Day to Day Doings

*** JenB's Journal ***

On this page I keep a daily update of my activities, with the latest entry at the top. At the end of each month, I'll compile all the entries in chronological order and do a monthly review.



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). 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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 "luxery 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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

0131 (Wednesday) Weight 170.5. Steps 31330. Total Burn 3315. Exercise Burn 1354/1547 (60minEllipitcal, Zumba+, 60min/3.55milesTreadmill). Calories in 2700. Started the day with my hour of elliptical. MZL's church was having a funeral too, so I headed out to Southziders. Stats: 6173 steps. 2.75miles. 385/408 burn. AvHR112. High142. In zone 8 of the 62 minutes. Nina did a "strong" song ... which again reinforced the fact that I don't like strong. There are some who do I guess. I like the dancing! I stopped for some grocery shopping on the way home, mostly produce. Reams had some good prices and was on the way home, so I went there. They also have a plastic bag recycling station and I'd piled up tons, so I got those dropped off as well. I was about to hit my treadmill, when #1 son called from SLCC saying he'd misplaced his car key and could I bring out the spare. That's a 40min round trip on streets I can drive but I really don't like to. #3 had come home early from school ... and he was willing to save his brother (and me). So I did get my first walk in then, and another a bit later in the day. #3 also took his truemissions emmisions testing, getting it registered here on the last day of the month. He also rescued one of the ducks who had fallen down the window well. He then went and helped Hubs with a derby. Productice day for #3. Hubs had come home a bit early to lay down, feeling a bit spinny.

0130 (Tuesday) Weight 170.6. Steps 27836. Total Burn 2937. Exercise Burn 1292/1212 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.55milesTreadmill). Calories in 2300. Hubs was up and off early ... I mean early! Like 1:00 or 2:00. He said he hadn't really slept after midnight. Some end of the month work stress. I was able to get back to sleep and needed the alarm to rouse me. I fit in my hour of elliptical while getting the boys off to school. Originally I'd been slated to sub Marian's class today, but a neighbor notified me that there was a funeral scheduled. Glad to have the notice. I let our people know and went to my backup class, Heather B. Stats: 5952 steps. 2.58miles. 350/313 burn. AvHR103. High132. In zone 1 of the 59 minutes. Had an empty house for a few hours before school was out and #2 off work. #1 has been working until 10:00, so I generally only see him quickly in the morning. I got two treadmill times in. Hubs was home early and very tired ... understandably. He went to bed around 7:00. Not sure why I was so tired too. Maybe it's contagious and I was having sympathy sleepies ... I went to bed around 8:00. The littles were watching the Jazz game, I'm surprised we didn't get awakened by cheering as they won. Maybe because it wasn't even close!

0129 (Monday) Weight 171.2. Steps 31471. Total Burn 3258. Exercise Burn 1499/1496 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.65milesTreadmill, Bike, 45minWeights). Calories in 2500, I woke up before Hubs, but then waited in bed for too long. He got up, so then I had to wait for his shower to end to get dressed and ready. Only fit in a 10min elliptical session to start the day. Got in two more 20min sessions as I got the kids up and off to school. Then I headed to Debbie's Zumba class. Had my hat, my water, purse and phone ... but I was teaching today and I forgot the cable and ipad with the playlist! Arrrgg. Carma started just by playing music on her phone while I ran home and back. Not the best way to start the week. Stats: 5584 steps. 2.44 miles. 354/337 burn. AvHR116. High132. In zone 15 of the 52 minutes. As I'd been shopping yesterday, I didn't do my usual Smiths stop today. I got in one time on the treadmill, and wasn't sure I'd get another when both #2 and #3 were home earlier than expected. But, they both took naps, so I did get in my second treadmill time. Picked up middle school and elementary. #2 and a friend did end up in the gym later in the day. I worked on my weekly blog update and family letter. Made some scones with the leftover roll dough. I did get back to the gym and did a weight workout! Hope I don't regret it tomorrow. Also hit the bike before bed. #5 usually has a basketball game Monday nights, but had a bye tonight. #2 also usually has a game but didn't. Over on calories. I'd told myself I wouldn't eat any PB M&Ms ... I lied.

0128 (Sunday) Weight 169.8. Steps 9972. Total Burn 2120. Exercise Burn 100/358 (15minZumbaP) Calories in 2800. I reminded #4 about his dog duty first thing, so he was off to do that. We actually had our big breakfast this morning. Hubs smoked bacon, #1 made the waffles. Some sausage and eggs too. Hubs was finishing up his garage project ... although I wonder if it will really ever be done. He'd mentioned a movie yesterday (still waiting to see "The Greatest Showman") but then didn't bring it up today. We had brisket for dinner, although all three big boys were gone. No official exercise, but I did a little Zumba practice after prepping the playlist for tomorrow.

0127 (Saturday) Weight 170.7. Steps 14839. Total Burn 2456. Exercise Burn 615/671 (60minElliptical). Calories in 1900. Was awakened in the night to a thud out in the family room. I got up to investigate, although I was fairly certain what it was ... and I was right. #5, sleeping on the couch, had pressed his feet against the end table and then knocked it over in his sleep. It's not the first time. I was going to leave it (as one time when I put it back up and gathered the items on top of it, and then he did it again!) but he woke up too and was attempting to put things back together, so I helped. I had a little trouble falling back asleep. Hubs was off fairly early. He had a derby up in Bountiful, so he went ahead and went into work for a few hours before. #4 had his final Junior Jazz game ... they got the win. Undefeated ... 7-0. Sorry to see the season end. #3 had a 7:00 game, but it was the Sweethearts dance. He and the other boys went to watch the girls in the drill team competition. It was at the high school ... which is why #5 didn't have a game with his Grizzlies this week again. He did have a Wolves game at 5:00. Prior to leaving I'd gotten in a couple elliptical sessions, made a couple muvees and vacuumed the house. Hubs got home just before the little man and I headed out. Wolves got the win. Hubs was busy tearing apart the garage when we got back. His recent project. Removing the built-in shelves replacing everything with wheeled storage containers. #3 was off to his dance. #1 and his girlfriend had been having an all-day date, as her birthday was yesterday. Dinner and a movie now. #2 and his girlfriend were hanging at home watching a DVD. We tossed the Lovesac downstairs and haven't replaced it with anything yet ... we need a better TV watching (and video game) "sitting setup" ... I've had my eye on a little "floor lounger" which could fold flat, so the ping pong table could still be used, and I went ahead and ordered it. Our neighbor's next door were gone overnight and had asked if one of the boys (usually #4) would let their dogs out for a potty/play break in the evening and again in the morning. He did that while I did duck duty ... usually I'm putting them in their pen earlier in the evening, but I hadn't wanted to before #5's game, so I was doing it after. #4 and I chatted over the fence. Even though it was late, Hubs prepped brisket for tomorrow. It was one he'd picked up a bit ago and it was coming close to it's "use by" date. He was up until almost 11:00 ... that's late for us!

0126 (Friday) Weight 170.6. Steps 23790. Total Burn 2992. Exercise Burn 1016 (40minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.75milesTreadmill). Calories in 2600. I meant to sleep in a little more, but instead of setting my alarm for 7:00, I set it for 6:00. Oh well ... got up. Hubs was still sleeping after his late night. I got in a couple sessions on the elliptical, dropped #5 at school, and with a working carpool, was able to hit Zumba. Stats: 6471 steps. 2.87 miles. 434/418 burn. AvHR114. High151. In zone 15 of the 64 minutes. I'd made a quick stop at the post office on the way to class, dropping off #1's "Stitch Fix" return off ... I didn't make any stops on the way home. #5 was meeting up with his basketball team today, and I thought I could make and take cinnamon rolls, so I got started on that. The kitchen was crowded as #1 son was making guacamole for a work party. #2 was home too, and in my gym ... but I was pretty busy with the roll dough. I did get in one treadmill time when he was done, before I had early out pickup for #5. Then middle school pickup for #4, then dropped #5 off at Coach's house. They ended up going to Gene Fullmer for an early practice, then back to the house where the boys just hung out. I did drop off a big pan of cinnamon rolls. Coach brought #5 home a little after 9:00. I was pooped and in bed by that time!

0125 (Thursday) Weight 170.2. Steps 28001. Total Burn 2997. Exercise Burn 1167/1232 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.75milesTreadmill). Calories in 2000. Oops ... scale slip up. Maybe I ate more cookies than I thought. Hubs was up and off at 5:30. I got in my hour of elliptical early as I got the boys off to school. Then Zumba w/MZL. Stats: 6262 steps. 2.74 miles. 376/334 burn. AvHR105. High131. In zone 4 of the 63 minutes. Not sure why I wasn't able to get into it today. Stopped at Sam'sClub on the way home. There was a cute, portable greenhouse ... I might need to look up reviews and such. I'd been thinking of something like that to start seeds early in the spring. #2 was still home when I got back. Usually he has school, but his first class was canceled today, and he didn't go to his second as he'd have to leave early to hit his dental appointment here by the house. He had set it up himself ... proactive kid. It had been three years since his last visit, but no cavities! He had been in the gym when I first got home from my morning, but I had other things to do around the house. When he finished up, I got in a treadmill time. After school pickups. #5's usual practice was canceled, but #4 still had his. I did the drop off, and #2 did the pick-up, even though I was still up.  Didn't see any flying from the ducks today, so I think the clipping worked. Hubs had a derby, #3 went along to help. He had volunteered to smoke a pork butt for pulled pork for his work tomorrow, which meant quite a bit of prep and such. He ended up in the kitchen until midnight. I stayed up until 11:00 but couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. I didn't even hear him come to bed ... I usually do, I'm a light sleeper.

0124 (Wednesday) Weight 168.9. Steps 27745. Total Burn 3067. Exercise Burn 1237/1309 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.75mileTreadmill). Calories in 2500. Got my hour of elliptical in early. Zumba with MZL. Stats: 6570 steps. 2.98miles. 401/403 burn. AvHR113. High160. In zone 12 of the 62 minutes. Stopped at the salon for a much needed nail appointment. Then a quick stop at Maceys to grab a few groceries. They are still out of the Brazilian drink the boys like. Back at home I always check on the ducks first thing ... make sure I still have four, that one or more hasn't flown and is now stuck in someone's backyard. All four were asleep on the back porch. I was working on the computer when I did see them fly and ran out back ... one lone duckie. I peeked over the neighbor's fence (the low one to the East) and all three were there, looking confused. The neighbor wasn't home today, but he'd said I could go back if needed. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to catch them on my own, but it was pretty easy. I tossed them back over the fence and they behaved the rest of the day, but it's constant stress for me and I'm always checking on them. I looked up some videos on wing clipping. I think Hubs wanted them to fly away so we don't have to care for them all winter, but they wouldn't survive, there is so little food and water in the winter. These guys are a bit bigger than the wild mallards, lighter colored ... they'd have a tough time in summer I think. I want to try keeping and getting to know a set of ducks. Getting some eggs come spring. NOT doing babies again. So anyway ... com evening, the duckies got their wings clipped. It wasn't bad. Hubs held them while I did the snip. Hopefully we did it right/enough to keep them grounded. I got in one treadmill time. I really planned on a second, but it didn't happen. #5 was in the gym after school. I really don't think my 12-year old needs to be lifting weights! Since I couldn't hit the gym ... I made cookies. I really liked how the cute cookie press snowflakes turned out. #3 made a poster to answer his sweethearts date. We actually pulled out some of the scrapbook supplies to get it done. He had practice in the evening.

0123 (Tuesday) Weight 169.5. Steps 30267. Total Burn 3304. Exercise Burn 1230/1537 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 30min/1.8milesTreadmill). Calories in 1900. Hubs slept in a little after his late night (he got in after midnight I think). I beat him up and did my dressing in the dark. It was still quite cool outside, so I didn't let the ducks out first thing, but gave them their morning salad in their pen. Dropped #5 off at school ... he had a field trip to the middle school with the 6th grade class for 7th grade orientation. I then went to Zumba with Marian. Stats: 6107 steps. 2.67 miles. 378/375 burn. AvHR110. High139. In zone 7 of the 67 minutes. Just the usual people (me, Cathyleen and Barbara) for a bit, then Brieanne showed up too. I had some signs (from our garage clean out) that I was passing on to her. I had planned to drop them off at her house after class, but was able to just give them to her there. At home, I did a little Zumba ... in the garage, with the video camera. I thought maybe I should record some of mine just to have as a record in case I forget them at some point. It took me three tries to get one song done. Not sure if I'll ever post it on Youtube or anything. Just keep it for my reference. I let the ducks out. I turned out to be a nice day. I pulled the boards down from the South side to try and let some sunshine in to air and dry out the area. Turned over some straw and soil. One time on the treadmill. Turned the chicken I cooked yesterday into a chicken Parmesan manicotti. As I was working, I noticed the ducks looking a little agitated and could only see three as I peeked out the window. I had to wait for the noodles to finish cooking. I drained them quickly and went to check. One of the males was over the neighbor's fence (the one to the East this time). My neighbor had just arrived home, so I asked if I could retrieve the duck from his backyard. He even helped. I caught the duck and tossed him back over the fence (it's a lower one). All four ducks ended up coming right up onto the back porch for much of the rest of the afternoon. I went and opened the door to see what they would do ... and they walked into the house. I encouraged them back outside (as they are poop monsters). Middle school pickup, then elementary pickup, then #5 and I went to the middle school at 5:30 for his 7th grade orientation. Not many choices, especially for kids NOT interested in choir/orchestra/theater. We basically signed him up for the same stuff #4 had done a couple years ago. #4 has his registration going on too. The place was packed, NO parking. Glad to get that done. Still need to do our immunizations. We stopped and grabbed some pizza and crazy bread on the way home. #3 had some friends over, so it was good I'd picked up two pizzas (I was thinking leftovers). I cooked the manicoti, but #2's vegetarian girlfriend had sent him a disturbing video that has turned him off meat ... so he didn't have any. Hubs had a little but doesn't love Italian chicken dishes. We'll see if #1 or #3 like it. It's not something I would eat! Hubs also sliced up the turkey breast he'd smoked. I'd meant to get back down to the gym for my second treadmill time, but #3 and friends were in the gym after school, and then #2 was in there in the evening. Still hit my 30k though. It had been an active, productive day. I don't know that I really stopped. I'd meant to make cookies ... still haven't tried out my new snowflake disks for the cookie press.

0122 (Monday) Weight 170.7. Steps 30823. Total Burn 3196. Exercise Burn 1368/1413 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.5mileTreadmill). Calories in 1800. Back to the school schedule. Hubs was up at 5:30 ... the perfect time to make it easy(ier) for me to get up too. I got in my three elliptical sessions between feeding the cats, feeding the kids (they are actually pretty self-sufficient), making lunches (again, the older boys get their own), feeding the ducks (I kept them in the pen, it was SO cold out!) and getting the boys off to school. It's fun, as all five are bustling around in the mornings now. Previously #1 worked early (and slept in on days off) and #2 usually slept in a bit later too. He now has earlier classes. The oldest four all leave around the same time (about a quarter past seven). I was off to Zumba after dropping #5 off at school (inside day). Debbie is going to Hawaii and asked me and Carma to sub, for the next three weeks. Just Mondays, she has another gal covering Fridays ... which is good as Fridays have had issues for me lately. Stats: 6441 steps. 2.82 miles. 410/407 burn. AvHR115. High140. In zone 14 of the 63 minutes. After class, I stopped at Smiths to grab some groceries. Mostly produce. My cart actually looked quite healthy. #3 had actually run to the store himself over the weekend to wander the shelves and look for "breakfast foods" that appealed to him, as apparently we have "nothing" ... I appreciated his initiative though, rather than his moaning! He picked up some Eggos, Toaster Strudel, French Toast Sticks ... all things I've bought before but haven't as the kids go through phases. The other boys have appreciated him re-introducing some of this stuff. It was SO cold going back out to the car, and then carting the groceries inside. I did let the ducks out though ... leaving the pen open so they can go back into the dry (and warmer corner with the heat lamp) if they wanted. They were in and out much of the day. A little flying ... the other direction. One of the girls overshot a bit and hit the screen on the side of the tramp. She's okay, but I would love their wings clipped so I wouldn't have to worry constantly about them hurting themselves or getting lost. I pulled a lasagna from the freezer and baked it up for leftovers. #2 was home, so he had some hot. I also baked some chicken, planning on making haystacks for dinner, but then Hubs called saying he'd been given the opportunity to hit Sundance with Rob again. Late show too ... started at 9:30. Here at home, we had a 9:00 game for #5, so that actually didn't work out too badly, although Hubs was really tired. Hadn't slept well. #5 brought his little friend home from school, under the condition that he be picked up by 6:00. He was picked up at 6:30 ... not as big a deal as we didn't end up having dinner with Hubs not home. The game was an easy win. Earlier in the day this league had posted stats from all the 7th grade teams, and my #5 was in the #1 spot for top scorer, and top 3-pointer. He had his "normal" game tonight (11 points I think, a couple three pointers).

0121 (Sunday) Weight 169.9. Steps 9068. Total Burn 2117. Exercise Burn 0/339 (no exercise). Calories in 2300. We didn't do our big breakfast, but I made bacon, sausage and hashbrowns. Hubs had prepped a turkey breast and put it on to smoke. The snow hadn't really melted much, but I let the ducks out for most of the day. Hubs picked up a piece of plexi-glass and we installed it on the front of the pen. That way the ducks have protection of the wind and snow there, and I can still see them! I love it! We'd talked about going to a movie ... everyone is loving "The Greatest Showman" and it's one I'm willing to go to the theater for, but alas, things got too busy with the ducks and smoking turkey. I was able to get to some games and make muvees. #3 had gone through all his clips, so I made highlight reels of his last three games, plus a compilation of just him. I called DirectTV to make sure the "extra" channels that we've been given for free for three months would be cancelled before we would be billed for them. I've enjoyed Starz and Showtime, but am not willing to pay extra for them. I have plenty to watch with Netflix, Amazon, HBO and the library. I tried to cancel online, but they required a call in to their automated system ... which didn't work "What channels would you like to cancel? Showtime. We see you are already subscribed to Showtime, returning to main menu" ... I got an actual person and that was a pain too. Took 30min at least as they tried to talk me out of canceling, of switching internet from Comcast to Century Link, etc. Anyway, they should be shut off by Saturday, when our "free" months end. I'll try to hurry and watch a few movies before then. Hubs was off in the late afternoon to Sundance with a work buddy. The movie they saw had Marshall from HIMYM in it, and he was there for the Q&A afterward. 

0120 (Saturday) Weight 169.6. Steps 10647. Total Burn 2255. Exercise Burn 200/514 (20minElliptical). Calories in 2400. Wow snowed all night and we are buried! Hubs hadn't pulled the snowblower out of the shed, which sure would have been easier before the snow! We have a peculiar phenomenon as the wind hits the back it. It scoops and sculptures the snow so its low there by the wall, then higher a few feet over. It was waist high there! And it was higher than my boots as I waded through to get to the lower spot to walk to the duck pen. I let them out while I did some pen cleanup. . Unfortunately, the snow had blown in over much of the fresh straw I'd put down yesterday. There was really only one small spot by the heat lamp that was still dry. The poor ducks really struggled in the snow ... almost looked like they were swimming. I could tell Gabby Girl wanted to fly ... and she did, landing on the other side of the yard in deep snow. The two boys followed her. I got the pen cleaned out and put in new, dry straw, and put the ducks back in. It was just too cold and snowy. I draped a tarp over the front to help keep the snow out, but then I can't see them at all. I did check on them a few times during the day. I feel bad keeping them cooped up, but I guess many places keep their birds in pens all the time. There were three basketball games today; 11:00, 6:00 and 7:00. The first was with #4, it was against the other undefeated team in this league and it was close the entire time. Maga came for the final quarter to watch as our boys got the win. I'd driven the Charger, as #2 took my Durango (we figured I was closer if there was a battery issue again, which there wasn't). The snow slipped off the roof though and blacked out the back window. Hubs worked in the garage much of the day, getting new cabinets as he reorganizes everything. He also got a new battery installed in the Charger. #2 was home by afternoon, so I had my car back for the evening basketball games. They were back to back, with #3 at 6:00 and #5 at 7:00. I figured the first game would be done quickly (they run halves, they are usually blow-outs with no timeouts, they run the clock for almost everything) but didn't want to risk #5 not making it to his game on time. I arranged a ride for him and dropped him off on the way to #3's game. I got there a few minutes before the hour ... and it had already started! Luckily I hadn't missed any shots, and got the camera up and running in time to catch #3 hit a 3-pointer. Our boys won easily and it was over in plenty of time for me to get to the next location. It was fairly close, but parking was packed and I had to walk a ways. There was no sign of the other team either, until one of our parents saw them waiting on the other court and called them over. #5 had a good game again, with six 3-pointers. Maga and a couple cousins showed up near the end to cheer him on. There was a team meeting after discussing new uniforms and some summer travel. Home again ... Hubs seemed a little out of it. He was a bit bummed after backing the trailer into the third car garage :(  I checked on my ducks a final time, took some pictures of the snow hanging off the roof and our tunnel carved more by the wind ... and to bed.

0119 (Friday) Weight 169.5. Steps 22301. Total Burn 2676. Exercise Burn 975/900 (60minElliptical, 30minZumba, 35min/2milesTreadmill). Calories in 1800. Slept in just a little (until 6:30). Got one session on the elliptical in. It was so unusually warm! 57° first thing here in the morning ... the day would only get cooler as a storm was blowing in. Dropped #5 off, then our usual carpool had an appointment, so I was driving middle school too. I usually leave for Zumba just after 9:00, and with carpool we don't leave until 9:20, but once last year I went straight from dropping off kids to Zumba and still made a majority of the class. So I was prepped for that. Was dressed in my Zumba gear, had my water. But when we went to pick up the other girl in the carpool we ended up waiting, and waiting and waiting ... and she never came out. Neither she nor her mom answered texts. We finally left but by this time, we hit the traffic that I'd hoped to avoid. When I finally got out of the parking lot, I gave up trying to make it to Zumba. I'd be too late. I stopped by Walgreens and picked up an order I'd had shipped to the store. Back at home, as I was dressed, I did some Zumba on my own. I knew I was only going to hit the treadmill once, so I did a few extra minutes to make it an even two miles. Hubs ordered a new microwave ... need to match all the other new appliances, right? So that was delivered and installed today. Early out at the elementary, and the usual middle school pickup (the gal wasn't there either, but I'd not received a response still). #5 had his usual practice, but Coach had several of the boys over early (he was giving rides to SLCC) so I dropped #5 off early for a little party before practice. The snow was really coming down. #2 was using the Jazz tickets the boys had been given for Christmas for the game tonight. Late start, 8:30 ... in the snow ... and then after he filled the car up at a gas station, it wouldn't start! Luckily, it was close to home, and Hubs was able to run over and get is started by jumping it. #2 ended up taking my car for his date.

0118 (Thursday) Weight 169.0. Steps 33202. Total Burn 3268. Exercise Burn 1393/1495 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 2200Hubs was off early. I was able to get in my hour of elliptical in the morning while getting the boys off to school. I was nervous letting the ducks out, but they did their usual small flights, staying in the yard without issue. I got in my hour of elliptical in the morning, then hit Zumba with MZL. Stats: 7137 steps. 3.17miles. 417/407 burn. AvHR111. High136. In zone 10 of the 65 minutes. I stopped at Sam'sClub after to restock a few groceries. Got two treadmill times in. The weather is supposed to turn tomorrow, so I spent some time out in the duck pen, mucking it out and laying down new straw. #5 had his practice, then #4 had his. #2 was around to pick him up at 9:30 so I could head to bed.

0117 (Wednesday) Weight 169.3. Steps 33442. Total Burn 3221. Exercise Burn 1380/1446 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 2100. Hubs was up and off around 5:30 ... which is a perfect time for me getting up around 5:50. If Hubs is up almost earlier, than I fall back asleep (or not, also a problem), and if he stays in bed, it's really hard to get up and do my morning routine. So anyway, pretty good morning. I got my three 20min sessions of elliptical in. Before taking #5 to school, I let the ducks out and ... two flew. There has been a lot of flying, but they've circled and stopped before leaving the yard. They went higher today, and did circle. One ended up right in the front yard, not a big issue, but the other ended up in the neighbor's backyard. We tried calling to see if she'd fly back (we had to do that a few times with Goose Girl) but that didn't look like it was happening. I tried knocking on the neighbor's door, but no one was home. I ended up letting myself into their backyard through the gate and collecting my duck and bringing her back home. We were later than normal getting #5 to school, but he was still on time (he just likes to be early). I then went to Zumba with MZL. Stats: 6757 steps. 3.0 miles. AvHR112. High140. In zone 17 of the 65 minutes. After class I hit Maceys to grab a few groceries. The family size Oreos were on sale, so I stocked us up, or tried anyway. I'm sure what I bought won't last as long as I would think. Got everything put away. #5 ended up coming home early and wanting to use the gym before work. I did 30min on the treadmill quick and then let him take his turn. Afterschoolcookied up a Ziti earlier, feeding the oldest three boys. I ended up making mac&cheese, as I always do when this kid is over. His parents didn't pick him up until almost 8:30! Also made brownies, doing a double batch in my new pan. Need to experiement a bit more, as the edges were done long before the middle. Seemed more cake-y. Not sure if a double was too much for the pan, or if it's the pan, or the oven ...

0116 (Tuesday) Weight 168.4. Steps 20571. Total Burn 2614. Exercise Burn 870/848 (30minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.8miles Treadmill). Calories in 2600. Hubs was up and off early this morning. I was able to fall back asleep and slept in some. Didn't get in any exercise before Zumba. We were a little unsure if we'd have people, as there was a church announcement regarding the new first presidency (Thomas Monson passed away last week), but we had our usuals. I know one of the Tuesday classes had canceled completely! Stats: 6413 steps. 2.73 miles. 383/354 burn. AvHR110. High 140. In zone 11 of the 63 minutes. Not feeling super motivated today. I did get in some elliptical, but just half my usual. One time on the treadmill. Aunt Olivia picked up the boys in the afternoon and took them to Airborne. I made stroganoff for dinner ... or leftovers at least.

0115 (Monday) Weight 168.6. Steps 20799. Total Burn 2745. Exercise Burn 1046/982 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2800. MLK day ... so no school. Hubs work does have it as a holiday, but most employees switch it and take the day after Thanksgiving off instead. Hubs went into work, but slept in a little. I'd woken up in the night coughing. Tickle in my throat. I got up and came into the kitchen to try and cough it out before going back to bed. Didn't want to wake the man. It took a bit to fall back to sleep. Again, I woke up early, but stayed in bed until Hubs got up around 7:00. I was subbing for Debbie in Zumba today. I'd prepped the playlist last night. I did 10min elliptical before heading out. I had noticed #1 had his car parked behind mine, but then had forgotten and not allowed a few extra minutes to move it. So I was late. Class went well. There were a couple new songs I was trying for the first time, and a couple other gals who lead, and I had them do a couple numbers. I ran just a little under though, should have thrown in one more song. StatsL 5956 steps. 2.7 miles. 419/388 burn. AvHR 122. High 154. In zone 29 of the 58 minutes. I stopped at Walgreens on the way home to pick up some photos I'd had printed. Put them in a frame when I got home and got it hung up. Aunt Olivia was taking the two little boys to a movie, Jumanji, and they left a little before noon. After the movie, #5 had basketball practice. It was at a different church than before, but I knew it. One of my Zumba churches. My backup Tues/Thurs. That was 3:00-5:00. He had a game at 6:00, so I joked with Coach to warm him up but not wear him out. Picked him up and we had time to run home for him to change into his uniform and grab a little something to eat and we were off. There was a malfunction at the gym and they couldn't get the scoreboard to display. The man running it could see the one in front of him, but it wasn't connecting to the big, viewable one. That really makes the game less fun to watch. We had no idea what the score was, or the time left. Can't really have buzzer beaters, although they did count down "four, three, two, one, buzz" at the half. It just impacts the intensity, makes it feel more like a scrimmage than a game. But ... #5 had another incredible game. Seven 3-pointers again, with a few other shots. 35 points total!

0114 (Sunday) Weight 169.8. Steps 12590. Total Burn 2384. Exercise Burn 0/617 (no exercise). Calories in 1950. I woke around 5:00 ... had a dream about the cat, and couldn't remember if I'd seen him last night after we got in. It was enough that I had to get up and check, and he was in and fine, sleeping on #1 son, who was asleep out on the couch (#5 was asleep out there too, he always sleeps on the couch!) I went back to bed and did fall back asleep for a bit. Hubs wasn't around, so we didn't do the big breakfast. We'd just had waffles yesterday anyway. Hubs has been cleaning out the garage, and went out to rent a storage unit, and made a few trips moving stuff. It was warm enough out, and I'd been disliking the look of the side flower garden out of the kitchen window, so I spent some time working there. Pulling up the old plants I hadn't gotten to in the fall, moving all my birdhouses to the back. They are now lined up along the fence on the side yard. I can still see them when I look out #3's window at the ducks. I found some snails and bugs for the ducks, and even had them come out front with me for a bit. It was my nephew's missionary homecoming today, and we should have gone to that but ... just the thought of the drive (they live about 30-40min away, freeway), church (we haven't been in forever and there's a reason I used to call the Sabbath "Suicidal Sundays" because that's often how it would make me feel) and then going to the house afterward, with lots of people, many I don't know, crammed into a small space. It's a trifecta on anxiety inducers. So just balancing that against feeling like a bad sister/daughter ... feel bad either way :( It was nice to get stuff done around the house though. We'd had a bunch of drinks (water bottles, packs of soda and protein drinks) in the garage that we moved down by the old fridge. I did a little more rearraning in the food room for some too. I made snickerdoodles in the evening, and tried out the "convection" setting on the oven. Also tried cooking two pans at once, and the cookies did still turn out good. Hubs crashed early (around 8:00) and I toyed with the idea of hitting the elliptical, treadmill or bike, but ultimately just went to bed pretty soon after.

0113 (Saturday) Weight 167.8. Steps 8679. Total Burn 2105. Exercise Burn 0/339 (no exercise). Calories in 3000.  Again, didn't really sleep in. Hubs was up and off rather early, going into the office for a bit. I got up and was tending to the ducks when I got a text asking if #4 was coming to the basketball game. I had written the time down wrong. I was planning on 11:00, but the game was at 8:00, and it was 8:05. I rushed and woke up #4 and he got dressed and we hurried over ... and the game hadn't started, even though it was now 8:20 or so. No refs. This has happened before with the first game. Finally a couple kids showed up. I don't think they were the ones scheduled, but ones just called quick and asked to fill in. They were both about 16 or so, ones that ref the younger Junior Jazz games, but not this level (although back in the day when #1 was a ref that had him working 6th grade games. This was 8th grade though). It wasn't a competitive game though. Our boys easily outmatched the other team. Refs finally showed up shortly before 9:00 and took over for the kid refs. We finished our game, but the site was now 30min behind. As it was early than anticipated, we stopped at Dunford to grab some donuts. When we got home though, #1 and his girlfriend were there making waffles. So I had a waffle instead of a donut ... although I had a donut later in the day. Maybe more than one. The next games were with #5 at 1:00 and 2:00, a double header with his Grizzlies team. We were expecting two tough games, but the first one was an easy win. The second one was a nail-biter though. Close the entire time, and then #5 hit a three point shot to tie it up and send it into overtime ... where we won by one. Maga had come to watch, and came buy the house after as she was planning on coming to #3's game at 4:00 and we had a little time inbetween. This game was highly anticipated, against the other "good" team, who had taken the Junior Jazz championship last year. But that was before #3 and his team was playing. While the other team had a few players that had played with #3 on the 9th grade team at West Hills (including #2's girlfriend's brother), #3 and another boy had been on the sophomore team, and probably could have made it this year if they'd wanted. Several of the other boys are quite good too. It was still an easy win for our boys. Hurried home to put the ducks away and change, and then we met Maga at Red Robin for a quick dinner before a show at Hale Theater. It was really crowded though, with a 45min wait, which wouldn't get us to the theater in time. But just as we were debating where else to eat (and while I know I'm a picky eater, I'd forgotten that not everyone is like Hubs and already knows what works and what doesn't, as my SIL threw out tons of suggestions and none of them would work for me)... anyway, we were just about to walk out when they called us to sit. When they brought out complimentary fries early, we feared the food wait would be long, but that was quicker than expected as well. So plenty of time to finish up eating and head out to Hale. This was at the new location in Sandy. Nice parking structure close by. A little mix-up with the tickets, as originally Maga had purchased nine, and then had to reschedule four of them (other siblings that couldn't make it tonight) but we just had to shift down seats. The show was good. I didn't really have any expectations, didn't know anything about it. The song "Written in the Stars" was in it, I hadn't expected that, even knowing Elton John was one of the writers of the play. I was feeling so tired though. It was literally a little hard to keep my eyes open.

0112 (Friday) Weight 167.7. Steps 27608. Total Burn 3170. Exercise Burn 1069/1419 (60minElliptical, Zumba) . Calories in 2500.  So this morning I COULD sleep in, I had my alarm set for a little after 7:00 ... but Hubs was up and off around 5:00 and I was awake too. I should have just got up but I after having to pull myself out of bed the last few days, I had been so looking forward to sleeping in. I don't think I really fell back asleep, but I didn't get up until 7:00.  Just one 20min session on the elliptical. #1 drove #5 to school as he was leaving right at that time. Saved me 15min this morning. Fed the cats, fish and ducks then headed to Zumba with MZL. Large class today, many instructors, many people, and lots of kids. I guess some were out of school today. Stats: 7090 steps. 420/451 burn. AvHR 115. High 150. In zone 16 of the 64 minutes. Stopped at Maceys on the way home for a few groceries. A quick stop at the Dollar Store too. #2 was home ... no work or school on Fridays. It was a fairly warm day, 50° and one of the ducks was attempting to climb into the water bucket, so I went and hooked up the hose and filled their pool and tried to spray down some of the poop. Early out at the elementary. I got one more elliptical in before picking up middle school. #3 and friends occupied the gym for much of the afternoon. I did a little Zumba practice and started making homemade oreos. Had to take a break to drive #5 to practice. I then put the ducks to bed and grabbed a shower before finishing up the cookies. Hubs was fairly late getting home, and it was a quiet house with only #4 home. #1 finished up work a little after 8:00, and #5 got back around 8:30. #2 was off on a date and #3 was at the high school basketball game. Hubs was ready for bed a bit before me ... still on Florida time a bit, and he'd been up earlier. He fell asleep and I went ahead and hit the elliptical again to add up to my hour... and to combate the cookies!

0111 (Thursday) Weight 168.6. Steps 31561. Total Burn 3348. Exercise Burn 1328/1587 (60minElliptica, Zumba, 30min/1.9milesTreadmill). Calories in 2100. Didn't fell like I slept as good ... which ironically made it easier to get up. Didn't feel that overwhelming sleepiness still as 5:30 rolled around. Didn't quite get in my hour, as I got distracted by ducks and didn't start my final elliptical session in time. After dropping off #5, I hit Zumba with MZL. Fun class. Lots of instructors, so lots of different styles. Took a group photo after class. Stats: 7598 steps. 3.36 miles. 482/492 burn. AvHR 114. High 143. In zone 18 of the 75 minutes. Stopped at Sam'sClub on the way home. I'd seen a little tower basket last time I was there and had been thinking it would be good down by the extra fridge, to hold potatoes and such. I had a little trouble finding it, but then there it was, and then it was in my cart. I also bought a different chair for #1's room to go with his new desk. Some other groceries too. Home to unload, then I spent some time in the kitchen reworking the pantry and a corner cupboard. Pretty happy with how things ended up. Twill be better I think. Got in one treadmill time ... almost forgot I still needed to do 10min on the elliptical, that didn't happen until much later in the evening. Had the usual after school pickups. Then #5 had a 5:00 practice. I grabbed some Dominos on the way home ... it's been a while since we've had pizza and it's "pizza week" ... back to grab him at 6:00, but didn't rush him, as we were heading straight to his next practice which started at 6:30. We only needed about 10-15min drive time though, so he stayed and played a bit at the first practice. I picked him up again at 8:00, brought him home then left with #4 for his 8:30 practice. Thursdays are basketball practice night! #1 and #2 had a churchball game at 9:00. Happily #3 was willing to do the 9:30 pickup of #4. Hubs got home a little after 8:00. He was still on Florida time and was ready for bed. I was too, even though it was early.

