down numbers and subtract to get details. So silly not to just have that info. All the other devices do. And they have the info right there. I can see the steps and burn if I turn on the timer, and scroll through the stats before I stop the timer. But again, I have to quickly remember and write down the numbers because then they are gone ... After class, I stopped at Costco. Wanted to grab some Nuttella packs the boys like for lunches. Best price here on their sale. Chocolate milk. No romaine lettuce though - the ecoli scare? It was for the ducks ... they had some petunia baskets. I grabbed two, and some bulbs (iris and clematis). Quick stop at the Dollar Tree too, found the antiperspirant/deodorant that I'd picked up on a previous trip and Hubs had liked. Got in two treadmill times, one jogging one walking. French Dip for a quick dinner before heading out with #5 to his Wolves game. Another close one, lost by four again. #5 made an 11-point run himself at the half to get us back in the game after we'd gotten behind. The boys on the other team looked familiar, but not as "Murray" ... #5 said they had been the 6th grade Legends he'd played against with his Grizzlies (lost one, won one there). Home again ... Hubs asleep again. Again, cleaned up the kitchen and did some computer work before heading to bed. Remembered to grab my end of the month Fitbit graph.  

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