0110 (Wednesday) Weight 168.6. Steps 28001. Total Burn 3238. Exercise Burn 1253/1467 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.75milesTreadmill). Calories in 2500. Hard to get up again ... I'm debating maybe setting the alarm for a bit later tomorrow ... but then I wouldn't get my hour of elliptical in early. I didn't quite this morning, as I got started a bit late. Had to finish up 10min later in the day. Also, #1 went down in MY gym during MY morning time! He was on the treadmill and I was going to use the elliptical, so it was more a matter of who got to watch what they wanted. I won that ... he didn't fight me much (Ted Talks apparently doesn't work very well on the Roku TV either). I had started "The Family Stone" ... luckily it was okay to watch with my son. Funny how his 6mph didn't seem fast when I watched, but I know it's something I can't keep up for long. Dropped #5 at school. Inside day again, as it was raining pretty hard. MZL had a building conflict, so they were only doing the Kearns class. As long as I'm going to travel, I figured I'd go to Draper and say hello to my Southzider buddies. It was fun to be back, easy to get right back into it, no "first time" syndrome. Like riding a bike. They had me do a couple numbers too. Stats: 6277 steps. 2.85 miles. 441 burn ... on both the Charge and One! Exactly the same! AvHR 120. High 138. In zone 36 of the 62 minutes. I stopped at Smiths on the way home, picking up my prescriptions and a few groceries. Got a treadmill time in, and my little bit of elliptical and finished up my movie. Afternoon pickups. Some work with the ducks, raking out the wet straw and such from the pen and putting down fresh (weather report says the rain is done for a bit). Did a bit of digging, found some worms. They were sweeties and went right in tonight. Some days are easy, some are hard ... today they walked right in themselves without any prompting. Made spaghetti for dinner and did some cleanup work in the kitchen and pantry. Last sleep alone ... Hubs comes back tomorrow.

0109 (Tuesday) Weight 168.3. Steps 30783. Total Burn 3058. Exercise Burn 1450/1296 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.6milesTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 2950. Oy, uber over on calories today. I felt more munchie yesterday, but actually was higher today. Just can NOT stop eating (and candy and such adds up quickly). Nothing "good" sounds good. It's also been really hard getting up in the mornings. Not sure if it's because of the recent sleeping in over the holidays or if I'm sleeping a little deeper in the mornings without Hub's alarm going off to wake me earlier. It has been hard to get out of bed, although once I do I wake up enough. I got in my three 20min sessions in the morning. The Starz app wasn't working so I turned on "Arrival" on Amazon and liked it a lot. Got the boys off to school and went to the church for Zumba. Marian was back and had replaced her power cord but still was unable to get it to play. We ended up needing to use the old aux cord. Just four of us today. Stats: 6315 steps. 2.74 miles. 386/374 burn. AvHR 107. High 131. In zone 6 of the 63 minutes. Right home after ...Tuesdays are my home day. I SHOULD be able to get more done, but I tend not to of late. True for today. I did get in two treadmill times during school hours. #1ended up being home some, no work shift today. #2 home fairly early too. I should have done weights ... even went down to the gym with that intent, then wimped out. Just feeling tired. I did end up hitting the bike before bed. Finishing up "Hugo" from yesterday (as I only had one treadmill time, and read during the bike session then). All five boys were home in the evening playing video games and being super loud! Good think Daddy wasn't home! He did check in from Florida.

0108 (Monday) Weight 167.2. Steps 31222. Total Burn 3145. Exercise Burn 1235/1382 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.75milesTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 2500. One normal (school schedule) week, but then next week the kids will be off Monday for MLK, and then the older ones for end of term on Tuesday. Oh well, need to be good this week while we return to the routine. Hubs was up and off early. And he's OFF ... to Florida for a few days for the builder's convention there. He touched base during the day telling me he'd arrived safely and what they were doing for the day. Here at home, I got in my hour of elliptical early, then hit Zumba w/Debbie. Stats: 5749 steps. 2.54 miles. 349/315 burn. AvHR109. High133. In zone 7 of the 58 minutes. After class I stopped at Costco. They'd had some sales in their catalog. Then I stopped at Reams to grab some produce in smaller portions. #2 has been loving oranges lately. I'd bought some last week but he ate them all. It was all quiet when I got home. The big boys had been around in the morning. #1 had been working the early shift, but got in changed for his new school schedule (class at 9:00). #2 had an early class ... often he'd still be asleep. Got the groceries put away and then one treadmill time. Tried to see if I could catch a little nap, as #5 has a 9:00 game this evening. That's past my bedtime. Didn't fall asleep though. Got a blog post up and finished up a muvee .. I'm behind on the basketball highlights. #5 had a game. 9:00 start. Uggg. I actually kept moving and busy, so I wasn't itching to go to bed as I sometimes am early. The Wolves got the win, although it was a bit of a sloppy game on both sides. Lots of slipping and steals and some crazy loose balls that made it look a little more like football fumbles.

0107 (Sunday) Weight 167.7. Steps 18572. Total Burn 2673. Exercise Burn 495/907 (30minElliptical, 30min/1.77milesTreadmill). Calories in 2300. Could have slept in more this morning ... but of course didn't. Hubs got up, but I was awake already. He went into work for a bit. He's leaving on a business trip tomorrow and had a few things he really wanted to get finished up at the office. Without him around, we didn't do our Sunday Circles. Didn't really do any formal breakfast, just cereal and such. I did some computer work and got #5's highlights from yesterday combined and posted. Still need to make a muvee of the whole game, but I feel a need for chronologial continuity, so I need to do two other earlier games first. #5 has gone through the clips, so they are ready and waiting.  Doing a little reorganizing in the pantry. Trying to keep only open things upstairs. Most everything else in the food storage. I always went there anyway for brownie or cake mix, soup, veggies, etc. Cleaned out a couple other shelves (glasses and such) and moved one of my cute baskets off the counter to the overlook. I've moved Alexa into her third place. Keep trying out new things to make the kitchen a bit cleaner ... and hubs a bit happier. I actually do enjoy it cleaner too. I made chicken pillows for dinner. When Hubs got home he emptied and cleaned the hot tub. I emptied the freezer then he and #2 moved it downstairs. #2 brought all the baskets of frozen food down for me and I put everything back in, nice and organized. We'd moved the old fridge downstairs, so we have that as extra storage space too. Did some laundry and Hubs got packed for his trip tomorrow. Foggy night!

0106 (Saturday) Weight 167.3. Steps 9029. Total Burn 2255. Exercise Burn 0/492 (no exercise). Calories in 1900. I'd set my alarm, not thinking I'd need it ... I needed it. Just after 8:00 and I was still sound asleep. #4 was too, I had to wake him to get ready for his 9:00 game. One of the boys from #5's Grizzlies teams was there with his family. They had an older brother #4's age playing on the opposite team. I chatted with them for a bit. Our boys got the win. I offered to stop for donuts on the way home, but #4 didn't want to. So straight home ... less temptation. I then had a pretty big break until the next game, so I started my project for the day. Reorganizing the food storage room downstairs, clearing the back wall to make space for the freezer currently residing in the garage. Hubs wants to clean out the garage and was going to move it, still in the garage ... but I was thinking I'd prefer it downstairs. Making the trek out to the cold garage in winter isn't that fun, and the new location would be further in. I'm not that good at parking the car leaving a walking space either. The basement location will be a bit of a further walk from the kitchen, including a flight of stairs ... but more steps and stairs on my Fitbit. The rearranging went well. I have some boxes stacked double against the West wall, so if I need anything from the back boxes, it will require pulling out the front ones ... but I don't really need the back boxes much. My craft stuff, old finances, storage stuff. I did let go (well, in a pile for DI) of all my old books. Three large boxes. All the classics I'd collected and kept for my personal library. But they aren't doing anyone any good in boxes and I must admit ... I'm a fully digital convert now. I don't know that I'd ever go back to "real" books. At times I'd go through them grabbing a book for the boys required reading at school, but if they need something, we'll just buy it new. I am still hanging onto my old apple plates. So the space is all ready for whenever Hubs can move the freezer (and I'll need to be around with a couple of hours to empy, organize and put all the frozen food back in). Hubs had been running errands in the morning, installing the "insta-hot"  and had been asked by a neighbor to help put in a dog door, so he was busy most of the morning into afternoon, when he collapsed for a little nap. Not sure if he slept or just rested. #3 had worked a short shift at KFC and got home just in time to change and head out to his game. I went to watch and video. Our boys got an easy win, but I was glad the other team managed to hit some good shots and appeared to be having fun too. Back home to put the ducks in the pen before heading out with #5 to his game. Maga had touched base wondering when games were and I told her there was one at 7:00 at Midvale. I wasn't sure if it would be the best game for her to attend ... the spectator situation isn't the best, with everyone watching limited the end under one basket. I usually stand myself, but when #2 came to watch last week, he had to stand too because the limited seats were taken.  She did show just before halftime (and it wasn't too crowded at that point, there was even a chair available). It was a close game, our boys were up by a few points. But now we are calling Maga "Good Luck Grandma" because #5 came alive during the second half! Raining three pointers, getting a crazy layup, making his foul shots. As the next team had come in waiting for their turn on the court I could hear them talking about my #5. He had a fan club! Even the other team's parents couldn't help but compliment me on my kid. I guess a couple of the kids on the other team were poor sports after, refusing to shake hands (although I saw the other coach congratulate my kid and tousel his sweaty head). He got 32 points total (team score was 59). So that was a fun way to end the day!

0105 (Friday) Weight 168.8. Steps 22015. Total Burn 2883. Exercise Burn 590 (40minElliptical, 30min/1.75milesTreadmill). Calories in 2000. With late start, I set my alarm for 7:20 ... but I was awake at 5:30 as usual. I did go ahead and get up, beating Hubs again. I didn't hit the gym right away but did some stuff on the computer. I did make it down and got in two sessions while getting the boys off to school. We usually have a carpool for middle school, and with that I've been able to hit Zumba even with the late start. But today, the neighbor had an appointment so I drove ... and no Zumba for me. I stopped at Smiths after dropping the kids off to grab some groceries. Got in a session on the treadmill. Laundry, blog post, kitchen cleaning ... which turned into more reoranization. Hubs had a drawer with his kitchen tools which was too full, so I managed to switch him to a bigger drawer and put that stuff (discarding a bit) into the smaller one. Someday maybe we'll get the house so Hubs is happy ... ha ha, that won't happen in THIS house anyway, but we can try. I really meant to get back down to the gym for one more session on the elliptical, but it didn't happen. Hadn't heard from our usual carpool about a ride to practice so I contacted Coach and got a ride there, dropping #5 off a little early to hang out with the coach's kid (at their invitation). I always feel a bit relieved after that last outing of the day when I come home and know I don't have to leave again. Hubs wasn't home until late, doing a derby up in Layton.

0104 (Thursday) Weight 171.5. Steps 26223. Total Burn 3106. Exercise Burn 1025/1319 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 1950.  Not really surprising weight was up after eating yesterday and the low-key evening. Actually got in all three 20min sessions for my hour of elliptical early. Dropped off #5, let out the ducks, and hit Zumba w/MZL. Stats: 7050 steps. 3.11 miles. 419/409 burn. AvHR 109. High 144. In zone 10 of the 67 minutes. After class I hit Sam's Club and wracked up a nice bill there (yikes!) and was stressed a bit about the time. The fridge delivery was scheduled between 11:00-1:00 and it was a little after 11:00. I did beat them home though. #2 was around and brought in all the groceries. I prepped the kitchen, cleaning out the fridge some, clearing off all counters. The delivery guys showed up and got started. They moved the old fridge out of the way, just over by the hall ... still with most of the food in. I was able to plug it in and keep the cold going there. It took them a while to redo the doors (we needed them to swing the other way and I used that time to clean out the space ... lots of dust and guck. Once the new fridge and been on for a bit, cooling down, I started the process of moving everything in. Figuring out the new spacing and such. Then I did my best to clean out the old fridge. Waching all the drawers and shelves and such. Hubs had done a really good job cleaning the outside last week. It was still in the way, and I wasn't sure if Hubs would be up to moving it to the basement (I'd cleared out the spot next to the ice maker months ago, before we'd even talked about a new fridge, but with the hopes of perhaps putting a second fridge there.) He and #3 were able to get it downstairs and set up. It will be nice to have more room for some storage ... to always have milk and eggs and cheese easily on hand. It won't be quite as conveniently located, but I can use the produce drawers for the ducky greens and such too. #5 had practice at the church, then #4 had it over at Joel P. I wasn't sure I'd have an older boy around for the 9:30 pickup (I like to get in jammies before then often) but #3 ended up being available. He had played in a church ball game with some of his buddies earlier. With all the stuff going on, I never made it back down to the gym today. I was going to in the afternoon, but #3 said he needed it, and he took up two hours. I was able to keep calories in check better today. Under 2000 ... although in addition to quantity and quality, I really need to be more accurate with my records. I'm fairly haphazard!

0103 (Wednesday) Weight 170.4. Steps 27364. Total Burn 3039. Exercise Burn 1249/1078 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.75milesTreadmill). Calories in 3000. Hubs had a bit of a rough night with fever/chills alternating. He woke me to ask if I'd bring him some ibuprophen ... was afraid he'd have a shiver fit if he got up himself. I was glad he asked me. He said he could feel it the moment it kicked in. I beat him up in the morning, but he went into work. NOT a man-flu man. Sometimes I wish he was more of one, taking it easy and resting. Again, I didn't quite get my hour of elliptical in early. Didn't quite get started early enough for a full 20 the first time and had to finish up 10min later in the day. Dropped off #5 at school, let the ducks out and headed to Zumba w/MZL. Stats: 6865 steps. 2.99 miles. 433/430 burn. AvHR 113. High 145. In zone 8 of the 67 minutes.  After class I stopped at Mimi Nails for a fill. Much needed, it had been three weeks I think. I like to stop after WJ Zumba as it's right there on the way home. I never know exactly what time we'll get out to make an appointment, but I've usually been lucky getting a walk in. I was able to get right in today. The white tip was close to the top, but enough we could let it go one more time. She did do a little pink sparkle polish before the top coat, which I think will hide any visible growth at the top that might show through. After that, I stopped at Macey's to grab produce and other groceries. I got in one time on the treadmill while the kids were at school. Didn't make it down again afterward. Hubs came home and had some chicken soup and curled up in bed wanting to watch Godless ... which is one we've been watching together. So even though it was early (6:00ish) I joined him and we watched a couple episodes. One left ... I was craving Mac&Cheese and made some and ate some. I did horrible on food today, just eating everything and anything. At times I did feel starving, actually shaky and weak. Other times I was really craving (I'd picked up some Zingers and Ding Dongs at the store today) and yet some moments, I just ate because stuff was there.

0102 (Tuesday) Weight 170.8. Steps 30491. Total Burn 3278. Exercise Burn 1440/1502 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.7milesTreadmill. 45minWEIGHTS). Calories in 2500. It was a bit alarming when the alarm went off so early ... Hubs was still sleeping. But overall, it felt good to get up and get started on the day. Still struggling a bit with the new TV downstairs. The Showtime app keeps restarting so I was trying Starz today and it was having troubles too. I left it paused after my initial elliptical session and it seemed better after that. Sometimes I think it continues to download and then the buffering issues aren't as visible when you do start playing it again. Didn't quite get my hour in early, as I misplaced my phone and spent quite a while searching for it (I'd set it down by #5 when I went to wake him). I need to remember to turn the ringer on as soon as I wake up (I do mute it for the night) so that one of the kids can call me to help find it. The "Find my Phone" doesn't work because I can't log into Apple! It never sends the verification email. We've tried that! So I had to finish up a final 10min later in the day. After elementary drop-off I went to Zumba. Marian was still out of town so I was leading. I'd prepped a playlist last night for Carma and I, as she said she'd be there. Still haven't found my mic cord and had to use Marian's Aux cord ... but at least I had that! Class was good. Stats: 6706 steps. 2.97 miles. 425/445 burn. AvHR117. High 149. In zone 23 of the 65 minutes. We were out of apples and I'd hoped #2 might stop on the way home (he's slept over at a friend's) but he didn't have his car. I just don't get out to a store on Tuesdays as Zumba is in the neighborhood. I tend to go straight home and not leave again. I guess it can wait until tomorrow. I will stop after MZL. Maceys is right there on the way home. I got in a treadmill time and weights while the boys were at school. Laundry. Kitchen cleaning. Blog post. I haven't been doing dinners as I haven't wanted to add anything to the refridgerator with the change coming up. They had said today ... but still no new fridge. We still had some leftovers from Hub's smoking. Afternoon pickups. I never turned my alarms off during the break and they were a little annoying when I didn't have pickups, but it is good to have them, even though I am generally ready without them. Got another treadmill time ... watched "The American" which, I have no idea why that was even a movie. No story really. Blah. At least I got exercise in and wasn't just wasting time watching. Hubs wasn't feeling well when he got home. He'd been having cramps at work and spiked a fever. He was chilling, so I made him some broth and he said that was good. I know the stereotype is that men are wimps and can't handle sickness, but that does not describe Hubs. If something can stop him, I worry! Usually he just keeps pushing through when he should rest. It's hard when he has so much on his plate at work. He did fall asleep fairly early. I should have maybe hit the gym again, the bike, but I was at 30k for the day and I was tired too.

0101 (Monday) Weight 170.5. Steps 7736. Total Burn 2027. Exercise Burn 300/219 (30minElliptical). Calories in 2800. Slept in until around 9:00. We headed over to Uncle Clay's house around 11:00, as he was making the traditional pastry wreath this year. Keaton even risked his nut allergy to try some (we KNOW cashews are bad, this was almond and he was okay). I was pretty tired, and tried to lay down for a little nap when we got back home ... but couldn't fall asleep. Same as yesterday. I don't always fall asleep easily, but I was so tired yesterday and today I really thought I would. It was a little frustrating. Back to routine tomorrow ... hope we are all ready! ♥

December 2017

1201 (Friday) Weight 166.5. Steps 19768. Total Burn 2702. Exercise Burn 780/954 (60minElliptical, Treadmill). Calories in 2900. MZL didn't have Zumba at the WJ location. I didn't feel like I'd get off in time to Debbie's and thought I'd just do an hour on my own. But I didn't. I got in my hour of elliptical, although not as early as Mon-Thurs.  Being the end of the month, I wanted to get my monthly recap up on the blog. Requires some number crunching and I make the monthly photo collage. Also the 1sed video, although that went quickly as I'd already done a portion of it earlier. Once that is done I like to backup all the photos on my phone to the computer, then delete most from my phone. I even got a family blog post up about #4's job shadow day. I also called and chatted with my mom who was having an emotional day, not feeling well physically or mentally. Talked/cried for over an hour. Early out at the elementary, then middle school pickup. #5 had practice with both teams today. 4:30-5:30 with Grizzlies and 6:00-8:00 with Wolves. I dropped him at the church for the first practice, then ran to Smith to pickup prescriptions and a few groceries. Didn't have time to return home, but back to the church to grab him and straight to the next practice. Happily he gets a ride home from that, so then I was able to pull back home for the night.

1202 (Saturday) Weight 167.4. Steps 15210. Total Burn 2495. Exercise Burn 320/731 (30minElliptical). Calories in 2700. No sleep in for me or #4, as he had an 8:00 game. We got to the school about 7:45 ... and the doors weren't opened yet. At least it wasn't as bad as the 9:00 came for #5 a while back. Then, the doors had been opened, but we didn't have a site coordinator, scorekeeper/timekeeper and just one ref. Then, we just started with a couple of the dads keeping time/score until the officials showed up ... around half time. Here, we still did get started on time. It was a pretty evenly matched game. Our boys got the win. Fun to see #4 play again, and see him with his great group of friends. It was a few hours until the next game with #5. I got in some kitchen cleanup, laundry and a session on the elliptical. Hubs went to pick up a dog run ... well, duck run. It's for the ducks, as the pen is on its last legs. He and the big boys got it set up and it's great. It will make things so much easier, and the ducks have a bit more room. Hubs also bought lights for the house and was installing them. He also brought home donuts. They weren't quite as good as the donuts last week ... of course that didn't stop me from eating them! #5 and I headed out to his game. Unfortunately, the Grizzlies were outmatched today! Bingham, who is the nemesis for CHHS blew our boys out. It was 29-7 at the half. Ouch. Can't help but wonder if the school puts more effort into their youth program at this age. The youth league hasn't had enough interest, therefore the league hasn't had ANY interest at this age. Our sixth grade team has to have fifth graders to fill it. We don't get practice time, coaching or uniforms. On one hand, I'm okay with it, because it's a lot less expensive than to official Bantam program. But still, it would be nice to have a little support. I think the coaches there now don't plan on being there when these kids are high school age so ... why invest? I was happy that the kids kept it together emotionally (it was a little hard coming off an undefeated season) and battled back better in the second half. Home again, and I was thrilled to see #3 pop in. He had been scheduled 1:00 to close today, having to miss his 5:00 game :(  One of the other kids had an issue, so he ended up going in at 11:00, which would give him an 11 hour day! The boss was there, and let him take a 3-hour lunch from 3:30-6:30, which enabled him to go to his game after all! Yea! And with the four games scheduled today, they were no scheduling conflicts and they were all spaced out perfectly (time for travel and recharging the camera). It was fun to see #3 play again too. Less intense than high school, but still a good game and fun to watch. They won. Just a little down time, then #5 and I were off to his Wolves game. It was across town at Albion Middle School. Past where I used to go to my Friday Zumba. Another loss here, although this game was close. Like the earlier loss, the other team had a really good big guy who was just always in the perfect spot for rebounds and easy baskets, and some great three-point shooting. Our shots weren't really falling, so in a re-match, it would be anyone's game (which I'm not sure could be said about the earlier one ... and there will be a rematch there). Got home around 9:30. I was tired, and Hubs was already asleep.

Sunday (1203) Weight 167.5. Steps 13986. Total Burn 2294. Exercise Burn 600/529 (60minElliptical). Calories in 3250. Hubs was up and off early. No rest for the wicked I guess ... he had a meeting with one of his employees, then tried to work a little at the office, but the sleepies hit him and he came home and went back to bed. Without him around in the early hours, we didn't do our big breakfast. I'd hoped that might help with the calorie count ... but I ate a leftover donut ... or two. And they weren't even that good! Hubs and I hadn't been on a date in a while, so we went out to lunch at Johnny Carinos. At first we weren't even sure it was open (it was around 1:00) but it just wasn't busy. I got chicken alfredo as I always do. They have great mozzarella sticks ... although they are more like logs! I did get in three 20min sessions on the elliptical throughout the day, evenly spaced at the start, middle and end. Hubs ended up grabbing some Popeyes for dinner, and then he and I watched some "Homeland" and he made popcorn. We've eaten popcorn in bed many a time, but today we both dropped some and there were kernels uncomfortably all over! ♥

Monday (1204) Weight 169.2. Steps 31634. Total Burn 3236. Exercise Burn 1300/1481 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.75milesTreadmill). Calories in 2000.  Back to the routine. Weight was up. Not surprising, but still discouraging. Didn't quite get in my hour, 10 minutes shy, which I finally finished up by end of day. There was some flight from my duckies as I let them out of the pen this morning. After getting the kids off, I went to Zumba with Debbie.There was the dreaded "Closed for Cleaning" sign up, but luckily the cleaning crew was willing to work around us, letting us have the gym for our hour while they started on the other areas.  That's only the second time the cleaning crew has been reasonable ... both times at the Daybreak building. Class was cut just a little short though. Stats: 5258 steps. 2.33miles. 314/333burn. AvHR 111. High 113. In zone 2 of the 52 minutes. I did do a little extra Zumba at home too. I stopped at Smiths on the way home to grab some groceries. I was able to get some trim for the ducks. Forgot bananas though. Probably should have restocked milk as well. I'd forgotten my list at home, but honestly, I'm not sure I had those items on it anyway. I got started making some chicken soup ... baking chicken, then making the rice, then putting it all together. Chicken and wild rice. I don't eat this one, but the older boys like it. Afternoon pickups as usual for me. #5 had a friend come home with him again.  It was a cold and snowy day. We just had flurries here, but Hubs said they had a few inches up North. Laundry, dishes, got my weekly weigh-in post up as well as a basketball update and finished a muvee. Big new of the day was President Trump's visit. That was discouraging Hubs from picking up additional lights (the store he needed to go to was downtown) but Trump was gone by afternoon, as was any associated traffic. So Hubs did stop and get lights and finished putting them up.

Tuesday (1205) Weight 166.5. Steps 33777. Total Burn 3273. Exercise Burn 1450/1542 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.6milesTreadmill, Bike, Weights). Calories in 2600. Glad the scale slid back down ... although the trick is getting it DOWN. Got a good start, full hour of elliptical in early. When I let the duckies out, they all four flew! Not over the fence, but I can tell they would be able to. I'd be fine with them flying off if I knew they'd be okay, but it's iffy even in prime weather, and this is anything but! Winter is coming. Wing clip? Zumba w/Marian. Stats: 5963 steps. 2.56 miles. 368/347 burn. AvHR109. High153. In zone 7 of the 60 minutes. I finished up the class as Marian had work. I got two treadmill times in during the school day.  I also did a weight workout, and got in a session on the bike in the evening. After seeing on of the ducks hop into the pool ... and onto the ice as it's frozen over, I felt bad and took out buckets of hot water and then they were able to play. It was mid 30s, but the sun was out. The usual school pickups, loads of laundry and dishes. I'd planned on making taco salad for dinner, but Hubs texted that he was staying late ... so I pushed it until tomorrow. The kids just had leftover soup and such. I made coconut goodies. Didn't do great on calorie intake today. The boys have been watching Psyc. I'd ordered the DVD set, and also had to get a new set up for the DVD player (the TV only has two HDMI ports and they were being used by DirectTV and Roku). I ordered a splitter and a couple smaller cords and that setup works. The DVD player is back in business). Another good thing about that is that DVDs don't use data ... we went over our 1tb cap from Xfinity last month. I ordered "House" and am thinking of getting "Monk" even though our boys haven't ever seen it (me either). I've heard good things about the series and the set is quite inexpensive. Placed a big order on Amazon for the House DVDs and other stuff. I was really tired come evening. Hubs wasn't home until almost 10:00!

Wednesday (1206) Weight 166.5. Steps 32566. Total Burn 3328. Exercise Burn 1390/1566 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.65milesTreadmill). Calories in 2150. Got in my hour of elliptical early, as I got the boys off to school. Zumba w/MZL. It's been a small showing of late, with both instructors and people attending. With just Emily and Andrea there leading, I did a few more numbers than usual. I brought a Santa hat and put it on (over my cap) for my Christmas number. Stats: 7004 steps. 3.09 miles. 441/424 burn. AvHR 112. High 137. In zone 9 of the 65 minutes. After class I stopped at Maceys. I had wanted to do some baking, and realized I was completely out of margarine! Still had quite a bit of butter, it's that's so much more expensive. So that was at the top of the list, with several other things added as well. Home and unloaded. I emptied out all the old leftovers, and then went ahead and washed several of the shelves while it was somewhat empty. I'd cleaned out the bottom not long ago, but hadn't done the top. Now everything is much better and somewhat organized. Unloaded, then loaded the dishwasher. Actually didn't do any laundry today.  I'd moved the grain out for the ducks to nibble on during the day ... but the other backyard birds were the ones that consumed most of it I think. One of the drakes takes after his daddy and was going after the little birds around. Had a bit of unproductive time where I just needed to lay down for a bit.  #4 texted saying he was going to stay after school for basketball intramurals. So I didn't do the usual middle school pickup, but went about an hour later. We stopped and grabbed a Little Caesar's pizza and crazy bread on the way home. I made mint brownies, and then taco salad for dinner. Hubs made it home tonight. Dragging. #3 had practice at 8:30, but happily he can drive himself! Did a little cleanup ... vacuuming. While baking, I'd refilled the big flour and sugar canisters and some sugar had fallen on the floor. While the vacuum was out, I just did the whole upstairs.

Thursday (1207) Weight 165.6. Steps 33540. Total Burn 3329. Exercise Burn 1380/1597 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min.3.65milesTreadmill). Calories in 2300. Started the day with my hour of elliptical. Got the boys off, let the ducks out, put a pot roast in the crock pot, then went to Zumba w/MZL. Stats: 6975 steps. 3.13 miles. 410/437 burn. AvHR 116. High 142. In zone 15 of the 62 minutes. Stopped at Sam'sClub on the way home. During the school day, I got in my two treadmill times. After school pickups. Made gingersnaps. #5 had practice 6:30-8:00 ... I got him home just in time to take #4 to his 8:30-9:30 practice. #2 was around and was willing to pick up, so I could head to bed. Feeling very tired!

Friday (1208) Weight 165.6. Seps 16312. Total Burn 2369. Exercise Burn 450/629 (30minElliptical, 30min/1.6milesTreadmill). Calories in 2300. Feeling very run down this morning. I went down to the elliptical and stopped after five minutes. Just wasn't feeling it, which is quite unusual. Got the boys off and attempted the elliptical again with the same result. Five minues and stop. No Zumba today as the MZL building is apparently being used every Friday this month, and set up is that early. I did eventually take a walk on the treadmill, and then did a 20min and 10min elliptical session. Early out at the elementary and the usual middle school pickup. Hubs was home rather early, he was dragging too. #5 had his double practices. I dropped him off at 4:00, then picked him up just after 5:30, we went straight to our ride to his next practice. The college has been double booking, so this week they were hitting a gym in pleasant grove. My usual ride was willing to take the boys and drop him home afterward. Early to bed, although I couldn't fall asleep until my baby was home (after 9:30).

Saturday (1209) Weight 165.7. Steps 11258. Total Burn 2261. Exercise Burn 220/504 (20minElliptical). Calories in 2700. Game day ... four games today. Happily, not uber early like last week. 10:00 with #4, they got the win. #1 had stopped for donuts, and Hubs was getting cars in for some work (auto start on his, tires on #2) so there was a bit of car swapping going on. #1 took the littles in for much needed haircuts. Game with #5 at 1:00. Close, but little Grizz got the win. Then a bit of a break, with the next game not until 6:00. Mount Jordan isn't too far, but the parking lot was completely packed. Other things going on besides basketball. I like the court fine, but there isn't much room, especially when the next teams arrive, and the drinking fountains and rest rooms are on the opposite side, which creates some traffic. No good spot for me to film from. Wolves were facing the Sonics, who are a tough team. Sonics came out hot and I feared it was going to be a beating, but our boys kept it close and played great. It was down to the wire. Wolves coudln't quite get the win, but it was a good game. #5 and I quickly took off to hit #3's 7:00 game. We arrived with just a few minutes left in the half. This game wasn't even close (27-7 when we got there, they stopped taking score). Definite mis-match as can happen in this type of league. Our boys were good friends with some on the other team though. Hopefully the other guys didn't feel too bad. One was the son of #5's teacher, who was there watching. At home, #1 and his girlfriend were attempting to make macaroons. #1 had also bought a bunch of different chocolate milks and we had a big taste test. Darigold won.

Sunday (1210) Weight 166.7. Steps 8487. Total Burn 2106. Exercise Burn 110/346 (10minElliptical). Calories in 2700. Hubs slept in a little, not getting the brisket on the smoker as early as he usually does. But with that there, we couldn't smoke bacon. I fried some up and made pancakes and sausage and Hubs made eggs.  #5 looked through clips and then I made a muvee of his first game from yesterday. I also cleaned out the closet in the hall. I've been trying to hit one spot every day or as often as I can to straighten things up more. Unfortunately #2 and #3 had to work, so they missed the yummy brisket dinner ... happily though, it's almost better left over. It seemed so late early ... like 6:00. Hubs and I were in bed by 8:30.

Monday (1211) Weight 168.2. Steps 28187. Total Burn 2983. Exercise Burn 1267/1242 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.5mileTreadmill). Calories in 2200. Unfortunately not a good night. Hubs was out quickly, but while I'd felt exhausted, it took a little while to fall asleep. Little things would wake me up as I started to drift (a text from #2, #3 arriving home from work). I did fall asleep, then was awakened when Hubs, who had awakened and was browsing his ipad accidentally hit a video with sound. I've done that once or twice myself. Totally woke me up though, and I had a hard time getting back to sleep. Hubs too. I was up with my alarm, he slept in just a little then was off to work. I got my three elliptical sessions in and got the boys off to school. It was so cold out, I wanted to keep the ducks in the pen where there is the shelter of the dog house and the light for warmth ... not that they use either. I gave them water but left them in until after Zumba. I spaced out on the way, drove past the intersection I'm supposed to turn at. I was a little late but they hadn't started yet. Quite a crowd today. I did my Christmas number. Stats: 5091 steps. 2.21 miles. 317/293 burn. AvHR106. High 132. In Zone 5 of the 56 minutes. I stopped at Walgreens on the way home and grabbed some eyeliner and lipstick. I usually stop at Smiths, and would have if my prescription had been refilled ... but it hadn't. I called the doctor's office when I got back and explained the situation (I was out but was on the books for an appointment in a couple weeks) so they said they would call it in. The doctor's office likes to hold the prescriptions to force you in for your annual. Heaven knows I'd likely skip otherwise, even though I'm not positive the medication really does much for me. I got in my two treadmill times. #1 was home after work ... finals week. #3 was home early too. I did the usual after school pickups. #5 asked if he could bring friends home. I'm okay with it if they are picked up at a reasonable time ... like 6:30. It wasn't until 7:30 tonight. Lots of comings and goings ... #1 had his girlfriend over, #2 had a few friends and of course #5's friend. Foggy out tonight, and it had been this morning too, although it wasn't when I had been out driving.

Tuesday (1212) Weight 166.8. Steps 30024. Total Burn 3039. Exercise Burn 1320/1295 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.56mileTreadmill). Calories in 2600. Still foggy this morning, even a bit later when I was driving #5 to school. I got in my elliptical early, then hit Zumba. Just Marian, me, Cathyleen and Barbara ... and Cathyleen won't be here the next couple weeks, and Marian will be here next week, but then not a couple weeks after that. I told Barbara I was still happy to come dance with just her. Stats today: 5954 steps. 2.6 miles. 365/338 burn. AvHR105. High135. In zone 7 of the 61 minutes. I had a bit of a lazy day. Feeling tired. Did get in my two treadmill times. Watched "Flyboys" which I enjoyed more than anticipated. I had let the ducks out before Zumba, even though it was still so cold. They haven't been going back to the heat lamp anyway, always staying near the front of the pen. This morning they even got in the water. I was surprised it wasn't frozen. Their feathers looked a little worse for the wear from it though, with water frozen on them. I tried to Google frozen duck wings to see if it was an issue and if I should not let them in water when it's this cold ... but "frozen duck wings" didn't come up with answers to that. I moved the light up to the front and moved the bathing water out. I think I'll only give some to them in the afternoons if it's warm enough. #2 went to the podiatrist for his ingrown toenail. He said he watched a little too much and almost passed out.  They did the permanent fix this time. #4 really needs it done too (#1 had it done when he was in high school, as did I). Middle school pickup was normal, but elementary had an activity that took them beyond normal school hours. Mike Rowe, of Dirty Jobs and Returning the Favor had come to West Jordan to honor a local toy maker and there was a parade and it was being filmed for the show. #5 and those in the 6th grade class that wanted to (and had the necessary paperwork signed) were taken there by bus and brought back to the school at 4:30, so I picked him up then. Placed another Amazon order for gifts, but still don't have much for the kids. Hubs was quite late, almost 8:00, yet I still seemed more tired that he was. He says sometimes when he pushes through the sleepies, then it's a little hard to get them back. #2 and #3 went to the high school basketball game.  More fog.

Wednesday (1213) Weight 166.8. Steps 31327. Total Burn 3205. Exercise Burn 1384/1444 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.6milesTreadmill). Calories in 1800. This morning #2 and I were switching cars, as we are FINALLY getting his Charger in for repair after it was hit in the school parking lot. As he's too young to legally drive a rental, he gets my car and I get the rental. #2 had an early final, so he was off, and I drove his Charger to drop #5 off to school and then went straight to the body shop, which was right on the way home. Everything went smoothly, and the rental car was there for me. I had come ready for Zumba, and went their straight getting there a bit earlier than I usually do. It's been a small class lately. Carma came, and I'd put one of her numbers on the song request list, so she lead it. Stats: 6622 steps. 2.91 miles. 370/391 burn. AvHR 108. High 128. In Zone 3 of the 61 minutes. Afterward I hit the nail salon for a fill, then Maceys for some groceries. So cold out, I hadn't let the ducks out early, but waited until I returned home ... hoping they might stay by the heat lamp, which they did seem to do. I let them out and then unloaded the groceries. I sure missed my heated seats and steering wheel in this rental car! I got a text from #4 at school saying he had a horrid headache and couldn't make it through the rest of the day, so I went to pick him up. I usually do the after school carpool, but as I had thought he'd be staying after today for Intramural basketball, I'd asked the other mom to do the pickup, so that was covered already at least. Got him some ibuprofen and with some rest he was feeling better by the evening. I only got in one treadmill time during the day, the second quite a bit later in the evening. I pulled out a couple freezer meals for dinner and leftovers and baked up some gingersnaps with the leftover dough. Did a couple loads of laundry, dishes and emptied the garbages and got them out for garbage day tomorrow. Peeking out back, checking on the ducks and ... only three ducks! I was going to the garage to grab the ladder so I could peek over neighbor's fences to see if I could see him (one of the males) and there he was in our front/side yard. I walked him back. Whew! I was really planning on these guys taking after their heavier mom and not being fliers ... but they've been flying. They were angels when I put them in the pen for the night, walked right in. Last night too, but the night before they really fought going in. I don't know what causes the difference in attitude.

Thursday (1214) Weight 166.8. Steps 35002. Total Burn 33514. Exercise Burn 1352/1591 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 2300. I'd put the screen over the rental car to keep the frost off. I think it worked pretty well. Before taking #5 to school, I did get my hour of elliptical in. Zumba with MZL. Stats: 6434 steps. 2.88miles. 391/379 burn. AvHR 113. High 151. In zone 13 of the 60 minutes. Higgins Body Shop called while I was in class and said the car would be done by 1:00 ... nice, as the original estimate had been Friday. I did a stop at Sam's on the way home. Put the groceries away and let the ducks out. It was warm enough (upper 30°s) in the afternoon that I filled a tub with water for them to bathe.  I got in my two treadmill times, then the usual after school pickups. Still in the rental car, but #5 and I stopped on the way home and returned it, picking up the Charger. Pulled out the wrapping paper. The ping pong table is a good wrapping station. Hubs had ordered a slicer and it arrived today. He sliced up the extra brisket and made french dip. We didn't have rolls though, so I had to run to Smiths. I needed to pick up my prescription anyway. #5's practice got cancelled, but #4 still had his practice. I dropped off and #3 picked up.

Friday (1215) Weight 166.1. Steps 18804. Total Burn 2499. Exercise Burn 785/738 (60minElliptical, 30min/1.75mileTreadmill). Calories in 3200. Hubs tries to keep Oreo out of the room in the morning when he leaves, as it's hard to sleep with the kitty. Prime example this morning, as he snuck by and proceeded to come sit on my head and knead at me with his claws. I went ahead and got up ... and thus got two 20min sessions in on the elliptical. I don't always on Friday mornings. Today was Hub's work party, which started mid-day at a 12:20 showing of the new Star Wars film. We did go ahead and pull the kids from school. With late start, #4 ended up not even going (as he wouldn't have even been there an hour) but #3 and #5 went for a bit. #2 drove them out because I wasn't going. The drive, the crowd ... and I must admit, I don't really care for Star Wars. Instead, once the boys were off, I packed up some of the leftover brisket and took it out to my folks. Then mom and I went to lunch. We went to Chuck-a-rama. I overate. I did have to drive the Charger as #2 took the Durango, as he was picking up #1 on the way and they needed a little extra room. The boys didn't stay for the dinner after the movie ... #1 had to get back ... to go to Star Wars with his work. I was in on my computer when Hubs got home and I didn't see him, he went straight to bed even though it was early. He'd been fighting some spinny all day. I was tired too, but I ended up staying up. Got some invitations for #5's b-day party designed and ordered. I'll pick them up tomorrow.

Saturday (1216) Weight 167.2. Total Burn 2396. Exercise Burn 321/632  (30minElliptical). Calories in 2300.  ♥ I was able to hit the gym in the morning for one session on the elliptical, then it was time for basketball. #4's game was first, at 10:00. They won pretty easily. He and I did a quick stop off at Walgreens, picking up the party invitations. It was cold and snowy. #5's Grizzly game was at 1:00. It was an easy win for them too. I prefer the aux gym at the high school. Had some time before the next game. I stopped at Smiths, grabbing a few groceries. They had pork loin on for $.99 special, and 1/2 off Christmas (candy and decor) and I grabbed quite a bit. We've done wrapping paper for neighbor gifts previous years, and this was a good price and I wondered if I should grab a bunch, but I was already fairly overloaded. Did a 1/2 session on the elliptical, 30min total today. Hubs was off running a lot of errands today. 6:00 game for #3. He barely got off work and rushed over for pictures. I got there for the game. He had thought this game might be more of a challenge ... it wasn't. Then #5's Wolves game. #2 came along to watch. Previously at Midvale Middle, they only had one court. Today they had two. While I almost always prefer one game going, I actually preferred it this way, as last time kids were running around going crazy in the open area. There wasn't as much seating for spectators this way though. One of the players on the opposing team used to be on our team. He was really good ... we miss him! It was a crazy game with tons of three-point shots. Our boys couldn't quite keep up.  Home again ...

Sunday (1217) Weight 167.3. Total Burn 2092. Exercise Burn  0/338  (no exercise). Calories in 2800.  Hubs was home ... and we had our big breakfast. Waffles, bacon, sausage and eggs.  Hubs had also prepped the pork I picked up yesterday and put that on the smoker after the bacon was done. Really just making leftovers, as we had the Blackham family party in the evening. I did a quick stop at Sam'sClub as I realized I'd forgotten a few things. I made some brownies ... for the party and for #1 to take to a work party tomorrow. I also made my sweet chex mix. We headed out to Maga's house, with the older two boys meeting us there with their girlfriends. The little cousins are crazy! Soups and rolls and a little "Head's Up".  Uncle Clay started it with his, but I had extra decks on mine (Star Wars, Friends, Basketball, Holiday) so we switched to my phone but it soon ran the battery down. Santa and Mrs. Claus came as they do every year.  I was so tired by the end of the night though!

Monday (1218) Weight 169.8. Steps 31942. Total Burn 3251. Exercise Burn 1398/1487 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.65milesTreadmill). Calories in 1800. I forgot to put my One on last night to track my sleep. I woke just after 5:00 and found it and put it on. Didn't really fall back to sleep. Hubs hit snooze a few times and I beat him out of bed. I'm on a pretty strict schedule for my mornings to get my three 20min elliptical sessions in. If something happens and I don't start "on time" then I have to cut it from 20min to 10min. As I went down for my first ... I could see one of the kitties had thrown up in the hallway. I did stop to clean it up and thought I might have to cut my first workout short, but I went the whole way, which did put me a little late getting the boys up and off, but it was fine. I got in my other two sessions, completing my full hour early. Zumba with Debbie. Stats: 6515 steps. 2.9 miles. 389/382 burn. AvHR 106. High 137. In zone 6 of the 69 minutes. This was Debbie's last class before Christmas. She usually does Fridays, but there is a funeral in the building this Friday.  It's one I would have hit otherwise ... I think. As I'd hit Smiths on Saturday, I figured I wouldn't stop there. We were low on apples though (#2 and #4 eat one or more daily) and I wanted to see if Reams had the kids favorite cookies and cream ice cream cake as #5's birthday is this week. They did! It's been hit and miss for quite a while. Got some apples and other things. Kitchen cleanup ... it was a bit of a mess from yesterday, but I'd been too tired last night to get to it. #1 came home from work and I had him help me rearrange the family room furniture and then bring in the Christmas tree. It's not the best spot, usually we do the front room, but this required the least amount of re-arranging and as #3 said, "Change keeps things interesting". I don't think Hubs likes it, but I tried to get the house clean to make the overall appearance better. It's only ONE week at this point. Who knows if we'll get ornaments on. It's pre-lit, so we have lights, although a few aren't working. The cats immediately climbed and got into the tree. I pulled out a few other Christmas decor items too. The kinetic pyramid ... Maga had one at her house last night and it got me in the mood. I hit the treadmill once while the boys were in school. #3 had to work, so I figured I'd have gym time later. #5 surprised me by spending some time in the gym after school. He's only (almost) 12. He doesn't really need dedicated "working out" time. I did get a second treadmill time in later. Hubs brought home "Logan Lucky" on DVD. He and the boys had seen it months ago in theaters and #4 wanted to see it again. I watched the first bit while I walked, and then tried to avoid the TV so as not to see the parts I haven't seen. I'll finish it up tomorrow. Hubs sliced up some of the meat ... the pork he'd smoked Sunday and a turkey breast I'd bought. We have a fridge full of food ... I won't be making dinner this week. #2 was off for his men's basketball championships. They won their first game but lost in the next round. Nice weather today ... almost "warm" and sunny (43°) so I put some water out for the duckies to splash around in. COLD weather coming later in the week though ...

Tuesday (1219) Weight 168.8. Steps 31602. Total Burn 3150. Exercise Burn 1310/1405 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 2300. Started the day with my hour of elliptical as I got the boys off to school. Then Zumba with Marian. 6276 steps. 2.71 miles. 390/372 burn. AvHR108. High129. In Zone 7 of the 65 miles. Marian had trouble with the power cord on her audio box, so we had to switch to an aux cord. It's all good, we just face a different direction (as she needs to be near the output and the other one is on the side of the gym). We had a lady from our neighborhood come for the first time ... usually working, but had taken the day off and saw Marian's post on the neighborhood FB page. Marian left early and had me finish up class. After Zumba I went over to Lowes to grab a tarp and some wood sheets for the duck pen. The current top is more for shade than to keep water out. I want water kept out! I want the boards to create some wind shields if needed, and to board things up to keep it warmer in the pen if possible. I also grabbed a door mat and boot rack thing. I put the tarp on when I got home. I grabbed a HUGE one, so it's doubled over. I just used Hub's parachord to tie it on. I'm sure he'd hate my solution, but he's so busy I didn't think he'd get to it himself before the next snow (forecast for tomorrow). Double carpools after school as usual. #4 was running a little late, it's nice that he has a phone to text me and let me know. We FINALLY put the tree up! I had #1 pull it out of the shed and set it up in the family room. We've never had it there before, but I didn't want to move a chair and everything behind it from the front room. We did have to move the loveseat over, but that wasn't much work. We did a lot of wrapping in the late afternoon to put gifts under the tree. #1 decided to gather all the boxes (we've had SO many deliveries!) and make a fort. They made a wall and threw knives at it. It then turned into "dodge box" until poor #5 took a box hard in the face. Then a little "basket box" and then they barricaded #3 in the gym. Silly boys! Who needs gifts when they have fun with the empty boxes? Hubs wasn't home until late ... although maybe that was a good thing because the box craziness would have driven him crazy! I'd borrowed (stolen) #4's Fitbit Alta ... putting it in a 3rd party clip and wearing it like the One. Because the One has been discontiued! Lots of unhappy customers because of that. So many don't want a wrist pedometer. I felt like the Alta is an acceptable alternative, it's what I'll get when my One eventually dies. I did a blog post on my experiement.

Wednesday (1220) Weight 169.7. Steps 27248. Total Burn 3021. Exercise Burn 1205/1244 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.75milesTreadmill). Calories in 2500. Happy Birthday to my baby boy. 12 years old. Poor kid, a birthday this close to Christmas. I had a couple presents for him, and a box of Airheads to take to school and pass out for his birthday treat. It was quite warm (relatively) in the morning ... 50°! Then the wind started up, blowing in a storm. I didn't quite get in my hour early ... finishing up the final 10min on the elliptical later in the day. Zumba with MZL. They had announced that the Kearns class was cancelled, so I was thinking we'd get quite a crowd as those that usually attended there came to WJ, but it was still pretty small. Maybe a good thing, as the gym was set up for a wedding. Luckily the tables were around the edges leaving the center floor open, so we went ahead and had class. There were lights up decorating the stage ... I plugged them in for us ;)  Stats: 6393 Steps. 2.88 miles. 376/403 burn. AvHR116. High137. In Zone 16 of the 59 minutes. After class I stopped at CalRanch. Bought a heated waterer, to keep the water from freezing on cold nights. So far, having the pail by the light a little has kept it okay, but the forecast shows 0° coming up! We haven't had to deal with that yet. I also bought a nice bucket, to replace the ice cream buckets, and restocked mealworms ... although I had to ask, they weren't easy to find. I then stopped at the Dollar Store and grabbed a few things. At home, I only got in one treadmill time while the kids were in school. I had to run to the high school for an appointment with #3 and his school counsellor. Just a routine check for Juniors to make sure they are on track for graduation.  I did my two pickups after school. #5 passed out all 90 of the Airhead candy bars he took. It was snowing today, although it didn't start until later than predicted. We were trying to hit Tepanyaki for a b-day dinner and wanted to get there early, as last year were had to wait quite a while. Busy, even on weekdays this season. We were able to get right in. Our chef was quite funny, made the boys laugh. Vegetables! Yummy as always. Hubs steaks have made us less appreciative of steak houses (we'll just eat Dad's, they are better!) but Tepanyaki is different enought that we always love it. Over $300 for dinner! Snow was really coming down as we left. I'd put the ducks away before we went to eat, and used all my boards and even pulled the old tattered tarp off the old pen to keep the snow from blowing in the front. It worked ... but I can't see my babies!  I'd picked up a cookies and cream ice cream cake, and we pulled that out after we digested a bit ... although Dad and #1 were already asleep by then. Maga came over with a little cookies and cream cake, it looked like our cake had a baby. Maga also brought balloons with money inside. I hope #5 had a good birthday.

Thursday (1221) Weight 168.9. Steps 32678. Total Burn 3260. Exercise Burn 1400/1485 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.7milesTreadmill). Calories in 2200.  Got my three 20min sessions on the elliptical in as I got the boys off to school. Early out at the elementary today, so I set a timer so I'd remember. Hit Zumba w/MZL. Wore my elf hat. Stats: 7299 steps. 3.3 miles. 427/390 burn. AvHR 108. High 141. In zone 10 of the 68 miles. They were having a Christmas party after with treats and such, but I snuck off. I usually hit Sam's Club ... but we were okay on milk. I did need some lettuce for the ducks, but I figured I'd pick it up tonight after dropping #5 at practice. So, straight home. Got both my treadmill times in and remembered early pickup. Bad eating today though ... junk food galore. Dropped #5 at his practice and hit Maceys, then waited anxiously for the 8:00 pickup so I could turn in. Not sure why I was dragging so! Hubs was home very late ... I was already in bed and almost asleep. I'd been in bed when he left too. Long day for him! Not just work though, he was putting together gift baskets for his employees.

Friday (1222) Weight 166.7. Steps 10532. Total Burn 2076. Exercise Burn 400/336 (40minElliptical). Calories in 2000. Yea ... I'm really not sure that calorie intake is correct, but I've not been very good at recording food promptly and it's so easy to forget things! The kids were out of school today, so I slept in a bit. No MZL Zumba ... Debbie's church was booked with a funeral. She said she'd do a small class in her home studio, but I have anxiety issues with that, parking in a residential neighborhood, small space ... and I was already in a non-Zumba mood. I hit the elliptical a couple times, but never made it back down to complete my hour. No treadmill time either. Hubs just had a half day at work. I spent most of the day working on the annual family slideshow, but had it pretty much done by the end of the day.

Saturday (1223) Weight 167.6. Steps 4486. Total Burn 1842. Exercise Burn 0/90 (no exercise). Calories in ?? 2000. I only recorded 1600 calories but ... I'm sure I ate more. I'm not officially taking a break from tracking, but I'm sure not being very good about it this holiday season. No games today ... no exercise either. Not much activity period! I made chex mix for tomorrow's family party and pre-cooked some chicken that I'll turn into chicken noodle soup tomorrow. Hubs hit some stores for last minute shopping and said he wasn't the only one, it was crazy out there. I never left the house today or yesterday. He and #3 went to Lowes and bought a new fan (#3 had several requests to improve his room ... a new light/fan was needed). Hubs got it installed ... with much swearing! I finished up the slideshow and loaded it to a flashdrive (and youtube and dropbox).

Sunday (1224) Weight 167.6. Steps 8804. Total Burn 2161. Exercise Burn 0/398 (no exercise). Calories in 2500. Christmas Eve. I started on the breadstick dough pretty quick upon getting up. Didn't want to be pushing it and not having enough time to rise like on Thanksgiving. I got the dough done and on it's first rise, then I ran to Sam'sClub. Hubs admitted that the fridge wasn't the only new appliance ... that he'd also ordered a new dishwasher and stove, and the range was an "induction" type which only works with speficic (magnetic) cookware. I had tested what we had and almost everything wouldn't work. I'd done some online window shopping and found a set I liked and had it ready for pickup. The store was pretty empty and it was easy-peasy. Grabbed a few other items while I was there. I had packed up all the old cookware to take out to my folks to let my siblings look through at the family party. The breadsticks were rising and I got the soup done (in one of my big stock pots ... then I'd just leave the pot as it wouldn't work for me anymore. I'll have to order a new one of those separately as it wasn't in the set I picked up). Got everything loaded up. We were doing a big group family photo first thing. #2 had to work :( but agreed to come out for the photo at least. We got a cute family (just us) too, then he had to take off. We ate, then watched the slideshow, then played the candybar game. No nativity this year (for shame *Ü*). The party ran from about 3:30-6:30 and while it wasn't that late when we got home, it seemed so late! Hubs and I were wiped out! I know we're supposed to do the whole "santa" thing, but we just went to bed and figured we'd try to beat the kids up. Hubs got up around 3:30 for a potty break and as we were awake, we got up and put the rest of Christmas out. One of the kids had taken all the gifts under the tree and positioned them in the usual family "spots" so we just had to put a few things out and fill stockings.

Monday (1225) Weight 167.7. Steps  6574. Total Burn 2041. Exercise Burn 0/284 (no exercise). Calories in 2800. Hubs was asleep again pretty quickly, but I don't think I fell back to sleep after our early morning santa run. With older kids though, no one was up early ... it wasn't until a little after 8:00 that we had our family Christmas. Had to drag #2 out of bed still. I think the boys were pretty happy with everything. They'd been cute getting each other presents, it had been fun to see. We headed over to Uncle Clay's house for famiy breakfast. Maga was out of town but we still wanted to get together. Home again for a nap ... new appliances are coming tomorrow so I had Hubs make popcorn with our Whirly Pop pan, which won't work on the new stove (but we're keeping it and may try out a special diffuser pan to see if that works, or he can pull out his portable gas stove). Christmas 2017 is a wrap.

Tuesday (1226) Weight 169.3. Steps 19632. Total Burn 2651. Exercise Burn 450/876 (Zumba). Calories in 2000. Christmas is over ... but today was a craZy day! Started with Zumba. Marian was gone, so I was leading. Just four of us. Stats: 5997 steps. 2.59 miles. 423/397 burn. AvHR 120. High 154. In Zone 25 of the 61 minutes. Back at home, the installation of appliances should have been taking place, but wasn't. Our fridge was misplaced. They don't know where it is. They did come later for the stove and dishwasher. I ran to Sam's to grab more strawberries for the chocolate fountain at the party later today. But ... not a single strawberry at Sams :(  I had to hit Smiths, and they didn't have much to choose from either, but I did take the three boxes they had. Also picked up a helium tank and orange balloons from the party store. We headed over to the church around 1:00 to start setting up. We had 18 kids total. It was a little crazy. A bit of an age difference as some of the kids on #5's Grizzlies team are younger (5th grade), his 6th grade teammates and friends, then his 7th grade teammates. They played ball, we had pizza, opened presents (mostly ca$h, he got over $100) and then brought out the chocolate fountain. Then more playing until pickup. Two of the boys didn't get picked up and we brought them back to the house. One was just a delay that the grandma had checked if it would be okay (or she would have taken him right as it was ending) and the other ... was the kid who ends up staying for hours and hours and hours ... and he didn't get picked up for hours. Very glad to have the party done! #1 pulled down all the ornaments and put the tree away, putting the family room back together. I put away most of the other Christmas. I was really tired, in bed early and closed my eyes for a bit, but Hubs beat me to sleep ... and has been snoring some of late, which kept me up for a while longer still.

Wednesday (1227) Weight 169.5. Steps 17077. Total Burn 2608. Exercise Burn 500/857 (Zumba, Cleaning). Calories in 2300. Had to set the alarm, as I had an 8:00 appointment at the doctor. Just my routine annual exam. No issues. Just the checkup, prescription refills and blood draw. I had prepped to go straight to Zumba and made it there a little early even. Stats: 6867 steps. 3 miles. 414/456 burn. AvHR 113. High 141. In zone 20 of the 65 minutes. As I'd hit the store yesterday, I didn't stop today. Stayed busy cleaning up the last of Christmas ... mainly breaking down boxes and getting everything in one spot outside. We don't have enough room in the bins, we'll have to piece them in for the next few weeks. Got the house vacuumed, dishes loaded, laundry done. Didn't even try to get down to the gym and was okay with that for this week. Worked on the computer getting bills paid and a blog post up and the remainder of the birthday stuff away (Hubs had some stuff in his car still). Christmas wrap away. Feeling a bit down in the evening. Small things can set me off and drag me down. Four of the boys (all but #2 who was working then visiting his girlfriend who just got wisdom teeth out) went to the mall to spend their Foot Locker giftcards. Even at $150 it wasn't enough for a couple of the shoes the kids wanted, they ended up paying the overage. They also stopped at the Container Store as #3 is working on reorganizing his room.

Thursday (1228) Weight 167.9. Steps 15810. Total Burn 2380. Exercise Burn 500/613 (Zumba. 30minBBwalk). Calories in 2300.  Slept in a little, getting up in time to hit Zumba w/MZL. Stats: 6796 steps. 3.07 miles. 419/435 burn. AvHR114. High 151. In Zone 18 of the 65 minutes. Still no store stop on the way home. I was not feeling 100% today. Really cold. Lay down for a bit. #1 set up the Amazon Echo we got for Christmas. I'm not sure how much I'll use it. #5 had a basketball game at 4:00. Not a great game, we lost ... although #5 got quite a few points. Also had some emotion. If we'd won, we would have played tomorrow at 10:00 ... as we didn't, we played again at 6:00. That actually worked a bit better. Then I could hit Zumba tomorrow and didn't have to face rush-hour traffic driving home. With an hour to kill, I went to Big5, which is next to the rec center in Sandy. Got a couple things with a $10 of $30 coupon. Unfortunately we didn't play any better the second game and got another loss. Tomorrow at 2:00 ... most likely facing the team we played first today. That should be good though. I know we could get the win ... then we'd likely play the second team we played today. Not as sure if we could get the win against them. We'd sure have to play better ... #5 and I stopped at Wendy's on the way home and grabbed a little dinner. The ducks were still out, so I put them to bed. Loaded the dishwasher, finished up a muvee ... and to bed.

Friday (1229) Weight 168.3. Steps 14615. Total Burn 2400. Exercise Burn 415/625 (Zumba). Calories in 2400.  Hubs slept in this morning. Went into work, but the office closed early in the afternoon. I had been planning on hitting MZL for Zumba as we didn't have the 10:00 game, but then Debbie texted that she was under the weather, asking if Carma and I could sub her class. I knew Carma had been planning on going, so we were on. I quickly put together a playlist, but couldn't find the aux cord. Luckily I had the red/white connector cord Marian had pulled out the last Tuesday she was here when her power cord to her box malfuctioned. It worked. Stats: 6872 steps. 2.98 miles. 395/430 burn. AvHR 110. High 133. In zone 7 of the 65 minutes. After Zumba I stopped at Smiths ... plenty of strawberries today, and cheaper too. Grabbed a few things and headed home to unload. I had let the ducks out earlier. It was a nice day. I ended up putting some water out for them to splash in. #5 had his game at 2:00. It didn't go as hoped ... lost again, perhaps worse than the first time (yesterday). Oh well. So just the one game today. I was okay with that too.

Saturday (1230) Weight 169.3. Steps 10808. Total Burn 2372. Exercise Burn 0/597 (no exercise). Calories in 2400.  I really planned on hitting the treadmill today ... I haven't been in my home gym this whole week! Just off schedule with school out and the holidays. Hubs replaced the TV in the gym with a Roku TV (so also replacing the Roku) and he asked me if the new technology was intimidating me. Now, admittedly, sometimes I do struggle with change, but I think this is one I'll be able to handle. No, not afraid, just lazy this week. The morning turned into a bit of a cleaning frenzy as Hubs was loading up a bunch of stuff to take to the thrift store. Pulling the old TV from the little boy's room, putting the old gaming TV there, as our old bedroom TV is now the gaming TV, as Hubs got a Roku TV for the bedroom. Musical TVs. He says the price on Roku TVs are so good, not much more than a Roku alone, and yet it eliminates the needs for extra wires and an extra remote. All good! So after they pulled the big TV from the little boy's room, we cleaned out behind the dresser and got the new stuff installed. With a Roku, as this one is not a Roku TV. The boy have had the small pool table up since #4's birthday and we moved it into the family room on the ping pong table. Went through some clothes and shoes, changed out hangers. Reorganized and vacuumed. #3 has been rearranging his room and gotten ride of several things, some we incorporated into the little boy's room, others packed away, others given away. #1 bought a new desk (well, we bought him one I guess) so the old desk went to DI and he spent the morning putting together the new one. Hubs and #3 made the run to DI. They wouldn't take the tube TV, so Hubs ended up going to the dump, where they had electronics recycling. We also took all the boxes and such, although our bins are already full again without it all. Nice to have it gone though. The house is getting cleaner or more organized ... almost as though I don't live here ;) Warm enough that I put out water for the ducks, and even opened a window for a bit. Rub smoked ribs for dinner. #3 was working and #2 was off to the Jazz game with friends, so they missed out.

Sunday (1231) 169.9. Steps 13362. Total Burn 2328. Exercise Burn 330/550 (Treadmill). Calories in 2700. BAD night. Oy. I was really tired, and went to bed before Hubs, who was still up prepping brisket and beef jerkey. Woke around 1:00 and he was snoring up a storm. I couldn't get back to sleep. For over two hours. I got some reading in anyway. Not good with New Year's Eve tonight! Maybe I can get a nap during the day? Did a small breakfast of bacon, sausage and hashbrowns. Then I hit the treadmill! Figured I'd finish up my movie I started over a week ago. Unfortunately, Roku/Showtime didn't want to cooperate and restarted several times which was so frustrating. I ended up just pulling out an ipad and watching on that to finish up. I didn't really get a good recording of what the actual stats were. Probably about 45 minutes, 2.5+ miles. Did a little clean and prep for family coming over. We generally host a small grandparents and game night for New Years. This year it was my folks and Hub's mom. #1 and his girlfriend were around. #2 was here for dinner but then left. #3 had work until about 10:30 then joined us for games. We had brisket, taters, corn and brazillian cheese rolls. The littles did their own thing for a bit while us old people played progressive rummy (before #1 left) then the little came in for RummiKub. It was fun, but we're just not up to staying up late. We shut it down a little after 11:00.  Happy New Year!

November 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 2017
1001 (Sunday) 168.6. Steps 17164. Total Burn 2492. Exercise Burn 740/757 (60minElliptical. 30min/1.8mileTreadmill). Calories in 2900. Slept in a little ... then Hubs turned on the TV and we watched the rest of the movie he was too tired to finish last night. Big breakfast ... Hubs smoked bacon and made waffles and eggs. I did the clean up the hit the elliptical again. Hubs was busy in the garage updating some derby stuff (he bought a new set of drawers). He also started dinner smoking. Tri-tip and some steak, with his mashed taters and buttered corn. Not great for the calorie counting! I did my final elliptical and some treadmill time. When I came back up, Hubs as asleep, even though it was only 8:00. I debated hitting the bike, but ended up going to bed myself around 9:00. Missed the late night news of the mass shooting in Las Vegas at a concert, but woke up to it in the morning. 

 1002 (Monday) 170.9. Steps 30276. Total Burn 3172. Exercise Burn 1400/1392 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/4.25mileTreadmill, Bike, Abs/Core). Calories in 1550. Weight jumped up after the weekend, so official weigh-in was high, but I figure it will correct quickly ... if I'm good. I was good today. Started the day with my hour of elliptical early. The house is cold in the morning. 66° today, but haven't turned on the heat yet ... my workouts warm me up.  After getting the boys off, I went to Zumba w/Debbie. Class was a little laid back and short today. Stats: 4540 steps. 2.03 miles. 270/285 burn. AvHR103. High144. In zone 3 of the 51 minutes. As class started up, I had a pinching pain on my ring finger, under my ring. I took off my ring and there's a cut or something. I'll have to keep my ring off until it heals ... I feel a bit naked without it. Not sure what happened! Didn't hit a store on the way home, but maybe should have. We are low on a couple things. I need to check and plan ahead. Got in my two treadmill sessions, finishing up my movie. "Beauty and the Beast" the recent live action one. I thought it was fine. Not terribly exciting for working out (except right at the end).  Did some abs too. Apparently #1 son was introduced to "Glee" and has started watching ... that was my "weights" show, and having someone else on the same series on Netflix screws up the order of where I'm watching. Afternoon pickups. Didn't prep dinner as we have lots of leftovers, and the three older boys were out all evening anyway (the older two with girls, #3 at work). Took the babies out for some sun, even though it's quite chilly. Had #4 watch them while I changed out the brooder box. A little bathtime in the evening. I hit the bike, and did a little extra Zumba ... was just shy of 30k and wanted to hit that, and my LifeCycle and counted just over an hour of Zumba when class was really just 50 minutes, so I've been trying to make up the difference so it's correct in it's counting. Whatever motivates, right? Kept calories in check, although it was a very conscious struggle ... and it was only quantity. Quality was still quite questionable. 

1003 (Tuesday) 167.9. Steps 32971. Total Burn 3378. Exercise Burn 1450/1642 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/4.12mileTreadmill, Weights). Calories in 1800. Slept quite well but had a hard time pulling out of bed ... but did manage my three 20min elliptical sessions while getting the boys off to school. #1 had parked behind me though, I had to move his car before being able to drive #5 to elementary (#1 usually leaves very early but it was his day off). Zumba w/Marian. Stats: 6300 steps. 2.75 miles. 410/418 burn. AvHR118. High134. In zone 20 of the 62 minutes. Marian had to leave to work so I finished up the last 20 or so minutes. Talking with a gal in the ward, I hadn't realized the recent split HAD affected our area greatly. While we aren't active anymore, it's still sad to think of so many friends and neighbors not in "our ward" anymore. Stayed busy all day today. Got my two treadmill times in while watching my movie ... a Netflix original "What Happened To Monday" which was pretty good. Got in a weight workout too. After school pickups, then I mowed the lawn and prepped dinner (chicken pillows). Some ducky time after dinner. Brownies for dessert. I thought about hitting the bike, but I was already over 30k, and then #2 and a friend went down to the gym ... so I just went to bed.  

1004 (Wednesday) 166.9. Steps 31854. Total Burn 3167. Exercise Burn 1430/1400 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.47mileTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 1700. I've been consistent getting my three elliptical sessions in each morning. Good way to start the day.  Put on "Hawksaw Ridge" for the movie today. Zumba w/MZL ... I brought some candy for the upcoming Halloween party, although I'm not one to go to anything other than the actual Zumba classes. Stats: 6536 steps. 2.89 miles. 393/407 burn. AvHR114. High153. In zone 15 of the 62 minutes. After class I went to the salon to get my nails done. Just had them put on a new set ... I'd lost the two pinky nails and several others were in bad shape. She got the side of my finger a bit ... ouch. Stopped at Macey's afterward to grab some groceries. Got everything put away. Finished up my movie with two times on the treadmill ... it was a little long, so I actually finished on the bike (movie wrapped up in about 10min, then I turned to my book). Hubs went straight from work to a derby, didn't see him until late. Took the babies out for some sun time, and then bath time later in the evening. Controlled calories today, but it was a constant battle. Not starving, but I just wanted to eat all the things.

1005 (Thursday) 166.2. Steps 34172. Total Burn 3300. Exercise Burn 1500/1697 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.47Treadmill, Bike, Abs/Core). Calories in 1650. Early elliptical as always ... movie for the day was an older one, "Body of Lies" which was okay. Finished it up with two times on the treadmill later in the day. Zumba w/MZL. Stats: 7525 steps. 475/494 burn. AvHR121. High149. In zone 36 of the 65 minutes.  Stopped at Walmart instead of Sam'sClub today. I don't hit it much anymore. I tried to get my exercise in during the day, as #3 didn't have work after school, and I wondered if he'd hit the gym ... he didn't. Poor kid is exhausted, ended up taking a nap all afternoon.  #1 had the girl he's seeing over ... with her doggy. They sat in the backyard for a while, and took the ducklings out for their afternoon outing. #1 attempted to introduce the dog to our kitten ... yikes! I've never seen her quite like that. She flipped out, hissing, claws out, fur all puffed up. #4 said "Well we can never get a dog!" I made it back down for some abs and then bike before bed. #5 had practice, that I dropped him off and picked him up from. Kept calories in check, even with picking up pizza ... Dominos for dinner, with a quick stop at the library to pick up some DVDs I had on hold. Hubs had written from work that a "lunch" idea had come up, and he was going to smoke a brisket for it ... which would require smoking much of the night. I mentioned he couldn't create that lovely smell and then take it away ... that he would need to make one for US as well. While it is more work on the prep and such, it doesn't impact the smoke itself much. He agreed, and bought two. Prepped them and then set his alarm for midnight to put them on, and had to check on them a couple of times during the night.

1006 (Friday) 165.5. Steps 32802. Total Burn 3300. Exercise Burn 1350/1565 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.72milesTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 1000. Hubs was still around in the morning finishing up the brisket before heading out to work. #3 had asked me if I work out Friday mornings... I don't start as early as I do Mon-Thurs, but still try to get in a couple sessions on the elliptical. He and a friend had an early morning session. I WAS actually awake early and MIGHT have hit the gym and fit my entire hour in had it not been occupied. As it was, I got in a 20min and 10 min session before taking #5 to school. Debbie had asked me to sub her Friday class ... with #4 getting picked up carpool, it is a possibility, I just have to leave him alone for longer before, but I felt like he could get himself off. He was up and ready. Originally Carma and I were just going to finish the class, as Debbie thought she could be there until around 9:30, but then last night she texted saying she'd be gone the entire time. I had to rework the playlist just a bit to expand to the entire hour. It went well I thought. Stats: 6871 steps. 3.03 miles. 481/449 burn. AvHR123. High 144. In zone 43 of the 64 minutes. I stopped at Smiths on the way home, picking up my prescription and several good sales. Was also able to grab some trim for the duckies. I was taking the ducklings to #5's class today for a bit of a show and tell. Someone had brought in a hedgehog last year, and ever since then #5 really wanted to show his ducks. We never got around to it in the spring ... but worked it out with the teacher for today. It went well, I just brought them in a big, clear, rubbermaid container and the kids gathered around while we told about them. About 20 minutes or so. I ran the babies home, then went back to pick up #5, then middle school carpool. #3 had been scheduled to work tonight, and there was a big football game at the high school that he really wanted to attend. He was able to work out a trade, if he worked during the day on Friday ... missing school. I let him, just this once! I really don't like him working SO much during the school year. He does need some time for homework and social stuff. It was a "Pink Out" and he had a pink shirt. I pulled out a pink hat I had ... it looked so cute on him. I happened to find some pink novelty glasses I had in the gift box too. I think he had a fun night with friends. #1 was planning a triple date in the evening too, hanging at our house part of the time. So ... we needed some clean up. He cleaned the bathroom while I straightened the kitchen. I needed to let the babies have their outside time, so I told him (and Sol, his girl) if they'd watch the ducklings, I'd clean the basement (they had started some half-hearted cleaning up down there. They took me up on my offer. I was able to pick everything up and get it vacuumed. They'd planned on some ping pong, but I don't know if they ever made it down. The three couples played with the ducks in the evening a little, bath and towel time, had some skookie and went to the corn maze. They were pretty quiet, which was good, as Hubs was tired after last night and went to bed early. I'd hit the treadmill earlier in the day ... watching "Passengers," on of the DVDs I'd picked up yesterday. I finished it up while on the bike, then turned to reading for the rest of the ride.  Good day for a Friday ... too busy to eat much or even feel hungry. 

Saturday (1007) 164.9. Steps 14815. Total Burn 2435. Exercise Burn 700/699 (60minElliptical). Calories in 1600.  On the days I can sleep in ... I'm still waking up early. Oreo was meowing noisily outside the bedroom door, enough that I felt I needed to check on him. Nothing was amiss, but I fed him and he seemed content after that. That was around 5:00 in the morning. I went back to bed, but not sure I really fell asleep again. Got a couple sessions on the elliptical in once I was actually up. Caught Thursday's episode of Grey's Anatomy.  Busy basketball day. #5 had four games. 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 7:00.  The first two were with his Wolves team, both teams beat the team that beat us badly last week ... so we weren't expecting to win either of those. This league didn't have enough teams for an upper division, so those teams are in with us "middle division" teams ... demolishing us. I'd mentioned to the coach that we'd probably pull out early to make it on time to the 3:00 game, as having #5 stay wouldn't be a game changer or anything. We did that, with #5 changing in the car. The game with his Grizzlies was tough but even ... we lost, but it was so close, just by two. #5 was a little emotional about it. #2 had come to watch. We stopped at grabbed a Little Caeser's pizza and some crazy bread. Not hot and "ready" ... we had a bit of a wait.  Home to rest a bit before the next game... the pizza and bread was devoured! Hubs had taken the babies out for a bit earlier, but as I was planning on working outside, pulling up the plants, I brought them out again. It was a nice day. #3 was out hanging with friends, #2 and his girlfriend went to a John Belion concert and #1 was off to a wedding reception. #5 and I headed out, the game was at Indian Hills. We've played there several times before. We arrived ... and the school was closed, under construction, "moved" to a new location, which ended up being where we'd played in the spring when it was "Midvale Middle School" ... ironically in Sandy. I was surprised we made it there in time, but we did. Another player also at the old school must have gotten lost on the way as they didn't make it until halftime! This was another close game, we were ahead, just barely, at the end. The other team was fouling to get the ball back. With not much time left, #5 was the one fouled and at the line. He made both, bringing us four points ahead, which pretty much sealed the game. Nice to get ONE win today.  

Sunday (1008) 164.1. Steps 18749. Total Burn 2659. Exercise Burn 800/881 (60minElliptical, 30min/1.75milesTreadmill). Calories in 2200. I was awake early again (noisy little bird babies chirping at 5am) I stayed in bed until later. Hubs decided to go into work to get some things done. Without him around, we didn't do our big breakfast. #1 requested french toast, so I made that. Got in a couple elliptical sessions early, some treadmill time in the afternoon and two 10min ellipticals to finish up my hour. Mid-day, the button on my ChargeHR disappeared. It was still working, but without that button I can't scroll through the different options, or start the timer. I guess it's time to switch to the backup, and think about ordering a new Charge2. I put the backup HR on the charger and made the switch before bed. No big dinner.  I prepped lasagna, making a double batch so I could freeze some. Hubs mentioned turkey loaf, saying he wanted to try smoking it ... so I quickly made up that, and that was dinner, with the lasagna put off until tomorrow (none of the big boys were home tonight anyway, and surprisingly, both littles liked the turkey loaf. I also made a small batch of sugar cookies, pumpkin shaped. Some of the kids prefer them plain, others with just frosting ... I love them with candy corn decorations, but I like them most the day after, as the cookie and corn softens. I hoped there would still be some in the morning! ♥

Monday (1009) 165.2. Steps 32238. Total Burn 3247. Exercise Burn 1390/1489 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.45milesTreadmill). Calories in 2000. Babies chirping at 5:00 again. Noisy little babies! Poop machines too! It was a very ducky day. Beyond the normal feeding, watering, changing and washing(towels) I spent about an hour outside with them in the afternoon, plus swimming and towel time in the evening. Hubs had been up in the night, and wasn't ready to get out of bed. I did my dressing in the dark then hit the elliptical. Woke up #3 and #4, made their lunches and made sure they were ready. Elliptical again, wake #5, breakfast ... elliptical again and then drive him to school. then Zumba with Debbie in Daybreak.  Stats: 6370 steps. 2.87 miles. 417/404 burn. AvHR116. High151. In zone 20 of the 61 minutes. Stopped at Smiths on the way home. Even though I'd just been grocery shopping on Friday, it seems like we're always out of something. I'd hoped they'd restocked the butter (on sale for $2.50 a pound) but it was still out. Was able to get more trim for the ducks. Feeling a bit lethargic today. Got in one time on the treadmill ... but I usually get in two during the day while the kids are gone. I didn't get back down until much later, and other than a bit of Zumba on my own, no additional exercise (I'd hoped to do abs and bike). 30k day though. I really wasn't feeling well at the end of the day. Thought I might throw up even, tummy off, but nothing really happened. Ended up putting off the lasagna again. Hubs ended up staying late for a work dinner, #1 was gone to a movie and #3 was working. I'll bake it tomorrow. A bit of a harder time controlling calories today. Did have a couple of the cookies, and candy corn and hot tamales are candies I piece on during the day. Resisted some ice cream, even though it was calling my name. 

Tuesday (1010) 165.1. Steps 28210. Total Burn 2968. Exercise Burn 1250/1209 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 2000. Feeling okay today, but still tired and dragging. Got in my hour of elliptical, but legs felt so heavy during Zumba. Just couldn't get the energy up at all. Stats: 5852 steps. 2.56 miles. 352/305 burn. AvHR105. High132. In zone just 2 of the 60 minutes. Christa was there for the first time in a while. Brought a couple new people too.  Didn't have a very productive day. Did the few things that needed doing then ... a nap. I haven't had a nap in a couple months (my ChargeHR records if I have a sleepy time during the day). Finally got in some treadmill time before afternoon pickups. #3 was around after school, and I wondered if he'd be in my gym, but he napped after school instead. Derby with Dad in the evening. The day was nice enough that I pulled the pen out onto the grass and put the babies outside. Still a little cool for them (about 65°) at just over two weeks old, but I would watch them to see if they were huddling, indicating they were cold, and they seemed fine. A couple even got into the small pool of water I had in there. Supposed to warm up slightly tomorrow, then drop again. I so wish we had more temperate weather for the babies ... our bad for bringing them into the world this late in the season. Hubs just wanted to see what they would look like (buff/mallard mix). Didn't get an egg from Golden Girl today. I baked up the lasagna for an early dinner, Hubs and the older two boys partaking. I also made chocolate chip cookies, using some "halloween" chips (some orange chips) but it was a bad batch, just didn't look good, which is okay for ME I guess, I wasn't really tempted to eat any (tried one and had a little dough). Swimming and towel time with the babies before bed. I did make it down to the gym to finish my movie (X-Men: Wolverine) with another time on the treadmill. Really should have done weights today. 

Wednesday (1011) 167.2. Steps 30216. Total Burn 3097. Exercise Burn 1050/1327 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.65mileTreadmill). Calories in 2250. What's up with that weight jump? Two pounds up? And it's not like yesterday was a totally bad day! Grrrrr. Didn't quite get my hour of elliptical this morning ... two 20s and a 10, when I started a little late before elementary drop-off. Between helping #5 with his Fitbit (had to change the battery on the Zip) and trying to find my phone (#5 Facetimed it so we could follow the sound where I'd left it in #3's room as I grabbed his laundry) ... I got the final 10min in later in the day. Headed to Zumba w/MZL and as soon as I pulled into the parking lot I knew it was a problem. It was full! And then ... there was a hearse. Funeral.  MZL simply moves the WJ class to the West Valley location ... that's a little too far West for me to be comfortable with. Last time this happened, I regretted not heading out to Southziders immediately ... so that's what I did today. Off to Draper. I almost gave up on it when I hit really bad construction traffic, but I pushed through and made it there before it started (later, 9:30 start, then they are usually later than that too). It was fun to see Debbie, Cassie and Nina again. Christa too, although I'd just seen her yesterday. Haven't seen her for months, then twice in a week ... and she said she might come Friday as Carma and I sub for Debbie. I was feeling better than yesterday, really enjoyed class. Stats: 6388 steps. 2.82 miles. 395/402 burn. AvHR108. High133. In Zone 5 of the 62 minutes. Took a different route home and missed most of the construction. Still only got in one treadmill time during the day. Not sure what I do with the time sometimes. Got a blog post up, laundry ... afternoon pickups. Do I dare say something to the boy in the carpool who is constantly humming and harmonizing with every song? It drives me insane. The afternoon was nice enough that I put the babies out again. Temps drop tomorrow and I'm not sure it will warm up anytime soon ... not sure when they get fully feathered to be able to deal with colder temps.  Finished up my movie (last of the X-men movies from the library ... I hadn't remembered seeing them, but they came back to me as I watched. I had seen them) with second treadmill time.  Leftovers for dinner. #2 finished up the lasagna, #4 had the turkeyloaf, #5 the pizza and Hubs and #1 brisket. #3 was working.  Swimming and towel time for the babies. #1 had his girlfriend (yes, it is now official) over. They played games with the littles, then watched a movie. 

Thursday (1012) 166.2. Steps 32558. Total Burn 3318. Exercise Burn 1400/1564 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.81milesTreadmill, Abs). Calories in 2400. Got my hour of elliptical in early. Back to streaming movies, watched "Creed" today. Finished it up later with two times on the treadmill. Jogged the first one, second one was just walking, and not until early evening. Zumba w/MZL. Kava Talks was there today (support and awareness for domestic violence) and we had been asked to wear purple if possible. I wasn't sure I had anything, but I was able to find a purple shirt (I think I had picked it up a previous year for this same type of thing). Class was good, I snuck out as it ended rather than staying for the food and presentation. Stopped at Sears, picking up an order (a couple joggers for #5 that I'd had been almost free with some Kmart points) and then Sam'sClub. I spent some time outside with the babies again, and did some cleanup. I'd just been waiting for garbage day (today) to empty the green waste ... so I could fill it up again. I pulled up the cherry tomato plant, trying to pick all the little tomatoes at their various stages. They are still supposed to ripen off the vine. We'll see. During carpool today I did ask the kid not to hum/harmonize. I hope he'll cooperate in the future so I don't have to bring it up again, unfortunately I'm not sure he even realizes he's doing it most of the time. Picked up #5 ... and no practice tonight, so we had the evening off. Hubs and #3 did a derby.  I tried sloppy joes again. I'd done it once in the past, and it went over just okay, so I was trying a different brand (Manwich this time) but this went over even worse. Only #4 had one. I hated to waste it all, so I posted on the neighborhood FB page to see if anyone wanted it, and a family did stop by for it. I also made homemade oreos ... and ate a few.

Friday (1013) 165.1. Steps 31255. Total Burn 3193. Exercise Burn 1300/1436 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.75mileTreadmill). Calories in 2700. Glad the scale has shifted back down, but oops on the eating today. Started first thing, with a couple of the oreo cookies for breakfast. Slow start too, I only got in one 20min session on the elliptical early. #4 was out of school today (PT conferences), and will be the next two Fridays too.  I was on deck to lead Debbie's Daybreak class today. Christa made it out, so I had some of her songs, and Carma's too. I thought class went well. Had enough people that I moved up to the stage so the people in the back could see better. Stats: 6629 steps. 2.93 miles. 469/435 burn. AvHR119. HIgh138. In zone 33 of the 63 minutes. Stopped at Smiths on the way home. Grabbed some ground beef and cheese that was on sale. Hurried home, as #4 wanted to meet friends for some football at a local park. As soon as I got home, we took off for that drop-off then I returned home to unload the groceries and repackage the beef and cheese into smaller bags for freezing. That takes a while. While still chilly, the sun was out, and that makes a huge difference. I felt it was warm enough in the sun, that I brought the babies out front while I unloaded, and then decided to leave them out (in the back in the pen) for a while. They seemed fine, so they stayed out all afternoon. I felt like I never stopped moving today. I went out again and pulled up more of the plants. A pumpkin plant had extended all the way from the edge of the garden across the patio and behind the hot tub. We only got one pumpkin though. Got in one treadmill time, which is really all I'd planned for today. I'd picked a shorter movie "Sully" for the day. I'd started it a while back, but the captions didn't line up with the speaking at all. I contacted Amazon about it, and checked back a time or two but they were still off. Finally though, it looked like they'd been corrected. I enjoyed the movie much more than I thought I would. A tiny bit similar to another pilot/crash/investigation one starring Denzel Washington (Flight) which had been horribly dark and depressing. This one was good. I'd hoped to fit a weight workout in ... but it didn't happen. Picked up #4 around 1:00, then early out at the elementary. Hubs came home a bit early to close his eyes for a bit before heading out to a derby in Stansbury, which was further than he likes. He wasn't sure why he'd agreed to it. Took #4 with him as #3 was heading out to a football game with friends. Costumes encouraged, so we pulled the costume boxes out. He ended up just wearing his brother's Buzz Lightyear sweatshirt. #2 and his girlfriend came over and baked some peanut butter kiss cookies. They'd also picked up some pumpkins and more friends came over to carve them. This did cause some cleanup in preparation, and I also got the lawn mowed. I'd thought it would be a good night, with Hubs gone, but then they started so late, he was home by then ... and they stayed so late (after midnight) and weren't exactly quiet. I think Hubs was still able to fall asleep, putting his good ear down, but me? I was pretty miserable. SO tired, but I'd start to fall and then the noise would startle me awake again. Then I feel guilty too, because it's really not asking that much for the kids to have friends over. We're not good "teen" parents ... we're too tired!

Saturday (1014) 163.8. Steps 16642. Total Burn 2517. Exercise Burn 652/782 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2700. ♥ I thought for sure the scale would slide up ... but it didn't. I did manage to fit in my hour of elliptical. Caught up on Grey's in the morning, then got two 10min sessions later, afternoon and evening.   The weather had had snow in the forecast, but that didn't materialize. In fact, in the sun it still seemed warm enough to put the babies out, although I kept an eye on them to make sure they didn't seem to be too cold. #5 had three games today, but all later, 4:00, 6:00 and 7:00. The first was with his Wolves, facing the Copper Hills team. We'd played the "B" team a few times over the years, but this was the "A" team and I thought it should be a pretty solid match-up. Our boys got the win. Home for just enough time to change uniforms and take some cough medicine, then we were off to the next game with the Grizzlies. Another fairly even match-up ... although it had a bit of a scrimmage feel, because one of the kids on the opposing team was wearing an orange tank top. I understand sometimes new kids join and don't have a matching uniform, we have two like that ... but the other team's uniforms were black and white, how hard is it to find a generic jersey that has one white side? It really made me wonder if he was a ringer brought in, not really on the team. He was uber annoying too, got a tech for mouthing off to the refs (#5 made both shots). Tight right until the final seconds. One of the other kids on our team took the final shot (we'd need a 3 to win, 2 to tie) and missed, and the other team managed to make another basket in the 1.2 seconds left. So, loss by four. #5 and I rushed off to the next game, which had already started, as things were a bit behind at this location. I'd been to Midvale Middle School before, but it had been torn down and rebuilt. HUGE new building, we had a little trouble locating the gym. Got in with a few minutes left in the first half, and #5 made a three point buzzer beater as it ended (we could have used that last game!) This was another close game, but the Wolves pulled out the win. Some sad news after, as we are losing a couple players (good ones) so I wonder how that will impact things going forward. Home again ... Hubs was asleep, even thought it was just a little after 8:00. Tonight it was #1 and friends carving pumpkins. I still bathed the babies and had towel time. I'd prepped a Ziti earlier in the day and forgot to tell Hubs to bake it for dinner while I was gone to basketball. #1 was still in the mood for it, even though it was so late. Gave a little to friends too, then packaged up the remainder for leftovers and finally headed to bed. It was after 10:00, past my bedtime!

Sunday (1015) 164.9. Steps 16156. Total Burn 2518. Exercise Burn 665/760 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2400.  Woke up to the tingle of a cold sore on my lip. I HATE them! Hubs smoked bacon, and I made pancakes for our Sunday breakfast. Eggs and sausage too. There was some cleanup from last night (although #1 had cleaned up the pumpkin stuff) and then dishes after breakfast, then I finally made it down to the elliptical for a couple sessions. Hubs had invited his family over for dinner. His brother was bringing brisket, so Hubs wasn't smoking all day, but he made his mashed taters. I put out Rhodes rolls to rise ... and they didn't turn out. Seriously? How do I mess up frozen rolls. I should have made them from scratch, because those ones always turn out! Put the babies out back, as it was pretty nice in the sunshine. Even let them wander much of the afternoon. Hubs made his guacamole too, and it was a hit as always. Maga brought steamed artichokes, which were a favorite for Hubs and family growing up, but they haven't made much of an appearance in recent years (and even not recent .... long time). The littles didn't like it though. #2 and #3 had to work and were missed. The little cousins got in the hot tub. #4 put on the dinosaur costume (and a couple of the cousins did after that too).  I finished up my hour of elliptical with 10 min before the party, and 10 min after.  

Monday (1016) Weight 165.1. Steps 32453. Total Burn 3257. Exercise Burn 1400/1504 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.71milesTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 2650. Back to the routine ... for a short week anyway. Fall break Thurs/Fri. Hubs was up and off, and I was up and ellipticalling. Got in my hour as I got the boys off to school. Then Zumba w/Debbie. Started just a bit late and then ran short as she didn't have her key in her bag. Stats: 5422 steps. 2.37 miles. 328/340 burn. AvHR106. High129. In zone 6 of the 55 minutes. Stopped at Smiths on the way home for some deli turkey and more lettuce for the ducks. Put the babies out when I got home. It was sunny and about 50°. It got warmer and was a nice day. I came up from my first treadmill time and peeked out and the babies had gotten out of the pen. They were fine, in fact Hubs had let them roam much of the afternoon yesterday. I left them out for a bit, but then put them back in. They enjoyed the fresh water, splashing around. Got in a second treadmill time, finishing up today's movie "Hidden Figures" which was good, although not super adrenaline pumping for my workouts. Afternoon pickups, kitchen clean-up, then I went down for some reading/riding.The older boys were out with girlfriends, #3 had work. Quick dinner of fish sticks and chicken nuggets for the little boys. Hubs was home late, stopping at the AT&T store, upgrading his phone to the new iphone8. Then of course the rest of the evening is spent setting it up. Swimming time for the babies followed by towel time. They are getting so big so fast!

Tuesday (1017) Weight 165.4. Steps 26067. Total Burn 2928. Exercise Burn 1100/1189 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 35min/2.11milesTreadmill). Calories in 2600. Got my hour of elliptical in early ... good thing, but the rest of the day was off schedule! Olivia had texted last night saying she was going to come to Zumba, and then to the house after to do my hair. It could use it. But she wasn't at Zumba. Not many were, just four of us, and a bit of a late start, so not the full hour. Stats: 5162 steps. 2.26 miles. 323/302 burn. AvHR114. High136. In zone 9 of the 50 minutes. Olivia texted again that she was sorry she'd missed class, but she was still coming out for hair. Back at home I put the babies out, trying to keep an ear out for Liv. I didn't dare go down on the treadmill, not knowing when she'd show. It wasn't until after 11:00. Some chatting and finally got started around 11:30 ... didn't finish until 2:30. But I do like it. She said she'd come back later in the evening to give the boys haircuts. I did my after school pickups. #5 hadn't been feeling well this morning, but Ibuprofen and a decongestant helped a lot. Unfortunately both would run out mid-school day. I called the school to double check the "drug" policy. I thought kids could bring one dose ... but I guess not in elementary school. If he needed another, I'd have to make a trip in to give it to him. I told him to give me a call if needed ... but then with the hair stuff later than I thought, I hoped he wouldn't need to. He didn't. I tried to hold off a little at home too, giving the next dose so it would be in full effect for his basketball game at 8:00. It was an easy win for our boys. Liv did come back, haircuts for all five! ♥

Wednesday (1018) Weight 165.2. Steps 33979. Total Burn 3422. Exercise Burn 1525/1676 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.75milesTreadmill, Bike, Weights). Calories in 1800. Good day, up until the very end when the stomach flu hit! Oy!  Started strong with my three 20min sessions on the elliptical while getting the boys off to school. Zumba w/MZL. Stats: 6959 steps. 3.14 miles. 427/436 burn. AvHR115. High141. In zone 12 of the 64 minutes. Didn't do a store stop on the way home today. Early out at the elementary. I have to set an alarm on these irregular-early days so I am sure to remember. I was able to get in two treadmill times and do weights. Bike before bed. Good exercise day! Movie of the day was "The Happening" which wasn't very good. Made lemon jello cake, ate some too. Right as we were turning out the lights (10:00) I started to feel quite queezy ... 30min later I got up and grabbed a bucket ... and threw up. #2 and his girlfriend where there in the kitchen as I came out of the bathroom. I felt better, as you often do directly after. I hoped it was a "one and done" but it was not to be. Up again at 12:30, then 2:30. I stayed in #3's room (he was at a sleepover) so I wouldn't bug Hubs with my ups and downs and restlessness.

Thursday (1019) Weight 163.4. Steps 11293. Total Burn 2150. Exercise Burn 100/408 (10minElliptical). Calories in 1800. Stopped throwing up and finally got a little sleep. Still feeling shaky and off. Fall break, so the kids were out of school, so I didn't have to get up and drive or anything. I didn't attempt Zumba, but did do a little elliptical, just 10 minutes. As I wasn't up for much else, I went in for a nail appointment. Appetite was back (never really left as the flu hit during the night). Took it easy most of the day. Did a little digging out back with the ducklings. 

Friday (1020) Weight 165.4. Steps 23270. Total Burn 2786. Exercise Burn 885/1027 (30minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.72mileTreadmill). Calories in 2100. I need to be a better mom and plan something fun for the kidlets while they don't have school ... that or get in the dentist appointments or something.  Hopefully have shaken the sickness. Without school, I didn't get up early or get any elliptical in before hitting Zumba w/MZL. I felt fine there though. Stats: 6442 steps. 2.81 miles. 413/394 burn. AvHR 415. High 145. In zone 11 of the 62 minutes. The weather turns colder tomorrow, but it was still nice enough to let the babies out to play most of the day. I've been trying to see how warm the light in the pen keeps the air, if the babies could stay out all night. Did some digging and such. Made some pumpkin sugar cookies. #1 brought home Popeye's for lunch. I got in one time on the treadmill, and did a 30min session on the elliptical (I almost always stay with 20 or under). Knew I wasn't going to workout enough for a full movie, so just finished up season one of Blue Bloods. No Grey's Anatomy last night ;(  Hubs and I started watching "Fortitude" and he made popcorn. 

Saturday (1021) Weight 166.8. Steps 12208. Total Burn 2323. Exercise Burn 460/569 (40minElliptical). Calories in 2100. I made french toast for breakfast. Hubs had a bit of a dizzy spell (Menieres) and had to lay down for a while. We took the big ducks out to my mom's house, where we were meeting my brother. He has chickens and wondered about adding ducks. They are interested in the eggs. Hope it works out and hope the poor ducks were too traumatized by the transfer. My mom has been into investing and sharing their knowledge and money with the grand kids. She recently set up a Fidelity investment account for our oldest and some of the other oldest grand kids but then decided to do it for all of them. She and Hubs set up accounts for our other four while we were there. Then Hubs and I hit Red Robin on the way home for a lunch date. I'm glad they allow me to get the "kids" size fish and chips. Half the calories, half the cost ... and still enough to fill me up. Wish they would allow a half order of cheese sticks, as a full order is too much for just the two of us (although easily consumed when we have the kids). The day was nicer than expected, so the babies were out on the backyard most of the day, and they spent the night there too with the heat lamp on and me checking on them several times. 

Sunday (1022) Weight 166.9. Steps 7586. Total Burn 2058. Exercise Burn 0/295 (no exercise). Calories in 2200. I decided to take a rest day. This whole week as been off anyway. We did our big breakfast, and Hubs was smoking pork for dinner (pulled pork sandwiches and tacos). We invited my folks out for dinner, and played Progressive Rummy afterward. Also discovered a couple app games, Stop ... like Scattergories, where you have many topics and have to come up with an answer using an assigned letter of the alphabet, and the Fight List, where you are given one topic, and you come up with as many answers as you can (animals starting with the letter M, things in a bathroom, etc). Playing against the boys or random people.

Monday (1023) Weight 166.5. Steps 31771. Total Burn3315. Exercise Burn 1300/1550 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.76milesTreadmill). Calories in 2700. Return to the routine. Unfortunately, I was awakened at 2:00 am to the chirping of the fire alarm. Not going off, just the little battery warning. I got up and investigated which one, and it was the one in the main family room, with the high vaulted ceilings. I knew Hubs had a ladder in the garage, but I wasn't sure if even it was tall enough. I tried to go back to sleep, but couldn't sleep through it. About an hour later it woke up Hubs and he pulled the ladder from the garage and was able to change it. #5 has been sleeping on the couch in the family room ... he slept through it all! Back to sleep for a bit. I got up before Hubs and hit the elliptical, getting my hour in early while getting the boys off. I'd planned on leaving the babies in the pen until I returned from Zumba. The sun wasn't really out yet and it was still quite cool. I figured they'd still need the heat lamp. I gave them their breakfast. Salad, kibble and grain and they attack it. Starving critters! I peeked out again before taking #5 to school ... and the heat lamp had exploded. Luckily, the babies were ok. The pieces weren't that small (for babies to eat) and no one had been impaled or anything. I raised the pen, letting them out and cleaning up. I put a regular bulb in a lamp under the back porch hoping that would be enough to keep them warm if they needed it. The sun was starting to peek through. Off to Zumba after dropping #5 off. I was feeling a tad off. Just lacking the usual energy. Feeling a bit lightheaded and sweaty, although I didn't feel like I was working hard enough to be as sweaty as I was. Made it through although I didn't get great stats. Stats: 5387 steps. 2.38 miles. 319/309 burn. AvHR104. High 127. In zone 1 of the 56 minutes. As I'd just been to Smiths over the weekend, I didn't do a store stop ... and I wanted to check on the babies. They were fine. I got started making dough, turning it into breadsticks and cinnamon rolls. Also made chicken soup. It's not that cold, but I'd been craving it. My neighbor posted on FB that she'd been under the weather, and I took some soup to her. I did get in two treadmill times, once while the kids were in school and one later in the day. #3 was in the gym after school before he headed to work. I ran to CalRanch to grab a new heat lamp bulb for the babies and got them situated for the night. They are so funny, they stick to the side of the pen closest to the house. I don't think I've seen them on the other half. I love looking out at them at night. I don't wake up TO check on them, but if I'm up anyway I always peek out. #2 headed out to a basketball game, playing in a men's league. I'd go watch, but it didn't start until 9:20! That's past my bedtime. I was so sleepy as Hubs was watching our latest show (Fortitude) and I couldn't keep my eyes open. But then ... headache, itchy body and nausea hit hard. Again? I felt awful and I think my restlessness woke Hubs up shortly after he'd drifted off. I got up and took some ibuprofen, allergy medication and pepto bismo. I finally felt a little better ... around 1:00. #2 had started playing me in Fight Club, and that kept my mind off things for a bit. Oy ...

Tuesday (1024) Weight 167.5. Steps 26765. Total Burn 2907. Exercise Burn 1225/1143 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.44milesTreadmill). Calories in 2500. I think I slept okay once I finally fell asleep. Still, morning came too quickly. I got in my hour of elliptical. There was no Zumba over at my church because of a funeral, so I headed out to Prairie Stake, Heather B's class. I've only been able to hit hers a few times. She's cute with a lot of energy. Really good a cueing and keeping things fairly simple.  I still wasn't feeling 100% though, so again, not great stats: 5159 steps. 2.26 miles. 281/288 burn. AvHR104. High 128. In zone 5 of the 55 minutes. Home after. #1 had the day off. I let the babies out and cleaned up the kitchen and put some laundry in. Dragging ... so I lay down for a bit. Got in one treadmill time before after school pickups. Got in another afterward. #3 was around, but he was dragging too and didn't hit the gym. Got my weekly blog post up (should have done that yesterday). Hubs had a derby that he went to straight after work. Just leftovers for dinner, although I did make some chocolate chip muffins as an after school snack. My tummy troubles continued to plague me. Not as bad as last night, but feeling off and not up to doing much. #1 was having trouble too, skipping his night class. 

Wednesday (1025) Weight 166.2. Steps 30861. Total Burn 3255. Exercise Burn 1270/1512 (60minEllipitcal, Zumba, 30min/1.75mileTreadmill). Calories in 1000. Schedule was a bit off this morning as #4 needed to go to school early to retake a test. So instead of my middle elliptical session, I was driving him to school. I only got two 20min sessions in ... and then he texted that the teacher hadn't been ready so he'd need to stay after school to take it. Dang it. Zumba w/MZL. Carma came! Her usual Wednesday got switched up (permanently) so I'd been bugging her to come try out my class. Stats: 6845 steps. 3.01 miles. 438/448 burn. AvHR119. High147. In zone 28 of the 64 minutes. Did a stop at the Dollar Tree afterward for lasagna noodles and of course ended up with a bunch of other stuff as well. Back at home I let the babies out. It was a nice day, in the 60s. Made some bread dough ... and the center shaft broke on my mixer. Again! The Kitchenetics IS 25 years old, got it when we got married, but I'd had to replace that part a few years ago. Looking into a new machine, but might just go with the replacement part again. Did a 10min session while I did some blog updates and other stuff. One treadmill time (today's movie was "Equals" which I'd never heard of, not sure it was in theaters or straight to streaming). #4 was ready for pickup about 3:20, which actually worked out well for #5's pickup, we went straight to get him. The grass hadn't grown much, but I mowed the front just to even it out and pick up some of the leaves. Filled up the rest of the can with leaves from the backyard, but there are still plenty there. Had the ducklings out front with me as I mowed. Changed their water and did a little digging. Baked up the bread. #1 and his girlfriend were working on their Halloween costume ... double stuffed oreo.  Then ... and I knew this was coming, #4 freaked out because he couldn't watch his NBA games. There had been a free trial of League Pass, but it was up yesterday. Normally I'd just purchase the pass through Comcast, but Hubs got talked into switching to DirectTV when he made his most recent phone upgrade, but nothing has happened there yet. I don't want to pay the $200 to Comcast if we are leaving, but can't purchase it through DirectTV as we don't have the equipment yet. NBA just offered a month pass, so I decided to go with that, but had a hard time getting it purchased and going (we were checking out the options to access the app on different devices, the Roku, Playstation, Xbox, Tablets). It was frustrating, buffering, not as easy to switch between games, which is why we've gone through our cable provider before. With all this going on, I hadn't gotten around to cleaning up the kitchen, and it was a mess. Hubs made a comment about it and crash. Sometimes it's something small and simple and it just starts the ball of depression rolling. Got the kitchen cleaned up. Went to Smiths to refill prescriptions. Cried. Finished up my workout for the day.  Hubs had watched an episode of Fortitude w/o me last night (as I was so tired I was OUT) and I'd fallen asleep in the one previous. I should have caught up on it during workouts today instead of a movie but it had slipped my mind in the morning when I turned on the tv in the gym. I tried to read ... I should have just gone down to the gym and read on the bike (as Hubs was watching the next episode and I had no idea what was going on). A rather miserable evening.

Thursday (1026) Weight 163.6. Steps 35670. Total Burn 3349. Exercise Burn 1400/1627 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 2300. Happy to see the scale slide a bit. I really didn't end up eating anything last evening, so was under calories for the day. Got in early elliptical but missed my hour by 10 minutes, which I worked in later in the day. Zumba with MZL. Stats: 7064 steps. 3.08 miles. 446/432 burn. AvHR114. High 145. In zone 17 of the 70 minutes. A little over time ;) I actually wasn't feeling great at the start. A little light headed and off. I thought about saying I wasn't really up to my "UP" songs, and the first one they put on was Boogie Boogie which isn't too intense. I did Three Little Birds too, and that one is just mid-level. But then ... Terrible. But I felt fine. Then they put on Shout and Atrevete. I think that's the most I've ever done in one MZL class. Funny how I ended up feeling so much better after the workout. Less tired! More energy. That's Zumba. Stopped at Sam's Club and Walmart on the way home. Let the babies out then unloaded all the groceries and got them put away. Got the kitchen cleaned up. Got the bills paid. One time on the treadmill before afternoon pickups. I'd asked the boy in carpool not to hum/harmonize a week ago. I guess he thought that request was only for that day. I mentioned it again today and he stopped for that one song, then was back at it. Arrggg! It shouldn't bug me as much as it does, but it does. It drives me crazy. I guess I'll try something speaking. I did it for a couple rides, podcasts. It did help. I made a list of comedian bits. I guess I'll try that next week, as the middle/high school kids are out tomorrow for end of quarter. #3 was in the gym after school, but he and Hubs had a derby. Hubs came home from work a little early to rest his eyes for a bit first. I made scones with the leftover roll dough. #5 had basketball practice in the evening. I got in one more treadmill time before taking him, and did a little Zumba practice ... I've slacked on that lately.

Friday (1027)  Weight 163.8. Steps 24506. Total Burn 2915. Exercise Burn 1100/1164 (60minElliptical, 60min/4.22milesTreadmill, WEIGHTS). Calories in 2100. Slept in a little, got in one session on the elliptical before dropping #5 off at elementary ... then one before heading back to the school for an awards program and Halloween production. No Zumba today. #5 received a "student of the month" award, and the 6th grade performed their annual "Thriller" dance. Two years ago, with #4, it was after the costume parade on Halloween. Without that, I may skip the parade on Tuesday. After about an hour at the elementary I headed home and hit the elliptical again for my last session to equal an hour. The high school and middle schools were out, so #3 and #4 were home. #4 asked me to drop him at a friend's house, and then I picked them up a little later out by The District. Early out at the elementary. I did a little Zumba practice, weights and two times on the treadmill. Hubs went straight from work to a "PALoween" party for work and wasn't home until late. It was Aunt Olivia's birthday, and I was going to try and hit it with the boys, but they decided on a Mexican restaurant, and there just isn't anything for me to eat there so I sat it out, but four of the boys went. #5 was at basketball practice. 

Saturday (1028) Weight 164.9. Steps 16620. Total Burn 2528. Exercise Burn 650/745 (60minElliptical). Calories in 1500. The munchkin had three basketball games today, but they were all in the evening. Started the day with a session on the elliptical, and got a second one in a bit later ... caught the latest "Grey's Anatomy" while working out. Feeling the weight workout from yesterday some. We had Direct TV installed. It has some nice features ... although I'm not sure it's anything we really need. Of course what Hubs was told in store isn't what the actually billing will be, we'll see. Without internet for a bit while things were being moved. I made a Muvee of one of #5's games (they'll be facing the same team today) and made chicken pillows. Ony #2 was around when they were done, but I was making "leftovers" really anyway. Poor #1 had been out with his girlfriend when he started not feeling well. He's been off for over a week now with tummy trouble, but this was full blown throwing up. Poor kid sweats up a storm. He felt better after emptying his stomach and ended up going back out for the evening. I headed out to games at Elkridge, 5:00 with the Grizzlies.We are really lucky we lost a couple weeks ago, as otherwise #5's two teams would have played at the same time. Here, they played back to back at the same location, which was convenient at least. Grizzlies got the win and will move on in the playoffs. Then #5 changed jerseys and his Wolves played the Grizzlies (7th grade). #2 came to watch, as his buddy had a brother on the other team. This was a decent match-up, unfortunately ... altercation, and the Grizzlies coach decided to just call the game (forfeiting for his team, Wolves were up but it wasn't a sure win). It doesn't really matter as the NEXT game is against a team neither team would have had a chance against ... so we get to play. It does always leave things a bit unsettled when stuff like that happens. We had just enough time to run home, grab some food, change from white to black and off to the 8:00 game. Another close one, but Wolves got the win. Hubs was asleep when we got home. I wasn't quite ready for bed, so I went down and did a final 20min on the elliptical to finish up my hour for the day. Once #3 got home from work and #2 from the Jazz game (he'd gone with friends) the boys started their "Stranger Things 2" brother binge ... until 12:45 when the power went out. I was still awake, but probably would have awakened with the fans turning off. I need my breeze and white noise! I hadn't been able to get to sleep before, and now ... Hubs ended up waking up too, and I asked him about a portable fan he'd picked up for camping trips. He found that and turned it on and that did help. I finally fell asleep, waking up again a 2:30 when the power came back on. I was a little worried about my duckies, as their heat lamp would be off with the power out, but it was one of the milder nights. They were fine. 

Sunday (1029) Weight 164.5. Steps 9108. Total Burn 2202. Exercise Burn 225/452 (20minElliptical). Calories in 2500. Still awaken early, even after the not so great night. Hubs headed into work to get a few things done, so without him, we did a simpler family breakfast. I fried up bacon and sausage and made pancakes. Got one session in on the elliptical. Hubs was home pretty early and took the littles out to Maga's house for some cookie making and decorating. The older boys had work in the evening, so we were doing dinner early, around 4:00. Bacon-wrapped filet mignon, marinated chicken, mashed potatoes, brazillian cheese rolls. It was yummy. ♥

Monday (1030) Weight 166.3. Steps 29048. Total Burn 3114. Exercise Burn 1300/1363 (60minElliptial, Zumba, 60min/3.85milesTreadmill). Calories in 1500. With the new DirectTV service, we have three months free of Starz/Showtime and CiniMax. Yesterday I tried to look through what movies might interest me that I could catch before we cancel these. In the morning though, the Showtime app wouldn't connect, so I went to Starz and put on "Life" for my movie. Got in my hour of elliptical while getting the boys off to school. It was Halloween Zumba at Debbie's today and costumes were encouaged. I tried on the dinosaur, but the zipper was sticking and just that attempt had me a sweaty mess. I ended up in the whoopie cushion costume. I was the most dressed up there. I stopped to video a few of the Halloween numbers, between that and the costume, stats were understandably a bit low. Stats: 5076 steps. 2.19 miles. 290/305 burn. AvHR 102. High 127. In zone 1 of the 60 minutes. Back at home I got changed and let the duckies out. Dragging a bit, didn't get a tone accomplished. A couple loads of laundry and some kitchen clean-up, some blog prep (but didn't finish the weekly review post). Two times on the treadmill, finished up the movie, which wasn't great. Really got my gag reflex at one part. Afterschool pickups. Leftovers for dinner. #2 had a game with his Men's league out at Herriman's rec center. It was at 6:50, and Ben was playing today too as they were missing some people. I went to watch and video. It's a different dynamic. #2 gets a little cocky and confident and said this would be an easy win, but they were behind at the half. They did come back and win it in the end though. Hubs and I finished up season 1 of Fortitude, and now we'll try one of the series on our temporary channels. 

Tuesday (1031) Weight 164.8. Steps 33688. Total Burb 3191. Exercise Burn 1475/1587 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/4.03milesTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 2900. Happy Halloween. I was able to shift the scale from the jump yesterday ... but it being candy day ... Started off with my hour of elliptical. Watching "Split" for a scary Halloween show. Zumba w/Marian. Just five of us today. No costume, but I wore a "Happy Halloween" t-shirt. Marian had to sneak out early so I finished up class. Stats: 6300 steps. 2.79 miles. 409/351 burn. AvHr 111. High 140. In zone 40 of the 64 minutes. #1 came home from work and went straight to bed, skipping his chemistry class. He has been having tummy troubles for well over a week. I had mentioned Celiac's to him, as it does run in the family. He's tried to avoid gluten to test out that theory but has still had issues after eating anything.  With our backyard birds and home eggs, I also thought Salmonella could be a possibility. Or who knows what else ... he called and made an appointment for next Monday. I got in two treadmill times, did several loads of laundry, dishes. The ducks always take up an hour or more every day. #3 and friends were in the gym after school, so I was glad I'd gotten my workouts in earlier. He hit parties with friends in the evening, so I hit the gym again for some reading/riding. It's been a while since I've done the bike. #1 and his girlfriend were out at a party, but stopped by so I could take pictures of their costume. The littles didn't go trick-or-treating, but I had some treats for them, and they manned the door, although we didn't get much action. Hubs and I started the Starz series "Outlander" ... I'd watched the first few episodes back when they originally aired. I've read the books too, but not having the Starz channel, I hadn't kept up with it. 


September 2017

0901 (Friday) Weight 170.3. Steps 25292. Total Burn 2979. Exercise Burn 1263 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min.1.77milesTreadmill). Calories in 1750. Late start ... I was still awake early, but #3 had beat me to the gym. I only got in one session while getting the boys off to school. Comcast was scheduled to come out sometime between 10:00 and 12:00 ... I didn't want to sit out Zumba just to wait and have them probably not come, but needed someone home just in case. Luckily #2 was available. So I made it to Zumba. Stats: 6721 steps. 2.93 miles. 490/453 burn. AvHR119. High136. In zone 31 of the 63 minutes. I made it home by 10:30 The tech showed up around 11:00. We went around back and saw the obvious problem ... the line was completely cut, left disconnected. What were the technicians yesterday thinking leaving us like that? Were they planning on coming back? The line wasn't even live, so the guy had to go to the box, which requires him to drive to the other neighborhood that backs us, as that's where the hub box is. Then he had to string a line from where yesterday's technicians had left it sticking out of the ground all the way around to the cable box by the garage. But we're back! Whew. We need our wifi! I'd started a DVD (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and finished watching it with my workouts later in the day. When it was done I figured I'd go back to "Now You See Me 2" which I had started yesterday morning before the disconnect. It wasn't there on HBO anymore! I guess it expired at the end of August! But you know what ... no big loss. I was rolling my eyes at it anyway. Went back to my "Blue Bloods" series for my remaining gym time that day and I'll start a new movie tomorrow. I'd kept calories quite low, as we'd planned on a dinner out at Tepanyaki for our birthday boys. Hubs said he'd try to get home around 4:30-5:00. He wanted to get the new car registered, but didn't quite have time. We did dinner. It was yummy as always. A bit pricey for our party of seven now that the littles don't qualify for the kids meals anymore. #5 had practice, and he was a bit late. Normally at the Community College, which is a bit of a drive, but there had been a conflict, so it was at the church by coach's house ... ironically my Zumba church I'd just been to this morning! Hubs dropped #5 off, and I picked him up when it was over at 8:00. 

0902 (Saturday) 169.4. Steps 28534. Total Burn 2991. Exercise Burn 1100 (60minElliptical, 60min/3.35milesTreadmill, Bike, Abs/Core). Calories in 1400. Finally the scale dropped from the 170s. Kept me motivated. Did better with eating and exercise than usual for a Saturday. Hit the elliptical for three 20min sessions throughout the day. Today's movie was "If I Stay" ... I read the book a while ago and quite liked it. I thought the movie was well done. Twice on the treadmill, bike and some abs/core. Into the salon for a fill on my nails. They needed it. I'd made an appointment yesterday and got the first spot (9:00am). She was super busy, appointments only the whole day. Her sister was on vacation. Mowed the lawn. Hubs got the boys working out back, cutting down some weed trees. He repaired a leaking sprinkler and created a better ducky barricade. Picked up the truck, in for some repairs, and did some work on #2's Charger too. Busy day. Hubs grabbed some Popeyes for a late dinner. I'd kept calories really low, so even with that indulgence I didn't go over.

0903 (Sunday) 168.6. Steps 21475. Total Burn 2712. Exercise Burn 935/935 (60minElliptical, 60min/3.19milesTreadmill). Calories in 2400. I don't sleep in much, even when I would be allowed to. Hit the elliptical first thing, and got in a couple more sessions to finish up the day. Treadmill twice too ... had to finish up my movie. "Insurgent" ... second in the Divergent trilogy. I've read the books quite a while ago. Saw the first movie. Not loving the movies though.  We did a family breakfast, but I wasn't up for making waffles. Did pancakes instead. Hash browns, bacon and sausage. We had a family party later in the day. My folks, with my in state siblings and some aunts/uncles and cousins I hadn't seen in quite a while. It was a birthday celebration for the Aug/Sept birthdays, of which we have three ... so I brought three cakes! I also brought our big jump rope, and that was a good activity for all the kids. Got fun video/pictures of all five Blackham boys bouncing in it. Hubs decided to pull a "Jen" and stayed home in the empty house. Not sure when he's really ever had the quiet house to himself.  #2 brought his girlfriend ... perhaps a tad overwhelming with all the extended family. I told them that when our planned first date fell through for (now)Hubs and I, we ended up at a similar activity (my side of the family, extended family party). I was pushing it on calories with all the cakes and ice cream and other treats ... and then when we arrived back home, Hubs made his yummy popcorn, which of course I can't resist. Still not too bad, under burn ... but I hope it doesn't kill my weigh-in tomorrow.

0904 (Monday) 169.2. Steps 30163. Total Burn 3240. Exercise Burn 1330/1616 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.85mileTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 1750. Labor Day. Hubs was off work and the kids out of school. Most of the free Zumba classes were cancelling, and Debbie had plans, but asked if I could sub ... so I did. Carma was available to help. When I pulled up, there were quite a few cars in the parking lot. NOT a good sign. Sure enough, the gym was full of sweaty guys. They were good to pull out. We only needed the one side. We weren't a big group, but always more fun than trying to do it home alone. Stats: 6135 steps. 2.74 miles. 438/399 burn. AvHR115. High 131. In zone 9 of the 62 minutes.  I stopped at Smiths on the way home, mostly to refill a couple prescriptions, but we needed bananas and lettuce too. We didn't have a lot on deck today. Hubs took the boys to see a movie (Logan Lucky). #5 had a birthday party, they went to Airborne.  Got the cars cleaned and Hubs smoked tri-tip and pork loin for dinner. I made some Brazilian cheese rolls and I try to do the cleanup when Hubs has done the dinner. #3 had to miss as he was at work. Hubs was in bed early (like 8:30) and I wasn't quite ready to call it a night so I hit the bike for some reading/riding. I had achieved my hour of elliptical and a time on the treadmill too. 

0905 (Tuesday) 169.1. Steps 30207. Total Burn 3366. Exercise Burn 1400/1765 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 30min/1.87mileTreadmill, Bike, WEIGHTS). Calories in 1200. I beat Hubs up. Got in two elliptical sessions while I got the boys off to school. "The Giver" was the movie of the day. Zumba with Marian over at the church. Stats: 6558 steps. 2.89 miles. 495/443 burn. AvHR120. High147. In zone 35 of the 65 minutes. Not a huge crowd. Livi came and said she'd try to make it more often. Back home, I hit the gym, knowing #3 didn't have work today, and thus would monopolize the gym after school. Finished up my elliptical with one more session, one time on the treadmill and I did a weight workout. #3 said I didn't need to pick him up, as he could catch a ride with a buddy (coming over to workout) so that saved me 20min in the car ... but then pickup for #4 took twice as long, an extra 20+ minutes. There was a bad accident at the intersection just East of the school. Bangerter and 9800. It's fairly tricky to make a left out of the parking lot on a regular day, but today, as they were diverting all traffic off the busy Bangerter, the chances to sneak out were even rarer. We were just sitting in the parking lot for the longest time. Our regular route back up 9800 would have been super slow too, so instead I pulled straight through into the Walmart parking lot, made my way through there and up into the neighborhood and wound my way through back to 4000 W further down. I barely made it home in time to drop off the kids and leave again for elementary pickup. I'd actually texted #1 son who was home to be ready to make that run if I didn't make it. #3 and friend were in the gym much of the afternoon. #4 wanted to go hang with friends, to I dropped him off at Sky Park and went back for him about an hour and a half later. Dropped off the DVDs I'd watched, as the library is right there. I prepped dinner. Chicken Cordon Bleu and my regular fried chicken for the littles. Took care of the duckies, watered the plants, did the dishes, cleaned a bathroom ... I had saved these for the afternoon knowing the gym would be busy. Hubs went down for a walk on the treadmill but had to cut it short as he was hit with a dizzy spell. I did what I could to make him comfortable. I wasn't quite ready for bed yet (it was 8:00 or so). I ended up hitting the bike. While it's not a hard workout, it felt a little hard this time. My legs are already feeling the earlier weight workout a bit. I did finish up my book.  

0906 (Wednesday) 168.4. Steps 28327. Total Burn 2991. Exercise Burn 1340/1228 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.37mileTreadmill). Calories in 2500. Garbage day ... yea! Our cans were overflowing, all three of them (garbage, recycling and green waste). Was able to get in two elliptical sessions while getting the boys off to school. Zumba with MZL ... a little technical difficulty with the sound system, and a little physical difficulty with me. Feeling the weight workout from yesterday! A bit sore and stiff. Stats: 5884 steps. 2.58 miles. 349/406 burn. AvHR114. High146. In zone 9 of the 60 minutes. Stopped at Macey's for a little grocery shopping on the way home. #3 had work after school, so I knew I'd have the gym available, so I didn't make great use of my time during the day. Attempted a little nap but didn't fall asleep. Hit the treadmill once and finished up my third session to complete my hour of elliptical. The usual triple pickups after school, although #3 was running late, so we had to go straight from the high school to the middle school pickup. Usually I made a quick stop home to drop him off. He drove the truck to work, attempting to get comfortable with it. I'd arranged for a repairman to come look at our dryer. The heating element has only been working sporadically, and it takes forever to dry without heat. Unfortunately he would have to order the part, and at $135 ... I've never really liked this dryer. Maybe we'll just replace it. I hit the elliptical once more, finishing up the show for the day "Jason Bourne" which I liked. A good one for working out. Lots of fighting and running ... keeps the adrenaline up and at two hours in length required the second treadmill time. I was dragging so much by evening though, I thought about the bike, knowing that would get me to my 30k day, but I was just too tired. I'd eaten more than my current usual ... more like my old usual. Both quantity and quality. Much munchiness today. 

0907 (Thursday) 169.3. Steps 33035. Total Burn 3217. Exercise Burn 1450/1458 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.46milesTreadmill). Calories in 2450. Same exercise today as yesterday, but today ended up higher is steps and burn. An hour of elliptical, an hour of treadmill time, and Zumba. Stats: 7504 steps. 3.38 miles. 476/487 burn. AvHR113. High133. In Zone 13 of the 65 minutes. Stopped at Sam'sClub on the way home. Got the lawn mowed, as now I had a place to put the clippings. Today's workout movie was "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them" which I'd heard of while it was in theaters. I wasn't sure it was one I'd be interested in. While I liked the Harry Potter books, I hadn't cared for the movies. This was that same Harry Potter world. I did like the movie though. #5 had practice in the evening, so I had a couple evening drives to drop-off and pick up. Also Happy Birthday to #1 son! 22 years old. I updated the Facebook album as I do annually. Maga brought over peach tort, and I'd picked up a red velvet cake. I actually don't like either, but I'd eaten badly again today already anyway.

0908 (Friday) 169.2. Steps 24951. Total Burn 2954. Exercise Burn 1220/1187 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.75mileTreadmill). Calories in 2200. Slept in a little with late start. Just got in one 20min session on the elliptical while getting the boys off to school. Zumba with MZL. Stats: 6501 steps. 2.91 miles. 465/401 burn. AvHR112. High143. In Zone 16 of the 63 minutes. Back at home I got in my two remaining elliptical sessions and treadmill time. I didn't have to pickup #3, as #2 was heading to the high school to play football with the 4th period and he brought his brother home. Usual pickups for #5 and #4. Not much motivation later in the day. I should have hit the treadmill again, but I'd finished up my movie. "Collateral Beauty" which was good, but just the hour and a half in length. The two hour movies push me to get in that extra treadmill time to finish up. Still could have should have done bike and/or abs/core, but didn't. Made snickerdoodles though. Dropped #5 off for practice, catching a ride with coach today. #3 worked and took the car, as the truck was in for a repair. #1 went to go see the new "IT" movie.

0909 (Saturday) 169.8. Steps 19293. Total Burn 2645. Exercise Burn 770/884 (60minElliptical, 30min/1.7milesTreadmill). Calories in 3000. Started with snickerdoodles ... for breakfast. Then more crap. Much like the old days. First day in a while that I've eaten over burn, dang it! Up fairly early. I debate doing a movie on a Saturday, as I'm not sure I'll get in the gym time to finish it up ... but then again, that's motivation right there. Watched "Z for Zachariah" today. Another 90min film. I'd read the book ages ago, and other than the basic premise, this sure strayed from the original material. Hated the end. Got in my hour of elliptical and one time on the treadmill while I watched. Didn't mow the lawn today, as I'd just done the front on Thursday. Maybe Monday I'll hit both. #4 wanted to go watch his buddy in a football game (funny, he won't come watch his brother in basketball!) so I dropped him off at the middle school. It was chaos! They had 5-6 games going, no parking. I just dropped him off and hoped he'd be able to find his friend. I texted him a few minutes later, making a stop at the library on the way home in case he wanted me to loop back and pick him up. BUT ... his phone wasn't working! It's been giving him some trouble off and on, and wasn't connecting at all. I tried calling, Facetimeing, checking him on Find my Friends ... nothing was working. I wasn't sure how long these kid games lasted, or when he'd need a ride home, and I was just stressed not knowing for sure if everything was okay. I went back a little over an hour later and wandered, and found him. He had tried to text, saying his friend's mom would give him a ride home. It hadn't sent, just as he hadn't received any of my attempted contacts. I wish he'd thought to ask to borrow a phone and make a quick call, or have the mom text me just to let me know he'd found them alright. We mom's exchanged numbers, so now I have that contact info anyway. #5 had basketball games today. Two of them ... but BOTH at 3:00, so ... just one. I tried to feel out his Wolves coach to see how he'd feel if #5 missed, but he said he needed him, as our backup point guard was out with an injury. The Grizzlies team did still have a point guard, and we'd committed to Wolves first, so he did play with his Wolves. He struggled a bit at the start, attempting but not making several shots. Finally got in a 3-pointer but that was his only basket this game. Still lots of assists and he played almost the entire game. He was tired. We got the win though. 47-31. Checked in with the Grizzlies team and they'd done just fine without my boy, getting the win 54-16.  In the evening, it was the big rivalry of the U vs BYU. My boys watched, but don't get overly into it. I was so tired, I went to bed. Was a BAD day for eating. 

0910 (Sunday) 169.9. Steps 18628. Total Burn 2519. Exercise Burn 880/735 (60minElliptical, 30min/1.7mileTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 1800. Slept in a little today. We did our big, family breakfast with smoked bacon, sausage, eggs, hashbrowns and waffles. Got in some exercise throughout the day (movie of the day was "Carriers" ... ironically with Chris Pine again. He'd been in my movie yesterday too.) Hubs and the littles ran to Maga's house for a bit. I tried to get a little nap in, but didn't actually fall asleep. During my evening garden/duck duties I found two things ... we have some big tomatoes (the cherry tomato plant has been nuts but I'd only seen a few green ones on the beefsteak plant) and Golden Girl did NOT stop laying eggs ... she just moved into the duck house. I happened to look in and see a clutch there. I'll have to go back and count ... and gather? Hubs said we could just let her sit on them, but I'm not sure I want a little brood this late in the season.

0911 (Monday) 169.3. Steps 32586. Total Burn 3313. Exercise Burn 1450/1535 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.74mileTreadmill, Bike, Abs). Calories in 1900. Good motivated Monday today. Did the double drop off in the morning, fitting in two elliptical sessions in between. We do have the extra vehicle now, but the truck is a monster and I'm really worried about #3 driving it to school where there are so many cars and kids and craziness. He's been doing fine taking it to work. Maybe after a little more practice I'll feel more comfortable ... and that will take off a trip in the morning and allow me to get my full hour of elliptical in early. Zumba was with Debbie in Daybreak today. Stats: 5710 steps. 2.48 miles. 359/338 burn. AvHR109. High132. In zone 7 of the 57 minutes. Golden Girl had appeared to be sitting on her eggs this morning ... and it totally stressed me out. Cemented the fact that I don't want a big batch of babies this late in the season. I don't want Mr. Mallard lonely for the next month while she sits. Don't want to have to have her sit, just coming off the nest a couple times a day to eat/drink. Not sure Mr. Mallard would be a good daddy (he's a little aggressive toward us and other birds. The daddy ducks aren't often around when the babies come). When I got home from class, Golden Girl wasn't on the nest ... so I went and gathered the eggs. I had made a stop at the store on the way home. Picked up some grapes and bananas, which we were out of. They had some good 99¢ sale stuff too. My Dipps PB granola bars. The bubble balls were gone, not surprising. Movie of the day was the new "Cinderella" and I liked it. Did my final session on the elliptical to finish up my hour and got in two treadmill times. A little bit of Abs/Core and then I went on the bike before bed. Listened to my audiobook instead of reading, as I need to get through this one. I have another hold come in I should get started on. I do think I like actual reading (over listening) when on the bike. Made spaghetti and cheese bread for dinner. The boys were cute talking about music ... what songs were the first ones they heard by certain artists. It's fun to listen to them talk. Hubs was home late though, missed dinner. Very tired tonight! Time for bed!

0912 (Tuesday) 168.4. Steps 32798. Exercise Burn 1550/1694 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.75mileTreadmill, Weights). Calories in 1700. Got my two sessions on the elliptical in as I got the boys off to school. Then Zumba with Marian. Stats: 6063 steps. 2.63 miles. 397/413 burn. AvHR115. High135. In zone 13 of the 60 minutes. Back at home I got in my final elliptical, a couple treadmill times, 30min of weights and some Zumba practice. After school pickups ... bringing a friend home with #4, which was fun for him. The got in the dinosaur outfit and the bubble balls. Also played a little pool and ping pong. Hubs had an early derby ... and a Meniere's attack. He's been anticipating an attack happening on a derby night. He really would like to train the boys so that they could do it if he was indisposed. He rested for about 30minutes, then had #1 drive the truck with the trailer attached, and #3 drove #1's car. The boys were able to set up while Hubs continued to rest and recover enough to do the race. #1 came back home, he had school later. #5 had in impromptu practice at a local park. #2 dropped him off for me and he caught a ride home. #2 and a friend were in the gym in the evening. I jokingly asked him if he'd reserved it! Luckily I had gotten all my exercise in already, although I might have hit the bike if they weren't in there. Workout movie today was "Allegiant."  No egg from Golden Girl today.

0913 (Wednesday) 167.4. Steps 30283. Exercise Burn 1225/1341 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.6milesTreadmill, Bike, Abs). Calories in 2000. Movie of the day was "Vampire Academy" ... oy. That was pretty bad. I really enjoyed reading the series and the spin-off though. Got my hour of elliptical and treadmill time done while watching. Zumba with MZL. It ran a little short today, unusual for them. Stats: 5703 steps. 2.5 miles. 349/339 burn. AvHR112. High137. In zone 9 of the 55 minutes. Stopped at Cal Ranch and Maceys on the way home. Had to get more chicken feed and cracked corn for the duckies (got an egg today) and a few groceries. Still struggling with the dryer ... one load a day, starting first thing, and running the dryer (no heat, that's what is broken) several times all day long before it finally dries. Triple pickups after school, #5 brought a friend home today. A little rain on and off, but I got the front lawn mowed. The back still hasn't grown much, as it doesn't get watered regularly. Haystacks for dinner. #3 had to work. Hubs was packing for his weekend bike trip, so I hit the bike downstairs. I didn't really feel like it, but I was close to my 30k and I feel guilty just reading in bed ...

0914 (Thursday) 168.4. Steps 30283. Total Burn 3108. Exercise Burn 1225/1341 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.61mileTreadmill, Bike, Abs). Calories in 2000. Not a good night. I woke around 2:00 and just started stressing about everything and anything. Money mostly, but also getting the kids to the dentist, car stuff, dryer stuff, ducks, basketball ... everything and anything. Hubs apparently wasn't sleeping great either, and was up and off to work around 3:30ish. I must have fallen asleep again in the wee hours of the morning ... enough to have bad dreams that left me unsettled and off. Then the weather is a bit windy and dreary. Weight was up. Why weight why? I had "Pitch Perfect 2" scheduled for my show, but I couldn't get the library DVD to play, so I streamed "Nocturnal Animals" instead. It was dark when I could have used comedy today.I didn't care for the movie at all, and it wasn't even because of my mood. Just blah. It was shorter, so my hour of elliptical and one treadmill time pretty much covered it, I did do a second treadmill time to finish up, switching to a series when it ended ... easier to do when streaming that with a DVD, as I have to manually flip a switch to change the inputs for that. Stroganoff for dinner. I keep debating baking ... but better for the calorie count if I don't. Hubs finished up his packing as he leaves tomorrow. He ran some errands, taking the wave runners to his mom's house. She had a spot for them whereas our driveway is quite congested. Not sure if the weather is going to warm up enough to use them again this year. Found an egg Golden Girl laid in the tomato plant ... NOT a good spot as I was watering and didn't notice it there. If you wash them, then you have to refrigerate them immediately.

0915 (Friday) 166.6. Steps 31028. Total Burn 3313. Exercise Burn 1600/1566 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 30min/2.05milesTreadmill, Bike, Weights). Calories in 1750. Silly shifting scale ... nicer numbers this morning. With the school late start, I set my alarm an hour later and did sleep in until it went off.  Only one elliptical in early. Double drop-offs and then off to Zumba. MZL had announced they were relocating class to a studio one of the gals was opening, but a few of us still met at the church and danced there. I'm not good going to new locations, and unless the studio was the same size as a church gym (it's not) I was afraid it would be too crowded. I was glad they still had it here. It was POURING rain as I arrived! Stats: 6829 steps. 2.96 miles. 483/482 burn. AvHR118. High132. In zone 30 of the 65 minutes. Since I'd stopped at the store the last couple days, I didn't really need anything after and went straight home, trying to get the most of my limited alone time before early out. Triple pickup in the afternoon, and Hubs was off for his bike weekend. #1 dropped him off by the freeway to meet a friend picking him up. #5 had practice and so that was on my schedule.  Going with Coach today rather than our usual ride. Coach called and said he was grabbing pizza by our house and offered to grab #5 early, so that saved me a trip. #5 hung out at their house after practice for a bit too, playing the newest NBA2K.  I made a muvee of the Wolves game from last Saturday (before I get new footage from games tomorrow), did some reading/riding and did weights.  Finished up iZombie, which was my "weights" show (not one I really had to watch closely) so I'll have to find something else. In the early evening, there was sounds from the ducks that required investigation ... can't recall exactly what it was. A thump, weird quacking ... something that had us running to check on them. They were both in the window well! Really have no idea how that happened. If one was peeking over the ledge and fell in, and then the other joined? #2 jumped down and scooped them out. Mr. Mallard does seem to have a bit of a limp. Have to keep an eye on him. Golden Girl laid her egg in the tomato plant again.

0916 (Saturday) 166.2. Steps 23760. Total Burn 2862. Exercise Burn 850/1106 (60minElliptical, 30min/2.25mileTreadmill, Abs). Calories in 1800. I set the alarm just in case I might sleep in ... #5 had a 9:00 game. I was able to get in a session on the elliptical before to start the day. It was at Elkridge, which is #4's school.  Our team was there, the other team was there ... one ref was there, but no site supervisor or clock or person to run the clock and take stats.  At about quarter after we went ahead and got started, with one of the dads trying too keep track with a piece of paper and clock running on his phone. Luckily, it wasn't a close game at all, so it wasn't as important as if it had been a close one. Another ref and the on site people finally showed up around half time. I wasn't sure if they would even put the score up as it was a bit of a blow out. #5 had his buddy Austin come home with us after the game and hang out until about 2:00. They wanted to battle in the inflatable balls, but the air pump had been put away with the wave runners Hubs took to his mom's house. The boys still played with the one that was semi-inflated. It wasn't after they were done. #4 had been invited to a church activity with his group of friends, so I dropped him off there. He was able to get a ride home. After I dropped him I stopped by Smiths to grab a few things on their new weekly sale (and was able to grab some romaine lettuce trim for the ducks), and then to the library to return DVDs and pick up new ones. Made chocolate chip cookies. #3 worked 11:00-5:00 ... he's been being scheduled 30+ hours, which is too much during school, and too late on school nights (although I don't know that he'd really go to bed any earlier). When he got home, #1 took him and the two littles to IT. IT! It's rated R! And scary! I actually had some alone time on a Saturday (as #2 and his girlfriend were out too). Hubs checked in early before signing off for the weekend ... no cell signal for a few days. I hate being out of contact. HATE it. Early to bed. I was SO tired.

0917 (Sunday) 167.0. Steps 23739. Total Burn 2781. Exercise Burn 1050/1029 (60minElliptical, 60min/3.45mileTreadmill, Bike, Abs). Calories in 2400. With Hubs not here, we didn't do waffles, but I made pancakes with some bacon and sausage.  Looking at my LifeCycle graph, I wanted to get in a treadmill time and a bike to make it correct (it had already rounded up even though I was a half hour shy on both activities). I also wanted to get my hour of elliptical in because I'm on a streak. I meant to put on one of the DVDs that was 90min, but did a longer one. So I ended up doing an hour of treadmill to finish it up. "Jupiter Ascending" was the movie ... and it was pretty bad, even though it had some big names. Pretty quiet Sunday at home. #2 went to a couple farewells. #3 had trouble starting the truck after work, so #1 went over to help and they got it started. Kitten is in heat again. It's the only time I can hold her. Hubs comes home tomorrow.

0918 (Monday) 168.4. Steps 33128. Total Burn 3361. Exercise Burn 1400/1603 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.87milesTreadmill). Calories in 2400. Back to the school schedule. Today's movie was "Pitch Perfect 2" for my hour of elliptical and hour of treadmill. I've been trying to jog some on the treadmill rather than just walk. I don't keep it up for too long though. Zumba with Debbie. Stats: 5819 steps. 2.58 miles. 372/392 burn. AvHR112. High143. In zone 13 of the 58 minutes. There was a decent crowd there today. No store stop on the way home today. Got the lawn mowed, front and back. Hit the back with the sprinkler. Triple pickups in the afternoon. No word from Hubs until late afternoon. Originally he'd thought maybe he'd be back around 3:30, but they didn't leave Moab until around then. Grilled some chicken and had rolls for dinner. Baked up the rest of the chocolate chip cookie dough ... over on calories today mainly because of cookies. Hubs had #2 pick him up around 8:00 (#1 was busy, I wasn't sure about driving the new Sequoia myself). Brought home some melons (they'd passed Green River's "Melon Days" on the way home.) Managed to make it through the weekend with no dizzy spells. He was pretty wiped out, understandably. Not sure why I was though. We were in bed early.  

0919 (Tuesday) 169.8. Steps 35011. Total Burn 3442. Exercise Burn 1570/1683 (70minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/4.02milesTreadmill, Bike. Weights). Calories in 1600. I was up early, enough to start my first elliptical session before 6:00, and get a second in before taking #3 to school. Got my third in before taking #5 to school ... my first full early hour in a while. Zumba with Marian. Stats: 6311 steps. 2.78miles. 407/377 burn. AvHR109. High134. In zone 5 of the 64 minutes. Small class today, just Marian and four of us. Marian left early to get to work so I finished up. I got in a little extra on my own at home too. I went in to get my nails done, going with color today rather than the french tip. Not loving it. Not sure if it's color in general, or just this color I chose. I was watching "Logan" for my movie today. It's over two hours, so two times on the treadmill, and a little bit more elliptical to finish it up. I liked it though. Lots of proFanity (rated R) but it kept my interest more than many of the movies lately. Intense ... good for the workouts. Got my weight workout in ... as I'd finished up iZombie, I needed a new "weights" show ... one that doesn't require a lot of attention or even "watching" as at times on my back or in positions where I can't really see the TV. I decided to go back to "Glee" which I'd given up on quite a while ago. Happy that Netflix remembered where I was. Triple pickup after school, then Hubs and #3 did a derby, a Lego one ... they run long. I'd put a ziti in the oven for today's dinner and leftovers. I'd hit my 30k and didn't have a ton of energy, but still went ahead and did some reading/riding before bed. My fan is broken though ... apparently #2 and a friend were in the gym late last night (very surprised I didn't hear them as the gym is directly below the bedroom, I must have been sleeping pretty deeply) and knocked it over. I miss my fan for weight workouts and bike sessions. I have a little one I set up, but it isn't the same. Might have to invest in a new one. This one was 20+ years old! I guess I'm surprised it lasted this long. 

0920 (Wednesday) 168.1. Steps 31170. Total Burn 3239. Exercise Burn 1330/1504 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.45milesTreadmill). Calories in 1500. #3 took the truck today, so I didn't have to take him to school for the first time this year. Saved me 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the afternoon. Yea! With that extra 20min, I got in an elliptical session, fitting in my full hour early. Zumba with MZL. Feeling a little stiff from the weight workout yesterday, didn't really get the heart rate up. Stats: 6577 steps. 2.91 miles. 396/395 burn. AvHR111, High135. In zone 1 of the 61 minutes. Stopped at Maceys on the way home. Needed 2% milk, bananas and ice cream. Glad their 5quart tubs were on sale, we were out. Got the groceries put away. Hit the treadmill twice to finish up my movie. Had put in "Lucy" a DVD from the library ... when I realized I'd already watched it at some point. Switched to streaming, random pick "A Monster Calls" which I didn't love, not a great one for working out, but it did have me in tears a couple times. Only double duty for afternoon pickup. One of the boys in carpool for middle school was a little late and in tears ... he's being bullied. Kids had pulled his pants down. Not the first time. At home I asked #4 if he'd seen it happen and he said no, and also said he didn't know the kids who did it ... those statement contradict each other. I know he's hesitant to step up and get involved. It is scary. While he's got his great group of friends, he's got his own quirks and I've been SO grateful that we've never had to deal with this through the years (even in elementary with his weather phobia, all the kids and teachers were really good with him). Frustrating that kids can be so mean.  #3 had work ... it's been nice having the extra vehicle so we don't have to worry about getting him to/from places. I did need the Durango, as #4 has been SO shaggy I'd  checked in online at Great Clips (we usually try to go to Aunt Olivia but just haven't been able to connect these past couple weeks and couldn't wait any longer ... I swear the kid has a blond afro. Hair grows straight out!) It was a little frustrating, because we had about 24 minutes to wait as I went to pick up #5 from elementary school. It would work out pretty perfect, I'd get back from that and #4 and I could go. But then the check-in time INCREASED. To 50+ minutes. How does that work? We were signed in, did a stylist break an arm and leave? I know they get walk-ins, but those aren't supposed to get ahead in the line up. It threw off my afternoon! Luckily we didn't have to wait quite that long. Still had to wait 10min or so when we got there even though we arrived at our check-in time. #4 looks much better though. I'd put meatballs and sauce in the crock pot for an early dinner, for #3 before he went into work ... and all the kids ended up eating early.  I made a family recipe I got from my MIL "Savory Crust Chicken Bake" for Hubs, using up the leftover chicken. #1 and #2 tried it too and said it was good. I don't eat meatball subs or the chicken bake and didn't really have any dinner myself, which happily kept calories in check. I'd hit my 30k, but it was still early, so I went down for some reading/riding on the bike, but ... my legs were just too tired. I was too tired. I was SO tired. I ended up in bed early while Hubs hit the treadmill.   

0921 (Thursday) 166.5. Steps 31373. Total Burn 3231. Exercise Burn 1385/1470 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.55milesTreadmill). Calories in 1800. Finished up my hour of elliptical early ... should be the norm now.  Yesterday I'd tried to pick all the ready produce from the garden, filling up a big box. Zucchini, squash, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes. I took it to Zumba today. Thursdays is the big class. Everything was gone when I left. Happy someone can use it all! Stats: 7157 steps. 3.22 miles. 452/439 burn. AvHR118. High137. In Zone 23 of the 63 minutes. Quick stop at Sam'sClub on the way home to grab a few things. Including a new pillow ... there was a wet spot on one of them last night. Kitten? A bit on the bedspread too. I washed the bedspread and pillow case, but the pillow itself had looked disgusting enough that I just put it in the trash. Garbage day today too. Finally fit the big cardboard box #4's pool table had come in. The recent rain made it foldable. Anyway, air dried the bedspread and put #3's laundry in. With the dryer not heating, it takes ALL DAY on air fluff. But, the repairman called and had the part and could come. Yea! He was able to get us up and running (and heating) and also had time to look at the dishwasher, which wasn't been draining. Not a huge deal, it still washes, but a pool of yucky water would stay in the bottom until I stopped that cycle and hit "drain" ... it made everything moist and a tad smelly. So, $300 total for the trip and repairs, but happy to be back in business. Was able to dry the current laundry load and do towels, which had piled up. I fit in two treadmill times before double duty pickups after school ... better than triple pickups ;) It was good I'd gotten all my exercise in, as #2 was in the gym for a bit, then #3. I made chicken and wild rice soup for dinner, with cheesy bread too. Then made cookie press cookies ... pumpkins for fall. #5 had practice at the church close by. His school was also having a big "birthday" celebration that he kind of wanted to attend ... I didn't, those things totally stress me out! It started at 6:00, so I told him we could hit it if he wanted, maybe be a little late to practice, but he said he'd just do practice. I dropped him off, drove by the school on the way back ... as I thought, NO parking, cars all along the street. Pickup at 8:00. It was raining. I can't recall the last time I've driven in the dark! The rain didn't help. It was fine, but my eyes were struggling a bit. Tonight, Hubs was the one in bed early (asleep before 8:00!)

0922 (Friday) 166.2. Steps 26381. Total Burn 2965. Exercise Burn 1300/1202 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.91mileTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 2000. Slept in a little with late start. Just one early elliptical. Zumba with MZL. Got in my additional elliptical back at home, as well as a treadmill time. Instead of a movie I just watched series today (Blacklist and Blue Bloods). Early out at the elementary, then middle school pickup. Hubs had a derby, #3 had to work, so #4 went along to help. Not thrilled about the work, but does like the money. Hubs wanted to take the truck to the derby, so #3 took the Durango ... so #1 dropped #5 off for his ride to practice (w/coach). Made another batch of cookie press pumpkins, as last night's are gone! Yes, I contributed to that. 

0923 (Saturday) 165.5. Steps 21829. Total Burn 2633. Exercise Burn 850/884 (60minElliptical, 30min/1.72milesTreadmill). Calories in 2000. Got up and hit the elliptical first thing, went down for my second session and #3 was in the gym. When he's in the gym, he's in there for a while! He finally finished up with weights and then went for a jog. I did a little Zumba (just 10min) while waiting for him, then hit the elliptical again. #5 and I left around 11:30 for his first game with his Grizzlies at noon. They won. Rushed to his second game at 1:00, with him changing in the car. Luckily, it wasn't far and we made it in time for tip off. He still started. This team did add a back-up point guard (Siah), but he'd been out with an injury and this was his first time back ... unfortunately he's out again for a bit with a badly dislocated finger just a few minutes into the game. It was crooked! Our boys got the win pretty easily ... #5's 20 points helped. He was on fire. We'd worried a little, not only coming from a game before, but the 6th grade and 7th grade play with different sized balls! Slightly different weights can throw kids off, but apparently that didn't impact my boy today! We had a little time after, the next game was at 3:00, not too far (Union). #5 and I did a stop at Arctic Circle for a little lunch. I had tater tots. Won the third game too. Finally back home. Finished up my elliptical hour and even hit the treadmill ... I wasn't sure I was going to make that. I also mowed the front lawn. Hubs had hit the store to pick up roast for smoking tomorrow. He prepped that in the evening. I didn't have a specific dinner planned, so Hubs sent #2 out to pick up some Popeyes. I was so close to my limit on calories, but I had one piece.

0924 (Sunday) 166.5. Steps 11110.. Total Burn 2130. Exercise Burn 425/354 (30minElliptical, 30min.1.65mileTreadmill). Calories in 2800.  Slept in this morning. Hit the elliptical first thing, but it felt hard. Hubs was prepping waffles. I got some bacon frying. It was a decent brand, but didn't cook up evenly. We were out of sausage too. Hubs also made eggs. I hit the elliptical again after breakfast, but stopped after 10 minutes. Maybe I need a rest day. I hate to break my streaks, but oh well. It was stake conference, where they rezoned the wards, eliminating one and combining. Unlike other areas, where they are dividing because they have so many, in our area all the wards only have a few kids. Not that it impacts US much as we've been inactive. Got the monthly bills paid and a muvee made. Hubs had been smoking the roast since early morning. Actual meal was around 4:00. Shredded the meat, making french dip ... but as I don't like it that way, he also made potatoes for me (and everyone had some because they are the best). I was pretty full after dinner, had to go lay down and digest for a bit before tackling dishes (only fair as Hubs did the dinner). Hubs got a well deserved little nap. #1  invited a girl over, and #2 had his girlfriend (but she's vegetarian). The countdown on the eggs in the incubator is up ... and there is some movement there on two of the eggs. Hubs and I gave the Netflix show "Black Mirror" a try. That was weird. 

0925 (Monday) 168.5. Steps 32614.. Total Burn 3309. Exercise Burn 1510/1539 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/4.01mileTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 1900. Back to school schedule. It's been nice not having to drive #3 to high school in the mornings.  I hadn't finished my movie yesterday "The Golden Compass" so I finished it up and then just watched some "Blacklist" to finish up my exercise for the day. Zumba with Debbie. Stats: 6592 steps. 2.96 miles. 390/437 burn. AvHR113. High135. In zone 10 of the 62 minutes. Then back at home, two times on the treadmill and a bike before bed. We'd been watching the eggs all day. The two that had first shown signs weren't progressing at all. The other two eggs both had small signs in the morning, and by afternoon, one had overtaken the others. The two littles and I were there to watch as it hatched. I prepped the brooder box but left him in the incubator overnight. It was an early to bed night for Hubs and I.

0926 (Tuesday) 167.5. Steps 28015. Total Burn 3168. Exercise Burn 1350/1424 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/4.17mileTreadmill). Calories in 2500. Not a good night. This whole hatching business does completely stress me out. I know it happens everyday in nature, but it's hard when it's right in front of you and you are watching them struggle so. Two years ago, three of the eggs started the hatching process ... and only one made it out. Heartbreaking! Hubs and I were really worried about the two that had started, then stopped progressing. One had its little beak out and visible. Hubs had carefully peeled back a bit of the shell, but it seemed to be the membrane that was the issue. You have to be cautious with that because there are still blood vessels involved and a tear can cause the duckling to bleed to death. I was up a couple times in the night checking on them, but no movement. Hubs got up around 3:00 too and tried wetting the eggs (the incubator is very moist, but just an added effort). Hubs ended up just going into work after that. I fell back asleep for a bit, dreaming of ducklings and kittens. It was a little hard to get up as morning rolled around, but I did, and got in my three 20min sessions on the elliptical while getting the boys off to school. The two eggs had shown some movement from our 3:00am check-up ... and one even hatched right before I took #5 to school. We were both able to watch its emergence. Before I headed to Zumba, I turned on the light in the brooder box and set the thermometer in just to make sure it would be the proper temperature before I moved the babies. Zumba with Marian. Small group again. Stats: 5763 steps. 2.52 miles. 363/351 burn. AvHR112. High134. In zone 10 of the 58 minutes. Back at home, I put both hatched babies into the brooder box and the began to dry and fluff. The other egg (just started showing cracks this morning) did a great job unzipping and was out in the early afternoon ... the other egg. Still struggling! Little beak opening and closing, egg shaking as it tried and tried. The membrane was just so tough. I could see there were no blood vessels in the visible parts, and I oh so carefully opened up bits to give beak boy a little more wiggle room. The egg was actually almost off him and he still wasn't able to make progress. Parts of the membrane were absolutely sticky. I worked with him a little more ... bent over and sweat dripping. Finally the egg was off, but poor little one still didn't unfold, staying in the cramped position he'd been in in the egg. I was still worried ... finally he started to unfurl and move around a little. I finally moved him into the brooder box with the others. They seem to smush him, but if I tried to intervene, the little one would burrow back under them. Long duckling day! I did get two treadmill sessions in ... watching X-Men Apocalypse. I know I've seen one movie with the "young" Charles and Eric, but I guess there were more, and I've missed some. I'll have to see if they are at the local library. Hubs had a derby. I quickly prepped him some leftovers. We're really going through the chuck roast he smoked over the weekend, it's pretty much gone (and he'd smoked two of them). I should have hit the bike, but wasn't feeling up to it. My back was hurting and my legs are just so tired. Should have been a weights day today too ... didn't do very well on the eating either.

0927 (Wednesday) 167.6. Steps 29297. Total Burn 3032. Exercise Burn 1070/1276  (60minElliptical, Zumba30, 60min/3.46mileTreadmill). Calories in 2100.  Got in my hour of elliptical while getting the boys off to school. #3 didn't have school today. It was parent/teacher conferences ... but he's got all A's and I didn't have anything I needed to discuss with teachers. I had to wake #4, but #5 was up early on his own. He even unloaded the dishwasher for me because "he was bored". I headed out to Zumba to find the parking lot almost empty. The church closed for cleaning. I checked my email and there was a note that they were at the Kearns building, so I drove out there. It also had an empty parking lot (but no cleaning crew) and when I double checked the message, it was actually a different building. Duh ... the other regular Wednesday class they hold every week (they do two locations). I should have realized that. I wish I'd checked email before I left (as the time stamp was before I'd gone). I probably would have switched to Southziders, but by this time I was too late. I'd planned a grocery shopping trip for after, so I went straight to do that. Was able to get some free lettuce scraps for the ducks. Maceys then the dollar store then back home. #3 wasn't even out of bed yet. #1 was home. Normally he goes straight from work to school, but he'd had an earlier shift and had a little time to kill between ... and he spent it in MY gym. I did a little Zumba on my own (just 30min) and then prepped dinner. Hubs had requested Beef Klusky. I was going to pick up beef chunks, but they only had a tiny package, not enough. I ended up just grabbing a roast, and cutting it up into chunks myself. I browned them and then stuck them in the crock pot. Also got some Rhoads rolls out rising. #3 finally got out of bed and was going to hit the gym (for two hours!) but I begged him to let me go first, getting in 30min on the treadmill. No jogging today, not feeling up to that. Watching "Independence Day: Resurgence" for my workout show.  #3 went down when I was done. I went out back and gave grain to the ducks ... and all the neighborhood birds! It was warm and sunny, a lovely day. I turned on the hose and sprayed all the duck guck then mowed the front lawn. Not sure if it's crab grass or some other weed, but we have huge brown spots all over the lawn. #1 had a girl over and they pulled the ducklings out onto a towel in the front room. This batch isn't really as skittish as the four from Spring.  I left to pick up #4 and carpool, then #5 from elementary. Dinner when Hubs got home, then swimming in the bathtub for the babies (ducklings). 

0928 (Thursday) 167.6. Steps 32355. Total Burn 3206. Exercise Burn 1500.1467 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.71milesTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 2600. Nice routine day today. Got in my three 20min sessions on the elliptical early. Then Zumba with MZL. Stats: 6978 steps. 3.15miles. 402/424 burn. AvHR112. High132. In zone 11 of the 62 minutes. Stopped at Sam'sClub on the way home. My "scan and go" had logged me out, and I couldn't get logged in. Had to do regular ol' self check-out. At home I called and they "released" the email associated with the account so I could sign up again (I think I'd accidentally entered incorrectly before). So set again for next time. LOVE the scan and go! Got everything unloaded and hit the treadmill twice while the kids were in school. Watched "The Legend of Tarzan" which I didn't think I'd like at all, but it kept me entertained more than I expected. Double pickups after school. Hubs and #3 did a derby. Hubs was running a little late, so he had #1 hitch up the truck/trailer and bring it and #3 to the location. He stayed to help setup and then took the Sequoia (what Hubs had been driving) home ... well, he didn't come straight home but ran around a bit before his evening class. Not keeping calories in check :( quantity or quality. Candy corn is on the scene, as well as other treat temptations.

0929 (Friday) 167.6. Steps 22213. Total Burn 2739. Exercise Burn 957/971 (60minElliptical, 60min/3.49milesTreadmill). Calories in 2000. In addition to the usual "off" of Fridays with late start and early out ... Zumba wasn't happening at the WJ location. No Zumba :( I figured with that extra hour I'd make sure I got in a weights workout ... but that didn't happen. There had been a slight possibility of #5 calling and me bringing the ducklings in for a show and tell at the school, but we're going to wait until next Friday. I got in my hour of elliptical, and two time on the treadmill. Watched "10 Cloverfield Lane" which kept my interest. Double pickups in the afternoon. #4 hit the gym before heading out to the football game. The students were wearing orange in remembrance of a senior girl who passed away this past week. Diagnosed with leukemia and died five days later. #2 and his girlfriend went to the viewing as they had know her (#2's basketball buddy was very close to her). We took the duckies outside for the first time. Attempted to introduce them to their parents, but neither group was interested in the other. A little swim and towel time after. I made snickerdoodles ... a triple batch as I wanted to give some "thank you" cookies to a couple basketball parents. Except that I doubled the tripled amount of butter. oops! I had to then double everything else, making six-times a normal batch. Oodles of snickerdoodles. I baked up quite a few, put some dough in the fridge for fresh cookies in a few days, and tried freezing some too. #5 had basketball practice. I was dropping him off with his usual ride, but she had texted she was running late. I hadn't seen the text before we were already out the door. They live right by coach, so we drove by their house and saw both cars there ... so I did a quick call and dropped #5 with them to catch a ride rather than just hanging around for 15 minutes for our other ride. Nice to have options ;)

0930 (Saturday) 167.6. Steps 19171. Total Burn 2567. Exercise Burn 800/799 (60minElliptical, 30min/1.75mileTreadmill). Calories in 2300.  I'm not one who LOVES the weekend ... I think I actually prefer my routine of Mon-Thurs ... but I do like not having to set an alarm. Not that I really slept in that much. Hit the elliptical first thing, and twice more during the day to get to my hour. Instead of a movie, I'm catching up on some of the Fall shows that have started. I thought I'd recorded "Grey's Anatomy" and was excited to watch it, but it hadn't recorded. I watched "The Good Doctor" first thing, and set GA to record and watched the first episode of it later as I had some treadmill time. I hadn't realized it had started last week, so I had two episodes. #5 had basketball ... back to back games with his two teams, and then a game later w/Wolves. First one was with Wolves at Elkridge ... it's a little funny that I go there everyday for middle school pickup and still go on Saturdays too! There was a group of older boys that had finished playing and apparently had some time to kill and just stayed and played on the hoops behind the court. It is SO annoying and distracting to have the ball pounding (and that's where I'm standing to film, I'm afraid I'll get hit by a ball or a boy from behind). Sometimes a ref or site supervisor will step up and tell kids to hold the balls, but it's a problem almost every time at Elkridge and Joel P (same set up). I should love these courts as they are the closest ones to home, but I'm looking forward to any other location that doesn't have courts on the side. The first game was tough, a blow-out loss for us (first loss). Definitely not on the same level as the other team. They had a couple big boys that were blocking all inside shots. We got some three pointers off, but so did they.  #5 and I rushed off as soon as it was over to head to his next game, with him changing uniforms in the car. We made it though ... this one was an easy win. We only had six players, and one was Freeman, one of our favorite fellows whose family had moved to St. George after Spring season. They were up for the weekend and he stepped in to play ... I think he would have even if we weren't missing a few players. He had a great game too. #5 took a knee just above his knee and was in quite a bit of pain, sitting out much of the game, but he did go back in. Afterward though, he was really struggling just walking and didn't think he'd be able to play at 7:00 again. After some rest and ibuprofen, he said he thought he could do it, and ended up being fine. One of those injuries where movement helped loosen things up, whereas the sitting and holding still made it worse. Memories of a similar injury with #2 many years ago. Wolves won the evening game. Hubs had mentioned he'd rented a movie (The Big Sick) so we hurried home, and he was popping popcorn for us. #3 was finishing up with the babies in the bathtub, we'd taken them out for quite a while during the day too. They are growing so fast! The movie ... and the popcorn, was good. I got up for a quick bathroom break and heard Hubs stop the movie. I thought he was just pausing it for me, but he was falling asleep. Have to finish it up tomorrow. With Snickerdoodles for breakfast and Hubs popcorn, over on calories. I've lost a couple nails too. I admit, I gnaw on them. I really wasn't nervous during any of the games, but still ... biting my nails much of the time. It's not quite two weeks since the last fill. I usually try to go three weeks. End of the month, I remembered to grab my Fitbit graph.

August 2017

0801 (Tuesday) Weight 177.5. Steps 25272. Total Burn 3082. Exercise Burn 1200/1280 (30minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.63mileTreadmill, Bike, Weights). Calories in 2700. Glad to see a shift in the scale again. I was pretty motivated today. Started the day with Zumba. I didn't have my helpers today, I was leading the entire class on my own. I was a little worried we wouldn't have much of a class. It's been small, and without Carma and Suzanne ... when we started it was just Barbara and Cathyleen, but then we did have a couple more show up. I'm fine with small actually. Stats: 6518 steps. 2.88 miles. 544/465 burn. AvHR124. High152. In zone 40 of the 63 minutes.  Back at home, I got some dough made and rolled out breadsticks and cinnamon rolls. I'd pulled a lasagna I'd made earlier out of the freezer for dinner. Had to have it a little early, before the boys headed out (work, date). Hubs wasn't home when it was done, but he's been trying to eat healthier and this would have been a little heavy. I don't eat lasagna, but I ate plenty of bread. I got in some elliptical, treadmill and did weights. Right before bed I did some reading/riding. 

0802 (Wednesday) Weight 177.7  Steps 18871. Total Burn 2587. Exercise Burn 672/745 (30minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2200. Feeling a bit off today. I couldn't get the heart rate up at Zumba. Stats: 5906 steps. 2.6 miles. 359/342 burn. AvHR102. High126. In zone 0 of the 60 minutes. I did weights yesterday, and sometimes the soreness can impact me. Also a bit down as the basement gym is in a bit of transition. Hubs bought a new (to us, from a gym) treadmill. He's never quite felt comfortable running on ours (it was a cheapy, but worked for me). The old treadmill wasn't out, but was folded up. So I couldn't treadmill, it was in the way for a weights workout, I had a hard time even getting to the elliptical. It just made me give up on exercise for the day.  I did mow the front lawn, and made a run to the store. Needed to pick up a prescription and restock a few things, even though I'd just been shopping on Monday. The two littles have been a bit under the weather since their return from vacation (#4 started on the trip) and haven't really been up for much of anything, just laying around and watching TV all day. The new ducks are acclimating, but still shy. I pulled out some of the other feed (regular chicken feed and cracked corn) and have tried to give them a buffet to see what they like. My garden is growing! In the evening, Hubs and #1 attempted to move the new treadmill down, but it's a beast and will require some figuring out. So ... we got the old treadmill back into position until then. Hubs and I were in bed early, watched the latest episode of GOT and are now up to date (we've watched all three new episodes this week). 

0803 (Thursday) Weight 178.1. Steps 23195. Total Burn 2773. Exercise Burn 1070 (30minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.5milesTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 3000.  I'm worried about getting up early again when school starts. I was barely up by 8:00 today. The kids have been sleeping in even more (of course the littles, with their colds haven't been sleeping well at all, poor bugs). I hit MZL in Kearns and it felt like a pretty good workout. Stats: 6780 steps. 2.96 miles. 472/417 burn. AvHR113. High129. In zone 10 of the 65 minutes. I made some scones with the left over dough, and turned what was left into more cinnamon rolls. The two littles have been under the weather since their return. Not really up to anything more than watching tv and resting. #5 should have had practice in the evening, but I didn't think he was up for it and kept him home. #1 thinks he's coming down with it now too. The littles said pizza sounded good, so I made a run to Little Ceasars. I'd already eaten too much, then Hubs made popcorn and we watched the first couple episodes of Ozark. Stressed a bit about an upcoming mini-vacation to St. George, I probably won't go, as usual.

0804 (Friday) Weight 178.9. Steps 23043. Total Burn 2875. Exercise Burn 905/949 (30minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 2900. The boys were SHAGGY and needed haircuts, the only time Aunt Olivia was available was at 9:00 ... same time as my Zumba. I was thinking I'd just skip today, or attempt it on my own, but then #1 decided to call in sick, not feeling well at all. So, his car was now available, and #3 could take the littles (as he wanted a trim himself) ... so off to Zumba I went. I was a too late to hit Debbie's (starts at 9:00 a little further) so I went to MZL. Third day in a row with them, but they have so many different instructors that it's really NOT too repetitive. Stats: 6516 steps. 2.95 miles. 427/412 burn. AvHR111. High135. In zone 13 of the 63 minutes. I did a quick stop at Walmart on the way home. Back at home I got in some elliptical and some treadmill time. #3 had work, taking the Durango. It was national chocolate chip cookie day. I, and the boys were a bit confused at this because we thought we'd just celebrated that back in May. I investigated and I guess that had simply been national chocolate chip day. I tried a different recipe and wasn't very impressed unfortunately. #1 decided he needed a haircut too ... and had to pay for his. He attempted going to a wedding reception for a mission associate, but said he felt pretty awful and came home and went to bed. I was up a little late waiting for #3 to get home, and when he did he didn't pull the car in ... because he was planning on going to a sleep over with friends and just telling me about it after the fact. I spoiled that be still being awake. I let him go but told him I wasn't impressed with his planning and that it wasn't acceptable (even though it was a technique #2 would employ).

0805 (Saturday) Weight 180.2. Steps 13135. Total Burn 2364. Exercise Burn 350/531 (30minElliptical). Calories in 2750. Hubs was up early for a run then he trimmed and edged the lawn. I should probably master those. It makes such a huge difference in the look of the lawn and Hubs is so busy he doesn't get around to it as often as I'd like. I mowed. I got in my some elliptical. I'd thought I might try to hit weights, but #3 had friends over in the gym. Hubs had planned on having some movers come to get the new treadmill into the basement but that fell through. He made a Costco run and got some ribs on the smoker. #1 made a donut run... so yes, intake was uber over.  #5 had a basketball game. He wasn't 100% but not too bad, but we only had six players. My little guy can normally play the entire game without a break, but he could have used a bit more rest today. He was a little on edge, emotions bleeding through, especially as he wasn't on with his shots (he did eventually make a 3-pointer). It's funny, sometimes you recognize kids or parents, although teams have switched up. We hadn't played THIS team (Salt City Hustle) before, but I recognized a couple parents, and one kid who must also be playing up like my little, as he had been on a 5th grade team our Grizzlies had to face several times Spring season. Down by 10, couldn't quite catch up. Ribs for dinner. A bit of a down day, disagreement with Hubs over finances. Stupid small stuff ...

0806 (Sunday) Weight 180.8. Steps 9784. Total Burn 2064. Exercise Burn 360/249 (20minElliptical, 30min/1.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 2600. Hubs was off early for a bike ride with work buddies. We didn't get around to a family breakfast without him here. Low key day. I got in one session on the elliptical and some treadmill time. Hubs and I had started "Ozarks" on Netflix, watched an episode Fri and again Sat. Today, we binged and finished it! That was a little TOO long laying in bed, my body was aching. Hubs made popcorn again ...

0807 (Monday) Weight 180.2. Steps 26111. Total Burn 3088. Exercise Burn 1150/1265 (30minElliptical, Zumba+, 30min/1.5milesTreadmill, Bike, Abs/Core). Calories in 1350.  Up early enough to hit an elliptical session before Zumba w/Debbie. Stats: 5807 steps. 2.54 miles. 431/394 burn. AvHR114. High135. In zone 22 of the 60min. I probably should have stopped at Smiths on the way home, but I hadn't really prepped the grocery list yet. #3 borrowed the car to head to a friend's house to swim ... even though the weather was overcast and quite cool. At least then I wasn't fighting him for gym time. #1 took the littles bowling. All three have been under the weather this past week and didn't feel up to basketball ... but bowling was doable. I got in a little more elliptical, treadmill and while not a full weight workout, I did some ab/core stuff. Also some Zumba practice, prepping the playlist for tomorrow. I hit the bike later in the day. I was glad I'd gotten to the treadmill, as Hubs had the movers come. The new one is a used one from a gym, commercial ... and a beast. It was quite the job to get it down into the gym, which ironically is the absolute furthest spot from the front door (which Hubs ended up taking off it's hinges, as well as taking the banister off the stairs). Finally got it down and the old one up (into the garage for now) and then Hubs had to put the one back together, then rework the plug, as apparently these industrial types are different. Unfortunately, it then blew the breaker so ... we'll need an electrician. We've talked about that before, wanting an actual plug (or a few) in the gym rather than running extension cords as we are currently. But I'm wondering when it will happen ... no treadmill time until then. I guess I'll have to re-up my elliptical. Meatball subs for dinner. #3 had to work, but I was able to get him one before he was off. It's a good easy-prep meal to dole out at different times (meatballs and sauce in the crock pot, just prep the bread and cheese when needed). The two littles ate with #3, Hubs and #1 later ... #2 had work in the evening too, and then we didn't see him until late as he went to play basketball and then slept over at a friend's house. Kept calories in check today ... also have tried going back on the wellbutrin, starting last night.

0808 (Tuesday) Weight 177.9. Steps 28668. Total Burn 3358. Exercise Burn 1400/1548 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, Bike, Weights). Calories in 1200. Nice to see the scale shift after a good day. It sure doesn't seem to take much to move it in the opposite direction! Up early again, enough to get in two full elliptical sessions first thing. Then Zumba with Marian ... with Marian. She was home from her cabin this weekend. Stats: 6659 steps. 2.9miles. 456/454 burn. AvHR116. High131. In zone 14 of the 63 minutes. Did some Zumba practice at home too, as well as weights and some reading/riding. Also hit the elliptical again, and got in my full hour. First time in a while ... but I guess it's just taking the place of the treadmill ... still out of commission. Controlled calories again!

0809 (Wednesday) Weight 176.4. Steps 24747. Total Burn 2960. Exercise Burn 1100/1149 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 2550. Hit the elliptical twice (one was only 10min though) before heading out to Zumba.  Stats: 6230 steps. 2.72 miles. 428/420 burn. AvHR113. High133. In zone 23 of the 60 minutes. I rushed home after to quickly change my sweaty self and make it to a doctor's appointment for #4. This dang cold has been hanging on forever. Well, two weeks anyway. Still coughing, still stuffy. Right when he returned from the trip, he complained of ear pain a little, and that his ear wouldn't "pop" after the plane ride. His ears have still been bothering him, and he's having trouble hearing! Seriously, the other day he had the music on SO loud. When I came in and called to him ... no answer, as he couldn't hear me. So ... doctor visit. He does have an ear infection. Hopefully antibiotics will clear it up, and he'll get back to normal. I felt like I was translating for him at the doctor's office though, as they'd say something, and I'd have to repeat it right in his ear or make motions. They did a routine physical too, as it's been a while. His eyes are fine ... I stood behind him and watched the chart too, and I think I'm slightly better than he is (he got a couple wrong). I'm very grateful for my eyesight, especially as all my siblings, and Hubs now have glasses (at least part time). They gave us a paper prescription, so I figured we'd stop at Target, rather than Smiths. I didn't need any groceries and #4 would enjoy browsing there more while waiting. We bought him a new backpack for school too. #3 had work, but didn't have to borrow the Durango, as #2 had left this morning for a few days in St. George (w/his girlfriend's family, our family is heading down on Saturday ironically, they will try to meet up). #3 loves it when #2 is gone and he has a car for a few days! We need to get him something, as this juggling of schedules is hard, and I don't really want to have to drive him to/from school and work each day. Hubs has an idea about getting a new family car (that he would drive) and keeping his truck (#3 could drive it ... if he dares. I don't! It's massive!) We'll see what happens. Hubs headed home from work a little early, and we went to Market Street Grill (actually, the Oster Bar, as it was a little too early for the main restaurant) for a belated anniversary dinner. I'd probably like some of the fish dishes, but I'm always a little nervous to try something new ... especially at such expensive prices! I got the fish and chips ... but in truth I prefer Red Robin's version. We hadn't been home long when Hubs got a call about his mom. She'd taken a bad fall several weeks ago, ending up in the hospital with a brain bleed, and some symptoms were reoccurring. They did end up at the ER again, and she was admitted for the night. Hubs was there until after midnight.

0810 (Thursday) Weight 178.1. Steps 19180. Total Burn 2754. Exercise Burn 760/993 (30minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2300. Hubs was up and off early to check in with his mom at the hospital. They were doing another CT scan to see if the new bleed was any worse from last night. There was no change. He was there for hours as they waited to consult with a neurosurgeon and options and whether it was safe to travel this weekend ... as there was the St. George trip planned (with extended family, and Maga insisted she was still going). One one hand, it IS a good way to force her to stay down and relax and have people with her all the time. At home, she'd probably want to go into work, not just rest in bed all day. The did check that if anything happened, the hospital down there would be able to handle it, so the trip is still on.  Poor Hubs though, the stress and lack of sleep is hard on him. He tried to go into work, but ended up coming home for a nap. Just to complicate things, he'd arranged for an in-ground trampoline to be installed in the backyard this morning. Equipment on a trailer had been brought over last night, coming just as he rushed out. We had the area staked, and utility lines are a complication, and without him home to even attempt to work things out, the installation had to be pushed back (although I wouldn't mind if it was cancelled altogether. Not sure where Hubs got the idea for the in-ground trampoline ... he didn't discuss it with the kids or me!) #1 had the day off, but had to call in sick yesterday, as he had no voice (so hard to work a telephone customer service job). All three boys were laying around coughing and sniffling. #5 had basketball games today too. He had a friend over in the morning (one who has moved away, but calls us whenever they are in the area to see if the boys can get together) and then I medicated him and dropped him off to catch a ride to the games. They are in Lehi ... 30+ minutes away without any traffic, at the Karl Malone Training Center, which I don't care for. Three courts so overpowering sound with all the competing whistles, yelling and squeaking shoes. Add to that, there is no space courtside ... there are a few chairs set up for spectators, but feet end up hanging over into the court. Add to that one game at 3:00 and another at 5:00 so total time gone with travel was five hours or more. I'm not up to that. I wasn't sure if #5 was up to it but he wanted to try, to support his team. He struggled during the first game though, coughing a lot, sitting out almost the entire second half. Felt a little better during the second game but did get hurt (one of #3's friends happened to be there, recognized him and texted #3 about it). He was fine, but I was anxiously awaiting his return home. Between stressing about him, sick kids, the tramp situation, the treadmill situation (no movement there), concern over my MIL and Hubs, not much sleep ...blah. I had gone to Zumba in the morning. Stats: 6813 steps. 3.01 miles. 443/451 burn. AvHR114. High130. In zone 13 of the 63 minutes. I managed 30 minutes on the elliptical, but had to push to finish.

0811 (Friday) Weight 179.2. Steps 27952. Total Burn 3290. Exercise Burn 1420/1453 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, Bike, Ab/Core, Hula). Calories in 1900. Can't believe I kept calories in check today. #1 son brought home some donuts ... that's usually killer for me. I did have one, and probably would have had more, but HIS choices are not mine (apple fritter, maple bar, chocolate cake, flavored old fashioned, red velvet). One chocolate pershing at my request. A couple glazed, but they were gone pretty quick (the other boys, who also didn't care for his other choices). #1 had gone into work this morning, but come home. Still coughing a lot, and the attempted talking on the phone just made it worse. I was able to get in a couple sessions on the elliptical before hitting Zumba. I went to MZL, as I get a higher step count and such than Debbie's Friday class (I don't care for the toning). I enjoyed class. Stats: 7297 steps. 3.28 miles. 514/526 burn. AvHR120. High144. in zone 36 of the 65 minutes. The did the Beyonce "Move Your Body" where I sprint when it says "run to the left, run to the right" ... got my highest heart rate there! I had taken #2's Charger, as it had been parked behind the Durango. Had to get home quick, as #3 needed it to get to work. He had an 11-8 shift today.  I did several loads of laundry, so the boys would have their pick of clothes to pack for their upcoming trip to St. George. The two littles got packed up, and Hubs prepped when he got home from work. He spent some time attempting to clear some space on his phone, as he's almost out of room. I got in some additional elliptical and Zumba practice, and I hit the bike and did some ab/core.

0812 (Saturday) Weight 177.4. Steps 17858. Total Burn 2587. Exercise Burn 600/770 (30minElliptical, 30min/1.5mileTreadmill, Bike, Weights). Calories in 3000. Hubs had originally thought to leave around 10:00, but that didn't happen. They didn't get off until around 1:00, which was okay as they couldn't check into their house until 5:00. He sure had a busy morning though! Rearranging the vehicles (as the tramp situation isn't going to happen while he's gone. Glad to have the trailer back in it's spot, not in front of the house). He trimmed and edged, and cut down a scrub tree growing up through the lilac. He emptied the hot tub (it had been yucky and not usable, and #1 had wanted to use it) and got it cleaned and refilled, AND he fixed the electrical issue to get the treadmill up and running. Originally he said the job was beyond his skill level, but he did it. Had to turn off power to the whole house as he installed the new outlet, but it's done. Of course I had to give the treadmill a try, after several days of not being able to walk while I watch. Unfortunately ... I really don't like the new treadmill :(  It has big handles/arms, which everything I've read says you shouldn't hang onto anyway. They are totally in the way. I guess I swing my arms as I walk, and I kept banging my hand into it. I swear I'll have bruises and am going to have to change the way I walk. It also feels shorter, I got a little too close to the back end a couple times. I miss the one button change for incline and speed that my treadmill had. It was so nice to be able to switch it up with one button. When I'm running, it's so hard to even hit one button (to go back to walking) much less three or more with this one. Incline is even worse. I could just hit "10" to the incline would go all the way up on the old machine. Here ... that would take 20 button pushes. I'm a bit sad and discouraged. I sure hope Hubs really loves it. I didn't get to the treadmill until after Hubs and the boys hit the road. Things were just chaotic and crazy all morning. I managed one session on the elliptical, and another small one in the evening to hit a half hour. I had planned on weights today, and just wasn't sure I had the energy to make it happen, but I did. Eating was awful today though.

0813 (Sunday) Weight 177.7. Steps 22247. Total Burn 2690. Exercise Burn 1030/886 (60minElliptical, 60min/3.12mileTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 2650. Home day (I didn't go anywhere) but not a rest day.  Hit the elliptical a few times. Treadmill twice. Also the bike. I'd thought I might mow the lawn, as I hadn't yesterday, but we were hit with hail. The guys in St. George had quite the storm last night, but now the weather looks lovely for the rest of their stay. #2 arrived back home in the afternoon. Still over eating today.

0814 (Monday) Weight 178.0. Steps 32564. Total Burn 3248. Exercise Burn 1465/1425 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.51milesTreadmill. Bike).  Calories in 2000. I hit the elliptical first thing, then Zumba with Debbie. Hubs took the Durango, so I was driving #2's Charger. Class was good. Stats: 6109 steps. 2.78 miles. 370/404 burn. AvHR103. High131. In zone 5 of the 63 minutes. I stopped at Smiths on the way home, grabbed lettuce, bananas, cat food and a few other items. Got the groceries put away and did another session on the elliptical. #1 then took to the gym for a weight workout. I went out and mowed the front lawn. It was overcast, but the rain waited until later in the day. Treadmill time ... attempted intervals. Ugg. Hit the bike and a little Zumba practice. Set up the playlist for tomorrow. One more treadmill walk before bed to push me over 30k. First time in a while. Barely managed to keep calories at 2000. Quantity ... quality was still not good.

0815 (Tuesday) Weight 177.2. Steps 26726. Total Burn 2960. Exercise Burn 1340/1139 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.6mileTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 1500. Blah. Not a good night for sleep. Argument issues/feeling sad/bad. #2 needed his car in the morning ... so I drove the beast (Hubs big truck). Just in the neighborhood. I don't think I'd trust myself with it out in traffic. Suzanne, Carma and Christa were all there to help.  Stats: 6753 steps. 2.95 miles. 464/458 burn. AvHR116. High144. In zone 20 of the 65 minutes. After class, I dropped off some zucchini (I'd posted to the neighborhood group to see if anyone wanted any, we have tons). I'd hit the elliptical once before class. Got in a session soon after, and one more before bed for my full hour today. Some treadmill time and bike. Should have done weights ... even started, then stopped, just didn't have it in me. Maybe tomorrow? Went in for a fill, it was overdue. Finished up a muvee.  Kept calories in check today. One the vacation end, the guys went to Vegas to see "Blue Man".

0816 (Wednesday) Weight 176.3. Steps 29134. Total Burn 3191. Exercise Burn 1350/1396 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.82mileTreadmill, Bike, Weights). Calories in 1500. Slept better ... but :( I'd asked #2 if I could take his car(Charger) in the morning. While I was down on the elliptical, I heard him get up and leave and was sad, thinking for sure he hadn't remembered (I didn't think he was going anywhere). I wasn't sure if I'd dare take the truck to Zumba or if I'd have to miss. But ... he did remember and he took the truck. So I made it to Zumba with MZL. Stats: 7612 steps. 3.41 miles. 450/429 burn. AvHR107. High131. In zone 9 of the 69 minutes.  Back at home, I got in some time on the treadmill. I tried some intervals again. Also hit the bike and weights. Hubs and the boys were heading home ... I was tracking them on "Find my Friends" and arrived just after 4:00, as Hubs had originally estimated. I tried to clean up a bit before they got home. The main vacuum is out of commission, but I at least got the hardwood floors done. Did my laundry, knowing I'd probably have several loads with the guys home from their trip. I should have planned a home cooked meal better. I made tacos and homemade oreos. Kept calories in check. Communication definitely kept in check.

0817 (Thursday) Weight 175.9. Steps 30268. Total Burn 3306. Exercise Burn 1450/1518 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.58mileTreadmill, Bike, Abs/Core). Calories in 1500. Bad night again. Might have to pull out the PJ. It's been a while. Hubs back to work. No KGB. I hit the elliptical for a session before heading to Zumba w/MZL. Stats: 7456 steps. 557/549 burn. AvHR127. High143. In zone 55 of the 65 minutes. Sometimes when I'm down, even Zumba can't snap me out of it. Other times, it's a literal lifesaver. Today was one of those days. I made a quick stop at Target on the way home. When #4 and I stopped their last week to pick up his prescription (which he was a good boy and remembered to take it while he was on vacation without me reminding him every morning and night) I'd grabbed a couple cargo shorts for #5. He liked them, but they were too big. I'd looked online and could get them shipped in the right size, so I'd done that. I meant to shop and grab some Ludens cough drops (#1 and #5 are still coughing a lot) but forgot. #3 was in the gym with a friend when I got home. When they were finally done, I hit the elliptical again, and then the treadmill. Got in bike and some ab/core later, as well as one more elliptical session. 30k day. #3 had work at 3:00, but I thought I'd need the car for #5's practice (it turns out they didn't have it tonight after all) so I dropped him off. I stopped at the Nike store, and grabbed a pair of Nike Free again. I have a pair that I like for Zumba and even for just wearing around. As I hate shoes, these feel the least like I'm wearing any? I need to find some in basic black though, my first pair are pink, and these are a bright blue. These are also a size larger than my norm, but the 8 felt too small. #3 was working till close, and I figured I wouldn't be up that late, so #1 and I drove over separately and dropped off a car for him. Hubs had asked us to grab some mealworms for the ducks, so we stopped at Petco quick on the way home. Got a few feeder fish too. The ducks weren't super cooperative. They did seem to like the mealworms but won't come too close. They seemed intimidated by the fish ... wouldn't even get in the pool. I did call it an early night.

0818 (Friday)Weight 174.5. Steps 33764. Total Burn 3240. Exercise Burn 1500/1430 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.2mileTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 1500. Another morning. no contact. I got a session in on the elliptical and went to Zumba with MZL. Stats: 6716 steps. 460 burn. AvHR119. High139. In zone 27 of the 65 minutes. Quick stop at Target on the way home to grab cough drops and Kleenex. #3 had friends over in the gym, I wasn't sure when they'd finish up (it was around 12:30, a little earlier than I expected). They stayed and played some ping pong. I hit the elliptical again, and treadmill and bike. #3 had work at 4:00. I'd need a car for one trip (#5's practice dropoff) but #1 said he'd do that, so #3 took the car. Hubs wasn't home until late. Black Friday. I'm not sure if I've ever felt worse.

0819 (Saturday) Weight 174.1. Steps 23293. Total Burn 2779. Exercise Burn 950/1003 (60minElliptical, 60min/3.16milesTreadmill, Weights). Calories in 0. So ... not a good night. But I did get an entire book read. Hubs left for work (He doesn't work weekend per se but does go in to catch up and get things done as needed).  I got in some exercise and mowed the lawn. Cleaned off a dusty shelf and made a DI run. Dropped #3 off at work, as I'd need the car. #5 had a basketball game, but he also had a bad blister. He'd pulled the skin off last night (that's a no-no) and it was really hurting him. I tried to bandage it up, but with a shoe on it was just too painful. He sat the bench and cheered his team on. Luckily, they didn't really need him today, an easy win (even with one of our other good players out with a concussion). Picked up #3 from work. Hubs brought out some orange chicken from the freezer, so that was dinner. He and I watched last Sunday's GOT. He'd already seen it but I hadn't. But now I have.

0820 (Sunday) Weight 170.7. Steps 29043. Total Burn 2954. Exercise Burn 1350/1183 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.11mileTreadmill, Bike, Abs/Core). Calories in 1550. Hubs got up and smoked bacon and made waffles. It had been a while since we had our Sunday Circles breakfast.  I pulled out some hashbrowns ... but they had gone bad. #2 was gone to a couple farewells, so he missed out. Hubs hit work again for a while. I got my exercise in ... quite a bit more than the usual Sunday stuff. Watched the latest GOT and then sleep.

0821 (Monday) Weight 170.9. Steps 20144. Total Burn 2534. Exercise Burn 869/772 (30minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.6mileTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 800. I've been struggling with recent events. It has helped in the scale situation I guess ... down 7.1 pounds this week. I've escaped into exercise and felt a little too ill to eat. Sometimes Zumba can snap me out of a funk, or at least life my spirits temporarily ... other times, it's just not happening. I didn't have the energy and felt my emotions on edge. I thought I should probably sneak about before anyone asked if is I was okay. I didn't get out quite in time. There were tears. Stats: 5271 steps. 2.27 miles. 310/317 burn. AvHR97. High 132. In zone 2 of the 58 minutes.  I stopped at Smiths on the way home and grabbed more lettuce (for us and the ducks) and my prescription. I hadn't been sure if the doctor would authorize a refill without going in, but they did. Back at home I got in some additional exercise. It was the ECLIPSE today. Around 11:30 was when it would be most visible ... but of  course I hadn't planned to have the special glasses on hand. Not that my kids cared, but if I'd had them, I'm sure they would have looked and had it be a fun experience for them to remember. The next eclipse is in 2024 and Utah will be in the direct path. Tons of pictures posted about the eclipse! There have also been many pictures posted across FB about school starting up. #3 starts tomorrow, and the other three on Wednesday. We are fully represented this year ... elementary, middle school, high school and college.

0822 (Tuesday) Weight 170.1. Steps 32159. Total Burn 3069. Exercise Burn 1550 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.4milesTreadmill, Bike, Weights). Calories in 1900. High school started today, so I was up at my usual "school schedule" waking, which is out of bed around 6:00. With the return to that routine, we'll see if I get back to my hour of elliptical first thing. One session at 6:00, one at 7:00 and one at 8:00, with getting kids up, breakfast and lunches, carpools, etc. in between. Today I managed two elliptical sessions, and then finished up the hour with two 10min ones later in the day. Dropped #3 at school ... hopefully we'll get him so wheels soon. It's crazy cars and kids all over in the morning! Zumba over at the church. I was so sad Suzanne wasn't there. She had said she was going to work as school started up, that today would be her last day, and then we didn't get that. I wasn't surprised Christa didn't make, although she had said she'd try. She and Marian were both stuck in the post-eclipse Idaho traffic. I was so grateful that Carma was there at least. I'd barely made it through Zumba yesterday and passed on leading any songs at all. Too hard to smile and put forth extra energy. I was doing better today, but still not sure I would have been up to leading the entire hour on my own. It was a small class anyway, just me, Carma and Mindy to start, then we had two others come in a little later. Not my usual high numbers when I'm leading. Stats: 5865 steps. 2.53 miles. 434/381 burn. AvHR115. High137. In zone 16 of the 62 minutes. Back at home I got in a couple treadmill times, Zumba practice and weights. Some bike before bed as well as my additional elliptical. Felt a little hungrier today, but still kept calories in check without too much trouble. Picked up #3 after school. Tomorrow I'll have carpool for all three youngest, which will keep me hopping. #5 had back to school night, which went really quick. Just checking in where his classroom is, where his desk is, sighing a few things. This is a big year at the school apparently, their 45th anniversary. With #5 being the "graduating" class they are being featured on a big board as you walk into the school (they took the pictures at the end of 5th grade). #5's is SO cute, his expression while balancing a basketball on his finger. We hurried home and he changed, as he had a basketball thing over at the high school. We're fine with the team he's on (Wolves). Neither he nor I really want to commit to two teams, but almost feel it's a necessary part of playing the politics of school ball (yes, even if he's only in 6th grade). He has enjoyed playing with his Grizzlies team, and actually playing at his grade level (the Wolves are a grade up for him) but there just aren't many kids his age (which is why we have him playing with the Wolves). So if they don't end up with a team we're both okay with that, although we really like some of the kids and would miss playing with them. It will be a bit stressful if they do make a team, trying to juggle schedules, hoping games and practices don't overlap, more $$ ... in fact they charged $40 just for this tryout, calling it a "camp" and making more into that, but I feel like that probably discourages some from trying out and is really just a money maker for the high school basketball. Still not sure where #3 stands, or where he even wants to stand. One of the other kids "quit" the team (not chosen yet, but announcing he's not going to tryout). He's one similar to my son, so that could actually increase #3's chances at making the team ... which he's not sure he wants. I'm torn on it too. I really love seeing him play, but all the other stuff stresses me out (having to help with concessions, dinners, lunches, banquets, fundraisers, etc.) So I guess whichever way it goes we'll just look at the positives and go from there. The camp tonight ran from 7:00-9:30 ... that's a little late for kids, the day before school starts no less ... it's a little late for Hubs and me! Hubs was down and out around 8:30 and I could feel myself dragging. #3 helped out by dropping #5 off (and apparently there was some paperwork, which he filled out) and picking him up. I wanted to check in with #5 about how it went, and how his blister was doing (I'd ordered some special blister band-aids and we'd put one on. It had healed some since Saturday too) but I couldn't keep my eyes open. I'll have to figure out something for tomorrow night. I'll have to do the 9:30 pickup, as #3 is working late ... and then I'll have to figure out how to get him home (someone pick-up, or we drop off a car) as we don't have an extra car for him to take.

Wednesday (0823) Weight 170.7. Steps 32062. Total Burn 3305. Exercise Burn 1250/1522 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.72milesTreadmill). Calories in 1700. Hubs was up and off fairly early, as is his norm (shortly before 6:00). It was close enough to when I would be getting up that I hadn't fallen back asleep, but was just laying in bed, phone still on silent from the night. #3 knocked on the door and came in saying "Dad is trying to call you" so I quickly called Hubs. He hadn't even gotten out of the neighborhood, having been struck with a Meniere's attack. Usually he can't even bear the thought of moving, but he also was so close to home, and didn't really want to be where people he knew would pass and see (him sitting in his truck, an episode can look similar to someone really drunk). I went and picked him up, bringing a bucket (in case he threw up) and a towel (as there is generally profuse sweating). Parked right next to him and we were able to move him to the Durango, and then home to bed (with a stop to throw up, although he had nothing in his stomach). Lights out, fan on ... and wait it out. I needed to get the high schooler and middle schooler off. We had to leave just a bit early as I was driving double this morning. Dropped off #3 ... it's so crazy crowded with kids and cars. After the high school stop, we went on to the middle school for #4. Then home, to wake up #5 and get him ready for his day. There was some odd quacking outside from the duck, odd enough that I went to investigate. Just one duck. I could hear the other (the male) and peeked over the fence, and he was in the neighbor's front yard. Not sure if he flew (he is a mallard and can fly, she is a different breed and cannot) or if he ducked under the fence. #5 helped me round him up and get him back in the backyard. Silly ducks! The backyard gate had been open this morning, and on Monday morning ... both ducks were in our front yard then. Glad no dogs were out. Got #5 off for his first day. Came home, and Hubs had recovered enough to head to work. I changed and went to Zumba. Stats: 6961 steps. 3.09 miles. 437/418 burn. AvHR110. High 131. In zone 8 of the 65 minutes. Stopped at Maceys for groceries on the way home. They had some sales, nothing nutritious, but stuff the boys like. #2 was home when I got back. He could help bring in the groceries. Got everything put away and then got in some additional exercise. In the early afternoon, it was school pickup time. I grabbed #3 from the high school, dropped him home and then picked up the middle school carpool. Back to carpool. I generally have about 15 minutes after arriving home before I have to leave again to pick up elementary. Often I'd try to get in a quick 10min elliptical session ... today, duck round up. Again. Both ducks were out this time. They must have gone under the fence. Wrangled them back to the backyard. While I was there, I noticed something in the pool ... it was an egg. Did she lay an egg in the pool? I've heard of water births ... the first egg we've found. Just looked like a chicken egg. Duck eggs are supposed to be bigger, but it has to be hers I would think. Picked up #5 and got home just in time to drive #3 to work, as I would need the car and couldn't let him take it. Finally got around to mowing the lawn. I'd wanted to earlier, but it rained. Dropped #5 off at the high school at 7:00 for his second day of basketball camp/tryouts. Still had 20min on the elliptical needed to finish up my hour, so I did that. #1 said he was home for the evening, so he and I drove double to drop of his car to #3 at KFC so he'd be able to get home at closing. #2 said he'd pick up #5 from basketball at 9:30 ... so I was able to head to bed. I didn't think I was that tired, I'd been anticipating staying up for that final pickup. But as soon as I was in bed for just a bit attempting to read, my eyes were closing. It was a full day.

Thursday (0824) Weight 171.1. Steps 31510.  Total Burn 3303. Exercise Burn 1350/1699 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.68mileTreadmill, Bike, Abs/Core). Calories in 1250. Oops, had the alarm set for 6:45 instead of my usual school 5:45 ... generally I don't even need the alarm, as Hubs is up and off early, and as quiet as he tries to be, I wake up too. But he was still sleeping, and the alarm woke me up. It was still in time to get the kids off to school, but I was only able to fit in one session on the elliptical. Dropped kids off at high school and elementary, Mr. middle getting picked up by the carpool. Went to Zumba with MZL in Kearns. Stats: 6893 steps. 3.13 miles. 460/459 burn. AvHR122. High 142. In zone 37 of the 59 minutes. Stopped at Sam'sClub on the way home. Managed to spend much money $$. I think it was a bit of a workout pulling the groceries in the house, and then trucking them downstairs into the food storage room. Many trips up and down the stairs. Got in some treadmill time, bike and abs/core. Just haven't been feeling hungry lately, so keeping calories in check hasn't been hard ... although the scale hasn't reflected it. When I went to pick up #3 from school, I was stopped at the light as emergency vehicles came rushing by. Had to sit through a couple lights before everything reset. Made me a little late getting off to pick up #4 and the middle school carpool. As I headed down the street, there were all the emergency vehicles ... I was wondering if the street was blocked off, but they had cones set up for one small lane of traffic in each direction. I couldn't see exactly what was going on. As I picked up the kids, a recorded message came across the phone saying there had been a small plane crash and it could affect the schools as it was near the bus hub, and some power lines were out (I'd hit one intersection with the lights not working). When I picked up #5, he said he was out at recess and actually saw the plane going down, and then saw the "mushroom cloud" of smoke and debris as it hit the ground. All the kids had been hustled inside and the school brought in some crisis counselors if any of the kids were shaken up. #3 said he had been outside with his basketball class and they'd seen the smoke too. #5 should have had basketball skills practice, but his thigh was hurting him. Two and a half hours for the past two nights has taken its tole. Found another egg today, in with the herbs ...

Friday (0825) Weight 171.3. Steps 31257. Total Burn 3119. Exercise Burn 1487/1357 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.18milesTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 2700. Late start at the middle and high schools. A bit tricky giving rides to both the high schooler and elementary boy, as their start times are similar. #3 has been good to let me pull into a neighborhood near the school and drop him to walk, rather than having to fight all the crazy cars and crowds. It worked out. #4 was getting picked up by the carpool, so I made it to Zumba. Stats: 7183 steps. 3.26 miles. 455/458 burn. AvHR114. High135. In zone 18 of the 65 minutes. Stopped at Maceys again on the way home. They had a few weekend only specials, and #4 is desperate for some Coke-a-Cola. Had just a couple hours at home, not quite alone as #2 didn't have anything today and was around. Then, triple pickups after school starting with early out elementary. Hubs had gone to the lake with his work crew, so he wasn't home until late. Unlike the previous days of late, today I wanted to eat everything. And I did.Weight hasn't been budging anyway.

Saturday (0826) Weight 171.5. Steps 21787. Total Burn 2715. Exercise Burn 700/949 (40minElliptical, 40min/2.5milesTrack). Calories in 1600.  Technically I could sleep in ... but I couldn't sleep in. I was up fairly early. Did the usual morning stuff (feed the cats, feed the ducks, unload the dishwasher) and then hit the elliptical. Got in a second session a bit later ... but then didn't make it back down. Hubs and three of the boys went to the lake for wave running. #5 had a game at 2:30, but coach wanted everyone there a little early for warm up in the aux gym. I walked the track above for 40minutes before the game. We got the win, but it was tight there for a while. #5 still gets emotional when things aren't going perfectly for him. On the way home we stopped at Big5 to grab some socks for the birthday boys. Grabbed a pair of Nike shoes for #5 too. Also a quick stop at Reams for a cookies and cream ice cream cake (again, upcoming birthdays). I'd wanted to mow the lawn a bit earlier in the day, but we got a small rain shower, so I 'd put it off. It was nice as we got home, so I got the front and back done. Watered the plants. Made macaroni rosa for dinner, along with some chicken fettuccine alfredo for me and #5. I was dragging and so tired, hit the sheets early. Missed out on the homemade ice cream that Hubs made.

Sunday (0827) Weight 171.8. Steps 16369. Total Burn 2533. Exercise Burn 800/741 (60minElliptical, 30min/1.7milesTreadmill, Abs/Core). Calories in 2300. Slept in a little this morning. Hubs was up early though, getting the brisket on the smoker. He then went on a bike ride with a buddy. I made french toast for breakfast, with bacon and sausage. I forgot I'd picked up hashbrowns.  I fit in my full hour of elliptical today, and also some treadmill time. #5 had a birthday party. Hubs made more homemade ice cream ... right before dinner too! I got some today. Dinner was yummy, but so much meat. #2 and #3 had to work but got a bit before they left. Season finale of GOT.

Monday (0828) Weight 173.4. Steps 31297. Total Burn 3306. Exercise Burn 1485/1509 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 60min/3.65mileTreadmill). Calories in 1800. I was awake at 4:00 and couldn't get back to sleep, so I was ready to get up when the alarm went off around 5:30. I beat Hubs! Fed the kitties then hit the elliptical, woke the kids and got the first couple off to school. #3 and #4 aren't taking much for lunch, and they are growing teenage boys! I can't quite fit in another elliptical before taking #3 to school, as I have to leave a bit earlier than I did when driving middle school carpool (and I didn't always get it in then) but I got a 10min session, and another 20min on before dropping #5 off to elementary. Then Zumba with Debbie. Stats: 6126 steps. 382/371 burn. AvHR104. In zone 6 of the 60 minutes. No store stop today, although I probably should have, as we ran out of 2% milk later in the day (I drink skim, so not really a problem for me, but the boys aren't too happy). Hit the treadmill twice, but before I know it it's time for afternoon pickups. Leaving at 2:30 for #3, drop him off and leave again to grab #4 and middle school carpool. I did do 10min after arriving home before heading out again for elementary pickup. I didn't need the car the rest of the day, so #3 took it to work. I'd asked #4 what he wanted for his birthday dinner. He said the fried chicken and yellow rice I make ... so I made that, even though we have oodles of leftovers. It always takes quite a bit longer than I think it will. I never made it back down to the gym. I'd hoped to hit the bike, maybe get in some ab/core work, but I still hit 30k for the day without any gym time past afternoon. Maga came over with a little cake for #4, and I'd picked up an ice-cream cake that is a favorite. So we had cake. Chatted outside watching the duckies. Found a HUGE egg this morning! Hubs took the first few and put them in the incubator ... we'll see if they hatch.

Tuesday (0829) Weight  173.4. Steps 31836. Total Burn 3274. Exercise Burn 1485/1509 (60minElliptical, Zumba+, 30min/1.72mileTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 2300. Still so tired this morning, did not want to get up. But I did. Got in two elliptical sessions as I got the boys off to school, then headed over to the church for Zumba. Marian is back. I was her only helper today. While I do enjoy leading and planning the playlist to get the songs I know and love, it's also nice to step back and let someone else be in charge. Marian had to head out to work, so I did the last 15 min. She'd been a bit discouraged at the start though, wondering if there were enough people coming to continue ... then we had a pretty full class with a few people showing up who hadn't been in a while. Stats today: 6615 steps. 2.93 miles. 478/455 burn. AvHR118, High 147. In zone 24 of the 62 minutes.
I had the house to myself for a bit, as both older boys had classes. I hit the treadmill and should have done weights, but I was dragging. The time just speeds by, and then it was time for pickups. #3 texted me that he didn't need a ride today, he could get one from a friend, but I didn't see it in time and was already there. His friends came over and they were in the gym for a couple hours after school. I did some Zumba practice, as I do that in my room, not the gym. Hubs called, needing some money moved around as he was buying a car today ... passing the truck onto #3 so he'll be able to drive himself around rather than needing my chauffeur services.  Then Hubs and #3 headed off to do a derby. Unfortunately there were complications with the computer, very frustrating for Hubs. He ended up going to a late movie with a friend. I went to bed, but did hit the bike before.

Wednesday (0830) Weight 172.1. Steps 33050. Total Burn 3351. Exercise Burn 1400/1588 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 60min/3.56milesTreadmill). Calories in 1500. I was awake early and up before Hubs. Watching "42" for my movie while I exercise today. Got in 50min early elliptical as I got the boys off to school. Crazy cat screech from the backyard, but it wasn't out kitty and our ducks weren't in danger ...although I did have to retrieve Mr. Mallard from back by the trailer. Zumba with MZL. Stats: 7216 steps. 3.22 miles. 450/431 burn. AvHR112. High125. In zone 2 of the 65 minutes. Stopped at Maceys on the way home, as we were out of 2% milk and I stocked up on a few other things during their case lot sale. Both big boys were home when I pulled up, and helped bring in the groceries. Nice! Usually I'm on my own for that. Got in two treadmill times and mowed the lawn before heading out for pickups. #3 was working today, but I needed the car ... so he drove the monster truck. I guess he needs to get used to it. Got in a weight workout and then #5 and I headed out for his game at Dimple Dell at 7:00. Our boys fell behind at the beginning, but came back and pulled ahead as the half finished up. The other team pulled ahead at the end though, and got the win. It was a good game though. No yelling, and I thought the other team had good sportsmanship. Multiple times they helped our boys up and checked if they were ok after they were down. #5 did good. Got the first basket of the game, and a couple three pointers in the first half. Then a crazy shot put up from behind the back, and a half-court buzzer beater to finish the game.  Would have been more fun if it was for the win, but always fun regardless. I'm actually okay not playing tomorrow night. Weeknight games can be tiring.I'm tired anyway!

Thursday (0831) Weight 170.1. Steps 28722. Total Burn 3153. Exercise Burn 1243/1369 (60minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.64milesTreadmill). Calories in 1900. I was up early again, again beating Hubs up. Unusual. Got in two elliptical sessions as I got the boys off to school. Watching "Now You See Me 2" ... not too impressed thus far. Before heading out to Zumba, I gathered some of our harvest. Several zucchini (some huge, oops), squash and a couple eggplant and brought them in a box to set out for anyone who wanted to take some. MZL often does things like that ... sharing food or clothes, passing things along to others. It seemed to get emptied out. I just hate having it go to waste! Stats: 6940 steps. 3.01 miles. 458/455 burn. AvHR113. High 129. In zone 7 of the 65 minutes. I stopped at Sam's Club on the way home. Really all that couldn't wait was watermelon. I'm not sure if my duckies could survive without their watermelon! The credit card processing was down though as I went to check out. They could take cash or debit, neither of which I had on hand. The cashier said she thought the "scan and go" app was still working. I'd heard about it but hadn't ever got around to downloading and trying it ... but I did then, and it worked and I'll definitely be using that again in the future. So maybe their being down was a good thing, made me try something I wouldn't have otherwise. Got home and unloaded (unfortunately on my own, as the big boys were gone) and then discovered our Wifi was out. Spent some time troubleshooting, resetting the modem, etc. Called Xfinity and there had been a work order ... Hubs had put in a request for them to shift the cable line over, as he wanted to put an in-ground tramp in the yard, and the cable ran right through the selected spot. I could see where they had done some digging in the back ... not where we needed it though. After waiting a couple hours, it seems the workmen were not coming back, so I called again and went through a bunch of troubleshooting with the customer service representative, again attempting to reset the modem, cable box (the TV was out too) and we ultimately figured that something got screwed up outside. Unfortunately the soonest someone could come out was tomorrow morning. So all day without internet. We rely on it SO much! Luckily we have our phones so we aren't completely cut off ... can check email and FB. It completely derailed my exercise for the day though. I mean I still COULD have done some stuff. Zumba practice doesn't require wifi, nor does the stationary bike (as I read on my Kindle, not "needing" Netflix like I do with the elliptical or treadmill). But ... the wifi being out seemed to suck out all my energy too. With my recent switch to movies, I had been looking at DVDs from the library and happened to have a couple on hold. I left a little early for #3's pickup, stopped at the library along the way and grabbed my holds and a few more DVDs too. After picking up #3, then #4, then #5 ... I did make it down to the gym and started a movie "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" but didn't finish. I need to start a movie at the start of the day to get through it all. The kids were actually much better than I'd anticipated with the wifi out. They really didn't complain, although #2 said he couldn't do some of his homework, as it was online only.  It better be fixed tomorrow! And ... it was #3's birthday today! 17 years old. He said a bunch of kids sang to him in the halls at school today. I didn't have much in the way of gifts for him. He's a "water bottle" collector and we added a few to his collection. A new backpack, a little perpetual motion machine and some PB M&Ms. Maga came over with a little cake (as she'd done for #4 a few days ago). We had some left over cookies and cream ice cream cake too. Planning a family b-day dinner for tomorrow.

July 2017

0701 (Saturday) Weight 175.6. Steps 16628. Total Burn 2524. Exercise Burn 350/718 (Family 5K). Calories in 3250. Our family did a 5K years ago, and I'd always said I wanted to do another, but I'd never gotten around to it. #4 had expressed some interest, and I'd signed him and #1 up for a race earlier this Spring. A couple months ago, while perusing the utah5K page, I saw one advertised close to home, at the West Jordan park, inexpensive too, just $10 for the WHOLE family (including #2's girlfriend, who had "run in a 5k" on their "couple summer bucket list"). So ... I'd signed us all up, not sure if we'd all make it. I knew if even one person sat it out, I probably would too ... but everyone ended up going! We started up the center of the park, and then looped around three times. #3 ended up lapping me, and I'd just started my final lap when #5, #1 and #4 hit the finish line. I had my "5mph" playlist and had only stopped to walk a time or two, but still was last from our family. They were all waiting for me as I rounded the final corner, I had my own little entourage as I finished the race. #5 had taken first place in his age group (14 and under), with #4 coming in second, for the next age group (15-19) #3 took first, #2 took second and Kate took third (I done the registration, I could have sworn I'd checked the correct gender box). The 1st place overall winner was a 15-year old cross-country star from the high school, but placing there he wasn't in the age division. #1 took 2nd in the 20-30, with the first place going to a neighborhood buddy (whose older brother took 2nd overall). We got some cute pictures before the race, and then one with all our matching t-shirts after the race. We stopped to grab some Dunford donuts on the way home. When we buy donuts, I eat donuts ... go figure. Uber over on calories today. No additional exercise, but I did mow the lawn . Hubs did a Costco run, grabbing some meat to smoke tomorrow, and picked up some king crab legs to try tonight (his first time steaming them). We supplemented with some Popeyes. I wasn't feeling well, had a killer headache!

0702 (Sunday) Weight 177.6. Steps 13648. Total Burn 2338. Exercise Burn 537/528 (20minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2500. Definitely feeling yesterday's race in my legs today! Calves are so tight, quads tender too, as well as some upper body stiffness (from pumping arms while running?) Going down the stairs is an issue! I got one session on the elliptical in ... while getting down the stairs to the gym was difficult, it wasn't bad once I was on the machine. Hubs took off for a morning bike ride ... I did some Zumba practice. I didn't really go into it intending to do a full hour, but I did. Fairly low-key, with the body aches. Stats: 4838 steps. 2.09 miles. 369/280 burn. AvHR106, High134, in zone 2 of the 60 minutes. #3 made us waffles for breakfast. Hubs had a hankering to hit Park City, and ended up going solo, riding the tram up the mountain. Had a quick meeting at the house with some of the stake presidency with a calling for #3. Hubs had smoked roast for french dip, and smoked pork loin too, which is a new favorite of #2 and #3. I got some blog updates done (Zumba stats, June2017 and one on the family blog ... I'm SO behind there!)

0703 (Monday) Weight 176.9. Steps 19518. Total Burn 2510. Exercise Burn 650/686 (Zumba X2). Calories in 2200. Hubs bought some little salted caramel bon-bon candies at Costco on Saturday. There's no visible salt, and they aren't the absolute best ... but I can't stop eating them. They are so easy to down by the handful, even though just five are a serving. I don't think they agree with me ... some tummy trouble, but again, I can't seem to stop eating them! Had some for breakfast. Hubs was up and off early to hike Mount Olympus with a work buddy. It was a little more than he was anticipating, even though he's done it before. He said his legs were jelly coming down. He pretty much came home and crashed for most of the day. I was still feeling the 5K in my legs. At Zumba with Debbie, I was much more subdued. Stats: 5221 steps. 2.25 miles. 361/262 burn. AvHR99, High128, in zone 2 of the 63 minutes. I stopped at Smiths on the way home, grabbing a prescription and some groceries. While restocking the greens for the goose, I chatted with the produce guy and he gave me their trimmings (which ended up being three big bags of romaine lettuce). Nice! #3 wanted to play basketball, but his brothers weren't interested in taking him, so I did, doing another hour of Zumba practice. Stats: 5120 steps. 2.21 miles. Burn 404/274 (not sure why the ChargeHR came in high). AvHR110, High124, in zone 1 of the 61minutes. I was out back with the birds in the early afternoon (it was SO hot) when two of the ducks took off flying! I thought for sure they'd land in the neighbor's yard this time ... but they went beyond that even! I put on my shoes and went for a little walk around the neighborhood to see if I could find them. Down at the end of the street I heard a quack and saw one sitting on the sidewalk. I started to try and nudge it home, but we were several houses down. These ducks are flighty (literally!) and I could tell it would be hard ... easier with some help, so I headed home to enlist a couple of the kids. I heard another quack, and a bark, and looked back to see a dog going after the poor duck. She flew but he followed and I ran back to shoo him away (luckily he went, I'm afraid of dogs myself). I don't know if ducky was hurt or just overwhelmed with it all, but she was just sitting on the sidewalk and didn't resist at all when I went to pick her up. I was carrying her home when I came across the other duck, and I slowly managed to nudge her into our yard. Hubs and one of the boys noticed and came out to help. So all four ducks are back home. There is no obvious injury to the one duck, but she seems a bit traumatized by the adventure, just wanting to tuck her beak under her wing. Poor baby. Our backyard is quite sheltered compared to the big, wild world. Hubs and I rented "La La Land" and watched it, indulging in his yummy popcorn.

0704 (Tuesday) Weight 176.9. Steps 17324. Total Burn 2649. Exercise Burn 725/824 (20minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2900. 4th of July! There was a neighborhood breakfast going on, originally scheduled at our neighborhood park, but apparently a neighboring neighborhood was using the park (same, neighborhood breakfast) so our neighborhood had to move it into a backyard. I wasn't really planning on going anyway (since becoming inactive, it does impact these social functions somewhat even though this was specifically a "neighborhood" breakfast, not a "church" one ... thus them not moving it to the church). My Zumba class was cancelled though, and I'd been excited to hit Heather's (my Tuesday backup) again, but she was offered a paid class at KOPFC ... I'm too cheap to pay and studios/centers are often too crowded for me. I need the space of the big church gyms. I figured I'd hit MZL. Their Tues/Thurs class is a little further North, but I've been to the building before and it's not a bad commute. They usually have huge classes, but it was quite small with the holiday. Still feeling a bit sore from the 5k, but was able to get good stats (probably helped being brought up on stage a couple times). Stats: 7023. 3.08 miles. 538/482 burn. AvHR121, High138, in zone 43 of the 65 minutes.  I was glad I went. Hubs had taken the three littles and went to Maga's house for a bit ... leaving the front door unlocked and the garage door open. We all went back later in the early evening for BBQ. I'd marinaded some chicken, and there were burgers and dogs, corn on the cob, and Maga's red/white&blue trifle for dessert. We'd taken two cars (even though #2 wasn't with us and we would have all fit in the Durango, Hubs had gone a little early with the truck) ... Hubs and I left first, and then #1 brought the other boys home a little later. SO many fireworks going off everywhere. The poor birds in the backyard were freaked out. Hubs and I sat out with them for a while.

0705 (Wednesday) Weight 178.3. Steps 27971. Total Burn 3001. Exercise Burn 917/1177 (20minElliptical, Zumba x2). Calories in 2000. #1 had his day off Wednesday this week, which worked out as Hubs had made an appointment for #2's car at the Dodge dealership. His "check engine" light had come on (and off and on ... not consistent). We'd had a fiasco with that and a previous vehicle, so it's worrisome.  #2 had training for his new job, so he took #1's car. I was able to hit my Zumba. MZL has moved for a couple weeks as they redo the floors, so I was hitting an alternate. One out by Sunset Ridge, which I've gone to before, but it's been a long while. It's very common to have "first time syndrome" and not get the HR up, but I just wasn't clicking with any of the songs either. I hurried home, so that #3 could follow #1 as they dropped of the Charger at the dealer ... and of course the check engine light was NOT on as they arrived. There had been some mixup and we weren't on the books for an appointment, so the boys rescheduled and came home. Wasted morning and now it's still hanging overhead. #4 had mentioned wanting to go play basketball at the church. When the older boys got back, #4 and I could have sworn #1 said he would go ... I guess we misheard. I said I'd still be willing to take #4, but he doesn't really like going alone and was in tears. I told #5 to leave his computer game and come along with us, and then HE was in tears because he didn't particularly want to go and then even when he said he would, #4 was upset ... and having my littles upset made me upset and discouraged about this whole boring summer. It's so hard because none of the kids school friends live in our neighborhood. The three of us did end up going. I did some Zumba practice while they got in basketball practice. I got in a session on the elliptical too ... and an unexpected walk. I peeked out the window in the early evening to one duck quacking quite frantically. Not the norm. So I went out back ... just one duck, not four. There was an answering quack from the neighbor's backyard. One duck was there, but wasn't figuring out how to fly back. I recruited #3 to hop over the fence (neighbors had said that would be fine anytime we needed to) and grab her and hand her back. I walked the neighborhood after that, looking for the other two, wondering if I might find them, as I had on Monday when two flew. But no sign of them today. While I was out back ... girl goose took flight and did a slight curve while coming down, ending up on the wrong side of the big backyard cinderblock fence. Arrggg! I got a stool ( different neighbor, unattached neighborhood, this fence is much higher than the one the duck flew over) and hubs grabbed a ladder and we peeked over the fence and called to her and after ten minutes or so she finally flew back over into our yard. These birds be stressing me out! #2 had his final shift at KFC ... he's glad to be moving on (just as #3 is starting there). #1 ended up taking the two littles to an NBA summer league game down at the Huntsman Center.

0706 (Thursday) Weight 176.6. Total Burn 2884. Exercise Burn 1000/1073 (20minElliptical, Zumba x2, Bike). Calories in 2700. I was awake early, and I actually got up and hit the elliptical. I haven't been able to squeeze in an early elliptical even with 9:00 Zumba, and Thursday's class has an 8:30 start time! I've been enjoying MZL of late, and having gone to the different (Tues/Thurs) building this week, I was thinking maybe I'd go straight from the early Zumba class w/Corianne to MZL's, which starts a little late, around 9:20. And I did. I just wasn't getting the HR up at all in the first class. The instructor has a ton of energy (I'm sure HER'S is up) but I don't know all the songs that well, some are a little more flowy, with a longer warm up/cool down ... and then the KIDS. Crazy running all over is very distracting, and it's hard to feel like you can move freely when you are having to watch your step so you don't crash into a kid running across the floor. Stats: 3905 steps. 1.68 miles. 250/178 burn. AvHR96, High116, didn't get into the cardio zone any of the 40 minutes. MZL ... that was another story! HR up! 6902 steps. 3.1 miles. 526/446 burn. AvHR125, High165, in zone 34 of the 65 minutes (it had started, but I still got my full hour in). This one is a bit more crowded than the Wednesday class, as on Wednesdays they offer two locations. I like being at the side, where I can run grab a drink easily ... but then so does almost everyone. I ended up right in the center today, but that was fine too. But there had been a workman out front as I arrived, and I wonder if they were fixing the A/C or something, as there was none in the gym today! They usually have big fans blowing air at this location, but they weren't working either. So it was hot!  Headed home - looked like a bad accident on 7800 at the Walmart exit. Despite my productive morning, I didn't get much done the rest of the day. The boys (#1, #3, #4 and #5) packed up and hit Classic Waterpark for the afternoon. I had a $20 coupon for entry for four plus a pizza and pop. They said that's about all it was worth. It only has four slides, so nothing like the bigger waterparks. There is usually a couple big inflatables, but there was a problem with them today, not that those would have made much difference really. But it was fine for a small outing for the day. #5 had basketball practice in the evening. My car was blocked in, and rather than rearranging, I just asked #2 to do the drop-off. It took him a bit to get back with traffic ... a bad accident on 7800 at the Walmart exit. Not the same one as this morning, but not good to have two bad ones in the same spot in a single day! I handled pickup, bringing some Snickerdoodles for coach and our ride helper. A little frustrated with the cookies though, seems like the first time or two they really turned out good, and they I've struggled a bit. Today, they tasted fine, but ascetically, they really varied. From thick, to super flat, to weird edges. Goose girl flew over the wall again today ... came back. Flew again in the evening, and ended up sitting on the wall for a while. Hubs and I were in the backyard when a duck flew over quacking, calling to the two remaining ducks (who were answering back). The duck landed on our neighbor's roof, and we wondered if she'd come back and land in the yard. She flew, overshooting it, landing in our other neighbor's yard ... and as Hubs and I got a better look, we realized she was NOT one of our two that flew off last night. Our ducks this year are not distinctive like last year's mallard mutation (we could always tell ours from the wild ones) but still, we could see this one was slightly bigger, and lighter in color. Very interesting to have her fly so close ... I mean we did have that duck couple come every day last year, but it isn't that usual. I then walked into the front to turn off the sprinklers when ... there was a duck. This time, it WAS one of ours! I nudged it into the backyard, where it had a joyful and noisy reunion with the other two ducks. I wonder if they tell each other of their adventures. I wonder how her day went ... and if the other duck is surviving too. I keep glancing at the canal ... but the canal is disgusting this year! We've lived here for 20 years, and I know the water level changes depending on weather and water pulls, but I've never seen it this low this early. So much mucky moss/toxic algae. There are very few ducks there this year.

0707 (Friday) Weight 177.3. Steps 21719. Total Burn 2900. Exercise Burn 600/1074 (20minElliptical, Zumba+, Weights). Calories in 2700. Zumba with Debbie to start the day. I had remembered it would be a weights day at one point, but didn't prep and bring the weights up to remind me. I forgot them. Stats: 5720 Steps. 2.47 miles. 397/363 burn. AvHR108. High138. In zone 6 of the 63 minutes. I should have stopped at Smiths on the way home for some groceries, but I hadn't prepped the list and wasn't sure what all was needed. I got in one session on the elliptical, some additional Zumba, and a weights workout. #1 was leaving to go to a work activity (the new Spiderman movie, taking Ana's two boys) about the time #5 needed to be dropped off for his practice, so that saved me a trip out. Hubs and I ended up watching an episode of House of Cards, and he made his popcorn ... so over in calories obviously.  I'd also made Mac&Cheese (added to the overage) ... not even knowing that it was National Macaroni and Cheese day! #3 went on a cleaning spree, doing the kitchen and the bathroom. Sometimes those OCD tendencies come in handy!

0708 (Saturday) Weight 177.3. Steps 21768. Total Burn 2678. Exercise Burn 600/851 (Zumba+). Calories in 2700. Hubs wanted to go up to the lake today ... so they did. #1 had to work, but met up with them afterward, driving separately. I did a quick stop at the store early to grab the needed groceries and some treats for the little beach trip. #2 didn't go either, as he was working in the morning, and then had tickets to "Slide the City" with his girlfriend. I felt my day home alone was still fairly productive. I did an hour of Zumba, and then a little extra throughout the day. I also got the lawn mowed and did some yard work.  Treats were a temptation, as I pulled some out for the guys and some got left ... and I pulled out some others as I put away some. No sign of the other ducks, but the canal water is back up to normal level. A storm seemed to set in for the evening, blowing wind and some thunder and lightening.

0709 (Sunday) Weight 178.7. Steps 12476. Total Burn 2343. Exercise Burn 150/524 (ZumbaP). Calories in 2500. Love sleeping in ... even though I get to every day with the summer, it's easier when Hubs does too. He was still up and off fairly early, going on a bike ride. He smoked us up some bacon when he got back, and I made pancakes. The older two boys had earlier meetings though, so it wasn't a full family breakfast. #3 also hasn't been feeling well for a few days. Not really sick ever, but moments of fever and chills, cough ... and then he'll be fine. Keeping an eye on him. Hubs took the Durango in for a needed oil change and also got it registered, even though it didn't expire until the end of August. Always nice to have that done. He ran some additional errands, and checked on his mom, and her yard. She's having her patio torn out (flagstones with thyme) for a cement pad. I had Hubs grab some of the flagstones for me, as I've needed some sort of walkway to the shed. Currently, I'll balance on a board (with nails in it) to get across the dirt and mud. When he got home with them, I moved them to the backyard and prepped the dirt and got them placed and am pretty pleased with the result. I could maybe use a couple more. I re-positioned some stepping stones in the other garden (where I needed to step to reach the birdfeeder) and did some weeding. I was a pretty sweaty mess. A little funny I saw the other day said "Why is it called Boob-Sweat, it should be called Humidititties" ... ha ha. I got showered up, then made macaroni rosa for dinner. We introduced the boys to "Flight of the Conchords" which, while an HBO show, isn't really any worse than Friends, HIMYM or IT Crowd. There was a lot of laughter. I made homemade Oreos too.

0710 (Monday) Weight 179.1. Steps 23249. Total Burn 2859. Exercise Burn 900/1033 (20minElliptical, Zumba+) Calories in 2200. Started the day off with Zumba. Debbie in Daybreak today. I forgot seeing a sign that the road (I go on) would be closed, so I had to detour and wasn't positive I was going to be able to find my way, but I did. Good class. Stats: 6345 steps. 2.71 miles. 395/410 burn. AvHR107. High125. In zone just 1 minute of the 63. I stopped at Smiths on the way home, as the boys had burned through most of the bananas, I should have picked up wheat bread on my last trip, and we were low on 2%. Had a few free coupons. I can never decide which I prefer, the physical coupons ... which I can have in hand to remember to pick things up, pending I remember the actual paper coupons - or the digital coupons, which are automatically on my card, but then I forget what is there and end up wasting things. There is a road closure sign in front of the entrance/exit there, I'm not sure if it's just that small stretch between Old Bingham and 90th, but that will sure be an inconvenience too! Closed for a couple weeks. Take a detour ... of course EVERYTHING else is under construction too! Back at home, #4 went to jump on the tramp, flapping his arms at girl goose ... and she flew. Just into the front yard, and we were able to get her back. I prepped the pools, food and dug some worms. He is on "Remi duty" today and tomorrow ... taking out the neighbor's dog for a mid-day play and potty break. I got in one session on the elliptical and did some Zumba practice. #1 and #3 ran #2's car to the dealership so they could check out the "check engine" light ... which was NOT on at the moment. Hubs was going to the lake with a work buddy and his boys, so he wouldn't be home until late. #1 had school, and #3 had some training at KFC. I had to drop him off, as we didn't have enough cars to go around, and I wasn't sure how he'd get home if he wasn't done before I had to leave, taking #5 to his first summer basketball game. We got notified that the Charger was ready, so I dropped #2 off to pick it up. We hit a little rush hour traffic on the way back, but at least then he was around, with a vehicle, to pick up #3 later. #5 and I were off to his game, at Dimple Dell. They had the main court divided into two smaller ones, which actually makes filming it a bit better. I did a bit of walking (there is a track above) before the game started. The first half was quite tight, score staying close, with us behind by two ... some confusion and contention as to the actual score too, as some parents said the ref had called a three pointer twice, but the scorekeeper only added two. It didn't matter, as the boys came out of the half roaring, and built quite a lead, and keeping the other team unable to get a basket for quite a bit. First game was a win. As we got home, I peeked out back and ... no goose. Not really a big surprise, but I am still sad, and of course peeked over all the fences and did a walk around the neighborhood. It was already pretty dark though. I hope she's okay. Poor ducky is all alone now.

0711 (Tuesday) Weight 178.1. Steps 24398. Total Burn 2993. Exercise Burn 1000/1189 (30minElliptical, Zumba+, Weights). Calories in 1800. Today was my first time subbing in Marian's Zumba class. I'd prepped the playlist, with Suzanne and Carma helping out. I thought it went well. It's fun to be able to choose the songs I like and know, and being up front always adds a little energy. Stats: 6496 steps. 2.86 miles. 522/447 burn. AvHR127. High151. In zone 49 of the 63 minutes. I still ended up doing additional Zumba at home too. I also got in some elliptical and did weights. Threw in some hula, ping pong and mowed the front lawn. I finished up a blog post and made the highlight video from last night's game.  #1 and #4 went to play some basketball. Hubs came home from work a little early, feeling very tired and got in a little nap.

0712 (Wednesday) Weight 177.1. Steps 25787. Total Burn 3059. Exercise Burn 1100/1233 (30minElliptical, Zumba+, 30min/1.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 2600. With the MZL church still out of commission (redoing the floors) I decided to hit Draper/Southziders today. It was fun to see some friends again, and do some songs that only they do. Stats: 5926 steps. 2.68 miles. 419/440 burn. AvHR115. High142. In zone 19 of the 63 minutes. On the way home I stopped at Big5 and used my $10 off $30 purchase on a couple shoes for me. #1 took #4 to the church to play basketball. We had some bananas going bad, so I made banana bread and muffins ... and ate too many. No return of goose or duck, so I finished up cleaning the backyard. The big pool in the very back still has water, just in case someone comes back, but I emptied the little pool and the several small containers, packed away the food and lights, and "comfort joe" and then made sure I still watered all my plants. Without having the birds back there, I need to remember the garden still requires some attention. Hubs went with some work buddies for a mountain race in the evening. 3.5 miles, a lot of elevation.

0713 (Thursday) Weight 177.8. Steps 23415. Total Burn 2870. Exercise Burn 975/1061 (30minElliptical, Zumbax2). Calories in 2500. Double Zumba day. Start off at 8:30 with Coriann. I don't get the full class, about 40minutes, as I sneak out early to head over to MZL. I was feeling so tired though, a little harder to get into it this week, although the HR still seemed to be up (erroneously!) Quite crowded today! Stats: 6598 steps. 2.91 miles. 511/396 burn. AvHR126. High173. In zone 40 of the 63 minutes. #1 and the boys went over to the church for some basketball. I went to Maceys to stock up on groceries. We were completely out of eggs and bananas and low on milk and bread. They had Hostess treats on sale, so I grabbed some Ding Dongs and Zingers ... #1 ate half the box in about five minutes! Now that I had eggs, I made chocolate chip cookies too. They turned out okay. Good enough I took some to drop off to coach and carpool at #5's basketball practice today. Hubs had done a hike with work buddies and said it wore him out again.

0714 (Friday) Weight 177.8. Steps 20249. Total Burn 2643. Exercise Burn 810/822 (30minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 2800. Up early enough to get in a session on the elliptical early. Then Zumba with Debbie. Stats: 4566 steps. 1.97 miles. 303/302 burn. AvHR100. High128. Didn't get into cardio zone any of the 57 minutes.  I've been debating taking #3 into the doctor. He's had this lingering cough for a while now. Not "sick" sick, although at times he's seemed extra tired, here and there he would seem to have chills/fever ... but then he'd be fine and go waverunning and friends, etc. #1 took the littles bowling. He had a great game, got a turkey (and then another strike), scoring 174, his high. I said they could order pizza. I got in a little extra Zumba, and hit the treadmill for a bit. I really meant to do weights, and some reading/riding, but then that didn't happen. Dropped #5 off for practice. It's nice that our carpool brings him home. I was able to take a shower and change into jammies early. Hubs and I finished up the latest season of "House of Cards".

0715 (Saturday) Weight 178.3. Steps 13669. Total Burn 2349. Exercise Burn 350/516 (20minElliptical, ZumbaP). Calories in 3200. Hubs wanted to hit the lake, and all the boys were free, and Cal was taking Kate too. They packed up and were off. After they left, I thought about it and I should have gone too. With ALL the family there, already taking two cars ... but I was too late. I do enjoy my alone time too, but I will be getting quite a bit of that when the guys take off to Seattle. I got in a little exercise, some cleaning, mowed the lawn ... and make coconut goodies. Ate coconut goodies. Cal's car pulled in about 3:30. They brought home Keaton, who had to be at work at 4:00. He got a quick shower and then I dropped him off, as I'd need the car later. #5 had a game at 7:00. They won. When I got back, #1 and I drove over to KFC (separate cars) to leave the Durango for #3 to drive home when he was done at closing.

0716 (Sunday) Weight 179.5. Steps 12001. Total Burn 2328. Exercise Burn 350/655 (20minElliptical, Bike). Calories in 2700. Hubs got up and started the pulled pork on the smoker. We were having a family party today, and we were bringing the meat. He then went on a bike ride ... and so did I. His was on a trail in Draper and mine was down in the stationary bike. I got in one session on the elliptical too, and a bit of Zumba practice. We packed everything up and headed out to my folks. My brother's family was in town from California, and my older brother was out of the hospital, after spending two weeks there (operation on his colon, then complications). We left half the pork plain, for people to add bbq sauce or just eat that way, and turned the rest into tacos. Had a nice visit with everyone and home again home again, jiggity jig.
0717 (Monday) Weight 179.5. Steps 25242. Total Burn 3028. Exercise Burn 1089/1210 (30minElliptical, Zumba+, Bike). Calories in 2100. Started the day with Debbie in Daybreak. Last Friday, she did a "hula hoop" song I I half-jokingly asked if we should bring our hula hoops next time, and she said to do it. So we did. I had three to bring, my heavy, exercise one, and two bigger kid ones (one small kid one while I didn't bother to bring as it's impossible, and a little bent). With everyone bringing them, there were enough for everyone. We used them for a few songs and it was fun. Stats: 5642 steps. 2.47 miles. 387/367 burn. AvHR106. High133. In zone 1 of the 65 minutes. Back at home, #4 was discouraged as the basketball hoop out front broke a bit. The hoop is now hanging down a bit. I think Hubs may be able to fix it ... if he ever has the time. He's going straight from work to the lake again today. I had a decent day, getting a few things done around the house (laundry, dishes, vacuuming ... required after #5 dropped a glass dish that shattered everywhere. Got a little sliver in my foot, ouch). Outside I did some watering and weeding and finally gave up on my birds coming back and emptied out the bigger pool. I tried transplanting a couple things that were struggling, probably won't work this late in the season (and how far gone they already were) but worth a try. I got in some elliptical, bike and Zumba practice. #3 had work and I let him take the Durango. I was craving chicken soup (go figure!) so I borrowed #2's Charger (he was asleep and not going anywhere) and did some shopping. I had chicken frozen but figured it would be easier to grab some ready to bake ... it was just $2.99 a pound, and I hate to pay that much when it's almost always less, even not on sale. I ended up grabbing some from the butcher's block. It actually looked cheaper there, but I didn't realize until I got home, it had a fishy smell. Maybe from being under the glass with other items? It was pretty slight, and no one else commented on it, but it spoiled it a bit for me. I think it was okay once it was in the soup. It turned dark outside as a storm rolled in. We got hail and then pounding rain. #4 did comment he didn't like it ... but nothing like his extreme anxiety in the past that would have had him cowering under the covers downstairs with his headphones on. Unfortunately, the storm rolled in up at the lake where Hubs and friends were with the waverunners. He said they were pretty much done anyway. Happily, they had been able to get Roxy (one of the waverunners) working again, it had some trouble on Saturday and he him worried. 

0718 (Tuesday) Weight 178.3. Steps 20767. Total Burn 2910. Exercise Burn 850/1096 (30minElliptical, Zumba, Weights). Calories in 2200. I generally don't sleep through Hubs getting up and off to work, but I usually stay in bed for a while after. This morning though, he couldn't find his keys, and I got up to help look. No luck though, even though we looked everywhere! He had a spare, and ended up just using that to go ahead and get to work. We looked for the keys all day, but it wasn't until Hubs was home in the evening that he remembered. Bringing in some stuff last night, he'd stuck them in his shoe and even thought "I'm going to forget I put these here" ... but I'm glad that mystery got solved anyway!  As I was up a little earlier than my summer usual, I went ahead and got in a session on the elliptical. Zumba was up next, week two of me subbing. I'd mentioned to my sister and SIL (both in from out of town) that they could come out to the class if they wanted ... and they did. So that was fun. Good stats, HR up. 6574 steps. 2.89 miles. 575/470 burn. AvHR133, High166, in zone 53 of the 65 minutes. I'd had #3 drop me off (as he wanted to borrow the Durango and go play basketball with buddies. I can walk, but carrying the bag with the speaker hookup and such gets a little heavy. My SIL gave me a ride home after). Back at home, the energy was still flowing, so I did a weights workout. My mom mentioned my youngest brother was bringing his girls out to play with their cousins, so I packed up my three boys and headed out too. We went over to the neighborhood pool and had it all to ourselves. After spending a couple hours there, I took my boys to get something to eat (okay, partial bribe). My brothers had been discussing JCWs and #3 said it sounded so good, so we went. I sent a text to #1 (who'd stayed to work on homework) and #2 (just off work) and they drove out and joined us. We were less than impressed with JCWs though. Asked for the kids bacon burgers plain, no mayo, onions or tomato ... and still got all three. #1 didn't care for his pina colada shake, and #3, after ordering chili cheese fries commented "hmmm, I must have been thinking of something else" ... all this for $40! We headed to South Towne Expo center and met up with my brother and sister and their families. #5 had been here a few weeks ago for a basketball tournament. All the courts were gone, and floats, for the upcoming "Days of 47 Parade" were inside where we could examine them close up in air conditioned comfort. My boys still just rushed through, but we got a few family photos before leaving ... although #4 refused to smile for pictures and looked like he was absolutely miserable (even though he really wasn't that ornery for anything but posing for pictures). We hit a bit of rush hour traffic on the way home. Hubs was home late, having gone to a movie with work buds (Wonder Woman). 

0719 (Wednesday) Weight 177.6. Steps 21615. Total Burn 2807. Exercise Burn 845/1161 (30minElliptical, Zumba+, Bike). Calories in 2500. Got in my early elliptical again, but only because MZL was back at the West Jordan building and I didn't have to leave the house until after 9:00. I had a hard time getting my HR up though, even after going up and doing a number. My enjoyment improved for the second half, even if stats didn't. 6816 steps. 2.99 miles. 432/438 burn. AvHR110. High134. In zone 9 of the 68 minutes. Had a couple hours at home, and then I headed North to meet up with my mom, sister and SIL (different one, in town one but still we don't get together that often!) at Red Robin for a ladies lunch. Chatted and ate. Got home in plenty of time to turn the car over to #3, heading into work at KFC at 4:00. The boys have been doing some packing, I and did some last minute loads of laundry.  Hit the gym again for a little elliptical and session on the bike, and got the front lawn mowed. 

0720 (Thursday) Weight 179.9. Steps 25646. Total Burn 2885. Exercise Burn 1000/1046 (30minElliptical, Zumba+, 30min/1.5milesTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 2700. Alarm set for 4:45, as Hubs and the boys were leaving for Seattle. First time flying for the two littles. Hubs was able to get an XL Uber, needed for the six passengers and the luggage (even though the boys managed to squeeze their things into carryons, no checked luggage). And they were off ... I didn't bother attempting to go back to bed, but started in on my cleaning. With everyone gone, the house would actually STAY clean. I kept an eye on the guys using the Find my Friends app too, and Hubs checked in. They took off on time (7:30) and landed about 9:30, just as I was finishing up Zumba. I'd gone to Coriann's class, and didn't take off early today ... didn't think I had it in me for back-to-back ones this morning. Stats: 4953 steps. 2.14 miles. 311/258 burn. AvHR101. High132. In zone 1 of the 58 minutes. I'm thinking I'll probably just plan on hitting the MZL Thursday from now on. I just haven't been able to click with this class, not sure why. I guess so many of the songs/steps just aren't quite my style. While the kids weren't as crazy today, that is always a distraction, and while the instructor is really good, she tends to move to the middle of the floor ... behind me! I can't see her or the steps and I haven't been going long enough to know them (although many of the ladies there do). Maybe I'll still hit it from time to time. Another reason I didn't go on to the other class, was I was a little afraid I'd run out of gas. Hubs had taken the car out last night, and now I was almost on empty. I've run out of gas once already in this car and that was not any fun! I didn't have time to stop on the way to Zumba (I didn't know it was empty to allow extra time) but stopped on the way home. Then ... empty house. I continued with my cleaning, got in some additional exercise. It did feel a little lonely, and there was some eating. No one around to judge. Hubs and the boys were good sending pictures and updates. I can enjoy a vacation vicariously. I was tired with the early morning, so I got in a nap as well (so did the boys, at the hotel). I'd started a movie while down on the treadmill, and decided to finish it upstairs rather than waiting until tomorrow (during additional exercise). "Room" ... it was good. Hubs checked in with a call, and then to bed. 

0721 (Friday) Weight 179.2. Steps 21355. Total Burn 2726. Exercise Burn 935/896 (30minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 2200. Didn't get up early enough to get in any elliptical before heading out to Zumba. Off to Daybreak today, Debbie was at girl's camp and asked Carma and I to cover class. It was small, just a few people, but that doesn't bother me. 6275 steps. 2.71 miles. 489/430 burn. AvHR124. High146. In zone 44 of the 61 minutes. On the way home, I stopped at the dollar store and Walmart. Stocked up on shampoo for the guys, liquid dishsoap and toothbrushes (my main $ store stuff) and saw they already had the 2018 calendars in stock. I grabbed a few (I always have several up everywhere) ... now just to put them somewhere and not forget where for six months! Grabbed some bananas and grapes at Walmart. Would have picked up some caramel M&Ms, but they were out. Probably a good thing. I spent some time in the sun tanning my lower half. The top is pretty brown, as I wear a tank while I mow and do yardwork. I can't stand to lay out completely anyway ... too hot. But keeping the top half in the shade, I can even myself out a bit. I get some reading in too. I didn't get any extra Zumba in, but did do some elliptical and treadmill time. I'd planned on weights, but that didn't happen. I was watching "The Girl With All The Gifts" ... I'd read the book a few months ago and quite liked it. I hadn't heard it had been made into a movie, but then again, I'm really out of the movie loop. It had Glenn Close in it, although no other names I really recognized. I didn't finish, but also didn't feel compelled to finish (as I had with "Room" last night) ... perhaps because of the book, I already know how it ends, and I'm NOT caring for this movie representation much at all.

0722 (Saturday) Weight 178.2. Steps 26288. Total Burn 2963. Exercise Burn 979/1132 (30minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.5milesTreadmill, Bike, Weights). Calories in 2700. Yesterday I pondered what I should do in the early hours. Mow the lawn before it gets too hot? Get in my weights workout? I wanedt to be sure any soreness is gone by the time I teach on Tuesday. I ended up hitting the elliptical first thing, then I went out to water and weed. I even tried working with the weedwhacker ... I'm still new at that, but it went okay. I need more lessons. My mowing got interrupted a bit as the battery ran down and I had to recharge it. Still, I LOVE the electric mower. So much easier to start than the gas one, and no messy, smelly gas to refill. Did the full yard. The back was a little long. I've tried to water it a bit more. Down to the gym for some treadmill time ... finished up the movie I started yesterday. I'd been craving my mint brownies, so I made them. I got hit with the sleepies ... so I took a nap. I prepped the playlist for Tuesday and figured I'd practice a bit ... and ended up doing a full hour of Zumba. 6099 steps. 2.63 miles. 433/381 burn. AvHR115. High139. In zone 11 of the 62 minutes. Not bad stats for practicing in the bedroom. I then went down and did a workout with weights. Finished up my 1/2hour of elliptical (10min, after the 20 this morning) and did some reading/riding before bed. Checked in with the family. They went to Lake Heron and rented paddleboards and kayaks today. Oh ... and it's 25 years for Hubs and I. 

0723 (Sunday) Weight 180.5. Steps 19191. Total Burn 2601. Exercise Burn 980/771 (60minElliptical, 30minZumba, 30min/1.7milesTreadmill). Calories in 2150. Uggg ... 180s again. As for steps, I should have done a few more to hit 20k, but oh well. I did get in my hour of elliptical. Two 20min sessions, two 10min ones. Watching "Rogue One" which I didn't see in theaters. "A New Hope" was actually the last movie I went to, back in  2015. I prefer watching in bed ... laying down, with subtitles, the ability to pause if needed, and Hub's perfect popcorn. I can wait for whatever I want to watch. I'm not really a Star Wars fan anyway. I didn't quite finish it up ... I will tomorrow.

0724 (Monday) Weight 180.1. Steps 23603. Total Burn 2765. Exercise Burn 1185/1074 (30minEliptical, Zumba+30, 30min/1.59milesTreadmill, Bike). Calories in 1700. It's Pioneer Day. Debbie did cancel the Daybreak class, so I decided to hit Southziders. There was quite a crew there for it being a holiday. It's fun to go back and see the friends there, and I like the songs/steps. No Strong today. Stats: 6545 steps. 2.9 miles. 467/454 burn. AvHR115. High148. In zone 26 of the 64 minutes. While it is a longer drive, it's okay when I'm alone and can listen to my audiobook. I'd done one session on the elliptical in the morning, and another 10 to hit my half hour. That was exactly what I needed to finish up yesterday's movie too. The sun was spotty, but the weather looks worse the next few days. With no boys around, I've been trying to catch a little sun actually wearing a bathing suit. Getting a little color on my middle too. Actually got a little TOO much, especially as it hasn't really seen the sun. I got in some treadmill time, and some Zumba practice, finalizing the playlist for tomorrow and getting the ipad synced up and ready. Finished the day with a little reading/riding. Between getting audio in, reading in the sun, on the bike, and in bed ... I've been getting through the books! Did some updates on GoodReads, and also got my Monday blog post up. Hubs checked in ... he and the boys packed up and headed from Seattle across the border to Canada. Renting a cabin with his brother's family and some friends. Mostly travel and getting settled today. 

0725 (Tuesday) Weight 178.3. Steps 21987. Total Burn 2816. Exercise Burn 1000/967 (30minElliptical, Zumba+15, 30min/1.5mileTreadmill, Weights). Calories in 2800. Marian's Zumba class this morning ... which means ME. Sub for summer. I have Carma and Suzanne to help. Small class today, and I didn't get the HR up like last week. Stats: 6572 steps. 2.89 miles. 412/422 burn. AvHR111. High138. In zone 9 of the 60 minutes.  Back at home I got in some elliptical, some Zumba practice, treadmill, weights ... didn't get to the bike though. I was doing some cleaning when my MIL called to see if I wanted to go out to dinner. She knows I'm home alone. So we ended up going out to Johnny Carinos. It's nice and close. Not busy, but I think they were understaffed! We were there waiting as we walked in, and didn't even see a hostess for about 10 minutes. Got seated and ordered. They have great mozzarella cheese sticks, and then of course chicken alfredo for me. The menu (and online) had calorie counts listed, but I think they were conservative! Nice if true, but just didn't seem quite possible/logical. Brought home half my meal. My MIL, while starving when we got there, between the bread, salad and cheese sticks was pretty full before her actual meal came. Hubs and the boys had been checking in today. Hubs and the older boys had gone out (I guess the littles didn't want to go, stayed at the chalet with the other family). Had ice cream, rode some bikes. I didn't get a ton of pictures today. As the end of the month is coming, I got the bills paid. Tried NOT to peek at some of the trip costs. Ouch $$! On another funny note, Hubs forgot to notify the credit card companies of his travel plans and set off fraud alerts, first on one card, and then on another (when he switched after the first card was declined). We got it all straightened out and he's happily charging away again. Better safe than sorry. I'm glad the credit companies are cautious.  I was SO tired ... I went to bed around 9:30. 

0726 (Wednesday) Weight 179.5. Steps 25280. Total Burn 2827. Exercise Burn 1200/1000 (30minElliptical, Zumba+, 30min/1.5mileTreadmill. Bike). Calories in 2000. It was storming in the night. One year when I stayed home while the guys went to Seattle, there was a huge storm that poured rainwater into one of the window wells. I had to jump in and bail it out.Since then Hubs has cleared out that raingutter, and we have an old car storage box that sits over that (which would help redirect any overflow) so I wasn't particularly concerned. I got in a session on the elliptical before heading to Zumba. MZL today. It had started when I got there. There was a gal who'd come to yesterday's class. I'd mentioned the "Free Zumba In Utah" FB page that listed different locations, so it was fun to see she had looked it up and found another and come.  A bit of a dearth of instructors today. There are two Zumba conventions starting up, I'm not sure if that had anything to do with it or if it was just an off day. Stats: 6046 steps. 2.64 miles. 411/422 burn. AvHR109. High147. In zone 11 of the 63 minutes. Stopped at the store (Maceys) on the way home. They had the Welchs fruit snacks, which is what #3 likes, on sale, so I stocked up and sent him a picture. Then I went and got my nails done. It's been a few years. I always loved the look and feel, but didn't care for the cost and upkeep. But ... going again I guess. The day continued with rain, then sun ... during one of the sunny spots I got the front lawn mowed. I did a little more elliptical, some treadmill time, and hit the bike and a little Zumba practice. Did some updated to my IMDB lists (keeping track of what I'm watching) and did a couple blog posts. Hubs sent some fun pictures and a video of birds landing on the kids heads and arms. I guess even the birds are friendly in Canada!

0727 (Thursday) Weight 178.3. Steps 14761. Total Burn 2377. Exercise Burn 420/572 (Zumba). Calories in 3300. Not a good day. Not sure why I was so off. Little exercise, LOTS of eating.  I slept in a little, too much to hit the 8:30 Zumba class comfortably. Not that I'd really been planning on hitting that one today anyway. I did to to the later MZL one. Couldn't quite get the HR up, but still gets the steps in anyway. Stats: 6638 steps. 2.97 miles. 409/430 burn. AvHR105. High144. In zone 7 of the 63 minutes. On the way home, I stopped at Sam'sClub and grabbed a few things. When I checked out, I had my "cash rewards" to use, credited to today's purchase. I was glad they were doing it that way again. Last time they sent a check you had to bring and redeem ... Costco does that too and it's so hard to remember. Just credit it to the account! I'd made plans to lunch with my mom today. I headed out and picked her up, and we went to Chuck-a-Rama. It's been a while since I'd been there, and they had redone the front entrance. I'm pretty basic with what I like there ... the fried chicken, mashed taters and scones. It was "mexican" day for the themed food, and I did indulge in some cinnamon chips that reminded me of my grandma's pie crust cookies. While I didn't to great with my calories there, what really pushed me over was all the eating at home after. I'm not even that hungry, but things SOUND good and I want them and I just don't control myself. Had some leftover Reeses eggs, and some caramel M&Ms. Those pack a calorie punch quick! I did some cleaning and taking the groceries downstairs wracked up some steps, even without any additional exercise. I didn't get an official nap, but felt SO tired after lunch. I so often do get the sleepies after eating a meal. Here, the drive really created some body aches, and it's not even that far. I'm such a wimp when it comes to sitting and such. Laying down isn't a problem though ...

0728 (Friday) Weight 179.5. Steps 16177. Total Burn 2435. Exercise Burn 785/598 (30minElliptical, Zumba, 30min/1.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 3500. Oy, another uber overeating day. What's wrong with me? Not great on the exercise either. I went to Zumba with Debbie in Daybreak. As we entered the church, there was a sign on the gym saying the floor had been refinished and it couldn't be used for a week. We still danced ... in the primary room. It's carpeted and cramped and very churchy. Debbie wasn't feeling well either, having gotten drenched at girl's camp last week, giving her a cold. So stats were not great at all. 4761 steps. 2.17 miles. 339/298 burn. AvHR103. High130. In zone 5 of the 58 minutes. I did do some elliptical and treadmill at home a bit later. Spent a little time in the sun. Did a little sewing. Got a blog post up. ATE everything. 

0729 (Saturday)
Oy, the scale shows my bad behavior. Determined to do better today. My last day alone, as Hubs and the boys will be home tomorrow morning. I got in some elliptical, treadmill, weights and did an hour of Zumba, plus a little more practice. I'm on my own for Tuesday's class coming up. Did some cleaning, so the house will look nice when Hubs gets home. The vacuum stopped working though. Not sure if it's my hair clogging it that's the problem. I tried to pull it out but it didn't get it turning again. My BIL came over to borrow the truck for a while today. There was some sunshine, so I laid out a little, as I don't when the boys are home (no one needs to see that) but my chaise ripped. I figured it wouldn't last that long, but it's only been a couple of months. I got the lawn mowed and the garden watered. I have an eggplant growing! And a pepper, and a zucchini, and the cherry tomato plant is crazy. I had to prop up the cage with a couple of Hub's wire drink holders.


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